Volume 1 November 19, 2019
Kathleen M. O'Connor
Supervisor
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Scam Alert!

This scam involves con artists calling Lake County residents, introducing themselves as a member of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The scammers utilize an actual name of a Sheriff’s Office employee. The scammer then informs the victim a Lake County Judge (also utilizing the name of an actual Judge) issued an arrest warrant. The caller is then instructed to purchase a “voucher” in order to avoid arrest.
 
Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor 19th Judicial Circuit call residents and request money. Lake County Government will not ask for or accept payment in the form of gift cards or ‘Green Dot’ cards.
 
The best course of action is to hang up and if utilizing a cellphone, block the caller’s telephone number from being able to contact you again. You may also file a report with your local law-enforcement agency. If you are ever doubtful of a government official contacting you by phone, you may always hang up and call back utilizing the known telephone number for the government office which contacted you.
 
Remember, if you did not initiate the telephone conversation:
1. Do Not provide any personal information;
2. Do Not tell when you leave your residence;
3. Document the number calling along with any information about the call;
4. Report the incident to your local law enforcement agency as soon as possible.
 
The other scams that continue in our area are IRS, Social Security, Medicare, Microsoft. They wouldn't continue calling if the scams didn't work. Don't give any information to anyone over the phone and don't tell them anything about your computer.

SWALCO has partnered with Recycle By City to develop more detailed recycling guidelines to assist Lake County residents and businesses recycle correctly. China’s decision to significantly reduce its imports of mixed paper and plastics and to demand cleaner recyclables has rippled throughout the markets and put a spotlight on contamination. The more contamination the higher the cost to process the material at recycling facilities. In turn, those costs are passed on to households and businesses.

Libertyville Annual Tree Lighting Event
Friday, November 29, 2019

The holiday tree lighting is one of the most wonderful Libertyville traditions. This annual downtown event will take place the day after Thanksgiving.
Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with music, singing, and other holiday-themed entertainment. A special invitation has been sent to Santa Claus to help with the official countdown for the lighting of the Village Holiday Tree at 7:00 sharp!There will be a special area set up for photos with Santa, and the Ansel Be. Cook Mansion will be open for tours. 
Mundelein’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Please join us for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday, December 6, 2019 beginning at 5 p.m. at Village Hall Plaza. Festivities begin with music, singing, and other holiday entertainment. Santa Claus will help with the official countdown for the lighting of the Village Holiday Tree and there will be an amazing fireworks display!  
Emergency Contact Registry

The Secretary of State allows you to enter emergency contact information as well as disability/special needs information into a voluntary, secure database at no charge. In the event you are involved in a motor vehicle crash or other emergency where you are unable to communicate, law enforcement can access this information and notify your loved ones, as well as provide any helpful information to emergency personnel. Click here to register.  
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.

Upcoming Open Space Burn Projects include:

  • Old School
  • River Road
  • St. Mary's
  • Casey South
  • Casey North
  • RT. 137

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, December 14 at Oak Openings 
A current list of dates and locations including site directions can be found on the Libertyville Township website – Click Here
Flu Season Is Here!
Protect yourself and fight the flu by getting a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone ages 6 months and older receive an annual flu shot by the end of October before influenza activity increases as it takes about two weeks after the vaccination for the body’s immune system to fully respond and for you to be protected. 

The Lake County Health Department offers the flu vaccine by appointment at the Immunizations Clinic, 2303 Dodge Ave., Waukegan.  Learn more , including cost. Retail clinics, pharmacies, and individual healthcare providers also provide flu shots. Visit the  Flu Vaccine Finder  to find a c onvenient location.

The December Township Board Meeting will be
on the 12th at 7 p.m.

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.

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