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November  2016
Welcome to the Round Lake News
Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day. Please make sure you exercise your right as a citizen to vote. Early Voting is taking place now until November 5 at the Round Lake Village Hall annex. Check your voter registration card for the location of your polling place to vote on November 8.

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Dan MacGillis
Mailboxes and Snowplows

It won't be long until the snowplows are operating on Round Lake streets. Here is how the Village handles mailboxes damaged by snowplows.

Mailboxes are typically damaged from the weight of the snow hitting the box or the box being struck by the plow. It is usually the weight of the snow that causes the damage.

If a mailbox is damaged by being struck by a plow or truck during snow removal operations, it will be repaired within a reasonable amount of time after snow removal operations are completed. Mailboxes damaged from the weight of the snow will not be repaired by the Village. 

  • If the post is completely broken off and the existing mailbox did not suffer any major damage, and if the ground is not frozen, it will be repaired with a post similar to or as close as possible to the original design of the existing post. Staff will re-install the existing box on the new post. 
  • If the ground is frozen and installation of a new post is impossible, Staff will provide a temporary mailbox until such time as a proper repair can be accomplished.  

  • If the post is intact and the mailbox has been knocked off the post, Staff will inspect the post for damage and replace the post if damage is found. If the box did not suffer any major damage, Staff will re-mount the existing box on the existing post.

  • If the box is damaged beyond repair Staff will provide a replacement mailbox that will match the original mailbox as close as possible.

  • In the case of a one of a kind mailbox, Staff will offer the owner a replacement mailbox or allow the owner to obtain a replacement mailbox and send the receipt to the Village for reimbursement. The maximum reimbursement limit is $50 for each occurrence.
Holiday Decorating Contest Set to Begin

It's time for the Village's Holiday Decorating Contest. If anyone wishes to enter their home, please call the Village Hall at (847) 546-5400 and leave your name and address by December 9 at 5:00 pm.  

Trustees will be provided with maps to the homes of those who are participating and they will view the house to determine the winners. There will be awards for 1st place and two runners up.

The 1st place winner and runners up will received a sign to be placed in their yard by December 22. At the second Board meeting in January, the 1st place winner will be presented with a plaque.  

Road Construction Update

N. Rosedale Ct. and Hillside Dr. pavement rehabilitation work is underway. See photo at left

Nippersink Road construction is underway. The contractor is currently installing the new water main. Road work which includes milling and paving is expected to begin the second week in November.

The Metra Commuter Lot project is finished and the lot is completely open.

Cedar Lake Road Realignment  

The Lake County Board recently authorized a contract for preliminary engineering, or Phase 1, for the realignment of Cedar Lake Road. That process includes analysis of alternate alignments and aspects, such as right of way needs, public meetings and forming a stakeholder group. As part of Phase 1 consideration of the latest alternatives should result in choosing a preferred alignment through the downtown area which is important to the Village for any future downtown redevelopment efforts. Phase 1 engineering will likely take two years due to the amount of pubic engagement to help define the preferred alternative. There will also be a Phase 2, which involves design and ROW acquisition and construction would be soon thereafter.

Daylight Saving Time Ends on November 6

Please remember to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on November 5, as Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6.

This is a good time to check your smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries too and replace them. 

Parkway Damage Caused by Snowplowing

Parkway Damage

Parkway damage can be caused by a plow riding up over the curb or beyond the shoulder or by tires coming up over the curb and tearing up grass or creating ruts. Staff will compile a list of damaged areas as complaints are called in and all parkways will be checked in early spring for damage. Staff will repair damaged areas in the spring as weather allows. The repairs will consist of removing the damaged material, placing new topsoil as needed, seeding the areas and placing blanket over the repair. Requests to repair plow damage should be made prior to May 15. After that date, repairs will be the responsibility of the property owner.

Decorative Landscaping 

This item refers to planting areas within the right-of-way. The damage may be salt damage or damage to the planting structure (rocks, railroad ties, etc.) or the plantings themselves. These planting areas are placed in the right-of-way at the owner’s risk. Staff will not replace or repair anything in these areas beyond standard grass restoration.

Request for service
If you need to request service from the Village, use the request form available at the link here. Whether it is to change a street light in your neighborhood or to report a concern, use this handy form for quicker processing of your request.
Household Chemical Collections in November

Household Chemical Waste Collection Events will take place at the SWALCO facility, 1311 N. Estes, Gurnee on Saturday, November 12, and Monday, November 28.  

Appointments are required for Household Chemical Waste Events located at the Gurnee Facility to ensure safety & efficiency. Collections are for residential waste only. No business waste will be accepted. All SWALCO HCW Collection Events are FREE for Illinois residents ONLY.

Click here to schedule an appointment

Unclaimed Property

Every year the Village of Round Lake as with other entities in Illinois report unclaimed property to the Illinois Treasurer’s Office. The Village’s report is due annually on or by November 1st. Unclaimed property consists of accounts and other financial instruments, held at corporations and other entities that have gone dormant for a specified period of time based on property type. Common types of unclaimed property include checking and savings accounts, uncashed wage and payroll checks, utility deposits, customer deposits, accounts payable, credit balances, and refund checks.   

To check for unclaimed property go to

News and Notes

Business Summit

Find out the latest happenings in Round Lake at a Business Summit on Tuesday, November 22, at Noon at Sharky’s (Lakes Bowl) located at 601 W. Railroad Avenue. Mini sandwiches and snacks will be available. We look forward to seeing Round Lake businesses there.

Homeowners Association Summit

Meet the mayor and department heads for a discussion of the latest activities in the Village at a Homeowners Association Summit Meeting on Tuesday, November 22, at 6:00 pm held. The meeting will be held in the Round Lake Community Room located at the Police/Public Work Facility, 741 Townline Road, Round Lake.

Village Hall Closings

The Village Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, in observance of Thanksgiving. 

Chamber Spaghetti Supper, December 1

The Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Spaghetti Supper with Santa & Reindeer on Thursday, December 1, from 4:00-8:00 pm. The event will held at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center. Children and Seniors are $4.00; Adults are $6.00. Funds raised benefit the Chamber's scholarship program.

Round Lake Christmas Tree Lighting, December 2

Bring your family and friends to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 2, at 6:00 pm at the Round Lake Village Hall. Hot chocolate, cookies, music, hayrides and a visit from Santa will bring joy to all! 

Park District Holiday Fest, December 3

From 2:00 - 5:00 pm, it's the annual Holiday Festival! Nothing gets you and the family in the holiday spirit better than free family fun and festivities. Join the Park District for ice sculptures by Art Below Zero, kids games, Little Elves workshop, sleigh rides, the RLAPD Community Band, Toys-for-Tots drop off, Neighborhood Festival of Lights, Pictures with Santa (bring that camera!), and so much more! Go to for more information. 

Village Anniversaries  

Village of Round Lake
442 N. Cedar Lake Road

Village Officials
Dan MacGillis, Mayor
Patricia Blauvelt, Clerk
Charlie Foy, Henry Frye Jr., Russell Kraly,
Don Newby, Sergio Rodriguez, Susan Triphahn