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Village Administrator's Report

Village Administrator George Schafer
Village Administrator
George J. Schafer
Welcome to the October 2016 edition of the monthly Administrator’s report. September began with our 26th Annual Heritage Fest and the 68th Annual Keepataw Parade. Both events were a great success thanks to everyone that attended and to all of the volunteers for your time and talents. We lost a great community contributor to the Keepataw Parade, Keith Latz, who once served on the Village board, was a current member of the Lemont Fire Protection District board, and was involved in many other community initiatives. His contributions were many and he will be greatly missed.

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.

September Board Meeting Recap

 
All supportive documents for the meetings in September can be found in the meeting agendas which are accessible in our Transparency link.
 
Our Village Board Meetings are typically held the second and fourth Monday of each month and are live streamed and stored on YouTube. Check our Village Board calendar for meeting times and dates and search Village of Lemont on YouTube to watch live streamed or past Village Board Meetings.

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

  • The Village Board denied an appeal request by St. Patrick’s Church requesting demolition of the historic school building based on an economic hardship. The Village’s Historic Preservation Commission recently denied the church’s request, and the church appealed this ruling to the Village Board. The church is negotiating with a potential buyer to preserve and save the building.

  • To make it more economically feasible, our current Gateway TIF District at Main Street and Archer Avenue was restructured. Some parcels were removed and will be included in a new TIF District. The first step in creating the new TIF District was the approval of a feasibility study and report with respect to the designation of the area as a new TIF District. This new TIF District will assist in the marketability of the properties at Main Street and Archer Avenue.

  • A Corporation Counsel position within the Village’s organizational structure was approved. Jeff Stein, previously of Tressler LLP, joined the Village of Lemont as Corporation Counsel / Deputy Village Administrator on October 3. 


  • Mayor Reaves announced that he would not be seeking a third term as Mayor.  This announcement was sent out to all social media avenues, including all CivicSend subscribers. 

  • Our annual strategic goal setting meeting was held in September to update and report on the initial strategic initiatives of the 2014 Strategic Plan. Minutes from the meeting will be presented for approval at the Village Board’s next Village Board Meeting on October 24.

Upcoming Events

Lemontster Days
There is something for everyone during October in Lemont; even a costume contest for dogs! Check out all of the fun Halloween activities planned during Lemontster Days!
Fall Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event
The Lemont Environmental Commission will host its Fall recycling event on Saturday, October 15, 9am-1pm, at the Metra Station parking lot.
Click for more information.
Quarry Restoration Project
Heritage Quarry Recreation Area

Restoration Project - Volunteer Opportunity!

Our Heritage Quarries Recreation Area is a treasured gem in Lemont. Much restoration is being done with the help of CITGO, The Conservation Foundation and the many volunteers helping to restore five acres of natural area by removing invasive species. 
 
We need your help with the restoration project on Saturday, October 15. Sign up for one or two shifts, 8-11am or 10:45am-1:30pm. Volunteers meet at Lemont High School and board a bus to the quarry area, then are shuttled back after the two hour period. Pizza will be served after each shift, compliments of Gelsosomo’s!  Click to sign up!
 
This is a wonderful way to make a positive impact in our community, improve our natural quarry, and engage our youth in a truly meaningful way. Many thanks to CITGO, The Conservation Foundation and Lemont High School for making this restoration project become a reality.


Farmers Market
There are only two markets left for the season! Don't miss out on our special Friday market on October 21.  It's not only about the fruit...

Farmers Market Bakery
Farmers Market Plants
Farmers Market Soaps

Trick or Treat

Lemont Trick or Treat hours on October 31 will be from 3:00-6:30 pm. Turn your porch light on if you welcome trick-or-treaters.

Community Calendar

Check out our Community Calendar for details on many events happening around town. 

Infrastructure Projects

  • The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) project began which 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. Completion is expected by early November, weather permitting.  Please use extra caution and allow for extra traveling time during this road construction. 

  • The Village’s annual road resurfacing program, which includes Brown, Steepleview, Spire, McCarthy Street, Grant and Freemont Street, will be finishing up in early October. 

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.

Recycling Symbol

Electronic Recycling

The Village Board further discussed alternatives for electronic and other hazardous waste materials recycling. Waste Management presented a program at the September Committee of the Whole Meeting which would include a take-all electronic and other hazardous materials recycling program. This would be an added service for Village residents. The Village will be seeking residents input in a survey later in the year with further information explained in our December Village News.

In the meantime, 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.

Website Information


Report A Concern
Did you know you can report a concern through our website? Click on the Report a Concern link on the bottom feature bar, and choose from many subject matters to report on. This includes items related to Code Enforcement, Water Utility Bill Payment Issues, Public Safety Issues, Streets & Public Places and Water Issues.  Fill out and submit the form; it’s that easy.  You are not required to leave your contact information unless you wish to receive feedback on your submission. Visit Report A Concern

Mobile App
We are anxiously awaiting completion of our Mobile App, and will let you know when it is completed to help improve your user experience on all of your mobile devices.

Thank you for your time, and remember to participate in our numerous Lemontster Days events throughout October!
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