Monday, May 20, 2013
Winnetka residents could see an average stormwater utility fee of about $360, Chicago Tribune reports.
Winnetka residents could have an average annual stormwater utility fee of about $360—among the highest of such fees in the country—if Winnetka council members approve a $41 million stormwater management plan at its meeting next week, Chicago Tribune reported. The village plans to hold community meetings to pitch the project and gather inputs from residents this summer. Winnetka resident Jim Wyant is thrilled the village is undertaking the project, he recently told council members that homeowners have spent more money fixing their homes in the past five years than what the village is considering to spend on stormwater management, Chicago Tribune reported. Winnetka is also considering a $34.6 million stormwater tunnel beneath Willow Road…
Monday, April 22, 2013
Winnetka trustees and residents raise concern over a park district plan to improve bicycle travel in Winnetka.
A Winnetka Park District bikeway master plan that aims to improve biking in the village and connect parks, schools and trails with designated routes through the neighborhoods suffered a setback after trustees and residents raised concerns about the plan, Chicago Tribune reported. Trustees wanted to see more data on the safety of proposed bike lanes, while some residents said a proposal to make Elm Street a primary bicycling route would make the street which is already congested with school traffic and on-street parking, even more clogged up, Chicago Tribune reported. Related Coverage
Monday, April 8, 2013
The new study hopes to identify any unauthorized inflow and infiltration points into the sanitary sewer system to eliminate backup problems.
Winnetka trustees recently approved a $44,300 study and pilot rehab program for parts of the village’s sanitary sewer system that will use manhole investigations, smoke testing and possibly video to locate any illegal hookups into the sanitary system or other points where stormwater may enter the pipes, Winnetka Talk reported. Eight specific areas of the village including Sunview Lane, east Winnetka, southeast Winnetka and southwest Winnetka are among the areas that will be tested by Baxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers, Winnetka Talk reported. A Sept. 12 Patch article noted that the village is considering installing a stormwater tunnel underneath Willow Road from Glendale Ave. to Lake Michigan. The project could provide flood relief…
Monday, March 11, 2013
Winnetka Village Council is expected to approve the project Tuesday, Chicago Tribune reports.
Winnetka’s business district could soon be blooming, with flowers, that is, if the village council approves a project to hang 120 new flower baskets on 60 light posts throughout the Elm Street, Hubbard Woods and Indian Hill business districts, Chicago Tribune reported. The project is expected to cost at $81,000 to start and about $24,000 in yearly upkeep and would be funded from the fiscal year 2013-14 budget, which is expected to be approved Tuesday, Chicago Tribune reported.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The village council will be holding meetings on Wednesdays in February to discuss the 2013-2014 village budget.
Want to share your thoughts on Winnetka’s budget? The Village Council is hosting additional meetings at 7 p.m. on February 6, 13 and 20 to hear Winnetka residents’ feedback. A budget hearing will be held on March 5 with the anticipation that the 2013 budget will be adopted on March 19, according to the village website. A second round of budget activities will be required in August, as the village is transitioning to a calendar fiscal year, which becomes effective Jan. 1, 2014. To see a summary of the draft budget or the draft budget, visit: www.VillageofWinnetka.org.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Homeowners could expect to pay $45 more on a $20,000 property tax bill.
Winnetka Village Council unanimously approved a $13.9 million tax levy for 2012 at the Dec. 3 meeting. “Staff projects that the village will be able to have a balanced budget at a 1.7 percent property tax levy increase for existing properties,” according to village document. For Winnetka residents with a $20,000 tax bill, the village portion will increase by $45. The village is only one of many governmental taxing agencies and represents about 13 percent of a Winnetka homeowner’s property tax bill. Today on a $20,000 total property tax bill, residents pay the village $2,672. With the 1.7 percent increase, residents will pay $2,717 to the village, according to village documents. The village approved levying a total of $13, 875, 587, …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Landmark Preservation Committee Chairwoman disagrees with decision, says home is part of a cohesive grouping of older houses around the Village Green.
Winnetka Village Council rejected granting a landmark status for a 117-year Foursquare home across from the Village Green despite a Landmark Preservation Committee recommendation to approve it. All trustees, except Arthur Braun and Stuart McCrary, voted to reject granting the landmark status, citing concerns about potential costs to taxpayers. Granting a local landmark designation allows the homeowners to apply for 12 years of reduced property taxes if the homeowner uses 25 percent of the property’s market value rehabilitating the building. The designation allows homeowners to apply for a property tax assessment freeze for eight years, followed by a four-year period during which the property’s assessed value steps up to an amount based …
Monday, October 15, 2012
The Winnetka Village Council meets at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, at Village Hall.
The Winnetka Village Council will meet Tuesday at Village Hall. Their agenda includes: To view the entire agenda packet, click here. The village council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at Winnetka Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Road. For more information, visit the Village of Winnetka website. Want to follow similar articles? Sign up for Winnetka-Glencoe Patch's newsletter or "like us" on Facebook.
The Village Council is looking at ways to make the hearing process for local ordinance violations more cost and time efficient for residents and staff.
Getting a traffic ticket is no fun, especially if a court appearance is required at Cook County, which could often mean waiting for several hours to appear before a judge. Now Winnetka officials are hoping to make hearings for village code violations more customer friendly. The village is moving forward with a proposed administrative hearing process that would offer people a chance to appear before a hearing officer in Winnetka rather than appealing the violation at Cook County Court. “There’s nothing wrong in the community that we can’t service now or enforce now that we need this process to fix,” Winnetka Police Chief Patrick Kreis said during a study session on Oct. 9. “This is just a much more efficient process for the citizens.” …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The Winnetka Village Council meets this evening at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall. On the agenda is the adoption of vehicle impoundment and towing amendments, solutions for stormwater managment and an analysis of the 2012 tax levy among other items.
The Winnetka Village Council will meet this evening at Village Hall. Their agenda includes: To view the entire agenda packet, click here. The village council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at Winnetka Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Road. For more information, visit the Village of Winnetka website.