The Village of Jerome Water Department has received a large number of inquiries concerning October water bills not being delivered by mail to our village residents and businesses. The bills were taken to the post office, as usual, on October 5th. The Village has contacted the US Postal Service several times for an explanation for the delay in water bills delivery, however, no answer has been provided.
The Village will print duplicate water bills to be mailed during the week of October 19th. If you have already paid your October bill you can ignore this duplicate bill. No late fees will be assessed on the current month’s water bills.
Please contact the Village of Jerome Water Department at 546-2203 for any further information concerning this matter.
We express our sincere apologies for this unfortunate issue concerning water bills.
Village of Jerome President and Board of Trustees.
Saturday, November 7
8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS
MUST have a voucher in-hand or show on a mobile device in order to drop off items.
Register for a free voucher today at www.Springfield.IL.US/HHW.
• Voucher registration will end at 12-noon on Friday, November 6,
or when all the time slots have been occupied, whichever occurs first.
• Questions about the drop-off event or issues filling out the form?
Call Springfield’s Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255.
- This event is not open to businesses, institutions, or not-for-profit organizations.
- Vouchers are limited to one per household, per delivery.
- Vouchers are valid for the time slot listed only.
- No latex/acrylic paint will be accepted. For a full list of acceptable and unacceptable items, please visit www.springfield.il.us/hhw.
- Participants are required to wear a face-mask as soon as they enter the fairgrounds until they leave.
- Participants must stay in their vehicles at all times as soon as they enter the fairgrounds until they leave.
- At the collection point, designated staff will unload the items being dropped off from the participant’s vehicle.
- Please place the items in the vehicle’s trunk or truck bed for easier access and removal.
- We cannot ensure that containers will be returned. Please make sure items are delivered in disposable containers
Village Trick or Treating Guidelines
The Village of Jerome along with the City of Springfield and surrounding Villages of Grandview, Southern View, and Leland Grove is announcing the Halloween trick-or-treating hours. Trick-or-treating will be from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 31, 2020. As a reminder, it is optional for individuals to welcome trick-or-treaters to their residences. Residents who wish to greet trick or treaters may do so by turning on their porch lights. Homes without their porch lights on should NOT be visited. It is strongly encouraged that anyone who would like to distribute treats should leave individually wrapped candy on a table on their front walkways, sidewalks, or any other outdoor space that allows for at least 6 feet social distance from the door. The individually wrapped candy should be spread out so each piece is not touching another. Anyone distributing candy or treats should wash their hands properly for at least 20 seconds before placing the candy on the table and when replenishing. We understand that Halloween is a holiday many individuals enjoy, especially children. However, we ask that everyone please be mindful that the virus is still present in our community and proper precautions need to be taken. These precautions do not only impact your family. It impacts the safety of your neighbors, neighborhood, and local businesses. The State of Illinois has provided additional guidance for those planning on trick-or-treating. All individuals participating in trick-or-treating, including those passing out candy, should maintain a social distance of at least six feet and wear proper face coverings. A costume mask, such as those worn on Halloween, is not a substitute for a face covering. If face coverings are worn under costume masks, please ensure this does not create breathing problems, and if so, discard the costume mask. Only household members should trick-or-treat together, and they should maintain a six-feet social distance from other trick-or-treaters at all times. Mixed household trick-or-treaters are discouraged. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers should be carried and used frequently. Candy collected during trick-or-treating should not be consumed until after proper handwashing. As always, a parent/guardian should check all candy to make sure it is wrapped and should discard unwrapped candy.
Business Trick or Treating
Businesses who wish to greet trick-or-treaters are asked to follow the same guidelines as those outlined for homes. As a reminder, guidelines for Phase 4 business operations including social distancing, capacity, and mask requirements are still in effect. To review the State of Illinois’ Halloween guidelines, please visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/halloween-guidance.
Springfield Fire Department Reminds Families Safety First this Halloween
In addition to the health precautions outlined for trick-or-treating, the Springfield Fire Department would like to remind families to be safe from other dangers this Halloween. Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns. When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric. Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes. Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them. Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters. Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms are working.
As Village President of Jerome, I wanted to talk to you about an important event that is now taking place across the country. It is the US Census. Every ten years the census takes a count of everyone living in the United States. We need your help to assure that everyone is counted in Jerome!
The data is used by the state and federal government in the allocation of funding for government services in Jerome. Funding for programs are all dependent on the census count. It has been reported that this amounts to approximately $1,200 per person per year. This would be $4,800 per year for a family of four. For the ten years that the census covers, that would be $48,000 for that family!
The current self-response rate for Jerome is only 82%. This means that 18% of households in Jerome who received the census survey have not yet responded. This is a major issue. We need to have a complete count to receive adequate funding for our government services. Please complete your census today, we really need your help!
There are many ways you can complete the census. You can go online at www.2020census.gov, you can call the US Census number at (844) 330-2020 (open from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily), or if you have the paper survey, you can send it in the postal mail. The whole process normally only takes about ten minutes. That ten minutes will help us for the next ten years. The census data is safe and secure.
If you have not completed the census, please do so today. It does not matter if you own or rent your home, everyone needs to be counted! Please make certain you count everyone living at your home, regardless if they are related to you. All the census data is confidential.
Michael P. Lopez Village of Jerome President
It has come to the attention of the Village President that some Jerome residents have received phone calls indicating the Jerome Civic Center will not serve as a polling place on November 3rd. This is wrong information. The Jerome Civic Center will be open for voting as in past elections from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm on November 3, 2020.
Candidacy packets and other information on the April 6, 2021, Consolidated Election are now available. Four Village of Jerome positions will be on that ballot – president and three trustees. All positions are for four-year terms. With the Village office currently closed please contact the Village Clerk at 546-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to pick up the paperwork. The documents are also available on the County Clerk’s website, sangamoncountyclerk.com. Although candidacy packets are available, petitions cannot be circulated before September 22, 2020. Petitions must be filed with the Village Clerk during the period of December 14 through December 21, 2020.
Starting September 14th, 2020 the Village of Jerome Public Works will be sweeping along
streets and valley gutters. We are asking that residents, visitors, and contractors refrain
from parking and or placing garbage cans in the gutters on the following streets during the
hours of 7:30 am to 2:30 pm until September 18th, 2020 at 2:30 pm. The streets and dates
listed are in the order they will be done. Thank you for your cooperation.
- Welch St. 9/14/20
- Homewood Ave. 914/20
- Glenn Ave. 9/14/20-9/15/20
- Leonard St. 9/15/20
- Owens Ln. 9/15/20
- Homewood Ct. 9/15/20-9/16/20
- Barbara Ct. 9/16/20
- Reed Ct. 9/16/20
- W. Grand Ct. 9/16/20
- Calland Dr. 9/16/20
- Lincoln (Iles to Maple) 9/17/20
- Alberta Ln. 9/17/20
- Scott Ct. 9/17/20
- JeromeAve. 9/17/20
Will also be doing other streets and areas as needed.
This will allow us to properly clean the valley gutters to allow for proper water flow.
Any questions please contact Public Works 217-546-9647
The Sangamon County Election Office is part of the Sangamon County Clerk’s Office. Visit the Clerk’s website https://www.sangamoncountyclerk.com/default.aspx for online voter registration, to request a vote by mail application, for the early voting schedule, to find out where to vote, and to find out other important information for voting in November.