- Mosquito Spray Application-June 27, 2016
- Crest Hill Annual Picnic
- Office Closure-Independence Day
- CREST HILL DEPUTY CHIEF GRADUATES FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY PROGRAM
- Sunshine Adorns Annual Lidice Commemoration
- Crest Hill Officers Run in 30th Annual Torch Run For Special Olympics
- Shred Day A Success
- Milestone For One of Crest Hill's Longest Standing Employees
- Tokyo Spa Opens In Crest Hill
- Crest Hill Holds Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
The City, on behalf of all staff and residents, would like to thank Canadian National Railway Company for funding the noise study on Division Street. With that assistance, the City is able to continue to improve the community for all its residents.
Mosquito Spray Application-June 27, 2016
Crest Hill Annual Picnic
Office Closure-Independence Day
CREST HILL DEPUTY CHIEF GRADUATES FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY PROGRAM
The streets of Crest Hill are a little safer now that Deputy Chief Brad Hertzmann is back from Quantico, Virginia. Hertzmann spent 10 weeks this spring at the FBI Headquarters while completing and graduating from the FBI National Academy Program. He spent 2 ½ months with law enforcement officers from all over the country and the world as one of the 213 officers selected for the training.
The 264th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 47 states and the District of Columbia as well as 21 international countries. The training gives these special law enforcement professionals 10 weeks of advanced education in leadership, communication, and fitness training. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
Not everyone who wears a badge has the opportunity to attend the FBI National Academy Program. Most of the law enforcement officers selected for this unique training are carefully screened and have proven records as professionals within their agencies.
“I applied in 2012 and was not selected to go through the course until spring 2016,” says Chief Deputy Hertzmann. “It’s an incredible experience. I was able to connect with not only domestic police officers but international police officers as well. I learned so much from going through such high profile cases in forensics, cybercrime, and counter-terrorism.”
Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.
Crest Hill Chief of Police Dwayne Wilkerson was in complete support of Hertzmann’s training. “It’s a hard course to get into,” says Wilkerson. “There’s a long waiting list and it’s such a sought after program which is what makes it so prestigious.”
Deputy Chief Hertzmann has been on the Crest Hill police force for 17 years. Knowing that he now has the training and knowledge of some the country’s most elite gives the community a peaceful feeling.
“We always want to promote continuing education for our police officers to keep up with current trends and changes in our society,” Mayor Ray Soliman says. “This distinguished honor will benefit our other officers and our community as a whole.”
The graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, Donald T. Tuten II, Chief of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida. FBI Director James Comey was the principal speaker at the ceremony.
A total of 49,234 graduates now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. For more information about the program visit www.fbi.gov/about-us/training/national-academy.
Sunshine Adorns Annual Lidice Commemoration
Sunny skies and light breezes encompassed the corner of Hosmer Lane and Prairie Avenue on a beautiful June 12 morning. This is the site of Lidice Memorial Park. On this particular Sunday, the commemoration of a small town in the Czech Republic takes place. Although the memories of what happened on June 10, 1942 are horrific, the ceremony was as remarkable as the blue skies that graced the park.
Nearly 150 people from all over the Chicagoland area, and some from the Czech Republic itself, came to memorialize the lives lost during the reign of the WWII Nazi regime in Europe. Few distant relatives and friends of victims sit in the audience teary eyed as they remember their loved ones.
It was 74 years ago that Nazi Germany had destroyed the small village of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, killing 173 adult males and 52 women. The women and children who survived were sent to concentration camps. After the war ended, only 153 women and 17 children returned. Lidice was a very small, quiet agricultural village about 24 km (about 15 miles) northwest of Prague. Today, Lidice has less than 500 residents and houses a few stone ruins of a farmhouse and church as well as a bronze sculpture of the children who died as a result of the massacre. This effigy far outweighs the symbolism and sensitivity most at the Crest Hill ceremony can even imagine.
To open the ceremony at Lidice Memorial Park, John Pritasil, the President of the Czechoslovak American Congress, welcomed those in attendance and thanked them for being a part of the memorial. As the Central District American Sokol posts the waving flags of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the United States, the United Moravian Societies Singers lead the congregation in all three patriotic anthems respectively. Special guest speakers included Klara Moldova, Secretary of the Czechoslovak American Congress, Borek Lizec, Consul General of the Czech Republic, Charlotte "Toni" Brendel, Chair of the Lidice Memorial Service and Vice President of the Phillips Czechoslovak Community Festival in Phillips, Wisconsin, and Vera Wilt, Past President of the Czechoslovak American Congress. Mayor Ray Soliman also recognized the poignancy and importance of the day's affair as he identified some elected officials in the audience. Among the elected officials present were Illinois Senators Pat McGuire and Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, State Representative Natalie Manley, and Will County Executive Larry Walsh. Crest Hill City Officials included Aldermen Scott Dyke and John Vershay, Alderwomen Barb Sklare and Tina Oberlin, and City Clerk Vicki Hackney. Several Crest Hill staff members were also on hand.
The most heart-breaking moment of the observance appeared in the form of children from the T.G. Masaryk Czech School in Cicero, Illinois. These students recited then translated into English poems written by Lidice children in concentration camps. Listeners could feel the intensity and sadness of the words as if they were sitting next to the little ones who had written them; words of children who had wished to live a place where family and friends do not get killed.
However sorrowful the moment, elegance and splendor brought an uplifting spirit as the United Moravian Societies Singers once again reminded everyone the beauty in cultural diversity. The American Sokol retired the colors while members of the ceremony and those in attendance had the opportunity to mingle and learn about each other and Lidice. Alderwoman Tina Oberlin who is the Chair and organizer of the Lidice Memorial is hoping for a grander event in 2017, the 75th Anniversary of the Lidice remembrance. Crest Hill is one of only two locations in the United States that has a memorial to Lidice. The other is in Phillips, Wisconsin. More about the Crest Hill Lidice Memorial can be found at here.
Crest Hill Officers Run in 30th Annual Torch Run For Special Olympics
On Tuesday, June 7, the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics took place throughout the southwest suburbs. In usual fashion, a couple Crest Hill police officers took part. Officers Ryan Dobczyk and Jason Heiss, along with Rick Dobczyk, Ryan's father, committed to running 4 miles throughout the Crest Hill and Joliet limits to help raise awareness for the Special Olympics.
"I'm very proud of my guys who have participated in this event," Crest Hill Chief of Police Dwayne Wilkerson commented.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest year-round fundraising event for the Special Olympics and has raised nearly $40 million over 30 years. Law enforcement from all across the state inlcuding FBI agents and local police officers have participated in the Torch Run and carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles through thousands of Illinois communities. This year was no different as the Torch Run celebrated its 30th Anniversary in an effort to change the lives of Special Olympics athletes in Illinois.
For more information about the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, visit www.soill.org/law-enforcement-torch-run/.
From left to right: Crest Hill Police Officer Jason Heiss, Rick Dobczyk, Crest Hill Police Officer Ryan Dobczyk
Shred Day A Success
The City Clerk's Office hosted its 5th Annual Shred Day in the City Hall parking lot on Saturday June 4 from 9am to 11am. Vehicles loaded with shredable documents started lining up on City Hall grounds and down Knapp Drive well before 9am. Sponsored by the Crest Hill Lions Club, the annual event managed to work through overcast skies and brief wet weather to offer Crest Hill residents a free and easy service to unload material sensitive documents safely and efficiently.
The day's event brought volunteers that included members of Crest Hill Lions Club, the Mayor and several elected officials, as well as some City staff and many other friends and family, all who helped shred roughly 6000 pounds (3 tons) of paper documents. This was twice the 1.5 tons shredded at the 2015 Shred Day and the largest amount of all five events.
City Clerk Vicki wishes to thank Shred X, Crest Hill Lions Club, and all the friends who came out in support to make this day a success.
Milestone For One of Crest Hill's Longest Standing Employees
30 years ago, Janet Serdar started employment with the City of Crest Hill in the City Clerk's office. She has since earned her position as Deputy City Clerk and shows no signs of slowing down. On Sunday, June 5, Janet will hit a milestone birthday, her 50th. This means she has given more than half her life in service to the Crest Hill community.
"I've shared 27 years working with Jan and hope to share many, many more in the office with her," says fellow City Clerk employee Laurie Thrasher.
The days of spending most of a career with one organization are quickly going by the wayside. Mrs. Serdar has had her share of ups and downs in the City Clerk's office but always tends to maintain a big smile with residents who come in and need her help. "Jan is one of our smiling faces in the Clerk's office," says City Clerk Vicki Hackney. "As a City, we are very lucky and blessed to have had her for 30 years."
Hitting a milestone like a 50th birthday may be daunting for some. To Janet, it was a celebration as city staff surprised her with a decorated desk and a special luncheon in her honor. Trying to fight through tears, she felt very humbled that people had cared so much for her and would plan this surprise. "I had no idea," Janet said. "Secrets aren't usually kept very long at City Hall so I was very surprised."
Tokyo Spa Opens In Crest Hill
The City of Crest Hill is pleased to announce that Tokyo Spa has officially opened. Located at 2368 Plainfield Road, the luxury spa offers massage, waxing, and nail maintenance just to name a few. Tokyo Spa offers an inviting and relaxing atmosphere with plenty of services to choose from. Formerly the Book Market, the new day spa was purchased and completely rehabbed for a conducive atmosphere for indulging and pampering that any beauty enthusiast would find enjoyable.
Tokyo Spa held its official grand opening celebration on Monday night. Surrounded by family and friends, special guests also included Mayor Ray Soliman, Alderman Charles Convery of the 4th Ward, Alderwoman Tina Oberlin of the 3rd Ward, City Clerk Vicki Hackney, and Economic Development Manager Scott McMaster. The Tokyo Spa is open daily from 10am to 8pm and on Sundays from 11am to 5pm. To for more information or to schedule an appointment call the Tokyo Spa at 779-205-3431 or visit the Facebook Page.
Welcome Tokyo Spa! We look forward to your success in the City of Crest Hill.
Crest Hill Holds Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
May 30, 2016 marks Memorial Day for the entire country. As most are preparing for a bbq or a day of fun with family and friends, the City of Crest Hill holds its annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The festivities began at the Crest Hill Memorial Garden at City Hall as Mayor Ray Soliman welcomes Crest Hill veterans and residents. For the 28th consecutive year, Anna Mae Lukancic finds the energy to sing out "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful."
It is always a bittersweet day as the crowd is reminded of the ultimate sacrifice made by those who gave their lives while the Frankfort Brass Band flawlessly performs the "Armed Services Medley" and "Stars and Stripes Forever." The guest speakers for the day's event included Scott Pointon, veteran of the United States Marine Corp. and Director of the White Oak Library District as well as 3rd District Congressman Daniel Lipinski.
Crest Hill's very own Chief of Police Dwayne Wilkerson and Deputy Police Chief Ed Clark assist Betty Nink and Sue Simenson in the laying of the Police Memorial Wreath. Both James Nink and Timothy Simeson were the only policemen in Crest Hill's nearly 60 years who died in the line of duty.
The most sobering moment of the ceremony comes as Michael Creasey and Kyle Goron carry out "Taps" while the final tribute of the 21 Gun Salute is given by American Legion Post 1080.
Among those in attendance were Crest Hill Aldermen and Veterans Charles Convery and Tom Inman of the 4th Ward as well as many Crest Hill and other area residents.
A strong nation remembers the sacrifice of its Veterans.
MAYOR SOLIMAN REPORTS ON THE FINANCIAL HEALTH OF CREST HILL
Will County Electronics Recycling Drop-Off Site in Lockport
Electronics recycling drop-off site for Will County residents
Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:00a.m. to 11a.m.
17112 Prime Blvd. in Lockport
The program is limited to Will County residents. Identification must be presented. Limit of two TV's per vehicle.
For more information please visit www.willcountygreen.com
Crest Hill Recognizes Local Eagle Scouts
A highlight at the City Council meeting Monday night, Mayor Ray Soliman and the City Council recognized two Crest Hill residents who earned the honor of becoming Eagle Scouts. Anthony Bellos, 18, and Jerome Kolaski, 15, were both saluted by the Boys Scouts of America for their goal of earning its highest honor. Bellos earned this achievement through the creation of his Fossils of Illinois Display at the White Oak Library. Bellos has aspirations of becoming a paleontologist and working alongside those who have mentored and helped him with his fossil display.
Kolaski's achievement was earned for his brick paver installation and improvements to the entrance of St. Ambrose Church. He raised a significant amount in the form of donations by selling bricks that would be engraved with the name of the donor then displayed at the site.
Mayor Soliman and City Council members applauded each man's hard work and dedication to the Eagle Scout merit and expressed gratitude for their committment to the community.
Congratulations to both Anthony and Jerome.
Anthnony Bellos Jerome Kolaski
BASSET TRAINING REQUIRED FOR LIQUOR LICENSE HOLDERS
City of Crest Hill Liquor License Holders:
State Training Law was passed last year requiring all on premises servers and ID checkers to be BASSET (Beverage Alcohol Seller/Server Education and Training) certified every three years. In Will county, this law takes effect on July 1, 2016.
Please provide a copy of the certifications to the office of the Mayor prior to the July 1, 2016 deadline. If you fail to comply with this request, your liquor license will be terminated effective July 1, 2016.
Please visit the State of Illinois website for more information on BASSET training. https://www.illinois.gov/ilcc/Education/Pages/BASSET/Home.aspx
Crest Hill Receives Award for Financial Reporting
April 19, 2016–Crest Hill taxpayers can now have confidence in how their tax dollars are being managed. The City of Crest Hill is receiving recognition for excellence in its governmental accounting and financial reporting practices. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is awarding the city a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2015.
This Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The award is presented to Finance Supervisor Ashli Motyka who along with the City’s elected officials and staff that are primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR and as such deserve the recognition. The GFOA insures that the CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel of peers and that it meets the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "Spirit of Full Disclosure" clearly communicating the City’s financial story. The format and depth of detail are designed to motivate citizens to read the CAFR and better understand the resources being utilized in providing essential municipal services.
“Residents see all the improvements across the City and read about the awards and recognitions but they perhaps don’t connect that to the great financial management that makes the City’s success possible,” said Mayor Ray Soliman. “I have an appreciation for the standards of the GFOA and appreciate the dedication the finance staff put forth in the pursuit of transparent financial reporting.” For further award information, visit the City Web Site at www.cityofcresthill.com.
“The finance staff endeavors to present the City’s financials in a constructive format that all citizens can understand and evaluate,” Treasurer Glen Conklin said. This 2015 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award is the first GFOA recognition received by the City of Crest Hill. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C. Details of recent recipients of the Certificate of Achievement and other information about Certificate Program results are available in the "Awards Program" section of the GFOA website, www.gfoa.org. For further information, contact John Harrington, GFOA Representative at (815) 828-3175.
From left to right: John Harrington, President of the South Suburban Chapter of GFOA; Ashli Motyka, Crest Hill Finance Supervisor; Mayor Ray Soliman;City Treasurer Glen Conklin.
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.
Lockport Township Wellness Clinic
Baby/Youth wellness clinic. Click here for details.
Robert Morris Grants for Crest Hill Residents
2016 Recycling Calendar
New Garbage Can Placement Video
Hydrant Flushing will be conducted throughout the City of Crest Hill during daytime hours. The program begins Monday, September 29, 2014 and will take approximately 5 weeks. Any questions please contact Public Works at 815-741-5108.
Potential Fraud Alert
At least one resident has received a phone call from a caller stating he was with the Internal Revenue Service Tax Division in Washington D.C. The caller informed the resident that she owed a fee of $795.00 and if she did not pay it, she would be arrested. Additionally, he threatened to freeze her assets if she did not pay the fee.
Please exercise caution when disclosing any bank account or financial information to an unidentified individual. Please visit http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts/ for information regarding potential tax scams.
Trash and Recycling Services
Beginning May 1, 2014 Crest Hill residents will begin new automated trash and recycling services as part of a new contract with Allied Waste/Republic Services.
Allied Waste/Republic Services will deliver one 96-gallon cart for trash and one 96-gallon cart for recycling. Residents will be able to trade their cart for a smaller 65 gallon or 35 gallon cart if the 96 gallon cart does not suit their particular needs. Households will be provided one wheeled blue cart for household refuse and a second wheeled blue cart with a green lid for recycling. Directions on the new cart program will be provided at delivery. Carts will be dropped off prior to the May 1st start date.
Recycling will be every other week and Yard Waste will continue to be on regular trash pickup day.
If residents want to get rid of their old containers after they have received their new containers, place them at the curb on your normal pickup day and simply leave a note saying "Garbage man please take this container" and it will be included with your normal pickup.
Note: When using the new automated trash/recycling containers, please make sure containers are placed at the curbside with handle and wheels against the curb and also containers should not be next to mailboxes or any stationary objects such as cars. For questions please contact the Water Department at 815-741-5104.
Operation Care Package Christmas Cards
The Crest Hill City Clerks Office is collecting blank unused Christmas cards with envelopes. These cards will be earmarked for Operation Care Package for the 2015 Holiday Season. Operation Care Package sends out roughly 10,000 Christmas packages to those who are serving our country. If you have any questions on how you can help us with this project please contact the City Clerks Office at (815) 741-5100.
Consumer Affairs recently launched a toll-free hotline to address any questions involving government and services:
XFINITY WiFi Hotspots
Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Programs
Brochures are available at City Hall, for more information visit www.keepyourhomeillinois.org. or call toll-free 1-855-KEEP-411.
Energy Impact Illinois
Huge Rebates Help You Save On Energy Use
Richland School District 88A Information
Parents of children of Richland School District 88A in grades 5-8
As a result of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, your child can receive extra help in the approved subject areas. You can receive this free tutoring because your child’s school is in its second year or later of school improvement (the school has not made adequate yearly progress on state tests for at least three years), and your family meets the income limits under the law.
If your child has qualified for free or reduced lunch and you are interested in this program, packets may be picked up at the Richland District 88A office at 1919 Caton Farm Road in Crest Hill.
For more information regarding this program, please contact Ms. Medina at 815-744-7288 ext. 2212.
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Given today’s economic challenges, there is no better time to launch this important initiative – and I am excited about the possibilities. Please take the time to check out POWER, and do not hesitate to contact us with questions, or to enroll, at 312-814-5920 or illinoiscomptroller.com.