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WINTER 2016

WINTER 2016

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Pictured (l to r) Trustee Michael Carroll, Trustee Patricia Gira, Village Clerk John

Mehalek, Mayor Daniel McLaughlin, Trustee Kathleen Fenton, Trustee Carole Griffin

Ruzich, Trustee Daniel Calandriello, Trustee James Dodge

Daniel J. McLaughlin

Mayor

John C. Mehalek

Village Clerk

TRUSTEES

Kathleen Fenton

Development Services,

Planning & Engineering

James Dodge

Mayor Pro Tem; Technology,

Innovation and Performance Improvement

Patricia Gira

Parks & Recreation

Carole Griffin Ruzich

Finance

Daniel Calandriello

Public Safety

Michael Carroll

Public Works

Calendar of Events

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#OPKind

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Balanced Budget

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Property Tax Rebate

6-7

Home Sweet Home

8-9

Senior Happenings

10-11

Police Programs

12-13

Holidays In Orland Park

14-17

Winter Wonderland

18-19

Snow Removal

20-21

The University of Chicago

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Now Open

Welcome to Orland Park

24-25

Winter Fitness

26-27

Veterans Day

28-29

TABLE OF

CONTENTS

There are so many new and exciting things going on

around town that I do not know where to begin.

It was great to talk to so many of you during the last

Telephone Town Hall. I want to thank the over 2,600

residents who participated by asking questions, just listened

in or left messages about your concerns. Thank you for

continuing to be an integral part of our growing community.

We believe communication is key and are very pleased

with the outcome and participation in the meeting.

As you wrap up your Christmas shopping, be sure to visit

many of the local businesses in Orland Park. Along with some

long-time Orland Park businesses like Mitchell’s Flowers that just

celebrated 100 years, there are several new businesses that

have chosen our village as their new home. Many families

are already enjoying the new Sky Zone Trampoline Park and

Gizmo’s Fun Factory that opened recently near the mall.

As the Illinois Department of Transportation wrapped up the

LaGrange Road Widening Project, I think we all breathed a

sigh of relief. The newly enhanced roadway is now better

suited for Orland Park and fits the needs of our growing

community, while offering increased safety and ease of travel.

With a few final touches in the spring, such as shrubbery and

decorative accents, we can call the entire process complete.

Thank you for your patience during the construction.

We were happy to once again offer the Village of Orland Park

Property Tax Rebate Program for our residents. Applications

began being accepted on October 31 and the deadline

to turn them in was on Friday, December 16. Rebates

will be mailed or credited the week of March 20, 2017.

Property tax rebate questions may be directed to the

village’s tax rebate hotline at 708/403-3086.

We kicked off the winter season with the Holiday Fest and

Tree Lighting at the Village Complex on November 27. It

was wonderful to see so many of our residents, young and

old, getting excited about the holiday season. Winter in

Orland Park is tons of fun if you know where to go. Be sure

to stop by the Winter Wonderland at Centennial Park for

some ice skating, bonfires and scheduled activities that are

a great time for the whole family.

As 2016 comes to a close, I wish everyone a safe and

joyous holiday season.

Sincerely,

Daniel J. McLaughlin, Mayor

LETTER FROM THE MAYOR

Mayor Dan McLaughlin presented a community pride award to George Mitchell

and family marking the 100th anniversary of the flower shop that came to

Orland Park in 1973. Three generations of Mitchells attended the board meeting.