Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Friday, Janaury 20th, 2012

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, January 20, 2012:
  1. Winter Weather Warning Issued for Gurnee Area
  2. Christmas Tree Collection to end Tuesday, January 24th
  3. Frosty Fest to be held Friday, January 20th
  4. Reminder: Referendum on Electrical Aggregation to be held Tuesday, March 20th
  5. Reminder: Common Questions Regarding Snow Clearing
  6. Local Resources: Lake County Summer Youth Employment Program Applications to become Available in February
  7. The Weekly Update: Year Round Electronics Recycling Site to Open at the Public Works Facility and more

1. Winter Weather Warning Issued for Gurnee Area

As you may know, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather warning for the majority of the Chicago Metropolitan Area including Gurnee.  Total snow accumulations through tonight are predicted to be roughly 5 to 8 inches with localized higher totals.  Snow may be heavy at times.  A constantly updated forecast is available on NOAA's website.

The Public Works Department will be conducting plow operations during this storm, but please use caution if traveling.  You can find tips on driving in winter weather on the Village's website.

2. Christmas Tree Collection to end Tuesday, January 24th

As a friendly reminder, Waste Management's annual Christmas Tree Collection program will end next 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.

For any questions, please contact Waste Management at (1-800) 796-9696.

3. Frosty Fest to be held Tonight (Friday, January 20th)

Gurnee Park District will hold the fourth annual Frosty Fest tonight (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 websitePLEASE NOTEAny cancellation will be noted on the Park District's website today.

4. Reminder: Referendum on Electrical Aggregation to be held Tuesday, March 20th

As you may know, recent changes in electrical regulation by the State of Illinois have given residents the ability to purchase their electricity from another supplier besides Commonwealth Edison (ComEd).  As part of those regulation changes, municipalities may also bid the cost of electricity on behalf of residents in order to achieve even greater savings.  However, in order to do so, the Village must first gain public support through an advisory referendum.  The Village Board recently approved placing a question on the Tuesday, March 20th primary election ballot.  The Village wishes to get as much information out before the referendum to give residents a fully informed review of their options prior to voting.

A full list of frequently asked questions regarding aggregation can be found on the Village's website.  There will also be an article in the upcoming February issue of Keeping Posted on the subject.  For any questions, please contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.

5. Reminder: Common Questions Regarding Snow Clearing

After each snow event, the Village receives some common questions from residents regarding what their responsibilities are in terms of clearing their sidewalks or what they can do to help Public Works in plowing the streets.  Below are the most frequent questions and their answers:

1. Are Homeowners Required to Clean Up the Sidewalks Adjacent to their Property?

No.  The Village strongly encourages residents to clear the portion of sidewalk adjacent to their property after snowfall.  It should be noted that while this is not a requirement of residents, those residents who make a good faith effort to clear the portion adjacent to their property are protected from any personal injury liability associated with their portion of sidewalk under Illinois state law.

2. What can I do to help Public Works clear the streets?

One major problem that works against snow removal operations is people shoveling or blowing snow back onto the street after it has been plowed and salted. Village ordinance prohibits placing snow back onto the roadway once it has been plowed. Snow that has been deposited onto the street could refreeze and cause a hazardous condition for you or your neighbors. Please place the snow that you shovel off of your driveway and sidewalk onto the adjacent parkway and not back onto the street.

  • When it starts to snow, park your vehicle off of the street. This protects the car from being splashed with slush and salt, prevents the car from being plowed in, or from receiving a ticket and being towed.
  • Check that your mailbox and post are in good repair and that they are behind the curb, not leaning out over the street. For specifications on mailbox placement, please reference the Village's Mailbox Damage from Snow Plowing Policy (PDF).
  • If there is a fire hydrant in front of your home, please try to clear the snow around the hydrant. It is there for your protection and that of your neighbors.
  •  Please remove portable basketball hoops from the street right of way. If they are left in an area where they can be damaged by our snow removal operations, the Village will not be responsible for any damage.

For any questions, please contact Public Works at (847) 599-6800 or Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.

 6. Local Resources: Lake County Summer Youth Employment Program Applications to become available in February

If you know a youth looking for summer employment in this tough economy, the Lake County Summer Youth Employment Program may be an excellent option.  This program provides 150 youth with meaningful work experiences with the County during the summer.  Applications will become available and be accepted starting on Wednesday, February 1st.  For more information on applications and guidelines, visit the Lake County Job Center's website.

7. The Weekly Update: Year Round Electronics Collection Site to Open at the Public Works Facility and more


  •  The Administration Department continues preparing the proposed fiscal year 2012/2013 budget, which will be released in mid to late February.  This document is essential in directing and funding the projects the Village manages each year and is one of the core documents of the Village. 

Community Development:

  • In the last week, the Planning/Zoning Division finished interviews with potential consultants for an update of the Zoning Ordinance this past week.  The Zoning Ordinance regulates land use in the Village and is an integral piece of promoting the health, safety and welfare of residents.  A contract should be forwarded later this year to partner with one of these consultants.
  • The Engineering Division is currently overseeing the installation of a new portion of the Village's stormwater sewer system along Waveland Avenue.  This installation is connected to the Heritage Woods Senior Housing Development on Grand Avenue.  As you might know, the Village maintains a stormwater sewer system to mitigate localized flooding. 

Fire Department:

  • Based statistics reported this week, the Fire Department responded to 5,421 emergencies in calendar year 2011, down only one response from 2010's figure.  Compared against all other Lake County Fire/EMS organizations, the Gurnee Fire Department had the second highest number of emergency responses.  The Waukegan Fire Department at the highest amount at 10,214 emergency responses. 

Police Department:

  • The Police Department released a crime alert Thursday, January 18th asking anyone with information about a burglary that occurred on 400 block of Belle Plaine to please come forward.  More information on this crime and descriptions of the suspects can be found on the Village's website.  As a reminder, if you see something, say something.  Report any suspicious activity to the Police Department at (847) 599-7000.  If you are witnessing an in-progress crime, please call 911.

Public Works Department:

  • With the recent changes in recycling legislation and after requests from residents, the Public Works Department announced this week that the Village would be establishing a year-round electronics recycling site at the Public Works facility in partnership with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) in the next month or so.  The Village will issue a press release prior to the opening of the site to give more details about collection times and regulations.  Residents will only be able to recycle electroncis at the Public Works facility.  Household chemical waste will still need to be recycled by appointment with SWALCO


  • Public Works responded to the snow event on Tuesday by using 135.56 tons of geosalt and 2,077 gallons of supermix, a liquid anti-icing agent.  As you may recall, the liquid agents increase the effectiveness of the salt and therefore, reduce the amount of salt needed to respond to a single event.
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