Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The village of La Grange Park will be testing the water flow of fire hydrants on Aug. 15.
Residents in La Grange Park may notice a slight change in the color of the water coming out of their faucets as the village tests fire hydrants on Aug. 15. The village announced that crews would be testing the water flow of fire hydrants on Wednesday in various areas of the village. Testing is scheduled to begin at about 9 a.m., with no disruption to resident's water service expected. Following testing, the color of the water may change slightly, but officials advised there are no health hazards associated with the color change. If noticed, they recommend running the water for a few minutes to rid the pipes of sediment before drinking. The village is testing their fire hydrants to determine the flow capabilities in conjunction with an …
Monday, November 14, 2011
La Grange Park trustees are considering the purchase of iPads for Village Board and staff in an effort to go paperless, save money.
In an effort to use less paper and save money, La Grange Park trustees are considering taking a step into the 21st century. At a Nov. 8 Village Board Workshop meeting, trustees discussed the possibility of moving towards a paperless agenda by purchasing iPads for use by trustees and village staff. According to research by village staff, moving to a paperless agenda could yield savings of a little over $9,000 in the next three years. Jeff Pieta, owner of All Information Systems Inc. (AIS), brought in an iPad to show off to trustees, some of whom said they felt uncomfortable about learning the new technology. Pieta said that he was recommending iPads for trustees over laptops, because they were easier to learn, they would not take up as much…
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Take a look at what La Grange Park trustees will be discussing at tonight's meeting.
The Village of La Grange Park board of trustees will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 447 N. Catherine Ave. On the agenda tonight, will be a final vote on an agreement between the village and ADT Security on upgrading fire alarms that are part of system monitored by the fire department; the lease of a post office lot; and consideration of a special use permit at Sisters of St. Joesph Motherhouse on Ogden Avenue. Village fire alarms Village trustees discussed and decided at the last Village Board Workshop meeting that they would like to see this approved. It will likely offer savings to both the village and building owners who are required to be connected to the fire department's fire alarm monitoring system. For our story on …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Trustees unanimously approved a La Grange Park Business Association program to promote local businesses on village light poles.
La Grange Park trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday night to approve a La Grange Park Business Association (LPBA) program to hang banners in La Grange Park promoting local businesses. The program will allow businesses to sponsor banners on village light poles along La Grange Road and along 31st Street. The program drew support from trustees as a way for local businesses to promote themselves in the village to residents and people passing through. Even with the unanimous support, Trustee Patricia Rocco expressed some concern over whether the village would have final approval over the design of the signs. LPBA President Sheri Sauer replied that the designs had already been approved, and it would increase the cost to the association if they …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
ComEd does have a reimbursement program for losses caused by their system, but if it happened because of the storm, residents are unlikely to get it.
It's never easy to get up in front of a room of people to speak. But it has to be even harder when you're a representative of ComEd, and you're at a village board meeting to answer questions about the recent power outages. Although resident's frustration over recent and prolonged power outages was evident at the June 26 board of trustees meeting in La Grange Park, residents were largely understanding—and they told ComEd so. "I think everyone here is very reasonable," said La Grange Park resident Mary LaBlanc. "I think we understand, 'storm of the century.'" However, LaBlanc continued, she and her neighbors feel they've been losing power more often than just after storms. "You guys are posting record profits," LaBlanc said. "Spend some …
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…
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, May 25, 2011
Sgt. Joe Renc and officer Robert
(Doug) Rackow, are sworn in at Tuesday night's village board meeting in La Grange Park.
At Tuesday night's La Grange Park Village Board meeting, one officer was promoted to the rank of sergeant and another joined the force in a village swearing-in ceremony. To start the night's meeting, Interium Village Manager Julia Cedillo welcomed and congratulated the officers, while Police Chief Dan McCollum cracked jokes. "One of the great things about La Grange Park is that we don't have to do this often," McCollum said, refrencing that employees stay at the village for a long time. Sergeant Joe Renc and officer Doug Rackow were each sworn in. Renc, who started at the department in 2002, was promoted to Sergeant. Rackow, who grew up in Western Springs, was welcomed onto the force. He had recently completed training and an internship at…
Monday, May 23, 2011
Village looking to protect local share of state income taxes.
A Village of La Grange Park sponsored grassroots lobbying campaign seeking to preserve the village’s share of state income taxes is sparking a groundswell of support, village leaders say. With the state facing looming debts, some lawmakers, including members of the Senate Republican Caucus, proposed a plan to cut the local share of state income, sales and fuel taxes by $300 million next fiscal year. That proposal has raised the ire of many suburban mayors, including Village President Jim Discipio. Discipio said the state has failed to live within its means and is trying to pay off its debts by raiding village coffers. Last week Discipio and Trustee Marshall Seeder travelled to Springfield to press legislators to find other revenue sources…
More than a dozen village streets will be resurfaced, at least partially, this year.
After filling nearly 3,800 potholes so far this year along the 36 miles of streets in La Grange Park, the village's department of public works is now making plans to resurface deteriorated portions of more than a dozen streets. The Village will continue its multi-year effort to completely reconstruct one thoroughfare, Beach Avenue, according to Julius Hansen, the department's director. The Beach Avenue Reconstruction Project, which this year will focus on a two-block stretch between Jackson Avenue and 31st Street, will be put out for bid to a contractor sometime in mid-summer, and will be paid for out of village funds, Hansen said. A state grant will pay to totally resurface a one-block length of two other avenues in village's northeast …