Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Village of Buffalo Grove is considering a new contract with Waste Management that would allow residents to opt for smaller trash carts at no additional cost.
Buffalo Grove residents who think their new trash cans are too big could soon get some good news. Village officials will consider next week approving a restructured agreement with Waste Management that would allow residents to obtain a smaller trash receptacle. Until last month, residents purchased their own garbage cans, while recycling carts were provided by Waste Management. The village’s new contact with the company includes Waste Management-issued trash cans, which were distributed in April in either 64- or 96-gallon sizes. Earlier this month, residents from various Buffalo Grove neighborhoods complained that the 64-gallon cans are too large. Residents who have smaller, one-car garages said they are unable to fit both their car and …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The three village trustees who were elected in April were officially sworn into their new terms Monday night.
The three newest members of the Buffalo Grove Village Board were already trustees, but they had to be sworn into office nonetheless. Les Ottenheimer, Beverly Sussman and Andy Stein stepped off the dais Monday night, each placed a hand on their own bible and pledged to uphold their elected duties. They were sworn in by Lake County Judge Chuck Johnson, who previously served as a Buffalo Grove trustee. The short ceremony followed the canvass of vote returns. With all votes tallied in Cook and Lake counties, Sussman earned 1,435 votes, followed by Ottenheimer with 1,350 and Stein with 1,321. Write-in challenger Jeff Battinus secured 368 votes.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Buffalo Grove's Village Hall will close an hour earlier Monday nights.
Buffalo Grove residents who stop by Village Hall to pay bills or call with questions on Monday nights will soon face a shorter time frame. In an effort to save money, village officials have decided to close Village Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays. For the past decade, the building has remained open until 7:30 p.m. on Mondays to give residents extra time to conduct business. The rest of the week, Village Hall closes at 4:30 p.m. The village pays about $26,000 annually in overtime for two employees to work three extra hours each week, Finance Director Scott Anderson said. The after-hours shift is staffed by one staff member from the building and zoning department and one finance department employee. While traffic volume does not require two …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Village officials discussed the pros and cons of disseminating information via social media during a Monday night workshop.
As Buffalo Grove looks into keeping residents informed via Facebook without spending time or money on the effort, at least one official is objecting to the village’s proposal to take the “social” out of social media. Elected officials and staff discussed Monday a plan to introduce a Facebook page for the purpose of promoting special events, village announcements and public meetings. The police department could also use the page to disseminate educational messages, said Leisa Niemotka, assistant to Village Manager Dane Bragg. The Facebook messages would come from RSS feeds from the village’s website, meaning staff would not have to dedicate time to to updating the page, Niemotka said. Links posted on the page would drive traffic back to the…
Should new single-family homes be required to have fire sprinklers? During an initial discussion, village officials discussed whether sprinklers are worth the cost and whether government should dictate their use.
A proposal to require sprinkler systems in new single-family homes received mixed reviews from Buffalo Grove trustees Monday night. Under a suggestion by village staff — and supported by the Buffalo Grove Fire Chief Terry Vavra — sprinklers would be mandated for new construction, but optional for home additions. At an estimated $2.50 per square foot, sprinklers could add about $12,000 onto the cost of a 3,000-square-foot home with a full basement, officials said during a committee of the whole meeting. “It’s a considerable amount of money to place on the homeowner,” said Trustee Steve Trilling, who wondered whether the added price would make Buffalo Grove’s housing market less competitive. “It’s a lot of money, but people spend that much …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Village of Buffalo Grove issued the following information at 10:48 a.m. Thursday regarding flooding and power outages.
Thursday, April 18
The Village of Buffalo Grove is experiencing flooding caused by the high rainfall totals impacting the Chicagoland region. Due to flooding conditions downstream, the Village’s storm system and waterways are taking on water faster than it can be discharged. Local rainfall totaled 3.79 inches over the last 24 hours and an additional 2-4 inches of rainfall is expected throughout the day. Several roads are experiencing localized flooding. Public Works crews are currently dispatched throughout the Village clearing inlets in order to mitigate street flooding to the extent possible. As designed, detention basins may overflow into the street. The Village urges residents to stay away from standing water, detention basins, manholes, and to avoid …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Buffalo Grove Village Board honored the boys basketball team this week.
The Stevenson High School boys basketball team was honored Monday by the Buffalo Grove Village Board for its successful 2013 season. The team placed second in state, falling last month to Simeon in the championship game. "It was really thrilling," Village President Jeff Braiman said of the team's winning streak. "You did an exceptional job." The players received certificates and golden buffalo pins from the village.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Buffalo Grove introduced last week its online payment option for water bills.
Buffalo Grove residents now have the option of paying their water bills online. Residents can log into their water accounts by visiting the E-Services page on the village’s website, and then clicking Water/Sewer Online Payments. To log in, residents will need to enter their water account number as well as their name as it appears on their bill. Through the website, they will be able to view their account balance, recent activity, a water consumption analysis and an option to pay their bills by credit card. Those who pay by credit card will be charged a $2 fee to cover the transaction. The site also allows residents to opt out of paper bills or to choose both paper and e-bill notices. The village rolled out its e-billing system April 12, …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Election results from Cook and Lake counties are as follows.
Buffalo Grove voters determined Tuesday who will represent them in the coming years on the Village Board, local school boards and other governmental bodies. For more Buffalo Grove news, subscribe to Patch's free, daily email newsletter and "like" us on Facebook. Buffalo Grove Village Board School District 21 School District 96 School District 102 Vernon Area Public Library Wheeling Township race results are here.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Buffalo Grove High School's state championship winning cheerleading team was honored this week by the Buffalo Grove Village Board.
The accolades continued this week for Buffalo Grove High School's varsity cheerleading team. The team, which earned the state cheerleading title in February, was honored by the Buffalo Grove Village Board. The cheerleaders, who arrived in uniform and wearing their state medals, received a certificate and a golden buffalo pin from village officials. "You should be very, very proud of what you've accomplished in the championship," Village President Jeff Braiman told the team. The cheerleaders are coached by Jeff Siegal, Matt Meyer, Steve Nolt, Erin O'Donnell, Stephanie Pehr and Becky Serra. The team includes: