Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Friday, October 14th, 2011

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, October 14th, 2011:
  1. Changes to Village Utility Billing Rates and Structures
  2. Leaf Collection to begin Monday, October 17th
  3. Warren Newport Public Library to be reopen Monday, October 17th
  4. "Gurnee's Got It!" Continues through October 15th; Finale to be held Wednesday, October 26th
  5. WTHS Craft Fair to he held tomorrow (Saturday, October 15th)
  6. "Celebrating Women" Events to held at Gurnee Mills throughout October
  7. Trick-or-Treating Hours to be held Sunday, Oct. 30th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  8. Veterans Day Celebration to be held Friday, November 11th
  9. Local Resources: "Let's Talk" Month
  10. Question of the Week: Can I get a list of when each Village Facility is open?



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 October issue of Keeping Posted.



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



2. 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.



3. Warren Newport Public Library to reopen Monday, October 17th



Warren Newport Public Library (WNPL) will reopen Monday, October 17th following a month of internal renovations.  Improvements were 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 were also moved during this period.



To celebrate the reopening of the library facility, author Russell Banks has been invited to speak on Monday, October 17th at 7 p.m.  RSVP or learn mroe about thsi event, on the Library'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.



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.



5. WTHS Craft Fair to be held Tomorrow (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.



6. "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.



7. Trick-or-Treating Hours to be held Sunday, October 30th from 5p.m. to 7 p.m.



The Gurnee Police Department requests that all trick-or-treaters limit haunting to the hours of 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The Village also asks that you be respectful of your neighbors while trick-or-treating. Only go to homes of people you know. If you have questions regarding trick-or-treating hours, please contact the Village of Gurnee Police Department at (847) 599-7000.



8. Veterans Day Celebration to be held Friday, November 11th



A Veterans Day celebration will be held on Friday, November 11th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Police Station.  The celebration is being held as part of a local Eagle Scout Project.  See the event's flyer on the Village's website.

9. Local Resources: "Let's Talk" Month



Throughout October, Healthy Communities Healthy Youth (HCHY), a local non-profit, focuses on the development of youth in the Gurnee area.  Each year, HCHY furthers this mission by celebrating October as "Let's Talk" month.  1000 "Let's Talk" boxes are distributed each October through schools and at local events.  Each box contains questions to help parents and children foster discussion.  For any questions, contact Lisa Sheppard at (847) 599-3756.



10. Question of the Week: Can I get a list of when each Village facility is open?



There is a list of all Village facilities posted on the website.  Please note that office hours may change during holidays; however, the Police and Fire Station are always open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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