Hello, I’m Mayor Mickey…welcome to the FINAL FRIDAY WRAP! It's November 16th, 2018! Click on the link or picture for the final video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R47RH89Qe_U.
It is hard to believe that this makes the 288th Edition of the Friday Wrap that I produced weekly to keep residents informed of village News, Events and Progress…and that 5 ½ years have passed since being sworn into office on May 13, 2013, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. It was pretty quiet this week in the Village, so I’d like dedicate this final one to saying my Farewell and updating you on what’s next:
It has been the pleasure of my life to serve, but I hope you understand, that as much as I love Burr Ridge, this was an Economic, Patriotic and Spiritual decision: I’m sorry, but I just can no longer afford to spend 20-30 hours per week as Mayor for an annual stipend of $6000. I need to spend my time re-launching my business and want to finish writing the book about the 50 Capitols in 50 Days trip and spread Love for God and Country.
I want everyone to know that I am proud of what we have all accomplished over the last 5 ½ years. We have a great Board of Trustees and Village Staff and have made tremendous progress from the County Line Road Bridge, Crowne Plaza, Hampton Inn and Chase Bank to all the new restaurants, businesses, annexations and developments, the waste hauler and a vibrant downtown. We have long passed the milestone of having 500 businesses in town, about to add our second senior living facility and had many other accomplishments! I would also like to thank all who serve or have served on our Commissions and Committees who help us live up to the village slogan of being a “Very Special Place”! We have certainly put Burr Ridge on the map!
The role of CEO, Mayor or President of the Village, in my experience and opinion, requires more time than it did during its early days to be done right. I hope anyone who fills this seat in the future realizes that it’s at least a half-time job, not a part-time job, and it’s actually “24/7” because you’re the Mayor every hour of the day, whether you’re at home, on vacation or out in the community. I could have worked, attended and done less and maybe eliminated doing things like the Friday Wraps, but I would rather ‘give it my all’ and leave early, than give less and serve out the term. I didn’t run for “Mayor”, I ran to “Make a Difference” and I hope you saw progress.
Back in August, someone told me about a guy who was retiring after Labor Day and asked me, “If you woke up on Tuesday and had nothing to do, what would you want to do?” I didn’t have to think more than a second when I replied: “I would finish writing my book about the 50 Capitols in 50 Days trip.” I knew at that moment that my days as Mayor were numbered and some recent experiences in politics made the decision even easier. So, I started planning my departure. As for any rumors about it being impacted by the D86 Referendum, that’s just the ugly side of politics when opponents make up things to either get more votes or make excuses why they didn’t get enough. If anything, it just postponed the date so that I can help ensure its failure and 76% of Burr Ridge residents agreed.
It has been the honor of my life to be serve as the Mayor of Burr Ridge, but this will be the FINAL FRIDAY WRAP. Charmaine and I are grateful for getting to know so many amazing residents and building friendships that will last a life time…and we thank you! One of my goals was to take the job of Mayor “out of the Board Room and into the street” and it was mission accomplished! As an old friend, the late Charlie Tremendous Jones, used to say, “You’ll be the same person you are today five years from now, except for the people that you meet and the books that you read.” Well, he was certainly correct because I have met so many amazing people and I’m a different, and better, person today as a result. The role of public servant may have been expensive with regards to time and money, but this experience has been priceless! Nothing could have been more fulfilling, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to know you and to serve you.
On a Personal Note . . .
I will miss being Mayor and serving the community and am forever grateful for the opportunity! Burr Ridge is truly a “very special place stamped by a Cross formed by County Line Road and I-55, and it was also a blessing to help get the bridge built...at the center of the Cross.
It’s probably not a coincidence that I just came back from delivering my first Keynote Speech at the 24th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Illinois, thanks to an invitation from Mayor Gary Manier? It’s the city that was devastated by a tornado five years ago next weekend…and that received a truckload of supplies from by so many concerned and giving Burr Ridge residents. My departure date was also not a coincidence: November 19th was chosen symbolically because it coincides with the Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, which is the central theme of many of my talks, as is Abraham Lincoln. May Lincoln's message unite us again.
Thank you, God bless you and I'll miss you...that's a Wrap!
Mayor Mickey Straub
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