Welcome to the Friday Wrap for March 30th, 2018! This day has special significance in my life because it was 37 years ago today (1981), that John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan. I can still remember where I was when I heard the news on the radio! It’s also because on March 30th, 1985, my wife and I got married. 33 years…WOW…that went fast!
It’s always fun to have a man-on-the-street theme and to promote local businesses and that’s what I did by filming today at a great men’s haircutting place called HONEY CUTS which is owned by Burr Ridge resident, Eric Birtch. Here is a link to this week’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWsBnS6WFqk.
Three (3) Surprises Last weekend:
Shortly after 7 am on Saturday, the burglar alarm went off at my office building on Frontage Road and, after being confronted by my former opponent’s brother the night before while out with my wife, I didn’t want to take any chances. (The police came, but the good news is that it was likely just a faulty door latch.) The other two though, were much more positive: I had a wonderful breakfast at Denny’s ($6.99 build-your-own Grand Slam); an exceptional car repair experience at Route 66 Auto Repair on Frontage Road in case you’re ever in need.
Village Board Meeting:
During the Regular Meeting of the Mayor & Board of Trustees and after the Consent Agenda was approved, the board unanimously approved an ordinance that would facilitate the removal of trees fallen in a neighbor’s yard and a consideration to increase water rates to fund expected water main breaks which we are already experiencing; that will be voted on next meeting. We also loosened up overnight parking restrictions of commercial vehicles in manufacturing districts as part of the Board’s annual goals. We then went into Closed Session to discuss Collective Bargaining and Deliberation of Salary Schedules and Benefits. Afterward, the Board approved the Patrol Officer’s Union Contract who is now being represented by the Teamsters. On a related note, we are in need of one more member of the Police Pension Board! If you or someone you know is interested, please ask them to submit an application at Village Hall?
In other village news, we are assertively trying to get our own Zip Code for Burr Ridge and our request is on Appeal. Enclosed is a copy of the latest letter sent to the Postmaster General.
5th Hotel Opens in Burr Ridge:
The Hampton Inn & Suites hotel is officially open for business! Located down the street from my office, I saw the steady progress and detailed brickwork as it was completed and was equally impressed with the interior lobby and communal work area for guests. Their official Grand Opening celebration is set for early May. This also means that Burr Ridge hit a milestone now with over 500 hotel rooms available and it makes us even more attractive as the ideal location for small and medium or “boutique” sized conventions.
On a Personal Note . . .
If you’re looking for a great movie with a dramatic, but heart-warming spiritual message appropriate for the Easter weekend, we just went to see I CAN ONLY IMAGINE and loved it! One of the main characters is country superstar Trace Adkins.
Happy Easter and blessings,
Mayor Mickey Straub