The Lake Bluff Letter - April 14, 2023

The Lake Bluff Letter - April 14, 2023

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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 is considering a draft ordinance, which includes an effective date of July 1, 2023, at its April 24, 2023 meeting.

 

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

Village and Community Updates

NSWRD Construction Now Underway. 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. Email notifications@northshorewrd.org to sign up for project notifications.


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.

 

District 65 Strategic Plan Survey. District 65 is involved in a strategic planning process and wants the process to be as inclusive of stakeholder feedback as possible. Please  take a moment to give your feedback through their survey (open April 10th through April 16th). Your feedback is critical to develop a robust strategic plan to bring to the Board of Education at the end of this month for approval. The strategic plan will be used to guide the efforts of the administrative team and staff for the next 3-5 years.


Lake Bluff Garden Club Downtown Beautification Project. The Lake Bluff Garden Club will liven up the sidewalk planters with blooms, bulbs, and greens on the morning of Saturday, April 22nd. Please stop by to say hello and learn more about the club.


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

 

Semi-Annual Waste Collection Program. Twice a year, the Village provides residents an opportunity to dispose of large items not picked up as part of the normal refuse collection service on a semi-annual basis. Items that may be disposed of during the program include: mattresses, furniture, barbecue grills (without propane tank), among others. The next collection dates are Wednesday, May 3rd for properties west of Sheridan Road and Wednesday, May 10th for properties east of Sheridan Road.

 

Library Book Drop Open. The new drive-up book drop is officially open and accepting returns 24/7. See more information 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 Village Board Meeting (April 10, 7 p.m.). The Village Board:

  • Recognized Fair Housing Month and Arbor Day.

  • Approved first reading of the Village's 2-year budget and fee schedule.

  • Passed ordinances related to zoning incentives for historic landmarks.

  • Authorized funding and agreements for the FY2024 Street Improvement Program.
  • Authorized contracts for roof replacement and masonry wall restoration at the Public Safety Building.

  • Approved the third extension of a special use permit and variations for Lawrence English Pub (103-13 East Scranton Avenue).

 

The Historic Preservation Comission (HPC) Meeting scheduled for April 17 is cancelled.

 

Upcoming Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee (SEC) Meeting (Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 7 p.m.). The SEC will:

  • Consider approving an Accessory Animal License for bee keeping at 511 Rockland Avenue.
  • Learn about Bird City Illinois from the President of the Lake County Audubon Society.

 

Upcoming Joint Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals (PCZBA) Meeting (Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 7 p.m.). The PCZBA will consider:

  • Recommending floor area ratio and impervious surface coverage zoning relief for construction of a shed in the rear yard at 525 East Center Avenue to the Village Board.
  • Approving daylight plane height zoning relief to allow for a second floor addition at 355 West Sheridan Place.
  • Recommending a special use permit amendment to allow 48 seats at Half & Half Pizza (77 East Scranton Avenue) to the Village Board.

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