Friday Wrap for July 21st, 2017

Friday Wrap for July 21, 2017

Welcome again to the Friday Wrap for July 21st, 2017!  It’s hot and humid in Burr Ridge at the end of a very busy week.  Here is what’s happening in the village and a link to the Friday Wrap video:

The band called FINAL SAY played to another packed house last weekend and it was sponsored by the Community Bank of Willowbrook. Tonight, Second Hand Soul, will entertain the crowds starting at 7:00 pm.
C.O.P.S. Cycle Across Illinois…and Burr Ridge:  Last Sunday morning, 60 Cyclists, mostly police officers, made an honorary stop in Burr Ridge to a pretty big crowd who came by to cheer them on at one of their last stops.  They have cycled all week from southern Illinois, some pedaling as much as 400 or 550 miles to raise awareness and funds for the survivors of fallen officers!  It was celebratory and emotional as Sg. Michael Barnes emceed the brief ceremony for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S) in the parking lot of the Burr Ridge Police Department.  They had a police escort, complete with motorcycles complements of the Illinois State Police.
80th U. S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Visits Chicago:  On Monday, I attended the book signing by former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on LaSalle Street downtown thanks to Yvonne Bolton, Chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly.  He was accompanied by his wife, Becky, as he spoke with and greeted many distinguished guests, including Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, with who he shares something in common: they were both the first Hispanics in their respective positions. He told some riveting stories about his time in the White House with President George W. Bush, including around 9/11 and I look forward to reading more in his book, TRUE FAITH and ALLEGIANCE.
Harvester Park Phase II Grand Opening & Anniversary:  Our very own exclusive Memory Care Center, Harvester Place, held their Phase II Grand Opening as their residents increase in numbers.  It was also attended by many members of the Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce. 
Asphalt Plant Update…hits Road Block!  This week, the Dupage County Board held a meeting to discuss the proposed Asphalt Plant in unincorporated area west of Rt. 83.  About 100 residents from nearby Emerald Ridge and their Home Owners Association attended to voice their opposition to it, along with residents from Burr Ridge which is about 1000 feet away and across Rt. 83. The topic was table until August 16th.  The Village of Burr Ridge is also opposed to it, along with numerous other government agencies, i.e. the Park District, etc.  In addition to sending an official board approved letter to oppose it, we are looking at additional ways to prevent its construction. 
Run for Veterans next Sunday:  Remember, there is a special 5k Run/Walk that will be held in the Village Center on Sunday, July 30th.  It starts at 9AM…please come to support our veterans!
New BR Garbage Collector Starts August 1st! 
This is monumental if not historical!  For the first time ever, Burr Ridge will have one, Exclusive Waste Hauler (aka Garbage Collector), starting on August 1st:  GROOT Industries.  This topic was studied for 18 months and, after a lot of feedback from residents and Home Owners Associations, they felt the benefits (Safety, Lower Pricing, Reduced wear and tear on Roads, etc.) were significant enough to make the change.  GROOT will provide unlimited collection of refuse, recycling and yard waste included in rate and Senior discounts for homeowners 65 and older.  This was so important that I interviewed our GROOT representative, Frank Hillegonds, to cover all the details on this (7 min) video, who covered all of your service options: (Click on link or picture)

 That's a Wrap...make it a great week! 

Mayor Mickey

Mayor Mickey Straub