Board Meetings

The South Lyons Township Sanitation District regular Board of Directors meetings are held (unless otherwise noticed):

  • At 6:00 pm
  • On the Third Thursday of every month
  • At the main office located at 475 WEST 55TH ST. SUITE 107 Countryside, Illinois 60525

Virtual Board Meeting Information 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, future meetings of the Board of Directors of the South Lyons Township Sanitation District may be held remotely using an internet-based video/telephone conference platform.

Members of the public can comment live during a meeting or submit written comments in advance.*    

*Any citizen requesting accommodations, with respect to rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, to attend or participate in any public meeting, and/or to obtain this notice in alternate formats, is asked to please contact the District Clerk at 708-354-7390 as soon as possible before any meeting.

If you wish to speak at a meeting, see the information provided in the Agenda to access the meeting .  District policies regarding public conduct at meetings apply.

Board of Directors

Michael Grace
President
Susan Felice
Vice President
Thomas Clancy
Treasurer
Kelly Zabinski
Treasurer

Ryan Christensen
superintendant

Service area description

The SLTSD was originally incorporated on August 15, 1959 as the Countryside Sanitary District in order to provide waste water disposal services to the then unincorporated region situated south of the Village of La Grange. In 1961, with widespread public concern over the need for potable water and other public services, the area residents voted to incorporate properties to form the City of Countryside. Following the formation of the City of Countryside, the Countryside Sanitary District subsequently changed its name to the South Lyons Township Sanitary District in order to avoid possible confusion with a the new municipality. The SLTSD encompasses an area of about 1,324 acres, which overlaps the political western Springs jurisdictions of the City of Countryside, the Village of La Grange, and a small portion of unincorporated Cook County. Land use within the SLTSD is largely mixed, with about sixty-two percent (62%) residential, and about thirty-eight percent (38%) commercial/industrial. The land surfaces 5 a N countryside are considered to be fully developed for the current zoned uses. Given the lack of large undeveloped land areas, future development will likely involve the redevelopment of existing land uses. With the current land use characteristics, radical changes in land use are not expected, and only minor changes to sewer use are expected to occur as a result of future redevelopment activities.

The South Lyons Township Sanitary District (SLTSD) is located in west-central Cook County, about 14 miles southwest of the City of Chicago as measured along the Stevenson Expressway (I-55). As shown in Figure 2, the SLTSD is generally bounded by 49th Street on the north, East Avenue on the east, the I-55 Stevenson Expressway on the south, and Brainard Avenue on the west.

The SLTSD was originally incorporated on August 15, 1959 as the Countryside Sanitary District in order to provide waste water disposal services to the then unincorporated region situated south of the Village of La Grange. In 1961, with widespread public concern over the need for potable water and other public services, the area residents voted to incorporate properties to form the City of Countryside. Following the formation of the City of Countryside, the Countryside Sanitary District subsequently changed its name to the South Lyons Township Sanitary District in order to avoid possible confusion with a the new municipality. The SLTSD encompasses an area of about 1,324 acres, which overlaps the political western Springs jurisdictions of the City of Countryside, the Village of La Grange, and a small portion of unincorporated Cook County. Land use within the SLTSD is largely mixed, with about sixty-two percent (62%) residential, and about thirty-eight percent (38%) commercial/industrial. The land surfaces 5 a N countryside are considered to be fully developed for the current zoned uses. Given the lack of large undeveloped land areas, future development will likely involve the redevelopment of existing land uses. With the current land use characteristics, radical changes in land use are not expected, and only minor changes to sewer use are expected to occur as a result of future redevelopment activities.

Property Line Cutoff

You are responsible for the entire length of your sanitary service lateral from your
building to the main line sewer. Its a good idea to take preventative actions to
reduce the potential for problems. Sewer backups in a home or business may be
caused by a number of factors:

1. A power outage can prevent your sump pump from working. To ensure that
your sump pump continues to operate during a power outage, you could consider
purchasing a backup power supply system which typically maintain power to a
sump pump for an hour or two.

2. Private service laterals can become blocked with tree roots. Roots typically
extend underground as far the tree branches extend from the tree trunk. If your
service lateral is within this area, it is more likely to have tree roots. Avoid putting
large pieces of food and grease in your sinks, dishwashers, and garbage
disposals. Sink strainers are designed to capture pieces of food that should be
thrown in the garbage. Grease can block your lateral. It is best to store grease in
something like an empty soup can. Let the grease solidify before throwing it in the
garbage. Construction near your service lateral can cause movement of nearby
ground and weaken it. If you suspect there’s a blockage in your service lateral, a
plumber can investigate it for you. Some plumbers have the ability to televise your
lateral.

3. Main lines – The District televises the main lines every few years to ensure
they are in sound condition. Heavy rainfall (that’s supposed to go in storm sewers
and creeks) can enter the sanitary sewer from many sources and reduce the
available capacity of the main. If you suspect a main line is blocked, please follow
the guidelines outlined below in the section titled “Do You Suspect There’s a Main
Sewer Problem?”, and contact the appropriate government agency to investigate
the situation.

Sewer Basins

Street NameLa GrangeCountryside
6th STREET800-1050 E 5222 E5324-5416 E 5409-5411 O
7TH STREET900-1020 E 901-1025 O 1026-1030 B5301-5436 B 5560-5562 E
8TH STREET900-1020 E 901-1009 O5301-5441
9TH STREET701-845 O5235-5440 B 5617-5635 O 5745-5767 B
10TH STREET700-861 B
11TH STREET700-850 B
12TH STREET700-870 B
50TH STREET102; 1058; 1201
51ST STREET1, 5, 7, 9
53RD STREET11
54TH STREET5
55TH STREET450; 475 9570-9590 E 9601-9725 O 9800-9828 E 9901-9945 O 9908-9932 E 10050
56TH STREET9501-9641 B 9702-9900 E 9807-9901 O
57TH STREET9608 E 9609 O 9620-9726 E 9641-9725 O 9729-9927 B
58TH STREET9601-9645 O 9618-9916 E 9647-9999 O
61ST STREET631; 641; 51; 721
61ST PLACE630; 64; 650;710; 720;730 E 631; 641; 651; 711 O
ASHLAND900-1045 B5300-5899 B
BARTON906-742 B
BRAINARD1101-12995409-6700
CATHERINE900-959 B 1001-1099 O5300-5899
CONSTANCE LANE100-121 B S&W
COUNTRYSIDE PLAZAShopping Center
DANSHER ROAD5100-5146 B
EAST AVENUE700-8365600-5898
FRANCIS AVENUE5800-5899 B
JOLIET ROAD6140-6298 E 6201-6359 O 6300-6360 E 9600-9800 E
KENSINGTON901-945 O 1100-1142 B1201 O 5300-6199 B
LA GRANGE ROAD800-1043 O 900-1040 E5221 O 5301 O 5403 O 5410 E 5425 O 5600-6250 B
LONGVIEW DRIVE700-6099 B
LORRAINE DRIVE9700-9799 B
MADISON900-1046 B5300-5799 B
MEADOW101-157 B
MEADOWLARK100-199 B
MERRY COURT1-10 B
PHEASANT100-199 B
PLAINFIELD ROAD EAST27 O 211-221 O 301-303 O44-248 E
PLAINFIELD ROAD WEST1739 O1-399 B 10100-10311 B
QUAIL100-199 B
ROSE AVENUE5800-5899 B
ROSE COURT5800-5825 B
ROSEMARY COURT5800-5825 B
SPRING1100-12995300-5499
TERRY LANE700-799 B
WAIOLA1100-1199

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Rain Gauges

The rain gauge was installed adjacent to the East Avenue and Plainfield Road intersection within the secure fenced area containing the large Village of La Grange water reservoir. This site was selected due to the controlled access, and due to the ideal open space characteristics, which offer the unobstructed collection of rainfall.

Tipping Bucket Rain Gauge System

The map exhibit provided depicts the relative positions of the sauging equipment installed for the study. The flow meters were installed in manhole structures located immediately upstream of the connection to the MWRD interceptor manhole. The rain gauge location is also shown relative to the Plainfield Road and East Avenue intersection. The location for each gauging point, defined by an adjacent street address has been listed in Table 10.

Backup Prevention

Backup Prevention

A sewer backup-homeowners worst nightmare! Sewer lines are normally never thought about, because we can’t see them on a daily basis. But in the event of a sewer backup, boy will you notice! From slow flowing drains to major overflow debris covering the floor, a sewer backup can wreak havoc on your home and belongings. The best way to deal with a sewer backup is to prevent one!

Maintain your sewer lateral-First of all, what is a sewer lateral? It is the pipeline between your house and the city’s sewer main. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to ensure the line’s upkeep. Pro Tip-check your current homeowner’s policy to see if it includes a Sewage Backup Endorsement. If not, you can add this to your policy which will cover damages associated with sewage backup 

Watch what you flush-paper towels, diapers, feminine products, and grease are the main culprits when it comes to a clog in the sewer line.  When grease cools, it solidifies and can majorly block the sewer line, forcing waste to back up. The other mentioned items take a long time to deteriorate and can sit in the line causing a back up. Prop tip-Install drain baskets or strainers to catch solid objects that might slip into the line

Install a sump pump-If you currently do not have a sump pump, we strongly recommend installing one. The purpose of a sump pump is to quickly remove excess water, either from heavy rainfall or an emergency situation like a faulty appliance or sewer backup. Sump pumps are relatively inexpensive and can be installed easily. If you do have an existing sump pump, make sure to inspect it regularly to ensure it kicks on when needed. Pro tip-We recommend installing a submersible sump pump as opposed to a pedestal sump pump. The submersible pump can handle more volume and the motor is not susceptible to water damage

If you have experienced a sewer backup call for immediated assistance.

Welcome to your sanitation district

South Lyons Township Sanitary District was first named Countryside Sanitary District.  After the City’s incorporation in 1960, the name was changed to the South Lyons Township Sanitary District to avoid public confusion between the sanitary district and the City.  The district was formed because of a 1959 special election.  The district boundaries are north starting at 50th Street in La Grange, to the south 67th Street, to the west Brainard, and to the east of East Avenue.

The District is governed by a three-member Board of Trustees elected by the voters within our district.  The Board meets once a month, generally on the third Thursday of each month at 4:30 PM in the District’s offices located in Countryside.  Board meetings are open to the public.

The District is a taxing body.  Though most of the revenue for operations is generated from user charges, based on previous year’s water consumption.  A small portion of the District’s revenue comes from permit fees.

The District has about 20 miles of sewer lines, 1,600 manholes, and 2 lift stations.  We service approximately 1221 Residential, 40 Industrial, and 214 Commercial properties.  SLTSD encompasses an area of about1,324 acres, which overlaps the political jurisdictions of the City of Countryside, the Village of La Grange, and a small portion of unincorporated Cook County.  Land use within the SLTSD is largely mixed, with about sixty-two percent (62%) residential, and about thirty-eight percent (38%)commercial/industrial.

Our Mission is to provide a high quality public service reclaiming water at the lowest practical cost, while meeting the needs of our customers, ensuring public health and protecting the environment.

The District is governed by a three-member Board of Trustees elected by the voters within our district.  The Board meets once a month, generally on the third Thursday of each month at 4:30 PM in the District’s offices located in Countryside.  Board meetings are open to the public.

The District is a taxing body.  Though most of the revenue for operations is generated from user charges, based on previous year’s water consumption.  A small portion of the District’s revenue comes from permit fees.

The District has about 20 miles of sewer lines, 1,600 manholes, and 2 lift stations.  We service approximately 1221 Residential, 40 Industrial, and 214 Commercial properties.  SLTSD encompasses an area of about1,324 acres, which overlaps the political jurisdictions of the City of Countryside, the Village of La Grange, and a small portion of unincorporated Cook County.  Land use within the SLTSD is largely mixed, with about sixty-two percent (62%) residential, and about thirty-eight percent (38%)commercial/industrial.

Our Mission is to provide a high quality public service reclaiming water at the lowest practical cost, while meeting the needs of our customers, ensuring public health and protecting the environment.

We strive to protect public health and the environment through cost effective wastewater collection, treatment to meet present and future community needs.

Covid-19 Impact

Covid-19 Impact

According to WEF, the scientific community has found no evidence of viable COVID-19 virus in wastewater systems.

Our testing wastewater for RNA strands of the corona virus might help tell local officials tel how widespread COVID-19 is in in the sanitary district community and whether infections are rising or falling. Known as “sewer surveillance” or “wastewater epidemiology” – wastewater professionals are once again working to protect public health

An important note – finding corona virus RNA in wastewater does not mean it is infectious virus. According to WEF, the scientific community has found no evidence of viable COVID-19 virus in wastewater systems.

Start / Stop service

NEW OWNERSHIP:

Countryside residents are required to obtain a Real Estate Transfer
before they are permitted to close on their property.  You can call our
office if you are selling or buying a new property to obtain this transfer
form.  If you live in La Grange, we recommend that you call our office to
obtain a final bill.  We will also need proof of ownership in order to
transfer the account into your name.

RENTAL PROPERTY:

We recommend that landlords contact the District when their tenant is
moving and request a final bill.  Any unpaid charges belong to the
property and a new account will not be opened for a new tenant until all
outstanding charges are paid.   A copy of the lease with the Renter’s
name and phone number are required.

WHAT IF I HAVE A CREDIT ON MY ACCOUNT?

We do not refund credits.  We will issue a letter to the seller which will
allow them to include this credit in their closing costs.

Emergency Sewer/Water Problems

What is a sewer emergency?

  • A backed up basement or lowest level of the home taking in sewage without using water in the home.
  • A SLTSD manhole or clean out at the property line that is overflowing onto the ground.
  • A surcharged sewer main (such as one caused by heavy rain) causing a sewer back up in homes.

What is a water emergency?

  • A broken water main in the street which causes flooding/collapsing of the roadway or icy conditions in the winter.
  • A service leak outside of the home in the yard area causing flooding conditions and/or hazardous conditions such as collapse of yard or sidewalk areas, icy conditions in the winter.
  • A broken pipe inside the home causing flooding conditions and the inside valve is inoperable. A village registered  plumber or a SLTSD technician can make a turn off at the street. 

Understanding your bill

FEE STRUCTURE:

You may pay your bill by:

US Mail, or In person at the District offices.  Presently we accept Cash and Checks only.

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Beginning June 1, 2013 The South Lyons Township Sanitary District will no longer be
billing on an Annual Basis.  As previously experienced on your annual bill we will,
instead bill on a quarterly basis which will include the 10% discount if paid by the due
date.

Past Dues
The District uses several methods to collect on past due accounts.  We normally try to
work with our customers that are having a hard time making payments.  After several
unsuccessful attempts are made a lien may be filed against the property. For seriously
delinquent accounts, water service may be terminated or the sewer connection may be
plugged.

Closings  (also see  “Account Info)
If you are planning to sell your property, please be sure that you, or your attorney,
contact the District for a final bill to ensure that charges through the closing date are
properly allocated. If you are a resident of the City of Countryside,  or the Village of La
Grange please notify the City or Village , and the they will in turn advise the District or,
please contact the District directly.

FEE STRUCTURE:

Basic User Charge:  The basic user charge is based of $.79 Per 1,000 gallons of
metered water consumption which is applied to all users to recover O,M & R
(Operation, Maintenance & Repair) costs.

Debt Service Charge: A debt service charge was established at the rate of $1.19 per
1,000 gallons to each user of the wastewater facility.

Late Fee:  A 10% late fee is applied to the Usage Charge if not paid by the Due Date.

Rates: A minimum charge of $13.00 per Month is applied to all users whose water
consumption does not exceed 6602 gallons per Month. This minimum charge consists
of $5.20 for O, M & R costs, and $7.80 for debt service costs. Usage in excess of 6602
gallons per Month will be charged at a rate of $1.98 per 1,000 gallons. This rate
consists of $.79 for O, M & R costs, $1.19 for debt service costs.

All commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional users shall pay $1.98 per
1,000 gallons of water used per month.  This rate is based on $.79 for O, M & R costs
and $1.19 for debt service costs.

Permits

Permits

A separate permit must be obtained by all owners, contractors, or builders
engaged in the replacement, repair or construction of Sanitary Sewers
and building services within the jurisdiction of the South Lyons Township
Sanitary District.

If your project is within the sewer service area of the South Lyons
Township Sanitary District, you are obligated to contact the District office
and comply with their permit requirements.

Following are General Provisions, Insurance Requirements, and Permit
Applications that can be downloaded and printed. Please contact our
office at the number(s) listed above with any questions.

Before a Sewer repair/disconnect/construction project can be completed an inspection
must be done and approved by our superintendent. If you complete your
job without an inspection you may be required to re-dig the project, so
that an inspection can be made.

Permit agreements

Sewer Permit General Conditions

Sewer Permit Insurance Requirements

SEWER PERMIT FEE SCHEDULE

PERMIT CATEGORYRESIDENTIAL PROJECTCOMMERCIAL PROJECT
Sewer Repair Permit (0′ – 25′) *$100$1,000
Sewer Repair Permit (25′ +) **$250$2,500
Sewer Construction Permit – Main
Extension
$5,000$5,000
Disconnection/Reconnection Permit:
(Lateral Connection)
$1,100$5,100


(**) Sewer Repair Permit 25’+: includes repair, modification, or replacement lengths greater
than twenty-five fee, the installation of manholes and the installation of grease basins

Residential Projects shall include single family structures and multi-family structures with less than
five residential units.

Commercial Projects: include all non-residential structures and all multi-family structures with
greater than four residential units.

Construction Permit Form

The intended use of this application form is for the installation of sanitary sewer, manholes, grease
basins, or other such new sewer system components.

CONSTRUCTION PERMIT

Sewer Repair Permit

REPAIR PERMIT The intended use of this application is for projects that are generally limited in scope involving
primarily the repair, replacement, or maintenance of sewer system components.

Disconnect/Demolition Permit Form

DISCONNECT-DOMOLITION PERMIT FORMThe intended use of this application is for projects that involve the demolition of an existing land use
and/or the modification of an existing sewer service lateral through its disconnection from the sewer
service.