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Message From the Mayor

  

 Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I wish to commend the many Justice voters who came out and supported the referendum to join the Roberts Park Fire Protection District.  It is truly the very best option for those of us who were not already in the district but were instead supported by a village funded fire protection contract.  Now all Justice property-owners will be participating equally in supporting our ambulance and fire services and additional village dollars will be available for high priority infrastructure improvements and enhanced services to our residents.  Likely, we will not see the taxing district appear on our tax bills until the 2018 tax bill payable in 2019.

Our long-time village clerk, Kathy Svoboda is retiring at the end of April but will continue to enjoy a part-time schedule serving the residents of the village in a much lesser capacity.  She has served us well and will spend more time with family and friends going forward.

Our newly elected Village Clerk Sue Small is planning for the future and will bring her considerable education and enthusiasm to her new role serving the community.  Her well-proven talents as a village trustee make her uniquely qualified to hit the ground running in her new role.

As a result of a grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Rebate Program, our old standard mercury light fixtures on all village-owned street lights along 79th Street, Roberts Road, Archer Road and 88th Avenue are being replaced with brighter and efficient LED fixtures.  The replacing of the fixtures is underway as of this writing, and I sincerely hope we will be pleased with the improvement.  Long-term savings on the electricity will free up funds to be used towards future improvements to our infrastructure.

The village has requested $267,785.55 from the 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for a project consisting of the reconstruction and drainage improvements on 81st Street from 84th Court to the Tollway.  The total cost of the project is estimated at $302,714.10.  Notice of Awards should be received in October or November of 2017.

Preparation of the Road Resurfacing Program schedule for 2017 is underway.  Once complete, the plan will be posted online for all to see.

Our Economic Planning Board is currently working on a new Marketing Plan for futre development in the village.  Creating a strategic and organized plan will help us market the Village of Justice for future property development and existing business development. 

The village's application for an Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Program Grant submitted to the Illinois Housing Authority for $75,000.00 was awarded to us in February of 2017.  The grant funds are to provide maintenance of abandoned residential properties as well as demolition costs for residential properties that cannot be saved.

The Frontage Road Sidewalk Project contracts are in process and we anticipate a late 2017 or very early 2018 bid letting.  We anxiously await this much-anticipated improvement.

Spring is finally here and soon we will be enjoying backyard barbeques, summer vacations and cutting our grass.  Graduations, garage sales and long summer nights are on the horizon.  How very quickly time goes.  As always, stop in and see me when you have a question or concern.  I am in my office most mornings.

Yours Sincerely,

Kris Wasowicz
Village President