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Yard Waste Burning ended Wednesday November 29th.
If you have Republic Services for yard waste the last day will be Thursday December 28th.
The Government Center Holiday Closing...
 The Swansea Government Center will be closed on Monday December 25th and Monday January 1st. If your trash day is on Monday, it will shift to Tuesday, Tuesdays will be picked up on Wednesday, Thursday will be picked up on Friday, and Fridays will be picked up on Saturday. Yard Waste will also be picked up on Wednesday as normal.
Christmas Tree Collection... The Village will provide various ways residents can dispose of Christmas Trees. All trees must be free of decorations and plastic wrap or tree bags. Drop-off sites will be set up at Centennial Park off Highway 161, Mel Price Park on Caseyville Avenue and Shranz Park off of Huntwood Road. These sites will be open December 26th through January 16th, 2018.
Ameren will be updating meters...Ameren will be making energy updates to include their electric meters, poles, wires, and technology over the next several months. This is for the delivery of safe energy.
In addition, they will also be upgrading natural gas meters at the customers' properties, there will be no natural gas service interruption.
Ameren or their installation contractor Donco, will be making the meter upgrades, normally on Monday-Friday during regular business hours.
All installers will have Ameren ID badges and will knock on your door to let you know they're on site. As always, residents should look for such identification and be cautious about opening the door to anyone claiming to be from Ameren but unable to show ID.
You don't need to be present as long as the installers have clear and safe access to your meters. If you are not present, a door hanger will be left to let you know if the upgrade was completed.  This should only take about 10-15 minutes. Reminder post cards are to be mailed about three to four weeks before Ameren starts upgrades. For more information contact Ameren at 1-800-755-5000.
Information about snow plowing....A reminder as to how the Village approaches snow plowing might be helpful towards understanding the process. First, snow plows move snow from the middle of the road to the sides. So by design, plows will inevitably deposit some snow at the ends of driveways and sidewalks that may have already been cleared. The reality is that you may have to shovel that area again. Consider helping neighbors who are elderly or physically unable to do so. 
If you pile snow at the end of your drive, do so on the right side as you face the street. Why? Because a snow pile on the left might get pushed across the drive as the plow moves past.
Check to ensure that your mailbox doesn't hang out into the roadway. The closer it is to the road, the more likely it could be damaged by the snow pushed aside. And if possible, don't park on any street until plowing has ended. Crews often clear drive lanes first and then return later, maybe even the next day, to "plow back" snow at the edge of the streets or around the perimeter of cul-de-sacs.  
Tornado siren testing will be done on the first Tuesday of every month at 10:00am unless there is severe weather in the area.
Weather Preparedness Resources