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November - December 2015

From the Desk of President Argiris

The sights and sounds of the holidays are just around the corner, and we look forward to welcoming the season along with you at our annual Lights Around Wheeling event on Sunday, November 22 at 4:30 p.m. We will mark the beginning of the season by “flipping the switch” on the holiday lights, sharing our wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus, riding on the Great Kiddie Train Express, and listening to heart-warming carols, all at Friendship Park at the northeast corner of Dundee Road and Milwaukee Avenue. The Village Board and I hope you can join us!
With the holidays coming up, I’m inclined to look back over the year at all that has been accomplished and everything I have to be grateful for. At the time of printing this newsletter, I will be in South Korea on an exchange mission with a delegation from Wheeling seeking to establish partnerships with Korea’s business community, educational institutes, and tourism bureaus. I look forward to providing a more detailed report of our trip upon our return. I am truly thankful to local Wheeling supporters the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago, as well as Grace Church and the First Korean United Methodist Church, for their efforts in making this delegation possible. At the beginning of this year, our idea to visit Korea was merely a hope and a goal, and now it has come to fruition. It is amazing what can be done with teamwork and dedication.
The delegation to Korea wasn’t the only good thing to happen to Wheeling this fall. In September, the PGA Tour held its annual BMW Championship golf tournament right around the corner at Conway Farms golf course, and Wheeling was honored to host the golfers at our very own Westin hotel, as well as have them flown into our Chicago Executive Airport! I am proud of both the Westin and the airport for having this distinct privilege.
In October, two great events were held in Wheeling: the Wheeling Historical Society’s Beer & Brat Fest and our annual Taste of the Town. It was a treat to have the Beer & Brat fest return to Wheeling after 50 years, and I thank the Wheeling Historical Society for their hard work in organizing the event, and the Wheeling Park District for their assistance. A huge thank you also to all of the Wheeling businesses who participated in and supported this year’s annual Taste of the Town: Benihana, Bill Stasek Chevrolet, Bob Chinn’s Crab House, Chiro One, Cooper’s Hawk, Deka, Lynn Plaza, Northgate Crossing, Pete Miller’s, RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Saranello’s, Spears, Superdawg, the Westin Chicago North Shore, Tuscany Wheeling, and Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s.
Looking ahead to 2016, we have a large project rolling out which has been in the works for some time now. The Stormwater Utility Program is intended to help alleviate flooding in flood-prone areas throughout town by starting a fund to pay for stormwater improvement projects. Currently, Wheeling does not have a revenue source to pay for these types of flood relief improvements, and as a result chronic flooding continues to plague the residents and businesses of our Village. In addition to impacting the quality of life for those affected, severe flooding costs the Village and those impacted monetarily by damaging public and private property and tying up Village resources that are sorely needed for other purposes.
Last year the Village hired an engineering firm to help us create a Stormwater Master Plan, which provided recommendations for how stormwater should be managed, identified the areas of town which are prone to chronic flooding, and gave suggestions for flood relief projects. This plan identified over $48 million of projects that would alleviate flooding throughout town. In addition to these projects, the plan identified $800,000 of annual operating expenses the Village will need to fund in the future to maintain its stormwater system. It is these much-needed projects and expenses the Village intends to fund using revenue raised with the Stormwater Utility Program. Now is the time to be proactive and take the steps necessary to address a problem which nearly all of us contribute to when our property creates stormwater runoff.
The Stormwater Utility Program will be funded through a stormwater fee incorporated into your bi-monthly water bills. For single family homes this will be a nominal fee of $2 per month, or $24 per year. All other properties will be billed based on the amount of impervious surface area on the property, such as parking lots, driveways, patios, sidewalks, etc. The details of how this fee is calculated can be found among the Stormwater Utility Frequently Asked Questions document found on our website. Additional information can also be found on page 10 of this newsletter.
I am passionate about helping residents and businesses avoid flooding situations and their related costs. Our stormwater infrastructure has been neglected for far too long, and these important projects cannot wait. I firmly believe that a good community helps maintain property values by having good infrastructure in place, and that is our goal. The Board and I look forward to the many benefits of this program.

I am so proud of the year we’ve had and the continued teamwork, dedication, and positivity demonstrated by our Village Board and staff. What we’ve already managed to accomplish fills me with even more excitement for the future. I hope each of you had a successful and fruitful year as well. On behalf of the Village Trustees, Clerk, and staff, I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season and a prosperous New Year!















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