FRIDAY WRAP for October 26th, 2018

Hello…and welcome to the Friday Wrap for October 26, 2018

Chasemoor Pathway Replaced: The pathway between Chasemoor and Ambriance is one of the most popular routes in the Village for strollers, running and jogging.   Thanks to recent efforts by staff and the Board, it was able to not just be made anew…the asphalt was replaced with concrete!! This is BIG NEWS since it lasts longer, and because concrete doesn’t attract as much heat, a welcome change for our avid runners…especially for the Annual Run the Ridge 5K sponsored by Right Fit. 
Drug-related Arrests in Burr Ridge . . . On October 19, 2018, Burr Ridge Detectives and the DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group (DuMEG) conducted a search warrant in the 800 block of Lakeview Lane in the Madison Club subdivision. As a result of the search, agents recovered evidence of the manufacture and delivery of heroin. 
Wasim Rashan, 27 years old, and Anna Rose Kovalik-Davia, 26 years old, were each charged with the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance; a Class 1 Felony.   Rashan and Kovalik-Davia were processed at the Burr Ridge Police Station and transported to the DuPage County Jail to for a bond hearing. 
Multiple EPA Meetings Attended by Village: This week, Doug Pollock, Evan Walter and I attended several EPA meetings, including ones to hear their Monitoring Plan and to plan their Community Meeting planned for the end of November.  Though final plans are still in the making, I believe that the US EPA will do ambient air monitoring at 5 – 10 sites three types of locations (Facility – Residential – Far West) chosen to represent maximums and minimums. 
In addition, the Village of Burr Ridge will commence outdoor ambient testing at approximately 8 locations in November.  Official updates are posted on the official Village website (
D86’s School Referendum = $166 Million:
There aren’t too many more hotly debated topics in the village these days than the D86 School Referendum for $166,000,000…and I side with both the District 86 Can Do Better committee and the Citizens for Clarendon Hills.  I echo the first group that the Referendum is WastefulUnaffordable and Unfair and encourage Burr Ridge residents to VOTE NO!!  In addition, Bur Ridge has no representation on the D86 Board and the referendum will spike our real estate taxes with little going into the actual classrooms.
Here is what the latter group has to say in a recent email: “We want to introduce the $1.4M Classrooms to highlight the wasteful spending in the nearly 1/4 $ Billion referendum ($166M + with interest).  NUMBERS DON'T LIE. The referendum will add ONLY 5 NEW classrooms (3 classrooms and 2 labs all at Hinsdale Central), if there is even a need for new classrooms.  The spending is $1.4 million per new classroom, even though the new classrooms will be a conversion of the gymnastics and wrestling area at Hinsdale Central.  The total cost for 5 classrooms is $6.8 million which is about $850 per square foot (based on a 1,600 sq. ft. classroom).  As a point of reference a high end residential kitchen or high end office space could be $400/sq.ft.  Here the building shell already exists - foundation, walls and roof.  You decide if $850/sq.ft., $1.4M classrooms will help or hurt property values. Note EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS are only 15.5% of the referendum!  (See the pie chart below and under the pictures.)
Burr Ridge Builder’s Daughter Marries:
Love ❤️ was in the air at the Wedding of Sylvia Bart and Sebastian Kos at St. Cyril & Methodius Church!! It was beautiful, incredible, my first Polish Wedding in many years and an honour and a blessing to be there!!  Pictured also are Ted Bart, a long-time builder of dozens of luxury homes on Burr Ridge and the groom’s dad, Stanley Kos, who owns Alpine Banquets in Darien where the reception took place.  The wedding was exceptional and I can’t remember staying so long at a reception!! CONGRATULATIONS to the Happy Couple…and their families! 
On a Personal Note . . . 
Last Sunday, I had lunch with Father Carlos Martins about the TREASURES OF THE CHURCH Exposition that he brought to ILLINOIS!! We only have for 1 more WEEK to see these Vatican Treasures and to hear his miraculous stories which reminded me of the Saint Maria Goretti Relics Tour that he did in 2015.  Here’s his schedule:
Also, I’d like to give a shout-out to Best Buy’s General Manager Andy Wahl and his sales team (Adrianand Jake) for their fantastic service!  We had our new TV installed this week! 

Have a blessed week,

 Mayor Mickey

Mayor Mickey Straub

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