Message From the Mayor
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I am pleased to announce an upcoming, Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Wilkins School Cafeteria. Town Hall Meetings are a great opportunity to meet informally with your elected officials to address any concerns, complaints or suggestions and to hear first-hand about upcoming projects and initiatives. I hope you will attend.
The reconstruction of 84th Street from Roberts Road to 82nd Avenue; 81st Avenue from 84th Place to 83rd Place; and 84th Place from 81st Avenue to Roberts Road, a $230,000 Community Development Block Grant project is underway. Engineering is completed and the project is in the bid process. Funding is supplied by Cook County in the amount of $168,670 and IDOT for $61,330. These streets will be resurfaced or reconstructed before the end of this construction season.
The grant for 86th Avenue from 71st Street to Archer; 73rd Place from 86th Avenue to 88th Avenue; 85th Avenue from 79th Street to the Tollway; and 85th Court from 79th Street to the Tollway is secured and engineering has begun. These streets will be reconstructed by removing the existing pavements and the construction of new pavements. Portions of the improvement will include replacement of curb and gutter, installation of aggregate shoulders and drainage improvements. Construction is anticipated next season.
The Frontage Road project was temporarily stalled due to setbacks from the Federal Highway Administration. Engineering is finally underway and our Federal Grant is secured. We still expect Frontage Road will be reconstructed commencing in 2015.
Our own Public Works Department has been reorganized and revitalized by the leadership of Joe Cekus, our Public Works Director. New equipment, new procedures and improved professionalism have set the tone for a truly productive summer. Our sincerest thanks to Lyons Township for the addition of two summer helpers. They have lessened the load for our crews by handling grass-cutting and property maintenance duties enabling us to concentrate on infrastructure maintenance and repairs.
Due to the initiative of our own Police Department Command Staff, we are proud to provide a MRAP (Mine Resistant Protected Vehicle) for use by our 5th District SWAT Team. The MRAP was acquired at no cost to the village.
We will soon complete our second, full year with a truly balanced budget. We are scheduling and completing much needed maintenance to our buildings, lift stations and emergency generator. Our bills are being paid on time and we are finally in a position to save for emergencies and long term goals.
Please drive carefully; the kids are back in school. Fall is fast approaching and soon we will see the leaves turning and the days getting shorter. So far, it has been a pretty good year.