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New Crete Fire Chief

The Crete Village Hall was packed with people at the board meeting on Monday night, as 52-year-old James Muirhead was administered the oath of office by Village Clerk Deborah Bachert, becoming the new fire chief of Crete.

“I’m looking forward to Crete. It’s a has a great reputation,” Chief Muirhead said on Monday night.

The position of Crete Fire Chief became available when former Chief Michael Waterman retired in early April of this year.

Chief Muirhead started his career 33 years ago, as a paid-on-call firefighter for Matteson Fire Department. In 1993 he moved to Crete and the Crete Township Fire Protection District, where he spent eleven years and attained the rank of lieutenant. He also worked at Riverdale Fire Department, serving as their deputy chief for three years.

“I’ve known JP for a long time. He’s a quality guy and I have very high hopes and expectations that he will do a very good job for the village,” Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn said.

I’m super excited. I’ve known the Crete guys for years, growing up in Crete and being a previous member of the Crete Township Fire Department. I’m looking forward to working with them. The biggest thing I’m hoping to do is to keep things safe, because that is the utmost importance,” Crete Fire Chief James Muirhead said on Monday.

South Chicagoland Road Work

The month of May is scheduled to bring major road construction to both sides of the county line in South Chicagoland.

In Crete, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is hoping to start construction in mid-May, to replace the Deer Creek bridge on North Main Street.

“The earliest we would start would be May 12th,” IDOT Engineer Erica DeYoung said on Wednesday.

Just a few blocks North, from Ashland and Steger Road, to the Indiana State Line, should also see an overhaul in the coming weeks.

“I’ve reached out many times to the Cook County Highway Department about the poor conditions of Steger Rd, and it appears they are going to work on it soon, possibly starting May 2nd,” Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn said Monday.

Main Street in Crete, also known as Route 1, is a state highway, with IDOT in change of all maintenance, scheduling and redirection of traffic during construction.

“IDOT told us that due to the confluence of the two roads, it wouldn’t be possible to keep any lanes open on Main Street,” Mayor Einhorn said.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid going east around the construction zones.

“Our detour takes people from Exchange to Western to Steger and vice versa,” Ms. DeYoung said.

Mr. Einhorn also added that he and the Village of Crete are very grateful for the upcoming road work.

“I’m very thankful to the State of Illinois, IDOT, and thank you to Cook County Highway Department.”

Hydrant Flushing Has Started

It is spring and that means hydrant flushing is starting in the Village of Crete.

“Flushing started this week and Public Works crews will be working their way west to east this time,” Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn said.

Hydrant flushing is performed routinely twice a year within the Village, to ‘flush out’ natural sediment buildup, and to ensure satisfactory water quality and flow to residents, businesses and – if needed – fire fighters.

“Residents should look for posted signs in the area and monitor water quality and color. If they notice a change in quality, it is best to limit water usage until it returns to normal. If poor water quality is noticed, the best thing to do is run outside faucets wide open, one at a time, until they are clean and clear, and the velocity of the water helps clean out the service line from the water main to the house,” Mr. Einhorn said.

Residents will also be happy to learn that the general water quality has improved over the past year, with the installation of a multi-million-dollar iron removal system in each of the six well houses within the Village, financed mostly by EPA grants.

“Historically, Crete has always had great, clean water, but with high iron content. Now, it’s even better and I personally prefer tap over bottled water,” the Mayor said.

The installation of all iron filters is almost completed, but was delayed by the pandemic and subsequent supply chain issues. At the Village board meeting on Monday, Trustee Steve Johnson and DPW Superintendent Justin Pancrazio reported that the delivery and installation of remaining parts were expected to be completed within a few months.

Main Street to Close for Bridge Replacement

For travelers on Main Street in Crete, the familiar sound of tires hitting the rough edge on Deer Creek bridge will soon be a thing of the past.

“Deer Creek bridge was built back in the 1920’s. It’s in pretty bad shape and it’s scheduled to be replaced this spring,” Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn said.

Courtesy of IDOT – that’s the Illinois Department of Transportation – the 1.3-million-dollar project is scheduled to take place between April and August of this year.

“The new bridge will be of a little bit different design. Two barrels they call it, as opposed to one open space like this one,” the mayor said.

Complicating the project – the presence of gas lines and a water main, communications and power cables, and a split intersection where Main St. meets Union Ave and Chicago Rd.

“When you got two different roads, having a confluence, setting up signals for both of those – we tried to do that and IDOT just pretty much said, it just can’t happen that way,” Mayor Einhorn said.

IDOT signage will direct travelers to Western or 394 as preferred detours, and IDOT promises that Main Street will not be closed for more than 90 days. An inconvenience, for sure, but not a bad trade in exchange for 1.3-million-dollars’ worth of road improvements.

“I’m very thankful that the State of Illinois, IDOT, decided to repair, remove and replace it,” Mr. Einhorn added.

Crete FD Lieutenants Take Oath of Office

Crete Fire Department lieutenants Keith Kerness and Michael Sunzere took the oath of office at the Village board meeting on Monday night.

“One has been promoted about six months ago, but due to covid we couldn’t get together and have an official oath of office, and the other was promoted about three weeks ago,” said Crete Fire Chief Michael Waterman.

Lt. Kerness joined the department in 2019 and Lt. Sunzere joined in 2018. According to Chief Waterman, both men were chosen for the promotion after showing consistent leadership abilities.

“With everything kind of settling down a little bit, I felt tonight was a good night to get these gentlemen in and get the board to meet some of the future of our fire department,” Chief Waterman said.

Change to Trustee Compensation Proposed

At the Village board meeting on Monday night, Trustee Bruns and Trustee Wiater proposed amending the Crete municipal code regarding compensation of Village Trustees. Currently, Trustees receive a set amount every year, regardless of the number of meetings they attend.

Trustee Bruns opined that it could appear unfair to Crete taxpayers if a board member missed too many meetings, and still received the full compensation. Mr. Bruns suggested that a cap be placed on the number of missed meetings permissible.

 “I’m not referring to anyone from this board,” Trustee Bruns said, “I just think it’s fair.”

Trustee Wiater expressed agreement but asked for an exception in special circumstances, such as catastrophic illness. Other board members concurred, and Mayor Einhorn added: “Everyone here is reasonable, but moving forward, I think this is a good way to deal with it.”

The matter was referred to the Village attorney for review and the board will likely revisit the proposal at the next meeting.

Dale Nelson Honored

Retired Crete Police and Fire Commissioner, Dale Nelson, was honored at the Village board meeting on Monday night.

“I want to thank you for your service to the Village,” Crete Police Chief, Scott Pieritz said. “I know it can be a thankless job with long hours and no compensation, so I want to thank you for your work.”

Mr. Nelson served as a Crete Police and Fire Commissioner for 20 years and was involved in the hiring of the current chief of police. Mr. Nelson’s family and friends, as well as a few officers, were present to wish him well.

The COVID-19 Vaccine

What is the COVID-19 Vaccine? Should I get it? Where can I get it?

Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn, Crete Trustee Katrina Seifert, along with Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly, Dr. Gary H. Gibbons and Dr. Angel Leake talk about their experience with the vaccine.

To sign up for the vaccine, register at the Will County Health Department website: https://willcountyhealth.org/covid-19/covid-vaccine/

What is the COVID-19 Vaccine? Should I get it? Where can I get it? Michael Einhorn, President Village of Crete, Crete…

Posted by Village of Crete on Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Snow Fall Parking Ban

Please note that the 2” snow fall parking ban is in effect, to ensure safe and effective Village and County snow removal.

It is unlawful to park any vehicle on any public street in the Village at any time within 12-hours of a snowfall of 2 inches or more, and tickets may be issued to violators.

Furthermore, Mayor Einhorn asks that residents assist the fire department in keeping hydrants snow free and accessible:

“If you live in a house where a fire hydrant is located please make an effort to expose the hydrant so it is visible to fire crews should the need arise. Finding it in the middle of the night can be difficult with no snow on the ground and now it is really hard in certain locations. Your help will be greatly appreciated.”