Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Friday, September 22nd, 2011

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, September 23rd, 2011:
  1. Reminder: Please Keep Garage Doors Closed
  2. Early Notice: Leaf Collection to begin Monday, October 17th
  3. Warren Newport Public Library to be closed through Sunday, October 16th for renovations
  4. Village Utility Billing Rates and Structure to Change Saturday, October 1st
  5. SWALCO to hold Electronics Collection Event Wednesday, October 12th
  6. "Gurnee's Got It!" Continues through October 15th
  7. WTHS Craft Fair to he held Sunday, October 15th
  8. Local Resources: Fire Department Home Inspections
  9. Question of the Week: Do I need a Raffle License?

1. Reminder: Please Keep Garage Doors Closed



As a friendly reminder, the Gurnee Police Department would like to remind residents to keep their garage doors closed to help deter burglaries.  There have been a number of burglaries reported in the last month where offenders have entered garages with open overhead doors and took items such as drills and power tools, lawn equipment and bicycles.  The best way to help reduce such opportunitistic crime is to make sure that your garage is secured when you are not present.



For any questions, please contact the Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit at 847-599-7080.



2. Early Notice: Leaf Collection to begin Monday, October 17th



Waste Management will begin the annual leaf collection program on Monday, October 17th and end the program on Saturday, November 26th.  During this period, Waste Management will complete six rounds of the Village to collect leaves.  Residents are asked to rake leaves to the curb for collection.  Look for more details on the Village's website and in the upcoming issue of Keeping Posted.





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



Warren Newport Public Library (WNPL) will be closed 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. 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 pay $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. SWALCO to hold an Electronics Recycling Event Wednesday, October 12th



The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) will hold an electronics recycling event Wednesday, October 12th from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Public Works Facility (1151 Kilbourne Road).  All Lake County residents can bring electronics such as televisions, personal computers, laptops, modems, mainframes and various other items to be recycled.  A full list of recyclable items can be found on SWALCO's website.  For any questions, contact SWALCO at (847) 336-9340.



As a reminder, you do not need an appointment for electronics recycling.  Appointments are only required for household chemical waste collections, which are held on the second Saturday and fourth Monday of each month (except December) at SWALCO's Gurnee Facility (1311 Estes).  The next event will be held Monday, September 26th.  For more information, visit SWALCO's website.



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. WTHS Craft Fair to be held Saturday, October 15th



The 17th Annual Warren Township High School (WTHS) Craft Fair will be held Saturday, October 15th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the WTHS Almond Campus (34090 Almond Road).  This event benefits the WTHS bands and annually features over 140 vendors.  For more information, visit WTHS's website.



8. Local Resources: Fire Department Home Inspections



As the days get shorter and colder, we often find ourselves spending more time inside.  This is an excellent time to ensure your home is safe by requesting a home inspection from the Gurnee Fire Department.  This service is free for residents and will include inspecting the exterior and interior of your home.  For more details, visit the Village's website.



9. Question of the Week: Do I Need a Raffle License?



If you are planning on holding a raffle in the Village, you must first obtain a license.  A full list of rules for raffle licenses can be found on the Village's website.  Please note that there is no cost for such a license.

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