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Diana O'Kelly, Township Supervisor

December 28, 2022

A sincere thank you to everyone that donated to our adopt a family, adopt a senior, dropped off meals, made financial contributions to our food pantry, donated food directly at our office, held food drives, or donated at the register at Jewel. We appreciate our supportive community and our programs are successful because of your concern for other neighbors. You all make our community a great place to live and we couldn't provide these programs without you! Thank You to Nancy Lech in our office for her coordination of our programs.

Thank you also to all of the volunteers that came out today to sort the food! We couldn't have done it without you!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

How Do I Recycle My Christmas Tree?

If Groot is your waste hauler, to have your Christmas tree recycled, it must be out either of the first two pickups in January. Groot will pick up the trees through January, but they will only be recycled if they are put out the first two pickups. The trees can not have tinsel, lights or ornaments on them.

Donate your tree to the Forest Preserve and they will recycle it into wood chips for trails and landscaping in your forest preserves.

Bring your real, undecorated tree to one of eight marked drop-off sites at preserves around Lake County, open 6:30 am–sunset daily, through February 1, 2023. No yard waste or commercial drop-offs are accepted

Grant Woods in Ingleside

Greenbelt in North Chicago

Half Day in Vernon Hills

Heron Creek in Long Grove

Lakewood in Wauconda

Old School in Mettawa

Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods

Van Patten Woods in Wadsworth

I also saw on facebook that Lambs Farm is accepting trees for their animals.

Tree drop off is located at the Farmyard. Animal Keepers will carefully inspect all trees and wreaths, but please do your best to remove all decorations.

Thank you in advance for giving our animals a healthy snack and fun enrichment activity!

They will be accepting trees until February 1, 2023.

Where Do I Recycle Christmas Lights?

Mundelein Public Works and Engineering and Elgin Recycling is hosting the annual holiday lights recycling program. Anyone interested in recycling their used holiday lights can bring their items to one of the following locations between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday from now through January 31, 2023.

Holiday Lights Recycling Locations:

Village Hall, 300 Plaza Circle

Public Works and Engineering Facility, 801 Allanson Road

Fire Station #1, 1000 N. Midlothian Road

Police Department, 221 N. Lake Street (lower level)

Only the light strands themselves will be taken; bulbs do not have to be removed from the strands but should be removed from boxes and/ or plastic.

Please Note: Lawn ornaments, other holiday decorations, or light strands connected to wreaths, garlands, or other material cannot be accepted. Residents dropping lights off at the Village Hall are limited to two 25-foot strands or equivalent length.

If you have any questions or bulk drop-offs, please contact Public Works and Engineering 847-949-3270.

Electronic Recycling at Your Curb

If Groot is your waste hauler and and you have electronic recycling you must call them at 847 693-2700 to schedule an electronic recycling pick up . You just leave it at your curb but must have an appointment. Mundelein and Unincorporated Fremont have different pick up days. This service is included in your garbage bill. There is only a charge for electronic items over 50 pounds.

Download the Groot App!

When is garbage day? This week and next it is delayed one day.

View your garbage pickup schedule! Check how to dispose different materials! Get reminders & service alerts!

Click here to download the app.

Ice Safety

We live in a community with many lakes. Please have your family view the Countryside Fire Ice Safety video. It may save someone's life.

Free Snow Mobile Safety Class at the Lake County Forest Preserve

Interested in snowmobiling? The Forest Preserve Ranger Police are holding a FREE snowmobile safety education course from 8 am to 5 pm Saturday, January 14, at the Operations and Public Safety Facility in Lindenhurst. Registration is required. To reserve a spot in the course, call 847-968-3404 from 6:30 am to 3 pm on weekdays.

Completing eight hours of instruction and passing a written exam allows youth ages 12 and older to earn a state of Illinois Certificate of Competency so they can operate a snowmobile on their own. Minimum age for the safety course is 11; 12 for certification.

In addition to teaching basic safety principles, the course is designed to instill the proper attitude of respect for others and the environment. Development of this respect along with use of proper safety procedures are essential to enjoy snowmobiling as a recreational activity. Visit the Illinois Department of Natural

Resources online for more information about Snowmobile Safety Education.

Suicide Hotline Number is 988

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

Pinochle Players Wanted!

Attention Pinochle players!

Mundelein Rec offers Pinochle games for seniors at the Regent Center on Mondays, 12:30 - 3pm and

the first and third Thursdays from 12:15 - 3pm; each are single deck games.

On the 2nd and 4th Friday, they have double deck games, starting at noon until 4pm.

They would love new players, however there is a membership fee for the Regent Center based on residence/non resident. 

There are also game fees..Monday games are $7 every 6 weeks with monetary prizes for the first 10 places.

Thursday games (called Golden Hours) are $4 every time and that money also goes toward prizes as well as celebrations throughout the year.

Friday's double deck is just for fun.

If you haven't played in a while, no worries, we are patient and can help you get up to speed. Anyone interested in joining can contact Sheila at 847-899-2590 or the Regent Center directly at 847-566-4790.

50 and Over and Looking For Things to Do?

**Purchase your 2023 membership at Early Bird Rates through January 13, 2023.**

New fee of $20 resident/$30 nonresident begins January 14, 2023.

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 sign up for Li-Heap. 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. Liheap may have recently applied a credit to your account. That credit does not replace this program. Please call Nancy to schedule an appointment to apply for this program. 

If you are a Nicor client, they have increased the income eligibility level. Please check the chart below to see if you qualify. Call for an appointment if you meet the guidelines.

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

Your Donations Go To Local Rescues

The local animal shelters are in need of sheets, towels, small throw rugs and blankets. There is a bin on our front porch at 22385 Route 60, Mundelein, if you have any old bedding you would like to donate. No pillows! The donations get distributed to shelters. We also accept leashes, collars, toys, pet food etc.

Recycle Items at Fremont Township

Our shoe bin is also on our front porch and we are accepting shoes to be recycled and reused. Please tie or rubberband the shoes together when you drop them off.

We accept yarn in our office.

We accept eyeglasses and hearing aids in our office.

We accept American Flags in our office.

The textile bin is also open and is located in our parking lot. Click here to see what we accept.

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 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


Alicia Dodd

Highway Commissioner

Joe Herchenbach


Christina McCann 



Connie Shanahan

Jeri Atleson

Keith Voss

Nick Dollenmaier

Next Board Meeting, January 9 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