CHANNAHON – Channahon Mayor Missey Moorman Schumacher spent most of her State of the Village address discussing the progress the village has made over the past year. But she also wanted to make sure the village stayed in touch with and preserved its past.
“You grow or you die,” she said. “But we want to preserve our small town as well.”
Schumacher pointed out all the ways Channahon has grown in the past year – sales tax revenues are up, as is the general fund balance, while expenses are down 3 percent from last year.
The village also had 106 residential construction permits in 2017, which was more than the village had in the previous 10 years combined, Schumacher said. The mayor also noted that there have been 2½ times as many permits this year as at this point last year, and she said 2018 could end up with as many as 175 residential permits.
One of the accolades the village had received over the past year was that it has the second-healthiest housing market in the state of Illinois, not including only new or single-family homes, but housing options from starter homes to senior housing.
“We’re looking to provide a lifelong housing market,” Schumacher said.
About 130 people showed up for the event, presented with the Grundy County and Channahon and Minooka chambers of commerce. Guests included members of the local business community, health care industry, public servants and law enforcement.
Three awards were presented at the event.
Officer Dustin Carlson, the department’s K-9 officer, received the 2018 William Kennedy Police Officer of the Year Award. He said he didn’t really deserve the award and that it really belonged to the K-9 officer, Hutch.
“I’m just his chauffeur,” Carlson said.
BigBash Restaurants received the 2018 Fred Rittof/George Sparagis Award for Business of the Year. The company, owned by John Mathias, operates Big Fish Grille in Wilmington, Pesciolino Oseteria in Channahon and Morris Chop Shop. It also provides catering services, including catering the State of the Village Breakfast – Mathias accepted the award dressed in his chef’s uniform.
Channahon resident Tina Lentz was named the 2018 Amos Hayes Citizen of the Year. Lentz is a police commissioner, member of the Lions Club and Gardening Angels gardening club and serves on several boards and committees in the community.
“I love living here,” she said. “Like I tell my husband, you need to get involved.”
Looking forward and to the past, Schumacher ended the address by telling the people in the audience what she said she tells students when she visits schools.
“My job is to make this a great place to grow up and for you to raise your family someday,” she said.