Welcome to the Friday Wrap for April 13th, 2018! There is no video included as I have been out sick all week dealing with vertigo and its complications.
VILLAGE BOARD MEETING:
The Regular Board Meeting of the Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday and it started out with a Moment of Silence for the passing of former Village Trustee DOLORES CIZEK. Services will be held on Monday, April 16th at Evangelical Covenant Church, 412 S. Garfield in Hinsdale; VISITATION is from 9-11:00 AM and FUNERAL SERVICE at 11:00 AM.
It was a full agenda which included the passing of the FY18-19 Budget, provisions for an Art Studio and denying a request by McNaughton Builders, etc. Also passed was an ordinance to increase water and sewer rates by 12% which was deemed necessary by the Water Committee to repair and maintain our 60 year old water infrastructure. Thankfully and for your information, we will still have one of the lowest rates in northern Illinois.
Board Petitioned to Consider Video Gambling: Opening discussions began at the request of nine (9) restaurants who asked Board Members to consider Video Gambling in Burr Ridge. After considerable discussion, the Board elected to direct staff to obtain more information to weigh the pros and cons about legalizing gambling in the village. For the record, while I do appreciate the businesses that made the inquiry, I do not believe that the benefits of legalizing Poker Machines across the entire village would be a good idea under any circumstances. And though the ultimate decision belongs to the board, I believe this sort of far-reaching decision should be made by the residents. The topic of Video Gambling is tentatively scheduled to be on the May 14th Board Meeting.
Other Burr Ridge News . . .
Two Burr Ridge veterans and members of the Veterans Memorial Committee had the privilege of being on the HONOR FLIGHT this week. Flying out early on Wednesday, LEN RUZAK and JOHN CURIN flew out of Midway Airport to our Nation’s Capital for a complete tour and ceremonies that stretched from the World War II Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial. The organization’s mission is to thank and pay tribute to World War II and Korean War veterans – by bringing them to Washington, D.C. for a day of honor and remembrance. John and Len, who is also a past village president and trustee, are the first Korean WarVeterans to take this flight since these veterans were included for this honor.
PACE BUS Stop Update in Burr Ridge: The Village has been in contact with PACE officials after receiving several requests from residents about the overcrowding of the PACE Bus lot located between Chasemoor and Capri. I am happy to report that PACE is now in the process of preparing plans for the expansion of the lot and they hope to be under construction in the Fall of this year. Please note that the ownership, management and governance of the PACE property is not under the jurisdiction of the Village of Burr Ridge.
Resident Publishes Inspirational Book: Internationally known Burr Ridge resident JIM FANNIN,published his new book, THE BLUEPRINT. I was fortunate enough to meet with him the previous week and obtain a copy which reveals the secrets of a proven plan for successful living (Pictured is Jim with the manager of Stix & Stones). Jim, who is known as America’s Zone Coach, has coached countless athletes from Tennis star Peter Fleming to Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas to achieve their marks in history.
Have a great week,
Mayor Mickey Straub