What a wonderful evening it was to celebrate National Night Out! Congratulations to Chief Gillette, his staff, the Officers, Public Works, Elected Officials, vendors, volunteers and all the residents in attendance that made this event so successful. National Night Out Against Crime is the opportunity for our residents to spend an evening connecting with our Police Officers.

We managed to give away 650 hot dogs and watched families enjoy snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn, hay rides, bounce house, slide and a foam machine. Not to mention 55 bicycles for silent auction.

Special thanks to all the people that brought their magnificent vehicles for the car show. Winners include:

 - Mayors Choice: Larry Palmer 1967 Chevelle SS 

 - Chiefs Choice: Jim Hamilton 1948 Chevy Fleetline Roadster

 Spectators Choice: George Monaco 1929 Ford Model A

 - People’s Choice Winner: Brent Dominowski 1969 Camaro Convertible

Thank you all and congratulations.

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.


                                                  Mayor Dan MacGillis

Village of Round Lake Police Chief Mike Gillette poses with an aspiring Police Officer......shows what National Night Out is all about!

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus 

A mosquito pool (batch of mosquitoes) sampled on July 14 in Zion, Illinois has tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquito pool is the first confirmed indicator of West Nile presence in Lake County in 2017.

The Lake County Health Department’s Mosquito Surveillance Program collects mosquitoes in traps around Lake County and tests them weekly for West Nile virus. In 2016, 153 pools or batches of mosquitoes and two birds tested positive for West Nile virus. Since 2002, there have been 58 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Lake County, as well as two confirmed deaths. The program also monitors reports of dead birds (an early sign of the presence of the virus) and investigates areas of stagnant water for the presence of mosquito larvae, specifically from the Culex mosquito.

Remember to practice the “4 Ds of Defense” to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes:

  • Drain items that collect standing water, such as bird baths, gutters, plant containers, and buckets from around your yard and business
  • Defend yourself by wearing insect repellent containing DEET
  • Dawn to Dusk: Be extra cautious during these peak hours of mosquito activity
  • Dress with long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe shoes to cover skin

Find more prevention tips and information on West Nile virus at www.FightTheBiteNow.com. Residents can also call the Lake County Health Department’s West Nile hotline to report areas of stagnant water, report locations of dead birds, and obtain more information on the signs and symptoms of West Nile virus. The West Nile hotline number is (847) 377-8300.

To help combat mosquitoes, Clarke Environmental has been treating Village areas for mosquitoes.  Residents can sign up to be notified when spraying will occur by calling the Mosquito Hotline at (800) 942-2555.  This number can also be used to report areas of standing water that may be a potential breeding ground for mosquito larvae.

More information can be found on the Village website: www.eroundlake.com/mosquitoabatement  

Nippersink Road Closure at Fort Hill Creek Culvert 

The Village of Round Lake has been forced to close Nippersink Road between Dawn Marie Drive and Valley View Drive.  The recent flooding has washed out the roadway at the Fort Hill Creek culvert crossing and the pavement is no longer safe to drive over. 

Village staff is anticipating the culverts will be replaced and the roadway repaved beginning the week of August 11th. Repairs are expected to take two weeks to complete. 

Back to School Safety Reminders

School days bring congestion: School buses are picking up students, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school, and parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.

If You're Dropping Off

Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know the procedures for the safety of all kids. More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location, according to the National Safe Routes to School program.

The following apply to all school zones:

  • Don't double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.
  • Don't load or unload children across the street from the school.
  • Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they're walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:

  • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn.
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.
  • Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians. 

Sharing the Road with School Buses

If you're driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you're on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children.
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks. 

By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school zones.

Cedar Lake Road Realignment: Rescheduled August 9

The Lake County Division of Transportation is conducting a Phase I Study for a possible realignment of Cedar Lake Road between Nippersink Road and Hart Road. Please join us for an open house to learn more about the project study process and schedule, and to share your feedback. At the Public Information Meeting, you will have an opportunity to talk with project representatives, view exhibits of existing conditions, and volunteer to serve on the stakeholder involvement group.

                Date:     Wednesday, August 9, 2017

                Time:     5 – 7 p.m.

                Location: Round Lake Public Works, 751 W Townline Road, Round Lake

The meeting will be an open house and you are welcome to visit any time between the hours of 5 to 7 p.m. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Chuck Gleason, Phase I Project Manager, at (847) 377 7447.

The original meeting date had to be rescheduled due to widespread flooding in Lake County. Please help us spread the word about the rescheduled date by forwarding this email to friends and neighbors.  

Tips to Prevent Vehicle Theft

The majority of vehicle break-ins occur outside private homes in driveways or on the street in front of the victim’s home to unlocked vehicles. Leaving items on display, whether in or on a dashboard or sitting on the passenger seat, is an open invitation to opportunist criminals.

Tips for Protecting Valuables

  • When parking in a garage lock the garage door and your vehicle. Locking both the garage and vehicle doors, the chances of deterring a thief greatly improve.
  • Remove all items of value such as handbags, wallets, cell phones, and electronic devices from the car when you are not driving.
  • Don’t leave anything in your glove compartment or center console – it is the first place thieves look.
  • Don’t cover items in your car with a blanket or jacket. Ideally, you should take them with you, but if unavoidable, place them in the trunk prior to arriving at your destination.
  • Completely close all car windows.
  • Avoid parking between large vehicles. They provide cover for thieves.
  • Use outdoor lighting - porch and motion lights help deter crime.
  • Don’t leave the registration or title in your car. Your car registration has your address on it. File the title at your home or office, and carry registration in your purse or wallet.
  • Call 911 when a crime is in progress.
  • Get involved! Be your neighbor’s eyes and ears. Talk to neighbors regarding activity in the neighborhood. By becoming familiar with those who belong in your neighborhood, you can help reduce crime.

By taking simple precautions, you can significantly improve your chances of not becoming a victim of vehicle theft.  IF THEY CAN SEE IT THEY CAN STEAL IT.

2017 Flood Information

Following the devastating floods, Lake County government and its partners have been working nonstop to respond to the disaster and provide needed resources and assistance.

What Should Residents Do?

Fill out this form to report your damage. If your home or personal property was damaged by the flooding, contact your insurance company to determine coverage and start the claim process. Residents should complete emergency clean-up activities that may include removing water damaged property (carpeting, cabinets, etc.). Once the flood water recedes, contact the Building Department 847-546-0963 to inquire about a permit to do additional repairs, such as replacing drywall.

Resources May Be Available:

  • The Red Cross has set up a hotline for those in need of assistance at 847-220-7495.
  • The Salvation Army donation hotline is 1-888-369-1349.
  • Illinois Southern Baptist Disaster Relief has work teams available to provide free hands on help with flood recovery.  Once a person fills out a request for assistance, their teams will assess your home and will remove contaminated materials and drywall and sanitize the structure. Call 1-217-622-5101 for more information. 
  • The Illinois REALTORS Relief Foundation is accepting applications from northern Illinois property owners in Cook, Kane, Lake, and McHenry Counties who have been impacted by the recent flooding.
  • Anyone who is a full-time Illinois resident, a U.S. citizen, and meets the criteria of the program are eligible to obtain funds.  Relief assistance can be used for the applicant’s home-related items (e.g. mortgage assistance, rental cost of temporary shelter, unreimbursed losses), and is limited to $500 per application.
  • For more information and to apply for assistance, property owners should download this application.

Be Aware of Flood-Related Fraud

Residents should be aware of the increased risk of scammers attempting to capitalize on those impacted by flooding. Some safety tips include:

  • Check with the Better Business Bureau and your insurance company to determine the credibility of the service provider.
  • Do not let anybody inside of your home, unless you have initiated the appointment.  
  • Obtain several (three or more) estimates for repair work.
  • Take photographs of your contractor and any work vehicles.
  • Before work begins, obtain a written contract.
  • If you see or detect anything suspicious, contact the Police Department agency.

Check Good Standing of Businesses – IL Secretary of State 

Report fraud to the IL Attorney General

Report a scam to the Better Business Bureau

Make sure to view Lake County’s flood information page, which contains valuable information.

National Bike Registry Program

While many types of crimes are on the decline, bicycle thefts have risen.  Schools, college campuses, parks, and recreational areas are common locations for bicycle thefts.   

The Round Lake Police Department has partnered with the National Bike Registry Program (NBR) to aid in recovery and return of lost and stolen bicycles.  Every year, many bicycles are recovered by law enforcement agencies and they have no way to identify the rightful owners.  

The National Bike Registry is a national database that will assist the Round Lake Officers with identifying the registered owner of the bicycle bearing the NBR/529 label and returning it quickly to the owner. NBR registration is not limited to just bicycles.  Scooters can also be registered in the database. 

Bicycle owners can purchase their registration kit from The National Bike Registry for just $10.00 through www.amazon.com. 

Coffee with A Cop

Back by popular demand! Join the Round Lake Police Department on August 25 between 8:30 am and 10:00 am for a causal meet-and-greet with some of your local officers at the Round Lake Police Department, 741 W. Townline Road. 

Coffee and donuts will be provided. Kids are welcome, and there is no charge! Residents are encouraged to stop by, ask questions, and just have friendly conversation. We hope to see you there! Questions? Contact Detective Murphy - cmurphy@eroundlake.com

Convenient  Online Payment Options

Online Payments
In an effort to offer the most innovative payment options to our residents/customers, the Village now offers online payments for parking violations, Metra parking permits, business license renewals, and false alarm fees. To make online payments, visit E-Pay.

Direct Debit Program
The Village offers a free and convenient direct debit service that automatically deducts the amount for the water/sewer/garbage bill from your account on the bill due date. To learn more about the program or to sign up, please review the Direct Debit Application.

For additional payment options, visit  www.eroundlake.com.

Citizen's Police Academy

The Round Lake Police Department is accepting applications for their citizen police academy. Learn the exciting , yet challenging world of law enforcement during a 10-week citizen police academy. To learn more about the program or to complete an application visit, Round Lake Citizen Police Academy.

Additional News & Updates

Another great Coffee with a Cop! Thank you for all who came out. Great conversation, cookies and laughter - can't beat that!

The Round Lake Police Department would like to inform residents about IRS and police phone scams that has been around for a long time and is becoming even more common. Several complaints the police department has received from residents were claiming that law enforcement personnel (calling from familiar nearby area codes) have contacted them under the ruse of collecting money for outstanding bills, tickets, IRS debts, bail bonds for arrested loved ones or loans. 

For additional information visit tax scams consumer-alerts.

Friends of the Round Lake Area Parks Foundation Superhero Fun Run!  Runners and walkers will enjoy this easy 2-mile event designed for all members of the family. Participants are encouraged to dress as their own caped (or non-caped) comic book and movie favorites. Proceeds from this event will benefit Special Olympic Athletes from the Round Lake Area.

Check In/Registration begins at 9:00 am at the Sports Center. The 2-mile Walk/Run starts at 10:00 am. For more information visit www.rlapd.org

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Village Officials
Dan MacGillis, Mayor
 Debbie Perlini, Village Clerk
Charlie Foy, Henry Frye Jr., Russell Kraly,
Don Newby, Sanjay Patel, Jake Mandelman