Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Friday, October 7th, 2011

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, October 7th, 2011:
  1. Changes to Village Utility Billing Rates and Structures
  2. Reminder: Report Suspicious Activity to the Police Department
  3. Early Notice: Leaf Collection to begin Monday, October 17th
  4. Warren Newport Public Library to be closed through Sunday, October 16th for renovations
  5. SWALCO to hold Electronics Collection Event Wednesday, October 12th
  6. "Gurnee's Got It!" Continues through October 15th; Finale to be held Wednesday, October 26th
  7. WTHS Craft Fair to he held Sunday, October 15th
  8. "Celebrating Women" Events to held at Gurnee Mills throughout October
  9. Local Resources: Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings Available through the Lake County Health Department
  10. Question of the Week: What can I do to avoid having my Mailbox hit by a Plow?



1. Changes to Village Utility Billing Rates and Structures

On Saturday, October 1st, the Village restructured water and sewer billing rates and frequency.  Under this system, residents and businesses 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 depend on the water meter size of the respective customer.  For single family residences, the base fee for water and sewer service is $10.93 per bill.  The modified combined water and sewer rates for all users is $4.97 per 1,000 gallons, an 8% increase from the old system.  The average single family household, using roughly 6,000 gallons of water a month, will pay $70.57 per bill.  Information on these rates changes can be found on the Village's website.



This change will not be immediately apparent on most bills.  The Village must first transition from its current three month cycle system (where residents and businesses receive bills once per quarter) to a two month cycle (where residents and businesses receive a bill every other month).  This transition will occur between October and December, and any bills you receive between now and December should have usage from before and after the changes.  More information on your specific bill can be found on the Village's website and in the upcoming issue of Keeping Posted.



For any questions, please contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.



2. Reminder: Report Suspicious Activity to the Police Department



As a friendly reminder, please report any suspicious activity to the Police Department for further investigation to help possibly prevent or stop a crime in progress.  Within the last month, the Gurnee Police Department was able to apprehend two suspects with the assistance of witnesses who saw and reported suspicious activity.  You can contact 9-1-1 directly if you see a crime in progress or believe a crime is about to happen for assistance.  Please remember: "If you see something, say something."  For more information, please visit the Village's website.



3. 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.  Please note that your leaf collection day may not be the same day as your regular refuse collection and that the trucks may not always come on the same day during the collection period due to rain, snow or other inclement weather, which can significantly slow down operations.  Leaves must be raked to the curb no later than 6 a.m. on the Monday of each collection week to ensure that they are picked up that week.  Look for more details on the Village's website and in the October issue of Keeping Posted.



4. 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.

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.



The grand finale event for the 2011 campaign will be held Wednesday, October 26th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Michael Fohrman's Gurnee Dodge Chrysler Jeep (7255 Grand).  Come out and enjoy the evening with music and prize giveaways.  Details will be available on the "Gurnee's Got It!" website.



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. "Celebrating Women" Events to be held at Gurnee Mills Throughout October



Gurnee Mills will be taking part in "Celebrating Women," a national, month-long initiative focused on women, through offering style presentations, women’s health awareness programs, in-store events and discounts throughout October.  A few events coming up this month include the following:

  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Held on Saturday, October 15th, mothers and daughters can get a variety of special services at Style Stops throughout the mall.  Each Style Stop will be held at a specific retailer and include services such as manicures, pedicures, massages and more.
  • FemiNation Celebration: Held on Thursday, October 20th, this expo will feature manicures, pedicures, massages, wine tasting and more.

Throughout the month, Red Hat Society members can come to any customer service desk and also receive special coupons and discounts for retailers at Gurnee Mills.  For more information, visit Gurnee Mills' website.

9. Local Resources: Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings through the Lake County Health Department



Free breast and cervical cancer screenings are available to women living in Lake County that meet certain eligibility requirements through a program at the Lake County Health Department.  Women seeking these screenings can contact the program directly with the information on Lake County's website.  These types of screenings are particularly for women, especially those age 40 or over, due to the prominence of these cancers.  1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.  Cervical cancer is still a leading cause of death for women across the world.  Fortunately, both cancers can be treated if caught early enough through regular screenings.



10. Question of the Week: What can I do to avoid having my Mailbox hit by a Plow?



With the fall season comes the beginning of dry runs for snow and ice control by the Public Works Department.  The purpose of these runs is to both test the routes and identify any potential problems and resolve them prior to the start of the winter.  After these runs are completed, you may receive a letter from the Public Works Department explaining that your mailbox is not properly positioned and should be corrected before the winter to avoid being hit by a plow truck.  With the great weather forecasted for this weekend, the Village would like to remind all residents to check their mailboxes and take care of any problems before its get too cold outside to comfortably do so.



Mailboxes should be placed using USPS guidelines.  The box to the left below illustrates a box that has been correctly set per those guidelines.  The box to the right depicts two of several common problems mail boxes can have - in particular, the box has begun to lean into the street and has been placed too close to the street.  It may be hit during snow plowing operations if these problems are not corrected.







If you notice you have a problem with your mailboxes or have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (847) 599-6800.

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