Our nation faces another catastrophe since Hurricane Harvey made land fall. Although the flooding in Texas is much greater than anything we have ever witnessed, it is all too familiar since we experienced our own flooding disaster, just last month. In the wake of this disaster the American Spirit rises above all. Every day, FEMA asks for help from the public and the people of our great nation respond. Our regional Red Cross is ready to deploy volunteers and supplies from our area to aid in the relief effort.

But perhaps the easiest way for us to help is to donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting the word  HARVEY to 90999 . The $10 donation will be charged to your mobile phone bill.

I f you have any comments, questions or ideas you would like to see included in the e-newsletter, please email me at  dmacgillis@eroundlake.com.


                      Sincerely, 
                                                  Mayor Dan MacGillis
 
Garbage Rate Allocation
The Village Board recently approved an ordinance that increased garbage collection fees. Previously, a portion of the garbage fee charged to the Village from the contracted waste hauler was supported by property taxes. The ordinance eliminates the property tax support and shifts the entire cost to the monthly utility bill. As a result, 100% of the contracted waste hauler garbage collection fees will now be passed directly through to the residents of Round Lake through the monthly utility bill.

The Village garbage rates will be increasing by $6.41 each month for a standard 90 gallon trash tote. Residents with 65 gallon totes will see an increase of $5.64 each month. The new rates are effective immediately and residents can expect to see the rate change on their September utility bill. Even with the rate increase, Village’s garbage rates will still be among the lowest in Lake County. 
Update - Cedar Lake Road Improvement
The work to replace the Squaw Creek culvert is 90% complete. The road has been paved and is now open. All remaining work for this part of the project will be done while the road is open to traffic. The remaining work includes pouring one final piece of the culvert, final clean up, work to stabilize the steep sides of Squaw Creek from erosion, and landscaping. Some of this work may require daily lane closures as needed.
 
The Contractor is also making progress on the Forest Preserve property to prepare for paving the new bike path through that area later this year.
Nippersink Road is Open
The culvert pipes have been replaced at the Fort Hill Creek crossing under Nippersink Road between Dawn Marie Drive and Valley View Drive. The roadway is now completely open to traffic. Thank you for your patience during the closure.
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September marks one year of the Round Lake News e-newsletter. We need your opinion. Does the Village newsletter deliver timely, useful and relevant information to you? Let us know your thoughts by taking our newsletter survey . The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to help shape our newsletters and improve our communications. 
Open Burning Rules
Autumn is here and as a reminder, the burning of leaves, twigs, and vegetation is allowed between 8:00 am and sunset with these conditions:
  • is limited to leaves and twigs generated from vegetation on the property. 
  • is conducted so as not to cause a hazard to structures or neighboring property. 
  • shall not be done in conditions of high winds, drought, or other conditions creating a hazardous environment.
  • such burning must be attended by a person at least 16 years of age. 
  • shall not be allowed on any public right-of-way. 
Parkway Trees
The Village has adopted updates to the Urban Forest Management Program . The updates include information about parkway tree replanting. The Village has chosen to replace parkway trees throughout neighborhoods based on the percentage of trees that were removed. The neighborhoods with the highest percentage of tree removals will be replanted first. The entire Urban Forest Management Program is posted on the Village website. The Village has been awarded grant funding to help with the replanting efforts. A Request for Proposals is currently open for contractors/landscapers/nurseries to begin replanting trees this fall and next spring.

Residents who would like to plant their own parkway tree are reminded that they must pick a tree from the list of Village approved parkway trees. The Village Arborist included tree species that are well suited to the tough demands parkway trees have to endure including high salt content, small root zones, restricted water access and a good overall shape and height. The list was put together with tree species that will also increase tree diversification throughout the Village.

Residents must obtain a permit from the Building Department, at no cost, before doing any planting. The permit allows Village staff an opportunity to verify your chosen location will be a good fit for the tree and update our database of parkway trees. View a list of approved parkway trees on the Village website.

CMAP ON TO 2050 
The Village of Round Lake is participating in t he Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning ( CMAP) next comprehensive plan, ON TO 2050, scheduled for adoption in October 2018. The development of the plan is a highly transparent and a collaborative effort involving partners and stakeholders from across the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois.

The latest discussion with CMAP and the Round Lake area surrounding communities included questions regarding the ability of a municipality to ensure services that are provided on a sustained basis in pursuit of local and regional objectives. To review information about ON TO 2050's development process through materials that are complete, underway, or scheduled, please use the following link: http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/onto2050.
Additional Mosquito Applications 
With recent heavy rains and flooding, everyone is experiencing unprecedented numbers of floodwater mosquitoes. The Village Board recently approved additional adult mosquito control applications to help reduce mosquito populations. In a normal year, there are typically four applications; in the current year the Village has contracted with Clarke Environmental Mosquito, Inc. to perform as many as seven applications. 

Residents can sign up for a call list to be notified when spraying will occur by calling the Mosquito Hotline at (800) 942-2555. This number can also be used to report areas of standing water that may be a potential breeding ground for mosquito larvae. 

As you may be aware, as of mid-July, the Lake County Health Department (LCHD) announced mosquito pools in Lake County have tested positive for West Nile. LCHD reminds you to FightTheBite!

Practice the 4Ds of Defense to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites :
-DRAIN : Drain standing water where mosquitoes like to breed.
-DEFEND : Defend yourself by wearing insect repellent containing DEET.
-DAWN to DUSK : Be extra cautious during these prime times of mosquito activity.
-DRESS : Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes to cover your skin.
Find out more tips at www.FightTheBiteNow.com .
Fairfield Road Resurfacing
Lake County Department of Transportation will be resurfacing Fairfield Road between Rte. 134 to the township line (north of Rollins Road). The work is expected to begin the week of September 5th and be completed by October 31st. The road will remain open during the construction but motorists should expect lane closures with flaggers during working hours.
National Coffee With a Cop Day
National Coffee With a Cop Day is an agenda-free, no barriers, problem solving collaboration between citizens and cops. It brings citizens and police to a common ground to help build a stronger community. Get detached from the hustle bustle of everyday life and start “building relationships one cup at a time.” Join us for some great conversations and even better coffee on Wednesday, October 4 th from 8:30 am to 10:00 am at Round Lake Police Department (741. W. Town Line Rd. Round Lake, IL).
Village Audit
Per the Governmental Account Audit Act, 50 ILCS 310/2, the Village of Round Lake is required to have an audit performed by a licensed public accountant. As such, The Village’s auditors were onsite the week of August 28 – September 1 performing their annual review of the Village finances. During the process, they review the financial activities of the Village during the previous fiscal year and ultimately create the Village’s financial statements. Each year they review internal controls, the recording of revenues and expenses, analyze infrastructure projects, debt, and the pension program. The auditor’s completed their time at the Village early and staff was not made aware of any significant findings or deficiencies. 
Citizen's Police Academy
Learn the exciting , yet challenging world of law enforcement during a 10-week citizen police academy.

The Round Lake Police Department will continue to accept applications for their citizen police academy through September 7th. The academy is expected to start on September 7th.

To learn more about the program or to complete an application visit, Round Lake Citizen Police Academy .
Additional News & Updates
T riple A “The Auto Group” has donated Halloween trick or treat bags and book marks to the Police Department. The Police Department uses these materials to assist in raising awareness regarding visibility, safe pedestrian practices for children, and driver attentiveness around the Halloween season in Round Lake.
 
Our participation in this awareness campaign is important because children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.

Trick or treat bags can be obtained for free at the Police Department Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm while supplies last.
The Village Board recently approved the Knights of Columbus to solicit on September 15th and 16th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at the intersections of Route 134 & Cedar Lake Road and Fairfield and Nippersink. The Knights of Columbus charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national and international projects. Please use extra caution while driving through the intersection during those time-frames.
End of the Summer Round Lake Clean Up Day.... After a busy season on the water from fishing, swimming, and boating sometimes things are left behind. It is the dedication of volunteer residents and scouts alike that help make Round Lake clean and enjoyable! Volunteers of all ages and skills are welcome for the clean-up.

Clean up will start and end at Lakefront Park in Round Lake Beach on September 9th at 9:00 am. Gloves, garbage bags and refreshments will be provided. For more information visit  www.rlapd.org
Wild Animals ... . w ith fall coming wild animals may begin looking for places to spend the winter. If you have an animal problem please contact the Lake County Animal Department at 847-949-9925.
All Village offices will be closed on Monday September 4th in observance of the Labor Day holiday.
  Visit us at www.eroundlake.com Village Officials Dan MacGillis, Mayor
 Debbie Perlini, Village Clerk
Trustees
Charlie Foy, Henry Frye Jr., Russell Kraly,
Don Newby, Sanjay Patel, Jake Mandelman