Village Council held their annual retreat on February 3rd. This is always a productive meeting! The retreat started with a review of 2017. Here are just some highlights of things we accomplished in 2017:
By far the biggest undertaking of the year was the start of demolition on 4 deteriorating structures in the “C” block, and everything that led up to it. The demolition has now been completed and the Village will begin looking for a developer of single-family homes. New development on vacant residential land will be a big boost to the economic health of the Village!
Our long-awaited restroom project went out to bid, started construction and was nearing completion by the end of 2017. A new path was added making our picnic shelter accessible. No more walking down the slope through the grass with your picnic gear!
Dave’s Way, located in DeWitt Landing, was repaired and repaved in anticipation of the street eventually being turned over to the Village. The Village expects this to happen sometime in 2018. Until it does, Dave’s Way is still a private drive.
Greenhills worked closely with the Winton Woods School District and the City of Forest Park to develop a “Safe Routes to Schools Travel Plan.” This document is important because it will allow all 3 entities (Greenhills, Forest Park and WWSD) to seek grant funding from the State for a variety of sidewalk, crosswalk and traffic control projects. The focus of the funding is to enhance the safety of children who walk or ride their bikes to school.
The Village is always looking for ways to share services with other communities when it makes sense to do so. In 2017, we entered into a shared services agreement with Golf Manor for financial services provided to them by our Finance Director. The agreement runs through 2018.
A unique and fun venture in 2017 was the golf cart delivery project with UPS. Not much work was required on our part, but hopefully residents received their holiday packages a little bit earlier in the day!
The pavers around the Gazebo were lifted and reset on a concrete basis to improve the walking surface. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out plan to do so at the Summer Concerts, starting in May!
We were pleased to establish yet another means of communicating with our residents by adding Village Headlines. If you’re not yet signed up for these quick news items, you can do so through the Village’s website.
Most notably we celebrated and commemorated the designation of a portion of Greenhills as a National Historic Landmark!