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Will County 911 accepts text messages

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For anyone who needs help immediately, but can’t talk to a 911 dispatcher, there’s a new option starting Thursday, October 15, 2015 in Will County.  “9-1-1: Call if you can, Text if you can’t”, is the new message being announced as the Will County 9-1-1 System introduces Text-to 9-1-1 Service, said Caryn DeMarco, Will County 9-1-1 Public Education Manager. DeMarco stated, “Voice Calls to 9-1-1 are still the best and fastest way to contact 9-1-1.”

Will County Land Use Department to host Energy Summit for Local Schools

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The Will County Land Use Department, will be hosting an Energy Summit for schools personnel in Will County from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at William E. Young School in Homer Glen. The event is specifically designed for teachers, maintenance staff, administrators and school board members. Local experts will be sharing tips and information about energy efficiency.

     

Will County Executive Walsh presents FY 2016 annual budget

Plans include maintaining sound fiscal policies; updating county facilities

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     At today’s Will County Board meeting, County Executive Larry Walsh presented his budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year. The budget plan totals $482 million and includes a corporate fund of $194 million and special funds of $288 million.

     “This year’s budget is balanced and reflects Will County’s strong financial base,” Walsh said. “The budget I am recommending outlines the next steps we must take to keep our county moving forward on a sound fiscal path.”

Will County’s Recyclepalooza being held on Sept. 12th at Sharefest in New Lenox

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     During this year’s Sharefest in New Lenox, Will County Green will host a Recyclepalooza event from 8am until 3pm on Sat. Sept. 12 at Spencer School, 1711 Spencer Road.  This event will collect household hazardous materials and other recyclable items.

     Due to the increased popularity of this event, Sharefest organizers have extended the activities over several days. Will County collection and recycling events will take place only on Sept. 12. On Sept. 19, Sharefest activities will include a blood drive, a food drive, and a health and safety fair.

     Electronics, such as computers, televisions, printers, radios, phones, VCRs, microwaves, vacuums and more, will also be accepted only on Sept. 12. Other items accepted on Sept. 12 include foam plastic, wood, and carpet. 

Will County offers residents spay/neuter discount for pets in October

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 Will County residents who have their pets spayed or neutered at participating veterinary offices in October can receive a $40 county-sponsored discount. 

     The discount applies for up to two animals per household and is exclusively for pet owners who live in Will County. More than 11,000 pets have been treated since the program began in 2007. 

Will County Receives Grant to Support Paratransit Services

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 Will County has received a $139,261 grant from the Northeastern Illinois Agency on Aging in support of the Will-Ride transit program. According to Will County Executive Larry Walsh, this grant will help fund the paratransit services available to the elderly, disabled, and low-income residents in Will County.
     “We have been working for a number of years to improve transit services to underserved areas of Will County,” said Walsh. “The announcement of these grants funds to Will County is a great step forward as we continue to improve coordination of services among several communities across the county. Safe, accessible, reliable transportation is critical to preserving quality of life for some of our most vulnerable residents. We are fortunate to receive this grant to help maintain this service.”
 

Will County Executive Larry Walsh presents annual State of the County address

Calls for continued fiscal responsibility; establishing new polices for transportation funds

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     At today’s meeting of the Will County Board, Will County Executive Larry Walsh presented his annual State of the County speech and touched on the many advances on critical capital improvement projects.   He also outlined his plan to address future infrastructure needs across the county.

     “Will County’s sustained economic growth and increased diversity of our population broadens our appeal as a very desirable place to live, work, and raise our families,” Walsh said. “Working cooperatively to solve our challenges has always been key to success and we must continue on this path.”

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