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     Diana O'Kelly

  Township Supervisor

June 8, 2016

West Nile Virus in Illinois 

The first bird to test positive for West Nile virus this year was collected in Arcola Township in Douglas County on May 20, 2016.  The first mosquito batch to test positive for West Nile virus was collected on May 23, 2016, in Glenview.
IDPH reported the first human case of West Nile virus last year on August 19, 2015.  Last year, 64 counties in Illinois reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird and/or human case.  For the 2015 season, IDPH reported 77 human cases (although human cases are underreported), including nine deaths. 
While Zika virus is also primarily transmitted through the bite of a mosquito, the main type of mosquito that carries Zika virus, Aedes aegypti, is different and is rarely found in Illinois.  However, taking some simple precautions can help you avoid mosquito bites, regardless of the type of mosquito or the diseases they carry. 
Precautions include practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel, and report.

  • REDUCE - make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.  Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings.  Try to keep doors and windows shut. Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and any other containers.

  • REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.  Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

  • REPORT – report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week such as roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.  The local health department or city government may be able to add larvicide to the water, which will kill any mosquito eggs.
Beware of Standing Water

Our Fremont Township Highway staff is currently applying mosquito dunks to 650 manholes and many wet areas throughout the Township to combat the mosquito larvae.

Please make sure you dump standing water from any structure that holds water. Any standing body of water can allow mosquitos to breed. Please do your part to combat the larvae by checking your outside containers. Tires need to be disposed of, or have holes drilled in them to allow water to drain.
Help for Substance Abusers
Individuals who struggle with substance abuse will be able to get directed quickly to treatment through a pilot program launched by the Lake County Opioid Initiative called “A Way Out. The program will be offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at participating police departments across Lake County. Individuals who possess narcotics or paraphernalia, enter a participating police department and tell an officer they are requesting help will avoid criminal charges as long as the participant seeks assistance.

“A Way Out” is a Lake County, Illinois Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion pilot program, designed to fast-track users to substance abuse programs and services. This program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at  participating police departments. .
Click here to view the video explaining this program.
Household Chemical Waste Collection Event
There will be a  Household Chemical Waste Collection event on Saturday, June 18 from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm at Lake Zurich High School, 300 Church Street, Lake Zurich. HCW products include, but are not limited to, cleaning products, oil based paints/varnishes, flammable liquids, automotive products, garden chemicals, personal care products, and medications. When disposed of improperly (pouring them down the drain, disposing in the garbage)  these products can contaminate the groundwater and harm the environment

Congratulations Mundelein Mustang Baseball Team
Our Mundelein Mustangs Baseball Team advanced to the Final Four in the Class 4A State Tournament! Their next game is Friday, June 10, 5pm at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. If you can't make the game, you can log-in online and watch it on the NFHS Network.   Click here to watch
Another Road Closure on Route 60
F ull Closure on Illinois 60
between Belvidere Road and Wilson Road

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that a full closure will take place on Illinois 60 between Belvidere Road (Illinois 120) and Wilson Road, in unincorporated Lake County, beginning, weather permitting, Monday, June 20. The closure is necessary to repair a drainage structure under Illinois 60.

Beginning Monday, Illinois 60 will be closed in both directions between Belvidere Road and Wilson Road until Friday, June 24. To access eastbound Illinois 60, a posted detour will direct traffic east on Belvidere Road and south on Wilson Road to Illinois 60. Traffic travelling westbound on Illinois 60 should take the reverse route.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

Click here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at

Hawley Street Update
Today  the contractor will be placing the aggregate base on Prairie. Prairie will be closed off for a period during the day, but will be re-opened. Traffic can use Emerald, which was re-opened to accommodate this work.

Also, the contractor’s crews will excavate at California. That area could be ready for curb early next week.

First, the concrete contractor will continue working between Prairie and Lake Street. They will start framing sidewalk there on Thursday and plan to pour the sidewalk on Monday.

Electricians have been on site installing the underground raceways for the new traffic signals and interconnect system. They will start pouring foundations in the next week.

During the contractor’s operations on the storm sewer east of Seymour, a major AT&T duct was damaged. AT&T is repairing that duct, a tedious undertaking of splicing one wire together at a time. They estimated the repair would take about a week, at which time the storm sewer work can resume. Hopefully, this will be the last of the bad luck in this area. Fortunately, it is a short section so the contractor should be able to focus their efforts there to get it completed quickly.

Mark S. Molnar, PE | Resident Project Manager

Alfred Benesch & Company Hawley Field Office 440 E. Hawley Street, Mundelein, IL 60060 
P 224-475-0329 | C 773-457-7670 | E | W

Want to Volunteer in our Garden?
If you drive by our administrative office, you will see the Fremont Township Community Garden, which is run by volunteers.

Our Garden is a multi-functional garden space that provides produce to our food pantry clients and low income seniors and provides opportunities for enjoyment and learning. It is a treasured site of community activity where residents are invited to get involved, whether as a garden volunteer, with a community service project, or simply to enjoy and make use of the garden as a get away from the hustle and bustle. The site already features a shed build by the Mundelein High School Shop Class, a rain barrel, functional up-cycled artworks, bird houses contributed by the girl scouts and a bug hotel, beehive and birdbath as part of an Eagle Scout Project.

We welcome new volunteers!  To learn more go to or to their Facebook page at  Fremont Township Community Garden.  

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Nesting Season for Turtles
Nesting Season is here for the turtles.  The Daily Herald ran an informative piece.
Adult and Children Diapers
If you have diapers or depends that you no longer need, Fremont Township does accept them. Call Nancy at 847 223-2847.
Mundelein Community Days
CELEBRATING THE BEST OF MUNDELEIN - includes premier musical performances, food, drinks, car show, carnival, activities for kids and adults, and much more. The parade will be held on Sunday, July 3rd at 2 pm. This year the parade will form in the Mundelein Metra Station parking lot. Due to the construction on Hawley Street, the parade will run west on Division Street from the Metra lot to Midlothian Road north on Midlothian to Hawley Street, then to Mundelein High School. The reviewing stand will be set-up on the southeast corner of Lincoln and Division. For more information call Mike Flynn at 847-949-3223.
Operation Care Package
I met with Matthew Pawlowski of Boy Scout Troop 60 regarding his Eagle Scout Project.  You will see him  at Mundelein Days and events around town collecting donations to send to our troops. If you would like to support his project, you can email him at
Recycle Bedding for Local Animal Shelters
If you have used towels, sheets or blankets that need to be recycled, please consider bringing them to Fremont Township at 22385 Route 60, Mundelein to be donated to local Animal Shelters and Rescues.  You can drop them off in the bin on our front porch.  This keeps them out of the landfill and puts them to good use.  

We also accept eye glasses and shoes to be recycled.  If you are disposing of shoes that have laces, please tie the laces together.
Used Book Sale

Friends of the Fremont Library will host their used Book Sale

1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein, Il. 60060


Saturday June 11, 10:00 - 4:30
Sunday    June 12,  1:00 – 4:30

Any questions call: 847-918-3247
Babysitting Class at Fremont Library

Date:  6/18/2016
Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Time:  12:30 PM
Ages 11-14: FREMONT CARD HOLDERS ONLY. Snack will be provided.
If you are just starting out as a babysitter, this program is for you! In addition to learning about child care and basic first aid, you'll also get good advice about being a responsible sitter and tips for safely starting your own business. Participants will receive a certificate of completion.
Click here to sign up

Register to Vote at Fremont Township
Need or to register to vote?  Call your Fremont Township Clerk, Christina McCann at 847 223-2840.

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Diana O'Kelly
Fremont Township Supervisor 

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