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"Never let the truth get in the way of a good story." - Mark Twain

In our modern world with the litany of outlets for information constantly vying for our attention, it is often easy for the facts about an issue or decision to be misunderstood or misrepresented.  It is our hope that this page addresses some of the misinformation and rumors that may arise about City policy, decisions, or other actions.  It is the Village's stance that the best discussions relating to our community and its future should be based upon the facts.

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8/13/18

x mark Speed humps or bumps are the only way to control speeding on my residential street.

checkThe Village often gets requests to install speed humps or bumps to try to control speeding vehicles in certain areas around the community.  These devices are often three to four inches in height and 12-22 feet long.  The geometry of the device forces all traffic to slow to a speed of about 15-20 mph to handle them appropriately without driver discomfort.  While it seems a simple and logical solution, installing speed humps and tables is a big deal.  The Village will not consider the installation of these devices until after other options are exhausted.  Such options include: 

  1. Traffic engineering of the area needed to ensure that the roadway is an appropriate candidate for these devices.  Some factors to consider include sight distances, pedestrian activity, traffic count, and speed studies.  Land use and other traffic compliance issues should also be examined.
  2. Enforcement of existing traffic laws
  3. Educating residents in the area of speed limits and traffic safety
  4. Installation of regulatory, warning, and guide signs in conformance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
  5. Legal liability regarding speed humps/bumps
  6. After all previous options are exhausted, speed humps/bumps should be considered 

Speed humps are primarily designed for residential streets which have a posted speed limit of 30 mph or less and 85th percentile speeds of 31-34 mph.  These roadways should also carry traffic volumes of 600-5,000 vehicles per day.  However, they should not be placed on curves, transit routes, or major emergency response routes  (Smith & Giese, 1997).  Other studies suggest that speed humps are only effective in the immediate area where they are placed as drivers tend to speed up outside the devices’ vicinity in order to make up for time lost (Hallmark, et al., 2007).

The Village takes requests about the safety of our residents seriously and will do its utmost to keep everyone from unnecessary harm.  Yet, there are numerous options at our disposal to review prior to the installation of speed control devices on residential streets.

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6/5/18

x markAlgae blooms are unhealthy for our lakes.  Why doesn’t the Village do something about algae blooms?

check mark Unsightly maybe, but unhealthy? We don't have any evidence that spring algae is unhealthy.  Only a few strains of the 400 species of blue-green algae that usually surfaces in hot late summer conditions can be toxic.  There is no visible evidence of BG algae on our lakes. The Village has a contract with Illinois Lakes Management to treat the lakes every other Thursday to control broadleaf plant growth and algae.

check markPlant control is a balancing act. Something needs to use up the nutrients, fertilizer, grass clippings, leaves, animal waste, etc.  These nutrients come from homes and lawns often blocks away from our lakes with the storm water into our lakes.  Nutrients on grass turn it green.  We get algae because there is not enough other plants growing yet to use up the nutrients.  More plants will lead to less algae and clearer water.  While having more plants leads to better fish habitats, plants create more propeller issues, frustrated fisherman, and pontoon owners.  The desired amount is about 30-40% beneficial macrophytes (plants or weeds). 

check markEach season, varying climate conditions impact the status of the lakes.  Also, each lake behaves surprisingly differently.  Each spring the lakes are treated with the same systemic herbicide to keep emerging macrophytes (plants or weeds) from getting out of control over the season. 

For more information on our lakes you can visit our lakes website at www.lindenhurstlakes.com.

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2/28/18

x mark What is going on at the old 7-Eleven building on Sand Lake Road?

check mark The Village has recently received plans for the construction of a new Dominos restaurant in the former 7-Eleven convenience store.  Demolition in that space is already underway, and construction for the new buildout will begin soon.  Like with any new business, the franchisee for Dominos is solely responsible for understanding the viability of their product in our market.  We welcome them to our community and wish them the best as they begin this new endeavor.

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1/24/18

What Causes a Water Main Break?

x markChanging to Lake Michigan water has caused additional water main breaks.

check markWater main breaks can occur anytime of the year but are more frequently seen during colder months. There are a variety of factors that can cause a water main to break to include age of pipe, pipe corrosion, soil conditions, ground movement, freezing or severe weather, or being struck by heavy equipment.

Closer to home, delivery pressures of Lake Michigan water to the Village are regulated by our receiving structure, and is not the cause of water main breaks.  Lindenhurst regulates pressures in the water distribution system using a network of pumps and water towers.  This delivers water throughout the system at a consistent pressure.  This has not changed between when the Village was pumping groundwater or Lake Michigan water to your home.

The Village is taking extra steps in the safe and efficient delivery of water by conducting a leak detection survey which was included in the 2017-2018 Budget.  A leak detection survey will identify areas in our distribution system that may be losing water due to cracks in pipes, leaky valves, or leaky joints.

Here are some frequently asked questions about water main breaks:

What is a water main break? A water main is an underground pipe that delivers water to the customer's service pipe. In residential areas it usually runs under the street or in the parkway. If a hole or crack develops in the pipe, the water will typically find its way to the surface. Because the water main is under pressure, water will continue to flow until the break is repaired.  

When are water main breaks most likely to occur?

Although main breaks can happen at any time during the year, most are likely to occur during extreme weather conditions. It is most common to see system leaks and main breaks when the weather is frigid when both air and water temperatures drop. Air temperature at or below freezing causes the ground above a pipe to freeze -increasing external stress on a pipe. Water main breaks are more likely to occur when frost penetrates deep into the ground, to a level of 3-5 feet, usually from late January until early April. While cold temperatures may send the frost deeper, the level of snow cover can play an important role. Snow will act as a "blanket" insulating the ground preventing the cold air temperature to penetrate the ground.

What can be expected during a water main break?

Water main breaks are unique to themselves with similar repair operations. Customers may experience a short period of “no water” due to isolating of the break. Every effort is placed into keeping this duration to as minimal disruption in service as possible. At times this duration may need to be extended in order to complete the repairs.

After the crews have gone?
After a main repair, you may see reddish discoloration in your water, caused by small amounts of iron compounds flushing out of the system. These iron compounds pose no threat to health, merely unpleasant. You can get rid of the discoloration by running cold water for a few minutes through a tap without an aerator, such as the bathtub or outside spigot.

If discoloration or low pressure continue for an extended period of time, contact the Village Hall for further assistance at 847-356-825.

Who should you call to report a water main break? Contact 847-356-8252.