Letter From the Village President

Dear Residents,

As the holidays speed towards us, I would like to take the time to ask everyone this holiday season, to not only think about your family and loved ones, but also think about your neighbors and those that are not as fortunate as some. Everyday we hear about people that have lost their home, maybe their job, maybe a loved one. Unfortunately it is getting more commonplace.

Sometimes people are too proud to ask for help. Sometimes, people don't know that there is help out there. That's where great neighbors come in. Lend an ear, a shoulder, a hand. Let them know that you can help. Let them know that there are people right here in McCullom Lake that are waiting to help.

I've said this every year and I will say it again, I have never seen a community come together in the time of need like it does here. If you know of someone who might not be able to have a holiday dinner, or a child that might not have much of a Christmas, or someone that is alone and just needs someone to be with this holiday season, contact the Village office and ask for the number for Neighbors Helping Neighbors. There, people are ready to help.

Thank You and I hope everyone has a great holiday season!

Terry, Fran & Nathan

Neighbors Helping Neighbors 

Thank you to Neighbors Helping Neighbors for donating a new canvas canopy for the Village trolley. Check out the Upcoming Events list for details on the Christmas Party and Christmas caroling.


IMPORTANT - Garbage Cans
Per Village Ordinance all garbage or refuse containers shall be removed from the public right-of-way pick-up position not later than 11:55 p.m. on the day of garbage removal.  Said containers may not be placed on the public right-of-way pick-up position earlier than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday prior to garbage removal day.  

Warning - The Village Police Department will be enforcing this ordinance.  
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated as we work to keep our streets safe and clean.  Thank you! 

Leaf Burning
Just a reminder - Leaf burning is not permitted in the Village of McCullom Lake.  Violators will receive one warning, then will be ticketed for continued offenses.
Speed Limit
Please note that 20 mph is the speed limit on all village streets.  Due to many recent complaints, the McCullom Lake police will be strictly enforcing this law for the safety of our residents.  In addition, a stop sign means STOP!

Lost and Found
A set of keys was found on top of the mailbox at 5217 Parkview.  They can be claimed at the Village Office during regular office hours.


We would like to express a sincere thank you to resident, Shirley Leader, for all her help and special touches for the  many events that take place in the Village.  Shirley has set up for Bunco nights, decorated for pot lucks and other special events, and made our Village Hall a warm and welcoming place.
Thank you, Shirley - we appreciate you!


Snow will be on the way soon!  Please be aware that there is a Village Ordinance (Ordinance #316, Section 8.11 can be found on the VOML website) prohibiting anyone from pushing, plowing, shoveling or in any way moving snow into public roads, streets and rights-of-way, which could create dangerous or unsafe conditions.  This will be enforced by the Village Police Department. Fines may be incurred if the ordinance is violated.
If residents have issues regarding snowplowing or mailbox damage, please do not call the Township Office.  Calls should be directed to the
McCullom Lake Village Hall only.

The Village of McCullom Lake will participate in Elgin Recycling's holiday light recycling program this year. There will be a container at the Village office until January 31st where you can drop off  lights that no longer work properly.
Accepted are: mini-lights, C7 and C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights, extension cords, etc. They will not accept garland, live greens, wreaths or other non-recyclables.
Don't throw away your old lights - recycle them!
$  $  $  
The US Cencus Bureau is seeking Field Representatives in McHenry County to interview respondents.  Pay ranges from $13.55 - $14.84 per hour, depending on location.
Call for Test Scheduling at:

1-800-865-6384, Extension 15


As well as, a very prosperous New Year!

Upcoming Events

1:00 - 4:00 PM, Village Hall
Bring a friend - the Christmas party is open to all!
4:00 PM, Meet at Village Hall 
If you would like Santa and the carolers to stop at your home to sing, call the office with your address and we will put you on the list.

Payments Due 4PM

Every Sunday
8:30-10:00 am
Coffee Hour at the Village Hall

Come on down for a cup of 'joe,' meet new people, enjoy the conversaton and the view.

Upcoming Meetings

7:00 pm, Village Hall

7:00 pm, Village Hall


Other Local Events & Links

McHenry Township
General Website:

Breakfast or Lunch with Santa
McHenry Municipal Center
Tuesday, December 16

Breakfast from 9:30-11  Lunch from 12 noon-1:30
For ages 1-5 with an adult; $10 for kids, adults free
Food, games, and of course, Santa!

Recycling Event
McHenry Township Bldg.
Saturday, 8-12 noon - 3rd
Saturday of each month

Recycle your electronics,
brush piles, etc.
Call 815-385-3076 

McHenry County 
General website:

"Homemade for the Holidays"
McHenry County Fairgrounds, Woodstock, IL
Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday, Dec. 14, 10 AM - 3PM

Crafters, demos, cookie & gingerbread house competitions. Drinks and food sold by 4-H to benefit their clubs.  Free storytelling hayride.
Admission $2.00 or a non-perishable food item to benefit local food pantries.

More information:

McHenry County Department of Health
General Website:
Let Us Know
About Your Special


Share your happy occasions with us!
Whether it be a new baby, birthday, anniversary or a special announcement - inquiring minds want to know!


1st - Sheryl Grimes
15th - Kennyth Grimes
18th - Jean Attermeier
24th - John Matthesius

There is an MC Ride station at the parking lot by the Village Hall.  If you need a ride, you can call 1-800-451-4599.  Service hours are Monday - Friday, 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Base fare is only $2.00 for the first 5 miles of your trip (add 25 cents per mile for each additional mile).  If you need more information, or have questions, stop my the Village office and pick up a brochure, or call

Winter Pet Care Tips
from The Humane Society


In many areas, winter is a season of bitter cold and numbing wetness. Extra precautions during winter months will make sure your four-footed family members stay safe and warm.

Help your pets remain happy and healthy during the colder months by following these simple guidelines:

  • Keep pets indoors and warm.  Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia when they are outdoors during extreme cold snaps!
  • Take precautions if your dog spends a lot of time outside.   If, for some reason, your dog is outdoors much of the day, he or she must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to hold in his/her body heat.  The floor should be raised off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. Turn the shelter away from the wind and cover the doorway with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic. 
  • Help neighborhood outdoor cats.   They need protection from the elements as well as food and water.  It is easy to give them a hand!
  • Give your pets plenty of water.  Make sure that outdoor pets have plenty of fresh and unfrozen water.  Use plastic bowls instead of metal; your pet's tongue can stick and freeze to metal.
  • Bang on your car/truck hood to scare cats/wild animals away before starting the engine.  Warm engines attract outdoor critters!
  • Protect paws from salt.  Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.
  • Avoid antifreeze poisoning - a deadly poison that has a sweet taste that may attract animals.  Wipe of spills and store antifreeze out of reach.
  • Speak out if you see a pet left in the cold.  Document what you see and call your local animal control agency or county sheriff's office.
Dogs and cats are social animals who crave human companionship. Your animal companions deserve to live indoors with you and your family!

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4811 W. Orchard Drive, McCullom Lake, IL 60050