Message From the Mayor
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Our Budget process is well underway for the 2015 calendar, fiscal year. We are planning for anticipated expenditures while allowing for contingencies. We are realistically estimating revenues to get the very most for your village dollars in order to protect, maintain and improve our community.
We have achieved unprecedented success with our arrears collections initiative. Spearheaded by Matt Zarebczan our Accounts Receivable/Utility Billing Administrator, the Finance Office has successfully settled close to $70,000 worth of delinquent accounts and has contracted with property owners for payments of another almost $100,000.
Economic Development initiatives are in place more than ever before to encourage economic growth and maintain the Village of Justice as an excellent place in which to live and do business. Our slogan of "Building Justice Together" has become a way of operating in the village rather than an idea.
We are the proud recipients of an almost $1,000,000.00 Grant to perform the necessary engineering to design on and off ramps, exiting from and entering onto I294 North. Each milestone in this ambitious undertaking is a victory in itself and brings us closer to the reality of a full tollway interchange in Justice.
The reconstruction of 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 nearing completion as we "go to press." The proposed completion date is November 4th, 2014.
An MWRD Flood Prevention Project to install new storm sewers from 86th Street to 79th Street along Roberts Road in conjuction with a street resurfacing project is scheduled for a bid letting in November, with construction in 2015.
We will soon complete our second, full year with a truly balanced budget. We are scheduling and completing much needed maintenance to our buildings, lift stations and emergency generator. Our bills are being paid on time and we are finally in a position to save for emergencies and long term goals.
Thank you so very sincerely to Municipal Services Administrator/Assistant Building Commissioner Jim Lurquin for his distinguished service to the village these past ten years. Jim has decided to retire at the end of this year. He has become such an integral part of our operation that it is difficult to anticipate being without him. We wish him the very best of health and hope he enjoys his leisure, spending his time with friends and family.
Since this is the final nesletter of 2014, I wish to one and all a truly healthy and happy Holiday Season. It has been a good year in the Village; let us hope the next is even better!