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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!
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
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.
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
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!