Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

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Weekly Announcements for Thursday, December 22nd, 2011:
  1. Happy Holidays from the Village of Gurnee
  2. Electronic Waste Landfill Ban to Begin Sunday, January 1st
  3. Waste Management to begin Christmas Tree Collection Tuesday, January 3rd
  4. Village Administrator to Retire; Community Reception to be held Friday, January 6th
  5. Gurnee Police Department to continue Holiday Enforcement Campaign through Sunday, January 1st
  6. Update: Water/Sewer Bills for Residents East of the Tollway to Arrive Next Week
  7. Reminder: Shop Local for the Holidays
  8. Local Resources: Donate Frequent Flyer Miles for Injured Military Servicemembers
  9. Question of the Week: What is Zoning?

1. Happy Holidays from the Village of Gurnee

The Village wishes you, your family and friends happy and safe holidays as 2011 comes to an end.  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. Electronic Waste Landfill Ban to Begin Sunday, January 1st

Beginning on January 1st, 2012, the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act bans certain types of electronics from being thrown into Illinois landfills including TVs, computer monitors, computer towers, laptops, electronic mice and many other standard electronic items you may have in your home (a full list can be found here).  Unfortunately, this means that items that Waste Management would normally have collected as part of regular pick up, it can no longer accept.  Residents are encouraged to find and use alternative arrangements in order to dispose of their electronics including the following:

  • The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) - SWALCO offers both year-round and mobile electronic recycling at various times throughout the year.  A list of year-round electronics collection sites and their hours of operation can be found here.  The Village's Public Works Department and Warren Township Road District both host mobile collection events during the year.  Watch the Village's website or this listserv for upcoming electronics collection events.
  • Donating to Local Non-Profits - Various non-profits in Lake County will accept used electronics to use as part of their mission.  Through United Way of Lake County's website, you can find agency wishlists and decide where you would like to donate.  More information is available on the Find Help Lake County website.

For any questions, call SWALCO at (847) 336-9340 or United Way of Lake County at (847) 775-1000.

3. Waste Management to begin Christmas Tree Collection Tuesday, January 3rd

Waste Management will begin its annual Christmas Tree collection service on Tuesday, January 3rd and hold collections on each of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 3rd
  • Tuesday, January 10th
  • Tuesday, January 17th
  • Tuesday, January 24th

Waste Management will stop all collection after January 24th.  In order for a tree to be collected, it must be placed at the curb or the edge of the road by 7:00 a.m. on the pick-up day. All lights and decorations must be removed. In addition, the trees SHOULD NOT be placed in plastic bags.Trees over 6 feet should be cut in half so one person can handle them. Also, trees should be placed on top of the snow. Trees buried under the snow could result in Waste Management not collecting them

4. Village Administrator to Retire; Community Reception to be held Friday, January 6th

As mentioned in the December issue of Keeping Posted and in the above article, Village Administrator Jim Hayner will be retiring effective Saturday, December 31st.  Hayner has had a 35 year career with the Village including serving as the Village Administrator for the past 24 years.  During his tenure, the Village saw explosive residential and commercial growth.  Some of the projects that were completed during this time include Gurnee Mills, much of the development along Grand and Hunt Club and KeyLime Cove Water Resort.  Hayner also recently lead the negotiations that finalized the financing agreement that will bring Macy's to Gurnee Mills in spring 2013.  It is because of Hayner’s leadership that the Village has one of the strongest economic positions among Chicagoland communities and an extraordinarily low amount of debt

In honor of Jim, a community reception will be held on Friday, January 6th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Steven's Restaurant.  Please feel free to stop by during this time and wish Jim best wishes and good luck in his retirement.

5. Gurnee Police Department to begin Holiday Enforcement Campaign Monday, Dec. 19th

The Gurnee Police Department will begin a holiday traffic safety enforcement campaign on Monday, Dec. 19th which will run through Sunday, January 1st.  The purpose of this campaign is to increase compliance with safety belt and other restraint laws as well to combat drunk and drugged driving.

Please drive safe, use a designated driver if you plan on drinking and have a great holiday season.  For any questions, contact the Gurnee Police Department at (847) 599-7000.

6. Water/Sewer Bills for Residents East of the Tollway to Arrive Next Week

Residents and businesses located east of the Tollway will receive their November-December water and sewer bills from the Village next week.  These bills will be due in late January.  If you did not receive a corrected bill from the Village in November for the incorrect billing in October, a corrected bill will be combined with the upcoming bill. 

After this bill, all residents and businesses in the Village will have been fully moved onto the bimonthly billing system.  The Village thanks everyone for their patience through this process.

7. Reminder: Shop Local for the Holidays

As a friendly reminder, please shop locally for the holidays.  Every dollar you put back into the Gurnee economy helps not only support locally based businesses and employment but also the Village through the revenue from sales tax.  The Village strives to maintain the best quality services for the lowest possible cost and local reinvestment helps keep your taxes low.  Please support your community during this holiday season. 

8. Local Resources: Donate Frequent Flyer Miles for Injured Military Servicemembers

Do you have unused frequent flyer miles that you don't know how to use?  Operation Hero Miles, a Fisher House Foundation program, allows you to donate them so that military families can be together during the holiday season.  The program takes unused miles and converts them into either airplane tickets for military families to visit an injured servicemember or for a servicemember to visit home while on medical leave.

For more information, visit the Fisher House Foundation's website. 

9. Question of the Week: What is Zoning?

Zoning is the process through which land is assigned a "zone" (a.k.a. "zoning" or "zoning district") which sets the parameters for how the land can be used.  The Village is divided into a series of residential, commercial, and industrial zones in order to achieve compatibility of uses within and adjacent to each zone.  Each piece of property (such as a house and the land it sits on) is assigned a zone which then defines things like what can be built on the property, how close structures can be together or to the street, what sort of activities can happen on that land and whether or not two different kinds of "uses" can be next to each other and if not, how far apart they must be.  The ultimate goal of these zones is to the protect the health, safety and general welfare of the community.

For any questions about the zoning regulations affecting your property you can contact the Planning and Zoning Division at (847) 599-7550 or visit the Village's website.  You can see what your property is zoned using this tool on the Village's website.  Please note:  If your property has zone that contains the words "P.U.D" in it (such as "R-3/ PUD"), this means that separate restrictions may exist on your property and it is highly recommended that you contact the Planning and Zoning Division to determine how the restrictions vary for your property (if they do at all). 

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