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Government Center Holiday Closing -
Trash & Recycling will not be affected.
The Swansea Government Center and all non emergency services of the Village will be closed on Friday April 14th, in observance of Good Friday.
 
Employment Opportunities Available... click here for details.
  
Chamber of Commerce to Host Public Forum for Village Election Candidates.
Location: Thompson Civic Center located at 1501 Caseyville Avenue.
Candidates for the office of Trustee will be held on Wednesday
March 29, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.
Candidates for the offices of Mayor and Village Clerk will be Thursday
 March 30, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.
Trash Stickers Price Increase May 1, 2017.
The price of Trash Stickers will increase as of May 1, 2017. Weekly Trash Stickers will increase in price from $19.20 per sheet of five stickers to $19.95. Any stickers purchased at the current price will still be honored if used beyond May 1st.
Some smoke testing to begin in March: Dates will depend on weather.
The Village hopes to start smoke testing in the month of March, however, weather will dictate exact dates to some degree. Cracks in sewer mains and laterals may not be apparent if the ground is frozen or saturated with rain. This part of the testing works better in dry conditions. Smoke may fill some buildings if those building have dry P traps or some illegal connection to the sanitary sewer. To be safe, owners who experience this event should call 911 and request the fire department respond, just to ensure that the issue is related to the sewer testing, and not an actual fire. Door hang tags will be distributed in at least the days prior to any testing to alert residents. The testing area will be from Caseyville Ave to N. 17th between N. Belt West and Morgan.
Village to Pass Credit Card Fees on to Users starting December 1, 2016....For the convenience of residents, several years ago the Village of Swansea instituted a system for accepting credit cards, debit cards and on-line check processing for the payment of utility bills, purchase of trash stickers, and other financial transactions. But each such transaction includes the payment of a convenience fee to the entity that processes those transactions on behalf of the Village. Since its inception, those fee have been absorbed by the Village. Yet the annual cost has grown to over $27,000.00 in the last 12 months.
In essence, under this approach, all residents end up subsidizing that cost on behalf of the residents who actually use the option. In light of tightening budget constraints, the Village Board therefore adopted a resolution on Oct 17th that will now require the individuals using the convenience of those payment methods to pay the associated fees. While the Village receives none of that fee, the change will free up the $27,000.00 for other budget needs.
In the future anyone paying by on-line check will be charged a flat fee of $1.00 for each check processed. In addition, those using on-line credit or debit cards either on-line or in person will be charged a fee equal to 2.75% of the transaction amount, plus $.50 if the transaction is for an amount less than $100.00.
Tornado siren testing will be done on the first Tuesday of every month at 10:00am unless there is severe weather in the area.
  
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