This is Round Lake
Round Lake is a community of over 18,000 residents united by village boundaries, access to Lake Michigan water, a public library, forest preserve, and exceptional park district programs.
But the community is also divided by 8 school districts, various subdivisions, incorporated and unincorporated areas, and 3 other communities with the same zip code, but different "Round Lake" names.
It is a lovely place to move, live, or raise a family. Some have inhabited the area for generations, other parts of the village were constructed during the housing boom in the 90s and 2000s.
But despite these differences, it is incumbent upon us all to focus on our present and our future while honoring and learning from our past. Where do you want Round Lake to go? Join us as we work to grow and build the community as a place we can all be proud to call home!
Economic Growth and Development are a Priority
Stay Awake. Stay Involved
Residents and Non-Residents Joined Together to "Stop the Ski Dump"
On September 19, 2022 over 220 Round Lake residents and non-residents attended the village board meeting held at John T Magee Middle School. On the agenda for this evening was a scheduled vote of three separate ordinances; one to authorize the agreement for construction of the Round Lake Ski Hill proposed by Dan Powell of CHDS, LLC, one to annex the property at Fairfield and Route 120 owned by the Light Family Partnership, and one to change the zoning to allow for a commercial purpose.
All three proposed ordinances failed with a 4-3 vote. Trustees Schottland, Patel, Rodriguez, and Amann voted against the annexation agreement while Trustees Foy and Law voted in favor. Mayor Kraly, a supporter of the project, did not need to vote as a tie did not occur.
The Ski Hill project is dead, but the idea of economic growth at that location and others remain. We need solutions, in partnership with actual developers who have past histories of success to work with us. But we also need to choose projects which are beneficial and responsible not just to Round Lake residents and taxpayers, but to the available land, the surrounding environment, and the neighbors and communities nearby.
Round Lake Community To Do List
Learn How it Happened: How did something like this Ski Dump sneak up on us so we can prevent this from happening again?
What Happens Now at Wilson Rd: What does the lawsuit mean for the village if CHDS walks away and leaves us with the clean up?
Where Do We Go From Here: How do we stay awake, stay informed, and stay involved in our local government?
How It Almost Happened
Busy Lives. Outdated Communication
Work, school, feed the kids, pay bills, repeat. Life is busy and stressful, so keeping a watch on local government isn't likely to be high on anyone's priorty list.
There are two main places local government makes decisions which affect you: Planning & Zoning meetings, and Village Board meetings which are usually followed by a Committee of the Whole where various committees (police, public works, community development, finance) give their reports on current or upcoming business.
Keeping a watch on the posted agendas, listening to the audio for recent meetings, and attending these meetings in person are some of the ways we will work to stay awake and stay involved in local government.
But communication is also a key factor. Round Lake has a village website. And that is all. While social media can be used for good or evil, we choose good. Round Lake should have a village run Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feed to push out news and calandar events to the public, share announcements and encourage positive community involvement.
Board of Trustees/
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, October 3, 2022
442 N Cedar Lake Road
Planning & Zoning
The Planning & Zoning meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 has been canceled.
Planning & Zoning meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, typically on an as-needed basis.
What's Next for Wilson Road?
Dan Powell is still the owner of CHDS, LLC and at this time, he continues to lease the 57 acre property at Wilson and 120 from the Village of Round Lake. However, on August 15, 2022 the State of Illinois filed a lawsuit against CHDS.
The legal case will need to play out. Judgements and consequences will be decided on by the court. However, there is more at stake here than one operator either cleaning up his mess and moving forward, failing to clean up and skipping town leaving us with the bill, being denied the ability to renew his permit, or any combination of those outcomes.
We need to work now to prepare the site and our village for an outcome which may see us as taxpayers holding the bag on extensive clean up costs.
Learn the Facts. See the Documents
What's Next for Round Lake?
Regardless of our individual views and differences, we need to see the bigger picture, the value and purpose inherent in what we’ve built, and grow from there.
Check out our Blog to see where we've been and read new stories about where we are going as we work together to build the future we want to see in Round Lake.
Learn more about the Round Lake Community, how you can get involved, and what you can do to be more active in your local government.
Find more resources from the Village of Round Lake regarding meetings, committees, and contact information as well as election related resources for Round Lake and Lake County. Now more than ever, your involvement in local government is essential.