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Village Administrator's Report

Village Administrator George Schafer
Village Administrator
George J. Schafer

Welcome

Welcome to the monthly Administrator’s Report which provides a comprehensive update on activities within the Village of Lemont. Among other items of interest, this report will include a summary of actions and discussions from the Village Board Meetings, updates on infrastructure projects, and projects and initiatives being implemented by the Village. 
 
Our first report is being sent out to all subscriber lists from Stay Informed. If you have not initially signed up to receive the Village Administrator’s Report, and would like to in the future, just sign into your Stay Informed account and choose this list. If you have any questions regarding any of the items in the report, please feel free to contact me at (630) 257-1590 or gschafer@lemont.il.us.

Website

We hope you have taken the opportunity to explore our redesigned website. We’ve included easy access feature buttons for Online Payments, Stay Informed, Report a Concern, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) submissions and our Transparency page. Our Transparency page includes links to our agendas and minutes, financial documents, FOIA Directory, Municipal Code and more. Our Village Board meetings are now live streamed on YouTube and you can find our YouTube link on our Transparency page. In general, when you're not sure where to find the information you're looking for, utilizing the Search box is your best option.

We redesigned the website to enhance interaction and communication with the community, while still communicating via more traditional forms of communication. Later this month, we will roll out the Lemont Community Calendar and the Mobile App.  Please browse these new tools and contact us if you have any ideas or concerns. 

August Board Meeting Recap

Items of interest from the Village Board and Committee of the Whole Meetings:

  • Approved a special use container storage yard and variation at 13769 Main Street.
  • Approved a contract authorizing the purchase of real estate at 318-320 Canal Street, known as Budnik Plaza.
  • An appeal process was opened for the Certificate of Economic Hardship Appeal for St. Patrick’s school building on Illinois Street. At the request of St. Patrick’s attorney, the Village Board granted an extension of time in order for them to negotiate with a potential purchaser for the property, which would result in the preservation of the building.The continuation of the appeal will take place at the September 26 Village Board Meeting.
  • A potential cooperative fishing agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the Heritage Quarry Recreational Area was discussed.
  • Discussion took place on Request for Proposals (RFP) that will be sent out to the selected development companies regarding the Village owned development at Route 83 and Main Street.
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Upcoming Events

This Saturday, September 3, the 68th Annual Keepataw Parade and the 26th Annual Lemont Heritage Fest will take place in the downtown area. The parade will begin at 2pm at Lemont and Main Streets, head east on Main Street, and turn up Illinois Street by Turnabout Pizza. It will end at Illinois and Lemont Streets. Don't forget to bring non-perishable food items to fill the food bus for the Lemont Food Pantry.

Heritage Fest will begin following the parade, from 3-11 pm. Visit our website's Heritage Fest page for more information.

This is the first year that Heritage Fest will be in September, and we feel that there are great synergies with the Keepataw Parade. We hope both events can flourish as a result of bringing them together.  Be sure to make it down to these great events this Saturday!

Infrastructure Projects

  • The Village’s annual road resurfacing program will begin shortly after Labor Day with the resurfacing of Brown, Steepleview, Spire, McCarthy Street, Grant and Fremont Street. This work should be completed before the end of September, weather permitting.
  • The McCarthy Street water main project will wrap up within the next few weeks, and we will begin the State Street water main project likely in October, with a late fall completion.
  • The IMTT Culvert improvement project has been awarded and will begin this month with a late fall completion. This Village led project, partially funded by a grant through the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, includes the replacement of the undersized culverts near IMTT designed to improve storm water management in the area. 
  • The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be overseeing a project that includes resurfacing and several ADA improvements for all of Illinois Street from New Avenue to Main Street, Lemont Road from Bluff Road to Lemont Road bridge and the intersection of Cass and Lemont Road to the bridge. The Village is funding a portion of the project of which we have obtained federal grant funding for the majority of the Village's contribution. The project will begin mid-September and conclude late fall. Village staff will be in contact with IDOT officials to understand the project in further detail and receive more detailed time frames.
  • IDOT is also improving a stretch of Archer Avenue across from Target/Kohl’s along with associated signalization work. The Village is funding a portion of this project as well, of which we have obtained federal grant funding for the majority of the Village’s contribution.  

Updates will be provided through our Stay Informed Public Works Notifications and Village Administrator’s Report lists, website News Flash, and social media as necessary.

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Electronic Recycling

The recycling industry has gone through substantial changes in the last year that has left residents with limited options in properly disposing of electronics. While the Village continues to evaluate enhanced options, we wanted to relay to the community the presence of a collection facility in which Lemont residents can currently dispose of electronics free of charge (including tube TV's and monitors). Lemont residents may drop off their electronics at the Lockport Public Works Facility located at 17112 Prime Blvd. (East of I-355) on Tuesday’s and Friday’s from 6-11 am. There is a limit of two televisions per vehicle, and an ID showing residency in Lemont is required. The program is made available by Will County Green; more information can be found at http://www.willcountygreen.com/greenguide/electronic.aspx.

In addition, the Lemont Environmental Advisory Commission will host a Fall Household Hazardous Waste & Recycling Event on Saturday, October 15, at the Metra parking lot, from 9am-1pm. For more information, click here to go to the website page.

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