Oak Park village announcements - May 13, 2013

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Village of Oak Park

Federal funds available for flood recovery

With federal approval for disaster relief, Oak Parkers who suffered flood damage from recent heavy rains now can apply for assistance. The assistance effort is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Application may be made online, via a smartphone or by telephone. Visit www.fema.gov/apply-assistance for the details.

Carpet recycling offered

The Village is testing curb side collection and recycling of used carpet and padding. The program is similar to the current yard waste and bulk garbage programs that use color-coded stickers to help cover costs. Residential units may place an unlimited number of rolls out for collection so long as each has two blue stickers attached. Each roll must be no more than four feet wide (cut or folded) and not exceed 50 pounds. The rolls must be placed in a dry location such as on/under a porch or in a garage. Program participants then contact the vendor via information on the sticker to arrange pick up. Stickers cost $2 each and can be purchased at the Village Hall Cashier's Office. For more information, call 708.358.5700 or e-mail publicworks@oak-park.us.

Residential property owners invited to learn about building safety

A series of informational sessions for residential property owners is scheduled from 1 - 5 p.m., Wed., May 15, at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. as part of Building Safety Month, a worldwide public awareness campaign to foster better understanding of what it takes to create and maintain safe structures. Featured topics will be deck and fence requirements, flood control systems, kitchen and bath remodeling, electrical system safety, lead and home renovations, fire safety and the permit process. Sessions for contractors and design professions are scheduled for 1 - 5 p.m., Wed., May 22. Call 708.358.5430 or e-mail building@oak-park.us for more information.

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