I need your help. I have spent considerable time the last few months promoting the Round Lake Area Farmers Market. It has been written about in our newsletter and web page, the Round Lake Area Chamber newsletters, and the Town Planner. The Library, Park District, Garden Club and Bicycle Club supported and helped market the event. I utilized our community notification system to send messages via phone, email, and text to our residents. I have mentioned it in public forums and at our Village Board meetings. I personally went door to door informing our downtown businesses. After all the effort, I had residents express, “I had no idea this was here.” The Farmers Market was successful, but it could have been much more if we had better attendance.

The population of Round Lake is approximately 19,000 and we have less than 700 residents subscribed to receive our newsletter. This is where I need your help. If you are reading this, please help promote the newsletter and community notification system. Don’t shrug this off. If each one of you got just 2 new people to sign up, our community would benefit greatly. Signing up is easy! Details are below.

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
 
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Email Newsletter
The Village of Round Lake's monthly e-newsletter offers a convenient way for you to stay up to date on what is going on in your community. You will receive a confirmation email after subscribing, and you may choose to unsubscribe at any time using the link provided in each e-mail. Sign up now for the email newsletter.
Community Notifications
The Village utilizes the CodeRED Notification System - for emergency and non-emergency notifications. This system allows us to send critical communications to all or targeted areas within the Village in case of a situation that requires immediate action. Along with emergency notifications, the system can also enhance our community engagement via the release of important but non-emergency information ranging from road closures and community events, to law enforcement information and other Round Lake services. 

Registration for this notification service is customized, allowing residents to choose which alerts they’d like to sign up for and their preferred manner of receipt.

All residents are encouraged to visit Community Notification Enrollment to sign up for CodeRED and immediately start receiving these informative, life-saving alerts.
211 Helpline Now Live in Lake County!!
United Way of Lake County recently announced the launch of 211 services for Lake County!

Now, everyone in Lake County has access to 211—a free, confidential , 24-hour information and referral helpline to connect people to available health and human services in our community. 211 is always open, always confidential, and always free. Speak to a live person when you call in English or Spanish. The 211 team will also interpret to more than 150 other languages.

Watch the video to see how 211 works:
For more information, visit 211LakeCounty.org .

View the Spanish version of this video: https://youtu.be/wKe8d5wrX4E
Trick or Treat 2019
Trick-or-treating in the Village of Round Lake will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

The Round Lake Police Department recommends the following tips for a safe and fun Halloween:

  • Be certain that an adult or a responsible teenager accompanies your children.
  • Know which friends will accompany your children.
  • Trick-or-Treat in your own neighborhood, only go to houses where it appears people are at home.
  • Know the exact route your children are taking.
  • Inform your children to never enter a stranger's house--even if invited.
  • Be sure that costumes fit properly to prevent tripping and falling.
  • Masks should always allow for clear and unrestricted vision.
  • Keep well off the streets and remove masks before crossing the streets.
  • Examine your children's treats when they return home before allowing them to eat anything.
  • Report anything suspicious to the Village of Round Lake Police Department.
  • Do not leave your home unattended the day of Trick-or-Treating.

Remember to turn a porch light on if you are home and will be handing out treats. If you have depleted your candy, please turn your light off. Have a safe, fun, and happy Halloween!
View Your Utility Bill Online!
The Village has a new service that allows residents to view their utility bill & usage online!

The new service also allows you to:

  • View and pay your utility bill anytime 24/7.
  • Go paperless to receive bills via email and help protect the environment.
  • Schedule payments for a specific future date (before the due date).
  • Save time and avoid late or missed payments with AutoPay - available for both e-check and credit card.
  • Receive email reminders and payment confirmations.
  • Pay by Text - sign up to get text notifications about your bill and have the option to pay by text message

Sign up today at www.eroundlake.com. You will need your full account number to gain access to detailed account information.
Fairfield Rd to Close for Culvert Replacement s
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will be closing Fairfield Road, from IL Route 120 to IL Route 134, to through traffic starting Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 a.m. and will reopen by the late afternoon on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The closure is necessary to replace a culvert at Squaw Creek.

Detour Route: IL Route 120 to Wilson Road to IL Route 134. Local traffic will have access from IL 134 south to Nippersink Road and local residences and from IL Route 120 north to local residences. The road will be closed to all through traffic at Squaw Creek.
Street Improvement Projects Continue
The Village will begin resurfacing work on various streets in the Village including Goodnow Blvd., Forest Ave. from Cedar Lake Rd. to Lincoln Ave., the south bound lane of Valley Lakes Blvd. between Nippersink Rd. and Switchgrass Dr., and a small patch on Nippersink Rd. by the Village Elementary School entrance. 

This $315,000 project will be funded through the Village allotment of the Motor Fuel Tax. The work is expected to continue through October. The Village also resurfaced streets in Madrona Neighborhood 5 earlier this spring.
Phone Scams: Don't be a Victim
It’s easy to understand why phone scams are the most prevalent form of fraud in the U.S. The Federal Trade Commission reports that in 2018, the median monetary loss from a phone scam was $840. This figure is more than double the median loss across all other fraud types. 

New technology is making a criminal’s job easier with the use of auto dialers that can blast millions of robocalls per day, and spoofing tools that can manipulate caller ID’s. This means that a phone scammer has the ability to make a phone number look like it’s coming from a familiar person, company, or government entity. ( AARP, Phone Scams 2019 ).  


Below is a list of some of the most popular phone scams:
  • IRS Scam – most common/ publicized phone scam. Caller poses as IRS to trick victim out of money and personal info. Since October 2013, victims scammed out of over $26.5M.
  • Warrant/ Arrest Threat – scam posing as sheriff’s dept., FBI, or DEA threatening that you’ll be arrested due to warrant if you don’t send money. Another method is demanding money due to family member being arrested.
  • Free Vacations/prizes – scam is looking for personal info and money. May require that you pay small fee to collect vacation/prize.
  • Phishing – Email, website, or call scam looking for personal info or convince you of a computer problem, and have victim download malicious software.
  • Loan Scams – Caller often offering auto, school, or business loan but scam is looking for personal info/ stealing identity.
  •  Fake Charities – scam looking for money, many times by pretending to collect for local police and fire department.
  • Medical Alert/ Senior Scams – scam seeking personal info from senior citizens by offering free medical alert system or other free giveaways.    

Please consider the following guidelines to help avoid being a victim of phone scams!
Code Enforcement FAQ's
Q) Now that Fall is here I have some dead bushes that need to be removed, can I burn them?
A) The only items allowed by Village Code to be openly burned on private property are leaves and twigs (nothing else), generated from vegetation on the property. Open burning is permitted between the hours of 8:00 am and sunset. The burning cannot create a nuisance or hazard to the neighbors or drivers.

Q) There is mold in the bathroom of our rental unit what should we do?
A)  Unless the fixtures in the bathroom are leaking (and the landlord is responsible for maintaining the fixtures in proper working order) the main problem is not venting the bathroom (using the fan and/or leaving the door open) and allowing moisture to buildup. The same thing can happen in the winter if all of the windows are covered in plastic and the house cannot breathe. Surface mold can be cleaned with commercial products or a solution using bleach. But the cure is finding and eliminating the source of the water which mold cannot live without.

Q) We have had a few solicitors come to our door this summer, is that allowed by the Village?
A)  Round Lake Village Code requires that anyone who wants to go door-to-door, to solicit the sale of goods or services, within Village limits must first obtain a valid license and keep it on them while engaging in their business. A valid solicitor license is not an endorsement of the business by the Village. It only means that the company has completed the Village's application process and the individual has passed a limited criminal background investigation.  
Additional News & Updates
New Businesses to Round Lake... Village Officials would like to welcome the following businesses to Round Lake! P lease stop in and welcome them to the community.   

  • Ajua Mexican Restaurant, 163 Belvidere Road
  • Bullseye Customs, LLC, 310 Nippersink Road, Unit A - Motorcycle Customization and Repair
  • Techie, 514 N. Cedar Lake Road - Cell Phone Repair
Congratulations! Police Officer Michael Stevens celebrated his 15th anniversary and Police Officer Nelson Rodriguez celebrated his 5th anniversary with the Police Department. Congratulations to Michael & Nelson and we thank them for their service and dedication!                     
Making a Change - Local student and volunteer leader Holly Cervantes has organized a group called Making a Change that has been working hard to clean up the Round Lake Area. The group is centered around bettering the community through garbage pickup and promoting sustainability. The Village is proud to support their efforts and is thankful for their work. If you’d like to help or volunteer please contact Holly via email: Hollycervantes@icloud.com 
Congratulations to Officer Nelson Rodriguez  who was presented with the Life Saving Award at the September 16th Village Board Meeting!!! 

Officer Rodriguez  was recognized for his quick response and actions while responding to a call on September 3, 2019 of an unresponsive female. Officer Rodriguez utilized his AED and CPR skills until the Greater Round Lake Area Fire Protection District arrived on scene. His actions helped save a life that day!
Village Officials
Dan MacGillis, Mayor
 Debbie Perlini, Village Clerk
Trustees
Charlie Foy, Henry Frye Jr., Russell Kraly,
Don Newby, Sanjay Patel, Jake Mandelman