Summer is here and many wonderful projects and events continue. I want to thank everyone who once again made this year's Art on the Square outstanding. I believe this year was another top ranking event.
The Belleville Police Department completed their first Citizens' Police Academy, and we received a number of exceptional reviews and comments from participants. The second session of the academy is expected this fall.
City Hall renovations are coming along. Anticipated completion is for early September. After we move back in City Hall, we will set a date for a rededication of our renovations. We will give tours of the remodeled facilities to show our citizens the improvements and progress.
On May 16th the City of Belleville officially assumed the duties of Belleville Township. The services will continue at 111 West "A" building until early fall. At that time the General and Community Assistance office will then be located at 512 West Main St. My sincere thanks to Sherry Favre for all her leadership in this important program now under the city's purview. Welcome to Mickey Meadows and Christine Green, our new case management workers. Please share that the new hours of service are 8am-4:30pm Monday - Thursday. The office is closed on Fridays and legal holidays.
On September 23rd, I will be sworn in as President of the Illinois Municipal League (IML). The IML is the formal collective voice for Illinois municipalities involving common interests and goals. Since 1913, the IML identifies legislation that could impact municipalities to then advocate a position to the General Assembly. Comprised of thirty-six mayors throughout the state, the league advocates at the state and federal levels to ensure that every voice is heard. It will be my distinct honor to be sworn in as the first president in the IML's history to hail from Belleville.
Thank you for all you do for our city. While it continues to be a distinctly difficult time to operate city government in our state with the extreme financial challenges, your role as citizens is key. Keep in mind that shopping Belleville businesses helps our city revenue and has a positive impact on your community!