I am happy to say that I am participating in the Round Lake Area Bicycle Club event, “Bike to Breakfast with the Mayor” on June 23. The full route and details are still being planned. Our Route will lead us to Z’s Café on Wilson Rd. Once there and refreshed, I will be happy to answer any questions you would like to ask me about current events regarding Round Lake.

Check out the Round Lake Area Bicycle Club on Facebook for details. I hope to see you there.

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
Oppose the Poles
ComEd has started a project that will place utility poles for new transmission lines  on the north side of Route 134 starting just west of Fairfield Road to Main Street in Long Lake. Currently, there are no utility poles in this corridor which creates a very natural open space appearance. 

According to ComEd, the new transmission lines will provide some redundancy in their system providing a benefit to their customers in Ingleside and Fox Lake not Round Lake Residents. The Village has been negotiating with ComEd to replace the existing poles that run along Long Lake Drive north of the railroad tracks or bury the lines. "I personally would hate to see that open space obstructed by utility poles,"  said Mayor Dan MacGillis.

Voice your opposition to the poles by emailing Mayor Dan MacGillis directly at dmacgillis@eroundlake.com and say you “Oppose the Poles.”  
2018 Street Resurfacing Project
The Village of Round Lake owns and maintains roughly 55 centerline miles of roadway. The Village completes routine maintenance, such as crack sealing and pothole patching, as well as larger roadway resurfacing projects on such streets.

The Village share of the Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) is used as a dedicated funding mechanism for street resurfacing. During the past decade asphalt prices have escalated while MFT revenue has remained constant or decreased. These factors have caused the Village to lose ground in the overall condition and ratings of our pavement.

Each year, the Village updates its five-year capital improvement plan to include a schedule of streets that will be repaired. The Village selects the streets to be repaired and the repair method to be used based on information contained in a Pavement Management Report. This report assessed the condition of all Village streets at a certain point in time. The selection of streets is also done in coordination with other Village infrastructure projects.

The 2018 roadway program will focus on rehabilitating of streets in Madrona Neighborhoods 1 & 2 and Parkview Phase I. This project will also contain some sidewalk and curb/gutter spot repair. The project is expected to extend the life of the pavement on these streets by another 15 to 20 years.
Annual Water Quality Report 
The annual water quality report for the period of January 1 through December 31, 2017 is now available.

The report contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water. To view the report, visit:  2018 Annual Water Quality Report

If you would like a paper copy of the 2018 Annual Water Quality Report mailed to your home, please contact Public Works at (847) 546-0962.
Parkway Tree Replanting
The Village is continuing to replant parkway trees that had to be removed due to the Emerald Ash Borer infestation. 

Approximately 220 trees will be planted in the Parkview and Valley Lakes subdivisions. The Village still has approximately 900 more trees to replant. 

For more information about parkway trees, please visit the Village website at http://www.eroundlake.com/Urban Forest Management Program.  
Summer Safety Tips
Summer Driving Tips
School is out for summer and Round Lake would like to remind drivers about the importance of keeping children safe throughout the summer months. 
  • Drivers should be alert, especially in residential areas.
  • Expect the unexpected, children may suddenly run or ride in front of you.
  • Obey all laws. Slow down if there are children along the road or crossing the street.
  • Be predictable, don’t make sudden maneuvers that others are not expecting.
  • Double check behind and around you when backing out of a driveway or parking space.
  • Don’t be distracted. Put down the coffee and the cell phone.
  • Yield the right of way to pedestrians. It isn’t just courteous, it’s the law.
  • Parents can help by reminding their children about staying safe on the roads.
Pool Safety
Millions of us enjoy warm weather every year by swimming in our backyard pools and relaxing in hot tubs. Tragically though, over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. The American Red Cross suggests owners make pool safety their priority by following these guidelines:
  • Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. 
  • Place a safety cover on the pool when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access.
  • Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool.
  • Keep children under active supervision at all times. 
  • Enroll children in age-appropriate learn-to-swim courses available through the Round Lake Area Park District.
  • Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and always “walk, do not run.”
  • Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies by having appropriate safety equipment and taking water safety first-aid and CPR courses.
Stay pool safe and cool this summer!
Planning a Vacation? 
Whether you are a frequent traveler or just planning a short weekend getaway, please consider that whenever you leave your home for any period of time, proper planning is imperative to keeping your home and valuables safe. Here are some tips to help make that next travel period is a safe one.
  • Sign up for a FREE vacation home check with the Round Lake Police Department by calling 847-546-8112.
  • Have a trusted neighbor pick up your mail, newspaper and packages. This will give extra eyes on your home in your absence.
  • If you always park in the driveway, ask a neighbor to park there in your absence. 
  • Set interior and exterior lights on timers.
  • Make sure all your doors and windows are LOCKED. Especially the garage window on the side of the house – a favorite entry point for a would-be burglar.
  • Set your alarm prior to leaving and make sure your alarm company knows you’re gone, so they can call the police immediately. 
  • Don’t post your vacation on social media, you never know who is watching and sees that you are away.
  • NEVER leave a spare key where someone can find it. 
Water Conservation....Reduce Your Use
As warm weather approaches, please remember that the Village does have water system conservation from May 15th through September 15th of each year. Specifically, Monday through Friday:
  • The use of a landscape irrigation system is prohibited between the hours of 12:01 pm and 6:00 pm, except that newly sodded or seeded areas of lawns may be watered at any time for a two-week period following installation of such sod or planting of such seed.
  • For outdoor water use, even addresses may only water on even calendar days and odd addresses may only water on odd calendar days. Permitted use includes watering lawns, flowers, gardens and washing vehicles.
Fire Hydrant Flushing
Public Works is expecting to begin flushing fire hydrants in June. While conducting the flush, staff inspects the hydrants to make sure they are in good working condition. Signs will be posted to the entrances of a neighborhood a few days before flushing starts. 

Residents may notice a slight discoloration of the water after flushing. This is not harmful and will dissipate after a short time. It is recommended that you do not do laundry on the day that hydrant flushing takes place in your area.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (847)-546-0962.
Code Enforcement FAQ's
Q) My neighbors grass looks awfully high, when does it have to be mowed?
A) The 2018 International Property Maintenance Code (with Village amendments) prohibits weed or plant growth in excess of 8 inches. This includes grass and weeds, so if the yard is full of dandelions over 8 inches tall they must be cut even if the grass is less than 8 inches tall.

Q) I have a lot of garbage that I would like to get rid of. Can I burn it in my backyard?
A) Village Code does not allow the open burning of trees, paper, grass clippings, rubbish, refuse, garbage or any type of vegetable matter. The only exception is for the burning of leaves and twigs, from the property, between the hours of 8:00 am and sunset.

Q) My sump pump discharge is to close to the house and causes flooding. Can I run a line to the rear property line to remove the water?
A) While standing water and flooding is a concern you cannot direct your water to the neighbor. Village Code requires all sump pump and rain gutter discharge to be not less than five feet beyond the building, not more than ten feet from the building, shall not terminate within ten feet of any property line and in no case shall the discharge cause a nuisance to adjoining properties.

Do you have a Code Enforcement question or concern? If so, y ou can e-mail your message using the Request Center or contact Community Development at 847-546-0963.
Additional News & Updates
The Cop on a Rooftop event held at Dunkin’ Donuts to benefit Special Olympics Illinois was held on Friday, May 18th.   For the 16th year in a row, hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout the state took part in the Dunkin’ Donuts rooftop to raise awareness and donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

The Village thanks all Police Officers including the Round Lake Police Officers who took part in supporting the Cop on Top event. 
Congratulations DARE graduates of Park School! A special congratulations to 5th grader Hezzy for winning the best DARE essay of the class! Great work 5th grade students!
Thank you to those that participated in the Memorial Day parade in honor of those who have sacrificed their lives serving our county. The Villages of Hainesville, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park & Round Lake Heights along with the Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion sponsored the community wide event. 
Congratulations to Round Lake Police Sergeant Dave Prus for attending and graduating from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC). The SPSC is an intensive ten-week program intended for mid- and upper-level management personnel to prepare law enforcement managers for senior positions by uniquely combining academic principles with practical applications. 
Don't miss the annual 4th of July parade hosted by Avon Township Youth Baseball on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 9:00 am. The parade route will begin at Hawthorne Road in Round Lake Beach to Cedar Lake Road towards Washington Street, East on Washington Street. towards Hainesville Road. The parade will conclude at Union Square Park.  
Movies in the Park!  Pack a blanket and grab some popcorn - the Round Lake Area Park District's annual lineup for Movies in the Park is packed with goodies this summer.   All movies begin at dusk at Hart's Hill Park. Visit the Round Lake Area Park District for more information. 
Reminder....Curbside garbage collection containers s hould be placed at the curbside no sooner than 6:00 pm the day before the regularly scheduled garbage collection day and should be removed from the curbside no later than 6:00 am the day after.
Village Officials
Dan MacGillis, Mayor
 Debbie Perlini, Village Clerk
Charlie Foy, Henry Frye Jr., Russell Kraly,
Don Newby, Sanjay Patel, Jake Mandelman