Message from the Mayor
Happy autumn! As we move into the cooler weather and closer to the holiday season, local, state and federal health agencies are making safety recommendations for holiday celebrations this year to protect families against COVID-19. While I know many are becoming frustrated with the social distancing, face coverings, and other restrictions in place, please know that it is worth your health, your family’s health, and the health of our entire community to continue to adopt new health safety habits. The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends “safer celebrations” this year that include limiting travel during the holiday season if possible, having fewer guests at holiday gatherings, and communicating with those who you are celebrating with ahead of time to discuss which social interactions you and other guests are comfortable with. While many are replacing handshakes and hugs with waves or “air hugs” this year, these new health safety practices help avoid spreading COVID-19 to friends and loved ones.
The Village Board is getting ready to begin discussions on the Village’s 2021 budget during special workshops this November. We have seen significant impacts to our budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of our revenue sources, like local taxes, down for the year. We take pride in good fiscal management, and reacted quickly over the summer to delay or defer spending on some major projects and purchases. We will go through our budgeting plan for next year with a fine tooth comb, evaluating programs and service delivery in order to maintain fiscal sustainability for both the short- and long-term.
Along with delayed and deferred purchasing and projects, the Village has had to cancel many of the special events that make our community special. Health and safety guidelines from the State forced the cancellation of summer events like the Rose Parade, the Rose Festival, and the Taste of Roselle. This fall, we cancelled our annual Roselle Recycles event, and we are canceling the Cocoa Crawl this year. These events all bring large crowds of people that just aren’t feasible for this year. I am hopeful that we can resume these fun activities in 2021, as health and safety guidelines permit.
With the cancellation of the Cocoa Crawl, the Roselle Main Street Merchants Association is hosting a new event this year, a Roselle Winter Market, on December 5 at the Roselle American Legion Post. This is a ticketed event with three time slots, allowing no more than 50 people at a time. Social distancing and face covering requirements will be met at this event, where local businesses will sell holiday gifts at this one-stop shop. Please visit the Roselle Main Street Merchants on Facebook for details.
Our Village Board continues to meet the second and fourth Mondays of the month. In accordance with the updated Open Meetings Act, we are meeting online via Zoom and streaming on the Village’s YouTube channel. We invite you to watch live, or view the video after the meeting, to follow along with all of the important business that the Village conducts.