Apr 20

Updated 3 days ago

Can the city replace my sod that ComEd destroyed?

I've been calling landscaping companies to give me an estimate. When ComEd came through, they replaced the little patch of grass on the corner with clay. Nothing will grow there. One of the companies I contacted suggested that the city may replace it. Is this true? Do I call 311?

If I need to hire somebody, can anybody give me a reputable landscaping company? I tried K.C. Landscaping but the gal never came to give me an estimate. Lost my business. Another one I called said the job was too small. Thanks everyone.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    I had a water leak at B box city side, they cut down a tree and cracked all city sidewalks by next door neighbor and later came back and sprayed on some type of grass seed looks like

  • Agnes Groeper Major of Major

    When the Gas Co. decided to install those huge pipes in our street, the company they used ruined not only our grass, curbs, trees and cracked our foundations, but were very messy workers. Concerning our foundations we were told,"Prove it.You have old houses." Their machinery pounded and pounded for days....

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    When the Gas Co. decided to install those huge pipes in our street, the company they used ruined not only our grass, curbs, trees and cracked our foundations, but were very messy workers. Concerning our foundations we were told,"Prove it.You have old houses." Their machinery pounded and pounded for days. Huge tanklike machines backed over our cubs cracking them to pieces. Still that way. The pounding broke some gas lines going to homes on the opposite side of the digging. They dug holes to the homes. The grass replacement was suppose to be quality sod. not so. Because I have good Zoysa grass would you believe while I was out the workers cut a 4x6 piece of my sod and stole it. When I asked to have it replaced, the Gas Co. gave me some cruddy sod that still won't grow. I am sure that my complaints and the complaints many of the other neighbors led to the Gas Co getting rid of that company. The new company does not use that pounding machine. My advice is keep after Com Ed. If you are not satisfied, keep calling. The squeeky wheel gets the oil.

Jul 04 2014

Updated Apr 20

Bought an out of State Car. What do I need to do?

Sorry, I know this isn't specific to Portage Park, but I thought someone might be able to help...

I bought a car yesterday, from a dealer in Wisconsin. Anyone know what I need to do? I'm pretty sure that the dealer is submitting the title to IL and they gave me a temporary plate.

When do I go to the DMV and get it registered to me (and pay the taxes?) Do I go over to the DMV on Monday--with...

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Sorry, I know this isn't specific to Portage Park, but I thought someone might be able to help...

I bought a car yesterday, from a dealer in Wisconsin. Anyone know what I need to do? I'm pretty sure that the dealer is submitting the title to IL and they gave me a temporary plate.

When do I go to the DMV and get it registered to me (and pay the taxes?) Do I go over to the DMV on Monday--with the sale papers? Or do I wait until the Title comes in the mail and then go over there? (Assuming its going to come in the mail??)

What do I do about my city sticker? Do I have to get a new one? (They stuck the old one on the new car.)

And can I put my old plates (from the car I traded in) onto the new car? Or is that a big no-no? (Until its properly transferred.) I'm worried someone's going to steal the temporary plate. (And if I can't put my plates on, can I put the temporary plate in the back window? Or is that a no-no too?

Help please! I looked at cyberdriveillinois, but its not clear to me.

  • @Melissa, I didn't have to get my emissions done first, but I bought my car from a dealer in WI and it was a few years ago. Things may have changed since then. The people at Elston were pretty helpful, so you could stop by and ask once you're purchased the car.

  • Chi-Girl, thanks! I test drove the car here in Chicago, and woke up with horrible neck pain the next day!! So I didn't end up buying the car after all. I'm back to the drawing board when it comes to finding a car, but at least I didn't have to go up to Wisconsin for nothing!

Apr 09

Updated Apr 13

Garbage Pickup

Hello neighbors! We are new homeowners so we aren't used to regular garbage pickup. We used to just put everything in the building's dumpster and that was that. When we moved in, the previous homeowners had left behind a ton of chopped up wood that we have bundled up. However, we don't know if we can put that out for garbage collection or do we have to do something special with it? Do garbage collectors take whatever you put out, or does it have to fit inside the bin? We also have three 5-gallon buckets of sand we want to dispose of. Will they take that, too?

Thanks in advance!

  • Handyman Rich Fixing, Building, Taking Things Apart = Enjoyment

    Giving the sand to someone who can use it is the best idea. If nobody wants it, you shouldn't have to much trouble finding a pot hole that could use it.

  • Maggiemay 45 year resident @ PP

    Put the sand in a bucket in the alley label it n say its free for the taking. I wouldn't mind taking it if I knew where it was.

Mar 26

Updated Mar 26

Tree Trim vs. Removal

I am noticing some of the orange no parking signs from Dept of Forestry. They are sporadic though, not on a full block like I have seen before. Is there anyway to determine if a tree is slated for removal vs pruning? I see one with a blue tag on it (think it means its been treated for a disease), but no markings/tags on the other trees, yet they have the orange signs on them also. Thanks for any info you can provide.

  • Dennis 30 year Jefferson Park resident

    No need to be negative, Dan G. Poster asked a simple question. My answer to poster is that I thought trees that have been treated have red tags. Not sure what the blue ones mean, but you can as at the city's website--Forestry.

Mar 19

Updated Mar 20

Home/theft prevention safety seminar 4/5/17 @ 7:00 pm

For anybody attending the theft prevention seminar being held on April 5 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Borgia, 8033 W. Addison, can someone please raise the topic of alley lights are out and why is Alderman Sposato's office saying that this situation is out of their hands and that ComEd has a 6 month waiting list to fix these? Unfortunately, I cannot attend, but, really wish I could. I am absolutely certain that one of their pieces of advice...

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For anybody attending the theft prevention seminar being held on April 5 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Borgia, 8033 W. Addison, can someone please raise the topic of alley lights are out and why is Alderman Sposato's office saying that this situation is out of their hands and that ComEd has a 6 month waiting list to fix these? Unfortunately, I cannot attend, but, really wish I could. I am absolutely certain that one of their pieces of advice is to keep your porch light on and encourage neighbors to do the same. I do that without fail. But, what good does it do when your front is on, but, the alley is pitch black. I've been calling weekly to Sposato's office and they're clearly getting perturbed by my calls, but, I feel safer with those lights on plain and simple. I have only one that's been out since December. There's an entire stretch of alley between Long and Lindner/Grace and Berniece (6/7 lights) since about the same time. I get the whole low priority thing, but, 6 months. Unacceptable. Thanks to anyone who remembers this and asks.

  • There is no reason for the lights to be out for that long. Have you called 311? Whenever our lights are out, that's who I call and they are back on in a matter of days. These are street lights though so I don't know if alley lights are handled differently. Your absolutely right that it's a safety concern and it seems to me like Sposato's office is being lazy.

  • Street & alley lights are fixed by the city, not ComEd. Call 311 over and over and over and stay on the Alderman's office. The info they are giving you is incorrect.

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