Thursday, April 4, 2013
The mayor advised trustees to hold off on a final approval decision until they hear back from residents who previously complained of trash and brush at the Gougar Rd. and Ferro Dr. location.
A new practice field and temporary parking lot at Gougar Rd. and Ferro Dr. may be on the horizon for Providence High School this fall. Trustees agreed during an April 3 meeting to waive multiple fees associated with the project, reports the Chicago Tribune. Future plans call for an additional athletic field, permanent parking lot and a one-mile track outlining the property. There’s one obstacle, however: trash. Prior to Providence’s acquisition of the property, New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann said he's heard complaints of “garbage and brush” at the location. He advised village staff to contact those with grievances before trustees consider final approval of the plan. You can get the full story by the Chicago Tribune. Village Engineer Will …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
District 122 board president Nick DiSandro added that the school board will discuss safety in schools at its meeting this Wednesday.
After a group of young children who were honored for their football accomplishments left Village Hall last night, Mayor Tim Baldermann asked everyone to share a moment of silence for the lives lost in the Newtown, CT school shootings last week. "I wanted to wait until the kids left, because families handle things differently with talking about the tragedy," he said at the village board meeting Certainly, children and parents across the country are asking now whether they will be safe at school in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 young students in Connecticut. "That may have happened a long distance away from here ... but it touches us all," Baldermann said following the moment of silence. He commended the …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
In response to a Sept. 18 Sun-Times Media investigative story, New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann, the former Chief of Police for Chicago Ridge, set the record straight on the details that led to his disability and the pension that he received.
Frustrated, disappointed and angry over personal attacks stemming from media coverage about the details that led to his disability and the pension he received in 2010 after serving 22 years on the Chicago Ridge Police Department, New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann shared his story. Sitting in a meeting room at Village Hall, Baldermann explained his purpose for setting the record straight. "I think it's important that the community has confidence in their leaders." Sun-Times Media reported that Baldermann gets $129,192 a year in disability pay, the highest found in the newspaper's investigation into police and fire pensions, according to the newspaper. Read the Sun-Times story here. Elected officials expect to "take shots, fair or not, but …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
According to the Sun-Times, the New Lenox mayor's disability pay is the highest found during the newspaper's investigation into police and fire pensions.
Editor's note: Patch is following up on this story and awaiting comment from Mayor Tim Baldermann. Please check back later tonight for an update. We will post a link to the new story in this space so readers here will know to also view the other article. Mayor Tim Baldermann's disability payout agreement with the Chicago Ridge Police Department, where he formerly served as police chief, is among in the top in the area. The Sun-Times Media posted a story revealing details of an investigation police and fire disability payouts in the Chicago area. While he earns a mere $18,000 a year serving as mayor for the Village of New Lenox, Baldermann, who is a former board president for New Lenox School District 122, is currently employed as …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The major aspects of the village's $24 million capital improvements project are moving forward.
The village's massive capital improvements plan continues to make progress as architects were approved Monday to build a new police station and public works facility. Both projects are part of a $24 million in capital improvements that include a new police station, public works facility and the extension of Nelson Road. Last year the New Lenox Village Board voted to increase its sales tax by a 1/2 a cent, bringing the total rate to 8.5 percent, and also increase its utility tax 5 percent on gas and electric to help pay for the projects. The Village Board met Aug. 27 and approved Oak Brook-based FGM Architects was given the nod of approval to begin drawing up plans for the estimated $9.5 million police station construction project. The …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Watch the video highlights of the Military tribute from Proud American Days on Sunday, July 29.
There may not have been a more patriotic atmosphere in the country than there was during the Sunday morning of the 2012 Proud American Days. At 9 a.m., New Lenox residents gathered near the street next to the Village Commons to watch the Fun Run for Soldiers athletes finish their race. While racers had to pay $20 to run the course, $5 of that went towards the Armed Forces. A couple hours later, hundreds gathered for the second annual military tribute within the entertainment tent located at New Lenox Park District's Lions Community Center. "These are uncertain times in our community and nation," said Mayor Tim Baldermann, who was one of couple of speakers that addressed the crowd. "But one thing we know for sure: we are safe. And we are …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
What kind of tools and features would you like to see and a new-look newlenox.net?
The Village of New Lenox is in line with municipalities across the country in its attempt to become a resource for news and issues that play out within the community. Along with ongoing communication and easy access to the village staff comes building a website that captures the heart and style of the community. Village Administrator Kurt Carroll has issued a request for proposals for website design, implementation and maintenance services. All bids are due no later than 5 p.m. July 20 at Village Hall. In the bid request, Carroll said, "the goal is to utilize the latest trends, designs and technologies to redesign the Village of New Lenox's website." Any plan for the website, according to the bid request, has to be "user-friendly" and …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Part 1 of 3: I review some of the biggest news from June 2012, including senior housing and video gambling plans that were shot down by the New Lenox Village Board.
Although school let out for the summer, June 2012 was spent remembering countless students—those who have died too young in the community. The New Lenox community came together to remember local students who died while in school or shortly after. The event was organized after Kim Phillips, a 2009 graduate of Lincoln-Way Central, saw classmate after classmate leave this world. Read, "New Lenox Remembers its 'Fallen Angels' With Balloon Release." Days before the memorial, yet another local student died, adding to a tragic year for the community. Kaitlyn Moak, a 2012 graduate of Providence Catholi High School, died suddenly. We gathered response from friends using social media. Read, "Community Mourns Death of 2012 Providence Graduate …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Mayor Tim Baldermann addressed Chamber of Commerce members, discussing Silver Cross Hospital, Portillo's, Route 30 construction and much more.
Mayor Tim Baldermann highlighted New Lenox's recent business development and future growth during his annual Chamber of Commerce State of the Village Address on Tuesday night. The annual speech, given at a Chamber of Commerce dinner, serves as an update to some of the major projects and developments in town. "We've had a lot of success since the last time we were here a year ago," Baldermann said. "In a tough time, we continue to forge ahead." Chamber board president Mark Stevens said there have been 30 new members in the first five-plus months of 2012. Here's a glimpse into what Baldermann highlighted: Silver Cross Hospital: "We have that quality health care in our community. It's wonderful for our residents and for the entire region. …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann was hired last week as the superintendent of Union School District 81, which serves a little more than 100 students from New Lenox and Joliet.
Tim Baldermann, the mayor of New Lenox, was hired last week as superintendent of the Union School District 81, which serves children from Joliet and New Lenox. The district only has one school and a little more than 100 students. Baldermann's contract is three years and will pay $127,000 annually. "My goal was always to get into education after I retired as police chief," said Baldermann, who doesn't have a background in education but has his superintendent's certification. Read more about Baldermann's hiring and what residents think.