Hello and welcome again to The Friday Wrap for September 29th, 2017! Here is the link to this week’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il1b5GJNSps
Board Meeting: The Regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Trustees was held on Monday and most items were on the consent agenda. The Auditor of the Village reported their findings and gave Burr Ridge a “Clean Bill of Health”. Discussed and approval unanimously were considerations to an Amendment to the Bluff Road PUD and purchase of Computer Workstation Upgrades. It was followed by a Closed Session to discuss pending or probable litigation. The next Plan Commission Meeting is on Monday at 7:00 pm.
Burr Ridge Senior Living: It looks like they are making tremendous progress on the development Burr Ridge Senior Living at the corner of Rte. 83 and 91st Street. Pictured are some of the structures underway and it looks like it is on track to open in the summer or fall of 2018.
Trustee and Mayor Attend TMA meeting: The Technology & Manufacturers Association (TMA) held their annual Mayors for manufacturing meeting at their Schaumburg headquarters. I attended because of the large presence of this type of companies and to show my own support. I was accompanied by Village Trustee Zach Mottl, who is also the current President of this Association, which also offers job training as well as insurance benefits and retirement plans for students and members.
Fermilab Visited by Mayor Mickey: As a result of attending a Burr Ridge related event recently, I was invited to take a tour of Fermilab, which is America’s Particle Physics and Accelerator Laboratory. Similar to our local Argonne, it is a U.S. Department of Energy facility that is under the control and management of the University of Chicago. It opened in 1967. I was delighted to be greeted upon arrival by the Fermilab Director, Nigel Lockyer and Alison Markowitz who is the Chief Strategic Partnership officer, and of course Hema Ramamoorthi, Chief of staff who helped facilitate the visit, as well as Katie Yurkewics, the Communication Director that gave me the eventful tour. It really was incredible and I learned more than I ever wanted to know about Proton Particle Accerlerators, Muons, Pions and Magnets. I also went 300 feet below the earth’s surface to see the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment at the Neutrino Facility, an international mega-science project. As a memento of my visit, I received a piece of scintillating (white) plastic, which is the type of particle detector that was used in the MINOS Neutrino Experiment; when a particle passes through the plastic it deposits some energy that the plastic turns into light. (See picture.)
If you are interested in experiencing a tour, Fermilab is open to the public for Walk-in Tours every Wednesday at 10:00 am and they hold meet and greets with the scientists ever Saturday. Private tours are also available and if you’d ever like me/us to help coordinate one, please let us know.
Harvest Fest: A wonderful reminder that tomorrow, September 29th, the Burr Ridge Park District’s Annual Harvest Fest will be held at Harvester Park between the times of 1:00-5:00pm. Including all of the family favorites such as hayrides, carnival games, pony rides, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, and many more fall festivities! Make sure you kick off the beginning of fall with an afternoon filled with family fun! Hope to see you there!
In Other News . . .
And I just had to include a picture of good friend and resident, Steve Artino, with what has to be one of the largest dogs in the area. Hachiko is an Akita, a breed of dogs used to protect the Emperor’s Palace in Japan.
That's a Wrap...make it a great week!
Mayor Mickey Straub