Did you know that the Village of Round Lake is served by a total of six school districts? With all of the neighborhood schools, residents moving into Round Lake have a great opportunity to choose an education that enables their student to reach their fullest potential.

In addition to the outstanding local elementary, middle & high schools, Round Lake is also home to many private preschools, charter schools, and childcare services. Nature Walk Montessori School engaged their students to participate in Arbor Day by doing a neighborhood cleanup and The Goddard School invited me to be a judge at their science fair. A special thanks to both for engaging their students with our community.

Educated students have a better opportunity to become responsible, contributing members of society and Round Lake is proud to support each of the schools within our community. Once again, the Village of Round Lake provides many opportunities. What a wonderful place to call home!

If 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
 
We Accept Visa!
The Village now accepts VISA along with Mastercard, Discover and American Express for all your credit card payment needs.

Did you know we accept online credit card payments for utility bills, parking tickets, Metra parking permits, business license renewals, and false alarm fees? To make a payment online, visit   E-Pay

The Village also offers a free and convenient direct debit service that automatically deducts the amount for the utility bill from your account on the bill due date. To learn more about the program or to sign up, please review the Direct Debit Application .
Northbound Cedar Lake Road Closure
T he Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is reconstructing and widening Cedar Lake Road from IL 120 to Nippersink Road. As part of this project, LCDOT has closed northbound Cedar Lake. Northbound traffic will follow a posted detour route, and southbound traffic will continue to use Cedar Lake Road during construction. The northbound Cedar Lake Road detour will remain in place through the end of July. For more information please visit the project website.

Detour Route: IL 120 to Fairfield Road to IL 134.
Village Strategic Plan
On April 16, 2018 the Village Board approved the first Round Lake Strategic Plan. A strategic plan is essential because it helps determine where an organization wants to go, how it will get there, and how it will measure progress towards that goal. Rather than making ad‐hoc decisions on an issue‐by‐issue basis, a strategic plan assists and guides the Village in determining its future as a community and government and provides a road map to our future.

Important Information on Building Permits
Why do I need a building permit?
The reason building codes exist are to protect persons and property from unsafe or hazardous conditions. A building permit gives you, your insurance company, your neighbors, potential buyers, and the Village general assurances that specific minimum construction standards are met when constructing, altering, or repairing your home by complying with the Village’s adopted building code requirements.

These standards are based on well–established safety, health and environmental considerations intended to protect the integrity of buildings, safety of inhabitants, and general welfare of the public. A building permit is required regardless of whether you do the work or hire a contractor.

What type of projects require a permit?
As a general guideline, projects that require permits include, but are not limited to, the following: new construction or additions, basement finishing or any alteration which changes the original design or floor plan of a structure, air conditioners, decks and porches, driveways, upgrading electrical service, fences, garages, patios and sidewalks, roofing, sewer repairs, sheds and accessory structures, siding, soffit and fascia, swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, underground irrigation systems, water heaters, window and door replacements, adding additional electrical outlets or plumbing fixtures. 

Where can I obtain additional information on permits?
The Community Development Department is available for assistance at 847-546-0963 Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm or by email buildingdept@eroundlake.com .

Additional information concerning permits and codes is also available on the Village website www.eroundlake.com
Property Tax Bill
Tax bills for Lake County residents were recently mailed out by the Lake County Treasurer. As a non-home rule community the Village can only increase the tax levy by the consumer price index (CPI) percentage over last years’ amount. A CPI of 2.1% was used for the 2017 tax levy. The Village relies heavily on both property taxes and income tax from the state. However, since fiscal year end 2010, property tax receipts have dropped from a total of 53% of the general fund revenues down to 42% due to diversification of the Village’s tax base.

Historically, slightly less than 10% of the tax bill relates to the Village of Round Lake. To see where your tax dollars go, visit : https://maps.lakecountyil.gov/taxdistribution/.

Cedar Lake Road Realignment
As part of Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) capital plan, a Phase I study was initiated for a potential realignment of Cedar Lake Road between Nippersink Road and Hart Road in the Village of Round Lake. The intent of a realignment will be to create a new Cedar Lake Road corridor that improves safety, decreases travel time, and accommodates economic growth within the area. 

During the Phase I study period, stakeholders are invited to provide input on the project. The main stakeholders include property and businesses owners in the immediate area along with community leaders. The first stakeholders meeting was held on Thursday, April 19, 2018. The meeting provided an overview of the project, the planning process, group exercises for project issues and concerns, along with the stakeholders formulating a project problem statement and project propose and needs statements.

For additional information regarding the realignment project, visit: http://cedarlakeroadrealignment.org/ .
National Police Week May 13-20
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for safety and protection of others.

Officers dedicate their lives to the safety of others while putting their own lives at risk. The Village would like to truly thank each and every one of the men and women of the Round Lake Police Department for keeping our community safe.
Code Enforcement FAQ's
The Village of Round Lake strives to ensure that all residents and businesses enjoy a high quality of life and are proud to say they are from Round Lake. To maintain a beautiful and healthy Village there are codes in place to ensure safety and good neighbor standards. The Village’s Code Enforcement Officer addresses questions like these everyday:

Q) My neighbor still has their holiday lights on the house; can they stay up all year?
A) No. No matter how nice they look, unfortunately they cannot. The National Electric Code restricts the use of temporary lighting (holiday lights) to a maximum of 90 days. Holiday lighting is not designed or rated for year round exterior use and over time become an electrical hazard.

Q) When can I put out my refuse containers?
A) Refuse containers can be placed at the curb after 6:00 pm on the night before the pick-up date and must be removed before 6:00 am on the day after the pick-up date. This is to minimize the possibility of spilled/blowing garbage, rodents and blockage of the street.

Q) Do I need a permit to put up one of those portable plastic pools?
A) It depends on the depth of the pool, not what it is made of. Any pool that is designed having a maximum depth over 24 inches requires a Building Permit and a fence. An inexpensive pool is treated the same as an expensive pool, what matters is the depth.

Q) My neighbor put out their old TV but it was not picked-up. Can they leave it at the curb?
A) No. In 2009 the State of Illinois passed the Electronics Products Recycling & Refuse Act which bans many electronic items from landfills meaning waste haulers can no longer pick-up these items. The resident is responsible for taking electronic items to a recycling site and cannot leave them at the curb. Please visit the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County website at www.swalco.org for drop-off locations.
16th Annual Cop on a Rooftop
Join the Round Lake Police Department on Friday, May 18th from 5:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Dunkin' Donuts in Volo for the 16th annual Dunkin' Donuts Cop on a Rooftop event! This event brings the community and Police together to raise awareness and money for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois!

Officer's will have travel mugs, t-shirts, hats, pins, and raffle tickets available. Customers who make a donation will be given a coupon for a free donut.
Call J.U.L.I.E Before You Dig
Y ou may be surprised by what's buried in your yard. That's because most electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunications companies are delivering utility services underground. To avoid personal injury and damage to those underground lines, state law requires you to contact JULIE before  any  digging project, regardless of the project size or depth. JULIE services are free. 
You can prevent injury and avoid damage by following these four important steps:
  • Call 811 or Click before you dig
  • Wait the required amount of time (two working days after your phone call)
  • Respect the marks
  • Dig with care

Notify JULIE if you are doing any of the following projects:
  • Decks & Patios
  • Fountains
  • Fences
  • Gardens
  • Landscaping
  • Mailbox posts
  • Room Additions
  • Signs
  • Swimming Pools
  • Swing Sets
  • Tents
  • Trees or Shrubs
Additional News & Updates
A big thanks to Cub Scout Troop 679 who met with the Mayor to learn about local government operations and to lead Elected Officials and Village Staff in the Pledge of Allegiance at the April 2, 2018 Board meeting.
Reminder, please do not park on the sidewalks . With Spring in bloom and Summer just around the corner, many people in our community enjoy taking walks. Please do not park your vehicle on or over sidewalks. Village ordinance prohibits any motor vehicle from standing, stopping or parking on or over a sidewalk. 
Village Officials would like to welcome Parkway Banquets , located at 657 Railroad Avenue to Round Lake. A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was held on April 4, 2018. If you are getting married or planning an event, be sure to check out their new venue!
Don't miss the Round Lake Area Annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10:00 am. The Villages of Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Heights, Hainesville, Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion are sponsoring this community wide event. 

The parade route will start in front of the American Legion (111 E. Main Street) in Round Lake Park  and ends at Clarendon Dr in Round Lake Beach.  
The Village welcomes and encourages garage sales. A permit is not required to host a garage sale, but please check Village Code 3.4.5 Garage Sale Signs before you proceed just to make sure there are no special rules or restrictions for your particular Garage Sale event. Please be considerate of your neighbors when planning your garage sale.
Village Officials
Dan MacGillis, Mayor
 Debbie Perlini, Village Clerk
Trustees
Charlie Foy, Henry Frye Jr., Russell Kraly,
Don Newby, Sanjay Patel, Jake Mandelman