Frank Wurster: Township government here to serve needs of residents
Many may not know exactly what the Downers Grove Township is, let alone what areas of southern DuPage it encompasses. Well, to better inform our residents, we would like to take this time to inform our readers just what the township is.
First, it might be beneficial to inform the readers about the “where.” The township boundaries are 39th Street to the north, County Line Road to the east, the Des Plaines River to the south and Woodward Avenue to the west. Within these boundaries residents of the following villages benefit from our programs and services: Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Westmont, Downers Grove, Willowbrook, Burr Ridge, Darien and Woodridge.
Now onto the “what” of the township. Our township consists of five offices: the supervisor’s, Human Services, clerk, Highway Department and the assessor’s. Each of these offices has specific functions that help residents.
Within the supervisor’s office, we administer general assistance programs for those in need and for those who are eligible under state and federal guidelines. Our Human Services office consists of social-emotional and prevention education programs, offered to local schools within the township.
Additionally, we administer a Peer Jury program with local police departments in an effort to focus on restorative justice for teens. Lastly, this office offers senior citizen services programs to aid those who need assistance with many different needs, as they age.
The clerk’s office is our official record keeper for township business. The Highway Department is responsible for upkeep on our 70 miles of unincorporated roadways and rights of way.
Lastly, our assessor’s office works on determining the assessment of all property within the township. The assessor’s office also takes time to educate property owners regarding the assessment process and exemptions offered to residents. Queries can be made in person, via phone calls or by email to email@example.com.
If you have any other questions, please stop by our office at 4340 Prince St. in Downers Grove, or check out our website at www.dgtownship.com.
Frank Wurster is the supervisor of Downers Grove Township
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