Month: December 2017

ComEd Updates Electrical Grids

Over the past few years, ComEd has been upgrading their electrical supply grid, which will improve the electrical power supply in the Village. These upgrades will decrease the fluctuations in power, which can affect Village lift stations and well houses.

When fluctuations to the power feed occur, the Village experiences many alarms and, at times, may need to run generators to operate these critical facilities.

The Board is glad to announce the enhancements ComEd will be completing, which will limit interruptions at the following Village locations.

911 Oakdale Lift Station 501 Lake Shore Lift Station 421 Lake Shore Blvd. Well #5 ComEd has always been very sensitive to the Village’s needs and continues to strive to support municipal operations to meet our community’s needs.

Retire Old Flags With Honor

Did you know that Wauconda’s American Legion Post 911 will help you retire your old American flags? Flags that are ripped, faded or otherwise worn can be dropped off at the Legion Hall, and will be disposed of in a dignified flag disposal ceremony as a part of the American Legion’s mission to promote patriotism and national honor.

A convenient drop off bin is located in the parking lot of the American Legion Post located at 515 S. Main Street. Remember, each American Legion Post offers this service to local residents and businesses.

Its Easy to Save on Your Electric Bill…Sign Up Today!

There are savings programs available right now that can help you cut your electric bill this holiday season!

When you sign up to save on your electric supply costs, you will be opting in to the program of your choice with no change in ComEd’s delivery service or their responsibilities during emergency outages.

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is just one program available to residents and small businesses. We encourage you to fully investigate all of your options for saving money on your electric bills by CLICKING HERE or view important FAQS for choosing alternative suppliers HERE.

Senior Citizens can get additional one-on-one assistance through the Village’s partnership with Wauconda Township’s Senior Services. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Food Scrap Recycling News

According to the USEPA, the amount of food wasted in the United States is staggering. In 2010, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, the second largest volume of wasted material, besides paper. Food waste accounted for almost 14 percent of the total municipal solid waste stream, less than three percent of which was recovered and recycled in 2010.

In response, the Village of Wauconda has been researching opportunities to bring food scrap recycling to our community. The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) has been a valuable resource in this area.

Food scrap recycling pilot programs have begun to pop up in areas such as Barrington and Oak Park, with Jewel-Osco at the forefront of this recycling movement. Most of the store’s retail outlets now separate out food scrap and send it off for composting.

If you are interested in participating in a food scrap composting pilot program in Wauconda or if you have any comments or ideas, please Email the Village’s Director of Environmental Quality, Jackie Soccorso.

Wauconda’s Annual Holiday Walk, Dec. 1

On Saturday, December 1st, from 2-6 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting Wauconda’s Annual Holiday Walk on Main Street event. Horse-drawn sleigh rides, gingerbread house decorating, and a Snowflake Lighting Ceremony are just a few of the activities scheduled for the fun-filled day.

Event Schedule:

Visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus — 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Letters to Santa Contest – 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Scavenger Hunt – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tree Decorating Contest — 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tree Judging — 4:00 p.m. Gingerbread House Contest — 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gingerbread House Judging — 5:00 p.m. Balloon Man – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kids Crafts — 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Face Painting — 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Kids Story Time — 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides — 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Family Fun Games — 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. AFSME Drawing — 4:15 p.m. Snowflake Lighting Ceremony — 4:30 p.m. (approx.) Luminaries’ Walk — 5:30 p.m.

Wauconda Voters Pass Lake Michigan Water Referendum-Work Begins Immediately

The Mayor and Board wants to thank all residents that made their voice heard by voting in the 2012 election. The recently approved Lake Michigan Water project will make a substantial long term impact on our community, and it is a priority of the Board to keep residents fully informed on the progress of this important project, with the sharing of regular status updates and timely project highlights.

Since the inception of the public water system over 90 years ago, underground water has been pumped from local wells and delivered for use to Wauconda residents and businesses. Approximately five years ago, Village officials became concerned about the diminishing water supply in local aquifers and the possibility of groundwater contamination, and began work to investigate alternate water sources. One of the alternatives considered was Lake Michigan water, so a request was submitted to the proper authorities for consideration to grant an allocation of the lake water. The request was approved last year and on November 6th Wauconda residents voted in favor of making Lake Michigan water the community’s primary source of drinking water, switching away from the current groundwater wells.

With the voter passage of this referendum, the Village began work immediately to make Lake Michigan water its primary source of drinking water (the current well system will remain in place to act as an emergency back-up system).

Less than a week after the referendum passage, an internal Village committee meeting was held to create an overarching strategic plan to prepare for all future phases of this immense and complex project. The plan includes and addresses specific areas such as legal issues, financing details, further engineering, administration, and Village Board components of the project. A second meeting is being planned for next week and work will begin on legal and financial details in the next few weeks.

For more information on the water system and Lake Michigan Water in particular, CLICK HERE.

Area Residents Are Thankful They May Be Able To Buy vs. Rent A Home In 2013

The Veteran and 1st Time Home Buyer seminar at the American Legion in Wauconda on November 13 was a big success. Residents found the seminar “very informative”. Speakers included Jim Kaiser of Nakon and Associates, Joe Amato of 5/3 Bank, Liz Larson of Prospect Mortgage, Jennifer Mahoney of Fidelity Title, Ken Scott;CPA, and Scott Bush from IHDA. Sean Ryan capped the seminar by explaining the home buying process including how to buy a Homepath or HUD home.

Jill Ryan felt the event was a benefit to explain the advantages and affordability of purchasing a home today. People had the opportunity to hear about the new FHA guidelines, Grant Programs, and advantages of buying bank foreclosure. Rates are still very low and inventories are still high making it a wise decision to move from renting to owning a home.

Scott Bush with IHDA wowed the audience with information on Grants for 1st time home buyers and veterans. Veterans can receive up to $10,000 to buy a home and this amount is forgiven if that buyer stays in their home 2 years or more. The State of Illinois has millions of dollars to help assist first time home buyers and veterans. Attendees were also offered a free credit report and pre-approval for a mortgage by 2 different lenders during the seminar.

There was plenty of time for questions and answers. The event was well attended and well received. The Ryan Team will be offering a similar seminar in January of 2013 and will include Short Sale information and new guidelines.

Wauconda Park District Hosts Tree Lighting

Wauconda Park District will be hosting the community as the holiday season is underway. On Friday, November 30th at 6:00 p.m., residents may attend the event located at 600 N. Main St. In addition to the tree lighting, Mr. and Mrs. Claus are expected in arrive in one of Wauconda’s Fire Trucks. They will be available for photo opportunities during the event. Stop in to view the set-up and display of crafts while sampling treats and refreshments along the way. Santa’s helpers have further planned the event to include games and stories for all.

For more information, call the Park District Office at 847-526-3610 or CLICK HERE.

Leonard's Jewelry Proclaims perfect month for Topaz and Citrine birthstones

November is the perfect month for Topaz and Citrine birthstones. The weather is getting cool and reminding us that Winter is not far away. The warm glow of golden fire from the heart of these stones brightens our days and warms our hearts.For that lucky November birthday person in your life, we have earrings, pendants and rings at 15% off, for the entire month.Don’t forget we have a free gift wrapping service for gifts purchased at our store.

Wauconda's Water Billing Changes

Monthly water billing will allow our customers to better plan and budget for this ongoing expense, identify leaks within their systems more quickly, and more accurately track water usage on a monthly basis. The new monthly billing cycle has not affected water rates, but please be aware that the standard, annual 4% water rate increase was put into place in October.

As part of the billing system update, and in order to more effectively utilize Water Division staff time, the Village has eliminated the red tag procedure utilized in the past to notify customers of past due bills. Beginning immediately, customers will be notified through registered mail about accounts nearing disconnection due to unpaid outstanding balances.

Wauconda Lake Michigan Water Referendum, Nov. 6

On Tuesday, November 6th, Wauconda residents voted in favor of making Lake Michigan water the community’s primary source of drinking water, switching away from ground water wells. According to the Lake County Clerk’s unofficial results, with all 11 precincts reporting, the vote was 65 percent (3,390 votes) in favor, with 35 percent (1,799 votes) against. “The approval sends a strong message to the region that Wauconda is a dynamic player in economic development,” said Mayor Mark Knigge. “The voters have given us a remarkable trust factor,” said Knigge. “It’s a statement on how our quality of life in the Village should be.” Work began in 2007 to investigate alternative water sources for the Village and in 2011 the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) approved Wauconda’s request for an allocation of Lake Michigan water. “The voters saw the value of making Lake Michigan Water our primary source of drinking water,” said Knigge. “Their decision to secure this vital resource will benefit the Wauconda community for many generations to come.”