Consolidation of the Village of Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights and Round Park has been discussed for many years because they share a common name, “Round Lake.” Two years ago a group petitioned for the question to be put on a ballot by referendum. At that time, it was the opinion of the Round Lake communities that the petition question should have not been presented due to the potential of a negative impact to the taxpayer caused by the realignment of property tax rates and the redistribution of revenues and expenditures that would result from a consolidation of the communities.

Currently, it is the collective opinion of all of the Village leaders that an incremental approach to the efficient delivery of services, supported by community input and quantitative data, is both responsible and in the best interests of the local taxpayer. Therefore, since May 2018 the Round Lake Area Mayors and Village leaders along with the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Center for Governmental Studies have met to engage in conversations and share ideas on various opportunities for partnerships.

The intent of the meetings were to discuss the important issues facing our communities and how we can collaborate with each other through shared service initiatives to improve efficiency, generate greater economies of scale, and achieve costs savings. As a result of the meetings, Round Lake, along with Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park, and Round Lake Heights and with the assistance of the NIU Center for Governmental Studies have announced a joint shared services initiative. 

The Center for Governmental Studies at NIU will be conducting a random survey to determine residents’ opinions of Village government provided services and identify the highest priority service areas. The findings of the survey will help the Village governments plan for the future. In addition to the community survey, the Villages’ will be working with the Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce to host area wide networking meetings to promote cooperation among all of the various community leaders representing the various districts that service the Round Lake Area. The purpose of these networking session will be the possible identification and implementation of shared services agreements.

The Round Lake Area has worked successfully together on many shared services including 911 dispatch for Police and Fire, Lake Michigan water for our residents, disposal of solid waste and sewage treatment. Our goal is to continue to work together to leverage partnerships and operational efficiency while preserving the individual identities of each community. The Daily Herald recently included an article on the shared services initiative: Daily Herald Article .

Round Lake, what a wonderful place to live!


I f 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
 
Join Us For National Night Out Against Crime
Join Village Trustees and the Round Lake Police Department for the annual National Night Out Against Crime:

When: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Where: Round Lake Police/Public Works Facility - 741 W. Townline Road, Round Lake
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

There will be fun activities for everyone, including a car show with prizes, free hot dogs and other treats! We hope to see you all there! Visit National Night Out for more information.                   
Northbound Ceder Lake Road is Open!
Cedar Lake Road has been re-opened to northbound traffic. 

The project will have remaining work done under daily lane closures as needed, please take care when driving with the additional traffic and watch for signs and workers.

Remaining work for the project includes: 
  • Completion of the bike trail along Cedar Lake Road which runs from the Forest Preserve down to IL 120 along the west side, crosses Cedar Lake at IL 120, and continues up the east side to Park Avenue.  
  • Paving the final asphalt surface 
  • Aggregate shoulder on the west side of the road
  • Final landscaping along the road
Round Lake Offers Convenient  Online Payment Options
Online Payments
In an effort to offer the most innovative payment options to our residents/customers, the Village offers online payments for utility bills, 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 utility bills 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 .
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. 

Reminder..... Illinois Distracted Driving law prohibits drivers from using cell phones for calling or texting while driving. Mobile phone use while driving is allowed only for drivers over age 19, and only in hands-free mode. By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school zones.
Round Lake Area Job Fair
Looking for work? State Senator Melinda Bush and Congressman Brad Schneider are holding a Job Fair!

When:  Wednesday August 8, 2018 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Where:  Magee Middle School, 500 N. Cedar Lake Road, Round Lake, IL 60073

Job seekers who are planning on attending can   RSVP here .

Employers interested in participating can   register here .

If you have any questions, contact Senator Bush's office in Grayslake at (847) 548-5631.
Lake County Needs Election Judge's!
Fair and accurate elections are incredibly important to all of us, and attentive election judges are enlisted for the meaningful responsibility of processing voters.

Join Lake County's amazing election judge team and take on the rewarding role of working in your neighborhood Election Day voting site.

Code Enforcement FAQ's
Q) Do I need a building permit to replace my existing driveway? It’s already there.
A) Yes, Building and Zoning Codes change over time and what was allowed in the past might no longer be allowed. In addition, some projects might have been done in the past without a permit and were never code compliant. Many other repairs to existing items such as re-roofing, siding, hot water heater and HVAC replacement all require a building permit. Visit Building Permits for a listing of projects that require a permit.

Q) How long does it take to obtain a building permit?
A) There are a number of items that must be submitted for plan review depending on the project type. Once all of the required items are submitted, the typical time frame is 5 to 10 business days. 

Q) The roofer’s next store are banging and hammering at 7:30 in the morning, is that allowed?
A) In this case, yes. Village code allows residential construction Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Additional News & Updates
New Businesses to Round Lake... Village Officials would like to welcome the following businesses to Round Lake:

  • Diamond Cut (barbershop) at 223 N. Cedar Lake Road
  • Amigo Insurance at 417 Railroad Avenue
  • American Eagles Gymnastics at 701 Sunset Drive (New Owner)
  • Companion Animal Hospital of Round Lake at 415 N. Wilson Road (New Owner)

Please be sure to stop in and support our local businesses!! 
The newly crowned 2018 Round Lake Area Queens Christina Larson, Emilia Judin and Jaelyne Ochoa introduced themselves to the Village Board on July 16th and offered their volunteer services at Round Lake area community events. Congratulations to Christina, Emilia, and Jaelyne. We hope you have a fantastic year!
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
All Village offices will be closed on Monday September 3rd in observance of the Labor Day holiday.                   
Village Officials
Dan MacGillis, Mayor
 Debbie Perlini, Village Clerk
Trustees
Charlie Foy, Henry Frye Jr., Russell Kraly,
Don Newby, Sanjay Patel, Jake Mandelman