Grayslake balanced budget approved:
Grayslake village trustees have approved a $16.3 million budget, including a projected operating surplus of $223,000, for the 2010-11 fiscal year starting May 1. "In these tough economic times," Mayor Rhett Taylor said, "the village, due to past budget reductions, has been able to weather the current economic conditions and continue to offer the programs and services our residents are used to receiving." Two full-time, non-police officer positions will be eliminated as part of the budget. The spending plan includes about $8.9 million on community improvements and equipment purchases. Major road projects on tap are resurfacing of Atkinson Road and Lake Street from Route 120 on the south to Center Street.
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Police issue up in Hainesville:
Hainesville trustees are expected to decide today whether the village's police department should be shut down in favor of contracting for patrol service. The village board meeting will be at 7 p.m. at village hall, 100 N. Hainesville Road. On the table are proposals from Grayslake and the Lake County sheriff's office that may be less expensive than keeping the 2-year-old Hainesville Police Department. Hainesville Police Chief Wallace Frasier said his department would need a $1.1 million budget to get the department out of a startup mode. Grayslake is offering complete police service to Hainesville for $711,782 in the new fiscal year. The Lake County sheriff's office would charge $791,566. Hainesville Mayor Linda Soto said negotiations with the county and Grayslake would start if officials decide to eliminate village police.
Wauconda Township meeting:
Lake County Chief Deputy Election Administrator Cindy Pagano will be a guest speaker at the Wauconda Township annual meeting today. Pagano will discuss options for voting in the 2010 election, including the chances to vote by mail, and show off the County Clerks' new Web site. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the township hall, 505 Bonner Road, Wauconda.
Get 'Footloose' at MHS:
Mundelein High School students will perform the musical "Footloose" April 29 to May 2. Shows are at 7 p.m. on the first three days, and a 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled for May 2. Tickets are available for suggested donations of $9 for adults or $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased during the week of the show between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the school box office and at the door before each show.