Lake Bluff Letter - May 20, 2022

Lake Bluff Letter - May 20, 2022
Village of Lake Bluff, Illinois

Lake Bluff Letter

Scenes from Lake Bluff

"WE WANT TOILETS!" - Lake Bluff Elementary School students demand the Village outlaw outhouses in a recreation of a 1908 Village Board meeting. Taken Friday, May 20. 

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Village and Community Updates

STREET RESURFACING UNDERWAY. The Village's road resurfacing program started this week. Click for details and a list of scheduled streets.

THE 2022 LAKE BLUFF FARMERS MARKET, sponsored by @properties, starts on the Village Green on June 3 - two weeks away! The Market's 29th season includes 32 vendors so far. 

CROSSING GUARDS WANTED. The Police Department is hiring summer crossing guards, $15 per hour. Learn more and apply in person at the Lake Bluff Police Department, 45 E. Center Ave. 

MORE THAN JUST (A) TAN. The Park District's GO Color Run returns Saturday, June 18 and registrations are open. Run, jog, walk, or do all three while being doused with color from shoulder to toe.

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.

LIGHTS OUT. Birds continue to migrate through our area. Artificial lighting at night can disrupt how birds navigate safely. Try to minimize home, patio, and landscape lighting for one more week.

TEMPORARY YARD SIGNS must be installed on private property and outside of the public street. Generally, private property starts on the house side of your sidewalk, or where there is no sidewalk sidewalk, 15 feet from the edge of the street (about the length of a sedan).

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 (May 17, 7 p.m.) The SEC recommended amendments to the Village's Sustainability Plan and discussed its work plan and communication plan for the upcoming year.

Recent Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting (May 18, 7 p.m.) The PCZBA recommended the Village Board approve:
  • Modifications to the special use permit for Lake Bluff Brewing Company (16 E. Scranton Ave.), including a revised floor plan and expanded hours of operation.
  • A fence height variation at 600 E. Prospect Ave.
Upcoming Village Board Meeting (Monday, May 23, 7 p.m.). The Village Board will:
  • Appoint and swear¬†in¬†Matthew Smizinski as the Village's Chief of Police; Erik Gehrke as Deputy Chief of Police; and James Reynolds as Sergeant.
  • Receive a report about¬†the upcoming¬†2022 Farmers Market.
  • Establish a new Elmer Vliet Community Service Award.
  • Consider approval of:
    • A summer outdoor dining plan for Block One of the Central Business District (north side of the Village Green).
    • Amending the Village's Sustainability Plan to state that residents should reduce the use of gas-powered leaf blowers.
    • Modifications to the special use permit for Lake Bluff Brewing Company (16 E. Scranton Ave.), including a revised floor plan and expanded hours of operation.
    • A fence height variation at 600 E. Prospect Ave.
    • A site plan for a self-storage facility at 105 Albrecht Drive.
    • Residential bulk variations to allow for the renovation of a garage at¬†112¬†East North Avenue.
    • Approve the purchase of new SCBA (breathing) systems for the Fire Department using Federal grant funds.
    • Technical updates to the Village's vehicle sticker regulations.
The Business Advisory Ad Hoc Committee meeting scheduled for May 25 is cancelled.
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