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SUMMER 2017

SUMMER 2017

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Pictured (l to r) Trustee Michael Carroll, Trustee Patricia Gira, Trustee James Dodge,

Mayor Keith Pekau, Village Clerk John Mehalek, Trustee Carole Griffin Ruzich,

Trustee Daniel Calandriello, Trustee Kathleen Fenton

Keith Pekau

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

Around Town

2

Veterans

6

Inquiring Minds

8

Water Infrastructure

9

Road Improvement

10

Village Fields and Ponds

12

Cinépolis

14

Orland Park Health & Fitness

16

Student Government Day

18

CPAC

19

Police Events

20

Weather Sirens

21

Summer Concerts

22

CPAC

23

Market at the Park

24

Pandemonium

26

Taste of Orland Park

28

Community Pride

30

Vehicle Stickers

32

Calendar of Events

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TABLE OF

CONTENTS

Dear residents,

Thank you very much for the honor and privilege of serving as your mayor.

I have only been in office for a few days, but it is a pleasure coming to work

knowing that I can positively impact 60,000 people every single day.

I understand that many of you do not know much about me, so I thought I

would first introduce myself and give you a brief background.

First and foremost, I know what the community means to us. I was born and

raised in Orland Park. My dad was a trustee for Orland Park for six years

and helped bring Orland Square Mall to the village. I played OYA baseball

and basketball, and was on the very first Pioneer football team. I am a

product of our local school system and attended Carl Sandburg High School.

I also have a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from Arizona

State University and an MBA from Duke University.

My Air Force service began in 1989. I became the youngest Mission Ready

Navigator and youngest Instructor Weapons System Officer in the F-15E.

My career included over 1,500 hours of flight time, including three tours to

Southern Iraq where I logged over 150 combat hours in Operations Desert

Storm and Southern Watch.

Upon leaving the Air Force in 1998, I moved back to Orland Park with

my wife Betty and our three children: Lisa, Tim, and Amanda. Since

returning to Orland Park, I coached baseball and basketball with the

OYA and Orland Park Magic for over 10 years. The Pekau family has

grown to include a granddaughter named Maddie.

On the business front, I worked as a management consultant for two

international consulting firms helping companies with market growth,

strategy development, value based management and acquisitions.

In 2003, I purchased a tree service business and became a local

business owner. The business has grown over 600 percent by targeting

new segments and geographies, re-branding the business, introducing a

series of new product and services and marketing through new channels.

The Village of Orland Park staff has worked hard to make my transition as

smooth as possible. Additionally, you may notice some changes in the

Orland Park Public. The staff has included several articles in this issue at my

request, including articles on our water system, streets, sports fields, ponds and

siren usage. I encourage you to read these articles as they provide critical

information on key issues and processes the village uses to make decisions.

I am humbled by the trust Orland Park voters have placed in me to lead our

community for the next four years. I pledge to you an administration dedicated

to transparency, accountability and honesty. I will serve according to the principles

that have guided my life since my time in the Air Force – integrity, service before

self and excellence. With your help, I know we can make Orland Park a great

place to live, work and play.

Sincerely,

Keith Pekau

Village President

LETTER FROM THE MAYOR