Tomorrow voters across Illinois will participate in the 2017 Consolidated Election. I would like to encourage everyone to embrace their duty to participate in the election process as an opportunity to be part of building the environment in which we live and work.

Thomas Jefferson said, “We do not have a government by a majority of the people, we have a government by a majority of the people who participate.”   Remember, for the things that count most in your everyday life - schools, highways, water supply, police and fire protection - your vote is just as important for local issues as it is in Federal elections.

I hope each of you will take a few moments to read information about each of the candidates and then, make YOUR VOTE count. 

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
 
April 4 Consolidated Election

Daily Herald Endorses Clerk Referendum

Round Lake voters will decide in a referendum on April 4  if the Village Clerk shall be an appointed or an elected position. The Village Clerk is currently an elected position responsible for calling the roll during public meetings, overseeing the local election process, signing Village agreements, and administering Oaths of Office for Village officials. 

In commenting on the Clerk Referendum, the Daily Herald writes,"...The biggest benefit of the proposed change would be allowing Round Lake officials to consider job candidates based on qualifications and ability, just as other staff members are evaluated and hired."

You can read the full endorsement here.

To learn more about the referendum, visit Voter Information.

Election Day
Polls will be open from 6:00am to 7:00pm on April 4. Use the polling place locator to find your assigned voting site.

Preview your ballot
Registered Lake County voters can preview their ballot at LakeVoterPower.info after logging in to confirm their registration status.

Get up-to-date election information by visiting the County Clerk’s website as well as by following the County Clerk’s Office on their Facebook page and on Twitter.

Round Lake's Proposed FY2018 Budget & Capital Plan

Round Lake’s proposed fiscal year 2018 Budget and five year Capital Plan will be discussed at Budget Meetings with Mayor Dan MacGillis and the Board of Trustees on April 3 and on April 10 at 7:00pm at the Village Hall. Residents are invited to attend these meetings.

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. 

When severe thunderstorms and the possibility of a tornado exists in the area, it is important for residents to know the difference between a tornado "Watch" and a "Warning."

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.

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 4 and runs through the end of November. Round Lake residents have two yard waste options available:

  • Unlimited number of 32gal cans/bags/bundles - $92.64/season

  • Limit of six 32gal cans/bags/bundles - $64.84/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. 

Round Lake Police Department Participates in Pink Patch Project Fundraiser

Round Lake police officers will have a burst of pink on their uniforms this year, as the department joins other police agencies across the country in the effort to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer with the Pink Patch Project.

Officers will wear a pink patch in support of Breast Cancer Awareness, and the department is starting fundraising efforts now. RLPD will sell the pink patches to the public for just $10 to raise funds for cancer research and support ($11.00 by mail). All proceeds raised will go to a local charity that benefits Round Lake residents.

This is the first year that Round Lake Police Department will participate in the Pink Patch Project, which started in Irwindale, CA. last year. Chief of Police Michael Gillette said the department decided to participate in the Pink Patch Project because many Round Lake residents and Round Lake Police Department families and friends have been affected by breast cancer.

To purchase a patch, contact any Round Lake Police Officer, or Alice Lohman at 847-546-8112 or alohman@eroundlake.com or at the Police Department records department at 741 Town Line Road, Round Lake, IL. 60073.

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 29 from 9:00am to Noon. There will be a tree raffle, demonstrations, activities for kids, plant giveaways, and more. Visit Arbor Day 2017 for more information.

It's Time for Spring Cleaning

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) has several upcoming events for Lake County residents to recycle or properly dispose of unwanted items.

First Household Chemical Waste (HCW) Mobile Event of 2017 is coming to Fox Lake. The event is planned for Saturday, April 29 running from 8:00am to 2:30pm. NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED.

SAVE-THE-DATE! Spring Recycle-O-Rama is scheduled for May. SWALCO's annual spring Recycle-O-Rama will be held Saturday, May 20. 

SWALCO will Host a Tire and Latex Paint Recycling Event . Have any old tires or latex paint just taking up space? Take advantage of this opportunity to help the environment and dispose of these items safely and conveniently on Wednesday June 21. 

Reuse A Shoe - Each year millions of shoes end up in the land-fills. The Round Lake Area Library is partnering with SWALCO to reuse and recycle unwanted shoes of all kind. Bring your unwanted shoes, all sizes, all conditions to the Round Lake Area Library April 1 - April 30 to be recycled or repurposed.   


For additional information visit www.swalco.org or call 847-336-9340.

Additional News & Updates

Attention all businesses - It's time to renew your Business License! Renewal forms have been mailed out and must be returned on or before April 30, 2017.  Upon receipt, your 2017-18 license will be mailed to your business address.  Any business license renewal received after April 30, 2017 will receive a late fee.  We wish you a successful year!

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Blue Kids Lake County is a collaborative effort throughout Lake County committed to keeping children safe, and to demonstrate support for children everywhere. In addition to starting important conversations and raising awareness surrounding child abuse by displaying signs, Blue Kids Lake County disseminates important information throughout the county. 

The Village and Round Lake Police Department  encourage  residents to visit www.bluekidslakecounty.org to learn more about the important community issue of child abuse or to request a sign.

The Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency held a groundbreaking ceremony for a $34 million pipeline extension that will deliver water to Volo and Wauconda. 

As a part of this project, a second water connection to the Village of Round Lake will be installed.  This second delivery point will provide Village residents south of Route 120 with better water pressure.  The second connection will also provide a measure of redundancy to the Village water supply in case there is maintenance work or a pipe break that requires the original feed to be shut down.  The new pipe line will begin at the three stand pipes near the intersection of Route 137 and Route 45 and the Village connection will be in Raymond Park off of Chardon Road. 

Construction is expected to begin in September 2017 and be completed by December 2018.

Round Lake Police Department is accepting applications for the position of full time Police Officer. Round Lake Police Department is a progressive law enforcement agency that embraces the philosophy of community policing and partnership.  To learn more about the application process, please visit the Village of Round Lake Employment Center.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPTSW)  - April 9 marks the beginning of NPSTW, a week where communities across the U.S. will recognize those who help save lives in times of personal or national crisis. 

The Village would like to truly thank each and every one of the men and women at CenCom 9-1-1. Thank you for the lives you have saved, for the lives of citizens you have impacted and for the lives you will save each and every day as a public safety professional.

The general public can honor their call takers and dispatchers by sending thank you notes to the agency at 911 N. Lotus Drive, Round Lake Beach, IL 60073. 

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Village Officials
Dan MacGillis, Mayor
Patricia Blauvelt, Clerk
Trustees
Charlie Foy, Henry Frye Jr., Russell Kraly,
Don Newby, Sanjay Patel, Jake Mandelman