Message from the Mayor
With vaccinations rolling out, it looks like we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel with the COVID-19 pandemic. I never thought a year ago when we first went under the State’s “Stay at Home” order that we would still be dealing with the social, emotional, and economic impacts of this pandemic for so long.
As a Village, we continue to do all that we can to help our community and our local businesses. I recently signed executive orders that extended the water service shut off discontinuation deadline to March 31, extended the deadline for outdoor seating permits until October 31, reduced all business and liquor license fees for 2021 by 25 percent, and established a water bill credit program (Roselle Restaurant Rewards) where individual residential water account holders may receive a one-time $25 credit toward a future water bill upon submittal of receipts totaling a combined $100 from participating local eating establishments. More information about this program appears on our website.
We recently made the announcement that large-scale special events and festivals in Roselle are canceled through the end of June 2021. This cancellation affects the Rose Parade and the Rose Festival, which are typically held in Roselle the first weekend in June. The announcement comes as COVID-19 metrics show cases and positivity rates inching up in Illinois, even as vaccination opportunities increase. Canceling these events in June is not what we wanted to happen, but for the safety and well-being of our residents, our visitors and our Village employees, it is the right decision. It saddened me deeply to have to make this cancellation announcement. Festivals and large special events will return to Roselle when we are in Phase 5 of the State's Restore Illinois Plan.
While many of you know that I am retiring from public service after 38 years with Village, first as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner, then as a Trustee, and for the last four years as Mayor, I am not the only long-time public servant retiring this spring. Village Administrator Jeff O’Dell recently announced that he will retire on May 4 after serving in leadership roles in the Village for 21 years (six years as Assistant Village Administrator and 15 years as Village Administrator). Jeff has led the Village’s staff through so many efforts, including the Great Recession, overseeing the development of our Town Center and in other areas supported through TIFs, fighting the good fight against the high voltage power lines that ComEd proposed to run along I-390, advocating for keeping our share of State funding when Springfield threatened to reduce our revenue, and tireless efforts over the past year to make sure that our core services continue to be delivered to the community during a global pandemic. Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of Roselle throughout the years, Jeff, and I hope you enjoy your retirement, visiting family, golfing, relaxing on vacation, and all the other fun things you have in store.