Message from the President
Posted by the Community Affairs Department
September 11, 2014
André B. Ashmore

Message from the Village President

Greetings to all of our residents and businesses in Matteson. I hope you all had an enjoyable summer. It was a pleasant summer despite the storm that came through and caused the falling of many of our trees. I want to commend our Department of Public Works for their diligence in the clean-up efforts. I also want to thank the Villages of Glenwood and Richton Park for sending personnel and equipment to assist us in this massive effort. I also want to thank our residents for your patience and understanding as we went through this clean-up effort and especially those of you that pitched in to help as well. Ours is a very strong and unified community and it really shows during times such as these. Thank You!!

I want to wish outgoing Fire Chief Edward Leeson well wishes as he moves into retirement after 23 years of service to the Village of Matteson. We appreciate Ed's dedication and professionalism and his excellent ability to interact with others, and he will be missed. Deputy Chief Christopher Schwalbe was installed as Fire Chief on August 18, 2014. Chris has many years of experience with the Matteson Fire Department and I have full confidence that he will lead it with excellence. Congratulations to Ed and Chris!!

The children are back in school so please watch out for the school buses and remember that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus when its red lights are flashing. We want to keep everyone safe, so please be cognizant of this as you drive through the community.

We will have more news for you in the next issue on Lincoln Mall. We are evaluating the results of the "Requests for Proposals" that went out during the summer and our expectation is to have a new developer in place to take over the mall by the end of the year. In the meantime, we want to celebrate the new developments at the NW corner of Lincoln Hwy and Cicero Ave.

We are excited that in spite of the continued after effects of the great recession, Matteson is still seeing interest from developers that is resulting in continued development. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that "either we work together as brothers or will perish together as fools." Let's continue to remain a united community as we battle these economic development challenges; there is strength in numbers, and by working together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.

I truly appreciate serving as your Village President and do not take this job lightly. We all love this community and we all have a vested interest in making sure it is successful. We hope you are enjoying the new on-line version of the Matteson Avenue and please feel free to contact us should you need anything.

On behalf of myself and the Ashmore Family, we wish you GODSPEED until we meet again.

Andrè B. Ashmore, Village President
Village of Matteson

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