The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
August 28, 2019
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Public Works Open House Today!
  • Special Meeting: Marijuana
  • Next Board Meeting: Sept. 3
  • Cell Phone Rules
  • Village Marijuana Decision
  • Summer Cel Thanks
  • Mall TIF Prep
  • Garbage Contract
  • Financial Consultant
  • Goddard School 
  • Blitt & Gaines
  • Fall Fest
  • Calendar
  • Vet Golf Outing

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Public Works Open House

Wednesday, Aug 28

4 to 7p

Public Works Department, 490 Greenleaf Drive
You are cordially invited to the Vernon Hills Public Works Open House. The crew has lots of free fun ready for friends of all ages.

Climb in the big trucks. See how street signs are made. Learn about "Going Green" from SWALCO. Enjoy a snack. Pick up lots of cool free stuff. And so much more! See you there! (More info and poster)


Special Village Meeting/Town Hall

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

The community is encouraged to participate in a Special Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 24 beginning at 7 p.m. In an effort to accommodate 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, 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. 

More information, including an agenda, will be provided prior to the meeting. Note that the agenda is expected to include a presentation by Village Legal Counsel outlining the options available to the Village, a discussion by the Village Board, and an opportunity for people to share brief comments, questions and concerns (2 to 3 minute time limit; no presentations). Following protocol, Board Members will probably not engage in dialogue or debate, but rather will listen and take notes. 


Next Village Board Meetings:


  • Tues., September 3

  • Tues., September 17

  • SPECIAL MEETING: Tues., September 24 at VHHS

  • SPECIAL MEETING planned for Tuesday, September 24 will be held at Vernon Hills High School's Studio Theater in order to accommodate more resident participation. 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...

Back to School – No Cell Phones: During the August 13 Village Board Meeting, Trustees and staff discussed "School's Open Safety Week," voicing concerns about people using cell phones on Village streets and in school zones. Please remember that Illinois law prohibits the use of hand-held cell phones (for calls or texts) while operating a motor vehicle. Starting July 1, simply holding an electronic device while driving is a moving violation. Once you enter a school zone, please use extra caution and put your full attention on the students and staffers so that everyone has a safe environment. (Village Board Meeting - 8/13/19)

Village Stance on Marijuana Sales: During the August 13 Meeting, the Village Board briefly discussed the stance the Village might take as far as opting in or opting out of the state allowance of recreational marijuana sales within the Village. The Board values input from the community on this topic, and therefore invites residents to participate in a Special Meeting/Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 24 starting at 7 p.m. It was later determined to hold the meeting at the Vernon Hills High School Studio Theater in order to accommodate attendance. (Village Board Meeting - 8/13/19)

Thank You, Summer Celebration Volunteers and Sponsors: Though weather created some issues for this year's Summer Celebration, crowds remained strong. Special thanks to the Summer Celebration Committee volunteers, VHPD, Lake County Sheriff, Countryside Fire, Public Works, Park District, Cultural Partners and many more who make this volunteer-driven event possible. (Village Board Meeting - 8/13/19)

Mall TIF Preparation: During the August 13 meeting, Trustees approved Resolution 2019-040 paving the way to create a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District related to the redevelopment of Hawthorn Mall. While the passage of the Resolution expresses the Village Board's intent to support redevelopment efforts, this Resolution is non-binding and does not commit the Village to the creation of a TIF District nor to any level of financial incentive at this time. Those decisions would be discussed and determined at later dates, if appropriate. Trustee Oppenheim suggested information related to this Resolution as well as to the Mellody Farm TIF be provided on the Village website.  (Village Board Meeting - 8/13/19)

Advanced Disposal Contract: Staff reports that they have been in conversation with Village garbage contractor Advanced Disposal about their potential purchase by Waste Management, and how that might impact our current contract, which expires in November 2020. Staff has also been working with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) to look at options for services including composting and recycling, which has become increasingly difficult to source. SWALCO has voiced concerns about a merger of Advanced and Waste Management, which would put all local landfills under the new larger company's control, which could make it difficult for other haulers to do business in the area. SWALCO remains concerned that local landfills are running out of space. Staff will continue to work with Advanced and SWALCO to determine a path forward. (Village Board Meeting - 8/13/19)

Financial Review Consultant: The Board approved a consulting agreement with Kane McKenna & Associates to provide financial review services relating to the redevelopment of Hawthorn Mall. The firm would assist the Village in assessing any TIF requests and potential level of public involvement in that project. Services are estimated to total $12,500 to $15,000 over the course of the project.  (Village Board Meeting - 8/13/19)

Goddard School Expansion: Representatives of the Goddard School, 461 West Townline Road, appeared before the August 13 Committee of the Whole Meeting for approval of their plans to expand their current facility, adding 3,780 square feet onto the west side of the building. The school has already worked with Chili's Restaurant, located next door, to secure overflow and staff parking. The necessary variances and permits were unanimously approved. (Village Board Meeting - 8/13/19)

Blitt & Gaines, PC Expansion: Representatives of Blitt & Gaines, PC received unanimous approval for their parking lot creation and expansion. The organization, which is made up of attorneys and staff specializing in collections, recently purchased an office building at 775 Corporate Woods Parkway along with a vacant parcel to the west. The vacant parcel is needed to accommodate parking for the estimated 150 to 200 employees at this location, which is relocating from Wheeling. (Village Board Meeting - 8/13/19)



Vernon Hills Fall Fest

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

Proceeds support 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 service members, veterans and their families. 

Saturday , September 28

Noon – Children's Activities – Inflatable playground (Record a Hit); Giant Sandbox (Rust-Oleum), Pumpkins (Menards), Gift Bags (Bears Fit, McDonalds, Rust-Oleum, Hitz), Holly the Balloon Lady, and much more...
5:30 p.m. – Dizzy Edge Band
7:30 p.m. – Five Guys Named Moe
Refreshments by Hitz Pizza and Lakeshore Distributing

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

Proceeds support the Midwest Veterans Closet.
Learn more by visiting



Public Works Open House – Wednesday, August 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. (Open House)

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night – Wednesday, August 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hawthorn Mall Parking Lot; Weather dependent (Motors on Milwaukee)

Park District Farmers Market – Thursday, August 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

Park District GO VH Evening Walk/Chalk the Walk – Thursday, August 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Deerpath Park (GO VH)

Chicago Cup Labor Day Soccer Showcase – August 30 through September 2 at Vernon Hills Athletic Complex (Chicago Cup)

Last Day at Vernon Hills Family Aquatic Center – Sept. 2 from noon to 5 p.m. (Aquatic Center)

Park District Farmers Market
– Thursday, September 5 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

15th Law Enforcement Expo at Gurnee Mills
– September 7 and 8 (VHPD)

Park District Food Truck Tuesday – Sept. 10 at Century Park

Park District Farmers Market – Thursday, September 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

Worldwide Day of Play
– September 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Century Park Pavilion (Park District Event)

Joe Bruntmyer Memorial Softball Tournament – September 14 and 15 at Deerpath Park. Learn more and register at Joe Bruntmyer Memorial Softball Tournament

Park District Farmers Market – Thursday, September 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Century Park (Farmers Market)

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)

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)

VH Fall Fest – Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29 at Vernon Hills Metra Station (Fall Fest)

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)

Mayor Roger Byrne (left) and Assistant Village Manager Jon Petrillo (right) present Medal of Honor Recipient Allen J. Lynch with a customized Village of Vernon Hills Fall Fest jersey during the recent Allen J. Lynch Medal of Honor Foundation fundraiser.

Veteran's Golf Outing

On August 23, Village officials welcomed Medal of Honor Recipient Allen J. Lynch and his foundation to Vernon Hills as the Allen J. Lynch Medal of Honor Foundation hosted a banquet and fundraiser at White Deer Run Golf Course in support of veteran service organizations. Guests of this event included Congressman Brad Schneider, Lake County Attorney Michael Nerheim, Mayor Roger Byrne, several Generals, many distinguished service members, and local business leaders. Perhaps the most solemn moment of the event was the representation and recognition of several Gold Star families who were in attendance.         

The Village of Vernon Hills was recognized for its legacy of support to service members and veteran’s service organizations. Specifically noted were the Village and community's support of the Lake County Veteran's Assistance Commission through Operation Stand Down, initiation of the Law Enforcement Coat Drive in support of Midwest Veterans Closet, partnership with local businesses to send more than 10,000 pounds of care packages to deployed troops, organization of nine Operation Welcome Home events, continuation of the Vernon Hills/Jim and Helen Heier Fishing Derby, support of VA residents through visits and events, efforts to hire veterans for Village and Police Department positions, and designation of proceeds from the upcoming Village Fall Fest to the Midwest Veterans Closet.

White Deer Run General Manager Bob Malpede noted that this event was one the largest outings they have hosted, while Operation Support Our Troops committee members shared their appreciation for the continued support of service members and veterans service organizations by this community. 


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