Celebrate Fire Prevention Week By Ensuring Your Home is Fire Ready

Imagine waking up with a severe, burning cough and a room filled with smoke at 2 a.m. The air is hazy and hot, and it's getting harder to breath. At that moment, you realize your home is on fire and your smoke detectors didn't work, putting your life in extreme danger.

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Village Holding Fall Foliage and Activities Photo Contest - Entries Accepted through Tuesday, November 4th

IMG_1358.jpgIt’s that time of year again, the weather is cooling, the days are shorter and the leaves are beginning to change color.  The Village of Gurnee invites residents to enter our Fall Foliage Photo Contest.  Submit your photos of fall foliage and fall activities in and immediately near the Village to ckolar@village.gurnee.il.us by Tuesday, November 4th, 5:00 pm CST.

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Commercial Franchise to Launch in August 2015

As you may know, the Village has signed a contract with Waste Management to implement a commercial waste hauling franchise beginning in August 2015. A copy of the contract as well as a list of frequently asked questions is available at this link on the Village's website. For any questions, please contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.

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ComEd to Begin Work on Transmission Towers throughout the Village Monday, September 29th

The Village has received notice from ComEd that they will be conducting works on their transmission towers throughout the area beginning on Monday, September 29th. An example of a transmission tower can be seen to the right. While this work will mostly be done in the ComEd right-of-ways, there may be some impact to traffic through the end of the year.

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Gurnee to Consider Approval of Local Support for Relocation of Corporate and Manufacturing Headquarters of AKHAN Semiconductor within the Village

GURNEE, IL – As part of a group of local taxing bodies, the Village of Gurnee will be formally considering approval of a local sales tax rebate agreement with AKHAN Semiconductor to relocate its corporate and manufacturing headquarters to the Village. AKHAN Semiconductor, a leader in diamond semiconductor technology, has already secured investment worth approximately $3.5 million from the State of Illinois and pledges to create 80 high-paying jobs within two years with the potential for more pending the approval of additional incentives from local governments.

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Tollway to Begin Phase Two of the I-94/Grand Avenue Interchange Project During Week of Monday, Sept. 22nd

The Village has received notice from the Illinois Tollway that Phase Two of the I-94/Grand Avenue interchange project, which had previously been scheduled to start during the week of Monday, Sept. 15th, will begin during the week of Monday, Sept. 22nd. The second phase of this project will involve reopening the eastbound I-94 ramp to westbound Grand Avenue (the ramp closest to Gurnee Mills) and closing the westbound Grand Avenue ramp to westbound I-94 (the ramp closest to KeyLime Cove) through mid-November. 

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Fire Department Encourages Residents to Check Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms After Recall

The Gurnee Fire Department would like to notice all Village and Fire District residents that the Kidde Corporation has issued a recall for 1.2 million of their smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms due to a technical problem that may cause them not to work following a power outage. Kidde alarms are fairly common and can be bought at Home Depot, Menard's, Lowe's and other home improvement retailers.

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Village Adjusts Home-Rule Sales Tax by 0.5%; Dedicates New Revenue to Capital Infrastructure Projects

GURNEE, IL – At its regular meeting on Monday, September 8th, the Village Board unanimously approved an ordinance adjusting the Village’s home-rule sales tax by 0.5%.  In the same ordinance authorizing the adjustment, the Board also included language legally mandating that all new revenue generated from the tax will be dedicated solely to capital infrastructure projects, such as road resurfacing, and cannot be used to fund day-to-day operations. The new rate will be effective as of Thursday, January 1st, 2015.

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New MedWaste Kiosk at Village Hall

As part of the new residential refuse and recycling contract, the Village has partnered with Waste Management (WM) to provide a community MedWaste kiosk at Village Hall (325 N. O’Plaine Road). Residents who use sharps, syringes or lancets to inject medications can use this kiosk to dispose of this medical waste. Medical waste is disposed of separately from other refuse in order to prevent it from ending up in the environment, where it can pose a risk of injury or infection to others.

The MedWaste kiosk is a self-contained unit that will be picked up by WM and disposed of regularly. The kiosk is located on the right hand side of the main entry doors to Village Hall. Residents can bring in any standard sharps container, up to about a 1.4 quart size, for disposal at the MedWaste kiosk. Sharps containers are available for purchase from medical supply companies, pharmacies and some health providers. The Village has a limited number of free sharps containers available.

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