Volume 1 | November 13, 2020
Kathleen M. O'Connor
Supervisor
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Libertyville Township November 19, 2020 Board Meeting

Topic: Libertyville Township November 19 Board Meeting
Time: Nov 19, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 867 5410 4497
Passcode: 168037
JOIN US FOR AN OPEN SPACE VOLUNTEER WORK DAY!

On Saturday, November 14 -Liberty Prairie Nature Preserve from 9:00 a.m. to noon, we will hold a volunteer work day. No experience is necessary – we’ll show you what to do, and we’ll explain why it’s important. We’ll also provide gloves, goggles and hand tools (if needed), drinking water and snacks. .

We are a hardy bunch but workdays will not be held under the following conditions:
  •   Temperatures of 95 degrees or higher
  •   Lightning or extremely high winds.

Directions to Liberty Prairie Nature Preserve

18295 W. Casey Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.
Located on the south side of Casey Road, one mile west of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21).
Turn into the driveway and park/meet where the driveway crosses the trail. This is a private driveway. Parking is only permitted on volunteer work days.

Youth Guidelines
Children 12 and older are welcome if accompanied by a supervising adult. High school students who enjoy working in the outdoors are welcome with parental permission. Releases will be available at the work day.

Questions?
Please contact us at 847.362.9760 or email   dcederberg@libertyvilletownship.us or jhapp@libertyvilletownship.us

Food Pantry Update

The food pantry will continue to operate on Tuesdays from 10 am - 3 pm for any Libertyville Township resident in financial need and provides proof of residency. If an individual is not a registered user of the food pantry, they will be asked to provide a photo id and a copy of a current utility bill as proof of residency. Once the current situation improves, additional documentation may be required. The bagged food will be distributed via drive thru. Residents will remain in the car and Township staff will load the food items. 

The food pantry is in need of tuna, ramen noodles and rice.

Monetary donations can be made out to the Libertyville Township Gift Fund.

Food and/or monetary donations will be accepted during the regular business hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Unincorporated Residents Eligible for Flood Insurance Premium Discounts 

Property owners residing in unincorporated Lake County may be eligible to save an average of $281 a year on their flood insurance policies. Currently, there are more than 910 flood insurance policies in unincorporated Lake County. Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) program, residents within unincorporated Lake County – who meet certain requirements – are eligible for up 20% savings on flood insurance premiums. This results in a potential annual total savings of $256,282 overall for residents across the county. Property owners should contact their flood insurance agent to obtain individual savings information.
Since 2008, Lake County has participated in the CRS program and received favorable ratings saving property owners thousands of dollars on their policies. Lake County is required to create an Annual Evaluation Report to maintain the favorable rating.
Highlights from report include:
  • Lake County permitted four projects to elevate structures above the regulatory floodplain elevation. This will help protect these structures from future flooding.
  • The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission's (SMC) Watershed Management Board cost-share grant program helps fund local stormwater projects. The highest funding priority is flood damage prevention/mitigation, but other project benefits are also included in funding decisions.
  • Lake County works closely with citizens and coordinates with other agencies such as the Township Highway Commissioners and SMC to respond to drainage complaints affecting private properties.
  • Details of the Annual Evaluation Report can be found here
Additional Resources: 
Contact your insurance agent for coverage information, pricing, and CRS flood insurance discount information.
FEMA Flood Smart website: https://www.floodsmart.gov/
Lake County Planning, Building and Development: Flood Information
This notice applies to residents in the unincorporated areas of Lake County. If you live within a village or city, contact your municipality to see if they participate in the CRS program.

FREE Facemasks, Hand Sanitizer Giveaway Event

Mark Your Calendars! FREE Facemasks and Hand Sanitizer Giveaway Event Planned

Mundelein and Lake County residents are invited to participate in a FREE Reusable Facemasks and Hand Sanitizer event on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to Noon in the Mundelein High School Parking Lot-1350 W. Hawley St. This personal protection giveaway event is made possible by Medline in partnership with the Village of Mundelein represented by Mayor Steve Lentz, State Representative 59th District, Daniel Didech, Lake County Treasurer, Holly Kim and Mundelein High School. This is a drive through, pick-up event. Each car will receive four face masks and one bottle of hand sanitizer—while supplies last. Special thanks to everyone who made this event possible and for your efforts to protect our families and our community.
National Recycling Day November 15  

Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day. It’s a good time to think about how we can all do our part to reduce waste.    
Do your part to recycle smart: SWALCO 
reminds us to be careful NOT to put plastic bags in our recycling bins. Recycling sorting centers are not able to process plastic bags, which damage equipment and do more harm than good. Other items that should not go in our bins include clothing, shoes, liquid, and batteries. 

Recycle your old Halloween costumes and other unwanted textiles: Tattered, stained and unwanted clothing and other textiles is a big source of landfill waste. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year. To make it easier for Lake County residents to recycle clothing, SWALCO has 50 textile collection bins located at 38 sites throughout Lake County. Learn more, and find a location near you.  
Where do I recycle this? Do you have old electronics, holiday lights, household chemicals, batteries or other materials that can’t be put in a recycling bin? Visit SWALCO’s web page  to learn where you can bring your items.
CLC Pop-Up Food Market Every Other Tuesday Through December

Families in need of food are invited to come to a drive-through pop-up food market every other Tuesday hosted by the College of Lake County in conjunction with the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The markets will run through at least the end of December. No identification is required, and each family will receive approximately 50 pounds of food, including protein, produce and dairy. 
Time and Dates: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 15, Dec. 29 
Place: College of Lake County, 19351 West Washington Street, Grayslake, Parking Lot 5 on the southeast side, accessible off Lancer Lane.  
Volunteers are needed to staff the pop-up markets. To sign up for a shift, visit
www.SolveHungerToday.org/Volunteer, or call (630) 443-6910. 
For a Pop-Up Market calendar, visit the Northern Illinois Food Bank website:

North Suburban Region 9 to Enter Mitigation for COVID-19
 
Today, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in the North Suburban Region 9, which includes Lake and McHenry Counties, beginning 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2020. 
 
As of October 25, the region’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate is 8.4%. Region 9 has seen a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days, which exceed the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan.
 
Mitigation measures are strategies, such as restrictions on certain activities, put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Region 9 restrictions will remain in effect until the region’s positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5% over a 3-day period.
Mitigation measures taking effect October 31 in Region 9 include:
 
Bars 
    No indoor service 
    All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m. 
    All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside 
   No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed) 
   Tables should be 6 feet apart 
    No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting 
    No dancing or standing indoors 
    Reservations required for each party 
    No seating of multiple parties at one table 
  
Restaurants 
    No indoor dining or bar service 
    All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m. 
    Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart 
  No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting 
    Reservations required for each party 
   No seating of multiple parties at one table 
     
Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings 
    Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity 
    No party buses 
    Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable.
County Burn Restrictions Extended

The Lake County Board voted yesterday to extend burn restrictions through Dec 31. In unincorporated Lake County. You may burn yard waste on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays dawn until dusk.
Those who can keep fires at least 500 feet from a habitable structure are allowed to burn any day as long as conditions are right. This amendment was added with the Forest Preserve in mind. They burn to maintain forest health and remove invasive species. 

Deer Safety in Fall Season  

As we enjoy the fall season, drivers need to be more vigilant and watch for deer on the roads. Autumn coincides with the mating season and increased deer movement, particularly at dusk and dawn. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2019, a total of 16,213 crashes involved deer in Illinois. 
More than 40% of crashes involving deer in Illinois occurred in October, November and December, with November being the highest-risk month Learn how you can ensure your safety on the roads.  
The Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County

The Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) promotes the welfare of honorably discharged veterans of military service and their families. The VAC acts as a central service office for all veteran organizations and has general oversight of the distribution of emergency assistance to military veterans and their families.
Types of Assistance
·        Assistance with rental and mortgage payments.
·        Utility payment assistance.
·        Emergency medical care is provided to any member of the veteran’s immediate family who qualifies. Medical care includes hospital payments, outpatient care provided by Lake County clinics, emergency dental, and vision care.
·        Job service assistance.
·        Food, clothing and other supplies at Midwest Veterans Closet.
·        Proper burial for indigent veterans.
For more information, please visit their website: https://www.lakecountyil.gov/758/Assistance-Programs, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lakecountyvac/ or call 847.377.3344.
COVID-19 INFORMATION

Lake County Now In Phase 4 of Restore Illinois Plan 
On June 26,  Lake County entered Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan as part of the Northeast region. Under Phase 4, gatherings of 50 people or fewer are allowed with this limit subject to change, and face coverings continue to be required in all indoor public spaces and outdoors when maintaining six feet of social distancing is not possible.    
Under Phase 4, additional businesses may open subject to restrictions. Lake County Forward has developed guidelines to prepare businesses and employers to implement new safety guidelines and bring employees back to work. Learn more about the State of Illinois guidelines for businesses.
People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including older people and those with a health condition that may make them vulnerable, are urged to stay in their residence and minimize in-person contact with others to the extent possible. 
How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering or Mask 

Wearing a cloth face covering CORRECTLY can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. When you go out on essential trips, follow these tips from the CDC. If you have a child, remember those under age 2 should not wear a face covering. 

  • Make sure you can breathe through it 
  • Wear it whenever going out in public 
  • Make sure it covers your nose and mouth 
  • Wash after using 
Lake County Coronavirus Data Hub:

Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center business guidance:

Anyone needing assistance finding food, shelter, rent or utility assistance, or other essential services can call 211 or TEXT their zip code to 898211 to speak with someone who can help 24/7. United Way of Lake County is also coordinating volunteers via its website:

Please see the attached information: The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America


The State of Illinois Coronavirus website: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus

Illinois Department of Public Health:http://www.dph.illinois.gov/

Lake County Health Department: www.lakecountyil.gov/coronavirus

Interested in donating blood: https://www.vitalant.org/ 
Upcoming COVID-19 Testing in Lake County 

Free COVID-19 testing will be available at the below locations in Lake County this week. A mobile testing unit managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health will be stationed at: 
  • Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Libertyville High School, 708 W. Park Avenue, Libertyville 
  • Sunday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Deerfield High School, 1959 Waukegan Road, Deerfield 
  • Saturday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Round Lake High School, 800 High School Drive, Round Lake  
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Highwood Public Library, 102 Highwood Avenue, Highwood (Walk-up only; no drive-through) 
  • Saturday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Round Lake High School, 800 High School Drive, Round Lake 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Highwood Public Library, 102 Highwood Avenue, Highwood (Walk-up only; no drive-through) 
Testing is free and open to all regardless of symptoms. A phone number and name are required in order to receive testing results. Photo identification and proof of insurance are helpful, but not required. High demand for testing may result in long wait times.  

Community-Based Testing Site Reopens in a New Location in Waukegan 
The COVID-19 drive-through testing site in Waukegan has opened in a new location at 102 W. Water Street. Testing is available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until the daily capacity of 750 tests is reached. The previous site at Northwestern Avenue in Waukegan is no longer being used for COVID-19 testing and will revert back to
an Illinois Vehicle Emissions Testing Program site. 
                          
Things to know before you go:   
  • Testing is free of charge, and available to anyone with or without symptoms. 
  • No appointment, insurance, or physician referral is needed.
  • Photo identification is required. 
  • Anyone in the vehicle who wants a test must be seated at a functioning
  • window.  
  • Once you enter the line in your vehicle, you will not be permitted to exit your car.  
  • For the safety of the testing personnel, walk-ups are not allowed. Individuals must arrive in a vehicle.  
211 Is Here to Help

211 is a free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral helpline connecting individuals & 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.

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.

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