Road work, economic efforts highlight Village Park address
The Village Park State of the Village address held last week highlighted the status of road projects and economic development in the community.
During the address, Village Manager Rich Keehner discussed upcoming projects.
The $23 million in bonds recently approved will fund seven years of essential road-improvement projects set to begin this year. A committee of residents will monitor expenditures.
“We established this committee of residents to oversee the spending of the money to be transparent,” Keehner said during the address.
The resident oversight committee will meet March 9 to review the first two bond series in the project.
Also, Keehner noted the creation of two new Tax Increment Financing Districts -- Kenilworth Avenue and Ardmore & Vermont -- and a façade-assistance program for businesses on Villa Avenue, which is expected to attract more customers to the area.
“We expect that to be very successful in that area," Keehner said.
Keehner praised the staff for their hard work and focus on teamwork.
“We do have a very talented staff, and we do have a very talented board of trustees and our president," he said. "We work well together, and that is key to getting all the things that we get done."
The State of the Village address will be rebroadcast at 2:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily until March 7 on Comcast Channel 6, AT&T channel 99 and online at www.TVVPStyle.com.