Township News Spring 2010 Township News Spring 2010
Going Green In
Joliet Township Senior Companion Program Fills Needs For All
Energy Star Rebates We all need to be needed, and as we get older, it becomes more challenging and training workshops throughout the year.
to satisfy that desire. The Senior Companion Program understands that For more information how to become a Senior Companion or if you wish
Consumers have already begun to receive desire and offers adults age 55 and older an opportunity to feel needed and to arrange for this service for a family member or a loved one, please call
Everyone Counts in 2010 Township Programs
their ENERGY STAR point of purchase appreciated by assuming a meaningful role in the life of a homebound senior Catholic Charities at 815-933-7791.
rebates on qualifying heating and cooling by becoming a Senior Companion Volunteer.
equipment through participating contractors The three main responsibilities are to provide socialization opportunity and Services
and water heaters at participating retailers as for the client, provide transportation to such places as medical offices, hair
long as funding lasts. salons, grocery stores, and to provide respite relief for family members of Stand up and be counted in U.S. Census • General Assistance
Basic needs allowance:
During Earth Week, April 16-25, 2010, the client. Rent, food, utilities, clothing,
consumers will be able to get point of purchase rebates on ENER- Joliet Township Government is joining with the U.S. funding, and guides local decision makers on where to
Senior Companion volunteers receive a modest, tax-free stipend, personal and household items
GY STAR qualified clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, Census Bureau to encourage your participation in build new roads, hospitals, childcare and senior citizen
reimbursement of transportation costs, a stipend for meals, a free annual for eligible applicants.
This year’s Earth Day celebration on April 22nd will mark the event’s freezers, and room air conditioners. Rebates will be available for the historic 2010 Census. centers, schools, and more. Businesses use
physical exam, accident and liability insurance while on duty and more. Recipients must participate in
40th Anniversary of the occasion which was founded in 1970 by items purchased at participating retailers. For more information The purpose of the census is to count data to locate supermarkets, new housing,
Volunteers generally visit with two or four individuals for a total of 20 a Community Work Program
Gaylord Nelson, who was then U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. Nelson and an updated list of participating contractors and retailers, visit every person living in the United States, and other facilities.
hours per week to share a meal together, reminisce about old times, play set up through the township
proposed the first nationwide environmental protest to “shake up the www.ildceo.net/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/ and click including people of all ages, races, ethnic Census Day is April 1, 2010, but
cards or games, share information about current events and community and look for employment.
political establishment and force the issue onto the national agenda.” on the Illinois ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program link. groups, citizens, and non-citizens. Census questionnaires will be delivered or
activities, and shop together at local grocery stores and malls.
“It was a gamble,” he recalls, “but it worked.” The U.S. Constitution mandates this headcount every mailed to households throughout March of 2010. • Employment Assistance/
Presented through Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, participants in
ten years. The results of the census determines our local With only ten questions, it’s the shortest census form Workfare Program
the Senior Companion Program must meet income eligibility requirements
Local Events In & Around Joliet Township include: and be at least 60 years old. They must participate in an orientation meeting
The Senior Companion Program helps volunteers feel appreciated as they Congressional representation, affects our community in the entire history of the United States. Assisting those who are
help local homebound seniors.
receiving general assistance.
Community Clean Up Day
Volunteers meet at St. Sava Church—3457 Black Road, Joliet
Cold Cash News From The Supervisor We partner with Illinois
WorkNet and the Workforce
Investment Board of Will
8:00 AM–Noon ComEd will pay you $25 for your old working fridge or freezer,
pick it up and recycle it for FREE!
Design by: J.V. Murphy & Associates | www.jvmurphy.com Working To Serve You Better County helping those who
are unemployed and looking
GR2010: Celebrating Sustainability Festival If you’ve got an older, working second fridge or freezer keeping During these difficult We are here to help our neighbors in Joliet Township, for active employment.
Saturday, May 22, 2010 your soft drinks or ice cream cold, it’s probably costing you more times, I would like to and I feel it is important to support organizations that
Joliet Public Library—Black Road Branch money than you think. • Pre-Employment
assure the residents make our neighborhoods a better place to live.
9:00 AM–4:00 PM For a limited time, ComEd will pay you $25 to turn in that old Bus Tickets
of Joliet Township Many organizations need volunteers. I encourage
For information, call the Joliet Public Library at 815-740-2660. fridge or freezer. Provides qualified individuals
that we are work- you to donate your time whenever possible.
The public is invited to experience the latest developments in renewable Working with JACO Environmental, they will pick it up for free with transportation to and
ing hard to provide
energy and green technology at a first-of-its-kind festival focusing on the and recycle it in an environmentally responsible way. from work interviews. Proof
assistance and ser-
environment. For information please call 815-260-6011 or click on If you have an older working window air conditioner, they will of employment or job
vices to as many
www.earthday.net/node/18247 or www.cooljoliet.net recycle that as well. searches is required.
people as possible
Restrictions apply. For details or to schedule a pick up, visit: who are in need. • Animal Control
1 PM–4 PM
Film Series Schedule www.ComEd.com or call (888) 806-2273. The Town Board
8:30 AM–12 Noon Pick up of stray animals,
Joliet Public Library—Black Road Branch Daniel L. Vera continues to be adoption of dogs and cats,
6:30 PM–8:30 PM good stewards of and trap rental for small
the tax monies each year funding over 20 social wildlife.
> April 29 Garbage—The Revolution Starts at Home service agencies and organizations in our Township while
Fax: 815.726.4785 • Medical Caseworker/
providing direct services through our General Assis-
> May 6 The Future of Foods
Phone: 815.726.4781 Special Services
tance offices with Employment Assistance Counseling,
Reviews all general assistance|
Joliet, IL 69432 Utility, Food, Medical and Rental Assistance, and Pictured above left to right: Steve Larranaga,
> May 13 Dirt! The Movie Permit No. 349 cases with special medical
175 West Jefferson Street referrals to other agencies in our community. owner of Joliet Litho-Print; Dan Vera, Joliet Town-
ship Supervisor; and Al Bucciarelli, sales rep with needs. Provides resources for
If you or someone you know is in need, please call
Reinhart Food Service working as volunteers in the Rx prescription drug needs
> May 20 Fresh—New thinking about what we’re eating 815-726-4781 to make an appointment to meet
U.S. POSTAGE kitchen at the St. Paul the Apostle Friday Fish Fry
and referrals to the Will
STANDARD with a caseworker. Events.
PRESORTED Grundy Medical Clinic.
Call 815-726-4781 for details.
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News From The Highway Commissioner Employee Spotlight Saluting Excellence In Our Schools
What’s Your Sign? Cornelia J. Malone has always had a natural passion Emergency Food and Shelter through United Way.
for helping and caring for others. Born in Mississippi, she She is a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and serves Joliet Central Wins First Place
Do you reside on a street or road that is identified with a green moved to Joliet in 1972. While here, she attained a Bach- on various ministries and is a 25-year member of Alpha
In January, six students and their sponsors from They won the title with a time of 44:22 compet-
sign? If so, then your street lies within the boundaries of the City of elors Degree in Social Work from Lewis University. Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Joliet Central High School were recognized by ing against Elkhart Area Career Center.
Joliet. If your sign is blue, then you live on an unincorporated Joliet Cornelia has over 30 years of local experience in social Married to George L. Malone, they are proud par-
the Town Board on the occasion of winning First Participating students included Tim Covarrubia,
Township street or road. work. For 5 years, she worked as a social worker in the ents of one daughter, Crystal, who last year received her
Place at the 2009 Hot Rodder’s of Tomorrow Barndon Gabel, Patrick McCarney, James Seeley,
Color-coded street signs are an important clue for municipal and Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC) and 7 years Masters of Fine Arts in Dance degree and is currently resid-
Engine Challenge National Championship. Kevin Smith and Jacob Strom.
township workers to correctly identify boundary lines. in a similar position for The Salvation Army before joining ing in New York City.
James J. Maffeo The Joliet Town board recently recognized six Joliet The competition requires the challenging The sponsors of the competition were Mark
When you notice a green street sign that is missing or damaged, the Joliet Township Government Office. Central H.S. students on winning the 2009 Hot teams to disassemble and reassemble a Brannick and Dave Haberkorn.
please contact the City of Joliet, Engineering Division/Sign Initially, she began as a Caseworker at the Township and Rodder’s of Tomorrow Engine Challenge National
Championship. 350 Chevy Engine using only hand tools.
“As your Joliet Township Department at 815-724-4200. worked her way up to Director of General Assistance
Highway Commissioner, I For missing or damaged blue signs, please contact the Township where she is responsible for the daily operation of the
look forward to continuing Highway Department at 815-722-6646. Our regular business hours General Assistance Program, which provides general
Joliet West Students Produce Two
the effort of keeping our
roads safe for all residents are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. After hours services to those who meet eligibility guidelines.
or on the weekend, please leave a message or email our offices at Name: Cornelia J. Malone
Successful Plays To Benefit Easter Seals
and visitors.” She has worked at the Township for over 20 years and
RoadDistrict@joliettownship.net Title: Director; General Assistance
has served the community on numerous boards including
Program of Joliet Township.
the Help Food Pantry, YMCA, Community Service Council, Joliet Township Government sponsored two student-produced plays at Joliet West High School this year.
Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, Hospice, and Will County The money donated helped the students buy the rights for Check Please by Jonathon Rand and Black
Comedy by Peter Shafer.
Dial-A-Ride Bus Service Watch for future editions of the Joliet Township Newsletter to place one of our employees in the spotlight so you may
become familiar with those who serve Township Residents throughout the year.
The donation also assisted the high school theatre group in funding the set creation for both plays.
All proceeds from both performances benefited Easter Seals of Joliet. Joliet West students donated the proceeds from
their two plays to United Way Easter Seals.
PACE has contracted with a private carrier to provide Dial-A-Ride Bus Service to Joliet Township residents age 60+ or The plays were presented earlier this year and were well received.
residents of any age who have a disability.
The service operates Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM and operates within Homer, Jackson, Joliet, Lockport,
Plainfield, and Troy Townships. One way Intra Township fares are $1.25 and One Way Inter-Township fares are $2.00.
Rides are scheduled 24 hours in advance by calling 1-800-244-4410 or TYY 1-800-393-4232 the day before your
Town Clerk On The Job JCA Girls Class 3A News From The Assessor
trip, with the exception of subscription service requests which need to be scheduled on Thursday of the week prior to which the service is needed.
The service does not operate on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Champs Illinois law currently provides taxpayers with four Homestead
The most important job that the Town Clerk’s office insure that the contents no longer needed to be kept. The The Town Board recognized the Joliet Catholic Exemptions, the use of which will lower the amount of proper-
performs is the maintaining of the records and it is no entire process took over 6 months to complete. Academy Girls Volleyball Team on winning the ty tax owed to the County Treasurer. The exemptions include:
Medical Equipment Loan Program
simple task. Some of the records dated back to the 1970’s but the 2009 Class 3A State Championship at Red Bird General Homestead Exemption
Minutes, correspondence, contracts, bids, and inven- majority were from 1990-2009. The former Clerk had Arena at Illinois State University in Normal Illinois. This exemption lowers the equalized assessed value of the
tory records all have different levels of importance and completed a similar process in 2001. The Team captured its second straight cham- property up to $5,000. To qualify, you must own the property
Did you know that Joliet Township residents may contact the Township Office to temporarily borrow donated medical standards for maintaining. It’s important to be able to The next task at hand will be to review our records pionship title and third since 2003. and must have lived in the property prior to January first of
equipment? The use of the equipment is free of charge and it may be picked up at the Township Office. If you or your locate records as quickly as possible when the Town Board retention listing to insure that all of the types of records Coach Christine Scheibe and senior player the year you apply.
organization would like to donate medical equipment to the Equipment Closet for others to use, please call us at 815- or citizens request information. are being maintained and archived according to current Alyssa Warren accepted the honorary resolution Senior Homestead Exemption
726-4781. We are currently in need of wheel chairs, but will gratefully consider all medical equipment donations. The records of the Township are maintained according to standards. congratulating the team players, coaches, faculty, Persons age 65 or older who meet qualifications for the
standards in the Local Records Act, which is administered As we all know, new types of documents and corre- staff, students, parents, and alumni on another General Homestead Exemption may receive a $3,500 reduc-
James A. Brenczewski tion in equalized assessed value. A copy of the deed and proof
by the Illinois State Archives, Local Records Unit, within spondence are invented every day. We now have e-mail outstanding triumph. Assessor
of age will be required.
Town Board Supports Free Clinic
the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State. correspondence to be aware of, computer files, and voice
Beth Ann May Last summer and fall, my staff and I reviewed boxed mail records. Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption
Town Clerk This exemption freezes the assessment on your property. To qualify, you must have owned
and stored records to determine if any could be destroyed. Keeping up with the current standard of all the records, Class 3A State
This past December, we were able to destroy 190 cubic old and new, is critical to the history of the Township. Championship and occupied the property for two years starting January 1st, be age 65 or older, and have a
Joliet Township Government Officials and staff members recently attended the Will-Grundy Medical “I am honored to be able JCA Girls
feet or 119 banker’s boxes of records. The Clerk is the Keeper of the Records and we take maximum gross household income of $45,000. You must apply and qualify every year.
Clinic Annual Dinner where they were recognized for their annual contribution and support of the Free to serve the people of Volleyball Team
Most of these records were general administrative files, that statement very seriously at Joliet Township. Homestead Improvement Exemption
Clinic’s important programs. Joliet Township.”
contracts, bids, financial journals, and ledgers and paid If you make a qualified improvement or an addition to the home that you own and occupy,
Seated left to right in photo: Jim Brenczewski, Assessor; Jeff Wallace, Trustee; Sue Bustin, Medical
bills and invoices. the assessment increase due to that alteration may be kept off the tax rolls for 4 years. There is
Caseworker; Cornelia Malone, General Assistance Director. Standing left to right: Bob Wisniewski, Trustee; Dan Vera, Township Supervisor; and
Every box was reviewed, documented and researched to a maximum $25,000 assessed value that may be exempted.
Gerry Pubentz, Workfare Investigator.
You may file for all of these exemptions at the Township Assessor’s Office.
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