Photo by Sharon L. Filkins
Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton joins members of the fifth and sixth grade Evergreen Park Stallions football team, winners of the Metro League Super Bowl, during Monday night’s board meeting. Kathryn Fontaine (right), president of the Evergreen Park Stallions Youth Athletic Association, presented the mayor with a Super Bowl ring.
Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton may be the only mayor in the south suburbs who has been presented with a “Super Bowl” ring, thanks to the Evergreen Park Stallions football team.
The Monday night board meeting opened with the special presentation to Sexton from Kathryn Fontaine, president of the Evergreen Park Stallions Youth Athletic Association, a not-for-profit organization for youth from kindergarten through eighth grade.
“We have 176 youth in our programs and the village has been very supportive of our teams and we are very grateful for all you do,” she said.
The Evergreen Park Stallions Youth Athletic Association is also part of the Metro Youth Football League, which consists of 12 teams, all from local communities.
Fontaine said the fifth and sixth grade Stallions team, known as the widgets, was 8-0 during the regular season. They won two playoff games and advanced to the Super Bowl. The Stallions defeated the Blue Island Untouchables in the championship game. The head coach of the Stallions is Davie Torres.
“Our kids work hard, they practice four to five days a week,” Fontaine said.
A Super Bowl ring was also presented to Dennis Duffy, director of recreation for the village. Fontaine said that Duffy had been very cooperative in scheduling the practice times for the Stallions at Yukich Park.
In a later conversation, Fontaine stated that the Youth Athletic Association is the only place the kids can play football if they are not attending a Catholic grade school.
“We help prepare them for the athletic programs available to them when they reach high school,” she said. The program also offers cheerleading and wrestling instruction.
Sexton praised the team and the program.
“You have done a great job winning the Super Bowl and we know you have worked hard. Congratulations and keep up the good work.”
In other matters, two ordinances were passed amending the Evergreen Park Municipal Code. The first amendment repealed a motor vehicle leasing tax, limiting the tax to rental cars in the village. Sexton said the ordinance will eliminate the tax on trucks rented from stores, such as Menards, by customers who have purchased large pieces of furniture or equipment.
“We are not going to impose a rental tax on people spending money in our stores,” Sexton said. “The tax will remain on cars rented from rental agencies.”
The second amendment will allow for minor traffic violation tickets in the village to be handled in-house rather than going through a costly court session.
A resolution was approved authorizing a settlement agreement between the village and Luke Oil, Inc., in the amount of $60,000. The agreement is a result of an emergency mutual aid call involving the possible discharge of hazardous materials at or near the intersection of 85th Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview in 2013. Evergreen Park is one of eight municipalities receiving the payment.
In a second resolution, the village approved a payment in the amount of $510,000 from the Illinois Department of Transportation for the maintenance of streets and highways from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 of this year.
Five business certificates were presented for approval with four being unanimously approved. However, the first one on the list, a license for Cigars & Vapes, a retail tobacco shop at 8740 S. Kedzie Ave., hit a snag when Trustee Mark Marzullo voted “Nay.”
Because two trustees, Mary Keane and Carol Kyle, were absent, with notice, Sexton said he would invoke his right to vote, which made the approval a 3 to 1 vote.
The remaining four businesses approved were Fuji Sam, a Sushi operation at 9400 S. Western Ave.; Red Snapper, a fast food restaurant at 9648 S. Western Ave.; Foundations Counseling, LLC, a private mental health therapy at 9730 S. Western Ave., Suite 215; and Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a fast food restaurant at 2442 W. 95th St.
A payment of $26,560 for purchase of lights was approved for Brennan Electric.
A request from Police Chief Michael Saunders to purchase two new police vehicles through the Suburban Purchasing Agreement, and to sell a 2013 Ford Taurus, was approved.