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Message From the Mayor

  

 Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am so very exited to begin a new term of office as your Village President with an outstanding and seasoned team to lead the Village of Justice.  Clerk Sue Small has hit the ground running and we have most recently filled the vacancy on the board of trustees with the appointment of Mrs. Karen Warner, a longtime resident of the village with an extensive background in finance.  Karen is sure to be an integral part of our decision-making process.

The LED Street light project is complete; 210 village-owned street lights have been modified.  The village also received additional funding from the DCEO program to update all interior lighting in the Building/Public Works Building, a few lights in Village Hall, and most of the Lipinski Center.  The total funding received from the DCEO Energy Rebate Program was $97,425.62, enough funds to purchase all of the fixtures allowing the village to complete the improvement for the cost of installation only.

We are currently seeking additional funding through next year's program to complete the lighting update to all LED at the Village Hall and Lipinski Center. 

On June 13, 2017 village officials and employees attended a workshop hosted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to participate in CMAP's "On to 2050" plan.  Topics of discussion included exploring ideas for a local technical assistance grant program offered by CMAP, other regional project opportunities and training.  This regional workshop was attended by representatives of Bedford Park, Summit, Bridgeview, Willow Springs and Indian Head Park.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be conducting a 79th Street (Lining) Improvement Project as part of their 2017 Annual Improvement Plan.  The project consists of cleaning, repair work and lining of the existing storm sewers on 79th Street from 88th Avenue to Roberts Road.  A contract letting for this project is slated for June 16, 2017.

Design engineering has begun for the 80th Street/87th Avenue Project to reconstruct and complete drainage improvements on 80th Street from 87th Avenue to 86th Court and on 87th Avenue from 80th Street to the Tollway.  This project is being funded through a Cook County Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $200,000.00.  The Village's cost is $53,242.00 for the engineering aspect of the project.  We are working in conjunction with the West Suburban Water Commission that will be replacing the water mains within the scope of this current project.

Our 2017 Street Resurfacing Program has commenced and is posted online.  Our own Public Works paving team has become quite proficient at resurfacing our streets and we hope to exceed last year's ambitious totals.

The Economic Planning Board currently has an opening.  We are seeking resumes and the posting is available online on our Village Web.

Yours Sincerely,

Kris Wasowicz
Village President