By Pat Christensen and Dan Waters
January 29, 2013
Water rate hike set for new budget
The proposed increase in the Lake Zurich water rate has been taken under advisement, according to Village Clerk Kathleen Johnson, and the finance committee expects to be able to submit a budget, including the board's recommendations of a 15 percent water rate increase, near the end of March. The budget must be presented to the board by April 1, Johnson said.
Fire board purchases materials
The Lake Zurich Foreign Fire Insurance Board met recently to discuss business, according to Fire Chief Dave Wheelock, including the purchase of a sign for Station 1, the purchase of two leaf-blowers for Station 2, the purchase of a Knox Keysecure Master Key Retention box and the purchase of a Knox Medvault to securely store medicine. All of the money used by the Foreign Fire Insurance Board comes from taxes raised from insurance companies with offices outside the state of Illinois and clients in the village of Lake Zurich, according to fire officials. The taxes coming in to the Foreign Fire Insurance Board averages $35,000 per year, Wheelock said, and the board has approximately $179,000 in its account currently.
Mundelein-based product recalled
A Mundelein-based distributor of flavored powder used to make bubble tea issued a voluntary recall recently on many of its products because milk was not properly labeled as an ingredient, the Food and Drug Administration said in a press release. Boba Direct initiated the recall after it was discovered the packages did not clearly indicate the product contained milk, instead listing sodium caseinate and lactose, the FDA reported. The recall affects 22 bubble tea powders distributed between Dec. 26 and Jan. 4. The product was sent to cafes, restaurants and smoothie shops throughout the country, according to the FDA. There have been no reports of adverse health effects due to the recalled powders, the FDA said.
Development plan stalled
The Lake Zurich village board has put off its review of a new development in the village as bureaucratic details are finalized. According to Building and Zoning Director Dan Peterson, "The proposed strip center was tabled by the applicant, who is still working out tenant leases and site plans." The PUD, which features a property at the intersection of routes 12 and 22 in the village, would include four businesses, including a restaurant. Peterson added that he expects the matter to be brought back before the board "when any changes have been made."
Farmers Market director hired
JoAnn Bednar has been hired by the Mundelein Community Connection to be the 2013 Farmers Market Manger, according to Terry Skirpa of the Mundelein Community Connection. Bednar, a Mundelein resident, owns the Lake Bluff Coffee Company and works as a communications consultant. The Mundelein Farmers Market will open on June 14 and will run every Friday until Oct. 11, operating from 3-7 p.m. at the corner of Park St. and Seymour St.
Library gets high marks
According to information provided by the village of Mundelein, the Fremont Library has received a four-star rating from the Library Journal Index of Library Service. Only 20 libraries in the state have received a "star" rating, and only 14 of those are rated with four stars or better. The Fremont Library earned its rating by offering what is considered superior to even a comprehensive library of books, according to the village.
Dan Waters is a Tribune reporter. Pat Christensen is a freelance reporter.