As the seasons change, the holidays are right around the corner! Be sure to check out the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday November 30th at 5:00 pm and don't forget to sign up for the Holiday Decorating Contest! Last year, one of the finalists was featured on the local news!

No matter the season, the Village Board and Staff remain busy. The Village Board recently approved a new Residential Rental Program and Village Staff participated in the second Cedar Lake Road Stakeholders Involvement Group. Lastly, you may recall, in the June edition of the newsletter, I wrote an article about the ComEd project to install new utility poles in Round Lake west of Route 134. The Village had been negotiating with ComEd to replace the existing poles that run along Long Lake Drive north of the railroad tracks or bury the lines leaving the open space appearance for our residents, businesses and future prospects that may want to develop there. Many of you responded to my request to “Oppose the Poles.” I am pleased to report that our negotiations have preserved the appearance of the Route 134 corridor west of Fairfield Road. The new poles start considerably west of Fox Trail which is the entrance to Coventry Glen, Turtle Creek and Remington Trail subdivisions.

On behalf of the Village Board, I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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
 
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 21st at 5:00 pm. 

To sign up, please complete the  sign up form  or contact the Village Hall at (847) 546-5400.  Judging will take place the week of December 24th.                  

For the second year, the Village received a generous vendor donation to award the following gift cards:

1st place - $150.00
2nd place - $75.00
3rd place - $50.00

The 1st place winner will be presented with a plaque at the second Village Board meeting in January. Good Luck!                    
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, visit:  https://icash.illinoistreasurer.gov/
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Please join us for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony held at the Village Hall on Friday, November 30th starting at 5:00 pm. Caroling with the 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!
Small Business Saturday!
As you start to make your holiday shopping lists, please remember to shop local. Shopping locally creates jobs, fills shopping centers with stores, keeps money in town, provides you with unique gifts, and maintains the local economy. 

Make the holiday season, and every day, bright by shopping at your Round Lake businesses. Your community depends on you to make it thrive.
Shop Small was started by American Express in 2010 in an effort to support local shops that make our communities strong. 

Business owners are encouraged to search “Shop Small” for more ideas on promoting your business.  
New Residential Rental Program
Attention Landlords! With more than 1,000 residential rental dwellings in the Village, at the October 15, 2018 Village Board meeting, the Village adopted a Residential Rental Program. The new program establishes an annual registration process and requires an inspection at every change of tenant, prior to occupancy.

The program was established to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people in the community. It also seeks to ensure that all rental units comply with the minimum housing standards regulated by Village ordinance, protect the character and stability of residential areas, and preserve the value of land and buildings throughout the Village.
 
All owners of a residential rental unit in the Village of Round Lake, whether in a multi-unit building or a single-family home, must register each unit and obtain a Certificate of Compliance prior to change of tenant. In order to obtain a Certificate of Compliance, the property owner must pass a Rental Occupancy Inspection. The Village has adopted the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code and will use this code as a basis for inspection.  

All owners of residential rental property in the Village will receive a Rental Registration Packet in the mail. Registration and payment are due no later than February 1 st .

For questions, concerns or comments regarding the Residential Rental Program, please contact Community Development at 847-546-0963.
Have a Question or Comment?
I f you have a question, concern, or comment for Village staff, you can e-mail your message using the Request Center .  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. 
2019 Snow Removal & Ice Control 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 2018-2019.
Cedar Lake Road Realignment
On October 24, 2018 the second Cedar Lake Road Stakeholders Involvement Group meeting was held to allow stakeholders to provide input on the possible realignment of Cedar Lake Road between Nippersink Road and Hart Road.

The intent of the realignment is to create a new Cedar Lake Road corridor that will improve safety, decrease travel time, and accommodate economic growth within the area. 
The meeting included a review of the issues and concerns within the project area, technical analysis assessment, feasibility study synopsis, and proposed alternatives with evaluation criteria.

To learn more about the alignment project visit: cedarlakeroadrealignment.org             
Recycle Often. Recycle Right.
The world of recycling is changing. Have you ever heard the phrase, “one bad apple spoils the bunch?” The same is true for recycling, where one non-recyclable item can spoil an entire batch of otherwise good materials.

It may seem like such a small detail – a wrong item in the recycling bin – but it represents a global problem that’s preventing thousands of tons of recyclables from ever seeing a second life.
Recycling basics.  Use the poster below as a helpful tool to get started at home.
Public Works Updates
Sidewalk Repair
The Village is again repairing minor sidewalk failures that may be considered trip hazards and short sections of curb and gutter that may create a hazard. As you drive or walk through the Village in early November you may see barricades across short sections of sidewalk that are being removed and replaced. Please be careful if you are using the sidewalk in these areas.

This project is part of an annual program that is included in the Village budget to address sidewalk settlement or heaving that we become aware of, to ensure that sidewalks are safe for residents, business owners and pedestrians to use.

Earlier this year the Village hired a contractor to repair sidewalks using a mud-jacking method; a less disruptive method to address sidewalk settlement that can be more economical. This is another example of the Village using it’s finite resources to maintain our infrastructure.
Sanitary Sewer Repairs
The Village is also working on a series of sanitary sewer repairs. These repairs were found during routine cleaning and televising of the Village sanitary sewer mains. The contractor will dig down to the existing sanitary sewer pipe, cut out the broken section and replace it with a new section of pipe. These repairs help reduce the possibility of sinkholes developing and reduce ground water infiltration into the sanitary sewer system.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding if any of the repair areas disrupt your activities.
Urban Forest Management Plan Update
The Village Board approved an updated Urban Forest Management Plan which includes two minor changes. First, the revised plan includes a progress report on replanting the Village parkway trees. Between the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018, the Village has planted approximately 400 parkway trees. These trees were mainly planted in the Parkview and Valley Lakes subdivisions. At this rate, staff expects to complete the replanting work in four to five years. Second, the revised plan includes additional tree species in the approved parkway tree list. The additional trees include the Burr Oak, Chinquapin Oak, Shingle Oak and White Oak.  

For more information about parkway trees, please visit the Village website at http://www.eroundlake.com/Urban Forest Management Program.                     
Join a Village Board or Commission!
The Village is seeking to fill one vacant seat on the Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals and Police Pension Board.

The Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals is a group of appointed citizens who guide the orderly development of the Village. The Commission prepares and amends the Village's Comprehensive Plan (which guides future land use and transportation decisions), advises on amendments to and administration of the Village's zoning and subdivision ordinances, and reviews proposals for new development against the Plan and these ordinances. The Commission is involved in the approval of request s for rezoning, special use permits, site plans, subdivisions , and other development proposals. The Commission meets at 7:00 pm on the last Tuesday of each month, as needed.

The Police Pension Board is comprised of current and retired employees and appointed officials who control the investment and disbursement of pension funds. . The Police Pension Board meets quarterly at 4:00 pm, as needed.

If you are interested in joining, please complete the Application for Village Boards and Commissions and email to Mayor MacGillis dmacgillis@eroundlake.com or return the application to Village Hall, 442 N. Cedar Lake Road.

Applications must be received by November 16, 2018.
Code Enforcement FAQ's
Q) Now that boating season is over can I park my boat/watercraft on my driveway?
A) Village Code allows the parking of watercraft vehicles on an existing approved driveway only from March 15 through October 30. The storage of watercraft, boat trailers, camping trailers, and small house trailers is not allowed on any front or side yard.

Q) I was told to contact the Village for a building permit, is there more than one Round Lake?
A) Yes, there are four separate and distinct villages (Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights & Round Lake Park) each with their own Building department. In addition, sometimes Lake County or the township (Avon, Fremont & Grant) can be involved.

Q) I am a renter and now that fall is here, the furnace is not working, what can I do?
A) If after contacting the property owner or Management Company the issue is not resolved you can contact the Village Community Development Department for assistance. The International Property Maintenance code, as adopted by the Village, requires that from October 1 st to May 15 th all habitable rooms in a dwelling must be capable of maintaining a room temperature of 68 degrees. 
Additional News & Updates
Keep Pumpkins Out of Our Landfills . Bring in your carved pumpkins and gourds, minus the candles and decorative "extras", to one of SWALCO's designated event locations and/or familiarize yourself with one of their local year-round food scrap collection sites! Visit www.swalco.org to find a designed location .
All Aboard! Take a ride to the North Pole, listen to a holiday story, and sing carols with the Round Lake Area Park District . HURRY! This program sells out quickly, so purchase your tickets today at www.rlapd.org.
Metra Announces No Fare Increase in 2019 Budget. Metra has proposed a 2019 operating budget of $822 million that does not include a fare increase. View the proposed budget and hearing schedule .
The Village Hall will be closed Thursday, November 22nd, through Saturday, November 24th, in observance of Thanksgiving. The Board and Staff wish you a happy holiday.
Village Officials
Dan MacGillis, Mayor
 Debbie Perlini, Village Clerk
Trustees
Charlie Foy, Henry Frye Jr., Russell Kraly,
Don Newby, Sanjay Patel, Jake Mandelman