Evergreen Park mayor hints that more development is planned for 95th Street

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins

The silhouette of the Village of Evergreen Park is changing along West 95th Street with the recent demolition and clearance of property located at 2942-46 W. 95th Street.

During the Monday night board meeting, Mayor James Sexton hinted that there will soon be good news for village residents regarding the now-vacant land.

His teaser comment came when the trustees approved a final payout to Environmental Cleaning Corporation in the amount of $32,936. Sexton had made a similar comment at the June 6 board meeting, but said he was not yet at liberty to reveal any information as the matter was under discussion and not yet finalized.

In other business, the board also approved the purchase of a new squad car in the amount of $27,076. Sexton explained that $24,000 of that amount will be paid by insurance, as the vehicle had been destroyed in a fire in April. He said it was a bizarre incident in which a transformer blew out in the alley behind the police station and a live wire landed on the squad car that was parked in the police lot, igniting a blaze that totally destroyed the car.

A fence and garage of a resident was also damaged. Sexton said it was fortunate that no one was injured in the incident. “It could have been much worse,” he said.

The board also approved a request from Police Chief Michael Saunders to hire a new police officer from the May 2 Probationary Patrol Officer Eligibility List to fill a vacancy on the force due to a resignation.

Other approvals included a final payout of $99,352 for sanitary sewer linings in a Community Development Block Grant project and granting a request from K & G Fashion Superstore to conduct two sidewalk sales; June 30 through July 4 and Sept. 1 through Sept. 5.

The Aug.1 village board meeting will be cancelled due to Sexton participating in an annual charity event.

The village’s Zoning Board of Appeals announced a public hearing will be held at the Village Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 on the request for variations to permit a subdivision of a 75-foot zoning lot into two 37.5-foot zoning lots on the property located 9315 S. Troy Ave.

The property is owned by Grade A Investment, LLC, an Illinois Limited Liability Company. Any interested person may attend the meeting.