Community Engagement

Village Board Meeting - 8/17/2020

Village Board Votes to Place Referendum on November Ballot

Ballot Question:

“Shall the Village of Lake Zurich be authorized to increase its current one-half percent (.5%) sales tax by another one-half percent (.5%) to levy a 1% sales tax to be used for public infrastructure, municipal operations, or property tax relief?"


Future Lake Zurich Investment

At the beginning of March 2020, the Village Board approved an agreement with EO Sullivan, a consulting firm in Libertyville, for community engagement services to focus on funding options for municipal facilities and infrastructure investment across Lake Zurich.

EO Sullivan staff has been working with the Village on creating a Community Committee on Lake Zurich’s Future Priorities, which includes 29 individuals who are active members in the Lake Zurich community representing diverse backgrounds and perspectives. 

EO Sullivan specializes in facilitating engagement processes that focus on garnering a community-based consensus to allow the Village to collaboratively chart a course forward on important long-term issues.

Phase 1

April’s virtual community engagement sessions focused on:

  • What is our Village doing well at?
  • What challenges do we face in Lake Zurich?
  • What improvements would you like to see?

Phase 2

June’s sessions will expand the conversation and provide more detailed information on options for the Park Barn and Fire Station 1, the cost of each option and potential funding mechanisms. 

Phase 3

July's sessions gathered feedback from the Community Committee as they engaged with residents. Information gathered was used to shape a telephone survey.

Meetings were facilitated by representatives of EO Sullivan and include a brief presentation from Mayor Tom Poynton and Village Manager Ray Keller.

Engagement Logo

Mayor Tom Poynton provides a community update

Engagement Sessions Feedback

The Village organized several virtual community engagement sessions throughout April, June and July to gather feedback from residents. These outreach efforts were part of phases 1 and 2, of a 4-phase effort spanning summer 2020.

Information presented and community feedback from these sessions is available below:

Additional Resources

View or download Lake Zurich’s 20-Year Community Investment Plan. 2020-2039 CIP

Facilities condition report - Presented to the Village Board on December 2019

Fire Station 1 - Condition Assessment Study 2020

Just a  few more details to consider...

Fire Department & Fire Station 1

  • Built in 1981 as a volunteer fire station for a small department.
  • The most recent building condition assessment warned that “All existing major building systems in the facilities are no longer performing appropriately... Functionally, the building configuration is obsolete, not healthy for firefighters, and lacks the general spaces that are required.”
  • Call volume more than doubling since the station was built, including a 30% increase in just the last decade

Park & Recreation Program Participation

In 2019, programs offered through the Park & Recreation Department were used by Lake Zurich residents (75%) and visitors (25%) from neighboring communities. Non-resident participation is offered at a 20% higher fee.

  • 700 programs offered of which 400 classes met the minimum participation numbers to operate.
  • 3,166 program participants, not counting beach passes and daily beach visits.
  • 372 summer campers (most enroll in multiple sessions, 324 dancers and 120 pre-schoolers.
FD Calls for Service

Community Committee On Lake Zurich's Future Priorities

  • ​Allen Borg - Countryside West
  • ​Charlie Menges - Wicklow Village
  • ​Christian Wollard - Countryside West
  • ​Christine Wilkerson - Old Mill Grove
  • ​Cindy Malin - Old Rand Road
  • ​Claire Slattery - Hillman
  • ​Dale Perrin - Old Mill Grove
  • ​Dan Gandor - LZ Estates
  • ​Doug Goldberg - Hunters Creek
  • ​J.D. Foraker - Orchards
  • ​Jim Hack - LZACC President
  • ​Jodi Alt - Flint Crossing
  • ​Joe Yacona - Lions Court
  • ​John Eberle - Heights
  • ​John Leahy - Bayshore Village
  • ​Kristy Jalove - Farm Bridge Road
  • ​Lori Roscoe - Millers Crossing
  • ​Mark Bajor - Countryside
  • ​Marty Bush - Heatherleigh
  • ​Marty Jalove - Farm Bridge Road
  • ​Mary Keller - Lions Court
  • ​Matt Womack - Manor
  • ​Melissa Enders - Zurich Estates
  • ​Michelle Titterton - Chestnut Corners
  • ​Mike Muir - Countryside
  • ​Paul Hunt - Manor
  • ​Rita Paolella - Cedar Creek
  • ​Shawn Bergfalk - Old Rand Road
  • ​Tony Piccolo - Cedar Creek Drive
  • ​Valerie Stern - Ela Library