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The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
March 18, 2020
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the Village Voice

  • 211 Lake County
  • COVID-19 Update
  • Special Meeting March 19 at 1p
  • Reduction in Contact
  • Meeting Schedule
  • Village Budget
  • TIF Planning
  • Summer Celebration
  • Senior Resources
  • 2020 Census

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Dear Residents, Neighbors and Visitors:

We are experiencing a moment that is extraordinary. With regard to slowing the spread of the Coronavirus, we know one of the most immediate recommendations is to practice social distancing. With this recommendation being shared by health departments at every level of government, we still feel the need to serve, promote a sense of community, deliver needed services, and provide support. While the Village has modified the manner in which some non-essential services are provided, we assure you that we are still here to help. In addition to contacting Village Hall (847-367-3700), we also suggest connecting with Lake County's Resource Center – 211LakeCounty.org. You may also call or text 211 to be connected. While we may be practicing social distancing, we encourage all of us to reach out and connect in other ways so that we as a community may continue to work together in a spirit of service and support.

Roger L. Byrne, Village President
& Vernon Hills Board of Trustees

COVID-19 Update

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING MARCH 19: In support of the Village's emergency preparedness, Trustees will conduct a special meeting on Thursday, March 19 at 1 p.m. at Village Hall. The meeting will be dedicated to Ordinance 2020-025, which amends Village Code with regard to the Village President's authority to declare a state of emergency pursuant to 65/ILCS 5/11-2-6. This type of ordinance allows municipalities to enable Village services to continue during emergency situations, such as when a quorum of Trustees is not available to make decisions. Trustees began discussion on this action during the March 16 Board Meeting. (Village of Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting 3/16/20)

VILLAGE REDUCES IN-PERSON CONTACT: In an effort to protect staff and the general public, the Village has joined with other organizations in implementing reduced access at Village Hall, Public Works and the Vernon Hills Police Station. Please check the March 16 Notice for the Village's response, as well as the Vernon Hills Police Department Response Changes.

CLOSURES & CANCELLATIONS: In light of mandates and recommendations to limit social contact, please note that many organizations and businesses are closing or curtailing access. In addition, most events have been cancelled or rescheduled. Please keep that in mind as you make your decisions.

RELY ON REPUTABLE SOURCES: While much information is circulated regarding COVID-19, much of it is false, ineffective and even dangerous. Make sure you use reliable, informed sources. The Village website offers links to several quality resources. A selection of links appear below:

 
LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER: We have heard so many instances of people checking on neighbors, offering everything from calm conversation to necessary supplies. We join together in looking out for each other and for the "good of the order." 
 

VILLAGE BOARD

Meeting Schedule:


Thursday, March 19*
Tuesday, April 7
Tuesday, April 21
Tuesday, May 5

 
  • *Note that Trustees have called a Special Meeting on Thursday, March 19 at 1 p.m. at Village Hall, as outlined in the opening article
  • The full Meeting Schedule is available on the Meeting Schedules webpage. 
  • Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held at Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive at Route 45 unless otherwise noted. 
  • Residents are encouraged stay engaged by viewing meetings on the Village YouTube Channel and on Cable Access. Agendas and minutes are posted online. 
  • Agendas are generally posted online by the Monday prior to each meeting. 
  • Schedules will be subject to change based on health mandates.
  

Village Budget Preparation: During the March 16 Village Board Meeting, staff presented the proposed 2020-21 Village Budget. The proposed balanced Budget outlines $27,155,428 in expenditures, up 2.9 percent over last year. Trustees and staff discussed the importance of monitoring revenue (primarily sales tax, income tax, food and beverage tax), since those sources will likely not only dip but also be tapped into by the State to help cover expenses that arise from COVID-19 responses. Residents with questions or comments on the budget are usually encouraged to attend a Public Hearing, which for this Budget is expected to be held in conjunction with the Board Meeting currently scheduled for April 7. Given the current mandates to refrain from unnecessary contact, residents who wish to provide feedback to the Board are encouraged to send their input via email to Assistant Finance Director Marty Staszel at MartyS@vhills.org. Those comments will then be provided to the Board in preparation for the April 7 meeting. The Draft 2020/2021 Budget is posted on the Village Financial Documents webpage. (Village of Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting 3/16/20)

TIF PLANNING: Trustees approved additional work by Kane, McKenna and Associates to prepare a TIF Eligibility Study, as well as to potentially prepare a TIF Redevelopment Plan, with regard to Hawthorn Mall. Trustees continued to impress upon staff the importance of giving all options "a very hard look" in an effort to best support the interests of the community. (Village of Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting 3/16/20)

Summer Celebration: Thinking ahead to hopefully more care-free days, Trustees approved the budget for Summer Celebration, which is planned for July 16 through 19. Bands include Jefferson Starship and Fuel. Trustees and staff discussed ways to limit financial exposure should gatherings still be restricted at this time. (Village of Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting 3/16/20)

Senior News: Property owners age 65 and older with total household income $65,000 or less are encouraged to apply for the Senior Citizen's Assessment Freeze. Learn more by viewing the Senior Freeze 2020 Outreach web article. (Note that upcoming Freeze Assistance Days may be cancelled or rescheduled.) Please note that due to health mandates and recommendations, the Vernon Hills Senior Center is closed until further notice. Seniors with essential appointments to attend (such as doctors appointments) are encouraged to take advantage of the Senior Taxi Program, which offers subsidies for rides with American Taxi and 303 Taxi. 
 
 

 

Be Ready for Census 2020!

 
  • Census opens mid-March
  • Respond online, by phone, by mail
  • Check out the Census 2020 Timeline
  • Complete for everyone living in your household
  • Available in dozens of languages
  • Data is safeguarded – your answers are anonymous
  • An easy way to support your community!

Please support your community by completing the Census, and encouraging others to do the same. To learn more, visit 2020census.gov as well as the Vernon Hills Complete Count Census Committee webpage, which includes a sample Census form

BE ALERT!  The U.S. Census will never ask for money. The actual Census does not require your social security number or credit card numbers. The Census will not send you unsolicited emails. If you receive one of these scams, please do not respond. If you have concerns, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. You may also call 911 and talk with a VHPD officer. 
 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Due to extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19 mandates and responses, please assume most special events are cancelled for at least the next several weeks. 
 


If you need support of any kind, please reach out. Village Hall is closed to visitors, but you may call 847-367-3700 to request assistance. If you are calling after hours or during high call volumes, please leave a message and someone will return your call in an effort to connect you with appropriate resources. You might also consider connecting with Lake County's 211 resources. Text or call 211, or visit 211LakeCounty.org, for information, resources and options on a variety of topics.



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