City of Darien news
Dec 23, 2016 09:37AM ● Published by Neighbors Magazines
2017 Darien Citizen of the Year news…
Tune in to see the announcement of our 2017 Citizen of the Year at the City Council Meeting on Mon., Jan. 16 at 7:30pm.
On Tues., Feb. 21 after the conclusion of the city council meeting, everyone is invited to honor the Citizen of the Year at a cake and coffee reception at city hall. Come and meet the 2017 Citizen of the Year and celebrate with us to recognize all our honoree has done to make Darien the nice place it is to live and raise a family.
On Sat., March 4 all are invited to attend the dinner/dance at Alpine Banquets honoring our Citizen of the Year. Ticket cost will be $30 per person which includes dinner and open bar. Reservations for the event will be available at city hall after Feb. 1. Deadline to RSVP is Tues., Feb. 28.
For questions or reservations, please call Diane at Darien City Hall, 630-353-8102.
Please help us keep fire hydrants clear of snow
Large snowfall can hide fire hydrants and make them difficult to find during an emergency. The city encourages residents to clear fire hydrants of snow nearest their residence or business of snow. Firefighters need at least a three-foot clearance on all sides of the hydrant, including a pathway to the hydrant from the street.
By taking a little time to clear a hydrant you are helping the fire department, your neighbors and yourself in the event of an emergency. The local fire departments and city personnel also assist in clearing hydrants. If you have identified a snow buried fire hydrant and are unable to assist please call 630-353-8105.
Carbon monoxide problems increase along with snowfall
Local fire departments see an increase in the number of carbon monoxide incidents and detector activations during high snowfall, due to snow accumulation and buildup.
These types of incidents are a common problem when there are high snow drifts that block furnace vents and air intakes in some homes—predominantly homes that have newer, high-efficiency furnaces. These systems typically vent through the sill plate of a home, close to ground level through white PVC piping. Drifting snow has the potential to block these vents, causing the furnace or water heater to stop operating. Some newer high-efficiency furnaces have automatic shutoffs that shut down a furnace when the vents are blocked, but many furnaces don’t. If they fail to shut down, carbon monoxide may back up in a home.
After any snowfall, it is important to inspect the area around the furnace and hot water heater vents to ensure that snow and ice are not blocking the safe operation of these fuel-burning devices. Vents and intake pipes should have a 3-foot clearance from snow, shrubs or other obstructions. Water heaters and dryer vents also should be cleared of snow to prevent possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
State law requires that all residential occupancies have carbon monoxide detectors installed by the property owner. More information regarding state statute requirements can be found at ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/94/094-0741.htm.
City of Darien winter parking regulations
There is no parking allowed on city streets during a snow event when snow or ice exceeds one inch.
Snowplows and other emergency vehicles must have access and ability to pass down streets; parked vehicles in the roadways inhibit these vehicles and block visibility. In snow emergencies snowplows are able to more efficiently clear your street without parked vehicles obstructing the process.
We thank you for your cooperation and support!
A warning about unsafe ice
DuPage County Forest Preserve District is warning outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious about stepping out onto the ice. As ice melts and refreezes during late winter it may become porous, weak and unable to support activity regardless of its thickness. Look for cracks, ridges or faults in the ice; differently colored ice (especially dark gray or black); open water in the center of an otherwise frozen lake; ice that looks rotten or porous; and ice covered by water or slush for signs that the ice might be unsafe.
In any outdoor emergency, call 911 for help. To reach Forest Preserve District of DuPage County police, call 630-933-7240.
Prevent water lines from freezing
All residents should take precautions to keep water supply lines in your homes from freezing during extreme cold. You should let the water trickle in plumbing lines or fixtures that face north or west exterior walls. This helps to prevent water from freezing within the wall.
Additionally, the city would like to remind residents that if you are going to be leaving town for an extended amount of time during the winter season, that you should set the hot water tank to pilot and maintain the heating system at a 60 degree range. We also encourage shutting off your water at the meter and relieving the pressure from the pipes by turning on a couple of faucets at the lowest point.