Welcome to the Friday Wrap for May 12th, 2017. Here are the highlights (about half) of some of the more significant events and issues addressed in the village this week. Here also is the link to this week's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF7NhEiJi6M, or just click the picture!
Village Board Meeting and Swearing-in Ceremony:
The Board Room was packed on Monday for the Swearing-in Ceremony, conducted by federal Judge Susan Cox, and what turned out to be a pretty full agenda. Long-time residents Anita Mital and Zachary Mottl were sworn-in first for their first term as Village Trustees followed by Trustee Guy Franzese for his second term. As Judge Cox finished reading the “Oath of Office” aloud during my part, I realized, in that split second, that there was something missing; so I quickly added, “So Help me God”. (I’m not sure if/when those words were removed…but I’m going to check into it.) Our Village Clerk, Karen Thomas, was also sworn-in…for her 6th consecutive term. It was also great to see Dorie Balcunas there, as well as Kirsten Jepsen (Kirsten’s Bakery), Dale Bottom (this year’s Keynote Speaker for Armed Forces Day to be held on Saturday, May 20th at 10am and Janet and Gary Grasso (County Board Member and former mayor) who shared some kind words.
Village Passes Village-wide Waste Hauler Agreement – After Dilan Reddy, a 5th Grader from Elm School, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, the board discussed, and passed unanimously, the pending Village-wide Franchise Agreement with Groot Industries (for Waste Hauling) which it will go into effect in August after a concerted effort to inform residents takes place. Also discussed was the accepting of the Plan Commission’s prior recommendation to allow 1333 Burr Ridge Parkway (aka the McGraw Hill Building) to expand their parking lot to the north and east…but not to the west by the pond and grassy area that borders the Village Center condos to accommodate those residents; with building owners Gerald and Carolyn Kostelny present, this also passed unanimously.
Burr Ridge’s Connections to the Lincoln Academy of Illinois:
My wife and I attended the Convocation of the 2017 Laureates to the Lincoln Academy of Illinois last weekend and the Academy had two surprising connections to Burr Ridge: the Lincoln Academy’s Chancellor, Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, is a village resident, as is the son of one of this year’s recipients (by the same name) the Honorable Judge (Ret) James Holderman who was inducted into the Order of Lincoln. It truly was an honor and quite humbling to be in the presence of Illinoisans with such notable achievements in and to our state; the other Laureates included Frank Clark (Former ComEd Chairman), Richard Driehaus (Capital Management, Philanthropist and Museum founder), R. Eden Martin (Civic Leader who led the effort to build O’Hare Airport), Ryne Sandberg (Cubs 2ndBaseman, Ambassador & Hall of Famer), Samuel Knox Skinner (former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Chairman/CEO of USF Corporation) and Harrison Stearns (Legendary Chicago Banker and Philanthropist). The Order of Lincoln is our state’s highest honor and it was held at the Chicago Historical Museum in Lincoln Park.
Rotary International Awards Given to Len Ruzak and Jack Schaus:
Two of Burr Ridge’s residents, Len Ruzak and Jack Schaus, who have long been involved in village leadership and the building and maintaining the Burr Ridge Veterans Memorial, received the coveted Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary International. I joined Steve Stricker, Doug Pollock, Karen Thomas, Jerry Sapp, Janet Kowal and Russ Smith earlier today to attend a lunch ceremony in their honor, as well as three other recipients. The event was held at the Community House in Hinsdale.
Asphalt Plant Proposed in Unincorporated DuPage County: Last night, there was a meeting held by Dupage County Board to discuss a proposed Asphalt Plant on the west side of Route 83 (between the railroad tracks and Cal Sag Channel). After the petitioner was asked to provide additional witnesses to address, noise, odor, traffic, lighting etc., the matter was continued to June 1, 2017 at 6pm.
On a Personal Note . . .
Yesterday, I drove back and forth to Milwaukee to have my final Daddy-Daughter Study Date with Alysa during her last couple of weeks at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Where did we go? We went to Starbucks, of course, followed by dinner. WOW…her college years went fast!
That’s a Wrap!
Mom's, have a Happy Mother Day and an awesome week, Mickey
Mayor Mickey Straub