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The Building Division offers a backyard flooding assistance program. Building staff will work with property owners to assess the situation and design a drainage solution. While the cost of the installation is borne by the property owner, Building Division staff will assist by designing a solution. Visit our Community Development page for details.
No, some streets are under the jurisdiction of Skokie, or Cook County or Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). For a complete list of the jurisdictions, visit our
Yes. If you are interested in having a light placed in your alley, please call the Engineering Division at 847-933-8231. Public Works staff will then determine if your alley has the necessary infrastructure to support a light. If the necessary infrastructure is in place, an alley light will be installed and you will be billed a flat fee of $95 annually. This fee covers the costs of the light, its installation and the electricity supply.
During freezing conditions, homeowners should take the following precautions to prevent their pipes from freezing:
• Allow a continuous trickle of water to flow through faucet(s) to help minimize the chances of freezing pipes.
• Seal any leaks around doors or windows to reduce drafts that could lead to pipes freezing.
• Open cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathrooms to allow the heat from the house to circulate.
• Wrap interior piping running along outside walls with pipe insulation or heat tape.
A sign that your interior piping may be frozen is evident when there is a reduced trickle of water from your faucet. Do not attempt to thaw a frozen pipe yourself using an open flame. Contact a qualified plumbing contractor to do the work.
Yes. The Village maintains all trees on public parkways. Each parkway tree is pruned every five to seven years during winter months from November through March. This work is performed by a qualified contractor. Trees are pruned in order to remove hazardous deadwood, eliminate interference with low limbs, clear stop signs, street lights and buildings, reduce the effects of wind and ice on branch stability and repair storm damaged limbs. Parkway tree pruning is vital for the continued growth and health of a tree.
Yes. Residents with an open planting space on their parkway are invited to contribute to the Village's urban forest by planting a new tree in their parkway. The Village pays 50% of the costs to plant a new tree. The homeowner may select from a list of suitable parkway trees that are offered for both the fall and spring planting seasons. For more information or to obtain an application for the Cost Share Parkway Tree Planting Program (PDF).
Yes. Dutch Elm Disease (DED) is an aggressive pathogen that kills trees and is considered the most costly shade-tree disease. Unfortunately, the disease is still active in Skokie because there are still more than 400 susceptible parkway elms. The good news is that DED can be managed so that minimal trees are impacted. The removal of infected or dead elm wood is the most important control of DED. Elm bark beetles that spread the disease breed in this old wood. If you spot an American elm that is losing its leaves, wilting or turning yellow well before the fall, please call the Forestry Division.
Yes. The Village provides a 50/50 cost share fungicide treatment program for parkway elms to help control the disease. Residents who have an American elm are eligible to participate in this program. The treatment consists of injecting a liquid fungicide into the water-conducting tissue of the tree. It has a very good success rate in preventing DED infection from the feeding of elm bark beetles for up to three years. After three years, the tree must be retreated for continued protection from DED. Residents with a private elm may contact the Village's contractor to have their tree treated for the same cost.
In summer 2006, the destructive insect was found in several nearby towns, and Skokie is in the quarantine area established by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA). In April 2007, the IDOA confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer in a tree at Crawford and Grant Avenues in northeast Skokie. Skokie has approximately 3,000 ash trees, representing 12% of the Village's 24,000 trees growing on public property. Each year, Village foresters perform a systematic survey of all parkway ash trees. Those determined to be in poor condition or with evidence of emerald ash borer infestation are marked with white paint for removal. Residents are notified if a tree on their parkway will be removed. The Village does not offer financial assistance for the removal of trees on private property. Residents concerned about an ash tree on their property are encouraged to call an International Society of Arboriculture-certified arborist who has signed the "Emerald Ash Borer Compliance Agreement" with the IDOA.
If you have a new or young tree in your parkway or on your property, keep it healthy by watering it during dry periods. New trees need about one inch of rain per week to become established. If they do not receive this rain, provide a deep soak by gently running the hose at the base of the tree for about an hour. Maintaining a ring of mulch around the base of the tree two to three inches deep will keep the soil moist longer. However, do not pile or place mulch against the trunk of the tree; this will cause the bark to rot and decay, which will eventually kill the tree.
Please contact the Public Works Department, who will determine if cart patching is possible, or if replacement of the lid, body or both components is necessary. The Refuse Collection Division replaces carts systematically and does not replace carts on a call-in basis.
Collections are made twice per week for residents who reside in single-family homes. Residents who live north of Greenleaf have their containers emptied on Mondays and Thursdays. Residents that live south of Greenleaf have their containers emptied on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Brush and yard debris are collected every Wednesday from early April through mid-November, and requests are no longer required for collection. Yard waste must be set out in 30-gallon, biodegradable paper bags; brush can be tied in small bundles with biodegradable twine or string, not exceeding four feet in length. The Village of Skokie does not collect grass clippings, dirt, or logs. On weeks with a Monday holiday, such as Memorial Day and Labor Day, and sometimes Fourth of July, yard waste is collected on the Saturday following the holiday.
General household refuse must be drained of surplus liquids, bagged and securely tied. Yard Waste must be contained in paper yard waste bags. Small and large brush must bagged or bundled. Each branch cannot exceed three inches in diameter and cannot extend longer than five feet in length. Yard waste bags may not exceed 40 pounds per bag. Construction waste, except for small do-it-yourself jobs, is not collected. Any waste from small, do-it-yourself jobs must be placed in boxes or waterproof bags, no heavier than 40 pounds. Household hazardous waste can be collected in small amounts if it is contained in sealed containers. Paint is collected as long as it is dried prior to collection. Needles are also collected, but must be placed in a sharps container. The Village does not collect motor oil and lead batteries. Recycling materials must be placed in the recycling cart for collection. All cans, cartons and jars must be rinsed prior to disposal. Motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze and charcoal lighter fluid containers are not accepted.
You may recycle used CFL bulbs at the Skokie Health Department, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For specific information, please call the Skokie Health Department at 847-933-8252.
Yes, the Skokie Health Department has a variety of recycling/disposal programs available to residents. These include:
Call the Health Department at 847-933-8252 for more information about these programs.
The street sweeping program normally begins in March and runs through mid-December (weather permitting). The Village uses three street sweepers Monday through Friday on staggered schedules.
The Public Works Department makes every effort to sweep residential streets every five to seven days. Delays sometimes occur due to inclement weather, equipment repairs and holidays.
It is difficult to determine exactly when a particular street or concrete alley will be swept due to external factors or weather uncertainties that influence the schedule, but the Public Works Department makes every effort to sweep residential streets every five to seven days.
Yes. The Public Works Department makes every effort to sweep concrete alleys depending on time and operational needs on a monthly basis. Delays sometimes occur due to inclement weather, equipment repairs, and holidays.
The Public Works Department makes every effort to sweep multi-family residential areas monthly, beginning the first full week of the month on Wednesday and Thursday, except in the month of November. Delays sometimes occur due to inclement weather, equipment repairs and holidays.
Yes. The days and times of street sweeping in multi-family areas will be posted on parkway trees with cardboard signs at least 24 hours prior to sweeping. The sweeping will occur on one side of the street on one day, with the alternate side swept the next day.
To ensure that street sweeping is effective, multi-family areas residents must remove parked vehicles from the street during scheduled street sweeping days. Vehicles not moved from multi-family areas by 9 a.m. will be ticketed.
There are two ways to dispose of your leaves. You may rake your leaves to the curb where they are collected once per week. Every street is scheduled for a weekly collection. However, collection schedules vary due to leaf volume and weather. If you prefer to bag your leaves, Village crews will collect yard waste bags on Wednesdays through mid-November. For additional information, please call the Public Works Department at 847-933-8427.