The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
April 16, 2020
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Budget Hearing Comments
  • Zoom Board Meeting
  • Emergency Orders Extended
  • Road Rehab
  • Stay Vigilant
  • Please Complete Census
  • Saturday Blood Drive
  • Food Scrapping
  • Stimulus Checks
  • VH Queens
  • Hawthorn Meals
  • Restaurant Support
  • #SoundTheHorn
  • 211 Lake County
  • Reach Out for Help

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Village Board Meeting & Public Comment...

Budget Hearing Tuesday

  • Village Budget Hearing is Tuesday, April 21 at 6:55 p.m.
  • Village Board Meeting begins immediately after
  • Share Input via Email Prior to Meetings
  • Watch/Listen via Zoom Teleconference
Due to COVID-19 health mandates, the Village of Vernon Hills Board has moved to meeting remotely through Zoom, a web-based video conference platform. At this time, we anticipate that there will be no in-person meetings of the Board at Village Hall until after the Stay at Home Order is lifted. Directions for viewing the meeting and for providing input for the Budget Hearing and Board Meeting follow.
  • DATE: Village Board will meet virtually on Tuesday, April 21
  • TIME: The Public Hearing on the 2020/21 Village Budget will begin at 6:55 p.m., and the Board Meeting will begin at 7 p.m., or as soon as the Public Hearing concludes.
  • BUDGET INPUT: Please provide input for the Public Hearing via email to Assistant Finance Director Marty Staszel at before 5 p.m. on April 21 for your input to be shared during the Public Hearing.
  • BUDGET DRAFT: View the Draft 2020-21 Budget on the Village Financial Documents webpage. The budget was also discussed during the Village of Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting 3/16/20.
  • PUBLIC COMMENT: Please provide general Public Comment via email to before 7 p.m. on April 21 for your input to be shared during the Public Comment portion of the Board Meeting. Items received after 7 p.m. will be shared with Trustees after the meeting.
  • WATCH/LISTEN: Residents are encouraged to join via Zoom to listen and watch. See invitation below for links and codes.
  • AGENDA/MINUTES: The April 21 agenda will be posted shortly 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 April 21 meeting, upcoming meetings are planned for May 5 and May 19.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar

When: April 21, 2020 at 06:55 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Village Budget Hearing & Board Meeting

(Note that while the webinar site will open at 6:45 p.m.,
the Budget Hearing is scheduled to begin at 6:55 p.m.,
immediately followed by the Village Board Meeting)


Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Password: 236548
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +13126266799,,542833099# or +16468769923,,542833099#
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 +1 346 248 7799 or +1 408 638 0968  or +1 669 900 6833 
or +1 253 215 8782
    Webinar ID: 569 670 638
    Password: 236548

    International numbers available:

More info at

Village Board Actions

Here is an overview of some of the items discussed at the last Village Board Meeting held via Zoom conference on April 7. A recording of this Board Meeting (as well as previous meetings) appears on our Village YouTube page – Village of Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 4/7/20

COVID-19 Response: Trustees and staff reviewed efforts taken in light of COVID-19 mandates. Actions include limiting in-person access at municipal buildings, adjusting staff rotations, providing accurate information sources to residents, checking in with local senior residents, supporting businesses with information about relief programs, and supporting restaurants by providing contact information to our residents in order to support curb-side and carry-out services.

Extension of Emergency Executive Order: The Emergency Order first implemented on March 19 was extended. In conjunction with the Village's declaration of a state of emergency, the order provides a means for more quickly conducting Village business, especially if a quorum of Trustees is not available. Trustees clarified that though the order allows for decisions and actions to be expedited, they all continue to be included and informed.

Curbside Beer/Wine Sales Extended: Village restaurants with liquor licenses will be allowed to continue to provide wine and beer sales with carry out and curbside food purchases.

FFCRA Exclusion: Vernon Hills joined with other municipalities in excluding emergency first responders from certain provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Joint Road Rehabilitation Project: This year's road rehab project will again be a joint effort with Mundelein and Libertyville. Staff estimates that last year's combined project resulted in at least a 20 percent increase in value for each municipality. Contractor Brothers Asphalt Paving of Addison will provide repairs to portions of Hawthorn Club, Sugar Creek, Olde Grove Farm and Westmoreland neighborhood roadways. The Vernon Hills portion of the $2.8 million bid is estimated at approximately $980,000 – which is a savings from the $1 million budgeted for the work.

Brookdale Success: Lake County Health Department has declared Legionella eradicated from the Brookdale senior living facility on Milwaukee Avenue. Brookdale staff worked swiftly to investigate and eliminate sources of contamination.

Stay Vigilant: Trustees and Staff encourage residents to continue to be vigilant in protecting themselves and our community from COVID-19. Trustees are working with community partners to remind residents to continue following appropriate measures to help "flatten the curve." Check out the Village President Roger Byrne's PSA; the Village Board's PSA; and YouTube PSA list.


You Still Have Time to
Complete Your Census

  • Visit
  • Input your mailed code OR your address
  • It takes only a few minutes
  • Deadlines extended due to COVID-19
  • Thank you!


Lions Club/Park District
Blood Drive
Saturday, April 18
Schedule your appointment before

The Lions Club and Park District are holding a Community Blood Drive this Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sullivan Community Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive. To learn more about the process and who is eligible to give, visit – then make your donation appointment ahead of time by calling 877-258-4825 or visiting Use Group Code VH98. Thanks for lending a hand.
Residential Food Scrapping

Vernon Hills has added Residential Food Scrapping to the list of services available through Advanced Disposal. The Food Scrapping program is a ride-along program that pairs with landscape yard waste collection – which runs from April through November. Include the food scraps with your landscape waste, with service purchased either through individual bag stickers or with a seasonal subscription. Contact Advanced Disposal for Food Scrap, only, options. For information, including what is compostable, check the links below:

While Village Hall and the Park District Sullivan Center have restricted access, individual yard waste stickers should be available at the usual retail outlets, including Walgreens, Mariano's and Home Depot, among other sites. You may also purchase directly through Advanced Disposal by calling 847-623-3870.

Stimulus Check Info

Check on the status of your Economic Impact Payment ("stimulus check") by visiting the IRS Economic Impact Payment webpage – available at  Remember to always check your websites to make sure they are legitimate. Don't click links provided in unsolicited emails – there are lots of scams out there! VHPD is working to keep us informed and safe – check this recent VHPD Scam Alert.

Meet our VH Queens
on the Vernon Hills Update

Check out a shortened version of the April Vernon Hills Update Cable/Web Show. This month we highlight our Vernon Hills Queens, and learn about the Vernon Hills Pageant. Thank you to Little Miss Jasmine Wasco, Junior Miss Victoria Burda and Miss Valerie Burda, as well as pageant volunteer co-directors Karen Kalinowski and Kelly O'Bryan.

Learn more about the pageant at The online application is currently due by May 29. Please note that COVID-19 mandates could adjust both the application deadline and the Pageant, which is planned for 1 p.m. on June 20 at the Park District Sullivan Center.

Please note that the other stories we had ready for you were about a variety of events that were cancelled due to COVID-19 mandates. While those segments will not be shared, we do thank all of those folks for their time. In addition, in order to maintain social distances, the Update Show will be on hiatus until it is safe and proper to visit our friends and neighbors to tell their stories.

Please complete the Hawthorn Form for Meal Service During School Closure Survey to ensure enough meals are available for everyone. Thank you.

Support Restaurant Partners

Many of our local restaurants are offering carry-out, curb-side pick up, and delivery specials during the mandated closures of their dining rooms and bars. As you plan your meals, consider supporting our Vernon Hills restaurant partners – and all of our local dining establishments. Schedules and availability change, so please check in with each restaurant to see what they are offering.

Visit Lake County ( has posted a list of Lake County restaurants providing curbside pick up and carry out – please call to check on status as services change.

The GLMV Chamber of Commerce provides the following list of local member restaurants open for curbside pick up as of time of publication (click on the link for contact info and to verify what service is available):

While Hawthorn Mall is closed, in addition to The Claim Company and Maggiano's Little Italy being open for take-home/delivery (see above), Chef Yan Can offers carry out/delivery specials – and you can even order online and get curbside delivery from Barbara's Bookstore! 


April 16 at 2 p.m.

Metra will join with other transit providers in a coordinated tribute to essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic, including transportation workers. Listen for the train horns at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, April 16) – and join in with your own noise if you feel so inclined. Thank you to all of our essential workers keeping us safe and secure during these extraordinary times.
The Lake County 211 Resource Center has support and information on a variety of topics. Visit, or call or text to 211.

"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."
– Colin Powell

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