The Village has just been informed that Santa will be at  Village Hall! 

Please join us for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday, December 2nd at Village Hall.  Caroling with the   Round Lake Village Elementary School Choir will start at 6:00 PM. The bright lights will help guide Santa in to take pictures and listen to what children want for Christmas.  

Invite your family and friends for hot chocolate, cookies, hayrides, caroling, and a visit from Santa!

If you have any comments, questions or ideas you would like to see included in the e-newsletter, please email me at

From my family to yours, I wish you a very Happy Holiday. 

                                                  Mayor Dan MacGillis
Preparing for Winter
Snow Operations: Important FAQ

It won't be long until the snowplows are operating on Round Lake streets. During the snow season, our Public Works Department works hard to balance public safety with preserving personal property. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

My street wasn't plowed or salted, who do I contact? Most streets in the Village are plowed and salted by the Public Works Department however; there are some that are maintained by the State, County, Township or Homeowners Association. You can call the Public Works Department at 847-546-0962 and they will direct you to the appropriate agency.

What are the rules for parking on the street during snow removal? According to Village code section 10.16.120 “It is unlawful to park any vehicle on any public street or alley in the village at any time within twelve (12) hours after a snowfall of two inches or more has occurred, or until the snow has been removed.”  This includes parallel parking your vehicle in front of your driveway.

Do I have to shovel the snow off my sidewalk in front of my house? Village residents are required to remove any snow and ice on public sidewalks adjacent to their properties. If snow or ice cannot be removed, the surface should be treated to lessen the hazard for pedestrians. 

Snow and Ice Removal Plan
During a snow or ice event Public Works is tasked with making our streets reasonably safe for residents. This responsibility includes providing snow and ice removal for 
55 centerline miles of streets, including 71 cul-de-sacs and dead ends. For more information regarding the Village Snow and Ice Removal Plan, visit: Snow Plan 2016-2017.  
Protect Your Water Meter
Public Works receives periodic requests to shut off the water at homes every winter because the water pipes freeze and then burst.  This costly rupture can cause serious damage especially in vacant homes where it may go unnoticed for days.  If your water meter is in a crawl space, check to make sure it’s insulated and heated.  
Snow Removal Reminders
Please remember to remove basketball hoops, planters and any other items away from the edge of the roadway or cul-de-sacs.  Occasionally, Public Works will need to push snow up into the parkway a few feet.

Garbage cans should be placed on the parkway or driveway apron; they cannot be placed in the road. 

When clearing your driveway, please do not blow snow into the road.  This can cause localized icing and can be very dangerous for motorists.  Please push the snow to the right side of the driveway whenever possible so snowplows don’t drag large piles back across your driveway apron.

Sign up for the Holiday Decorating Contest
It's time for the Village's Holiday Decorating Contest. The deadline to sign up is Friday December 9 at 5:00 pm. 

To sign up, please complete the sign up form or contact the Village Hall at (847) 546-5400.

1st place winner and runner up will receive a sign to be placed in their yard The 1st place winner will be presented with a plaque at the second Village Board meeting in January. Good Luck!
Commuter Parking Permits Available Online
Parking permits for the Metra Commuter Parking Lots are now available for purchase online. New for 2017, the Village has redesigned the permit to a larger placard that hangs from your rear view mirror.

T o purchase the 2017 1st Quarter parking permit or for more information, please visit Metra Commuter Parking Permit.

Waste Management Holiday Schedule
All solid waste and recycling collection will be delayed by one day from your normal pickup day following the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays.

Holidays will be observed on December 26 and January 2, therefore there will be no solid waste or recycling collection on both Mondays.  
Additional News and Updates

Changes in Board of Trustee Leadership

Susan Triphahn, Trustee  member of the Board of Trustees since 2009, resigned on November 21st as she is moving out of Round Lake. She served on many different Village Committees and was the Village’s SWALCO Director. She also was a member of the Round Lake Area Chamber since 2012 and the President of the Lakewood Grove Homeowners Association. We appreciate her dedication to the Village and to the community as a whole. We wish her success in all her future endeavors.

Sanjay Patel is the newest member of the Village of Round Lake Board.  Sanjay was sworn in on Monday, November 21st. He is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of progressive experience in industries including state government, management consulting, information technology, and financial services. Welcome Sanjay!

Overnight Parking 

Although the Village has a no parking ordinance on Village streets from 2AM to 6AM, we do allow overnight parking on a special request basis. To request overnight street parking, please contact Police Dispatch at (847) 270-9111. Please be sure to have the vehicle information and  emergency contact information available.

Community Outreach

Thank you to all who participated in the Business and Home Owner Association summits.  The Village values the opportunity for dialogue with our community members as we continue to strive to make Round Lake an even better place to live and work. 

Tree Removal

The Village contractor has completed tree removal work for this year.  The goal of the contract was to remove as many of the ash trees affected by the Emerald Ash Borer as possible.  Staff estimates that 98% of the work was accomplished with over 950 dead, dying or hazardous trees getting removed from Village parkways.  The contractor also removed an additional 160 stumps. 

If you have a parkway tree that you think needs to be cut down, please contact the Public Works Department.  A tree replanting program is still being formulated and more information will be made available in coming newsletters.

Nippersink Road Construction Nearing Completion

The water main work is complete and road work is nearly finished.  Thank you for your patience during this much needed upgrade to the Village roadway system.  This concludes the major street projects for the year; we’ll be back at it again in the spring!

Enjoy the Holiday Bustle - But Be Aware

With all the distractions and activity, we sometimes forget the basics about safety on the streets and at home. 

Always be aware of your surroundings and remember to lock your vehicle and home doors. Don’t leave packages and /or valuables in your vehicle in plain sight. Please also be aware in parking lots, banks, and ATMs.

From all of us at the Village of Round Lake, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!

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