Announcements

Garbage Pickup Delayed

Republic Services is running late today by 4 hours. Garbage will still be collected today by 6 p.m. Please leave carts out by the normal pickup location.

Bulk Waste Drop-off

Start Date: May 14th till May 17th
Locations: There will be a dumpster at the Public Works Building, 233 E. Railroad St.

PLEASE NOTE: ELECTRONIC ITEMS ARE NOW BANNED FROM ILLINIOS LANDFILLS. SO PLEASE DO NOT THROW THEM IN THE DUMPSTERS. YOU CAN GO TO WHITESIDE COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT TO DISPOSE OF ANY ELECTRONIC ITEMS.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF PROGRAM GUIDELINES
ACCEPTABLE (BULKY)
Couches Sectional
Sleeper Sofas Rocker/ recliners Coffee/end tables Kitchen Tables Bed Frames
Mattress/box springs Baby beds (cribs) Bicycles
Dressers, shelving, cabinets etc•.• Push mowers (fuel must be drained)

ACCEPTABLE MISC. ITEMS
Bikes, tricycles, & other outdoor toys Grills, shovels, rakes, lawn chairs etc••• Baby swings, playpens, walkers, car seats Dishes, clothing, pillows, picture frames, Area rugs

UNACCEPTABLE (BULKY)
Major appliances Air conditioners De-Humidifiers Electronic Items
Water heater/softener Windows
Plate glass
Riding lawn mowers Tires
Demolition/remodeling debris Cement , rock, brick
Swing sets Carpeting

UNACCEPTABLE MISC.
Auto batteries
Liquid waste of any kind Household hazardous waste
Medical waste
Yard waste

PLEASE CONTACT BRIAN STRIKE AT 815-537-5598 OR 815 -537-5214 WITH ANY QUESTIONS

Golf Cart Registration

The Prophetstown Police Department and Public Works will be holding their annual Golf Cart and Side by Side Registration on Saturday, April 20th from 9:00 – 12:00 at the Public Works Garage, located at 233 E Railroad St. For any questions, please contact Tara at 815-537-5598.

Office Closed

City Hall Office will be closed on Friday March 29th, 2024 in observance of Good Friday. All payments can be left in the dropbox or made online at www.prophetstownil.org

Hydrant Flushing

The City of Prophetstown will be flushing hydrants March 26th, 27th, and 28th. 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
www.epa.gov/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

Open House

Longtime Police Chief Bruce Franks has retired, and the City of Prophetstown would like the community to join us for an Open House to wish Bruce well. Please join us on Tuesday, March 12th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at City Hall for cake and celebration.

Water Discoloration

A transformer blew at the water tower/plant in Prophetstown and there may be some discoloration in the water due to this issue. The Public Works Department is currently working on resolving it, however we do ask that you refrain from washing any white clothes until the water color returns to normal. This may take a few days to clear up. We are incredibly sorry for the inconvenience.
Thank you,
The City of Prophetstown and the Public Works Team.

Garbage Pickup

Republic Services will NOT be picking up garbage and recycling today, Monday January 15th. They have trucks down due to the weather, but will be in Prophetstown on Tuesday, January 16 2024 for a delayed pickup.

January City Council Meeting

The City Council Meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, January 9th at 7:00 pm has been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items. If you should have any questions, please contact City Hall at 815-537-5598

Office Closed

City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 1, 2024 in observance of New Year’s Day. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.
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