It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month and you know what that means, the Oak Lawn Village Board’s second bimonthly meeting.
See the attached pdf of the sub-zero, Chilly Willy village board agenda.
Here’s what we’ll be watching:
- Massage parlor – Oak Lawn trustees are set to vote on a special-use permit for a new massage parlor in the Oak Lawn Pomenade shopping center at 95th Street and Ridgeland Avenue. This is not to be confused with another proposal for a massage parlor that was shot down by the Planning and Development Commission in December. According to plan commission chairman, Wayne Gray, this particular establishment provides therapeutic massage for people with back problems and arthritis. The floor plan is open with five tables and clients will be clothed. The petitioner is Chang Suo Xue. An earlier proposal had a shower and closed-door floor plan. The latest plan has the Planning and Development Commission's blessing, 8-0.
- Harley-Davidson – At the request of Mayor Dave Heilmann, the competitive bidding process for demolition of the Harley-Davidson building is being reopened. Trustees vote on a motion to rescind an earlier resolution from the Jan. 8 meeting. The building is part of the 111th Street and Cicero Avenue re-development.
- Video Gaming Cafes - The village board will re-open its discussion of the correlation of new business licenses and new liquor licenses by video gaming cafes with the village's approving gambling machines last fall. On Jan. 8, Trustee Tom Duhig (Dist. 4) asked if "95th Street was becoming casino row?" Before the village board votes on liquor license applications for two new video gaming cafes, the mayor and trustees will discuss whether or not to set a cap on new gaming cafes coming to town. Another suggestion is to grandfather in existing businesses. Seven existing bars and restaurants have had their video gaming licenses approved; 11 licenses are pending, including Krauss's Gaslite Lounge, Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220 and Hooters.
- ‘Speeders’ – Trustee Tom Phelan (Dist. 6) was held up at a work meeting earlier this month when ‘Speeders’ was brought up at the Jan. 8. Artfully, Phelan and Trustee Alex Olejniczak (Dist. 2) have placed it back on tonight's agenda, which means we'll be stocking up on Cheetos. It's based on the writings of mayoral challenger Sandra Bury, who alleges that Mayor Dave Heilmann, used village resources while being paid to perform the role of the judge in TruTv’s forgettable “Speeders Fight Back” cable show. Heilmann is running for his third term as Oak Lawn mayor. According to Bury’s documentation, the producers did not reimburse the village $4,000 in overtime costs for Oak Lawn police officers to participate in the show. Heilmann acknowledged he got paid for his work and that the producers approached him to play the role of judge, not he. Phelan and Olejniczak have introduced a resolution authorizing the village manager to seek reimbursement of four-year, past due overtime costs.
The Oak Lawn Village Board meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Village Hall, 9466 S. Raymond Ave. Village board meetings take place every second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The meetings are free and open to the public.