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The Rundown: Oak Lawn Village Board Green Lights Medical Building, Public Works Projects; Issues Apology

Trustee Carol Quinlan apologizes to residents for village board's behavior at last meeting.

Village board members played nice and used their indoor voices at their second bi-monthly meeting, which was considerably more subdued than the one two weeks ago.

Trustees Jerry Hurckes (1st District) and Tom Phelan (6th District) were absent, but a quorum was present to run through the agenda.

Here are the highlights:

New Medical Building Granted Variances

Village board members approved the consolidation of four lots into one at 6700 W. 95th St., now the site of Bally’s Total Fitness, for construction of a new medical office.

Robert Oldenburg, development director for Irgens Development Partners LLC representing Little Company of Mary Hospital, described plans to relocate the hospital’s urgent care center to the new medical building. Little Company of Mary also plans to put in a state-of-the-art diagnostic center.

The hospital will demolish the existing building and construct a new 3-story building in its place. The building will essentially have the same configurations of the current Bally’s Fitness, with a few variations.

Oldenburg showed renderings of the new 45,000-square-foot, masonry and glass-windowed building  “with nice curb appeal from 95th Street.” The building will follow Green Building Initiatives by utilizing much of the existing pavement and adding landscaping.

A 6-foot-high masonry wall will be installed along the east property line to reduce potential nuisances from patients and employees going to and from the medical building.

The village board approved two variance requests for a setback reduction by two feet and reducing the number of required parking spaces to 172 parking stalls. To accommodate parking needs of the anticipated 65 to 70 employees who will work in the building, the hospital has entered a 50-year lease agreement with the Oak Lawn Park District for 65 parking spaces at Centennial Park.

Oldenburg said construction would begin this summer and expects the building to be completed and occupied by summer 2012.

Summer Public Works Projects

Trustee Bob Streit (3rd District) said that members of the Public Works Committee, including trustees Alex Olejniczak (2nd District) and Carol Quinlan (5th District), unanimously approved engineering services for street resurfacing, alley paving, water main replacement and renovations to sanitary lift stations at its Jan. 12 meeting.

The projects are part of the comprehensive Neighborhood Infrastructural Capital Investment Program and includes 12 miles of street resurfacing, two miles of water main replacement, over two miles of alley paving and renovation of four sanitary lift stations.

The total cost is $12 million.

“We had a very aggressive case because of the deteriorating infrastructure and also to increase job opportunities for residents and stimulate the local economy,” Streit said.

The projects are slated to go out for competitive bidding.

“We’re hoping it will be as competitive as last year’s bidding,” Streit said. “While an aggressive program, good pricing would allow us to get more projects done than the year before.”

Streetlights Wrecked

This month’s blizzard has wrecked havoc on village streetlights, said Trustee Tom Duhig (4th District).

Oak Lawn Public Works has repaired 50 streetlights since the huge snowfall. Duhig asked for residents’ patience because of a shortage of replacement parts. Those parts are on order.

“I just want residents to know that we’re on top of it,” Duhig said.

An Apology

Trustee Carol Quinlan (5th District) for village board members’ behavior at the Feb. 8 meeting and proposed a refresher course for fellow board members in Roberts Rules of Order.

“I personally want to apologize to the residents of Oak Lawn for the behavior of this board at our last meeting,” Quinlan said. “I’ll speak for myself: I was very embarrassed by it.”

Quinlan asked the village board to set aside time for a special meeting to review Roberts Rules of Order and to work out its differences not in front of residents.

“I don’t think anybody cares to hear this board debate and argue how we did two weeks ago,” Quinlan said.

Robust Consent Agenda

The Oak Lawn Village Board approved a robust consent containing 21 items with no rancor or debate.

andy skoundrianos February 26, 2011 at 04:48 PM
When is all this nonsense going to end?? If everyone had to use real names, I think these blogs would be a lot less hate-filled and Crazy. No one on these blogs is independent. We all have our favorites, to say you are all just interested citizens is a falsehood. I actually like the Patch it's a fun site for local news and events in Oak Lawn, but if you think any of you are making a difference in Oak Lawn's political scene, your not. Only votes do that.
Nero February 26, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Holy Cow....only votes count. Sure Andy as long as no other canidate is allowed on the ballot but yours. NO SHAME
Nero February 26, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Disgusting, sad, pitiful and absolutely no ability to look inward. My god, after what you done to Sodora and you act like you have the moral ability to take the high road on this blog. You need to spend some quite time and reflect
mejaneyoucheetah February 26, 2011 at 05:39 PM
So true Andy. So, to any and all residents of Oak Lawn, Please vote for CAROL Quinlan for 5th District Trustee and WRITE-IN VOTE DAN SODARO 3rd District Trustee. Thank You.
the truth February 26, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Actually, the Mayor wanted Deetjen hired. He previously hired cronies that didn't work out in the spot and finally went for the professional manager. The problem started when Deetjen wouldn't listen to the Mayor and only the Mayor. The Board is made up of the Mayor and six trustees. Together they hire the manager To the credit of Trustee Hurckes, he never wanted Deetjen so his complaints today remain the same (it isn't his guy). However, the Mayor wanted this guy but Deetjen grew tired of the finger being wagged in his face. What professional would put up with that kind of behavior? What kind of person would treat a Village Manager in that manner?
the truth February 26, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Why does the mayor have five of six trustees against him? That says a lot! He can run candidates in the districts and try to win as he did in District 1. As I remember, he failed at that opportunity. Then he tried in three and has failed again. Maybe he isn't competent enough to be mayor!
QC February 26, 2011 at 07:52 PM
the truth, OR ....Maybe this is the reason? : Broward "Larry Deetjen Puppet Show a Hit in Oak Lawn By Thomas Francis, Thu., Aug. 13 2009 @ 5:54PM Yes, that Larry Deetjen -- the former Deerfield Beach city manager. Deetjen appears to be doing just fine in his new role as the mayor village manager of Oak Lawn, Illinois. So fine that suburban Chicagoans are having trouble distinguishing him from the mayor. From the Southtown Star: Hired out of Deerfield Beach, Fla., to become Oak Lawn's village manager in July 2007, it became clear at a village board meeting Tuesday night that Deetjen is now running things - while an impotent Mayor Dave Heilmann protests that he is kept in the dark and implies that secret deals are being made. From a safe distance of a 1,000 miles or so, Deetjen's very nearly a loveable rogue -- especially when you read how he's managed to turn four of the village trustees against the mayor, rendering the man elected to lead the people a mere figurehead. Deetjen, you rascal! Anyway, tough break, Oak Lawn. But that's what happens when you don't do your homework on your new village manager. Tags: Deerfield Beach"
QC February 26, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Tom, Envy Green is not a good color, but on you it's appropriate. Order another drink and shut up.
QC February 26, 2011 at 08:00 PM
WOW voteforafelon, Where did you come up with that? Great Posting, Tom / Bob
QC February 26, 2011 at 08:02 PM
streitbites#1 Are you one of his family members? You know him very well!
QC February 26, 2011 at 09:21 PM
voteforafelon aka Shameonmayorheilmann You're very close to the entire goings on and know a lot about the Mayor & Carol Quinlan's finances. Is it ethical to accuse them of being a part of something illegal with out proof or charges? Isn't that money, I believe actually $14,500, in the “MAYOR'S COFFERS” (your words) His money from His Coffers to do what He wants to do with it? How greedy can you get? ................................................................................... "Shameonmayorheilmann 6:12pm on Saturday, February 19, 2011 That's a total of $14,500. Let's put our money where our mouth is and return that money now! Tressler was the attorney for Oak Lawn and they were contributing quite nicely to the Mayor's coffers.” It was 14,500 OVER 4 YEARS. “Contributing Quite Nicely”? You make it sound like hundreds of thousands of dollars given at one time, under the table. Just stating Now : “the $ 18,000 Mayor Davey stole from the Unity Party to give to her illegally??” Should give everyone a message about the methods of Bob / Tom’s Thugs. Lies and innuendo against anyone & everyone. Is it just me, or do these two sound like 2 year olds
andy skoundrianos February 26, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Sorry guys and girls it's really me. Thanks for worrying about whether it's me or not
andy skoundrianos February 26, 2011 at 11:11 PM
His Name is spelled Sodaro. No moral high ground here, If you don't do petitions right you can't be on the ballot. Plain and Simple
mejaneyoucheetah February 26, 2011 at 11:12 PM
Remember this is supposedly Andy's challenge! Chatting with reporters and chewing toothpicks after the hearing, Streit asked Sodaro to show the canceled checks to his attorney [why His attorney?], alleging that Sodaro’s legal fees were being paid for as a political favor. Andy's weren't, paid for as a political favor, Bob? You are not being truthful, AGAIN, Bob.
CJ February 27, 2011 at 12:18 AM
How about this everyone of the elected officals are to blame. They should all be replaced how is it that people over look why and what happened to put us in this situiation. It wasn't the worker comp claims, or as the board points out salaries of village employees or the rampant overtime because of sick time abuse. No it was the purchasing of a gateway to 111th st Edgar funeral home. Plain and simple 2.5 million dollars deficit: 2.5 million funeral home hmmmmmmmm oh and the operating costs while no one is in there, oh and the taxes. Have you figured it out yet. Probably not because either Bob or Tom will tell you different and you'll believe him wake up sheepeople!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Uh Oh February 27, 2011 at 03:13 AM
CJ The village board doesn't really do well with Math. Amounts aren't their strong suits, unless of course it's someone else's money.
Uh Oh February 27, 2011 at 03:38 AM
Carolishistory aka voteforafelon Do you mean this Pete - www.dot.state.il.us/directory.html "Illinois Department of Transportation, Gary Hannig, Secretary · Patrick J. Quinn , Governor ... South Suburban Airport, Peter Quattrocchi? Sounds like another Madigan "suggestion" to me.
Jim Hubert February 27, 2011 at 03:29 PM
http://www.swnewsherald.com/news_frontpage/2011/02/022511olbv_sodarno.php W R I T E---I N--- D A N-- S O D A R O,-- 3 R D --D I S T R I C T-- T R U S T E E ,-- A P R I L 5 , 2 0 0 1 A- REAL- FAMILY- MAN.
Get Real Lynn February 27, 2011 at 04:35 PM
How would you know Lynn?? Does a real family man committ Perjury??? Promote as well as yourself a pattern of Fraud??? Be removed from the ballot by an election board that contained two of his friends??? So Sorry the truth hurts doesn't it??
runninscared???????!!!!!!!!! February 27, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Phelan- Why do you Keep Changing the Subject? You keep wanting to change subjects and spread out and out lies at every turn. You and Bob don't have a leg to stand on!!! LMAO RS...............runninscared???????!!!!!!!!!
runninscared???????!!!!!!!!! February 27, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Get Real Lynn Go back to posting under andy's ID. Your a little less obnoxious, just a tick less though!. RS.....runninscared???????!!!!!!!!!
scouter February 28, 2011 at 06:44 AM
Ok - I've been an Oak Lawn resident for over 26 years, and a Bridgeview resident during the 'Oremus' (Daley want to be) years.... This fighting on this site and at the meetings is getting ridiculous. My first question to ALL of the elected and public officials - WHY are you doing this job? My second question is - What do you want the residents of Oak Lawn to remember you by? My third question - When are you all going to sit down, without calling each other childish names or acting childish, WORK this out for the citizens YOU are suppose to represent? As a citizen of this Village I am appalled and ashamed of ALL of you and your behavior. I feel like I am witnessing a bunch of unruly children who stamp their feet, go off in a huff and/or have a temper tantrum if things don't go their way. What are you? 5? I don't think so. You are ALL suppose to be GOOD CHRISTIAN's and, I know, you started doing this because you cared. Well, show us HOW MUCH you really care AND take care of business in a REASONABLE, ADULT manner... You don't have to like each other. You don't have to agree - you can agree to dis-agree, for goodness sake! But you definitely need to respect each other and LISTEN to your citizens. Your citizens are getting fed up with all of you - so, if you want to totally LOSE our respect and our votes - keep going in this vein. We'll see what the next few elections bring, if this idiotic behavior continues!
QC March 07, 2011 at 08:46 PM
QC 3:21pm on Saturday, February 26, 2011 voteforafelon aka Shameonmayorheilmann You're very close to the entire goings on and know a lot about the Mayor & Carol Quinlan's finances. Is it ethical to accuse them of being a part of something illegal with out proof or charges? Isn't that money, I believe actually $14,500, in the “MAYOR'S COFFERS” (your words) His money from His Coffers to do what He wants to do with it? How greedy can you get? ................................................................................... "Shameonmayorheilmann 6:12pm on Saturday, February 19, 2011 That's a total of $14,500. Let's put our money where our mouth is and return that money now! Tressler was the attorney for Oak Lawn and they were contributing quite nicely to the Mayor's coffers.” It was 14,500 OVER 4 YEARS. “Contributing Quite Nicely”? You make it sound like hundreds of thousands of dollars given at one time, under the table. Just stating Now : “the $ 18,000 Mayor Davey stole from the Unity Party to give to her illegally??” Should give everyone a message about the methods of Bob / Tom’s Thugs. Lies and innuendo against anyone & everyone. Is it just me, or do these two sound like 2 year olds
tgolf March 23, 2011 at 01:14 AM
you are right low bids sometimes are not the best but you do have qc who are to watch that the work is done right that what we are paying for ?
Tony March 23, 2011 at 04:30 AM
Dont vote cor Carol Quinlan (5th District) , She gets free insurance from Oak Lawn for working 5 hr a month. People wake up. Hers her at the Board-------------------------sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh
QC March 23, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Tony So do you, Bob Streit (3rd dist.) and Tom Phelan (6th dist) and Alex Olenjek (2nd dist) and Tom Duh (4th dist) and Clerk Quinlan. Not sure about the Mayor, he should with his family's health issues, and Jerry Hurkes does not take the health insurance. Sober up before posting Tone.
QCconfused March 23, 2011 at 09:13 PM
QC We know you get health insurance by being a fireman, your on disability so much, how much taxpayer money have you ripped off from the village?? Carol Quinlan and Bob Streit are the only ones with health insurance Red Corvette, you know that. Stop using Dave's wife and her health situation as an excuse for his failings as mayor, Dave was an absentee Mayor long before his wife was taken ill. Shame on you. I hope your not blogging from the fire house!! Or are your on disability again??
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) March 24, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Scouter - Thanks for your thoughtful questions of our elected officials. I'm getting ready to do a second round of questions for village trustee candidates and I will include yours. QC - Take it easy.
runninscared???????!!!!!!!!! March 24, 2011 at 12:18 AM
lorraine, do you mean QC or QCconfused?
QC March 24, 2011 at 02:55 AM
Lorraine What did I do?

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