The following is an update from
Lake County Board Member, Judy Martini:
Board to Consider 2018 Proposed Budget
The County Board will deliberate over the proposed FY2018 budget at a series of meetings on Oct. 24 and 25, both starting at 8:30 a.m. The proposed budget is balanced and sustainable. At the budget hearings, board members will carefully review the budget, ask questions, and may propose changes. The final budget will be adopted in November.
The proposed budget continues to maintain our core services and invests in both our physical and technological infrastructure. Lake County remains fiscally stable primarily due to the county board’s focus on strategic, data-driven decision-making, and the board’s commitment to fiscal responsibility.
These budget hearings are open to the public. They will also be televised live on Comcast Cable, either channel 18 or 30, depending on where you live in the county. AT&T Customers can view LCTV on channel 99. The hearings will be also be webcast and archived on www.lakecounty.tv.
Lake County Board Approves Sustainability Contract
Lake County is committed to promoting a sustainable environment, and we have several initiatives and projects underway to make progress toward this strategic goal and core value. Recently, the Lake County Board approved a contract with a professional consulting firm that provides expertise in sustainability that will help advance specific tasks over the next year. They include: grant opportunities, energy audits for selected County facilities, a waste reduction program/food scrap collection (composting) pilot program at the Lake County Jail, and completion of a baseline carbon footprint for Lake County. Visit our Sustainable Lake County website to find out ways you can help promote sustainability!
Household Chemical Waste Collection Planned in Mundelein
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County will hold its next household chemical waste collection from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Mundelein Metra train station, 205 N. Archer Ave. Year-round HCW collections also are offered the second Saturday and fourth Monday of every month, by appointment only, at the Gurnee facility. These collections are open to Illinois residents only.
Halloween Traffic Enforcement Campaign
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting extra traffic enforcement starting Oct. 27 through Nov. 1. The traffic enforcement campaign includes the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, Click It Or Ticket and Arrive Alive initiatives.
Each year in Illinois, hundreds of lives are lost in alcohol-related crashes. Do not risk losing your license, your car and your freedom. If you drive impaired, law enforcement will arrest you. Learn more about this campaign.
Surplus Equipment Auction Oct. 28
At 9 a.m. Oct. 28, Obenauf Auction Service, Inc. will auction off surplus equipment from area municipalities and government agencies at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake.
Among the items featured, the auction will include unclaimed property found in forest preserves throughout Lake County such as bicycles, clothing, electronics, and other assorted items in the possession of the Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger Police Department. All items will be sold as-is. Check the Obenauf Auction Service Inc. website for details of auction items.
Look Out for Deer!
Drivers are reminded to be cautious of deer during the fall breeding season. Deer will be more active and visible throughout the state, especially at dusk and dawn. The risk for crashes involving deer greatly increases from October through December.
Protect Yourself Against the Flu. Get Your Flu Shot
Protect yourself and fight the flu by getting a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone ages 6 months and older receive an annual flu shot by the end of October before influenza activity increases as it takes about two weeks after the vaccination for the body’s immune system to fully respond and for you to be protected.
The Lake County Health Department offers the flu vaccine by appointment at the Immunizations Clinic, 2303 Dodge Ave., Waukegan. Learn more, including cost. Retail clinics, pharmacies, and individual healthcare providers also provide flu shots. Visit the Flu Vaccine Finder to find a convenient location.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
From connecting with friends on social networks to managing finances, there is a convenience to going online, but these benefits can come with risks. There are simple steps that everyone can take to stay safe online.
Below are some tips from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Use complex passwords with a combination of numbers, symbols and letters.
Keep a clean machine by updating security software, your operating system and web browser on all Internet-connected devices.
When in doubt, throw it out. Links in emails and online posts can help cyber criminals compromise your computer.
Limit the amount of personal information you share online, and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
Forest Preserve News
Join a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by doughnuts and cider. Even your smallest child will enjoy this family favorite. The 1.5-mile hike will begin every 30 minutes between 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21 at Ryerson Woods.
Plan early for your family reunion, company picnic or other group gathering to ensure your first choice of shelter and date. Reservations for 2018 picnic shelter rentals are now being accepted. Purchase permits online, by phone, or in person.
Spring Bluff Project Includes New Trail and Habitat Restoration
Thanks to an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, 0.7 miles of new trail will be developed at 229-acre Spring Bluff Forest Preserve in Winthrop Harbor, converting an existing asphalt roadway to a recreational trail. The new trail will connect to existing trails at adjacent Illinois Beach State Park via the 7th Street bike lanes. The project also includes building a wildlife education and observation deck and completing habitat restoration work within the preserve. Spring Bluff is primarily wetlands with oak savanna and prairie.
The land being restored is part of a greater ecological complex that supports multiple natural landmarks, including the recent designation as a RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance, nine endangered plant and animal species, and 114 bird species. The expected project completion is late 2018.