The Rundown: The Poop on Dog Poop, New Chamber Digs, Liquor Licenses
Highlights of the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting from May 8, 2012.
It was a thin agenda for the Oak Lawn Village Board during their Tuesday meeting. Mayor Dave Heilmann was out of town so Trustee Bob Streit (Dist. 3) served as president pro tem.
On a scale of 1 to 10 for village board tension, this meeting scored at five on the tension scale.
Here are some of the highlights.
Dog Poop on Path
Trustee Cindy Trautsch (Dist. 1) reported that “dog litter” signs have been installed on 93rd Street between Oak Park and Natchez Avenues, running parallel to Centennial Park.
Trautsch said that her constituents have complained of people walking their dogs in the park, which is illegal in all Oak Lawn parks except for Bailey’s Crossing Dog Park. Leashed dogs are also allowed on the trails at Wolf Wildlife Refuge.
After some investigating, Trautsch said the path is not part of the park, so it’s okay for people to walk their dogs there.
The new signs inform people that they “need to clean up after their animals,” Trautsch said.
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Oak Lawn Chamber Moving To Metra Station
The Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce inked a deal to sublet the unused ticket area at the Metra Station, Village Manager Larry Deetjen reported. The village leases the train station from Metra and maintains the interior and platform. The chamber is subleasing the space from the village and will continue to pay rent to the village. Details concerning roles, responsibilities and insurance are being negotiated.
New Owner Buys Joan’s Place
In the village president’s report, President Pro Tem Streit informed the board that the West End 6950 Corp. bought Joan’s Place located at 6950 W. 95th St. in Dist. 1.
Trustee Trautsch said that residents living near the bar are concerned the new owners will have bands performing there.
Trautsch said when she asked Larry Deetjen for an update on the property, he knew nothing about it.
“I’m not trying to get on you, Larry, but this [liquor license application] came in on April 14,” Trautsch said. “If I asked, you would have known about it.”
“It’s the village president’s report, I don’t get liquor licenses,” Deetjen shot back, perhaps still feeling the affects of the epic Planning and Development Commission from the evening before.
“I do not know anything about the prior owners of Joan’s Place. I don’t know the current owners,” Deetjen continued. “No one spoke to me about liquor licenses. It is the president’s report, not the village manager’s report. That’s what it is.”
Evidentally, Trautsch had already talked to the new owners, who also own Murphy’s Law. She said the new owner agreed to work with the village if residents if the tavern becomes a problem.
According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s website, Kenneth Mandernach is the agent.
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