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The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
March 1, 2021
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Input on Diversity
  • Voting Resources
  • Sharps Disposal
  • Garbage Reminder
  • Seniors Event
  • Restaurant Rally
  • Shop, Dine, Shine
  • Board Meetings
  • Grant Applications
  • Budget Discussions
  • Summer Events
  • Binny's
  • Mall Time Capsule
  • Restaurant Relief
  • Happy 100th
  • Park District Guide
  • One Book
  • Kinder Registration
  • Vaccinations
  • Gardening
  • Blood Drive
  • Time Change
  • Reach Out

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Dr. Bryan Watkins addresses the Village Board on August 11, 2020.


Give Input:

Diversity & Inclusion

 
The Village is working with Dr. Bryan Watkins (Ravenskeep, LLC) to assess policies, review demographics, determine expectations, engage the community, and develop a vision statement as it relates to diversity and inclusion. Please share your input and suggestions for improving policy and practices by sending an email directly to Dr. Bryan Watkins at ravenskeep1555@gmail.com. If you wish to speak directly with Dr. Watkins, please share your contact information via email and he will follow up with you. Please provide your comments by March 19. More information is available on the Diversity & Inclusion Consultancy web article.
 

LINK: https://www.lakecountyil.gov/161/County-Clerk

 

Resources for


April 6 Consolidated Election
 
The April 6 Consolidated Election will feature a variety of local candidates – Village, school boards, park districts, townships, and more. Village of Vernon Hills positions on the ballot will include the Village President role (candidates Brian Lohse and Roger Byrne), three 4-year Trustee positions (candidates Catherine "Katie" Sultan, Christopher Kelly, Michael Schenk, Thom Koch Jr., Donald G. Kathan and Craig Takaoka), and one unexpired 2-year Trustee position (candidate Nancy Forster). Here are a few resources regarding the upcoming election:
 
  • Candidate List – Provided by Lake County Clerk's Office
  • Voter Power – Specific information to help you determine your registration status, sample ballot, voting sites and more. You may also request mail-in ballots through this webpage.
  • Vote By Mail – Mail-in Ballots will be mailed starting March 12, and must be received at the County Clerk's Office by 5 p.m. on April 1.
  • Early Voting – Locations/times TBA; Early Voting first available at Lake County Court House; then available at locations around the County from March 22 to April 3.
  • General Voting Info – Q&A
  • Election Judge Opportunities – Sign up to help on Election Day
 

Sharps disposal container at Countryside Fire Station.

 

Medical Sharps Disposal
Now Available

 
As part of the Village's residential municipal waste contract, new services were obtained to include organics collection, electronics collection, and medical sharps collection. Medical sharps collection will now be available at Countryside Fire, 600 N. Deerpath Drive, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
 
Thank you to  Countryside Fire Protection District for agreeing to host the collection site for medical sharps at their facility in Vernon Hills. Of the sites being considered, this central location offers onsite staffing and easy access. We appreciate our partners at CFPD for their continued support and assistance with implementing this program.       

Please note that this program is intended for Vernon Hills residents, only (no businesses), and is designed to offer people who are dependent on injectable medications a convenient location to safely dispose of their medical sharps. 

 

Garbage & Yard Waste Service Reminder 

Waste Management (the Village's residential contractor, which recently merged with Advanced Disposal) will be providing information to residents to select the services they would like to receive in the coming season. This is the time to adjust the number of pick ups and the size of your containers, as well as subscribe for services including yard waste collection or the new compost ride-along service. The hauler asks for changes to be made by May 31 to ensure that all subscription services may be implemented at the start of the summer service schedule. More information is available by contacting Waste Management at 847-623-3870, as well as by reviewing the Village Trash & Yard Waste webpage, as well as the September 28, 2020 web article entitled Waste Services Contract – Advanced Disposal, Inc. Please note that residents in multi-family or HOA neighborhoods may be using another provider with different services as negotiated by your organization. 
     

Sweet & Spicy Senior Activity

Whether you like spicy or sweet, Charter Senior Living and the Victory Centre had it covered for our Vernon Hills Seniors Organization. On February 25, the two senior living communities prepared their best chili and sweets. Members of the Vernon Hills Senior Organization then enjoyed a socially distant drive-through event where they received their beautiful goody bags. Thank you, Charter and Victory Centre!

Thanks to Meridian Health Care Community Engagement Specialist Steve Rainsford for organizing this event on behalf of all of our Seniors. If you would like to get involved or learn about resources available to seniors, please contact Steve at Steve.Rainsford@meridianphcs.com or 224-433-1539. More information about the Vernon Hills Seniors Organization is available by visiting the Vernon Hills Senior Center webpage or by calling VH Seniors President David Beckman at 224-433-1539.

Seniors – please also check out this virtual greeting and services guide. Thanks to Jenn Heavrin for putting this together. 

Lake County Restaurant Rally
 

Shop, Dine & Shine in Town!

 

Thank you for continuing to support all of our local businesses. Check out this year's Lake County Restaurant Rally, which spotlights all cuisine creators in Vernon Hills and throughout the County. For updates on new businesses, follow the Village on Facebook and Instagram/ExperienceVernonHills. (Please consider sharing your favorite retailers, service providers and restaurants through social media.) For reminders of the many ways to shop, dine and shine in Vernon Hills, check out the updated Dining & Shopping Guide – and see how the luck of the Irish awaits you right here in Vernon Hills!


LINK to Guide
 

VILLAGE BOARD



Meeting Schedule
    
   Tuesday, March 2
   Tuesday, March 16
   Wednesday, April 7*

 
  • Meeting Format: The March 2 Village Board Meeting will be conducted in-person at the Village Hall. Masks will be required and social distancing must be maintained. 
  • Public comment may be provided in-person at the beginning of the meeting. 
  • *The first April meeting will be held on Wednesday to accommodate the April 6 Election
  • Meetings begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted
  • Agendas and Minutes are posted online for each meeting
  • Meeting recordings are available on the Village YouTube Channel
  • The full Meeting Schedule is available on the Meeting Schedules webpage
     


Items of Note...


Return to In-Person Meetings: During the February 16 Board Meeting, Trustees decided that beginning March 2, Village Board Meetings will return to in-person format held at the Village Hall. Face coverings and social distancing will be required. (Vernon Hills Liquor Hearing/Village Board Meeting - 2/16/21)

Social Services Grants Due Today: Local nonprofit organizations are reminded that the deadline to submit applications for 2021-22 Village Social Services Grants is March 1. More information is available on the Application, which is posted on the Village website.

Budget Discussions: Village Trustees will begin reviewing the 2021-22 Village Budget Proposal during the March 2 Meeting. The formal Public Hearing on the budget is tentatively scheduled for the April 7 Village Board Meeting. The Budget Draft is posted on the Village's Financial Documents webpage. The Village fiscal year begins on May 1. 

Summer Special Events Schedule: Trustees and Staff will take a wait-and-see stance on some of the traditional Village-sponsored summer events, with decisions based on the speed of COVID-19 vaccine distribution and public health guidance. As it now stands, planning for the Arbortheater Concert Series will move forward. Because the concerts are held outside and attendees are able to maintain distance, these concerts appear to pose less risk. However, gatherings that put people in closer proximity to each other must be evaluated based on "real time" public health information. As we approach Spring, there are concerns as to how the 4th of July Parade could be safely held for attendees (density of the crowd) and participants (service organizations, school and club marching bands, community groups, etc.). Many may not yet feel comfortable committing to participation in such a large community event. Similarly, organizers are evaluating the annual 4th of July Concert at Century Park. Staff continues to plan and budget for events such as July 4th Fireworks, but events such as Summer Celebration present a myriad challenges, including sanitizing the carnival rides and spacing attendees. That said, the Village continues to work in partnership with the Park District, Countryside Fire and other entities to continuously address the needs of the pandemic – whether reviewing public safety processes or reimagining community events. (Vernon Hills Liquor Hearing/Village Board Meeting - 2/16/21)

Binny's Beverage Depot: During the February 16 Liquor & License Commission Hearing, commissioners approved the request by Binny's Beverage Depot for a Class "B" Liquor License. Later during the Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees approved Binny's request for changes to the facade of their new facility, located in Hawthorn Village Commons in the former Hobby Lobby building. Representatives noted that at approximately 47,000 square feet, this store will be one of the company's largest, eclipsed only by the Lincoln Park store's 50,000 square feet. The Vernon Hills location, which will include areas for education and tastings, is expected to open by the end of May. (Vernon Hills Liquor Hearing/Village Board Meeting - 2/16/21)

Hawthorn Mall Time Capsule: Hawthorn Mall has approached the Village to coordinate the creation of a Time Capsule, to be incorporated somewhere in the redevelopment of the property. Items should represent our current era and offer insight for people who open the container 50 years from now. While more information will be forthcoming, ideas may be shared by sending an email to Social@vhills.org(Vernon Hills Liquor Hearing/Village Board Meeting - 2/16/21)

Reminder: Restaurant Relief Program: During the February 2 Village Board Meeting, Trustees formally approved ordinances establishing a Restaurant Assistance Program for businesses that meet certain criteria. For businesses that qualify, 2021 fees for business licenses, outdoor dining licenses and liquor licenses will be waived. Those same qualifying businesses will also be allowed to retain the entire 1 percent of the Village's Food and Beverage Tax collected from January 1 through June 30, 2021. That portion of the program will be re-evaluated prior to June 30 to determine if an extension is appropriate. For information or to discuss your organization's eligibility, please contact Village Manager Mark Fleischhauer at MFleischhauer@vhills.org(Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 2/2/21)
 

Happy 100th Birthday to Ms. Genevieve Lange!  Ms. Lange was celebrated during the February 16 Board Meeting. The community joins with Trustees in extending our best wishes!



Park District Programs Expand
 
The Vernon Hills Park District is pleased to be re-opening many programs and special events to in-person delivery. Check out the Spring Program Guide, or learn more about opportunities including the Enchanted Princess Party on March 5, the Egg-cellent Hunt on March 27, Drop-In Basketball, Drop-In Table Tennis, Youth Basketball, plus scores of virtual resources for kids (Bunny Boxes!) and adults, alike. Thank you to the staff of the Vernon Hills Park District for keeping us healthy and entertained during all of the challenges of the Pandemic. What a tremendous resource for all of us to enjoy! Check VHParkDistrict.org for information. 

 

One Book, One Community

 
This year's One Book, One Community selection is Jacqueline Woodson's Red at the Bone. Sign up online for the free virtual program finale with the author, planned for Thursday, March 18. Information is available on the Cook Memorial Library website – cooklib.org
 

Kindergarten Registration Season


If you have a child who will turn 5 by September 1, 2021, now is the time to begin the Kindergarten registration process. Check with your elementary school district for informational meetings and processes. If you don't know your elementary district, check your property tax bill.
 
 
Vaccination Information

 
Lake County Health Department and healthcare providers report that vaccination availability is ramping up. While distribution remains dependent upon supply, availability through the County's AllVax website has been underway for several weeks. You are also encouraged to reach out to your physician's office. Distribution through our local pharmacies is also expected to become an option as more supply becomes available. 

Seniors – if you are having difficulty navigating the web-based nature of locating and reserving a vaccination, many volunteer efforts have swung into gear to support you. The Lake County Health Department AllVax Support Center is available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and may be reached by calling 847-377-8130 or sending an email to AllVax@LakeCountyIL.gov. Special hours for seniors age 65 and over are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays – during these designated hours, selection "Option 1" to be routed to a volunteer (leave a voicemail message if you need to). If you would like to volunteer to help the Lake County effort, send an email to LakeCountyCallVolunteers@gmail.com.

Vernon Township has also put together a team of volunteers to help Senior Vernon Hills residents living south of Route 60 (which is served by that township). Learn more about the Vernon Township Vaccination Outreach, as well as how to volunteer to help, by visiting the Vernon Township website or calling the Vernon Township Senior Programs office at 847-634-6060.

Residents interested in assisting the County's actual mass vaccination effort may learn more and sign up to volunteer through the Lake County Health Department's Mass Vaccination Volunteer website.

Progress is being made! Stay informed by visiting the Lake County Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) webpage.

 

Get Into Gardening!

SWALCO (Solid Waste Agency of Lake County) has teamed up with the University of Illinois Extension to offer a variety of educational programs for gardeners – and those interested in getting into gardening. Learn more by visiting the SWALCO 2021 Garden Learning Series webpage. Register online through the Extension. 
 

Community Voice

Have an announcement for the community? Want to see what's happening? Please help us build the Village's Community Voice webpage into a helpful resource for events and opportunities. To share your announcements, please send information and PDFs to Social@VHills.org.

For those who have been supporting Hawthorn Middle North Principal Robert Collins and his family – thank you! Versiti reports that over the course of two local Blood Drives held in his honor, more than 160 people donated more than 153 units, which will help save 459 lives. Versiti has scheduled another event on April 18 at Vernon Hills High School. Sign up through Versiti: https://bit.ly/Blood-Drive-for-Robert

 

Change Your Clocks
Change Your Batteries


Reminder: Move your clock forward one hour starting the morning of Sunday, March 14.  When you do that , Countryside Fire strongly suggests you change the batteries in your smoke detectors and other emergency devices. Stay safe and remember – spring is on the way!
 

"There are only two seasons – winter and baseball."

– Bill Veeck

The White Sox played the Brewers in Cactus League play on February 28.
Just saying...


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