Village Manager's Message
I want to thank the Trustees for their dedicated service as I begin this week’s message. I mention it in this week’s message because we are about to enter into a phase of many meetings, and some will be long, with important choices to be made. The State and Federal legislators are in session only part of the year, but local government is in session the entire year. Moreover, few people are hesitant to stop a Trustee, Board President, or Village Clerk in the grocery store to let them know how they feel about an issue.
Last Saturday was Coffee with the Board where we had a pretty good turnout. This past Monday (11/7) we began the formal budget discussion at the Board level with presentations by all the department heads. It went very well. I think the Board got a good view of the departments that they haven’t had since before we changed operations at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. A link to the entire discussion can be found here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bqzb_nx2JU&list=PL4ExwmGTlCz3TIwwfHbnE6SU4WH6c6oRO&index=1. It is a good overview of Village operations.
On November 14th we will have two presentations at the Committee of the Whole (COW); one by Williams Architects and WB Olsen on the Recreation Center; and one by Lakeshore Recycling Services (LRS) on the current comprehensive solid waste management contract. The Board will need to be asked to review progress and look at options to reduce the size of the Recreation Center due to the increases in construction costs. The Board will also need to consider how to proceed as the LRS contract is set to expire in June of 2023.
There will also be a regular meeting following the COW on Monday the 14th, and then one on November 21st (which was scheduled to avoid the Monday following Thanksgiving. This is a busy month, and next month will be full of events and the Budget Public Hearing on December 12th and December 19th.
Last week, in addition to budget and update meetings one-on-one and as a group with department heads, I attended a meeting at VFW Post 2081 to begin planning of the 2023 July 4th Parade, the DMMC Man-ager’s Committee Meeting. I would also like to say that I think Villa Park definitely celebrated Halloween in style. There were trunk-or-treat events, and we had the trick-or-treat event in the Villa Avenue business district where President Cuzzone and Trustee Murphy showed up in costume and in style. My wife and I also enjoyed the decorations throughout the Village, as well as the trick-or-treaters who stopped by our house. The season fully came to a close last Saturday where at Village Hall where people smashed their pumpkin in a roll-off container to make sure it would be composted and doesn’t end up generating methane in a landfill.
Finally, I want to mention that Village Hall will be open and trash will be picked up on Veteran’s Day (Friday November 11).
To access the full managers' report, visit here.
To access last week's report, visit here