Newsletter Sept/Oct 2013

Town of Cortland


September/October 2013


Hello, Friends and Neighbors,


I am sure this has been a busy summer for all of us, and I surely hope you were one of those lucky folks that made time to attend this years’ Cortland Summer Fest.  Great weather, bands, food, and beverages combined to make for one of the largest crowds yet for this event.  Activities for the kids provided by the Cortland Library and the Cortland Methodist  Church, and the fantastic fireworks display on Saturday  evening, certainly added to this successful yearly event.  I commend everyone on the Cortland Festival & Parade Committee, the many volunteers, and members of the Cortland Police and Fire Departments for their efforts in making Cortland Summer Fest both fun and safe for everyone.

Since the last newsletter:

Attorney Stewart Diamond and I met with representatives from Cambridge Homes, Inc.  There was truly a spirit of cooperation, and in essence the “stand-off ‘ regarding completion of Richland Trails Subdivision has been somewhat tempered.  Cambridge Homes has agreed to repair the concrete curbs and complete paving of the roadway.  This will allow the Town to accept the road­ ways. When this occurs the streets will be plowed and maintained by our Streets & Maintenance Department. Parking Ordinances will then be enforced by Cortland Police.

Improvements are underway in Welsh Park, Hetchler Park, and Suppeland Park.  Playground equipment is being renovated by local Boy Scout Seth Pinne as part of his Eagle Scout project in Welsh Park.  New open-air shelters are being constructed in Hetchler Park and Suppeland Park. Both will be constructed having concrete floors, and new picnic tables will be present in those shelters.

The extension of electric service into Cortland Community Park was completed in time for the Cortland Summer Fest activities. I must recognize Trustees Chuck Lanning and Brad Stone for spearheading this initiative, and thank Larry Coward of Coward Elec­tric, members of our Streets & Maintenance Department, and members of the Festival & Parade Committee for their assistance in making this happen.   This project came in under budget, in part thanks to donations from H.I. Stone & Sons and Peoria Pump.

Our Streets & Maintenance Department replaced 373 feet of sidewalk in various locations. Road repairs will be taking place this fall on Dogwood Street, Ellen Avenue, and Linda Avenue.  Road repairs are also scheduled for Loves Road, south of the Railroad crossing, and Airport Road, south of North Avenue.

The residents of Chestnut Grove no longer have to look at the 2 large construction storage trailers that were abandoned in their neighborhood. They were recently removed thanks to the efforts of Cortland Police Chief Dennis Medema and the Town’s General Legal Council Kevin Buick and his staff.

Efforts are on-going to have a large dirt pile located in Nature’s Crossing just north of the Heatherfield neighborhood on Prai­riefield Avenue graded, in order to better  abate the problems of tall weeds and their problematic seeds.

Preliminary work is due to begin this fall on the construction of the new Sanitary Lift Station which will be located on North Ave­nue East of Prairie Street.  The Town was approved for a low-interest loan through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).  We are currently exploring the means to comply with the IEPA mandate to upgrade our Sewer Treatment Facility to treat for phosphates and to fund the much needed repainting of our older water tower.

Don’t forget the 32nd Cortland Festival & Parade being held on Sunday, October 13, 2013, at 1:00 p.m.

   As always, I thank you for the opportunity to serve our community.


Russ Stokes


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