The Board Review
Jan 19, 2016
The Board of Directors met on January 12, 2016 with a full agenda to start the new year. The meeting began on a very positive note with the swearing in by Clerk Quinlan of two new police officers. The brand new officers were all smiles as they proudly introduced family and friends in attendance. We welcome them to Team Oak Lawn and wish them successful careers working on behalf of our residents.
Gary Mentgen, Chair of the Business Development Commission presented a program which will promote Oak Lawn as a business friendly community, develop new businesses, improve current businesses and increase the sales tax revenue, which will keep taxes low. The “Mayor’s Excellent Award” will recognize businesses for their architectural excellence, environmental contributions, humanitarian efforts, lifetime achievements, media excellence or for being an outstanding new business. To be considered, the business must be in Oak Lawn, promote shopping/hiring in Oak Lawn and in good standing with the Village of Oak Lawn. For more information or for citizen recommendations, please the office of the Mayor at (708) 499-7740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trustee Vorderer used his “new business” time to give a report on Advocate Christ Medical Center’s new East Tower and residents can learn more about this fantastic local resource elsewhere in this newsletter.
The Board voted to approve the planning and development referral for a special use permit for licensed massage therapy at holistic healing and wellness center which will open at 95th and New England. A garage height variation was approved for a resident in the 9300 block of 51st Avenue. A two lot subdivision was approved in the 10600 block of S. Keeler Avenue.
A special use permit was granted to allow a Laser Tag establishment in the 5500 block of West 111th Street. This site potentially will also host the Midnight Terror Haunted House in 2016 as the Beatty site will not be available for this use in 2016.
The site plan for Raising Cane’s was approved by the Board, which will occupy the gravel lot just east of Mariano’s. Construction will hopefully begin soon on this exciting addition to Stony Creek Promenade.
The Board approved the sale of Police seizure vehicles. A site lease agreement for a telecommunications tower in the 6400 block of West 93rd Street was approved.
The Board voted to extend the Village’s contract with Norcomm for professional 9-1-1 staffing services for an additional three years. In 2015 Oak Lawn dispatched professionally handled over 191,967 calls for service for Oak Lawn alone. The Village of Oak Lawn’s public/private partnership has saved residents an estimated $1,522,822 to date. Norcomm dispatchers operate out of Oak Lawn’s Village Hall and are managed by Oak Lawn employees. Emergency Communications director Diana Tousignant discussed the policies and procedures which have been implemented to ensure that residents receive the very best dispatch services available anywhere.
Teska Associates, Inc. made a proposal which was approved for professional urban design services pertaining to the gateway and wayfinding signage plan. Additionally, a resolution was approved for professional engineering services pertaining to the 95th & Central Median and Pedestrian Improvement project.
A resolution was approved for a District Office lease agreement with Congressman Dan Lipinski. Congressman Lipinski’s new office will be at 5210 W. 95th Street. The Congressman maintains full-time staff and is ready to assist residents with a variety of issues in his new location.
Lastly, an ordinance was approved which updated liquor license fees in the Village of Oak Lawn.