Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Friday, August 5th, 2011

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, August 5th, 2011:
  1. Gurnee Days Begins Thursday, August 11th
  2. Village Utility Billing Rates and Structure to Change Saturday, October 1st
  3. Police Department Accepting Applications for Citizens Police Academy
  4. "Gurnee's Got It!" Continues through October 15th
  5. Reminder: Local Watering Restrictions
  6. Local Resources: Continuing Education Programs through CLC
  7. Question of the Week:Where can I get woodchips?

1. Gurnee Days Begins Thursday, August 11th

The annual Gurnee Days celebration will begin Thursday, August 11th.  Festivities will continue throughout the weekend, including a testimonial dinner for Gurnee Days Honoree Barbara Swanson, a fireworks show on Saturday night at Viking Park and the annual Gurnee Days parade.  For a full schedule, visit the Gurnee Days website.

On Saturday, August 13th, the Gurnee Public Works, Fire and Police Departments will each have an open house for residents.  Come and learn more about these departments, their operations and the service they provide to the community.  The Public Works Department open house will begin at 9 a.m. at the Public Works Facility (1151 Kilbourne) and include tree climbing, hydrant flushing and backhoe demonstrations as well as equipment tours and plow painting.  The Fire Department open house will begin at 10 a.m. at Fire Station #1 (4587 Old Grand) and include special team demonstrations, a tour of the fire equipment and the chance to see firefighters in action.  The Police Department open house will begin at 11 a.m. at the Police Facility (100 N. O'Plaine) and include a K9 demonstration, a tour of the policy facility and the ability to look up close at a squad car.

For any questions about these open houses, contact the respective Department.  The Village wishes everyone a happy and safe Gurnee Days.

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.

You can learn more about these upcoming changes on the Village's website.  For any questions, contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.

3. Police Department Accepting Applications for Police Citizens Academy

The Gurnee Police Department will be holding a Citizens Police Academy beginning August 25th and running through November 17th.  Classes will be held each Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m.  Classes will cover many areas of police operation such as the 911 Center, Investigations and Patrol.  For an application or more information, visit the the Police Department’s website.

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. 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 numbered 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.

6. Local Resources: Continuing Education Programs at CLC

The College of Lake County (CLC) offers a variety of continuing education programs for non-degree seeking residents.  Programs largely focus on professional development and personal enrichment.  Opportunities include small business workshops and specific courses in business skills, communication, foreign languages and other areas.  For a full list of programs, visit CLC's website.

7. Question of the Week: Where can I get woodchips?

Due to the recent storms, Public Works has a surplus of woodchips that residents can take and use.  Woodchips can be picked up at the Public Works facility (1151 Kilbourne).  Residents are welcome to take as many woodchips as they would like.  For any questions, contact the Public Works Department at (847) 599-6800.

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