Starting on June 15, the Maine Township Town Hall will be open to residents for services by appointment only. No residents will be allowed into the building without an appointment. Please contact the specific department you need in order to set up an appointment prior to coming to the building. All residents will be required to wear masks when entering the building and proper social distancing measures and capacity limits will be adhered to. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. See below for additional details.
To schedule an appointment please call 847-297-2510 and ask for one of the following departments or extensions:
- Assessor x255
- Clerk x222
- General Assistance x236
- MaineStay x241
Maine Township to Reopen June 15
Maine Township will reopen to the public Monday, June 15. All services will be by appointment only to maintain social distancing and limit capacity in Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Rd., Park Ridge.
Masks will be mandatory for both residents and staff who will be required to observe designated entrances and exits, signs and arrows that will direct traffic.
Township Supervisor Laura Morask has created a task force of township department heads and administrative staff which have exhaustively planned the reopening. She stated that “Although we have been serving residents remotely for many of our services, we are excited to actually re-open our doors! We have worked to develop a reopening plan that provides residents with a safe experience while keeping wait times at a minimum and following recommended guidelines.”
“These guidelines follow the Restore Illinois plan. But we have gone even further to ensure the safety of our residents and staff alike,” Morask adds. “To that end, there will be a full reopening guideline available at www.mainetown.com. As stated, we will be appointment only and there will be people at the front door to ensure that those waiting for their appointment are appropriately social distanced. There will be floor markers and separate entrances and exits. We have installed plastic shields throughout all public service areas. Additionally, the entire Township has been deep cleaned.”
I would like to emphasize that masks will be required to enter the building. If you come for your appointment and do not have one, we will provide it. Furthermore, there will be hand sanitizing stations readily available. We are excited to move to this next phase and fully expect that our residents will continue following the safety measures and care for their fellow citizen that has been displayed throughout this crisis.”
General Assistance will see residents by appointment only. Those without an appointment may be turned away. Residents may call now for appointments for LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), regular General Assistance and help with Medicare. Applications will be mailed for those who need help applying for Public Aid, including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), cash assistance and Medicaid.
Senior license plate sticker discount appointments (Benefit Access) will be made for July. License plate stickers that expired any time in March through May have been extended through the end of September. RTA passes that expired in March and April have been extended through September as well.
The Maine Township Food Pantry, which has been open throughout the shutdown, will continue to be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Maine Township residents only for food pickup. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
MaineStay Youth and Family Services will continue to offer telehealth services exclusively. Residents can access affordable counseling and psychiatric services via video or phone sessions. The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program will continue to meet virtually during the summer months.
MaineStreamers will continue to offer programs through Zoom including Morning Bingo, Comedy & Trivia, Day at the Races and Coffee Talks. In addition to the regular scheduled programs, members can join the virtual exercise programs with instructors from Zumba Gold and Senior Aerobics. Links to various activities such as virtual tours, informative programs, theater, music and cultural programs, health, brain teasers, crafts and puzzles have been posted at mainetown.com/departments/mainestreamers. Watch for information about the first ever “in person” Tailgate Bingo” to be held in Maine Township’s parking lot.
Maine Township Recovery Connection, a social support program for young adults in recovery from addiction, will be organizing pop up events for people in recovery to address drug and alcohol abuse that has soared during the Covid 19 crises. Recovery Connection can also help family members find resources for treatment. For more information, call 847 297-2510, ext. 233. They are also reaching out to every member to assess their needs.
The Assessor’s Office will see residents by appointment only including appeals, exemption requests and tax bill questions. Appointments may be scheduled by calling direct to 224-257-4830.
The Clerk’s office will begin accepting passport applications Monday, June 15, by appointment only. Residents may also call to make an appointment for services such as RTA cards, hunting and fishing licenses, yard waste stickers, notary and MaineLines coupons.
Morask said, “Finally, we are also planning a virtual Township Day for Saturday, June 20 sponsored by Township Officials of Cook County to showcase every service the Township can do of our residents. Next week we will be providing more details on that! Stay tuned, but most importantly stay healthy and safe, we very much look forward to seeing you!”
For more information, visit www.mainetown.com or call 847-297-2510.