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Message From the Mayor

  

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Spring is around the corner!  All in all, this was not such a bad season.  We had some snow which was handled very well by our Public Works crew.  If the winter has any more surprises, we are ready.

Our Village is making steady   progress, as the weather improves, the construction will start.  The bidding process ended and contracts have been awarded.  You will see work on the Cork Avenue bridge and the intersection of Cork, 79th Street and Archer Road begin.  This will cause some inconvenience, but the end effect will be better roads, better and safer pedestrian traffic and a better looking village.

This year will see us starting some flood prevention projects that have been planned for a while.  We secured the funding and we will be busy.  As usual, our street improvement program will continue and we already picked the streets to be repaved or reconstructed.  Our residents can attest that the streets are way better than they used to be.

The Tollway is going full speed ahead, the noise walls are being erected, ramps are taking shape as is the bridge on Roberts Road.

We finally convinced IDOT to meet with the engineers representing the developer of the Bethania property to get access from 79th Street so that he can get the equipment and start construction.  The old gas station on 79th  Street was demolished, footings poured and weather permitting construction will start soon on a 2,000 square foot commercial drive-thru building.  The old gas station on 84th and Cork Avenue is finally getting close to being     declared clean by IEPA.  As soon as the weather warms up, the final inspections will take place.

The village budget meeting went well and I can say that our finances are healthy.  We have a balanced budget and we abated taxes for the 5th consecutive year.  Our Department Directors are very frugal with the taxpayers’ money and constantly strive to achieve good results with funds available to them.

Grass root activism appears to have taken effect.  Because of recent litigation, school boards, restaurants and other public places were inundated with petitions and letters concerning the mask mandates.  As the scientific community has finally confirmed what common sense has dictated, masks are now optional in many settings.  This, in and of itself,  has raised the awareness and created a more workable situation in the schools, restaurants, business owners and the like. Please be aware that this is not the end of the pandemic, however, we are entering a time where we can start some type of normalcy with our lives, work and play.  I urge everyone to assume their own responsibilities and choose how you and your family will go forward at this time.  My hope is that this COVID scare will finally abate and the lessons learned will last. The effects of the loss of business, the financial losses that were incurred by everyone and personal tragedies will be lingering for the long time.

So, as things are shaping up, there is a lot to be optimistic about the year 2022.  We don’t know what the future holds, but we are hoping for the best while preparing for the worst.

Yours Sincerely,

Kris Wasowicz
Mayor/Village President