Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Friday, February 17th, 2012

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, February 17th, 2012:
  1. Coffee with the Mayor to be held tomorrow (Saturday, February 18th)
  2. Reminder: Emerald Ash Borer on Private Property
  3. Referendum on Electrical Aggregation to be held Tuesday, March 20th
  4. Hunt Club Aquatic Center Early Bird Season Passes Now Available for Purchase
  5. Relay for Life of Gurnees/Wadsworth to hold kick off event tomorrow (Saturday, February 18th)
  6. General Primary Election to be held Tuesday, March 20th
  7. Local Resources: Senior Services at Warren Township
  8. The Weekly Update: Proposed Budget to be released Next Week, Fire Department Receives Rapid Deployment Training and more

1. Coffee with the Mayor to be held tomorrow (Saturday, February 18th)

Coffee with the Mayor will be held tomorrow (Saturday, February 18th) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Big Norm's (3540 Grand Ave #C).  This program allows you to meet and discuss your thoughts with the Mayor in an informal setting.  For any questions, contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.

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. 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.

5.  Relay for Life Gurnee/Wadsworth to hold kick off event tomorrow (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

6. 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.  

7. Local Resources: Senior Services at Warren Township

Warren Township offers a variety of courses and other services for seniors in the Township (including all of the Village).  Services include blood pressure testing, book discussion groups, a foot clinic and more.  To see a full listing of services and for more information, please visit the Township's website.

8. The Weekly Update: Proposed Budget to be released Next Week, Fire Department Receives Rapid Deployment Training and More


  • The Administration Department is nearing completion of the Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Proposed Budget.  This document will be made available to residents next week for review and comment.   The public is also invited to attend a series of public hearings during the month of March in which Staff will formally present the budget.  A calendar of the hearings will be made available at the same time as the budget.  To review prior year's budgets, please visit the Village's website.

Community Development:

  • As part of the budget process, the Engineering Division compiles capital improvement information about the projects that the Village will pursue during the next fiscal year.  This information is presented each year in Section 6 of the budget.  You can see last year's capital improvement budget with a listing of projects on the Village's website.  The new capital improvement budget will be released next week in conjunction with the release of the annual budget.

Fire Department:

  • During this month, the Fire Department will be receiving training from the Police Department in rapid deployment.  The Police Department would use rapid deployment in extreme cases, such as active shooters, to neutralize the threat and secure the surrounding area.  Often, these operations would also require emergency medical assistance and thus the training overviews how rapid deployment works and how the Fire Department can work in tandem with the Police in case of an actual emergency.
  • Through the Gurnee Fire Department, residents can now participate in the state-wide Yellow Dot program.  This program is a initiative designed to provide vital medical information for vehicle drivers and passengers to emergency medical responders.   In a similar manner to the File For Life program, participants place completed personal information forms in their glove box and place a Yellow Dot sticker on their vehicle.  In the event of a crash or emergency, the Yellow Dot will signify to EMS responders that this information is in the glove box and could help save your life.  To learn more about the program, contact the Fire Department at (847) 599-6600.

Police Department:

  • The Police Department has charged a suspect in a late night shooting incident on Wednesday, February 15th.  Details on the case can be found on the Village's website.  While there has been a suspect charged, the Police Department still requests that anyone with any information contact the Police Department at (847) 599-7000 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at (847) 662-2222.   Information may be given to Crime Stoppers anonymously and the informant could be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to an arrest. 

Public Works Department:

  • Arborists in the Village's Streets Division have begun tagging nursery trees for the Village's 2012 50/50 Parkway Tree Program.  Under this annual program, residents choose a tree from a list of available options that they would like to plant in the parkway in front of residence and split 50% of the cost with the Village for the purchase of the tree.  Streets Division employees plant and then monitor the tree during the initial growing season.  Full details on the 2012 program will be available in the March issue of Keeping Posted.
  • Crews in the Street Division also recently repaired underground electrical faults in Rolling Ridge and along Almond Road.  Underground faults can lead to streetlight outages if not taken care of in a prompt manner, and these actions should help ensure that these lights are properly functioning.
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