The village is warning residents that a winter storm arriving Friday evening will make travel a challenge, with some areas possibly receiving up to 8 inches of snow. Motorists should be prepared for high winds and colder temperatures persisting through the weekend, causing drifting and icing even on treated surfaces.

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow to begin Friday evening across northern and central Illinois, with totals ranging between 2 and 8 inches by Saturday evening. Gusty winds and low temperatures the remainder of the weekend will create blowing and drifting, reducing visibility to whiteout conditions at times and limiting the effectiveness of salt. 

Motorists should expect slick conditions and remain extra cautious at all times. Tips if you must travel:

  • Fill up your gas tank and pack winter weather essentials such as a cellphone charger, warm clothes, blankets, food, water, first-aid kit, washer fluid and an ice scraper.
  • Check the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel route and schedule.
  • Use extra caution in areas susceptible to ice, including ramps, bridges, curves and shady areas.
  • Give plows plenty of room and don’t pass unnecessarily. Move over for emergency responders.
  • Always wear a seat belt. It’s the law and your best protection in the event of a crash.
  • If you are involved in a crash, remain inside your vehicle. Exiting your vehicle near a busy roadway can have fatal consequences.
  • Carry a cellphone and dial *999 in the Chicago area for assistance in case of emergency. Reminder: Using handheld phones while driving is illegal in Illinois, unless it is an emergency situation.

Make sure to follow the village on Nextdoor, Twitter and Facebook! For regular updates on statewide road conditions, visit GettingAroundIllinois.com.

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Important questions (and answers) about snow operations in the Village:

Why is snow pushed into my driveway by the plows? 
This is an unavoidable inconvenience. During periods of snow, plows will clear the roads moving from the ‘crown’ of the road (or middle of the road) toward the outside curb. Plowing activities will continue until all the snow has been removed from the road. During long snow events, this clearing may result in multiple plowing passes from the middle, all the way to the curb, and could result in large deposits along the road easement (or road edge) including driveway aprons.

Am I permitted to shovel or snow blow my driveway into the street?
No, residents who deposit snow into the road from their driveway or sidewalk assume liability in the case of an accident or injury resulting from this act. Residents are encouraged to shovel or snow blow driveway snow ‘downstream’ from the direction of traffic (to the right facing the road from the garage).

When should I move my car off the street?
Village parking restrictions are clearly marked on posted signs at primary village entrances. In addition to the restrictions outlined on the posted signs, parking restrictions go into effect as soon as plowing operations have started. Residents are strongly encouraged to move vehicles off the streets as soon as winter weather arrives, as the equipment often must pass between vehicles that are parked legally on the street. This creates a potential hazard for the winter maintenance equipment, and slows down the overall response of the winter maintenance program. Please watch the weather and move vehicles from the road as soon as possible during winter weather.

What should I do if a plow damages my mailbox?  Or my parkway?
Public Works repairs or restores damage to parkways in the spring, following the end of the winter season. Damage to the parkway should be reported as soon as it is identified. Public Works repairs or replaces mailboxes and mailbox support posts that have been damaged by a ‘direct strike’ from the plow or plow vehicle. The department does not complete repairs caused by snow thrown from the plow. When purchasing a mailbox, sturdiness should be a consideration so that it can resist the force, weight and weep of snow caused by plows. No repairs or replacements will be completed on mailboxes or mailbox support posts that have been improperly installed. If a mailbox is in an unsatisfactory condition now, once the winter season approaches, and snow removal services are in full force, the conditions may only worsen. Please make sure your mailbox is up to code with a sufficiently supported post prior to the fast approaching winter season.

Why won’t the Village plow my sidewalk or my driveway?
The costs of such a program would be very prohibitive. Residents are expected to remove snow from their own driveways and sidewalks adjacent to their property so that pedestrians are not forced to walk in the street.

Why did the plow back up in my driveway?
When providing clearing services for dead end streets, this is a necessary maneuver as the plow drivers must operate the trucks safely and efficiently throughout our community.

Is Public Works responsible for winter maintenance on every road in Beach Park?
No. There are many roads throughout Beach Park that are maintained by agencies other than the Beach Park Public Works. State and county roads are each maintained by the jurisdictional agency. Problems or issues on these roads should be reported directly to the jurisdictional agency.

What should I do if it is my garbage day and plows are out clearing snow?
During winter maintenance activities, residents are strongly encouraged to place garbage and recycle cans back away from the curb, and inside the apron of the driveway so that blowing snow coming off the plow doesn’t knock the cans over. The closer the cans are placed to the curb, the greater the likelihood they will be knocked over during plowing operations.

Consider adopting a hydrant!
The village encourages residents to adopt a hydrant this winter by keeping the path around and to the hydrant clear of snow. The snow should be removed about three feet away from the hydrant in all directions, with a pathway cleared between the hydrant and the roadway, so local firefighters can access them readily. Thank you for your help – the home you save, may be your own!

What is the contact telephone number for Public Works if I have a question or a concern? 
During normal business hours: Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm | 847-246-6061. 
After hours, weekends and on holidays: 847-549-5200 This is the non-emergency number to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Have a seat and let your body move with your breath. This type of movement allows for the most gentlest ways of strengthening and lengthening your muscles and delicately releasing any pains in your joints. This is a FREE 45 minute chair yoga session open to ages 18 and up. For more information call the Zion/Benton Library at 847-872-4680 or visit www.zblibrary.info

 

Did you know that the Village and the Zion/Benton Public Library have partnered to bring library programs closer to Beach Park residents? All programs are offered at Village Hall and are FREE. For more information call the library at 847-872-4680 or visit www.zblibrary.info

Bilingual Storytime for Pre-schoolers

February 14, 2019 | 10:30 am – 11:00 am

March 14, 2019 | 10:30 am – 11:00 am

The entire family is welcome to join your preschooler for this free Spanish storytime! Delight and stimulate your child’s senses through books, rhymes, music and movement.

Toda la familia es bienvenida a venir con su niño/a prescolar para la hora de cuento en español gratis. Disfruta de cuentos, canciones, rimas y diversión. Tus niños podrán repasar los colores, números y movimientos de una forma divertida.

1. Remove all lights, ornaments, garland, tinsel and stands from the tree.
2. Make sure the tree is not wrapped in any plastic or placed inside a plastic bag.
3. Leave trees at the curb on any Saturday in January and it will be picked up for free.

Visit the Advanced Disposal website for more information.