A request from Evergreen Park residents for a four-way stop sign at the intersection of 98th Street and Avers Avenue was approved at the Monday village board meeting.
The approval opened the door for heated comments from Mayor James Sexton regarding the disregard for traffic laws in the village.
“I have never before seen such blatant disregard for traffic laws in our town. It is really getting bad. Drivers are speeding on the side streets, ignoring the stop signs and not paying attention.”
Sexton made reference to a sign in one neighborhood admonishing drivers to “Drive like your kids live on this block.” He commented that people should drive like everyone lives on the block.
“It’s not only kids that may be on the streets. We have many residents who are senior citizens. Drivers just need to be careful,” said Sexton. He warned drivers to slow down, drive safely and to be courteous.
Also approved was a conduit lease agreement between the village and Crown Castle NG Central, LLC, which will allow Crown Castle to lay conduit for wireless telephones in the village.
“There is no cost to the village in this agreement,” said Sexton. “We are just looking to the future. The conduit will be there if we ever have need for it.”
The board also approved the hiring of one patrol officer from the May 2 probationary officer eligibility list. The new hire will fill a recent vacancy created by the resignation of a patrol officer.
Sexton also declared Monday, Oct. 31 as Halloween in the village. “Trick-or-treating can continue until 6 p.m., but after that time, children must be accompanied by an adult, or guardian. Trick- or-treating will end at 8 p.m. The mayor also advised trick-or-treaters to only go to houses where the lights are on so as not to bother elderly residents who may retire early.
One business certificate was approved for a Little Company of Mary Hospital Affiliated Medical Group for an orthopedic practice at 2850 W. 95th St., Suite 106.
Village Clerk Cathy Aparo also announced a textile recycling event, in cooperation with USAgain, will be conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Yukich Fields, 8900 S. Kedzie Ave.
Aparo said they will accept sheets, pillowcases, pillows, linens, towels, blankets, clothing, shoes and more.
“It is unique recycling because they accept all these items. If they are in good condition, they give them to the needy. If they are not reusable, they recycle them for other uses. It is pretty amazing,” said Aparo.