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Message From the Mayor

  

 Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Another Year!  How quickly time passess.  As the tenure of our elected officials continues to grow, how very satisfying is the progress being enjoyed by our village!  The reconstruction of Frontage Road gave a whole new look to the entrance to the northside not to mention a much safer route, the LED Streetlight conversion is complete, and following the Roberts Park streets reconstruction a few years ago, the rebuilding of Roberts Road and the newly constructed storm-sewers by the County reduced the challenges of a heavy rain for the residents.

Groundbreaking for the development at the triangle property across from Damar will begin in early 2018 bringing three new restaurants and a few service businesses to our community.

The tollway ramps become closer to reality as each day passes.  We are entering Phase II Engineering, funded by STP Funds of 2 millions dollars allocated by the Southwest Conference of Mayors and it is creating momentum for the project.  We project success with a northbound off ramp and southbound on ramp being constructed first, followed by, a year or two later, an on ramp northbound.  Our best estimate is for completion by 2022.

Engineering for the second phase of the Illinois Jobs Now Program is now complete.  We anticipate a bid-letting early 2018 to commence the total reconstruction of the intersection of 86th Avenue at 75th Street and Archer Road.

The Frontage Road Sidewalk Project will finally become a reality in 2018.  We anxiously await this much anticipated improvement.

The Village was awarded CMAP funding for Local Technical Assistance for a Feasibility Study to extend the I&M Canal Bike Path from Willow Springs to Summit, and to prepare a basic land use plan.  I have asked our village attorneys to consider creating a Port Authority for us as well.

Our Winter Wonderland was a huge success.  My sincere thanks to our Finance Office staff, Public Works, members of the Building Department, the Police Department and those trustees who worked tirelessly to provide this entertaining event.  A most special thanks to our own Village Clerk, Sue Small whose vision and hard work for this event are unparalleled.  Kudos to Hank Oszakiewski and Kathy Svoboda who provided our Mr. and Mrs. Santa for the children.

Please drive carefully as our midwestern winters dictate.  I sincerely wish everyone a happ, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Yours Sincerely,

Kris Wasowicz
Village President