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Driver Services Facilities Remain Closed

Secretary of State Jesse White announced Thursday that Driver Services Facilities would remain closed for in-person transactions due to COVID-19.

The notice states that expiration dates for driver’s licenses and ID cards have been extended and that online services will remain available for some transactions.

The Illinois Secretary of State plans to re-open facilities starting January 24.
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Township Community Center Coming Soon

The new Crete Township Community Center is moving closer to becoming reality, according to Crete Township Supervisor, Michael Liccar on Wednesday night:

“We expect to close on the property later this month, likely within the next week.”

Mr. Liccar says the next phase of the Crete Township Community Center is for the Township Community Center Planning Committee – consisting of local business owners and other members of the community – to meet again and discuss which activities and programs should be implemented and offered first. After that, the Township will meet with its architects and planners, The Linden Group, to establish a formal plan for the property to be conducted in phases. 

The next phases, such as plans for additional construction, which could include an auditorium to host community events, music, and theatrical performances, “depends on the availability of grants and our finances in general,” Mr. Liccar adds.  

Currently, the plan calls for the current tenants of the property to remain in place if they want. “We would like Simply Hair & Nails to stay indefinitely as a tenant” Mr. Liccar says. “We feel they would complement the Community Center.”

As Crete Township social programs have increased in popularity in recent years, so has the need for a bigger space to host the events. Popular programs such as the Senior Picnic and Senior Christmas Party have sold out in just days due to limited spacing. With the new Crete Township Community Center, Mr. Liccar and the Township Board hopes to offer even more people access to services and programs, including for youth and families.

“Not only will it be a big improvement for quality of life, it will also help direct more traffic downtown and boost the local economy,” Mr. Liccar said.

Dale Nelson Honored

Retired Crete Police and Fire Commissioner, Dale Nelson, was honored at the Village board meeting on Monday night.

“I want to thank you for your service to the Village,” Crete Police Chief, Scott Pieritz said. “I know it can be a thankless job with long hours and no compensation, so I want to thank you for your work.”

Mr. Nelson served as a Crete Police and Fire Commissioner for 20 years and was involved in the hiring of the current chief of police. Mr. Nelson’s family and friends, as well as a few officers, were present to wish him well.

Crete Gets 6 AEDs Via Grant

Thanks to a grant application submitted by Crete Fire Captain Jim Boehner, the department was able to secure funding for six Automated External Defibrillator (AED) units.

The base AED model is designed to be user-friendly and provide emergency care for individuals experiencing an irregular heart rhythm, which could result in cardiac arrest. This unit has been installed at Crete Village Hall, and staff have been trained to used it.

“If somebody comes in for Village business and something happens, the staff can start care before we get there, in case we’re out on a call,” Crete Fire Chief Michael Waterman said.

The grant also covers an additional five, more advanced devices:

“For our first line suppression equipment and utility vehicles, and it allows us to actually monitor the cardiac rhythm the patient is in. That will allow our first responders to get an idea what is happening,” said Crete Fire Captain, Jim Boehner.

AED equipment is typically only found in ambulances, which may not always arrive first at the scene. With AEDs available to first responders, precious minutes can be allocated to diagnosing and treating patients, according to Chief Waterman:

“Deploying defibrillation and CPR quickly, increases patient survival rate and that’s what we want to accomplish.”

Check Furnace Exhaust Pipes

From the Illinois State Fire Marshal, via Crete Fire Department:

“As the cold winter air has settled in across Illinois it’s important to make sure your furnace exhaust and intake pipes are clear or snow and ice. If there is ice blocking the pipe, this can cause CO to build up in your home. Take a few minutes, bundle up, and head out to inspect your home. A few minutes today could prevent a tragedy from occurring!”

2021 Light Up Crete for the Holidays

The annual “Light Up Crete for the Holidays” event by Crete Country Christmas, encourages residents to display magnificent decorations during the month of December. All participants enter a random raffle with a chance to win a price.

This year’s winners are:

1581 Austin Ave
847 Berkshire Pl
1122 Douglas Ln
25952 S Cambridge Dr
25511 Susan Ln

Thank you to all who participated.

12/27 Board Meeting Cancelled

Please note that the 12/27 Village Board Meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting will take place on Monday, January 10, 2022.

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Hours

The Village Hall will close at 1pm today and the entire day tomorrow, Friday, Dec 24th.

Happy Holidays!

Kentucky Tornado Fundraiser

Last Wednesday, in the parking lot of Berkot’s in Manteno, Chris Rapson and Adam Marganski accepted donations for the tornado victims in Kentucky. People from all over South Chicagoland came to help, filling the trailer in a matter of hours with food, water, Christmas presents, clothes and many other items. Chris and Adam left for Kentucky the following Friday evening and delivered the items to Princeton, Kentucky last Saturday.