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Message From the Mayor

  

 Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy New Year!  All of us in the village wish you and yours all of the best this year!  We also want you to know that the village is entering the New Year with high hopes and expectations.

Our Holiday Basket Program was very successful and I would like to thank all who spent a lot of hours selecting, sorting and putting together Holiday packages to the needy.  Special thanks to EMA and Bridgeview Auxillary, as usual they stood up to the task and delivered the baskets to our residents.

The Triangle Project is in the final stages, with the owner negotiating with potential tenants and new businesses opening in the spring time.  The sidewalk project is done.  Residents can walk safely along Frontage Road and not be forced to walk on the street.  The cleanup of the gas station on 84th and Cork Avenue is in the final stage.  We expect the IEPA to issue certificate sometime in April.  The village will then start making plans to develop the site for the benefit of our residents.

The village received CDBG grant for reconstruction of  83rd Street west of Roberts Road.  This is one of the worst streets in the village and we finally got the funds to take care of the street.  I promised years ago, that I will find the way to improve our streets and infrastructure and have kept my promise.  Our streets are getting paved, reconstructed and are maintained constantly.  There is still a lot to do, but we are moving forward and we will make sure our residents will be proud of their village.

The Tollway Project is moving forward and we are noticing more and more businesses who are interested in opening in our village.  With increased activity, there will be more jobs and opportunities for our residents.  That is what Economic Development is bringing.  With additional revenue, we can further improve services and provide better amenities to make life in the village easier and better.

Code Enforcement is keeping a watchful eye on cleanliness and the complaints about rodents have declined significantly.  The whole village has become cleaner and better maintained.  Five old dilapidated properties were demolished by court order and the remaining few are being addressed.  We are doing our best to rid the village of the eyesores.

Winter is in full swing, we are glad that we have plenty of salt.  Our trucks and equipment are well maintained and ready.  The village is part of the Cook County Hazard Mitigation Program, a few elected officials, employees and myself went through training and we prepared the village readiness program.  That will give us priority in the event of any disaster and it makes the village eligible for grants and loans to help our residents recover in the event of a calamity.

Our finances are in order.  We finished 2019 on the high note.  Our budget is ready and balanced.  For the first time since I can remeber, our 2020 budget was done before the end of the year.  Thanks to all Department Heads and our Finance Department!  This is a good sign of things to come.  Important in all of this is the fact, that we are becoming more efficient and effective.  We maintain tight contgrols over expenses and are able to do things that were impossible to accomplish before.  We strive to be good stewards of our residents's hard earned money and we hope to deliver to you a good value in return.

Yours Sincerely,

Kris Wasowicz
Village President
kwasowicz@villageofjustice.org