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Worth approves three ordinances

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins

Three ordinances were approved at the Worth Village Board meeting on Tuesday, with two of them prompting lengthy discussion regarding driveways, culverts and drainage ditches.

An ordinance calling for the amending of Title 7 of the Worth Municipal Code to establish regulations for culverts was questioned by Public Works Superintendent Wayne Demonbreun. He requested that the wording be changed in the description of material to be used in construction of a culvert. He asked that the required material be corrugated metal pipe, instead of reinforced concrete.

After much discussion, the trustees voted unanimously to change the wording of the ordinance.

Also sparking discussion was an ordinance to amend the municipal code to declare failure to maintain the parkway as a nuisance.

“This has been an ongoing problem in Worth for at least the last 50 years,” said Trustee Pete Kats. “Residents fill in the ditches in the parkway in front of their house to provide extra parking space, which then creates flooding problems further down the street.

Following a lengthy discussion on the matter, the ordinance was approved unanimously.      

A third ordinance, calling for the rezoning of property located at the Southwest corner of 111th Street and Oketo Avenue, commonly known as the Lucas Berg Property, was approved unanimously with no discussion. The property was changed from R3, general residence zoning district, to B1, restricted retail business zoning district.

Also approved was an ordinance amendment increasing the number of package liquor licenses in Worth, from 9 to 10, in order to accommodate a license for the Worth BP, Inc.

Mayor Mary Werner also announced five appointments to terms expiring May 1 2017. They are Mark Micetich, chief of police; Charles Kulisek, deputy chief; Wayne Demonbreun, superintendent of public works; and Bruce Zartler, building commissioner.