Message from the Mayor
As we enter Phase 4 of the State’s “Restore Illinois” plan, it is amazing to look back and see where we’ve been as a community over the last several months. The COVID-19 pandemic started with a Stay-at-Home order in March, and as we progressed through each phase, we were able to get a little bit more “normal” back into our lives. Throughout all of this, please know that our decisions were based on our value for the safety and well-being of Roselle and our employees as our top priority.
I declared a Local State of Emergency in Roselle on March 20, 2020, so that ordinances, policies, and programs could quickly be adjusted to address emerging issues resulting from the coronavirus pandemic through the issuance of executive orders by my office. I have issued several executive orders for the Village of Roselle, some are aimed at helping the Village to continue to operate efficiently as we continue to provide core services, others are intended to provide relief to Village of Roselle residents and businesses during these uncertain times.
The two most recent orders were issued in late-June, and provide relief to business owners through the waiving of late fees for business licenses for this year, and provide guidelines for issuing parking permit reimbursements for the Roselle Metra Station. A roundup of all of the executive orders I issued is posted online at www.roselle.il.us/coronavirus.
In accordance with the recently updated Open Meetings Act, the Village Board has been meeting online via Zoom, and our meeting videos have been posted on the Village’s YouTube channel. During our May and June meetings, we authorized payments for ongoing wastewater projects and a pavement testing program for Central Avenue; we reviewed our COVID-19 Budget Response plan; appointed Mark Bozik as our Fire Chief; authorized work under our contract with SB Friedman for professional services in the Irving Park Road TIF District; updated ordinances related to our vehicle sticker program; received a report on the Envision Roselle initiative; approved annexation of 7N580 Hawthorne Ave.; and issued special use permits for 380 Monaco for automotive repair on the property, and for 725 E. Irving Park Rd., for an adult day care facility run by Marklund.
Barbara Sarno was sworn in on May 13 as Village Trustee, filling the seat previously held by Heather Pransky. Pransky resigned in March following her appointment to the Bloomingdale Township Board of Trustees. Sarno will serve the remainder of the term, which expires in May 2021. Barb has served as President of the Meadow Glen Homeowners Association Board in Roselle for 18 years, and works as a contract training manager for Lowe’s Home improvement. Her appointment to the board was approved during the May 11 Village Board Meeting. I would like to thank Barb for her interest in serving our community, especially during these trying times, and look forward to her contributions to the Village Board. I would also like to thank Heather Pransky for her service as a trustee on the Village Board for the past three years, and wish her luck in her new role on the Bloomingdale Township Board.
In these uncertain times, public engagement is very important to me and the entire Village Board. We are encouraging questions and feedback with our Q&A with the Mayor initiative. If you have a question or an issue you'd like to see addressed in this column, please fill out this Q&A with the Mayor form. The questions and answers appear here and in our weekly E-News publication.