Mayor’s Message

 

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August 1, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

The Board meeting will be moving to Monday, August 4so we can support out Guns and Hoses golf outing on Tuesday, August 5. Wauconda Bowl & Bar is celebrating their 65th Anniversary in business this year! Owner, Lori Kmiecik said, “We are so excited, looking forward to a great year! We have made many improvements and are ready for you to have some fun!” On August 23rd Wauconda Bowl will be having their ‘Opening Season Party’ starting at 4pm with a BBQ, Bowling & Bags. Later DJ’s Carlos & Johnny B. are there to get you dancing the night away. There will be lots of gifts to pass around so don’t miss out come and join us.

Lori said, “Bowlers can come in as a family, an individual, with a partner or as a team! We will fit you right in! Or, if you have a bunch of teams and would like your own league slot we can help you there to! We have lots of open time to add more Bowlers.” Now is the time to make that commitment, you need to have one night a week out to have fun and enjoy yourself! Please join me in congratulating Wauconda Bowl on 65 years in business by coming out and bowling.

 

15th Annual Guns & Hoses Benefit Golf Outing August 5, 2014 Fox Lake Country Club

Registration Form Sponsorship Form

For Additional Information call or email, Mike Wahl, 847-416-7504 or MWahl@waucondafire.org

 

 

Nominate Your Favorite Volunteer Today!

Do you know an individual or organization that deserves recognition for outstanding public service?

We are seeking nominations for the 2014 Mayor’s Community Service Awards to recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses that have had a significant, positive impact on our community. Click here to submit your nomination today! Enjoy the weekend long festival with our neighbors to the north celebrating the community and bringing families together. The three day event includes food, beer garden, music, carnival, vendors, fishing derby, horseshoe competition, bean bag tournament and more. The highlight of the festival is the fireworks show on Saturday evening over Lily Lake at dusk. For more information, click here or call 815-385-1117.

 

The next Village Board meeting will be August 4, 2014. The agenda includes the following items:

Bills for payment Approval of minutes Consideration of request by Wauconda Cruise Night to close Mill Street and Maple and include open alcohol consumption in permit. Authorization to close escrow account with Wauconda Task Force II (superfund). Payment of $87,252.08 will be made to the task force. Introduction and discuss1 a draft version of the Intergovernmental Agreement with Volo Regarding Membership in the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA) and 2) the Admissions Agreement to CLCJAWA Click hereto view the agenda packet in its entirety. Take care and God Bless,

Frank Frank A. Bart Mayor Village of Wauconda 847-526-9600 fbart@wauconda-il.gov

July 25, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

Together we are working to continue to move our community forward and to face the many challenges before us. Phase1 of the Lake Michigan Water Project Internal Improvements will start next week. A letter notifying residents of the start of the work will be provided to affected residents.

On Monday, July28th, Berger Excavating of Wauconda will begin mobilizing equipment to the initial work sites and locating utilities. On Tuesday, July 29 a horizontal directional drilling crew will begin water-main installation on the north side of Slocum Lake Road west of Osage Street. On Wednesday, July 30, an open cut crew will also begin water-main installation on Osage Street starting at Maple Street and working north.

RHMG Engineers, Inc. is the Resident Engineer for the project and will be onsite during construction. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Reisinger at (M) 847-668-3141 or (W) 847-362-5959. Thank you in advance for your patience during the construction of this important water supply project.

We are continuing to work on the Route 53 extension project with Lake County and the Illinois Toll System. The project seeks to extend Route 53 north to Route 120. The Illinois Tollway, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and Lake County are partnering with area mayors on a combined, two-pronged effort to examine the feasibility of the project with respect to financing and land use. Click here for more information.

Tax assessments are complete. bargraph-money.jpg Learn more about the complex subject of property tax assessments, such as how assessments impact your property tax bill, the appeal process, and how to access helpful resources. Watch Now Click here for the Assessor’s Office. Click here to file an appeal online. Come out and support our Queens! On Friday, August 1, starting at 6PM our Wauconda Area Queens Pageant will be at Transfiguration Catholic School Activity Center at 316 W. Mill Street in Wauconda, due to construction at Mathews Middle School. Admission is $3 and the doors open at 5:30PM. Come and see these lovely young ladies show their talents and compete for the crowns. The next Village Board meeting will be August 5, 2014. The agenda will be posted by August 1, 2014. Click here to view past agendas or the agenda packet in its entirety after August 1, 2014.

Take care and God Bless, Frank

Frank A. Bart Mayor Village of Wauconda 847-526-9600 fbart@wauconda-il.gov

July 18, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

We have made significant cuts to our annual budget in order to avoid a half million dollar deficit this year. We have been able to do this through over $300,000 in cuts cuts and through increased tax revenues of over $200,000, much of those tax revenues coming from video gaming taxes. Our water fund is now in good order and over two million dollars has been returned to the water and sewer capital fund in preparation for the expenses of our Lake Michigan Water Project. Though we have significantly reduced our operating expenses for water and sewer and were able to avoid raising water rates last year, this year there will be a 4% increase to water rates. This is an automatic increase per the current ordinance established in 2006. The rate increase will be needed in order to prepare for the expense of the Lake Michigan Water Project.

We are in the process of working to expand our retail sector in Wauconda in order to stabilize our tax revenue streams. We currently draw over 42% of our revenue from your property taxes. Most communities only draw 25% of their tax revenues from property tax. That gives us a tall order to try to reverse our over dependence on property tax. Additionally, Wauconda has levied the maximum increase allowed for property taxes every year over the last 5 years. We need to reverse that trend in order to be competitive with the communities around us. We have to start with reducing our spending and expand our share of retail sales tax opportunities in order to stabilize Wauconda’s economic future. Currently, Wauconda residents spend about half a billion dollars a year outside of our community. We need more places to shop locally to get residents what they need and help to keep more of that tax revenue in Wauconda. I have met with Kirk Morris, the President of Gold Star Dads, fathers who have lost children in combat while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Kirk has presented Wauconda with an excellent opportunity to bring a beam from the World Trade Center to Wauconda as a memorial. The idea is to create a Heroes of Freedom Memorial in Wauconda Memorial Park. We will create a campaign to raise money for the project and have a goal to dedicate the memorial by 9/11/15. If you are interested in being a part of this effort, send me an email at fbart@wauconda-il.gov and we will coordinate the overall plan as a team in the coming months. We will need architectural drawings, engineering plans, project management, fund-raising coordinators, marketing and accounting volunteers initially.

The 13,000 pound beam was loaded in New York and driven to Illinois by the President of JA Freight, Joe Alger of Chrystal Lake. The beam was escorted by the State Police and multiple Veteran’s motorcycle groups to Zion for storage. Click here for more information.

Congratulations to the winner of the Best Pirate Costume, Lucian Marotti! The contest was hosted by the Wauconda Lion’s Club at the Farmers Market. The Market is held every Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on Main Street in downtown Wauconda through October 10th. Make the Farmers’ Market your weekly summer destination where you can shop, dine and explore! For more details click here.

NewMulch, wood chips and fire wood are available free of charge from Wauconda Public Works. Go south of 176, East of Grand Ave at the base of the water tower. Take what you need. Open to all while supplies last. This is an open area with 24 hour access. You load, you haul. Congratulations to Deb Gompertz on 40 years of service to the Village of Wauconda! Deb, pictured here with her husband Karl, the Chief of Police and I, was presented with a gold badge and flowers by Chief Yost at Tuesday’s Board Meeting. We thank you and wish you many happy more! Wauconda’s Cruise Night was a big success! Thank you to all those who made it possible. Come join us for the next one on August 19th, on Main Street between Route 176 and Bangs Street from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. BGV Motorsports has been hired to manage the events scheduled for the third Tuesday in August and September.

Don’t forget to stop in and say hi to our local merchants that are making this event possible. For questions, contact Steven Howorka of BGV Motorsports or call 847-235-6528. The first annual “Bang’n Blues” Festival will start on the shores of Wauconda’s Bangs Lake. The festival features live blues bands at Main Street establishments that will run from July 18-20.

Friday Street Corner Blue will kick things off at Lindy’s Landing 7-11PM, Josh’n Blues at Bliss 6-9PM, Bac’n Blues at Main Street Outfitters 8-11PM and Liz Mandeville and the Blue Points at The Village Inn 10PM-1AM. And that is just on Friday! Click here for more details. The next Village Board meeting will be August 5, 2014. The agenda will be posted by August 1, 2014. Click here to view past agendas or the agenda packet in its entirety after August 1, 2014. Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart Mayor Village of Wauconda 847-526-9600 fbart@wauconda-il.gov

July 11, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

The Trustees, staff and I have been working to put our finances in the Village on a stable and sustainable path. We will be discussing our budget for the current fiscal year at this Tuesday board Meeting. Additionally, Trustee Teri Burke will report on some of the steps the Economic Development Committee is taking to improve our retail opportunities in Wauconda.

We have all kinds of fun things happening in Wauconda. Enjoy a weekend of family fun at the only IPRA sanctioned rodeo in Lake County.

Saturday July 12th gates open at 5:00pm and the Rodeo kicks off at 7:00pm. Come early and enjoy dinner and a cool drink under the midway tent. Dare to test your skills on the mechanical bull and watch the kids bounce around in the moonwalk. Live Music by Ari Castronovo from 5:00pm – 7:00pm and 9:00pm – 11:00pm.

Sunday July 13th is FAMILY DAY! Gates open at 1:00pm and the rodeo begins at 3:00pm. We have lots of fun for the whole family. A FREE petting zoo, $3 pony rides, and $2 moonwalk. The beer garden and food will be available as well as rodeo souvenirs. Click here for more information. Attention Classic Car Enthusiasts! Are you ready for Wauconda’s very own Cruise Night each month?

Starting July 15th, join us downtown for our inaugural Cruise Night on Main Street between Route 176 and Bangs Street from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. BGV Motorsports has been hired to manage the events scheduled for the third Tuesday in July, August and September.

Don’t forget to stop in and say hi to our local merchants that are making this event possible. For questions, contact Steven Howorka of BGV Motorsports or call 847-235-6528. The first annual “Bang’n Blues” Festival will start on the shores of Wauconda’s Bangs Lake. The festival features live blues bands at Main Street establishments that will run from July 18-20.

Friday Street Corner Blue will kick things off at Lindy’s Landing 7-11PM, Josh’n Blues at Bliss 6-9PM, Bac’n Blues at Main Street Outfitters 8-11PM and Liz Mandeville and the Blue Points at The Village Inn 10PM-1AM. And that is just on Friday! Click here for more details. Nominate Your Favorite Volunteer Today!

Do you know an individual or organization that deserves recognition for outstanding public service?

We are seeking nominations for the 2014 Mayor’s Community Service Awards to recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses that have had a significant, positive impact on our community.

Nominations can be submitted online or downloaded and submitted by mail, e-mail or fax. There are four categories of awards : Impact on the Community – The effect(s) of the nominee’s service efforts and/or project on the community. Degree of Commitment to Service – Examples of enthusiasm, perseverance, and devotion to a short-term or long-term project. Integrity – Past or current actions that reflect the nominee’s honesty, reliability, and sincerity. Leadership – Examples of leadership qualities that helped create momentum, a shared vision, and positive results. Click here to submit your nomination today! The next Village Board meeting will be July 15, 2014. The agenda includes the following items:

Proclamation honoring Deborah L. Gompertz for forty years of service to the Village of Wauconda Bills for payment Approval of minutes Expand scope of services for engineering of internal water improvements. Consideration & approval of FY 14/15 Budget Consideration & approval of appropriation ordinance Resolution to indemnify Lake County and State for lane closures resulting from Triathlon. Authorization to file conservation plan for Bangs Lake with IDNR. Click here to view the agenda packet in its entirety.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart Mayor Village of Wauconda 847-526-9600 fbart@wauconda-il.gov

July 4, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

From my family to yours we hope that your Independence Day weekend was enjoyable! As we enjoy exercising our freedoms, let’s never forget that many have sacrificed dearly so that our freedom endures.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots.

Remember: freedom is never free! We thank these early patriots, as well as those patriots now fighting to keep our freedom! Click hear to read more.

 

WAUCONDA CONTINUES THEIR NATIONAL SUCCESS!

Last week 25 students from Wauconda high school set off to compete in Nashville, Tennessee where the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) hosted the national level of competition. Over 10,000 students from all 50 states and US Territories had converged to compete. Wauconda’s student efforts paid off with four groups placing in the Top Ten Nationally. Business Plan – Chris Nachman and Dominic Mues placed 4th Partnership with Business – Matt Bulgarelli and Nick Kaimakis placed 5th. Business Presentations – Sam Gebelhoff, Paul Kahlon, and Tyler Meyer placed 6th Emerging Business Issues – Megan Mraz and Andrea Thiltgen placed 10th

FBLA Adviser, Mrs. Wendy Mills noted, “This has truly been an exceptional year and a tremendous group of students.” Professional member, Louie Sharp, was awarded Business Person of the Year for the Illinois Chapter!

Wauconda welcomed home its national contenders with a police and fire escort from the city limits to the high school. Family, friends and community members lined Main Street to congratulate the students upon their return.

This is truly a rare and outstanding accomplishment and we congratulate Mrs. Mills, the students and their families for the hard work and sacrifice it took to achieve these outstanding results. Congratulations to Acres Group for winning 1ST and 2ND place in the Wauconda Fire Department’s Water Fights at Wauconda Fest. That was no small feat!

Our Village Public Works took 3RD place with the “Sub-zero Hero’s Team”.

 

Wauconda Police Chief Patrick Yost and Sergeant Combs accepted the challenge to battle the Wauconda Fire Department in the water fights. They gave the firemen a good run, but THANKFULLY, the firemen won. Our Independence Day fireworks show is paid for by sponsors and a fund raiser, “The Big Bang Golf Outing”. Thank you Deb Ogorzaly for coordinating the Village’s fireworks show and fund raising efforts! Thank you to all our sponsors who make it possible for us to provide such a nice show at no cost to the tax payers! Click here to see our sponsors. A special congratulations to a very special lady! My wife, Christine Bart, scored a hole-in-one at the Village “Big Bang Golf Outing”. You are the best in so may ways, congratulations! The next Village Board meeting will be July 15, 2014. The agenda will be posted on Friday July 11, 2014. Click here to view the agenda packet in its entirety.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart Mayor Village of Wauconda 847-526-9600 fbart@wauconda-il.gov