The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
February 23, 2018 – Issue #16
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Village Budget Draft
  • Parking Permits
  • Thank You, DC Davies
  • March 20 Election
  • Lake County Survey
  • 24/7 Crisis Support
  • No Solicitors Signs
  • 24th Finance Award
  • Special Board Meeting March 13
  • No French Market
  • Board Business
  • Sign Up for Parade
  • New Biz
  • Feb. Update Show
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Maple Syrup Fests

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Budget Draft Available for Review

The initial draft of the 2018-19 budget for the Village of Vernon Hills is now available online – view the draft here. In developing this budget, the Village will again work to maintain services while also cutting costs and looking at ways to increase revenue. Like other municipalities, Vernon Hills continues to be negatively impacted by actions at the state level. While the Village does not collect any property tax, we have been fortunate that local businesses are strong, providing Vernon Hills with sales tax to support services such as police protection and snow plowing on local streets.

Budget Schedule: Trustees have looked at portions of the budget during recent meetings. The first formal presentation of the complete budget draft is scheduled for the March 6 meeting. Trustees will also meet in special session on March 13, during which time the group will focus solely on budget discussion. Trustees anticipate that the budget review will conclude on March 21. A public hearing on the budget would then be scheduled for April 3, with final adoption of the budget expected on April 17. (Meetings are held at Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, beginning at 7 p.m.)

Questions on the budget? Please contact Village Manager John Kalmar ( or Finance Director Nikki Larson ( Residents are encouraged to review the budget draft, attend meetings, and view proceedings on the Village's YouTube channel. Agendas and minutes are posted on the Agenda Center webpage.

Coming Soon...
Overnight Parking Permits

During the February 20 Village Board Meeting, Trustees gave support to a new program allowing short-term on-street overnight parking by permit. Trustees are expected to approve the new ordinance at their next meeting on March 6, after which time residents will be able to request a permit through the Police Department.

Police Chief Patrick Kreis presented the proposal, which supports short-term needs beyond the typical request for a night or two (for instance, college students home for summer vacation or parents visiting from out of town). As presented, permit options would include 30 days ($50), 60 days ($75) or 100 days ($100), with no more than 190 days allowed per year. Residents would need to ensure that all available garage and driveway space is already appropriately allocated to non-commercial vehicles (as opposed to household storage). 

Thank You, Deputy Chief Davies

The Vernon Hills Police Department and Village Trustees recently recognized Deputy Chief Richard Davies for his 38 years of service to the Village. During the February 6 Village Board Meeting (2-6-2018 Board Meeting), Davies was honored with a proclamation outlining the important role he has played in the development of the VHPD. On February 9, Rick's family, friends and coworkers gathered as he formally called out 10-42 (ending tour of duty) for the last time as a member of the VHPD. Check the VHPD webpage for an outline of some of his accomplishments, and some great photos. Thank you and best wishes. 

March 20 Election Resources

  • A General Primary Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20. 
  • Early Voting is available March 5 through March 19 at selected sites.
  • In Illinois, voters must be registered prior to election day. If you still need to register and have a valid Illinois driver's license or state ID card, you may register online until March 4 through the Illinois Election Board.
  • Check your registration status, poll location and ballot questions through the personalized Voter Power website.
  • REMINDER: The Laschen Center is closed. The polling place previously located in the Laschen Center has moved to Village Hall, which is immediately adjacent to the Center. The polling location for the March 20 election will be in the lower level of Village Hall in the Senior Center. (An elevator is available in the lobby.) Check your polling site and more through the Voter Power website.
  • For more information about the election, including candidate lists, ballot samples, polling locations and more – visit the Lake County Clerk's election webpages.

Share your ideas...
Lake County Paratransit Survey

Lake County encourages residents to take an online survey to help officials better understand needs and gaps surrounding the availability of paratransit options. Unlike a traditional scheduled bus service that runs on published routes and serves fixed bus stops, paratransit is a shared and flexible on-demand service that responds to rider requests for travel within a defined service area. There are a variety of paratransit services available to Vernon Hills residents, including Pace Dial-a-Ride, Township Shuttles, and the Vernon Hills Senior Bus. For more information about the study, visit the Lake County Paratransit Market Study webpage and take the Online Survey. Learn more about the Lake County Division of Transportation by visiting their webpages.

Lake County Offers 24/7 Crisis Care and Mental Health Support

Lake County continues its priority of supporting residents through crisis and mental health care needs. Realizing that identifying timely, appropriate care can be a challenge, the Lake County Health Department is working to provide supportive resources through the 24-hour Crisis Care Program. Phone support is available by calling 847-377-8088. In-person support is available at 3002 Grand Avenue, Waukegan. You may also use the 24/7 anonymous Text-A-Tip to receive support for you or a friend – download the Lake County Help app from Google Play or Apple store for a secure, anonymous communication hotline. More information is available on the Lake County Crisis Care Story Map and Crisis Care webpage

No Solicitors Signs Available

The Village of Vernon Hills solicitor ordinance prohibits soliciting at any residence that displays a warning notice near the front door/main entrance to the property. To assist residents, the Village has laminated signs available free of charge. Pick them up at Village Hall (290 Evergreen Drive) weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Vernon Hills Police Department (740 Lakeview Parkway) weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please note that canvassing for religious or political reasons is not governed by the Solicitor Ordinance. More information is available online.


Village Finance Department Award

The Village and its Finance Department were recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report. The Certificate is the highest form of recognition in the areas of governmental accounting and financial reporting. This award represented the sixteenth straight year – and a total of 24 years – that the Village has received this award.


Next Village Board Meetings:
March 6, March 13, March 21

  • Trustees have added a special meeting on March 13 for discussion of the 2018-19 Village Budget. View the Budget Draft here.
  • The full 2018 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.
  • 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...

  • No French Market This Summer: Village staff recommended that the Village's contract with Bensidoun, the organizer of the summer French Market, be allowed to expire. "It just hasn't gained traction," explained Village Manager John Kalmar. It is hoped that the market might return in a few years with an updated lineup and location that might be of more interest to the community. (2-6-18 Board Meeting)
  • Bindal Appointed: Resident Anshul Bindal was appointed to a four-year term on the Village's Zoning Board of Appeals. (2-6-18 Board Meeting)
  • Village Hall Public Meeting Rooms: Staff reported that bids to create public meeting space at the Village Hall are coming in under budget. Hezcorp was directed to award contracts not to exceed $234,048 to begin work to create a secure public entrance and public space, which can be used for activities such as HOA meetings, Scout gatherings and voting. Work is expected to be complete by mid-April. (2-6-18 Board Meeting)
  • Mellody Farm Intersection Lighting: Due to the complexity and cost associated with Illinois Department of Transportation lighting requirements, Trustees reluctantly agreed to remove the requirement for Mellody Farm developers to improve lighting at the Milwaukee/Route 60 intersection. Developers have agreed to give the Village $200,000 to go toward sidewalk construction on the northwest side of that intersection. (2-6-18 Board Meeting)
  • Taxman Townhomes: Staff has worked with the developer and nearby residents on plans for 18 town homes (rather than an 80-unit high rise) for the remaining vacant parcel at the northwest corner of Route 45 and Milwaukee. Discussion has taken place over the past several months (including the 2-6-18 Board Meeting), with the Board approving zoning entitlements for the project on February 20.
  • Thank You, Village Supporters: During the February 6 Village Board Meeting, the Vernon Hills Police Department honored a number of individuals and organizations who have done so much to support Village activities, including National Night Out and the Law Enforcement Exhibition. Thank you to A-Z Entertainment, Record-A-Hit Entertainment, Dave & Buster's and Maggiano's Little Italy. (2-6-18 Board Meeting)
  • Social Service Grants: Each year, the Village provides limited funds to local non-profit groups. Applications are due by March 1. More information, including an application, is posted on the Village website.

Think Summer...
Think 4th of July Parade!

The Parade Committee encourages you and your organization to look ahead to the Village 4th of July Parade, planned for Wednesday, July 4 through the Deerpath neighborhood. There is no cost to participate – just go online to learn more and sign up!

Thanks to parade committee volunteers – Cathy Byrne, Tim Grieb, John Hintz, Steve & Sharon Maslov, Bob Piecuch, Shilpa Ramprasad and Jeff Johnson. Do you want to help? Contact Lisa at

New Biz...

Residents are encouraged to shop in town whenever we can. Local sales tax supports the bulk of Village-provided services such as police protection and plowing – the Village of Vernon Hills collects no property tax. With that in mind, here is a list of recent business permits:

Vernon Hills Update Cable/Web Show

February 2018 topics include a summary of good winter driving strategies, a warning to stay off of the ponds, a visit to new restaurant Garden Berry Cafe, and a quick update on coyote activity in our neighborhoods . See all of the shows on the Vernon Hills Update YouTube channel.
Mark Your Calendar...

Park District/Chick-fil-A Food Drive – Sat., February 24 from 8 a.m. to noon at Sullivan Center. Supports Vernon Township Pantry. Donate a non-perishable food item and receive a free Chick-fil-A coupon. Park District events

One Book One Community Author Visit with Laurie Lico Albanese – Sat., February 24 at 1 p.m. at Vernon Hills High School. Supports community read of Stolen Beauty. Sponsored by Cook Memorial Library. Cook Library events

SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Event – February 26 by appointment in Gurnee  SWALCO

Lake County Restaurant Week
– March 2 through 11 at more than 60 participating Lake County eateries. Lake County Restaurant Week

Park District 5th Annual Craft Beer Tasting
– March 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Sullivan Center.  Park District events

Daylight Savings Time Begins – March 11 – "Spring forward" one hour on your clocks.

2018 General Primary Election – Tues., March 20. Some voting sites have changed – for instance, Laschen Center polling place moves to Vernon Hills Village Hall. More information about registering, early voting, voting by mail, ballot items through Lake County IL Clerk's March 20 Election webpage 

First VHPD Citizen's Police Academy Class – Wed., March 21 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.; runs for 10 weeks.  VHPD Citizen's Police Academy

Park District Hoppin' Holiday Hunt – March 24 at 9 a.m. at Sullivan Center.  Park District events

Park District 20% Discount Day on Lakeview Membership – April 15 only. Park District events

Park District Earth Day Family Event – April 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 at Maintenance Facility at 1400 Indianwood Drive. FREE crafts, games, music. Park District events

Park District Loop the Lakes 5K Run/Walk – April 21 at 9 a.m. at Century Park. Park District events

Park District Family Kit Fly – April 21 at 11 a.m. at Century Park. Park District events

Park District Pitch, Hit & Run Skills Competition – April 28 at 1 p.m. at Grosse Pointe Park. Park District events

Park District Arbor Walk – May 4 at noon through newly certified Century Park Arboretum. Park District Events


Lake County Tidbit...

Maple Syrup Festivals

It's getting to be maple syrup season – and the Little Lake County website has compiled several local opportunities. Check out the Little Lake County Maple Syrup Fest webpages to learn more. 

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