Volume 1 October 8, 2019
Kathleen M. O'Connor
Supervisor
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FROM THE ASSESSOR OFFICE

The Libertyville Township Assessor Office has a new website!


This website contains all current property characteristics and assessed valuations for Libertyville Township as well as four additional local Townships. Your 2019 Assessment is based on the data from this website.  Visit this website to check your assessments and search for comparable sales and/or properties in your neighborhood.

ASSESSMENT NOTICES AND FILING AN APPEAL

Our publication date for the 2019 assessment has been tentatively scheduled for Oct. 17, 2019. Anyone interested in filing an appeal will have 30 days from the date of publication to file:  
  
  • The Lake County Board of Review is now requiring ALL appeals to be filed on-line.
 
  • Libertyville Township residents must visit our website (www.imslake.org) to create the necessary comparable grids to submit with their appeal. These grids must be saved as a PDF and attached as evidence when filing an appeal on the Lake County Website.

As always, we encourage you to contact our office directly with any questions regarding your assessment and before filing an appeal.  

Call: 847-362-5900                                              
Email: info@libertyvilleassessor.org
Spotlight On Open Space
Prescribed Burn Information

As controlled burn season begins, smoke will soon be rising into the sky throughout Libertyville Township. Fire is a natural, essential and historic component of Midwest ecosystems. Trained crews conduct controlled burns (also known as prescribed burns or prescribed fire) to mimic pre-settlement fire patterns and achieve restoration goals that benefit plants, animals and people. They are one of the most efficient and cost effective tools for managing natural areas.
A properly executed controlled burn provides many benefits: the recycling of nutrients, increasing seed germination and reducing non-native plant species. Fire converts dead above ground vegetation to ash returning vital nutrients to the soil, clears dead vegetation which allows new seeds to germinate and decreases the vigor of invasive plants providing an opportunity for native vegetation to thrive.
Controlled burns are conducted when most animals are dormant or absent. Animals that are active either flee the area or escape to underground burrows or other protected areas. Following a fire, green vegetation provides food for herbivores and plants produce an abundance of seed and nectar.
Safety is of the utmost importance. All burns are supervised by a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager and crew members are Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member trained.
Months before a prescribed burn:
  •         Permits are obtained from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and local
authorities.
  •         Equipment is prepared.
  •         Post cards are mailed notifying neighbors.

Shortly before and during burns:
  •         Weather conditions are monitored closely to ensure they are within the limits of
tolerance.
  •         Prescribed burn plans are developed and reviewed.
  •         Appropriate entities are notified.

Following a burn:
  •        Anything smoldering near the edge of the burn unit is extinguished.
  •         An evaluation of the success of the burn is conducted.

In the days and weeks that follow, the burn will allow for a lush carpet of green to reclaim the landscape.

Any questions about upcoming burns in your area and/or would like to volunteer, please contact the Libertyville Township Open Space Office at (847)362-9760

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

The next regularly scheduled Volunteer Workday is on Saturday, Saturday, October 12 - Oak Openings  A current list of dates and locations including site directions can be found on the Libertyville Township website – Click Here
Food Pantry Needs

The Libertyville Township food pantry is in need of corned beef hash, canned potatoes and brownie mix.

The October Township Board Meetings will be
on the 10th and the 24th at 7 p.m.

October SWALCO Events

Household Chemical Waste Event
(you'll need appointments for these two!)

Saturday, October 12th, 2019
Monday, October 28th, 2019
at our facility located at: 1311 N. Estes Street Gurnee, IL 60031
APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED for Household Chemical Waste Events located at our Gurnee Facility to ensure safety & efficiency. Collections are for residential waste only. No business waste will be accepted. All SWALCO HCW Collection Events are FREE for Illinois residents ONLY.

211 Is Here!
But Wait, What Is 211??

211 is a free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral helpline connecting individuals and families in need with access to available health and human services. 211 is Lake County's one-stop shop for help!
Lake County residents can connect to a wide range of services by phone or text, and an expert navigator will guide them to the help they need, regardless of the time of day, the language they speak, or where they live.

Like to Hike?

Enjoy fall breezes and autumn colors while exploring designated Hike Lake County trails. At each preserve, look for the Hike Lake County logo at the trailhead to get you started on the right route.  

How It Works
Complete just seven of the hikes between August 15 and November 30, and you'll earn a commemorative shield for your walking stick or a zipper pull (while supplies last). Use the  Travel Log  to record each hike. Every hiker needs their own. Bicycling or horseback riding do not count toward the program.
Let your canine companion join in the fun and complete the hikes with you. Record their name on your  Travel Log  and your dog will receive a commemorative dog tag (up to three dogs). You can even purchase an optional Hike Lake County dog collar to hang it on.
To receive your free dog tag, zipper pull or commemorative shield for your walking stick (while supplies last), submit your Travel Log  online , bring it to any Hike Lake County Center, or mail it with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Lake County Forest Preserves, 1899 West Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL 60048 by January 31, 2020.
Milwaukee Avenue Repairs

The Illinois Department of Transportation started pavement repairs along Milwaukee Avenue (Illinois 21/U.S. 45) in Cook and Lake counties, which will require intermittent daytime lane closures. The work is expected to be complete by the end of October. Find out more.
Rockland Road STP Project

Rockland Road between Milwaukee Ave. (IL Route 21) to St. Mary’s Road is planned for roadway reconstruction beginning this summer. Work will be completed in two phases. The project will not include the section at the bridge over the Des Plaines River. 
The segment of Rockland Road between Milwaukee Avenue to the bridge is under the Village’s jurisdiction. The segment between the bridge and St. Mary’s Road is under the jurisdiction of the Libertyville Township Highway Department. The proposed roadway reconstruction work will be completed in separate construction contracts, one for each segment. 
For the Village’s segment (Milwaukee Avenue to the bridge), construction is anticipated to begin this summer with underground utility improvements, which will include new storm sewers, water main replacements, sanitary sewer relocations and private utility work. Traffic will be shifted one-way eastbound during this time. Westbound traffic will be detoured via IL Route 176. Construction will shut down for the winter and two-way traffic will be temporarily restored.
It is anticipated that the roadway pavement reconstruction work for both segments will be completed in 2020. In order to complete the pavement reconstruction traffic will be shifted to one-way eastbound. Westbound traffic will be detoured via IL Route 176. Replacement of the bridge carrying Rockland Road over the Des Plaines River will be part of a future project. It is anticipated that the replacement of the bridge will occur no sooner than 2022.

For additional information and updates regarding the project visit the
project website https://rockland-road-recon.com/  and Township website at  http://www.libertyvilletownship.us
Ride Lake County Central

This curb-to-curb Pace bus service travels East in Lake County – any destinations located in Libertyville, Fremont Shields Townships, Village of Libertyville, Village of Mundelein, Vernon Hills Shopping Center, Metra Station (Lake Forest), Lake County Health Dept., Walmart Fountain Square, Grayslake Medical Offices, Doctors on Winchester Road, College of Lake County, Greenleaf Medical Offices. Call Pace at 1-800-201-6446 to register and schedule your rides.

RTA Reduced Fare Pass Applications
New Applicants--

Seniors 65 and over may apply for the RTA Pass at Libertyville Township. Taking the train downtown? This will save you money and it is free. It takes 3 to 4 weeks to receive the pass in the mail. Bring in a 2x2 inch photo and your Illinois driver's license.
The RTA Reduced Fare Permit allows older adults, age 65 and older, and qualified people with disabilities and Medicare recipients to ride all RTA fixed-route services (regularly scheduled CTA, Metra and Pace buses or trains in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties) at a reduced fare.

Who are my legislators? To contact your legislator, click on the names below:
Township Officials


Supervisor

Clerk

Highway Commissioner

Assessor
 
Carol A. August, Trustee
Matthew Kovatch, Trustee
David Nield, Trustee
Terry A. White, Trustee
Township Contact Information
 
 
Office of the Supervisor
359 Merrill Court, Libertyville, IL 60048 
Phone: 847.816.6800
Fax:     847.816.0861
 
Office of the Highway Commissioner
343 Merrill Court 
Phone: 847.362.3350

Office of the Assessor
Phone: 847.362.5900


Office of the Clerk:
Phone:847.816.6872