The Lake Bluff Letter - December 2, 2022

The Lake Bluff Letter - December 2, 2022

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The Gazebo after a rainstorm earlier this year. Photo by Judy Gross.
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Upcoming Events

 

‚ÄćIT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE IN LAKE BLUFF!¬†Join us for the last special event of the season this Saturday, December 3. This year's festivities include two appearances by Santa, the return of Santa's reindeer to the Village Green, and the annual lighting ceremony of Lake Bluff's homegrown green and blue light orbs. You can¬†click here for more details on the full program,¬†but¬†make sure to check out these spots around town:

 

All day The Winter StoryWalk throughout downtown.
7 a.m. to noon
Breakfast with Santa at Grace United Methodist Church.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Lake Bluff History Museum.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Winter Wonderland Mini Golf at the Lake Bluff Public Library.
1 to 3 p.m.
Santa's reindeer visit the Village Green.
4:30 p.m. Holiday brass begin playing at the Village Green.
5 p.m.
Lighting ceremony at the Gazebo.



‚ÄćDECK THE HALLS¬†for the return of the History Museum's Holiday Home Tour this Sunday, December 4. Tickets are $50.¬†Click here for details and tickets.


‚ÄćSANTA COMES TO TOWN AGAIN¬†ÔĽŅnext Sunday, December 11 starting at 10 a.m. on top of a Lake Bluff Fire Department engine.

Village and Community Updates

WELCOME AND CONGRATULATIONS to the new director of the Lake Bluff Public Library, Renee Grassi. Renee's previous experience includes library work in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and the communities of Deerfield, Glencoe, and Glen Ellyn.

 

THE TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION is underway at the Lake Bluff Public Safety Building, 45 E. Center Ave. You can donate your unopened toys and help make sure that no child goes without a present this holiday season. This is the 75th anniversary of the Toys for Tots program.

 

LFHS COMMUNITY FORUM. District 115 held a forum earlier this month to discuss a possible April 2023 referendum to address the highest-priority LFHS facility needs. You can view the presentation and more information on the District 115 website, and you can submit questions and feedback here.


CALLING ALL SCOUTS. Lake Forest High School is collecting alumni contact information, and wants to know your preferences about future alumni events, mentoring, and communications.

‚ÄćBoard and Committee Actions

For more information, visit the Village's meeting packets and videos page. Agendas and meeting materials are typically available the Friday before a meeting; videos within a week after the meeting; and minutes after they are approved at the next meeting of the public body. Not all meetings are recorded on video. Click here for details on how to participate remotely.


Recent Village Board Meeting (November 28, 7 p.m.). The Village Board:

  • Accepted the Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (Audit).
  • Prohibited parking on one block of Simpson Avenue between East Center and East Scranton.
  • Updated parking regulations at the Lake Bluff Train Station parking lot.
  • Authorized the disposal of old Village records.
  • Gave first reading approval to:
    • Adopting the 2022 property tax levy, including a public hearing.
    • Creating new financial incentives for historic landmarks in the Village, including a waiver of building permit fees and a property tax grant (rebate) program.
    • Adopting updates to Chapters 1, 2 and 4 of the Zoning Regulations, except that it directed the PCZBA to further study a provision that would make it easier for historic landmarks to receive zoning relief.
    • Creating uniform hours of operation for restaurants in the Central Business District.
    • Designating the single-family residence at 618 Maple Avenue as a historic landmark.
    • Authorizing the disposal of old Village equipment.

The Business Advisory Ad Hoc Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 30 was cancelled.

 

The Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 1 was cancelled.

 

Upcoming Architectural Board of Review Meeting (Tuesday, December 6, 7 p.m.). 

The ABR will review:

  • A proposed sport court at the Lake Bluff Middle School (31 East Sheridan Place).
  • Commercial signage for Life Storage (105 Albrecht Drive).

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