Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Friday, September 2nd, 2011

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, September 2nd, 2011:
  1. 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony to be held Sunday, September 11th
  2. Police Special Enforcement Period to Continue through Saturday, September 5th
  3. Warren Newport Public Library to be closed Monday, September 12th through Sunday, October 16th for renovations
  4. Warren Township Historical Society to hold Meeting and Presentation Wednesday, September 14th
  5. Village Utility Billing Rates and Structure to Change Saturday, October 1st
  6. "Gurnee's Got It!" Continues through October 15th
  7. Local Resources: SWALCO holds Household Chemical Waste Collections Twice a Month in the Village
  8. Question of the Week: How do I get a garage sale permit?

1. 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony to be held Sunday, September 11th



The Gurnee Exchange Clubs will hold a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday, September 11th from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Viking Park.  The Ceremony is free for the public and will feature posting of Colors by the Fire & Police Honor Guard; guest speakers State Senator Suzi Schmidt, Mayor Kristina M. Kovarik and Navy Captain Pete R. Lintner; United States Navy Great Lakes 50 State Flag Unit; Navy Great Lakes Band; Gurnee Grade School Choir and additional presentations the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Police Civilian Employee of the Year Awards.



2. Police Special Enforcement Period Continues through Monday, September 5th



Through Monday, 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 Beechwood Ave.
  • St. Paul Ave. and Grove Ave.
  • Route 41 and Route 132

As part of the Village's 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.



3. Warren Newport Public Library to be closed Monday, September 12th through Sunday, October 16th for renovations



Warren Newport Public Library (WNPL) will be closed Monday, September 12th through Sunday, October 16th for renovations.  During this time, improvements will be made to the building including installation of new energy-efficient lighting as well as carpeting, wiring and paint.  Multiple staff departments and portions of the collection and shelving will also be moved during this period.



While the library facility will be closed, WNPL will continue offering some programming including the Bookmobile. For full details, visit WNPL's website.



4. Warren Township Historical Society to hold Meeting and Presentation Wednesday, September 14th



The Warren Township Historical Society will hold a General Meeting on Wednesday, September 14th at 7 p.m. at the Mother Rudd House (4690 Old Grand Avenue).  At the meeting, there will be a presentation by Tony Olszewski of the McHenry County Paranormal Research Group on a recent investigation of the Mother Rudd House.  Admission is free to the general public.  For more information, visit the Historical Society's website.



5. 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.


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: SWALCO holds Household Chemical Waste Collections Twice a Month in the Village



The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) offers two household chemical waste collections events per month at their facility in the Village (1311 Estes) for Lake County residents.  Events are held on the second Saturday and fourth Monday of each month.  The upcoming events this month will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10th and Monday, Sept. 26th.



SWALCO can accept a wide variety of chemicals including aerosol products, antifreeze, fungicides, gasoline and others (a full list can be viewed on SWALCO's website).  Residents wishing to participate must set up an appointment SWALCO for these events.  To schedule and appointment and learn mroe, visit SWALCO's website.



8. Question of the Week: How do I get a garage sales permit?



Anyone in the Village seeking to have a garage sale must first obtain a permit from the Community Development Department.  Residents may have two garage sales per year.  Garage sales cannot exceed four days per permit.  Full information on the permit and the requirements can be found on the Village's website.

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