by Dave Woehrle
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels on May 12 delivered his annual State of Sugar Grove speech to the village.
The 30-minute address—the first of Michels’ new term after he was re-elected last month—was held during the monthly Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Michels during his speech said the new Rush-Copley Convenient Care, which opened in February, is a great asset to Sugar Grove. Rush-Copley provides across-the-board medical services, from diagnostics to school and sports physicals.
“I talked mostly all the growth that’s been happening in our town in the last year,” Michels said.
The Route 47 and I-88 interchange project, currently in Phase I, also has Michels smiling.
“We’ve gotten almost $5 million from the state to help fund the project, and it’s really taking off,” he said.
Other economic gains touched on in Michels’ speech included the addition of Walgreens, Jimmy John’s and other businesses to the village of Sugar Grove. Michels said 90 new local business employees have been added in the last year. Eight new building permits were also given out to local contractors.
Michels also discussed future goals in his speech, such as adding new doctors’ offices, a 60-unit apartment complex, and improving local roads.
“The response from the community has been very positive,” Michels said. “I’m looking forward to the future, to completing the interchange, adding new construction and new businesses. Everyone is upbeat about the future.”