The Lake Bluff Letter - April 7, 2023

The Lake Bluff Letter - April 7, 2023

Backyard buck stopping by for a bird feeder snack on W. Sheridan Place. Taken by Tom Rinehart. Licensed under CC BY 4.0. Take a great photo lately? Send it to us and you might be featured here.

Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Seasonal Ban

The Village Board has now approved a May 15 - September 30 seasonal ban on the use of gas-powered leaf blowers. This action follows the Village's participation in a Regional Leaf Blower Working Group formed in late 2021 to study the impacts of gas-powered leaf blowers, alternative technologies and how communities could mitigate the impacts of this equipment.

 

You can view the working group's final report released in December 2022 by clicking here. If you don't perform your own lawn maintenance, talk to your contractor about this new regulation.

 

Stormwater Utility Fee

Following more than 2 years of study and public engagement, the Village Board of Trustees has determined it is necessary to create a Stormwater Utility to provide an equitable, efficient, certain and neutral revenue stream for the construction, maintenance, operation and improvement of the Village's stormwater system.

 

After including public comments and concerns, the Village Board approved the first reading of a draft ordinance at the Monday, March 13 meeting. To allow time for more public comment, finalize communication plans and to hear from local institutions and commercial businesses, the Village Board will consider a second reading of this ordinance at their April 10 meeting. The draft ordinance includes an effective date of July 1, 2023.

 

More information about the Stormwater Utility fee can be found on the Village's website.

Village and Community Updates

NSWRD Construction Now Underway. Today, the Northshore Water Reclamation District (NSWRD) began construction of an underground sewage storage basin at Lake Bluff Sunrise Beach and will continue through May 2024. Over the next year there will be times of intense construction activity beginning with the delivery of materials and large equipment. Parking will not be permitted during the hours of 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Monday to Friday) along eastbound East Center Avenue from Evanston Avenue to Sunrise Avenue from now until Friday, May 26, 2023. More information about the project can be found at nswrd.org.

 

Order Your LB4July Merch! The Lake Bluff 4th of July Committee is offering merchandise through pop-up webstores. Show off your patriotic pride and Lake Bluff spirit by ordering and wearing Lake Bluff 4th of July merch around town and on parade day. The first webstore, which features clothing, hats, totes and other items in Lake Bluff 4th of July and patriotic designs, is now open and will close at midnight on April 24. Items will be delivered in early May.

 

CROYA April Newsletter. Click here to view the CROYA (Committee Representing Our Young Adults) April newsletter.

 

Library Book Drop Closed. In February, the access door to the drive-up book drop at the Lake Bluf Library broke. Staff is currently unable to open the access door to retrieve items. Because of this, the drive-up book drop is currently closed. For more information, click here.

‚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 Architecture Board of Review (ABR) meeting (April 4, 7 p.m.). The ABR:

  • Approved parking lot alterations at the Lake Bluff Middle School at 31 E Sheridan Place (lighting portion continued to May Meeting).
  • Approved exterior changes at the Lake Bluff Elementary School at 350 W Washington Place.
  • Discussed the Glen Avenue Footbridge and related landscaping.
  • Approved a sign permit for Life Storage at 105 Albrect Drive.
  • Recommended approval for updates to Village building codes.

Upcoming Village Board Meeting (Monday, April 10, 2023, 7 p.m.). The Village Board will consider:

  • Recognizing Fair Housing Month and Arbor Day.

  • Updates to the Village's 2-year budget and fee schedule.

  • Ordinances related to zoning incentives for historic landmarks.

  • Granting a different category of liquor license for Donati's Pizza.

  • Second reading of an ordinance to impose a Stormwater Utility fee.

  • Authorizing the purchase of a fixed license plate recognition (LPR) camera system.

  • Appropriating funds for use in the Village‚Äôs FY2024 Street Improvement Program.

  • Authorizing agreements for the Village‚Äôs FY2024 Motor Fuel Tax Street Improvement Program.

  • Authorizing contracts for roof replacement and masonry wall restoration at the Public Safety Building.

  • Approving the third extension of a special use permit and variations for Lawrence English Pub.

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