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Village Information

The Following information pertains to policy on general issues within the Village of Lena.  If you have any questions on these policies or others that may pertain to you, please call Village Hall and we will be happy to assist you.

Water/Sewer/Garbage bills

Water/Sewer/Garbage bills are payable in full by the first of each month.  Penalty charges are added to those fees not paid in full by this date, for your convenience, an after hours drop box is located at Village Hall. Any questions regarding the billing may be addressed to the Village Clerk at 815-369-4016

Garbage Pickup

Each resident supplied with one, 65 gallon garbage tote for disposal of refuse.  If you have more refuse than fits in the tote garbage stickers need to be placed on the additional items.  Stickers may be purchased at Sullivan’s grocery or Lena FS.  Garbage totes are property of Gill's Freeport Disposal, if your tote needs repaired or replaced contact Gill's, 815-233-5644.

Garbage pick-up for residents begins early Friday morning.  It is recommended that residents set out their trash containers Thursday evening.  NOTE:  Pick-up service is delayed one day on all major holidays that fall on a week day.


  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day


The Village of Lena participates in a recycling program in conjunction with garbage pick-up on Friday mornings.  Each resident is provided with a blue recycle bin for this service.  Bins are property of the residence and NOT the resident, and must remain at that property.  A recycling outline is available at Village Hall.

Brush Pickup

Brush pick-up is provided by the Village on the first and third Mondays of each month from Spring to Fall, as weather allows.  Branches and small sticks should be placed to the curbside Sunday evening prior to brush pick-up.  Brush from trees that are trimmed or removed professionally must be removed by the professional service provider and are not subject to removal by the Village Street Department.  Brush can be taken to, and disposed of at, the designated areas at the Lena Street Department Building on Townline Road at any time.

Leaf Vacuuming

Leaf removal is provided by the Village in both spring and Fall.  Leaves should be raked to the curb, but not in the street.  No brush, lawn clippings, yard waste or other foreign objects may be in the leaf piles or they may not be removed.  Leaves must be raked and loose at the curb, no leaf or yard waste bags will be disposed of by the Village Street Department.

Yard Waste

Designated areas are located at the Lena Street Department Building for disposal of yard waste.  Any garden or flower bed refuse may be disposed of in these areas.  Yard waste bags will not be picked up curbside by the Village Street Department.

Parking: Snow Emergencies 11/1 - 4/30

During times when there is an accumulation of at least two inches of snow between 11/1 and 4/30 of each year, all vehicles parked on the street must be parked on odd numbered sides of the street on odd number days of the month and on the even numbered side of the street on even days of the month from 1:30am until 6am on that day.  Vehicles parked in the lot on Main Street must park at the fence side closest to the railroad tracks.  These parking restrictions are in effect for the following streets Main Street from Washington  to Freedom - Railroad Street from Washington to Center – Center Street from Main to Mason – Rantoul Street from Main to Mason – Vernon Street from Main to Mason and Freedom Street from Main to Mason.  Violations are subject to a $75 fine.

Parking: Street Sweeping Hours

Special parking restrictions are in effect for Main Street from Washington to Freedom - Railroad Street from Washington to Center and from Main Street to Mason Street on Center, Rantoul, Vernon, and Freedom Streets, from 1:30am to 6:00am on Friday mornings for street sweeping purposes.  During this time, vehicles may be parked in the main street parking lot.

Parking: Public Lots

Public parking lots are available adjacent to Village Hall, and on Main Street downtown.

Lawn Clippings

Lawn clippings are not to be blown into the street area as it blocks the storm sewer catch basins.  Notices will be mailed to those who violate this request.

Christmas Tree Disposal

The Village of Lena provides a designated area at the Lena Street Department for the disposal of live Christmas Trees. The Village Street Department will not pick up Christmas Trees curbside.

No Burning

No open burning is permitted within the Village.  Questions on burning should be directed to the Health and Environment Trustee, or Village Hall.

Tree Replacement

It is the responsibility of the property owner to trim trees located in the Village right-of-way.  If, after professional inspection, a tree must be removed, the property owner will be assessed a fee of $100 which would include the cost of tree and stump removal, dirt fill, and payment of a new tree.  The type of replacement tree must be chosen from the Village’s approved tree list.  Forms are available at Village Hall or on this website for the tree replacement. Tree replacement forms can be found here.

Building Permits

The Village has adopted the National BOCA codes, and inspections are required as per these and state codes.  Building permits are required for constructing utility sheds, additions, garages, houses, and demolition of any of the above, patios, decks, porches, driveways, fences, retaining walls, driveway pillars, signs, or other similar structures.  Permits are not needed for re-roofing or residing a building.  Forms are available at Village Hall and on this web site.  Forms must be submitted and approved and fees paid before construction may commence.  Property line set back and easements must be indicated on any building permit.  Questions may be directed to the Zoning and Planning Trustee, or Village Hall.  J.U.L.I.E. must be called at least 48 hours in advance. Building permits can be viewed and printed out here.

Curb and Gutter Program

If property owners are interested in having curb and gutter installed on their street a signed petition by the interested property owners is required to begin the process.  Please visit or contact Village Hall for further information.

Tornado Warning

A monotone warning from the Fire Station indicates a tornado warning.  The signal is similar to the 6:00pm daily “whistle”.  Seek shelter immediately and stay tuned to local broadcast warnings.  No “all clear” signal is indicated.

Major Power/Telephone Outage Emergency

If communication must be made regarding help in the case of any major emergency or catastrophic conditions, please report to the Fire Department for Assistance, 815-369-2715.

Sidewalk Replacement Program

Commercial and residential sidewalk replacement reimbursement forms are available at Village Hall or on this website.  Each plan has a portion of pre-approved reimbursement for replacement or repair of sidewalk, and are payable after paid receipts are submitted to Village Hall. Information on the Village of Lena Sidewalk Replacement Program can be found here.