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Message From the Mayor

  

 Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Thanks to our Public Works crews for all their hard work keeping our streets plowed and salted during the recent snows.  Our salt allocation is adequate, and Public Works continues to do an exemplary job!

Please remember, with 92 senior households relying on our plows to clear their driveways, the streets must come first.  We know it is frustrating to wait for your turn, but remember we are doing our best.

We anxiously await the MWRD Permit for the triangle property and will close on the sale to the developer once the permit is received.  We anticipate a closing by early spring.  Groundbreaking for the development will then begin bringing three new restaurants and a few service businesses to our community.

The Tollway ramps become closer to a reality as each day passes.  We are currently negotiating with the ranking consultant following a request for proposals for the Phase II Engineering, funded by 2 million dollars of STP Funds allocated by the Southwest Conference of Mayors.

We anticipate a bid-letting early in 2018 and will commence the total reconstruction of the intersection of 86th Avenue at 75th Street and Archer Road that will complete the final phase of the Illinois Jobs Now Grant.

The village was awarded CMAP funding for Local Technical Assistance for a Feasibility Study to extend the I & M Canal Bike Path from Willow Springs to Summit, and to prepare a basic land use plan.  We have formulated an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with CMAP and are currently in the selection process for a consultant.  CMAP has allocated $125,000 for the study.  We are partnering with Bedford Park, Summit and Willow Springs on this project.

2018 promises to be an exciting construction season.  In addition to the commercial construction at the triangle many residential properties are being readied for new homes.  It is great to see the resurgence in development in our community.

Please remember, melting snow and spring rains create excessive storm water and sump pumps need to be in good operating condition.  Don't forget to check your pump.  Also, gutters shall not discharge into storm sewers but must discarge over ground.

Our village board is busy formulating our 2018 budget that creates the Appropriation Ordinance that will be filed by the end of March.  It's a formidable task, but as always, your village board will carefully plan for most eventualities carefully forecasting our revenues and expenses.

Punxsutawney Phil predicted on Groundhog Day this year that we will have six more weeks of cold, wintry weather before the spring.  So, what else is new! 

Yours Sincerely,

Kris Wasowicz
Village President