Food Scrap Composting

In Highland Park, you can now put food scraps into your yard waste bin. Here’s a new video from the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) with some good tips on food composting. Countertop bins to collect food scraps are available at City Hall for $5 each. Click here for more information or to contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems to request a compost cart for your home. Food scrap and yard waste pick up continues until December.

Voter Registration

To vote in the November 8 election, you must be registered to vote. If you are in Highland Park, you can go to City Hall (ask for Jennifer in the City Manager’s Office) or Moraine Township until October 11 to register. To get more information, and confirm your registration (for those in Lake County, IL) click here.

Important Post about Radon

Have you tested your home for radon lately? It’s a leading cause of lung cancer, and you should test your home every 18 mos. to 2 years. You can get test kits from the American Lung Association. Start with a short term test, and, if it shows anything of concern, follow up with a long term test. Our tests were fine until recently. Remediation is relatively easy – I’ll let you know how it goes.

Friends of Kim Stone

kim-outsideKim has a proven track record of leadership in our community. Prior to her election to City Council in 2013, she served on the Highland Park Transportation Commission, Advisory Committees of  North Shore School District 112 and the Park District of Highland Park, and the Boards of Directors of Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care and the Active Transportation Alliance.

In addition, Kim has over 20 years of non-profit management and environmental experience. She currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists and on the Board of Directors of Community Partners for Affordable Housing. Kim graduated from Middlebury College and received Masters degrees in Population Planning and Public Policy from the University of Michigan. A third generation Highland Park resident, Kim loves being an involved member of the community. She lives in Highland Park with her husband and children.

Any communication via this site is the personal opinion of Councilwoman Kim Stone and is not necessarily the stated opinion of the City.

City Budget

City Council began discussing our 2015 budget on August 25. The budget is the most important policy document of any organization. An organization puts money into those things that are priorities. The budget documents will be available on the City’s website. Feel free to attend future meetings to hear our discussions or provide input, or contact me directly with your thoughts.

Help Wanted: Bike and Pedestrian Counters

The City of Highland Park is seeking volunteers on September 6, 9 and 11 to help with our semi annual bicyclist and pedestrian counts. The City uses data gathered in the counts to assess the impact of improvements implemented in accordance with the Complete Streets Policy and the Bike-Walk HP 2030 Plan, passed in September, 2012. You can choose to participate in one or more of the shifts, which are: Saturday from 10 am – noon, Tuesday and Thursday from 7 – 9 am and 4 – 6 pm. For more information or to volunteer, click here.

Apples Available

A few shares are still available for Earth First Farm’s Apple CSA for this season. CSA members receive 75 pounds of certified organic apples and a gallon of apple cider. Every 2 weeks, each CSA member picks up a 10-pound bag of certified organic apples. The variety varies each week, and they are delicious. The pick up site is conveniently located near Lincoln School. Click here for information or email the farm to order a share.

Zipcar coming to Highland Park

Highland Park will be home to two shared cars through Zipcar beginning Wednesday, June 11.  It’s a great option for those who don’t need a car all the time, as they can be rented when you need them.  This may allow some of us to become single car or carless households.  Stop by the west lot of the Highland Park Train Station on June 11 to learn more or sign up. The official kick off will take place at 5:30 that day. You can also join or learn more at the Zipcar website here.