Zion-Benton News

Stories from the November 20, 2014 Issue

Winthrop Harbor ready for winter

By Meridith Jumisko
Zion-Benton News staff 

Last week, Winthrop Harbor received its first shipment of salt for the new winter season, which has started already. The timing was perfect, as the first salt run occurred last Saturday night. The village's salt storage building is now filled to capacity with 700 tons of salt just waiting for whatever Mother Nature has in mind for us during the coming months.

In an average winter, 900 to 1,100 tons of salt are used, according to Tim Neargarder, Superintendent of Public Works. The village used more than 1,200 tons last winter, he believes. Per the state bid, the village has to buy 500 more tons. A total of 1,200 to 1,500 tons can be purchased. Neargarder won't be able to place the next order, however, until he has room to store it.

During these winter months, the public works department's staff members keep an eye on the radar and watch the conditions outside. Salt runs are determined by how slick the roads are, while plowing begins once two inches of snow has fallen. In addition to the public works department monitoring conditions, the police department will also inform public works when the roads are getting slick.

There are five snow removal routes in the village. Four five-yard dump trucks, and one small one-ton dump truck are used. Each public works staff member, including Neargarder, has a route. The staff can work for 16 hours, before taking an eight-hour break. That 16 hours is typically enough time to get the job done. More...

Electronic recycling may end

By Mona Shannon

Zion-Benton News staff 

The city of Zion’s electronic recycling program has been highly successful and ranks among the top 10 in Lake County. Commissioner Frank Flammini said at Tuesday’s city council meeting that the city has collected 80 tons of electronic items so far this year. Recycling events are held the first and third Saturday of each month at the Public Works facility on 27th Street.

However, Flammini said the program may end in January due to the end of funding from the state. That means if you have TVs, computers and other electronic items you’ve been meaning to get rid of, you had best take them to the recycling events Dec. 6 or Dec. 20. It is illegal in Illinois to put electronic items in your trash.

Purchase of baseball property
Finance Director David Knabel reported to the city council that there is a change in the debt certificates that will be issued for purchase of the property at Route 173 and Green Bay Road. The city council had preliminarily approved a 10 year payment schedule with a balloon payment at the end at a rate not to exceed 5.5 percent and the ability to refinance after five years. More...

Photo of the Week

Warming up on a cold day
Julie and Denny Lueck, regulars at El Lago Restaurant in Zion, stopped in for some breakfast and hot coffee on a bitter cold day, Tuesday. Serving them is owner Tochi, who’s motto is: “Enter as strangers, leave as friends.” El Lago, 2216 Sheridan Road, Zion, serves Mexican and American food and is open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday.


‘The Boy Friend’

The Boy Friend opens Nov. 20. After many
months of rehearsals, the ZB Encore Players are ready to take the stage and invite audiences witness love in full
bloom as they present Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend.

School News

Many citizens across the country went to the polls on Nov. 4 to exercise their right to vote in the mid-term elections. Elmwood
School also held elections for Student Council officers. Congratulations to (left to right) Eric Franklin, Secretary; Cristal
Padilla, President; Sarah Ondo, Vice President.


Following an exceptional prep career at Zion-Benton, 2011 graduate and volleyball
standout Torie Pasiewicz parlayed her success here into a stellar career at Lake
Forest College.