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The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
Sept. 23, 2019
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Special Meeting: Marijuana
  • VH Fall Fest
  • Legion BINGO
  • Board Meeting Dates
  • Gregg's/Huntington 
  • Senior Ride Service
  • Middle North Phase 2
  • VHAC Turf
  • Adjudication Officer
  • Gardner School 
  • City Works
  • White Deer Run Lease
  • Jameson's License
  • SRACLC Fundraiser
  • NCT Enforcement
  • Menards Drive-Ins
  • John Cuneo Jr Remembered
  • Commander Holubetz Honored
  • New Biz
  • Calendar
  • Quick Takes
  • September VH Update
  • School Bus Rules

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Special Village Meeting

Tuesday, Sept. 24 at VHHS

Topic: Village Options for Recreational Marijuana
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 24 starting at 7p
Place: Vernon Hills High School Studio Theater

The community is encouraged to participate in a Special Village Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 24 beginning at 7 p.m. In an effort to accommodate more attendance, the meeting will be held at Vernon Hills High School, 145 N. Lakeview Parkway, in the Studio Theater. Residents are encouraged to attend and share feedback with the Vernon Hills Village Board.

As background, residents are reminded that while the state of Illinois has approved the sale and use of recreational marijuana by adults beginning January 1, municipalities may opt in or opt out of that approval with regard to allowing retailers to operate in their communities. Like other Villages, Vernon Hills needs to determine if we will allow marijuana sales within the community and, if so, any additional regulation regarding location of those retailers.

Please review the Meeting Agenda, which includes a presentation by Village legal counsel on Public Act 1001-0027 (The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act). Comments will also be provided by Village President Roger Byrne, Vernon Hills Police Chief Patrick Kreis, and Dr. Aaron Weiner, Director of Addiction Services for Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, Naperville. Following background comments, residents will be asked for input. Due to the large number of residents expected to attend, citizen comments will be limited to approximately three minutes (no presentations). Per board meeting protocol, residents should not expect dialogue or discussion with Board Members. Rather, resident's comments and questions will be acknowledged and recorded.

As with all Village Board Meetings, this meeting will be recorded and made available on the Village YouTube channel later in the week. In addition to attending this Special Board Meeting, residents are encouraged to share their thoughts with Village Manager Mark Fleischhauer through email – mfleischhauer@vhills.org.
 
THIS WEEKEND!

 

Vernon Hills Fall Fest


Saturday, September 28 – Noon to 10 p.m.
Sunday, September 29 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Your Participation Supports
the Midwest Veterans Closet

Join your friends and neighbors at the Vernon Hills Metra Station for Vernon Hills Fall Fest – an expanded and revamped version of Oktoberfest. The event will continue to have a charitable focus as proceeds will support the work of the Midwest Veterans Closet, which helps hundreds of local service members, veterans and their families. 
 

Saturday , September 28

Noon to 5 p.m. – Children's Activities – Inflatable Playground, Giant Sandbox, Pumpkin Painting & Gift Bags (while supplies last), Twist & Shout Balloonist, and much more...
5 to 7 p.m. – Dizzy Edge Band
7:30 to 10 p.m. – Five Guys Named Moe
Refreshments by Hitz Pizza 



Sunday, September 29

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Craft Show, BearsFit Pre-Game Tailgate Party, Three Rangers Whiskey Tasting, Rainbow Play Systems Playground...  Refreshments served by Veterans and American Legion Post 1247

 
Event proceeds support the
Midwest Veterans Closet.
Event will include a winter coat collection –
all sizes needed!
Learn more by visiting www.midwestveteranscloset.org.



Check out the event poster and the fabulous raffle prizes! Thank you to all who donated and sponsored prizes! All raffle ticket proceeds support the Midwest Veterans Closet!

Learn more by watching this Fall Fest/Midwest Veteran's Closet segment.

 

IT'S BACK...
American Legion Post 1247

 

BINGO!


First Thursday Nights starting October 3

6:30 p.m. start
At Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive
Refreshments available

Have fun! Try your luck! Support our Vets!

 

VILLAGE BOARD

 
Next Village Board Meetings:

 

  • SPECIAL MEETING: Tues., September 24 at VHHS

  • Tues., October 1

  • Tues., October 15

 
  • SPECIAL MEETING planned for Tuesday, September 24 will be held at Vernon Hills High School's Studio Theater in order to accommodate more resident attendance. See news article at top of this eNews for details.
  • 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 to attend meetings, as well as view them on the Village YouTube Channel and on Cable Access. Agendas and minutes are posted online. 
 

A Few Items of Interest...


Gregg's Parkway/Huntington Drive Improvements: The Gregg's Parkway/Huntington Drive intersection on the north side of town has been the topic of a great deal of work and discussion, especially following a recent accident that injured a young bicycle rider. During the September 17 Village Board Meeting, Public Works Director Dave Brown provided a report on what has been done to make that intersection safer, as well as what might be done going forward. Previous improvements have included creating a mid-street pedestrian refuge, improving lighting, and changing landscape for better site lines. During the September 17 meeting, Trustees approved hiring CivilTech Engineering to analyze the intersection and provide data and options. (A request for any stop sign or signal requires provision of "warrants" to show how much traffic an area experiences.) Director Brown noted that the Lake County Department of Transportation has jurisdiction over any traffic capacity changes that would impact Gregg's Parkway. When initially constructed, the Village pushed for concessions from LDOT, with the final agreement being a 30 MPH speed limit. In addition, the Village was able to create Gregg's as a boulevard with medians, rather than the straight 5-lane road initially planned by LDOT. While LDOT is part of any agreement, improvements such as stop signs, yield signs, traffic signals, roundabouts, lighted cross walks, lane reconfigurations, warning lights and other options will be presented and considered as part of the Village's engineering study. Further, staff will look at improvements to all crosswalk markings across the Village. Results will be shared as they become available. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 9/17/19)

Village Investigating Improved Senior Ride Service: During the September 3 Village Board Meeting, staff and trustees revisited transportation options for the Village's senior residents. This topic was previously discussed during the July 16 Board Meeting, prompted by the news that one of our drivers was preparing to retire. (Thank you, Bob.) That retirement, combined with other challenges of providing municipal transportation services, has created an opportunity for the Village to look at how transportation services are provided. Staff noted that the evolution of our local senior community has frequently caused the Shuttle to be unable to support all rider requests. On September 3, Village Manager Mark Fleischhauer reported that staff has been working with our Townships, PACE and local cab companies to determine more effective, efficient ways to provide transportation. Trustees expressed support for staff to look into options such as providing Senior Swipe Cards, which eligible riders could use for rides with local participating cab companies. As currently envisioned, the Village would pay a portion of each swipe/ride – anticipated at up to $4, which covers most rides within the Village.The Swipe Card has been successfully used in other areas, where users appreciate the flexibility and capacity as riders can go anywhere at any time of day. (The current Shuttle is bound by Village boundaries, service schedules and available seats.) In addition, dispatching, driving and maintenance costs would move from Village staff to participating transportation companies. More information about transportation options, including Senior Ride Swipe Cards, is expected to be provided over the next several months. The Village also continues to investigate ways to improve public transportation options for the general public. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 9/3/19)

Hawthorn D73 Middle North Expansion: During the September 3 Committee of the Whole Meeting, representatives from Hawthorn District 73 presented concept plans for expansion at Hawthorn Middle North, 201 Hawthorn Parkway. Middle North represents Phase 2 of the District's construction efforts. (Phase 1 is the Hawthorn School for Young Learners being constructed adjacent to the Park District Sullivan Center on Aspen Drive.) Architectural renderings show the building expanding its footprint to provide additional gym and music space, as well as remodeled/re-imagined STEM classrooms and locker room space. As currently conceived, additions are being engineered to support future solar installations. Trustees raised concerns about parking and transportation patterns, noting the need to effectively facilitate busy student drop-off/pick-up lines, as well as access to the Powers Center. Hawthorn staff was also reminded of the presence of a memorial planting and marker. While Trustees expressed general support for the project, the plans now go on to Village staff for technical review, and then to the Village Planning and Zoning Committee for review and public hearing, before returning to the Board for a vote.  (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 9/3/19)

VHAC Turf Proposal: Representatives of the Vernon Hills Soccer Club (VHSC) and Sports Made Personal (SMP) presented a proposal to convert Soccer Fields 10 through 12 at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex to artificial turf. As proposed on September 17, the resulting surface would provide two full soccer fields plus additional warm-up space (which could also be used as three full lacrosse fields). VHSC leadership noted that Vernon Hills players are at a disadvantage by not having turf, as practices and games are often lost to rainy weather, particularly at the beginning and end of the season. Out-of-town teams also hesitate to commit to tournaments when no turf is available. As proposed, the change would cost $1.483 million, plus possible costs for fencing, safety netting and drainage. Sports Made Personal (a for-profit sports entity) would provide $900,000, Vernon Hills Soccer Club (a not-for-profit, volunteer driven entity) would provide $300,000, and Vernon Hills Park District would contribute $75,000. Representatives requested that the Village provide $208,000 as well as provide the financing to VHSC and SMP, to be paid back at a 10 percent rate over 10 years. During discussion, Trustees pointed out that the Village already pays upwards of $250,000 each year to maintain the entire VHAC. Maintenance costs for turf portions would be reduced significantly, particularly over the first eight years as the vendor includes maintenance with turf installation. Further, because the fields under consideration were created in 2001 and have seen huge playing time, it is likely that they would need to be regraded and reseeded in the next three to five years, at a cost estimated to exceed $208,000. Staff was instructed to clarify questions and work with the Village Attorney to create a more complete proposal, which is expected to be presented as early as the October 15 Village Board Meeting. If all moves forward, VHSC hopes to begin work this spring. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 9/17/19)

Adjudication Hearing Improvements Continue: As part of the Village's improved Administrative Adjudication Hearing System, amendments are being created to applicable Village Codes. In addition, staff has looked into available hearing officers, who require a specific skill set and training, and are generally retired judges. Based on references and experience, staff will proceed with creating a letter of engagement for retired judge Henry Tonigan. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 9/3/19)

The Gardner School Proposal: During the September 3 Committee of the Whole Meeting, representatives of Gardner School presented a concept for a 16,000 square foot private preschool/daycare with playground at the corner of Deerpath Drive and Phillip Road (backing to Townline Road). As proposed, the facility would serve up to 206 children age 6 weeks to 5 years. The Nashville-based organization has schools in several states, including Illinois locations in Lincolnshire, Naperville, Oakbrook, Northbrook and Lincoln Park. When questioned about the many programs already in Vernon Hills (including several within blocks of this location), representatives noted that their data shows more than 3000 local children in this "market," with many private-school families looking for this type of program. As this was a preliminary concept presentation, no decisions were made. Gardner now moves to technical review followed by the Planning and Zoning Commission. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 9/3/19)

City Works Outdoor Dining: City Works Eatery and Pour House, 929 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Mellody Farm, was approved for outdoor seating along the south side of their building. The restaurant plans to open on October 14. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 9/3/19)

White Deer Run Long Term Lease: Staff continues to work with White Deer Run to create a new agreement with the Village. During the September 3 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees discussed the history of the course, including the initial 225 acre donation secured from the Gregg's Landing developer. The continuation of preferential treatment for Vernon Hills residents (tee times, cost) was also discussed. The discussion is ongoing. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 9/3/19)

Jameson's Restaurant: Jameson's Charhouse, 151 E. Townline Road, received approval for a Class A Liquor License during the September 17 Liquor and License Commission Hearing. The restaurant is expected to open in November. 

SRACLC Fundraiser: Resident Tim Nockels presented an invitation to SRACLC's Annual Holiday Tree Festival, scheduled for November 9 at DoubleTree in Mundelein. The Special Recreation Association of Lake County provides opportunities to more than 400 members age 4 years to adult. Mr. Nockels noted that the organizations largest fundraiser is the Festival's Holiday Tree Auction – which is somewhat in jeopardy due to a supplier issue. Trustees stepped up to sponsor several trees. Anyone interested in sponsoring the purchase of a new, pre-lit tree for SRACLC members to decorate and auction is encouraged to email info@sraclc.org. Learn more about the organization by visiting sraclc.org. More information about how to support SRACLC will be shared as it becomes available. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 9/17/19)

New Century Town Parking: Neighbors in New Century Town have reported parking issues during special events and other busy times at nearby schools. Because NCT streets are private, VHPD cannot easily enforce parking restrictions. During the September 17 Committee of the Whole meeting, staff was directed to create ordinances that will support enforcement. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 9/17/19)

Menards Drive-In Entry Addition: Menards, 1860 N. Milwaukee Avenue, requested an additional drive-in for the building's indoor lumber yard area. The Board's favorable response moves the request on to technical review. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 9/17/19)

Remembering John Cuneo Jr:  The Village received word that former resident John Cuneo Jr. passed away on August 30. Mr. Cuneo and his father before him were key players in creating what is now Vernon Hills. Condolences to family and friends. (John F. Cuneo Jr. obituary) (Daily Herald Article: John F. Cuneo Jr., last of land barons, leaves legacy of charity, development)

Congratulations, Commander Holubetz: Vernon Hills Police Commander Shannon Holubetz has been recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as a Top 40 Under 40 Law Enforcement Professional. The group recognizes officers under the age of 40 from around the world who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, dedication and service to their communities and profession. Well done! (IACP 40 Under 40)



Congratulations to Commander Shannon Holubetz,
for being recognized as one of 40 outstanding officers under age 40
across the globe. (IACP 40 Under 40)

NEW BIZ

Here are some of the recent occupancy permits that have come through the Village office. Please support these and all local businesses.
 

 


September 2019 Vernon Hill Update
Cable/Web Show

 
Check out the September Vernon Hills Update Show, which includes information on Fall Fest and the Midwest Veteran's Closet, tips from Countryside Fire Protection District (including an invitation to their October 6 Open House/Pancake Breakfast), a tour of this year's Public Works Open House, and a look back at the VHPD's National Night Out. You can watch all Update shows on the Village's YouTube Channel
 
Last Market – Thursday, September 26

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Village Special Meeting on Sale of Recreational Marijuana – Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. at Vernon Hills High School Studio Theater, 145 Lakeview Parkway (Vernon Hills Special Meeting Agenda)

GO Vernon Hills Glow Walk – September 24 at 7 p.m. in Grosse Pointe Park (Park District Event)

LAST Park District Farmers Market – Thursday, September 26 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

Vernon Hills Fall Fest Supporting Midwest Veterans Closet – Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29 at Vernon Hills Metra Station (Fall Fest)

Legion BINGO – Thursday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive 

Countryside Fire Open House/Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, October 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at 600 N. Deerpath Drive (Countryside Fire Open House)

Key to 73 Education Foundation's Oktoberfest – Friday, Oct. 18 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire (D73 Oktoberfest)

Trucks, Trunks & Treats – October 19 at 11 a.m. at Family Aquatic Center (Park District Event)

Park District Fall Fest – October 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sullivan Center (Park District Event)

SWALCO Final Household Chemical Waste Collection of Season – Saturday, November 2, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mundelein Metra Station, 205. N. Archer Ave. No appointment necessary. (SWALCO event)

Legion BINGO – Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive 

SRACLC Annual Holiday Tree Festival Fundraiser – November 9 at DoubleTree, Mundelein (SRACLC.org)

Village Tree/Menorah Lighting – Saturday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive (Tree/Menorah Lighting)

Quick Takes...

Overnight Parking – Need to keep a car in the street for a night or two? Sign up for on-street overnight parking through the VHPD Overnight Parking webpage. If you need a longer on-street parking permit, consult the VHPD Extended Overnight Parking Permits webpage.

Countryside Fire Open House/Pancake Breakfast – Our friends at CFPD invite you to the station at 600 N. Deerpath Drive on Sunday, October 6 from 8 to noon. Enjoy a pancake breakfast ($5 per person; $15 for family; proceeds support fire safety), displays, give aways and lots of photo ops. (Countrysidefire.com)

Aspen Drive Library Expansion – Things are coming along quickly at Cook Memorial Library's Aspen Drive facility. Watch for special events to showcase the newly expanded space sometime in November!

Census 2020 – The Village has created a Census 2020 Count Committee, which includes representatives from a range of public and private organizations. The group will meet with US Census Bureau specialist Kamil Szalewicz on September 23. The goal of the Committee is to ensure that all residents participate in the census count as those numbers feed into decisions including legislative representation and resource distribution. Visit the Village's Census 2020 webpages.

Illinois Rail Safety Week is September 22-28 – VHPD urges drivers and pedestrians to use extra care around railroad tracks and crossings. More information is available on Operation Clear Tracks.

Key to 73 Education Foundation Oktoberfest – The Hawthorn District 73 Education Foundation's second annual Oktoberfest is set for Friday, October 18 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. Learn more and get tickets from the Key to 73 website.

Got Skunks? – Check the Village's Skunk Removal and Assistance Program for help.

 

 



SCHOOL BUS
ROAD RULE REMINDERS!

 
Drivers are reminded to be ready to stop when they see a school bus. Bus drivers will first activate their yellow warning lights. Once the red flashers and stop arm come out, you must stop. 
 
  • On a two-lane road, traffic in both directions must stop.
  • On a four-lane (or more) road, Illinois law states that only traffic traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop.

To reinforce, it is generally a violation to pass a school bus with its stop arm out – even in a parking lot. Please be alert and take extra care around buses, school zones and anywhere children may be traveling on their way to and from school. While we're at it – please put the cell phone away and concentrate on the road when you are driving. Drop it and drive! More information is available on the VHPD Passing a Stopped School Bus web article.
 



See you this weekend at Fall Fest!
Thank you all for reading

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