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I would like to begin this edition of the Oak Leaf by expressing my sadness on behalf of the Village of Burr Ridge regarding the tragic act of violence which occurred in the City of Highland Park on the Fourth of July. The loss of innocent life was so antithesis to the wonderful, welcoming patriotic events planned for the community that day, as a time to celebrate instantly became a time to mourn and pray. The Village of Burr Ridge is, first and foremost, committed to the protection of the community, which includes both our daily policing efforts as well as the protection of attendees at our special events. Our staff will continue to identify opportunities to enhance community safety for all who live and visit our great Village, which is and will continue to be “A Very Special Place.”

Our Village staff is always looking for ways to serve as a resource for the Burr Ridge residents and improve public areas. Examples include hosting a mobile blood drive with The Versiti Blood Center on July 22nd, overseeing the ongoing Village “Roads Program” and other Public Works activities, including recycling corrugated signs. Learn more below.

Summer in Burr Ridge means longer days, cooler evenings, and many opportunities to gather with friends, neighbors, and family. The Concerts on the Village Green are at the top of our list of these opportunities. Join us tonight at 7 p.m. to hear Whiskey Road perform. One way to get involved is to sponsor one of these highly-anticipated and well-attended concerts. A special thanks to King-Bruwaert House for sponsoring the final concert on July 28th, featuring The Chicago Experience. Thank you for your continued support of Village events. We have been thrilled by the support and attendance this year.

I continue to be humbled by the hard work of the staff I see daily in my role as Village Administrator and am encouraged by the many initiatives underway. I welcome feedback from our residents and the broader community as we continue to seek ways to uphold our welcoming reputation. Wishing you a fun – and safe – July.


Evan Walter
Village Administrator 

July 11th: Board of Trustees Meeting
July 12th: Police Pension Board Meeting
July 13th: Board of Fire & Police Commissions Meeting
July 18th: Plan Commission Meeting
July 22th: Versiti Mobile Blood Drive
July 25th: Board of Trustees Meeting

More Details On Public Meetings

Save Lives with the Village of Burr Ridge

The Versiti Blood Center will be stationed in the Village Hall parking lot with their mobile unit from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22nd. Save lives with the Village of Burr Ridge and get a free t-shirt! To sign up to donate, visit or call/text Camille from Versiti at (847)305-9998. Appointments encouraged; walk-ins welcome. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Free Corrugated Sign Recycling

Corrugated signs, including campaign signs, will be collected by Public Works. Signs can be dropped off at our Public Works facility at 451 Commerce Street any time through Friday, July 8th. Please separate the signs from the metal stakes and place them in the designated bins.

Village Wins Two GFOA Awards

The Village has been awarded its 3rd consecutive Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY2023 budget. To earn this prestigious award, budget documents must meet program criteria and excel as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communication tool.

The Village was also awarded the GFOA Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for its work on the FY2021 audit. The audit is an accounting of the Village’s assets and liabilities in a single document (the Consolidated Annual Financial Report), while the budget is a document that states what revenues and expenditures are anticipated in the upcoming fiscal year.

These awards are the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represent significant and proud achievements for the Village. Congratulations to our Finance Department team for leading these projects and to everyone who participated in this collaborative effort!

Road Program Delayed

The Village’s Road Resurfacing program is well underway but has been delayed due to an expanding region-wide unfair-labor practices dispute against three major suppliers of sand, crushed stone, and gravel. This action has resulted in escalating and severe shortages of asphalt and concrete. The National Labor Relations Board is involved with this action, and the Village staff anticipates a delay in the Road Program. Staff is working with our contractor to make our Road Program streets as safe as possible in their present conditions. The early stages of our project are completed, i.e., drainage grate repairs, sidewalk repairs, and concrete curb replacement; however, the barricades must remain in place until the pavement milling and asphalt resurfacing can be scheduled. The Village is reaching out to affected homeowners and appreciates their patience with our road construction delay.

Watering Restrictions

Seasonal watering restrictions are now in force. Until September 15, residents and businesses are reminded to please conserve water and follow these lawn and landscaping irrigation restrictions: 

  • North of 83rd Street: watering is allowed Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from midnight to noon and 6 pm to midnight.
  • South of 83rd Street: watering is allowed Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday during the same times. 
  • No watering is permitted on Wednesdays or any day between noon and 6 pm.
Fire Hydrant Painting

Two hundred fire hydrants will be refurbished and repainted in the coming weeks. This process includes sandblasting the hydrant down to bare metal, applying a (white) rust-inhibiting primer coat, and then painting two coats of high-gloss red enamel paint. There is a brief lag time between the primer coat and the application of the final glossy red paint. Please be aware that during these few days, the hydrants will be white and quite noticeable in their incongruity.  

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