Message from the Mayor
It has been an enormous honor to serve the residents of Roselle as Mayor. Over the past four years, the Board of Trustees and I have tackled many issues to advance the Village and position it for further success in the years ahead. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the Village and I deeply appreciate all my friends and supporters who have encouraged me to run again. I have served the Village in one capacity or another for 36 years, starting on the Planning and Zoning Commission, then as Trustee, and the last four as Mayor. I lived, worked and worshiped in Roselle for over 41 years and belonged to many organizations. However, I have become increasingly aware of the passage of time. My kids were raised here and are now grown. The approaching of my 69th birthday this January caused me to reflect on my future, and I have realized that the time is right for me to turn to the next chapter of my life. It is with a heavy heart I have decided not to seek re-election as Mayor of Roselle. The Village is in a solid place for new leaders to step up and guide the community forward. While I will no longer be an elected official after I complete my term in May, I plan to continue to support the community that I love in new ways.
Roselle’s future is bright, and it includes the Metro 19 apartment complex development, which was approved by the Village Board on January 11. This development is in line with what our 2016 Comprehensive Plan calls for, which is bringing population density to our downtown, which will support existing businesses and attracting new businesses, and better aligning the Roselle Metra Station with the Village’s existing town center. I am very excited to see this development approved, and look forward to the developer breaking ground on it this spring.
I am also happy to report that the Village Board approved a balanced budget for 2021, even in the middle of a pandemic. Our board acted quickly near the start of the pandemic to approve a COVID-19 Pandemic Budget Response Plan that included analyzing reduced revenue, reducing spending, reassessing service delivery, and preparing for a prolonged recovery process. I believe we utilized every resource we had in order to keep us going in the right direction. More information about our 2021 budget can be found on page 4 of the Winter 2021 edition of the Roselle Reporter newsletter.
From the beginning of my term in 2017, my biggest wish as Mayor was that I would serve the residents of Roselle well. I hope I have fulfilled my wish for all of you. Thank you for giving me this opportunity of serving as your Mayor, and may the entire community be blessed in the future.