Thursday, December 6, 2012
A preliminary plan to close two fire stations and build a new site is being considered.
Lake Zurich’s Fire/Rescue Chief David Wheelock is proposing a plan to consolidate four fire stations into three and build a new site that may also serve as a new home for village hall. “This is very conceptual and very preliminary right now, but we’ve reached a point in the discussions where we need to get everyone on board before going further,” Wheelock said. A Community of the Whole meeting was held, last night, with the village board to give Wheelock an opportunity to present the proposal. Village President Suzanne Branding said the consensus among village board members was to direct the fire department to explore the opportunity. Wheelock said the proposal came about as Lake Zurich Fire/Rescue was looking at inefficiencies in its …
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Organization currently seeking sponsors to advertise at Richard E. Staples and Lions parks from May 1 through Oct. 31.
The Lake Zurich Baseball and Softball Association (LZBSA) recently got the go-ahead from the Lake Zurich Village Board to display temporary banners at two ball parks to support fundraising efforts for field improvements and maintenance. Trustees voted to give the association relief from the village sign ordinance that normally allows a maximum of two signs per property. LZBSA plans to display as many as six banners in each of the seven fields located at Richard E. Staples and Lions parks. Interested businesses can advertise on the three-by-eight banners for $650. Money raised will go toward capital improvements for all 13 fields used by the organization. “We use the village’s ballparks, but we maintain everything from replacing fences, …
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Trustees deadlocked; Mayor tells village administrator to move ahead with budget.
Most Village Board members think its a good idea to spend less time going over the 2011-2012 village budget line by line and entrust the administration to take on greater responsibility in the budget process, according to an unofficial poll of the board at its Feb. 7 meeting. Along with that direction, comes an indirect task for trustees; to focus their energy on policy making instead of going through the budget line by line, as was done with the 2010-2011 budget. Board members who approved handing the reigns over to administration included trustees Jonathan Sprawka, Jim Johnson and Dana Rzeznik. “I think we refined it (the budget) and defined it pretty well last year, and we should move on to the policy making part of being a trustee,” …
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Public works, fire, police, volunteers and residents work together in the aftermath of record snowfall.
An update on how the village fared after snow pummeled the area last week was provided at Monday night's Village Board meeting. Everything turned out "A-Snow-K," so to speak. “Storm removal is a difficult animal and it changes with every event; depending on the type, amount and frequency, your operation changes, said David Heyden, director of public works. Heyden said safety issues were what guided initial snow removal efforts beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 2 when the storm hit. “What we did Tuesday night into Wednesday morning was to keep the main line roads open to traffic, said Heyden. “If a fire were to break out or someone were to have a heart attack; we coordinated our efforts with police and fire so that if emergency equipment had to …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Department wants to help residents understand when and why permits are required for home improvement projects.
The main goal of the village’s building and zoning department may not be readily apparent in its name. “Our primary job is to protect the public. Because we are not as visible as police and fire with guns and fire hoses, it is sometimes difficult for residents to understand why we do what we do,” said Dan Peterson, director of building and zoning. “If you are replacing carpeting, doing some painting or basic minor cabinet work, permits are not needed,” said Peterson. “But permits are required the minute homeowners begin to work with electrical or plumbing, windows, anything mechanical or projects relating to the structural parts of the house." A core reason why permits, as well as supervision from the building and zoning department are …
Friday, January 14, 2011
Commonwealth Edison replacing transformer after power failure affects 826 Lake Zurich customers.
The main electrical transformer located next to Village Hall went out at 11:32 a.m. today, but power has been restored to all but about six downtown businesses, according to Fire Chief Terry Mastandrea. “Village Hall is on a backup generator,” said Chief Mastandrea. Commonwealth Edison is replacing the generator and will check underground wires to make sure they don’t need to be replaced. The Lake Zurich Fire and Rescue Department also provided a backup generator to one downtown business to help preserve its refrigerated items. Village Hall will remain closed the rest of the day and it will take a minimum of eight hours for the generator to be replaced, said Mastandrea. Initially 826 Commonwealth Edison customers in Lake Zurich were …
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Lake Zurich High School students decorate downtown with messages of blue and white bliss.
Lake Zurich High School students adorned storefront windows from end of downtown to the other with Bears country pride for motivation in this weekend's 7A playoff game against Wheaton-Warrenville South at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27, in Champaign. Handmade blue and white ribbons with the simple slogan, "Go Bears" are tied around tree branches, benches and light posts in downtown Lake Zurich. Even Village Hall has its windows painted and a banner of support over the doorway. Some businesses outside of downtown, like Sonic Drive-In, got into the act with their own signs of support.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Former Village Hall, Police headquarters and volunteer fire department is demolished.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Ken Schnepf
Friday, November 12, 2010
The walls came tumbling down Friday morning at what was once Lake Zurich police headquarters, Village Hall and home to the volunteer fire department at 61 West Main Street. During the work, there were curious and sentimental observers who witnessed the building come down. When the process started at 7 a.m., there wasn't anyone around but the workers and village inspectors. However, by 11 a.m., several groups of interested onlookers came by to get one last look at the place they worked in for many years. "It's a little nostalgic, but it served us well," said former Mayor Henry Paulus. "We had a smaller community then." Paulus was referring to when he was village president from 1969 to 1989. He'd also like to have a brick from the building …
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Village clerk sworn in and assistant village administrator hired.
There are now two new faces in Village Hall. The acting village clerk has been officially sworn in and an assistant village administrator has been hired for the previously vacant post. Roy Witherow, assistant village adminstrator, was formally introduced at the board meeting on October 18, 2010. He comes from Lyons where he was the village manager since February of 2006. Witherow brings years of experience in the public sector. He got his start as an intern with McHenry County. When he graduated in 1991, the county immediately put him in charge of reconfiguring their economic development department. After 18 months in that role, Witherow was called on to act as county administrator while the McHenry County administrator was on a five-…