Support the Riverside Library referendum
The library referendum seeks to fund improvements designed to improve the learning environment for our kids and will, hopefully, further instill a love for what is essential to success — reading. We fully support it.
Rita and Thomas Morrissey
Be sure to be counted in 2020 Census
The 2020 United States Census is upon us and I am asking all Riverside residents to embrace their civic duty to ensure a full and accurate count of every person residing in Riverside on April 1, 2020.
A complete count is important because the results of the 2020 Census will directly affect congressional representation and public funding for essential services. Every person not counted will cost Illinois 4,000 in lost federal funding. That means less funding for infrastructure needs, education, and public health and safety.
By April 1, 2020, every residence will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You can respond online, by phone or by mail. The 2020 Census marks the first time that people can respond online.
You do not have to be a citizen or a registered voter to count. If you live in Riverside you count! And after you have responded to the census please take the extra step to ensure your friends and family are counted. We especially need to make sure that young children, minorities, renters, and members of extended families are counted because they are often overlooked.
The data gathered by the Census Bureau is completely confidential and highly secure. It is illegal for the Census Bureau to provide any identifying information to any organization or governmental agency. Census data cannot be shared with immigration or law enforcement agencies and cannot be used to affect government benefits. Census data is used solely for statistical purposes.
The census is our opportunity to proclaim the basic American value that in the United States everybody counts. Please do your part to make sure Riverside gets its fullest count ever. For more information, please visit riverside.il.us/508/Census-2020.
Ben Sells, president
Village of Riverside
Vote yes to invest in Komarek School
A very important referendum is coming up Tuesday, March 17 for the renovation of Komarek School, our local grade school.
I, possibly like many of you, was very skeptical of this proposal until my wife, Patti Jo, insisted we take a tour of the Komarek facilities, which we did last week. Oh my goodness!
The east building of the complex was obsolete 25 years ago and the west building is obsolete today. I am frankly embarrassed as a North Riverside resident by the state of these facilities.
Neither building meets modern requirements for public facilities, much less public education for our children — fire safety codes (no sprinklers!), Americans for Disability Act, ventilation, plumbing and electrical requirements, asbestos abatement, you name it.
We are woefully behind modern regulations and standards on all these fronts and many more. Our family has lived in North Riverside for over 40 years, and we have benefited well from the low property taxes we have paid all these years.
However, while we have kept our property taxes low, we as a community have severely underinvested in our grade school facilities at Komarek.
Extensive effort by the Komarek community, North Riverside residents and the professional school architect Arcon has been expended to come up with a thoughtful and cost-conscious design to address all of these concerns.
Now is the time to vote yes for Komarek to ensure our grade school meets modern building requirements, so that we can be proud of our local grade school, continue to attract young families with children to our Village, and maintain and improve our property values.
Loss of chimney swifts a concern
I am writing you in response to your article “Riverside is for the birds” (News, March 4).
I have been a Brookfield resident for many years. This past fall a tall chimney was removed on a property next to me. It was home to migratory chimney swifts for as long as I can remember. They will return soon with no place to roost.
The swifts provide an important public service in the amount of insects that they eat, and their flying skills are amazing. Unfortunately, their numbers are decreasing every year.
There are communities across the country that are building simple fake chimneys. Perhaps the Audubon Society can install some along the corridor. Please pass this suggestion on.
The loss of the swifts is also our loss.