Zion-Benton News

Stories from the July 31, 2014 Issue

Beach Park creates Special Service Areas

By Ginny Skweres
Zion-Benton News staff 

Some residents of Beach Park are upset they will be required to pay a hefty tax to gain water they say they don’t need.

In an effort to bring water to sections of Beach Park where some wells are going dry, the village board approved four Special Service Areas that would allow the village to put water mains in front of these properties, with the cost to be shared by those who benefit.
The large lots in the areas have a well and septic system.

Three areas, on Peacock, 28th Street and Green Bay and Major have no problem with the special assessments to pay for it. However, nearly half of the residents in Special Assessment Area 12 were opposed to it and found the cost to be prohibitive. The improvements for that area are more than $581,000 which would be divided among 18 property owners. That cost is about $29,000 per property to be paid in special taxes. The village would finance the payments for 20 years at no more than 9 percent interest.

Before the board voted, Sue Davern, acting as spokesperson for the SSA 12, told the board of their concerns and complaints.

"My heart goes out to those who have to truck in water, but I feel it should be equitable to all," Davern said. There are three lots that are not included in the assessment area, even though the water main will pass in front of those properties. She asked why they were not included in the SSA and wouldn't share in the cost. More...

Zion Park District gets grant for ash tree removal

By Mona Shannon

Zion-Benton News staff 

Like communities and park districts throughout Lake County, the Zion Park District’s trees have been infested by the emerald ash borer. Park District Director Marilyn Krieger said a recent survey turned up 926 trees infested by the borer.

Removing and replacing trees is a big project but it must be handled, she said.

Happily, Krieger said she was contacted recently by a representative of the Morton Arboretum about a grant available from the Arboretum and Great Lakes Watershed for the removal and replacement of infected trees. The grant is funded by the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture.

Park district staff wrote a grant application and the park district was notified last week that it will receive a $20,000 grant. The grant requires some in-kind services. Krieger said Park District staff will remove the dead trees and plant the new ones.

The grant won’t cover replacement of all the trees. The grant application was for the replacement of 80 trees. “It’s a good start,” said Krieger. The average cost of new trees was estimated at $250 each but prices vary according to size. More...

Photo of the Week

Concerned citizens and police officers took part in a Project Awakening Stop the Violence Walk in Zion Saturday morning. Sgt. Rick Brown and some youngsters lead a long line of walkers. The walk was organized by Beverly Mull of Bridge Builders and Holywood Studios.


22nd Annual Golf Outing

The Zion-Benton Athletic Boosters hosted its 22nd Annual Golf Outing on Friday, July 25 at Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course in Zion. Golfers teed up and did their best but the real winners are the Z-B athletes which the Athletic Boosters Club supports.

Children’s books

Jennessa and her mom Cynthia Lincke show copies of the two children’s books they have published.


The Razzle Dazzles competed in Nationals July 24 at the University of Notre Dame. The Junior Parade Corps took the championship in their division.