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Following two years of study and analysis, the Village Board of Trustees is proposing to create a new stormwater utility including a utility fee.

The Board believes the utility will be the best long-term solution and will create a dedicated funding source that will allow Lake Bluff to increase the speed at which it builds and improves stormwater infrastructure. Before proceeding further, the Village is providing information to residents about this decision-making process. You can review the same facts the Village Board did and let the Village know if and how it should change its approach.

More detailed information will be provided in a series of informational meetings scheduled at the end of January. The below list of Frequently Asked Questions summarizes the issue. This FAQ was mailed in late December to all utility account holders in the Village as well as home addresses in areas that are not part of the Village's utility system (because they receive water from another source). To view Village President Regis Charlot's letter, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

TreeTrimming

In order to promote environmental stewardship and the health of the Village’s tree canopy, the Village has retained Lucas Landscaping and Design to prune the Village’s street trees on a four-year cycle. Lucas started pruning in areas north of the ravine and east of Glen and Moffett Avenues the first week of January 2023 (see map at right).

Trimming map for 2022-2023 SeasonUnder the supervision of trained and qualified arborists certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Lucas will implement a maintenance program consistent with national standards and best practices published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The program uses a “natural” cutting method to improve tree architecture and structure; create vertical and horizontal clearance between trees and roads, buildings, and signs; promote tree health; and reduce the risk of tree hazards to the public.

  • Signs will be posted on the specific streets scheduled to be pruned between 24 hours and 7 days in advance.
  • While road width may be reduced for worker safety, road closures generally will not be required.
  • Lucas is maintaining the Village’s public trees and will not prune private trees.
  • Lucas will work between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
  • Lucas’ work schedule is dependent on weather. Their contract allows work to occur through April 30, 2023.

If you have any questions regarding the Village’s tree maintenance program, you may contact Jake Terlap, Public Works Superintendent.

Throughout 2022, the Village participated alongside 10 other North Shore Communities to examine leaf blower regulations, including: best practices; their impacts; and alternative methods and new technologies used in landscape maintenance.

The working group released their final report in December 2022. The report will be considered by the Village Board of Trustees at its upcoming January 9, 2023 meeting.

For more information about the working group and its activities, click here.

For more information about the Village's current rules, click here.

202205 NSWRD MuralThe North Shore Water Reclamation District (“NSWRD”) needs to build a subterranean overflow basin so that they can maintain their existing infrastructure and prevent sewage from overflowing into Lake Michigan. As part of their work, the NSWRD will be making other aesthetic and public improvements to their existing facilities, including:

  • Arborvitae hedges, raised foundation plantings, and curbed planting beds to hold native species.
  • The replacement of the asphalt parking lot with a more durable concrete plaza including decorative elements.
  • Milling and resurfacing of the service road that extends from the top bluff edge to Sunrise Beach.
  • The construction of two public bathrooms, one accessible for persons with disabilities. The restrooms will replace the portable toilets.
  • The replacement of one existing beach shower with two new overhead beach showers.

All necessary zoning reviews and approvals for this project have been issued by the Village. The next steps are expected to include:

  • October 2022 - Start of construction (expected to last 18 months) after the Lake Bluff Yacht Club regatta in late September.
  • Summer 2023 - South beach closed during construction activities; Yacht Club operates from alternate facilities.
  • Spring 2024 - Construction completed.

The Village of Lake Bluff is committed to providing timely, sustainable, and cost-effective waste removal by offering services like weekly landfill waste pick-up, recycling, composting, garden and e-waste removal for Village residences.

Our newest contract renewal with Groot continues to improve the ease of use of the Village’s curbside composting program. You can now include more types of food waste with your curbside compost and use more types of containers. This program is at no additional charge and no signup is necessary.

Over 40% of all edible food in the U.S. is thrown out and food waste is the single largest category of waste deposited in our landfills. Some of this waste can be reduced through good planning, but the next best thing you can do is to compost it.

When you curbside compost, your food scraps are mixed with landscape waste to form nutritious compost for plants. Curbside compost extends the life of our landfills, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and helps support gardening and landscaping in our community.

You can start curbside composting today through your weekly landscape waste service provided by Groot. Curbside compost service is year-round and does not stop during the winter.

Try these tips to make your home curbside composting easier:

  • Use a 1-2 gallon kitchen pail to collect food scraps inside your home. Empty it outside periodically when you take out other recycling and landfill waste.
  • Consider lining your pickup container with a Kraft paper bag to reduce mess.
  • Place shredded egg cartons at the bottom of the pickup container to help catch any fluids.
  • Rinse your pickup container when necessary. Use soap when rinsing if needed.
  • Store your container in a cool, shaded area with the lid securely closed.