Kates Road Bridge closed due to cracks on underside
The village announced that the Kates Road Bridge has been closed to all vehicular traffic following an inspection that found the bridge to be structurally deficient. The bridge, which is slated for reconstruction this summer, was closed — on the advice of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) — in the interest of public safety. An inspection by structural engineers revealed cracks on the underside of the bridge that greatly reduced its sufficiency rating. The bridge remains safe for pedestrian use, allowing the sidewalk to remain open. Until the bridge fully reopens, vehicular traffic will be routed around the bridge using Lake Cook Road and Waukegan Road. Northbound traffic at Pfingsten Road/Kates Road will detoured using Lake Cook Road to northbound Waukegan Road. Southbound traffic will be detoured using southbound Waukegan Road to westbound Lake Cook Road. On March 20, the village Board awarded the contract to fully reconstruct the bridge to Lorig Construction Company in the amount of $2.01 million. For more information, call (847) 945-5000 or visit www.deerfield.il.us.
Village Manager earns prestigious ICMA credential
Buffalo Grove Village Manager Dane Bragg recently received Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). To receive the prestigious credential, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government, hold a degree — preferably in public administration or a related field — and demonstrate a commitment to high standards of integrity, as well as lifelong learning and professional development. Bragg has 18 years of professional local government executive experience. Prior to his appointment as Buffalo Grove Village Manager, in 2010, he served as City Manager of Galesburg, and as Assistant City Manager in Decatur. In addition, Bragg is the current Northwest Water Commission Treasurer, and he also has served on various state and national association committees and conference panels on subjects ranging from finance to economic development and infrastructure planning. For more information, call (847) 459-2500 or visit www.vbg.org.
Village to host Dinner Dance Fireworks Fundraiser
The Village of Island Lake Dinner Dance Fireworks Fundraiser will be held from 7-11 p.m. April 22 at Westridge Banquet Hall, 628 E. State Road. The event includes a buffet dinner with carving station and chocolate fountain, a full cash bar, a live auction and 50/50 raffles, and dancing with entertainment provided by DJ Wayne. Dress is semi-formal. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome. Admission is $30 per person (if paid in advance at Village Hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave., by April 15) and $35 at the door. Proceeds will go toward the free 4th of July Family Picnic, the Lakefest Fireworks Show (July 8) and the free Concerts in the Park series. To access a registration form, visit www.villageofislandlake.com. For more information, call Tina Loos at (847) 526-4851 or Mark Beeson at (847) 650-8410.
Annual Senior Resource Day on tap at Park Dist.
The Zion Park District and Zion Township will host the 14th Annual Senior Resource Day (for ages 55 and up) from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at Zion Park District Sports Arena, 2400 Dowie Memorial Drive. The event includes continental breakfast, a variety of resource booths, lunch and Bingo. Admission is free. Registration is required. To sign up, and for more information, call (847) 872-2811 or (847) 746-2100. For transportation to and from the event, call the Zion Park District at (847) 746-5500.
Plan in motion to redevelop vacant K-Mart site
The Lake Zurich Village Board recently approved a preliminary development plan for the K-Mart property located at 255 S. Rand Road. The property has been vacant since 2002. The proposed redevelopment of the seven-acre property includes 162 luxury apartments and approximately 19,000 square feet of restaurant and commercial space. Garden Homes, owner of the property, intends to demolish the current building and construct three separate residential rental buildings, each consisting of three stories over indoor parking. Approval of the preliminary development plan sets the essential parameters for the project, including the size of the commercial space, the number of dwelling units, the building layout, the appearance of the buildings and buffering elements. The plan needs to be approved by the Village Board before the developer begins demolition of the K-Mart structure. For more information, call (847) 438-5141 or www.lakezurich.org.
Earth Day Celebration offers host of activities
The village’s Environmental Commission will host its annual Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 at Village Hall, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road. Activities include the village-wide clean-up, tree planting, tours of the Police Department and Water Treatment Plant, visits with members of the Environmental Commission, Mother Nature’s Bingo, the all-ages Arbor Day Kite Fly, Bag Swap (bring in 10 plastic bags for one reusable bag), a shoe collection (drop off used shoes for donation and recycling), book/hanger/clothing/textile recycling, the Super Hero 5K Fun Run and Super Kid 1-Mile Fun Run, free food and refreshments at Village Hall, and more. Admission is free. Pre-registration is required for each Fun Run. For more information, call the Lindenhurst Park District at (847) 356-6011 or visit www.lindenhurstparks.org.
Village offers free yard waste pick-up service
The village will offer yard waste clean-up service during the week of April 17. Residents may set out an unlimited amount of yard waste for a one-time pick-up — at no cost. Yard waste must be placed in brown paper yard waste bags (up to 50 pounds) or plastic garbage containers (up to 32-gallon) and clearly marked “yard waste.” All branches should be tied in bundles no more than two feet in diameter and four feet in length. Yard waste should be placed at the street after 6 p.m. the day before the regularly scheduled refuse pick-up. For more information, call Village Hall at (847) 223-8515 or visit www.villageofgrayslake.com.