The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
November 16, 2017 – Issue #12
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Tree/Menorah Lighting
  • Online Parking Requests
  • Toys for Tots
  • Refuse & Recycling
  • Coyotes
  • Board Meeting Schedule Changes
  • Board Meeting Nov. 28
  • Board News
  • New Businesses
  • Stand Strong Coalition
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Happy Thanksgiving

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Village Tree & Menorah Lighting

Saturday, November 25

Light up the holiday season with the 2017 Vernon Hills Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting, planned for Saturday, November 25 at 4:30 p.m. Gather at the Vernon Hills Muni Golf Course club house (291 Evergreen Drive) for pre-lighting hot chocolate, snacks and conversation. Then head out to the course as we help the Village Queens count down and flip the switch. Santa himself is expected to arrive in style for a quick visit, thanks to our friends at Countryside Fire. Mark your calendar for the Saturday after Thanksgiving for this family friendly Vernon Hills tradition. 

Introducing Easy On-Line Overnight Parking Requests

The Village now has an on-line system for requesting overnight parking permission. Vernon Hills residents are encouraged to use this new method when requesting permission to park on a street overnight. The process is very quick and simple – visit the Vernon Hills Police Department's Overnight Parking webpage for details and to access the VHPD online parking request form

Please note that while street parking is generally permitted on major holidays, please check the parking website for dates and clarification.

As we head into wintry weather, keep in mind that after a snowfall of two inches or more, there is no parking allowed on Village streets to facilitate safe, efficient snow removal. 

Toys for Tots 
Collecting New, Unwrapped Toys
Until December 14

The Village has again placed collection bins for the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Donate new, unwrapped toys until December 14. Bins are located at the Police Station (740 Lakeview Parkway; open all day, every day), Village Hall (290 Evergreen Drive; open Monday through Friday, 8:30a to 5p), and Public Works (490 Greenleaf Drive; Open Monday through Friday, 7a to 3:30p). Read more on the VHPD Toys for Tots webpage.

Refuse & Recycling Reminders

Residents are reminded that the last yard waste collection of the season will be right after Thanksgiving – either the Monday, November 27 or Tuesday, November 28 pick-up day for your neighborhood. Also, Advance Disposal recognizes Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day as holidays – all services will be pushed back by one day. More information is available on the Village's Trash and Yard Waste webpage, the Advanced Disposal website, and by calling Advanced Disposal at 847-623-3870.

A Word About Coyotes...

Vernon Hills residents have reported scattered coyote activity, especially around Vernon Hills Athletic Complex (VHAC) and larger open spaces. The Village does not trap coyotes. The police will respond to concerns or incidents you may have encountered, however there is little they can do in most instances. Read more about coyotes and their behaviors on the VHPD Coyote webpage.

Congratulations to VHPD's Andy Jones: Sgt. Jones recently graduated from the Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville. Professionals from 42 agencies in 19 states completed the 3-month program. Sgt. Jones not only succeeded, he was named class president. Well done.


Notice of Village Board Meeting Schedule Change 

The next meetings of the Vernon Hills Village Board are planned for November 28 and December 12. (This is a change from originally scheduled November 21 and December 5; there is only one meeting planned for 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...

  • 2016/17 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report: During the November 7 Vernon Hills Village board meeting, Trustees accepted the comprehensive report, which is required by state law within six months of the close of the fiscal year (in this case, April 30, 2017). A representative from Sikich LLP presented the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which is available on the Village's Financial Documents webpage.  (11-7-2017 Board Meeting)
  • Village Insurance/Benefits Contracts: Trustees approved contracts with Cigna to provide health insurance, dental and vision plans. The Village was pleased to be able to keep premium costs level, in light of significant increases for other municipalities. As background, current employees pay a portion of their health benefits, while retirees pay 100%. Trustees also approved contracts with Dearborn National, Illinois Public Risk Fund and Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust to provide group term life insurance, workers compensation insurance and additional risk coverage not to exceed $246,511. (11-7-2017 Board Meeting)
  • Peterson Appointed to Police Pension Fund Board: During the November 7 meeting, Village Manager John Kalmar swore in resident Mark Peterson to the Board of Trustees of the Police Pension Fund. (11-7-2017 Board Meeting)
  • Small Cell Tower Legislation: Village staffers continue to watch potential state legislation regarding small cell tower installations. Municipalities are adamant that placement of these units must be governed and approved by the municipalities where cell companies are looking to increase signal. Village Manager John Kalmar notes that Vernon Hills has been working with the Northwest Municipal Conference and Village lobbyists to monitor and mitigate this situation. (11-7-2017 Board Meeting)
  • Port Clinton Proposed Changes On to Next Step: Representatives from Taxman Corporation presented a more complete concept presentation of their change from an 80 unit high-rise structure to 18-unit town homes. Trustees were positive about the design and reduced density, with questions raised about open space, parking, accessibility, and style. Discussion remains regarding impact on the TIF district, in which the development is located. Regardless of the size of the remaining construction, the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) will increase with completion of the project. The next step is for Taxman to appear before Planning & Zoning and complete technical review. (11-7-2017 Board Meeting)
  • Mellody Farm Development Road Lighting Concerns: Mellody Farm developer Regency Centers appeared at the November 7 meeting raising concerns about the Village's requirement for lighting improvements to the intersection of Milwaukee Ave and Route 60. Developer's representative Matt Hendy noted that weather, site subsurface conditions and other issues have nearly depleted the site-prep contingency money Regency had set aside for the project. Hendy raised concerns that Village and IDOT requirements would cost Regency more than anticipated. Staff will continue to work with Regency and IDOT to determine available options. The Village neither offered additional financial support nor relaxed their lighting requirements for the project. (11-7-2017 Board Meeting)
  • Hawthorn District 73 Kindergarten Center: Hawthorn representatives are expected to appear at the November 28 board meeting (moved from original date of November 21). Topics for the Kindergarten Center include traffic patterns and parking. (
  • Laschen Center Closing Reminder: Laschen Center will close on December 31. The current plan will move meetings to Village Hall, with meeting space being reconfigured in the first floor. It is expected that Laschen will eventually be demolished.
  • Drive Nice: Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) asks us to check out their video message.
  • Park Playground Improvements: The Vernon Hills Park District has installed new equipment at Kids Castle and Hawthorn Club Playground (see below).



Vernon Hills has issued business permits for the following new businesses. Please check them out. Shopping in town keeps sales tax dollars in town. (The Village collects no property tax, rather services are funded primarily through local sales tax.)


A Word of Warning from the Stand Strong Coalition – Blackout Wednesday

Stand Strong Coalition warns parents that holidays can result in pitfalls for youth (and adults) when it comes to drug and alcohol use. The Coalition notes that "Blackout Wednesday," the day before Thanksgiving, has become a significant party night as college students and others come home and gather with friends. Be aware of the risks. More information is posted at

Mark Your Calendar...

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.

Village Board Meeting – November 28 at 7 p.m. (note new date) Agenda Center

Village Board Meeting – December 12 at 7 p.m. (note new date) Agenda Center

Toys for Tots Collection – Items picked up on December 14.  Toys for Tots info

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

Best wishes for a happy, healthy Thanksgiving holiday.
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