The beginning of a new year is like a clean slate, right? Actually, there’s no such thing as a clean slate. It simply gets edited, updated and squeezed with new things that continually crop up.

But there are a few things we’d like to see erased from the slate by the end of 2019. Here they are:

It’s going on five years now since North Riverside tried to privatize its firefighting services, and the matter still hasn’t been settled.

Although it’s been a full year since the Illinois Supreme Court refused to take up the case, letting stand an appellate court ruling, the matter is still in the hands of a state labor arbitrator.

Union firefighters have been working without a contract since April 30, 2014. It’s past time to wrap up this chapter of North Riverside labor strife and move ahead.

The Lyons-Brookfield School District 103 Board of Education has narrowed its list of superintendent finalists to three people. The hope is for the board to hire a permanent superintendent by the end of this month.

First, here’s wishing board members review input from stakeholder committees of faculty, administrators and parents and give it some serious thought in making their choice.

District 103 needs a competent, steady hand at the wheel of the district and we hope that when it comes time to vote for that person, it won’t be subject to the petty political grandstanding that’s become the norm.

The adults must realize this hire isn’t for them, it’s to benefit their children and their neighbors’ children. District 103 governance has been a circus for far too long.

Our hope is that a unified front on a new superintendent will short circuit any attempt to tamper with that decision in the wake of the April election.

The village of Brookfield saw some positive steps toward redevelopment last year in its downtown and at Eight Corners. The village OK’d a mixed-use development on Burlington Avenue and entered into negotiations with the same firm on a deal to develop the Brookfield Bowl property.

By the end of 2018, however, those plans appeared a bit wobbly. The mixed-use plan looked to be morphing into something less than what was envisioned and the Brookfield Bowl negotiations seem stalled.

That’s similar to what happened over in the 4000 block of DuBois Boulevard, where a residential development looked promising only to fizzle. Here’s hoping for more forward movement on those fronts in 2019.

Although it started slowly, the Brookfield Public Library gained momentum as 2018 progressed, ending the year on the cusp of making a new facility a reality. 

While we don’t expect construction to break ground this year, we hope that the design phase will go smoothly and that the village and library can work together to make this new community asset a reality.

On a separate note, the Riverside Public Library continues to inch along in its own capital campaign to renovate its lower level. There wouldn’t be someone willing to shower that institution with a million bucks to help, would there?