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The Village of Lake Bluff is accepting bid proposals for an AUTOMATED METER READING SYSTEM INSTALLATION.

Description of Work. The work shall include the replacement of approximately 2,133 meters and 2,482 meter transmission units and supplying automated meter reading (AMR) equipment and software in the Village’s water system, all as more fully described in the Bid Documents.

Obtaining Bid Documents. Bid Documents may be obtained in three ways:

  1. At or at Download the digital Bidding Documents for $30 by inputting Quest project number 6556088 on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact at (952) 233‑1632 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance with free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information.
  2. In person at Village Hall, 40 East Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044: CD Copy, $5 non-refundable bid deposit is required prior to issuance of Bid Documents.
  3. In person at Village Hall, 40 East Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044, Paper Hard Copy, $50 non-refundable bid deposit is required prior to issuance of Bid Documents.

Deadline and Public Bid Opening. The Village will receive sealed Bidder’s Proposals for the Work until 10 o’clock, a.m., local time, November 6, 2019, at Village Hall, 40 East Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044, at which time, or as soon thereafter as possible, all Bidder’s Proposals will be publicly opened and read aloud.  Bidders or their agents are invited to be present.

Nothing herein is intended to exclude any responsible firm, or in any way restrain, or restrict competition. All responsible and eligible firms are encouraged to submit proposals. The Village reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals, to waive informalities or technicalities in any proposal, and to accept the proposal which it deems to be in the best interests of the Village.

The Village of Lake Bluff is considering amendments to its Sign Code for the L-1 and L-2 zoning districts to better serve property owners and tenants. The main purposes of the changes are to allow a sign or signs for each tenant in some situations, instead of limiting signs to one per lot, and to provide property owners with the option to get approval for a Master Sign Plan, which would eliminate the need to return to the Architectural Board of Review for a new approval for every tenant sign change.

The full text of the proposed changes can be viewed here. The proposed changes will be considered at the Architectural Board of Review meeting on September 3, 2019, at 7:00 PM at Village Hall, 40 E Center Avenue.

If you have any questions regarding this matter or wish to submit comments, contact Building Codes Supervisor Michael Croak via e-mail or by phone at 847-283-6885.

On the Bluff is a publication of the Village of Lake Bluff, the Lake Bluff Park District, and Lake Bluff School District 65 as part of ongoing efforts to cooperate, provide mutual support, and share services to increase efficiencies for our shared taxpayers. Please let us know what you think, and what you’d like to read about. Email or call any of the contacts listed inside.

The Village of Lake Bluff, with the assistance of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), is asking our local businesses to help to reduce the costs of waste disposal by completing a brief, five-minute survey no later than Friday, September 6, 2019:

We will use the information provided to evaluate the potential benefits of contracting with a single waste disposal company to provide solid waste and recycling services for all Village businesses, just as the Village does today for single-family residences. Please know that we will not pursue such a program unless we demonstrate that it will lower costs and maintain or enhance the service provided to our business community. Based on the other 25 to 30 municipalities in our area that have enacted a similar program, we anticipate that benefits may include:

  • Lower costs. Among nearby Lake County municipalities with similar programs, 90% of businesses pay less for solid waste services thanks to economies of scale.
  • Stable rates. The Village has the negotiating power to enter multiple-year contracts, limit annual cost growth, and avoid fuel and environmental surcharges.
  • Increased recycling opportunities. Our Lake County peers provide recycling service at no additional cost to businesses.
  • Innovative programs. The Village enacted one of the first residential food waste disposal programs in Illinois. We hope to provide similar innovative options for commercial customers that can further reduce and redirect landfill waste.
  • A greener environment. By reducing the number of heavy garbage trucks on our roads, we can reduce carbon emissions and road damage.

Business owners who complete the survey at help us understand the marketplace for waste hauling in the Village today and the costs our business community experiences. This data will be kept confidential, but an aggregated report will be available for review. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works Superintendent Jake Terlap via e-mail or (847) 735-2310.

Interested in learning more about the Capital Improvements projects going on within the Village? Click here to find out more!

The Village's 2019 Water Quality Report contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water.

If you would like a paper copy mailed to your home, contact Village Hall by calling (847) 234-0774.