Last month I gave you an extremely condensed version of the accomplishments the Village made in 2016. I also mentioned prioritizing our goals.  Planning is still our primary focus to make sure we make Round Lake all it can be.

At the January 16th Board meeting, our Village Planner gave a presentation initiating the start of our Strategic Plan.  This plan will be developed by taking data that you, our residents provided during the development of the Comprehensive Plan.  Our Trustees, Administration, Village Planner and myself will strategically develop this information to provide a clear vision for improved communications, services and what the future of Round Lake will look like.

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
 
Round Lake Health Center is Open to All District 116 Students

The Health and Wellness Center at Round Lake High School is now open to all students of Round Lake Area Schools Community Unit School District 116. Watch this video and learn about the newly added healthcare opportunities for Round Lake area school students.

Dispose Your Unused Prescription Drugs for Free
Dispose your unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs properly at the Round Lake Police Department !
In 2016, Lake County disposed of nearly 15,000 pounds. Find other drug disposal boxes near you , and learn what the program cannot accept.
Senior Citizen Utility Tax Rebate Program
Round Lake Residents over 65 years of age who have resided in the Village for six months prior to application are eligible to apply for a  utility rebate of $50.00. Eligible residents are required to complete an application at the Village Hall and provide a picture ID and a copy of a gas or electric bill (excluding the water bill). 

The last day to file is March 31, 2017.  Only one rebate per address is allowed.  Checks will be mailed to eligible residents in April 2017. 
New Lift Station Construction
Construction on the new Cambridge lift station will begin soon. The work will include installation of a new lift station and pumps near the intersection of Long Lake and Southmoor as well as a new force main pipe going to the intersection of Long Lake and Lotus.

Construction will mainly be in the parkway, but expect narrow driving lanes and intermittent lane closures during the day.
File Taxes for Free

As we begin a new year, tax season will be right around the corner. Individuals who earn $64,000 or less can self-file their federal and state taxes for free through a secure mobile-optimized website called MyFree Taxes.

The website is provided in partnership with United Way and H&R Block. Individuals also can utilize a helpline at 855-MY-TX-HELP and online chat support with services available in English and Spanish by IRS-certified specialists. 

Illinois Secretary of State Facility moves to Lake Zurich
The Illinois Secretary of State facility in Libertyville has  relocated to 951 S. Rand Road in Lake Zurich.  The new facility is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.  

More information is available at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com .
New Meter Reading Device

Residents should be aware that employees from Public Works are currently replacing MXU's for remote meter reading. An MXU is a device that is connected to the water meter inside, allowing the meter reader to read the meter by way of radio communication.

MXU's are located on the outside of homes and residents do not need to be present. Public Works employees always try to make contact with residents of the home prior to doing their work. However if the resident doesn't answer, they do proceed with their work. The process takes about 20-30 minutes.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Public Works at 847-546-0962.

Safety First: Protecting Yourself from Fraud

Almost every day we hear about someone we know facing the difficulty of having their credit card information stolen. However, there are ways that we can be more vigilant to protect ourselves. Here are some tips to help prevent fraud from happening to you:

  • Check your bank statements regularly . If possible, keep your receipts for at least two months to confirm purchases that you have made.
  • If you have a chipped enabled credit card and the business has no chip reader, that business could be held responsible for fraudulent charges that originated from that transaction.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Slightly angle yourself away from other customers and the store clerk to protect your card information when entering your pin or writing your signature.
  • If you notice something is amiss, contact your bank or card company immediately.
  • Notify the police after contacting your financial institution. The police can also investigate the transactions to try and determine how the information was stolen. This can lead to the arrest of the perpetrators.

U.S. Passports at Round Lake Area Library 

The Round Lake Area Public Library is an official Passport Acceptance Facility for the U. S. Department of State.  Individuals and families will be able to conveniently submit passport applications during the day; as well as on weekends and evening hours. No appointment is necessary. Passport application forms are available at the Library.

Before visiting the library, visit the U.S. Department of State’s official page, www.travel.state.gov for precise details on what documents and fees are required. You can also visit the Library’s Passport page at: www.rlalibrary.org or call 847-546-7060 for more information. 

New Trustee! We are excited to welcome Jake Mandelman as the newest member of the Village of Round Lake Board of Trustees. Jake was sworn in on Monday January 16th. Welcome Jake!

2017 Frosty Footrace Join the fun and walk or run for a good cause in the Frosty Footrace All-Terrain 2 Mile Run/Walk. All proceeds will benefit future senior fitness programs at the Round Lake Area Park District.   Register at the Robert W. Rolek Community Center, Sports Center, Renwood Golf Course, or find the registration form online at www.rlapd.org. CODE: 6732.   

Uber named Metra’s official rideshare partner under a three-year agreement. Uber will serve as the agency’s “Official Rideshare Partner” for connections to and from the agency’s downtown and outlying stations. It is the first time the commuter rail agency has entered into a marketing partnership that will help drive ridership by assisting customers who need a first-mile/last-mile connection.

Round Lake Police Department is now 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.

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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