The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
November 21, 2018 – Issue #25
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Tree & Menorah 
  • Yard Waste
  • Toys for Tots
  • House Watch
  • Board Actions
  • File Election Packets
  • Legion Bingo
  • New Biz
  • Calendar
  • Shopping Safety


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Village Tree & Menorah Lighting
Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Stop by the Vernon Hills Golf Course Clubhouse (291 Evergreen Drive) on Saturday, November 24. We'll gather with friends and neighbors at 4:30 p.m. to enjoy warm cider, cookies and more. Countryside Fire will deliver a special guest as Santa is planning to make an appearance. Then head outside for the countdown to light the Village Tree and Menorah display. More information on the Special Events webpage.

Last Yard Waste Collection

Monday or Tuesday after Thanksgiving

Advanced Disposal has alerted us that the last yard waste pick up for the season will be either Monday, November 26 or Tuesday, November 27 – which ever is your last main garbage collection day. Timing is dependent on the landfill's schedule for accepting this material. Leaves should be placed in Kraft paper bags or containers marked with a large X. Collection can be paid for by either purchasing individual stickers to place on your bag or can, or as a season-long subscription through Advanced. Stickers are available at Village Hall as well as through places like Home Depot and Walgreens. For more information, contact Advanced Disposal.

Toys for Tots

New, Unwrapped Toys
Collecting until December 10

The Marine Toys for Tots program is a not-for-profit effort to collect and distributed toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. Since the program began in 1947, U.S. Marine Corp Reserve Units across the nation have distributed an average of 18 million toys per year. Collection boxes are available in the Vernon Hills Police Department (740 Lakeview Parkway), Village Hall (290 Evergreen Drive), and Public Works (490 Greenleaf Drive), as well as other locations around town. Toys should be new and unwrapped. Note that Marine Corps representatives will not distribute toy weapons or food. Representatives plan to pick up toys by December 10 so they can begin distribution. For more information, visit the Village Toys for Tots webpage or the Marine Corps Toys for Tots webpage.

Vacation House Watch

Gong away for the holidays? Consider signing up for a vacation house watch through the Vernon Hills Police Department. Learn more or sign up through the VHPD webpage, which also has a spot to sign up for on-street overnight parking for your extra overnight guests.

Thanksgiving Hol
iday Parking: Blanket overnight on-street parking permission is in effect from 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27. After that, you may again go online or call VHPD for permission. Also, please remember that on-street parking is restricted after a two inch snowfall – so if it snows, please move your cars so the plows can do their job. Thank you!


Next Village Board Meetings:

  • Special Committee of the Whole Meeting: Tuesday, November 27 at 6 p.m.

  • Tuesday, December 11 at 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, January 8 at 7 p.m. 

  • Please note that there is only one meeting scheduled for December. 
  • The Meeting Schedule is available on the Meeting Schedules webpage. The 2019 schedule was approved on November 20 – it appears below and will be posted online shortly.
  • 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...

  • Special Meeting: The Board has scheduled a special Committee of the Whole Meeting for Tuesday, November 27 beginning at 6 p.m. (rather than the usual 7 p.m. time). Trustees will review proposed Hawthorn Mall redevelopment options.
  • 2019 Board Meeting Schedule: On November 20, Trustees approved next year's meeting schedule: January 8, January 22, February 5, February 19, March 5, March 19, April 3, April 16, May 7, May 21, June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16, August 13, September 3, September 17, October 1, October 15, November 5, November 19 and December 10.
  • New Administrative Adjudication System: Police Chief Patrick Kreis and staff have developed a plan to consolidate and update our Village-level administrative hearing process, which would be available to deal with such things as local ordinance violations, building code issues and non-moving traffic violations. (The list of applicable municipal violations is set out by the Illinois Municipal Code and law.) The updated adjudication system would be overseen by an Administrative Hearing Officer, who must be an attorney. The goal is to provide a user-friendly, convenient and cost-effective option for appealing simple ticket-type violations, which would otherwise end up in the court system. Trustees directed staff to prepare appropriate materials for review during an upcoming Board meeting. (Village Board 11-20-2018 posted shortly)
  • Retail Market Study: Trustees approved an agreement to work with Melaniphy & Assoicates, Inc. to complete a retail market study and store strategy analysis at a cost not to exceed $30,000. In 2008, Melaniphy provided a similar study, which provided valuable information to our Village's economic development strategies. (Village Board 11-20-2018 posted shortly)
  • Joint Pavement Program: Vernon Hills staff reached out to counterparts in Mundelein and Libertyville to create an intergovernmental agreement combining some aspects of our pavement rehabilitation programs. Working together in a coordinated bid process, each municipality is expected to save on the cost of materials and services for next year's road projects. (Village Board 11-20-2018 posted shortly)
  • Cops and Kids: Police Chief Patrick Kreis reported that the department is again joining with other local agencies and businesses to support 50 deserving children with a fun day of pizza, shopping and socializing with members of the VHPD. The Cops and Kids holiday event is made possible by the generosity of Walmart, Hitz Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks, Lakeside Transportation and many more. (Village Board 11-20-2018 posted shortly) 
  • Thank You, Joe: Assistant Village Manager Joe Carey announced his resignation. He will take the same position with the Village of Carol Stream. On behalf of the Village, thank you and best wishes.
  • Amended Smoke Free Ordinance: During the November 7 Board Meeting, Trustees revisited the Village's Tobacco 21 Ordinance, discussing the best way to limit access to tobacco and related products while ensuring that rules will be practical and enforceable. Trustees expanded wording to specifically include vaping and other similar products. The revised ordinance also specifies that smoking is not allowed in dining areas (including outdoor areas), regardless of distance from the establishment's door. After much discussion over several meetings, the majority of the Board agreed that while sales for tobacco-related items will be restricted to age 21 and over, the age for legal possession and use would remain at 18 years – which mirrors what is currently in place in nearby communities and the State. (Village Board 11-7-2018)
  • Laschen Center Demo: Trustees reaffirmed plans to demolish the Laschen Center, located next to Village Hall. During the November 7 Board meeting, Landscape Architect Sharon Dickenson provided ideas for creating a passive park space that would buffer the neighborhood from the more active space of Village Hall. After voicing concerns about the potential cost of the improvements, Mayor Roger Byrne and Trustees directed staff to gather quotes, demolish, rough grade and reseed this winter, when the work will be less disruptive to neighbors. With regard to creating a park in this space, staff will look at ways to reduce development  costs and then revisit options at a future Board meeting. Representatives from Public Works have held community meetings and will continue to keep nearby residents informed of progress. (Village Board 11-7-2018)
  • Humane Pet Discussion: During the November 7 meeting, several individuals addressed the Board to express both support for and opposition to any future Village ordinances regarding pet stores within the Village. The messages, which were provided during the open comment section of the meeting, were acknowledged, though no pet ordinance was on the evening's agenda.Trustees welcomed speakers to provide contact information should the Board take up this discussion at a future meeting. (Village Board 11-7-2018)
  • Vernon Hills High School Expansion: Representatives from District 128 presented preliminary concept plans for expanding Vernon Hills High School, including adding classrooms on the building's east side, adding cafeteria space in the atrium, and adding gym/dance/changing space at the front of the building. The proposed 42,900 square foot expansion is being funded from District reserves and will not require a referendum. Building permits would be issued by the State, though the Village Planning and Zoning Committee will review plans during the course of the project. Trustees expressed support for the concepts, which are currently estimated to cost $26.5 million. (Village Board 11-7-2018)

April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election

Interested in being a local candidate?
Start filing your packets on December 10

Residents interested in running for local boards – including those serving municipalities, schools, libraries and other organizations – should be preparing their petition packets now in order to be included on the April 2 Consolidated Election ballot. Petition packets may be obtained from each organization that has openings appearing on the April 2 ballot. Petitions were open for circulation for signatures beginning September 17. The first day to file completed nomination packets is December 10, and all packets must be filed by 5 p.m. on December 17 at the appropriate governing bodies. Check the Lake County Consolidated Election Calendar for the full timeline, and the Election Calendar webpage for a concise outline of when elections are held. More information about becoming a candidate is also available by contacting each organization as well as by checking the resource list on the Lake County Clerk's Candidate Services webpage.

Below are links to a few of the local organizations that have provided information related to the April 2 Consolidated Election:


Legion BINGO!
December 6!

Vernon Hills American Legion Post 1247 invites you to play BINGO. The group is hosting BINGO at the Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive, on the first Thursday of the month all winter. Please join in on Thursday, December 6 beginning at 6 p.m. Proceeds all go to charity efforts sponsored by the Post, such as the Wounded Warrior Project, among others. A cash bar and food is available from the Vernon Hills Golf Course Grill. Future dates include January 3, February 7, March 7 and April 4. A great way to get out, meet your neighbors, and support a great cause.


Our local businesses appreciate our business – and remember that a portion of local sales tax stays here to support Village services. (The Village of Vernon Hills does not collect a property tax.) Here are a few new business permits and notices that have recently come through Village Hall.
Mellody Farm
At corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Townline Road. Watch for new businesses through spring, including these recent openings... 

New Recycling Guidelines
Studies show that one in four items placed in our recycling carts are not recyclable, and they actually cause other items to become contaminated so they can no longer be easily recycled. Groups like the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County IL (SWALCO) worked to come up with simplified guidelines to help us all be better recyclers. Check out the new guidelines, and click on the Recycling Guidelines poster for a handy reference to post by your recycling cart.


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

Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Party – Mon., Dec. 3 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at United Center, Chicago. Bicentennial Birthday  (Additional events scheduled throughout 2019 –

American Legion Bingo Fundraiser – Thurs., Dec. 6 beginning at 6 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course Clubhouse, 291 Evergreen Drive.

First Day to File Election Papers for April 2, 2019 Election – Dec. 10 at each requesting organization. Lake County Candidate Services

Last Day to File Election Papers for April 2, 2019 Election – Dec. 17 until 5 p.m. at requesting organizations. Lake County Candidate Services

American Legion Bingo Fundraiser – Thurs., Jan. 3 beginning at 6 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course Clubhouse, 291 Evergreen Drive.

Attention Shoppers!

Whether you are shopping in person or online, the Vernon Hills Police Department has some safety suggestions to make sure your transactions are terrific! Check the Holiday Safety webpage. And please shop in town – our businesses rely on our patronage, and local sales tax dollars support Village services.


Happy Thanksgiving 

from the Village of Vernon Hills

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