City of Joliet News: Laraway Road closed July 7

Laraway Road rail crossing closed July 7 between Route 53/Brandon Road

The Union Pacific (UP) Railroad will be completing repair work to the Laraway Road railroad crossing (located between Route 53 and Brandon Road) between 6 and 10 a.m. on Friday, July 7. The road will remain open to traffic but there will be periods of time where flaggers temporarily stop traffic. Drivers are advised to exercise caution and seek alternate routes when traveling in the area.

For additional information contact the City of Joliet Department of Public Works at (815) 724-4200.

Emerald Ash Borer tree removal July 8, 9

The City of Joliet’s Roadways Division will be in the following subdivisions Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. performing tree removals:

  •  Kendall Ridge
  •  Caton Ridge South
  •  Clublands
  •  Clearwater/Mirage
  •  Drauden Road

Please remove vehicles from the street during these days and times and remember to proceed with caution while workers are present. There will be occasions where roadways will be closed to through traffic due to tree removal operations. Residents should expect traffic delays in these subdivisions and on Drauden Road as they remove ash trees. Thank you for your patience. This will be tree removals only. The Roadways Division crews will return at a later date to perform stump grinding.

Pay-by-phone app available for the city’s commuter parking lots

The City of Joliet has partnered with Total Parking Solutions and Passport Parking to launch the Passport Parking mobile app. This app allows drivers to conveniently pay for their parking session from their smartphone or tablet. The new mobile pay feature eliminates the need for cash, waiting in the line at the pay stations, and allows commuters to pay for parking from the comfort of the train. The mobile pay option will be available for anyone parking at the City of Joliet’s York Street, Washington Street, Eastern Avenue, or New Street commuter parking lots.

The Passport Parking app is free to download from the iPhone App Store and Android Google Play. Users can also manage their parking online at After making a payment, users can monitor their parking time remaining in the app and even extend their session remotely if needed.

Passport signage in the parking lots will display each lot’s zone number and provide instructions for downloading and using the app. The user is responsible for entering their designated parking stall number and zone number.

The City will continue to offer the cash, coin, and credit card options for payment at the pay stations at a cost of $1 per day or the parkers can use the Passport app as a voluntary option of convenience at a cost $1.50 per day.

For further information about this program, please contact the City of Joliet’s Parking Superintendent, Thomas Schwerha at 815-724-4200.

City reminds residents about regulations over personal property sales

The City of Joliet has regulations regarding personal property sales (such as garage sales, porch sales, basement sales, yard sales, and other similar type of sales). Listed below are the limitations on these type of sales:

  • No person shall hold a personal property sale within a residential zoning district without first obtaining a permit from the City (secure permit from Customer Service at City Hall).
  • No more than two personal property sale events are allowed at any one address during any calendar year.
  • A personal property sale shall not exceed four days in duration.
  • Personal property sales shall be conducted between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Personal property sales shall be conducted in a manner which ensures public safety and shall in no way impede or interfere with any right of way, including but not limited to streets or sidewalks.
  • Advertisements regarding personal property sales shall not be affixed to utility poles, nor be placed in parkways or other public right of ways.
  • Personal property sales shall be limited to the sale of used personal property and household items. It shall be a violation of this section to conduct a sale that consists of new merchandise and/or resale items.
  • Any not for profit corporation, neighborhood association, condominium board, or other charitable or civic organization may conduct a personal property sale, including a sale at one or more residences, subject to the terms listed above.
  • A police officer or any other official designated to make inspections shall have the right of entry to any premises showing evidence of a personal property sale for the purpose of enforcement or inspection and may close the premises from such a sale or cite any person who violates the provisions of the City’s Ordinance.

To report a violation, citizens are encouraged to use the City’s website or the gorequest app.

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