Governor Pritzker signed into law allowing the State of Illinois to legalize adult recreational use cannabis effective January 1, 2020. Law makers, attorneys and municipalities have created new laws and model ordinances for governing authorities to consider.  

On October 29, 2019 our Community Development Director petitioned the Plan Commission Zoning Board of Appeals to consider amendments to our zoning ordinances relating to growing and sales of cannabis in the Village of Round Lake. Director Parkhurst is well educated on the topic attending seminars and studying the 600+ page cannabis business and tax act document. She has compiled information on what other municipalities have done along with the risks and benefits to consider.

The recommendation of the Plan Commission will be discussed by the Board of Trustees at the November 18 th Committee of The Whole public meeting. It pleases me to inform you, that the majority of our Trustees have been to seminars offered by the Lake County Municipal League and also at the Illinois Municipal League Conference in Chicago. Our Police and Legal Department have stayed current with the new legislation. I can assure you that the elected officials, appointed officials and staff are fully prepared to make the appropriate decisions for the Village of Round Lake. 

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
 
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Please join us for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony held at the Village Hall on Friday, December 6th starting at 5:00 pm. Caroling with the Village Elementary School Choir will start around 6:00 pm. Invite your family and friends for hot chocolate, cookies, hayrides, caroling, and a visit from Santa!
Sign up for the Holiday House Decorating Contest!
It's time for the Village's Holiday House Decorating Contest. The deadline to sign up is Friday December 13th 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 23rd.                  

Once again, 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

Winners will be presented with a plaque at the second Village Board meeting in January. Good Luck!                    
2nd CLCJAWA Pumping Station at Raymond Park
The Village will begin construction on a second pumping station that will be connected to the new Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA) West Line that runs to Wauconda and Volo. This second connection will provide the Village with a redundant water supply connection that goes back to the three stand pipes in Libertyville. The station will be located in Raymond Park behind Arden Court. The Village has worked with CLCJAWA, the Round Lake Park District, Fremont Township and the Villages of Volo and Wauconda to construct the delivery structure. The new pumping station will be a $1.24 M project and is expected to be up and running by the spring of 2020.
Street Sign Upgrades
Public Works staff have been working through neighborhoods starting in Lakewood Grove replacing street signs and posts. The signs need to be replaced because the Federal Highway Administration updated requirements for sign material to be more reflective. The Village is taking this opportunity to update the size and wording on some signs to make them uniform.  We are also replacing damaged and leaning sign posts. The process will take a few years to replace all the signs in the Village.
Intergovernmental Partnerships
Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116 Lease Annex Space
The Village and Round Lake Area Schools Community Unit School District #116 have entered into a lease agreement for the Annex (the Village owned building north of the Village Hall). The School District will utilize this space to house a Welcome Center, offering a variety of services to District families. Some of these services include new student registration, health services, McKinney Vento access and birth to 5 programming.

Village staff met with School District staff to discuss a variety of topics, at the meeting the School District mentioned their need for more space. The Village offered the Annex building as a possible space that may fit the School District’s needs. The Village had the empty building that was used occasionally but cost money for general upkeep. The School District was in need of space in the community.  After several tours and discussions, it was agreed upon that the lease agreement would be a win for the Village to have an empty building leased, a win for the school district to have the space they need, and a win for the taxpayers to have two government agencies working together to utilize existing space in a fiscally responsible manner. The School District is currently moving into the building and will announce when the new welcoming center is operational. 

Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District Temporary Relocation
In November 2018, voters overwhelmingly supported the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection Districts (GRLFD) request to borrow $ 4.5 million to modernize facilities and equipment. One of the primary reasons for the referendum was to address the outdated and inefficient layout of Fire Station 1 in downtown Round Lake. During the renovations, the GRLFD will relocate their operations at Fire Station 1 to the Round Lake Public Works Facility. The move will allow the GRLFD to save a significant amount of money that can be used to address other needs of the district. Renovations to the fire station are expected to start in December and last about seven months.

The above agreements are an excellent example of intergovernmental cooperation!
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/
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.  
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. 
2020 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 2019-2020.
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.
Code Enforcement FAQ's
Q) I am replacing my smoke alarms and the more expensive ones have a 10-year battery, are they worth the extra cost?

A) Yes, while slightly more expensive, at first, when you consider the cost of batteries for ten years plus not having to actually change them once a year it makes perfect sense. In fact, the Illinois Smoke Detector Act (425 ILCS 60/1), a state law, not only requires smoke alarms in all single-family residences but requires self-contained, non-removable, long term batteries if not hard wired. So, not only are they more convenient but are required by state law.

Be aware that not all smoke alarms are equal. There are a number of smoke alarms for sale on the internet and elsewhere from established companies that are not certified by accredited testing agencies. Only buy smoke alarms that have been approved by accepted testing agencies (UL), it could be a matter of life or death.
Do not forget Illinois Public Act 094-0741 (passed in 2007) requires Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms within 15 feet of all bedrooms as well. They can be plugged in or battery powered (can have replaceable batteries).

Q) Now that fall weather is here, when should the furnace filter be changed?

A)  Now is a fine time but ultimately they should be changed when dirty which really depends on usage. Remember that the air is filtered in the summer when the air conditioning is running and not just when the furnace is on. A dirty filter will cause the furnace to operate less efficiently which means higher gas bills.
Additional News & Updates
Gerber Collision and Glass has moved into their new building at 1321 Route 134.  Gerber Collision and Glass has been a part of Round Lake and the surrounding communities for over 19 years. The new location is aimed at providing a better customer experience along with being a compliment to the neighborhood. We wish them many years of continued success!
Congratulations! Laura Bover just celebrated her 15th anniversary with the Village! Congratulations to Laura and we thank her for her service and dedication! 
All Aboard! Take a ride to the North Pole, listen to a holiday story, and sing carols with the Round Lake Area Park District . New this year...purchase your tickets ONLINE! Learn more
Metra announced in September it will not raise fares in 2020 , the second year in a row that it has not asked customers to pay more. The agency also announced that, thanks to the new state capital program, it will budget $2.6 billion for capital improvements over the next five years, with a priority on railcars, locomotives, stations, bridges and service improvements. Read the full article
The Village Hall will be closed Thursday, November 28th, through Sunday December 1st, 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