HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

As we look back at 2016 and all of our accomplishments, we also evaluate and prioritize our goals for 2017.  We will continue our efforts to better communicate with our residents and businesses. The new e-newsletter allows us to keep you informed. Our new web page offers great information about current events and the request center gives us the opportunity to hear from you. We heard your requests about dead trees and we allocated monies to remove all the dead parkway trees devastated by the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer.  

The new pavement analysis will allow continued infrastructure improvement like the resurfacing of Nippersink Rd., N. Rosedale Ct., Hillside Dr. and the reconstruction of the main Metra Lot all completed in 2016. Our Administration has added a Human Resource Manager to protect and assist our employees which ultimately leads to better services for our residents. In 2017, Round Lake will implement our first Strategic Plan which will provide a vision and guidance for the future of our village. 

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.

Myself, elected officials and all our employees wish you a very Happy New Year. 

                                          Sincerely,
                                                  Mayor Dan MacGillis
 
2016: Year in Review & Look Ahead

Accomplishments of 2016

2016 was an eventful year in Round Lake, from infrastructure improvements to our electronic newsletter. Here are some of our highlights from 2016:

  • Resurfacing Nippersink Road, N. Rosedale Court, and Hillside Drive.
  • Reconstruction of the main Metra parking lot.
  • Completion of the new MacGillis Drive Bridge.
  • Lake County Division of Transportation allocation of $3.1 million for phase 1 engineering of the Cedar Lake Road realignment.
  • Removal of dead parkway trees.
  • Launch of the new Village website and monthly electronic newsletter.
  • Recruitment of a Human Resources Manager to protect and assist our employees, in order to effectively serve our residents. 

Look ahead to 2017
As we look ahead in 2017, our emphasis will be to keep the momentum going. 2017 Village goals include:
  • Implement a strategic plan to serve as a roadmap on how we prioritize and invest our resources. 
  • Maximize economic development by annexing surround businesses and properties and marketing Village owned property to strengthen and diversify the Village's tax base. 
  • Complete a staffing and compensation study to align talent and skill set with customer service needs.
  • Continue our efforts to enhance communication and transparency with our residents and business owners.
Christmas Tree Disposal
Waste Management will collect Christmas trees on January 3rd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd of 2017. Trees must be free of decorations, including bags, lights, and tinsel.  All clean trees will be recycled.

Trees collected after these dates will be collected as trash. Trees longer than 6ft in length must be cut in half.
Winter Weather Driving Safety
L ake County Division of Transportation has a new interactive mapping tool to give residents a behind-the-scenes look at what goes in their snow and ice removal operations. Find which snow plow routes you encounter on your way to work or school, see what happens during a typical snow event, and connect with resources that will help you know before you go! Check it out

Remember...Don't crowd the plow. When plow trucks are out, remember to stay back at least 50 feet or two to three car lengths, due to road conditions and so the plow operators can see your vehicles. The Public Works snowplow operators are extremely safety conscious, but they need your help. Stay back, and let them do their job of cleaning the road for you. 

Did you know anti-icing  is the application of a liquid de-icer prior to the onset of a snow event? You may have noticed the lines that are showing up on Village streets from the anti-icing liquid that Public Works sprays down. The liquid leaves a residue that forms a bond breaker between the pavement and snow or ice. This helps improve traction and aids in snow removal.  
Stay safe this winter by visiting Ready.gov for winter weather safety tips and learn about preparing for a winter weather storm. 


Residential Recycling Programs

SWALCO Electronics Recycling Program Continues into 2017 

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) is pleased to announce that its Residential Electronics Recycling Program will remain operational throughout the entire year of 2017. For 2017, Lake County residents should continue to use the four collection sites located in Highland Park, Grayslake, Grant Township and Cuba Township.  Information on the location and hours for the collection sites can be found on the SWALCO website, www.swalco.org

Recycle Your Holiday Lights
Don't throw away those old or unusable lights. Recycle them instead! Drop off bins are located at the Round Lake Area Park District's Robert W. Rolek Community Center until the end of January.

Textile Collection Program
Donate your new and gently used clothing and textiles, which will be reused and allow the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County to continue programs. Your worn out and stained items also can be recycled, turning them into usable new products. Bring your items to the collection bin located in the parking lot of the Village Hall or one of these drop off locations.

Household Chemical Waste Drop Off Events
Keep our environment clean by disposing of chemicals safely. Schedule a household chemical waste recycling appointment for Jan. 14 or Jan. 23 at the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County facility, 1311 N. Estes St., Gurnee. Acceptable Items

Provide Input on Lake County's Travel Needs 

A Paratransit Market Study will soon be underway in Lake County to evaluate the range of available services, identify gaps in service relative to community needs, and recommend improvements.

To attend a community meeting or to learn more, please visit: Lake County Paratransit Market Study. 

Additional News and Updates

Congratulations!

Mayor Dan MacGillis and Village Clerk Patty Blauvelt recognized the following employees for their years of service:

10 Years of Service
Steve Shields, Village Administrator
Bill Donovan, Code Enforcement/Plan Reviewer

5 Years of Service
Kurtis Schultz, Police Officer
Nina Larson, P/T Police Officer

Congratulations and thank you for your service and dedication!

Big Hollow 5th Grade Students Graduate from D.A.R.E Program

Fifth grade students from Big Hollow School received pins and certificates during the annual D.A.R.E graduation ceremony held Thursday December 15th. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was conducted by DARE Instructor and Police Officer Nina Larson of the Round Lake Police Department. Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Thank You!

A special "Thank You" to everyone who volunteered and attended the Annual Christmas Tree Lightening Ceremony.

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