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Posted on: September 2, 2022

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Each month we will answer some of the pressing questions commonly asked by residents. We will also use this space to share special announcements, information and other news you can use. 

Fielding Your Questions

Hosting an event in the Village? Planning to build a fence? Want to install an alarm system? Did you know that per the Village’s Code of Ordinances, you must obtain a permit to do these things? We are here to help you navigate these and other thorny issues. Read on…

  • Hosting an Event: Anyone planning to host an event in the Village of Olympia Fields, e.g., a parade, concert, festival or other public assembly, must submit an Event Permit Application to the Village at least 30 days in advance of the event. The application is subject to the approval of the Village’s Board of Trustees. (Section 18:36–37). The Event Permit Application is available for downloading on the Village’s website. Click here. 
  • Building a Fence: Anyone planning to build a fence must submit a Fence Permit Application to the Village at least 30 days in advance of fence construction. Fence permit fees start at $60. The application is subject to the approval of the Village’s Board of Trustees. (Section 6:13(a)). The Fence Permit Application and a list of requirements are available for downloading on the Village’s website. Click here. 
  • Installing an Alarm System: Anyone planning to install an alarm system must submit a Building Permit Application to the Village at least 30 days in advance of installation. The application is subject to the approval of the Village’s Board of Trustees. (Section 6:13(a)). Once approved and installed, an Alarm System Registration Form must be filed with the Village along with a $25 registration fee. The Building Permit Application and the Alarm System Registration Form are available for downloading on the Village’s website. Click here.

We encourage you to make the Village’s website at www.olympia-fields.com your first stop for information. Can’t find what you are looking for on the website, then please contact the Village Hall at 708-503-8000. We are here to help!

Do you have a specific issue or concern to pose to Village staff?

Feel free to send us your issue/concern in writing — mail and email are fine. We will follow up with you within 48 hours of receiving your query, and strive to resolve your issue/concern within five business days, thereafter. 

Help for Families with Wandering Family Members

SCENTJARSDo you have an elderly or mentally disabled family member who sometimes wanders from home? If you answered “Yes,” a Scent Jar may be just what you need. The Olympia Fields Police Department has received a limited shipment of Scent Jars from the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. They are available to Olympia Fields residents on a first come, first served basis—while supplies last.

How They Work

Scent Jars are simple to use. Enclosed in each Scent Jar kit is a cloth and directions for use. Simply open the jar, and remove the cloth. Use the enclosed cloth to thoroughly wipe the armpits of your wandering family member. This will ensure that the cloth absorbs the strongest scent possible of your loved one. It is recommended that you wear rubber gloves when handling the cloth to prevent the possibility of cross contamination with your scent. Once you have used the cloth, place it back in the jar, and close the lid as tightly as possible. Then store the jar (labeled with your loved one’s pertinent descriptive information) in your refrigerator. If your family member should wander off, contact the Olympia Fields Police Department immediately, and give them the scent jar; their bloodhound(s) will be able to detect the scent from the cloth, which will aid in locating your lost family member. 

Contact Administrative Sergeant Don Dean with the Olympia Fields Police Department at 708-503-8100 ext. 3418, for more information.

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