A message from Lakewood Village President Erin Smith to her constituents:
From the President
Spring is nearly here, and it’s time to begin thinking about gardens and outdoor areas and spring sports, especially golf!
Fortunately, our annexation of 565 acres of new property last year provided us with a number of opportunities to buy these types of goods and services within our community.
As you consider what landscaping and outdoor improvements you’ll make this spring, I strongly recommend that you visit Kolze’s Garden Center and The Gardens of Woodstock on the north leg of IL Route 176.
Both businesses have a beautiful variety of flowers and plants for landscaping, as well as items for outdoor themed decorating. In addition, The Gardens of Woodstock has a stunning venue for small events such as showers, weddings, and business/civic gatherings.
Our annexation also enhanced our reputation as a place for outdoor recreation as we brought two new golf courses into our community – Crystal Woods and Craig Woods.
In fact, RedTail Golf Club is partnering with Crystal Woods to sponsor the 1st Annual Lakewood Open on May 14 and 15. Look for details elsewhere in the newsletter.
As we actively and aggressively recruit new businesses, it’s crucial that we are able to accurately represent that our existing businesses are successful and are supported by our residents.
Spring is also our busiest time of the year as we consider our budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on May 1.
The Village of Lakewood has traditionally been very conservative about its finances, which has allowed it to weather the fiscal storms of the past few years relatively unscathed.
The success of this strategy is evidenced by the AAA bond rating issued by Standard & Poor’s in 2010. On March 8, we discussed our General Fund portion of the budget, and I am pleased to report that we will end our current fiscal year with a small surplus and our upcoming budget will be balanced.
All of this has been accomplished without any increased taxes or fees.
As importantly, a number of important initiatives will be undertaken, including:
- A substantial roadway program of $475,000 for the repaving of RedTail Drive, McIntosh Court, and Loch Glen Drive. Of this amount, $200,000 was secured by Representative Mike Tryon from the state of Illinois Capital Bill. Other roads throughout the community will be patched.
$17,500 has been budgeted to clean and televise one-half (1/2) of the Broadway storm sewer outfall pipe; the remaining section will be completed next year. Funds have also been allocated to begin a remote groundwater well monitoring program on Riverside Drive near Broadway. Storm sewer locating equipment will also be purchased so that staff can trace unmapped storm sewer pipes in the 300 blocks of The Gates. These were all recommendations of the Stormwater Task Force.
- Per the Parks and Recreation Committee, $15,400 has been designated for three (3) new entryway signs. Also, a grant request for the Lakewood Road Bicycle Path will be submitted shortly.
- In support of the Economic Development Committee, $9,125 has been set aside for the development of a marketing campaign directed specifically at attracting new businesses that are consistent with our vision for “quality living in a natural setting.”
Consistent with the recommendations of the Turnberry Lakes Committee, the ecological management of the Turnberry Lakes System continues.
The Board of Trustees will continue its review of the proposed budget at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22.
The primary topics will be Lakewood Utilities and RedTail Golf Club, and residents are encouraged to attend.
It’s going to be a busy spring and summer as we undertake a number of projects to improve our infrastructure and delivery of services to residents. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me for further information or assistance regarding any Village related matter.
Erin Smith, Village President