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Be a Great South Holland Neighbor!

Be a Great South Holland Neighbor!

Neighborhood Associations
Comprised of residents who devote time and energy to improve and enhance the area where they live, neighborhood associations provide a place to meet, exchange ideas, prioritize projects, propose solutions, and implement plans for the neighborhood.
Associations focus on quality of life and provide an effective means of communicating and a new sense of community.
Organizing an association may seem challenging, but developing your association will be exciting as people come together in a common purpose and work together as a group.
The Public Relations & Marketing Department can provide you with brochures that will help you organize your association.
Call 210-2918 or send an email to mthornton@southholland.org

The following are some important guidelines to assist as you begin to organize:

  • Identify local boundaries for your neighborhood
  • Define a reason for organizing
  • Conduct an organizational meeting with your neighbors
  • Develop a mission statement or objectives for your group
  • Elect officers or key members and adopt by-laws
  • Set a schedule of meeting dates
  • Gather as much information as possible from other neighborhood associations

A Successful Association will:

  • Identify the neighborhood’s priorities and build them step-bystep.
  • Set realistic goals. Start small & build upward.
  • As your organizational capacity grows, set your goals higher.
  • Treat members with respect and integrity, so people will be more likely to get involved in the organization.
  • Be patient and persistent. Building an association is a process.

Throw A Block Party!
South Holland is a community with deep roots, strong traditions, and a promising future. For more than 100 years, this Village has maintained its strong family values and community pride. Block Parties are a great way to celebrate those values, meet new neighbors, renew old acquaintances, and just have good old fashioned fun.
If you don’t become a key organizer for your block, who will? We are happy to help with ideas and suggestions for generating interest, choosing a day, providing food, and arranging entertainment.
The Public Relations & Marketing Department can provide you with brochures that will help you organize your block party.
Call 210-2918 or send an email to mthornton@southholland.org

Subject to availability, the Village can provide free of charge:

  • Roadblocks for your street to prevent cars from interrupting your party.
  • A limited number of picnic tables.
  • A Fire Engine, Police Car, or other emergency vehicle for children’s viewing.

To get started, fill out a Block Party Request Form at the Village Hall. The Village will make arrangements for tables, road blocks, and emergency vehicles and will contact you with details on availability.

Neighbor Disputes
Sometimes, it isn’t easy for people caught up in a dispute to find a solution. Emotions may run high, issues may be complex and neither side wants to talk to the other. The South Holland Mediation and Reconciliation Commission can help!
This commission was formed to help residents settle conflicts voluntarily by employing the techniques of mediation and reconciliation. Residents can call the commission for disagreements involving: excessive noise, property access/damage complaints, racial/ethnic conflicts, consumer complaints, and general disputes between neighbors.
The emphasis is on helping people find a way to resolve their own differences. They themselves determine the best solutions. Members of the commission are bound by codes of neutrality and confidentiality and have been trained by the National Coalition Building Institute of Illinois. The commission has no law enforcement authority, will not represent either party in a court of law, and cannot impose a solution upon the disputing parties.
Interested residents can call Deputy Village Administrator, Pat Mahon, at 210-2906 Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm.

Curfew Ordinance
Village Ordinance establishes an 11pm curfew for persons under the age of 17 for Sunday night through Thursday night. The curfew is midnight on Friday and Saturday.
It is unlawful for a parent or legal guardian to knowingly permit a person to violate curfew.
A person convicted of a violation of any provision of this ordinance (Chapter 11, Article 1, Section 11-6) shall be fined not less than ten dollars ($10.00) or more than one hundred dollars ($100.00).

Garage Sales
One Garage Sale per year for each residence. Each sale is limited to up to three (3) consecutive days.
No Garage Sales permitted on Sundays.
Permit cost is $5.00. Please make check payable to “Village of South Holland.”
A Garage Sale sign is permitted, but no larger than six (6) square feet. The sign may only be displayed on the property where the Garage Sale is being held. The sign must be removed each day, and immediately at the conclusion of the Garage Sale.
No balloons, banners, or pennants are permitted. Absolutely no directional signs on corners or down the street.

Dog Licenses and Ordinances
A new Animal License is required for all dogs each year. Annual fee is $10.00. Senior Citizens (65 years of age and older) fee is $5.00.
Forms can be obtained at the Clerk’s Office in the Village Hall. You must provide the name and address of dog owner, sex and breed of dog, and current rabies inoculation. Please make checks payable to “Village of South Holland.”
Dogs are not permitted in any of South Holland’s parks.
Dogs must be kept on a leash when off the owner’s property.
Dog walkers must clean up after the dog.

Property Maintenance Ordinances
South Holland residents take great pride in the cleanliness and beauty of their Village. A well manicured and maintained community translates directly into higher property values and a more enjoyable place to live, directly benefiting our residents.
To ensure that our high standards are maintained, property maintenance ordinances are enforced by the Code Enforcement office. This office works diligently to ensure that our community remains aesthetically pleasing. If you are aware of a property maintenance violation, you are encouraged to contact the Code Enforcement office at 210-2915 or send an email to codeenforcement@southholland.org. Residents and businesses who neglect their property will be ticketed.

Here are some highlights of those ordinances:

  • House and garage trim must be properly painted. Peeling paint on gutters, eaves, and trim is a violation.
  • Grass may not be allowed to grow over 6 inches tall.
  • All landscaping must be maintained. Bushes and shrubs must be trimmed neatly and must not obstruct sidewalks or cause traffic hazards.
  • Pools must be maintained properly or be removed.
  • Outdoor storage of tires, appliances, furniture, car parts, building material, and other such items is a violation.
  • Any standing water should be removed so as to not create possible health related issues.
  • Fences must be maintained in good sound condition. If it is a painted fence, it must not be peeling or chipping.
  • Undriveable or unlicensed vehicles may not be parked in the street or in a driveway where they are in public view.
  • Parking of vehicles on any lawn or in any landscaping area is a violation.
  • Servicing vehicles in driveways or streets is a violation.
  • Alarm signs in yards are a violation.

Building Permits
To ensure that work is done according to code, a permit is required for work such as structural changes, electrical changes, new siding, new fencing, new shed, window and door replacements, etc. Property values in South Holland have risen each year in part because our housing stock is well maintained and structurally sound.
To inquire whether a permit is required for your project, call the Planning and Development office at 210-2915.
Failure to secure a permit when one is required will result in a citation.
Contractors doing business in South Holland are required to be licensed with the Village. A contractor who performs work without securing a license will receive a citation.
Contractors licensed to do business in South Holland are required to provide a certificate of insurance. This is an important protection for residents in case the contractor causes damage.

Voter Registration
Register to vote at the Village Hall, 16226 Wausau Avenue, Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm and Saturday 8am - Noon. Two forms of ID are required, one of which must include your current address.
Residents can vote Absentee at the Village Hall beginning 4 weeks before an election. Applications for Absentee Ballots are available in the Clerk’s office approximately 6 weeks before an election.
Applications for Disabled Voter or Student Voter programs are available at the Clerk’s office.
Visit the Cook County Clerk’s Election website for more information.

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