Village of Gurnee Business Community Listserv January 2012

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Upcoming Meetings:



Plan Commission Meeting

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.

Council Chambers

Gurnee Village Hall - 325 N. O'Plaine Road



Village Board Regular Meeting

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.

Council Chambers

Gurnee Village Hall - 325 N. O'Plaine Road



Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.

Council Chambers

Gurnee Village Hall - 325 N. O'Plaine Road



Village Board Committee of the Whole Meeting

Monday, January 30th, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.

Council Chambers

Gurnee Village Hall - 325 N. O'Plaine Road





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Announcements for January 2012:

  1. News: Business Licenses Now Past Due; Please Remit Immediately
  2. News: Village Board Places Referendum on Electrical Aggregation on the March Primary Ballot
  3. Village of Gurnee Chamber of Commerce January/February Events
  4. General Updates from the Village
  5. New Businesses in the Village

1. News: Business Licenses Now Past Due; Please Remit Immediately



As a reminder, business licenses were due by Saturday, December 31st.  If you not have paid yet, your license is past due and may be subject to late fees if not remitted immediately.  As a reminder, you can pay by cash or check at Village Hall or online via the Illinois E-Pay System.  For any questions, contact the the Finance Division at (847) 599-7500.



2. News: Village Board Places Referendum on Electrical Aggregation on the March Primary Ballot



As you may know, the State of Illinois recently gave residents and small businesses the ability to to select a different electricity supplier than Commonwealth Edison (ComEd).  Essentially, this means instead of buying your electricity from ComEd, you can choose a different company that may be able to offer you more favorable rates on your electricity costs (i.e. on the kilowatt hour rate).  As part of these changes, the State also empowered municipalities to "aggregate" their residential and small businesses populations to achieve even greater discounts on electricity than might be otherwise available to individuals and small businesses and solicit bids on electricity for the community.  However, the Village must first gain approval via a referendum to begin the process.



A brief overview of the referendum, its necessity and frequently asked questions regarding aggregation can be found on the Village's website for more background.  However, the Village would like to also directly address common questions from the business community regarding this process on this listserv.  Below are some of our most frequent questions:



1. How are small businesses defined?



A small business is defined as a commercial building using less than a 100 kilowatt peak demand per year (a business roughly the size of a fast food restaurant or smaller).  You can tell if you qualify as a small business by reviewing the usage on your ComEd bill.



2. What kind of savings can a small business expect on its energy bill from aggregation? 



In communities that have already been through the aggregation process, discounts from aggregation have been roughly 22 - 30% off the ComEd rate per kilowatt hour.  At this time, it is hard to predict what discounts may be realized but the Village has large residential and small business communities and expects that it will receive favorable bids on electricity.



3. Will this impact my business relationship with either ComEd or the Village?



No.  ComEd is what is known as a "transmitter" company in that it simply provides transmission of power to customers and bills for that power.  If you choose to find your own supplier or participate in aggregation, you will still be billed by ComEd and have to resolve outage issues with ComEd.  The only impact aggregation will have is that it will reduce your power bill since another supplier will be providing your electricity.



As far as the Village, this will not impact your relationship with us.  The Village will simply bid electricity and allow residents and businesses to receive the benefit of reduced bills.  Questions regarding billing and service will not be handled by the Village.



4. I support this referendum but do not live in the Village.  What can I do? 



Please spread the word and let those individuals that you know who live in the Village know about this referendum.  Your community may also have a similar referendum that you can support as a resident.



5. Where can I go for more information?



Please visit the Village's website for regular updates.  If you have specific questions, you can call Erik Jensen at Village Hall at (847) 599-7500 or e-mail ejensen@village.gurnee.il.us.

 

3. Upcoming Village of Gurnee Chamber of Commerce  Events



The Village of Gurnee Chamber of Commerce will hold the following events in the near future:

  • The Chamber will hold a networking breakfast on Wednesday, Jan. 18th from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Timothy O'Toole's (NOTE: This is a different location than originally publicized).  Bring your business cards and be prepared to network and socialize with other chamber members.
  • The Chamber's Women's Networking Group will meet again in early February.  Be visit to the Chamber's website for more details as they become available.

For any questions, visit the Chamber's website.



4. General Updates from the Village



Administration:



As with residents, December is full of celebrations for the Village. It was also the last month before the retirement of Jim Hayner, the Village Administration for the past 24 years.  Hayner retired on Saturday, December 31st.  As you may know, the Village's population grew almost 300% and several major business developments including Gurnee Mills, KeyLime Cove Water Resort, the Tri-State Business Park and others were built during his tenure.  North Avenue from Gillings to N. O'Plaine (the stretch immediately north of Village Hall) has been renamed "Hayner Avenue" in his honor.  Patrick Muetz, former Assistant Administrator, officially became the Village Administrator on Sunday, January 1st.



Community Development:



A new development completed a substantial portion of the necessary zoning approval in order to begin building at the southeastern corner of Washington Street and Cemetery Road.  This new development will have a mixture of retail, restaurant and office space when completed.



Fire Department:



The Fire Department recently released its annual call volume for 2011 at 5,422 calls, an increase of one call over 2010 when the Department received 5,421 calls.



You may recall that the Warren-Waukegan Fire Protection District, which the Gurnee Fire Department serves as part of a contract, donated a new ambulance to the Department last year.  The District recently voted to donate a second new ambulance and preparations for this new ambulance began last month when Department members met with design engineers.  This new unit is estimated to begin service in August 2012.



Police Department:



As you may know, the Police Department conducts special holiday traffic enforcement periods around major holidays (Fourth of July, the December holiday season, etc.).  The results of this December's enforcement period are available on the Village's website.



Public Works Department:



You may have seen that the Village recently released its first public information video, which discusses the snow plowing and anti-icing services of the Public Works Department.  In advance of tomorrow's forecasted snow storm, please view the video by clicking the link below:







The Public Works Department has also nearly completed its water meter exchange program.  The Department created this program to exchange older, manual read meters with newer models that could be read by radio.  The primary benefit for customers is that these models greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to read meters and process bills.  Thank you to all community members who helped the Department complete the program.



5. New Businesses in the Village



The Village is excited to welcome the following new businesses in the Village:

  • Center for Pelvic Wellness - an out patient services company opening at 1790 Nations in February
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