You can expect to see a lot of road improvement projects in and around Ringwood in 2023. This spring or early summer the Village will be resurfacing all of the roads in Oakview Estates, Business Parkway, Mann Drive and Craftwell Drive. The funding for this project is coming from a $750,000 grant from Governor Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois Infrastructure Program. This grant will cover 100% of the project cost.
I am happy to report that 2022 was a good year in Ringwood. We began the year with a new 5 year contract between the Village and Flood Brothers Disposal/Recycling services for residential garbage and recycling services. The Flood Bros. proposal provided immediate savings over our previous contract with Waste Management and a significant savings over the 5 year period of the contract.
On Sunday, August 28th, Ringwood will hold its Annual Town Picnic. The Picnic will begin at noon at the Village Hall. Back by popular demand will be the "Moon Walk", rock climing wall, DJ entertainmant and much more. The menu includes a pig roast, turley, hot dogs, side dishes, sweet corn, and ice cream.
I am pleased to inform you that the Village was successful in acquiring two infrastructure grants. The first grant is in the amount of $750,000 through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The funding for this grant is from to use these funds to resurface all the roads in Oakview Estates, Business Parkway, Mann Drive and Craftwell Drive. This grant is • expected to cover 100% of the cost of this project.
Important change in waste and recycling service — The 5 year contract between the Village and Waste Management (WM) for residential garbage and recycling expires at the end of January 2022. As a result, your Village officials soliticed proposals from WM and two other waste and recycling providers [Flood Brothers and Lakes Disposal] for a new 5 year contract. After reviewing proposals, the Village Board determined that Flood Brothers provided the best overall service options at the lowest cost for Ringwood residents.
The Picnic will begin at noon at the Village Hall. Back by popular demand will be the "Moon Walk”, a rock climbing wall, DJ entertainment and much more. I am happy to report that Dow will again provide the meat (pig roast, hamburgers and hot dogs) and side dishes. It will be catered by Ringwood’s own Rusty Nail Bar & Grill. The food will be served from 12:30 P.M. till 2:00 P.M., and the door prize raffle drawing will begin at 2:30 P.M. Sweet corn and ice cream will be provided by the Village.
Mark your calendar! I am happy to report that on Sunday, August 22nd, Ringwood will hold its Annual Town Picnic. The Picnic will begin at noon in the Village Hall Park. Details about our 2021 Annual Town Picnic will be available in the next edition of the Village Voice. Normally an announcement about our annual town picnic would not be a big deal. But as you know, we had to cancel our 2020 picnic along with just about everything else in our personal and collective lives as a result of the pandemic. Thanks to at least 3 vaccines, every adult in America that wants a vaccine will have that opportunity by mid-summer. As a result, I’m very hopeful that our 2021 picnic will be a safe and fun event. I look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s picnic.
I hope this newsletter finds you well. This pandemic has upended many of our family and community traditions in 2020. I still find it hard to believe that we had to cancel our Village picnic this year. The Village picnic has been an annual tradition since 1993. A pandemic is the only thing that I can think of that would have forced us to cancel this very important community event. Many of you shared with me how much you missed this year’s picnic. I continue to be hopeful that we will able to resume our annual picnic in 2021.
On behalf of the Village Board, we hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic. For the past several months I have been working with state officials, county officials, local mayors and village presidents to monitor the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on our state, local governments and businesses. Throughout all these discussion, it became very apparent that it would not be possible this summer for large groups of people to congregate safely, so the Village Board made the painstaking decision to cancel Ringwood’s 2020 annual community picnic. As elected officials we have no greater responsibility than to protect the health and safety of all residents. Our annual community picnic has been a tradition since 1993. I am hopeful that our annual community picnic will be back bigger and better than ever in 2021.
At the January Village Board meeting, the Village Board approved an ordinance authorizing the use of Non-Highway Vehicles (golf carts/UTV’s) on roads located in the Village of Ringwood, except for Route 31, Barnard Mill, Pioneer and Ringwood Roads. This ordinance was developed in accordance with the terms and provisions of the Illinois Rules of the Road and the Illinois Vehicle Code.