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2020 Census: Support Your Community

Did you know that the Village of Crete forfeits $171.84 in tax revenue from the State of Illinois, for every person in Crete who doesn’t fill out the 2020 Census? The Census money is earmarked for things like local law enforcement and public works.

Now imagine that one percent of Crete, or 83 people, don’t participate in the census. That’s $14,192.00. But what if it’s 20{2ea2584bbd0afbe1d4d51a2518a34972430dfc33a61f1a011410a66bcc6148b4} of residents that don’t fill out the Census? The lost revenue is now $284,000.00, which might result in reduced law enforcement resources and more potholes in Crete roads.

The good news is that, with your help, there’s still time to avoid any potential issues. All you need to do is go to 2020census.gov before October 5th and fill out the form. You can also call 844-330-2020 and complete the process by phone.

The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential, so don’t worry about your answers being published.

If you’ve already completed the census, awesome! Thank you! If you could still help spread the word and maybe gently nudge any procrastinators around you and share the Census website or phone number with them, we’d really appreciate that too!

And remember, the deadline for the 2020 Census is October 5th, and the next Census is not until 2030, so we gotta make this one count. Go #TeamCrete!

Business Interruption Grant Webinars

The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program is multi-million program developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19.

BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. Funding may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs.

Applications for a second round of funding are now being accepted and can be found here. A total of $220 million will be made available for small businesses of all types in Illinois. Grants will be awarded and funded on a rolling basis until funding is depleted.  The grant size will be equivalent to two months of expenses.

The BIG program is open to all eligible businesses (for profit and nonprofit) with $20 million or less in annual revenue in 2019 and experienced losses due to COVID-19. Of the total funding, $70 million will be invested in Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs) and $60 million in heavily impacted industries. A map of the DIAs and the eligibility guidelines can be found on our website. 

The heavily impacted industries are defined as having annual revenues of $10 million or less and have been close or operating at a very diminished capacity since mid-March and are likely to continue to do so until Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. These industries include the following:

·         Event spaces

·         Music venues

·         Performing arts venues

·         Indoor recreation

·         Amusement parks

·         Movie theaters

·         Museums

·         Charter/shuttle buses

DCEO will be hosting webinars regarding this program. You can register for the webinars by using the links below:

Event:  Northeast Region Business Interruption Grant Webinar
Date and time:  Friday, September 25, 2020 2:00 pm
Event address:  https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=eae4c803e69f3132138ed9c902bf20d0e

Event:  Northeast Region Business Interruption Grant Webinar
Date and Time:  Monday, September 28, 2020 2:00 pm
Event Address:  https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb5ae540f4ac73d79af6b0fcdc96cd4fa

Event:  Northeast Region Business Interruption Grant Webinar
Date and time:  Wednesday, September 30, 2020 3:00 pm
Event address:  https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1b28c578db7ed2236ac96f8a0a0def37

Secretary of State event in Chicago Heights

A mobile Secretary of State event is scheduled for tomorrow in Chicago Heights, and will offer the following services:

• Renewal / correction of driver’s license.
• New / renewal / correction of state ID.
• License plate renewal stickers.
• Motor voter registration w/ renewal of DL / ID.
• Organ donor registration w/ renewal of DL / ID.
• Seniors age 65+, no charge for state ID.

Proper identification required for above services. For veteran designation, residents must bring their DD-214 or NAF 13038. For more information about veteran ID services, call the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 1-800-437-9824.

The event will be held Tuesday, September 22nd, from 10am to 2pm at:

Chicago Heights Park District
1400 Chicago Rd,
Chicago Heights, IL

Attendees must wear face coverings and follow social distancing rules.

Crete Featured Business: Dairy Queen

Crete Dairy Queen owner, Sam Patel, grew up in a small village. When he saw an opportunity to become a franchise owner in Crete, he felt it was a perfect fit.

Dairy Queen Crete is currently open for drive-thru only, and is located at: 1006 E Steger Rd Crete, IL 60417 (708) 304-2447

Crete Featured Business: Dairy Queen

Crete Dairy Queen owner, Sam Patel, grew up in a small village. When he saw an opportunity to become a franchise owner in Crete, he felt it was a perfect fit. Dairy Queen Crete is currently open for drive-thru only, and are located at: 1006 E Steger RdCrete, IL 60417(708) 304-2447

Posted by Village of Crete on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Crete Featured Business: Cone Cottage

On warm summer nights, the Cone Cottage in Crete is one of the most popular destinations for both residents and visitors.

And when the season comes to an end and the first snow falls, it is the promise of being reunited with that great tasting ice cream and hometown atmosphere, that gets many people through those cold winter months.

So, don’t delay, go get that cone today!

Crete Featured Business: Cone Cottage

On warm summer nights, the Cone Cottage in Crete is one of the most popular destinations for both residents and visitors. And when the season comes to an end and the first snow falls, it is the promise of being reunited with that great tasting ice cream and hometown atmosphere, that gets many people through those cold winter months.So, don't delay, go get that cone today!

Posted by Village of Crete on Thursday, July 16, 2020

Crete Police Department begins ‘Speed Campaign,’ aimed at reducing accidents and injuries.

For the next month or so, Crete officers will keep an extra watchful eye on motorists traversing Crete municipal roads. According to Chief Pieritz, some drivers have misinterpreted the COVID-19 crises as an opportunity to violate traffic laws without fear of repercussions, and Chief Pieritz asks that both residents and visitors slow down and obey traffic control devices, to avoid costly tickets or worse.

The campaign was made possible by an IDOT grant, which reimburses Crete Police Department 100{2ea2584bbd0afbe1d4d51a2518a34972430dfc33a61f1a011410a66bcc6148b4} of the officer hours used for the campaign.

Crete FD & PD Rescue Dog

It’s usually the ‘cat stuck in the tree’ story that the fire department responds to. This time, however, it was about a dog stuck in a hole. Last Tuesday, Crete Fire and Police responded to a call of a puppy who had fallen into a hole used in the construction of a deck. The quick action of the first responders resulted in the successful and safe rescue of the four-legged friend.

Great work by Crete Fire and Crete PD in saving this fur baby who had fallen into a hole. From barricaded subjects, to…

Posted by DC Pieritz on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Oxcart Permits

The Village of Crete now uses Oxcart Permit Systems LLC to manage permitting of transporting overweight/oversized loads. If you need to transport an overweight/oversized load on a village street, you should apply for a permit at: www.oxcartpermits.com.

FAQ about Face Coverings

This FAQ is intended to provide guidance regarding the application of the face-covering requirement in Executive Order 2020-32 for businesses and other places of public accommodation subject to Article 5 of the Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/.

I. When Face-Coverings are Required

What does it mean to wear a face-covering? A face-covering is a mask or cloth face-covering that is well secured and covers your nose and mouth. The face-covering should allow for breathing without restriction. There is no requirement to wear a hospital grade mask or other specific type or brand of face-covering. You may wear a homemade facecovering, provided that it fits closely and covers your nose and mouth. For more specific information on how to make or care for your face-covering, please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/mask-use.

Who is required to wear a face-covering? Executive Order 2020-32 requires that any person over the age of two wear a face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings are also required in public indoor spaces such as stores. Exceptions may be made for individuals with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face-covering. For more information, please see the questions on reasonable accommodations.

Do I have to wear a face-covering even if I am not sick? Yes. If you are in a public space, you are required to wear a face-covering even if you do not have symptoms or feel sick. People with COVID-19 are sometimes asymptomatic. They do not have fevers, coughs, or other symptoms of COVID-19. However, they could, unknowingly, spread the virus to others. Wearing a face-covering prevents the spread of COVID-19.

Does my child need to wear a face-covering? Yes. If your child is over two years old and does not have a medical condition or disability that prevents them from safely wearing a face-covering (such as respiratory, heart, or sensory issues), then your child is required to wear a face-covering if they are outdoors and unable to maintain a six foot distance from others or if they are in an indoor public space such as a store.

Can a store or business turn me away if I do not have a face-covering? Yes. A store or business can generally prohibit you from entering the building if you do not have a facecovering in order to protect the health of others. However, if you have a medical condition or disability that prevents you from safely wearing a face-covering, then you should speak with a store employee about a reasonable accommodation to help you obtain the services you need without endangering your health or the health of other shoppers. For more information, please see the questions on reasonable accommodations.

Am I required to wear a face-covering if I have already had COVID-19? Yes. Even if you have already had COVID-19, you still may be contagious or have the ability to pass the virus to others.

II. Exceptions and Reasonable Accommodations

Can a business require that I remove my face-covering in order to check my identity? Yes. There are certain circumstances when you may be required by a business to temporarily remove your face-covering for the purpose of checking identification, such as if you are purchasing alcohol, cannabis, or certain medicine. If you are asked to remove your face-covering in order to check identification, you should stand behind a partition, when present, or at least six feet away from other people and remove your face-covering carefully and without touching your face or the inside of the face-covering. You may ask the business to use hand sanitizer before removing your face-covering.

What if I have a medical condition or disability that prevents me from wearing a face-covering? If you have a medical condition or disability that prevents you from safely wearing a face-covering, you cannot be required to wear one. However, if you cannot wear one, you will need to request a reasonable accommodation and take extra precautions to protect yourself and others from contracting COVID-19. For more information, please see the questions on reasonable accommodations.

What is a reasonable accommodation? Though places of public accommodation, including businesses, reserve the right to refuse service to persons unable to comply with the requirement to wear a face-covering, they are required to provide a reasonable accommodation if it does not cause an undue hardship. Businesses are encouraged to inform their customers that there are exceptions to the requirement that all individuals must wear a mask. Individuals should either contact the business to request an accommodation ahead of their visit or do so upon arrival.

The individual and business should discuss a reasonable accommodation that will not cause the business an undue hardship or endanger other individuals. Some examples of accommodations that may be reasonable and not cause undue hardship are:

a. Provide the individual an opportunity to order by telephone or online and provide pickup at a special register or curbside or deliver to the individual’s home. b. Arrange for an employee to bring the individual the items for purchase and allow the individual to pay at a special register, over the phone, or at the front of the store.

What is a reasonable accommodation? (continued) c. Provide the individual with the opportunity to leave a list of items with the business and pick them up at a later time or arrange for delivery to the individual’s home. d. Provide the individual with an opportunity to shop during off-peak times where social distancing can be maintained.

What if a business refuses to consider my request for a reasonable accommodation? If a business refuses to consider your request for a reasonable accommodation, you should report the incident to the Illinois Department of Human Rights by visiting www.illinois.gov/dhr or by calling (312) 814-4320 or (866) 740-3953 (TTY).

Do I have to prove I have a medical condition or disability that prevents me from wearing a facecovering? No. Proof of a medical condition or disability is not required. It is enough to communicate that you have a medical condition or disability that prevents you from safely wearing a face-covering. You should speak to the business about how your medical condition or disability can be accommodated, for example, through shopping at off-peak times or using delivery services. For more information, please see the questions on reasonable accommodations.

III. Face-coverings and Non-discrimination

What if an employee asks me to remove my face-covering because the employee believes I look “suspicious”? It is a violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act for a business to take actions or profile a person based on factors such as their race, national origin, religion, or disability. Individuals who believe they have been profiled by a place of public accommodation, such as a business, can contact the Illinois Department of Human Rights to file a discrimination charge by visiting www.illinois.gov/dhr or by calling (312) 814-4320 or (866) 740-3953 (TTY).

Can a business impose different face-covering requirements based on race, national origin, religion, or age? No. A business must treat all people equally, without regard to certain protected bases such as their race, national origin, religion, or age. Individuals who believe they have been treated differently because of one or more protected bases can contact the Illinois Department of Human Rights to file a discrimination charge by visiting www.illinois.gov/dhr or by calling (312) 814-4320 or (866) 740-3953 (TTY).

What can I do if I believe a business is discriminating in the enforcement of its face-covering policy? If you believe that a business is discriminating against you or others in the enforcement of its face-covering policy, you should report the incident to the Illinois Department of Human Rights by visiting www.illinois.gov/dhr or by calling (312) 814-4320 or (866) 740-3953 (TTY).

2020 Animal Inoculation Day Canceled

The Village of Crete’s Annual Animal Inoculation Day normally held in May, has been canceled for 2020 due to the Covid-19 situation. We will reevaluate our options for next year. Please remember to review your Rabies Inoculation expiration and please renew your Village Animal Licenses by May 31st. Thank you for your understanding.

A Message from Com-Ed

At ComEd, we are committed to delivering safe and reliable energy to our customers in the communities we serve. And our highest priority in performing this critical role is the safety of our customers, communities and employees.

As all of us work to comply with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order, ComEd has taken additional steps to help ensure its residential customers across northern Illinois have access to electric service during this critical time. If customers are currently unable to travel to a walk-in location to make a payment, please be aware that ComEd is not disconnecting service for non-payment and is waiving all new late payment charges through May 1, 2020, or until the end of the governor’s state of emergency declaration, whichever is later. Since it is not critical at this time to visit a ComEd payment location to make a payment, ComEd offers mail and electronic payment options. We are also working with customers who contact us to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options to address their specific needs.

ComEd.com/CARE

Attention: Important Notice Regarding Your Recycling and Waste Service

Republic Services Logo

Attention:
Important Notice
Regarding Your Recycling
and Waste Service
Until further notice we will be operating under the following guidelines starting March
30th, 2020:
• We will accept cart contents or personalized cans only. Drivers will not be authorized to leave their
vehicle to pick up waste outside of the cart or personal cans.
• Yard waste and bulk waste programs will be suspended.
• It’s important to keep waste out of your recycling container.
Dear Valued customer,
We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation to make sure we’re doing the right thing for the health
and safety of our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve. Our number one priority is
safety, and that is at the forefront of every decision we make.
We provide an essential service to the country, and like the police and fire departments, it’s our
duty to help protect and serve the public, especially in times like these. While we are working hard
to ensure the highest quality customer service and minimal service disruption, the recent surge in
residential waste and unique challenges we face requires us to temporarily modify our service
offerings to keep your community clean and safe.
The Republic Services team remains committed to you throughout this crisis. We
appreciate your business and wish you all the best during this difficult time.
For updates, visit RepublicServices.com
©2020 Republic Services, Inc.

Village Offices Closed Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

The Village of Crete Public Buildings will be closed effective 12:00pm Friday March 20, 2020 until further notice.

Crete Village Hall, Police Department, Fire Stations, Emergency Management Agency and Public Works will be closed to the public.
Staff will be on hand to answer calls and provide services.

Residents and Businesses can pay Crete water bills using the following methods:
Online on our home page by clicking on the PSN payment service.
Dropping payment in the drop slot in the front door of the Village Hall at 524 W Exchange St or U.S. Mail.

Building Permit inquiries please call 708-672-2731 or email mesmith@w9k.c33.mywebsitetransfer.com

For Licensing or other inquires please call 708-672-5431 between 9 AM and 5 PM.

Thank you for cooperation, patience and understanding during these extraordinary times.