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Grayslake Village Board Agenda Briefs

From discussion of solar energy to a proposal for a microbrewery, here are agenda highlights from the Sept. 3 Grayslake Village Board meeting.

  • Trustees approved a new "K" liquor license classification that will allow the sale of alcohol by a hotel that is not in the original package. On-site alcohol consumption will be permitted for hotel guests only, in a designated bar area, or by attendees of a scheduled reception. The ordinance also limits the carrying of alcohol drinks to guests' hotel rooms.
  • Trustees approved an ordinance that adopted the amended Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance. This ensures that the village remains a certified community under the county's ordinance and that the village can continue to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. Trustee Shawn Vogel against the ordinance to make a statement to the county that its ordinance is not friendly to businesses due to its many amendments.
  • Trustees approves an ordinance proposing the establishment of a Special Service Area (SSA) for the extension of Atkinson Road. The ordinance does not actually establish the SSA, but proposes its creation and allows for the identification of properties that could be included and for the scheduling of a future public hearing.

Committee-of-the-Whole

  • Trustees discussed a draft ordinance concerning the installation of solar energy systems upon issuance of a special use permit. The draft provides for a maximum 2 percent lot coverage for solar panels and a maximum roof coverage of 80 percent. Trustees debated whether the special use permit fee should be waived for residents who want to install solar panels, but agreed the special permit process itself was still necessary to ensure consistency and to collect data.
  • Trustees discussed a proposal for a new microbrewery to be located at Lake Center Place, 10 N. Lake St. The small brewery, which won't include food, is being proposed by a group of Grayslake friends who hope to open their business by the end of the year.
  • Trustees discussed a special use permit for the Shell Gas Station at the Mapleview Shopping Center on Route 120. The gas station, which is changing from the Jewel Express to Shell/Circle K, is requesting an amendment to the special use permit to install a new fascia around the entire canopy with illuminated Shell colors of red and yellow. Shell wants to illuminate the fascias on the north and west sides. Trustees had concerns for the extra illumination, reaching consensus that only the Shell logo should be lit, which is consistent with the lighting at the former Jewel Express.
  • Trustees discussed  proposed change order to the Highland Road project that would allow for the approval of overtime work by the contractor, including 12-hour days and some Saturday work, to help accelerate the project's completion. The estimate for the overtime is $30,000, give or take. Trustees agreed the overtime would help to minimize the inconvenience to residents along Highland Road and in the Manor, and get the project done by winter. The improvement project includes new road surfaces and the installation of storm sewer, curbs, gutters and sidewalks. Seventy percent of the estimated $1.4 million in construction-related costs will be paid for with federal grant money.

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