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From the Desk of the Kirkland Village President – July 2017 Update

Greetings Kirkland Residents!!  First, I hope everyone is having a great summer thus far and I hope everyone had a safe, memorable 4th of July!  It was a rather unique 4th of July experience for me as my first year in the realm of Village President.  The highlight of the extended weekend festivities for me was definitely the parade and the ride in the Munster Mobile!  It was great to see all the residents, family and friends that came to Kirkland over the course of the 4-day event and I feel Kirkland represented themselves great.  I would like to commend the Kirkland Lions Club on the hard work and all the efforts they put into the planning and execution of the festivities!  We did have a couple of “teachable” moments between parking in the cemetery and traffic/parking flow that we will work to improve for next year.  However, all in all I felt it was a very successful event!

Relative to the Village, we continue to move forward with business at hand.  On June 19th we passed the Village of Kirkland Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.  A lot of work was put into the creation of a budget that was easy to read, transparent on expenses and revenue and compiled direct input from our various departments (Water & Sewer, Streets & Alleys, Police, etc.) and our Village Treasurer.  The final budget included both our Budget and Appropriated expectations for this fiscal year.  We also appointed the new Village Clerk in June and welcome Carol Stiegman to the Village team, effective June 19th.  The last appointment also occurred on June 19th with the renewal of WIPFLI as the Auditing Service for the Village through April 2018.

Public Works has been very busy in June as we look to make several improvements within Kirkland.  We are looking to upgrade our Sewer and Water Departments to a SCADA System that will allow for better monitoring and control of Water and Sewer.  In addition, we are working to rebuild several of our inoperable aerators within the sewer ponds to ensure proper control of water movement in order to prevent bacteria growth.  There is also a strong focus on Streets and Sidewalks with seal coating already completed in Kirkwood and older sections of Country Meadows.  We have also submitted a road project for bid that addresses repaving of Railroad Alley, 5th Street and 4th Street (from Railroad Alley to South St.), North St. (from 6th St. to 3rd St.), Hiawatha Dr. and Byers and 7th St.  In addition to the paving of roads, we will be looking to pave the gravel parking spots to the north of Railroad Alley and stripe them to allow for additional downtown parking.  We also have some work that will begin shortly to address some of the cracked sidewalks in the downtown area.  If any resident is interested, we have budgeted funds for a 50/50 Sidewalk Program.  This allows residents to have sidewalks replaced or repaired and split the costs between the Village and homeowner.  Please reach out to Village Hall or Dale Miller if you are interested in this program!

I am very proud of all the hard work each and every employee contributes to the Village of Kirkland.  They work very hard to ensure that Kirkland is well represented and somewhere our residents can be proud of, whether that be our Police Department or Public Works Department.  The trustees and I will continue to work hard for our residents and continue to move Kirkland in a positive direction.  As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns please don’t hesitate to stop by Village Hall, email me (ryanblock.kirkland@gmail.com) or call me at 847-975-7104.  Thanks!!

All the best,

Ryan Block

Village President

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