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For information on orphaned or injured wildlife, Residents can call the McHenry County Conservation District Wildlife Resource Center at (815) 728-8307. To access information on trapping wildlife, please visit the IDNR website at: IDNR wildlife information
No. The Cary Cemetery has no new lots available for purchase.
$800.00 - Interment services - weekday, weekend and holiday
$400.00 - Cremation services - weekday, weekend and holiday
The Municipal Code is the codification of laws and ordinances that govern the Village of Cary.
Fill out a Block Party Application form and submit it to the Public Works Department. Click on this link for the form.
Some of the most common projects that require a building permit include constructing a new building, adding to an existing structure, renovations and demolitions. Additional projects that require a building permit include a swimming pool, deck, patio, fence, driveway, stoop and walkway, replacement HVAC, water heater and replacing a roof and/or siding. To find out if your construction or home improvement project requires a permit, contact the Development Department at (847) 639-1100.
A building permit application requires basic information such as the type of construction project, who will be doing the work and details about the construction method and materials that will be used. A building permit application also requires drawings, plans or other documents requested for review.
No. Work that requires a building permit cannot begin until after the permit has been issued by Village staff. Once the building permit is issued, work must begin within 60 days. All building permits expire 180 days (6 months) after a permit is issued. If work on the project will not be finished within this time frame, contact the Development Department for additional information.
A plat of survey is provided with the mortgage papers received when the lender closes on a piece of property. If you do not have a plat of survey, you can contact your lender and they will send you a copy. Village staff can also inspect its files for a copy of the plat of survey. If a plat of survey cannot be located, a land surveyor may need to be hired to create a new plat of survey.
Yes. Please contact the Development Department for specifications pertaining to your sign.
Temporary signs, such as a large commercial real estate sign, development sign or sign advertising a special event, require a permit. Certain size requirements and time limitations apply, so you are encouraged to contact the Development Department for additional information.
Inspections are needed to ensure a project is being completed according to the codes and regulations of the Village. Inspections are also needed to provide quality assurance to Cary residents. The Village requires a minimum of one (1) inspection for each permit issued.
Village Hall's address is: 755 Georgetown Drive Cary, IL 60013. The Municipal Center is open Monday - Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Friday afternoons will be dedicated to administrative duties and training for Village Hall staff. The drop box will remain available to the public for utility bills. The Police Department lobby will remain open to the public Monday – Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM.
Village Hall is closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, & Christmas Day
The Cary News Weekly is a weekly e-mail that is sent to those residents who have signed up to receive e-mails. The Cary News Weekly is a communication tool that provides important Village information, including construction update and upcoming community programs/events. Sign-up for the newsletter at the following link: https://www.caryillinois.com/681/Cary-News-Weekly-Sign-Up
The Village's on-street parking restrictions are in effect from December 1 until March 31. During this time, no on-street parking will be allowed between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
100 West Main Street (at Northwest Highway)
Commuter parking permits are available from the Finance Department. To check the availability of permit parking, call (847)-639-0003. Permits must be visible on the rearview of your vehicle.
Daily parking in the commuter parking lots is $1.50, per 24 hour time period, Monday through Friday.
The daily parking fee is $1.50, per 24 hour time period, Monday through Friday. There is no parking fee on weekends or holidays (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day).
If you do not have a permit for parking in the Metra commuter parking lot, you may park in the daily fee parking lots. The Village has electronic parking terminals installed in both North and South commuter parking lots. The electronic pay terminals accept cash, coin or credit/debit card. The fee for daily parking is currently $1.50 per 24 hour time period.
Village ordinance currently allows parking for 24 hours, regardless of the day of the week.
Violation of a Village parking ordinance is $25.00. You can stop by the Cary Police Department or mail your payment to 755 Georgetown Drive, Cary, Illinois, 60013.
The Police Department lobby is open to the public Monday – Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM.
Overnight parking is not permitted on Village streets from December 1st to March 31st, between the hours of 1 am and 6 am. Permission for overnight parking on Village streets may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Please complete and submit this form for overnight parking.
The Village offers quarterly parking permits for a fee of $95.00 per quarter. To check the availability for a parking permit, please contact the Finance Department at email@example.com or call 847.639.0003.
Parking tickets can be paid for at the Police Department, Village Hall, online at Illinois Funds E-Pay, or by mail.
Motorists and insurance companies can obtain a copy of their traffic crash report by utilizing BuyCrash.com.
To file a complaint against a Police Department employee, please fill out our general comment form and mark the "Police" box.
The drug take-back collection box is a green, rectangular box in the vestibule at the Village Hall.
If you think that the Police Department and its employees did a good job, please leave a comment on our general comment form and mark "Police."
There are two methods to file a report:
1. Calling the Police Department at (847) 639-2341.
2. Directly coming into the Police Department. Our address is 755 Georgetown Drive, Cary, IL 60013.
An administrative hearing is a civil proceeding where cases concerning Village ordinances are adjudicated or settled. For more information about the hearing process, please visit our webpage here.
In an effort to improve safety and encourage smart choices and behavior for youth, the Cary Police Department is reminding youth and parents about the Village of Cary’s curfew ordinance, which is in effect Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am and Saturday and Sunday from 12:01 am to 6:00 am. The ordinance states that anyone under the age of 17, cannot loiter on or about any street, alley, sidewalk, or public place within the village during these stated hours.
The Cary Citizen Police Academy is a ten-week course, designed to be informative and interactive. Classes will be held on Thursday Evenings, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Cary Municipal Center, 755 Georgetown Drive, starting in the fall of each year. Participants will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Police Department’s function within our community, and the challenges our members face on a daily basis. Classes cover a broad range of topics, including Patrol Function, Use of Force, D.U.I., Drugs & Gangs, K9, County Jail, Basic Firearms Instruction at the department range, and much more! To learn more about this program, please visit our webpage here.
There are currently two reasons that you may see law enforcement officers from other agencies in Cary:
1.If there is concurrent jurisdiction, meaning that both the State of Illinois and the Village of Cary have jurisdiction over a case.
2. The Regional Training Center. Currently, the Village of Cary is partnered with law enforcement agencies from nearby villages to build a training center for the purpose of keeping our officers prepared and fit.
A School Resource Officer is a sworn law enforcement officer whose main priorities are to ensure the safety of everyone in the school and preventing crime.
If you require brush collection outside of the scheduled free pickup times, you can call the Public Works Department for a quote to provide a special pickup (fees will apply) or you can utilize the unlimited free weekly yard waste collection service from Advanced Disposal. Advanced Disposal will collect brush with your regular yard waste pickup weekly but it must be bundled (paper bags or twine) and cut in lengths 4' or less. Click here for more information.
Parkway trees that need to be replaced are prioritized based on the overall impact in each subdivision (# trees removed per mile) and are subject to available funding. The Village will replace these trees over a period of several years at no cost to residents. If you would like to request an expedited replacement at your cost, please contact the Public Works Department for information and options.
Note that not all parkway locations are recommended for tree planting due to specific site conditions such as overhead power lines, proximity to driveways, or the narrowness of the parkway. Click here for more information.
If the downed wire is a utility line and the correct utility company is known, contact the company.
Algonquin Township offers paint recycling through a third party vendor during their specialized recycling events for a charge paid directly to the vendor. For more information, visit https://algtwsp.com/specialized-recycling
The Road District cannot accept household hazardous waste, pesticides, herbicides, drain cleaners and heavy duty/industrial strength cleaners. Residents who need to recycle those items should go to the following link: https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/waste-management/waste-disposal/household-hazardous-waste/Pages/collections.aspx
However, they accept used motor oil during the Specialized Recycling events. Residents with larger quantities and special circumstances are encouraged to call the Road District and arrange of special drop off.
The sports fields would not be eliminated with the designation of the proposed TIF. The fields are located on the former Maplewood School property which is currently owned by School District 26. While the property is located within the proposed limits for the Central Cary TIF District, the continued use of the existing fields would not be impacted simply by the creation of the new TIF district.
The fields would only be impacted if the property were to be sold by the School District and redeveloped. In theory, the fields could continue to remain on the property throughout the entire life of the proposed TIF District if it was approved. School District 26 has been marketing the property for sale since the school’s closing over ten years ago, but the site has not successfully sold or redeveloped to date. Concept plans recently prepared by the district contemplating retaining the site for continued school use could also impact the fields. Further, if the property is sold and redeveloped, there is the potential that the TIF could assist with the relocation and construction of new fields elsewhere within the community.
In short, TIF districts do not increase your taxes. In TIF areas, properties are assessed and taxed the same as properties in non-TIF areas. All property owners within the TIF area pay the same level of property taxes as all other property owners outside the TIF boundary.
The only change is that during the life of the TIF the property tax revenues are distributed differently. Only the incremental increase in tax revenue that occurs after the creation of the TIF goes to the municipality to finance some of the redevelopment expenditures within the TIF area.
The TIF will not affect the current levels of tax revenue that the local schools receive and rely upon. The districts will continue to levy their budgets annually as they normally do. The school districts will continue to receive all of the tax revenue they were entitled to before the creation of the TIF district. The districts will also continue to receive all applicable revenues generated from development which occurs outside the TIF area.
The property tax revenue which is generated from new private development attracted by a TIF designation is “new” money. Without TIF, development likely would not occur and the new tax increment would not be produced. The TIF can assist with increasing the tax base of the area in the long-run which would benefit the schools and other taxing districts.
Additionally, if a redevelopment project receives financial assistance from the TIF, a portion of the increment generated by the project must be set aside for any new school students that the project may produce. The TIF Act has a default method for assisting school districts financially by reimbursing a portion of TIF increment for a resulting “net increase” in student enrollment.
The Village of Cary has no intention to utilize condemnation to acquire property to promote a project for redevelopment.
Condemnation is a statutory proceeding which is governed by the Illinois Eminent Domain Act. Condemnation is a tool available to taxing bodies currently, regardless of whether a property is located within a TIF. There are certain standards that need to be satisfied for a government entity to acquire property through this process, including providing just compensation for the property. Further, there is nothing in the proposed TIF plan that identifies any property within the TIF for condemnation.
It is possible that after the TIF is created property owners may be approached by the development community with interest in purchasing their particular property. However, it is the Village’s desire that any such transactions be completed privately without the need for public participation.
TIF revenues can be used for certain kinds of private expenditures and are not limited to new redevelopment projects.
Since the purpose of a TIF district is to encourage development or redevelopment in areas of need, private sector businesses are eligible to receive funding to offset the costs of development or redevelopment within a TIF district. These may include grants to assist with the buildout of a tenant space, new signage, or exterior improvements. The expenditure of any TIF funds would require approval from the Village Board and any future programs to assist businesses with these expenses would be subject to board approval.
The proposed TIF will not have a direct effect on a property’s existing value. Individual properties will continue to be assessed by the assessor’s office based on existing improvements to the property.
What makes a property desirable for purchase or redevelopment is contingent upon many factors including but not limited to its size, location, overall condition of its existing improvements, and price to acquire. The presence of a TIF would just be an additional factor to consider for the marketability of a property. Therefore, a property owner’s ability to sell their property should not be impacted by the presence of a TIF district. The Village has had two TIF’s previously established within the community and properties were successfully sold within each.
The intent of the creation of the TIF district is to improve overall property values within the TIF area. One of the qualifying factors reviewed within the TIF Eligibility Report for TIF #3 is the lagging EAV for the area. On average over the past five years, the EAV within the proposed TIF has increased at a rate 27% below that of the rest of the Village. By encouraging private investment within the TIF area it is hoped that the TIF will help to narrow this gap.
To remedy an unusual smell, try flushing the water heater or change out the anode rod to one of a different material. Refer to the owner's manual for the water heater for proper instruction.
For emergency water shut-offs that occur outside of regular business hours, contact SEECOM and they will dispatch a Public Works employee.
On occasion, water is your residence can appear discolored after hydrant flushing. If this happens, simply run your cold water tap for a few minutes until the discoloration fades. Avoid washing clothes until the water is completely clear.