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Lake Michigan water delivered to Grandwood Park.
The phase of the project to bring Lake Michigan water to the homes within the Grandwood Park water system (including Brookside, Bridlewood, Deerpath, Gurnee Glen, Mill Creek Crossing, Shires, and Stratton Oaks) is now complete. The Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA) has extended their mains to Grandwood Park and the communities in this water system are now receiving Lake Michigan water.
On April 4, 2017 the contractor for phase one of the CLCJAWA Lake Michigan Water Project (Joel Kennedy Constructing) began work within the Fox Lake Hills area. This work includes construction of an underground water delivery structure at a Lake County Public Works reservoir site located on Lincoln Ave. Until the pipeline is extended to the delivery structure, the water supply to Fox Lake Hills customers will continue to be the Lake County community wells. Lake Michigan water supply in this area is anticipated to be delivered in the Fall of 2018.
The phase 1 pipeline installation to Grandwood Park and throughout areas of Gurnee is still in progress. The second phase of pipeline will be starting soon in the Lindenhurst area and the contractor is Campanella & Sons.
Information about the project schedule and maps can be viewed on the CLCJAWA website.
Construction is starting for the first phase of the Lake Michigan Water Project. Information about the project schedule and maps can be viewed on the CLCJAWA website in the section titled "Watermain Installation Project (NGBP#1) - (Washington Street, Almond Road, Hutchins Road)". The first phase of work includes bringing necessary equipment onsite and starting tree removal along the pipeline route.
The second phase of the Lake Michigan Water Project will be advertised for bid shortly. For more information check the Bid Information page on CLCJAWA's website.
Find out what Special Service Area (SSA) #16 is and why property owners in the SSA (PDF) were assessed an SSA tax on their property tax bill. More information
Easement acquisition is still in progress for the project and if the water main needs to travel through your property you will be contacted. The firm coordinating easement acquisition is Land Acquisitions, Inc. located in Buffalo Grove.
The final engineering design phase of the project continues. Major milestones moving forward include:
- Finalize plans and specifications for construction of four CLCJAWA water delivery structures
- Finalize contract documents for the transmission main
- Coordinate with agencies and complete all necessary permit submittals
- Develop final project cost estimates
- Finalize pipeline easements
- Coordinate IEPA Loan Process
- Assist in bidding and contractor awards
Project is now in final engineering design phase:
- Map of Pipeline Routes (PDF)
- Preliminary Engineering Report (PDF)
- List of permits, Hydraulic and Corrosion Analysis, and Geotechnical Report (PDF)
- Wetlands and Tree Survey and Environmental Approvals (PDF)
The Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency approved the final route study (PDF). View the maps:
Public Hearing questions and responses are now available.
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 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.
August 30, 2013
Responses to Questions (PDF) from the Public Hearing are now available on the website.
August 13, 2013
SSA #16 Public Hearing
485 N. Milwaukee (Route 83), Lake Villa
- Public Hearing Agenda (PDF)
- Slides from the Public Hearing (PDF)
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 (PDF) 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.
Joint Open House at Lakes High School in Lake Villa
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.