Village of Paw Paw prepares for Labor Day activities; gives ordinance reminders

PAW PAW – The Paw Paw Village Board held a meeting on Aug. 14.

2Paws and The Liquor Store requested liquor permits for serving alcohol outside during the Labor Day weekend. Requests were taken under advisement.

The Liquor Store requested permission to have a street dance and beer garden on Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday before Labor Day from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and have the beer garden open Sunday evening, Sept. 1 from 6-10 p.m. Street Dance revenue will be donated to the Boy & Girls Club of Paw Paw.

There will be two bounce-houses on the west end of the block, one for under 5, and one for 5-12 year olds.

Payton’s Pizza will be selling pizzas during Labor Day weekend.

For better parade enjoyment, there will be no parking on Chicago Road on Labor Day from 5:30 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m. Chicago Road traffic will be rerouted Maple-Wheeler-Chapman beginning at 9:45 a.m. until after the parade. Parade enthusiasts are welcome to set chairs out, or sit on the curb.

A reminder that ATVs (“four-wheelers”) are not allowed to be driven on Village streets, or by unlicensed drivers.

The driver must have a valid driver’s license, proof of liability insurance, and a Village of Paw Paw permit. They can only be parked in the Community Center parking lot, and not on Chicago Road.

After a resident receives notice that their vegetation is too high, they have 24 hours to mow it, or be fined. A lien can be put on the house to collect the fine. Residents are responsible for maintaining the area between the sidewalk and the street.

A resident requested a variance for installing a fence. It was advised that the submitted plan did not contain acceptable material in compliance with the Village ordinance, and that a new, altered plan could be submitted for consideration.

Some of the stipulations for a fence in town are:

Fences and posts shall not exceed six feet in height.

A diagram of the lot of the proposed fence shall be submitted with the building permit.

It is unlawful to erect or construct an electrified fence, barbed wire fence, sheet metal fence, fence from salvage material, concrete block fence, woven wire/welded wire and t-studded posts.

Fences may be constructed of approved materials such as fencing materials sold at retail outlets or treated lumber. Chain-link fencing permitted with approved framing and posts. The Zoning Inspector will determine appropriate building materials. The homeowner may appeal the decision of the Zoning Inspector before the Village Board at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting, held the second Wednesday of each month.  Snow fence permitted for its intended purpose only. Snow fences permitted from Nov. 1 until April 1.

Fences shall be constructed so that the “good” side of the fence faces outward from the property toward the neighbors right-of-way. The “good” side of the fence shall be that side of the fence which is smooth or finished and constructed so that the nailed part of the fence boards or structure face the property owner’s property requiring the fence.

A resident requested a permit to put a garage on an empty lot they own.

Sheriff John Simonton and Theresa Sheridan came from Dixon to present the next fiscal year’s Police Service Agreement for Paw Paw to have a deputy in the Village forty hours a week. The Sheriff explained that the officer assigned to Paw Paw is extra law-enforcement for the east side of the county. County officers will always respond when needed, but having an officer in close proximity allows for faster response time.

The waste pump for Wabansi has been malfunctioning. Residents are reminded that the only product that may be flushed is toilet paper. Please do not flush: baby wipes (even the ones that say they’re flushable), Q-Tips and cotton pads/balls, feminine products, diapers, dental floss, paper towels and tissues/kleenex, medications, cigarette butts, kitty litter, hair, gum, cooking grease, fish, or any dead pet, any food, bleach.

It was noted that the Lions Park needs manicuring. Tim will be advised.