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Message From the Mayor
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Fall is an exciting time of year for our village government. Being on a calendar fiscal year means plans must be made now, in order to allocate funds for projects, equipment, personnel and initiatives for the upcoming 2014 year. The 2014 Budget and Appropriation process, spearheaded by Finance and Insurance Chairperson, Ed Rusch, is fully underway. Finally, our financial house is in order, and we must prioritize our spending for the best benefit of the most of our residents.
We will commence our snowplowing season with a new dump/plow truck in our fleet and an updated jet-rodder to efficiently clear blockages in our sewer systems. The pavement milling machine is being utilized to our best advantage, allowing our public works crew to tackle street improvements that previously we would have to outsource. Our most recent projects have been completed on Cronin, Banks, 82nd Court, Oak Grove and on Cork. Just this year, we have ground and resurfaced more than ten expanses of pavement in areas badly in need of repaving. Our Public Works Committee has targeted areas where we will receive the best cost benefit ratio from our street repairs.
A new advisory board has been created in order to attract new commercial businesses and to retain and encourage growth of our existing businesses. The Economic Planning Board, initiated by our newest trustee, Hank Oszakiewski, was approved by unanimous vote at the October 14th Board Meeting and will commence operations in the weeks to come. A partnership with Moraine Valley Community College is being negotiated to add a valuable resource to the board.
We recently implemented an Emergency Preparedness Plan and making full use of the top-notch marketing skills of Trustee Sue Small, have published an Emergency Preparedness Guide for the use of all of our families in Justice. The plan identifies shelters, itemizes the necessary components of a home Emergency Kit, and designates the specific duties of the officials and volunteers in the event of an emergency. Thank you, Sue, for initiating and organizing the plan.
Yes, 2014 will be a truly exciting year. We anxiously anticipate the total reconstruction of Frontage Road commencing in the spring. Following the removal of underground tanks and subsequent remediation at the old Anthony Oil site at Archer and 86th Avenue, the reconstruction of the intersection of 86th Avenue and Archer will begin, creating a safer school zone for students/walkers and traveling vehicles alike.
For the second time this year, the Greater Chicago Food Depository distribution for Lyons Township occured on October 15th at the Justice Village Hall. Monthly distributions occur throughout Lyons Township and we will again host the event on February 18, 2014. Plans are underway for a Veterans' Luncheon to be held on November 9th at the Lipinski Community Center and on November 11th, applications for the 2013 Christmas Basket Program will be available on our website and for pick-up in the Finance Office at the Village Hall. Kudos to our Special Events Chairperson, Janet Cervantes for her hard work and superior organizational skills.
Krzysztof (Kris) Wasowicz