Monday, April 22, 2013
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering explains what options are available to residents who experienced flooding in their homes as a result of last week's storms.
In the wake of regional flooding, the city continues to monitor water levels and work diligently towards storm cleanup efforts after nearly 150 reports of flooding, 60 of which reported basement flooding in homes. Advanced Disposal is offering several options for homeowners as the community now faces clean-up: Spring Clean-Up days begin April 27 and run until May 18. The table below shows which day residents can plan for Spring-Clean Up collection from Advanced Disposal, depending on normal waste collection day: Area - Collection Day - Spring Clean-Up Day SE - Monday - Saturday, April 27 SW - Tuesday - Saturday, May 4 NE - Thursday - Saturday, May 11 NW - Friday - Saturday, May 18 On April 18, the City received approximately 4" of rain…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
One of the unsuccessful candidates for City Council, Carolyn Cerf thanks her supporters and congratulates the winners of Tuesday's election.
Thursday, April 11
Editor's note: Carolyn Cerf lost the election to serve on the Highland Park City Council on Tuesday. Read Patch's full election coverage here. Your support made it possible to run a very strong campaign, and I can't thank you enough. Victory is not ours today, and I'm sorry to disappoint those who worked so hard with such high hopes. But there's so much more work to do in the community, whether we contribute to studies of HP's human services needs, help implement plans to improve and invigorate our business districts or, of course, put on some good old fashioned fun with events like the Ravinia Block Bash. Most of all, it's important to remember just how much we accomplished... We started a serious conversation about budgeting for future …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
It was a bumpy city council meeting in Highland Park this week as Panera Bread petitioners caused some frustration over their trash removal plans, but both sides were able to return to the table and come to an understanding.
Wednesday, April 10
Petitioners proposing a new Panera Bread on Second Street in Highland Park riled up the city council this week by presenting a plan for trash removal that differed from the concept that was previously discussed, reported the Chicago Tribune. The tension and miscommunication forced the petitioners out of the meeting for a while, though an understanding was ultimately reached. Council members voted 5-2 to grant final approval for an easement in a municipal lot for a pedestrian walkway. Trash removal will be accessed through the lot, which will have parking restrictions for this reason, according to the Tribune. Panera is expected to open in about six months. Currently, the Panera stores closest to Highland Park are located in Deerfield.
From the District 113 referendum to City Council and Park Board, here's a rundown of who won what in Highland Park, as well as what the winners had to say about it.
In case you missed it, Tuesday was kind of a big deal in Highland Park. The contentious District 113 referendum passed, which means five years of renovations will soon begin to Highland Park and Deerfield High Schools. New people will soon join the District 113 School Board, the District 112 School Board, the Park Board and the City Council. In addition to maintaining the district, new members to 113 face the daunting task of beginning the execution of the $114 million renovation plan. New members to District 112 face a school board that recently had to cut teachers to trim its budget and underwent tense negotiations to end a short teachers' strike. New members on the City Council face pressures from residents to do something about the …
Alyssa Knobel thanks supporters and shares the issues she plans to focus on when she is sworn in as a member of the Highland Park City Council.
It is a sincere honor to be elected to serve as your councilman. Campaigns are not as much about the candidate as they are about the community they want to serve. As involved as I have been in Highland Park, this additional opportunity to meet and listen to thousands of residents to discuss concerns, ideas, or just to share community pride was a reminder that many hands, hearts and minds contribute to the success of our community. Each conversation underscored our collective commitment to improving our quality of life in Highland Park. I am ready to get to work on the mission and responsibilities of our City government: Planning, economic development, managing our money and investing in the long-term strength of our infrastructure, our …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Discussion ensues on tax, deferral, exemptions at Monday's meeting.
The information below comes from the City of Highland Park. At the City Council meeting Monday, March 11, the Council reviewed the demolition tax, and opportunities to best serve the community. The demolition tax of $10,000 applies to any person who demolishes a residential home within the City of Highland Park. The amount is paid prior to receipt of a demolition permit. Several exemptions apply to this tax, which include demolishers who: The demolisher may defer the tax if desired, but with a 50% surcharge to the amount when paid. The demolition tax was established in 2002 as a primary funding source for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (HTF). Because of the tax, more than three million dollars has been raised in 10 years, resulting …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Candidates running for City Council, school board and park board will participate in the League of Women Voters candidate debates today at the Highland Park Country Club.
The League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood will be sponsoring Candidate Debates today beginning at noon at the Highland Park Country Club. Want Highland Park school news in your inbox? Subscribe to the Patch newsletter. The debates is free and open to the public. In order of appearance, candidates for the following offices are scheduled to appear: Twenty-two candidates have been asked to participate and will be available to answer questions throughout the afternoon, according to Margie Weiss, Voter Service Chair. The League’s popular Voters Guide will be published on its web site on March 15, she said. The debate will be co-sponsored by Patch. In the meantime, Patch is preparing questionnaires to be sent out to the candidates. …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Highland Park's new Water Conservation and Efficiency Initiative goes into effect this spring and includes odd/even sprinkling restrictions and a tiered rate plan for all residents.
The information below comes from the City of Highland Park. The City Council has approved a new Water Conservation & Efficiency (WCE) Initiative which will go into effect this spring. The initiative entails implementation of several water waste reduction measures to include: The City of Highland Park recognizes the importance of responsibly managing our water resources and has taken proactive measures to create efficiencies in its water distribution. These initiatives fall in line with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) proposed regulations seeking similar initiatives for all consumers of Lake Michigan water. The three-tiered rate plan applies to residential properties in which citizens utilizing a higher volume of …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Since the Sandy Hook massacre, Robert Bernat has made his case for armed guards in every Highland Park school to the City Council, both school boards and the police. And that's just the beginning.
Robert Bernat has been to a lot of meetings since January, and he has no plans to slow down soon. The Highland Park resident, attorney and doctor has made presentations to the city council, the district 112 and 113 boards and the chief of police. If this sounds like a lot of legwork, it's because Bernat's battle is an uphill one: he wants an armed guard in every school. Want Highland Park news in your inbox? Subscribe to Patch's newsletter. "I'm going to try to push the national dialogue," he said. "I have to sleep at night knowing that I did everything I could." Though his goal is to put armed guards in every school nationwide, he hopes to start with Highland Park. He's asking the local school boards to set up committees to brainstorm …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering describes the $30 million upgrade to the Water Treatment Plant, which was built in 1929.
Last Friday, after more than twelve years of planning, the City of Highland Park broke ground on a long-awaited $30 million upgrade to the Water Treatment Plant that was built in 1929. The investment will increase capacity as well as improve water safety, with the installation of a microfiltration system. The new filtration technology will address Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and other water-borne parasites known to be present in the Lake Michigan basin. The microfiltration technology will also eliminate the need for pre-treatment chemical additives to the water. The renovations are expected to be done by September 2014. By working with our five nearby municipal water customers: Deerfield, Lincolnshire, Bannockburn, Ft. Sheridan and the …