Announcements for November 2011:
News: Village Board Approves Financing Enabling Addition of Macy's to Gurnee Mills
News: Village Modifies Utility Billing Rates and Structure
News: Appointments to the Village's Economic Development Committee
Village of Gurnee Chamber of Commerce November Events
Local Resources: A Guide to Opening and Operating a Business in the Village of Gurnee
General Updates from the Village
New Businesses in the Village
1. News: Village Board Approves Financing Enabling Addition of Macy's at Gurnee Mills
At its November 7th regular meeting, the Village Board approved two ordinances that enabled the addition of Macy's at Gurnee Mills. The first ordinance reconfigured a previous development agreement with Gurnee Mills, and the second approved issuance of $9,995,000 in bonds that will allow for the upgrades necessary for Macy's to come to the mall and transform the wing from Bass Pro Shop to the old Circuit City site into a regional shopping center. Both the Village and Gurnee Mills are excited about the project and believe it will provide an economic boost to the area. Learn more by visiting the Village's website.
2. News: Village Modifies Utility Billing Rates and Structure
Beginning on October 1st, the Village restructured water and sewer billing rates and frequencies. 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. The modified combined water and sewer rates for all users is $4.97 per 1,000 gallons, an 8% increase.
The first round of bills sent after the transition was to residents and businesses on the east side of the Village. 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.
3. News: Appointments to the Village's Economic Development Committee
At its October 17th regular meeting, the Village Board approved Mayor Kovarik's appointments to the economic development committee. This committee will be creating and recommending an economic development strategy for the Village of the next two years. The newly appointed members are the following:
Stephen Park - Village Trustee
Randy Ebertowski - General Manager of Gurnee Mills
Rob Elbrecht - Resident with background in commercial and industrial real estate
Bill Finn - Former Village Trustee and Plan Commissioner
Tom Henderson - Commercial property owner
Brad Jenks - President of the Village of Gurnee Chamber of Commerce and small business owner
Roneida Martin - Resident and executive director of the Workforce and Professional Development Institute of the College of Lake County
Karen Thorstenson - Resident with background in the mortgage industry
Dick Welton - Resident and former Mayor of Gurnee
The Committee will begin meeting in December. More information will be reported as it becomes available.
4. Upcoming Village of Gurnee Chamber of Commerce Events
The Village of Gurnee Chamber of Commerce will hold the following events in November:
The Chamber will hold a membership meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16th beginning at 8 a.m. at Timothy O'Toole's. Holly Nagel, a local business owner and speaker, will present on non-verbal communication. For more details, visit the Chamber's website.
The Women's Networking Group will hold a meeting on Wednesday, December 7th beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Steven's Restaurant. For more details, visit the Chamber's website.
For any questions, visit the Chamber's website.
5. Local Resources: A Guide to Opening and Operating a Business in the Village of Gurnee
The Village's Planning and Finance Divisions recently published a guide to help businesses opening or already operating in the Village understand the zoning, permiting and licensing processes. This guide, found on the Village's website, also includes relevant information from other departments such as Police and Fire as well as Water Billing and Public Information. We hope that this guide will be helpful to start up, growing and long-term businesses.
For any questions, contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.
6. General Updates from the Village
October is traditionally a month focused on preparing for the Village's winter activities such as snow and ice control and the upcoming budget process. This October was no exception. Several events and activities helped not only prepare for the winter but also advanced the Village for the next fiscal year.
The Public Works Department carried out its annual snow plow rodeo, a training session aimed at giving plow drivers an opportunity to refresh their memories before the snow starts to fly. The rodeo involves both a written portion and a practice session where individual drivers must work their way, in a plow truck, through an obstacle course filled with common hazards encountered in the course of plowing. Public Works also completed dry runs during October to identify and correct any obstacles before plowig operations begin. Learn more about snow and ice control on the Village's website.
The Gurnee Fire Department promoted fire safety by visiting over 7,000 students at Gurnee schools during October. These visits help teach students the importance of fire prevention through adequate preparation and diligence. This message is especially important during the winter months as the number of house fires significantly increases during these months. Be sure to visit the Village's website for information on preventing fires during the holiday season.
The Police Department would like to remind businesses and residents on the east side of the Village and, in particular, the area around Northwestern Avenue to please watch their speed when traveling through the area. A recent Engineering Division survey found elevated speeds in this area of the community, and Gurnee police officers will be deployed in the area. Remember, a little reminder may prevent a tragedy.
Finally, the "Gurnee's Got It" 2011 campaign came to an end on Saturday, October 15th and had a final finale event on Wednesday, October 26th. Thank you to all the businesses that participated in this year's campaign. A special thanks goes to business partners in the project including Michael Fohrman's Gurnee Dodge Chrysler Jeep (who donated a free one year lease of a vehicle) and Gurnee Mills (for a $1000 giftcard and the ability to advertise the campaign in the center). The Village also wishes to recognize other sponsors including the Lake County Visitor's and Convention Bureau, Gurnee Park District, Rinkside Sports, the Shipping Pointe, Growmasters, Kaiser's Pizza and Pub, Tacos El Norte, Salon Bliss and Six Flags Great America
7. New Businesses in the Village
The Village is excited to welcome the following new businesses in the Village:
Acussage - a massage salon at Gurnee Mills
Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory - a chocolate retailer at Gurnee Mills
Sportzone Cuts - a barbershop open at 3701 Grand