Sexton tries to shed light on vacant building

  • Written by Claudia Parker

Let there be light?
It’s not welcome in some circles in Evergreen Park.
Neighbors of the former Walgreen’s located at 3541 W. 95th street stopped by Monday’s village board meeting to raise concerns about the prospective plans for the building.
When Walgreen’s was open, it posed an inconvenience to some residents.
“We don’t want to see a restaurant in that building.” said one resident at the meeting. “I don’t want to deal with headlights shining through my house like I did with Walgreen’s drive-thru.”
Mayor James Sexton said the building was acquired by the village at a great bargain. “As of right now, we don’t have plans for the building,” said Sexton.
Another male resident stood up and said: “I’ve spoken to several residents in the area. None of us want a restaurant in there because of the rodents they bring.’’
Sexton responded, “I won’t commit to what will or won’t go into that space. However, let me assure you, when the time comes, we will consider the interests of the entire community.”
The mayor hoped to ease concerns when he added, “We’ve brought in several businesses and we’ve only heard positive responses for our community. We haven’t had any reports of pests from Pete’s Produce or Tavern on The Green. Again, we intend to keep everyone in mind.”

Trees make great neighbors…
 Area students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in an Arbor Day creativity contest. The theme was Trees Make Great Neighbors. The categories included writing a song or essay, making a poster or creating a video. And the top three place winners were displayed during the board meeting.
Public Works Deputy Director and village certified arborist Gavin Yeaman said the environmental benefits of planting trees are endless. “Not to mention they’re aesthetically very pleasing,” he added.
Pleased was also the look on the parent’s faces as their children posed with Yeaman and Sexton.
Essay winners were: 1st place, Savannah Lesauskis, Southwest (Grade 6) 2nd place, Grace Murphy, Northwest (5) 3rd place, Heidi Burke, Northwest (6).
Song winners were : 1st place Mateo Vela, Northwest (4).
Video winners were: 1st place, Noah Flores, Northwest (4) 2nd place, Tess Lee, Southwest (1) 3rd place, Siobhan Power, Northwest (5).
Poster winners were: 1st place, Alyssa Rossi, Northwest (4), 2nd place, Alexander Peralta, Northeast (6) 3rd place, Peyton Schwarz, Northwest (2).
The tree planting ceremony – the village’s fifth -- will take place Friday.

…but stalled trains don’t
Sexton has been critical of CSX’s railroad trains halting and stalling traffic in his village in past meetings, but he called the company out again Monday night for a recent incident that happened on one of EP’s main roads.
“Our fire department was blocked by a train for 13 minutes trying to get to a pregnant woman who had been in a car accident.” said Sexton. “I don’t want to see my prediction come true but if CXS doesn’t fix their issues, someone is going to get hurt!”