What we've accomplished

Where we began, and where we are going
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2020
  • Refinanced Sunset Grove business district TIF bonds for overall savings of approximately $700K

  • Hosted a series of webinars, communications, and flexible special events policies to help village businesses survive through the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Completed full paving, water, and street improvements for Robert Parker Coffin Road

  • With re-paving of LG portion of Cuba Road, completed 56% of 15-year road plan

  • Secured a $150,000 matching grant for a pathway along RPC that will connect downtown to Sunset Grove by fall 2021

  • Re-opened a fully refurbished historical bridge, including new abutments/foundation, painting, and cover with new steel reinforcements, with financing from a state grant and LG Historical Society donations, as well as insurance payments and village reserves

  • Approved new South Gateway TIF district (along Old Rte 53 to Lake Cook Road) to motivate and enable development as we seek to diversify and grow our sales tax revenues

 

 

2019
  • Celebrated the completion of improvements for Old McHenry Road in downtown, including re-paving, water, pedestrian lighting, traffic light, landscaping, and improvements to the village Visitor Center.

  • Initiated partnership with Village of Mundelein to handle permit inspections, streamlining with mobile tablets and electronic payments.

  • Launched a more robust and user-friendly website: www.LongGroveIL.gov

  • With the state’s shut-down of its most recent environmental impact study for extending Route 53, we quickly pivoted to exploring new uses for that corridor to enhance economic development and environmental protection

  • 11 new businesses came to Long Grove, while 7 closed.  Sunset Grove reached full occupancy.

2018
  • 100% of properties along Old McHenry Road downtown connected to village water, including the Long Grove Fire District station

  • Renewed public safety contract with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.  Long Grove has 2 deputies and 2 cars dedicated to the village 17 hours/day, 365 days per year + all the resources of the Sheriff’s office as well, without investing in overhead a village police department would require.

  • Signed a new village waste hauler agreement including electronic waste pickup with Waste Management via RFP bid process.

  • 47% of roads paved by end of 2018 (4 years into 15-year plan)

  • Maintained healthy financial reserves of over 100% of full year general fund expense budget

  • Updated the Village Comprehensive Plan

  • Approved 2 large PUDs (planned unit developments) along Old Hicks Road: Karen’s Corner & Deer Trail

  • 8 new businesses came to Long Grove while 8 closed

 

2017​​
  • Created the Economic Development Commission (EDC) and recruited initial resident members offering an attractive diversity of relevant backgrounds: property developer, site selection consultant, accountant, entrepreneur, marketing, investments, business strategy, and law.

  • Re-initiated printed Bridge newsletter, sending to all residents 6x/year

  • Launched first digital newsletter to residents, updated every other week

  • Initiated a 50/50 sales tax / property tax rebate to incentivize Downtown & TIF properties to invest in improvements

  • Sold four developable lots in Archer parking area to a developer

  • 40% of roads paved by end of 2017 (3 years into 15 year plan)

  • Completed Old McHenry Road water main extension

  • Began Old McHenry Road reconstruction: stoplight & crosswalks, new sidewalks, improved drainage, buried electric, new pedestrian lighting, benches, trashcans, landscaping

  • 11 new businesses came to Long Grove, while 4 moved elsewhere