Village Board Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, November 28th, 2011 | 7:30 PM
Village Hall - 325 N. O'Plaine Road
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Weekly Announcements for Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011:
Happy Thanksgiving from the Village of Gurnee
Jon Callaghan Memorial Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk to be held Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 24th)
Waste Management Holiday Pick Up/Landscape Waste and Leaf Collection Ends
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train to Arrive Saturday, December 3rd at 5 p.m.
Corrected Water Bills to be Issued
Early Notice: Village Board places Question on Electrical Aggregation on March Primary Ballot
Eagle Scout Project: Stuffed Backpacks for the Homeless
Local Resources: Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Resources
Question of the Week: How does Public Works treat the roads during a snowstorm?
1. Happy Thanksgiving from the Village of Gurnee
The Village of Gurnee would like to wish you, your family and friends a happy and safe Thanksgiving. If you are planning on traveling, please be sure to buckle up and follow speed limits as there will be a greater number of cars on the road for the holiday weekend and police officers will be out to enforce traffic safety laws. Remember, "click it or ticket" and "drive sober or get pulled over."
2. 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.
3. Waste Management Holiday Pick Up/Landscape Waste and Leaf Collection End
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday this week (November 24th & 25th), refuse and recycling collection on Thursday and Friday routes will be delayed by one day. Therefore, Thursday routes will be collected on Friday, and Friday routes will be collected on Saturday.
Additionally, this Saturday, November 26th, marks the final day of leaf collection. No leaves will be picked up after that day.
Landscape Waste Collection ends for the year next Wednesday, November 30th. Landscape waste left out after this date will not be collected. Landscape waste collection will resume in spring of 2012.
4. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train to Arrive Saturday, December 3rd at 5 p.m.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will arrive adjacent to Viking Park along Depot Road on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 5 p.m. As in past years, donations of food and cash will be accepted at the event to benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank, which services many of the food banks in the area. For more information, visit the Village of Gurnee Chamber of Commerce's website.
5. 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 completed testing and has corrected the error. The majority of residents living east of the Tollway will receive a corrected bill within the next week or so that will be due Tuesday, December 13th. This is not a new bill but an update on the bills you received on Friday, October 28th. If you have already paid, this bill should either show a zero balance or a small credit that will be applied to your next bill if you accidentally paid an incorrect bill. A smaller percentage of residents will not receive a bill next week due to a technical error. Please be assured that you will not be billed until all problems are resolved in the system.
For those residents living west of the Tollway, you will receive your first transition bill in the next few weeks. The errors that originally occurred have been corrected, and these bills should not have any errors. Please pay as you normally would.
For any questions, please contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.
6. Early Notice: Village Board Places Question on Electrical Aggregation on March Primary Ballot
As you may know, the Village Board recently authorized the placement of a question on electrical aggregation on the March primary ballot. Electrical Aggregation is the term used to describe when a municipality has the authorization to bid the cost of electrical power on behalf of its residents and small businesses. Essentially, if the aggregation process is completed, the Village would ask for bid submissions and have electrical suppliers competively bid to provide power to the Village. This often results in higher discounts for residents in the cost of electricity per kilowatt hour than individual residents can typically see alone. Grayslake recently completed this process and saw discounts of 30% off the ComEd kilowatt hour rate.
The State requires that communities that pursue aggregation must first receive permission through a referendum (the approval of the question on the ballot). Residents currently have the option to choose a supplier and, even if the referendum passes, will have the option to opt out of the program and choose their own supplier.
For more information, see the upcoming December issue of Keeping Posted. Information will be posted on the website in the near future. For any questions, please contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.
7. Eagle Scout 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 Clairol1224@comcast.net. Please put "Eagle Scout Project" in the subject line.
8. Local Resources: Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Resources
If you are one of the 134 million people who are going shopping this weekend, the task can seem daunting. Fortunately, there are some resources that can help you better organize yourself for the busy shopping season:
The Village's Business Directory: The Village maintains a list of businesses located within the Village and allows you to search by name or business category. This can let you quickly find contact information and websites for local businesses.
The Village of Gurnee Chamber of Commerce's Membership List: Similar to the Village's Business Directory, the Chamber list also includes brief descriptions of the businesses and this can be helpful if you're trying to locate a business on Small Business Saturday.
"Gurnee's Got It!": While the 2011 "Gurnee's Got It!" campaign is over, there are still plenty of coupons that are valid during the holiday season. Come see what deals are still available during your weekend shopping.
9. Question of the Week: How does Public Works treat the roads during a snowstorm?
As you may know, the Gurnee Public Works Department is responsible for snow and ice control on Village owned roads during the winter. What many people see is the actual clearing of snow, but the process of snow and ice control is more complex than simply plowing. Below is a quick overview of how Public Works clears roads during the winter:
Public Works manages snow and ice control with the Snow and Ice Control Plan. As part of the plan, routes are assigned and reviewed prior to the start of winter. Within each route, Village-plowed streets are designated are primary routes, secondary routes or dead ends/cul-de-sacs. Primary routes include Almond Road, Belle Plaine Avenue, Lawson Boulevard, Manchester Drive and Old Grand Avenue amongst others and are given first attention. Secondary routes and dead ends/cul-da-sacs are cleared afterward.
Before snow even begins, Public Works decides on a course of action for that particular event. If weather conditions are favorable, anti-icing may occur before the beginning of the storm. The anti-icing treatment, a liquid combination of salt brine, Geo-Melt and calcium chloride, is laid across certain roads in a striping pattern. This helps prevent ice from bonding with the road surface.
During a snow event, plowing begins when snow reaches about one inch deep and there is no melting. At this point, plows start clearing snow and begin salting once the snowfall subsides or if icing begins. The salt used by the Department is "pre-wet" or treated with the same agents in the anti-icing treatment to increase its effectiveness.
Plowing and salting may continue until the streets are cleared.
The Gurnee Public Works Department is one of the first in the area to use liquid ice control agents such as the anti-icing treatment. This has lead to a significant decrease in the usage of rock salt and is a greener treatment method in that it puts less salt in the environment. The Department continues to develop its usage of these agents. For any questions, contact the Public Works Department at (847) 599-6800.