Town of Cortland
Summer is finally here! If you love the heat and humidity this is your time of year!
The Cortland Summer Fest kicks off for 2 days on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13. It’s great Family Fun! Please see the Fest agenda in this Newsletter or visit the Town’s website for the dates and times of events and bands.
While summer is a time for seasonal fun, it is also a time for improvement projects throughout Town. A major road improvement project involving Cortland Center Road between Loves Road and Somonauk Road is currently underway. Another road improvement project and storm water abatement project should begin soon on Elm Avenue west of Somonauk Road. This year’s road improvements that are funded by the Illinois Motor Fuel Tax will include Elm Avenue west of Somonauk Road, Mary Aldis Lane between the Post Office and Maple Avenue, and Barber Greene Road east of Somonauk Road to our municipal boundary.
The Town recently obtained ownership of and annexed the historic Mound Rest Cemetery. The cemetery is located on the north side of State Route 38 east of Somonauk Road. The cemetery has forever been maintained and administered by volunteers of a cemetery association. While their efforts over the years have been commendable, their numbers have been few, and like everything and everyone else, aging. This acquisition by the Town will prevent this cemetery, which is home to many of our loved ones, from potentially falling into disrepair. The annexation extends to the south side of State Route 38 which makes the Town’s jurisdictional boundary contiguous with property which has recently been purchased and is destined to be prime commercial property. That property is now eligible to be annexed to the Town of Cortland.
Rehabilitation of the exterior of the Town Hall has begun and will be completed during this summer. It promises to be a great improvement and something, that as residents, we can all take pride in. Much needed rehabilitation of the exterior walls of our Public Works and Police Department facilities will begin in August. That project will be completed over several years.
The Town Board recently agreed to enter into a partnership with All Around Pumping. The company is owned by residents, Chris and Ashley Hartness. This partnership will allow for the seasonal construction and maintenance of a 50′ by 80′ ice skating rink at Suppeland Park. The rink will be constructed in close proximity to the shelter and will be lighted after dark while open for use. This partnership is an example of what positive amenities can be made possible to residents when businesses and local government can work together. I would like to publicly thank Chris and Ashley for their idea and generosity in making this recreational facility available to all of our residents.
There is still much to be done. I will report on those efforts in the next Newsletter.
Enjoy the summer! Watch over our children and please be kind to your neighbors!
As always, it is a pleasure to serve.