Year of Public Safety

In November 2014, the Village’s Police and Administration Departments launched a year-long initiative to provide informative and relevant articles and features on a wide variety of crime prevention topics. This campaign, entitled the “Year of Public Safety,” will utilize traditional articles as well as videos, infographics and other easy-to-read items designed to talk about crime in a fact-based way. Each month, a new topic will be introduced, and all information on that topic will be compiled here.

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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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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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NEW! Gurnee Unveils Online Permitting Application - OneStop Gurnee

 

In an effort to simplify the building permit application process and make it more convenient for residents and businesses, the Village of Gurnee has created a new website called OneStop Gurnee that allows users to submit some permit applications online. The site allows you to supply the information and materials required for permit submittal online, without having to make an initial visit to Village Hall. OneStop Gurnee will also allow you to track the progress of your permit application and, eventually, make payments online.

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New Textile Recycling Donation Drop Box Available at Fire Station No. 2

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) is introducing a new clothing and textiles recycling program, set to launch the first week of April. This new program continues “60% recycling rate” goal, which encourages Lake County residents to recycle at least 60% of their waste and unwanted products. The nearest drop off location is a donation box located in the parking lot of Fire Station #2 (6581 Dada Drive).

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Anatomy of a Water Main Break and How You Can Help

A water main break on Old Grand Avenue.While snow and colder temperatures are hallmarks of the winter season, another common sign is an increase in the number of water main breaks the Village sees.  Water main is the underground network of pipes which delivers water across the Village.  During the winter, these pipes will not freeze due to the amount of pressure coming through the system; however, the ground around them may.

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