On Monday, September 8, 2014 Round Lake Beach Mayor Richard H. Hill and Board of Trustees conducted a brief ceremony to rebury a time capsule that was originally buried as part of the community’s 1976 Centennial Celebrations. The relocation of the time capsule was necessitated when the old village hall located at 224 Clarendon Drive was sold to the Lake County Health Department for the Mid Lakes Health Clinic. Since that time the capsule had been stored at the village’s Public Works Facility until such time an appropriate location could be identified. The time capsule has been relocated to the Village’s Town Centre near the Village Hall and adjacent to Hook Lake.
MySuburbanLife reported back in August of this year that “in 1976 Chuck Mleko was chairman of the local bicentennial committee. At the time, a local plumbing company created the metal container for the capsule and another firm donated the headstone. A few dozen attended with some filling in the hole around the capsule. It was near the old village hall at Clarendon Drive and Cedar Lake Road.”
As the MySuburbanLife article went on to read “Now 69, Mleko wants to know when the city plans to rebury the capsule, which he said contains old newspapers, photos and letters. “I have called many times and can’t get a straight answer” “They did some construction on a building, so they had to take out the capsule. It’s been at public works ever since. I haven’t been able to get a definitive answer about when they’re going to rebury it. After three or four years, I’m tired of it. I don’t think it should be sitting in the corner of a public works building. It’s part of the village’s history. How much do they think of the village’s history?”
It now appears as though the time capsule has finally found its new resting spot thanks to Chuck Mleko’s continuous efforts (and maybe a little publicity in MySuburbanLife).
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