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Month: October 2017

Call Before You Dig

You may be surprised by what’s buried in your yard. That’s because most electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunications companies are delivering utility services underground.

Protect yourself and your family. State law requires you to notify JULIE at least two business days (excludes weekends and holidays) before any digging project regardless of the project size or depth. Even if you are digging in the same location as a previous project, notify JULIE. This is a free service. 

You can prevent injury and avoid damage by following these five important steps:

  • Pre-mark or outline the proposed dig area using white paint or flags
  • Call or click JULIE
  • Wait two business days
  • Respect the marks
  • Dig with care

Enter your own locate request online using E-Request or simply call 8-1-1 or 1-800-892-0123. Call center agents are available 24/7.

JULIE’s free Homeowner’s Guide provides helpful information here. JULIE neither owns nor marks underground lines, however we alert our member utility companies so they can mark your property for safe digging. See what those different flags mean.

As a reminder, member utility companies are only required to mark the underground lines that they own, not privately installed or owned lines. Click here for details.

Limb Pickup Update

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the dates set forth earlier this year were unable to be met.  We started limb cleanup on October 10th and will cease on November 6th.  Any branches NOT picked up by that date will be picked up in the Spring of 2018.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and hope to be back on track for the 2018 season.

Thank You

Recently Chief Estill approached local businesses with a request for donations to help the Jerome Police Department acquire new equipment.  We would like to thank the generous businesses that contributed to this campaign.

August 2017 Police Report

Jerome Police Statistics:

In the month of August 2017, the Jerome Police Department responded and handled over 121 calls for service including traffic stops and traffic accidents. There were 202 police reports made, 64 traffic citations and warnings issued, 7 traffic crashes with no injury, no hit and run accidents and no warrant arrests.

Patrol Activity:

Patrol Officers checked homes of residents over 56 times during the month of August using our Vacation Watch Program. There were no reports taken for attempted burglary or for burglary to a motor vehicle and no home invasions. The municipal building, garage, library and park were checked a total of 60 times

Training:

Police Officer Nick Byerline has almost completed his in-service training and will be out on patrol by the first week of October.  Corey Reynolds has completed his in-service training and has been on patrol answering calls and taking reports.

Equipment:

The new Toyota truck is finally finished with all of the equipment installed. We just ordered four tasers for the department with the money that was raised from donations for the Equipment Program.  Sangamon County will be training our officers in the use of the taser and a policy will be set in place to reference the use of the new devices.

Vacation Watch

Are you planning a vacation soon?  The Jerome Police Department can help keep an eye on your residence while you’re gone.  There are two options.

The first is to have the Jerome Police Department perform extra patrols by your residence.  For shorter vacations, this will allow the department to keep an eye on your residence without drawing extra attention to the fact that you are out of town.  A second option is to have the police department do a vacation check on your residence.  This entails an officer parking at your residence and going around the property checking to ensure it is secure and undamaged.  Because the officer makes a thorough check of the property, it can alert people that the property is currently vacant.  Generally this is a better option for longer vacations or if you know you will be leaving the residence vacant for a long period of time.

Both types of vacation watch can be requested using this form by dropping off the completed form at the Village Hall.

Halloween

Trick or Treating in the Village of Jerome will be on October 31st from 4:30pm to 8:30pm.  In addition the Village will be hosting the annual Halloween Party and Costume Parade on Saturday October 28th.  Participants in the parade will start lining up at 10:00am at the Jerome Civic Center and the parade will begin at 10:30am.  There will be trick or treating stations inside the Jerome Civic Center.  Hot dogs and refreshments will follow the parade at the Jerome Civic Center.