Happy New Year! 2021 was a little better than the crazy 2020, but not by much. Like all of you, I am looking forward to a new year! The 2021 & 2020 calendar years will certainly be inserting reading for our history books. We will hopefully have a much better 2022 and Merrillville is planning an aggressive year with many projects scheduled. Review below all that will be happening in our town this year.
Coming off of the terrible ‘COVID’ year of 2020, I was concerned that Merrillville would not get its momentum back, but I am pleased to report that the exact opposite occurred. We opened the new 84,000 square foot Dean and Barbara White Community Center to rave reviews, repaired and paved $5M worth of neighborhood streets fixing curbs and adding new handicapped ramps, completed the new 93rd Avenue project, completed 57th Avenue, welcomed major businesses to town like Midwest Truck and Auto Parts, an Amazon distribution center, Dominos supply chain warehouse (now under construction), Lamar Outdoor Advertising, all while celebrating Merrillville’s 50 year birthday! See below for other accomplishments I am pleased to share.
We are honored and excited to share that the Merrillville Town Hall will be a collection site for the Holiday Toys for Tots program. You
Our Lake County Election Board has made it easier and easier to cast your vote in Primary and General elections. We are fortunate to have
The election has been over for two years now. Thank you all for the overwhelming support and for casting your vote for me to represent you on the Town Council. Thank you also for enduring all of the campaign signs, the mailings, the knocking on your doors and phone calls. It is all necessary to get the word out and I hope that we were not too intrusive.
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I look forward to hearing your suggestions, ideas and comments, as well as answering your questions about our great town. If you have an interest in serving on one of the various town boards or commissions, like the Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Police Commission, and others, please let me know by sending me your request and a bio about yourself. I will create a blog post about what openings will be available as soon as I receive that information each year.
Once again, thank you for your support. I look forward to a new and exciting year. I’ll be in touch. -Rick Bella