Message from the President
Posted by the Community Affairs Department
November 14, 2017
Sheila Chalmers-Currin

Message from the Village President

This is a wonderful community and, as always, it is an honor and privilege to serve as Village President of Matteson. The Village has a great history, the greatest people, and an improving future.

Our Village provides many services, has a strengthening business community, and most importantly, has residents who care deeply about their neighbors, friends, and family. We are a community of hard working people with a commitment to keeping our village safe, clean, and prosperous. Our present and future opportunities are endless and will move positively forward only if village residents, village employees, area businesses, school boards, and others with skin in the Matteson games are committed to moving forward. I am committed and hope that you are also committed in helping with Matteson's push forward.

There are a lot of good things presently happening here in our Village and we anticipate even greater things due to present and past planning. This week, we are wrapping up the final agreement for the new grocery store with plans to start the renovation of the old Dominick's location in the spring of 2018. We are excited about the new grocery store and look forward to this new partnership.

The Village submitted a grant application to replace all of the street lights along Lincoln Highway from I-57 to Red Lobster. The grant required matching funds totaling 20% of the project cost and we are awaiting completion of the last step of the official finalization of Lincoln Highway portion of the grant. ComEd has already accepted our application papers and we stand ready to begin the installation improvements. In addition, at this time, we have started to replace high energy use halogen lights with LED lights at the New Community Center Gymnasium. This should save the Community Center over $4000.00 per year in lighting cost.

We are anticipating a late fall response regarding our submitted proposal for the possible relocation of the Central Region Little League Baseball headquarters to Matteson. Matteson is one of three communities being considered for the Central Region headquarters. The league received more than 70 proposals for the headquarters, from the 13-state region that comprises the league's Central region. The final decision is expected before the end of the year-as we have rounded third base with the hope of bringing this home.

With the approach of Thanksgiving, I'm wishing all of the residents of Matteson a joyful family gathering with health, happiness, and thankfulness for all that we have. I am thankful to all of you for your support and well wishes. Hopefully, I will see many of you at upcoming events.

Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday December 1, 2017, 7 pm - 8:30 pm (Village Hall)
Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10 am - 1 pm (Community Center)

Together, we can continue to meet our economic challenges as we maintain our commitment for economic growth within our village.

Best Wishes,

Sheila Chalmers-Currin, Village President
Village of Matteson