Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Friday, July 15th, 2011

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, July 15th, 2011:
  1. Village and Com Ed Operations Continue in Response to July 11th Thunderstorm
  2. Village Utility Billing Rates and Structure to Change Saturday, October 1st
  3. Village Board and Commission Agendas and Meeting Notices to be moved to new Listserv; Users Must Opt In to Continue Receiving Agenda Notifications after July 18th
  4. "Gurnee's Got It!" Continues through October 15th
  5. Gurnee Days 2011 Event Schedule Now Online
  6. Reminder: Local Watering Restrictions
  7. Local Resources: Connect CTY Service
  8. Question of the Week: How does Com Ed restore power?

1. Village and Com Ed Operations Continue in Response to July 11th Thunderstorm

The Village and Com Ed continue operations in the Village to clear storm damage and restore power respectively.  As a reminder, the Public Works Department will be collecting downed branches for the next few weeks.  Please drag branches to the curb and leave them with the cut ends facing the street.  If you have any questions about brush or branch pick up, please contact the Public Works Department at (847) 599-6800.

As of 10 a.m. today, Com Ed crews are continuing work in the Village to restore power to residents in areas mainly north of Grand along Route 21.  200 of the original 12,000 Com Ed customers that lost power on Monday are still disconnected.  98% of all connections originally lost in the storm have been restored. Com Ed estimates that 99% of all customers will have power restored by midnight tonight. 

Residents should call 1-800-Edison-1 to report down wires.  In addition, if your power is restored and then goes out again, please report it to Com Ed.  If your immediate nieghbors are on and your power remains out, this should also be reported to 1-800-Edison-1.

A Com Ed representative has been on site since Tuesday to work with the Village on coordinating crews and priorities.  To date, Com Ed  has installed over 50 miles of new wire and over 300 new utility poles in the Chicagoland region and currently has nearly 850 crews in the field, including mutual support from utilities in Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Crews from Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee also are assisting ComEd.

The Village appreciates the patience and willingness to help that residents have displayed over this week.  Com Ed reports that this is the worst storm that has ever impacted their system, and Lake County was particularly hard hit.  Again, thank you to those residents that helped each other and spread information as it became available. 

The July 15th 10:30 a.m. update of Com Ed and Village activities is available on the Village's website.

2. Village Utility Billing Rates and Structure to Change Saturday, October 1st

A water main break on Old Grand AvenueAt the June 20th regular meeting, the Village Board approved Ordinance 2011-50, which modified several sections of the Municipal Code related to water and sewer rates and structure.  Beginning on October 1st, the Village will restructure water and sewer billing rates and frequency.  Under this system, residents and businesses will pay a base fee for water and sewer service per bill and then pay for any usage instead of the Village charging a minimum usage bill.  Base fees will depend on the water meter size of the respective customer.  For single family residences, the base fee for water and sewer service will be $10.93 per bill.  The modified combined water and sewer rates for all users will be $4.97 per 1,000 gallons, an 8% increase.  The average single family household, using roughly 6,000 gallons of water a month, will be $70.57 per bill.

In addition, the Village will move from a quarterly billing cycle to a bimonthly billing cycle.  This means residents and businesses will be billed six times a year instead of four.  The main advantages of this move will be faster detection of problems for residents and businesses.

These changes were recommended in a recent water rate study completed by Baxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers with the assistance of the Village.  The study was conducted to determine the financial health of the water and sewer utilities, the ability of the current rate schedule to successfully maintain the utility systems and the equity of the rates for residents.  As these systems age, the need for maintenance or replacement will also grow.  These new rates ensure that the system can remain healthy and that events, such as the water main break depicted above, can be better addressed.

You can learn more about the Village's water and sewer systems on the Village's website.  More information on the upcoming changes will be distributed through the August edition of Keeping Posted and upcoming water bills.  For any additional questions, contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.

3. Village Board and Commission Agendas and Noticed to be transitioned to new Listserv; Users must Opt-In to continue receiving these updates after July 18th

Based on initial feedback since the transition of all of the Village's listservs to Mailchimp, the Village will discontinue sending agendas and meeting notices over all listservs.  Instead, agendas and meeting notices will be made into a new listserv.  In compliance with federal law, external users will be asked to "opt-in" to this new listserv.  To do so, simply visit the Village's website and input your information, click "Meeting Notice & Agendas" and submit the new information.

The Village will continue sending out agendas and notices to all users until Monday, July 18th.  For any questions, contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500..

4. "Gurnee's Got It!" Continues through October 15th

The 2011 "Gurnee's Got It!" Campaign launched Wednesday, June 15th and will continue through Saturday, October 15th.  Coupons are now available on the website as well as sweepstakes entries.

As with the 2010 campaign, everyone is invited to visit the "Gurnee's Got It!" website, download any and all coupons you would like and redeem them at local businesses!  You can also enter this year's sweepstakes for one of three free one-year car leases from Michael Fohrman's Gurnee Dodge Chrysler Jeep or a number of other prizes.

"Gurnee's Got It!" is local marketing campaign made possible through the collaboration of the Village of Gurnee, Gurnee Park District and the Lake County Visitors' and Convention Bureau with Michael Fohrman's Gurnee Dodge Chrysler Jeep and the Village of Gurnee Chamber of Commerce.

For any questions, visit the campaign's website or contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500. 

5. Gurnee Days 2011 Event Schedule Now Online

Gurnee Days 2011 will begin Thursday, August 11th and runs through Sunday, August 14th.  Start planning now!  A full schedule of events for the week can be found on the Gurnee Days website.  A paper copy of the schedule can be found in the upcoming August issue of Keeping Posted.

6. Reminder: Local Sprinkling Restrictions

As a friendly reminder, the Village does have water sprinkling restrictions between May 15th and September 15th each year.  The Village's restrictions use an even/odd system where even numbered houses may water their lawns on even numbered days and vice versa for odd houses.  Residents may sprinkle their lawns any time between 6 p.m. on 10 a.m. on their respective day.  If you are using a hand held device (watering can, bucket or hose), you may water at any time.  For any questions, contact the Public Works Department at (847) 599-6800.

7. Local Resources: Connect CTY Service

During this past week, the Connect CTY automated calling service has been an inevaluable resource for communicating with residents and businesses.  Through this service, residents can receive automated telephone messages from the Village regarding events such as updates on this week's power outages or other events such severe weather updates, amber alerts or special upcoming events such as fall leaf collection or spring unlimited landscape waste collection.  To sign up for this service, contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500 or visit the Village's website.

8. Question of the Week: How does Com Ed restore power?

The Com Ed power restoration process works by first identifying outges.  Problem areas within high voltage lines are first identified to restore the most power to the most customers.  Following that, Com Ed works to restore power to critical facilities such as hospitals, police and fire stations and other emergency service centers.  Work then continues on major equipment in localized areas.  Finally, individual services that were somehow severed are repaired.  For more information, visit Com Ed's website.

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