Message from the Village President
Greetings to all of our residents and businesses in Matteson. I'm sure that like me, you are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spring!! I want to highly commend our Public Works Department under the direction of Bart Gilliam and Gordon Hardin for a job well done. The Department of Public Works is always well prepared to handle weather related events to ensure the safety of the public.
The Village of Matteson continues to fight the economic development fight as we consider new approaches to resolve and restore our economic status in Matteson. You may have noticed that the former Knockouts building has been torn down and will be replaced with a similar strip mall as the one across the street where Five Guys and Chipotle are located. We will continue to pursue new economic development opportunities.
On another front, our Recreation Center continues to flourish and grow beyond our initial expectations. Due to the high demand for space, we have rented space to various groups that we never expected to yield any revenue such as storerooms, etc. This facility is the crown jewel of our community and it draws people far and near to enjoy its many amenities. If you haven't had an opportunity to stop by and take a tour of your facility, please make a point to stop in soon and look the place over; I'm certain you will be impressed. Under the direction of Anthony Burton and his management team, this facility offers something for everyone.
At my office level, we are currently working on the 2014-15 Annual budget. While we have seen a modest boost in sales tax revenues as the economy slowly bounces back, the Board of Trustees and I will be faced with some tough choices in order to achieve a balanced budget this year. As we balance our village budget, we will ensure that the top flight programs and services provided to our residents and visitors will continue.
By the time you read this column, hopefully the outside temperatures will have improved dramatically!! Happy Easter to you and your family and on behalf of the Ashmore Family, we wish you GODSPEED until we meet again.
Andrè B. Ashmore, Village President
Village of Matteson