Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury used her first state of the village address Tuesdayto tout several accomplishments and outline some plans for the future.
Bury spoke before members of the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the annual speech during a lunch at the Oak Lawn Hilton.
She also used visuals aids that included plenty of facts, figures and a slide of the iconic Rosie the Riveter to explain the importance of everyone in the village working together.
Bury was flanked by several village department heads, who she said were largely responsible for the village’s 2013 achievements.
Bury announced that Flap-Jacks Restaurant, a popular Oak Lawn eatery that closed in November after an 18-year run near the corner of 111th Street and Cicero Avenue, would reopen at the former Top Notch Beefburgers, near 95th Street and Hilton Drive. Top Notch closed in 2010 as a result of declining sales.
Keeping the popular restaurant in town was important, said Bury, who added that the village issued 40 business licenses in 2013.
Bury touched on several accomplishments achieved by the village board since she was sworn in 10 months ago. For example, the board:
Worked out a $3.2 million impact fee with Christ Medical Center, which Bury termed “historic.”
The launch of a new website that is easily navigable and gives resident access to information not available on the previous site.
The referendum on the March ballot that will allow voters to decide on term limits for elected officials.
The jobs program launched by Trustee Tim Desmond.
The bond homeowners must post if they decide to rent their property,
The future of 111th Street and Cicero Avenue development, which will ultimately will be home to Mariano’s Fresh Market as well as restaurants and other retail stores.
“We can hardly wait,” she said of the redevelopment of 111th Street and Cicero Avenue.
Bury also focused on recently completed or ongoing development in the village, including the Christ Medical Center work, the Little Company of Mary outpatient center on the west end of town and a host of other medical buildings and banks that now call Oak Lawn home.
Bury said traffic counts on both 95th Street and Cicero Avenue are “crazy good,” which is good news for retailers who setting up shop in Oak Lawn.
She also gave a nod to the strip malls at 95th Street and Ridgeland Avenue and 108th Street and Cicero Avenue for improving their facades.
Additionally, she said the village should spend more of its money in town and creating a “business friendly environment” is a primary goal.
“This board is committed to paying down the (village) debt,” said Bury, who added that Oak Lawn must avoid further downgrades of it credit rating.