Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Toni Preckwinkle, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Commander Paul Culberson presented a $2 million check to the Village of Dixmoor and Mayor Fitzgerald Roberts for a new water main project.
“This project is another example of the progress possible when government agencies work together for the common good,” said Congresswoman Kelly. “It makes me incredibly proud to deliver positive, life-changing improvements to the people we swore to serve. It is even more fulfilling when the work is done as a group with other fantastic agencies, like Cook County, the Village and the Army Corps of Engineers. Together, three levels of government – federal, county and village officials – each brought valuable, but different, resources to the table, enabling all of us to achieve something that was unlikely without such close cooperation and coordination.”
“A lot can get done when governments come together to share resources and solutions,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “Accessible drinking water is crucial to the vitality and health of the community of Dixmoor and throughout the south suburbs. We are proud to announce that through this strategic partnership we are able to take another step forward toward equitable infrastructure investment in communities across Cook County.”
“It is great that we can finally lay the foundation for this upcoming project. We are proud of this project and the environmental benefits it will provide to Dixmoor, but we couldn’t have done this without our partners,” said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Commander Paul Culberson.
“On behalf of the Village officials, we want to say thank you for your help in this time of need. Only together, can we improve the quality of life of those who count on us to be their voice. On behalf of the Residents of the Village of Dixmoor, we again say thank you for having a heart big enough to not only hear our concerns but to leap in action to fix an issue that we have been plagued with for far too long. It is moments like these that remind us that there are still people in this world who truly believe in service and selfless love,” said Dixmoor Mayor Fitzgerald Roberts.
Last year, the Village of Dixmoor was without water from October 16th through November 3rd after major leaks disabled the system from filling its water storage tank. Not only did all 3,500 village residents lose access to clean water for more than two weeks – meaning no showers, no cooking, no dishwashing or laundry – but local businesses, village buildings, manufacturers and schools were forced to shut down or go without water. As a result, residents were forced to use bottled water.
This new water main project will make necessary repairs to ensure that clean water remains flowing to Dixmoor housing, schools and businesses.