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Evergreen Park considers use of cameras for traffic violations

  • Written by By Sharon L. Filkins

The Evergreen Park Board of Trustees approved an ordinance amendment Monday night regarding an automated traffic law enforcement system that could bring photo enforced intersections to the village.

According to Mayor James Sexton, the amendment will allow a designated firm to come in and do a detailed survey on which intersection would be most effective for the installation of cameras to detect traffic light violations through photo enforcement. The amendment did not specify a date for the start of the survey.

Also approved in a 5-1 vote was an ordinance for the purchase of property located at 9604 S. Kedzie Ave. Sexton said the building on the property will be razed, which will be an opportunity for the village to provide additional parking for Chi-Tung, a restaurant located directly north of the property.

Voting against the approval of the sale was Trustee Mark Marzullo. Prior to the vote, he asked the mayor if there were any plans to renovate the existing building on the property and to possibly rent it out. Sexton replied that was not in the plan.

The Board also approved an agreement between the village and the Combined Counties Police Association to extend the current collective bargaining agreement for one year, through April 30, 2017.

Fire Chief Ronald Kleinhouse presented the 2015 Annual Fire Report to the Board for its review. Kleinhouse reported that the number of calls was up from last year and that two died during that time. Joseph McHale died at home from a heart attack, and Daniel Capuano, a parti-time Evergreen Park firefighter, died in the line of duty in December as a member of the Chicago Fire Department. The full report is available on the Village website, www.evergreenpark-ill.com.

In other action, the board approved a request from Police Chief Michael Saunders to purchase eight police vehicles at a cost of $27,076 per vehicle, from the lowest bidder, Currie Motors in Frankfort.

In other business, a number of disbursements were approved, including: the purchase of a flatbed truck for $18,550; a 2016 Backhoe for $87,328, both budgeted items; and $99,000 to Insituform Technologies for Sanitary Sewer Linings, funded 100 percent by Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

Also approved was $37,182 to Herrera Landscaping, Inc., for landscape maintenance of right-of-ways in the village; a final payment of $23,426 to H & R Johnson for construction of the barn in The Park, 2709 W. 91st St.; and $34,491 to Evergreen Electric for work at the barn.

Other matters included Sexton congratulating resident Anthony Yukich on his 99th birthday. Yukich was honored with coffee and cake served after the board meeting. Sexton said that Yukich was born in 1917, the same year his father was born, and that he respects him as his “political Godfather.” Yukich was a trustee for many years and still attends every board meeting. Yukich Field was named in his honor for the many years he has dedicated to the village.  

Sexton said Yukich will also be honored on his actual birthday, which is March 17, at the Senior Council Luncheon, scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Senior Center.

In the public comment portion of the meeting, Sexton called on Carl McFerren, the Contract Compliance Officer for De Bartolo and Lormax Stern, the developers of the new Evergreen Park Plaza at 95th and Western Avenue.

McFerren reported that the lineup of potential retailers in the new development improves daily and that the names of the stores will be announced in a few weeks, once the contracts are signed.

He added that he is working diligently to meet the terms of the developer’s agreement with the mayor and the board of trustees. He said there will be a minimum of 25 percent of hiring and contracting with local businesses. “It is my hope that we will exceed the 25 percent minimum. Hiring our local businesses and residents will only strengthen our economy,” he said.

In other public comments, the Rev. Joseph Pughsley, of the non-denominational Sacred Mountain International Christian Center, located at 10353 S. King Drive, Chicago, offered his services to the village. “I am here to let you know that our church is here to help the residents of this village in any way we can. We are here to serve,” he said.