TribLocal Libertyville - 14-20 June 2012
Libertyville • Mundelein Vernon Hills • Lake Zurich Lincolnshire • Wauconda
JUNE 14-20, 2012
Fremont students recognized for recycling
Football standouts to compete in All-Star game
Lake Zurich officials consider lake-water option
By Amy Alderman
Lake Zurich High School jazz musicians play Jackson Square.
Photo submitted by Dan Repplinger
Students help fix up New Orleans homes
By Amy Alderman
Lake Zurich student jazz musicians started their summer in New Orleans drywalling houses and building trenches for gardens seven years after Hurricane Katrina decimated much of the city. While they were able to taste some homemade jambalaya and jam with Trumpeter Steamboat Willie, most of their week was spent doing hard labor in the heat and rain. Even so, 18-year-old drummer and recent Lake Zurich High School graduate Parker Matzinger returned home on Monday thankful for the experience. (Photos: Young jazz musicians kick off summer in New Orleans) “I thought it was crazy how much destruction there still was. You’d go through
neighborhoods and so many houses are still vacant or people couldn’t afford to fix them. It really does leave you with a good feeling when you know you have made a difference,” Matzinger said. He and more than 40 fellow Lake Zurich jazz band members traveled by bus to New Orleans as part of a weeklong trip planned by Band Director Josh Thompson. The students were divided into groups that worked on several projects through a faith-based disaster relief organization, His Hands 2 Go. But the week wasn’t about religion, Thompson said. The draw was to get the students to the birthplace of jazz, and the lesson was about something else, he said. “These are all kids with a common bond
PLEASE SEE STUDENTS, PAGE 12
Lake Zurich officials want to ask voters whether to switch from pumping water out of the ground to piping it in from Lake Michigan. It could become a \$15 million question — one estimate of what it would cost to build the infrastructure needed to tap into that seemingly vast resource. Chicago-based consultant AB&H has been launched on a \$20,000 analysis of building a lake-water reservoir and pump station in Lake Zurich. The study is needed so that residents have enough information about the proposal to vote on it in a referendum, said Public Works Director David Heyden. “I’m hoping if we get all of the information by the end of July, we will be able to put together the appropriate information in enough detail for the public to make a decision” about seeking a referendum measure in November, Heyden said. It would be a nonbinding advisory referendum measure, he noted.
“If we got a resounding, absolute 100 percent ‘no,’ I think the board would be hard-pressed to say we’re going to go ahead anyways. If voters are on the fence 50/50 — it would be a little bit tricky,” Heyden said. Trustee Rich Sustich, who has worked on water-related issues for 35 years, said it’s not enough time to educate residents about the pros and cons of making the switch. He wants to delay the referendum until April. “It becomes a death sentence of the thing,” he said. “We need to do workshops on this with the public before we put it on the ballot.” Heyden is pushing for the fall referendum to capture the higher turnout that’s likely in a presidential election. Mayor Suzanne Branding agreed, adding it “would be more representative of the village.” As soon as a cost-benefit analysis of the project is complete, Heyden said he’ll conduct workshops and post information about the issue on the village’s website.
PLEASE SEE WATER, PAGE 8
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