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The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
October 13, 2017 – Issue #10
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Trick or Treat Hours
  • Village Fundraiser
  • New Deputy Chief
  • Road Work Recap
  • In Biz
  • Board Actions/Items
  • No Short-Term Rentals
  • VHPD Thinks Pink
  • Calendar Check

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Planning for Halloween?
Village Trick or Treat Schedule –
Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Official Vernon Hills Trick or Treat hours will be on Halloween (Tuesday, October 31 from 4 p.m.to 8 p.m.  Please use extra caution when driving through the neighborhoods, as lots of folks will be out and about. The Vernon Hills Police Department reminds kids to 1) never enter a person's house unless you are with a known adult who accompanies you; 2) never accept rides from a person you don't know; 3) wait to eat your treats until you get home and an adult has a chance to check them and throw away unwrapped items, fruit, etc. As always, don't hesitate to call 911 if you see any person, vehicle or situation that looks suspicious or out-of-place. More safety tips are found on the VHPD.com Halloween Safety webpage. Have a happy Halloween!
 

Thanks for Supporting the Village-wide Fundraiser

Thanks to all who supported the Village-wide Fundraiser, which began at Oktoberfest and ran through October 11. This year's effort continued the Oktoberfest tradition of supporting those in need – in this case, the America Red Cross for disaster relief efforts. The tally as of today is $1539 in donations plus the Village match of $1539. Thank you for your generosity. 

Zimmerman Named Deputy Chief of Operations

On October 6, Pat Zimmerman took the oath as the new Deputy Chief of Operations for the Vernon Hills Police Department. Deputy Chief Zimmerman has been with VHPD for almost twenty years. For the past five years he has served as Commander of the Investigations Section. The men and women of the Vernon Hills Police Department, as well as the residents and businesses of Vernon Hills, wish you the best in your new position.
 

ROAD WORK RECAP

Lakeview & VHAC Pavement Work Postponed Until Spring: Due to the weather, pavement maintenance that was originally planned for early October for Lakeview Parkway between Center Drive and the EJ&E Railroad tracks as well as a section of Nike Parkway in the VHAC has been rescheduled for next spring. 

OTHER PROJECTS: 
  • Huntington Drive/Gregg's Parkway Pedestrian Crossing: Work continues on pedestrian crossing enhancements. Tasks include changes to the median, roadway, turn areas, utilities, lighting, signage, irrigation and landscaping.
  • Route 60:  Illinois Department of Transportation has a few more passes to make on the section closest to Milwaukee Avenue. Final pavement markings are expected yet this month or early next month, depending on the weather.
  • Route 60/Milwaukee Ave. Intersection:  Work has begun to add turn lanes, evidenced by the temporary traffic signals and the removal of turn medians. Work is expected to be ongoing through next fall.

 

IN BIZ

Here are some of the new business permits that have come through Village Hall:
Keep in mind that shopping in town generates sales tax for our Village – and that sales tax funds the bulk of Village services. (The Village of Vernon Hills collects no property tax from residents or businesses.)

 
VILLAGE BOARD BUSINESS

Next Meeting is October 17

The next meetings of the Vernon Hills Village Board are planned for October 17, November 7, November 21 and December 5 (only one meeting in December). 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...

 
  • Short-term Rentals Still Prohibited: During the October 3 Vernon Hills Village Board meeting, Trustees upheld their support for the current ordinance prohibiting short-term rentals within the Village, the most common type being Airbnb home rentals. The Board directed staff to identify and send cease-and-desist letters to any residents known to be engaged in such activity. Letters will outline the current ordinance, the violation, and the possibility of fines of anywhere from $100 to $1000 per day for each incident. The Board encourages residents to contact Village staff if they have questions or concerns about such activities.  For more information, contact Building Commissioner Michael Atkinson at MikeAt@vhills.org or 847-367-3700. (10-3-2017 Board Meeting)
  • Remaining Construction of Port Clinton Place/Route 45 Still In Play:  On October 3, developer Sy Taxman addressed the Board regarding the remaining undeveloped portion of Port Clinton Place, located at Milwaukee and Route 45 in a Village TIF District. Taxman expressed concern that the approved 80-unit multi-family high rise planned for that parcel would no longer be economically viable due to higher financing costs, higher construction costs, and lower demand. He and the board discussed the idea of changing that development to 18 town homes, to which the board expressed some favorable response. Taxman Corporation will go forward with planning, will stay in communication with staff, and is scheduled to appear before the Village Board on November 7 with an updated proposal. (10-3-2017 Board Meeting)
  • Target Exterior Renovations Approved: Representatives of Target Corporation presented artwork depicting proposed updates to Target, including wood-type panels wrapping around the top edges of building, as as well as re-worked landscape. Target also shared that interior renovations are in the works. (10-3-2017 Board Meeting)
  • Countryside Fire Earns 2nd Place Finish: Countryside Fire thanks all who supported them in their efforts to earn a $3000 grant through the Step Up and Stand Out program. CFPD came in second in the nation, and earned a variety of Kidde smoke detectors and life safety items. Thank you for your support.  (www.countrysidefire.com)
  • Planning Continues on Hawthorn D73 Kindergarten Center: Representatives from Hawthorn, the Park District and the Village continue to work to support proposed construction of a new Kindergarten classroom center adjacent to the Park District Sullivan Center.  (www.hawthorn73.org)
  • Openings on Police Pension and Zoning Board of Appeals: The Village is looking for residents willing to serve. For information, check last month's eNewsletter or contact Lynn DeAnda.
  • Vernon Hills Park District Playground Improvements: The Park District is preparing to expand the south side of the Kids' Castle playground in Deerpath Park. Work includes excavation, installation of a dragon play tunnel, pouring of additional play surface, and landscaping. The Park District is also preparing to open the new Hawthorn Club playground in the next few weeks.  (www.vhparkdistrict.org)

 

PD Goes Pink for October


During October, Vernon Hills' finest will be sporting a bit of pink in an effort to support cancer awareness. You may notice pink handcuffs, tshirts, ribbons and more.
 
Check Your Calendar...

Vernon Hills Lions Club Candy Days – October 13 & 14 VH Lions

2nd Annual Hawthorn D73 Hustle – Sat., October 14 at 8 a.m., Century Park North. Hawthorn District 73 PTO Event

Park District Trucks, Trunks & Treats –  Sat., October 14 at 11 a.m.  Park District events

Aspen Drive Library Principals Read – Dr. Martin, Hawthorn Elementary South – Mon., October 16 at 6:30 p.m.  Cook Memorial Library

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night – Wed., October 18 from 6 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, at Sears/Hawthorn Mall.  Motors on Milwaukee Facebook  

Concert: Ragtime and the Birth of Jazz 
– Tues., October 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Park District Sullivan Center

Park District Fall Fest –  Fri., October 27 at 6 p.m. Park District events

3rd Annual "I Am Me" Pageant – Sat., October 28 at 1 p.m. at Park District Sullivan Center. Proceeds support The Lexi Kazian Foundation

Halloween Trick or Treat Hours 
– Tues., October 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. (Official hours for Vernon Hills)

Park District Pumpkin Launch – Sat., November 4 at 11 a.m. at Century Park North. VHHS teacher Jason Rush will break out his trebuchet and fling some pumpkins – plus more.  Park District events

Aspen Drive Library Principals Read – Mr. Fredricksen, Hawthorn Aspen Elementary – Wed., November 8 at 6:30 p.m.  Cook Memorial Library

D128 The Big Event Fundraiser – Friday, November 10 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mickey Finn's, Libertyville  D128 Foundation

Village Tree & Menorah Lighting – 
Saturday, November 25 at 4:30 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive  Tree/Menorah Lighting

Last Yard Waste Collection
– November 27 or 28. For information, check the Village's Trash & Yard Waste webpage, or contact Advance Disposal at 847-623-3870.

Park District New Year's Eve Family Party – Sun., December 31 at 4 p.m. Count down the New Year family style. Park District events

 
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