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Message From the Mayor

  

 Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather.  As I drive through the village, kids are waiting for school buses or walking to school.  I can imagine a sigh of relief from most parents, who can now relax knowing their kids are in capable hands of our school teachers.  With this, we are reminded that summer is almost over and fall is right around the corner.

Our street paving has been moving forward on schedule.  If the weather allows, we may do some extra work to improve the quality of the infrastructure.  The Public Works Department is doing a great job.

In reaching an agreement with Bridgeview, 80th Street has been repaved where the Village of Justice provided the labor and Bridgeview paid for the asphalt.  80th Street has been a source of frustration for all the residents taking their children to Wilkins Elementary School.  I'm happy to have completed what we promised to get done.

The triangle property construction is well advanced.  As promised by the developer, the building will be a great addition to our village.  As we see further progress, we can consider this a sign of great things to come.  We have to capitalize on the fact that the Justice location is a great asset.  With the tollway project moving forward, we intend to take full advantage of this fact.

Our 6 month budget review was completed and we are doing an excellent job holding our expenses down.  I would like to take the time to thank everyone for the fantastic job that they are doing with watching the budget to not exceed it.

Due to the combined efforts of the Building Department, Economic Development and other agencies, we have been awarded $360,000 by Invest in Cook.  This additional funding will be our matching percentage of the money that will be used for the land acquisitions required by the tollway project.  This is a big relief for the village's general fund.

The Frontage Road Sidewalk Project was temporarily put on hold due to IDOT's last minute requirements to provide an additional EPA report.  Further testing was completed.  We have assurance from IDOT that the sidewalk will be completed this year.  This is good news to all the pedestians, kids and people on wheel-chairs that use this street on a daily basis.  I'm sure they will agree with me that this is long overdue.

Our good neighbor, Bethania Cemetery, sold a portion of their land to a provate developer.  As you are aware, our warning siren is located on that land.  Working together with Robert Park Fire District, a grant was secured from Homeland Security to place a new siren at the Building/Public Works building and the old siren will be relocated to village hall.  This way, we will cover the entire Village of Justice to improve the early warning system for our residents, so they know of approaching storms, tornadoes and other potential dangers.

I sincerely hope that everyone enjoyed our annual Auto Show.  A big thanks to Trustee Allen, his wife, Lisa, and all volunteers for working hard to make it a success.

Plans are being made for our annual Veterans Luncheon which will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019.  If you are a veteran and reside in our village, please make sure that you have registered with the village so we can include you in this event.

If you have comments, ideas or concerns, please don't hesitate to let me know.  With your help and involvement, we will be able to serve our community better and make life in our village more enjoyable and safer for all.  Enjoy the rest of the summer and be safe!

Yours Sincerely,

Kris Wasowicz
Village President
kwasowicz@villageogjustice.org