Lake Bluff Letter - April 22, 2022

Lake Bluff Letter - April 22, 2022
Village of Lake Bluff, Illinois

Lake Bluff Letter

Residential Solid Waste Update

Lake Bluff recently renewed its contract with Groot Industries to dispose of landfill, recycling, landscape, and compost waste from Village residents. Highlights for the updated program include new carts, a new window to select your own cart sizes, and an expansion of the Village's curbside composting program. A mailer was sent to all households this week, or you can click here for more information.

TIME-SENSITIVE: If you would like to select a larger or smaller cart size, you must send a request to by May 1 to receive a different-size cart at no additional charge. Examples of each cart are on display in the Village Hall lobby (40 E. Center Ave.). When you send your request, make sure to include your name, address, and phone number and specify which carts you wish to exchange. If you have non-standard cart sizes today, you must submit a new request to receive a different size replacement cart. You do not need to take any action to receive the standard size replacement carts.

Earth Day Updates

HAPPY EARTH DAY! Lake Bluff is working to be one of the most sustainable and Earth-friendly communities in Chicagoland. The Village has a Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee that meets monthly and a comprehensive Sustainability Plan. Enjoy this special section highlighting environmental activities throughout our Village.

RAVINE CLEANUP. The Lake Bluff Open Lands Association will clean up Ravine Park tomorrow, Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to noon.

GREEN THUMBS. The Lake Bluff Garden Club will be planting Spring flowers throughout the Central Business District tomorrow morning, Saturday, April 23 including new native pollinators.

ARBOR DAY NOT FAR AWAY. Lake Bluff has been recognized as a Tree City USA for over 25 years and invests over $250,000 annually into our urban tree canopy. Come help the Village and local preschool students plant an eastern redbud tree at Blair Park (355 W. Washington Ave.) next Thursday, April 28.

NO MOW MAY. Mowing less in the month of May can help support habitat and forage for early season pollinators. As long as you control weeds, lawn grass can lawfully grow up to eight inches in height within the Village limits.

SONGBIRD SUSPENSION. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources asks that you not use bird baths or feeders until the end of May to help manage a bird disease outbreak in the Midwest.

SHHHHHH. Landscape work like leaf blowing and lawn mowing may not start before 8 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends and holidays. If you hear a violation, call the Police Department's non-emergency line at (847) 234-8760.

Village and Community Updates

SEMI-ANNUAL COLLECTIONS. If your trash pickup day is Monday, you can place multiple bulky items at the curb for pickup on Wednesday, May 4. For those with Tuesday trash collections, mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 11.

VEHICLE STICKER renewals are due in one week. You should have received a renewal notice with the PIN necessary to renew online. Renewals are also accepted via mail or in person at Village Hall.

HELP WANTED. The Village is hiring a full-time maintenance worker, seasonal maintenance workers, and a graduate intern with interest in urban planning. Click here for more information.

SHOP LOCAL. Lake Forest College is hosting a student-led pop-up shop at Gorton Community Center tomorrow, Saturday, April 23. Click for more details.

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 Sustainability and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee Meeting (April 19, 7 p.m.). The SEC:
  • Recommended approval of a backyard chicken application for 425 Lincoln Avenue.
  • Discussed the implementation of the Village's¬†Sustainability Plan¬†and made a work plan for 2022.
Recent PCZBA-ABR Joint Workshop (April 20, 7 p.m.). The Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals and the Architectural Board of Review reviewed concept plans for the North Shore Water Reclamation District (NSWRD) facilities at Sunrise Park and Beach.

Upcoming Village Board Meeting (Monday, April 25, 7 p.m.). The Village Board will:
  • Recognize National Preservation Month, National Bike Month, Bike to Work Week, and Mental Health Awareness Month.
  • Recognize¬†the service of Joanna Rolek, Executive Director of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce.
  • Consider:
    • An agreement with the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission to study drainage improvements for ;the Scranton Avenue viaduct.
    • Adopting a revised purchasing policy.
    • Fee waivers for the Lake Bluff Library and the Lake Bluff Garden Club.
    • Agreements to replace the Glen Avenue footbridge using private donor funding.
    • A 50% reduction in zoning processing fees for accessory dwelling units.
    • Closing amendments to the current fiscal year budget to reflect already incurred and approved expenses.
The Business Advisory Ad Hoc Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 is cancelled.

Upcoming Rescheduled Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting (Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m.). The PCZBA will conduct public hearings to consider:
  • An expansion of the Scranton Alley walkway at the Center Avenue Partners development (but not the outdoor dining for Prairie Espresso).
  • Residential bulk variations for 112 and 500 East North Avenue.
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