Volume 1 May 21, 2020
Kathleen M. O'Connor
Supervisor
Did someone share this newsletter with you?
Libertyville Township will be closed on Monday, May 25 th
in observance of Memorial Day. 
From the Supervisor's Office

Libertyville Township Offices will be closed to the public effective March 17th through May 30th. Limited staff will be available at the office to answer phone calls, provide emergency assistance as needed, receive donations for the food pantry, and distribute food to registered users of the pantry. Any changes and/or updates will be posted on the website.

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 pantry is in need of paper bags, pasta, pasta sauce, ramen noodles, canned tuna, macaroni and cheese, bar soap, toilet paper, paper towels, any personal care items and cleaning supplies. 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.
Upcoming Libertyville Township Board Meeting Announcement

The next Libertyville Township Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 7:00. It will be a Virtual Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8208096811?pwd=aXVkSElUZEJ6dnhSTUpGeVpGUUNjdz09

Meeting ID: 820 8096 8115
Password: 7vE7p5

Please submit Public Comments to Kathleen O’Connor by 4:00 on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Any public comment received will be read aloud by the Clerk.
From the Township Assessor Office

SENIOR FREEZE APPLICATIONS

Effective 2020, t he Chief County Assessor Office is no longer providing a paper form to apply for the senior citizen assessment freeze. They will require seniors to apply online using the Smart E-Filing Portal at www.assessor.lakecountyil.gov . Please contact the Chief County Assessor Office with any questions at 847.377.2050.

We are happy to assist you with your Senior Freeze application. Please visit our office once we are open to the public and bring the following documents to apply:

  • Applicant's driver’s license or state identification card
  • Applicant's 2019 Federal Income Tax return and ALL schedules
  • If applicable, the 2019 Federal Income Tax returns of those individuals also residing in the household
North Libertyville Estates Levee Signage Update

Levee signage will be updated this summer to emphasize that all residents do their part in keeping the levee in good condition. More information on the levee that protects North Libertyville Estates from flood events is provided at the Lake County website here https://www.lakecountyil.gov/316/North-Libertyville-Estates-Levee . Note specifically that residents are directly responsible to maintain areas near the levee clear of debris and structures as described in the FAQ section: “ What else should residents know about living next to the levee? Residents should keep fences, trees, bushes, fire pits, and garbage barrels away from the levee. These encroachments can hinder operations and maintenance, or negatively impact the integrity of the levee. Also, do not dump leaves and grass clippings in levee ditches, and refrain from driving motorized vehicles on the levee. Your assistance in this regard will help minimize levee maintenance costs.”
Sandbag Information

The Lake County Public Works Department has a limited number of sandbags available for unincorporated residents in Lake County. Please call at 847.377.7188 to schedule to confirm availability and/or schedule a time for pick-up.
For residents of municipalities, please contact your local municipality regarding sandbag availability.
Bike Path Wayfinding Study Virtual Public Meeting, May 27

The Lake County Division of Transportation's (LCDOT) countywide Bike Path Wayfinding and Signage study is almost complete! Taking into account feedback from hundreds of participants at a public meeting held last year and an interactive survey, LCDOT is ready to present its findings of wayfinding strategies and sign templates to enhance the bikeways in Lake County. 
Ultimately, the goal is to help the public using the bike paths have a better understanding of where they are on the trails and make it easier to find connecting destinations. 
Please join us at our upcoming virtual public information meeting to hear about the findings, interact with the study team and provide feedback. During the meeting, we will also announce a test section on one of our trails where people can see the signs in person! 

Join us at the virtual meeting
Date: Wednesday, May 27
Time: 6 - 7 pm
Tune in: This public meeting will be hosted live on the LCDOT's Facebook page. Attendees can view the meeting through their computer, tablet, or phone. Get reminded of this event by  clicking "interested" on our Facebook Event page
To learn more about the study,  watch this video . We look forward to your participation! 
2020 Online Native Plant Sale

Lake County Forest Preserves is offering online sales of native perennials, trees, and shrubs are open now through July 1, 2020.

LAKE COUNTY BOARD AUTHORIZES DEFERRED PAYMENTS FOR HARDSHIP DUE TO COVID-19

Lake County, IL- The Lake County Board passed an ordinance for deferred payment of property taxes without penalties as a result of hardship due to the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We all want to help families and residents who are facing economic hardship,” said Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim. “Every single person in our community is facing uncertainty about their economic future. The Board did the right thing by applying the deferred payment plan to all property owners.”
Under the ordinance, Lake County property owners must still pay the full amount of property taxes due. Property owners may pay their property taxes the following schedule without penalty:
  • By June 8: 50% of first installment normally due in full on June 8
  • By August 7: 50% (remainder) of first installment normally due on June 8
  • By September 8: 50% of second installment normally due in full on September 8
  • By November 9: 50% (remainder) of second installment normally due on September 8.
Treasurer Kim expressed appreciation to the Board for thoughtfully debating the proposal. “I want to thank the members of the Lake County Board and Chair Sandy Hart for their careful approach to this ordinance. While this ordinance will create unique challenges for my office because we have already prepared and mailed tax bills, the Board’s thorough consideration helps address those challenges.”
The Treasurer’s Office will be issuing guidelines for payments under the new ordinance shortly. “We have to balance the interests of the property owners and the local governments who rely on property tax payments to provide essential services,” Kim said. “We also have to deal with a decision to fundamentally alter how taxes are paid that was made after tax bills were already printed and sent. We will do our best to help taxpayers, but taxpayers may experience longer than usual wait times for customer service as a result of how late this change was made by the Board.”
The Lake County Board also authorized Treasurer Kim to mail notice of the deferred payment plan to Lake County property owners. Lake County property owners will receive this notification in approximately two weeks. Kim also said that her office will provide updates on their web site at  www.lakecountytreasurer.info , and through social media at   https://www.facebook.com/LakeCountyTreasurer .

COVID-19 INFORMATION

STAY AT HOME EXECUTIVE ORDER EXTENDED TO MAY 30, 2020

Governor Pritzker has extended the Stay at Home Order through Saturday, May 30, 2020 with some modifications. Starting May 1st, changes will include the following: 

    OUTDOOR RECREATION:  State parks will begin a phased re-opening under guidance from the Department of Natural Resources. Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people will be permitted. A list of parks that will be open on May 1 and additional guidelines can be found on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website. Golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and when ensuring that social distancing is followed.

   NEW ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES:  Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries may re-open as essential businesses. These stores must follow social distancing requirements and must require that employees and customers wear a face covering. Animal grooming services may also re-open.

    NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL:  Retail stores not designated as essential businesses and operations may re-open to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery.
 
    FACE COVERINGS:  Beginning on May 1, individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can’t maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask.
 
  ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND MANUFACTURING:  Essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing, as well as follow new requirements that maximize social distancing and prioritize the well-being of employees and customers. This will include occupancy limits for essential businesses and precautions such as staggering shifts and operating only essential lines for manufacturers.
 
    SCHOOLS:   Educational institutions may allow and establish procedures for pick-up of necessary supplies or student belongings. Dormitory move-outs must follow public health guidelines, including social distancing.
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:
Paycheck Protection Program: 

Health insurance options:

Information on filing federal income taxes: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

Resources for cloth face coverings:


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

For information on the Coronavirus Disease 19, please click here.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention-  https://www.cdc.gov/


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/  

For individuals co-quarantined or isolated with an abuser can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799 .7233 or www.thehotline.org
Reducing Stress and Anxiety

The outbreak of coronavirus has been stressful for many people; however, maintaining self-care and coping with stress will help make you, your community, and those you care about stronger. Some ways to support yourself during this time include:
  • Taking breaks from news stories, including social media.
  • Maintaining physical self-care through routines like meditation, healthy eating, and exercise.
  • Connecting with loved ones. Social distancing doesn't mean social isolation and it is important to talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
It is important that people with pre-existing mental health conditions continue their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. For more information on how to lessen stress during the coronavirus outbreak please visit:  https://bit.ly/3bMWr9x
Volunteers Needed  

Volunteers are needed to serve meals to the homeless, deliver meals to seniors, provide general office support, and much more. Both telework and in person volunteer opportunities exist.  
Interested volunteers are asked to complete an online registration form with United Way of Lake County that asks for contact information, areas of interest and times of availability, in order to appropriately match volunteers with organizations in need of assistance.  

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