Dear Friends and Neighbors,
With summer winding down, fall promises to be a busy season in the Village. Construction on Archer Avenue is underway and will continue until early next summer. While inconvenient, the Archer widening improvement is something the Village has worked diligently with the State for the past dozen years.
When completed there will be full turn lanes in three of the four directions at Archer and Willow Springs Road. (Flavin Road south will remain unchanged due to the Forest Preserve’s decision to maintain the existing conditions). However, the entrances to both Market Street and Old Willow Shopping Center will be aligned to create a more uniform look and facilitate the flow of traffic between sites. A shared use sidewalk/bike path will be installed on either side of Archer, aiding pedestrian and bike traffic. Traffic signals will be updated to allow emergency vehicles quicker and safer access through the intersection.
The Village continues to strengthen our infrastructure with its annual street maintenance program, which includes a half-d0zen repaving and repair projects on local streets. Road repairs are self-funded through an earmarked local sales tax fund, which strictly directs dollars for such purposes. This means local streets are maintained with no additional burden or borrowing. This fiscally sound spending practice helps the Village maintain its bond rating through a challenging economy.
This year, the MWRD has committed to drainage and erosion control projects along the Cal-Sag Tributary along Poston Road, and the Ravine Watershed which follows a path from the Forest Preserves down into the Cal-Sag. We continue to work to gain additional relief projects along Flagg Creek.
Strengthening infrastructure and sound financial practices have paid off in maintaining property values in the Village. A recent survey of Cook and Will counties published last month in the Chicago Tribune evaluated median property sales from 2012 to 2013. The median price of 30 sales in Willow Springs rose from $166,000 to $222,000.
Thank you again to all who attended, participated in, and most importantly – volunteered their time — to make the 7th annual Benefit Car Show a tremendous success. The Village continues to donate proceeds to Veterans and needy families.
Please enjoy the most scenic time of year in the Village and I hope to see you at the next “Coffee with the Mayor” on September 20 at 10 a.m. at the Village Hall.