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Lake Michigan Project Updates

Here is a list of events related to the Lake Michigan Water Project. With each meeting or public information piece that went out, you will find the relevant project materials that accompany it.

November 12, 2013 - Lake County Board Action
The Lake County Board approved an establishing ordinance creating Special Service Area (SSA) Number 16 to bring Lake Michigan water to the Villages of Lake Villa and Lindenhurst and the unincorporated areas of Grandwood Park and Fox Lake Hills.

October 17, 2013 - Email to residents in the project area:
The 60-day objection period for the Lake Michigan water Special Service Area (SSA) Number 16 ended on Oct. 14, 2013.

The next step in the SSA process is the consideration of an Establishing Ordinance. The ordinance will be presented to the County's Public Works and Transportation Committee on Nov. 6, 2013. The recommendation of the Committee will be forwarded to the County Board for consideration at their Nov. 12, 2013 meeting.

If approved, the SSA #16 Establishing Ordinance would authorize the County to issue Special Service Area bonds to fund the improvements to bring Lake Michigan water to the Villages of Lake Villa and Lindenhurst and the unincorporated areas of Grandwood Park and Fox Lake Hills. The taxes to pay for the first bond issuance (approximately $30/year for a $200,000 property) would appear on property tax bills in Spring 2014.

August 30, 2013
Responses to Questions from the Public Hearing are now available on the website.

August 13, 2013
SSA #16 Public Hearing
Lehmann Mansion
485 N. Milwaukee (Route 83), Lake Villa

July 9, 2013
On behalf of Lake County, Lindenhurst and Lake Villa, Manhard Consulting has mailed the formal notice of the public hearing for SSA 16 via US Mail to all properties within the proposed SSA boundary.

Read frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the SSA and the project in general to help address your concerns.  If you have additional questions not present on the FAQ sheet please call 847.377.7500 and press 2 for SSA Questions/Engineering Department.

Included on this page are video presentations that address cost concerns and the reason for the project as well as a project map and a project schedule that may answer some of your questions.

For questions concerning your property, please contact your specific water service provider (where you pay your water bill).  If you are on a private well and received the notice of public hearing you should call your Village.

June 11, 2013
Lake County Board approved the Special Service Area 16 proposing ordinance which set the date and time of the public hearing.

June 3, 2013
The Lake County Public Works and Transportation Committee will be considering the SSA #16 proposing ordinance.

April 6, 2013
Joint Open House at Lakes High School in Lake Villa

March 27, 2013
Public Notification made regarding Joint Open House at Lakes High School in Lake Villa set for April 6, 2013.

January 29, 2013
Public Open House Meeting for those served by Fox Lake Hills water system was held at Thompson School from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Approximately 30 residents attended the open house and three comment cards were submitted.

January 22, 2013
Public Open House Meeting for those served by Grandwood Park water system was held at Grandwood Park Park District Facility from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Approximately 100 residents attended the open house and eight comment cards were submitted at the event. A few emailed comments were submitted after the meeting.