The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
Oct. 21, 2019
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • Halloween
  • Tree/Menorah Lighting
  • Legion Bingo
  • Board Meeting Dates
  • Board Actions
  • Marijuana Vote
  • VHAC Turf
  • Census
  • Blue Ribbon School
  • New Businesses
  • Aspen Library
  • Calendar
  • United Way 211
  • Breast Cancer Awareness

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Village of Vernon Hills

Trick or Treat Hours

Thursday, October 31

4 to 8 p.m.

As we prepare for Halloween fun, please review some important safety reminders provided by the Vernon Hills Police Department. Remember to stay with your group, never enter a home or vehicle of a person not known to you, and have an adult check your treats before you eat them. (Check the Halloween PSA for more quick safety tips – and some great costumes!)

Adults, please use extra caution on Halloween Night – and during all of your pre- and post-celebrations. VHPD is working to keep our roads safe by cracking down on impaired drivers. Designate a sober driver, or plan to use a ride service. And remember – put down the phone and focus on driving! Learn more about this initiative by checking the
Halloween Impaired Driving Enforcement release.


Village Tree & Menorah Lighting Celebration

  • Saturday, November 30 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive
Join your neighbors as the Village kicks off the holiday season with the Village Tree & Menorah Lighting Celebration on Saturday, November 30 starting at 4:30 p.m.  Stop by the Vernon Hills Golf Course clubhouse, 291 Evergreen Drive, for this annual tradition. Enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies and cider, and await the arrival of Santa Claus, courtesy of Countryside Fire. Then head outside with our Village Queens and Mayor Roger Byrne to count down and light up the night. Thank you to our Cultural Partners for sponsoring this free event.


American Legion Post 1247



Thursday, November 7 @ 6:30p
(First Thursday Nights All Winter)

At Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive
Refreshments/food available for purchase

Have fun! Try your luck! Support our Vets!



Next Village Board Meetings:


  • Tues., November 5

  • Tues., November 19

  • Tues., December 10*

  • *There is only one meeting scheduled for December.
  • 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. 
  • Agendas are generally posted online by the Monday prior to each meeting. 

A Few Items of Interest...

Marijuana Decision: Over the past several weeks and over the course of several meetings (including the September 24 Special Meeting), residents have provided comment either for or against allowing recreational marijuana sales within the Village. During the October 15 Village Board Meeting, the Board was polled on whether to direct staff to prepare an "Opt Out" ordinance to bring to the next board meeting for a vote. The Board unanimously directed staff to prepare an "Opt Out" ordinance to be voted upon formally at the next meeting on November 5.  (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 10/15/19)

VHAC Turf Project: Trustees revisited a request by the Vernon Hills Soccer Club (VHSC), Sports Made Personal (SMP), and the Vernon Hills Park District for Village assistance in converting fields at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex (VHAC) from grass to sports turf. Project costs are estimated at $1,483,000, plus additional costs estimated at $177,000 for paths, irrigation work, fencing, netting, etc. VHSC has pledged $300,000 and the Park District has earmarked $75,000, while SMP would contribute $900,000 over ten years. Restructuring of current intergovernmental leasing agreements as well as grants could also support the project. As currently envisioned, the Village commitment would be to serve as the project financier, in addition to contributing toward the effort. The current exposure for the Village is estimated at approximately $400,000, which is expected to come from reserves. Trustees noted that Fields 10 through 12 are in need of regrading and reseeding within the next several years (at substantial cost approaching that of the Village's exposure). In addition, artificial sports turf greatly reduces need for maintenance, particularly in the first several years of the contract when the installer provides all maintenance. Trustees spoke of a need for this type of playing surface to support fewer weather cancellations. They also voiced their support for the volunteers of the Vernon Hills Soccer Club. Trustees directed staff to execute a letter of intent, which allows Byrne & Jones Construction to begin creating design documents. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 10/15/19) (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 9/17/19)

Thank You for Fall Fest Support: Thank you to the sponsors, corporate supporters and individuals who took part in the Village Fall Fest (September 28 and 29), raising approximately $4000 (and counting) for the Midwest Veterans Closet. Special thanks to all who planned and staffed this event. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 10/1/19)

Fall Fest Committee: Thank you to the residents who approached the Board during the October 1 Village Board Meeting indicating their support for improving Fall Fest. An After-Action Review and 2020 Planning Session will be taking place, with recommendations to be made to the Village Board. Those who indicated they would like to join the Fall Fest Committee will be contacted during November.  (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 10/1/19)

Complete Count Census Committee: Vernon Hills has created a Complete Count Census Committee, comprised of representatives from local government, schools, first responders, the business community, and other stakeholders. The group is lead by Dr. Bryan Watkins, an expert in community outreach. This committee will work to educate and inform all residents on the importance of the Census, which happens every 10 years. Census findings are used to allocate resources (including legislative representation) across the nation – so ensuring that each person participates is extremely important. More information will be provided as we move toward the launch of the actual count, which will begin with an online participation option this spring. The Census is a massive effort that requires a variety of skills. Individuals interested in employment with the Census Bureau are encouraged to visit the U.S. Census Bureau 2020 webpages. More information can also be found on the Vernon Hills Complete Count Census webpages(Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 10/1/19)

SRACLC Grant: Trustees approved a $2500 grant to the Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County to assist in their annual fundraiser, planned for November 9.  (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 10/1/19) (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 10/15/19)

White Deer Run Golf Course Lease: During the October 15 Board Meeting, Trustees discussed and then tabled Ordinance 2019-137 outlining a new lease agreement with White Deer Run Golf Course. The original 25-year lease was created when the course and Gregg's Landing were initially created from farm fields owned by John Cuneo Jr.  An amendment/extension to that original lease, which ends in 2024, has been subject of discussion as staff and current tenant KemperSports work through topics including potential buy-out schedules, tree replacement caveats, and policies. Given the available time frame, the Board requested more information and discussion, thus tabling the topic. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 10/15/19)

Village Insurance Renewal: During the October 15 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees approved staff's recommendation that the Village continue with Blue Cross Blue Shield for Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance. That organization came in with a benefits package reflecting a five percent increase over the previous year. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 10/15/19)

Waterway Carwash Changes: Waterway Carwash, the new owners of Peacock Mobil located at 860 S. Milwaukee Avenue, requested changes to the facilities ingress and egress. Representatives also appeared during the October 15 Liquor and License Commission Hearing to request that the Class "D" Liquor License be transferred to the new owners. Trustees approved. (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 10/15/19)

Thank You, Officer Lynch: The Board recognized VHPD Officer Bob Lynch on his retirement after 30 years on the force. Best wishes! (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 10/15/19)

Condolences on Passing of Chet Lis: Trustees expressed condolences of the family of Chet Lis, who passed away recently. Mr. Lis was a strong advocate for his neighborhood and his community, pushing the Village to always do the best job possible. His insight, energy and volunteerism will be missed. (Obituary - Chester Lis) (Vernon Hills Village Board Meeting - 10/15/19)

Congratulations, Hawthorn Elementary South: The D73 school was recently awarded the coveted Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education. (Hawthorn D73)

Honors for Chiarella and Potempa: The District 128 Foundation for Learning has announced this year's recipients of the Alumni Achievement Awards: Author Jessica Chiarella, VHHS Class of 2005, and celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa, LHS Class of 1999. They will be honored at the Foundation's The Big Event on November 8 at Mickey Finn's in Libertyville. 


Here are some of the recent occupancy permits and announcements that have come through the Village office. Please support these and all local businesses.


Watch for Aspen Drive Library
Ribbon Cutting!
Planned for Saturday, November 23

Details – including dates the facilities will be closed to allow for work to be completed – will be posted on the Cook Memorial Public Library website ( Check out the Library's Aspen Drive Library Expansion webpages for information about this exciting project.


Cook/Aspen Library Concert: Jazz Vocalist Petra Van Nuis – October 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Sullivan Center; Reservations required (Library Event)

Park District Fall Fest – October 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sullivan Center (Park District Event)

Hawthorn Hustle  – Saturday, October 26 at Century Park. Check-In at 8 a.m.; Race at 9 a.m.; Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. (D73 Event)

Aspen Library Closed
– October 28 and October 29 as staff relocates collections to prepare for completion of construction; Late open on October 30 and November 1 (Library Event)

Park District Halloween Glow Walk – October 29 at 6 p.m. at Century Park (Park District Event)

Village Trick or Treat Time – Thursday, October 31 from 4 to 8 p.m.

SWALCO Final Household Chemical Waste Collection of Season – Saturday, November 2, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mundelein Metra Station, 205. N. Archer Ave. No appointment necessary. (SWALCO event)

Cub Scout Pack 273 Pancake Breakfast – Saturday, November 2 from 8 a.m. to noon at Hawthorn Middle South, 600 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills

Daylight Saving Time Ends – Sunday, November 3 – Fall Back – Turn clocks back one hour, and change your smoke detector batteries, too

Park District Skate Park Community Meeting – November 7 at 6 p.m. at Sullivan Center (Park District Event)

Legion BINGO – Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive 

District 128 Foundation for Learning's The Big Event – November 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mickey Finn's, Libertyville (Foundation Event)

SRACLC Annual Holiday Tree Festival Fundraiser – November 9 at DoubleTree, Mundelein (

Cook Memorial Public Library's Grand Reopening of Aspen Drive Library – Morning of Saturday, November 23 – details TBA (Library Event)

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

Legion BINGO – Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive 

Lions Club 24th Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa – Sunday, December 8 from 8 a.m. to noon at Libertyville High School Cafeteria, 708 West Park Avenue. $7 per person, 4 years and toner eat free. For information, contact Sara Meline at 847-380-5841.

Park District Water Wonderland – December 20 at 6 p.m. at Lakeview Fitness Center (Park District Event)

Park District New Year's Eve Family Party – December 31 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Sullivan Center (Park District Event)

Legion BINGO – Thursday, January 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive 

Lion's Club Village Blood Drive – January 18 at Sullivan Center

Help is just a call or text away...

Lake County Launches 211 Help Resource

Lake County has joined with the United Way to provide a powerful resource designed to connect residents with all manner of help and support. Call or text "211" and you will have the opportunity to communicate (in English or Spanish) with a person knowledgeable about a vast range of resources – all free, all confidential, 24 hours a day. You may also visit the 211 Website – which allows you to browse a variety of services – from where to get a flu shot, to how to find transportation to a new job, to how to access emergency mental health services. Please share this information so all who need help can get connected with important support.

                                         VHPD Officer Matt Paret

October is
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Vernon Hills Police Department (and many others) mark the month with splashes of pink on their gear. Be proactive – and learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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