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Messages from the Village of Lisle

May 26, 2015 09:02AM ● Published by Katelyn Nelson

Healthy lawns and a healthy environment

Is more fertilizer better? Many homeowners use up to three times more fertilizer on their lawns than is needed. In addition to being expensive, the excess chemicals wash into local creeks and ponds, turning the local waterways green with algae. Following a few simple guidelines will help keep our water clean and healthy:         

  • Read fertilizer labels and apply only as instructed.           
  • Look for organic products and those with slow release nitrogen.
  • Spot treat or pull out weeds, instead of using harmful products.
  • Use a mulching mower and allow the grass to grow longer.
  • Do not treat the space around ponds and creeks.
  • Use drought tolerant, native plants which do not require fertilizer.

Get ready

While emergencies can happen at any time, each Midwest season seems to bring its own set of challenges. During spring and summer, there is an increased potential for tornados, damaging storms, power outages and flash flooding. Everyone who lives, works or routinely visits Lisle should subscribe to CodeRED, the automated Weather and Community Alert Notification System and E-notify, the Village’s broadcast email service. To subscribe, visit the Village of Lisle homepage, villageoflisle.org, and choose the “Connect with Us” option. The website also contains detailed information on flooding, including a link to monitor real time water levels of local waterways. You’ll also find extensive flood prevention and other related educational materials on the web by choosing “Services,” then “Flood Information.” Finally, an excellent source of information about a variety of potential natural and man-made emergency scenarios can be found at ready.gov. Business owners can obtain emergency preparedness information for their businesses at ready.gov/business.

Don’t become a victim of scams

The Lisle Police Department offers the following information to help protect you from local scams. Scammers may try to sell a quick sealcoating job to residents, using a sticky oil-based sealer or diluted product. The sealcoat tends to become flakey or uneven after several days and does not last very long. Scammers may also try to convince residents that urgent home repairs are needed immediately. Work that is performed is usually substandard or left unfinished. Scammers may also pose as utility workers, village employees or contractors who ask to enter a home to “check on something” such as water pressure, pipes, gas lines and fuses. While the victim is distracted, other scammers burglarize the home.

Recognize the warning signs of a scam

  • No company name on truck
  • Out of state license plates
  • No written price quotes
  • False phone number
  • Accepts cash only or requires advanced down payments
  • No business cards
  • Cheap looking flyers
  • Knocks on doors to get business
  • Hangs signs on telephone poles to attract customers

Protect yourself against scams

  •  Never allow someone to do home repairs the day you meet them.
  • Obtain quotes from other reputable businesses.
  • Don’t make a down payment using cash or a check.
  • Ask for a business card and research the business.
  • Write down company vehicle’s license plate number.
  • Never let anyone in your home.
  • Call the company to verify worker’s ID (use phone number listed online or in yellow pages).

When in doubt, call the Lisle Police Department (911 or 630-271-4200) to request that an officer be dispatched to check out the circumstances.

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