Sunday, May 12, 2013
The festival is slated for Aug. 24 in Central Park.
Picture this: It's a warm August evening. As the sun's rays fade, you're soon surrounded by glowing hot air balloons. Now imagine this taking place right here in Lake County. The Village of Grayslake is planning to host its first-ever hot air balloon festival, Color Aloft!, on Aug. 24 in Central Park. The event is set to feature six balloons, along with live entertainment and a few food vendors. "Our goal is to try to build community spirit, to make it a memorable event," said Grayslake Trustee Bruce Bassett. The hot air balloon festival idea came about almost as a joke, Bassett explained. He was chatting with recently-retired resident Pat Klemens at Emil's in Grayslake one day and "I said, 'We should put you to work, maybe get a new event…
Friday, April 26, 2013
"The planting of trees improves the air quality in the community," said Mayor Rhett Taylor.
Friday, April 26
The Village of Grayslake was recently designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 19th consecutive year in recognition of its community forestry program. “The Village is proud to be a recipient of this award for the 19th consecutive time. In addition to Village resources used to maintain its trees, the Village supports property owners planting trees on their property,” said Mayor Rhett Taylor. “The planting of trees improves the air quality in the community.” This designation is made possible, in part, by the Village’s environmental programs such as the Tree Replacement and Neighborhood Partnership Programs. In 2012, 83 new trees were planted in Grayslake through the Tree Replacement Program. For more …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Make some time this weekend to get a jump on outdoor spring cleaning because the village will begin collecting yard waste on Monday.
Friday, April 5
The Village of Grayslake's Yard Waste Week takes place the week of April 8. There is no cost to residents for this service. Residents may set out an unlimited amount of yard waste for this one-time pick-up. When setting out yard waste, residents are asked to follow these guidelines: Residents may also use the yard waste sticker service or yard waste subscription service. For more information regarding yard waste disposal options, click here or call the Village of Grayslake at (847) 223-8515.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
“The foundation for this series is to save residents in the Grayslake area money, help them foster a healthier lifestyle and improve our environment,” said Grayslake Environmental Stewardship Committee Member Mary Klees.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
Tuesday, April 2
The Grayslake Area Public Library is partnering with the Village of Grayslake to bring a truly unique experience created especially for the Grayslake area community: The Green Series. The Green Series is designed to provide opportunities for learning about the financial, health and environmental benefits of sustainable practices. Programs on topics ranging from healthier low-cost gardening, saving money on water and energy bills, and healthier food sources will be presented at the library on the third Wednesday of the month starting in April. The first in the series “Attracting Birds to Your Backyard,” by Lake to Prairie, a local chapter of Wild Ones, will be held Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. This program will cover the what, why and …
Friday, March 29, 2013
In 2012, Grayslake homes sold for 11.1 percent less than they did in 2011, Chicago Magazine reports.
Home sale prices in Grayslake have dropped, according to a recent Chicago Magazine article. The article profiled what homes cost in several suburbs and Chicago neighborhoods. Along with Grayslake, home sale prices are also down in neighboring Libertyville, Lake Zurich and Buffalo Grove, but up in Vernon Hills. The magazine’s data shows the median sale price for a Grayslake home in 2012 was $169,000, down 11.1 percent from 2011, and 42.9 percent since 2006. There were 293 home sales last year in Grayslake, with homes staying on the market an average of 170 days, the magazine reports. Most Chicagoland suburbs have experienced a decrease in home sale prices, making now a great time to buy, according to economists. Zillow Chief Economist Stan …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Village of Grayslake will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, prior to the start of the regular board meeting at 7 p.m., to discuss seeking competitive pricing related to garbage and recycling collection for businesses.
Thursday, February 14
As a result of a survey of local businesses conducted by the Grayslake Chamber of Commerce and Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), the village is considering the solicitation of bids for a single commercial waste and recycling franchise that could produce a cost savings of 35 to 40 percent. The proposed franchise would only apply to businesses. Residential garbage and recycling service would continue under the village’s current contract with Waste Management, according to the village. There would not be a residential rate increase. The village would only award a franchise if, based on the competitive pricing received, most businesses would save money. A public hearing on the matter has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19, before …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The committee-of-the-whole agreed to pass the measure on to the village board for consideration of the intergovernmental agreement.
The Grayslake Village Board is expected to vote at its next meeting on whether to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Village of Libertyville to utilize the latter village's adjudication system. Grayslake's committee-of-the-whole voted unanimously Tuesday night to send the matter on to the village board for approval. "Through the proposed program, items that are currently administered in Lake County's branch court, such as building code violations, property maintenance violations, local police code enforcement items and parking enforcement, would all be administered utilizing Libertyville's adjudicator and clerical support staff," according to board meeting agenda brief documents. Mayor Rhett Taylor said using Libertyville's…
Monday, January 28, 2013
The session will be held at the Grayslake Public Library.
Interested in learning about how you might be able to save up to $1,750 on home energy improvements? The Village of Grayslake will host an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Grayslake Public Library, 100 Library Lane, so residents can learn about a United States Department of Energy grant program that can help them save money on home energy efficiency improvements. Through the grant program, residents can get a free home energy assessment that will result in participants getting suggestions on energy-saving improvements they could make. Residents can then qualify for the Department of Energy grant that will save them 70 percent on those improvements. For more information, visit Energy Impact Illinois.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Economic Development Commission grants the award for exceptional efforts in supporting economic development in Grayslake.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Wednesday, January 16
Resident Madeline Lipka was recently selected by the Village of Grayslake Economic Development Commission as the 2012 recipient of its Volunteer of the Year Award. Lipka served in many capacities with the Grayslake Chamber of Commerce from 1994 to 2011, including president. In addition to her work with the chamber, Lipka has been an active figure in the Lake County community as president and CEO of Community Trust Credit Union. “Madeline’s dedication and service, not only to the Chamber of Commerce, but also to the community, has greatly benefited economic development in Grayslake,” said Phil Harris, Chairman of the Economic Development Commission. The Volunteer of the Year Award, presented annually by the Economic Development Commission, …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Curbside tree pick-up is scheduled for tomorrow and next Thursday.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Wednesday, January 9
The Village of Grayslake Waste Management crews will pick up Christmas trees tomorrow, January 10 and next Thursday, January 17. Trees should be placed unbagged, at the curb or edge of the street the night before the scheduled service day. Trees greater than six feet in height must be cut in half prior to being set out for pick-up. Waste Management will not pick up trees in plastic bags. For more information contact the Request for Service System at 847-223-8515. You can also donate your tree to the Lake County Forest Preserve. Drop it off at one of the several sites across the area. How long do you leave your Christmas tree and decorations up? Join the Patch Poll here.