Getting Prepped

Getting Prepped

By Village Manager Phil Kiraly

It’s a busy time of year for us here at the Village. While there are many important national events Phil_Kiralytaking place, such as the presidential election and continued COVID-19 pandemic, local efforts taking place here in Glencoe are just as significant; staff are focused on important improvements not only for the present but also for the future.  

To start, you’ve probably seen Village crews or our contractors busy working on a variety of projects:

  • Water main replacement: Several water main replacements in a number of locations in town are nearing completion. The Village is investing over $800,000 to support this effort this year).
  • 2020 Water Meter Replacement Program: United Water Meters, Inc. has completed the replacement of over 40% of the water meters in Glencoe since August and are continuing over the next few months. Thank you to residents in Zones 1 and 3 that have already scheduled their water meter replacement appointment!
  • Leaf collection: Today, we began our third curbside leaf collection pass through all five of the Village’s collection area. (Fun fact:This is our most significant “recycling event” every year, as over 8,000 cubic yards of leaves are delivered to the Chicago Botanic Garden where they are turned into mulch!).
  • Residential sidewalk replacement: The Village is prepping for residential sidewalk replacement this month, including a new sidewalk installation on Dundee Road from Pebblewood Lane to the south entrance of the Chicago Botanic Garden, an area of need identified by our Active Transportation Plan.
  • Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Dundee Road resurfacing: A related (and much needed) project, IDOT finished resurfacing Dundee Road between the Edens Expressway and Forestway Drive. Roadway striping will be completed in the coming weeks.

Public Works crews are also busy getting holiday lights up in the downtown in preparation for a very different COVID-19-impacted 2020 holiday season. Unfortunately, while the Village has made the challenging decision to cancel our community’s treasured Light the Lights celebration this year due to COVID-19, we will still turn on our downtown holiday lights on November 27. Stay tuned for more information from the Village on how to keep the holiday spirit this season.

But that doesn’t mean our downtown is closed for business – quite the contrary!The Village is working closely with two restaurants, currently Guildhall and Hometown Coffee & Juice, to accommodate greenhouse structures in the public right-of-way for wintertime outdoor dining. We are also partnering with the Chamber of Commerce through a #ShopSmall campaign to support our local businesses and restaurants. Mark your calendars for Small Business Saturday on November 28.

Likewise, our Village Board has also been busy. On October 15, the Board approved the new 29-lot Forest Edge Subdivision at 1801 Green Bay Road (the former Hoover Estate property) following an over 16-month public process. Also in October, the Board began reviewing the Village’s Preliminary Calendar Year 2021 Budget. Budget discussions will continue into December, when the budget will be considered for approval before the Village’s next fiscal year begins on January 1, 2021.

The Village Board has also been actively discussing the Village’s governance structure for almost two years, with most recent conversations focusing on if the Village should consider a referendum to become Home Rule. The time is approaching for the Board to decide on whether to include a question on this subject on the April 2021 ballot.

All this is just a sampling of the variety of focus areas that the Village’s team – our elected officials and staff, along with all of you in the community at large – undertake at a given time. Keeping our focus on the work necessary to keep Glencoe the community we all love has never been more important as we manage through some of the most challenging times in recent (or distant) memory. I hope you stay engaged and read more about these and other projects through our eNews, social media and website, as well as our print Inside Glencoe newsletter. It’s never been more important to stay actively engaged in your community!

I hope you enjoy the beautiful weather expected this weekend. Take the chance to dine outside, shop locally and enjoy the outdoors. While you do that, remember to #MaskOnGlencoe and please work to stay healthy.