Village of Algonquin New Resident Guide by yaofenjin


									Village of Algonquin
New Resident Guide
                                                                             Dear Resident,
                                                                             Welcome to the Village of Algonquin! Algonquin is an
Welcome Message....................................................2         active and growing community in the Fox River Valley re-
Village History..........................................................3   gion with a vibrant community spirit. We are a friendly vil-
                                                                             lage with an outstanding quality of life. We are proud of
Village Timeline........................................................4
                                                                             our heritage and equally proud of our reputation as an
Form of Government................................................5          attractive and progressive village. Our village offers a
                                                                             plethora of options to those in Algonquin, from our vast
Village Clerk’s Office.................................................6
                                                                             amount of shopping and dining, to our historic downtown
Village Meetings.......................................................6     nestled on the beautiful Fox River. We are a truly wel-
                                                                                                                                            "The mission of the people of Algonquin is to foster a
Village Departments.................................................7        coming community with plenty to offer our residents and
                                                                             guests.                                                          harmonious, distinctive community with a strong
General Information................................................10
                                                                                                                                            sense of place, preserving its ecological and historical
Parks and Recreation..............................................18         Our community offers superb amenities such as parks &
                                                                             nature preserves, quality schools & libraries, and close
                                                                                                                                            richness, providing a safe and comfortable environ-
Going Green.............................................................21
                                                                             proximity to commuter rail & tollway access to name just         ment through a responsible use of community re-
Municipal Court.....................................................22       a few. Algonquin is a wonderful place to call home, with
                                                                                                                                             sources, and developing ownership and pride in the
                                                                             top-notch public safety services combined with out-
Red Light Enforcement..........................................23
                                                                             standing neighborhoods maintained by strong Village            community through significant citizen involvement in
Contact Information...............................................24         departments. We are devoted to providing our residents
                                                                                                                                                    all civic, social, and cultural affairs.
                                                                             and visitors with the best environment possible. In an ef-
                                                                             fort to build upon this fine tradition, the Village of Al-
                                                                             gonquin presents to you our new resident guide. This            To this end, we will provide for the needs of today,
                                                                             guide is a valuable resource to the many services we cur-
                                                                             rently offer to our residents.
                                                                                                                                             prepare for the demands of tomorrow, and remain
                                                                                                                                                     mindful and respectful of the past."
                                                                             Our goal is to provide the best level of services available
                                                                             to the citizens of Algonquin. We welcome and rely upon
                                                                             input from you and all Algonquin residents. Please visit
                                                                             our website ( often, and if you have
                                                                             any questions or we can serve you in any way, do not hes-
                                                                             itate to utilize the Service Request & Feedback section
                                                                             of our website.

     Citizens enjoying a Thursday night summer concert at                    Sincerely,
    Riverfront Park organized by the Village of Algonquin.                   The Village of Algonquin Elected Officials & Staff

2                                                                                                                                                                                Village of Algonquin
The Village of Algonquin was settled in 1834 and in-          This building served municipal officials in various capac-
corporated in 1890 and sits in both Kane and McHenry          ities (including a library, school, and municipal offices)                          Village History...
Counties. Located approximately 47 miles northwest            until they moved to the current Village Hall, located at
of the Chicago Loop, the Village has seen significant         2200 Harnish Drive, in 1996. Historic Village Hall now
growth over the last decade. Through managed devel-           serves as a community facility and meeting center.
opment and growth of the community, the Village aims to
maintain its friendly and community-oriented atmosphere.      A highlight in Algonquin's diverse history is the period
                                                              from 1906 to 1913, when the Algonquin Hill Climbs
Pottowatomi Indians originally inhabited the Algonquin        took place. In those days, if an automobile could suc-
area. Algonquin’s rich history as a town began when first     cessfully climb the hills of Algonquin, that machine imme-
settler Samuel Gillilan arrived in this area from Virginia.   diately met with the stamp of public approval. The event
Fellow settlers Dr. Cornish, Dr. Plumleigh, Eli Hen-          had national participation, and the "Algonquin Cup"
derson, Alex Dawson, and William Jackson soon fol-            was a very prestigious and coveted award. The two hills
lowed. Often referred to as the "Gem of the Fox River         used were Phillips Hill (Route 31 to the cemetery), and       Looking east down Chicago Street(now Algonquin Road)
Valley," Algonquin is nestled in the foothills of the Fox     Perry Hill (south of town, now Lundstrom Lane). When                   through downtown Algonquin in 1910.
River Valley. In its early years, residents of the Village    use of Perry Hill was discontinued, the Village built a
had difficulty finding a name. Denny's Ferry, Cornish         new road for the climbs in the vicinity of what is now
Ferry, Cornishville, and Osceola were all considered.         known as Huntington Drive Hill. Hill Climb Park, lo-
Finally, the town fathers met and selected the name "Al-      cated at Circle Drive and Huntington Drive, opened in
gonquin" on the suggestion of Mr. Samuel Edwards              2004. This park offers recreational opportunities and
from the name of a ship he once owned. The name Al-           includes interpretive signage and other features in recog-
gonquin became official on December 23, 1847.                 nition of Algonquin's historic hill climbs.

The town expanded with the construction of the railroad       Over the years, Algonquin has developed into a growing
in 1855, which provided another means for farmers and         and thriving community, with its solid base of residential
producers of dairy goods to transport their products to       and commercial development as well as an expanding in-
Chicago markets. Along with its commercial trade, the         dustrial/business sector. Algonquin is five miles north
town also became a popular summer vacation spot for           of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90). Major
Chicago residents. On February 25, 1890, Algonquin            regional arteries through the Village include Illinois         Looking east across the Algonquin Road bridge over the
residents voted to incorporate as a village.                  Route 31, Illinois Route 62, and Randall Road. Algo-                            Fox River in 1940.
                                                              nquin is located approximately 30 miles from O'Hare In-
A village hall was erected in downtown Algonquin (2 S.        ternational Airport, which offers direct flights to
Main Street) in 1906, and was constructed by Blair and        destinations around the world. Neighboring Lake in the
Summer of Janesville, WI for $6,848. The structure,           Hills Airport can accommodate light to medium twin-en-
which was completed on January 31, 1907, initially            gine aircraft and many turboprops 24 hours per day.
                                                                                                                           Did you know?
housed the sprinkling wagon and fire department, the jail,    The airport also offers charter and rental services.         Algonquin is approximately 865 feet above sea level.
council chambers, clerk's office, and a vault for records.

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Village History...                                                Quality education is available to Algonquin residents.        1960:   Census shows that the Village’s population is
                                                                  School districts 158 and 300 serve students from ele-                 2,014.
                                                                  mentary age through high school. There are also several
A portion of this history was excerpted from "History of Algo-    private schools and quality child care centers in the area.   1970:   Census shows that the Village’s population
nquin (1834-1994)," prepared by the Algonquin Historic            A portion of the Village lies within Community College                is 3,515.
                                                                  District 509, served by Elgin Community College.
Commission as an addendum to the comprehensive plan of the
                                                                  Community College 528, served by McHenry County               1980:   Census shows that the Village’s population
Village of Algonquin. For more information on Algonquin's         College, also encompasses a segment of Algonquin.                     is 5,834.
fascinating history, contact the Algonquin Historic Commission    Both colleges offer technical, vocational, and two year
at 847-658-4322 or attend one of their meetings held on the       associate degree programs. Algonquin is also within           1990:   Census shows that Village’s population is
                                                                  driving distance of a number of major colleges and uni-               11,663.
second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm.
                                                                  versities within the Chicago area as well as satellite cam-
                                                                  pus locations.                                                1992:   Construction begins on the Prairie Trail Bike

Village Timeline...                                                                                                             1996:   New Village Hall is constructed at 2200
                                                                  1834:    Samuel Gillilan arrives from Virginia to                     Harnish Drive.
                                                                           become the area’s first settler.
                                                                                                                                2000:   Census shows that Village’s population is
                                                                  1847:    Town fathers select “Algonquin” as the area’s                23,276.
                                                                           formal name.
                                                                                                                                2001:   Construction begins at Algonquin Corporate
                                                                  1855:    First railroad is constructed, connecting                    Campus.
                                                                           Algonquin to Chicago.
                                                                                                                                2003:   New Public Works Facility is built at 110
                                                                  1890:    With 39 votes cast, Algonquin incorporates as                Meyer Drive.
                                                                           a Village.
                                                                                                                                2004:   Algonquin Commons opens, becoming the
                                                                  1906:    Original Village Hall was constructed at 2                   largest lifestyle-center in Illinois.
                                                                           South Main Street.
                                                                                                                                2008:   The Village’s expanded Wastewater
                                                                  1906:    The first Algonquin Hill Climb event takes                   Treatment Facility opens.
     Historic Village Hall served as the Village’s offices from
    1906 to 1996. The building is now used to host community
                                                                                                                                2008:   The Village’s Municipal Court hears its first
    events. Image courtesy of Brian Kephart, 2006 Village         1924:    Main Street was paved and became known as                    case.
                    Photo Contest participant.                             State Highway 31

4                                                                                                                                                                  Village of Algonquin
The Village of Algonquin is formally organized under
the Trustee-Village form of government, and combines                                                        Form of Government...
the strong political leadership of elected officials (in the   John Schmitt, Village President
form of the Village Board) with the strong professional               847-658-7643
experience of an appointed local government adminis-   
trator. The Board consists of a President, six Trustees,
and a Village Clerk, elected at large to serve overlapping      Brian Dianis, Village Trustee
four-year terms. The Board appoints the Village Man-                  847-340-2046
ager to carry out its directives and oversee the delivery of
public services. The Village Manager also supervises
the daily operations of the Village and all of its depart-
                                                               Jerry Glogowski,Village Trustee
In 1995, the Board passed an ordinance which modeled  
the Village’s government after the Council-Manager
                                                                                                   The Village Board Room at Village Hall began holding
form. According to the Illinois City/County Manage-             Robert Smith, Village Trustee     Administrative Hearings in late 2008, saving citizens and
ment Association, “under the Council-Manager form,                     847-658-2466                  staff long trips to Circuit Court in Woodstock or St.
power is concentrated in the elected council, which hires                                 Charles.
a professional administrator to implement its policies.
This appointee serves at the pleasure of the council and
                                                               Debby Sosine, Village Trustee
has responsibility for preparing the budget, directing
day-to-day operations, hiring and firing personnel, and
serving as the council’s chief policy advisor.”

                                                                John Spella, Village Trustee

                                                                Jim Steigert, Village Trustee
                                                                        847-658-0536              Historic Village Hall in 1930, located at Main Street and
                                                                                   Algonquin Road.

                                                                                                 Did you know?
                                                                 Gerald Kautz, Village Clerk
                                                                                                 The average summer temperature in Algonquin is
                                                                                                 72.5 ° F . Algonquin’s highest recorded temperature
                                                                                                 ever was 101 ° F, in 2005.
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Village Clerk’s Office...                                   The Village Clerk is an elected official who serves part-
                                                            time as keeper of municipal records. The Clerk records
                                                                                                                           A schedule of meetings is posted on the bulletin board
                                                                                                                           near the entrance of Village Hall. Meeting agendas are
                                                            minutes at the meetings of the Village Board and main-         available in the General Services Administration De-
                                                            tains all Board minutes taken since the initial meeting of     partment two days before the meeting. The agendas for
                                                            the Village Board in 1890. The Clerk's office is also re-      the Village Board and Committee of the Whole, as well
                                                            sponsible for a myriad of other duties, as outlined in the     as the minutes for the Board meetings, are posted on-
                                                            Municipal Code. The Clerk is assisted by a Deputy              line at
                                                            Village Clerk, who is a full-time employee of the Village.
                                                                                                                           Planning and Zoning Commission
                                                            Persons wishing to review municipal records must com-          The Planning and Zoning Commission is charged with
                                                            plete a Freedom of Information Act request form, which         preparing and recommending to the Village Board a
                                                            is available at Village Hall or online at   Comprehensive Plan as well as reviewing and issuing rec-
                                                            Minutes and the Municipal Code can be viewed at any            ommendations to the Village Board on Planned Unit
                                                            time at the local library and on the Village website.          Developments, preliminary plats and final plats; to hear
                                                                                                                           appeals relating to the Algonquin Zoning Ordinance;
                                                            In addition, the Clerk's office reviews applications and       to conduct public hearings and make recommendations
                                                            issues permits for raffles, park reservations, handbill dis-   to the Village Board regarding variations, special uses,
                                                            tribution, vending stickers, and more. Bid openings for        municipal boundaries, and Planned Unit Developments.
    Algonquin’s Public Art Program prominently showcases    municipal projects are also coordinated through the
     artwork throughout the Village. The display above is   Clerk's Office.                                                Historic Commission
               located at Algonquin Commons.                                                                               The Historic Commission is charged with "fostering the
                                                                                                                           research, development and preservation of the Village's
Village Meetings...                                         Village Board meetings are held on the first and third
                                                                                                                           history for current and future generations.” Such activ-
                                                                                                                           ities outlined in the Village Code include perpetuating
                                                            Tuesdays of the month at 8:00 pm at Village Hall. The
                                                                                                                           events, actions, and distinctive characteristics of the Vil-
                                                            Board also meets as the Committee of the Whole on
                                                                                                                           lage which represent and reflect the Village's history;
                                                            the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7:30
                                                                                                                           safeguarding the Village's historic aesthetic, cultural, and
                                                            pm. Other commissions (listed below) assist the Village
                                                                                                                           community heritage through appropriate preservation;
Did you know?                                               Board in an advisory capacity, and are composed of res-
                                                                                                                           and promoting the use of annals of history, artifacts, and
A Special Census conducted in 2007 revealed that            ident volunteers. These volunteers contribute their time
                                                                                                                           memorabilia of the Village for the education of its resi-
                                                            to planning, researching, and analyzing issues that affect
Algonquin has 30,482 residents, growing from                the quality of life in Algonquin. All of these volunteers
                                                                                                                           dents. The Historic Commission also provides recom-
                                                                                                                           mendations to the Village Board regarding Old Town
23,276 residents in 2000.                                   are an integral part of Algonquin’s local government. Vil-
                                                                                                                           District Preservation Code improvement plans.
                                                            lage staff serves as liaisons to these commissions. Mem-
                                                            bers of the following commissions are appointed by the
                                                                                                                           Economic Development Commission
                                                            Village Board:
                                                                                                                           The Economic Development Commission is charged

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with structuring economic development programs by con-
ducting research and inventory of resources for fact pro-
                                                               Drive. The main administrative offices are open Mon-
                                                               day through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Commu-                        Village Departments...
files to be used in presentations to industrial and            nity Development Department is open Monday through
commercial prospects.                                          Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Village Hall is closed
                                                               on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (New Years               Did you know?
Police Commission                                              Day, Friday before Easter, Memorial Day, Independ-
                                                                                                                            The Village of Algonquin has a land area of 12.38
The Police Commission is charged with administering            ence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after
the testing process for promotions, and to conduct hear-       Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas               square miles. That is just over 5% of the size of the
ings on charges brought against sworn members of the           Day).                                                        City of Chicago.
Algonquin Police Department.
                                                               The Public Works Department is located at 110 Meyer
Police Pension Board                                           Drive. Their hours vary depending on the season;
                                                               please contact Public Works directly to confirm their cur-
The Police Pension Board is required by State
Statute, and is responsible for maintaining and managing       rent schedule.
the retirement assets accumulated from the financial con-
tributions by both the active police officers as well as the   General Services Administration
Village of Algonquin.                                          The General Services Administration Department
                                                               consists of the village manager's office, human resources,
Liquor Commission                                              finance, information technology, geographic information
The Liquor Commission is comprised of members of the           systems, as well as events and recreation.
Village Board who are responsible for the issuance and
revocation of liquor licenses in the Village of Algonquin.     The Village Manager carries out the directives of the
The Village President serves as Liquor Commissioner.           elected officials by overseeing and coordinating the en-      Village Hall, located at 2200 Harnish Drive, houses the
                                                               tire professional staff of the Village. He is responsible     Police Department, Community Development, Finance,
Public Arts Commission                                         for enforcement of the Village Municipal Code, recom-           Village Clerk, Information Technology, Recreation,
The Public Arts Commission (PAC) is an ad-hoc ad-              mendation of policy alternatives to the Board, and
                                                                                                                              Human Resources, Geographic Information Systems
visory body to the Village Board and is charged with           preparation and implementation of the annual budget.
                                                                                                                                (GIS), and the Executive Offices of the Village of
"the purpose and goal of fostering the placement of pub-
lic art throughout the community consistent with the Al-       The Human Resources Division is responsible for a full                              Algonquin.
gonquin Public Art Master Plan.” The PAC works                 range of professional support to the Village depart-
closely with Village staff to carry out several duties, in-    ments, employees, and residents including recruitment,
cluding: recommending public art program policies and          staffing, risk management, training & organizational de-
procedures; coordinating public art loans and artwork          velopment, compensation & benefit analysis, design, im-
submittals; formulating Public Art Display Plans; and co-      plementation, and administration; affirmative action,
ordinating art education and appreciation programs.            diversity, employee and labor relations, including griev-
Algonquin’s Village Hall is located at 2200 Harnish            ance, contract negotiations, administration, and em-

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Village Departments...                                           ployee relations. Human Resources also administers the
                                                                 health care and voluntary benefits for our employees in-
                                                                                                                              gramming. These natural settings make a perfect place
                                                                                                                              for parents to crawl around with their toddlers and find
                                                                 cluding workers’ compensation with a variety of other        bugs and also for children to learn the complete swing to
                                                                 program.s                                                    the game of baseball. The Village also operates a pool
                                                                                                                              located at 599 Longwood Drive.
                                                                 The Finance Division coordinates the financial admin-
                                                                 istration of the overall accounting and financial report-    Community Development
                                                                 ing, budgeting, cash management and investing, pensions,     The Community Development Department handles
                                                                 and collection functions. The Division is also responsi-     land use planning, zoning administration, issuance of
                                                                 ble for providing water and sewer billing customer service   building permits, property maintenance, building code en-
                                                                 and should be contacted regarding water bill inquiries.      forcement, flood plain administration, and economic de-
                                                                 Payroll and Accounts Payable are both processed              velopment. In addition, this department is currently
                                                                 within the Finance Division.                                 focusing on downtown revitalization, commercial devel-
    The Esplanade is one of the latest developments spurred by                                                                opment issues, and growth of the Corporate Campus.
                                                                 The Village of Algonquin has received the Government
    the Community Development Department’s efforts in the
                                                                 Finance Officer's Association's (GFOA) Award for             The Building Department handles all reviews for build-
                 Algonquin Corporate Campus.                     Distinguished Budget Presentation and the Certificate        ing permits, issuance of building permits, property main-
                                                                 of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting         tenance, building code enforcement, and flood plain
Did you know?                                                    (CAFR) every year since 2004.                                administration. The Village adopted a new building
The Village of Algonquin has 249 miles of streets                                                                             code in December 2007.
                                                                 Information Technology is coordinated through the
within its boundaries.                                           General Services Administration Department as we             If you are considering any additions or improvements to
                                                                 work to better serve residents and staff with the latest     your home, first check with the Building Department at
                                                                 technology and applications. The Village’s Geographic        847-658-4184 regarding necessary building permits.
                                                                 Information System Division provides comprehensive           Building permits are required before most interior or ex-
                                                                 mapping and data analysis for the entire Village, which      terior improvements are made. This includes roofs,
                                                                 helps ensure the most efficient service delivery to our      fences, decks, patios, pools, sheds, and other accessory
                                                                 residents.                                                   structures. Residents moving into a new home need to
                                                                                                                              obtain an occupancy permit from the Community De-
                                                                 Events & Recreation has a variety of leisure opportuni-      velopment Department prior to moving into the home.
                                                                 ties for young and the young at heart. From our miles of     Permit review may take up to five weeks, so please plan
                                                                 bike paths to our diverse athletic and visual/performing     ahead.
                                                                 arts programs you will find exactly what you are looking
                                                                 for! We make a conscious effort to place our programs        Police
                                                                 throughout all areas of the town, and utilize a selection
      Spella Park offers several recreation opportunities for                                                                 The Police Department is charged with protecting the
                                                                 of parks and open spaces for our art, athletic, early ed-
                                                                                                                              safety and welfare of the public. The majority of the of-
                        Village residents.                       ucation, camp, nature, science and special event pro-
                                                                                                                              ficers are responsible for patrol duties, but others serve
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as traffic, DARE, crime prevention, accident investiga-
tors, high school liaison, and investigation officers. De-
                                                              Public Works
                                                              The Public Works Facility is located at 110 Meyer
                                                                                                                                         Village Departments...
partment investigators serve in a general capacity but        Drive in Algonquin. The five operating divisions of the
one investigator and a patrol officer serve as gang spe-      Public Works Department are Public Works Adminis-
cialists. Another officer is assigned to the North Cen-       tration, Parks & Forestry, Streets, Water and Sewer,
tral Narcotics Division as a clandestine operative.           and Internal Services.
Department members serve a number of task forces in
the area. Civilian personnel serve a vital role in the sup-   Public Works Administration Division is responsible for
port services area, including records processing, telecom-    the overall direction of the Public Works Department.
munications, evidence, and community service.                 Management of all department personnel issues, devel-
                                                              opment of policies and procedures, and negotiation and
The Algonquin Police Department also offers a variety         oversight of bargaining unit contracts are handled by the
of specialized programs for its residents. The Neigh-         Public Works Administration office. The office also            The Algonquin Police Department has begun to convert its
borhood Traffic Safety Program informs citizens about         oversees administration and implementation of all major          fleet of Police Cruisers to the more fuel-efficient, Dodge
various approaches to traffic issues in the Village. The      maintenance and construction contracts. A Project
Neighborhood Watch Program is designed to help citi-
                                                                                                                                                   Charger models.
                                                              Manager oversees all construction and development ac-
zens and the police in preventing residential burglary and    tivities for the Village as well as assists in engineering
other neighborhood-related crimes. Additionally, the          plan review.
police department offers a variety of safety education
programs for children. Please visit for     The Parks and Forestry Division is responsible for the
additional information.                                       development and perpetual caretaking of the Village's
                                                              park system, open space preserves, and urban forest.
The Village of Algonquin, along with Cary and Crystal         This includes over two hundred acres of developed park
Lake, utilize consolidated emergency dispatch provided        space and over 18,000 trees.
through Southeast Emergency Communication
(SEECOM) for the police dispatch services.                    The Streets Division of the Public Works Department
                                                              maintains Village-owned streets and rights-of-way, as
The philosophy of the Police Department is to be              well as well as takes care of all storm water and drainage     The Village recently opened the newly expanded, state-of-
proactive on issues affecting the community. It is essen-     issues. Currently, there are 124 total miles of Village          the-art Wastewater Treatment Facility that is able to
tial to develop a cohesive partnership between the com-       maintained streets which include 28 miles of collector               process 4 million gallons of treated water daily.
munity and the Police. To this end, the Department            streets, 77 miles of local streets, 13.5 miles of secondary
emphasizes programs that provide interaction and assis-       arterial streets, and 163 cul-de-sacs. Division activities    Did you know?
tance to area residents. If you are interested in learning    also include maintenance of Village sidewalks, traffic
more about your Police Department, consider partici-          signs, street lights, and snow plowing.                       The Village of Algonquin has approximately 2,200
pating in the Algonquin Citizen Police Academy.
                                                                                                                            fire hydrants to help protect its citizens during fire
                                                              Potable water for consumption by Village residents is
                                                              supplied by the Water & Sewer Division. The water is          emergencies.
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                                                                 drawn from nine wells located within the Village. This di-     Animals at Large and Rabies Tags
 Did you know?                                                   vision is also responsible for the treatment of all sanitary   Domesticated animals are not permitted to run at large
                                                                 sewer waste through our Wastewater Treatment Facil-            and are required to be on a leash or in an enclosed area.
 The Village of Algonquin has approximately 1,688                ity. There are a total of 168 miles of water lines, 135        Village ordinance requires that, when walking a domesti-
 streetlights in its boundaries to keep streets bright           miles of sanitary sewer lines, as well as numerous pumping     cated animal in or upon any public way or other public
                                                                 stations maintained by utilities crews from the Village.       place in the Village, you must remove from the public way
 and safe for nighttime driving.
                                                                                                                                or other public place any excrement which may be de-
                                                                 Internal Services is responsible for repair and mainte-        posited by the animal and immediately and properly dis-
                                                                 nance of various facilities throughout the Village of Al-      pose of it.
                                                                 gonquin to include the day-to-day requirements of
                                                                 cleaning and appearance as well as the complex equip-          All dogs must have rabies shots and tags. If you reside in
                                                                 ment and software that run HVAC systems, the Lions-            Kane County, your cat must also have a rabies shot. Vil-
                                                                 Armstrong Memorial Swimming Pool, facility access              lage residents living in McHenry County may purchase
                                                                 systems and the various lighting, plumbing, and other sys-     a dog tag at a local veterinarian. Village residents living in
                                                                 tems that enable our Village staff to serve the residents      Kane County may purchase tags through a local Kane
                                                                 of Algonquin.                                                  County veterinarian.

                                                                 Internal Services is also responsible for Fleet Mainte-        Block Parties
                                                                 nance. Fleet Maintenance keeps Police Department,
                                                                                                                                Block party permit requests must be submitted (com-
                                                                 Senior Bus, and the various Public Works Operating
                                                                                                                                pleted) to the Department of Public Works at least five
     Building construction in Algonquin requires building per-   Divisions’ vehicles and equipment moving. Fleet Main-
                                                                                                                                working days prior to the event. To obtain a permit and
                                                                 tenance also maintains the various generators, pumps,
 mits. Check with the Algonquin Building Department be-                                                                         explanation of rules, go to or call Pub-
                                                                 wells, lift stations, as well as the Water Treatment Fa-
     fore you begin any home improvement projects to ensure                                                                     lic Works at 847-658-2754.
                                                                 cility & three Water Treatment Plants.
               your work is done safely and legally.
                                                                                                                                Building Permits
                                                                                                                                If you are considering any additions or improvements to
General Information...                                                                                                          your home, first check with the Community Development
                                                                 Following is a list of topics, in alphabetical order, that     Department at 847-658-4184 regarding necessary
                                                                 may be of interest to residents. Please remember that          building permits. Building permits are required before
                                                                 this is a summary of a few Village codes. Village residents    most interior or exterior improvements are made. This
                                                                 are responsible for knowing all laws of the Village. All of    includes roofs, fences, decks, patios, pools, sheds, and
                                                                 the laws and ordinances passed by the Village Board            other accessory structures. Residents moving into a new-
                                                                 are compiled in the Algonquin Municipal Code, which            construction home need to obtain an occupancy permit
                                                                 can be viewed at Village Hall or accessed on line at           from the Community Development Department prior to
                                                                                                    moving into the home. Permit review may take up to five
                                                                                                                                weeks, so please plan ahead.

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The Village prohibits leaf burning within the Village lim-
                                                               Public Works Department at 847-658-2754 for this
                                                               service. For wild animals, call the appropriate County                  General Information...
its. A permit is required for burning of hard landscape        Animal Control Department. McHenry County Ani-
material such as brown stem branches and shrub prun-           mal Control can be reached at 815-334-4470. Kane
ings with large stems or trunks, individually exceeding 2”     County Animal Control can be reached at 630-232-
                                                               3555. The Village makes it a priority to preserve open
                                                                                                                           Did you know?
in diameter and produced on the premises. Certain con-
ditions and limitations apply to this type of burn per Vil-    space when possible. These areas are oftentimes home
                                                                                                                           The Village of Algonquin has an Equalized Assessed
lage Code. Residents may obtain a burn permit in               to coyotes, fox, deer, and other wild animals. These an-
advance at through their appropriate fire district. Visit      imals are creatures of the State, and are not regulated     Value (EAV) of $1,115,890,792 in 2007. to help identify your fire district.         by the Village of Algonquin. The U.S. Fish and
Preparation of food on a permanent or temporary fire-          Wildlife Service web site ( has more infor-
place, grill, barbecue pit, or small recreational burns (a     mation on habitat conservation and other relevant issues.
burn circle no wider than 3 feet in diameter) do not need
a burn permit.                                                 Garage Sales/Yard Sales
                                                               The Village does not require a permit to have a garage
Cemetery                                                       sale. However, each property is limited to no more than
The Village of Algonquin owns and operates a munici-           three sales per year. Sales shall not be longer than four
pal cemetery. For information on purchasing a grave site       consecutive days. Signs are limited to three and must
or scheduling a burial, call 847-658-2700. The Village         have their own support/pole. Please do not attach such
recently renovated the cemetery, including paving the          signs to utility poles or street sign poles. In addition,
driveways, restoring historic gravesites, and installing di-   signs should be removed in their entirety within 24 hours
rectional markers. There is a cleanup of the cemetery in       after the sale.
the spring and fall of each year; check the Village
newsletter for details.                                        Home Occupations
                                                                                                                            The Algonquin Cemetery, located at Main Street(Illinois
                                                               Home occupations are more abundant than ever as com-
                                                                                                                             route 31) and Cary Road, is owned and operated by the
Curfew in the Village                                          puter technology allows employees to work from the com-
The Village follows the State law which states that, from      forts of their own home. While the Village does not                           Village of Algonquin.
Sunday through Thursday, curfew is 11:00 p.m. for              require business licenses for home occupations, the Vil-
youths under seventeen. Curfew is midnight on Friday           lage does have regulations with provisions to ensure that
and Saturday. There are exceptions made for individu-          the home occupation is compatible for a residential
als who are going to/from any school, political, or reli-      zoned district to maintain and preserve the character of
gious event, when this purpose is evident.                     our residential neighborhoods. An inspection of the
                                                               structure is required by the Building Commissioner to
Dead Animal Collection/Wild Animals                            determine compliance with zoning and life safety re-
                                                               quirements. A simple application form is required to be
The Streets Division will pick up any deceased animals
                                                               completed and there is no cost for the inspection. For
located in the street or on Village rights-of-way. Call the
                                                               an application and/or to schedule your home occupa-
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General Information...                                            tion inspection, please contact the Community Devel-
                                                                  opment Department at 847-658-4184.
                                                                                                                               Certain other restrictions may apply from time to time.

                                                                                                                               Parks and Recreation
                                                                  Mailbox Replacement                                          The Village offers a myriad of parks throughout the
                                                                  During snow plowing season, mailbox damage may occur         community as well as a comprehensive recreation pro-
                                                                  from our snow plows. If your mailbox is damaged, check       gram. Please see pages 18—20 of this guide for more de-
                                                                  your homeowners’ association agreement that you              tails.
                                                                  signed when you moved into your home. Many of these
                                                                  contain provisions for mailbox replacement. Otherwise,       Parkway Trees
                                                                  contact Public Works by submitting a Service Request         The Parks and Forestry Division maintains all parkway
                                                                  online. We will do a temporary replacement during the        trees. (The parkway is the area between the sidewalk
                                                                  winter and will put your address on the spring mailbox re-   and the street.) We will clear any low hanging branches
                                                                  placement list. Damaged mailboxes are replaced only          and will pick up large limbs that have fallen from parkway
                                                                  when contacted directly by one of the Village’s snow-        trees, particularly after storm events. All pruning is con-
                                                                  plows. Mailboxes damaged by the act of pushing snow          ducted by trained staff under the supervision of Certi-
     Curbside recycling is available to residents of Algonquin,   are not covered under this policy. Please note that ma-      fied Arborists. In the winter, we have an active pruning
 making recycling easier. Check out for         sonry mailbox posts are not allowed in the Village. For      program.
                                                                  mailbox installation instructions, please refer to the U.S
                   a list of acceptable materials.
                                                                  Post Office or visit                      For existing parkway trees that must be removed due to
                                                                                                                               damage, disease, etc., the Village will replace the tree at
                                                                  Mulch Available                                              full cost, if funds are available. There is often a waiting
                                                                  During the summer, the Public Works Department has           list for tree replacement. For those homeowners who
                                                                  free mulch available to Algonquin residents. You may         want to expedite tree replacement, or who want to have
                                                                  pick it up at any time at our Public Works Facility, 110     a parkway tree planted where one has not previously ex-
                                                                  Meyer Drive. Sorry, we do not deliver mulch!                 isted, they may participate in the Village’s 50/50 tree
                                                                                                                               program. This program is also subject to available funds,
Did you know?
                                                                  Parking on Village Streets                                   and often has a wait list. In this program, the Village pays
                                                                  The Village prohibits parking of cars on Main Street         for half the cost, and the homeowner pays for the other
In 2007, there were 330 potholes repaired in the
                                                                  (Route 31) from 2:00 am to 5:00 am year round. There         half of the cost. Eligibility for this program is based on
Village of Algonquin.                                             is no parking allowed on any street in the Village from      availability of funds and available planting room in your
                                                                  2:00 am to 5:00 am effective November 1 through April        parkway. Call 847-658-2754 to be put on the list.
                                                                  15 each year. People with special issues should contact
                                                                  the Police Department at 847-658-4531. There is no           Property Maintenance Regulations
                                                                  parking on any street after a two-inch snowfall. The         The Village of Algonquin enforces property mainte-
                                                                  snowfall parking ban remains in place, for your safety,      nance regulations to ensure neighborhoods remain safe
                                                                  until snow removal operations have been completed.           and sightly places for all. Please visit

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for more information on the Village’s property mainte-
nance codes or to report a violation.
                                                              After-hours snow inquiries may call the snow hotline by
                                                              dialing the regular Public Works phone number at 847-
                                                                                                                                             General Information...
                                                              658-2754. During major storm events, the hotline is
Senior Bus Program                                            checked frequently by the snow command supervisor in
The goal of the Algonquin Senior Bus Program is to            order to handle any emergency events. According to the
increase transportation options for senior citizens           Village’s snow plan, the priority order for snow removal is
throughout the community. The program is available to         as follows: first, major arterials and collector streets (i.e.
all residents over 55 years of age and those with special     Harnish Drive, Hanson Road); second, secondary
needs. The bus operates Monday through Friday and             roads (i.e. within subdivisions); third, cul de sacs and
the first Saturdays of the month, as needed. The Sen-         dead-end streets. Please note that cul de sacs are often
ior Bus travels to locations within Algonquin as well as      plowed by outside contractors hired by the Village.
to/from the following hospitals: Sherman, St. Joseph,
Good Shepherd, and Centegra. Special trips and                Residents, including the person occupying the ground
other recreation/leisure programs for seniors are of-         floor of any building, the user of any lot without a struc-
fered through the Village’s Events and Recreation             ture thereon, and the owner of any vacant building or
brochure. To become a member or to receive more in-           other premises, shall remove the snow and ice accumu-
                                                                                                                                Summer or winter, day or night, Historic Downtown Al-
formation about the program, visit         lating on the abutting sidewalks within 24 hours after any
                                                              snowfall has ceased. This includes all sidewalks adjacent            gonquin is always a great destination for dining and
50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Program                            to the property, including behind your property. If snow            shopping. Image courtesy of Brenda Vodicka, 2006
                                                              or ice cannot be removed, the surface shall be sanded or                         Photo Contest participant.
The Village offers a shared cost program for the re-
                                                              otherwise treated to lessen the hazard for pedestrians
placement of damaged sidewalk that is in the Village
                                                              until the climate permits removal.
right-of-way. The Village pays for half the cost, and the
homeowner pays for the other half of the cost. Eligibil-
                                                              Residents and snow removal contractors are prohibited
ity for this program is based on availability of funds and                                                                     Did you know?
                                                              from depositing snow on the street from driveways
condition of the sidewalk. Contact Public Works at 847-
                                                              and/or sidewalks after the streets have been plowed.
658-2754 to get more information on this program.
                                                              This can create potentially hazardous conditions for mo-
                                                                                                                               Algonquin residents can register to vote at Village
                                                              torists and increases overtime necessary for plow drivers        Hall.
Sign Repair/Installation
                                                              to replow impacted areas. Thank you for helping us in
If you notice that a traffic sign or street sign has fallen
                                                              our efforts!
down or is missing, please submit a service request at
                                                              Solicitors must register at the Police Department. If one
Snow Plowing and Removal
                                                              comes to your door, and you are concerned, please call
The Public Works Department is responsible for snow
                                                              the Police Department at 9-1-1. “No Solicitor” plac-
removal on all Village-owned streets. You may contact
                                                              ards are available at the Village Hall. Distribution of
the Department with any snow-related emergencies.
                                                              handbills is also prohibited without a license. A license

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General Information...                                        may be obtained at Village Hall.                              Contacting the Village
                                                                                                                            The Village of Algonquin is available 24 hours a day,
                                                              Street Light Repairs/Outages                                  seven days a week for your service request. Please visit
                                                              All street light repairs and outages are handled by  and click on the Service Request &
                                                              ComEd, unless you live in the Highlands subdivision or        Feedback icon for the quickest response to your re-
                                                              downtown; then, they are handled by the Public Works          quest. You may also send an e-mail to webmaster@al-
                                                              Department. You may contact ComEd to report prob-   
                                                              lems or outages at 1-800-334-7661. You may also sub-
                                                              mit a service request online and we will contact ComEd        Please refer to page 24 for a listing of phone numbers
                                                              on your behalf.                                               for Village departments and staff.

                                                              Swimming Pool                                                 Water and Sewer
                                                              Please see page 19 for information on Snapper                  Billing and Service
                                                              Field/Lions Pool. Building your own pool? See page            Water is supplied by the Algonquin Public Works De-
 Algonquin Public Works has over 85 employees dedicated
                                                              10 on how to obtain a building permit.                        partment. The Department also maintains the Village’s
     to keeping the Village’s infrastructure, parks, and
                                                                                                                            sanitary system. New residents should call the Water
              equipment in top working order.                 Utility Locates                                               Billing office at 847-854-3440 to establish service. The
                                                              If you are planning on doing any excavating in your yard      Village issues bills on a monthly basis. If you have ques-
                                                              (such as putting up a fence, installing a swing set, build-   tions about your bill, call 847-854-3440. You can mail
                                                              ing a deck, adding new trees and shrubs), you must call       your bill payment in the provided envelope, pay your bill
                                                              the J.U.L.I.E. hotline at 1-800-892-0123 to have your         at Village Hall during business hours, drop your payment
                                                              utilities located. This is for your own safety and that of    in the after-hours deposit box in the drive-up location in
                                                              professional and non-professional excavators.                 the circle drive in front of Village Hall (the circle is ac-
                                                                                                                            cessible off of Harnish Drive), or drop your payment in
                                                              Vehicle Stickers                                              the deposit box located near the entrance of Historic
                                                              The Village of Algonquin does not require vehicle stick-      Village Hall at 2 S. Main Street.
                                                                                                                            We also have a convenient electronic payment method
                                                              Voter Registration                                            called “autopay.” Residents may sign-up for electronic
 Algonquin’s Snow Hotline (847-658-2754) is activated                                                                       payment by visiting and clicking on the
                                                              Algonquin residents can register to vote at the Village
 during winter months for citizens to report any snow emer-                                                                 Algonquin ePay icon. Users can create a profile to view
                                                              Hall. You must provide two forms of identification, one
 gencies. Image courtesy of Brenda Vodicka, 2006 Photo                                                                      your current water bill, review your water bill history, or
                                                              with your current address. Your identification must show
                                                                                                                            pay using your MasterCard, Visa, or Discover credit
                    Contest participant.                      your full name (for example, Mary Jones, not Mrs.
                                                                                                                            card. You may also enroll in automatic debit (ACH)
                                                                                                                            and have payments deducted automatically from your
                                                                                                                            checking or savings account.

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If you use the deposit box, please include a check rather
than cash in your envelope. For non-electronic pay-
                                                               your property. If your b-box needs to be adjusted be-
                                                               cause it is either too high or too low, or if it is broken, the
                                                                                                                                                General Information...
ments, you must include the coupon with your payment. If       Utilities Division can make this repair. Please submit a
you are moving out of your residence, please call at least     Service Request to the Village online if your buffalo box
one week in advance of your departure to establish a           needs service.
date for a final reading. If you have any other questions
regarding service, please call 847-854-3440.                   Water System Status Signs
                                                               The water system status informs residents and busi-
Conservation Program                                           nesses about landscape watering restrictions. To check
The Village has a water conservation program in place,         water system status, see signs posted on main streets in
including watering restrictions, surcharge billing rates for   the Village or look on the Village’s website (www.algo-
June, July, and August, a water conservation contest, Also contact the Village for more information
and more. For details regarding this program, please visit     on the water conservation program, and to find out about
the Village website at                      penalties for violating the requirements stated below:

Shutoff                                                        CONSERVATION
If you need your water shutoff at the b-box (curb stop)         Green signs indicate outside water use is permitted ex-
for plumbing repairs or water leaks, please call the Utili-    cept for watering landscaping and lawns, which is pro-
ties Division at 847-658-2754. We will be happy to per-        hibited between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.
form this service for you. Your plumber can also perform       EVEN/ODD
this service for you; however, if the plumber breaks the       Yellow signs indicate even/odd days for watering before             Water Conservation signs are placed strategically around
b-box, they will be responsible for the repair.                9:00 am and after 6:00 pm. Even addresses may water                  the Village to alert residents to the current status of the
                                                               on even calendar days and odd addresses may water on                                       water system.
The Village will also shut your water off at the b-box if      odd calendar days. If it is your day to water, you may not
you will be gone for the winter. Please call the Water         water landscaping between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Billing Department at 847-854-3440 to schedule an              EVEN/ODD 6:00-9:00AM
appointment.                                                   Orange signs indicate even/odd days for watering only
                                                               between the hours of 6:00 am and 9:00 am. Even ad-
Water Quality                                                  dresses may only water on even calendars days and odd
The Public Works Department handles all questions re-          addresses may only water on odd calendar days from
garding water quality. Visit the Service Request &             6:00 am to 9:00 am.
Feedback portion of the Village’s website if you have          RESTRICTED                                                        Did you know?
questions about your water.                                    Red signs indicate no outside watering allowed at any
                                                               time. This includes all use of water outside such as wash-        The Village of Algonquin consumes approximately
Water Shutoff/Buffalo Box Repairs                              ing vehicles, power washing, and watering landscaping.            2,899,000 gallons of water daily.
The buffalo box (also known as a b-box) is the water
shutoff valve located near the street on the outside of

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General Information...                                    The above definitions are periodically reviewed by the
                                                          Village Board and are subject to change.
                                                                                                                        an actual read billing includes consumption of approxi-
                                                                                                                        mately 5% that was not previously charged.

                                                          Experiencing High Water Consumption?                          • If you are a new resident in a newly constructed home
                                                          There are a few reasons that your bill could be higher        and are trying to establish new sod, you may be using as
                                                          than previous bills. Here are some to consider:               much as 600 gallons of water per hour with one 5/8”
                                                                                                                        standard size hose.
                                                          • Has anything changed in your household? Have you
                                                          had a lot of company? Have you been estimated for sev-        • The national average of inside water consumption is
                                                          eral billings in a row? Have you been doing a lot of yard     approximately 100 gallons per person per day. A family
                                                          watering?                                                     of four, on the average, would use approximately 400 gal-
                                                                                                                        lons of inside water per day. This results in 12,000 gal-
                                                          • You may have a leak. Check your toilets, faucets, and       lons per month. Using the example provided below for
                                                          exposed pipes for any sounds or leaks. Also, if you have      both inside and outside water consumption, a family of
                                                          a water softener, check the regeneration timing to make       four would use 42,960 gallons in a four-week period.
                                                          sure it is not recycling more often than it should. To
                                                          check for a toilet leak, place a few drops of food coloring   Weed Control
                                                          into the tank. DON’T FLUSH. If color appears in               It is unlawful for anyone to permit grass or weeds to grow
                                                          the bowl after waiting about ten minutes, you are experi-     to a height exceeding eight inches anywhere in the Vil-
                                                          encing a silent leak. The tank parts should be replaced.      lage. Any such grass or weeds exceeding that height are
                                                          A leak can also be detected by checking the small black       declared to be a nuisance. If such is not removed, a fine
                                                          triangle above the reading on your inside water meter. If     may be imposed. This is enforced by the Property Main-
     The Fox River at sunrise. Photo courtesy of Audrey   it is moving and no plumbing fixture is in use, such as a     tenance Inspectors from the Community Development
                                                          washing machine, it may indicate that you have a leak.        Department. Trees, bushes, flowers, or other native
        Stirneman, 2008 Photo Contest participant.
                                                                                                                        plants are not regulated by this ordinance. Problems or
                                                          • Your prior bill may have been an estimate. Estimated        questions can be addressed by calling 847-658-4184.
                                                          bills are 95% of your average consumption. Therefore,

Did you know?

The Village of Algonquin has 52 water conservation
signs throughout the community.

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Recycling/Refuse/Yard Waste
Waste Management offers curbside refuse, recycling,
                                                               last Saturday of each month from March to October.
                                                               Please call 847-639-2700 for more information.                                    Recycling Options...
and yard waste pickup for all single family households (in-
cluding townhouses) in the Village. The refuse pickup is       Various independent contractors and businesses
a volume-based program; there is no charge for recycling       throughout Algonquin offer recycling for a fee. Please
pickup. Waste Management provides free leaf pickup             contact these businesses directly to inquire about par-
during set dates in the spring and fall. Please see their      ticipation and further details.
flyer or check our web site for the exact dates. There is
also a free cleanup held in the spring of each year. Please    Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
check our web site ( for information         Kane County holds a HHW collection event in St.
on their services and sticker prices.                          Charles. Call 630-208-3841 for more information.

A variety of agencies in Kane and McHenry Counties             The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County
offer specialized recycling services. The following list-      (SWALCO) holds various HHW mobile collection
ing provides instructions on where to properly dispose         events throughout the region. All events are open to Illi-
these specialty items, as well as what jurisdiction the res-   nois residents; therefore all Algonquin residents may
ident must live in to participate (Algonquin is split be-      participate. Visit for more details.
tween Kane and McHenry Counties; therefore some
services are not applicable to all residents.).                Algonquin Township offers paint-only collections on
                                                               the last Saturday of each month March to October.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)                               Please call 847-639-2700 for more information.
CFLs have become very popular in homes due to their                                                                          Water conservation is just one of the Village’s initiatives to
energy savings over incandescent lights. However, fluo-        Motor Oil                                                       help preserve the environment. Image courtesy of Gail
rescent bulbs do contain trace amounts of mercury and          Kane County accepts used motor oil at special collec-
                                                                                                                                     Sleeting, 2006 Photo Contest participant.
should not be disposed of in your regular trash. These         tion events. Please call 630-208-3841 for additional in-
items can be disposed of with fluorescent lighting at          formation.
Household Hazardous Waste collections (see below).
                                                               Algonquin Township offers used motor oil collection on       Did you know?
Electronics                                                    the last Saturday of each month March to October.
                                                               Please call 847-639-2700 for more information.               The Village of Algonquin has a water storage capac-
On the second Friday and Saturday of each month,
Kane County residents may bring their obsolete elec-                                                                        ity of 3,390,000.
tronic equipment to the Kane County Circuit Clerk              Various automotive stores, oil change facilities, and re-
building in St. Charles for recycling. Residents may call      pair garages will accept up to five gallons of motor oil.
630-208-3841 for more information and for specifics on         Please check with these entities before dropping any
which equipment is accepted.                                   motor oil off.

Algonquin Township offers computer recycling on the

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Recycling Options...                                           Tires
                                                               The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency holds
                                                                                                                             has become an annual event. For more information, visit
                                                                                                                    Look for information each summer!
                                                               various tire collection events throughout the State.
                                                               These collections are free for Illinois residents. For fur-   Fishing & Boat Launching
Did you know?                                                  ther information please contact 217-785-8604.                 Fishing is allowed at Lake Braewood, Willoughby
                                                                                                                             Farms Park, Riverfront Park, and Cornish Park. Boat
The Village of Algonquin has 36.7 miles of recre-              Most tire retailers in and around Algonquin will accept       launching is not permitted on any waterfront property
ation trails within its boundaries.                            used tires for a small fee. Please contact these entities     owned by the Village. However, as the Fox River does
                                                               directly for details.                                         run through downtown Algonquin, there are several pri-
                                                                                                                             vate entities that provide boat launching services. Cor-
Parks & Recreation...                                          The Village of Algonquin offers boundless opportuni-          nish and Riverfront Park do have areas designated as
                                                               ties for recreation, leisure, and outdoor experiences         canoe ports in which canoes may access the river.
                                                               throughout the community. Be sure to check out the fol-
                                                               lowing:                                                       Founders’ Days Festival
                                                                                                                             This popular event is held the last full weekend in July
                                                               Biking and Walking Paths                                      each year and features a carnival, parade, food booths,
                                                               Paths are located throughout the Village for all residents    entertainment, and excellent musical acts. Although the
                                                               to enjoy. The trail system provides opportunities for         Village does participate in Founders’, we are not the
                                                               recreation and for transportation to key retail, enter-       sponsor of the event. The Founders’ Committee, which
                                                               tainment, and employment centers. The trail system also       consists of local business persons and organization rep-
                                                               links key community facilities, such as parks and schools,    resentatives in the community, is an entity separate from
                                                               with residential areas of the community.                      the Village. The Founders’ hotline is 847-658-5340 or
 There are several ponds and waterways in the Village that     The Village is fortunate to be connected to the Prairie
     offer superior fishing opportunities. Image courtesy of   Path/Fox River Trail, a regional trail that extends south     Historic Village Hall Rental
                                                               to Aurora, and north to the Wisconsin border. The Vil-        The Village of Algonquin is pleased to offer our His-
      Brenda Vodicka, 2005 Photo Contest participant.
                                                               lage continuously works to expand and enhance its trail       toric Village Hall (HVH) facility as a reservation site for
                                                               system to provide further recreational opportunities as       your group. The facility, located in the heart of historic
                                                               well as enhanced accessibility for its residents. For a       downtown Algonquin, offers a quaint place for your
                                                               map of Village trails, please visit        group to meet. HVH is available to all nonprofit, civic,
                                                                                                                             community, educational, cultural groups, and Algonquin
                                                               Conservation Community Program                                Residents throughout the year. Please vist www.algo-
                                                               This program was formed to help ensure continued pro- for more information on reserving HVH.
                                                               tection and enhancement of the Village’s natural areas,
                                                               such as the Woods Creek watershed. The first Algo-            National Night Out
                                                               nquin Conservation Day was held in summer 2003 and            Every summer, families, friends, neighbors, and local law

18                                                                                                                                                                 Village of Algonquin
enforcement participate in the Village’s National Night
Out event. This program is developed to heighten crime
                                                                 Reserving the Parks
                                                                 The Village allows reservations at three parks: Towne
                                                                                                                                             Parks & Recreation...
and drug prevention awareness; generate support for              Park, Cornish Park, and Riverfront Park. To reserve the
and participation in local anti-crime programs; strengthen       Towne Park pavilion/baseball diamond or the Cornish
neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships;           Park or Riverfront Park gazebos for private functions,
and send a message to criminals letting them know that           contact Village Hall at 847-658-2700. A deposit is re-
neighborhoods are organized and fighting back Please             quired. The Village prohibits alcoholic beverages in all
visit for more information on this             parks except Towne Park (beer and wine only); a permit
event.                                                           is required, and only Algonquin residents/busi-
                                                                 nesses/organizations are eligible to apply for the liquor
Recreation Programming                                           permit.
The Village offers a full complement of recreation and
events programming for all ages. A program brochure is           Summer Concert Series
published and distributed to all residents three times a         Every summer, the Village hosts a Summer Concert             The Village of Algonquin offers miles of trails and walking
year (winter/spring, summer, and fall). Check it out—            Series, typically held along the river at Riverfront Park.     paths that connect neighborhoods to regional trails and
don’t miss our special events, family trips, athletic and fit-   The concerts take place Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm          park space. Image courtesy of Brenda Vodicka, 2005
ness programs, visual and performing arts classes, and           in July and August (see newsletter for specific dates).
general programs!                                                                                                                             Photo Contest participant.
                                                                 Bring a blanket, picnic dinner, family and friends, and
                                                                 enjoy free music on a summer evening!
The brochures can also be found online at www.algo- The Village’s Recreation Superintendent               Swimming Pool
can be reached at to answer
                                                                 Stop by the Algonquin Lions-Armstrong Memorial
any questions or for more information. In addition to the
                                                                 Pool at 599 Longwood Drive, open from the beginning
recreation programs offered by the Village, certain por-
                                                                 of June to Labor Day, for leisure and swim lessons! The
tions of Algonquin fall into park district boundaries, as
                                                                 pool offers a one-meter diving board, zero-depth play
                                                                 area, lap swim area, bathhouse, full-service concession
                                                                 stand, and a picnic area, as well as a very popular Red
  Barrington-Countryside Park District
                                                                 Cross swim lesson program. The pool also features a
  Huntley Park District
                                                                 new splashpad area that opened in 2005. For more in-
  Dundee Township Park District
                                                                 formation, and to learn about facility rental opportuni-
                                                                 ties, call 847-458-7677 (direct line to the pool in the
Volunteer opportunities are available in the Recreation
                                                                 summer) or visit
Division. This can be an excellent opportunity for high
school students and others. For more information,
please visit                                                                                               Relaxing in the Lions-Armstrong Memorial Pool is a per-
                                                                                                                                      fect cure for the summer heat for all ages.

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Parks & Recreation...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Artifical Outdoor Ice Rink
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pavillion/picnic shelter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Public Washroom
                                                                                                                                                                 Trails/Paths Miles
                                                                                  Facility Name                        Address

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Basketball Court

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sand Volleyball
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Football Field

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tennis Court

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sledding Hill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Soccer Field

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Picnic Area
                                                                                                                                                 Total Acres




                                                              Algonquin Lakes Park                            700 Lake Plumleigh Wy.      81.22 3.41 *L,L *                                                                     *                   * *M *M *                                                     *        *         *                       *                 *
                                                              Beach Drive Open Space (Filip Beach)            Filip and Beach Dr.         1.34
                                                              Braewood Park                                   1001 Gaslight Dr.           8.23                                                                                                      *                                                                                                                          *                                          *
                                                              Broadsmore Park                                 2051 Broadsmore Dr.          9.3                 1.28                                                             *                                                       *              *                   *                                                   *
                                                              Cornish Park                                    101 S. Harrison St.         3.07                                                                                  *                                                                      *          *        *         *                       *                 *             *
                                                              Gaslight Park                                   700 Terrace Dr.             7.04                 0.42                   *I                                        *                   *                                   *              *                   *                  *2                               *
                                                              High Hill Park and Nature Preserve              501 Kirkland Dr.            30.16 0.62                                                 *                          *                   *                                                  *                   *                                                                                              *               *
                                                              Hill Climb Park                                 801 Circle Dr.              15.65 1.78                                                 *                          *                   *                                                  *          *        *         *                                         *
                                                              Holder Park                                     1040 Timberwood Ln.         8.09                                        *L                                        *2                  * *M *M                                                                *                                                                 *
                                                              James B. Wood Park                              3711 Persimmon Dr.          26.05                                                                                 *                   * *M *M *                                                              *
                                                              Jaycees Field                                   1295 Parkwood Cir.          3.06                                        *I
                                                              Kelliher Park                                   800 Square Barn Rd.         28.14 6.95 * I, I                                                                     *                   * *M *2                                            *                   *         *        *              *
                                                              Lawndale Park                                   1821 Lawndale Dr.           9.24                 0.25
 The Cornish Park Gazebo is one of the many park facilities   Merrill Pioneer Park                            1250 Getzelman Terr.        1.93                                                       *                          *2                  *                                                                      *
                                                              Pond View Park                                  1650 Pond View Dr.          1.03                 0.04
           that are available for the public to rent.
                                                              Presidential Park                               700 Highland Ave.           18.63                1.6 *I, L *                                                      *                                                       *2             *                   *                                 *                 *
                                                              Rattray Triangle                                1231 Rattray Dr.            0.12
                                                              Riverfront Park                                 201 N. Harrison St.         1.89                                                                                                      *                                                  *          *        *         *                                         *
                                                              Snapper Field/Lions-Armstrong Pool and Splashpad 599 Longwood Dr.           5.37                                        *L                                        *            *      *2                                                                     *                  *                                *
                                                              Stoneridge Riparian Corridor                    1481 Wynnfield Dr.          1.79                 0.19
                                                              Stoneybrook Park                                1200 Huntington Dr. N.      2.81                                                                                  *                                                       *                                  *                                                                                                              *
                                                              Ted Spella Community Park                       2610 Harnish Dr.           139.59 3.21                                                 *                          *                   *                                                  *                   *         *        *                                                                           *
                                                              Towne Park                                      100 Jefferson St.           10.79                                       *              *                          *2                  *                                                                      *                                 *                 *
                                                              Tunbridge Park                                  1365 Stonegate Rd.          1.57                                                       *                          *                                                                      *                   *                                                   *
                                                              Village Hall Arboretum                          2200 Harnish Dr.            19.79 1.72                                                                                                                                                   *
                                                              Willoughby Farms Park                           2001 Wynnfield Dr.          12.55                2.9                    *I             *                          *                   * *M *M *                                                              *                  *                                *             *
                                                              Woods Creek Riparian Corridor                   Algonquin Rd. to Spella Park 70.28               1.97
                                                              Yellowstone Park                                1420 Yellowstone Pkwy.      9.51                                                                                  *                                                       *                                  *

                                                              Zimmerman Park                                  61 Center St.               0.06
     Riverfront Park is the home to the Summer Concert        * Notes: For the diamond category, L=Little League, I= Instructional League. M= Multi-purpose Field
       Series, which features live music on Thursdays.        General park hours are 6:00am to dusk, except by special permission from the Village Board.

20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Village of Algonquin
The Village of Algonquin has a number of programs,
policies, and laws that protect and enhance the environ-
                                                              any given day are posted throughout the Village at en-
                                                              trances to neighborhoods. This is to encourage resi-                                            Going Green...
ment. Outlined below is a summary of some of the major        dents to be mindful of the amount of water used for
“green” initiatives that the Village has in place:            various activities with the goal of reducing the total
                                                              amount by conserving. See page 15 for additional in-
Greenest Region Compact                                       formation.
In fall 2007, the Village joined the Greenest Region
Compact of Metropolitan Chicago. In this compact,             Cool Cities
the Village voluntarily agrees to improve the region’s air,   The Cool Cities program emphasizes solutions to min-
water, and land; reduce greenhouse gases; minimize            imize our community’s impact on global warming. The Vil-
waste; and reduce energy consumption. The compact             lage Board signed the U.S. Mayor’s Climate
challenges local governments to take action by modify-        Protection Agreement in December 2007. This
ing their own operations and practices, as well as provide    demonstrates the Village’s commitment to reduce global
the tools and resources to enable residents to adapt          warming CO2 pollution in the Village.
their actions as well.
                                                                                                                                   Algonquin’s 50/50 Tree Program helps maintain the
                                                              Tree City USA
Clean Air Counts Award                                        The Village of Algonquin has been a Tree City USA                   Village’s status as a Tree City USA. Image courtesy of
In fall 2006, the Village of Algonquin was recognized as      community for many years. This is displayed by the Vil-                     Don Stien, Photo Contest participant.
a Clean Air Counts (CAC) community. CAC is an                 lage’s tree preservation code, 50/50 tree program, and
innovative, voluntary approach to reducing smog-caus-         a Public Works Division with several certified arborists
ing emissions in the Chicago metropolitan region to           dedicated to parks and forestry. Parks & Forestry is in
achieve compliance with standards of the federal Clean        charge of our urban forest which includes parkway trees.
                                                                                                                                Did you know?
Air Act and to improve air quality. The Village has           This also includes over two hundred acres of developed
                                                                                                                                The Village of Algonquin has 526 acres of parkland
achieved silver status participation in the Clean Air         park space and over eighteen thousand trees.
Counts Community Campaign for its dedication for im-                                                                            within its boundaries.
proving air quality.                                          Alternate Fuel Program
                                                              The Village uses alternative fuels for its fleet and equip-
Water Conservation                                            ment. The Village replaced gas burning lawn mowers
                                                                                                                                Did you also know?
The Village of Algonquin has an extensive water con-          with small diesel mowers that burn vegetable oil. The
servation program. The program includes a number of           Fleet Maintenance Division is currently using B20                 These are just a few of the many programs that Algo-
components including: public outreach efforts; contests       Biodiesel and supplements fuel supplies with thousands
and incentives; modification of certain Village opera-        of gallons of locally-gathered used vegetable oil. Ad-            nquin is participating in to maintain a vibrant and sus-
tions; the creation of seasonal water rates; and enforce-     ditionally, the Village has begun to convert it’s municipal       tainable quality of life for its residents. For more
ment measures. The most prominent component of the            fleet to hybrid vehicles, as well as convert it’s Police cruis-
water conservation program is the outside watering re-        ers from V8 engines to V6 engines.
                                                                                                                                information on these initiatives, please visit www.algo-
strictions. Signs indicating what the water status is on                                                              

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Municipal Court...                                            The Village of Algonquin Office of Adjudication
                                                              began operations in 2008. It serves as a quasi-judicial
                                                                                                                               Types of Cases Heard
                                                                                                                               The Office of Adjudication hears, or may hear in the
                                                              tribunal for the adjudication of municipal ordinance vio-        future, the following types of cases:
                                                              lations that were previously heard in the Kane and
                                                              McHenry County Circuit Courts. This process ex-                           - Building Code Violations
                                                              pedites prosecutions, reduces expenses, and allows the                    - Recycling Violations
                                                              Circuit Court to focus on the most serious offenses.                      - Water Restriction Violations
                                                                                                                                        - Zoning Code Violations
                                                              Under the Office of Adjudication, a Village department                    - Parking Tickets
                                                              will issue a ticket, complaint, or notice of violation, citing            - Red Light Violations
                                                              a violation of a Village of Algonquin Municipal Ordi-                     - Compliance Tickets
                                                              nance. Cases are heard by an Administrative Law
                                                              Judge. An Administrative Hearing is a civil hearing.             The Ruling
                                                              Cases filed in the court may result in the imposition of
                                                                                                                               After both sides have been heard, the Administrative
 Algonquin’s Office of Adjudication began holding Admin-      fines, costs, liens, or orders to clean or repair property.
                                                                                                                               Law Judge will make a determination based on the evi-
     istrative Hearings in 2008, saving both time and money
                                                                                                                               dence presented. If the respondent is found liable, fines,
                  for the Village and residents.              In an administrative hearing, the burden of proof required
                                                                                                                               penalties and costs may be imposed according to the
                                                              to prove a violation of a Village ordinance is by a pre-
                                                                                                                               guidelines set forth in the Village Municipal Code. The
                                                              ponderance of evidence. This means that it is more likely
                                                                                                                               Administrative Law Judge's decision will be in the form
                                                              than not the violation occurred. It differs from a criminal
                                                                                                                               of a written document the respondent receives at the end
                                                              proceeding in which the burden of proof required to
                                                                                                                               of the hearing.
                                                              prove guilt is beyond a reasonable doubt.

                                                                                                                               If a respondent disagrees with the Administrative Law
                                                              Administrative Law Judge                                         Judge's decision, there is 35 days to appeal to the Cir-
Did you know?                                                 An outside attorney has been appointed as Adminis-               cuit Court of McHenry County, Woodstock, Illinois or
                                                              trative Law Judge to preside over all cases, just as a           the Circuit Court of Kane County, St. Charles, Illi-
Administrative Hearings are held on the last                  judge would in a courtroom. They are not a Village em-           nois depending on the jurisdiction of where the violation
                                                              ployee and receive no employee benefits from the Vil-            occurred.
Wednesday of every month at Village Hall.
                                                              lage. They are hired and compensated on a per-session
                                                              basis and are required by law to remain completely neu-          More information on the Office of Adjudication may be
                                                              tral. The Administrative Law Judge is required to un-            found at
                                                              dergo specific training in the areas of Municipal
                                                              Administrative Hearings and also the Village Codes
                                                              which they will be enforcing.

22                                                                                                                                                                   Village of Algonquin
In an effort to reduce collisions and make Village streets
safer, Algonquin began it’s red light camera enforcement
                                                              are not considered red light violators.
                                                                                                                                     Red Light Enforcement...
program in late October. The program is seen by Vil-          Where are Red Light Cameras Located?
lage officials as an important step to improve the safety     Cameras will be installed at three intersections based on
and flow of local traffic. Citations will be sent to viola-   crash statistics compiled by the Algonquin Police De-
tors, who will then be responsible for paying the $100        partment. Each intersection will be clearly marked with
fine listed on the citation.                                  signs. Red light camera locations are subject to change
                                                              based on the most recent crash statistics. The first in-
Red light cameras are being installed to help protect our     tersections in the Village that will be equipped with red
community against the risks of red light running crashes.     light camera systems are:
Traffic safety is a top priority for the Algonquin Police
Department, whose officers continue to patrol the                      - Randall Road and Algonquin Road
streets and issue traffic citations. Red light running is a            - Randall Road and Bunker Hill Drive/
leading cause of urban crashes and often causes injury                 Huntington Drive                                        Algonquin’s Red Light Camera Enforcement Program is
and death. Each year, red light runners cause as many                  - Algonquin Road and Main Street (IL Route
as 218,000 traffic collisions in the United States. On                                                                             designed to reduce crashes at the Village’s busiest
average, more than 180,000 people are injured and                                                                                                    intersections.
nearly 900 people are killed in these crashes. These in-      Will my Insurance Rates be Affected?
juries and deaths cost the public some $14 billion annu-
                                                              No, this is a civil infraction and is not reported to any in-
ally, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
                                                              surance agencies.
The agency says more than half of the deaths are
pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles who are hit                                                                       Did you know?
                                                              Who Administers the Program?
by red light violators.
                                                              Algonquin's red light camera enforcement program is ad-         Red Light Camera Violations may be paid online
                                                              ministered by ACS State & Local Solutions, Inc., who
Red light camera enforcement is a proven traffic safety                                                                       using Algonquin ePay at
                                                              is currently contracted to provide similar successful pro-
tool that provides effective, continuous enforcement.
                                                              grams throughout the nation.
Recent studies on red light camera enforcement con-
clude that cameras reduce personal injury crashes by
                                                              More information on Red Light Camera Enforcement
                                                              may be found at

What is a Red Light Violation?
A red light violation occurs when a motorist enters an in-
tersection after the traffic signal has turned red. It is
good driving practice (and the law) to not enter an inter-
section unless you will be able to exit it before the light
turns red. Motorists already in the intersection when the
signal changes to red, when waiting to turn for example,

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Contact Information...                                     Village of Algonquin Phone Numbers
                                                           Village Hall...........................................................847-658-2700
                                                                                                                                                         Community College Websites
                                                                                                                                                         Elgin Community College..............................
                                                           Water/Sewer Billing......................................847-854-3440                         McHenry County Community College...
                                                           Public Works.......................................................847-658-2754
                                                           Community Development..............................847-658-4184                               Park District and Department Websites
                                                           Lions-Armstrong Memorial Pool................847-458-7677
                                                                                                                                                         Algonquin Events and Recreation.....
                                                           (Summer Only)
                                                                                                                                                         Barrington Countryside................................
                                                                                                                                                         Dundee Township.............................................
                                                           Emergency Phone Numbers                                                                       Huntley....................................................

                                                           EMERGENCY...............................................................911                   Library District Websites
                                                           Algonquin Police Department
 Algonquin Commons is one of the many retail and dining                                                                                                  Dundee Township............................
 opportunities available on Randall Road. Photo courtesy   Village of Algonquin Website
                of Algonquin Commons.                      24-7 Government Access.........................                             Medical Services Websites
                                                                                                                                                         Advocate Health Care.................
                                                           Fire Protection District Websites                                                                    Hospital (Barrington)
                                                           Algonquin/LITH ...............................................                  Centegra........................................................
                                                           Huntley ...........................................................               Hospital (McHenry)
Did you know?                                              Carpentersville/Countryside.......                                    Hospital (Woodstock)
                                                           Cary......................................................................   Provena.............................................................
Algonquin is located at 42.2° West of the Prime
                                                                                                                                                                Hospital (Elgin)
Meridian and 88.3° North of the Equator.                   Sheriff Websites                                                                                     Family Care Center (Lake in the Hills)
                                                           Kane...........................................................           Sherman Health...............................
                                                           McHenry.....                                           Hospital (Elgin)
                                                                                                                                                                Family Healthcare (Algonquin)
                                                           Driver Services Department Website
                                                           Elgin & Woodstock.....................                             Transportation Websites
                                                                                                                                                         Illinois Tollway......................................
                                                           Education Websites                                                                            Metra...............................................................
                                                                                                                                                         O’Hare International Airport....................
                                                           District #158..............................................
                                                                                                                                                         Pace Bus.......................................................
                                                           District #300.......................................................

24                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Village of Algonquin
Non-Municipal Utility Websites
AT&T Telephone.............................................
                                                                                      For a complete listing of community organizations in the
                                                                                      Village of Algonquin, please visit                      Contact Information...
Comcast Cable ..........................................              We attempt to keep the community organization infor-
ComEd Electric....................................                 mation as current as possible. All Algonquin area or-
J.U.L.I.E..................................................     ganizations who wish to be included on this list, or who
Nicor Gas............................................................   need to change information currently provided, should
Waste Management.............................................              send an e-mail to

Other Government Entity Websites                                                      Again, welcome to the Village of Algonquin! We hope
                                                                                      you found this guide to be informative and useful. We
Algonquin Township...............
                                                                                      encourage you to take advantage of the many programs
Dundee Township.......................
                                                                                      and services the Village offers. Be sure to check the Vil-
Grafton Township..........................
                                                                                      lage website often for the most up-to-date information,
State of Illinois.................................................
                                                                                      to pay your water bill, or to submit a service request or
Kane County.................................................
McHenry County.................................
McHenry County Conservation District....
United States Postal Office.......................

                                                                                                                                                    The Village of Algonquin’s website is always available for
                                                                                                                                                     the most up-to-date information on Village services and

                                                                                                                                                   Did you know?

                                                                                                                                                   The Village of Algonquin is served by Metra Com-
                                                                                                                                                   muter Rail, with stops in nearby Cary, Crystal
                                                                                                                                                   Lake, Elgin, and Fox River Grove.

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