Finally, Spring has sprung! It’s that time of year to clean up the yard and do some trimming, pruning, raking, mulching, fertilizing and maybe even a coat of paint on that garage trim. When it’s over, the appearance and the sense of pride is all worth it. Our Public Works Department is already out picking up trash on village streets. My friends Lou and Debbie carry a garbage bag on their daily walk so they can pick up trash. I encourage all to do the same and keep Round Lake looking great.

Did you know that Cedar Lake Road is a County owned road? The Village is taking an initiative to do our part to clean up all roadways within the Village. Adopt-A-Highway is another means for keeping our roads trash free. Your group or business can work with Lake County Division of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway Program Coordinator to select an available section of county highway to adopt.

The Village recently adopted Cedar Lake Road from Townline Road north to Route 120 and the Village Engineer, adopted Cedar Lake Road from Route 120 to Nippersink Road.  Learn more at Adopt-A-Highway

Keeping in the Spring theme don’t forget about Arbor Day. Get all the information you need for gardening, planting and fertilizing at our Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 27 th 9:00 am to Noon at the Public Works Facility located at 751 W. Townline Road.  

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                                                  Mayor Dan MacGillis
Arbor Day Celebration
Join Village Trustees and Staff for the annual Arbor Day Celebration:

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Where: Public Works Facility, 751 W. Townline Road. 
Time: 9:00 am to Noon

There will be activities for the whole family! Visit Arbor Day 2019 for more information.
Round Lake Fiscal Year 2020 Draft Budget
At the April 1, 2019 COTW meeting an overview of the draft 2020 operating budget was presented to the Village Board. The preparation of the budget involves the development of expenditure estimates for departments in light of available revenues. The budget specifies resources for providing public programs and services and establishes a cost of those programs. The total proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 is $22.5 million which includes inter-fund transfers.

The budget message presented to the Village Board may be viewed at: 2020 Budget Draft & Assumptions
Round Lake's Proposed Capital Plan
All Village services, from the water coming from our faucets to Police Officers patrolling our streets, require buildings and other infrastructure to support them. Capital planning includes maintaining existing infrastructure as well as making investments for new infrastructure.

The Village’s capital plan, in its 13th year, identifies capital projects and equipment purchases, provides a planning schedule and identifies options for funding items in the plan.

The focus of the plan is on preserving the Village’s infrastructure while ensuring the efficient use of public funds. The capital plan review process allows for a systematic evaluation of all potential projects at the same time and can be adjusted as conditions change, such as when policies or priorities are modified or when new funding opportunities arise.

Visit Capital Improvement Plan - 2020 through 2025 to view the full document that will be presented to Village Board for approval on April 15th.
2019 Lake County Road Projects
Spring has officially started and that means it's time to start road construction. Lake County will have nearly $134 million in road projects under construction in 2019.

Two Lake County resurfacing projects in the Village may impact residents. Resurfacing on Wilson Road from Route 60 to north of 120 and resurfacing on Fairfield Road from Nippersink to Route 134.

Resurfacing a roadway typically takes about three months to complete and usually requires temporary lane closures and flaggers to direct traffic. Whenever possible, four foot wide bike-friendly paved shoulders are added during resurfacing projects. 

Residents can use the interactive construction map below to see the latest information on projects or view the list of current and upcoming construction projects on the Lake County DOT website .
Construction Update:
Wilson Rd & Nippersink Rd Intersection  
3/18/19 - The contractor has begun installing the last round of storm sewer and will stay onsite until it is completed. Crews have completed pavement removal and are scheduled to begin final grading on east Nippersink Road. The contractor will also begin prepping for paving of the bike path in that same location.

Coming weeks:  The contractor will continue to install the remaining storm sewer and complete the east section of Nippersink Road. Once the storm sewer is complete crews will begin to reconstruct and widen the west side of Wilson Road.

Traffic impacts: Watch for workers and flaggers. Watch for trucks coming in and out of the closed lanes. Expect delays.

New Development Projects
The following are projects that have been reviewed by the Village and approved for construction.
Gerber Auto Collision and Glass
1321 West Route 134 (near the intersection of Fairfield and Rt. 134)

Summary - A new 15,000 square foot building is under construction now. The new location will replace the existing location on Route 120. The new facility will feature Gerber’s corporate architecture, a fenced area for vehicles waiting repair, and lots of landscaping.
North Shore Paving
707 North Valentin Drive (located in the Industrial Park north of Hart Road)

Summary - A new 5,000 square foot building is under construction. The building will house the offices and shop for North Shore Paving.  They are a local, family owned and operated business.
Round Lake High School
800 High School Drive

Summary: The School District is upgrading the athletic facilities at Round Lake High School over the summer. The improvements will include new bleachers, a track with more lanes, a new field for football, soccer and lacrosse, new stadium lights, and new tennis courts.
 NEW LOCATION: Round Lake Area Farmers Market
We are excited to welcome the Round Lake Area Chamber Farmers Market to Round Lake!

The new location will be on the corner of Avilon Avenue and Cedar Lake Road. The Farmers Market takes place every Saturday, from July 20 - September 14.

If you are interested or know someone that would like to be a participating vendor, contact the RLA Chamber 847-546-2002 or download the informational packet.
Round Lake Community Garden
For any resident with a green thumb but no garden space, the Village will again be offering plots in our Community Garden. 

The garden is located next to the Police Department at 741 W. Townline Road and the season is scheduled for May 1 through November 15. 

Contact Debbie Perlini, , for more information or to register for a plot.
How Water Gets to Your Home
The Village purchases water from the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA). Water is delivered by underground pipe to a receiving station in the Village. From there, water enters the Village owned and maintained water distribution system. This system includes two water towers, two ground water reservoir tanks, over 72 miles of water main pipe, over 800 valves and over 1,000 fire hydrants. Each home is connected to this distribution system by a service pipe, a buffalo box (valve) and then a water meter. 
How do water meters work?
The water meter counts how much water flows through it and into your home. This meter is connected to a radio read box mounted to the outside of your home which sends the reading to a drive-by unit mounted to a truck. Once a month, a Public Works staff member drives through the Village and a radio connected to a laptop reads the meters. 
How do water towers work?
The bulb at the top of the water tower is the only portion of the tower that holds water. The stem of the tower is dry and has a pipe to fill the bulb and a ladder that goes through the center of the bulb to an access hatch at the roof. The water that is up in the air provides pressure in the water system. The weight of the water in the water towers pushes water out of your faucet when you turn it on. The ground reservoirs store water so there is always enough on hand to pump into the system and fill the towers. The water levels in the towers and reservoirs are constantly monitored to ensure proper pressures.  
Lakes Region Sanitary District Consolidating Services
The Lakes Region Sanitary District and the Lake County Board recently announced that they are very close to entering into an Intergovernmental Agreement that will consolidate sanitary sewer services.

Lakes Region Sanitary District collects and transmits wastewater for more than 5,500 customers, including residents in the Silver Leaf Glen and Emerald Bay subdivisions.

According to district officials, the consolidation is estimated to save taxpayers serviced by the district approximately $1.25 million annually. Find out more
Yard Waste Pickup
Waste Management's yard waste program begins April 1 and runs through the end of November.

Round Lake residents have three yard waste options available:

  • Unlimited number of 32gal cans/bags/bundles - $96.38/season

  • Limit of six 32gal cans/bags/bundles - $67.46/season 

  • Onetime pick up - $25.00

Please contact Waste Management  for additional information or to sign up: 800-796-9696. This service is optional and is billed separate from your monthly utility bill. 
Code Enforcement FAQ's
Q) When do my holiday lights need to be removed?
A)  All holiday lights and decorations should be removed by March 31st. The National Electric Code allows temporary lighting to be displayed for a maximum of 90 days.

Q) We need to replace several damaged fence posts on our existing fence; do we need a building permit?
A) No, the village does not require a building permit for the replacement of three fence posts or less (for an existing fence) as it is considered maintenance.

Q) We are thinking of making improvements to our yard this summer, like installing a patio, fireplace pit, and maybe a pool. Do I need permits?
A) Yes, most home improvement projects for inside and outside of your house need a permit. Please visit Community Development to see what requires building permits. There are handouts to explain what is needed to apply for the permit and the application form. Please call 847-546-0963 with any questions.  
Additional News & Updates
Attention all businesses - Don't forget to renew your Business License! Renewal forms have been mailed out and must be returned on or before April 30, 2019. Upon receipt, your 2019-20 license will be mailed to your business address. Any business license renewal received after April 30, 2019 will receive a late fee. We wish you a successful year!
Reminder: Please Pick Up After Your Pet - In an interest to everyone’s health and safety, residents are asked to adhere to Village ordinances regarding pet waste. 

When walking your dog in Round Lake, remember to take along a baggie, pick up waste, and dispose of it properly. Animal owners also may not allow feces to accumulate on their property to a point where it becomes offensive to others in the area.
Congratulations!   Officer Chris Murphy just celebrated his 5th anniversary with the Police Department. Congratulations to Officer Murphy and we thank him for his service and dedication! 
Village Officials
Dan MacGillis, Mayor
Debbie Perlini, Village Clerk
Charlie Foy, Henry Frye Jr., Russell Kraly,
Don Newby, Sanjay Patel, Jake Mandelman