The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
October 5, 2018 – Issue #23
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Home Safety
  • CFPD Open House
  • Mellody Farm Opening
  • Trick or Treat Hours
  • Petitions for April 2
  • Voting on Nov. 6
  • Board Meets Oct. 17
  • Humane Pet Rules
  • Legion Bingo
  • More Board Business
  • New Biz
  • Vernon Hills Update
  • Calendar
  • Congratulations
  • Celebrations
  • Think Pink

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Home Safety

Police Continue to Investigate Recent Burglaries

The Vernon Hills Police Department continues to investigate a series of residential burglaries that occurred in three subdivisions in the early morning hours of September 23. Two incidents occurred in the Centennial Crossing subdivision on Rt. 45. Three occurred in the Stone Fence Farm subdivision, and one in the Hawthorn Club subdivision.

The police investigation of these crimes indicated that at five of the homes the offender entered through an unlocked sliding door. In one case it is believed that entry was gained through an unlocked garage service door and then through the unlocked door leading into the home. In every case the residents were home asleep at the time. No resident was confronted or injured in any of the incidents. The items taken included purses, wallets and/or other personal items that were near the door. 

Police remind everyone to be diligent about checking all doors and windows before going to bed. Police also recommend the use of exterior lighting on all doors. Consider using timers, motion detectors, and light bulbs/fixtures with dusk-to-dawn technology. 

The accompanying image was taken from a residential security camera. If you have any information that can assist investigators, please call the Vernon Hills Police Department at 847-247-4883. And please take time to lock your homes and your cars.


Countryside Fire Pancake Breakfast & Open House

Sunday, October 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at Countryside Fire Station, 600 N. Deerpath Drive.
Fun for the whole family at Countryside's annual Open House. Activities, give aways and plenty of photo opportunities. Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast – only $5 per person or $15 per family, with proceeds supporting local charities and equipment purchases. Serving from 8 a.m. to noon. Visit CFPD's Facebook page for updates.


Mellody Farm Celebrates the First 5

Sunday, October 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mellody Farm, on northeast corner of Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue.
Regency Centers celebrates the opening of the first five major retailers in the new Mellody Farm center. Music, crafts, refreshments and more in the center plaza and at the five anchor stores – Whole Foods, REI, HomeGoods, Nordstrom Rack, and Barnes & Noble. More info on the Celebrate the First 5 Facebook page.

4 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31

  • Please use great caution when traveling through the neighborhoods at this time – go slow and stay off the phone, please.
  • If you would like to participate, please turn on your outside lights.
  • Parents/Guardians – Please accompany your children and check their treats before enjoying – discard unwrapped items, fruit, baked goods and the like unless you are extremely familiar with the giver.
  • Children – Do not enter a home or accept a ride, unless it is from a known individual. Stay with your group and stay in your known neighborhood.
  • More tips are available on the VHPD website as well as on the October 2018 Vernon Hills Update Cable/Web Show.

File Petitions Now for
Three Village Trustee Positions

Village of Vernon Hills Consolidated Election – April 2, 2019

Residents interested in running for one of three 4-year Village Trustee positions that will appear on the April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election ballot may obtain candidate packets from the Village of Vernon Hills Clerk’s Office. Information may also be downloaded from the Village website. Petitions were open for circulation for signatures beginning September 18. The first day to file completed nomination papers is December 10, and all packets must be filed by 5 p.m. on December 17 to be included on the April 2 ballot. Petitions for Vernon Hills Trustee will be filed at Village Hall; petition packets for other positions will be filed directly with each organization fielding positions. More information, including an Illinois State Board of Elections Candidate's Guide, is available on the Vernon Hills website as well as from the Lake County Clerk. You may also contact Vernon Hills Village Manager/Clerk Mark Fleischhauer at 847-918-3550 or


Election Day is
Tuesday, November 6
Early Voting/Vote-by-Mail Now Open

People interested in voting in the upcoming General Election have a variety of options for registering, voting and reviewing their ballot items:


Next Village Board Meetings:
Wednesday, October 17
Wednesday, November 7

  • Please note that the next Village Board meetings will be held on Wednesday, October 17 and Wednesday, November 7, instead of on the usual Tuesday schedule. 
  • The full 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...

  • Humane Pet Ordinance: Trustee David Oppenheim requested that an ordinance be drafted to support humane pet facilities within the Village. Community members spoke in support of such a rule during Open Comment on October 3. Trustees are expected to review a draft ordinance at a future meeting. (10-2-2018 Board Meeting) Trustee discussion actually began during the previous Board Meeting with a concept presentation by representatives of Petland, a pet store that contracts with breeders (rather than shelters) for their supply of animals. Trustees gave a cool response to the concept, and Petland subsequently announced that they would not pursue a store in the Village. (9-17-2018 Board Meeting)
  • No Smoking Ordinance: Staff and Trustees will also revisit the Village's Under 21 and related smoking ordinances. That review is expected to be scheduled during a November meeting. (10-2-2018 Board Meeting)
  • American Legion Post 1247 Bingo Fundraisers: Trustees authorized local Legion Post 1247 the use of the Vernon Hills Golf Course Clubhouse to conduct monthly Bingo Games during the winter months. Proceeds will support local efforts, particularly those supporting Veterans. Games are planned for the first Thursdays – November 1, December 1, January 3, February 7, March 7 and April 4 between 6 and 11 p.m. (10-2-2018 Board Meeting)
  • Proposed 2019 Road Rehab Project: During the October 2 Board Meeting, Trustees offered support for next year's installment of road rehabilitation projects, which are expected to include streets in Hawthorn Club (Noble Circle/Drive, Sussex Circle, Montclair Rd, Haddon Circle, Sheffield Lane), Georgetown Square (Georgetown Way), River Grove (River Grove Lane/Court), and Augusta Green (Colonial and Augusta Drives). These projects will be included in next year's proposed budget. Projects would be expected to begin in May, with more information available as planning/bidding proceeds. Direct questions to Public Works Director David Brown(10-2-2018 Board Meeting)
  • Mariano's Fueling Station: Representatives from Mariano's presented concept plans for a fuel station, to be located in their north parking lot. Community members were on hand to voice their concerns, which were echoed by Trustees. It was suggested that Mariano's survey the neighborhood, with cost covered by the company. Representatives said they would reflect on the feedback and report back to the Village. Note that concept plans presented during the Committee of the Whole are for feedback purposes only. Should Mariano's decide to move forward, the project would be scheduled for a Public Hearing as well as review by the Planning and Zoning Commission before returning to the Board for any decision. (10-2-2018 Board Meeting)
  • Proposed Olympic Development Academy: Chad Gruen from Soccer Events Group (Pipe City, Chicago Cup, Labor Day Showcase), presented the Board with a proposal for developing an Olympic Development Academy, a high level training and competition opportunity sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Pursuing the program would require an intergovernmental agreement encompassing the Village, the Park District and participating Soccer Affiliates to allow for appropriate use of Vernon Hills Athletic Complex soccer fields. Trustees voiced support. Next steps would require drafting of an agreement. (10-2-2018 Board Meeting)
  • Regulation of Donation Drop Boxes: Trustees reviewed an initial ordinance that would regulate and license donation drop boxes often seen in Village parking lots. Staff and Trustees will continue to refine the ordinance, which currently requires an annual license fee as well as signs identifying the charity/use. (10-2-2018 Board Meeting)
  • Lincolnshire Police Communication Agreement Extension: Lincolnshire PD has informed Vernon Hills (which currently provides emergency dispatch services for Lincolnshire) that they are considering another lower cost provider. The current agreement was extended to November to allow Lincolnshire to evaluate their options while supporting the Village's budget planning process. Trustees discussed with Police Chief Patrick Kreis the changing landscape of dispatch services around Lake County, as more providers contracting with dispatch centers, such as that run by Vernon Hills. (10-2-2018 Board Meeting)
  • Honors and Recognitions: Trustees honored Lynn DeAnda on her retirement after 19 years at Village Hall. The model of professionalism and graciousness, she will be missed. (10-2-2018 Board Meeting). Congratulations to VHPD's Shannon Holubetz and Mike Katzenstein, who were recently promoted to the rank of Commander and Sergeant, respectively. VHPD also welcomed Officers William Ershen and Grant Smith. (Photos are posted at and below.)
Milkcow has opened in Hawthorn Village Commons near Hobby Lobby.


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 snow plowing – the Village of Vernon Hills collects no property tax. With that in mind, here are some new business permit requests and announcements:

Mellody Farm 

Vernon Hills Update Cable/Web Show

October 2018 program includes information on how to vote in the November election, Halloween safety suggestions, Fire Safety Month (including a reminder to visit Countryside Fire for Pancakes on Sunday, October 7), another look at the recent historical marker designation, and scenes from Vernon Hills Oktoberfest. See all of the shows on the Vernon Hills Update YouTube channel.



Countryside Fire Open House and Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at Countryside Fire Station, 600 N. Deerpath Drive, Vernon Hills.

Mellody Farm First Five Anchors Grand Opening Celebration – Sunday, Oct. 7 with special activities from 1 to 4 p.m. in center court, 849 Milwaukee Avenue. Mellody Farm First Five

Free Movie Matinee: Leave No Trace (Rated PG) 
– Friday, Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Aspen Drive Library. Cook Memorial Library

VH Lions Club Candy Day Fundraiser
– Oct. 12 and 13 on Village streets. Vernon Hills Lions Club

Park District Trucks, Trunks & Treats
– Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Family Aquatic Center. Trucks, Trunks & Treats

Free Movie Matinee: Eighth Grade (Rated R) 
– Friday, Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Aspen Drive Library. Cook Memorial Library

Hawthorn Education Foundation Oktoberfest Fundraiser
– Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Viper Alley. D73 Oktoberfest

D73 PTO Hawthorn Hustle 5K Fundraiser – Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. at Century Park. Hawthorn Hustle

Stevenson Foundation Children's Theater: Rapunzel
– Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at Stevenson High School. Rapunzel

Free Movie Matinee: Mama Mia! Here We Go Again (Rated PG-13) 
– Friday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. at Aspen Drive Library. Cook Memorial Library

Park District Fall Fest
– Oct. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sullivan Center. Fall Fest

– Oct. 31 from 4 to 8 p.m.

American Legion Bingo Fundraiser – Nov. 1 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course Clubhouse, 291 Evergreen Drive.

GENERAL ELECTION – Tuesday, Nov. 6. Information about voter registration, voting options, polling sites and ballot contents is available from the Lake County IL County Clerk's Voter Services webpages.

D128 Foundation Big Event
– Friday, Nov. 9 at White Deer Run, Vernon Hills. Details TBA. D128 Foundation for Learning

Village Tree/Menorah Lighting – Saturday, Nov. 24 at 4:30 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive.

American Legion Bingo Fundraiser – Dec. 7 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course Clubhouse, 291 Evergreen Drive.

First Day to File Election Papers for April 2, 2019 Election – December 10 at 9:30 a.m. Village Election Filing Info

Last Day to File Election Papers for April 2, 2019 Election – December 17 until 5 p.m. Village Election Filing Info


Above left: New VHPD Officer William Ershen, newly promoted Sergeant Mike Katzenstein, newly promoted Commander Shannon Holubetz, and Chief Patrick Kreis. Above right: New Officer Grant Smith with parents Helen Smith and Officer Don Smith.


Above left: Trustees honor long-time Village Staffer Lynn DeAnda as she prepares to retire. Above right: Mayor Roger Byrne joins with representatives of Regency Center for the official ribbon cutting at Mellody Farm.


As they do each October, many VHPD officers will be wearing pink during the month of October to bring attention to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Check out Officer Stacy Seversen's pink handcuffs.

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