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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.

Call United Meters, Inc. at (877) 533-8964 to schedule your appointment today.


As part of the Village’s efforts to conserve more water, we are replacing (almost) every water meter between now and May 2020. These replacements will eliminate water meters that have lived their useful life and replace them with new water meters that are all-electronic, have no moving parts, and come with modern features that reduce water loss and the costs of operating our water system.

Some fast facts:

  • The Installer. The Village has hired an experienced plumbing company, United Meters, Inc., to install your new meter. Each licensed plumber has been screened by the Lake Bluff Police Department and will carry identification.
  • The Plan. United Meters will replace over 2,000 meters in the next four months:
    • Addresses east of Sheridan Road will be scheduled in January and February.
    • Addresses west of Sheridan Road will be scheduled in March and April.
  • What You Need To Do. It’s easy. You will need to schedule a personal appointment with United Meters. Someone at least 18 years old will have to provide access to your home. You will need to provide clear space around your water meter for us to work.
  • Your Easy Appointment. Most appointments will take less than half an hour. Your water will be shut off while the meter is replaced. Your new meter is provided at no charge.

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated June 26, 2020

There's a lot to keep up with. This is what you must know:

  • Our region has progressed to the least restrictive phase of the Restore Illinois plan based on improving COVID-19 health outcomes.
  • COVID-19 is still in our community. You should continue to take precautions.
  • A maximum gathering size of 50 now applies and most businesses are reopened with capacity limits.
  • Social distancing and cloth face coverings are a fact of life until there is a vaccine or cure for COVID-19.  If in doubt, wear your face covering.

Available positions with the Village of Lake Bluff are posted below. Persons interested in future openings are encouraged to visit this site from time to time for detailed information concerning available positions.  

For information regarding volunteer opportunities with the Lake Bluff Fire Department, please contact Fire Department Executive Assistant Nancy Gusterine at 847-234-5158, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Over the past three years, Lake Bluff’s Historic Preservation Commission (“HPC”) has engaged in a thorough review and strategic planning process to answer one question: “How can Lake Bluff better preserve and transmit its architectural history?” The HPC believes that updating Lake Bluff’s historic preservation regulations – which provide for the designation and protection of buildings and landscape features with special significance in the history and development of Lake Bluff – is an important step in answering this very question.

You can view a copy of the full draft regulations here, or an overview presentation here.

The HPC is not proposing to change Lake Bluff’s essential approach to historic preservation. While a property owner may be delayed in demolishing their structure, the Village will not follow other North Shore communities in having the ability to say “No” to a proposed demolition. Rather, the HPC has prepared revisions that will make Lake Bluff’s unique approach more effective at preserving notable structures and neighborhoods while respecting the rights of property owners. Specifically, the new regulations:

These proposed modifications to the existing regulations will complement other efforts to support and preserve Lake Bluff’s architectural history, including:

  • Interactive walking tours that highlight Lake Bluff history, including its landmark structures and areas.
  • New tools that showcase Lake Bluff’s complete set of historic surveys and make their results more accessible for current and prospective owners.
  • Awards that recognize the owners, architects, and builders responsible for thoughtful rehabilitation and restoration projects.

The HPC will discuss this matter Wednesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. We hope you will join us to share your thoughts on the draft regulations or feel free to send written comments in advance to Glen Cole, Assistant to the Village Administrator. After digesting the feedback we will receive from stakeholders, the HPC will consider recommending these important changes to the Village Board of Trustees for adoption.

The Village's 2020 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.