Message From the Mayor
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
So far the winter has been kind to us. Our plows have not been out much and salt supplies are ample. Budget workshops are underway and financially we remain healthy and solvent in difficult times. The State of Illinois has resumed payments necessary to our operations. Our 2016 Budget will be finalized in March.
Two major projects are starting in the spring. The Frontage Road Reconstruction Project consisting of the reconstruction of Frontage Road from Oak Grove Avenue to Garden Lane. All plans have been approved and A Lamp Construction was awarded the bid. The road reconstruction project is expected to begin sometime in March.
The Illinois Jobs Now Project will commence with Phase 1 starting this spring. Phase 1 includes the reconstruction of 86th Avenue from 71st to 75th Street, 73rd Place from Cork to 86th, 85th Avenue and 85th Court from 79th Street to the Tollway. Phase 2 will encompass the intersection of 75th Street, 86th Avenue and Archer and will commence at a later date.
The Abandoned Gas Station at 8801 W. 84th Place has had the underground storage tanks and pumps removed. Subsurface tests need to be performed following the removal of the tanks to determine the level of contamination of the soil. Once the results are received the remediation will proceed. The property will be slowly remediated throughout this year. The work is being done by a not-for-profit company called Friends of the Environment.
The triangle property across from Damar Funeral Home has had the dead trees removed and the asbestos abatement completed. The village is currently awaiting a final certification from the County confirming the asbestos has been successfully removed and allowing us to proceed with the demolition. We estimate the demolition will commence within 30 to 45 days.
The Village of Justice was awarded $151,800.00 from the Federally funded Surface Transportation Program through the Southwest Conference of Mayors. The Frontage Road Sidewalk Project will provide sidewalks on the North Side of Frontage Road from Oak Grove Avenue to Garden Lane. Separate from the Frontage Road reconstruction project, the engineering for the sidewalk project will begin in 2016.
Village Trustees Sue Small and Rich Sparr will head an Ordinance Review Committee to review and recommend updates to our village codes where necessary. The ambitious undertaking will proceed on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the Building Department at 8748 W. 82nd Place at 3:00PM. The public is welcome to attend.
Thank you to all of the businesses, officials and staff that participated in the Business Appreciation Dinner held on January 27, 2016. Presented by the Economic Development team in cooperation with the Justice Chamber of Commerce, the event featured networking, educational speakers and a great opportunity to communicate with one another and with representatives of the village. With 32 businesses in attendance the event was a resounding success.
I am excited about the implementation of our Facebook Page. It can be found attached to our website or you can search Village of Justice, Illinois on Facebook.
I am always available for your questions, comments and suggestions so stop in and say hello. I am in my office and available most mornings.