The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
May 1, 2020
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • May 1 Directives
  • Road Rehab
  • Reclamite Top Coat
  • Metra Schedule
  • Village Board Meeting
  • P&Z Meeting
  • VH Update
  • Hawthorn Meals
  • Complete Census
  • No Sew Masks
  • 211 Lake County
  • Resource Links
  • Reach Out for Support

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May 1 Public Health Directives

Governor Pritzker's modified Stay at Home order begins today (May 1) and continues through the end of the month. The order will strengthen the state's social distancing requirements while allowing residents additional flexibility and provide measured relief to non-essential businesses in the safest way possible.

As summarized by the Governor's office, the modified Order opens more outdoor recreation opportunities, clarifies essential businesses, provides yet-to-be determined processes for non-essential retail reopening, and directs individuals to begin wearing face coverings in public.  


Road Rehab Ready to Roll

If all goes according to plan, the Village's 2020 Road Rehabilitation Project will begin May 1, weather permitting. Work is expected to start in the Sugar Creek Subdivision, then move to Hawthorn Club.

If a resident's driveway will be impacted by the work, a flyer will be placed at the garage door. These residents may then park on the street overnight. The Vernon Hills Police Department is already aware and will not enforce overnight parking restrictions for these residents while driveways are inaccessible. Please do not drive on new concrete until barricades are removed by the contractor. Also, please do not park where barricades have been placed, and do not block driveways, hydrants, corners or sidewalks as these parking regulations will be enforced.

As further background, this year's Road Rehab Project will again be done in conjunction with projects in Mundelein and Libertyville – which provides all of our communities with substantial cost efficiencies. In Vernon Hills, our first phase of work will address concrete – including removal and replacement of curb, gutter and sidewalk, as needed. Drainage structures will also be improved. During the second phase of work, the asphalt roadways will be milled, patched, prepped and overlayed with a new surface. This phase will also include landscape restoration.

As reminder, this year's road work is being performed in the following Vernon Hills neighborhoods:
  • Creek View Drive and Creek Bend Drive in the Sugar Creek subdivision.

  • Chesterfield Lane, Camden Place, Danbury Lane, Southgate Drive, and Tally Ho Drive in the Hawthorn Club subdivision. 

  • The Cherry Valley Alley behind the townhomes of #313 to #357 Cherry Valley Drive.

  • Pine Grove Court, Pine Meadow Court, Wildflower Court, Hidden Creek Court, Meadow Creek Court, and Thorne Grove Drive in the Olde Grove Farm subdivision.

  • Westmoreland Drive between Rt. 83 and West Lakeside Drive.

More information is posted on the Annual Road Rehabilitation Project webpage, as well as on social media each Friday. Questions and concerns may be directed to Carissa Hansen, Public Works Department, at 847-367-3726 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or via email to Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this project.

Parking Restrictions...

Reclamite Top Coat for Last Year's Streets

Residents in last year's Road Rehabilitation Program area will have one more step in the process to keep their refurbished roads lasting as long as possible. Beginning May 7 (weather permitting), Village contractors will apply a rejuvenating agent onto the recently paved asphalt streets. This agent, which acts as a sealant to protect and prolong the life of the asphalt, has been successfully used on many streets throughout the Village and around the area. Neighbors in Georgetown Square, the southern portion of Hawthorn Club, River Grove and Augusta Green are asked to refrain from parking on the streets during this process. For additional information and FAQs, please refer to the Resident Letter provided by our contractor.

Metra Adjusts NCS Schedule

Beginning Monday, May 4, Metra will be providing a reduced schedule for the North Central Service, which runs through Vernon Hills. This adjustment is in response to dramatically low ridership due to the COVID-19 crisis. Metra has reduced service on the three least busy lines – Heritage Corridor, SouthWest Service and our North Central Service. The adjusted North Central Service timetable is in effect until further notice.

Village Board Meets May 5

In light of COVID mandates and in support of community-wide good health, the Village Board has moved to virtual meetings. In-person Board Meetings are not being held at Village Hall, and Public Comment has been adjusted to safeguard health as well as allow residents the opportunity to easily provide input. The Board anticipates continuing with virtual meetings until mandates and best-practices indicate it is appropriate to again gather in person. 
  • DATE: Village Board will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 5
  • TIME: The Zoom platform will open at approximately 6:30 p.m., with the meeting scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
  • PUBLIC COMMENT TO VILLAGE BOARD: Please provide Public Comment via email to before 6:45 p.m. on May 5 for your input to be shared during the Public Comment portion of the Board Meeting. Items received after 6:45 p.m. will be shared with Trustees after the meeting.
  • WATCH/LISTEN: Residents are encouraged to watch and listen via Zoom.
    Please click the following URL to join:
    Password: 978505
    Or join by phone:
    Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 669 900 6833  
    or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 408 638 0968 
    Webinar ID: 883 4134 7821
    Password: 978505
    International numbers available:
  • AGENDA/MINUTES: The May 5 agenda will be posted no later than the Monday before the meeting on the Agenda Center webpage.
  • RECORDINGS: As with all meetings, the Zoom recording will be available on the Village YouTube channel.
  • NEXT MEETINGS: In addition to the May 5 meeting, upcoming meetings are planned for May 19 and June 9.

Planning & Zoning Meets May 13

The Village Planning & Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet via Zoom conference beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13. Attendees are welcome to watch/listen via the Zoom virtual conferencing platform. Those wishing to make public comment are asked to follow the process outlined below. Topics are expected to include Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Hawthorn District 73 Middle School additions, with a full agenda posted on the Village Agenda Center webpage (under Planning & Zoning Commission) no later than the day before the meeting. 

To View Planning & Zoning Meeting:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Password: 925591

Or Telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 408 638 0968 
Webinar ID: 884 9383 8521
Password: 925591

International numbers available:

To Provide Comment to Planning & Zoning:

There are three options available for providing comment to the Planning & Zoning Commission:

  1. Email Comments: Send an email with your input to Community Development Director Michael Atkinson at before 4 p.m. on May 13. Comments will be read into the record and addressed by Commissioners during the meeting.
  2. Request Virtual Comment Opportunity: Send an email to Community Development Director Michael Atkinson at before 4 p.m. on May 13 requesting to be recognized as a presenter during the Zoom meeting, thus allowing you to provide comment remotely through the Zoom platform. Please indicate which agenda item you would like to address, and provide your email address and/or phone number so the host can identify you and provide you with audio capability at the appropriate time during the Zoom meeting.
  3. Request On-Site Comment Opportunity: Send an email to Community Development Director Michael Atkinson at before 4 p.m. on May 13 requesting the ability to appear in person at Village Hall in order to provide your comments during the meeting. Note that we anticipate that only the Planning & Zoning Commission Chairperson will be physically present, and there will be no in-person audience allowed. Rather, individuals on-site at the Village Hall will be required to wait in the lobby and meeting rooms (maintaining social distance and following current public health mandates), then be called one-by-one to provide testimony through a computer station set up in the Board Room to allow comments to be shared as part of the Zoom meeting.

Questions on Planning & Zoning issues? Contact Community Development Director Michael Atkinson at

Virtual Vernon Hills Update - Police Chief Patrick Kreis - 5/1/20

Virtual Vernon Hills Update
The Vernon Hills Update Cable/Web Show has moved to a new format designed to support social distancing while also continuing to provide you with news from around the Village. We'll provide segments that will be available on social media, Cable Access and the Village YouTube Channel
Hawthorn meal pick ups are available Mondays and Wednesdays. Please complete the Hawthorn Form for Meal Service During School Closure Survey to ensure enough meals are available for everyone. Thank you.

Complete Your Census

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  • Deadlines extended due to COVID-19
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This option for making a no sew face covering is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More information is available at the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Cloth Face Covers webpage.

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The Lake County 211 Resource Center has support and information on a variety of topics – including a summary
COVID-19 Information & Community Resources sheet. The site also now offers opportunities for people who want to volunteer. Visit – or call or text to 211.



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