Village Board Briefer: Police Sergeant Promotion, New Restaurant Coming to Village

The bare bones of last week's village board meeting.

The Village Board met this week, granted several requests and voted to promote officer Wendi Franklin to sergeant. Here were a few hot topics:

Officer Wendi Franklin Promoted to Sergeant

Trustees unanimously voted to promote Evergreen Park police officer Wendi Franklin to Sergeant. After eight years of service, Franklin, the first African American woman to become a Sergeant with the Evergreen Park Police Department, replaces Sergeant Denise Mahoney, who is leaving for medical purposes.

New Restaurant to Move in Village

The Village board voted to approve a business regulation certificate for Zacatacos, a Mexican food restaurant with locations in Chicago and Berwyn. Mayor James Sexton said the restaurant will occupy part of the space left on the 95th and Kedzie intersection. Earlier this year, formerly occupied by Panos liquor store and bar, and a Currency Exchange, that moved across the street. He said construction should start within the next couple of months.

How much did the Village spend on bills last month?

The village approved Resolution No. 15-2011, the amount of money spent out of several funds in May. Out of the general corporate fund, the sewer and water funds, and the capital improvement funds, and the TIFF fund, the village spent a grand total of $932,953.86.

How much cash did the Village bring in last month?

The Water Collector collected $515,090.22 last month, while the Village Collector took in $1,397,270.19 from the general and sewer and water funds.

Requests Granted

  • Trustees approved a request from Thomas Powell to block off the alleyway behind 3860 W. 95th Street on July 1 for the Annual Independence Day Parade.
  • The Village Board approved a request to proclaim June 17-19 as the 25th Anniversary of Welcome Home, an Annual Event which recognizes the service to Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and those currently serving the United States.
  • The board approved a bid recommendation from Public Works director William Lorenz to fund the 50/50 sidewalk replacement program.

Miscellaneous Items and Announcements

  • Vehicle stickers renewal applications were recently mailed out to village residents. The Village would like to remind residents that courtesy reminder applications will not be sent out this year. Vehicle sticker renewal applications are due by June 30, with a 100 percent effective penalty July 1.
  • The 2011 Street Paving Project begins June 13. Gallagher Asphalt will start paving 99th Street and Artesian Avenue, working west to California. The project should be completed by August 2011, weather permitting.
  • The Zoning Board will have a meeting on June 14 at 7 p.m. at Evergreen Park Community High School, 9901 S. Kedzie Ave. This meeting will address re-zoning of the east half of the former Evergreen Golf Cours from Open Space to Commercial with the west half remiaining Open Space. The meeting is open to the public. Sterling Bay Company, a Chicago-based real estate development and investment company, announced plans in December to develop on a portion of the 95-acre land.
  •  The Farmers Market continues through October each Thursday from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • The Evergreen Park Police Department is still accepting applications for Hook a Kid on Golf program for children between 8-13 years old. The first clinic is June 20-23, and the second is July 18-21. Anyone interested may call the police department at 708-229-8234. Applications are available at the Police department and Village Hall.
  • Most Holy Redeemer Parish will hold its annual carnival on June 15-19.
  • The 17th Annual 5K run/walk will be on June 25 at Klein Park. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m, while the event starts at 8:30 a.m.
  • The 43rd Annual Independence Day Parade will be held July 1 at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks pop off at dusk at Duffy Park. If it rains on that day, Fireworks will be held on July 3.

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