Resisting peace officers / 2nd pot dispensary? / Dundee TIF plan / Corned beef anyone?
Not a good idea – It’s not only a bad idea to drink and drive since it’s against the law, it’s also not a good idea to do so when your driving privileges have been revoked because of previous traffic violations. Oleh Dotsiak, 20, of Arlington Heights is facing six charges for doing that and a lot more. Police reports say Dotsiak’s situation unfolded when they were responding to a hit and run crash at the intersection of Lake Cook Road and McHenry Road. While enroute to the crash officers were notified by a passerby that a vehicle crashed in a ditch near the 1000 block of Lake Cook Road. Police found Dotsiak at the scene and their investigation resulted in Dotsiak being arrested for aggravated DUI, possession of a controlled substance, driving on a suspended driver’s license, failure to remain at the scene of a vehicle damage accident, and resisting an arrest.
Not a good idea, part deux- Continuing our coverage of bad ideas -- It’s not a good idea to drive a vehicle with unlawfully tinted windows and even a worse idea to do so with a suspended driver’s license. But that’s what Deriece M Williams, 24, of Hillside did. She’s facing charges for both violations as well as resisting a peace officer. Reports did not reveal the nature of the resistance, but it was enough to get her charged.
Retail theft – Officials at the CVS pharmacy at 20 E. Dundee told police that the proverbial “unknown” customer made off with an estimated $500 in merchandise. Reports say BG Police are continuing their investigation and looking for a female.
Woodman’s update – If you were betting the over/under on retail thefts from Woodman’s Market – you lost this week. Buffalo Grove police did not report a retail theft from the store this week, breaking a three-week streak.
In Other Community News
2nd pot dispensary for the village?
A second recreational marijuana dispensary could be coming to Buffalo Grove. The keyword is could. According to the agenda for the March 20 Village Board meeting, “The Village has recently received an application from Emerald Earth to operate a recreational cannabis dispensary at 1355 W Dundee Road.” This would be the second dispensary in Buffalo Grove, the maximum allowed. The other one is Sunnyside at 830 Milwaukee Ave.
While Emerald Earth’s request will be discussed, its application will be referred to the Planning and Zoning Commission. A special use permit will be required.
A full description of the proposal can be found in the agenda packet for the meeting.
Board to mull body cams, Dundee TIF district
The Village Board will consider more than $1.4 million to meet the state requirement that police officers be equipped with body cameras at its March 20 meeting. In a memo to the Board, Police Chief Brian Budds and Brett Robinson, the village’s administrative director, noted that the proposal from Axon Enterprise Inc., will provide body cameras, in vehicle cameras, interview room cameras, digital evidence storage, and associated software. The overall cost of the project is $1,415,281.85 spread over a period of 10 years.
The Board is also expected to discuss a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District for parts of the Dundee Road corridor. Discussion at the meeting will focus on development of an “Interested Parties Registry.” This is a preliminary step and, noted Deputy Village Manager Chris Stilling in a memo to the Board, “…does not mean that the TIF will be established; however, approval of the ordinance is required pursuant to state law in order to set up an Interested Parties Registry and advance toward the possible establishment of a TIF.”
Information about the body cam proposal and TIF ordinance and all other agenda items, can be found in agenda packet for the meeting..
“The Corned Beef Factory” eyes BG location
A popular haunt for corned beef sandwiches is eyeing a spot in Buffalo Grove. Officials at “The Corned Beef Factory” indicated to the Chicago Tribune in a story about best places to get corned beef sandwiches in the Chicago area that a Buffalo Grove location is one of three new locations they plan to open by midyear. “The Corned Beef Factory” opened in 1948 and its main location is downtown at 1016 W Lake St.
Village officials have confirmed that the company has applied for a permit, but it has not yet been issued. The store would be located in the Rickey Rockets plaza on Lake-Cook Road.
Early voting begins March 20
Early voting has started for the April 4 consolidated election. This local election includes seats for Village President, Clerk and three Trustees, along with school and park district boards
Early voting in both Cook and Lake counties begins Monday, March 20.
Chief’s coffee klatch
The next “Chat with the Chief” Wednesday, March 22. Enjoy coffee and conversation with BG Police Chief Brian Budds at Deerfields Bakery & Café, 201 N. Buffalo Grove Rd. from 10 a.m. to noon. This is an opportunity for community members to meet and engage with Chief Budds and learn more about the department as well as what's happening in the community.
Farmers market seeks vendors
The Farmers Market Committee is seeking vendors for the 2023 season. Persons or businesses who may have products they feel would appeal to attendees, should complete a vendor application, which is available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2023 season, the market’s 15th, is from June 18 through Oct. 15. The Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 8 a.m.to 12:30 pm. The market will not be open Sept. 3 which is the Sunday of Buffalo Grove Days weekend.
According to village guidelines, products offered for sale must be agricultural products, food items or food services. Craft items are not accepted. Liquor items made by vendors with Village of Buffalo Grove Class G6 licenses are welcome.
The market also features entertainment and nonprofit organizations with informational booths.
Board to laud BG Days Committee
The village will honor the legacy and “the important contributions” of the current and past members of the Buffalo Grove Days Committee during the Board meeting Monday, March 20.
Board President Beverly Sussman will present a proclamation citing the work of the committee.
How about a DIY Book Club?
Want to host a book club?
The Indian Trails Public Library District makes it easy with its Book Club in a Bag service. Information is available in a display with book cover placeholders in new materials on the first floor of the Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling.
All cardholders need to do is bring the placeholder to the circulation desk to check out a bag containing 15 copies of the book and sample discussion questions.
General guidelines for the program include:
• 6-week checkout
• No holds or renewals on the bags
• Must be a library cardholder
• All items must be returned together (15 books plus 1 bag), in person at the checkout desk
Check out a Book Club in a Bag to enter your name in a drawing to win an ITPLD mug. Search BCB in the catalog to see the list of book selections.
Lake County offering tax breaks
Lake County residents may be eligible for several exemptions available to provide tax relief to homeowners.
As of tax year 2023, payable in 2024, several exemptions have been updated to provide further benefits to eligible homeowners. To learn more and see if you qualify, visit the Chief County Assessment Office Tax Relief page.
Volunteer fair this Sunday
The Vernon Area Public Library is hosting a Volunteer Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. Representatives from various groups and community organizations, including the village of Buffalo Grove will have information about volunteer opportunities. Additional information is available here.
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