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Message From the Mayor

  

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The New Year is upon us and the village is looking with optimism to what it will bring.  We have learned many lessons about Covid and how to respond or not respond to the pandemic.  These were hard lessons that showed weaknesses and strengths of our system.  Mistakes were made and many liberties were taken away. These must be restored and guarded.

But hope is still there.  We in the village applied common sense and pragmatic solutions to everyday problems and we did well.  Streets were maintained, services continued uninterrupted and development is moving forward. Durbin’s Express and Darla’s Deli are working on their buildups and come Spring they will be open. The hotel developer finally got approval from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) granting him access to the property, so he can start building. The land acquisition for the intersection of 79th Street, Cork Avenue and Archer Road was completed and reconstruction will start in 2023.  There will be some inconvenience and we apologize for that, but it is necessary and when all is finished, our village will be better for it.  The old gas station on 84th Place & Cork Avenue is finally clean and the IEPA release was recorded.  The property will be put on the market for businesses.

The 90th Street Ditch and Street Stabilizing Project is going for bids and some flooding in the Highlands will be alleviated.  The village hired Burke Engineering to start Phase I work on ending the flooding problems on 75th Street and Cork Avenue.  We will also start work on bringing sidewalks by Wilkins School, Thomas Street and Marion Drive in compliance with ADA regulations.

The plans and projects are moving forward and our financial outlook is on solid footing.  We spend your money carefully and where needed. We are starting the budget process and all is on time.  Our budget will be ready and will be published so all of you can see how the village operates. We start by taking last year’s revenues, deducting 10% and adjusting expenditures to that amount.  We have had balanced budgets for the last 10 years and we will continue to do that because it works and it is the right thing to do. 

Our 2022 Winter Wonderland and Holiday Program events have come and gone.  My sincere thanks to our Finance Office staff, Public Works staff, Building Department staff, the Police Department staff, Economic Development staff, Special Events Committee, Trustees, Clerk and all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make these events a great success!

In conclusion, on behalf of  myself and all board members we wish all of our residents and businesses a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Yours Sincerely,

Kris Wasowicz
Mayor/Village President