WELCOME FROM THE MAYOR OF DIAMOND
As Mayor of the Village of Diamond and on behalf of the Village Board, Planning & Zoning Board, employees, and our residents, I extend to you our warmest welcome. We are very pleased that you are interested in learning more about our Village. Diamond’s unique character is rooted in its 123-year history – a history full of bright people and fascinating tales. Back then, newly discovered mines in the area offered opportunities for employment and one of those areas which began to grow was Diamond, located approximately 54 miles southwest of Chicago.
Throughout the years Diamond has seen continued growth and improvement. The current Board has focused its attention on attracting economic development and improving infrastructure. With that in mind, the Village established the Diamond I-55 Corridor TIF District in the Will County portion of our community and the Diamond Enterprise Zone located in both the Will and Grundy County portions of our community. In 2017, we welcomed the Kelly Marie Hair Salon, Encore and Lilly’s Café.
The Village continues to pursue grant opportunities for major infrastructure improvements which have included a wastewater plant, water treatment plant, well, water main project, a Safe Routes to School sidewalk project, theme streetlights, LED subdivision streetlight head replacements, intersection and roadways improvements, and a multi-use path. The Village is aware of the importance and benefits of public/private partnerships and continues to create them to utilize federal, private, and public funds for the construction of major roadway improvements. Those partnerships have resulted in almost $4M of intersection and roadway improvements on IL 113 and Will Road alone. A public private partnership is also being utilized to install a signal at Will Road and IL 113.
The Village is aware of the need to continually improve our community. In 2017 the Orchard Park detention pond was renovated and the Border Street project was completed and will be landscaped in 2018. To better communicate with our residents and business owners the Village instituted “Smart Message”. To date almost 600 folks have registered and receive phone calls, e-mails, and text messages on road closures, construction information and more.
Our residents enjoy the quaint, small town atmosphere, along with a great school district, convenient shopping, services, churches, nearby beautiful state parks and recreational opportunities, as well as low taxes and a low crime rate, while still having all the offerings of urban life a short drive away.
Our Village Board meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. here at the Village Hall. We invite you to attend our meetings and become involved in our community.
Teresa “Terry” Kernc