I would like to thank Girl Scout Troop 45674 for leading our February 4 th Village Board Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. The troop stopped by to ask questions about our respective roles as Mayor and Clerk and municipal government.
I recently attended the Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Mayors’ Luncheon and Installation Dinner. The Mayors' luncheon provides each mayor the opportunity to give a brief history about their community and then summarize with sort of a “State of The Union” type of report. I always enjoy speaking of the unity of the Round Lake Communities. The value of our Libraries, School Districts, Park Districts, Forest Preserves and Fire Protection Districts is second to none. I am proud to report on how our Village implements new strategies and technology to save money, increase efficiency and refinance bonds to lower SSA taxes. 

The Installation Dinner is for the swearing in of the Chamber’s new officers. Congratulations to the new Chamber President Marci Diprova and thank you to last year’s President Casey Tory. Here too, the Chamber provides an update on the previous year and speaks of next year’s vision. The Chamber does much more than promote business and industry. They sponsor events and charities, along with non-profits like garden clubs and the farmers markets. For more information, check out the Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at  rlchamber.org 

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

Water and Sewer Rate Study
In late 2017, the Village of Round Lake hired RHMG Engineers, Inc. to conduct a 5-year Water and Sewer Rate Study. The study sought to develop fair and equitable water and sewer rates and fees on a cost of service basis, to allow the Village to collect sufficient revenues for the operation, maintenance, replacement, and improvement of its water and sewer systems; namely, $11.84 million in planned capital infrastructure projects. 

In December 2018, the Village Board, based on recommendations from staff, adopted a new rate structure, summarized below. The new rate structure will be effective for the March 1, 2019 utility bills. In addition to the table below, the Village Board and staff encourage you to view RHMG’s Water and Sewer Rate Study and their Power Point presentation .
Tips to Reduce Water Consumption
Looking for a few easy ways to shrink your water footprint? Below is a collection of tips to help you cut back on your water use. 

  • Make sure your toilets are in good working order and are not running when not in use.
  • Make a habit of checking your outside water spigots, each evening, during the warmer months of the year so your water is not on all night.
  • Consider switching out your conventional shower head with a water saving shower head and/or take fewer or shorter showers.
  • Be cognizant of outdoor water usage and running faucets at all times.
  • Use your dishwasher as opposed to washing dishes in the sink.
  • Have the professionals wash your car or use a self-service bay.
  • Use a rain barrel.
  • Keep pools covered.
Village Eliminates Saturday Hours
In the past, the Village has been open from 8:00 am to Noon on the Saturday closest to, but not after, the 20th of each month. Over the past year, staff has been aggressively marketing our Direct Debit payment option for utility bill payments, began accepting Visa card payments and saw a reduction in staff headcount. As payment options have increased and have gotten easier, Saturday patronage has declined to volumes that no longer support Saturday hours of operation.

On February 4th, the Village Board supported staff’s recommendation to eliminate Saturday hours of operation, effective March 2019. Saturday February 16th will be the last time the Village will be open on a Saturday.

The free and convenient direct debit service 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 .
Round Lake Area Mayoral Luncheon
On January 17th the Round Lake Area Chamber held the annual Mayoral Luncheon. Presentations of Village accomplishments, goals, updates to the area's business communities were given by the Village's of Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, and Round Lake Park.
Senior Citizen Utility Tax Rebate Program
Round Lake Residents over 65 years of age who have resided in the Village for six months prior to application are eligible to apply for a utility rebate of $50.00. Eligible residents are required to complete an application at the Village Hall and provide a picture ID and a copy of a gas or electric bill (excluding the water bill). 

The last day to file is March 31, 2019. Only one rebate per address is allowed. Checks will be mailed to eligible residents in April 2019. 
New Report: Safest Cities in Illinois
The National Council For Home Safety and Security has released a ranking of the safest cities in Illinois using recent FBI crime data. Round Lake came in as the 11th safest city, moving up from 26th in 2018.

The list was created by looking at violent and property crimes, and weighing that data based on population. The statistic is an indicator that the Village of Round Lake, through both its residents and Public Safety employees, are committed to an exceptional quality of life through a safe community.
Residential Rental Program
All owners of a residential rental unit, whether in a multi-unit building or a single-family home, must register with the Village of Round Lake and obtain a Certificate of Compliance prior to tenant occupancy.
 
How do I register?
Owners must complete the registration form as provided by the Village of Round Lake and pay the annual registration fee. Registration is accepted on the Villages website, by selecting “Online Payments” from the homepage . The form may also be obtained by visiting Community Development at Village Hall, 442 N. Cedar Lake Road and may be submitted in person, by mail.

How do I obtain a Certificate of Compliance?
The property owner must register each unit, pay the required inspection fee and pass a Rental Occupancy Inspection. A Certificate of Compliance is required at every change of occupancy.

What areas of my property will be inspected?
Items will include, but not limited to, exterior and interior building maintenance, electrical, plumbing, heating/ventilation, debris, zoning, inoperable vehicles on premises, and life safety codes. Inspectors will be enforcing the International Property Maintenance Code, Fire Code and other applicable Village Ordinances. An Inspection Checklist is available on the Village website.

Please feel free to contact Community Development with any questions regarding the program.
Free Federal and State Tax Filing
Individuals who earned $66,000 or less in 2018 can self-file their federal and state taxes for free and save an average of $200 in fees by using My Free Taxes. English and Spanish support via telephone (1-855-MY-TX-HELP) is available, along with email and online chat support from IRS-certified specialists. Learn more about My Free Taxes .
Additional News
Please remember that there is no parking on Village streets after two or more inches of snow fall and is not permitted until after the streets have been plowed. The Village asks that all residents ensure that sidewalks in front of their homes are cleared of snow within 24 hours after a snow fall. This will allow children safe passage to and from school.

As a reminder, holiday lighting should be removed by the end of February. The wiring used in decorative holiday lighting is not designed for or approved for continuous exposure to the elements and over time can become an electrical hazard.
Congratulations! Ted Lohman just celebrated his 20th anniversary with the Police Department. Congratulations to Ted and we thank him for his service and dedication! 
GO Round Lake Area! Join the Round Lake Park District as they kick off a new community movement to promote better health through activity, education, and collaboration! Learn more at GO Round Lake Area.
2019 Frosty Footrace.... Join the fun and walk or run for a good cause in the Frosty Footrace All-Terrain 2 Mile Run/Walk on February 24th. Register at the Robert W. Rolek Community Center, Sports Center or online at  www.rlapd.org .
The Village would like to thank John Gutknecht for his distinguished service to the Village of Round Lake. John was a member of the Plan Commission Zoning Board of Appeals since 2006 and served as Chairman of the Commission from 2014 through 2018. He was also a member of the Round Lake Sanitary District from 2010 through 2018 and was a participant of the Northwest Lake County Wholesale Sewer Policy Advisory Committee. Finally, for many years he served as the Secretary of the Valley Lakes Community Association. We wish John success in all his future endeavors.
Village Offices will be closed on   Monday, February 18th in observation of Presidents’ Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
Village Officials
Dan MacGillis, Mayor
Debbie Perlini, Clerk
Trustees
Charlie Foy, Henry Frye Jr., Russell Kraly,
Don Newby, Sanjay Patel, Jake Mandelman