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Oak Lawn's Polar Vortex By The Numbers

A by-the-numbers look at the village's response to recent weather events, including crash reports, water main breaks, overtime and more.

Oak Lawn Public Works racked up 1,420 additional man hours during the polar vortex events of Jan. 1-13.
Oak Lawn Public Works racked up 1,420 additional man hours during the polar vortex events of Jan. 1-13.

Oak Lawn's elected officials had high praise for the village’s public works department during Tuesday's village board meeting, despite online complainers.

Referring to the village manager's ditch driving incident in Palos Park on Dec. 12, Tr. Tim Demond (Dist. 1) quipped that Oak Lawn’s streets were so clear of snow that “Larry Deetjen was able to keep on the road.”

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Lt. Art Clark, of the Oak Lawn Police Department’s Emergency Management Agency, wrapped up the village’s response to this month's snow and subzero weather in a PowerPoint presentation. 

The following numbers cover the period of Jan. 1 to Jan. 13, unless noted: 

OLPD calls for service between Jan. 1-13, 2014: 1,569

OLPD calls for service between Jan. 1-13, 2013:  2,141 (for comparison)

OLFD calls for service between Jan. 1-13, 2014: 371

OLFD calls for service between Jan. 1-13, 2013:  331 (for compairson)

Crash calls/reports filed in 2014: 123 calls, 93 reports filed

Crash calls/reports filed in 2013: 104 calls, 91 reports filed

Water main breaks: 15 (all repaired)

Frozen residential water lines: 31

Additional man hours expended by streets and sewers: 1,420

Homes affected by brief power outage Jan. 5: 330 homes

Time it took to restore power: Approximately 40 minutes


Time.To.Clean.Up.Oak.Lawn. January 17, 2014 at 07:28 AM
What about Deejten's December accident with a village owned vehicle? Will we the residents ever see a press release from the village outlining the incident and Mr Deejten's lack of following employee procedure in regards to a drug/alcohol test required of ever other employee in the reported circumstances? Why is Trustee Desmond allowed to make a joke about the incident in which the Mayor chuckled but when Trustee Streit attempts to inquire about the same he is gavelled down. When is Larry going to type up a press release on his own reprimand as he has done for so many other employees with far lesser infractions? Where's that transparancy?
OakLawnGuy January 17, 2014 at 08:46 AM
I don't doubt the PD and FD were johnny on the spot. I saw several squads and trucks travel down my street. It's the management of snow removal that stunk. We'll see how it goes next snow storm. And that comment by Mr Desmond, yeah, ill-timed at best, patronizing at worst.
Tom RS. January 17, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Anytime a group of politicians spend as much time as the board did on 1/14 slapping each other on the back and telling each other what a great job was done means there is something they wish to cover up...Totally agree with above comments, no issues with FD or PD.
Mike Fields January 17, 2014 at 10:29 AM
I watched the meeting on Channel 4 yesterday, I didn't hear anyone claim a great job was done, in fact Vorderer and Desmond both said the streets could have been better, but everyone did say the PD, FD and Public Works people did the best job they could under terrible conditions.
Honestly IPO January 17, 2014 at 10:29 AM
I want to say "Thank You" to the public works employees who put in that overtime to make our streets passable.
EOMessage January 17, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Did you see the Oak Lawn Leaf today? Covers the cover up to a tee. Dog and pony shoudl be replaced by pig and elephant.
EOMessage January 17, 2014 at 01:43 PM
And I am NOT anti-Oak Lawn. Mayor Bury thinks anyone who exposes her lying ways is against Oak Lawn. On the contrary I am against liars like her stealing our money for people like Steve Radice . Radice should resign his position. He doesnt even live in Oak Lawn and is unqualified to do economic development work. He should stick to his fakeonline sports business insted of wasting space at village hall.
john artis January 17, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Hey EOm, go back to directing one of your husbands lousy plays since he isn't mayor any more. Radice lives in oak Lawn by the way You have to get back on your meds soon
Barney January 17, 2014 at 04:58 PM
I was at the village board meeting 1/14. I was somewhat shocked Trustee Desmond made a joke about the city vehicle incident. He knows what happened that night. No one is saying, but he knows. To make a private joke about this incident, I don't agree with it. I think we have a right to know what happened to our vehicle. Larry is just waiting for this to go away. Did one of our police officers pick him up? Did that officer think he was drinking? There are A lot of simple questions ; with the public in the dark, unanswered. Or being asked.
Scott P Steen January 17, 2014 at 06:18 PM
Bob personal attacks on people who dont agree with with the career posters seems to be a norm around here . Its really sad . Im glad I was raised properly .
EOMessage January 17, 2014 at 07:44 PM
John Artis or Andy Skoundrianos you are the one on meds. You track everyone's comments and think you know who the commenters are. YOu are the saddest human being on the planet. The truth is that Sandra Bury has selective transparency. You are a fool Andrew.
EOMessage January 17, 2014 at 07:46 PM
I agree with Barney that it is disrespectful for a trustee to joke about the Manager accident. Downplaying it was what Bury was advised to do. The people of Oak Lawn aren't as dumb as she thinks they are. Unlike Andy who is her blind deaf and dumb follower. Andy you are like a lost puppy hounding Larry Lorraine and Sandra.
andy skoundrianos January 17, 2014 at 08:02 PM
Eom, I have no problem commenting on the people you blindly support the fact is more people agreed with me last time and you guys still have a hard time dealing with that. I use my name and my words maybe you should try it sometime

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