Spring Edition Village of Round Lake Heights April-May 2008
MAYOR Dear Residents:
I know there is a lot of concern about the Arrowhead Detention
VILLAGE CLERK Pond located in front of the Village Hall. We are using several pumps to
VILLAGE COLLECTOR help drain the water from the pond into an adjacent creek so that we can
Susan Mahoney control the water level from rising to high. Although this has helped
847-546-1206 tremendously, it is not a final solution to our problem. In the next few
months the engineer and I will be presenting plans for a lift station to the
847-740-3238 village board to control the water level of the pond. This will be a long
Jack Germann process, with needed grants and assistance from Round Lake Beach. We
847-546-4825 are also working with the Department of Natural Resources and the
Jeff Katzel homeowners to purchase three homes, one on Pontiac and 2 on
Tomahawk. We have already received state approval and are now waiting
847-740-1587 for a final decision from the Federal Government sometime in July.
Marva Meeks We will be installing aerators in 2 individual ponds on Mohican.
847-546-6490 This will help keep the water moving to reduce the algae growth in the
Andrew Walker pond. This should happen in the next 60 days.
The Village is proud to announce the purchase of a new dump
TREASURER truck for Public Works. The new truck is much larger than the old one
Maribel Carrillo and has a much larger capacity. Anyone is welcome to come down to the
Village Hall and take a look at it. It is really quite impressive.
VILLAGE HALL We have set the date for the 15th Annual Round Lake Heights
VILLAGE HALL HOURS
Fundraising Festival. Please keep the date in mind, July 19th. I look
M-F 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. forward to seeing you all then.
Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. In this edition of the newsletter you will find the 2nd installment of
A Little Village History. The full history can be viewed on our website.
WATER DEPARTMENT Thank you to John Jonker for providing us with the information.
If I can be of any assistance or if you have any questions, please do not
PUBLIC WORKS hesitate to contact me at 847-546-1206.
847-270-9111 & 847-546-9704
Police Chief – Don Johnson Terrance Lumpkins
Sergeant – John Roehlk Mayor
Records – Cindy Thommes
ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS PASSED
Ordinance 2008-O-01: An Ordinance Amending Chapter 2, Section 6-2-5-1 Sidewalks
Ordinance 2008-O-03: An Ordinance enacting a new section 6-2-11 for the Round Lake Heights Village Code to provide for a
speed limit of twenty miles per hour for specific village roadways
Resolution 2008-R-01: A Resolution approving and authorizing the purchase of a squad car
Resolution 2008-R-02: A Resolution approving and authorizing the purchase of a dump truck
Committee: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of Each Month
Board: 2nd Tuesday of Each Month Dollars For Scholars
Dollars for Scholars: 3rd Tuesday of Each Month Application deadline has
All Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are located at Been extended until
619 W. Pontiac Court - Village Hall May 9, 2008. If you are
Located in the Board Room. having problems
Help A Local Family
A fire gutted the home of an Indian
Hill family recently. Thankfully there Where can I register to vote?
were no injuries to any family Round Lake Heights Village Hall
members. They are accepting 619 W. Pontiac Ct.
donations (money, clothing, Phone: (847) 546-1206
household items, gift cards, etc.) at
the Village Hall or at Indian Hill Round Lake Area Public Library
906 Hart Road
School to assist this family. They are Phone: (847) 546-7060
in need of boy’s clothes sizes 6, 8,
and 14 and shoe sizes 6, 3, and 2. Avon Township Office
Women’s sizes 2XL and 16, shoe 433 E. Washington Street
sizes 10 and 7. Phone: (847) 546-1446
Lake Villa Township Office
Thank you for your support! 37908 N. Fairfield Road
Phone: (847) 356-2116
Open Your Home
And Your Heart
Help A Child in Need
Become a Foster Parent
For more information
Arden Shore Child and Family Services
Village Hall Holiday Schedule 847-549-1730 X46
5/24/08 – Saturday -Closed
5/26/08 – Monday -Closed
7/4/08 – Friday -Closed
7/5/08 – Saturday-Closed
Homeowners Rehab Program
Labor Day: Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake
8/30/08 – Saturday -Closed
9/1/08 – Monday - Closed County works with eligible homeowners
Thanksgiving: and community officials to make critical
11/27/08 – Thursday -Closed improvements and repairs to a home.
11/28/08 – Friday -Closed Special financing is available.
11/29/08 – Saturday -Closed Only owner-occupied properties qualify.
12/24/08 – Wednesday -Closed Only AHC-approved contractors may
12/25/08 –Thursday -Closed conduct the work.
New Years Day:
1/01/09 – Thursday -Closed What kind of work does AHC do?
-Bring properties up to code
-Removal of lead-based paint
-Widen doorways & install ramps
-Repair water & sewer problems
-Repairs of windows, roofs, cabinets, etc.
-Repairs to electrical, heating, plumbing
-Improvements to kitchens & bathrooms
-Make home handicapped accessible
Call AHC at (847)263-7478 or visit
for more information.
Selling your home?
All sellers are required by the village to have an occupancy inspection done prior to
closing. The cost for this inspection is $75.00, and can be scheduled through the
Village Hall. A final water meter reading also needs to be done, forms are available at
the Village Hall.
5-2-5 Prohibited acts, conditions.
Outdoor Burning Prohibited. No person shall burn any wood, brush, yard waste, leaves, trash, papers, rubbish or
garbage out of doors anywhere in the Village. This subsection shall not prohibit the use of an outdoor fire for
cooking or for recreation
- Open Burning. Except as noted below, no person shall kindle or maintain an open fire in any public or private
place within the Village. For purposes of this subsection, open burning shall mean any fire in which material is
burned in the open or in any receptacle other than a furnace, incinerator or other equipment connected to a
smokestack. Open burning shall be allowed for cooking or recreational purposes under the following conditions:
- Open burning shall be limited to logs and twigs; no material of any other sort may be burned in an open fire.
- Open burning shall be in a pit no larger than three feet (3') in diameter, or in an enclosed stove or other burner
specifically designed for the purpose; in no case shall the height of the flames exceed three feet (3') from the pit or
- In all cases of open burning, a fire extinguisher or connected water hose must be readily available within fifty feet
(50') of the fire.
- If open burning is to be done in a pit, the owner or occupant of the property upon which open burning is to take
place must notify the Village non-emergency police department phone line within two (2) hours prior to the burning.
- In no case shall open burning be allowed within ten feet (10') of any structure, as defined in the Village Building
Code, if the open burning is in an enclosed stove or burner, the fire must not be within fifteen feet (15') of any
Newsletter Editor: Maribel Carrillo and Marla Frontzak
Yard Waste Pickup
Stickers are available at the Village Hall
For $1.38 each
-Each bag, can or bundle must have one sticker
attached No Parking Places
-Cans cannot be over 50 lbs or 32 gallons Per Ordinance 6-2-5-1:
-Only 30 gallon PAPER bags will be accepted There shall be no parking on any
-Bundles should not exceed 4 feet in length or 2 parkway in the Village. During the
feet in diameter hours of 7:00 am to 10:00 pm the
sidewalks must be clear and no vehicle
Leaf pickup will not start until the fall, so please or obstruction may cover a sidewalk
be sure to bag your leaves until then during these hours.
1. No more than one (1) face cord of firewood
2. Fallen trees and branches must be disposed of within sixty (60) days
3. Grass length not to exceed six inches (6”) in length
4. No licensed/unlicensed vehicles (cars, boats, campers, trailers, vans, trucks, motorcycles) to
be stored on unpaved/areas anywhere on the property of any lot within the Village
*The Village is making a concerted effort to improve the quality of life in the village.
We need everyone’s cooperation to accomplish this goal.
Bill Rundall-Building Inspector
Kenneth Herring-Plumbing Inspector
Dick Konicek-Electrical Inspector
Tony Schneller-HVAC Inspector
Pools designed to contain water over 18” deep require a building permit,
whether they be in-ground, above-ground, permanent, moveable or
temporary. If it is a temporary pool and will be in the same place every
year, the permit fee will be half of the fee after the first year.
RESIDENTIAL TIRE & OIL RECYCLING EVENT
Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, IL (Rte. 45 Entrance)
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The event is FREE, but donations of $2 will be accepted for agricultural education.
Passenger car, truck and tractor tires accepted. NO tire dealers, commercial trucking/busing companies. Used
motor oil will also be accepted for recycling at this event. All containers will be drained and returned to you.
NO antifreeze or other hazardous materials accepted. The used oil should be free of water, gas, antifreeze or
Sponsored by Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Lake County Farm Bureau, and
SWALCO. For more information call LCFB at 847-223-6506.
ROUND LAKE HEIGHTS
15 ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FESTIVAL
The Village of Round Lake Heights will be having its 15th Annual Fundraiser Festival on Saturday – July 19th.
The hours of the festival will be from 2:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
If you are interested in having a crafter/demonstrator space for this year’s festival on July 19 from 2:00 p.m. –
12:00 a.m., please complete form below and return with payment and donation to the Village of Round Lake
Heights NO LATER than July 1, 2008.
Telephone Number (Day): (Evening) ____________________
Type of Craft: ________________________________________________________________
Crafter Fee: $15.00 plus donation
Cash _______ Check Money Order _____
Questions contact Maribel or Marla at 847-546-1206.
Round Lake Heights 15 Annual
July 19th Fireworks
2:00 pm Inflatables
To Live Music
If anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact
The Village Hall at 847-546-1206.
*All proceeds will benefit Dollars for Scholars*
**All proceeds go to Dollars for Scholars**
A Little Village History
The history of Round Lake Heights started shortly after World War II. A company named L.B.
Harris of Chicago started advertising homes for sale for as low as $695, which came out to be
about $3.00 per week! Lots sold for $900 for a quarter acre of land. The land was originally
owned by Frank and Antionette Grenus, and was known simply as the Grenus Farm.
It was during construction that it was said that arrow heads were found, and so the area being
built was called Indian Hill, or the “Hill”. That became the unofficial name for the area until it
incorporated in 1960.
It was after the end of the war when Indian Hill began to grow with service men and women
coming here from the city to raise a family. In March of 1949 the Indian Hill Home Owners
Association was chartered. This gave the home owners some control over what happened
within their subdivision and control over any events that may happen over the course of time.
Events and meeting were held every Monday night at the Rollins Inn. They had many
fundraisers such as carnivals and dances. Money from these events was used to fix the roads
and to build the Indian Hill Social Club (currently La Taluca), which was completed in 1950.
The late forties saw the first roads, W. Tomahawk, Flintwood, and W. Warrior. There was
construction of five new homes made from former boxcars. They were first used for storage of
equipment before becoming houses. You can still see four of them on W. Warrior and three at
the North end of Tomahawk.
Before 1954 all of the homes in the “Hill” were on septic tanks, so they began to put sewers in.
The total cost for this project was $148,655.00, with each home being assessed at $270, the
home owner could choose either to pay up front or over the course of ten years.
As the population grew, there was a need for new schools. School District 43 contracted bids
for the construction of Indian Hill School in 1955. It was to have six rooms and a small office,
and house grades 1 through 6. During this time the school district held a split school day with
grades 1, 2, and 3 in the morning, and grades 4, 5, and 6 in the afternoon. School district 43
later was voted to merge with the High School, becoming district 116.
In 1955 the Round Lake Civic Betterment League was formed to see if the three towns could
consolidate into one town, and they included the “Hill”. A meeting was held in the “Hill” to
discuss this idea and to see what benefits it would have to them. After much discussion on this
matter, it was decided that they would not partake in any incorporation of the three towns. As
the area began to grow, the idea of incorporation was brought up again. So in 1957 it was put to
the vote. The results were 280 against, and 169 for.
Round Lake Beach purchased the water department from L.B. Harris in 1958 for $115,000.
There were many angry residents in Indian Hill complaining of rusty water and a nine month
bill for service. Because of these water problems and the need to control what was going on
along Rollins Road, the talk of incorporation came again.
So, in December of 1959 a petition with 85 signatures was filed with the Lake County Court
House for incorporation. The area to be incorporated was Grub Hill Road on the west,
township line on the north, ditch line on the east, and the middle of Rollins Road on the south.
The name Round Lake Heights was suggested to show unity with the rest of the area. In
January, 1960 the incorporation vote failed for the second time by a margin of just three votes,
with 162 for, and 165 against. With the election results being so close, proponents decided to
change strategies. They would narrow down the proposed territory and talk to the people about
all the benefits of being incorporated. Round Lake Beach, the already established village, had
to grant approval before the election could take place. The Beach made no move to stop the
election. So it came down to the vote of the people on whether to become a village or to stay as
a Home Owner’s Association. After all was said and done, on April 2, 1960 the residents of
Indian Hill Subdivision spoke and approved their incorporation with a vote of 219 for, and 196
against. The issue was settled on May 12, 1960 when the State of Illinois issued the
incorporation charter for Round Lake Heights, recognizing Round Lake Heights, Illinois.
At the time when Round Lake Beach’s Indian Hill Subdivision incorporated into the Village of
Round Lake Heights the population was 1,099, there were 300 homes, and the average price of
a home was between $6,500 and $8,500.
Now that the issue of incorporation was settled, it was time to elect the first mayor, board of
trustees, and village clerk. The first board consisted of: Mayor William McDonald, Clerk
Marion Wietor, and Trustees Albert Johnson, Robert Muenchausen, Norman Stone, William
Schneider, Harry Jelinek, and Edward Semback. Utilizing what they had, the new village
clerk’s office was in her garage, the police department was run out of another garage, and
meetings were held at the Indian Hill Social Club on the third Wednesday of the month at 8:00
The first order of business was to adopt ordinances to start money coming into the village, and
second to start a police department. In August of 1960, the police department came into
existence. The Village started out with a volunteer officer patrolling from 7pm to 11pm. The
one police car and uniforms were purchased from funds raised by the first police department.
In 1961 the first village treasurer was appointed by the board, and that was Mrs. Magdelen
Jonker, who served until 1982.
In 1962 the village board debated on setting the speed limit within the village. After much
discussion, they set the speed limit at 20 mph, which is still in effect today. During this year,
the village also passed its first liquor ordinance, giving the Board control of the selling of
alcohol within village limits. (In 1958 the Homeowners Association refused the sale of liquor
on their side of the road)
Street lights were also a big concern for the village, since there were a number of very dark
streets within the village. In 1963 the first street lights were put on key locations. Shortly after
this, the village saw its worst fire in village history. The peat bog located on the northeast
corner of Rollins and Meadowbrook (Tomahawk) caught on fire, and burned for several days.
The fire was thick enough to close down Rollins Road, and even the new street lights were not
enough to see through the dense smoke.
In 1968 the Indian Hill Social Club raised the rent 100% for the use of the building for village
meetings. The Board knew that it was time to look for a new facility to hold their meetings.
They began holding meetings at the Indian Hill School Gym, but could keep no village property
there. It wasn’t until 1970 that the village purchased a burnt out house to renovate and turn into
the new village hall. Much of the money to do this was raised by dance fund raisers. It was also
during 1968 that Indian Hill School annexed into the village.
Due to incoming revenue, the village was finally able to employ a full time police department
complete with full time chief and dispatcher. Prior to this, police officers were only paid $15.00
per month. So in May of 1976, the Police Department started a 24-hour operation. It can be
noted that for a short period of time during the eighties funds decreased drastically. This caused
the police department to go back to a part-time force, with 12-hour patrols, mostly at night.
Thanks to a federal grant in 1995, the village returned to a full time police department.
Shag Bark Park annexed into the village in 1977. This brought into the village the oldest park
in the area, which is on the National Registry. It was one of 13 trails in Illinois to be listed as a
National Recreation Trail. It contains “Illinois Prairie Grass” being one of three locations in
Illinois. The trail belongs to the Round Lake Park District, and it was awarded a certificate of
designation. It was a wonderful addition to Round Lake Heights.
The 1980’s saw the village grow to almost double its size. In 1980 eighty acres were annexed
into the village as “B” residential. In 1981 another 100 acres along with the marsh were also
annexed into the village. This later became known as the Fairfield Marsh. With annexation it
brought along a lot of discussion on what will become of the marsh and the land surrounding
1983 saw a major improvement with the understanding of upgrading, resurfacing, and
reconstruction of Lotus Drive, from Rollins Road to Mohawk. This was accomplished by the
Lotus Drive FAU project. The two year project was completed in November 1985 by this FAU
grant, which very few villages are rewarded.
* A special thanks to John Jonker for providing us with much of the history.
* The full Village History can now be viewed on our website