Weekly Announcements for Friday, August 19th, 2011:
Emergency Communications from the Village
Illinois Tollway to hold first of two Public Hearings on Proposed Capital Improvement Plan Tonight (Friday, August 19th)
Police Special Enforcement Period to begin tonight (August 19th)
Village Utility Billing Rates and Structure to Change Saturday, October 1st
Employment Opportunity: Street Supervisor for the Gurnee Public Works Department
"Gurnee's Got It!" Continues through October 15th
Local Resources: Lake County to hold "Understanding Your Property Tax" meetings throughout the fall
Question of the Week: Where can I find information on Village taxes and fees?
1. Emergency Communications from the Village
Yesterday's stabbing incident serves as a tragic reminder of how easily an emergency can happen. Fortunately, the Gurnee Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Lake County Sheriff's Office, were able to quickly contain the situation with no escalation. In times like these where communication is instantaneous, the Village has worked to create reliable, convenient systems for sharing relevant information with the public.
In yesterday's case, the Village used Connect CTY to alert area residents and businesses of the situation and to give the "all clear" when the situation was contained. Communications were also done through the website, this listserv and the Village's Twitter account. It is the Village's objective to share timely, relevant and accurate information in order to help ensure the safety of residents, businesses and visitors during an emergency situation.
If you have not done so, please consider signing up for the Connect CTY service. In addition to emergency communications, the Village also sends other information that may be useful to residents through this system. You may sign up through the Village's website.
Further, you may wish to sign up to receive information through the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch program. This program helps keep residents and businesses informed of any crime alerts or other relevant Police Department updates.
2. Illinois Tollway to hold first of two Public Hearings on Proposed Capital Improvement Plan Tonight (Friday, August 19th)
The Illinois Tollway will hold the first of two public hearings to be held in Lake County on the Tollway's proposed capital plan tonight at the Libertyville Civic Center (135 West Church Street) from 7 to 9 p.m. The second hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 23rd at Buffalo Grove Village Hall (50 Raupp Road) from 7 to 9 p.m.
During these hearing, residents will be able to comment on the $12 billion dollar capital improvement program proposed by the Illinois Tollway. Of direct interest to Lake County residents are a proposed funding of $100 million toward planning and technical studies for the extension of Route 53 from Lake Cook Road to Route 120. This budget will include new fare increases for passenger vehicles, in most cases from 40 cents to 75 cents (double these fares for cars without IPass).
If you cannot make these meetings, you may also learn more or comment on the Tollway's website.
3. Police Special Enforcement Period to begin tonight (August 19th)
Beginning tonight (August 19th) and running through Saturday, September 5th, the Gurnee Police Department will be conducting occupant protection enforcement zones throughout the village. These zones will be established throughout the community to ensure compliance with seat belt laws and the use of child safety seats. Zones will be established in the following areas:
Northwestern and Grandville
Route 132 and Belle Plaine Ave.
Almond Rd and Dada Dr.
Cemetery Rd. and Washington St.
Crescent Ave. and Belle Plaine Ave.
First St. and Blackstone Ave.
Lawson Blvd. and Beachwood Ave.
St. Paul Ave. and Grove Ave.
Route 41 and Route 132
As part of our overall traffic safety initiatives, these special enforcement activities are a vital component to help make our roadways safer for all who enjoy living in and visiting our community. Officers assigned to these details will have zero tolerance for traffic violations, particularly lack of safety belt or child seat use and impaired driving.
Additionally, a roadside safety checkpoint is scheduled to occur from approximately 10:00 PM on the evening of September 3rd through the early morning hours of September 4th, 2011.
For any questions contact the Police Department at (847) 599-7000.
4. Village Utility Billing Rates and Structure to Change Saturday, October 1st
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.
5. Employment Opportunity: Street Supervisor for the Gurnee Public Works Department
The Village seeks an experienced Street Supervisor to manage the day-to-day operations of the Street division.
The position requires: a valid Class “B” Commercial Drivers License with tanker and air brake endorsements; Associate’s degree in Construction Management / Business Administration / related field; 5 years municipal public works experience, including at least 3 years supervisory experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Proficiency with Microsoft Office products and other job-specific software programs; snow and ice control experience; participative supervisory style; strong administrative abilities; and well developed writing skills also important. Salary hiring range: $70,000 to $80,000 (+/-) DOQ.
Information Packet and application materials available at www.gurnee.il.us. Response deadline: 3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 1, 2011. EOE
6. "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.
7. Local Resources: Lake County to hold "Understanding Your Property Tax" meetings throughout the Fall
For those residents interested in learning more about their property tax bills, Lake County will offer two public information meetings and several tax assessment help centers this coming fall. Full details can be found on Lake County's website.
As a reminder, the Village does not levy a property tax on residents. For any questions about your property tax bill, please contact Lake County.
8. Question of the Week: Where can I find information on Village taxes and fees?
The Village publishes an annual fee schedule (including tax rates) as part of the annual budget process. The FY 11/12 fee schedule can be found on the Village's website. For any questions, contact Village Hall at 847-599-7500.