Message From the Mayor
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Street projects are at the top of our to-do list and we are anxiously anticipating the Federally-funded reconstruction of Frontage Road that has already commenced with the performing of engineering and soil borings, etc. We continue to work on a preventative maintenance schedule to improve the longevity of our most viable streets.
84th Street from Roberts Road to 82nd Avenue; 81st Avenue from 84th Place to 83rd Place; and 84th Place from 81st Avenue to Roberts Road is a $230,000 Community Development Block Grant project that has received a notice to proceed with engineering from both Cook County and IDOT. Funding was supplied by Cook County in the amount of $168,670 and IDOT for $61,330. These streets will be resurfaced or reconstructed this year as needed.
Our new Public Works Director, Jozef Cekus, has hit the ground running and has inventoried, cleaned and maintained all public works equipment and is anxious for the seasons to change to embark on an aggressive street paving and repair program.
The Village of Justice ended 2013 with a surplus in our General Fund. We have fully funded a designated savings account to replace one, and possibly both of our lift stations in 2014 that move sewage from Roberts Park and the Deer Woods areas to the MWRD, and we allocated considerable funds to purchase new street maintenance and street reconstruction equipment for more efficient paving and repair work.
My sincere thanks to our public works crew for all the plowing, salting and winter weather tasks. They have done a fine job.
The newly formed Economic Development Commission will be appointed shortly and will commence formal training for the most efficient performance of their duties.
We are in the process of implementing economic development innitiatives and have added an employee to our staff that will devote much of her time to evaluating, marketing, and creating the tools to aggressively seek new development within our community.
Spring is a time of renewal, and I look forward to the launch of a new chapter in the growth of our community.
It is truly time we "Build Justice Together".
Krzysztof (Kris) Wasowicz