Sketchy electricity solicitors and more From the Village

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Village of Oak Park

Electricity solicitors not Village-sanctioned

If a solicitor knocks on your door claiming to represent the Village and asking you to switch electricity providers, just say no. Neither the Village nor its aggregation program provider will contact you in person or by phone, and they will never ask for your ComEd account number. Oak Park requires all door-to-door solicitors to be registered at Village Hall and carry documentation, which some reportedly have used to claim official sanction as the Village aggregation program electricity provider. No action is required to participate in the Village-sanctioned program. When in doubt about the behavior of a solicitor, call 911. To file a complaint about a misleading solicitation, contact the Illinois Commerce Commission at 800.524.0795or www.icc.illinois.gov/consumer/complaint.

Recycle electronics Saturday

Oak Park residents can recycle electronics by dropping them off at the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd., on the last Saturday of the month through October. The next event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday. Acceptable items include computers, peripherals, laptops, monitors, TVs, cell phones, rechargeable batteries, printers, fax machines, MP3 players, portable digital assistants, video game consoles, video cassette recorders/players, digital video disk players, zip drives, scanners and microwaves. Unlike in past years, the Village now incurs costs to sponsor these events, as state collection goals have been met and funding has declined for electronic processors. This means staff will check for identification to ensure residents are served first. For more information call 708.358.5700 or email publicworks@oak-park.us.

Online vehicle sticker sales brisk

Many residents wanting to beat the typical last-minute rush and take advantage of the discount already have purchased vehicle stickers via the online portal since sales began last month. Every Oak Park resident who owns or leases a vehicle is required to purchase and display a vehicle sticker annually before July 15. Anyone who misses the deadline must purchase a sticker and pay a $20 late fee. Failure to display a valid Village sticker by the deadline also may result in a $50 ticket. Residents whose vehicles already are registered with the Village can save 10 percent by renewing online  rather than via mail or in person at Village Hall. Click here for more information, including rates for various types of vehicles.

Village Hall visitors invited to rate the experience

Anyone who comes to Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St., is invited to provide feedback about the visit via an electronic survey. Two touch-screen tablets installed on the reception center desk near the main entrance offer visitors the opportunity to anonymously rate the quality of the service received. The brief survey also allows visitors to submit contact information should they wish to discuss their experience further. While the survey is not a scientifically valid poll of customer satisfaction, results should provide indications of how the customer experience at Village Hall can be improved. Comments also can be shared via email to village@oak-park.us. For more information on Village government programs and services, visit www.oak-park.us.

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