Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The longer a contract is signed for, the more expensive electricity will be; the cheapest rate for a one-year contract is just over 5¢/kWh.
The Village of La Grange is closing in on a new, cheaper electricity rate for residents as made possible by November's vote to allow for aggregated price-bargaining, The Doings La Grange reports. According to the paper, a consultant advised Village trustees at Monday night's Board meeting that the cheapest rate possible for residents would be just over 5¢ per kilowatt hour, if the Board approves a one-year contract; due to volatile pricing, longer contracts would be more expensive. The program is estimated to save the average La Grange home nearly $400 per year; it goes into effect as early as April. Read the full story at the Doings La Grange website. Get news alerts and Facebook updates from these Patch sites:
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Board took steps towards regulating the placement and operation of such a distribution center if Illinois House Bill 30 comes to pass.
The La Grange Board of Trustees approved a resolution Monday that would revise the Village zoning code to allow and regulate the placement and operation of a medical-marijuana center, The Doings La Grange reports. According to the paper, House Bill 30, currently moving forward in Springfield, would create a mandatory center in each state senate district—La Grange has three—though bar them from being within 2,500 feet of a school, like most of the La Grange downtown. “This is not an opt-out program,” the paper quoted Trustee Bill Holder saying. “If this bill gets passed, there would be one center per district, so we should definitely be out in front of this.” The board also finalized a program for electrical-aggregation, including an …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Stone Avenue station and Maple Avenue sewers are among the highest-budget projects for 2013-2014; also, the Village Board discussed electrical aggregation.
Improvements proposed for the Village of La Grange in the 2013-2014 fiscal year include the Maple Avenue Sewer Relief project, renovating the Stone Avenue train station and nearby parking lot, pedestrian safety improvements and replacing the fountain in front of Village Hall, among others, totaling $5 million, The Doings La Grange reports. According to the paper, a major topic of discussion at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting was the postponement of $1.1 million for sewer relief on Ogden Avenue, given that such renovations are already planned for Gordon Park; another topic was a proposed traffic light for the corner of 47th Street and East Avenue, for which a public hearing is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Doings also …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
La Grange Trustee Michael Horvath led a discussion Monday asking for the board's role in reviewing a separation agreement with former Fire Captain Richard Griffin.
It took Trustee Michael Horvath nearly a year to obtain a document detailing a separation agreement between the village of La Grange and Fire Captain Richard Griffin. In the letter, Village Manager Bob Pilipiszyn wrote that a village investigation determined that Griffin falsified department records and lied to La Grange's fire chief, giving the appearance that Griffin intended to manipulate the results of a worker's compensation claim. The letter agreed with an offer from Griffin to resign in order to avoid disciplinary action. The village originally denied Horvath's request for the letter, citing privacy concerns, which ultimately led Horvath to go to the Illinois Attorney General's office in order to get the letter released. "I was …
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Lt. Chris Noel, a 30-year-veteran of the La Grange Police Department, was honored at Monday night's village board meeting for his record of service to the community.
Kicking off Monday night's village board meeting in La Grange on a positive note, trustees approved a resolution thanking recently retired La Grange police Lt. Chris Noel for his 30 years of service to the community. Noel retired from the department on Aug. 1. Noel came to the department after completing police academy training on Aug. 1, 1981. He was promoted in 1993 to sergeant, and then again 1996 to investigative sergeant. He was made a lieutenant in 2001. Noel was the recipient of many awards and honors during his time on the force, including three letters of commendation; the Police Department Meritorious Service Medal; the Educational Achievement Award and numerous Good Conduct awards. In addition, Noel graduated from the FBI …
Monday, August 8, 2011
ComEd representatives will be present to talk about power outages in June and July. Village Manager Robert Pilipisyzn will also present on plans to renovate Stone Avenue Station.
Tonight's Village of La Grange Board of Trustees meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Auditorium, located at 53 S. La Grange Rd. Here's a quick rundown of what to expect on the agenda at tonight's meeting. ComEd representatives discuss outages Kathleen Maier, external affairs manager at ComEd, will be on hand to talk about recent power outages in June and July. Power outages following two storms resulted in widespread damage to power lines in the Chicagoland area. Residents will also get a chance to ask representatives questions. Stone Avenue Station renovations As part of the village manager's report this evening, Village Manager Robert Pilipisyzn will be holding a "mini-workshop" presentation on plans for the renovation of…
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
New policies and procedures would manage citizens' right to voice opinions under a recent amendment to the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
- Thom Rae
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The La Grange Park board of trustees reached a consensus yesterday at a Village workshop meeting on new policies and procedures that would be used to manage the public's right to voice comments at the board's scheduled meetings. The video above captures the board's full discussion on the matter. The proposed rules discussed in the evening workshop session were revisions of those that the board failed to adopt at its June 28 meeting when, following a spirited and somewhat contentious discussion, the trustees could only unanimously agree that the time allowed for each citizen's comments would not exceed three minutes. The La Grange Park board has long allowed citizens to express their opinions during designated "public participation" periods…
In a unanimous vote Monday, La Grange village trustees denied Q-BBQ’s request to build a year-round outdoor enclosure for additional seating.
Village of La Grange trustees denied a request from Q-BBQ for a special use permit to add an outdoor structure for additional seating next to its restaurant at Monday night’s meeting. At a Plan Commission meeting on July 10, commissioners voted 4-1 that the request be denied as well. The commission’s denial was largely because the design of the structure would not comply with requirements of Illinois Accessibly Code. Although Q-BBQ revised its design of the outdoor structure prior to the La Grange Village Board meeting, the issue was more of a “philosophical” one, said Trustee Mark Langan, who led Monday’s meeting because Village President Elizabeth Asperger was out of town. “The code issues were resolved,” Langan told his fellow trustees…
Friday, July 1, 2011
Four departing youth commissioners for the Village of La Grange Park received a thank you from staff at a recent board of trustees meeting.
Prior to the start of the La Grange Park board of trustees meeting on Tuesday, June 28, Village President Jim Discipio took some time to thank a few departing members of the Village's Youth Commission. Grant Lundahl and Abby Gies were both presented certificates from the village president thanking them for their service to the village. "A lot of times the board is looking to them [for their opinion]," Discipio said at the presentation. Both students are off to college next year. Lundahl said he was going to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and would likely study Political Science or Biology, he said. "I look forward to maybe one day serving on this board of trustees," Lundahl told the board. Gies said her plans were to …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Change in Illinois law prompts the La Grange Park Board of Trustees to discuss adoption of new rules for the public comment section of meetings.
A change in the Illinois Open Meetings Act that covers the rights of citizens to comment at public meetings, stirred a contentious debate at Tuesday night's La Grange Park Board of Trustees meeting. The change in Illinois law now states that citizens have a right to a public comment period at public meetings, but also allows public bodies like the village board to set rules covering when, where and for how long the public can address the body. The item was inserted into the board’s meeting schedule prior to the board’s discussion of its agenda items, presumably to pass the board’s proposed rules prior to a period of public comment in the meeting, so that those comments could be governed by the board’s newly set rules. In La Grange Park, …