Letter From the Village President

Happy New Year everyone!
The flag in front of the Village Hall has been flying at half mast in memory of our Deputy Clerk, Barbara Nelson. Barb passed away early Christmas morning due to complications following a surgical procedure.  Barb loved working for the Village of McCullom Lake, and will be sadly missed by all of us.


Neighbors Helping Neighbors 

Froggy's Annual Ice Fishing Derby!
See information below...


IMPORTANT - Garbage Cans
Please remember not to place garbage containers out before 4:00 PM on Tuesdays before garbage removal, and to have them put away by 11:55 PM  after garbage has been picked up.  This ordinance will be police-enforced.  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!


Get out your ice fishing gear and get ready to catch the biggest fish in McCullom Lake! 
January 31st
(secondary date Feb. 14, 2015)
Entry Fee: $15.00
Sign up begins at Village Hall - 5:30 AM

Derby hours: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Bait for sale at hall from Smitty's Bait Shop

Fisherman's buffet At 1:30 PM
Must have wristband - due to space limitations,
fishermen only, please!
1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes for largest Panfish, Channel Cat, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike
Raffle and door prizes:
8" Jiffy Ice Auger, Ice Shanty, Dick's Gift Card
Tickets available at Hall after Derby
Prize presentation and door prize raffles
after the tournament from 2-4 PM
9th Annual Froggie's Tadpole Derby
15 and under fish free
Trophies for top three in each category

sponsored by Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Snow is here!  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

Homeowner Tips:
  • Replace Furnace filters on the 1st of each month which helps ensure proper ventilation and keeps your furnace running efficiently.
  • Protect your pipes from freezing; make sure they are wrapped and insulated properly.
  • Open cabinet doors when the temperature dives (remove any harmful chemicals out of reach of children).
  • Learn how to shut off the water valve in the event of a burst pipe.
  • Keep the garage door closed.
  • Use a metal or glass fireplace screen to catch sparks or rolling logs.  Keep your fireplace and chimney clean!
  • Keep walkways and driveways cleared of snow and ice; use salt or de-icing chemical when necessary.
  • Only use space heaters on hard, flat, and level surfaces removing anything flammable to at least 3 feet away.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and make sure all occupants know how to use it. 
Automobile Tips:
  • Check to see if your tires are inflated properly which helps in gas mileage and wear and tear.
  • Check anitfreeze levels.
  • Maintain brakes and break fluid levels.
  • Check exhaust system for leaks; carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
  • Check oil for proper level and weight; heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
  • Replace bad wiper blades and maintain a proper washer fluid level.
  • Replace fuel and air filters and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas.  A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Ensure that battery terminals are clean.
  • Ensure that lights and hazard lights are in proper working order.


Snow, Snow, and more Snow...
ComEd reminds us to keep areas leading to utility meters and other equipment accessible during times of heavy snowfall. This will help utility workers be able to reach this equipment if problems arise.

       Hickory Lodge                  
   3018 Hickory Drive
   (formerly All Sports)
Is now serving breakfast on Sundays!  A full breakfast menu will be available from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  Call Cara at Hickory Lodge with any questions - 815-344-3455
Recycle Your Christmas Tree

McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) encourages you to recycle your natural Christmas tree after the holiday season. Many municipal solid waste haulers provide curbside collection of Christmas trees.  However, if your licensed municipal solid waste hauler does not offer curbside collection of Christmas trees, then there are several area locations that will recycle your tree into mulch at no cost to you.

Mulch used in landscaping provides multiple environmental benefits such as conserving moisture, improving soil structure, reducing weeds and soil erosion, and provides a source of plant nutrients.  Christmas trees dropped off for recycling must have all decorations removed.  Artificial trees will not be accepted.  For more information, contact Kristy Hecke, MCHD's Solid Waste Manager,
at 815-334-4585.

McHenry County Resident Sites:

McHenry County Conservation Drop-off Sites -
Dec. 26 through Jan. 15
  • Glacial Park, Ringwood (off Harts Rd.)
  • Rush Creek, Harvard (at Twin Oaks Parking Area, west of pond)
  • Algonquin Township Headquarters
For details, call 815-338-6223
 With so many nonprofit organizations within McHenry County, finding help can be confusing. United Way 2-1-1 provides an easy way to access help with challenges.  Dialing 2-1-1 from any phone will connect you to a cell center that will direct you to the right social service agency or nonprofit organization. Trained specialists can help and offer information and referrals for services such as rent and utility assistance, food banks, affordable housing, child and elder care, financial counseling, job training and more.  2-1-1 is easy to remember, accessible to everyone, and available 24/7/365 at no cost!
Get connected with 2-1-1 to reach help, or visit  
United Way 2-1-1 can also be reached at
(309)827-4005 or (800)570-7284

Upcoming Events

1/15 - POT LUCK
6:30 PM, Village Hall
Bring a generous dish to pass and your own drink.

Payments due at 4 PM

 5:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Village Hall

2/19 - POT LUCK
6:30 PM, Village Hall

Payments due at 4 PM

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

7:00 PM, Village Hall

7:00 PM, Village Hall


Other Local Events & Links

McHenry Township
General Website:

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:

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!


18th - Martha Walter
20th - Laura Arendarczyk

3rd - Terry Counley
9th - Nathan Bush-Druml
11th - Pam and Dave Plencner
17th - Carter Bitterman
20th - Pam Plencner
23rd - Lindsay Bitterman

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!


Winter Emergency Kit for Automobiles
Shovel, windshield scraper and a small broom, flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, water, snack food, matches and a candle, extra hats, socks, mittens, boots, blankets, tow rope or chain, road salt or sand, booster cables, emergency flares, florescent distress flag or vest, and a first aid kit with a pocket knife.

New Police Officers
We would like to welcome three new police officers to the Village of McCullom Lake. 
Michael Ensslin
Gregory McCulloch
Robert Wszolek

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Our mailing address is:
4811 W. Orchard Drive, McCullom Lake, IL 60050