Can the implementation of new technology help bring new business to Dolton?
Members of Dolton’s board of trustees surely hope so. During the January 19 board meeting Village Administrator, Elizabeth Scott proposed new software to spur economic development. The software would help potential investors access crucial information on commercial properties for sale in Dolton. The app software run by Robinson Engineering would highlight places of interest, municipal buildings, and schools. It would also provide information on incentive zones with zoning maps.
The village is currently using Pro-Champs software, which has noted limitations. Pro-Champs creates a list of residential properties that have been registered as vacant but does not account for commercial properties.
Representatives from the software firm utilized the virtual presentation to prove the value of investing in the new app. Mayor Riley H. Rogers posed questions about the upfront and maintenance costs. Scott said the upfront cost is approximately $6,000 with a very low cost to maintain.
With the vision of economic growth in sight, the upfront cost may be a small investment compared to the benefits the Village of Dolton would reap in return. Now may be the time for Dolton to get on board and position itself for an economic surge.
According to Scott, many other towns are using this new app software, and Dolton is one of the few local municipalities that is not. “This software will post property listings to showcase properties for sale to help bring business to Dolton,” said Scott.
One major advantage is that the app will show vacant land and properties that may not be listed on MLS because not all properties are listed with a broker or realtor.
During the board meeting Trustee, Tammi Brown spoke out about her plans to push for economic growth. Brown proposed the Village of Dolton rejoin South Suburban Landbank Authority (SSLBDA). SSLBDA facilitates property redevelopment. In a local municipality like Dolton, the benefits would enhance economic activity and stabilize the community.
Brown proposed rejoining SSLBDA during a board meeting last fall. Brown stated that she wants to keep this proposition at the forefront, believing that it will benefit the community.
It is a well-known fact that Chicagoland winters are cold and snowy.
Mayor Riley H. Rogers hosted a coat giveaway to keep children warm this season. Hundreds of children lined up to select their color-coordinated winter gear at the third annual coat giveaway.
In partnership with Operation Warm, this year’s giveaway doubled in size despite the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Rogers said, “The pandemic has pushed local business owners to step up and support the needs of the community like never before.”
Volunteers gathered early to organize 600 coats, scarves, hats, and gloves in all colors and sizes for children. Volunteers, under Roger’s instruction, spent the early morning hours implementing COVID-19 procedures. Volunteers organized the coats by size and used signs to maintain social distancing. There was also a limit on the number of parents and children that could shop at a time. Parents and grandparents expressed gratitude while helping their children select coats.
This year was about more than coats, it’s about bringing smiles to children’s faces and joy to families.
After the success of this year’s coat giveaway, Mayor Rogers and his team discuss the possibility of another coat giveaway.
“We are still in the midst of the pandemic, and families are in need,” said Rogers.
With new winter coats in hand, children across Dolton are prepared for the cold and snowy days this winter is sure to bring.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that starting this week, repairs to the bridge carrying Sibley Boulevard (Illinois 83) over the Bishop Ford Freeway (Interstate 94) in Dolton will require lane closures. To complete the work, westbound Sibley Boulevard is reduced from two to one lane of traffic on the bridge. Motorists can also expect occasional weekend lane closures on the eastbound Bishop Ford at Sibley Boulevard. At the same time, the ramp from westbound Sibley Boulevard to eastbound Bishop Ford will also be closed.
A detour will direct Sibley Boulevard traffic to Lincoln Avenue to connect to eastbound Bishop Ford via the Lincoln Avenue ramp. The project, which includes bridge deck and structural steel repairs, is expected to be completed in December. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area.
Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.
Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,300 miles of highway and 8.4 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Year One included approximately $2.7 billion of improvements statewide on 1,706 miles of highway, 128 bridges, and 228 additional safety improvements.
Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.