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Crest Hill's First Winter Festival Lights Up City Hall

The weather could not have been better for a late November evening. Clear skies, no precipitation and 40 degrees made conditions near perfect for Crest Hill's Inaugural Winter Festival. As residents and visitors started strolling in, they were met by local businesses who were serving hot chocolate, popcorn, bbq meats, and many other goodies and giveaways. Others were lined up for a ride down Knapp Drive on a horse and hayrack while some stopped by to get a close look at real reindeer. Mayor Soliman kicked off the night by counting down and flipping the switch with three lucky students from Richland, Chaney-Monge, and Joliet Montessori schools. As the countdown reached its exciting pinnacle, the Mayor and his special guests flipped the seven foot tall custom light switch to see City Hall come alive with holiday lights. And so began the evening!

Chief Ed Clark put in an emergency phone call to the Mayor to let him know a very important individual had stopped by. Sure enough, it was Santa Claus escorted by the Chief of Police in his SUV, blue and red lights flashing to give the man of the hour a red carpet entrance. Nearly 200 kids endured the wait in line to sit on Santa's lap and pronounce their wishes for Christmas morning. The night pushed forward with the joy of the season as the band Acoustic Avenue engaged the crowd in holiday songs. These were the sights and sounds of the very first Crest Hill Winter Festival. Stay tuned for next year...

    

MAYOR SOLIMAN REPORTS ON THE FINANCIAL HEALTH OF CREST HILL

At the April 18 City Council meeting, the City of Crest Hill received recognition for excellence in its governmental accounting and financial reporting practices. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City a Certificate of Achievement for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2015. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Less than 12% of municipal governments in the State of Illinois achieved this honor in 2015.
 
With the new fiscal year opening May 1, the City Council unanimously passed a balanced budget for 2016/2017. The City’s general fund shows revenue of $9,489,004.00 and expenses of $9,422,004.00. The water/sewer fund shows revenue of $7,864,368.00 and expenses of $6,902,823.00. Both accounts confirm a surplus.
 
The overall budget has allowed for the hiring of two additional police officers for public safety and $3.7M in construction improvements. The improvements to the intersection of Gaylord Road and Division Street as well as the reconfiguration of Enterprise Boulevard will progress the safety and traffic flow along the Division Street Corridor. Additionally, the intersection of Weber Road and Caton Farm Road will see major improvements that will help spur economic development along the Weber Road Corridor.
 
This is the second year continuing to fund for new vehicles, computers and other technology that ensures City employees have the most up to date equipment to provide better services to residents. A feasibility study is also in progress to assess space needs for a new public works facility.
 
Always committed to its police officers, the City has a long range vision and plan for a fully funded police pension by 2038. This will be done by adding $150,000 to that fund each year for the next ten years, which is above the requested annual amount. State law requires police pension funds be 90% funded by 2040.
 
One item always at the forefront for Mayor Soliman is the continuation of the City’s property tax rebate check program to all of its residents and property owners.
 
The Crest Hill budget maintains a six month reserve and, more importantly, comes without any tax increases to its residents. The overall fund balance is strong and the City has a high quality AA3 bond rating.
 
“The City of Crest Hill has come a long way over the last eight years and we are proud to continue our tradition of providing quality services to our residents, visitors, and businesses,” states Mayor Soliman. “We are fiscally responsible and conservative in our budgeting practices and are proud to have received an award that reflects this.”

Residential Safety Tips

Staff from Working America will be in the Crest Hill Area

Working America is the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO National Trade Union, will be in the Crest Hill area.
Staff from Working America advised they will be in the Crest Hill area for the next 4 to 5 weeks.  They said they are not soliciting from the residents and are not required to have a solicitor permit. They state they are providing information about their organization and looking to increase their membership.

Staff members will have identification showing their affiliation with Working America.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact the Crest Hill Police Department at 815-741-5111.
 

 

 

Please review these Residential Safety Tips 

If you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood please contact the Police Department.  The Police Department can be reached at (815) 741-5115 with any questions during business hours.  As always, please call 9-1-1 with any emergencies.