The Lake Bluff Letter - January 13, 2023

The Lake Bluff Letter - January 13, 2023

Stormwater Utility


Following two years of study and analysis, the Village Board of Trustees is proposing to create a new stormwater utility including a utility fee.

The Board believes the utility will be the best long-term solution and will create a dedicated funding source that will allow Lake Bluff to increase the speed at which it builds and improves stormwater infrastructure. Before proceeding further, the Village is providing information to residents about this decision-making process. You can review the same facts the Village Board did and let the Village know if and how it should change its approach.


More information was mailed to addresses throughout the Village, is available on the Village website, and will be presented in a series of public meetings later this month.

Village and Community Updates

LOCK YOUR CAR. Over the past two weeks, three cars have been stolen in Lake Bluff. In every instance, the vehicle was left unlocked with the keys stored inside. Always keep your valuables out of sight or in the trunk. Never leave valuables in unattended vehicles. Always lock your vehicle and take your keys with you.


SEASONAL TREE TRIMMING IS UNDERWAY by the Village and ComEd. Tree trimming occurs between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and signs will be posted on affected streets before work begins. Click here for more information.


THIS OLD HOUSE. Lake Bluff has commissioned over four surveys of its historic architecture over the last 25 years. You can now explore Lake Bluff's historic houses online through a new interactive map. 


COMMUNITY SAFETY is on everyone's mind, especially parents. Lake Bluff and Lake Forest government and schools are partnering to produce a series of discussions on important safety topics. The series continues on Tuesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. with "Internet Safety for Parents."


WINTER PARKING REMINDER. Please move your vehicles off the street to help clear snow and ice from Lake Bluff roads. As a reminder, parking is currently prohibited on Village streets between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. every night (November 15th-April 1th) or after a two-inch snowfall until snow removal is complete.


CURB YOUR DOG. As a reminder to Lake Bluff dog owners, please remember to pick up your animal's waste.


CROYA BOWL FUNDRAISER. CROYA (Committee Representing Our Young Adults) is a community-based youth organization welcoming 7th-12th grade students who live or go to school in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood. On Saturday, February 11 come to the CROYA Student Union from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. for live music, food, family friendly activities, youth testimonials, online auction, raffles, and more. Click here for more information.

Board 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 (January 9, 7 p.m.). The Village Board:

  • Approved waiving building permit fees for CLCJAWA.
  • Approved vehicle sticker design and fundraising program for LB/LF Kiwanis Club.
  • Referred the Regional Leaf Blower Working Group's final report to the Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee for study.
  • Approved a sign code exemption for Chevy Exchange at 1001 Sherwood Drive.
  • Approved uniform hours of operation for restaraunts in the CBD.
  • Approved first reading designating the Village Market Building (24 E. Scranton Ave.) as a historic landmark.
  • Appointed the Village Administrator as Deputy Village Clerk

Upcoming Sustainability and Community Advancement Ad Hoc Committee (SEC) Meeting (Tuesday, January 17, 7 p.m.). The SEC will:

  • Discuss possible changes to how the Village regulates gas-powered leaf blowers.
  • Discuss proposed meeting dates for 2023.

The Joint Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for January 18 is cancelled.

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