About 60 folks turned out Monday evening for La Grange Park’s State of the Village occasion at Posto 31 restaurant on thirty first Avenue.
The theme of this 12 months’s presentation, the fourteenth, is that the state of the village is, effectively, busy.
“This occasion tonight is simply showcasing what we’ve completed up to now 12 months and I believe our residents might be amazed on the quantity we’ve completed and people tasks that we’re pursuing in 2024 might be highlighted tonight as effectively,” President James Discipio mentioned earlier than the evening started.
He famous particular tasks that had been accomplished in 2023, equivalent to Plymouth Place’s Senior Residing opening Arboretum Villas, and the close by Aldi retailer close to Plymouth Place. (which is scheduled to open this spring)
“These two tasks took at lot of workers time to get there,” Discipio mentioned. “We’re going to do the La Grange Highway Streetscape enchancment, the place we’re going to improve La Grange Highway, and subsequent 12 months we’re going to do thirty first Avenue.”
A number of Village officers attended, together with Village Trustees Robert Lautner, Karen Koncel, Mike Sheehan, Jamie Zaura, and Joe Caputo, as did Illinois State Rep. La Shawn Ford, Illinois Home Speaker Chris Welch, and U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
Division Heads Rick Radde (Public Works), Tim Contois (Police Chief), Dean Maggos (Hearth Chief) mingled with the group, together with Village Supervisor Julia Cedillo, and Deputy Village Clerk Sandy Bakalich.
Deputy Village Supervisor Maggie Jarr organized the occasion and served as emcee for the night.
Posto 31 introduced out pizza and different snacks for the group of visitors simply because the spotlight of the occasion started, a half-hour movie of village officers outlining tasks accomplished, or being began, up to now 12 months.
Discipio launched the movie from a balcony at Plymouth Place, and Jarr began by talking of a number of developments, together with Andy’s Frozen Custard within the Village Market Purchasing Heart, on the positioning of the previous Unique Pancake Home, which had been vacant for a number of years. She additionally famous different developments, together with the Arboretum Villas, and the housing growth at Kensington Place, previously the positioning of the American Nuclear Society. Floor was damaged on the primary house at Kensington Place final 12 months.
Jarr went on to say that the Village had accomplished its work on the Village Market Streetscape Enchancment Plan in early 2023, the venture designed to enhance the stretch of La Grange Highway alongside Village Market that serves as an entrance to the Village.
“The Village can be advocating for a decreased pace restrict alongside La Grange Highway on this space,” she mentioned.
Police Chief Contois spoke of his division’s getting again to full staffing with the hiring of 5 new cops. He credited the complete staffing with the division “fastidiously reviewing and streamlining our recruitment course of.”
Fired Chief Maggos additionally spoke of recruiting, stating that for the primary time, La Grange Park’s paid, on-call division prolonged its residency boundaries to some areas outdoors the Village. He additionally famous that the division performed useful search and rescue coaching earlier than the demolition making approach for Aldi.
“It’s uncommon to get these coaching alternatives inside business buildings,” he mentioned.
All the movie can seen on the Village of La Grange Park’s YouTube channel.
Julia Cedillo mentioned that the night was a possibility for residents not solely to take a look at what occurred final 12 months, however get an thought of what was to return sooner or later.
“The give attention to folks, whether or not it’s making adjustments with a purpose to serve our residents higher, or to ensure we’ve got the capability that we have to present providers in a extra environment friendly method,” she mentioned was the important thing to understanding the previous 12 months.
Cedillo echoed Discipio’s feedback concerning the quantity of accomplishments in 2023, saying “We simply completed our busiest 12 months ever within the village.”
Trustee Mike Sheehan agreed that the Village had some notable successes up to now 12 months, however cautioned that challenges remained.
“I believe that in a few months with Aldi opening, that might be nice,” he mentioned, “and I believe we’re setting a superb basis for (changing) the lead service traces going ahead. From what I hear, we’re farther forward than another villages. It’s not a kind of issues the place we will kick the can down the street.”