Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Friday, October 21st, 2011

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, October 21st, 2011:
  1. Changes to Village Utility Billing Rates and Structures
  2. Maintenance Worker I Recruitment Process to Begin
  3. Leaf Collection Continues through Saturday, November 26th; Week 1 Collections Delayed by One Day
  4. "Gurnee's Got It!" Finale to be held Wednesday, October 26th
  5. "Celebrating Women" Events to held at Gurnee Mills throughout October
  6. Trick-or-Treating Hours to be held Sunday, Oct. 30th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  7. Veterans Day Celebration to be held Friday, November 11th
  8. Reminder: Woodchips Available at Public Works Facility and at the Nothwestern Water Tower
  9. Local Resources: Put Some Green in Your Halloween
  10. Question of the Week: Where can I find a list of clubs and organizations in the area?



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.



2. Maintenance Worker I Recruitment Process to Begin



Applications for the position of Maintenance Worker with the Gurnee Public Works Department will be available starting Friday, October 21th, 2011 to establish a new eligibility hiring list. To obtain application information, please visit the Village's website.  Required materials must be received by 3:00 p.m. November 9, 2011.



3. Leaf Collection to continue through Saturday, November 26th; Week 1 Collections Delayed by One Day



Waste Management began the annual leaf collection program on Monday, October 17th and will continue the program through Saturday, November 26th.  During this period, Waste Management will complete six rounds of the Village to collect leaves.  Week 1 was scheduled to be completed today but has been delayed by roughly one day due to rain earlier this week.  Waste Management crews will be working tomorrow (Saturday, October 22nd) to collect any remaining leaves.  Please note that crews will resume normal operations on Monday, October 24th. 



As a friendly reminder, please place leaves at the curb and not in the street as this may lead to localized flooding.  Correctly placed leaves also make the collection more efficient and lead to less interruptions.  Leaves should be at the curb no later than 6 a.m. on each Monday to ensure their collection.  Look for more details on the Village's website or call Waste Management at (1-800) 796-9696.



4. "Gurnee's Got It!" Finale to be held Wednesday, October 26th



The public is invited to attend the "Gurnee's Got It!" Grand Finale on 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. "Celebrating Women" Events to be held at Gurnee Mills Throughout October



Gurnee Mills took 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.  While the major events have ended, Red Hat Society members can come to any customer service desk and receive special coupons and discounts for retailers at Gurnee Mills.  For more information and to learn about upcoming events at Gurnee Mills, please visit their website.



Gurnee Mills will also have a Mall-o-Ween on Thursday, October 27th.  See more details on the Gurnee Mills website.



6. Trick-or-Treating Hours to be held Sunday, October 30th from 2 p.m. to 5 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.



7. 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.



8. Reminder: Woodchips Available at the Public Works Facility and Northwestern Water Tower



As a reminder, please note that there are woodchips available to the public at the Public Works Facility (1151 Kilbourne) and at the Northwestern Avenue water tower at no cost.  These chips have been double ground and would be suitable for most outdoor projects requiring mulch.  Please feel free to stop at either facility and take as much as you would like.  For any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (847) 599-6800.

9. Local Resources: Put Some Green in Your Halloween



The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), as part of its broader mission to educate the Lake County community about the 4 Rs and to share ideas to increase sustainability in your everyday activities, has posted information on how to put some more green intiatives into your Halloween activities.  Find this information on a flyer on the Village's website.



As an unrelated reminder, please note that SWALCO will have a household chemical waste collection event on Monday, October 24th.  For more information, visit SWALCO's website.



10. Question of the Week: Where can I find a list of clubs and organizations in the area?



The Village has a list of local clubs and organizations available on its website.  If you would like to add a club or correct any information, please e-mail Erik Jensen at ejensen@village.gurnee.il.us with the new information.

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