Temperatures are far below normal, nonetheless it is Springtime. Just like our temperatures, the thought of “spring cleanup” may send shivers down your spine. Trimming, pruning, raking, mulching, fertilizing and maybe even a coat of paint on that garage trim. When it’s over, the appearance and the sense of pride is all worth it. When you’re considering buying the materials you need for your spring cleanup, I encourage you to support Round Lake and shop local.

Get all the information you need for planting and fertilizing at our Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 28th at the Public Works Facility located at 751 W. Townline Road.  

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
 
Metra North Line Construction
A major tie replacement project between Libertyville and Fox Lake will impact midday and weekend service on the northernmost part of Metra’s Milwaukee District North Line during the month of April, including weekday and weekend shutdowns.

Metra forces will replace 17,000 ties over a 17-mile single-track span between Fox Lake and Rondout north of Libertyville in Lake County. In addition to tie replacement, the work will also include the replacement of five switches, brush clearing and the continued upgrade of the signal system on this section track in preparation for the Positive Train Control safety system.

For more information, visit:   Metra North Line Construction Project .
Round Lake's Proposed Capital Plan
Annually, the Village Board reviews and approves a capital plan, a tool to assess the long-term capital project requirements and funding of projects in a timely and cost-effective fashion. This is the 12 th year of a Village-wide capital program. The plan identifies and describes capital projects, provides guidance on which projects should be implemented and the year in which funding each project is to occur. The plan is intended to ensure that there is a process in place for proper assessment of expenditures. It is a plan that could be updated as conditions change, such as when policies and priorities are modified or when new funding opportunities arise.

For the full 2019 through 2024 Capital Plan document that is being considered for approval by the Village Board on April 16th please visit: Capital Improvement Plan .
Round Lake Fiscal Year 2019 Draft Budget
At the April 2, 2018 COTW meeting an overview of the draft 2019 operating budget was presented to the Village Board. The preparation of the budget involves the development of expenditure estimates for departments in light of available revenues. The budget specifies resources for providing public programs and services and establishes a cost of those programs. The total proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 is $21,784,088, which includes inter-fund transfers.

Prior to final consideration and under State law, the full Village Board must hold one public hearing regarding the proposed budget. In addition, as required by Illinois law, the Village Board is required to approve next year’s budget prior to April 30 th of the current year. The budget message presented to the Village Board may be viewed at: 2019 Budget Draft & Assumptions
Arbor Day Celebration
The Village will be hosting the annual Arbor Day event at the Public Works garage (751 W. Townline Road) on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 am to Noon. There will be a tree raffle, demonstrations, activities for kids, plant giveaways, and more. Visit Arbor Day 2018 for more information.
Severe Weather Reminder
Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. 

Visit Lake County's Emergency Management Agency to ensure you and your family are safe during severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, and other emergency situations. 
Stay alert during severe weather and sign up to receive emergency alerts to your email and/or mobile phone.
Cedar Lake Road Improvement
As the weather warms up, the contractor is gearing up and preparing for the upcoming (May 2018) Northbound closure of Cedar Lake Road . Preliminary underground work will start in early April. Northbound traffic will follow a posted detour route while southbound traffic will continue on Cedar Lake Road during construction. The detour is planned to last about three months with completion of the whole project by the end of August 2018.

On the Forest Preserve side, the bike path is to be paved and any remaining landscaping done. The new path will remain closed until the the Cedar Lake Road portion of the path is completed during the roadway reconstruction.
Community Garden
For any residents with a green thumb but no garden space, the Village still has plots available in our Community Garden. The garden is located next to the Police Department at 741 W. Townline Road. 

The garden season is scheduled for May 1 through November 15 but plots will be tilled as soon the soil is thawed and dried out enough. Contact Laura Bover in the Public Works department, lbover@eroundlake.com , for more information.
Yard Waste Pickup
Waste Management's yard waste program begins April 2 and runs through the end of November. Round Lake residents have two yard waste options available:

  • Unlimited number of 32gal cans/bags/bundles - $94.49/season

  • Limit of six 32gal cans/bags/bundles - $66.14/season 

Please contact Waste Management  for additional information or to sign up 800-796-9696. This service is optional and is billed separate from your monthly utility bill. 
It's Time for Spring Cleaning!
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) first Household Chemical Waste (HCW) Mobile Event of 2018 will be held in Round Lake Beach on Saturday, April 28 from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED.

To find out about other upcoming SWALCO events, visit: http://www.swalco.org/.
Illinois Treasurer's I-Cash Program
The Illinois Treasurer’s I-Cash program helps tens of thousands of people each year discover and claim old bank accounts, uncashed paychecks, unpaid insurance benefits, and other unclaimed property.

I-Cash is an official government program that is legally required to safeguard recovered property of Illinois residents for as long as it takes to return it to its rightful owners. Under the law, the Illinois Treasurer’s Office secures unclaimed property from banks, insurance companies, utilities, and other institutions across the country that have been unable to return it to their rightful owners.

Some common examples of unclaimed property include: inactive bank accounts, unclaimed life insurance benefits, utility refunds, stocks, matured CD’s, and other investments.

One-in-four Illinois adults discovers property to claim. To find out if there is any unclaimed property owed to you, visit: icash.illinoistreasurer.gov
Reminder: Please Pick Up After Your Pet
When your pet goes on the lawn, remember it doesn't just go on the lawn. The bacteria from the waste gets washed into our storm sewers and ends up in our streams and rivers, polluting our environment. In addition, pet waste can be hazardous to the health of our children and to other pets. Letting pet waste decay on the sidewalk or grass leads to pollution and health problems, because pet waste is full of bacteria and parasites.

In an interest to everyone’s health and safety, residents are asked to adhere to Village ordinances regarding pet waste. 

When walking your dog in Round Lake, remember to take along a baggie, pick up waste, and dispose of it properly. Animal owners also may not allow feces to accumulate on their property to a point where it becomes offensive to others in the area.

For more information on Village pet owner responsibilities, see Village Code Section 6-08-015: Keeping or confining animals .
Additional News & Updates
New Businesses! Village Officials would like to welcome The Throne of Round Lake Barbershop, located at 649 Railroad Avenue and Evolution Nail Spa, located at 403 N. Wilson Rd. to Round Lake. Pl ease stop in and welcome both businesses to the community.
Attention all businesses - Don't forget to renew your Business License! Renewal forms have been mailed out and must be returned on or before April 30, 2018. Upon receipt, your 2018-19 license will be mailed to your business address. Any business license renewal received after April 30, 2018 will receive a late fee. We wish you a successful year!
Misericordia Heart of Mercy will be soliciting on April 27th and 28th, 2018 at Route 134 & Fairfield Road and Route 134 & Cedar Lake Road. The solicitation of funds is to support children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
To learn more about the organization, please visit: www.misericordia.com .
Congratulations!   Sergeant David Prus just celebrated his 10th anniversary with the Police Department. Congratulations to Sergeant Prus and we thank him for his service and dedication! 
We're Hiring! The Village of Round Lake is accepting applications for Part-time Community Service Officer & Public Works Seasonal Laborer! To learn more about our job opportunities, visit: Employment Center .
Village Officials
Dan MacGillis, Mayor
Debbie Perlini, Village Clerk
Trustees
Charlie Foy, Henry Frye Jr., Russell Kraly,
Don Newby, Sanjay Patel, Jake Mandelman