Services

As a member of the Sauganash Community Association you receive:

  • Mosquito abatement
  • Snowplowing
  • Liaison to the 17th Police District and city government
  • Optional e-mail and Twitter notifications
  • 4th of July parade and picnic
  • Bob Perkaus Memorial 5K
  • Annual open Sauganash Community Association meeting
  • Annual member party
  • Contact information: 773-800-9685 and contact@sauganash.org

Snow Plowing

When we get significant snow accumulation we may call a contractor for plowing. This is in addition to any plowing or salting the city may do (our service doesn’t salt). Neither the city nor our service plows alleys due to limited space and potential liabilities. As our plowing costs have greatly increased we need to consider several factors when deciding on employing service, including potential future snowfalls, whether warm weather is predicted and where we are in our plowing budget for the season.

In order to facilitate plowing, we ask Sauganash residents to take vehicles off the streets as much as possible. If you don’t have a driveway or accessible garage, see if you can borrow a neighbor’s driveway temporarily or move your vehicle to a section that has already been plowed. If nothing else, try to park on one side of the street to allow plowing on the other. Look for our emails, Facebook announcements or NextDoor for plow alerts. When we have an excessive volume of posts we may not be able to get back to everyone personally, but will review all comments. Sign up for emails at contact@sauganash.org. To track city plows visit Chicago Shovels.

As there is an ordinance that requires property owners to clear their sidewalks (by either 10 am for overnight snowfalls and 10 pm for daytime snowfalls) we will try to get our plows out in a timely manner. Plows will make every effort to avoid pushing excess snow into your driveway or walkway, but a ridge along the plow route, including our cleared driveways, is unavoidable. Please consider helping out your elderly neighbors.

Safey note: If you have a fire hydrant in front of your property, please make sure it is cleared of snow so emergency personnel can see and access it.

Mosquito Abatement

In an effort to reduce mosquito populations effectively and safely, we are trying a new tactic this year: kill the larvae before they become biting adults. Larvae thrive in stagnant water. Our abatement service, Clarke, is treating the ditches along the bike path with a product using spinosad, derived from a naturally occurring soil bacterium. It specifically targets larvae of mosquitoes and a few other insects and once applied, has little or no toxicity to plants, people, pets and local wildlife. The 1st application was applied a few weeks ago and will be repeated every 30 days. The city is treating street catch basins. We can’t eliminate mosquitoes, they will still fly in from neighboring areas, but we can reduce the numbers.

You can can help by eliminating all standing water on your property. That includes buckets, clogged gutters, flat roofs, pools, toys, tire swings, etc. Replace water in birdbaths every 5-7 days. Cover rain barrels. Drill a hole in the bottom of tire swings to let water drain. Keep fountains moving, or treat fountains and ponds with mosquito dunks. Dunks are safe for fish, plants and animals. Check those discarded items you forgot about behind your garage or shed. If it holds water, it’s growing mosquitoes. 

Mosquitoes are weak fliers and can’t navigate breezes. Keep them away with fans on your deck or patio—they are surprisingly effective. Take advantage of being outside on windy days. They are most active around sunup and sundown. Plan outdoor activities around those times. Light colored clothing minimizes your attraction. 

You can find Information on spinosad at: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/spinosadgen.html and mosquito dunks at: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/BTI_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Information on the Emerald Ash Borer

A recent survey counted approximately 220 ash trees in Sauganash parkways and there are even more in our yards. Unfortunately ash trees infected by deadly emerald ash borers have been discovered in our community.

If you have three or more of these symptoms or your tree is more than 30% dead, your ash tree is likely infected by emerald ash borers:

  • crown dieback
  • epicormic sprouting or suckers
  • bark splits
  • D-shaped exit holes in the bark
  • S-shaped larval galleries under the bark
  • presence of larvae
  • woodpecker damage to the outer bark
  • presence of adult beetles

The city is unable to treat trees that are not in the parkways, so it is recommended that you have your trees injected by a tree service. Trunk injection is 99% effective and minimizes exposing children, pets and the local water supply to unnecessary risk.

To learn more, visit SaveYourAsh.org.

Sauganash Community Association • PO Box 46319 • Chicago, Illinois 60646