The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
April 6, 2018 – Issue #18
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Budget is Complete
  • IRS Scam Alert
  • Thank You, Dispatch
  • Next Board Meetings
  • Mark Fleischhauer Sworn In
  • March for Our Lives
  • Lakeview Parkway Open House
  • Social Service Grants
  • Motors on Milwaukee
  • Road Rehab May 1
  • Garage Sale Central
  • Yard Waste Collection
  • Recycle-O-Rama & HCW Collection
  • Aggressive Sales Alert
  • Pet Clinic
  • New Biz
  • VH Update Show
  • Pageant Applications
  • Calendar
  • PTO Variety Shows

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Village Budget Set for Approval

The 2018-19 Village of Vernon Hills budget is slated for approval during the April 17 Board Meeting. (Board meetings are held at Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, beginning at 7 p.m.)

Budget Summary: The Vernon Hills 2018-19 Budget includes $31,365,970 in expenditures, $28,340,892 in revenues, and one-time use of reserves to spend on capital projects in the amount of $3.1 million. The Proposed Budget is in compliance with the Balanced Budget Ordinance requirements and the Village's reserve (fund balance) policy. 

Budget Resources: The full Village of Vernon Hills Proposed Budget for 2018-19 is available online – view the draft hereFor your reference, please also see a summary description, which was distributed on pages 1 and 2 of the April 3 Village Board Packet in support of the Public Hearing. Also available is a Proposed Budget Overview and Proposed Budget presentation, which was part of the March 6 Board Meeting. Discussions about the budget have been ongoing at Village Board Meetings over the past several months. View past board meetings on the Village Board Meeting YouTube channel.

Questions on the budget? Please contact 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.
When it comes to IRS scams, watch the IRS Tax Scams PSA for some quick advice.

Scam Alert...

That's NOT the IRS on the Phone!

The Vernon Hills Police Department asks residents to be alert to IRS scams, which are often more prevalent around "Tax Day." Please remember that the IRS will never make first contact with you over the phone. IRS agents will not harass or threaten you. The IRS will never call you and ask you to provide social security numbers or credit card information, nor will they urge you to rush off to buy gift cards or provide other forms of immediate payment.

Don't believe your Caller ID as scammers will fake that, too. Screen your calls or hang up! If you have questions or concerns, always feel comfortable calling the Vernon Hills Police Department at 847362-4449 (non-emergency) or dial 9-1-1. For more information, read "Watch out for these new tax scams" provided by the Federal Trade Commission. The VHPD website offers an excellent Current Scam Information webpage as well.
Village Board Recognizes National Public Safety Telecommmunicators Week, April 8 through 14. At the April 3 Board Meeting, Police Chief Patrick Kreis and Trustees honored the entire VHPD telecommunicators team, which was represented by Communications Supervisor Ed Manke (far right) and Deputy Communications Supervisor Matt Kulig (center). Read the Village Proclamation.


Next Village Board Meetings:
April 17, May 1, May 15

  • 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 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...

  • Budget Ready for Approval: The Village of Vernon Hills FY 2018-19 Budget, totaling $31,365,970, is slated for approval at the April 17 Board Meeting. (See first article for more information.)
  • Mark Fleischhauer Sworn In: During the March 21 Board Meeting, Mayor Roger Byrne swore in Mark Fleischhauer as Interim Village Manager. Mr. Fleischhauer was formerly the Village's Chief of Police.  (3-21-18 Board Meeting)
  • March for Our Lives Support: Trustees expressed appreciation for the Vernon Hills March for Our Lives event, with several representatives taking part. Trustees also expressed interest in continuing dialogue, in particular working with local schools (including area pre-schools and daycare centers) and other organizations to make sure we continuously improve the processes and support systems available within the Village. (4-3-18 Board Meeting)
  • Lakeview Parkway Phase 1 Study Open House on April 19: The 18-year process to improve Lakeview Parkway/Fairway Drive continues as the Village hosts an informational open house on Thursday, April 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Park District Sullivan Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive. Long-time residents will remember that this project started with the extension of Fairway Drive through to Route 45. This meeting offers updates on the Phase 1 process, but more importantly includes plans for the Lakeview Parkway improvements from Center Drive to Fairway Drive that are tentatively scheduled for a June 2020 bid letting. (4-3-18 Board Meeting)
  • Social Service Grants: Each year, the Village of Vernon Hills solicits applications and provides funding to non-profit organizations that can prove benefit to Village residents. This year's grants include funding for A Safe Place/Lake County Crisis Center ($5500), Community Alliance Project ($2500), Youth & Family Counseling ($5000), Serenity House ($2500), PADS Emergency Shelter ($5000), U of I Lake County Extension ($1000), Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago/NW Indiana ($1000), Fresh Start of IL ($1000), Lake County Center for Independent Living ($2000), CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children ($7500), and Senior Issues ($1500). In addition, Omni Youth Services will receive $14,700 through the Police budget.  (3-13-18 Special Board Meeting)
  • Motors on Milwaukee Returns: Car enthusiasts will again gather at the Sears/Hawthorn Mall parking lot for a free car show. Organizers collect nonperishables for local emergency pantries and coats for veterans in need. Proceeds also benefit Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. Car shows are planned for the following Wednesdays – May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22 and September 26 from 6 to 9 p.m., weather permitting. (3-21-18 Board Meeting)
  • Road Rehab Starts May 1: Neighbors in the Midway/Lindon Lane area – and those driving through the south end of Deerpath Drive – are reminded that this year's Road Rehab Program will begin May 1. More information is available on the Annual Road Rehabilitation Project webpage, which will be updated as work proceeds.
  • Garage Sale Central: Having a garage sale? Want to know who is selling? Visit Garage Sale Central for listings. If you would like to be included in this free listing, send an email with address, date, hours and items to

Spring Cleaning?
Earth-Friendly Resources...

If you are doing some clean-up around your home, consider these resources:

Seasonal Yard Waste Collection

Yard waste collection is available April through November, with pick up on your main garbage day (Monday or Tuesday). Season-long subscription service is available by calling Advanced Disposal at 847-623-3870. With subscription service, you receive a large sticker for the side of your garbage container, which signals that you can dispose up to six bags/containers of yard waste each week. You may also buy as-you-go "bag tags" for $2.04 per sticker. Afix a sticker to each kraft paper yard waste bag and it is ready for pick up. (Individual stickers are available at Village Hall, Sullivan Center, Mariano's, Walgreens, Jewel Libertyville and Advanced.) More info is on the Village website as well as from Advanced Disposal.

Recycle-O-Rama – Electronics, Latex Paint, Paper

Get rid of electronics and latex paint safely and easily at the 2018 Recycle-O-Rama on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Sears/Hawthorn Mall parking lot. Drop off old computer monitors, laptops, TVs, printers and small appliances. (Remember that these items should NOT go into your regular garbage.) You can also shred documents – limit two boxes per vehicle. Old latex paint will be accepted for $3 per gallon (cash/credit card). This event is sponsored by the Vernon Hills Park District in partnership with the Village of Vernon Hills, Vernon Township, State Representative Carole Sente, Hawthorn Mall and SWALCO

Household Chemical Waste (HCW) Collection

Household Chemical Waste (HCW) Collection will also be held on Saturday, May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Vernon Hills Metra Station on Route 45. This collection offers a safe way to dispose of chemicals such as spray paint, motor oil, antifreeze, household cleaners, fertilizers, pesticides, compact fluorescent lamps, oil paint and more. (Latex paint can go to Recycle-O-Rama – see above.) Check the SWALCO list for Accepted & Unaccepted Items.

SWALCO Recycling Guide

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) offers Vernon Hills residents a handy recycling guide. Find services for recycling, repurposing and safely discarding items including textiles and athletic shoes (Vernon Hills Public Works), and old pharmaceuticals (Vernon Hills Police Station). If you have old cell phones, consider dropping them at the VH Police Department, where they are recycled to purchase phone call cards for soldiers serving abroad. Garage Sale Central also offers a list of charities that collect items.

Beware of Aggressive Sales Reps...

The Village of Vernon Hills asks residents to take extra caution when it comes to energy company solicitations. The Village has been alerted that energy-related companies may be going door to door or making phone calls falsely implying that they are associated with the Village of Vernon Hills and that residents must sign up with them for their electric energy. It has been reported that sales agents have been aggressive, demanding to see residents’ ComEd bills, and pushing individuals to quickly sign contracts. 

The Village of Vernon Hills is not affiliated with any energy company. Further, residents are encouraged to take their time, do their research, and read the fine print before entering into any agreements.

With regard to purchasing energy, residents are always encouraged to take a look at options for the electric supply portion of their ComEd bill. However, when considering any solicitations, residents are advised to be aware of (and avoid) monthly fees that may be added to a fixed supply rate, early termination fees, and variable rates that may float with no upward cap on price. Never provide your ComEd account number to a solicitor unless you have contacted them directly to enroll and you have reviewed all of their terms and conditions.  Do not feel pressured by supposed “deadlines” – solicitors have been using this scare tactic to push sales. Information about electric supply purchase is available at

If you have concerns or are disturbed about individuals going door-to-door, please call 911 immediately so that VHPD can investigate and determine if the entity has a proper solicitor's license. Remember, you never need to answer your door or the phone. 

Note that No Solicitor signs are available at the Vernon Hills Police Department and Village Hall. That said, the "No Solicitation" ordinance does not apply to political or religious organizations.

Pet Clinic!
Saturday, April 28 at Public Works

The Lake County Health Department's Animal Care and Control team has again partnered with the VHPD and Public Works to present a Pet Vaccination and Microchip Clinic on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at Public Works, 490 Greenleaf Drive. This low-cost clinic is available to anyone (no residency verification is required). Techs will be on hand to provide annual vaccines (rabies, distemper), including Lake County tags, for as low as $20 for spayed/neutered pets. Microchips, which are used to identify pets if they become separated from their owners, will be available for $15. Cash, only. More information is available by calling Animal Care & Control at 847-377-4700 or visiting the Pet Vaccination/Microchip Clinic webpage.


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:
In other business news...
  • Dunkin' Donuts appeared before the Committee of the Whole to present concepts for a new store/drive through adjacent to McAlister's Deli on Townline Road. (3-21-18 Board Meeting)
  • Remke Industries, 730 Lakeview Parkway, requested the opportunity to expand parking behind their building as well as improve landscaping around their entire property.  (4-3-18 Board Meeting)


Vernon Hills Update Cable/Web Show

April 2018 topics include the low-cost Pet Vaccination/Microchip Clinic, the Village's new extended overnight parking permits, the Vernon Hills Queens and the upcoming Pageant, warnings from the VHPD about IRS and other scams, Christ Lutheran PreSchool's 25th Anniversary, and the recently reactivated Village Skunk Abatement Program. See all of the shows on the Vernon Hills Update YouTube channel.


2018 Pageant Applications

2018 Pageant Applications are available on the Vernon Hills Pageant webpage. Completed applications are due by Friday, May 4 at 5 p.m.

Mark Your Calendar...

Vernon Hills Indian Association Holi Dhamaal Celebration – Sat., April 7 at 10:30 a.m., Century Park, 1401 Indianwood Drive.  Holi Event

Boy Scout Troop 273 Pancake Breakfast/Fundraiser
– Sat., April 14 from 8 to 11:30 a.m., Hawthorn Middle South, 600 Aspen Drive. Pancake Breakfast
Park District 20% Discount Day on Lakeview Membership – Sun., April 15 only. Park District events

Hawthorn D73 Community Engagement Meeting – Tues., April 17 at 7 pm. at Elementary South, 430 N. Aspen Drive.  D73 Community Meetings

Lakeview Parkway Phase 1 Study Open House
– Thurs., April 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Park district Sullivan Center.

Friends of Cook Library Book Sale – April 20 through 22 at Cook Park. Book Sale

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

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

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

VHPD/Lake County Pet Microchip/Vaccination Clinic – Sat., April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at Public Works, 490 Greenleaf Drive. VHPD webpage

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

Hawthorn D73 Community Engagement Meeting – Mon., April 30 at 7 pm. at Middle North, 201 Hawthorn Parkway. D73 Community Meetings

Park District Arbor Walk
– Fri., May 4 from noon to 1 p.m. through newly certified Century Park Arboretum. Park District Events

Vernon Hills Pageant Applications Due – Fri., May 4 by 5 p.m.  Pageant Info

Hawthorn D73 Community Engagement Meeting
– Thurs., May 10 at 7 pm. at Aspen Elementary, 500 N. Aspen Drive. D73 Community Meetings

Cops on a Rooftop to Benefit Illinois Special Olympics
– Fri., May 18 from 5 to 9 a.m., Dunkin' Donuts in the Hawthorn Hills Shopping Center. Cops on a Rooftop

Park District Carnival
– May 18 to May 20 at 1000 Lakeview Parkway (parking lot of former Opa restaurant). Proceeds support Vernon Hills Park District scholarship needs within the community.

Vernon Township Mental Health Fair – Sat., May 19 from 10 a.m. to noon, Vernon Township Community Building, 2900 N. Mail St., Buffalo Grove. Where there is help, there is hope. NAMI Barrington Area Info

Recycle-O-Rama – Sat., May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at Sears/Hawthorn Mall parking lot. Electronics, paper, latex paint – no chemical waste (see below for chemical waste collection). Recycle-O-Rama

VH/SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Collection – Sat., May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Vernon Hills Metra Station. See above for options for electronics recycling, etc. Household Chemical Waste Event

Hawthorn D73 Community Engagement Meeting
– Mon., May 21 at 7 pm. at Middle South, 600 N. Aspen Drive. D73 Community Meetings

Park District GO Vernon Hills Kick Off Walk
– Wed., May 23 at 6 p.m. at Deerpath Park.  Park District Events

Family Aquatic Center Opening Day (weather permitting) – Sat., May 26.  Family Aquatic Center

Hawthorn D73 Community Engagement Meeting
– Wed., May 30 at 7 pm. at Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive. D73 Community Meetings

Park District Mighty Kids Triathalon
– Sun., June 3 at 8 a.m. at Lakeview Fitness Center.  Park District Events

Park District Kids Fishing Day – Sat., June 9 at 9 a.m. at Century Park.  Park District Events

Park District Flick & Float movie night – Wed., June 13 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Family Aquatic Center. Flick & Float

Vernon Hills Pageant
– Sat., June 16 at 1 p.m. at Sullivan Center.  VH Pageant Info

Arbortheater Concert: Spoken Four – Thurs., June 21 at 7 p.m. at Arbortheater.  Concert Series

Park District Family Campout
– Sat., June 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Family Aquatic Center.  Family Campout

Arbortheater Concert: Suburban Cowboys
 – Thurs., June 28 at 7 p.m. at Arbortheater.  Concert Series

Park District Movie in the Park
– Fri., June 29 at 8 p.m. in Deerpath Park.  Movie in the Park

Park District Arbor Walk
– Sat., June 30 at 9:30 a.m. in Century Park.  Arbor Walk

First Responder Day at Family Aquatic Center
– Sat., June 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  First Responder Day

Vernon Hills Fourth of July Parade/Fireworks
– Wed., July 4.  July 4th Info

Arbortheater Concert: CadillacGroove – Thurs., July 12 at 7 p.m. at Arbortheater. Concert Series

Summer Celebration
– July 19 to 22 at Century Park. Summer Cel

Park District Flick & Float movie night – Sat., July 21 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Family Aquatic Center.  Flick & Float

Arbortheater Concert: Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band
 – Thurs., July 26 at 7 p.m. at Arbortheater. Concert Series

Park District Movie in the Park – Fri., July 27 at 8 p.m. in Deerpath Park.  Movie in the Park

Arbortheater Concert: Soda 
– Thurs., August 2 at 7 p.m. at Arbortheater. Concert Series

Park District Summer Splash – Fri., August 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Family Aquatic Center.  Summer Splash

2018 Hawthorn PTO Variety Shows!

Congratulations to all of the participants in this year's Hawthorn PTO Variety Show. Watch the 11 a.m. Show and the 2 p.m. Show on the Village YouTube Channel.


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