Message from the Mayor
The last several weeks have been a whirlwind for me as I am settling into my new role as Mayor. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to serve my community, and I thank everyone who helped my campaign during the election. I’ve been involved in local government here for over three decades, serving on the Planning & Zoning commission for 24 years, and then as a Trustee on the Village Board for eight years. I am hopeful that all of this experience serves me well as I begin my term as Mayor.
In addition to giving an opening day speech to the Roselle Medinah Softball and Baseball Organization about the importance of teamwork, and attending ribbon cuttings at BFierce Fitness at 849 E. Nerge Rd., and at the Roselle Park District’s new building at 10 N. Roselle Rd., I also visited Springfield in May with Trustee Wayne Domke and Village Administrator Jeff O’Dell. We were part of a larger group from the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, and we were there to discuss local issues with our state legislators. We impressed upon them the importance of distributing funds that are due to us from the state through the Local Government Distributive Fund, and the importance of doing so in a much more timely manner.
We have some exciting projects going on in Roselle right now, including Flags for Roselle, the flag subscription service that is being run by the Roselle History Museum, American Legion Post 1084, and Lake Park High School. I was among the group of volunteers who, with assistance from the Fire Department, installed 189 flags throughout the community on Memorial Day and on Flag Day. The flags were installed for the day at sunrise, and removed by sunset. We will be out there again on the 4th of July and on Veterans Day. Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers on this project who have been so generous with their time and dedication to our Village. Together we can do anything!
Another exciting project comes from Pollyanna Brewing Company, a microbrewery out of Lemont that has chosen Roselle as the place to open its newest location. Pollyanna is renovating the building at 245 E. Main St., which will have a brewing room, a tap room, and a beer garden. The new location will be called Roselare, and they are shooting to open this fall. This is great news for Roselle, and we are happy to welcome Roselare to the community!
Plans are in the works to bring new development to the property that is currently owned by the Village on the west side of Roselle Rd. just south of the I-390 Tollway. The Village Board recently approved a letter of intent with Velmeir Acquisition Services authorizing them to seek out developers for the property on our behalf. The parcel was identified in the Village’s Comprehensive Plan as the Northern Gateway to Roselle. Successful development of this land is important because it will encourage even more development along Roselle Rd. between Nerge Rd. and Devon Ave. More information about this project is on the front page of the Summer 2017 issue of the Roselle Reporter.