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Message From the Mayor


 Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We look forward to honoring our Veterans at the annual Veteran's Luncheon being held on Sunday, November 12th at the Lipinski Community Center.  I hope to see many of you there.

2018 promises to be a momentous year seeing the culmination of so many of our long-term initiatives.

I anxiously await the completed plans for the development of the triangle property across from the Damar Funeral Home.  Final engineering is underway and our village board and all appropriate agencies will be reviewing the proposal so construction can begin.  Groundbreaking should occur in early 2018.

Additional soil borings were taken at the old gas station property at 8801 W. 84th Place to further determine the extent of contamination of the property and to develop a plan for concluding the remediation.  This project is estimated to be completed through the efforts of Friends of the Environment by late 2017 or early 2018.

By the time of this reading, the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) for the reconstruction of 80th Street from 87th Avenue to 86th Court and 87th Avenue from 80th Street to I-294 will have begun and weather depending, should be completed by the end of 2017.

To control costs, we have applied to and been accepted into a highly respected employee benefits insurance pool made up of many similar sized communities to ours. The IPBC (Intergovernmental Personal Benefit Cooperative) administered by the Arthur A. Gallagher Co. has a proven record of controlling costs and will provide comprehensive medical and life insurance to our employees.  Kudos to Clerk Suzanne Small for bringing this highly respected organization to our attention.

It is confirmed that the tollway will be adding a Northbound On-Ramp from Archer Road with the Central Tri-State's I-294 reconstruction program.  Currently we are working towards completing a drainage plan and starting to work on a lighting plan for the project.  We anticipate hosting a public meeting related to this project sometime at the end of 2017.  The Southwest Conference of Mayors has approved $2,500,00 (80% Federal/20% Local Share) for Phase II Design Engineering.

The Village Board and I will host an old-fashioned Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, November 9th at 7:00 PM at the Justice Village Hall.  Please join us and bring your questions and comments.

Soon Thanksgiving and then the Holidays will be upon us.  Doesn't time go by so very quickly...Please accept my best wishes to all for Peace and Joy this Holiday Season!

Yours Sincerely,

Kris Wasowicz
Village President