CRETE | Village officials on Monday showed off the bronze plaques that will be part of the Crete Veterans Plaza dedication at 11 a.m. Nov. 17 at the northeast corner of Main and Exchange streets.
“The plaza exists as a tribute to all those who have served our great nation,” Village Administrator Tom Durkin said. “The plaza includes planting areas with symbols representing the five branches of military service as well as those who were taken as prisoners of war.”
The bronze plaques will surround a large U.S. flag, and the plaza also will include a four-sided clock.
A $175,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation through its Illinois Transportation Enhancement program funded the plaza. To complete the funding, the Crete Amvets Memorial Post 84 also made a substantial financial donation.
“We especially want to thank the Crete Amvets for their service to the country and to our community,” Village President Michael Einhorn said. “Their generous donation made this project a reality.”
The village and the Crete Amvets will host the dedication ceremony. State and local officials have been asked to attend. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate.
In other village business:
• Einhorn gave an update on plans to build a service station with convenience mart at the southwest corner of Exchange and Main streets.
“We have received a first draft of the appraisal for the property,” Einhorn said. “We have also received an estimate of the cost for building the new station and mart. We are reviewing the documents and talking with the developer and the current property owner. We are excited about the project going forward.”
• The board accepted a bid from Alexander Equipment, of Lisle, of $27,950 for a new brush, log and debris chipper. The chipper will be delivered in November.
• The Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp. will conduct an economic development forum on Nov. 16 at the University Golf Club and Conference Center, 23520 Crawford Ave., University Park. The board encouraged all local business people to attend the conference.
• Three Crete residents have filed a challenge to their respective property tax bills. The Village Board approved three resolutions that will allow the village attorney to file a request to intervene.
Durkin said the request to intervene does not mean that the village will contest the property tax challenges, but gives the village the right to do so if needed.