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Message From the Mayor

  

 Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On April 4, 2017 Village of Jutice resdents will have the opportunity to weigh in on whether the area of the village not currently within the corporate boundaries of the Roberts Park Fire Protection District will finally join the rest of the community and be annexed into the district.

Public Safety Trustee, Melanie Kuban diligently investigated any and all options to provide fire and ambulance service to the area not included in the Roberts Park Fire Protection District (RPFPD) and found that the district offered the best solution both economically and geographically.  The RPFPD tax rate is highly favorable compared to the other options, at 1.09.

Opportunities to educate the public regarding the fire district annexation are being scheduled.

A Business Appreciation Dinner is planned for Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 5:00PM - 7:00PM at the Lipinski Community Center.  Invitations were mailed to our business community.

Indian Springs School District 109 sixth-graders are working on designs for the Annual Vehicle Sticker Design Contest.  This year's theme is "Community Unity."  Entries will be submitted in early March and the contest awards will be presented in May at a regularly scheduled board meeting.

Phase I Engineering of the Tollway Ramp Project is progressing and we anticipate Design Approval in late 2017 or early 2018.  Once approved, the next step will be Phase II Design Engineering.  The Village has secured $2 Million Dollars for Phase II Design Engineering through the Southwest Conference of Mayors Surface Transportation Program (STP), and we are in the process of applying for additional funding through the Invest in Cook Program offered directly through Cook County.  Each step brings us closer to a successful conclusion to this ambitious undertaking.

We have been awarded a grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Rebate Program to provide funds for a Village of Justice LED Streetlight Program.  The award will allow the Village to update old standard mercury light fixtures by replacing them with brighter and efficient LED fixtures on all village-owned street lights along 79th Street, Roberts Road, Archer Road, and 79th Street.  Long-term savings on the electricity will result in freeing up funds to be used towards future improvements to our infrastructure.

Agreements are now complete and we received the letter to proceed in order to begin Engineering on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Grant for the reconstruction of 80th Street from 87th Avenue to 86th Court and 87th Avenue from 80th Street to the Tollway.  We received $200,000.00 of the $253,242.00 and expect construction to begin in 2017.

Our Budget Workshop was held on February 8th and the annual Appropriation Ordinance will be filed in March.  Once again we continue to carefully plan for upgrades to our equipment and infrastructure but intend to continue to live will within our means.

So far, the winter has been kind to us.  Let's hope the latter half of the season continues in this trend!

Sincerely,

Kris Wasowicz
Village President