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Noak looks back on a year of positive growth in speech

Pakced house for Romeoville mayor's State of the Village Address

3/7/2014, 8:17 a.m. | Updated on 3/7/2014, 9:25 a.m.
In an auditorium packed with fellow mayors, state, county, local elected officials, educators, business owners and other dignitaries, Romeoville Mayor ...
Romeoville Mayor John Noak (standing) prepares to give his State of the Village speech Thursday at Lewis University. Photo by Rex Robinson

“I will tell you as a father of a 2-year-old, I sleep a lot better at night knowing our police, fire and (Romeoville Emergency Management Association) personnel are there protecting us 24 hours a day,” Noak said.

Turning to recreation, the mayor said construction of the fully handicap accessible Murphy Park was completed in 2013 and a new pavilion also was erected next to the park.

“We also renovated Village Park and added new playground equipment and amenities to that site as well,” Noak said, adding that the Dale Blum Football Field also was upgraded.

The village once again obtained a positive bond rating which, according to Noak, not only shows the village is fiscally sound in its financial practices but also enables Romeoville to borrow money at a lower interest rate to complete major infrastructure projects.

And finally, from Joliet Junior College’s satellite campus to Lewis University and Rasmussen College, Noak said Romeoville continues to be a destination for higher education. Expansion and growth continues at all three institutions and the mayor said there has been more than $10 million in improvements made to the Lewis University Airport in the last five years alone.

Rex Robinson can be reached at rex@thetimesweekly.com.