Village President Gopal Lalmalani accepting eCity award from Google's Rob Biederman.Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It seems we were just enjoying the warm weather, Polo, Golf, and Concerts at the Library. The grass is no longer green but covered in white and everyone is bundled up in coats and mittens. It is hard to believe, but we are suddenly in the midst of a frigid winter! Hope you had a joyous holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Harmonious New Year.
Reflecting on the past year, the Village Board outsourced Polo to James Drury Partners operating as Pineoak Partners and had a successful polo season. Also, we had another successful Taste of Oak Brook which had approximately 20,000 in attendance. I wish to thank McDonald’s Corporation for their continued support as our main sponsor. In September, we had a solemn 9/11 ceremony on our grounds.
As you are aware, the City of Oakbrook Terrace has begun installing red light cameras at the intersection of Route 83 and 22nd Street. I have been on record stating that we do NOT need these cameras. They will be a detriment to Oak Brook as they are situated across from the Oak Brook Mall, and will be targeted at our residents and visitors. These cameras will have a negative impact on commerce in our area. Our Village Board is committed to get these cameras removed, and has engaged the services of a consultant to help us work with the legislative officials and with IDOT. Our Home Owners Association Presidents have rightfully voiced their very strong opposition to these cameras and are in unanimous agreement that the Village should do everything within their power to defeat the installation of these cameras, even if it includes litigation. There simply is no traffic safety rationale for the installation of these cameras. The reengineering of Route 83 and 22nd Street intersection over the last few years has actually reduced the number of crashes in this location. Installation of red light cameras has the potential of increasing rear end collisions at this busy intersection.
We have engaged Williams Architects to give us some concepts for improving and renovating our Golf Clubhouse. Williams is well versed with this type of work as they have done some major renovations for Arrowhead, Eagle Brook, River Bend, Medinah CC & Butterfield CC to name a few. Improvements may include upgrades to the kitchen, inclusion of a full service bar, a complete “new” interior look to better draw and keep customers, a visually “open” dining room to the outside seating area and the potential for expanded outdoor, covered terraces. Once they are done, we will bring the proposed renovations back to the Board for input and then we will see how to proceed.
The Village Board has thoroughly reviewed and approved the 2017 Budget. Prior to the approval, the Board held two budget workshops in November and discussed the major issues facing Oak Brook as we move into a new fiscal year. The Village Board remains committed to responsible and conservative spending, while still strongly investing in our community. I am happy to report to you that our Village finances are very sound in spite of having to fund our spiraling pension costs. We even funded $ 400,000 extra into the pensions this year over and above the state mandated requirement of $ 2,953,027. We are projecting the ending cash balance in the General Corporate Fund for 2017 to be approximately $15.3 million dollars which is equal to 8.3 months of operating expenses (more than the 6 months required by our Village ordinance). We will continue to provide superior services to our residents which they richly deserve. Plus, NO local municipal property tax as always, and NO new taxation of any kind as promised.
The Trustees, the staff, and I are always available to hear your thoughts, ideas, or concerns at all times. Kindly free to call, email or meet any of us. We are all here to serve you. As Mahatma Gandhi so aptly said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Gopal G. Lalmalani, MD, MBA
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