The Lake Bluff Letter - January 27, 2023

The Lake Bluff Letter - January 27, 2023

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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 was presented in a series of public meetings this week. The final public meeting will be held in the Village Hall Board Room (40 East Center Avenue) tomorrow morning (Saturday, January 28, 9 a.m.)

Village and Community Updates

LOCK YOUR CAR. When cars have been stolen in Lake Bluff, 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.


LIBRARY OF STARS. Lake Bluff Public Library received recognition as one of the nation's Star Libraries in the 2022 Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. Our community's library received four stars, ranking it as one of the top 20 libraries nationwide in its category. Click here to learn more about Lake Bluff Public Library's award.


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.


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.


100 YEARS YOUNG. ‍In collarboration with the Lake Bluff History Museum, Lake Bluff School District 65 is planning a centennial celebration of the community's 1st elected school board in 1923. To honor this occasion and to help celebrate the history of public schools in Lake Bluff, the district is asking former teachers, students, administrators, board members, and community members to email stories (written, photo, audio) about District 65 to

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 Committee-of-the-Whole (COW) meeting (January 23, 6 p.m.). The COW:

  • Continued discussing building fire code requirements for fire sprinklers in commercial and multi-family buildings.
  • Discussed and reviewed a draft update to the Village Affordable Housing Plan.

Recent Village Board meeting (January 23, 7 p.m.). The Village Board:

  • Honored the public service of Kathleen O'Hara and awarding her the Phyllis Albrecht Award for distinguished service to the Village.
  • Designated the Village Market Building (24 E. Scranton Ave) as a historic landmark (the first commercial landmark in the Village!).
  • Approval of first reading on amendment of Title 3 of the Village Code concerning delivery of liquor and the number of class T liquor licenses.
  • Approved first reading of a sport court and path at Lake Bluff Middle School.
  • Authorized an intergovernmental facility usage agreement between the Village of Lake Bluff and the Lake Bluff Park District regarding 503 Sunrise Avenue (Sunrise Beach).

Upcoming Police Pension Board (PPB) meeting (Wednesday, February 1, 5:30 p.m.). The PPB will consider:

  • Renewal of fiduciary liability insurance.

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