Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Friday, November 4th, 2011

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, November 4th, 2011:

  1. Corrected Water Bills to be Issued
  2. Maintenance Worker I Recruitment Process Open
  3. Leaf Collection Continues through Saturday, November 26th
  4. First Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System to be held Wednesday, November 9th
  5. Veterans Day Celebration to be held Friday, November 11th
  6. Jon Callaghan Memorial Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk to be held Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 24th)
  7. Reminder: Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery
  8. Eagle Scout Project: Stuffed Backpacks for the Homeless
  9. Local Resources:Reminder on SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Collection Events
  10. Question of the Week: When should I call 911?

1. Corrected Water Bills to be Issued

As part of the recent water billing transition, the Village issued the first round of new bills to residents living east of the Tollway last Friday.  Unfortunately, some of those bills had a calculation error.  The Village has identified that error and has almost completed testing to ensure that it is corrected for a reissuance.  You can identify an incorrect bill by reading the "Service Description" portion of your bill.  If it contains the language "WA Minimum Charge," you have an incorrect bill and will receive a new one in the next few weeks.  Please note that late fees will be waived for those incorrectly billed and automatic debits for these accounts will not be processed until a correct bill has been calculated.  If you would like to pay before the reissuance, please note that the difference between the incorrect and correct bills will be credited to your account for your next bill.

If the "Service Description" portion of your bill simply says, "WA Water," you have a correct bill and should pay as you normally would. 

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

2. Maintenance Worker I Recruitment Process Open

Applications for the position of Maintenance Worker with the Gurnee Public Works Department are currently available 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

With a large amount of leaves coming down the past few days and dry conditions predicted for the weekend, its a great opportunity for residents to take advantage of the annual leaf collection program which has reached its halfway point.

Today (Friday, November 4th), Waste Management will complete Week 3.  As mentioned above, the program is at its halfway point and residents will only have two more opportunities to take advantage of the program if they do put leaves out during this coming week.

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. First Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System to be held Wednesday, November 9th

The first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be held Wednesday, November 9th at 1 p.m. central time (2 p.m. EST).  As you may know, the EAS is an alert and warning systems that transmits messages by television, cable, radio and the internet.  It is most commonly used to broadcast severe weather notices and amber alerts.  However, what most people do not know is that the EAS has several small components that have never been simultaneously tested.  This nationwide test will help the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) discover errors in the system and correct them before it should ever become necessary to issue a nationwide alert.

Please tell you family, friends and neighbors about this event to ensure that everyone understands that this will only be a test.

For more information on this test and the EAS, visit the FCC's website.

5. 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.

6. Jon Callaghan Memorial Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk to be held Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 24th)

The annual Jon Callaghan Memorial Turkey Trot will be held Thanksgiving Day beginning at 8 a.m.  As in previous years, check in will begin at 7 a.m. at Gurnee Fire Station #1 (4580 Grand).  To sign up and learn more about the race, visit the Village's website.

Proceeds from the event help pediatric cancer research, School District 56, housing for those in need and many others.  The race was named in honor of Jon Callaghan, a student at O'Plaine School in Gurnee who passed away in 1997 after a courageous battle with neuroblastoma cancer.

Any donations would be appreciated and sponsorship is welcome. Participation in the Walk/Run is encouraged. Please make checks payable to the Gurnee Turkey Trot and mail to Fifth Third Bank, 7500 Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL 60031, attention Brian Moy.

7. Reminder: Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed this Saturday, November 5th. Saturday is also a great time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Fresh batteries are critical to ensuring your smoke detectors will work if a fire breaks out. This small and easy step can mean the difference between life and death.

8. Eagle Scount Project: Stuffed Backpacks for the Homeless

Local scout Shawn Senter will be collecting stuffed backpacks for the homeless as part of his Eagle Scout project.  He is asking local residents to take an old backpack they have in their home and fill it with items such as blankets, hats and gloves, socks, Kleenex, toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.) and other items which may be useful.  Backpacks can be dropped off at Village Hall (325 N. O'Plaine Road) during normal businesses hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).   Please have all donations to Village Hall no later than Saturday, December 10th.

For any questions, e-mail  Please put "Eagle Scout Project" in the subject line.

9. Local Resources: Reminder on Household Chemical Waste Collection Events

As a reminder, the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) holds two household chemical waste collection events at its Gurnee facility each month.  November's collection events will be held on Saturday, November 12th and Monday, November 28th.  At these events, you can safely dispose of everyday chemicals that can be potentially hazardous to the environment or are not easy to dispose of under normal circumstances.  To learn more and sign up for an appointment, visit SWALCO's website.

10. Question of the Week: When should I call 911?

As you know, 9-1-1 Communications Centers are a vital part of public safety and available 24 hours a day to help you in the event of an emergency.  Gurnee's 9-1-1 center, based at the Gurnee Police Station, provides dispatching for the Gurnee Police and Fire Departments as well as the Newport Township Fire Protection District by contract.

Despite the prevalence of these centers, there is still some confusion about when residents should call 9-1-1.  A general rule of thumb is that if you are currently experiencing an emergency or witnessing a crime, call 9-1-1.  An emergency may be thought of as a situation in which there is the possibility of bodily harm or bodily harm has already been done.  For example, if there is a bad car crash, you should immediately call 9-1-1.  Similarly, if you become aware of a fire, gas leak or other event that could cause a great deal of harm, you should call immediately.  Do not call 9-1-1 simply to request information.

If you are unsure about whether to call or not, you should most likely call just to be safe.  Otherwise, you can direct you inquiries as follows:

Crimes: If you have information about a crime that has already been committed, would like to submit a report or to report suspicious activity, call the Police Department on the non-emergency line at (847) 599-7000.

Questions Related to Fire Safety/Emergency Medical Services: For fire safety questions, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at (847) 599-6680.  For other questions, including emergency medical services, contact either Fire Station at (847) 599-6600 (Fire Station #1) or (847) 599-6650 (Fire Station #2).

Code Enforcement: If you want to report an issue related to the zoning or building codes, contact the Code Enforcement Division first at (847) 599-7550.  Code Enforcement Officers can advise you on how to handle complaints outside of the Village Hall's regular business hours.

Flooding/Damage to Public Infrastructure: Contact 9-1-1 only if you are trapped in a flooding situation.  To report unusual flooding, contact the Engineering Division at (847) 599-7550.  For damage to other public infrastructure (i.e. broken parkway tree, missing manhole covers, etc.), contact the Public Works Department at (847) 599-6800.

If you do not have an emergency and are unsure how to direct your call, please contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500 for assistance.

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