The Lake Bluff Letter - April 28, 2023

The Lake Bluff Letter - April 28, 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. If you don't perform your own lawn maintenance, talk to your contractor about this new regulation.

Stormwater Utility Fee Approved

Following more than 2 years of study and public engagement, the Village Board of Trustees has created a Stormwater Utility (effective July 1, 2023) to provide an equitable, efficient, certain and neutral revenue stream for the construction, maintenance, operation and improvement of the Village's stormwater system. 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 Email to sign up for project notifications.

Street Resurfacing Starting Soon. The Village's 2023 road resurfacing program and milling start soon. Click here for a list of scheduled streets.


Crossing Guards Wanted. The Police Department will soon be accepting applications for summer crossing guards ($15 per hour). To learn more, contact the Lake Bluff Police Department (non-emergency) at (847) 234-8760.


Less Lesser is More. Lesser celandine, also known as fig buttercup, has been spotted in Lake Bluff and in surrounding areas. Be alert, as this invasive species spreads quickly and if left undisurbed, can eliminate native wildflowers.


Lights Out for Migratory Birds. Migrating birds travelling at night can become disoriented by artificial lighting. Now through June 15th, consider turning off your outdoor lights from dusk to dawn to help birds.


Cold Courage: Lake Rescue 1949. The police report doesn’t specify what the weather was like that night in late January 1949 when a 10-year-old boy fell into Lake Michigan. Click here for the Lake Bluff History Museum's latest story, Cold Courage: Lake Rescue 1949.


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 final survey (open now through Tuesday, May 2nd, at noon). Your feedback is critical to develop a robust strategic plan, which will guide the efforts of the administrative team and staff for the next 3-5 years.


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.

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 (April 24, 6:30 p.m.). The COW:

  • Heard an informational update from the Lake Bluff Open Lands Association (LBOLA).


Recent Village Board Meeting (April 24, 7 p.m.). The Village Board:

  • Approved proclamations declaring:

    • May 2023 “National Preservation Month”.

    • May 2023 “National Bike Month”.

    • Week of May 15-21, 2023 “Bike to Work Week”.

    • May 2023 “Mental Health Awareness Month”.

    • May 13, 2023 “World Migratory Bird Day”.

  • Approved the Village of Lake Bluff 2023-2024 Official Pay Plan.
  • Appointed the Building Commissioner and Deputy Building Commissioners.
  • Approved ordinances related to zoning incentives for historic landmarks.
  • Updated the Village's 2-year budget and fee schedule.
  • Granted a different category of liquor license to Donati's Pizza.
  • Approved a first reading of a Municipal Code amendment ordinance to adopt new editions of the NFPA (fire) codes and local amendments.
  • Approved an extension of a variation at 673 Maple Avenue.
  • Approved Professional Services Agreements with Teska Associates, Inc (Comprehensive Land Use Plan update) and Opticos Design, Inc (supplementary housing diversity analysis).
  • Established a Stormwater Utility fee (effective July 1, 2023).
  • Approved a first reading of a special use permit amendment ordinance to allow 48 customer seats at Half & Half Pizza (77 East Scranton Avenue).


Upcoming Architecture Board of Review (ABR) meeting (Tuesday, May 2, 2023, 7 p.m.). The ABR will:

  • Conduct a design review for parking lot lighting at the Lake Bluff Middle School (31 E Sheridan Place).
  • Discuss the Glen Avenue Footbridge and related landscaping.

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