Message From the Mayor
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Once again, a new year is upon us. I sincerely wish each and every one of you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. We will hit the ground running this year finally seeing the culmination of many projects that have been in the works for some time. The demolition of the triangle property across from the Damar Funeral Home is well underway. Trees have been removed in readiness for the demoltion of the structures. Utilities are disconnected and we are accepting proposals as we speak for Asbestos Abatement at the site. As soon as the abatement is completed, the old diner, cedar-home and run-down apartment building will be demolished preparing the way for a future commercial development. At the appropriate time, we will seek competitive proposals for development.
The old gas station at 84th Place and 88th Avenue will have the underground tanks removed sometime in January due to the assistance of the State Fire Marshall and Friends of the Environment. There will be additional site remediation that will occur into the spring with demolition of the structures likely in 2016.
A-Lamp Construction was awarded the bid to reconstruct Frontage Road from Oak Grove to Garden Lane and we are awaiting a spring groundbreaking.
The Illinois Jobs Now Project was awarded to Central Blacktop and 73rd Place and 86th Avenue on the Northside and 85th Court and 85th Avenue, from 79th to the tollway on the Southside will also be commencing this spring.
Department heads have submitted their proposed budgets for 2016 and budget workshops will commence in January. The village board must approve the final budget in March.
The Second Annual Winter Wonderland Tree Decorating and Village Tree Lighting Event was held on Friday, December 4, 2015. It was a great evening with mild weather and a good time was enjoyed by all. West Suburban Water Commission's tree was named best in show with a humorous entry featuring Dr. Seuss's The Grinch.
The Village will partner with the Justice Chamber of Commerce on January 27th to host a Village Appreciation Dinner for our businesses featuring networking, educational speakers and a great opportunity to communicate with each other.
Windy City Cannabis Club will provide information to the community at a seminar at the Justice Village Hall on Wednesday, January 7th at 7:00 PM.
The State of Illinois has finally begun to release revenues that were being held due to the lack of a State budget that were due to us in 2015. We are pleased not to start the year with negative revenues uncollected for 2015.
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.