Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Wednesday, December 2nd, 2011

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Monday, December 5th, 2011 | 7:30 PM

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, December 5th, 2011:


  1. Landscape Waste and Leaf Collection have ended; Landscape Waste Collection to resume in spring
  2. Upcoming Holiday Events in the Village
  3. Village Board places Question on Electrical Aggregation on March Primary Ballot
  4. Gurnee Fire Department to Participate in "Keep the Wreath Red" Program
  5. Eagle Scout Project: Stuffed Backpacks for the Homeless
  6. FEMA Urges Area Residents to Prepare for Possible Severe Winter
  7. Local Resources: Foreclosure Prevention with the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County
  8. Question of the Week: Why are the Flags at Half-Staff?

1. Landscape Waste and Leaf Collection have ended; Landscape Waste Collection to resume in spring



The annual landscape waste and leaf collection programs both ended within the past week for the Village.  If you have any remaining landscape waste or leaves, please bag them for unlimited landscape waste collection next spring or make alternative arrangements to have the items removed.



2. Upcoming Holiday Events in the Village



With the holiday season comes the traditional holiday events enjoyed around the Village.  The Village will regularly update you on these events throughout the season and post them on this listserv.  The following events will be happening this weekend:

 

  • 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.
  • The Viking Park Singers Holiday concert will be held Sunday, December 4th at 3 p.m. at the Viking Park Dance Hall.  Tickets can be purchased at the event or online on the Park District's website.



3. 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 is now also available on the Village's website.  For any questions, please contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.





4. Gurnee Fire Department to Participate in Annual "Keep the Wreath Red" Program



For the past twenty years, the Gurnee Fire Department has participated in the (local/national) "Keep the Wreath Red" program during the holiday season. As you drive past the fire stations during this time, please take note of the large wreath that will be prominently displayed in front of the buildings.

This wreath will be illuminated with red lights. When a fire is determined to be caused or related to Christmas decorations, one of the bulbs will be changed to white. The program is designed to remind the public of fire safety during the Christmas season.

Safety tips to remember this holiday season:

  • If you want a natural tree, select only a fresh tree (be sure the needles do not readily fall off).
  • Avoid overloading circuits or extension cords. Use only manufacturers maximum number of light strings.
  • Keep natural tree away from any heat source that will cause drying.
  • Never use lighted candles on or near a tree. Keep candles away from Christmas wrappings.
  • Turn off lights when adults are away. A short circuit could start a fire.
  • Never leave lighted candles unattended.

For any questions, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at (847) 599-6680.



5. 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.6. Early Notice: Village Board Places Question on Electrical Aggregation on March Primary BallotAs you may know, the Village Board.



6. FEMA Warns Area Residents to Prepare for Possible Severe Winter



This week the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advised Midwesterns to prepare for a possibly snowier and colder season than normal.  While this is no guarantee that this winter will be any better or worse than in previous years, it is still wise to prepare now for the possibility of severe weather.  Consider creating emergency supply kits for your home and car that contain essentials for getting through an emergency.  The list below give you examples of items to include:



Emergency Kit Supplies:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Water
  • Rock salt and sand to help if you become stranded or to prevent slipping on walkways
  • Blankets and/or extra clothes
  • Flashlights
  • A heating fuel source (wood, etc.) in case your home loses its connection to regular fuels
  • Snow shovels to help dig your way out of your home

More tips for dealing with severe weather are available on FEMA's website.



7. Local Resources: Foreclosure Prevention with the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County



Foreclosure is a serious situation for those involved.  If you're facing foreclosure, you may have many questions about your rights and options in the situation.  The Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County can assist you through counseling and education and help you prevent foreclosure by giving you the tools you need to keep your home.  Learn more about their programs on the Corporation's website.



8. Question of the Week: Why are the Flags at Half-Staff?



As you may know, the tradition of flying flags at half-staff is done to honor the lives of military and other prominent figures who have died in service or may have died out of service but made significant contributions to the nation.  When such an individual passes away, the Governor's Office will issue an order for all entities to lower their flags to half-staff and specify a time frame for how the flags should remain at half-staff.  Information will also be given about the individual being honored.



At the request of residents, the Village now posts the information sent regarding the individual to the website for the public to view.  If you want to know why the flags are at half staff, you can visit the Village's website to learn more.

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