Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Recently the Village had the pleasure on honoring two young Willow Springs residents who achieved their goals with dedication, hard work and sense of giving back to their community: Gabriel and Malik Thalji. Both were recognized at a Board meeting in March for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.
Each of these Eagle Scouts accomplished projects that affected their community: Gabriel spearheaded the construction of an outdoor classroom at Pleasantdale School, and Malik led the installation of an outdoor fire pit and seating area at Pleasantdale Park District.
With the usual recap of negative events and misfortune we see too often in the news, I welcome the opportunity to laud the spirit of community and citizenship these young men, ages 17, and 20, display. Congratulations to their parents, and the staff and members of Troop 69 for their nurturing and support.
Also worth noting, is the recognition our community received by the real estate website, Movoto.com, which contacted the Village to relate that it had made its “Top 10 Chicago Suburbs” list, based on amenities per capita, standard of living, total crimes, violent crimes, high school graduation rate and average commute time. This recognition, in addition to being named last year the “Safest Suburb in the Southland” area, helps improve the image of our small, but proud, town, and further protects our property values.
The coming months entail a busy schedule of infrastructure improvements to improve roadways, parking and drainage in the Village. Returning revenues back into basic services remains the goal of this Village Board as it ensures that our lifestyle and values are protected.
I am pleased to note that our recycling program continues to grow each year. We can all be proud of our efforts to maintain a “Green” community. As the weather warms, don’t forget to check out our Dog Park and Splash Pad at Lion’s Park. Also, be reminded that Tuesday, April 7, is Election Day in Willow Springs. Please take time out of your often busy schedule to ensure the Village is represented by your choice of the candidates most qualified to lead our Village. With summer just around the bend, please watch for children playing, bicyclists and motorcycles on our roadways.