I'm your Mayor, Rich Hill, and I've been a resident of Round Lake Beach since 1977, Mayor since April of 2001 and a Village Trustee from 1995 to 2001.
I've worked with the public since I was 15 and enjoy helping solve people's problems. Giving back to my community has always been important to me whether it's through the Boy Scouts, Round Lake Area Lake Management Organization, President and Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Commissioner of the Round Lake Area Park District, Round Lake Beach Trustee or my current position as Mayor. I also serve as Chairman of the Board for the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (they provide our Lake Michigan drinking water), Chairman of the Northwest Lake County Wholesale Sewer Policy Advisory Committee, Vice-Chairman of Cencom (police & fire dispatch center for the Round Lake Area, Barrington and Antioch), Treasurer for the Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer for the Lake County Municipal League and a Vice-President of the Illinois Municipal League.
I have seen a lot accomplished since I was first elected to the Board in 1995. A budget with over $1,000,000 in errors has been brought into balance with a healthy fund balance. Many new businesses have opened in Round Lake Beach bringing needed revenue for additional police and public works staff as well as funds for replacing roads, water mains and adding curb and gutter. We have 2 new 1.5 million gallon water towers and a large water main loop to keep water flowing throughout the village.
We have a new police station, village hall and Cultural & Civic Center for our residents. The lakefront park has been redesigned and expanded to include another 10 acres across the channel for passive recreation.
We developed our comprehensive plan for the future of our village. The long awaited Rollins Road and Route 83 underpass is complete and has improved our downtown area and help fill the vacant storefronts. If you like what we've done just wait till you see what we do!
Please feel free to contact me for questions, suggestions or just to say hi. I'm always glad to hear from another resident of Round Lake Beach.