Johnsburg Village President Reports to Residents

Johnsburg Village President writes the following in the fall village newsletter:

Once again, summer seems to be passing too quickly.

Despite some of the incredible storms we’ve been experiencing, I hope you have been able to enjoy some summer fun.

The Johnsburg Community Club and Johnsburg Lion’s Club are busy preparing for the upcoming
annual Saufen und Spiel activities to be held September 9-11th.

Johnsburg Village President Ed Hetterman drives this spiffy convertible at last year's parade.

Join your neighbors and friends for a couple of fun filled days and nights of games, fellowship, good food, beverages, music and the parade. Read the article on page 4 for more information about this event.

Also be sure to mark your calendar for the annual Celebration in the Park being held on Saturday, October 1st at Sunnyside Park.

The Community Affairs Committee has been busy working to secure donations from businesses and organizations to fund this event. For more information about Celebration in the Park or to learn about how you can contribute, read the article on page 1.

I’d like to thank the many contributors for their generous donations without which this event would not be possible. I hope you will come out to enjoy time with friends and family at both of these events.

The sewer project for west Fairview Avenue, Reed Avenue and Chapel Hill Road is nearly complete. Village staff has been working with the contractors to insure that final punchlist items are addressed so that the project can be closed out. To date, forty of the sixty properties have been connected and are being served by the Village’s wastewater treatment system.

Sewer infrastructure pursued by Fritz Larsen, owner of Half-time Bar and Grill, is also complete and Mr. Larsen’s business is now connected to the Village’s wastewater treatment system.

The Village continues to work to find additional grant opportunities to help offset the cost to bring wastewater treatment to other neighborhoods throughout the Village. If your neighborhood is interested in learning more about connecting to the Village’s wastewater treatment system, please contact Village Administrator, Claudett Peters at 815-385-6023 or

I would like to welcome the new rue 21 clothing store which opened on August 11th in the Shops at Fox River Shopping Center located at Route 31 and Running Brook Farms Blvd.

Take a moment to stop in and shop this specialty clothing store now open for business in our community.

You may have noticed some activity taking place around the Val-mar Center. Angelo Ingrao and his family, owners of Angelo’s Fresh Market in McHenry, are taking over the Center to open up a second location for their grocery store.

Angelo’s Fresh Market is known for its fresh meats and produce at great prices, excellent service and quality. We are anxious to have Angelo’s Fresh Market become a part of our business community. Watch for e-News alerts and the Village’s website for more information about the stores opening anticipated sometime this fall.

We are very excited about the upcoming opening of the Wal-Mart store.

Construction activities on Route 31 related to this project will increase over the next several weeks therefore we urge you to choose a different route if possible. If you are unable to avoid this area, be prepared for travel delays. As always, please proceed with extra caution through the construction zone. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Once completed, we will be able enjoy and benefit from the newly widened roadway and traffic signals being added at Running Brook Farms Blvd.

On May 20th, the Johnsburg Police Department participated in “Cop on Top” a fundraising program to raise funds for Special Olympics. Johnsburg police officers donated their time for the cause. To date, more than $2,500 have been raised for this important program. Read the article on page 7 about the upcoming Special Olympics Run/Walk event being sponsored by
the Johnsburg Police Department.

Last November, the Village instituted a one can limit for our residential refuse collection program. This change was pursued to:

  1. control costs related to this service; and
  2. increase the amount of recycling collected

in an effort to improve our environment.

The change in the program enabled us to accomplish both of these goals. We have our dedicated residents to thank for this. Read the article on page 1 regarding the success of the new refuse collection program.

I am saddened to report that Evelyn Sandell, mother of recently retired Trustee William Sandell, passed away. Mrs. Sandell contributed greatly to our community and served as Village Clerk from 1971-1976. William Sandell served the Village as Trustee for more than 33 years. He and his wife Linda, who served as Village Accountant, retired last year and moved to Arizona. We are sorry for their loss.

In closing, I would like to thank our dedicated staff for their efforts in managing the aftermath of the July 11th storm. Com Ed has declared the damage from this storm to be the worst damage they have ever experienced. Our public works crews have worked for more than four weeks clearing trees from roadways, chipping branches from downed trees and hauling away brush not able to be chipped.

I would also like to thank our residents for their patience and cooperation during the extended power outage. This storm event showed that by working together we can weather any storm.


Edwin P. Hettermann, Village President

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