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Message From the Mayor

  

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you are safe and warm because this winter showed up late with a great amount of snow.  Our Public Works crew worked long hours to keep the streets clean and safe doing the best we could to deal with these circumstances.  Their priority in snowstorms are the main streets and when they are done, they shift to assisting the enlisted senior's driveways.  It all takes time for plowing the snow so thank you for your patience.

The triangle retail center is up to a good start.  The WINGSTOP restaurant is open and busy.  I encourage you to go and try their food.  I was there the other day and they serve great chicken wings.  We are expecting more businesses to follow.  The proposed plaza development on the Bethania property is moving forward, they have secured the necessary permits and will be breaking ground in the Spring.  They will build a four-story modern hotel, restaurant and retail center.

The old gas station on Cork and 84th Place is finally cleaned.  We are waiting for IEPA to send the letter that no further remediation is needed.  Once the letter is received, the property can be spruced up and put on the market to attract developers.

The street paving and repair schedule for the village streets has been prepared for 2021.  This year, we will repair and repave over 8,000 feet of street.  We received a Cook County Community Development Block Grant for the reconstruction of 82nd Street from 82nd Avenue to 83rd Avenue.  IDOT finally released the permits and we will finish the intersection of Archer Road and 86th Avenue by Brodnicki School.  The plans to stop flooding on 75th Street and Cork Avenue have been completed.  We are currently working on securing financing for this project. As developments progress with this initiative, we will keep you informed.

The tollway reconstruction is moving forward at great speed, we will see a lot of work completed this year.  As to the questions about noise, new noise walls will be erected along the Rosary Hill property all the way to Kean Avenue to alleviate the noise for Rosary Hill and Deer Path Subdivision and along Frontage Road to help the northside with noise reduction.

Thankfully, we appear to be meeting the challenge of the COVID pandemic with numbers coming down.  Many people have received the vaccinations or are in the process of getting the vaccine.  We post new information on our website as it becomes available, so please visit the village website for those updates.

We are very optimistic about this year.  The village has a balanced budget and we were able to provide some relief for our businesses by not charging a business license base fee for 2021 and by cutting that base fee in half for 2022.  With easing of the restrictions, we are hoping our businesses will rebound this year.  We also abated the village portion of real estate taxes, we will not raise them this year.  Hopefully other agencies will follow suit and keep their taxes down.

As we get closer to spring with longer days and the sun higher in the sky, winter will slowly relent.  In the meantime, please be safe and remember that our village also serves as a warming center.  Please watch out for your neighbors, especially the elderly residents.  Don't hesitate to call if you see something out of the ordinary.  We will help in any way possible.

Yours Sincerely,

Kris Wasowicz
Mayor/Village President