Ms. Kendra Hurt's fourth-grade class got a lesson in local government and led the pledge of allegiance at the Oct. 1 Lake Zurich village board meeting.
Lake Zurich Village Board 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
IDOT gave police officers awards for writing more than 1,000 citations for not using seatbelts
Illinois has one of the highest rates of seatbelt use in the nation, at 93 percent, said Lt. John Gomoll, law enforcement liaison for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). And Lake Zurich Police officers are doing their part in ensuring seatbelt use continues to rise. Gomoll presented awards to two Lake Zurich officers, Scott Frost and Shaun Knight, at the village board meeting, Monday night. The officers were recognized for writing more than 1,000 seatbelt citations. "These awards could also be life saving awards," Gomoll said. "Seven percent are still not wearing seatbelts. From time to time, some child loses a parent, and quite sadly, some parent loses a child who was not properly buckled in," Gomoll said. "We need police…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Village board votes against allowing gambling machines.
The Lake Zurich Village board voted unanimously against allowing video gaming machines at village businesses, Monday night. The vote came after some residents argued against allowing gambling machines during public comment, arguing that there wasn't much to gain from video gaming, but much to lose. Trustees said they didn't want the village to be an experiment for gaming, they would rather see how it works out in other villages which have voted to allow video gaming. Trustee Rich Sustich said everyone who invests on Wall Street is gambling, so he didn't have an issue with the concept, however, he was concerned about the management of video gaming operations and what impact it might have on the community. "Should we be at the forefront and…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Downtown development discussed at Lake Zurich village board meeting.
Although downtown redevelopment was not on the agenda at Tuesday’s Lake Zurich village board meeting, it was heavily discussed by both residents, during public comment, and by trustees. Village board members listened intently while residents expressed frustration over the board’s decision on Aug. 20 not to choose from the four developers competing to develop Block A, on Main Street, and to move in a direction of selling downtown property. Some residents also expressed a desire to help the village move forward with downtown development. Paul Hunt described himself as the voice of younger demographics in town. He said he’s very happy living in Lake Zurich and he believes there are lots of opportunities for his children. However, he …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Lake Zurich board of trustees expected to vote on ordinance allowing video gaming at Sept. 17 meeting.
Lake Zurich village trustees discussed whether or not to allow video gaming in the village, at Tuesday's village board meeting. The board is expected to vote on a final draft of an ordinance that would repeal the prohibition on video gaming in the village, at its Sept. 17 meeting. Video gaming machines are lottery-type terminals, such as poker games. The only trustee who spoke against video gaming was Trustee Dana Rzeznik. Rzeznik pointed out that only a handful of suburbs have approved video gaming-- including nearby Wauconda. "I don't believe it goes well with the nature of Lake Zurich," Rzeznik said. Trustee Tom Poynton said he would like to see financial issues solved by another method, other than gambling, however he doesn't believe…
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Lake Zurich board agrees to sell surplus, village-owned downtown property instead.
Monday’s Lake Zurich village board meeting started with a call from residents to move forward with downtown redevelopment. Resident Dennis Abbott recalled days past when downtown was a vital, busy gathering place; he urged the board to eschew apartments and choose David Smith of Southshore as the developer. Chamber Director Dale Perrin urged the board to choose a development with commercial and retail. “Be bold; be daring,” Perrin told the board. However, Lake Zurich village trustees could not come to a consensus on a single developer for the village owned parcel on Main Street, that faces the Promenade and lakefront. After nearly two hours of discussion, the board determined to take a different route and start declaring vacant …
Village board decides not to put a question on the November ballot.
Lake Zurich Director of Public Works David Heyden recommended putting a referendum on the November ballot, asking for voter input on whether the village should move forward with obtaining Lake Michigan water. At Monday's village board meeting, trustees voted against a November referendum. Overall, trustees stated there wasn't enough time before the November election to educate voters. Lake Zurich received an allocation for Lake Michigan water from the Illinios Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in 2010. Since that time, the village staff has been researching the most cost-effective way to bring Lake Michigan water to Lake Zurich. Heyden said that staff could go no further without additional funds, an estimated $350,000, to conduct a …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Lake Zurich trustees want more information before committing to developer for parcel across from The Promenade.
Lake Zurich village trustees agreed to delay committing to a developer of a village-owned, lakefront parcel on Old Rand Road, Monday night. Village board members also agreed, after Village President Suzanne Branding asked them to share their wish list for downtown, that they want a mixed-use development on the Block A site, which overlooks The Promenade and the lake. “I also feel strongly that the first floor needs to be a gathering point, a destination . . . when I look strictly at all apartments or all residential, I’m not too much in favor,” said Trustee Terry Mastandrea. He said he’d like to see coffee shops and cafes on the ground floor, a place for residents to enjoy the lakefront. John Breugelmans of ARDE told the board that …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Ryan Peterson coordinated a scout project for a case that displays aerial maps of Lake Zurich.
The Lake Zurich village board recognized Ryan Peterson, at the July 2 meeting, with a certificate of appreciation. Peterson built a cabinet which houses aerial maps of Lake Zurich. Peterson built the cabinet to make changing the maps easier. Previously the map was picked off and the new map was glued in its place. The cabinet makes swapping the maps easy. Peterson enlisted the help of younger Boy Scouts, particularly with staining the case. He explained that an Eagle project is the last step in scouting and he thanked he village for the opportunity.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Bradford Town Crossing development and luxury car dealer approved by Lake Zurich village board.
Lake Zurich paved the way for numerous new businesses at the village board meeting, Monday night. The board approved a Planned Unit Development for the 81,323-square-foot Bradford Town Crossing, at Quentin Road and Rte. 22, which has a Mariano’s Fresh Market as the anchor store. The village also approved a special use permit allowing Midwest Motors Inc. to operate a new and used luxury automobile dealership at the site currently occupied by Capaccio Brothers furniture store, 540 Cortland drive. Prior to presentations by developers and a vote by the village board, residents spoke during public comment. The public comment centered on Midwest Motors proposal to relocate to Lake Zurich from Volo, with about half of the residents voicing …