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Diana O'Kelly, Township Supervisor

January 18, 2024

Update From Alicia Dodd Fremont Highway Commissioner

Not unlike the movie Groundhog Day, we are expecting yet another plowing event on the morning of garbage pickup. Coincidentally the majority of snow days during the last two years have fallen on garbage day to the dismay of all of us plow drivers and mail delivery personnel. 

 

When garbage cans are placed in the road, past the mail box, our plows are unable to clean the area in front of the mailbox. The remaining snow then becomes a burden to both the homeowner and the post office personnel.

 

**One simple change can improve the situation—please keep garbage cans on the driveway, not the road, and slightly behind the mailbox until the majority of the snow is removed. 

 

I know many of you are likely frustrated with the backup of garbage from the result of last week’s cancellation.  It’s been a tough week for many. We will get through it!

 

Also, you may have noticed that with these cold temps, the driveways that pushed their snow across the road now have hardpacked, icy areas. Road salt’s effectiveness is reduced substantially below 12 degrees, so these areas will stay until there is a warmup. 

 

**Please avoid putting snow in the road, hoping the plow will remove it, as it can create potentially dangerous driving conditions for others that you can be held liable for.

 

Thank you for your help in getting through this little blast of Midwest winter!

While salt is an essential part of winter safety, using too much salt is bad for our environment. Excess salt use leads to chloride in our lakes, streams, and other waterways. Just one teaspoon of salt can pollute five gallons of water to a level that is toxic for freshwater ecosystems. Help protect our environment by using smart salting practices this winter. To learn more about using salt as a deicer click on the video below. 

Mundelein Community Invited to Meeting to View Vision for Downtown “Bank Triangle” Area

On January 22, 2024 at 6 p.m., the Trustees will gather for a Committee of the Whole meeting to review The Hezner Corporation's preliminary ideas for this area. The community is invited to attend this meeting in the Board Room at the Mundelein Village Hall. More Information

AARP Tax Help is Back at Fremont Library

The library will again host the AARP Tax Aides on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings beginning February 1. To make an appointment click here.

If you have any questions for the tax preparers you may call and leave a voice message at 224 424-3118.

Kirk Player Auditions

The Kirk Players are excited to announce auditions for our upcoming show, The Enchanted Bookshop. This show will be directed by Jeff Harding and Nat Brautigam.  


Auditions will be taking place on Sunday February 4, 6-8 PM, and then again on Wednesday February 7 from 7-9 PM. Auditions will be happening at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Mundelein. Auditions will consist of reading from the script. You only need to attend one night of the auditions. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the script for perusal prior to auditions, please contact Jeff at jeffharding2023@gmail.com .


Rehearsal dates will be some combination of Monday - Thursday nights at 7:00 PM. Rehearsals will be taking place at either Mundelein High School or St. Andrews Church. The show will be performed April 5-7 at Mundelein High School.

Early Voting and Vote By Mail

Early Voting starts at Fremont Township on March 4. Click here to see the entire early voting schedule on our website.


If you have signed up for permanent vote by mail, Lake County will begin sending ballots on February 8. If you would like to receive a ballot in the mail for the upcoming election, click here.

Early Voting starts at Fremont Township on March 4. Click here to see the entire early voting schedule on our website.


If you have signed up for permanent vote by mail, Lake County will begin sending ballots on February 8. If you would like to receive a ballot in the mail for the upcoming election, click here.

New Recycling Shed for Dog Bedding and Shoes in our Front Parking Lot 

Recycle bedding and items for the dogs, (leashes, collars, toys, pet food etc.), shoes, yarn, American flags, eyeglasses and hearing aids in the shed in our front parking lot.


What can I put in the textile bin?

Message From Alicia Dodd, Fremont Highway Commissioner


If weather allows this winter, our highway department crew would like to do their part in fighting invasive buckthorn.  If you currently have buckthorn in a section of public right of way adjacent to your property and would like it removed, we may be able to help. Please follow these steps:


  1. The right of way must be under Fremont Township jurisdiction. Use this link to show roads maintained by Fremont Township:


https://fremonthwy.maps.arcgis.com/apps/instant/basic/index.html?appid=5ca00a7a2b0f416c9d08eb9b2a7b4390


  1. It’s a good idea to mention the idea to neighbors who might be affected by the removal of the buckthorn.  There are many wonderful native shrub and tree replacement options to replace any lost, but desirable screening. 
  2. Confirm the area is right of way and not public property—property stakes and property surveys can help with that, as can our department.


If you think your area qualifies, please contact our department at highway@fremonttownship.com or 847-223-2848.

50 and Over and Looking For Things to Do at the Mundelein Park District?

Affordable, calendar-year memberships are $20 for Mundelein residents and $30 for non-residents. Participate in social and health and wellness activities Monday through Friday. Click here for the downloadable membership form.




Check out the schedule at the Mundelein Park District.

Click here for the January schedule and information.They have some new programs and fun trips scheduled.

Have You Signed Up for Energy Assistance?

It is time to for Fremont Township residents to sign up for LiHeap. Please check the income guidelines to see if you qualify.


If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, call Nancy at 847 223-2847.

Ride Lake County  Pace Bus Service

Ride Lake County is a borderless countywide paratransit service that provides seniors age 60+ and people with disabilities transportation to any area of Lake County for work, shopping, medical appointments and more. 


As a reservation-based program, vehicles do not travel on a fixed route each day. Riders schedule their trips in advance and the vehicles provide curb-to-curb service from the rider's desired pick-up and drop-off destinations. Ride Lake County is a shared-ride service, so vehicles may make stops for other passengers. 


Click here for more information


Click here for the brochure

Email Us With Your Comments For Our Board of Trustees

If you have comments for our board, and can't make our meetings, please email Chris McCann at clerk@fremonttownship.com with your comments.

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If you need to contact me, please call the office at 847 223-2847 or my cell at 847 833-1019.

  

Diana O'Kelly

Fremont Township Supervisor  

Fremont Township Representatives


    

Diana O'Kelly

Supervisor


Alicia Dodd

Highway Commissioner


Joe Herchenbach

Assessor


Christina McCann 

Clerk 


Trustees

Connie Shanahan

Jeri Atleson

Keith Voss

Nick Dollenmaier



Next Board Meeting, February 12 at 6:30 pm in the board room

Important Links



Illinois 60/83 Study


Report Blocked Railroad Crossing



Pace Options in Fremont Township


State of Illinois Unclaimed Money


Lake County Crimestoppers 


Village of Grayslake 

Village of Hawthorn Woods 

Village of Mundelein 

Village of Round Lake

Village of Round Lake Park

Village of Wauconda 

 Lake County 

 Fremont Township 

 Fremont Library 

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