Yes, all property owners that need to remove a tree must obtain a tree removal permit. The permit is free and can usually be obtained the next business day. The applications are available online or stop into the Community Development Department on the 2nd floor of Village Hall.
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A 50/50 program shares the replacement and repair costs of public sidewalk equality between the property owner and Village. The Village eliminated the 50/50 program around 2003. In 2004, the Village took a comprehensive look at the Village's public sidewalk system and created and annual sidewalk replacement program that repairs failed sidewalk, trip hazards, heaves, and completes ADA upgrades at intersections. The program concentrates on a specific area of the Village each year. For more information, contact the Engineering division.
Within the Village, the public streets are built within a public right-of-way (ROW). The ROW is wider than the street providing space for the placement public sidewalk and various utilities. Along a street, your property line is the same as the ROW line. For streets that have sidewalk, the ROW line is typically 1 foot plus or minus behind the back of sidewalk towards your property. For streets that have carriage walk, the ROW line is typically 8 foot more or less behind the back of carriage walk towards your property. For more information, contact the Engineering division.
The Village does not locate property lines or corners for properties owners. The Village on occasion will locate property lines and corners as part of a reconstruction project. If available, The Village will provide any archived survey information to assist the property owner or their surveyor in locating their property lines or corners. For more information contact the Engineering division.
The Village surveys and ranks the condition of all public streets. Typically, the worst streets are a candidate for total reconstruction. At that time, the conditions of underground utilities are reviewed as well. Streets that are in better condition are candidates for maintenance resurfacing. This prolongs the life of the street and the need for reconstruction. Maintenance resurfacing is less expensive per lane mile than reconstruction allowing the Village to upgrade streets at a reduced cost. For more information, contact the Engineering department.
Most property is not located in the floodway or floodplain; however, confirmation can be obtained by contacting the Community Development Department at 847-551-3478.