Dear Friend and Neighbor,
It was just over two years ago that a two-year old was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Jones Road . Fortunately, that child is fully recovered today. But that accident could have just as easily been a tragedy.
At the time, February of 2002, I represented you as you City Councilman and I promised to fight for a safer Jones Road , a street that offered no walkways. (Click-“Wildes wants sidewalks on Jones Road”, Northern Valley Suburbanite, February 20, 2002). I firmly believed that the risks presented to pedestrians were unacceptable and that they had to be addressed.
Winning Council support for Jones Road walkways has been a long and arduous process, involving a series of proposals and plans (Click-“ Jones Road safety improvements due soon”, Northern Valley Suburbanite, May 15, 2002 ). However, today I am proud to report that our fight was a successful one, with nearly one million dollars having been officially dedicated to not only a planned Jones Road walkway, but the widening and repaving of Jones Road itself. (Click-“ Jones Road safety project has green light”, Northern Valley Suburbanite, March 17, 2004 ).
While none of us appreciates our property tax burden, I want to thank you for your consistent support for the funding of the Jones Road project. Your sacrifice for improving our quality of life and protecting pedestrians, young and old, will be appreciated for generations to come.
Finally, on behalf of us all, I want to thank my former colleagues on the City Council, who last month provided the votes to fund this project. Although a majority of Englewood Council members represent wards other than ours, they came together to support an extensive project benefiting our ward. In these days of increasingly tight budgets, we all owe them a debt of gratitude for having done so.
MICHAEL J. WILDES
Mayor, City of Englewood
Paid for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes, Claudia Colbert, Treasurer