The Lake Bluff Letter - May 12, 2023

The Lake Bluff Letter - May 12, 2023

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Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Seasonal Ban

Starting Monday the Village's seasonal ban on the use of gas-powered leaf blowers will be in effect (through September 30th). 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. As a heads up for next week, the contractor will likely need to hammer in sheet piles, which will be loud. 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 Next Week. Click here for a list of streets. Minor curb and sidewalk work has begun and major asphalt work will begin the week of 5/22 starting with milling with asphalt to follow.  All work will be substantially completed by the end of June.

Knitting Communities Together. Art Impact Project's Knitting Communities Together for Mental Health Awareness Month is a multi-town art project aimed at bringing joy, comfort, and camaraderie to residents. Each tree has a tag with Art Impact Logo and a QR code that goes directly to the project page with full explanation. 



No Mow May. Mowing less in the month of May can help create habitats that support early season pollinators. As long as you control weeds, lawn grass can lawfully grow up to eight inches in height within the Village limits. Join the Lake Bluff Public Library and others participating in No Mow May!


Mosquito Abatement.The Village has retained Clarke to continue to provide mosquito control services in our area. Residents can report standing water and nuisances and request spraying notifications by using (if you previously registered to receive notifications, you should continue to receive them).

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.


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


Stroh Reading Room Now Open. The Carole S. and Alfred Stroh Reading Room is now open and available for use. Designed by Engberg Anderson Architects, the Stroh Reading Room is a dedicated quiet space that features comfortable lounge seating surrounding a gas fireplace. Click here for more information.


LBOLA Summer Soirée. Join Lake Bluff Open Lands on June 16th from 6:00 to 10:00 pm for an evening at Crab Tree Farm to enjoy live music and dinner with a silent auction. Proceeds directly support restoration of Lake Bluff preserves managed by LBOLA. Learn more 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 Committee-of-the-Whole (COW) meeting (May 8, 6 p.m.). The COW:

  • Heard a presentation from Community Partners for Affordable Housing regarding their programs and services.


Recent Village Board Meeting (May 8, 7 p.m.). The Village Board:

  • Adopted the 2022 Lake County All Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.
  • Approved a special use permit to allow 48 customer seats at Half & Half Pizza (77 East Scranton Avenue).
  • Adopted new additions of the NFPA (fire) codes and local amendments.
  • Designated the building located at 618¬†Maple avenue as a Lake Bluff Historic Landmark.
  • Established a Stormwater Utility Fund for financial accounting purposes.
  • Approved first reading of the Comprehensive Fee Schedule update to add the Stormwater Utility Fee and related incentives.
  • Authorized a construction contract for FY2024 concrete replacement.
  • Discussed purchase of a fixed License Plate Recognition (LPR) camera system from Flock Group, Inc.
  • Inaugurated two new Village Trustees.
  • Adopted resolutions honoring the public service of Village Trustees Barbara Ankenman and Joy Markee.


Upcoming Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals (PCZBA) meeting (Wednesday, May 17, 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.


The Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee meeting scheduled for May 16 is cancelled.

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