Greetings! It is hard to believe we are already halfway through 2018! I hope all of you are enjoying your summer.
I extend my sincere thanks to Patty Gregory and all the volunteers for another successful Art on the Square. We appreciate all of the art that has been added to our city collection. The artwork looks great in our recently renovated City Hall.
Congratulations to those who completed our 2nd Citizen Police Academy. The Citizen Police Academy is designed to educate and inform our citizens about the issues that affect law enforcement in our city while strengthening a positive and long lasting partnership between our police department and the citizens they serve. Those citizens who participated received eight weeks of classes that provided an in-depth view into various areas of law enforcement. Academy sessions included a combination of presentations, tours, demonstrations, and practical exercises that allowed participants to experience life from a police officer's point of view.
Congrats to the City of Belleville's Office of General and Community Assistance, located at 512 West Main Street, on the celebration of their first anniversary of service to our community! Christine Green and Aimee Pargin, under the direction of Sherry Favre, comprise the staff of this office. The office provides case management and limited financial support to qualifying Belleville residents with income less than $245 per month (excluding SNAP), referrals to community agencies, job search and readiness assistance, and most importantly, respectful encouragement.
As you may know, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) approved tax credits that will allow for the $12,000,000 Lofts on the Square senior living project to proceed at the former Meredith Home site.
In July, Belleville will host the Illinois Municipal League (IML) Summer Board of Directors Meeting to over 50 mayors from the State of Illinois. It has been a privilege to serve as IML President this year.
Many projects continue this summer and fall. $350,000 in sidewalk improvements will occur throughout the city. East 'A' St. improvements from Oak St. to N. Illinois St. are near completion. Union Ave. between Centreville Ave. and 8th St. will receive new sidewalks, curbs, and overlay. Improvements are planned for the entranceway to Amann Dr. at Green Mount Rd. Foley Dr. will receive concrete patch work. The first phase of the W. Main Streetscape from 6th St. to 12th St. will begin with storm water sewer separation in late July and street improvements, pending IDOT approval. The city is building a new combined sewer overflow lift station behind Lindenwood's Fred Kern Residence Hall. Also, progress continues with phase four of the Long Term Control Plan and combined sewer overflow elimination project on West 'A' St. from N. 8th St. to N. 17th St and on West 'A' St. from N. 20th St. to N. 23rd St., including new curbs and overlay for these three blocks.
In closing, I extend my appreciation to our dedicated and enthusiastic employees and volunteers who work tirelessly to serve our city residents and businesses.