Message From the Mayor
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
How exciting to see improvements occuring all over town. We have identified 14 streets that will receive repairs this season through the efforts of our own crews and utilizing our newest equipment to repair and resurface many of our worst streets. Please check the website for a complete list of upcoming resurfacing projects.
Improvements to Marion Drive will soon be underway as well as 80th Street, 82nd Street and 82nd Court in Wesley Fields. On the north side of town, sections of 75th Street, Garden Lane, Figura Drive and Blackstone are all on the schedule for resurfacing this season. 90th Avenue in Cork Highlands will receive much needed improvements as well.
Thanks to Lyons Township who provided us with two paid summer-helpers in Public Works for the season. We hired another three seasonal workers to accomplish grass cutting and general maintenance throughout the community. Currently we are maintaining thirty-six individual properties on an ongoing basis. That's a lot of grass to cut!
The Click-it-or-Ticket program concluded the end of May, and we have our fingers crossed that we might again have performed in the top few communities to be awarded funding for new squad cars. This program is Federally-funded and is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Regardless of our final standing in the program, we are reimbursed for all hours spent.
Our continuing Economic Development Initiatives have gained considerable momentum. The Economic Development Commissioners will commence their duties in July. Final training is concluding and I am truly amazed at how much we have learned. Your elected officials have trained right along with the commissioners and are poised to provide the commitment and follow through as necessary to successfully facilitate new development ventures as they occur. What might the future bring?
Have a safe and healthy summer. It was a long time coming this year. Remember, we are trying to "Build Justice Together" as we continue in our second 100 years.