Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Friday, February 10th, 2012

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, February 10th, 2012:
  1. Gurnee Police Department Launches Nixle Account
  2. Reminder: Emerald Ash Borer on Private Property
  3. Referendum on Electrical Aggregation to be held Tuesday, March 20th
  4. Reminder: SWALCO to hold Household Chemical Waste Collection Event Saturday, February 11th
  5. Hunt Club Aquatic Center Early Bird Season Passes Available for Purchase beginning Monday, February 6th
  6. Relay for Life of Gurnees/Wadsworth to hold kick off event Saturday, February 18th
  7. General Primary Election to be held Tuesday, March 20th
  8. Local Resources: Upcoming Job Fairs
  9. The Weekly Update: Free Recycling Cart Upgrades through Waste Management and more

1. Gurnee Police Department Launches Nixle Account

The Gurnee Police Department would like to announce the launch of an account on Nixle, an automated e-mail and short messaging service (SMS)/text messaging website that will give residents a faster and more flexible way to receive crime alerts, Amber alerts and other notices from the Gurnee Police Department.  This service will serve as a complimentary service to Connect CTY, which the Village uses to transmit information to residents through automated telephone calls.

Residents can sign up for the service on the Nixle website.  The service is free and allows users to decide how to receive messages as well as the priority the messages are assigned.  For any questions, contact Tom Agos, Crime Prevention Technician, at (847) 599-7080.

2. Reminder: Emerald Ash Borer on Private Property

As you may recall, emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that has killed millions of ash trees in North America, was discovered in the Boulders subdivision last year.  In response, the Public Works Department launched a chemical injection treatment program designed to preserve as many public ash trees as possible (including parkway trees) and remove those that were already too damaged to save.  The program covered a number of subdivisions last year and will continue this year.

At this time, the Village will also like to encourage private property owners to also consider their options as EAB has likely already spread across the community.  At this time, the two viable options for dealing with EAB are either treating or removing the tree.  If no action is taken, the ash tree will almost certainly die and become a hazard as it becomes brittle.  If you would like to pursue treatment, action should be taken sooner rather than later to ensure that the tree is not damaged beyond saving.  Please note that treatment is not guaranteed to succeed.

A full article on EAB, options for addressing and it at the Village's program can be found on the Village's website.  For any questions, contact the Public Works Department at (847) 599-6800.

3. 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 as possible 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.

4. Reminder: SWALCO to hold Household Chemical Waste Collection Event Tomorrow (Saturday, February 11th)

As a reminder, the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) holds household chemical waste collection events at its Gurnee facility (1311 N. Estes) twice a month.  Residents can drop off common chemicals such antifreeze, motor oil, oil-based paints and many others for safe disposal or recycling at these events.  The next event will be held tomorrow (Saturday, February 11th).  If you would like to participate, please schedule an appointment on SWALCO's website.

5. Hunt Club Aquatic Center Early Bird Season Passes Now Available for Purchase

Early bird season passes for the Hunt Club Aquatic Center, the Gurnee Park District's local 1500 swimmer capacity center, are currently available for the summer 2012 season.  Passes can be purchased on the Park District's website or in person.  For more information, visit the Park District's website.

6.  Relay for Life Gurnee/Wadsworth to hold kick off event Saturday, February 18th 

Relay for Life Gurnee/Wadsworth will hold its annual kick off event Saturday, February 18th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Marcus Theatres in Gurnee Mills.  Individuals who are new to Relay are encouraged to attend to learn more about the event as well as previous relayers.  The kick off event will discuss the overall event and changes to this year's event and feature prize drawings.

Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th this year at the Warren Township High School Almond Campus.  This annual event raises funds for the American Cancer Society, which funds cancer research projects.  In its nine previous years, the Gurnee/Wadsworth Relay has raised close to $1.25 million in funds.

For more information, visit the Relay For Life Gurnee/Wadsworth webpage or the Relay For Life Gurnee/Wadsworth Facebook page or email Kelly Stanbary of the 2012 Planning Committee at

7. General Primary Election to be held Tuesday, March 20th

The Illinois general primary election will be held on Tuesday, March 20th with polls opening at 6 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m.  If you cannot vote on Election Day, there are a number of resources available to you including early voting, voting by mail and others.  To learn more about these voting methods and to check your registration, visit the Lake County Clerk's website.  

8. Local Resources: Upcoming Job Fairs

If you are looking for a job, here a few local upcoming job fairs that could be helpful:

  • New Year New Career Job Fair - This job fair will be held at the CSI Institute Gurnee Campus Wednesday, February 15th from 1 4 p.m. and feature employees such as Holiday Inn, Lowes and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
  • Jobapaloolza - This job fair, aimed at youth ages 15 to 21, will be held Thursday, March 8th at the College of Lake County.

More updates on job fairs can be found on the Job Center of Lake County's website.

9. The Weekly Update: Free Recycling Cart Upgrades through Waste Management and more 


  •  The Village's Administration Department has been proactive in increasing recycling opportunities for residents. Did you know that residents have the ability to upgrade from a 64 gallon recycling cart to a 96 gallon cart through Waste Management at no additional cost?  Learn more about your recycling options on the Village's website
  • As you may recall, the Village had recently announced that it was going to host a year-round electronics recycling site at the Public Works facility.  The Village is in the final stages of planning and is looking to open the site some time before spring.  More details will be available in the near future.  Lear

Community Development:

  • As you may know, as part of its responsibilities, the Community Development Department enforces Village code including items such as grass height, noise, etc.  If you have any concerns about a property, please contact Code Enforcement at (847) 599-7550.

Fire Department:

  • The Fire Department would like to remind residents that it offers a "File for Life" program.  Through this program, residents can receive a kit from the Fire Department and use it organize their medical information in case of an emergency.   This information will help paramedics and fire-fighters give the proper care by being well informed of an individua'ls current and past health conditions.  To receive a kit or for more information, contact the the Fire Department at (847) 599-6600.

Police Department:

  • The suspect in a recent burglary case in the Village has been successfully found and arrested thanks to the vigilance of a resident.  The night before the burglary was discovered, the resident had seen a suspicious vehicle and wrote down the license plate number.  During canvassing of the area, the resident gave this information to the Gurnee Police Department, which eventually lead to the identification of the suspect.  More information on the case can be found on the Village's website.

Public Works Department:

  • In anticipation of today's lake effect snowfall, the Public Works Department conducted anti-icing operations on Wednesday and Thursday.  More information on anti-icing and snow plowing can be found on the Village's website.
  • Winter tree trimming continues in Fairway Ridge.  As you may recall, tree trimming is used to remove any dangerous or diseased branches from parkway trees and promote their long-term health.  More information on this program is available on the Village's website.
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