I hope you've been having a great summer! It has been so nice being able to see so many people in person, and I certainly hope that Lake County residents stay safe and that we can go into fall with continued low positivity rates.
Today at our Finance & Administrative Committee meeting we heard an Economic Development Update from Kevin Considine, President of Lake County Partners. There are many exciting things happening, and I've included a link to the presentation here for your review. We also discussed the options for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds provided by the US Treasury to Lake County for use in COVID-19 Public Health Emergency response and recovery. Lake County has been allocated $136 million, which can be spent on:
- Infrastructure and capital investment
- Economic and business investment
- Household assistance (rent, mortgage, utilities, water)
- Public health response
- Investment in county operations
There will be much discussion on this over the next several months. Scroll down to the bottom for a link to where you can access agendas and video of previous meetings.
Three years ago, tired of the wet and muddy spots in our backyard and wanting to attract pollinators, we tore out the non-native plants in our backyard borders and put in native prairie plants. It's been really fulfilling to see all the bees, hummingbirds and butterflies as well as the spectacular flowers! I was honored to be asked to be part of a native garden tour and was happy to be able to speak to so many people about our experience with our garden and how we resolved our stormwater issues at our home.
As always, it is an honor and privilege to represent you on the Lake County Board and Forest Preserve Board. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.