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Message From the Mayor

  

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.  The weather is great and there is a lot to do especially because it appears that COVID fears are lessening and life is beginning to get back to normal. There are a lot of lessons we have learned during the pandemic. Mandatory closings of schools had a devastating effect on our       children’s education and they devastated small businesses.   Although many things are emerging now, we must still keep an eye out and do what is responsible for ourselves and others.  Let us keep that in mind going forward.  In Justice, we worked diligently to follow common sense solutions.  We were open and working for our residents and businesses.

Things are moving forward very well in the village.  The Board is working together to keep us moving efficiently forward.  Road projects are starting since the Local 150 strike ended and the materials have become available. The 86th Court and 83rd Street projects were kickstarted and we are expecting they will be finished before the winter.

Engineering started on 90th Avenue, the 75th Street and Cork Avenue flooding project and the Marion Drive flood prevention project, for which we received a $1,400,000 grant.

Weather permitting, our street paving will be finished before winter comes.  The Tollway Project is moving at a quick pace.  The bridge on 88th Avenue is being reconstructed, ramps are taking shape and the whole intersection is getting ready to be modernized.

The 87th Street and Roberts Road Tollway Bridge is getting new trusses and there will be weekend closures, but it will be over quickly. The engineering of this project is fascinating because of the precision and efficiency that went into it.  It is amazing how much better the intersection looks being open.

The triangle is getting new tenants. We approved licenses for Durbin’s Express and Darla’s Deli and Cafe. The build out is starting and they intend to be open for business by the holidays.

The old gas station on 84th Place and Cork Avenue got a face lift and is no longer an eyesore.  Supposedly, the IEPA is preparing a letter declaring the property free of contamination.  We are currently waiting for the developer to announce the tenant(s) for the new building on 79th Street.

Our Police Department is working diligently to keep our village residents safe.  They also are giving back to the community.  Recently, they participated in the “Cop on the Rooftop” fundraiser at Dunkin’ Donuts for Special Olympics and it was very successful collecting over $7,000.

Our Annual Car Show, “Cars Under the Stars”, went off without a hitch and we had a beautiful day.  There were over 220 cars in the show, so a lot of car afficionados and others had a great time enjoying classic and custom cars, music and food. Special thanks to Trustee Jeff Allen and his wife Lisa who spearheaded this event.  Thanks also goes to our Building, Economic Development and Public Works Departments, Trustees and employees for all of their work in making this a success. Also, thanks is to be given to neighboring towns, vendors and others who contributed monetarily and with “elbow grease” for this event.  

Our food pantry served hundreds of families and individuals.  Thanks goes to all the volunteers who make this happen four times a year. With the economy limping into recession and inflation affecting many families, this kind of help is going to go a long way to help ease the hardship.

Yours Sincerely,

Kris Wasowicz
Mayor/Village President