LF may charge landscaper fees Lake Forest is a Chicago Suburb BY LINDA BLASER STAFF WRITER Lake Forest is considering adopting a landscaper's fee ordinance to protect residents against unscrupulous service providers. A preliminary draft of a Lake Forest City Ordinance called for charging $200 for a Class 1 Landscaper License, $300 for Class 2 and $600 for Class 3. Each class is based on the weight of vehicles used. In addition, landscapers would be required to pay $1,000 per vehicle for a Class I Vehicle License, $2,000 for Class II and $3,000 for Class III. One landscaper calls the proposed terms "outrageous". "Rather than a $300 annual fee, which is reasonable, your fee could be in the thousands of dollars, $6,000, $8,000 or $10,000, based on the number and sizes of your trucks," said Bob Kinnucan of Kinnucan Company in Lake Bluff. "The fees and penalties are exorbitant." "We work all over the North Shore," Kinnucan said. "There is not a municipal license ordinance (anywhere else) that requires the level of fees the city of Lake Forest" is considering. Some 50 landscapers attended an informational meeting held Tuesday morning in City Hall to gauge feedback on the rough draft of the ordinance, officials said. "City staff is working with the landscapers to come up with a program to serve the city's needs and to be as fair and as equitable as possible so large and small companies aren't being overburdened," Assistant to the City Manager Marcus Peccia said Tuesday afternoon. "We want to work hand-in-hand with our landscapers," Carina Walters, management analyst, said Monday, adding that she doesn't expect the ordinance to come before the City Council until late March or in April, if at all.