Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Friday, Janaury 6th, 2012

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, January 6, 2012:
  1. Christmas Tree Collection Continues Through Tuesday, January 24th
  2. Reminder: Park Reservations for 2012 Open Tomorrow for Park District Residents
  3. Community Meet & Greet for New Village Administrator to be held Monday, January 9th
  4. Frosty Fest to be held Friday, January 20th
  5. Fire Department Cautions Residents on Bathroom Exhaust Fan Safety
  6. Local Resources: Resources from the Lake County Job Center
  7. The Weekly Update: New Village Administrator Begins Position, Water Meter Exchange Program Nears Completion and More

1. Christmas Tree Collection Continues through Tuesday, January 24th

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

  • 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.

2. Reminder: Park Reservations for 2012 Open Tomorrow (Saturday, January 7th) for Park District Residents

Residents of Gurnee Park District (including all residents within the Village of Gurnee) will be able to reserve venues for weddings, parties and other special occassions for the 2012 calendar year tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 7th) at the Summer Rental Reservation Event held at the Hunt Club Aquatic Center from 9 a.m. to noon.  Park District residents will have the opportunity to choose from a number of different venues around the community and book private and birthday parties at the Aquatic Center.  Non-residents may begin reservations beginning on March 1st.  For any questions, visit the Park District's website.

3. Meet & Greet for New Village Administrator to be held Monday, January 9th

The Village welcomes all residents and other community members to a Meet and Greet with the Village's new Administrator, Patrick Muetz, on Monday, January 9th at 6:45 p.m. at Village Hall.  Please stop to say hello and welcome him to the position.  Other members of Village staff will also be available for any questions you may have.  For any questions, call Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.

4. Frosty Fest to be held Friday, January 20th

Gurnee Park District will hold the fourth annual Frosty Fest on Friday, January 20th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Viking Park.  The event is free and open to the public. Events this year will include a dog sled demonstration by Adopt-A-Husky, visits with Frosty the Snowman, Carriage Rides, Ice Sculpting, Snowman Building Contest, Music and Crafts in the “Snowflake Village”, music provided by KHits 104.3fm and Marshmallow Roasting.  For more information, visit the Park District's website

5. Gurnee Fire Department Cautions Residents on Bathroom/Kitchen Fan Exhaust Safety

Though common, bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans can cause a significant amount of fire damage if they are not properly maintained.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fans were the source of roughly 3,800 fires each year in 2003 through 2007 with the number growing each year due to older models malfunctioning.  Fortunately, simple maintenance can reduce the possibility of malfunction and possibly save your home from a fire.

Here are a few tips on the proper maintenance of these fans:

  • Have your exhaust fan installed by a professional.
  • Be sure to clean the fan vent cover openings, fan blades and motor annually.
  • Most exhaust fans should not be lubricated with oil, silicone or other types of lubricant.  Check with the manufacturers recommendations prior to applying any lubricants.
  • Do not leave an exhaust running when you leave home or you go to bed.
  • If you notice a problem with the fan, clean it throughly.  If the problem persists, contact a professional and discontinue use until the problem has been fixed.

For more tips on exhaust fans and other safety concerns, please visit the Fire Department's website.

6. Local Resources: Resources from the Lake County Job Center 

Are you or is someone you knowing looking for a job?  The Lake County Job Center can help you in your search with training opportunities, workshops and much more.  Simply visit the website and find what interests and can help you in your job search.

7. The Weekly Update: New Administrator Begins Position, Water Meter Upgrade Program Nears Completion and More

Welcome to the new Weekly Update Feature.  Each week, we will bring highlights of Village activity to answer some of your frequent questions and give you more insight in how your Village operates.  If you have questions, always feel free to contact us via our website or by calling Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.


  • The Village's New Administrator, Patrick Muetz, started his position on Tuesday, Jan. 5th.  Mr. Muetz began working for the Village in 2004 and previously served as the Village's Assistant Administrator, Assistant to the Village Administrator and Management Analyst.  He has a bachelors degree in Public Policy and Administration as well as a masters degree in Public Administration.  See the above article about a meet and greet to be held with him next Monday (January 9th).  The Village Administrator is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the Village and implements the policies set by the Village Board.
  • Work has begun on the fiscal year 2012/2013 budget.  This document, approved annually by the Village Board, is an essential financial planning document and covers all activities of the Village.  You can view previous budgets on our website.

Community Development:

  • In the last month, a new development finished the zoning approval process for construction at the southeast corner of Cemetery Road and Washington Street.  This center will contain retail, restaurant and office space when completed.

Fire Department:

  • The Fire Department has begun preparing for a field inspection by the Insurance Services Office (ISO).  The ISO rates communities on their ability to respond to hazardous situations, and this rating is one of several components in calculating your home insurance premium.  The Department's received an ISO rating of 3 during the last inspection in 2000 on a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is the highest possible score.

Police Department:

  • The Police Department recently conducted a special traffic enforcement period during the holiday season to increase seat restraint usage and remove drunk/drugged drivers from the road.  The results of that enforcement period are now available on the Village's website.
  • You may recall that the Police Department recently issued a press release regarding a "rip-off" robbery.  The suspect in that case was arrested on December 28th following a sting operation led by the Gurnee Police Department.  More details can be found on the Village's website.  As a reminder, if you are conducting a transaction with another private party, be sure to know who you are conducting business with and, if meeting in person, take a trusted friend or family member and meet in a public place in order to remain safe. 

Public Works Department:

  • The Public Works Department used 30 tons of geosalt during a salting operation on New Years Day.
  • Within the next month, the Public Works Department will complete its meter exchange program.  This program replaced older water meters that required manual reads with new models that could be read by radio transmitter.  This increases departmental efficiency by reducing the amount of time spent on reading meters.  The last meter exchanges should be completed this month, and the Department thanks the public for all their assistance in helping complete the program. 
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