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Village Website: At Your Service

July/August 2011

By Jackie Borchew

Did you know that you can pay your water bill on-line from the comfort of your home? Or fill out a permit application for that deck building project you have been planning for the Spring? How about signing up for the house watch program where the police will routinely check your home while you're sunning on some faraway beach? And hopefully you will never have to use this service, paying your traffic ticket on-line, but if you need to, you can.

These are but a few of the services offered by the Village of Riverwoods on their interactive, resident-friendly website

Download application forms. At the Village website you can download the RRA membership form, a tree removal permit, a application for a handicap parking card. There are many other forms that you may be interested in.

Under the heading of Forestry. You may learn about and apply to the reforestation/woodland management program where the Village will reimburse you matching funds up to a percentage of your cost to manage your own property. This program is aimed at maintaining the health and longevity of our woodlands. The plan involves removing invasives (garlic mustard and buckthorn) and planting (reforesting your property) with woody trees and shrubs that are indigenous to our area. There is also a tree planting program for you to take advantage of.

Learn what our Police and Fire Departments offer. Explore the many services that our Police and Fire Departments have to offer. Get the details on bicycle registration, proper child safety seat installation, or thumb printing and photo identification for the safety of your child.

Village Government. If you can't make it to a Village Board Meeting, but you are interested in what your elected officials have to say on a particular subject? You may read the minutes on-line, or even better, watch your local government in action on the internet via YouTube. Just click on "BOT Meeting Videos" located on the home page in the left hand column.

Protect yourself in the event of an emergency. Sign up for the disaster/emergency notification system so that you will be notified by phone or email in the event of any emergencies.

A Village Calendar will remind you of important events. The Riverwoods Village Calendar is a new feature of the Village website. It provides a point of reference for events in the community focused around government meetings, such as the Board of Trustee and Plan Commission meetings, along with events submitted by community organizations and residents like the Riverwoods Preservation Council (RPC), and the Riverwoods Book Club.

Your Village website is kept current so that you may be better informed. Go on-line and take advantage of all it offers you.

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