The Lake Bluff Letter - February 10, 2023

The Lake Bluff Letter - February 10, 2023

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Ice formations at Sunrise Beach. Taken by Juergen Zeidler. Licensed under CC BY 4.0.

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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 recently presented in a series of public meetings.

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.


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.


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. Some of the online auction items include, LFHS on-campus parking for the 2023-2024 school year, 2023 CROYA Spring and Fall Retreat VIP packages, and a 6th grader Golden Ticket to attend CROYA with friends. Click here to get free tickets to the CROYA Bowl.


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


DISTRICT 65 STRATEGIC PLANNING. District 65 is looking for volunteers to be a part of the district stategic plan team. As a member of the team you will have the opportunity to bring forth your own ideas, as well as examine ideas from stakeholders not on the team. If you are interested in participating, complete this form by February 10, 2023. Learn more about District 65's efforts by visiting their website


GREEN THUMB GATHERING. The Lake Bluff Garden Club will host their 2nd annual virtual community education event on Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. Acclaimed author and naturalist Doug Tallamy, will present A Guide to the Little Things That Run the World-Gardening for Wildlife using Earth Friendly Practices. If interested, email to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

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 Architecture Board of Review (ABR) meeting (February 7, 7:00 p.m.). The ABR:

  • Discussed Central Business District streetscape and furniture.

Upcoming Village Board Committee-of-the-Whole (COW) meeting (Monday, February 13, 6 p.m.). The COW will:

  • Discuss Flock License Plate Recognition (LPR) Cameras.
  • Discuss the proposed Stormwater Utility Community Engagement Report.

Upcoming Village Board meeting (Monday, February 13, 7 p.m.). The Village Board will consider:

  • Adopting the regular meeting dates and committee of the whole meeting dates for the Board of Trustees for Fiscal Year 2023-2024.
  • Reallocating the 2023 Village of Lake Bluff volume cap to the Village of Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
  • Awarding the Elmer Vliet Community Service Award to Christian Erzinger, Deb Fischer, and Josh Fox.
  • Authorizing the purchase of a replacement aerial forestry truck and related equipment and declaring one 1999 Terex aerial forestry truck and related equipment as surplus.
  • A second reading of an ordinance amending Title 3 of the Village of Lake Bluff Municipal Code concerning delivery of liquor and the number of Class T liquor licenses.
  • A second reading of an ordinance granting RIO development plan and site plan approval for a sport court at Lake Bluff Middle School.

Upcoming Joint Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals (PCZBA) meeting (Wednesday, February 15, 7 p.m.). The PCZBA will:

  • Discuss historic preservation zoning incentives.

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