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Long Grove E-Newsletter Edition 49                               August 1, 2019

In this newsletter, you will find information about protecting yourself against a ruse burglary, as well as West Nile Virus, which includes reporting standing water to help control mosquitoes. A road project is coming soon to Rt. 53 and Old Hicks Road, and another road resurfacing project recently kicked off on Rt. 22 between Quentin Road and Old McHenry Road - both are expected to cause traffic delays. While the Old McHenry Road project is wrapping up, the Robert Parker Coffin Road (RPC) project has just begun; RPC Road will be closed for the duration of the project. Businesses in the downtown will remain open during the RPC project, with alternative access points and parking. Residents are reminded to call JULIE at 811 before digging, and to attend the Recycle-O-Rama event this coming Saturday in Lake Bluff. Nicor Gas continues to install new communication devices on meters throughout the Village to provide more accurate billing for customers. Please also see the Village's meeting calendar below.   

Thank you!
Village of Long Grove 
IDOT Begins Asphalt Resurfacing on Rt. 22: Expect Traffic Delays
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) began an asphalt resurfacing project earlier this week on Rt. 22 between Quentin Road and Old McHenry Road, and the project is expected to last until the end of September, weather-permitting. Significant traffic delays are anticipated; work will begin at 7:00 a.m. and end at 7:00 p.m. Motorists are advised to utilize detours. 
Coming Up Soon: 
Road Construction Alert for Rt. 53/Old Hicks Road
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is planning to begin a construction project on Rt. 53 and Old Hicks Road, picking up from the previous utility work that caused traffic backups in the early spring. Periodic lane closures are expected to begin again in the coming weeks, though IDOT has not provided the Village with a schedule for the project at this time. Once it begins, r esidents should expect intermittent lane closures and resulting traffic delays. Closures will not be permitted during the peak hours of 6:00-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-6:00 p.m. Motorists are encouraged to utilize detours for the duration of the project. For questions, please call IDOT Project Manager Jonathan Shumacher at  847-705-4260 or via email at .
Before You Dig!
August 11, 2019 is National 811 Day! An underground utility line is damaged once every few minutes because someone didn't call 811 - make sure to notify JULIE before you dig! Click here for more information. 
Mosquito Control

Until the first killing frost, mosquitoes are still a threat, as is the possibility of contracting West Nile Virus. For more information on West Nile Virus and how to protect yourself, visit the Lake County Health Department  website here. While mosquitoes continue to breed and hatch, there are proactive steps that can be taken to help control them. For information on how to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, and the ' 4 Steps of Protection', click here. Residents should report any permanent or temporary standing water on property that has not been treated with larvacide, by calling the Mosquito hotline at  800-942-2555.
Ruse Burglaries

A ruse burglary occurred recently in Long Grove when a homeowner was lured out of the home by an offender, as accomplices came into the home through a different entry point and burglarized it - taking jewelry and other valuable items. Residents are urged to be cautious when individuals show up at their doors stating they are checking the water supply/water pressure, or suggesting there are electrical problems or other needed repairs. Additionally, ask for identification and do not allow strangers to come into homes or move you away from unlocked front doors. Ruse burglaries most often happen during the late morning/early afternoon hours through 5:00 p.m. These criminals generally target people who live alone, and/or the elderly.

The Lake County Sheriff suggests that residents pay attention to the physical characteristics and attire of people who show up at their front doors. If possible, try to note the license plate number and make/model of the offender(s) vehicle. Individuals who have been a victim of a ruse burglary, or have seen suspicious vehicles or persons approaching neighbors are asked to call the Sheriff at 847-549-5200 to report the incident - or dial 911 if the offense is in progress.

Help keep items out of landfills by participating in SWALCO's Recycle-O-Rama event this coming Saturday at Shields Township in Lake Bluff. Visit this link for all the details! 
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Village Seeks Residents With 
Alternative Energy Systems Expertise
Long Grove's Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals (PCZBA) is currently seeking residents who have expertise or backgrounds working with alternative energy systems (solar, wind, geothermal and others). Interested individuals are being asked to attend the August 6, 2019 PCZBA meeting, and can contact Long Grove Village Planner Jim Hogue for more information at   847-634-9440
RPC Road Project Update
The Robert Parker Coffin (RPC) Road project is now underway.  Westbound RPC will remain closed during the road reconstruction while eastbound RPC will have periodic lane closures Extension of the public watermain down RPC Road will occur first, and will provide access to public water for all downtown properties in order to attract new businesses.  Other planned improvements include streetlights, benches, ADA accessible sidewalks, new landscaping and storm sewer improvements. As part of this project, the RPC Bridge will be physically moved to the
west of its current location, and the Bridge will be 'out' with no access to it as abutments are being replaced. The historic iron truss will also be removed during this time, and then moved back over the abutments. The Bridge will also be painted as part of this project. 

The entire project is planned to be finished prior to Thanksgiving (weather-permitting). During this project, signage will direct shoppers to access points for all businesses. Main entrances for businesses affected by the RPC Road closure will utilize rear entrances for access and remain open during construction. Temporary signs are in place at entrances for the Village Tavern and Stempel parking lots, where parking is available to shoppers. To learn more about shopping in downtown Long Grove, click here and for dining options, click hereFor additional information and questions about the RPC Road project, please call Village Hall at  847-634-9440
Old McHenry Road Project 
Nears Completion!
Pavement grooving work on Old McHenry Road near Village Hall.
After more than a year of construction, the contractor working with the Lake County Department of Transportation (LCDOT) is handling cleanup and other punch list items for the final phase of the Old McHenry Road project.  The installation of street lighting is planned for some time in August (TBD). The official 'turning on' of a new stoplight at the intersection of Robert Parker Coffin and Old McHenry roads has also not yet been scheduled. Trees will be planted in the area this fall between August 15th and October 15th; the project is expected to be completed during the same period that trees are planted. For real-time information, please visit the LCDOT website .
Nicor Installing New Devices on  Natural Gas Meters 
Nicor Gas continues to install two-way communication devices on all business and residential natural gas meters in the Village. Natural gas usage will be more accurately computed with this new technology in place, and it will eliminate the need for estimated bills. Services will not be disrupted. For properties that have an accessible meter, no action is needed.  Residents or businesses with meters that are not accessible will be contacted by Nicor to schedule an appointment so the device can be installed. For more information, please call Nicor at  855-333-4347 or click here .
Vintage Days is August 17-18

Long Grove Vintage Days will showcase all things vintage, reclaimed, hand-made, upcycled, antique and repurposed in an open-air summer marketplace Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18, 2019 - both days from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and admission is free! This season, the setting changes to another area in town at 135 Old McHenry Road (outside Village Tavern) and Long Grove Confectionary's driveway, 114 Old McHenry Road! Vintage Days gives everyone from the vintage collector to the admirer a plethora of handmade and unique products they can't find anywhere else. This event includes live music, a Penny Carnival on Sunday hosted by the Long Grove Historical Society, complimentary tractor rides and more! Click here for all the details. 

The Long Grove Arts & Music Council will also be providing a free concert at Towner Green on Sunday, August 18th - The Don Stiernberg Quartet begins at 4:00 p.m. 
Community Calendar
Click on the meeting below for additional information.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Monday, August 19, 2019
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Economic Development Commission
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Village Board Meeting

View all upcoming and past Village of Long Grove public meetings,  agendas and minutes,  here