Message From the Mayor
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
How evident is progress as we see the triangle property across from the Damar Kaminski Funeral Home cleared of the old structures, unhealthy trees, weeds and debris. I am sincerely excited for the next steps to occur in order to provide a retail development at that site that will increase our tax base and enhance services to our residents. Tax Increment Financing District #5 was approved by our own village board to better control all facets of any new development and to facilitate future infrastructure improvements.
The once elusive goal of providing tollway ramps on and off of I294 becomes more of a reality with every conversation we have with IDOT, the Illinois Toll Highway Authority and our engineering consultants, Christopher Burke Engineering. My personal goal is to see ramps both on and off of I294 constructed by 2020 or sooner.
The rainy season is upon us and we are faring better than ever with drainage improvements completed over the last couple of years. The Roberts Road Project has helped considerably and has improved storm-water drainage all the way to the 71st Street Ditch. We continue to lobby the MWRD for improvements to the ditch, the main collection points for our storm-water.
The Frontage Road Reconstruction Project consisting of the reconstruction of Frontage Road from Oak Grove to Garden Lane is underway. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience during the constructioon but remain confident the end result will be worth the trouble. Once Frontage Road is completed the Frontage Road Sidewalk Project will provide sidewalks on the North Side of Frontage Road from Oak Grove to Garden Lane. Separate from the road construction project, engineering for the sidewalks will begin later in 2016.
Phase 1 of the Illinois Jobs Now Project that includes the reconstruction of 86th Avenue from 71st to 75th Street, 73rd Place from Cork to 86th, 85th Avenue and 85th Court from 79th Street to the Tollway will be underway by the time you read this message. Again, please accept my sincere apologies for any inconvenience casued by the construction.
We have been notified by the County that a $0.04 increase is being implemented on top of the already $0.06 County Tax on gasoline in Cook County. I would understand if the revenue stream was earmarked for roads and infrastructure, but given the track record of the organizations being financed, the money will be wasted with little or no effect. Cook County is simply pushing more people to leave and take their money elsewhere. We are bleeding jobs and capital and the County Board does not seem to care.
I am concerned by information we are receiving regarding the Zika Virus. We will work aggressively with DesPlaines Valley Mosquito Abatement to contain the mosquito population, but we must alert all residents to take all necessary precautions. Please review the article in the May 2016 Newsletter in order to do your part in controlling mosquitoes as much as possible.
A Memorial Day Service is being planned on Monday, May 30th, 2016 at the Justice Veterans' Memorial behind the village hall in Veterans Park. I look forward to seeing you there to join me in honoring our Veterans, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
I am always available for your questions, comments and suggestions so stop in and say hello. I am in my office and available most mornings.