In his State of the Village address, Minooka Village President Ric Offerman heaped praised on both village staff and trustees for their work over the past year, saying he is thankful for the knowledge and experience they bring to the job enabling the village to better serve residents.
The speech, delivered Tuesday during a Grundy County chamber luncheon, was a first for Offerman since taking office as village president in 2021.
The event was attended by Morris Mayor Chris Brown, former Minooka Village President Patrick Brennan, Channahon Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher and Kendall County Board Member Scott Gryder, among others.
Over the past year, the village completed its comprehensive plan update with the help of grant funding assistance provided by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). The document, in approved form, may be used to help guide the community in terms of its growth and development.
Minooka also completed $550,000 in road resurfacing and motor fuel tax work in 2021.
Also last year, Minooka was awarded a $1.75 million grant for Minooka Road improvements.
The village also celebrated the opening of Aux Sable Springs Park. The project had long been in the works for Minooka. The park development includes, among other things, canoe launches, baseball and lacrosse fields, and walking trails.
Over the past year, the village was awarded an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) grant valued at a $1.8 million as part of a joint effort between the village of Channahon, Channahon Township, Will County and the Will County Forest Preserve District to pay for the construction of the McEvilly/DuPage walking bridge project.