Coronavirus and Village of Bannockburn Operations (4-23 update)

Coronavirus and Village of Bannockburn Operations (4-23 update)

Dear Bannockburn Residents,

Cabin Fever or Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day???… I know this message seems to be just about the same each week but it is important. If you feel symptoms, stay home, self-quarantine and call your doctor. If you don’t have symptoms and don’t need to go out…stay home. Even if you are not symptomatic you could be spreading the virus. If you have to go out, wear a mask and keep 6 to 10 feet away from everyone. Deerfield and Highland Park have recently mandated that if you go to their commercial district you MUST wear a mask. I encourage you to Act Responsibly (vs Mandate) when you are out of your home. Please continue to walk ON the Village of Bannockburn paths or properly share the roads with bikes and vehicles traveling.

Stay Strong – we are flattening the curve. There is now talk about opening up the economy and getting back to work. The State of Illinois current “stay at home” order expires on 4/30 but all indications are that it will be extended until mid or late May. We still need more testing and we will need full availability of PPE for workers.  Hospitals, healthcare workers and first responders have done a fabulous job keeping up with people that are in need of help. Not all heroes wear capes but a dedicated brunch of them wear scrubs.

Stimulus checks have started to arrive in bank accounts this week. If the virus did not have a financial impact on you, please think about the people it did. Once your favorite restaurant opens consider leaving  them a really big tip to help them recover. Think about all of the service industries that have been dramatically affected – barber, hair dresser, yoga, massage therapist, dentist and nail salon etc. etc. When they open consider a 100% tip. It will make their day.

WEST DEERFIELD FOOD PANTRY could also use your help.
The pantry receives 90% of their protein and fresh food from area restaurants and area grocery stores. That has stopped. They have a Donate button on their website, westdeerfieldtownship.org or a check can be sent directly to their office at 601 Deerfield Road, Deerfield, IL 60015.

On 4/15/20 we extended the Village of Bannockburn Declaration of the State of Emergency. The Village Hall will remain closed with the Staff working from home until further notice.

WARNING Building Permits and Architecture Review (ARC) and/or Zoning review (PCZBA) are required for your proposed project prior to the commencement of construction. This includes indoor remodeling projects with plumbing and electrical changes and outdoor projects such as new/altered patios, pergolas, walkways, decks, outdoor kitchens, and fire pits. If we identify homes where any unauthorized construction is occurring, a stop work order and a $1,000 fine will be issued; possible additional fines may also incur and your project will be delayed.

This week we have mailed out the quarterly water and sewer bills. It would help the Village tremendously if residents would sign up for electronic payments vs mailing bank checks to the Village. We have several methods available to you.

  1. You can have the actual amount pulled directly from your checking account.
  2. You can charge the amount to your credit card after you get each invoice.
  3. (My personal favorite) You can have the actual amount automatically charged to your credit card (with no service fee)
    1. You get notified of the amount as the bills go out.
    2. Near the due date your credit card gets charged
    3. You get to enjoy the airline miles or hotel points when we are all traveling again.

If you have questions on this signup process, there will be more information and links in the Bannockburn ByLine that will be issued tomorrow.

Great news for the Village financial reports:

Congratulations to our Finance Manager – Stephanie Hannon on guiding the Board to attain the CAFR Award…. The Bannockburn ByLine newsletter will be issued on Friday 4/24/20 with additional updates.

The Village of Bannockburn’s annual financial report is being recognized for the first time by the organization that sets standards for municipal accounting and financial reporting. The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awarded the village its “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” for the village’s annual financial report for the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2019. The Finance Department received the recognition for the village’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 20,000 government finance professionals.

The GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAFR Program) in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment.

A special thanks to our Finance Manager – Stephanie Hannon, Village staff and the entire Board of Trustees  for their full transparency and budget efforts throughout the year.

Cabin Fever activities – read a book, stream some movies, do a puzzle then organize your photos on your computer.  Delete 10x more emails than you receive every day. Continue this for the next 10 days and you might make an impact on your system. If you have to go out, wear a mask and keep yourself 6 to 10 feet away from everyone. You have all heard that it’s recommended that you take a walk. NOW, this time, take a walk WITHOUT your cell phone or music iPod. Enjoy the fresh air in your face and birds singing in your ears. Now that the weather might start warming up you can call in your spring flower order to your favorite nursery and then pick it up curbside.

Zoom a meeting with family or friends.

2020 is a unique leap year. It has 29 days in February, 300 days in March and 5 years in April.

Please let me know if you have questions, concerns or comments.

Sincerely,

Bud Rothing
Bannockburn Village President
773-255-9137

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