Message From the Mayor
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Summer has come to an end and school is beginning again. Before we know it, fall will be upon us and the hot summer days will be a distant memory. Much was accomplished during this construction season and we continue to wrap up projects in and around the village.
We anxiously await a response to our application from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) grant funding to add Landscape/Streetscape improvements along Frontage Road/79th Street from Oak Grove Avenue to Garden Lane. The objective of this project is to beautify Frontage Road with the installation of landscaping (trees, perennial flowers, and landscaping beds), pedestrian lighting and community benches. The total project cost is $256,530.00 and would be funded in an amount equal to 80% of the cost. The village would pay its portion (20%) of engineering and construction costs through TIF No. 4 funds.
The Illinois Jobs Now projects including the reconstruction of 85th Avenue and 85th Court from 79th Street to the Tollway, and on the Northside, of 86th Avenue from 71st Street to 75th Street, and 73rd Place from Cork Avenue to 86th Avenue, are nearing completion. Once completed, we will concentrate on the next phase which is to perform the alignment of the intersection at 86th Avenue, 75th Street, and Archer.
The Village of Justice recently served as host to our neighboring communities of Bedford Park, Summit and Willow Springs for a Kickoff Breakfast held at the Lipinski Community Center on Saturday, July 30th welcoming all entities that would benefit from, or who might assist in providing financing to initiate a regional project to create a bike trail along the I&M Canal that would link Willow Springs, Justice, Bedford Park, and Summit. We are working with Active Transportation to assist us in organizing and gathering support for the project.
Plans are underway for our annual Veteran's Day Luncheon appreciating those veterans that served in our military in order to preserve our freedom and our way of life. This year the event will be held on Sunday, Novemeber 6th. Mark your calendars and watch for the invitation early in October.
Also mark your calendars for this year's Winter Wonderland being planned in cooperation with the Justice Park District for Saturday, December 10th. This year will feature a true winter festival including afternoon and evening activities culminating in our organizational Christmas tree decorating and Christmas tree-lighting event.
Once again, our budget process will soon commence for the upcoming year. Careful planning of all discretionary spending is serving us well. We remain financially healthy while continuing to upgrade our equipment and infrastructure while continuing to live well within our means.
The Code of Ordinances review committee continues to evaluate and update our village codes, one chapter at a time. Once complete, this ambitious undertaking will simplify, clarify and strengthen our village codes to allow easier utilization for all.
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.