Republic Service Day Change

In order to provide the best service possible, Republic Services is making some service changes in Prophetstown. Effective Monday, December 4th, 2023, the new service day will be Tuesday.
Along with the service day changing, the City’s pickup time will also change. Please have your container out for service by 5:00 AM or the night before.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call Republic Services at 815-284-2432

Lighted Christmas Parade Route 2023

Prophetstown’s annual Lighted Christmas Parade and activities kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. The city is asking that all cars be removed from the parade route no later than 2 p.m. Saturday.

Leaf/Yard Waste Reminder

As a reminder to all Prophetstown residents, per the following City Ordinances, no leaves or yard waste should be pushed/blown into City streets or alleys, and should not be burned there either. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Public Works at 815-537-5214.

Sec. 28-5. – Placing rubbish on streets.
a.) No person shall himself or by his agents, employees or servants cast, throw, drop, place, sweep or deposit in any manner whatsoever in or upon any street, sidewalk, alley, gutter or other public place any garbage, filth, dirt, rubbish, waste, landscape waste or like substance whatsoever, whether liquid or solid.
b.) No person shall himself or by his agents, employees or servants cast, throw, drop, place, sweep or deposit anywhere within the city any substance, article, refuse, garbage, landscape waste or rubbish in such manner that it may be carried and deposited by action of the sun, wind, rain, snow or other elements into or upon any street, sidewalk, alley, gutter or other public place.
Sec. 30-5. – Burning on streets.
It is unlawful for any person to burn or suffer or cause to be burned any leaves, wood, paper, straw or any other material or rubbish on the roadway of any street within the corporate limits of the city, or any alley which is surfaced with concrete, asphalt, bituminous material or oil. Violations of this section are punishable by a fine of not less than $100.00 nor more than $500.00 for each violation.

Solicitor in Town

There has been a Solicitor’s Permit issued to IGS Energy until October 26th. They will be going door-to-door throughout this time.

Police Chief Job Opening

Job description
The City of Prophetstown Illinois is seeking a qualified and motivated individual to lead its Police department in serving and protecting the citizens in the City of Prophetstown. Must be willing to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays. The Chief is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the programs and activities of the Prophetstown Police Department. This position also involves vehicle patrol, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, community relations, and local ordinance enforcement. Qualifications • Minimum of 5 years in a leadership role with demonstrated success within a law enforcement agency; • Bachelor’s Degree with emphasis in law enforcement or related field preferred or have an equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the requisite skills and abilities to effectively perform the duties of Police Chief; • Experience with budgeting and personnel management, grant administration and crime intervention and prevention • Possess a valid State of Illinois driver’s license; • Possess no prior felony convictions; • If served in the U.S. military, must have been honorably discharged; • Pass a background check; and • Must be Certified as a law enforcement officer in the State of Illinois. Benefits Paid time off (sick, personal, and vacation) and paid holidays. City employees are also eligible for health, dental, and life insurance as well as participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). Applications can be picked up and dropped off Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at the city hall, 339 Washington St. Prophetstown IL 61277 or on the Cities website: Until September 30th, 2023 Please submit a resume along with your application. Job Type Full-time Pay: Wage:
$68,000 – $72,000 • 8 hour shift• Weekend availability, reliably commute or planning to relocate before or within 1 year of being hired (Negotiable) License/Certification: • Illinois Driver’s license (Required)
The city of Prophetstown is committed to providing equal opportunity in all aspects of employment for all employees and applicants.

Garbage Pickup 8-7-2023

Republic Services had a garbage truck break down on Monday, August 7th, 2023. They have sent another truck to try and complete the City’s pickup, but if it is not done by the end of the day, please leave your cans at the curb, as Republic will be back on Tuesday morning.

Hydrant Flushing

The City of Prophetstown will be flushing hydrants August 22, 23, and 24th. Please try to avoid using any water while the hydrants are being flushed in your area. After the flushing operation is completed:
Open the cold water faucets and let the water flow until it is clear. Turn off the faucets.
Open the hot water faucets and let the water flow until it is clear. Turn off the faucets.
When both hot and cold water are clear, the water is ready for use as normal.
Check the faucet screens for trapped particles.
Wash a load or two of dark-colored clothes first.

Illinois EPA Notice Learn About Lead
Maintenance on the water distribution system in your area may result in sediment being disturbed within the water mains. Although this sediment is common and expected in any system, we are now required by State Statute to notify our customers that this sediment may contain lead. Along with the sediment in the distribution system any plumbing installed within your home and/or business may contain some components which could contain lead.
Lead can enter drinking water through corrosion of plumbing materials, especially where the water has high acidity or low mineral content that corrodes pipes and fixtures. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. However, new homes are also at risk: even legally “lead free” plumbing may contain up to eight percent lead. Beginning January 2014, changes to the Safe Drinking Water Act further reduced the maximum allowable lead content of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures to 0.25 percent. The most common problem is with brass or chrome plated brass faucets and fixtures with lead solder, from which lead can enter into the water, especially hot water. Corrosion is a dissolving or wearing away of metal caused by a chemical reaction between water and your plumbing. The USEPA has determined that lead can cause significant health problems if it accumulates in a person’s body over time. While lead in tap water is rarely the single cause of lead poisoning, it can increase a person’s overall total lead exposure. High levels of lead in your household drinking water can have significant health impacts, especially for children and pregnant women.
While it is not known for certain whether or not this particular project will adversely affect the lead (if present) in your plumbing, here are preventative steps to help reduce your risk from lead:
Run your water for a few minutes to flush out lead after periods of non-use, such as first thing in the morning, after work and returning from vacation.
Always use cold water for drinking, cooking and preparing baby formula. Lead dissolves more easily in hot water and boiling water will not remove lead.
Periodically remove and clean your faucet aerators.

Learn About Lead
Information about the risks associated with lead in drinking water is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website indicated above.

City of Prophetstown:
We are committed to provide continuous and safe drinking water to all of our community. If you should have specific questions related to lead or any other water quality questions, please contact the Water Systems Certified Operator:
Brian Strike
City of Prophetstown
(815) 537-5214

Solicitor in Town

Jonathon Ratcliff with Southwestern Advantage will be going door to door selling educational books Thursday through Saturday, and has been permitted with the City.

Water Discoloration

Filter Maintenance is completed and all tests with the EPA have been passed for the Main well. Public Works will now switch back to this well, which will cause some water discoloration for a couple of days. The water is safe to drink, however, please avoid washing white or light colored clothes at this time.

Zoning Board Member

Would you like to be more involved in your community? The City of Prophetstown is looking for someone to become a Zoning/Planning Commitee Board Member. If interested, please contact Tara at City Hall. 815-537-5598

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