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Mobile Truck Food Vendor Details and Application

The Village of Burlington will allow on a temporary basis (May through September 2024) mobile food vendors wishing to operate on Water Street in the Village of Burlington. Food vendors must follow the applicable regulations and submit all required application materials to receive a license to operate in the Village of Burlington. Note that these regulations are currently not enforced for mobile food vendors operating solely on private property.

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Beware of Scammers

Beware of scammers!

BE AWARE OF DRIVEWAY SCAMMERS!
Please check with the Village Hall to ensure the business is registered with your area.
 
There is a crew traveling around trying to scam local residents. A few seniors and residents have already fallen victim to their scam, don't be the next one!
If your driveway needs paving or repairs, don’t trust just anyone to do the job. https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker has numerous reports of unscrupulous contractors who trick homeowners with supposedly good deals. Homeowners end up with shoddy pavement -- or nothing at all -- to show for what they paid and, in some cases, have lost over $8,000 in the process.
 
How the scam works
A contractor leaves a pamphlet or shows up at the door. They claim they’ve been doing work in the area and just happened to notice the condition of your driveway or sidewalk. Since they're already working nearby, they can give you a discount. If the price is agreeable, they will then ask for a large percentage of the fee upfront. There is some hesitancy if there is a question on the price or details about the business and its location.
 
Once the transaction is complete, the scam contractor may disappear altogether. The contact number or email may not work, quickly helping you realize that the contact information was a sham. If you protest, the contractor may use intimidation tactics, such as threatening a lawsuit, to convince you to pay up.
 
In other cases, once complete, the contractor's work is shoddy and unprofessional, but the full payment has been made. Reaching the company the contractor allegedly represented is impossible, or another company was impostored in the process. In any of these scenarios, the chances of getting a refund or the work fixed are slim.
How to avoid contractor scams:
Be wary of unsolicited offers. Most scams involving contractors begin when a random contractor makes an effort to go out of their way to offer an estimate that was never requested.
 
Research companies and contractors before you hire. Start with BBB.org. If the contractor has multiple negative reviews and complaints, don’t hire them. Often, a simple internet search will reveal companies or individuals that have been involved in fraudulent activities or provided unsatisfactory work to previous clients.
Get everything in writing. Ask for an estimate in writing before payment is even discussed. Don’t let a contractor start working on a project until a written, signed contract outlining start and complete dates, a detailed description of the work to be provided, material costs, payment arrangements, and warranty information is provided.
 
Stagger payments. Most contractors will require a percentage of the total price upfront, but it should never be the full price before the work has begun. Instead, agree to stagger payments so that work can be inspected at various stages of the project.
 
Use safe payment methods. Paying with a credit card provides some peace of mind since the credit card company will help you if the company is fraudulent. If you use a check, write it to a company, not an individual. Paying cash or using an electronic wallet app is risky since there is no way to stop the payment or get some money back if anything goes wrong.
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3rd of July Fireworks Display

We are 17 weeks away from celebrating our annual 3rd of July Burlington Fireworks Display event!
With your continued support, we look forward to making this year’s annual Third of July celebration even more remarkable and memorable for all. Thank you for being a part of our tradition and for helping to keep the spirit of independence alive in our town.
 
Once again, we are asking for the support of our awesome residents and friends that help us raise enough funds to reach our goal each year.
Donations of ANY amount help and are very appreciated. We can’t do it without you!
FIREWORKS ARE SOLELY FUNDED BY DONATIONS
 
The Village of Burlington is now collecting aluminum cans to help raise money as well.
Local food vendors are welcome to join us in the park as well!
 
Please see the images below for more information. You may visit the Village of Burlington’s website to make a donation by clicking this link: https://www.vil.burlington.il.us/pay
 
Thank you so much for your help in making this a spectacular evening of fun for all.

"NEXT" Comprehensive Plan Implementation Transition Memo

Beginning in June 2022, the Village of Burlington and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) worked together to administer an implementation initiative – NEXT – to identify and prioritize action steps to advance recommendations from Burlington’s 2022 Comprehensive Plan. A key goal of this work was to help build Burlington’s capacity to carry out future Comprehensive Plan implementation initiatives, resulting in tangible, positive impacts in the community. This NEXT project concluded in June of 2023.

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Pet Safety and Village Codes

It has been brought to the Village’s attention that there have been a few dogs not leashed that have attacked other dogs and or residents. The Village Code is very extensive with regards to animals.(Chapter 13, Article 7, Page 110) Please view this section regarding pets. 

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Grant Program for restaurants, hotels and creative arts organizations

An important message from Illinois State Senator, Dave Syverson: Grant information for restaurants, hotels and creative arts organizations below:
Another round of Back to Business grants is now open. If you aren’t already familiar, the Back to Business (B2B) grant program was established during the COVID-19 pandemic to help provide recovery funding to businesses hit hardest and that saw dramatic losses.
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has recently announced another $175 million is available for grant funding for qualifying restaurants, hotels, and creative arts organizations. All applicants will receive a grant as long as they meet eligibility requirements and submit proper documentation and attestations required by the program.
Applications are due Wednesday, May 10. More information can be found here: https://dceo.illinois.gov/smallbizassistance/b2b.html
In an effort to assist restaurants, hotels, and creative arts organizations in your community, I ask that you pass along information about a webinar I am hosting with DCEO to help applicants with their application process, and to answer any questions related to eligibility.
The webinar is being held on Wednesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. I have also attached a flyer that you can distribute to your members or other interested parties.
Those who wish to participate will need to RSVP to RSVP@sgop.ilga.gov by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2. They should include their name, business name, email address, mailing address and phone number. Upon their RSVP, they will receive a link to the webinar.