Monday, May 13, 2013
Officials from Crystal Lake and the McHenry County Transportation Department are working to improve the overall look of a new cement wall constructed on Walkup Road.
Crystal Lake leaders have suggested a decorative fix for the new cement wall along Walkup Road near Veteran Acres. The wall recently was built as part of the ongoing road construction improvement work on Walkup Road. The bare cement surface as been deemed unsightly by some residents and city leaders - particularly since it partially blocks the scenic view of Veteran Acres Park. However, the city has sent a letter to the McHenry County Division of Transportation suggesting an "engineered stone veneer" surface be added to the wall, said Erik Morimoto, director of engineering and building for the city. The stone veneer would look similiar to new features installed at the Crystal Lake Plaza along Route 14 and the Del Webb Sun City entrance …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Other Side will be located at 93 East Berkshire Drive, Unit G, in Crystal Lake.
Updated: 11 a.m. on April 22, 2013 The Other Side, a non-alcoholic nightclub in Crystal Lake, plans to open on April 27, according to the club's website. The grand opening is scheduled for 8 p.m. and owners are putting the finishing touches on the area's first non-alcoholic bar. ------------------- Updated: 11 p.m. Nov. 4, 2012 The Crystal Lake City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a use variation and a special use permit for "The Other Side," a non-alcoholic nightclub. The club will be located in the warehouse area of tenant space at 93 E. Berkshire Dr.- Unit G, in Crystal Lake. The council approved the measure without discussion, or any opposition from the public. ___________________________________________________________ …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Bridal shop will feature regular size bridal gowns as well as gowns for larger women.
Three years ago, Deborah Donaldson came to the realization that the bridal market for larger-sized women is underserved. "There needs to be a bridal shop that carries sizes above size 14 so everyone can enjoy the bridal experience," Donaldson told Crystal Lake City Council members last week. "We believe everyone has the right to look and feel beautiful on her wedding day." Donaldson plans to open Dream Gowns Bridal store at 16 W. Crystal Lake Plaza, Crystal Lake. The location is perfect, she told city council members, as it is located next to a bakery and flower shop. Council members unanimously voted in favor of approving a $10,000 New Retailer Job Creation and Investment Matching grant application for the business. (Council members Ellen…
Cameron Hubbard is running for Crystal Lake City Council in the April 9 Consolidated Election.
Monday, April 8
To the Editor: Cameron Hubbard should be Crystal Lake residents’ choice for City Council. Cameron is a dedicated leader in the community and only wants to see Crystal Lake grow and prosper. It is nice to see someone young, 28 years old, enthusiastic about helping out their community. Cameron has grown up in Crystal Lake. I know this because he has been my closest friend and will be my best man at my upcoming wedding. He is a man of integrity and strong morals. He has a drive to do what is right and what is needed. He will serve this community and its members with class and dignity. It is time to see Crystal Lake turn to one of its young leaders to help take us toward a brighter future. Vote Cameron Hubbard on April 9. Adam Olson Crystal …
Crystal Lake city officials are working with the McHenry County Transportation Department to determine how appearance of the new wall could be improved.
As road construction work progresses on Walkup Road and Route 176, a cement wall adjacent to the road and bikepath near Veteran Acres is catching the eye of city officials - and not in a good way. Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley told city council members during the recent city council meeting that people have complained about the aesthetics of the cement wall and adjacent bike patch just north of Route 176. The wall is in what city officials call "a high profile area" and partial blocks the scenic view of Veteran Acres pond. "We've drafted a letter and sent it to the county, and I'm happy to say that the county has been receptive (to our concerns)," Shepley said. County officials have asked for suggestions on how to make the wall look …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Crystal City Council recently approved annexation agreements for two separate parcels located on the perimeter of the city limits.
The Crystal Lake City Council recently approved annexation agreements with property owners of the Crystal Lake Rib House and the former Royal Oaks Antique Museum. At a city council meeting on March 19, councilmen approved an annexation agreement with the owner of land at 5116 E. Route 176. The site is home to the Crystal Lake Rib House and two adjacent vacant parcels, city documents show. The land, located at the corner of Pingree Road, also has a billboard. The property owner agreed to terms of the annexation as long as the existing uses were approved and permitted to remain. However, the owner did agree to have the billboard removed once its lease expires in 2019, city documents show. In approving the annexation agreement, the city …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Resident Erin McElroy endorses candidate Cameron Hubbard for Crystal Lake City Council.
Wednesday, March 27
To Crystal Lake-Cary Patch: "Five years ago my husband and I moved to Crystal Lake. We grew up in Lake County and looked for a community that was safe, had good schools, and we also wanted a downtown district on the trainline. Crystal Lake offered this, and we were happy to call it home! I am proud and honored to call Cameron Hubbard a friend. There are many reasons to vote for Cameron on April 9th. For me, its simple. I look at my 16 month old, and think of all the hopes and dreams I have for him. Then I think about Cameron, a young and bright leader who is a product of this great city. He now wants to serve Crystal lake and raise his family here. He is committed to make Crystal Lake great for generations to come, and to attract families …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Ralph Dawson is one of five candidates running for the Crystal Lake City Council in the April 9 Consolidated Election. Three seats are up for election.
Tuesday, March 26
Name: Ralph Dawson Age: 83 Family: Married to Linda; two sons. Education: Crystal Lake Community High School, Class of 1948. Occupation: Retired carpenter contractor. Previous elected or appointed offices: Member of the Crystal Lake City Council since 1999. Position sought: Crystal Lake City Council Political party: Independent Campaign E-mail address: RM-Dawson@sbcglobal.net What is the primary reason you are running for this office? I am seeking re-election so I may continue to help Crystal Lake as the city moves forward through these tough years. What should the city's priority be in the next four years? The city's priority should be to attract and RETAIN business, industry and commercial development for the betterment of …
James Tomasello is one of five candidates running for the Crystal Lake City Council in the April 9 Consolidated Election.
Tuesday, March 26
Name: James Tomasello Age: 33 Family: Wife Carrie; sons, Tyler, 14, Brandon, 14, Tommy, 5 Occupation: Self Employeed, Property Management and Maintenance Previous elected or appointed offices: None Position sought: City Council Political party: Republican Campaign E-mail address: JimTom1979@gmail.com Campaign Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VoteTomasello What is the primary reason you are running for this office? I want to be sure that all citizens voices are heard and evaluated, especially if they take the initiative to express those concerns. What do you think Crystal Lake's priority should be for the next four years? More thorough review of infrastructure when designating improvements with tax dollars. What is your top priority for …
Chuck Ebann is one of five candidates running for the Crystal Lake City Council in the April 9 Consolidated Election. Three seats are up for election.
Tuesday, March 26
Name: Charles (Chuck) Ebann Age: 66 Family: Wife Ellen; son Spencer Education: BS Chem E, Iowa State University Occupation: Purchasing/Business Operations executive w. Rohm & Haas Previous elected or appointed offices: Crystal Lake Public Library Trustee Position sought: Crystal Lake City Council Political party: Republican Campaign E-mail address: email@example.com Campaign Facebook: www.Facebook.com/votechuckebann What is the primary reason you are running for this office? I look forward to serving the City and keeping it an attractive place for business and families. I believe my 34-year work experience and community involvement for the past 9 years will be of benefit to the position where I will be a steward of our tax money. …