Mayor’s Message

Dear Neighbors,
There’s something big coming to our community!

The Friends of the Wauconda Area Library are proud to sponsor the Complaint Free Community Initiative, including a visit from bestselling author Will Bowen. Mr. Bowen’s first book, A Complaint Free World, is the inspiration for our 21-day complaint-free challenge, beginning October 1.

We invite everyone to “go purple” while striving to eliminate complaint – at least for a few weeks.  Beautiful things can happen when we distance ourselves from negativity.  Give it a try! You’ll be amazed at the results.

Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the library and for purchase throughout the community in the coming weeks. Visit the library or Click Here for more information.

Will Bowen @ Wauconda High School
Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m.

This event is open to the public, but tickets will be required. Tickets can be obtained at the library for a donation of school supplies.
Ask the Mayor

What is the process for appointing a new trustee?

Answer:  The Mayor makes a nomination for the appointment with the advice and consent of the trustees.  If the majority of Trustees vote yes for the nomination they are appointed.  If the Trustees do not vote yes, the mayor nominates a second person.  If the majority of trustees vote yes for the nomination they are appointed.  If the trustees do not vote yes on the second nomination, then the Mayor appoints the Trustee.

To Ask the Mayor  Just click on the link or send me an email fbart@wauconda-il.gov to get answers to your questions about our Village and Village government.

Communities across the State Rally for School Choice   Thousands of parents, educators, teachers, community leaders and students will join in an Illinois School Choice Rally Day on Thursday, September 25 to show support for School Choice and explain its benefits for Illinois families and local communities. School Choice empowers parents to choose the best educational option for their child.

“Improved school choice legislation would allow state and federal tax dollars to be spent on education in a more fair and effective manner and would enable parents, our children’s primary educators, to determine what is best for their child,” says Dr. Diane Vida.

The Catholic Consortium of Lake County – Frassati Catholic Academy, St. Mary Elementary and Transfiguration Elementary School Choice Rally will be held at 10:30 a.m. Frassati Catholic Academy and Transfiguration School located at 316 W. Mill Street, Wauconda will gather around the flag pole on the front lawn. St. Mary School will meet on the front lawn of school located at 22277 W. Erhart Road, Mundelein. All interested community members, parents, alumni and community leaders are invited to join in the rally supporting School Choice in Illinois and learn more about how it can impact your child’s education.

Click Here to Read More
October 6th, World Day of Bullying Prevention

No single factor puts a child at risk of being bullied or bullying others. Bullying can happen anywhere-cities, suburbs, or rural towns.  Bullying can be prevented, especially when the power of a community is brought together.

Community-wide strategies can help identify and support children who are bullied, redirect the behavior of children who bully, and change the attitudes of adults and youth who tolerate bullying behaviors in peer groups, schools, and communities.  See Video

  • Ask: Who is most affected? Where? What kinds of bullying happen most? How do kids and adults react? What is already being done in our local area to help?
  • Think about using opinion surveys, interviews, and focus groups to answer these questions. Learn how schools assess bullying.
  • Consider open forums like group discussions with community leaders, businesses, parent groups, and churches.

Remember, those who bully others do not need to be stronger or bigger than those they bully. The power imbalance can come from a number of sources-popularity, strength, cognitive ability-and children who bully may have more than one of these characteristics.
When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. There are simple steps adults can take to stop bullying on the spot and keep kids safe.

For additional resources: www.stopbullying.gov

Become a Champion Against Bullying!  Click Here  to join the effort. Let’s rally and get Wauconda listed on the Champion board!

The next Village Board meeting will be October 7, 2014.  The agenda will be posted by Friday October 3, 2014.

Click here to view  past agendas or the agenda packet in its entirety after October 3, 2014.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart 

Mayor 

Village of Wauconda 

847-526-9600 

fbart@wauconda-il.gov

Dear Neighbors,

We have developed a webpage so you can follow the progress of the Lake Michigan Water internal water Billingimprovements: www.wauconda-lmw.com .
Next week, Berger Excavating of Wauconda will be installing a new 12 inch water main on Maple Avenue from Osage Street to IL Route 176.

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.

The August 1st 2014 Wauconda Area Pageant was a success. We had an amazing group of young ladies competing for the titles of Tiny Miss, Little Miss, Jr Miss and Miss. We did not envy the jobs of the judges. These girls delivered some spectacular speeches. We said Farrell to our 2013 queens & wished them the best of luck in the future. We congratulate our 2014 Wauconda Area queens & their runner ups.
Wauconda Area Tiny Miss- Lily Alt
Wauconda Area Little Miss- Erin Casper
1st runner up Isabella Garcia
Wauconda Area Jr. Miss – Bailey Burke
1st runner up Molly Ketel
2nd runner up Ashley Cheshier
Wauconda Area Miss – Holly Sprow
1st runner up Grace Keller
All of the contestant competed well and we look forward to seeing everyone at our 2015 pageant on July 31st.
As our summer vacation draws closer and closer to ending it all seems to have gone too fast. I know my family and I aren’t quite ready for it to end just yet. Have some family fun with us and the Wauconda Area Queens at
the newly renovated Wauconda Bowl.

The Wauconda Area Queens invite you to:
Back to School Bowling Bash!!
Place:Wauconda Bowl!!
Date: Saturday, August 16th
Time: 3pm-5pm
$2 Bowling (shoes included!!) Win Raffle Prizes!!
**Please bring 1 school supply item for donation
Pizza and Pop available for purchase. Stay for karaoke fun after the party!

 

The next Village Board meeting will be August 19, 2014. The agenda will be posted by August 15, 2014. Click here to view past agendas or the agenda packet in its entirety after August 15, 2014.

Take care and God Bless,
Frank

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

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

June 27, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

I am happy to report that the citizens Wauconda suffered no injuries during the severe weather this past weekend. Wauconda came together, neighbor helping neighbor and our village showed why it’s such a great place to call home. Many had to deal with the misfortunes of flash flooding, downed trees and power outages, but we all made it through unharmed.

Our emergency responders did a great job! A little over 4 hours after the storm ended all the trees were cleared from the road, all the storm drains were cleared and all the downed power lines were made safe. We are lucky to have such fine leaders!

Fire Chief Dave Dato, our Emergency Management Director and Mike Wahl, our Deputy Emergency Management Director did a fine job in coordinating the overall effort. Alex Pryde, our Superintendent of Operations at Public Works and all of our streets, water and sewer employees did a great job of clearing over 20 downed trees from the roadways. Our police and fire departments responded to calls for assistance and our dispatchers fielded over 500 calls. Our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers came and provided our team the needed personnel to get the job done right. We salute you for your efforts!

I also want to be sure to recognize the cooperative efforts of Wauconda Township and thank Supervisor, Glen Swanson and Streets Commissioner, Joe Munson. Our teamwork brought us success. Click here to see video.

As a result of the severe weather that affected Wauconda on Saturday, June 21st, Wauconda Public Works will be providing curbside collection of storm debris from trees and bushes for a limited time. Public Works will begin the final pick-up Monday, June 30th. It is important to note that storm debris needs to be placed curbside before Monday, June 30th. Once crews pass through an area on or after June 30th, they will not return. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 847.526.9610

Reminder: Only actual emergencies should be reported through the 911 center. Non-emergency calls to 911 cause a delay in responding to actual emergencies, especially during crisis situations. Please only use 911 for emergency or potentially emergency situations. Property check calls can be made to the non-emergency police line at 847-526-2421.

Congratulations to Mrs. Deborah L. Gompertz on 40 years of service to the Wauconda Police Department! Deb was hired on June 23rd, 1974 as the midnight dispatcher. She was advanced to Communications Supervisor September 2nd, 1977. May 1st, 1992 she was named the Administrative assistant to the Chief of Police.

Deb was presented with a gold 40th year ring on June 19th at a Department level surprise party. The Village and Department have additional plans for her recognition. There will be cake!

Deborah has worked with 120 dispatchers, 68 sworn officers and Chief Yost is the 12th Chief she has served. Deb has been an integral part of the Department from the beginning. She has been adaptable and flexible to the needs of the Department and requires no supervision to complete her portion of the Department mission. Thank you, Deb for your service! Click here to read more.

Congratulations to Wauconda Fire Protection District on their 125TH Anniversary! 125 years ago the framework was put in place for what is now known as the Wauconda Fire Protection District. Although originally called the Wauconda Niagara Fire Company in 1889, the organization later became incorporated as the Wauconda Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. and then transitioned to the Fire District in 2007. The Wauconda Fire District now provides emergency and other services to over 42,000 residents. Services include fire suppression, emergency medical response, hazardous material response, specialized rescue, urban search and rescue, public education, fire prevention and investigation. The Trustees and I will be fielding a team for the Wauconda Fire Department’s 1ST Annual Water Fights at Wauconda Fest at 2:30 PM Saturday. Come out and join the fun! If you are up to the challenge, get a team of 5 together to pre-register at www.waucondaparks.com. Registration begins at 1:30 tomorrow. Space is limited. Click here for more details.

See you at Wauconda Fest. Click here for the full schedule of events.

Benches for the Art on Main Street exhibit have appeared in front of downtown businesses. Come out and enjoy the individual expression and artistic talent that went into this display. Stay tuned for more details on the auction. Next week’s Meeting Agenda for July 1, 2014 includes the following items:

1. Bills for payment

2. Minutes approval

3. Ordinance establishing restricted parking at Village Hall

4. Inter-governmental agreement with Park District for Emergency Siren

5. Inter-governmental agreement with Park District for weed harvester

6. Authorization for Village Administrator to Hire recruiting firm for Finance Director position

7. Authorization to close Trailside Lane on July 5 from 2-9PM for block party

8. Schedule public hearing for the FY2014-15 Appropriation Ordinance

9.Authorization for Village Administrator to execute financial services agreement with Spear Financial to refund bonds.

10. Discussion: Additional Scope of Services for the internal improvements, Phase I for the Lake Michigan Water Project

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

June 20, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

“A Complaint Free World” a book by Will Bowen has inspired Terri Suda, Special Events Coordinator with the Wauconda Library. Terri plans to make exactly that happen right here in Wauconda. We are looking to get the community engaged at every level, the schools, businesses, everyone. Terri we be presenting at our Tuesday’s meeting to get things started.

We plan to: make a proclamation for Wauconda to take on the 21 day Complaint Free Challenge declare October 28 Complaint Free Day in Wauconda Wauconda will “go purple” for the month of October to honor positive, complaint free environment purple “complaint free world” bracelets will be sent home with all the school children businesses are encouraged to participant, host discussions, offer books and bracelets for sale (library will handle the positioning of books in businesses) Will Bowen has offered to provide a day of seminars for local businesses assemblies held for middle and high school students More is in the works, but at this time and in the spirit of our great community, this is the perfect opportunity to bring people together to create something positive for our town, for our citizens. Taking on this challenge is a way to profess publicly, “We are a great community, comprised of good people who can always do better. This project has the potential to literally change lives.” – Terri Suda. Well said, Terri. I salute you and we will do everything we can to make this project a success. Click here for details about the book.

Congratulations to all of the Wauconda Daily Herald – Reader’s Choice Award Winners for 2014: Best Beer Garden – Dock’s Best Outdoor Eatery – Lindy’s Best Thin Crust Pizza – Slyce Best Bar/Lounge – Middleton’s on Main Best Community Festival – Wauconda Fest Best Place to Dance – Dock’s Best Dance School/Studio – Academy of Ballet Wauconda Best City/Town to Live – Wauconda Best Downtown Atmosphere – Wauconda Best Marina – Lindy’s Best Parade – Wauconda Memorial Day Parade Best Hair Salon – Bevel Salon & Blow Dry Bar

Our first community gateway sign is up and, as you can see, they look great. Congratulations to the Communications Committee members and staff who have been working on this project for years. The previous administration began this effort and now it is coming to fruition. Thank you to Wauconda’s very own TG Signs! Tom Goyette, pictured here with me, always does such high quality work.

We are wishing all the Wauconda High School Future Business Leaders Association contestants good luck at their national competition from June 24-27 in Nashville, TN. The Wauconda FBLA has been creating champions year after year and we wish you continued success.

Congratulations to the Wauconda High School Girls Softball on making it to Super-sectionals for second year in a row. They have finished the season with a 29-9 record. Your dedication, sacrifice and hard work have paid off and we are all so proud of what you ladies have been able to accomplish!

To help recognize the 100th birthday of some of our most valued citizens, the Village will plant a native ornamental tree in honor of this true milestone event. Trees will be located along the Park Districts walking path and a small placard will accompany the tree to allow future passers-by to become familiar with one of our greatest natural assets, residents with strong roots in our community. Honorees can witness or participate in the tree planting as desired.

The Village will be dedicating a tree to Russell Witney at 9:00 am on June 21st along the Park District walking path down by Bangs Lake. The tree is in memory of Russell Whitney and his achievement of having lived to be 100 years old. Mr. Whitney is the first recipient of the Village’s Century Tree program. Jean (daughter of Mr. Whitney) and Mark Mayo will be in attendance for the dedication.

If you know a Wauconda resident who is turning 100 and would like to honor this milestone, please contact the Village of Wauconda Public Works Department at (847) 526-9610 to receive a Century Tree Program application form today!

Let’s have some Fun! Wauconda Fest starts next week, June 26-29. There will be food, drinks, games, rides live music and much more. Click here for the full schedule of events. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the 51st Wauconda IPRA Rodeo!

SATURDAY, July 12th SUNDAY, July 13th CONTACT ANNA KOOTSTRA akootstra@wauconda-il.gov

Please sign up for any time slot that fits your schedule

Next week’s Meeting Agenda for June 24, 2014 includes the following items:

1. Complaint Free World

2. Lease for emergency siren

3. Lease for weed harvester boat slip

4. Recommendations from Effective Governance Sessions

5. An Ordinance Regulating Village Hall parking lot

6. Executive Session: Appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal. No action will be taken. 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

June 13, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

Flag Day is Saturday, June 14. If you have a flag in need of disposal, there is a flag disposal box outside the American Legion Post They will be happy to retire your flags in their next disposal ceremony, which is on this Saturday.

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as ‘Flag Birthday’. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as ‘Flag Birthday’, or ‘Flag Day’.

For answers to all your US Flag questions Click Here.

Everybody wins! The Knights of Columbus #4535 was the Grand Prize winner of the American Legion Memorial Day Parade Raffle of $2,000. The Knights of Columbus donated their winnings to the Island Lake/Wauconda Food Pantry $500, Transfiguration Church $500, The American Legion Post 911 $500 and they used the last $500 to repair a freezer in the Transfiguration Community Center. Thank you for your generosity and good will.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive option for dinner this evening that supports a great cause, the Moose Lodge is hosting a fundraising dinner from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on June 13th (tonight), in support of the Wauconda High School Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) national qualifiers. The cost is only $5.00 per person. The Moose Lodge is sponsoring the spaghetti with Olive Garden providing breadsticks, Jewel sponsoring the salad, and Mariano’s providing desserts. All proceeds go toward travel and conference expenses for the students that qualified to compete at the FBLA Conference in Nashville starting on June 29th.

The Board and I have put an update to the Village Noise Ordinance on the Agenda for our next meeting. We thank all the residents and businesses for their participation in the process of updating the ordinance and we hope that it reaches a fair compromise for all interested parties.

We CAN (Change Addiction Now), we really appreciate all your efforts to coordinate such an important event. There was a special panel with States Attorney Mike Nerheim, prosecutor, Rod Drobinski, School District 118 Superintendent , Dan Coles, Wauconda Police Special Agent, Sean Lewakowski, Good Shepard Hospital’s, Noel Lemke, Lake County Opioid Initiative, Chelsea Laliberte, mother of an overdose victim, Terri Barlett, NiCasa rehab, Elizabeth Thielen, recovering addict, PJ Anderson and Rosecrance intervention, Fr. Jimmy Swarthout were present to answer questions and address the issue of drug abuse and addiction. Thank you all for your efforts. For more information Click Here

Next week’s Meeting Agenda for June 17, 2014 includes the following items:

1. Approve Bills for Payment from 5/28/2014 through 6/10/2014

2. Approve Minutes of the Regular Village Board Meeting of May 6, 2014

3. Approve Minutes of the Committee of the Whole Meeting of May 27, 2014

4. An Ordinance Ascertaining the Prevailing Rate of Wages for Laborers, Workmen and Mechanics Employed in Public Works of This Public Body

5. An Ordinance Amending Sections 132.26 and 132.27 of the Village Code of Wauconda Pertaining to Excessive Sound Levels

6. Award of Bid – Lake Michigan Water Internal Improvements – Phase I Project in the Amount of $4,760,614.65 to Berger Excavating of Wauconda, IL

7. Approval of an Engineering Services Agreement for Construction Engineering Services for the Lake Michigan Water Internal Improvements – Phase I Project for an Amount Not to Exceed $202,323.00 to RHMG Engineers, Inc.

8. Special Event Permit Requesting Village Assistance – Closure of Main Street from 4:30 – 9:30 PM on July 9th, August 12th, and September 9th for Wauconda Cruise Night

9. Executive Session: Appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal. No action will be taken. 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

June 6, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

Today, June 6, 2014 marks the 70TH Anniversary of D-Day. It was a critical day in World War II and a historic day for the United States, Europe and freedom.

Honoring the Past, Securing the Future. The professionalism, sacrifice and ethos of the Allied service members of the day continue to inspire Soldiers 70 years later. View Images from Commemoration Events Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower encouraged Allied soldiers taking part in the D-day invasion of June 6, 1944, reminding them, “The eyes of the world are upon you,” before they embarked on “a great crusade.” Listen to Gen. Eisenhower’s D-Day Message

May marked the end of my first year as Mayor and provides an opportunity to reflect on what we did right and areas to improve. Let’s start with my basic motivation. When I was approached about running for office, the common theme was and is concern regarding financial issues like property tax and water rate increases. Once elected, a quick review revealed opportunities for significant savings.

Imagine my surprise on my first day in office to find we had a Village employee on the payroll that lived in California. That lit a fire under me and I hit the ground running. I moved quickly to reduce the costs that I had direct responsibility for while minimizing any negative impacts on service levels for the community. In general, my overriding concern is developing a municipal organization that provides excellent basic services in a sustainable manner.

What could I have done better? The speed with which I moved to address the issues caused concern for some. It’s possible that these changes would have been smoother if I had engaged others in the decision making process and taken time to more thoroughly explain my rationale. However, it is noteworthy, that these administrative cuts have saved Wauconda taxpayers well over $300,000 per year.

Regardless, my hope is that we can do better with political discourse. We can and should have healthy disagreements without dysfunction. No issue is about a person, it’s about doing the right thing for the citizens. I believe that we as a Team- the Board, staff and I – create successes collectively. Success does not come solely from the efforts of one. “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S. Truman

Laying the Groundwork for Success: What do I think we have done well?

Human Resources. We are assembling and developing a professional team at the Village to effectively meet the challenges ahead. While this continues to be a work in progress, one of our early successes is hiring Doug Maxeiner as our Village Administrator and administrative leader. We used a professional process and we hired a person that has proven to be a great fit for our community. We’ll continue this process to hire qualified, competent individuals to round out our administrative team.

We are happy to have Amy Poduch and Rod Drobinski join our Police Pension Board as our newest commissioners. Amy has the distinction of being the first woman to serve on our Police Pension Board. We are also happy to welcome Corey Daun as our newest Police Commissioner. We thank Ron Price and Bill Glade for their service to the Police Pension Board and we thank Rod Drobinski for serving as a Police Commissioner.

Economic Development. Our Economic Development outreach is significant and we are continuing to build interest and momentum through a number of activities: We have completed the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district and have implemented the TIF Policies to govern the process.

Additionally, a hotel feasibility study is generating significant interest and may well lead to a hotel development in our community.

DK Mallon, an expert in the grocery and retail development market, was commissioned to identify strategies to fill the vacancy in the old Dominick’s building. The report from DK Mallon is only a few weeks away and will give us the information we need to make some realistic choices. As displayed by these efforts, economic development is a key priority for the Village moving forward and a necessity in creating a sustainable local government organization.

Financial Management. From a budgetary perspective, we have asked our departmental directors to play a larger role in managing their budgets and finding different, more cost effective ways to provide services to our constituents. Though we are working through a $500,000 deficit for the current budget year, we are confident we can resolve the issues we face together. We have reevaluated our most costly contracts and have been able to generate significant savings.

As we reported last November, click here for the report (see slides 8-13) , the water and sewer fund has been reviewed and analyzed in detail and we have taken steps to strengthen it moving forward. These steps bolstered the water sewer fund balance by approximately two million dollars putting the fund in a more stable position.

Lake Michigan Water. On the Lake Michigan Water project, we admittedly stumbled out of the gate last summer. After a time of reassessment and regrouping, the Lake Michigan Water Project Team and the Village Board were able to re-engage in discussions with the supplier and we are currently drafting agreements that will secure the community’s water supply for the foreseeable future.

Strategic Planning. Last but perhaps most importantly are the efforts we are taking to develop and implement a strategic planning process to help identify and focus our limited resources on what is truly important to our community. To accomplish this we engaged a number of stakeholder groups in our community so that we could gather your ideas and ensure they are represented in our planning process.

Governance Effectiveness. As part of the strategic planning process, the Board and I have engaged in governance effectiveness sessions and we have made great strides in developing real teamwork and unity of purpose. As a decision making body, we’ve come a long way from my first days in office and I’m optimistic about what we can accomplish moving forward. We have undoubtedly had some challenges along the way and we will definitely have more to come. We’ve also laid the groundwork to accomplish some tremendous things. As we turn the page on our first year together, we value your thoughts and ideas on how to improve. Next week’s Meeting Agenda for June 10, 2014 includes the following items:

Executive Session: Appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal. No action will be taken.

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

May 30, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

Our Memorial Day Parade and services were outstanding as always! We thank General Ronald Morrow for the moving speech at the post parade services where we remember those who have died in the service of the United States Armed Forces. It is a celebration of sacrifice for those whom have given us our freedom. May God Bless the souls of our fallen Hero’s and their families. May we always remember their sacrifices and honor their memories. polish

The Board, Staff and I extend a special thank you to the Wauconda Memorial Day Parade coordinators Joe Munson, Don Kutinac, Bill Geary, Raine Ray, Tom Goyette, Rich Schremser, Robin Giless, Kelly Pavlovich, John Holub, Tom Lahrman, Lisa Keeton, Dave Waltenburg, Bob Shiel, Wesley Fortman, Kevin McKernan, Jim Kennedy and Kurt Eldrup. Your dedication and extra efforts are what makes this parade such a special and iconic event. I also want to extend a thank you to our CERT Team and all the volunteers tat make this event what it is for our community. It is truly a fitting tribute because of all your efforts.

A special thank you to Captain Bill Bulis, Commander of the Great Lakes Naval Station, for his cooperative efforts to bring so many Sailors to participate in the Parade. cinco

Congratulations to the lucky winners of the American Legion Memorial Day Parade fund-raiser raffle: The $2000 Grand Prize winner is The Knights of Columbus #4535 The $500 winners are Mary Schwartz & Stephanie Maioriello The $100 winners areBob Shiel, Dave Waltenburg, John Warchol, and Mark Moder.

On behalf of the Village of Wauconda, I am happy to extend our gratitude to The Victor family and Victor Ford for the land easements they have granted the Village in order for us to install a Village gateway sign on Route 12 on their property. Your generosity and cooperation are very much appreciated and we thank you!

Congratulations to Grace Daun, a 7th grader at Wauconda middle school, who took the state championship in the high jump last Friday in East Peoria. We are so proud of her and we acknowledge her hard work, dedication and exemplary representation of this great town. Go Grace! To read more Click Here.

Remember that property taxes are due June 5. Lake County Treasurer Robert Skidmore understands that the property tax process is complex. “This time of year, taxpayers have lots of questions, and we’re here to help. We’ve created this video to answer those FAQ’s, and we have tons of information on our website. We’re also available Monday through Friday by phone at 847-377-2323, or in the office at 18 N. County St., Rm. 102, Waukegan, IL 60085-4351. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.”

Parade Annual Spring Shredding and Electronics Recycling Events hosted by Libertyville Bank & Trust SATURDAY, MAY 31 WAUCONDA COMMUNITY BANK 9:00 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M. 495 W. Liberty St. | Wauconda, IL 60084 *ELECTRONIC RECYCLING & SHRED The Historical Walk is Sunday June 8 from 11AM to 3PM. The walk starts at the Wauconda Area Library and ends at the Wauconda Cemetery, with 10 stops in all. There will be story-telling, historical reenactments, and much more! Tickets on Sale at Wauconda Area Library and Bliss Wine & Gifts (or by phone) Cost: $15 Adult, $10 Senior/Student, Children 10 and under free! There is a Free shuttle available. Call (847) 526-7133 for more information.

The Andrew C. Cook house circa 1850 Next week’s Regular Board Meeting Agenda for June 3, 2014 includes the following items:

Consent: Bills Payable Minutes of May 20, 2014 Recommendation for Updates to the Village Code from the License and Administration Committee

New Business: Employment Contract with Patrick Yost as Chief of Police Appointments 2014-15 Swearing in of New Appointments

Executive Session: Appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal. No action will be taken.

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

 

May 23, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

We are continuing our work to improve our Village Government. The Trustees, Village Administrator and I are working with Dr. Gerry Gabris, Northern Illinois University Department of Public Administration, on strategic planning and governance effectiveness. Thursday evening we met to discuss our current communication and decision making processes and ways to improve them as a team. The Trustees, staff and I will continue to work through these items over the coming months in order to bring you the most efficient and effective services we can.

Mr. Thomas A. Weber, Sr., District 118 School Board Member since 1995, passed away Sunday, May 18th, 2014. Visitation was at the Wauconda High School Auditorium on Thursday, May 22nd with military honors. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Thomas A. Weber, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Wauconda High School. For more information please click here.

Recently, children in grades K-5 participated in a Photography Contest at Transfiguration Catholic Grade School. The photographs were judged by Gianni Bozzacchi – three time winner of the International Photographer of the Year Award. Congratulations to the first place winners! (Photo below)

Next week marks the end of the school year for the public schools. We wish all of the students a fun-filled and safe summer break! Get out that bicycle, pump up the tires and join the Wauconda Freedom Ride this Sunday starting at 9:00 AM with the BOOM of the cannon. The parade will be led by the American Legion Freedom Riders escorted by the 9-11 police car. It offer three bicycle rides to choose from: a 5 mile family friendly ride; a 15 mile around the town ride (which will be the Triathlon course); and, a 40 mile route out to the Bike Haven bike shop in McHenry and back. Officer friendly will be here doing bicycle and helmet checks and also registering bikes. There will be live music too. All of the proceeds will go to benefit Veterans R&R, a non-profit charity that assists homeless Veterans right here in the area.

Thank you to the Main Street Attractions group for your contributions for the beautification of Main Street. This week Public Works hung the beautiful flower baskets provided by the group from the lamp posts on Main Street. Memorial Day is a day where we remember those who have died in the service of the United States Armed Forces. Many visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who have fallen and volunteers place flags on the graves of Veterans. May God Bless the souls of our fallen and their families. May we always remember their sacrifices and honor their memories. Their legacy is this Great Nation and the freedom we enjoy. The Wauconda Memorial Day Parade is on Monday, May 26th with staging at 9:00 AM, and parade start at 10:00 AM. Celebrating more than 60 years, the Wauconda Memorial Day Parade travels along Main Street where families line the street hours before the parade begins. The parade ends at Memorial Park where there is an American Legion ceremony honoring our veterans. (Program listed below)

 

Take Care and God Bless,

Frank

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

 

MEMORIAL DAY 2014

PROGRAM

 

PARADE (10 AM step-off, Park Dist.)

OPENING – Commander Baur.

A. INVOCATION – Rick Gardzelewski

 

B. “NATIONAL ANTHEM” , WHS Band

 

C. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

INTRODUCTIONS , GUEST SPEAKER, GOLD STAR MOTHERS, X-POWS, CIVIC LEADERS, CIVIC GROUPS, SCOUT GROUPS, ETC.

FLANDERS FIELDS, Bill Geary

BAND PLAYS 2nd SELECTION

GUEST SPEAKER: Introduced by Frank Bart

PRESENTATION OF WREATHS

CLOSING:

A. CLOSING WORDS: Commander Baur

B. BENEDICTION (Closing prayer), Rick Gardzelewski

C. TAPS

May 16, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

It is with great relief and enormous pride I announce the arrests stemming from the Wauconda Police Department’s investigation into the shooting that occurred last Sunday evening.

Chief Yost reported that the Wauconda Detective bureau arrested the third and final suspect in the crime at 11:45 AM on May 8th, only 87 hours after the incident was reported. A case as complex and detailed as this can take weeks or months to solve this investigation resulted in three arrests in three and one-half days. The Chief advised me that our Detectives spent many hours and researched many leads to conclude the investigation so effectively and efficiently.

We are also grateful for the assistance of Wheeling and Niles Police Departments, the Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force and the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group who aided in the investigation. The arrests are a testament to the professionalism, hard work and determination of the Wauconda PD and all of the law enforcement personnel involved.

The three suspects, all non-residents, have been charged with Attempted First Degree Murder, Home Invasion, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. All three men are being held at the Lake County Jail on $500,000 bond. The shooting was the result of an argument over the personal relations between a Wauconda woman, the shooter and the victim.

Another successful police operation conducted in cooperation with the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group and Wauconda Police was executed early Thursday morning with the search and seizure of approximately 300 cannabis plants at a home on Fishhook Way in the Liberty Lakes subdivision. The home was not being used as a residence but simply a place to grow and package cannabis.

And, as if that isn’t enough, I ask you to join me in congratulating Police Chief Yost on his graduation from the Police Executive course at the Illinois Training and Standards Board Executive Institute. Continuing education is critical for our leaders to do their best and I congratulate Chief Yost for his exemplary efforts.

I have asked our Village Administrator, Doug Maxeiner and Chief of Police, Patrick Yost, to evaluate and assess the risk of crime in Wauconda based on analysis of predictive or indicative behaviors and to explore some options to see if there is anything more we might do to improve our public safety operations. While the recent shootings appear to be random events affecting our Village, I want to make sure we are doing all we can to reverse any negative crime trends and to keep our community safe.

I could not be any more proud of our Police Chief and all Police Department personnel for the results displayed this past week. How fitting that these examples of exemplary service occurred in conjunction with National Police Week. To all those who serve as faithful law enforcement officers, we salute you!

The Illinois-Legislative-Action-Committee has expressed concern about an Illinois bill, SB 2664, a piece of legislation that does not only affect homeowners associations, but ALL governed communities in Illinois, including condominiums and townhomes as well. The Legislative-Action-Committee has asked me to bring this to your attention, and I have included a link to the information for your review: http://www.capwiz.com/advocacycenter/issues/alert/?alertid=63207551&type=ST.

I hope that all of our teachers have enjoyed Teacher’s Appreciation Week. In order to give our teachers a break, many parents – including my wife and I – monitored recess period at Transfiguration School. We enjoyed our time at recess this week even though “playing” proved to be a real workout. Too much fun! We hope all of the area teachers enjoyed appreciation week.

Not sure how this happened, but it is also Nurses Week. We appreciate all the nurses who work so hard to help us heal. Thank you for your care!

The Wauconda High School Swing Concert is tonight, Friday, May 9th at 7:00 PM at the WHS Auditorium.

WHS Fine Arts Boosters are hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 10th, from 8:30 AM -Noon. The cost is $6.00 ages 8 and up, $3.00 seniors 65 and up or ages 3-7, and FREE for ages 2 and under. All breakfast proceeds benefit the WHS Fine Arts Boosters!

Our 9th Annual Arbor Day Sale is Saturday, May 10th, from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the Acres Group Parking Lot at 610 West Liberty Street. Free compost is available with curbside delivery to Wauconda residents with any purchase compliments of Midwest Organics.

The American Legion Post 911, 515 South Main Street, is hosting a Casino Night from 6:00 PM-midnight on Saturday, May 10th.

Another worthy cause is in support of the Legacy Corps “60 Days – 60 Ways” Drive, where Veterans R&R, Lake County Water Sports and the Wauconda Masonic Lodge are collecting much needed items until May 21st at Lake County Water Sports, 530 S. Rand Rd. in Wauconda. For your convenience, you can also e-mail info@veteransrandr.org for a pick up!

Please join us tomorrow morning, Saturday, May 10th to welcome home Marine Corporal Joel Kuester. Rick Kuester will deliver his son to the Chili’s in Kildeer at approximately 8:00 AM where Legion Riders will be waiting. He will then be escorted north on Route 12 to S. Old Rand Rd where Wauconda PD, Public Works and Fire will join the procession. The escort will continue north on Route 12 to Route 176, turning east to head through town, past the Fire Station, turning right on Main Street and going south to the American Legion. These types of events are very special to the families and the community as a whole. It gives us a real chance to express our support for the extreme sacrifices these Troops make for our continued freedom. Please come out to the parade or the American Legion tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM and let’s give this fine Marine the homecoming that he hand his family have earned.

I’d also like to wish everyone a Happy Mothers’ Day. The influence of moms everywhere is often long lasting and worthy of recognition.

Next week’s Committee of the Whole Meeting for May 13, 2014 includes the following items:

Mayoral Proclamation – Public Works Week Recognition – Wauconda High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Presentation from Wauconda Township Supervisor Glenn Swanson Proposing Changes to Bangs Lake “No-Wake” Zone Request for a Sign Variance from McCann Industries to allow a second wall sign in lieu of a free standing sign at 1360 North Rand Road Workshop Meeting – FY 2014/15 Village Budget Executive Session 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

May 9, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

As I have mentioned previously, your Village elected officials and staff are currently in the process of formulating a new strategic plan to guide our efforts over the next five years.  In order to get an accurate gauge of what is important to the community, we have enlisted the services of several stakeholder groups representing residents, the business community and local civic groups to narrow our focus on what is truly important.  I would like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks to the 30 or more participants in the focus groups that will allow us to bring the common goals of the community together to forge a bright future for Wauconda.

The Polish Constitution of the 3rd of May 1791 is a celebration of great pride in the history or Poland. It is recognized as the second earliest document of its kind, created just a few years after the Constitution of the United States of America.  It was the first constitution of its kind in Europe.  The Chicago Polish Constitution Parade is the largest parade outside of Warsaw, Poland.  The parade starts at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park at 11:30 AM and will be televised on ABC 7 Chicago.  Szczęśliwy Dzień Konstytucji! (Happy Constitution Day!)

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla where a small Mexican force was victorious over a large French force despite being outnumbered 2 to 1.  A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States. Feliz Cincode Mayo! (Happy Fifth of May!)

The Wauconda Rotary Club is hosting their 2ND Annual Barn Dance.  Dust off that cowboy hat and bring your partner to the Wauconda Barn Dance and Pig Roast on Saturday, May 17 at the Partners for Progress, 23525 W. Milton Road, Wauconda.

The fundraising event will feature a pig roast dinner with all the fixings, an old-fashioned barn dance with music by the White Saddle Band, live auction, silent auction and raffle.  Proceeds will benefit two Wauconda Rotary efforts: the James Radtke Family Scholarships and the Rotary International “End Polio Now” campaign.

The pig roast kicks off at 6PM, and the band will play from 7 to 11PM. Throughout the evening, dance instructors will give lessons for all barn dance amateurs. Dinner/dance tickets are $40 per person. A cash bar will be available. For tickets call 847-526-9066 or ask your local Rotarian.

There are Job Fairs a plenty! Illinois is third from last place in employment statistics, so if you know someone in search of employment, please pass this on:

  • The College of Lake County is hosting its 19th Annual JobMarketPlace Job Fair on Thursday, May 22nd from 1PM to 5PM.
  • Jewel/Osco in Lake Zurich is holding a Job Fair for their new store in Lake Zurich, soon to open at the old Dominick’s. The dates for this event are May, 2 & 3 and May 9 & 10.
  • Ray Chevrolet is growing and that means they are hosting a Career Fair on Sunday, May 4th from 10AM to 1PM.
  • Mariano’s is having another Job Fair on Saturday, May 10th at 450 Half Day Road in Buffalo Grove. The event will offer an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a recruiter. If you are interested in joining their growing team, visit Marianos.com for more information.

The Wauconda Memorial Day Parade is on Monday, May 26 with staging at 9AM, and parade start at 10 AM.  Celebrating more than 60 years, the parade travels along Main Street where families line the street hours before the parade begins. The parade ends at Memorial Park where there is an American Legion ceremony honoring our veterans. If you would like to be in the parade please fill out the Parade Entry Form.

This is the largest Memorial Day Parade in Lake County and we do it all through fund raising by selling raffle tickets.  If you would like to help support the Memorial Day Parade,  raffle tickets may be purchased at the American Legion Post 911, 515 S. Main Street, Wauconda, IL, from various Wauconda Parade Team members and Wauconda merchants. You may purchase raffle tickets online through the service generously provided by Raffle Creator. Donations and raffle tickets are what support the Wauconda Parade and all proceeds (after parade expenses) fund American Legion Scholarships and American Legion Community Programs.

The winning Raffle ticket drawing will be after the parade at 2PM at the Wauconda American Legion Post 911. Tickets are $25.00 each and you do not need to be present to win. This year’s Grand Prize is $2000 and there are additional cash prizes. Prize amounts will be determined based on ticket sales up to 600 tickets.

Next week’s Regular Village Board Meeting Agenda for May 6, 2014 includes the following items:

  • Approval of Bills for Payment
  • Approval of Minutes
  • An Ordinance Granting a Conditional Use Permit for Alliance Auto Sales
  • An Ordinance Approving the Final Plat for Berger’s Re-Subdivision
  • A Resolution Authorizing the Execution of a Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement and the Existence and Formation of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) by Intergovernmental Agreement
  • An Ordinance Approving an Intergovernmental Agreement for the Regulation of Parking Area Traffic and Parking Between the Village of Wauconda and Wauconda Community Unit School District #118
  • An Ordinance Approving an Intergovernmental Agreement for Emergency Access to School Security Cameras Between the Village of Wauconda and Wauconda Community Unit School District #118
  • A Request from the Village Attorney for a Fee Increase of 2% Effective May 1, 2014
  • A Resolution Approving the Policies and Procedures and the Application Form Relating to the Availability of Tax Increment Assistance From the Village of Wauconda
  • An Ordinance Approving the Intergovernmental Agreement Between Wauconda Township and the Village of Wauconda Regarding the Uses of Right-of-Way for the Placement of Village of Wauconda Gateway Entrance Sign
  • A Resolution Authorizing the Acceptance of A Grant of A Permanent Gateway Sign Easement
  • An Ordinance Approving the Intergovernmental Agreement Between Cencom E9-1-1 Public Safety Communications Center and the Village of Wauconda

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

April 25, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

Happy Arbor Day! It is my pleasure to present to you the winners of our 6TH annual Arbor Day poster contest. Fifth graders from Robert Crown, Transfiguration and Wauconda Grade Schools competed in the poster contest with the theme, “Trees are Terrific in Cities and Towns”.

This year’s winners are Katharina Rosa Fuchs from Robert Crown, Hayden Splitt from Transfiguration and Logan Hundley from Wauconda Grade Schools School.  Winners received a $50 gift certificate to the Village Arbor Day Tree sale (see below), Family passes to the Chamber Annual Rodeo in July and a seat on the Village Public Works float for the Memorial Day Parade.

The Village is partnering with the Chamber of Commerce in hosting our 9TH Annual Arbor Day tree and shrub sale on May 10 from 9AM to 2PM at the Acres Group parking lot, 610 W. Liberty Street. The event will offer a wide variety of trees and shrubs at below retail prices.

We have moved our Lake Michigan Water project forward one more step on Wednesday, April 23rd. The Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA) board voted to restart membership negotiations with the Village of Wauconda. We will keep you posted as we move forward.

Wauconda has partnered with the Solid Waste Agency of Lack County to provide more recycling opportunities. The Wauconda Textile Recycling Bin was delivered on Friday, April 18th.  The bin is located at Public Works adjacent to the electronics recycling bin.

It is estimated that nearly 85% of all clothing and textiles end up in landfills in the U.S. today. Textile and clothing waste is a significant problem in our country. It is estimated that anywhere from 5-10% of all waste that is sent to municipal landfills is comprised of textiles. Let’s do our part to recycle these clothing items and save our landfill space.

The American Legion Riders are hosting their 9th Annual Bike Blessing, Wauconda & Fox Lake, Posts 911 & 703 on May 17th, 2014 at 11:00 AM. The bike blessing will take place at St. Peters Church, located 1 block west of US Rt. 12, at 27551 Volo Village Road, Volo, Illinois. You can meet at the American Legion Post 911, 515 S. Main St. Wauconda at 9:30 AM and depart about 10:00, or, you can meet us at St. Peters. Join us them for a scenic ride after the blessing. For more info call 847-526-9718.

Remember that we are partnering with Mariano’s to bring a hiring event to Wauconda tomorrow, April 26 from 10AM to 2PM at the Community Center, 100 N. Main Street in Wauconda. Mariano’s is creating this unique event exclusively for Wauconda area residents where they will not only interview applicants, but those selected will leave with a job! There are hundreds of full and part-time opportunities for applicants who are at least 16 years of age. Please pass this on to anyone you know who may be searching for employment.

The Lakes Youth Athletic Association is hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 8AM to noon at the Wauconda High School, 555 N. Main Street.  Lakes Youth Athletic Association is a non-profit organization that provides baseball and softball sporting opportunities for children ranging in age from 4-16, serving Wauconda and neighboring communities. All you can eat pancakes! Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 12-4 years of age and free for all children under 4.  Contact LYAAprevents@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

There is no board meeting next week. Please feel free to join us at the next Regular Board Meeting on May 6th.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart

Mayor

Village of Wauconda

847-526-9600

fbart@wauconda-il.gov

April 19, 2014 Mayor's Message

April 19, 2014

Dear Neighbors,

Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. From my family to yours, we wish you and yours a very Happy Easter and Passover.

Though Mother Nature may not know it is spring, I think we are all ready to get things moving forward to spring and summer. As we are preparing our new Village strategic plan, we have had several focus groups to assist us. First we had a group of resident stakeholders work with our strategic plan facilitator to help identify various challenges and issues followed by a business sector group and ending with a civic and municipal entity focus group. We appreciate all those who have taken the time to contribute. Having the broadest possible number of participants will provide us with a good view of the way forward. We face many challenges, financial and otherwise, and must work together to find a way to a stable and sustainable future for Wauconda.

Spring is also a great time to do some cleaning. On last Saturday, April 12th, volunteers participating in the Adopt-A-Highway clean-up collected approximately 50 bags, plus 2 chairs and a mattress from Village right-of-ways.  Thank you to all those who contributed their

Three truckloads of garbage were collected! time and efforts to keep Wauconda clean. While doing this clean-up, several commented on the volume of cigarette butts on the roadside. If you smoke, please make a special effort to use an ash tray instead of the curb. One smoker at a time, we will keep our streets clean. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Congratulations to the family-owned Lindy’s Company on their new venture, “The Landings”. We wish you every success and good fortune in your new endeavor. The Landings are a mixed-use development that will be located at the corner of Park Street and Main Street. The Village looks forward to the completion of this project in our community.

Celebrate Arbor Day on April 25th by planting a tree. The Village is partnering with the Chamber of Commerce for our 6th Annual Arbor Day poster contest. Fifth graders from Robert Crown, Transfiguration and Wauconda Grade Schools are competing in a poster contest with the theme, “Trees are Terrific in Cities and Towns”. Each classroom will select a winner and those winners will join their teachers in selecting a school winner. School winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Village Arbor Day Tree sale (see below) and passes to the Chamber Annual Rodeo.

The Village is also partnering with the Chamber of Commerce in hosting our 9th Annual Arbor Day Tree and Shrub Sale on May 10th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the Acres Group parking lot located at 610 W. Liberty Street. The event will offer a wide variety of trees and shrubs at below retail prices.

Remember that we are partnering with Mariano’s to bring a  hiring event to Wauconda on April 26th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Community Center, 100 N. Main Street in Wauconda. Mariano’s is creating this unique event exclusively for Wauconda area residents where they will not only interview applicants, but those selected may leave with a job offer! There are hundreds of full and part-time opportunities for applicants who are at least 16 years of age. Please pass this on to anyone you know who may be searching for employment.

The Lakes Youth Athletic Association is hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 27th from 8:00 AM to noon at the Wauconda High School, 555 N. Main Street.  Lakes Youth Athletic Association is a non-profit organization that provides baseball and softball sporting opportunities for children ranging in age from 4-16 and serving Wauconda and neighboring communities. The event offers all you can eat pancakes! Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 4-12 years of age and free for children under 4. Contact LYAAprevents@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

The Village Board and Committee agendas are posted to the Village website by the end of day on Fridays. Please click here to view next week’s agendas.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart

Mayor

Village of Wauconda

847-526-9600

fbart@wauconda-il.gov

April 11, 2014 Mayor's Message

April 11, 2014

Dear Neighbors,

I am happy to announce that we are partnering with Mariano’s to bring a hiring event to Wauconda on April 26th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Community Center, 100 N. Main Street in Wauconda. Mariano’s is creating this unique event exclusively for Wauconda area residents where they will not only interview applicants, but those selected may leave with a job offer. There are hundreds of full and part-time opportunities for applicants who are at least 16 years of age. Please pass this on to anyone you know who may be searching for employment.

The Wauconda Area Library is hosting a Shred Event on Saturday, April 12 from 9:00 AM – Noon at the Wauconda Area Library, 801 N. Main St.. Clean out your files!  This free event provides a safe, secure place to shred confidential and business documents.  During this event, anyone can have their documents shredded onsite by a certified Cintas employee.  Please note: There is a limit of two boxes per person.

Spring Cleaning is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at 9:30 AM to help clean the area streets and walks. Multiple civic groups are gathering in front of Middletons/Aspire Boutique (on Main St). The Village of Wauconda will supply the garbage bags and volunteers are asked to supply the labor. Wear gloves and bright colors and bring some drinking water. After receiving garbage bags, the groups will set out in four directions from Main St & 176: StarRunners – East to Wilson/Grand Blvd; United Partners – North to Bonner; Rotary Club – West to Route 12; and, Lions Club – South to Old Rand/Route 12.

The Wauconda Bunny Hop is a run/walk on Saturday, April 19th, with a 9:00 AM Race Start at the Wauconda Area Library, 801 N. Main Street. The event is open to all and proceeds benefit the Friends of the Wauconda Area Library. Register in-person at the Library or online at www.active.com. Fees: $25 (4 Mile Run), $15 (2 Mile Walk), $5 (Junior B Hop).

Transfiguration Catholic School will be hosting its annual Gala “Villains vs. Heroes”on Saturday, April 26th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Transfiguration, 316 W. Mill Street. Tickets are $45 and all are invited to attend. All proceeds will go to school programs.

Next week’s Regular Village Board Meeting Agenda includes the following items:

  • An Arbor Day Proclamation
  • Approval of Bills for Payment
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Ordinance for the Cooperative Maintenance of the Slocum Lake Drainage District
  • Ordinance Amending Sections 155.002, 155.022. 155.043, 155.047 and the Zoning Use Table of Chapter 155 of Title XV
  • 2014 Brush Collection Contract
  • Approval of Ordinance Amending Sections 155.002 and 155.047 of the Wauconda Zoning Ordinance Regarding the Definition of “Story” and Regarding Required Motor Vehicle Parking Spaces
  • Approval of Ordinance Amending the Zoning Map of the Village of Wauconda Rezoning Property from the Commercial Recreation (CR) District to the Central Business (CB) District
  • Approval of an Ordinance Granting a Conditional Use Permit for a Planned Unit Development  on the Petition of LCB Real Estate Holdings, LLC
  • A Resolution Establishing a General Fund Reserve Policy to the Financial Policies of the Village of Wauconda
  • A Resolution Approving the Transfer of Funds from the General Corporate Fund to the Water and Sewer Fund
  • Executive Session (3 Items)

Click here to view the agenda packet in its entirety .

I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart

Mayor

Village of Wauconda

847-526-9600

fbart@wauconda-il.gov

April 4, 2014 Mayor's Message

April 4, 2014

Dear Neighbors,

I am happy to announce that we have moved forward in our partnership with the Village of Volo in order to bring Lake Michigan water to our communities. This week the Village of Wauconda Board of Trustees has passed and I have approved the resolution to partner with Volo and to seek admission to the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA). The Village of Volo has done the same. I spoke to Mayor Russell on Thursday morning and we joked that we are now married. He thanked me for my support and I thank him for his. I asked his general opinion of the process and Mayor Russell said that he wouldn’t change a thing. He said that sometimes things happen for a reason and that we have the best possible deal because of it. I will defer to Mayor Russell’s wisdom.

I want to thank our Board of Trustees and our staff for their efforts. Though this process is not complete, we are moving forward. Our Lake Michigan Water Planning Team comprised of: Doug Maxeiner, Brad Fink, Rudy Magna and Bill Rickert, have literally worked hundreds of hours on this and they deserve special recognition. Also, Trustees John Barbini, Lincoln Knight and Linda Starkey put forth extra efforts and we thank them.

Wauconda’s very own Nate Mageria came to the Board  meeting on Tuesday to receive special recognition as the State Wrestling Champion for AA class. His family, coach and village residents were there to share some warm words and celebrate the moment. Congratulations to Nate and we wish you all the best in college.

Congratulations to the Wauconda High School Future Business Leaders of America who took 1st Place with the Outstanding Chapter Award, 1st Place Most Professional Business Members in the state, and their team had ten 1st Place winners:  (Davis Heck, Sam Gebelhoff, Paul Kahlon, Tyler Meyer, Andreea Ciocirlan, Courtney Peat, Micheal Miller, Abby Dorolek, Brandon Graves, Geena Woolridge, Jonathon Garcia, Kenya Walker, Kayla Wedl, Haley Meyer, Taylor McCarthy, Matt Bulgarelli, Nick Kaimakis, Sierra Dimmitt). We are all very proud of you.

The Mayor’s Community Service Awards webpage is now live, so please encourage community members to nominate their favorite individual (youth & adult), business and organization volunteers by visiting: http://wauconda-il.gov/2012/05/mayors-2014-community-service-awards/.

The Wauconda Library will be hosting a Concert to Celebrate the Earth on Sunday, April 6 at 2PM. Musician Jack Kaufmann will present his award-winning music and multimedia program, with its powerful message in honor of Earth Month. This emotionally captivating, educational, and powerful presentation is fun for all ages.  Come early – the first 100 people will receive a free tree from the National Arbor Foundation.  This program is sponsored by SWALCO.

Wauconda Bulldogs 13U traveling baseball team is holding a meat raffle fundraiser tomorrow, Saturday, April 5th from 11AM to 3PM at Docks, 313 E. Liberty, Wauconda. Please bring family and friends to make this a fun and successful event!

Remember April is Autism Awareness Month. Wauconda is going blue to bring awareness to the condition and bring acceptance of those who have it.

You can go blue too. Break out those blue suede dancing shoes on and come out and have some fun! The Spring Fling Dance is tomorrow, Saturday, April 5, from 7:30 – 11:30 PM at American Legion Hall, 515 S. Main Street. The event is hosted by the Wauconda American Legion Riders (ALR).

Next week’s Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda includes the following items:

  • Zoning Items Related to “The Landings” Project
  • Slocum Lake Drainage District (SLDD) Intergovernmental Agreement
  • Zoning Text Amendments – Medical Cannabis Facilities
  • 2014 Residential Brush Pick-Up Program
  • 2014/2015 Budget Presentation by Village Administrator
  • Executive Session

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

March 28, 2014 Mayor's Message

March 28, 2014

Dear Neighbors,

The number of individuals and organizations that donate their time and resources to improve the quality of life of residents in Wauconda is amazing.  Since 2005, the Mayor’s Annual Community Service Awards have been utilized to recognize those individuals, organizations, and businesses that have had a significant, positive impact on the Wauconda community.  This year, 2014, will mark the 10th year of presenting awards to those who take personal pride in public service involvement.  In April, we will be reaching out to the community to help us recognize and honor today’s volunteers who have set a standard for community service, encouraged a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspired others to make service a central part of their lives. Watch for more information coming out soon about how you can nominate your favorite individual or organization in future Mayor’s Messages, e-News updates, and on the Village website.

The Wauconda Area Library is presenting a special concert in honor of Earth Month starting April 1st. Forty-two years ago, Earth Day was established to create awareness and appreciation of our precious – and increasingly fragile – planet. Celebrated on April 22nd, Earth Day has grown to Earth Month with over a billion participants around the world. Among the events that take place on a local level, the Wauconda Area Library will be hosting a concert by environmental ambassador and talented musician Jack Kaufmann on Sunday, April 6 at 2:00PM . The concert celebrates Earth Month through Mr. Kaufmann’s award-winning music and powerful multi-media presentation.

That same weekend, the Wauconda High School Interact Club and Fine Arts Boosters will present “An Afternoon of Clean Comedy,” on Saturday, April 5 at 4:00PM. This unique fundraising event will feature some of Chicagoland’s Funniest Comedians and all profits benefit the activities of the school’s Interact Club, a youth service club sponsored by the Wauconda Rotary Club, and the Fine Arts Boosters, an organization that helps fund and support students interested in fine arts by focusing on musicals, plays, and choral concerts.

As the end of the Village’s fiscal year approaches on April 30th it’s time to start discussions on the operating and capital budgets for the next fiscal year and beyond.  Last week’s kick-off presentation was led by Administrator Maxeiner as he offered a broad overview of big picture budget issues including projections looking five years into the future.  Budget deliberations will begin at the Committee of the Whole meeting on April 8th looking in more detail at the spending plan for the General Fund followed by the Water/Sewer Fund and other miscellaneous funds at the April 22nd Committee of the Whole.  We invite and encourage our community members to attend these important working sessions with their elected officials and Village staff.

Next week’s Regular Board Meeting Agenda will include the following items:

  • Proclamation for Autism Awareness Month
  • Recognition of Nate Magiera, Wauconda High School IHSA State Wrestling Champion
  • Approval of Bills for Payment
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Village Employees’ Medical Insurance Renewal
  • Acceptance of the Route 176 Transportation Study
  • Letter of Credit Reduction for Wauconda Business Campus, Inc.
  • Recommendation on Rewriting the Village’s Liquor License Code
  • Approval to contract for annual Independence Day fireworks display
  • Lake Michigan Water: Approval for Resolution Supporting Intergovernmental Agreement with Volo and Resolution requesting CLCJAWA Reconsideration for Membership

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

March 21, 2014 Mayor's Message

March 21, 2014

Dear Neighbors,

Spring has sprung! After the long cold winter we are ready to get out and get busy.  Carpe Diem!  There are so many good things planned for Wauconda this spring.  I can think of no better way to start spring by inviting you, your family and friends to join us on Saturday, March 22nd, as American Legion Post 911 welcomes my brother in arms, SPC Cody Gardanier, home from a tour in Afghanistan. This is a special time for the Gardanier family and for our community as we welcome home one of our Soldiers who has sacrificed a great deal on our behalf.  We will be welcoming him home at the American Legion Hall 515 S. Main Street in Wauconda at 12:00 noon.

The Spring Fling Dance is on Saturday, April 5, 2014, 7:30 – 11:30 PM, at American Legion Hall, 515 S. Main Street in Wauconda.  It is hosted by the Wauconda American Legion Riders (ALR).  Dust off those blue suede shoes and come out and enjoy an evening with friends. A professional DJ will be playing all your favorite dance tunes to keep the night hopping! Visit ALR Post 911 Wauconda on Facebook for more information!

April is Autism Awareness Month and community members are invited to “Light it Up Blue” around town. I will be reading a proclamation at the April 1st Village Board meeting in honor of the seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2014. Public facilities will also be lit blue for the entire month.

Good Luck to Wauconda High School’s Future Business Leaders of America members who will be competing in the state competition March 28th and 29th!  We wish your team all the best!

Our local businesses can take advantage of some great business workshops hosted by the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at the College of Lake County, including a Social Media Boot Camp for Small Business. Click here for details.

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission is holding a free workshop for Lake County homeowners’ associations (HOAs) and property owners who are responsible for maintaining detention ponds, wetlands, and natural areas.  Topics include HOA legal responsibilities and budget considerations, local HOA case studies on dredging, permitting and funding considerations, and resources available for maintenance of vegetation and more. Click here to view more information.

Next week the Village Board will be viewing a budget presentation by Administrator Doug Maxeiner. We invite the public to attend at 7PM, Tuesday, March 25th, Village Hall.  Please see below for the complete list of items for discussion:

  • Presentation by Gewalt Hamilton on the Triangle TIF Area Transportation Study
  • Presentation by Colleen Roos of CMR Benefits Group on the Employee Health Insurance Renewal for the 2014-15 Health Plan Year
  • Ordinance Revising the Wauconda Liquor Code
  • Presentation by Village Administrator on an Overview of the FY 2014/15 Budget Request
  • Request for a reduction in a Letter of Credit for Berger Bonner Road Industrial Park from $125,600 to $74,750
  • Executive Session – (5 ILCS 120, 2 C 2) Collective negotiating matters

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

March 14, 2014 Mayor's Message

March 14, 2014

Dear Neighbors,   

The events of this week have shown the spirit of our great community as we came together to honor the life and passing of one of our most dedicated police officers, Eric Schultz. Eric’s dedication to the Wauconda Police Department and his dedication to fighting a challenging battle with cancer while being an exemplary husband, son, friend and co-worker made his dedication to life, and his journey, a compelling example of an exceptional human being.

Chief Yost offered the following on this exceptional young man:

“On December 23rd, 2006, Eric Schultz fulfilled his goal of becoming a police officer for his hometown of Wauconda receiving Wauconda Police Department badge number 113. Eric’s pride at wearing the badge and his drive to succeed was evident from the start with a strong work ethic and a positive attitude. He loved being a police officer and enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow officers. He had no enemies on the force – only friends and better friends.   When Eric became ill and throughout his extended periods of treatment, he maintained a positive attitude choosing to embrace life and to meet the challenges presented to him to the best of his abilities. His return to work after his initial battle with cancer was nothing short of heroic.   Eric will be sorely missed by everyone at the Wauconda Police Department. We are all better people for having known him.” 

The Board, staff and I would like to express our sympathy  to all those that knew and loved Eric but especially to his wife and family. We would also like to offer our gratitude to those who never had the opportunity to meet Eric, but compassionately and openly showed their deep concern by attending the memorial service and events over the past few days.  We are very proud to serve the Wauconda community and the great people that make our village so special. Eric is an inspiration to us all and we will keep the entire Schultz family in our thoughts and prayers.

Next week’s Regular Village Board Meeting scheduled for March 18 will include the following items for discussion:

  • Approval of Bills for Payment
  • Approval of Resolution Requiring the Publication of the Official Zoning Map of the Village of Wauconda
  • An Ordinance Approving an Intergovernmental Agreement with Wauconda Community Unit School District #118 for the Provision of a School Resource
  • Officer
  • An Ordinance Approving an Intergovernmental Agreement with SWALCO on Textile Recycling
  • Request for Authorization to Submit a Requisition to Participate in the State of Illinois’ State Contract for Road Salt for Snow and Ice Control
  • Executive Session – Personnel

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

March 8, 2014 Mayor's Message

March 8, 2014

Dear Neighbors,   

We have partnered with the Wauconda School District to create a mutually beneficial set of agreements for shared services and cooperation.

At Tuesday’s Board Meeting we are going to discuss the sharing of safety services with a school resource police officer working during the school year at the Wauconda High School and the balance of the year for the Village.  The cost of this officer will be proportionally shared.

We will also discuss the use of Wauconda Police conducting enforcement of traffic and parking regulations in the Wauconda School District #118 parking lots.  Because the Wauconda School District is a separate governing body, this agreement is necessary for our cooperative safety and law enforcement plans.  This will also apply to sharing resources for safety and law enforcement purposes.  We appreciate the ongoing support and cooperation offered by the School District #118 School Board and Superintendent.

Wauconda School District students are taking their standardized tests the weeks of March 10-21 and also April 23-24.  Transfiguration School and Frassati School are currently taking those tests as well.  The Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce is promoting a campaign of encouragement for our students to “Show Them What You Know” and encouraging students to “Test their Best” during these next few weeks.  Thank you to Don Kutinak, our Chamber President, and the Chamber staff for all you do.

The Wauconda Police Department and Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation invites the public to help launch a new pill disposal and collection program. The purpose of this program is to help local residents safely dispose of unwanted and unused medications, keeping them out of the hands of individuals who might otherwise become victims of prescription drug abuse.

The green Save A Star collection unit has been installed in the Wauconda Police Department lobby at 311 S. Main Street in Wauconda.

The following items are acceptable for disposal:

  • Prescription medications, including controlled substances
  • All over-the-counter medications
  • Medication samples
  • Pet medications
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Medicated ointments, lotions, creams and oils
  • Liquid medication in leak-proof containers
  • Homeopathic remedies

Items not acceptable for deposit in the collection unit are:

  • Needles/sharps
  • Syringes with needles
  • Thermometers
  • IV bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Personal care products
  • Empty containers
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

We encourage you to click here to learn more about the Save A Star Drug Awareness Program!

For our community members that have faced personal and professional challenges, the College of Lake County’s Career and Placement Services is holding a Goal Setting Workshop on Wednesday, March 19 from 9:30AM to 10:30AM. This interactive workshop will teach you how taking the time to set goals can lead you to success.

For my fellow brothers and sisters in arms there will be a Veteran’s Workshop to assist with Federal Job Applications on March 19 from 9:30AM – 12:00PM in the Vocations Rehabilitation Unit at 3001 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, Call 847.543.7841 for details.

If you are looking for a great breakfast this weekend, Boy Scout Troop 90 will be hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 9 at the Wauconda Moose Lodge from 8AM to Noon. Come out and support scouting!

Here are items for discussion for the Tuesday, March 11, 2014 COW Agenda:

  • Zoning Map Amendment
  • Gateway Sign Recommendation
  • IGAs for Resource Sharing – School District #118 SRO, Enforcement of Traffic and Parking Regulations in Parking Lots, Police Access to Surveillance System in Event of an Emergency
  • Resolution – Intergovernmental Agreement with SWALCO – Clothing and Textiles Recycling
  • Executive Session – Closed Session Minutes Review
  • Executive Session – Collective Bargaining

To view the entire packet, please visit our website at  http://wauconda-il.gov/residents/meetings-agendas/.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart

Mayor

Village of Wauconda

847-526-9600

fbart@wauconda-il.gov

February 28, 2014 Mayor's Message

February 28, 2014

Dear Neighbors,

The Board and I encourage all residents to view last week’s Board presentation about outsourcing the Village of Wauconda 911 dispatch services. We would like to take this opportunity thank the audience members for their questions and comments. Administrator Maxeiner is in the process of answering those questions for release in the near future. (Click here to view the February 25th presentation)

The Village is looking for volunteers to participate in focus groups as part of the Village’s strategic planning process.  Three focus groups will be conducted on a weeknight starting in March.  One group will consist of general residents while a second will address the business and commerce sectors of Wauconda.  We are looking for a broad cross-representation of the community to be included on these focus groups.

Dr. Gerry Gabris of the Public Administration program at Northern Illinois University will lead the focus groups of approximately 15 people through a range of topics about the future of the Village while providing a forum for public input into the strategic planning process.  A third focus group will consist of representatives of the various civic groups within the Village.  If you are interested in participating in one of these focus groups, please contact Village Administrator Doug Maxeiner at (847) 526-9603 or dmaxeiner@wauconda-il.gov.

The month of March kicks-off the year for some of our more popular events. The 2014 Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce EXPO & Craft Show is this weekend, followed by the Bulldog Nation Foundation’s Masquerade Ball on March 7th, the Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Sunday, March 9th hosted by Wauconda Boy Scout Troop 90, and, a week later, you can join us for the Fourth Annual Leprechaun Plunge Charitable Fundraiser on Saturday, March 15th benefiting Bangs Lake Advisory Group and the Wauconda Area Chamber’s Scholarship fund.

On April 10th, please join us for “Bubbles for Blossoms”, a fun and elegant fundraising event sponsored by Main Street Attraction, a group of active volunteers dedicated to the beautification of our Main Street area. This event will be followed by the third annual Wauconda Bunny Hop on Saturday, April 19th! All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Wauconda Area Library.  Click here to register online for the 4 mile race, 2 mile fun run, and kids races.

It’s no wonder that Wauconda was recently voted “Best City/Town to Live” and “Best Downtown Atmosphere” by Daily Herald readers! Our American Legion Memorial Day Parade was voted “Best Parade” and we are also home to the “Best Library,” “Best Marina(s),” and “Best Park District.” Click here to see all our local winners of 2014!

Next week’s Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 4th will be held at 7PM, Village Hall. Topics include:

  • Approval of Two Special Event Permits
  • Approval of Bills for Payment
  • Mayor and Committee Reports
  • Closed Session (5 ILCS 121, 2 C 2)

To view the entire packet, please visit our website at  http://wauconda-il.gov/residents/meetings-agendas/.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart

Mayor

Village of Wauconda

847-526-9600

fbart@wauconda-il.gov

February 21, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors, 

The Board and I encourage all residents to attend this Tuesday’s Board meeting where we will be viewing a presentation about outsourcing the Village of Wauconda 911 dispatch services. This item will be followed by a Board discussion after which audience members will be given the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments.

As the Village Administrator was preparing his analysis on the subject, many members of the community asked about the Village’s current and future financial position.  You can find this information online in our most recent (12NOV13) budget review at: http://wauconda-il.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/mid-year-budget-review-powerpoint-12NOV13-1355-Final.pdf. Next week’s Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, at 7:15PM at the Wauconda High School East Cafeteria, 555 N. Main Street. In the meantime, all questions regarding Emergency 911 dispatch operations for the Village of Wauconda can be directed to the Village Administrator’s Office at (847) 526-9603.

The month of March is approaching fast, and to kick off the new month, please visit us at the 2014 Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce EXPO & Craft Show on March 1 and 2. This popular annual event is attended by friends and neighbors throughout Lake and McHenry counties and offers a great opportunity for attendees to meet local elected officials, community organizers, and great business owners.

Also in March, Bulldog Nation Foundation’s Masquerade Ball is March 7th with proceeds going toward providing Wauconda High School with financial resources for innovation improvements in the classroom, resulting in a more robust academic experience for all Wauconda High School students. To purchase tickets, visit the Foundation’s Facebook page today at https://www.facebook.com/BulldogNationFoundationWauconda.

A week later, you can join us for the Fourth Annual Leprechaun Plunge Charitable Fundraiser on Saturday, March 15 benefiting Bangs Lake Advisory Group and the Wauconda Area Chamber’s Scholarship fund. There will be prizes and trophies for the Best Costume, Limerick, Irish Jig and more.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart

Mayor

Village of Wauconda

847-526-9600

fbart@wauconda-il.gov

February 14, 2014 Mayor's Message

February 14, 2014

Dear Neighbors,

Earlier today, our Village Administrator met with the union representatives of the dispatchers from the Wauconda E-911 Emergency Dispatch Center to discuss the findings of an analysis conducted by the Village on the long-term trends and sustainability of emergency dispatch services. Based on the findings of this analysis, his preliminary recommendation to the Village Board, which was shared with the union today, is to pursue outsourcing of emergency dispatch operations to the Village of Lake Zurich.

We recognize that this potential move is not without human costs. If dispatch operations are outsourced to Lake Zurich, ten full-time and two part-time dispatch positions will be eliminated. These positions are not just numbers. They are our friends and co-workers and the prospect of implementing an out-sourcing option is emotional for all involved. However, from an administrative and organizational leadership position, our Village Administrator’s job is to identify the most effective solutions to imminent economic challenges which is the basis for his recommendation. The Administrator has had preliminary discussions with Lake Zurich officials on getting preference for our displaced workers if they expand. To further soften the impact for those displaced, we are in discussions with the union on potential severance packages and displaced worker counseling services to assist them with career placement and transition needs.

In the analysis, five-year projections on the costs of operating an internal dispatch center (status quo option) are compared to cost projections for out-sourcing the service to the Village of Lake Zurich. Under this alternative scenario, the analysis suggests the Village could save approximately $2.1 million in dispatch costs over a five-year period. Additionally, this process includes careful consideration as to how the Village will continue to provide expedient, professional public safety services to our residents and businesses. We can assure you that the Village is committed to ensuring that Wauconda receives exemplary emergency services regardless of who provides that service.

The Village Administrator’s preliminary findings suggest that Lake Zurich is a highly professional dispatch operation proficient in emergency medical dispatch, assessing emergency situations quickly and accurately, and getting the appropriate emergency personnel and equipment on scene. Lake Zurich’s dispatch operation is part of the CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) certified Lake Zurich Police Department and has served as Wauconda’s backup dispatch center for years with positive results. Lake Zurich also provided dispatch services to Wauconda prior to establishing our own emergency dispatch center several years ago.

This press release on our preliminary recommendation is being made public to help address some questions on dispatch services that the community may have. A final recommendation will be made to the Village Board at a Committee of the Whole meeting once all quality of service questions and transition plans and details have been addressed. Questions regarding Emergency 911 dispatch operations for the Village of Wauconda can be directed to the Village Administrator’s Office at (847) 526-9603.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart

Mayor

Village of Wauconda

847-526-9600

fbart@wauconda-il.gov

 

February 7, 2014 Mayor's Message

February 7, 2014

Dear Neighbors,

Over the last several months, we have worked to assemble an administrative team to provide the organizational leadership that will allow us to meet the challenges ahead. We are continuing to move that direction in our search for new Finance Director. We are also looking to update our information and communications infrastructure to allow us to use better information and in a more timely fashion. This week we have installed the first phase of a new phone system that is significantly more capable and much less expensive to operate and maintain. When I asked a staff member what they thought of the new system, they said, “It’s great!” We also have a computer network server that is a decade past due for replacement that will be replaced in the coming months. Replacing that server will allow us to implement the newest version of our financial software system in the spring to fully utilize its capabilities. This will be a significant improvement to our current system which is 17 versions behind. While these improvements take some time, we are making progress.

While speaking of fully utilizing our capabilities, Wauconda’s Public Works Department still has plenty of salt to last through the rest of the snow season until warmer temperatures.  Thankfully we have the storage capacity and the planning team that has kept us in good shape throughout this record snow season.   The efforts of our Public Works Team through this winter are appreciated by all.

We are developing public private partnerships to solve some of our current issues. The newly formed Bangs Lake Alliance is actively working with the Village of Wauconda to improve Bangs Lake. Our Public Works Department has coordinated with the Bangs Lake Alliance and we have received a grant for just under $9,000 to restore the circle channel and stabilize the shoreline there. The channel improvements will start this year.   We are working on additional grants to satisfy the projects needed to get the lake back in top shape. Please contact Ken Siwieck at  ksiwieck@aol.com and John Lambert at lambertart1@gmail.com to get involved or to donate to the cause.

While there is not much that the Village is able to report to the community at this time, efforts continue to make Lake Michigan water a reality for Wauconda. The Village of Wauconda’s Lake Michigan Water Project team of Village Administrator Maxeiner, Director of Public Works Fink, Village Engineer Rickert and Village Attorney Magna has been busy behind the scenes researching and developing strategies to obtain Lake Michigan Water in the most cost effective manner possible while navigating obstacles and constraints on this project. The results of these efforts as well as staff recommendations on how to proceed will be shared in a public meeting in the near future.

On last Tuesday, the Village Board has approved the hiring of DK Mallon as a consultant to assist us in getting the former Dominick’s building, which has been vacant since 2004, fully occupied with sustainable retailers. We will continue to develop this effort and keep you posted on the progress.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office recently received a report of a tax scam. We are sharing this information in an effort to help protect the citizens of our Village.

The victim was contacted by someone posing to be “James Anderson” from the tax audit revenue services. The caller advised the victim that she owed back taxes from 2008 in the amount of $2698.00. He directed the victim to go to the nearest CVS Pharmacy and purchase a Green Dot Money Pak pre-paid card in the amount of $500. After purchasing the card “James Anderson” called back and advised the victim to scratch the back of the card and give him the numbers over the phone. The victim received several more phone calls from James advising she needed to pay him more to settle her debt. The victim purchased more cards totaling an amount of $1,500.

For more information on this specific scam follow the IRS’s link: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam.  Additional information on Tax scams can be found at: www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection-Tips.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart

Mayor

Village of Wauconda

847-526-9600

fbart@wauconda-il.gov

January 31, 2014 Mayor's Message

January 31, 2014

Dear Neighbors,

I am dedicating this issue to my brother in arms Al Fehlman.  (January 13, 1922 – January 22, 2014)  Alvin I. Fehlman, age 92, was a resident of Wauconda, IL for 72 years.

Corporal Fehlman served in the Battle of Bulge in Europe during WWII.  The sacrifices of Our Greatest Generation have made our country the Great Nation that it has become.  Al was a very positive person and was always smiling.  His smile was contagious and his positive attitude an inspiration to me, especially when you consider all the challenges he has faced.

After enlisting in the Army in March 1944 at Ft. Sheridan, he began his training by attending chauffeur school and became a military truck driver.  Following a journey across the Atlantic on the Queen Elizabeth to Glasgow, Scotland, he traveled through England then on to his assignment in Belgium.

Though he was trained as a truck driver, Al served in the combat infantry at the Battle of the Bulge.  During the Battle of the Bulge, he was captured by the Germans and held in five P.O.W. camps.  Al was forced to give up his weapons, money, shoes and all belongings.  He marched for twenty-three days along railroad tracks at night, was locked in boxcars sleeping on straw, suffered frostbitten feet and toes, and sustained multiple other injuries.  He suffered some of the worst conditions of WW II.  In fact, his wife received a Western Union Telegram stating Mr. Fehlman was missing in action.  He was freed on April 19, 1945 and discharged on November 30, 1945.

Al received many awards for his service.  He was a charter member of the Wauconda American Legion Post # 911, VFW, Masonic Lodge # 298 A.F. & A.M., Disabled American Veterans and the American Ex-Prisoners of War Organization.  Please join me in honoring Corporal Al Fehlman’s life by following his advice to younger generations: “Freedom is not free,” and “Treat others like you would want to be treated.”

Source: http://www.veterans-tribute.org/cpl-alvin-i-fehlman

Recently, Al traveled to Washington DC with Honor Flight in June of 2011 to view the WW II monument; most notable was his visit to the area dedicated to “The Battle of the Bulge”.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Honor Flight Chicago, 938 W. Montana St., Chicago, IL 60614 (773-227-8387) or www.honorflightchicago.org.

The preservation of local history gives us the ability to reflect on family ties and provides us with ways to share our stories. We have, in our own community, an important resource through the Wauconda Township Historical Society.   In October 2013, Pat Oaks from the Wauconda Township was appointed Director of the Historical Society. Pat has brought a renewed sense of energy and vision to the organization, which is currently in the process of sorting and documenting their extensive inventory. In the spring of 2014, the Andrew C. Cook House will reopen to the community with a fresh look and incredible displays. We would like to thank the wonderful volunteers that have been working so hard to preserve the history of Wauconda and our surrounding neighbors.

There are some sports teams that are doing well at WHS that a resident suggested I mention.  Congratulations to the Wauconda High School Competitive Dance Team, which is competing in the IHSA State Competition in Bloomington today and to our Wauconda High School Cheerleaders who just earned the title of 2014 NSC Prairie Division Champs!

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart

Mayor

Village of Wauconda

847-526-9600

fbart@wauconda-il.gov

 

January 24, 2014 Mayor's Message

January 24, 2014

Neighbors,

As many of you know, my administration has been focused on evaluating the services provided by the Village to see if there are other, more effective and efficient ways of utilizing your tax dollars.  It is no secret, nor should it be, that we have been evaluating the cost of emergency 911 dispatching services to see if there is a more effective way.  I have been told that information is being circulated on social media that suggests this decision has already been made.  Rest assured, no decisions have been made and no action will be taken without a public discussion at a Village Board meeting.  The Board of Trustees must vote on any contractual issue like this before any action is taken.  As such, despite what you may see on social media, any statement that Wauconda has taken action on or determined the future of emergency dispatch operations for the Village is premature and no such conclusion has been reached.

We live in a time of instant communication through a variety of social media tools, which allows for a broad range of information to be released within seconds.  While we would prefer the information to be accurate, oftentimes it is distorted by the fact that social media cannot replace a face-to-face discussion where empathy and civility foster effective communication. With that said, the Board and I ask that the community and our neighbors take time to meet with us in person to discuss issues, pose questions, and have a true two-way dialog. We welcome your thoughts and look forward to working together to strengthen our great community.

Moving forward, we are focused on sustainable economic development for Wauconda.  The Economic Development Committee is recommending the Village contracts with a broker, DK Mallon, to assist the Village in resolving the former Dominick’s building vacancy issues.  The building has been vacant since 2004 and the long-term lease in place has prevented development.  We will discuss this issue further at Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7PM at Village Hall.  Please join us.

As a result of our favorable hotel study, 100% of the hotel developers our Economic Development Director has contacted have expressed interest in exploring the opportunity of building a hotel in Wauconda.   There is a strong possibility Wauconda could see a mid-market hotel and a boutique hotel.  The study is compelling and the window of opportunity to act is now and the developers know it.

Next week is Catholic Schools Week and National School Choice Week.  As they celebrate the week, Transfiguration Catholic Elementary School will be hosting an open house from 10AM to noon on Wednesday, January 29 at 316 W. Mill Street in Wauconda.  Please join them.  To learn more, visit http://www.transfig-school.org/  and http://schoolchoiceweek.com/

I would like to invite you to help with the Wauconda High School Future Business Leaders of America “Jeans for Teens Campaign”.   You, your family and your coworkers can donate your slightly worn jeans, any size and color and drop them off at Wauconda High School’s security desk, “Attention Mrs. Mills”, anytime during school days from 6:00AM until 9:00PM.  The campaign runs from January 21 through February 16.  Two years ago they donated over a 1,000 jeans to the Providing Advocacy, Dignity, and Shelter (PADS) homeless shelter and other local shelters in Lake County and throughout the State of Illinois! See http://padslakecounty.org/ for more information about PADS. http://padslakecounty.org/.

Last night, Wauconda’s Jack Rowe took fourth place in the 2014 Snowmobile Freestyle X Games in Aspen, Colorado: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxMS8sJQvhc. Last year he had to pull out because of an injury, so this is the first time he has competed in the Winter X Games.  Congratulations Jack!

Speaking of winter extremes, please remember to check on your neighbors, especially those in need or the elderly, to ensure they are coping with the extreme cold.  There are warming shelters available at the following locations in Lake County: Wauconda Township, Barrington Metra Train Station, Mundelein Fire Station, and MORE.   Wauconda is too small to run such a shelter, but if you are in need or you know someone who is, please let us know and we will get them the support they need.

In 2012 and 2013, Wauconda received top votes for the Daily Herald’s “Best City/Town to Live”… joining dozens of Wauconda businesses, events, and organizations that won the Readers’ Choice “Best of the Best.” Let’s do it again in 2014!   Visit http://dhcontests.secondstreetapp.com/Readers-Choice-2014/#hide1  to cast your vote for your favorite Wauconda business, organization and event. And, be sure to share this link with a friend to help spread the word!

Free Tax Preparation Services Offered to Military Families.  Free personal income tax return filing assistance is available to members of the U.S. Armed Forces deployed during the 2013 calendar year who have recently returned or are still serving on active duty in a combat zone. The service is also extended to immediate family members of deployed military personnel through the Military Tax Assistance Program, provided by the Illinois CPA Society’s “CPAs for the Public Interest”.   Registration is available online at www.icpas.org/militarytaxrequest.  For more information, please contact the Illinois CPA Society at 800-572-9870.

Remember that there is a Pre-Ice Fishing Derby Meet & Greet tonight,  January 24, at 5PM at the Wauconda Moose Lodge, 200 S. Maple St. to benefit the Wounded Heroes Foundation & Veterans R&R.  Dinner and drinks will be served and Ari Castronovo will provide live entertainment.

The Ice Fishing Derby will be the next morning on Bangs Lake. Registration starts at 5AM at the LVVA Beach. Fishing will commence at 7AM with the singing of our National Anthem by Ari Castronovo accompanied by a fly over from a WWII T-6 Texan.  Please come join us and help support our Wounded Heroes.

If you have questions, please contact Jim Welch at 630.660.9760 or info@veteransrandr.org.  For more information or to make a contribution to our Wounded Heroes please go to www.lvvaicefishingderby.com

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart

Mayor

Village of Wauconda

847-526-9600

fbart@wauconda-il.gov

 

January 17, 2014 Mayor's Message

Dear Neighbors,

We are starting the year off right!  What a great response I’ve had to my request for your ideas for goals to aide us in the development of our strategic planning for 2014!  We are compiling all the goals and will be sharing them with you in the near future. Our staff and the Board of Trustees are going to be working together to give careful review and consideration to each idea that was submitted.  Please keep them coming!  Send your ideas on goals for Wauconda to fbart@wauconda-il.gov.  Please keep sending them as you think of them.  Together we can get the broadest perspective and the best ideas to really create the best community by making maximum use of all of our available resources.

Many of the goals submitted were in the area of economic development.  Trustee Teri Burke, MBA, is the Chairperson of our Economic Development Committee.   Teri held an excellent meeting last week with the staff.  While economic development takes years to complete, we are moving forward. Your goals are helping to provide the the jump start that was needed.

The redevelopment of the old Dominick’s site is of particular interest to many residents.  Last May, a week after I took office, we attended a retail convention. There we met with all parties involved in the Dominick’s site.  Until September 2017, the owner of the site, Inland Real Estate, will be receiving lease payments from Safeway, parent company of Dominick’s.  Because the current lease payment is around 50% higher than the current market lease rates, there is little incentive for Inland Real Estate to release Safeway from the lease and allow us to move forward on redeveloping the Dominick’s site.  It is a very complicated deal to solve in the short term.

In the coming weeks, we will, at our regular Village Board Meeting, be discussing the possibility of hiring a consultant to assist Wauconda in how to best structure a deal to entice developers to redevelop the Dominick’s site.  Hiring the right consultants is a key to getting the best results.

The hotel study that we commissioned and completed has generated significant, credible interest from multiple developers.  The consultants we hired to conduct that study are seen as the best in the business.  As we move forward in this area, there will be more concrete information to share with you.  Time will tell, but the hotel development situation is looking very promising.

Monday, January 20, 2014, we celebrate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Let us remember to dream, to be tolerant of each other and to value the many freedoms this great nation offers; Freedoms that so many have defended with their very lives.  Dr. King’s wife, Coretta Scott King, said, “(The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday) is a day of interracial and intercultural cooperation and sharing.”

There will be a Pre-Ice Fishing Derby Meet & Greet on January 24, at 7PM at the Wauconda Moose Lodge, 200 S. Maple St. to benefit the Wounded Heroes Foundation & Veterans R&R.  Dinner and drinks will be served and Ari Castronovo will provide live entertainment.

The Ice Fishing Derby will be the next morning on Bangs Lake. Registration starts at 5AM at the LVVA Beach. Fishing will commence at 7AM with the singing of our National Anthem by Ari Castronovo accompanied by a fly over from a WWII T-6 Texan.  Please come join us and help support our Wounded Heroes.

If you have questions, please contact Jim Welch at 630.660.9760 or info@veteransrandr.org.  For more information or to make a contribution to our Wounded Heroes please go to www.lvvaicefishingderby.com

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

Frank A. Bart

Mayor

Village of Wauconda

847-526-9600

fbart@wauconda-il.gov

 

fbart@wauconda-il.gov

 

January 10, 2014 Mayor's Message

Neighbors,

To start the 2014 New Year off right, we are preparing to do some strategic planning for the Village of Wauconda. I have asked our Trustees for their goals for the year and as your representative I am asking you for your goals for the Village of Wauconda. Even if you only have a few minutes of time to share a few ideas, your input will help steer our future planning process.

Please send me an email with your 2014 goals for our community to fbart@wauconda-il.gov. We encourage you to be actively engaged, because great success has come from simple straightforward ideas and we need a solid team behind us if we are going to thrive and prosper as a community.

We need your help! The Wauconda Rotary Club and Wauconda Lions Club would like to remind community members to clear snow from around the fire hydrant in front of your business or house. Post a ‘before’ and ‘after’ picture of your efforts to their websites and be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to one of our great local restaurants! Click here for more information and, remember, the property you save may be your own.

The next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Class for new members starts January 30th, 2014. CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area.

If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learn during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.

CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities. They can attend supplemental training opportunities offered by the sponsoring agency, and others that further their skills base. Finally, CERT members can volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.

The Wauconda Community Emergency Response Team Training Class consists of approximately 20 hours of emergency training. Visit http://waucondaema.org/public-education/community-emergency-response-team-cert/ for more information.

Support local business! The Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting two ribbon-cutting ceremonies this week and we hope to have good representation at both events.

Please welcome two of our newest business members: Invested in Fitness: Friday, Jan. 10th at noon. Location: 1210 Karl Court, Wauconda. Allegiance Athletics: Sat., Jan. 11th at 11PM. Location: 1000 Rand Road, Unit 201, Wauconda.

I look forward to working with you in the New Year!

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

December 27, 2013 Mayor's Message

Neighbors,

As we finish the year with high spirits and good will  towards all it is a time of opportunity and reflection.  We have established a strong new administration with deep experience and a cooperative customer service approach.  Wauconda continues to put the pieces in place that will allow us to achieve our goals of economic stability and prosperity but development is a multi-year prospect and it will take years to get where we plan to be.

Sharp Towing has partnered with the Village of Wauconda to provide free rides home for anyone on New Year’s Eve from 8PM-3AM within a 20-mile radius. Just call Sharp Towing at 847.526.6699 for a ride.  Sharp Towing volunteers donate the tip money they receive to the Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry.  Additionally, Chief Yost has authorized overnight parking in municipal lots and on street parking in business areas.

We enjoyed the New Year’s Eve Party for Mature Adults (Ages 55 and up) at the Wauconda Park District Community Center at Cook Park today, Friday, December 27 from 12 Noon – 2 PM.  It was the 9th annual New Year’s Eve Party for friends dressed to the nines. Lunch was served followed by entertainment and dancing.

Beginning January 1, 2014, the Wauconda Township is expanding its transportation services with the support of the Lake County Coordinated Transportation Service Committee’s (LCCTSC) Northwest Demonstration Project.  The service is sponsored by six Townships along with assistance from the LCCTSC and Pace Suburban Bus.  For a small fee, it provides weekday curb to curb dial-a-ride transportation service in the northwest Townships of Lake County, Monday through Friday, with expanded hours to accommodate increased demand.

Wauconda Township residents must register first through the Township by calling 847.526.2631.  This service is open to all residents, with priority given to seniors and people with disabilities. Click here for more information.

For all of you who are contemplating a New Year’s resolution, “Carpe Diem” – Latin for “seize the day”- (Horace 23BC) is a favorite maxim and one that would serve us well to consider on a daily basis.

I wish you and your families all the best in the New Year!

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

December 20, 2013 Mayor's Message

After a unanimous vote at Tuesday’s Board meeting, the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district is now established.  The TIF district can be an incentive tool to entice property owners and business developers to build or make improvements to an under developed or blighted area.  I want to thank the staff for all their efforts, especially our Director of Planning, Building and Zoning, Chris Miller.  Additionally, I want to recognize the Trustees, and the local taxing bodies who supported the Village effort, for their cooperation as we work together toward achieving a more prosperous Wauconda.

The staff and I are now developing our marketing campaign.  It will emphasize the positive results from the recently completed hotel study and the TIF district. The campaign is designed to generate more interest in the development of Wauconda.  Our goal is to ensure future sustainability of services while stabilizing or even reducing property taxes.

In preparation for this year’s snow and ice season, the  Wauconda Public Works hosted the 7th Annual Snow Plow Rodeo.  Representatives from Wauconda, Prairie Grove, and Lake Zurich competed for the coveted title of Snow Plow Rodeo Champion.  The Rodeo consists of a written test and an obstacle course simulating various plowing challenges.   The event is mostly about training and refreshing snow plow drivers’ skills for the upcoming season, but also includes a good dose of healthy competition.

I am happy to report that this year’s champion is Bart Romero of Wauconda Public Works.  It was my pleasure to participate in this event along with Trustee Black, and Trustee Barbini.  We appreciate the efforts of all the public employees who keep the Wauconda and surrounding communities streets clear of snow and core services running smoothly.  Thank you!

After a visit to Santa, my family and I were out for a drive to see all the Christmas light displays.  We were all impressed when we got to 653 Walnut, in Wauconda, just West of Larkdale Row.  Mark Tarkowski has synchronized his Christmas lights to music and with over 9,000 lights, over 1/2 a mile of extension cords, and 48 channels, it is a spectacular display.  You just need to tune your radio to 88.7 FM and sit back and enjoy.  While we were watching, Mark and his wife returned home.  They were so gracious.  Mark came out to our car with candy canes and a flyer for his display.  He said, “I hope to create traditions for families and bring smiles to everyone’s faces.  Spread the word.”  True to my word, here is a link and QR bar code to Mark Tarkowski’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasLightsOnWalnutRd.

Thank you, Mark for your work and generosity. You are helping to make Wauconda area families’ Christmas holidays even more special.

The Holiday Bazaar hosted by Wauconda Bowl and coordinated by Deena Amato has donated enough to send 379 pounds, that’s 29 packages, to Afghanistan through Packages4Patriots.  We appreciate all your support.  What a nice thing to do to let our Troops know that we have not forgotten them and their service.  May they be home safe and sound with their families next Christmas time.

Please keep our Troops and their families in your thoughts and prayers, especially during this holiday season.  Christmas in Afghanistan will forever be burned in my memory.  One thing that made it tolerable and even brought some light to our days was when we received hand-made Christmas cards from American and Polish children.  Receiving from those who would otherwise be strangers was a heartwarming experience.  Though we did not know each other nor were we necessarily from the same country, we knew they were thinking of us.  They were unconditionally giving to us and they cared.  That is the Spirit of the Season and of Service.

Take Care, God Bless and Merry Christmas,

Frank

December 13, 2013 Mayor's Message

“December 7, 1941-a date which will live in infamy”. That is how President Roosevelt described the day Pearl Harbor was attacked.

“72 years ago…this nation changed forever. Peaceful innocence was lost and replaced with eternal vigilance in defense of the greatest way of life this world has ever known. Let us take time today to not only remember… but to educate. What made – and makes – this country great, and those that committed their last breath in defense of it — should never pass from the ranks of our immediate consciousness.” Jeff Lockhart, Wauconda resident

Let us remember their sacrifice. Let us work for peace and remember the need for eternal vigilance.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and village employees for making the Holiday Walk such a special event. In spite of the cold weather the Holiday Walk was a great success! My family had a great time and it really put everyone in the holiday spirit. All your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Wauconda Police Officer Eric Schultz continues to battle cancer and we ask that you keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Our new K-9 Officer: Varro was sworn in at last Tuesday’s Board Meeting. Varro’s first day on the job was productive as he assisted with two arrests and 6 grams of heroin was confiscated.

Sharp Towing is partnering with the Village of Wauconda to provide free rides home for anyone on New Year’s Eve from 8PM-3AM within a 20 mile radius. Just call Sharp Towing at 847-526-6699 for a ride. Sharp Towing volunteers donate the tip money they receive to the Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry.

Police Chief Yost has authorized overnight parking in the municipal lots for those who should not drive on New Year’s Eve. They may also park in the business Main Street area overnight, as long as it does not snow.

This Sunday, the Wauconda Bowl will be hosting a Holiday Shopping Bazaar with over 20 local vendors. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Packages for Patriots.

The Sons of the American Legion will be hosting Breakfast with Santa from 8AM -12PM on Sunday, December 15 at the American Legion Post 911 on 515 S. Main St., Wauconda, IL. The community is invited to join them for a wonderful breakfast serving pancakes, French toast, Mexican scramble, scrambled eggs, omelets, hash browns, biscuits & gravy, sausage and bacon. And Santa will be there to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

December 6, 2013 Mayor's Message

Neighbors,

Since my first week in office we have been working to bring economic opportunity to the Village of Wauconda and as part of that broader plan we have completed our Community Overview Market Study and it has determined that a hotel is sustainable in our community. We will be moving ahead by working with developers to bring that opportunity to a successful completion in the coming year.

The Village of Wauconda’s Snowflake Lighting Ceremony on Main Street will take place during our Annual Holiday Walk at approximately 4:30PM. I will be out of town with the Army Reserves, but will proudly be represented by my lovely wife, Christine, for the ceremony and festivities. Come out and enjoy all the holiday family fun with your friends and neighbors!

The Wauconda Park District Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival Ceremony will be tonight, Friday, December 6th at 6:00 PM. Refreshments will be served and the festivities will include crafts, games, stories and pictures with Santa.

The Academy of Ballet’s annual performance of the Nutcracker is on Saturday, December 7th at the Wauconda High School. Shows start at 1:00 PM and 5:00PM. Tickets are $12 for adults. Over 90 local children perform in this Holiday classic.

‘Tinsel a Tree for Charity’ is a local toy drive sponsored by Middleton’s on Main. Donations of unwrapped toys in original containers can be dropped off under any of Middleton’s uniquely decorated trees.

Helping those in need is a way of life in Wauconda. The Senior Club lunch brought to light all the nice things we do and can do to help our neighbors. Please build on that sense of community by shoveling a walk or bringing a meal or just stopping by to see a neighbor in need this Holiday Season.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

November 29, 2013 Mayor's Message

Neighbors,

The Turkey Trot was a great success! A special thank you to Glenn and Linda Starkey and Chris and Katy Rueb for organizing this fun filled event. Thank you to all those who participated and made this event such a success!

A special thank you to Don Kutinac and the Wauconda Moose Lodge, American Legion, Wauconda Bowl, Lindy’s and the Susan H. Dufern Memorial Serviceman’s Fund for organizing this year’s Sailors Thanksgiving Day celebration. Our Sailors enjoyed lunch, dinner and snacks as well as games, phone calls home, Skype, and door prizes. PMI photography provided personalized photo ornaments for sending back home and prizes were iPods and airline tickets. The event was a wonderful way to give back to those who sacrifice so much on our behalf. Thank you to all the volunteers who make this special day possible for our Troops.

On Tuesday, December 3, at our Regular Village Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees will be considering a number of business items including amendments to the Village Noise Ordinance. The public is always invited to attend the 7PM meetings to learn more about our local government.

Remember that tomorrow Saturday, November 30 is  Small Business Saturday! Wauconda’s participating local small businesses will benefit from your patronage. You will also find a number of Wauconda establishments are offering a special coupon for $10 off at Lindy’s Landing when you spend $50 or more in their store!

Our popular annual Holiday Walk celebration will be on Saturday, December 7 from 1PM to 6PM. Plan to come on out and join your friends and neighbors for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Clause, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a spectacular snowflake lighting ceremony, and much more. Visit the event’s Facebook page for up-to-date information on this great family-oriented day!

The Son’s of the American Legion will be hosting Breakfast with Santa from 8AM -12PM on Sunday, December 15 at the American Legion Post 911 on 515 S. Main St., Wauconda, IL. Everyone is invited to join them for a wonderful breakfast serving pancakes, French toast, Mexican scramble, scrambled eggs, omelets, hash browns, biscuits & gravy, sausage and bacon. And Santa will be there to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah! This year Jewish Americans celebrated the first full day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving on the same day. This is a very rare occurrence. These holidays will not occur on the same day again for “almost 80,000 years” according to ABC news. Some are calling it “Thanksgivukkah”.

From our families to yours we wish you the very best during this holiday season.

Take Care and God Bless,

Frank

November 22, 2013 Mayor's Message

Neighbors,

“Be a Builder. Use your experiences to build yourself and the world around you; to make all that you see and touch in your life as good as it can be. When you build, you’re thinking of the future and acting in the present. To me, this is the essence of leadership: to see a goal, somewhere in the future; to commit oneself to making it real; and to change – often in difficult ways, at personal cost – to achieve it.” Miles White, current CEO at Abbott Labs.

As we continue to make progress on our tax incremental finance (TIF) district the staff and our consultants should be commended for the fine work they have done to effectively address the questions of the business and home owners in the area of the TIF. The TIF is a financial tool used to attract development and create a win-win scenario for the developer and the village. Our Village wins by improving existing businesses and drawing new businesses to the area. The businesses win because the taxes that are generated by the increased value they have added to the area are used to pay for infrastructure improvements. Click here for more information.

Wauconda service organizations will be meeting tonight November 22 at 6:30PM at the American Legion Hall with Wauconda Police Chief Pat Yost, the Lake County State’s Attorney, Mike Nerheim, and others from the Lake County Heroin/Opioid Abuse Taskforce. The informational meeting will discuss how service organizations, as a united group, can best help the Task Force in reducing drug abuse and overdose deaths. Thank you to the participating members from: Rotary International, American Legion Post 911, Lions Club, Masonic Lodge #298, Moose Lodge and the United Partnership. We all believe that a partnership with area service organizations is essential to achieving the Tasks Force’s goals.

Wishes for Washington and the surrounding area disaster relief collection has been a great success. Donations are being accepted at Boehmer Automotive 416 W. Liberty St in Wauconda. A special thank you to Bonnie Anderson DeBoer, Pam Blake and Steve Boehmer for organizing this effort and making it such a success. And thank you to Joe Cicero from STAR 105.5 and Middleton’s on Main Street for your efforts to raise awareness and money for the effort.

The third annual Turkey Trot is Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28th, 2013 start time 9AM. The race features a 4 mile run around beautiful Bangs Lake, as well as a 2 mile fun run/walk down Main Street and around Cook Park. The awards ceremony will be at 10:15AM, with the program completed by 10:30. Food and drink vendors will remain until 11:00am. My family and I plan to participate and we hope to see you there. Enjoy the race. All proceeds will go to the Wauconda Area Food Pantry. Please bring non-perishable food donations to the race. Click here to learn more about this great event!

As we do every year, the Wauconda Moose Lodge, Wauconda American Legion, Wauconda Bowl and Lindy’s Landing are hosting Navy recruits who cannot be home for this Thanksgiving Holiday to join us in Wauconda from The Great Lakes Naval Training Center. The recruits are treated to a volunteer led holiday party with games, phones to call home and a Thanksgiving Feast. I know my wife, Christine, and many others are looking forward to baking the desserts for these fine young recruits. It is a heartwarming event that makes you proud of our community and proud to be an American.

From our families to yours we wish you every blessing this Thanksgiving Holiday. We have so much to be thankful for in Our Great Nation and being blessed to be here cannot be overstated.

Take Care and God Bless,

Frank

November 15, 2013 Mayor's Message

Neighbors,

We received our mid-year budget review from our Finance Directors on Tuesday. The bottom line is that our Village, like most municipalities, has serious challenges and some opportunities. (Click here to view Tuesday’s presentation.)

Challenges: We have completed an intensive audit and review of the Village finances. We have identified a budget forecast that was underestimated by $400,000 resulting in a deficit in the water and sewer fund. We have also identified just under $300,000 of salaries and other expenses that were previously charged to the water and sewer fund that should have been charged to other funds. Our staff has begun to remove expenses that should not have been attributed to the water and sewer fund and are allocating those expenses to the proper accounts. This practice has inflated the water and sewer expenses and understated the general fund expenses. We will perform a more detailed review of the water and sewer fund to identify all discrepancies and correct them.

Efficient operations are critical and reducing the growth of our expenses is critical for our financial survival. The “new normal” is here to stay, see below article. Our staff will implement a new process where we will re-evaluate projections monthly to ensure we are on track. We will ensure that accurate cost allocations are followed with respect to the water and sewer fund.  (Link to “Cities Must Cope with ‘New Normal’ to Avoid Financial Distress”: http://www.tmajcr.org/journalofcorporaterenewal/201305#pg15)   Opportunities: We can reshape our government into a sustainable, effective and efficient system. Any retail development will directly improve our tax burden imbalance – currently over 40% of our tax revenue for general operations (such as police) comes from property taxes. Our Finance Directors did say that Wauconda is not unlike many Illinois communities in that pension reform will be a very important external factor in our future financial health. Communities that work cooperatively will be more successful, so if you have ideas were we can consolidate services or cut costs, please send me an email at fbart@wauconda-il.gov and we can discuss your ideas.

November 8, 2013 Mayor's Message

Neighbors,

This week we had the pleasure of working with Wauconda’s own Angela Truesdale with Junior Achievement. Trustees Burke, Starkey and Arnswald joined me and many other volunteers in teaching Junior Achievement at the Wauconda Grade School. I taught a second grade class and we talked about jobs in our community, business, local government and finance. These children were such a joy to work with and we had a lot of fun together. We had so much fun together; a student asked if I was magic. I hated to disappoint him when I told him no. After we finished, as one of the children left the room I gave him a high 5, he returned moments later to give me a hug. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Our job fair with Mariano’s Grocery Stores last Saturday was a great success. Together we have provided 60 neighbors with new employment opportunities. My friend at Mariano’s has agreed to have another job fair for Wauconda in the near future. We thank our friends at Mariano’s for a great way to provide our community with employment opportunities. If you know of a business that would be interested in participating in such an event, please let me know.

Good luck to our very own Wauconda Area Little, Junior and Miss Queens who will be competing for 2013 Lake County titles in the Lake County Community Pageant on Saturday. Remember, no matter the outcome, you are all winners in the eyes of your community.

Lake County, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Keith Brin hosted a breakfast that Police Chief Yost and I attended. Keith has instituted a new program to electronically send to the Village the funds that it is to receive from the Circuit Court and that helps our administration in reducing the Village’s cash collection cycle and processing time. It makes possible a more efficient system that will help reduce administration costs. Keith’s office is initiating a new e-citation program with which the Village can reduce the paperwork associated with traffic citations and subsequent court proceedings. Thank you Keith!

On behalf of the Village of Wauconda I thank my brothers and sisters in arms and your families for your service to Our Great Nation. Happy Veteran’s Day! Few know the sacrifice we share and I appreciate your every effort on our behalf. Freedom is not free.

In honor of Wauconda’s continuing tradition of supporting our military service men and women, I will present an American Flag that flew over our headquarters in Afghanistan to the Village of Wauconda on Veteran’s Day at lunchtime at Village Hall. I have been honored to serve this country in peace and in war, and I am honored by the outpouring of support and commitment that this community continues to show for the men and women of our armed forces and their families.

Please join me in welcoming our new Village Administrator, Doug Maxeiner. Monday will be his first day and we are looking forward to having Doug join our team.

A special thank you to Brad Fink, our Public Works Director; Brad has done outstanding work as he served as our Village Administrator for the last few months. Your efforts make our community a better place to live.

I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Take Care and God Bless,

Frank

November 1, 2013 Mayor's Message

Neighbors,

On Monday, Junior Achievement will begin teaching civic curriculum, including governance and finance, at Wauconda District 118 Schools and Transfiguration Catholic School. As Mayor and as a parent, I am proud to be participating with the Trustees and Junior Achievement in a program designed to help our young people be better able to take on and understand their future civic responsibilities.

Wauconda Police Chief Pat Yost has partnered with Wauconda area service organizations, the Lake County State’s Attorney, Mike Nerheim, and others from the Lake County Heroin/Opioid Abuse Taskforce. They held an informational meeting to discuss how service organizations, as a united group, can best help the Task Force in reducing drug abuse and overdose deaths. The meeting was well attended with representatives from: Rotary International, American Legion Post 911, Lions Club, Masonic Lodge #298, Moose Lodge and the United Partnership. Chief Yost and I believe that a partnership with area service organizations is essential to achieving the Tasks Force’s goals.

In support of Wauconda School District 118′s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), Chief Yost, on behalf of the Wauconda Police Department and the Village, has donated a ride to school in a squad car for the PTO’s Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon. That event will be held this Sunday, November 3, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Concorde Banquets in Kildeer. This is an opportunity for Wauconda to support our school district’s PTO.

This years’ Trick or Treat on Main Street was a spectacular success. Wauconda public schools and the Transfiguration Catholic Grade School voted in the Mayor’s Costume Election. The winning costume idea was my favorite food, spaghetti and meatballs. With the help of my 5 year old son, Anthony, a spaghetti and meatballs costume was created. A big thank you to all of the students and staff who participated in the contest.

A special thank you to each of the businesses, Village employees and volunteers that were part of Trick or Treat on Main Street. The village employees included: Chris Esvang, Deputy Chief Tom Bender, Sergeant John Combs with service dog Maxx, and Linda Krajniak. The MC for the event was Randy Koch. Future Business Leaders of America students volunteered to help with the 50/50 raffle, the Pumpkin Carving Contest and more. The Wauconda Ballet Company, directed by Kelly Kledzick, gave a frightfully fun performance of Michael Jackson’s, “Thriller”. Planning Committee members: Sara Hamm Carlson, Aaron Aggarwal, Brian Linning, Maria Weisbruch, Jill Ryan, Ren Jensen, and Linda Krajniak could not have done a better job. Thanks to all who helped.

Reminder: The Village is partnering with Mariano’s Grocery this Saturday, tomorrow, to host a job fair from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Village Community Activity Center, 100 N. Main Street. With a store in Vernon Hills and another opening soon in Lake Zurich, this is a great way to provide our community with employment opportunities.

Our hearts and our prayers go out to those affected by the recent shootings at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

October 25th, 2013 Mayor's Message

October 25th, 2013

Neighbors,

I attended the first Finance Committee meeting with the Illinois Tollway Authority for the exploration of the extension of Route 53 to Route 120. This effort is a culmination of over 40 years of work and the potential of finally achieving this goal is an exciting prospect. If the Route 53 and 120 extensions occur, they will help to alleviate traffic congestion and will offer the possibility of greater prosperity to our Lake County communities. The Finance Committee plans to meet monthly through 2014 with the hopes of developing a recommendation to the Tollway Board by December of 2014. Together we will work to move our communities to greater prosperity and I am honored that the Illinois Tollway Authority has included me in this process.

The Village is partnering with Mariano’s Grocery Stores to host a job fair on Saturday, November 2 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Village’s Community Activity Center, 100 N. Main Street. One of my classmates at Northwestern University is the Human Resources Director for Mariano’s (owned by Roundy’s) and he has graciously agreed to provide us some exclusive job fairs. With a store in Vernon Hills and another opening soon in Lake Zurich, this is a great way to provide our community with employment opportunities. Thank you Roundy’s, these opportunities are much appreciated.

Congratulations to the new Executive Director of the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce, Laura Ferris. Originally from Sparta, Wisconsin, Laura has experience in residential construction, real estate and business ownership. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Chamber to support Wauconda’s economic future.

The Village of Wauconda has partnered with the Main Street business owners to sponsor this year’s Trick or Treat on Main Street event on Sunday, October 27 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. We plan to close Main Street from Route 176 to Bangs Street for safety and for added fun. This is a family focused event and no alcohol will be served.

Thank you to Brittany Barth (Slyce and Lindy’s) for her idea to do a Mayor’s costume contest with all the local grade schools. The children have voted on my costume for Halloween and I will wear the winning costume idea at Trick or Treat on Main Street. A special thank you to the District #118 grade schools and the Transfiguration Catholic Grade School for your assistance and cooperation with the Mayor’s Costume Election.

I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

October 18th, 2013 Mayor's Message

October 18th, 2013

Neighbors,

I am pleased to announce the contract approval of Doug Maxeiner as our new Village Administrator. I will formally appoint Doug in the coming weeks and he will start work on November 11th. Doug is our principal full-time leader in the village and he comes to us with over 20 years of municipal experience. He will lead our administrative team and our village to greater efficiency and prosperity.

Doug’s actions speak louder than his words. He has a long list of accomplishments in economic development, TIF district successes, the development of the River Walk in McHenry, IL and professional, effective village administration. Doug is eager to get started and we are happy to have him join our team. Please join me in welcoming Doug Maxeiner as our new Village Administrator.

I am also pleased to announce that, after retiring a few months ago with over 20 years as the village’s Deputy Clerk, Joanne “Joannie” Brandt has decided to come back and help us part-time. Joannie is the type of personality that everyone loves and our administrative team will profit from her experience and positive attitude. We are so happy to have her back if only part-time.

We attended the Lake County Partners annual meeting yesterday and it was a great opportunity for us to meet with our Lake County leaders as well as several large local employers like Abbott, Abbvie, Baxter and many more. An economic update was given by an international economist, Adolfo Laurenti, and the Lake County Chairman, Aaron Lawlor, laid out a plan for future leadership in Lake County.

Chairman Lawlor asked and I have accepted a position to serve on the Finance Committee for the exploration of the extension of Route 53 to Route 120. This is a process that is just beginning, but we hope that it may lead to the successful extension of Route 53 in the future. The extension will help to alleviate traffic congestion and will offer the possibility of greater prosperity to our Lake County communities. Together we will work to move our communities to greater prosperity.

The Village of Wauconda has partnered with Main Street businesses to sponsor this year’s Trick or Treat on Main Street on Sunday, October 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Main Street will be closed for the event from Mill Street to Bangs Street for safety and for added fun. This is a family focused event and no alcohol will be served.

You asked and we listened. Residents can now drop off unwanted electronics at the Wauconda Public Works Facility 24/7 – every day of the week! The easy to access outdoor receptacle is located at 302 Slocum Lake Road in Wauconda.

The fundraising efforts for Police Officer Eric Schultz have been a great success and it’s wonderful to see the Wauconda community support those who support us.

I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Take Care and God Bless,

Frank

October 11th, 2013 Mayor's Message

October 11th, 2013

Neighbors,

We have had some excellent discussions over the past week with potential developers and retailers who are interested in Wauconda.  As our administration gets out and meets face to face with businesses, we are building positive momentum that we believe will generate the results we desire. Keeping our positive image is important and focusing our efforts on our collective goal of bringing sustainable development to Wauconda is a key to the success of these efforts.  We have requested and the Board has approved an additional $10,000 for the Economic Development budget in order to give us the ability to follow-up on some of these exciting possibilities and increase our chances of success.

We have made a commitment to positively move Wauconda forward.  As we continue to develop a more effective and efficient Village government, we have requested and the Board has approved long overdue improvements to our financial services software and communications network.  The money for the approved projects has come from salary savings, so no increases to the overall budget are necessary.  Additionally, we will implement timely updates to prevent the shortfall from occurring again.

Homecoming congratulations to our Wauconda Bulldogs who beat Round Lake 34-14 in their Homecoming football game last Saturday.

Congratulations to our new clothing store, Threads, on their grand opening.  We wish them good fortune and every success.  Looking at my wife’s new wardrobe, I see the business is off to a great start.

This Saturday, October 12th, there are a number of charitable events happening in the area: The Jack Mead 5K for a Cure is an event that benefits the American Cancer Society.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Eastway Park in Island Lake.

Later that day, two venues are scheduled to help raise funds for one of Wauconda’s finest, Police Officer Eric Schultz.  The official benefit for Officer Schultz will be held at Sideouts in Island Lake from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday evening is the ladies Great Fall Pub Crawl to raise donations for Officer Schultz and the Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry. The pub crawl starts at Wauconda’s Main Street Outfitter at 5:30 p.m. and ends later that evening at JJ Twigs restaurant.  For those of you who wish to contribute to the benefit for Officer Eric Schultz but are unable to attend either of the events, you may leave a donation at the front desk of Village Hall Monday through Friday, October 14-18 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Take Care and God Bless,

Frank

October 4th, 2013 Mayor's Message

October 4, 2013

Neighbors,

Since the election I have continued the efforts of securing Lake Michigan water for our future use. As a resident of Wauconda, I too view this as critical to our town’s long-term viability. Through discussions with the Board, we chose to explore all options prior to signing any long-term agreement. After recent developments, the Board has now refocused its direction to CLCJAWA as the preferred choice and we will collectively work towards that end.

The recent events can be attributed to a breakdown in communication, for which I accept full responsibility. I will work diligently to prevent such events from happening again by encouraging an environment in which the issues and consequences of each choice are clear. As a collective we have to accept disagreements and be open to the requisite discussion to resolve them. If I, in any way, made members of this board feel as though they could not openly express their ideas and beliefs, I apologize.

The Board has given clear direction and I will follow that direction with discipline and a bias for action

The positives in this are that there are very few things in life that cannot be undone with genuine effort. We were very close to an agreement and it is my belief there is a chance that this may be able to be resolved by cooperative efforts.

Our way forward will be just that – forward. We have reorganized our LMW planning team to consist of all full-time staff and it will be led by our Village Administrator. This will ensure there is timely attention paid to the effort. As we work towards a primary goal of improving internal and external communication, the Village of Wauconda will conduct some strategic planning sessions for our elected officials and staff and together we will build a solid plan for the future of our community.

Take Care and God Bless,

Frank

September 26th, 2013 Mayor's Message

September 26, 2013

Neighbors,

Our Board of Trustees and I have continued to work towards bringing Lake Michigan water to Wauconda. The Board of Trustees has twice been given ultimatums from Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA), a water supplier, to commit Wauconda to a partnership when we did not have the necessary agreements to review before making the commitment. Twice the Board of Trustees has given unanimous consensus and voted not to commit to this water supplier. Last night CLCWAWA elected not to continue our negotiations. That said, Wauconda will continue to pursue Lake Michigan water without this option.

This decision is a long-term commitment and it is not to be rushed or taken lightly. I applaud the Lake Michigan Water Planning Team for their work and the Board of Trustees for their conviction to doing what is right for the Village of Wauconda.

On Wednesday, the Lake Michigan Water Planning Team had a very encouraging meeting with the Northwest Water Commission (NWC). Our Planning Team found the discussion to be collaborative and productive. The current NWC water rates are 47% lower than CLCJAWA and NWC has significant excess capacity to meet Wauconda’s current and future water needs. As a result, our Planning Team has agreed to move forward in our negotiations as potential partners with NWC.

AECOM, the engineering firm for NWC, has completed their water modeling analysis. Our Planning Team will meet with them in the first week of October in order to establish a route study. In spring of 2014, we will break ground on the first phase of our internal improvements in order to bring Lake Michigan water to Wauconda.

Rest assured, we empathize with those residents who are concerned with the uncertainties that exist. With complex issues there are no simple solutions and decisions such as this are not made by one person, but by a team that can offer the broadest perspective for us to determine the best way forward.

We will work to develop our options with the intent of partnering with a water supplier at the best long-term cost we can negotiate. We will continue this teamwork until we have delivered the water to you. Please click here to see our Planning Team Update. You can also view Wednesday’s presentation by visiting our informative website at http://wauconda-il.gov.

The TIF District project is continuing at a good pace. On Wednesday, the Joint Review Board, consisting of representatives of our taxing districts and residents, met to discuss the project. Another meeting was scheduled for October 9th at 5:00 p.m. to finalize discussions. On November 20th, a presentation will be brought to a Special Board Meeting for the purpose of informing the Board and Public. Please visit our website for more information about the project.

As always, feel free to contact me at fbart@wauconda-il.gov to express your ideas or concerns.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

September 20th, 2013 Mayor's Message

September 20, 2013

Neighbors,

Your Board of Trustees and I have continued to work towards bringing Lake Michigan water to Wauconda. The Board has twice given unanimous consensus and voted to continue to develop our options with the intent of bringing Lake Michigan water to Wauconda at the best long term cost we can negotiate. We will continue this teamwork until we have delivered the water to you.update-icon

Next Wednesday, September 25th at 6:00 p.m., Wauconda’s Lake Michigan Water Planning Team will be presenting to the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA) Board of Directors. CLCJAWA is one of the two water suppliers Wauconda is considering. The public is welcome to attend this important meeting, which will be held at the CLCJAWA offices, 200 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff, Illinois.

As part of our ongoing efforts to promote the Village of Wauconda, we have secured an exhibitor booth at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) 2013 Chicago Dealmaking event at Navy Pier on October 2nd and 3rd. Attendees include regional and national retailers, site selectors, land developers, and retail property managers. Our team will be attending the event with the goal of meeting industry professionals that share Wauconda’s common issues and goals.

This Saturday, September 21st, the Wauconda Fire District will be holding its annual Open House and Blood Drive at Station 1, located near the intersection of Main Street and Route 176 in Wauconda. We hope you and your family can attend this popular event! The Blood Drive runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the Open House is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Congratulations to Wauconda’s Lindy’s Landing for taking 2nd Place at the 2013 Battle of the Burger event held last Tuesday at Chicago’s Tribune Tower. Lindy’s was one of 20 Chicagoland finalists (and the only suburban finalist) to win a opportunity to compete at the event. The restaurant’s original Chicago style Ham-Dogger is a famous local favorite that fully deserved to beat the competition for 2nd place.

The 39th annual Art in the Barn will be held on the grounds of Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois on Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The proceeds from the show benefit hospital construction projects, initiatives to improve patient care, and helps provide scholarships to college students pursuing degrees in the field of health care.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

September 14th, 2013 Mayor's Message

September 14, 2013

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Each year on September 11th Americans reflect on the tragedy of that day in 2001. We give thanks for the blessings of life bestowed on us in this Great Nation. We take pride in those who are committed to our protection and mourn those who have given their last full measure of life in our defense. Every year let us come together as Americans to pay our respects in humble silence by always remembering.

Today, the Village of Wauconda continues to make progress in its efforts to bring Lake Michigan water to Wauconda. Our Lake Michigan Water Planning Team recently provided an update to the Board at the September 10th Committee of the Whole meeting, resulting in a unanimous consensus to continue discussing a comprehensive evaluation of the two possible options we have for water suppliers. I applaud the Trustees for their conviction to doing what is right for our community and hope you find the time to read the most recent Lake Michigan Water Update on our website at http://wauconda-il.gov/lake-michigan-water-project/.

Also, this past Tuesday, I enjoyed attending the “Know your Neighbor” event held at Wauconda’s Transfiguration School. It was so nice to talk with such a great group of people and I fully support their efforts to make this Village such a special community.

Together, there is no doubt that we will identify ideal solutions for the challenges that face our community as a whole.

Take care and God Bless,

Frank

 

September 6, 2013 Mayor's Message

Neighbors,

This year’s Annual Street Dance was a big success! Special thanks go out to the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce, village staff, and the many dedicated volunteers who helped make this year’s event so special. The occasion also marked my first time presenting the Mayor’s Community Service Awards to our most active volunteers, allowing us to recognize those individuals and organizations that have had a significant, positive impact on the Wauconda community.Mayor Bart

Congratulations to Wauconda’s 2013 Awardees:  Ricky Tiesi, Mandy Garcia, Michael Wundsam, the Wauconda Moose Lodge 1969 – and special recognition went to Hunter Frey for his dedication to an Eagle Scout project that helped beautify the Wauconda community.

This past Thursday’s auction of the Adirondack chairs was a great success, raising well over $11,000 for Main Street beautification. The event is a popular addition to our active Farmers’ Market calendar.

Today, I am pleased to report that with a unanimous vote we have completed most of the Mayoral Appointments and staffing is close to being complete.  A past Village Trustee sent our new Chief of Police a congratulatory plant “To the Best of The Best” and I echo those remarks by wishing Chief Yost and Deputy Chief Bender ongoing success.  In the near future, I also plan to recognize those residents who have served our village in the past with a high level of dedication to public service.

Your Village Trustees and I are engaged in the interview process for Wauconda’s new Village Administrator and several finalists have been selected.  We will announce the new Administrator once the interviews are complete and the candidate has accepted a contract.

Our efforts to bring Lake Michigan Water to Wauconda are moving forward and we will provide another update to the Board of Trustees at the September 10TH Committee of the Whole Meeting at Village Hall at 7:00 p.m. We hope you can join us.

Wishing you all the best,

Take Care,

Frank

August 30th, 2013 Mayor's Message

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We will be completing our village appointments at next week’s Regular Village Board Meeting.  The recruitment process for our next Village Administrator is on schedule. Our recruitment contractor, Voorhees and Associates, has brought us several highly qualified candidates and the Board will have an opportunity to interview the candidates and offer input before the appointment is made.  We are dedicated to assembling a fine team of professionals to help lead our community to a more prosperous future.

Once our new staff is in place, we will begin conducting some strategic planning sessions with the Board, local service groups and business leaders in order to plan the best forward direction for Wauconda.

Just last week, the United Partnership for a Better Community, with the assistance of Wauconda resident Laura Fry, organized an International Overdose Awareness Day event on Sunday, August 25th at Memorial Park in Wauconda. Many Wauconda families have suffered because of illicit drug use and the purpose of the event was to create awareness about the growing number of people who die each year from overdose and to recognize those that are still struggling with addiction, have overcome addiction, or have suffered the loss of a family member to addiction. According to the Lake County Coroners office, deaths due to heroin overdose increased 115% between 2007 and 2011. We hope that public awareness of this issue helps these numbers decrease in the future.

Labor Day weekend is an event-filled time in the Village of Wauconda. On Saturday, August 31st, Lindy’s Landing will be holding its 12th Annual Labor Day Cardboard Boat Races on Bangs Lake. This fun popular family event begins at 12:30 p.m.

Later that evening, I will be presenting the Mayor’s Community Service Awards at 7:00 p.m. at the 14th Annual Street Dance. Meet us at the north stage to recognize those individuals and organizations that have given so much back to the Wauconda community.  And while you’re there, have the kids burn off energy at the Titanic Iceberg Slide and the Jurassic Adventure Slide while you enjoy a cool beverage and listen to some great local music.

The Wauconda Lions Club will also be holding its annual drawing for a Hawaiian Dream Vacation during the event. The winning raffle ticket will be pulled onstage by the newly crowned Wauconda Area Queens at 9:00 p.m. Raffle tickets for the vacation will be available for sale at the Street Dance before the official drawing.

If you know of a military family looking for more to do over the weekend, Wauconda’s Lake County Discovery Museum participates in Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America, to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families. The program runs from Memorial Day, August 27th through September 2nd.

I hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.

Wishing you all the best.

Take care,

Frank

August 23rd, 2013 Mayor's Message

Neighbors,

I am happy to report that at last Tuesday’s Board meeting some vocal residents, business owners and I came to an agreement to set our differences aside and focus our efforts on making positive changes in Wauconda. While disagreements are part of life, dysfunction should not be. With that in mind, we have agreed that the past is behind us and we will work together to focus on our future.

Lake Michigan Water efforts are continuing as our negotiations with two potential suppliers move forward. In the coming weeks we are meeting with both suppliers to advance our project in the most economical and efficient way. We continue to be focused on the best interests of Wauconda as this decision will affect our community for decades to come.

I am proud to announce that effective September 1st, our new Chief of Police will be Patrick R. Yost. Sergeant Yost has been raising his family in Wauconda for over 15 years and is our only senior officer living in Wauconda. Pat is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff & Command.

Pat Yost has served our Police Force for the past 24 years from the bottom to the top ranks starting as a Patrol Officer, then a Patrol Sergeant- supervisor, next as the Detective Sergeant- supervisor of the detective team and also as a past Deputy Chief of Police – Operations.

Yost has been an elected leader by his fellow officers for the Wauconda Police Pension Board for 16 years. Additionally, the members of the Wauconda Police Pension Board elected Pat Yost President of that board for 14 years and Secretary for 2 years.

Yost has been recognized by our business community as a leader and was given a Leadership & Service Appreciation Award by the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce in 2008.

Yost has also been recognized for courage by the United States Army and was presented the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism in December 1985.

Sergeant Yost is also an avid and active community volunteer by investing personal time in the following organizations:

* United Partnership for a Better Community (Board of Directors) * St. Baldrick’s Foundation Charity Fundraising Organizer * Wauconda Guns & Hoses Committee * Wauconda Police Explorer Post 2526 Executive Advisor * Wauconda Masonic Lodge 298 (current Secretary) * Wauconda Chamber of Commerce (Past Director & Co-Chairman of the Farmers Market) * Wauconda American Legion Post 911 (Past Commander, Past Senior Vice Commander, Past Sergeant-At-Arms, Past Judge Advocate) * Wauconda American Legion Post 911 Riders – Founding Member & Secretary

Want to show your support? Just “like” this message on the Village’s Facebook page and join me in congratulating Patrick Yost as our new Chief of Police.

Wishing you all the best,

Take care,

Frank

August 16th, 2013 Mayor's Message

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Neighbors,

It has been 100 days since the election. Time certainly does pass quickly in reflection, but it has not passed without effort on your behalf by your elected officials. We would like to take this time to provide an update on the highest priorities that we have been actively working on.

  1. Bringing Lake Michigan water to Wauconda at the best long-term price
  2. Creating favorable conditions for economic development.
  3. Reducing our overall village operating costs so that Wauconda has a sustainable model while maintaining current service levels and expectations without having to continually increase property taxes.

 

Water:  We have begun new negotiations to partner and pursue bringing Lake Michigan water to Wauconda.  We will thoroughly evaluate every aspect of each option and negotiate the best long-term price for our supply of Lake Michigan water.  We have posted our most recent Lake Michigan water update to our website for your information.

Development:  We have been actively pursuing business and land development companies to partner with local land owners in order to bring new shopping opportunities to Wauconda and to shift our over-reliance on property taxes to a more balanced revenue stream.  The Village receives 1% of sales tax for goods sold in the Village.  Increasing businesses within the village, either through national brand stores or locally owned/operated stores would allow us to increase our tax revenue, reduce our property tax levy from the Village, and further build upon a growing local business community that is a vibrant, dynamic component to our long term success and prosperity.

We have also expanded our proposed tax incremental financing (TIF) district to include most of our under developed commercial trade areas.  This allows the Village to attract development to the area by covering the costs of the roads, water and sewer improvements with any increased property tax revenue resulting from the improvement of these properties.  The Board of Trustees and I have worked together on this and they have approved the expansion of the proposed TIF district unanimously.

Reducing Costs:  We are in the process of reviewing our costs which are 70% personnel and 30% operational.  We have had some personnel changes in the administration that have reduced our costs by about $250,000 in total.  This was achieved by  restructuring positions within the village.

When I took office, the Village Administrator position was combined with the Finance Director (Treasurer) position.  Combining these two positions is not good for financial control measures or administrative policy procedures, so we are in the process of reversing that.  We will hire a new Village Administrator in September and a new person will be hired as the Finance Director.  The costs for separating these positions will be covered from the savings we have realized from our personnel changes.

Water and sewer rates are being reevaluated in order to provide more affordable rates and fair policies with regard to late fees and sewer credits for services not rendered.  This analysis will determine what future actions the Village will be able to take.

We will continue to work on these long-term issues for the benefit of our community as a whole.   Please contact me directly at fbart@wauconda-il.gov if you would like to share your thoughts.

Wishing you all the best,

Take care,

Frank

August 9th, 2013 Mayor's Message

Neighbors,

Since I’ve taken office I have been very focused on the big picture long-term goals we need to sustain and grow Wauconda. Last week I had the chance to have some fun and am so pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Mandy Garcia for the Wauconda Area Pageant.  I was impressed by the girls’ community service, poise, public speaking ability and how they are positive role models for young ladies in our town.

Mayor-w-queensWhile I was speaking with the reigning Miss Wauconda, she told me that how the Wauconda community welcomes home soldiers from their deployments inspired her speech that she gave for last years’ pageant.  I was touched and inspired by her words of support and encouragement. Young people offer so much through their innocent and honest perspective. Just this short conversation served as a valuable reminder, our community’s children are not only our future – but our most precious resource. They learn their sense of community, service, compassion, and charity through observation, yet another reason that I am proud to raise my own children in Wauconda.

It was the outpouring of community support during my homecoming from Afghanistan in 2012 that inspired me to give back to our community and run for Mayor.  I am highly motivated to get our financial plan on a better footing by cutting costs and by growing our development opportunities.  We are planning to expand and pass a tax-incremental finance (TIF) district in order to attract more development of our existing commercial areas.  Adding retail outlets will allow us shift from our over-reliance on property taxes to fund village operations to a more balanced revenue stream that grows our sales tax revenue.  This will also give our residents the opportunity to shop locally.

We are continuing our pursuit of Lake Michigan Water and will provide an update at the Tuesday August 13, 2013 Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall.  We are also voting on the Mayoral appointments to complete our team and get our administration off to a solid start.

As always, I appreciate your consideration and support and invite you to contact me if you need anything.

Take care & God Bless,

Frank

August 2nd, 2013 Mayor's Message

Message from the Mayor:

Mayor BartReflecting on my first 10 weeks in office, I have realized there are many lessons to be learned. I have learned that it’s better to listen more, speak less. I have come to appreciate on a deeper level that the volunteers in our community are the vital heartbeat of our great town. I have learned that on any ordinary day, the businesses and residents pull together to help each other in a way that is very positive. I have learned communication needs to be frequent and softened. I have walked the streets of Wauconda and have seen the pride in a new business owner’s face when the line to Stacie Cakes spans out the door. I have been encouraged by the overwhelming support from residents and fellow businesses for events and causes that impact our people. I have seen the children of our community laughing and enjoying all the things our Farmer’s market has to offer, Helmet’s for Ice Cream and participating in the Park District’s Tri-Athlon and more. The Board of Trustees and I have been working very hard try to sustain that sense of community and to create conditions for prosperity and provide security to our citizens. We want to continue this growth and sense of community and I am committed more than ever to do just that.

We will use customer service as a way to foster the sense of community. We are developing plans and processes where we can track our customer service and satisfaction ratings. We have eliminated the automatic water rate increases and are in the process of reviewing our water and sewer rates so that we can provide some relief to our customers. We are working on a a sewer credit policy for sewer services charged but not rendered in order to be fair to our customers. We are planning to implement the “Pay Your Way” program where water and sewer customers can pay monthly or quarterly and can pay electronically without a fee. We know everyone’s needs are different, and we want to do our best to ensure you can pay your water bill in a manner that is conducive to your family’s financial needs.

We ask for patience as we negotiate the best possible option for obtaining Lake Michigan Water. We will continue to update you on the process as negotiations permit.

In May, Chris Miller, Director of Planning and I attended a development conference and we were able to make some key connections in order to get a start on our commercial development plans. We have added significantly to our tax increment finance district in order to create conditions for successful development. The revenue generated from retail sales tax is an area of potential growth and by adding viable retail to the area we will reduce the over-reliance on property tax to fund village government. This will benefit us all.

I know security is something we have enjoyed in Wauconda, however, recently there has been a trend of drug overdoses in our community that can only be addressed by education and engagement. We will aggressively work with community groups like the Partnership for a Better Community and, through education we intend to address the illicit drug overdose problem we are currently facing. This is a priority to keep our community safe.

The board and I have negotiated our way through our differences and I believe we will have a stronger administration because of our work together. We will continue to address some of the most important issues our community has faced in some time, and together we will find our way. Our vision is to foster a sense of community, create conditions for prosperity and provide security to our citizens. I invite you to reach out to me directly, I am open to your thoughts and feedback. My door is always open.

Take care & God Bless,

Frank