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The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
July 31, 2020
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Thanks, Trustee Brown
  • Trustee Vacancy
  • TIF Report
  • Census Visits
  • Everleigh VH
  • Board Meetings
  • Board Actions
  • Water Tower
  • Seeds
  • Vote by Mail
  • Farmers Market
  • Boating Safety
  • GLMV Golf
  • Restaurant Rally
  • Reach Out

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Thank You, Trustee Brown

At the July 21 Village Board Meeting, Trustee Kari Brown informed the Board she was resigning her position as her family will be moving to Georgia to be closer to family and to their son as he prepares to play college baseball at Mercer University. Trustee Brown shared that she and her husband Alex very much loved being part of this community and serving Vernon Hills.   

On behalf of the Village President, Board of Trustees, staff, and entire community, we thank you. Best wishes to you and your family.

The Village Board usually meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Village Trustee Vacancy

The Village of Vernon Hills Board of Trustees is looking to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Trustee Kari Brown due to a change in residency. To fill the vacancy, President Byrne, with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees, must appoint a replacement within 60 days. Pursuant State Statutes, the appointment will be for a term until the next general municipal election, which will occur in April of 2021. 

Village residents interested in being considered for appointment are asked to send a letter of interest and resume with contact information to President Roger Byrne and Board of Trustees, Village of Vernon Hills, 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL 60061. The position will remain open until it is filled, or until the 60 day period has expired. 

Direct questions to Mark Fleischhauer, Village Manager/Clerk, at mfleischhauer@vhills.org or 847-918-3550. You are also welcome to contact President Byrne or any of the Trustees to discuss the vacant position (President & Village Board emails).

Artist's rendering of a portion of the Hawthorn Mall redevelopment concept.
 

Mall TIF Qualification Report

In accordance with Illinois Tax Increment Financing statutes, the Village of Vernon Hills is required to post a draft of the Hawthorn Mall TIF Qualification Report and Redevelopment Project Plan on the Village website (vernonhills.org) for public review prior to any public hearings. A printed copy of this plan is also available for public review and inspection at the Vernon Hills Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Please note that this Report is one of many steps in a process prior to the creation of any new TIF. The next step is a meeting of the Joint Review Board, which includes all impacted taxing bodies, on August 13 at 4 p.m. at Village Hall. A Public Hearing is currently planned for October 6 at 6 p.m. at Village Hall.

Organizations and individuals have the opportunity to sign up for the Village's TIF Registry (TIF Registry Rules, Application for Individuals, Application for Organizations). More information is available on the Hawthorn Mall Redevelopment webpages under TIF FAQs.

 

Census Visits Begin August 11
 
Beginning August 11, Census takers will begin visiting Vernon Hills homes that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Your response to the Census is extremely important as it helps supports our schools, hospitals, roads, facilities, services and support programs. Vernon Hills is currently at a 76 percent self-response rate – and we can do even better. Watch for Census Workers to visit to help those who have not yet completed the Census. 
 
 
Artist's rendering of concept for Everleigh Vernon Hills luxury senior apartments proposed for the former AMC Theater site on Lakeview Parkway.
 

BOARD ACTIONS

Meeting Schedule:
   Tuesday, August 11*
   Tuesday, September 1
   Tuesday, September 15

 
  • *Note that there is only one Board Meeting scheduled for August
  • In-person meetings have resumed at Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, beginning at 7 p.m. Note that masks, social distancing, capacity restrictions and other measures will be in place to support a safe environment.  
  • The full Meeting Schedule is available on the Meeting Schedules webpage. 
  • Agendas and minutes are posted online; Meeting recordings are available on the Village YouTube Channel
  

Actions of Interest

Return to In-Person Meetings: With the State's move into Phase 4, Village Board Meetings moved off the Zoom conference call platform and back to in-person meetings at Village Hall, beginning with the July 7 meeting. Restrictions are in place, including face coverings, space between seats, and capacity restrictions. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/7/20)

Financial Update: Chief Financial officer Kyle Cratty (kylecr@vhills.org) reported that while the Village projected up to a 50% reduction in sales tax receipts due to the Pandemic (translating to approximately $1 million per month reduction in receipts), the actual reduction for February (received in May) was $125,000 and for March (received in June) was $748,000. While things could have been much worse, the Village will continue to be vigilant in monitoring revenues and adjusting expenses. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/7/20)

Police Department Report: Police Chief Patrick Kreis noted that while the Vernon Hills Police Department holds itself to the highest standards with regard to selecting, training and equipping personnel, as well as through continuously reviewing and updating policies and procedures, he noted that there is always room for improvement. With that in mind, the VHPD has been working on an Engagement Strategies Improvement Plan to help guide conversations among staff and community. The goal is for the department to examine and continuously improve all practices. In addition, VHPD will be conducting a no-cost trial to evaluate body-worn cameras. Chief Kreis expects to report back to the board on the outcome of that trial. Trustees note the importance of the work of the VHPD staff social worker as well as the partnership with Omni to provide valuable social work services within our community. Residents who would like to reach out, ask questions, or offer suggestions are encouraged to contact Chief Kreis directly at pkreis@vhills.org.

Woodland Chase Fence: The Village Board again addressed the request from residents of Woodland Chase subdivision to allow a variance for 5 foot aluminum fence around rear yards. Staff was directed to prepare an ordinance allowing this variance. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/7/20)

Light Industrial Concept: Trustees reviewed initial concept plans for a new 95,000 square foot light industrial building for 888 Forest Edge Drive. The proposal entails demolishing an existing ITW building. The developer is aware of a desire for robust landscaping between this property and The Oaks residential property. The developer was sent on to staff technical review, after which the project will come back to the Committee of the Whole and ultimately the Village Board.  (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/7/20)

Proposed Age-Restricted Rental Community: Representatives of Greystar Development appeared at the July 21 Committee of the Whole Meeting to present their concept for a luxury "55 and older" apartment complex planned for the vacant AMC Movie Theater property. As currently envisioned, Everleigh Vernon Hills would feature 170 apartments and 16 duplex cottages. Greystar's proposal will now go through staff technical review and appear before the Planning & Zoning Commission. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/21/20)

Water Storage Tank: Residents appeared during the public comment portion of the July 21 meeting expressing concern about the possibility of Lake County building a water storage tank south of Carriage Green Park, near the Carriages at Grosse Pointe Village. While the storage facility is needed, Village and Park District officials agree this isn't the best location. Staff will work with the County in an effort to locate more appropriate sites. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/21/20)

Railroad Quiet Zone: During the July 21 meeting, Trustees expressed support for recertifying and extending the EJ&E Railway Quiet Zone first created in 2008 through a partnership with Mettawa, Barrington Hills, North Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Hawthorn Woods, Barrington, Green Oaks, Bartlett, Deer Park, Mundelein, Lake Zurich, and the Lake County Department of Transportation. Village Public Works Director David Brown will work with these partners to write a new intergovernmental agreement for the Board to review at a future meeting. Note that Quiet Zones, which eliminate train noise by not requiring that horns be sounded at every crossing, expire every three years. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/21/20)

State of Emergency: As the Board has done at every meeting since the Governor declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19, Village President Roger Byrne signed a Declaration to continue the State of Emergency here in the Village. This process, which will continue until the State ends the wider State of Emergency, is designed to offer alternative processes as needed to support the community during the Pandemic. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/21/20)

Butterfield Road Bike Path: The Village will pursue a partnership with Lake County Department of Transportation and Mundelein to install a bike/walking path along the east side of Butterfield Road from the EJ&E Railroad to Greggs Parkway. Because the County controls the easement, LDOT will manage the project, which could begin as early as next summer. It is expected that the Village's share of the $410,000 estimated cost would be approximately $150,000. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/21/20)

Artisans Market: Representatives from Hawthorn Mall requested the opportunity to host an outdoor Makers/Artisans Market on Saturdays and Sundays from September 5 through October 11 in the north parking lot. Procedures will be in place to support public health, and dates, times and vendors have been designed to not conflict with the Park District Farmers Markets, which are held Thursdays at the south end of Century Park at Hawthorn Parkway. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/21/20)

Slyce Pizza Outdoor Dining: Slyce Coal Fired Pizza, located in Mellody Farm, received approval for permanent outdoor seating – in addition to additional outdoor seating currently allowed within the Village to support businesses with regard to the Pandemic. Slyce hopes to open by August 18. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/21/20)

Hawthorn Middle North Waiver: Hawthorn District 73 Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Business Operations LeeAnn Taylor appeared before the board to request and receive a waiver of approximately $10,827 in permit fees for the Hawthorn Middle School North addition. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 7/21/20)

School Schedules: Note that most area schools have announced all-virtual classes for the beginning of the school year this fall. Check with your own district for details.

Community Announcements: Residents are reminded of the Village's Community Voice webpages, which provide a place to announce events and activities. Please submit your items to Social@vhills.org.

Water Tower Work: Lake County Public Works will be rehabilitating the Hawthorn Water Tower located on Hawthorn Parkway east of Butterfield Road. Crews will repair and repaint the 500,000-gallon tower in the same design. (By keeping the existing design, there is no cost to the Village.) During the project, the ground will be covered and a large containment curtain will be installed to contain materials and prevent over spray. Construction is anticipated to begin in late July/early August and will last approximately three months. For more information, visit lakecountyil.gov/HawthornTower.



Lake County to begin work on the Butterfield Road/Hawthorn Parkway water tower.
 

 

Beware of Unsolicited Seeds

 

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is working with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to address reports of unsolicited shipments of seeds from foreign countries. Anyone who receives unordered seeds in the mail should contact the Illinois Department of Ag by emailing the following information to agr.seeds@Illinois.gov:  First and last name, phone, and number of packages received.

Do not open the package, plant the seeds, or throw them out. Please keep all seeds unopened and with their original packaging and labels, including mailing labels, until further instruction is provided.
 As if 2020 wasn't strange enough...

 

Vote By Mail Info

In light of the Pandemic, Lake County encourages residents to vote by mail for the November 3 Election. If you have participated in a recent election, you should receive your vote-by-mail request automatically. You may also proactively request a vote-by-mail ballot through the Lake County Voter Power web portal. Information about Illinois voting by mail as well as all ways to vote are included in the Lake County Clerk's Voter Services webpages.
 
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Thanks for supporting our local establishments, including Jameson's Charhouse, The Claim Company and Scotty's on 21.
Learn more on the Visit Lake County website.

#BeautifulVernonHills
Thank you to Public Works
for giving us glimpses of beauty
all around town. 


The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
– Helen Keller
May your heart feel beauty today!



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