Welcome to the Village of Beecher
The Beecher 4th of July Festival begins on Wednesday, July 1st. The festival will be held July 1-4 at Firemen's Park located at 673 Penfield Street. For more information and entry forms for the 5K Run/Walk visit our 4TH OF JULY PAGE
***Due to the heavy rains, the 4th of July carnival rides have been relocated to Penfield Street and the fire station parking lot. Penfield Street from the fire station to Trim Creek and Maxwell Street from the library drive to Penfield Street will be closed to all traffic. The fire station parking lot will be closed to all parking and related traffic. The Post Office and Police Station will be accessible by vehicular traffic during this time and the alley between the 2 buildings will remain open. These road closures will begin June 29th and are scheduled to last until Monday, July 6th. For more details click here.***
The Village Hall will be closed on Friday, July 3rd in observance of the 4th of July holiday.
The Beecher Chamber of Commerce Car Cruise Nights will be held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month through September 2nd in the open area just south of Buddy's Drive In at 615 Dixie Highway.
Last Winter the Beecher Village Board commissioned a feasibility study for a railroad “QUIET ZONE” through the Village. Train traffic has increased significantly on the UP/CSX line which has generated more complaints about train horn noise. In order to establish a quiet zone, the Village has to pay for improvements that have to be made to each crossing. HR Green has now completed this study which can be read in full by CLICKING HERE. The Village board has taken this report under advisement and will continue to seek funding to pay for this project.
VILLAGE PRESIDENT'S CORNER (updated 6/03/15)
TO ALL BEECHER RESIDENTS:
WATER RATE INCREASE EFFECTIVE ON JULY WATER BILL
On May 11th, the Beecher Village Board unanimously approved an ordinance which increases the water rate by $1.00 for every 1,000 gallons of water used effective immediately. This increase will also affect the minimum charge for 8,000 gallons of water by increasing the minimum bill by $8.00.
Every dollar generated by this increase will be placed into the Watermain Replacement Account to pay for a much-needed watermain and valve replacement program. The original watermain system still in use today between Miller Street, Dixie Highway, Indiana Avenue and Oak Park Avenue was installed in 1910. The life-expectancy of iron pipe is about 75 years. In addiiton, an inferior sandcast pipe was used in town for several years after World War II and these pipes need replacing. The Village has identified over $7.5 million in watermain replacement costs over the next 30 years, and an annual investment of $366,000 per year is required. Replacing the watermain on Penfield Street alone from Dixie to Reed will cost $695,000.
The entire community will be paying this increase, since many of the newer subdivisions in town benefit from and rely on the integrity of the older system for water pressure and fire flow. There are also regulations placed on the Village by the IEPA to have the entire water system pay for low-interest loans and for the provision of safe and reliable drinking water.
The water rate increase is expected to generate about $128,500 based on 2014 usage for the Watermain Replacement Account. The new water rate for the Village would be $4.40/1,000 gallons, which is still below the average water rate charge in the south suburban area, based on a survey conducted. (Click here to view water rate survey)
In addition, a $1.00/1,000 gallon high capacity user charge has been approved for any usage over 30,000 gallons per billing. On average 63 of the Village's larger water usage customers would be impacted by this rate increase, which would generate $14,500 based on 2014 usage to help pay for the increased cost of operating the system. Therefore, any usage over 30,000 gallons would experience a $2.00/1,000 gallon rate increase, or a water usage rate of $6.60/1,000 gallons.
For a detailed water/sewer/refuse rate sheet go to: Water & Sewer Rates on the "RESIDENTS" menu of the website.
To email your elected officials go to the VILLAGE OFFICIALS AND STAFF page
feature images by Don Sala Photography