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City of LaSalle 2008 Annual Report


City of LaSalle Annual Report - 2008

City of LaSalle Annual Report - 2008

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  • 1. City of LaSalle 2008 Progress Report
  • 2.
    • Business Growth
    • Residential Growth
    • Construction Projects
    • Maintenance Improvements and Upgrades
    • Community Enhancements - Tourism
  • 3. Business Growth
    • Over 85 million in commercial and industrial investments over the last few years
    • 44 new homes in this same time period
    Leading to. . .
  • 4. Business Growth
  • 5. Business Growth
    • New Businesses
      • Con-way Freight opened in LaSalle in late October 2008. The new facility includes a 250-door, cross-dock truck terminal
    Con-way Freight Truck Terminal Groundbreaking was held on Nov. 5, 2007
  • 6. Business Growth
      • Machinery Maintenance continues to invest in LaSalle and began construction of a main office last year
    • New Businesses
  • 7. Business Growth
    • Kentucky Fried Chicken rebuilt
    • “ We looked at moving out of LaSalle but saw revitalization and investment in the city and decided this was the best location for us”
    • New Businesses
  • 8. Business Growth
      • Lock 16 Visitor Center Opened
    • New Businesses
  • 9. Business Growth
        • Demolition makes way for new opportunities
        • Shea’s Building
        • Apartments @ 8 th & Joliet
  • 10. Business Growth
    • Renovations :
    Kaskaskia Hotel Work continues on the renovation of this historic hotel which was added to the Register of Historic Places on Jan. 22, 2007. More information can be found on their Web site at
  • 11. Residential Growth
    • Country Aire and Vermilionvue Subdivisions continue to develop with new homes filling up each subdivision
    New Home Construction
  • 12. Residential Growth
    • Prepared for the Future
    • ~3000 acres of available land
    • 7 TIF districts offering development incentives
  • 13. Construction
    • Road Construction
    • Last year finished the road project funded through sales tax proceeds
    • Completed ~160 blocks total
  • 14. Construction
    • Downtown Streetscape Improvements
    • The city has continued with the Downtown Beautification Project with the addition of the following amenities on several
    • blocks of First Street:
        • Decorative and stamped concrete
        • Trees
        • Additional handicap ramps
  • 15. Construction
    • Improved Water Treatment
    Improved and more efficient water plant treatment system went online in 2008
  • 16. Construction
    • Increased Water Supply
    Well 12 went online
  • 17. Construction
    • Sanitary Sewer Extension – Road Repair
    Extended sanitary sewer to original Golfview Subdivision & repaired road failures
  • 18. Construction
    • Sanitary Sewer Extension to Oak Ridge Subdivision
    With the cooperation of Senica’s Golf Course, the city finished the sanitary sewer extension to Oak Ridge Subdivision
  • 19. Construction
    • City crews upgraded water main along Gooding Street
    • To save $$ city crews repaired portions of the road
    • Contractor used to upgrade curb and sidewalks
    Innovative Construction Methods
  • 20. Construction
    • Work continued in the parks with upgrades to walkways, increased landscaping, and accessible improvements
    Park Improvements Continue
  • 21. Construction
    • Meter Read System
    • City’s innovative water read system is 95% complete
    • Large meters primarily remain to be replaced
  • 22. Maintenance Improvements and Upgrades
    • A geographic information system (GIS) was installed on computers throughout several departments
    • This software allows staff to monitor and research property information saving time and costs
    • Maps are easily generated for staff or residents
    • The GIS is also used by departments to inventory and map assets like signs and roadways
  • 23. Maintenance Improvements and Upgrades
  • 24. Maintenance Improvements and Upgrades
    • Street Sign Installations
    • The city began replacements of street signs in order to meet new federal requirements
  • 25. Maintenance Improvements and Upgrades
    • Last year the city experienced the worst flooding ever in the area causing the loss of much of the city’s wastewater treatment plant facility
    • Staff responded quickly and professionally prior to and after the flooding emergency
    Emergency Disasters - Flooding
  • 26. Maintenance Improvements and Upgrades
    • Emergency Disasters - Flooding
    While the plant was still flooded, staff immediately began preparing a recovery plan Staff posted much of the information online to be accessed internally and by other agencies seeking information Staff spent many hours processing insurance and FEMA paperwork to secure reimbursement
  • 27. Maintenance Improvements and Upgrades
    • Emergency Disasters - Snow
    The city has handled salt shortages over the last two winters due to innovative decisions Staff researched alternate suppliers and vendors to secure adequate supplies Because of this planning and use of different supplies, the city paid significantly less than other cities in Illinois
  • 28. Community Enhancements
    • Emergency Notification System
    The city implemented a code red system to notify residents of emergencies
  • 29. Community Enhancements
    • Canal Boat Arrives
    The canal boat arrived at Lock 14 in June 2008
  • 30. Community Enhancements
    • Working with volunteers, the city helped begin a downtown open-air market
    Downtown Market
  • 31. Community Enhancements
    • Tourism Efforts Increase
    • Tourism group began meeting in 2008
    • Tourism group is developing a historic walking tour focusing on the downtown
  • 32. Community Enhancements
    • Movie in the Park
    • The city of LaSalle continues to sponsor movies in the park night
  • 33. Community Enhancements
    • City of LaSalle Online
    • The city of LaSalle continues to use new online tools to engage citizens
    In 2008, the city used an online microblogging tool to keep residents up-to-date on construction activities for the Golfview project. This was at no additional cost to the city
  • 34. Community Enhancements
    • City of LaSalle Online
    • The city is beginning to create blogs to increase government transparency and offer citizens information about city operations
  • 35. Community Enhancements
    • Library Enhancements
    • The city received additional clocks from James Whitaker
    The city also received 35,000 children’s books from Open Court Publishing
  • 36. Looking to the Future
    • Stimulus Projects
    • The city submitted 20 projects for funding by the President’s proposed stimulus funding package including road, water, and wastewater projects
  • 37. Looking to the Future
    • Green Energy
    • The city has started to investigate the use of green energy production not only for its proposed wastewater plant for to help serve existing and future industry
  • 38. Looking to the Future
    • Transportation Alternatives
    • With the demand for rail increasing, the city of LaSalle has started researching possible rail routes to serve newly annexed areas
  • 39. Looking to the Future
    • Recreational Opportunities
    • With the help of LaSalle Rotary and Illinois Cement, the city is looking forward to the development of a large park, almost 150 acres, lying between the Little Vermilion River and Interstate 39
  • 40. Looking to the Future Proud of our past – Excited about our future Mayor Art Washkowiak