Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Additional charges are proposed for water customers whose service is shut off or whose checks bounce.
If you pay your water bill late, you could soon get hit with an even higher bill. Buffalo Grove officials discussed this week charging two new fees to residents who fail to pay their water bills. Finance Director Scott Anderson said 4 to 5 percent of the residents are at least 30 days past due on their water bills, and about 2 percent more are a day or more past due. Those overdue balances equate to about $75,000 owed to Buffalo Grove, Anderson wrote in a memo this month to Village Manager Dane Bragg. The village charges a 10 percent late fee to customers whose bills aren’t paid on time. Account holders who are a month behind payment receive notices that they have 60 days to pay until their water is shut off. After 60 days, the water …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
State Rep. Sid Mathias responds to questions from a citizen and reporters about whether he's concerned about the village's water quality and whether he still supports Lisa Stone.
When State Rep. Sid Mathias was hit with a question Monday night about Buffalo Grove’s water issues, he initially tried to defer to one of his fellow panelists. But the citizen insisted that his question was for Mathias. “I’m not sure there is an issue with the water in Buffalo Grove,” Mathias said. “There isn’t,” the citizen responded. “I agree with you,” Mathias said. The citizen later identified himself on Patch as Stuart Tindall, who has previously commented on posts by former trustee Lisa Stone. Stone has repeatedly raised concerns about water quality in the Pekara neighborhood in unincorporated Lake County that borders the village and draws its water from wells. Stone has praised Mathias on Patch, noting that he was her honorary co-…
Monday, July 16, 2012
Buffalo Grove's Public Works director explains how the system works. Meanwhile, other officials respond to concerns that Lisa Stone has repeatedly raised.
Buffalo Grove officials took the opportunity to defend the village’s water quality last week following a staff presentation about the system's history and current operations. Greg Boysen, director of Public Works, delivered a 20-minute presentation July 9 that outlined Buffalo Grove’s water sources and testing procedures. The village’s water, which comes from Lake Michigan through the Northwest Water Commission, is pumped from four reservoirs in Buffalo Grove, he explained. In all, the reservoirs can hold 7.5 million gallons of water. On a typical day, a single reservoir could accommodate the entire village, Boysen said. Should one reservoir go out of service, service would continue to be provided by the others, he said. Water is regularly…
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Residents will pay 35 percent more next year, with a 30 percent increase to follow in 2014.
Buffalo Grove residents’ water rates will increase beginning Jan. 1, village trustees decided Monday. Increases will go into effect at the start of 2013 and 2014, under an amended ordinance recommended by village staff. Rates will increase by 35 percent in 2013, setting the price at $4.05 per 1,000 gallons. The increase is expected to result in an additional $13.65 charge to the average customer’s two-month bill. Water rates will increase again by 30 percent increase in 2014, bringing the village’s combined rate to $5.26. At that time, the average customer is projected to pay $29.51 more per bill than they pay now. The estimates are based on use of 6,500 gallons per month and the total rates include sewer charges. Previously: Village …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A proposed ordinance recommends a 35 percent increase in residents' water rates beginning Jan. 1.
Buffalo Grove residents could see a spike in their water bills in 2013, under a proposal to increase rates annually beginning Jan. 1. Village Finance Director Scott Anderson presented a plan last month to boost the village’s combined water and sewer rate by 35 percent in 2013. The increase would set the village’s rate at $4.05 per 1,000 gallons, resulting in an additional $13.65 charge to the average customer’s two-month bill. The plan also calls for a 30 percent increase in 2014, making the village’s combined rate $5.26. After the second increase, the average customer would pay $21.51 more per bill than they pay now, Anderson said. The estimate is based on use of 6,500 gallons per month. Beginning in 2015, the rate would increase by 4 …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The annual report looks at water quality from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The quality of drinking water in Buffalo Grove met or exceeded federal and state government standards, according to the 12th annual Village of Buffalo Grove Water Quality Report. The water quality report is prepared and distributed annually by all community water systems to their customers as mandated per amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act. The report is attached at right. This reporting cycle is required to reflect the levels of specific contaminants that were sampled and tested during the 2011 period. — Provided by the Village of Buffalo Grove
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Organization's first meeting will address issues such as water quality, wildlife habitat, erosion, sedimentation, flooding, and the overall environmental health of the water resources.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Letter to the editor
My name is Brenda Weis and together, Lisa Stone and I are the founders of The Lake County-Vernon Township Coalition for Safe Drinking Water. Having been an ardent advocate for water quality for more than 40 years, I originally contacted Lisa Stone when I read an update of the Buffalo Grove Board's inactivity regarding Land & Lakes in 2010 in the Pioneer Press. For many of these years Lincolnshire was rife with contamination along Milwaukee Avenue from illegal dumping which took place in the 50's and 60's. Trucks dumped toxics, etc. on their way to Wisconsin. I was always a skeptic and, have unfortunately never been wrong in any of my environmental concerns and pursuits, which have spanned decades. Having a science background, I learned how…
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Village President Jeff Braiman spent five minutes Monday night addressing topics recently raised by Lisa Stone.
Buffalo Grove Village President Jeff Braiman said he wanted to set the record straight on a few issues Monday night. Two weeks after former Trustee Lisa Stone expressed concerns about a slew of topics, Braiman said there is no need for alarm when it comes to the quality of Buffalo Grove's drinking water, among other issues. Previous story: Former Trustee Creates a Stir at Village Board Meeting “I think there’s some possible misinterpretations being sent around,” he said. Specifically, he said: “I think that should hopefully solve any concerns that we have. Any questions regarding anything in the village, we are more than happy to deal with,” Braiman said. Braiman’s remarks can be viewed on the board meeting video posted on the village’s …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Letter to the editor
Serious concerns have been raised about our water supply by Former Buffalo Grove Trustee Lisa Stone (my wife) and her coalition. Documents disclosed that industrial and domestic wastewater was being treated and discharged next to groundwater wells. A report falsely identified that the Pekara Subdivision had been converted to municipal water around 2001, when in fact the Pekara Subdivision is still on groundwater. Given that, what protections do those wells have given that critical decisions were based on the false notion that nobody was drinking the water from the wells? Why does an address on Krause Drive not exist in Buffalo Grove, 60089, yet that is the address registered with the IEPA as the wastewater treatment facility and the …