CHANNAHON – “No dumping” signs will be posted on property located behind 24721 S. Potawatomie Trail due to people dumping garbage and causing hazardous conditions for people living nearby.
Homeowners Dave and Janet Jones of the property at 24721 S. Potawatomie Trial told the Channahon Village Board on Monday of several instances of people dumping their garbage there, including neighbors. The Joneses said this has been going on for quite a while, and when Dave Jones approached one alleged perpetrator, the man responded that he didn’t see a sign not to.
“It makes the neighborhood look bad, makes Channahon look bad, and it’s just not right,” Dave Jones said.
His wife said the worst part was that two fires had begun in the trash last year. One was while their 13-year-old son was home alone.
“The flames were 15 feet high,” she said.
Janet Jones said the fireman told her it was spontaneous combustion and the fire was within five minutes of reaching their house.
Village President Joe Cook said a sign would be put up and the village would look into the situation.
“And don’t hesitate to call the police,” he added.
Also at the board meeting, a tree replacement program was approved.
Residents who have parkway trees infected with the emerald ash borer may begin participating in the program.
The village and the Channahon Tree Board began working on the program when the emerald ash borer was identified in town in 2011. The borer is an invasive Asian beetle that feeds on the inner bark of ash trees, according to tree board member Fred Henize, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients and killing it.
A survey commissioned by the village two years ago found 29 percent of all its parkway trees are ash, and a program to remove the diseased trees began last year. Replacement of those and others will begin this year.
Public works staff will identify and tag stricken trees along parkways, which are the strips of land between sidewalks and streets. Homeowners may also call the village to report diseased trees. If residents want the trees replaced, they can notify the village. Each resident would share the cost of the new tree 50-50 with the village and would have to take care of the tree for the first few years.
The village would do routine maintenance on the trees as they grow.
Channahon Community Development Director Mike McMahon said $10,000 has been set aside for the replacement program. If the funds run out this year, a waiting list will be started. Residents may choose from a list of approved parkway trees on the village’s website listed under Ordinance 158.