CSX Railroad will be required to file reports of any train delays in Evergreen Park

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins

“Sometimes the little guys win,” said Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton at the Tuesday Village Board meeting as he discussed a report from the Service Transportation Board (STB) about its recent decision on the CSX Railroad and the Elston line.

According to the report, CSX will be required to present a monthly report to the STB on its number of stoppages resulting in the blocking of roadways on the Elston line, which runs through Evergreen Park and nearby communities.

The village has been involved for several months in hearings with STB, the CSX and both local and regional legislators to prevent the blocking of roadways by freight trains for long periods of time. Sexton said the report commended the Evergreen Park Police Department for its consistent, detailed reports of blocked streets, as well as its residents who also were diligent in writing letters of complaint about the long delays caused by trains blocking the streets.

“Not only was this a health and safety issue for our community which is served by two major hospitals, but it was also an economic issue,” said Sexton. “The long delays caused by the trains discouraged people from coming to our community to shop.”

The mayor promised to keep residents up to date on the progress of the project. “We hope to see some results and improvements soon,” he said.

In other matters, Sexton announced there will be a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, July 18 in the Council Chambers at the Village Hall, just prior to the regularly scheduled village board meeting, on a request for a parking variation and a rear yard setback variation for the property located at 2952 W. 95th St.

Sexton said the proposed development for the property is a Wu’s House Japanese Restaurant. He added that it will be an upscale, well designed facility. “There is a Wu’s House in Orland Park and it is an excellent establishment. This will be a very nice asset to our community,” he said.

A public hearing is also scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 regarding a request for variations to permit a subdivision of a 75-foot lot into two 37.5 lots on the property at 9315 S. Troy Ave.

Other business included approval of a request to hire two individuals from the May 2 2016 Probationary Patrol Officer Eligibility List to fill two vacancies in the police department due to the resignation and retirement of two patrol officers.

Also approved was a request to include Alexander Herrera, an Evergreen Park resident, in the Evergreen Park Police Department’s College Student Internship Program.

A business certificate was approved for Anthony Sisk, new owner of WOJO’s Vienna at 9851 S. Pulaski Road.

Other approvals included a $746 contribution to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and awarding of a bid in the amount of $199,782 for sewer lining to Insituform Technologies, Inc.

In other business, Virginia Wrobel, representing the Senior Citizen Council, presented a check in the amount of $2,000 to Sexton to benefit the purchase of a new Senior mini-bus. The funds were raised through the recent “Memories to Go” community garage sale, sponsored by the Senior Citizen Council.