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Message From the Mayor

  

 Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Finally, Spring is here!  Although sometimes lately the weather belies that news.  Of course, along with spring the construction season commences.  We have plans to repave another 1.8 to 2.0 miles of streets by our Public Works crew this year.  They become more proficient at this task as each year passes.

Closing on sale of the triangle property is just a few weeks away and I am excited to see this project finally become a reality.  What a nice visual it will create at the entrance to our community from the west and when leaving Justice from the east.  And of course, the new eateries and potential service businesses will be quite welcome as well.

Spring is a time of renewal and I see signs of spring cleaning occuring all over town.  Don't forget our Spring Garage Sales weekend May 18, 19 and 20th.  It's a great opportunity to clean out basements, closets and garages and provide an opportunity to make good use of our discarded items.

Considerable reconstruction is planned for the LaGrange Road Bridge from Archer to 31st Street.  The letting is scheduled for June, so construction will likely occur in mid to late summer.  Once done, we will all be pleased with the results, but the reality is, we will likely become frustrated by the delays we experience during the process.

The Village is currently awaiting final design approval for the Phase I Engineering of the Village of Justice Tollway Ramp Project.  Once final approval is received, the Village is prepared to proceed with Phase II Engnieering funded by 2 million dollars of STP Funds allocated by the Southwest Conference of Mayors.  The engineering requires an 80/20 split, so we will be investing in the engineering as well.

Aggressively seeking additional funding, we submitted a grant application for the Illinois Department of Transportation's Competitive Freight Grant Program.  This program administered by IDOT using federal funds and designed to implement goals of the Illinois State Freight Plan to improve safety, boost efficiency and grow the economy.  The Village has requested a total of $13.8 million dollars to assist in funding of the Construction of the Village of Justice Tollway Ramps Project.  Results of the grant application should be announced sometime in the late summer.

The Village also applied for the 2018 CDBG Program for the reconstruction of 83rd Street from 88th Avenue to 85th Court.  We have requested $350,000 to assist in the reconstruction of 83rd Street through this program.

2018 promised 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.

Don't forget to join us in honoring the memory of our Veteran's who lost their lives in the service of our great country a the Justice Memorial located at Commissioner's Park on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th at 9:00 am. 

I hope to see many of you there.

Yours Sincerely,

Kris Wasowicz
Village President