Kaneland homecoming parade coming to Maple Park this year

By CHRIS WALKER - editorial@kcchronicle.com Published: Thursday, June 8, 2017 9:36 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 8, 2017 3:55 p.m. CDT

MAPLE PARK – Maple Park Trustee JP Dries has a daughter who will be a senior this fall at Kaneland High School, so he was interested in the exciting news that the school’s homecoming parade would be coming to Maple Park later this year.

The parade’s location is rotated on a four-year basis, in alphabetical order, throughout four of the villages in the school district – Elburn, Kaneville, Maple Park and Sugar Grove.

“I don’t want anyone to think too far ahead and forget about summer,” Dries said during the monthly board meeting June 6. “But I wanted to bring it up since my daughter will be a senior, and it’s good to be prepared.”

That parade is scheduled for Sept. 27.

“I will be meeting with Sally Wilson from the high school to discuss this further,” said Village President Kathy Curtis. “Once I learn more, we can send notes to businesses about window painting and other stuff. It should be fun, but we’ll need to figure out some things in going forward.”

In other news, Maple Park Village Hall will receive a repair to its air conditioning, as well as an air handler for its computer room, from Roger’s Repair Service of Maple Park. 

The quote is $7,195, but the board approved an expenditure of $7,500.

“It’s not in our budget, but it’s something that’s needed,” Curtis said. “And this was the cheapest price we got.”

Also, as the weather has warmed and more people are spending time outdoors, there have been increased calls to the vilage's police station. Police Chief Tony Ayala talked about the reason why there’s been such a jump.

“It’s been a combination of things like dogs that are lost and those kind of things,” he said. “People are more active now, so we’re seeing some illegal parkings and things like that, and we’re addressing it by giving a warning and then exercising that next step in following the village ordinances.”

In addition, the board adopted an ordinance regarding portable storage units.

Portable storage units will be permitted in any zoning district, as long as they are not placed on village-owned property or the public right-of-way and are only placed on driveways or other hard surfaces approved by village staff.

Only one storage unit is allowed on a lot at time, and it can remain on the lot for up to 45 days. Shipping containers are prohibited, and those violating the ordinance may receive fines for as much as $750 per day.