Winter Weather Information
Now that winter is upon us, the village has prepared a few friendly reminders for residents:
SNOW PARKING ORDINANCE
In an effort to keep our residents safe and streets cleared during the winter, the Village of Romeoville would like to remind residents of the Snow Parking Ordinance. The guidelines are as follows:
• Odd-even parking will go into effect upon the accumulation of 2 inches of snow on the village streets and will remain in effect until snow removal operations are complete. Odd/Even street parking requires residents to park along the odd-numbered side of village streets on odd-numbered calendar days and on the even-numbered side of village streets on even numbered calendar days.
• The switch over time for odd-even parking is 6:00 am.
• The fine for snow related parking violations is $50.00.
• Officers will patrol village streets and immediately issue parking citations and a 24 hour tow notice to any vehicles found in violation of the odd-even parking ordinance.
• Vehicles parked on streets designated as parking prohibited after two inches of snow fall will be ticketed and towed immediately.
• Parking citations for blocking the sidewalk will not be issued until the snow removal operations are complete.
These restrictions do not apply to Grand Haven, Highpoint, Wespark (besides Wespark Pkwy, Wespark Circle and Wespark Blvd.), Lakewood Falls (unincorporated), Carillon, Remington, Malibu Bay Townhomes and Romeo Gardens.
Odd-even parking restrictions do not apply when there is no parking on one side of the street.
For a video version of this breakdown, click here.
During snow events, the Romeoville Police may knock on your door, sometimes during very odd hours, as the plows come through. This is a courtesy attempt to have your vehicle moved off the street so that you are not ticketed and towed. The Romeoville Police encourage our residences to verify it is an officer before opening your door.
If you are in need of a warming center, please call the Police Department at 815-886-7219 and they will direct you. Please note that those in need of a warming center must follow all CDC health policies (wearing a mask, social distancing) to enter any village building.
Village residents experiencing an outage can report it in a variety of ways through ComEd. Residents can use their mobile device to call, text, fill out an online form or report using the ComEd Mobile App or Facebook Outage App. Residents may also register for outage alerts to receive information of outages affecting the area as well as outage status updates. For more information on how to register for alerts or report outages, as well as getting the latest information, click here.
- Avoid traveling beside a snowplow for extended periods
- A plow driver's field of vision is restricted. If you can't see their mirrors, they can't see you.
- Don't pass a snowplow when visibility is limited. Snow clouds caused by plows can reduce visibility to zero and conceal other vehicle hazards.
Help our Snow plow crews
The Village of Romeoville plows have 270 lane miles of road to clear, starting with the main roads and moving into residential. The easier it is for them to plow, the quicker it gets done. You can help them in three simple ways.
- Please put your garbage cans on your driveway or in the grass, not in the street. The plows have to weave around the cans, which not only slows them down, but also doesn’t allow them to clean the street as well.
- If possible, don’t leave your car in the street. Just like the trash cans, plows have to weave around the car and won’t be able to clear the snow around it.
- Don’t snow blow or shovel snow into the street. This snow can freeze and create a slick spot in the road, especially if the plows don’t come around again. The goal is to get the roads clean and free from ice. Help our plows keep it that way.
For an expanded video version of how you can help our plow drivers, click here.
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
The Village of Romeoville would like to encourage everyone to be a good neighbor. Think about neighbors and friends who do not have the ability to shovel snow from public sidewalks, their walkways and driveways. Let neighbors know ahead of time if you are willing to help. Check with these neighbors after a storm to be sure they are okay and ask if they need assistance.
Help Clear Fire Hydrants
The Romeoville Fire Department asks residents and businesses to help in keeping fire hydrants clear of ice and snow. It’s important for the Fire Department to have approximately three feet around the hydrant so they have an area to work and to get quick access in case of a fire. If a hydrant is lost or buried in snow, firefighters can lose valuable time trying to locate it when they first arrive at a fire
- If pipes run through cabinets or vanities, open the doors to let warmer room temperature air flow in.
- Keep water moving through the pipes by allowing a small trickle of water to run. The cost of the extra water is typically lower than the cost of repairing a broken pipe.
If your pipes do freeze, here are three things to keep in mind.
- Shut off the water immediately. Don't attempt to thaw pipes without turning off the main shut-off valve.
- You can melt the frozen water in the pipe by warming the air around it with a hair dryer or space heater. Be sure not to leave space heater unattended and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames.
- Once pipes are thawed, slowly turn the water back on and check pipes and joints for any cracks or leaks that might have been caused by freezing.