We have much to celebrate this fall and winter season! Renovations to our City Hall, located at 101 S. Illinois St., are complete and City Hall will be open to the public on Monday, October 9, 2017. Please note, we will begin holding city meetings at City Hall beginning Monday, October 2nd.
For decades to come, our City Hall will better serve the needs of our community and our staff. This revitalized building will enhance our city services, and by doing so, benefit our citizens and represent the committed values of the City of Belleville. Please join us on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. for the Rededication Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting, followed by an Open House until 2 p.m. Help us celebrate the renovations that provide for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance, asbestos abatement, improved energy efficiencies, safety and security upgrades, and enhanced service areas. We personally thank the former City of Belleville Aldermen who supported this project, along with the current City of Belleville Aldermen and city staff for making this vision a reality. We are sincerely grateful for the support of our citizens, and we look forward to better serving our community.
Thank you to all the participants of the Moment of Remembrance Ceremony and Dedication of Phase 2 of the September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois, including Col. John Howard, Installation Commander of Scott AFB, 375th Air Mobility Wing, for his heartfelt remarks. I extend my appreciation to the members of the September 11 Memorial Walkway Committee, numerous donors, and contractors who made this memorial to honor the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 possible. The committee plans to complete Phase 3 of the memorial site for dedication by 9/11 of next year.
I extend my sincere appreciation to my family, Elected Officials and staff for their support and for those who attended the 104th Annual Illinois Municipal League Conference this past September. I am honored to serve as the IML President for the next year. I look forward to working with Mayors throughout the State of Illinois. We have much to accomplish together.
Many outstanding citizens volunteered to work at our 7th Annual Belleville Helping Belleville Day this past September 30th; a one day event in which volunteers take on projects to help those in need from our community. Thank you to all the participants who are making a difference in our city.
Many positive projects continue in our city. Our Street Department just completed street oil and chipping for Region 4 in areas from Lebanon Ave. to Carlyle Ave. The city will be paving Garden Blvd. and Gettysburg Dr. along with various other roadways throughout the city with the Asphalt Patch program. The city continues to bring our sidewalks and crosswalks up to ADA compliance with our 50/50 Sidewalk program. The 3rd phase of Juanita Place in Ward 8 is currently in progress and will be completed this construction season. The East 'A' St. project from Illinois 159 to Oak St. will begin late fall or early spring.
Many events are just around the corner! The 34th Annual Chili Cook-Off kicks off fall on the first Friday and Saturday of October. Tradition continues as we treat our kids to our Downtown Halloween Trick-or-Treat event on Friday, October 27th from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Please join us for the 19th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on the Public Square as we honor and pay tribute to the great men and women who have served our country to protect our freedom. Our annual Optimist Santa Parade is the day after Thanksgiving and the beginning of our 4th Annual Christkindlmarkt that is open daily through December 23rd. Thank you for supporting our local businesses in the past and throughout this holiday season. When you "Buy Belleville", you are supporting essential city services.