The Village is Ready for Boating

Starting today you can purchase your boat stickers at the Village Hall.

Since the State of Illinois stopped requiring the registration of canoes and kayaks, the Village will no longer require boat stickers for these non-motorized vessels.  Stickers will still be required for motorboats, jet skis, battery operated boats and sailboats. 

Every motorized boat and sailboat which are operated on Third Lake and Druce Lake are required to have a village sticker.  Stickers can be purchased at the Village Hall during office hours or over the phone using a credit card. A current copy of your boat registration must also be provided. The lake ordinance (Ord. 20-02-02) will be enforced this year by the Lake County Sheriffs office. 

The cost of the boat launch key at the Village launch has been reduced to $10.

            10 horsepower or less — $25       Sailboat ———-— $10

             11 – 25 horsepower  —–- $35      Electric Motor ——$15

             Over 25 horsepower —–- $45

Video Gaming

In 2014 the Trustees of the Village of Third Lake voted to allow video gambling as an additional source of revenue for the Village.  In 2019, the state of Illinois increased the number of terminals allowed for each business from 4 to 6 and the Village increased our ordinance limits accordingly. 

While the increased revenue to the Village is a benefit, the trustees also realize that gambling can have a negative effect to some of the citizens in our community.  After a very constructive and informative discussion between trustees, a social services provider, a local merchant and a video gaming machine company at the December Board meeting, the Trustees voted to follow the example set by unincorporated Lake County and designate a modest portion of the gaming revenue towards helping those in our community who are impacted by problematic gambling. The research to identify the specific area of funding is underway with a goal of it specifically benefiting Third Lake residents. Examples of methods under consideration include signage listing support resources on gaming machines, educational seminars for Village residents, or grants to agencies who provide gambling recovery services within Third Lake. Resident thoughts and comments are always welcomed as this is very much work in progress.  

Why Shop Local?

Shopping local matters because it affects the entire community. More money spent at local stores means more money stays within the community.  While Third Lake does not have the large number of businesses that some of the neighboring communities have, we as residents, need to support the businesses in our Village.  Buying gas in Third Lake or supporting our restaurants go a long way in bringing more funds to the Village.  We are currently working to update the Village businesses on the website and will begin to highlight businesses on our website and Facebook Page. What’s your favorite business in Third Lake? We want to hear from you!

What’s that Smell?

Skunks have been causing problems for several residents this winter. There are a few things that you can do to prevent them from living near your home. Log piles, lumber piles, and building materials can serve as hiding places for skunks. Store these in a shed or a bin. Large bushes also provide good shelter for skunks, so you may want to trim back the branches to make them less inviting. Make sure that your garbage is properly disposed and that skunks cannot get into garbage cans.  Close off spaces around your house that make possible homes for skunks  (decks, porches)  Ammonia, pepper spray, citrus peels, and fox and dog urine have also been proven to deter skunks from making their home near your house. 

If all else fails and the skunk won’t leave, you will need to contact a licensed wildlife control company.  The Village has a Skunk Removal and Assistance Program which will reimburse 50% of the cost of the skunk removal up to a maximum of $75.  Fill out the reimbursement form and mail to the Village.