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Another Fall, another turned page. Happy Autumn, Richton Park!
I first want to express great pride and appreciation that you all have maintained not only safe practices amidst the pandemic, but have also displayed consistent acts of kindness, volunteerism, and care for one another. COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on families, businesses, schools, and our lifestyles in general. During this time, I have personally seen the efforts of Village staff, elected officials, and the community as a whole to find meaningful, positive, and efficient ways to support our citizens.
I am proud to report that Richton Park has consistently been among the lowest numbers of positive cases for within the entire Southland. This success is no accident. We have been diligent these past several months in conveying the importance of stopping the spread of the virus, and we are glad that citizens have taken heed to our warnings and guidelines - wearing face masks in public, maintaining social distancing, washing hands frequently, and staying home when feeling ill.
While closures and cancellations of most of the Village’s programs and events have occurred, we want to stress that we are always in planning mode for how and when we are able to safely (even If only incrementally) resume our regularly scheduled programming. In all instances however, we have modified our events to reflect the safest practices when dealing with the public, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to navigate how to best serve you. Please know that we have created safe, drive-in versions of our upcoming National Night Out, Trail of Treats, and Holiday Tree Lighting events.
Although the pandemic has changed the ways in which we connect with one another, one thing that still remains the same is the Village’s commitment to you. Behind the scenes, we are still planning a push forward in economic development and new things for the Village of Richton Park. All within the next year, we will see the completion of our Sauk Trail/I-57 bridge, improvements to our Town Center, the building of a new Living Center, and a memorial park for our beloved Veterans.
I want to commend all of our first responders, police and fire, Village Staff, parents, educators, healthcare workers, local business owners, and community as a whole for your continued dedication and commitment to doing the very best possible among these odd times.
Until the very last second possible, we will be urging citizens to complete the 2020 Census. As the countdown to the deadline continues, the Village of Richton Park is currently sitting at just 70% participation. Time is running out. As of now, we are slated to miss out on more than $6 Million in funding over the next decade. If we all participate, we will ensure that Richton Park gets the funding needed to stand out among the Southland and be the premier community we know that we can be. Completing the census is easy, safe, and quick. Please, if you haven’t done so already, go to www.my2020census.gov today, and be counted!
Along with the Board of Trustees, our Administrative staff and all the employees of the Village, we look forward to seeing you through good times as well as tough times, and continuing to serve you to the best of our abilities. Will continue to support you, engage you, and sustain good governance, vision, and consistency.
Thanks for making Richton Park Your Home.