Action taken at the Evergreen Park Board Meeting on Monday approved an ordinance that will require that village stickers be purchased for school buses based in the suburb.
Mayor James Sexton explained that only buses with a base of operation located in the village will be required to purchase stickers.
“If buses are operating in the village, but their headquarters are elsewhere, they will not be required to have a village sticker,” he said.
Also approved were ordinances updating Evergreen Park’s Intergovernmental agreement with the Village of Oak Lawn to provide emergency dispatch services and to establish and authorize the operation of a 911 joint authority.
Participating in the Intergovernmental agreement in addition to Evergreen Park, are Burbank, Hodgkins and Bridgeview. Also participating is the Bedford Park Fire District and the Central Stickney Fire Protection District.
Additionally, the approval of an ordinance providing for the acquisition of property located at 9138 S. Kedzie Ave. will allow the village to move forward in its efforts to purchase the property. Sexton said the property has been in foreclosure for a number of years and the village is hoping to purchase it in order to provide off-street parking for ThiThi’s Restaurant, located just north of the property.
Other approvals included granting a request from Tavern in the Green to erect tents on the east side of its building at 3422 W 95th St. on April 29, July 1, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16.
An application for a business regulation certificate was approved for Shaker Subs Elite, d/b/a Firehouse Subs, a fast food restaurant located at 9204 S. Western Ave.
In other board action, approval was given on the selection of Environmental Cleansing Corporation as the company to demolish two buildings at 2942-2946 W. 95th St. at a cost of $23,554. Their bid was one of eight bids received. Two of the bids presented reflected lower cost estimates, including IESCO Construction Company at $16,385 and Signature Demo Service at $22,500.
Trustee Mark Marzullo questioned Public Works Director William Lorenz on why the lower bids were not considered. Lorenz replied that he was not familiar with either of the companies and that none of his peers in nearby municipalities had ever heard of the businesses.
“Also, Environmental Cleansing Corporation has previously worked in Evergreen Park and is familiar with our village and its environment,” Lorenz said.
Sexton also added that when a company submits such a low bid on a major project, it usually results in trouble down the road.