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Village Board Briefer: New Park Construction, Special Use Permit Granted and Autumn Events

Trustees granted the Public Works Department permission to accept bids to construct a new park on the western half of the former Evergreen Country Club Property.

The Village Board met this week, granted several requests and voted to give a special use permit to Planet Fitness to build in the space of the former Office Depot on the property of The Plaza. Here were a few hot topics:

Trustees Approve Public Works Request to Start Bidding Process

The Village board approved Tuesday the request to accept bids for construction of a park west of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad tracks on the former Evergreen Country Club property. In June, . At the same meeting, Trustees also approved the village's purchase of the 48-acre property east of the railroad tracks from Sterling Bay for $2 million, funded by a state grant, village officials said.

The new park will be at the intersection of 91st Street and California Avenue, and have a fenced dog park with two wading pools, a gazebo, stairs leading to a sledding hill, according to public works director William Lorenz.

Special Use Permit Granted

Trustees approved Ordinance 13-2011, which granted a special use permit that will allow special operation of Planet Fitness at , 9500 S. Western Ave. In August, . According to Mayor James Sexton, Although The Plaza was put into receivership, The Provo Group is still managing the property.

Sexton said the Village Board granted the permit on three stipulations:

  • If the development will be a 24-hour facility as planned, there must be adequate on-site security.
  • The village may adjust the hours if there is inadequate on-site security.
  • Services shall be provided to prevent theft on the fitness center property.

How much did the Village spend on bills last month?

The village approved Resolution No. 21-2011, the amount of money spent out of several funds in August. Out of the general corporate fund, the sewer and water funds, the street fund, debt service fund, TIFF fund and additional funds, the village spent a grand total of $2,295,516.71 for the month of August.

How much cash did the Village bring in last month?

The Water Collector collected $559,192.76 last month, while the Village Collector took in $1,763,653.09 from the general and sewer and water funds. 

Requests Granted

  • Trustees approved a request from Police Chief Michael Saunders for Evergreen Park resident and college student Kevin J. Burke to participate in the 's College Student Internship Program.
  • The Village Board approved a request to proclaim the month of September as "National Recovery Month: Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover." The board also proclaimed the week of Sept. 17-23 as "Constitution Week."
  • The board approved several requests from Church for their annual Martyr Fest on the Parish grounds Sept. 23-25 and a liquor license for the event.
  • Trustees also approved a request from for an all-school walk through the village event on Sept. 23, pending further security measures.

Miscellaneous Items and Announcements

  • continues each Thursday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., through October.
  • will be held on Sept. 10 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
  • will hold a meeting on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. 
  • The Village of Evergreen Park is still accepting entries for the at Yukich Field on Oct. 7 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
  • which started this week, will end on Sept. 30. Brochures are available at Village Hall.

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