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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.

The Village of Lake Bluff, with the assistance of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), is asking our local businesses to help to reduce the costs of waste disposal by completing a brief, five-minute survey no later than Friday, September 6, 2019:

We will use the information provided to evaluate the potential benefits of contracting with a single waste disposal company to provide solid waste and recycling services for all Village businesses, just as the Village does today for single-family residences. Please know that we will not pursue such a program unless we demonstrate that it will lower costs and maintain or enhance the service provided to our business community. Based on the other 25 to 30 municipalities in our area that have enacted a similar program, we anticipate that benefits may include:

  • Lower costs. Among nearby Lake County municipalities with similar programs, 90% of businesses pay less for solid waste services thanks to economies of scale.
  • Stable rates. The Village has the negotiating power to enter multiple-year contracts, limit annual cost growth, and avoid fuel and environmental surcharges.
  • Increased recycling opportunities. Our Lake County peers provide recycling service at no additional cost to businesses.
  • Innovative programs. The Village enacted one of the first residential food waste disposal programs in Illinois. We hope to provide similar innovative options for commercial customers that can further reduce and redirect landfill waste.
  • A greener environment. By reducing the number of heavy garbage trucks on our roads, we can reduce carbon emissions and road damage.

Business owners who complete the survey at help us understand the marketplace for waste hauling in the Village today and the costs our business community experiences. This data will be kept confidential, but an aggregated report will be available for review. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works Superintendent Jake Terlap via e-mail or (847) 735-2310.

Interested in learning more about the Capital Improvements projects going on within the Village? Click here to find out more!

The Village's 2019 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.

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On Monday, June 24 the Village will host a planning open house for its upcoming Green Bay Road reconstruction project. Residents are encouraged to attend and provide comment about the project including its design, schedule, detours, and other details. The Open House will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Lake Bluff Public Safety Building Community Room located at 45 East Center Avenue in Lake Bluff, Illinois.

While the actual road reconstruction will most likely not take place until 2021 or later (pending available funding), the Village needs to start planning now.  Noteworthy project goals include:

  1. The project will include reconstruction of Green Bay Road and utility repairs from IL Route 176 south to the Village’s southern limit.
  2. The Village intends to keep Green Bay Road in the same footprint, alignment and speed limits.
  3. Some tree removal will be necessary. 
  4. Pedestrian safety enhancements will be considered provided a safe and practical location(s) can be identified that links multiple uninterrupted sidewalks which lead to regular destinations (schools, parks, places of employment, activity trails, etc.).
  5. Storm water improvements will be installed as part of the project to reduce local flooding and meet Village design goals.
  6. Although not part of this meeting, it is anticipated that the Green Bay Road Bridge will be rehabilitated during the same period of time. 
  7. It is estimated that the total construction period will last 18 months and will require detours and bridge closure for extended periods of time.

Individuals who are unable to attend the meeting may view the exhibits by clicking here or by visiting Village Hall. You may submit written comments to:

Jeff Hansen, P.E., Village Engineer
Village of Lake Bluff, 40 East Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044
(847) 283-6884 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Comments received on or before July 12 will be included in the Project Development Report.

There have been recent sightings of coyotes in and around the Village's ravines. It is extremely rare for coyotes to attack a person

Coyotes are native to Lake County and typically avoid humans. They help to reduce rodent populations in our area.

You should only contact Lake Bluff Police if a coyote appears sick, injured, or threatening your safety. Coyotes are protected wildlife under Illinois law, and can only be removed if they are causing property damage or present a risk to human health or safety. Depending on the circumstances, a state licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator may be able to relocate a coyote if permitted by law.  

If you want to discourage coyotes from loitering around your property, consider these tips:

  • Keep small pets (cats, rabbits, and small dogs) and their food indoors, especially after dark.
  • Clear brush and dense weeds to reduce prey habitats.
  • Keep trash contained within sealed containers.
  • Make sure your dogs are spayed or neutered. Coyotes are attracted to and do mate with domestic dogs.