TIF Hearings, Halloween Hours Return to Village Board Agenda

Oak Lawn trustees will vote on an A-D consent agenda at the Sept. 25 village board meeting. Read what is and isn't on the agenda.

It’s a skimpy agenda for the Oak Lawn Village Board, which meets tonight (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m. at ye olde Village Hall.

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Village board members should be rested and relaxed after two back-to-back monster agenda meetings, ready to tackle the important issues in Oak Lawn. Trustees will be voting on an A-D consent agenda. It should be a short evening but then we haven’t heard trustees’ new business or the village manager’s report yet. We'll bring some change for Cheetos from the vending machine just in case.

Read the pdf of the skimpy village board agenda.

Here’s what we’ll be watching:

  • TIF Hearings – Trustees will be voting on ordinances to fix a time and date for two public hearings on the expansion of the Triangle (95th Street) and 111th and Cicero Avenue TIF districts.
  • Halloween Hours – The village board will partake in its annual discussion of Halloween hours in Oak Lawn. Last year the curfew for trick or treating in the village was shortened to 7 p.m. after Trustee Alex Olejniczak (Dist. 2) said he received calls from a concerned parent that 8 p.m. was too long of a window for kids to be out running around in the dark. Olejniczak also said that 8 o'clock was a little late for seniors to be opening their doors at night. Some parents complained on Patch that they couldn't get home from work until 6 p.m. Under Olejniczak’s proposal to end trick or treating at 7 p.m., by the time they arrived home and got kids changed into costumes Halloween would be over. prompting Mayor Dave Heilmann to sing “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” The village board is going to talk about it again. Perhaps this year the mayor will use his new board majority to reinstate the 8 p.m. Halloween curfew.
  • No executive session is scheduled.

What’s not on the agenda:

  • Fall On the Green Audit – No forensic audit presentation is scheduled for tonight, although we did hear that the auditors were interviewing village employees and others involved in producing Fall On the Green 2011 last week, including the current and former chairs, Trustees Bob Streit (Dist. 3) and Tom Phelan (Dist. 6).
  • No recall of the Roberts Rules of Order vote - Unless someone tosses a curve ball after the confusing Sept. 11 village board meeting, there is no motion on the agenda to reconsider the vote on Heilmann’s amended Robert’s Rules of Order. Trustee Cindy Trautsch (Dist. 1) voted no on an ordinance to amend the village code’s “Rules and Order” with more Robert's Rules. The mayor says an earlier board vote approving the added rules' "language" still counted. The village attorneys are figuring it out. Patch needs to start hanging out more in the parking lot after village board meetings.
  • Retaining Progressive Energy Group – Trustees will not be voting on whether to retain Progressive Energy Group of Evergreen Park to negotiate a contract with an alternative electricity provider, which came highly recommended by public works committee chair, Trustee Bob Streit (Dist. 3). Voters can expect to see a binding referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot authorizing the village to negotiate a lower electricity rate for residents and small commercial businesses. The Quality Control Committee interviewed alternative electricity suppliers last month, who explained that the process for soliciting bids and negotiating rates was fairly standard across the industry. Some suggested that larger municipalities, such as Oak Lawn, could eliminate the broker’s fee in the cost per kilowatt-hour by negotiating lower rates directly with alternative electricity suppliers. Streit, who is in the electrical aggregation business, said brokers offer such expertise as developing operation plans and dispensing information to residents. Oak Lawn trustees have yet to approve a contract for Progressive Energy Group. Streit's firm, Illinois Energy Aggregation, is the broker for Evergreen Park.

CORRECTION: Patch incorrectly stated that Illinois Energy Aggregation was a "co-broker" with Progressive Energy Group to negotiate electricity rates with alternative suppliers for the Village of Evergreen Park. IEA is the sole broker for Evergreen Park. We apologize for the error.

The Oak Lawn Village Board meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at Village Hall, 9446 S. Raymond Ave. The meetings are free and open to the public.

Pat F September 25, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I don't think 7 gives the kids anytime if their parents don't get home until 6?? Answering the door until 8 isn't going to kill anyone..If you don't give out candy anyway( people turn off all their lights and hide in back of house..you know who you are) it shouldn't concern you.. This is one of the few things children are still allowed to do!! The schools already destroyed everything else because of being "politically correct!"!!! Christmas, Easter, etc........ Let the kids be kids and enjoy this part of their lifes..
Grunty September 25, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Basically, the right time for me is 7:30, so that makes 8 a better time for most parents who get home at 6 in my opinion. To the people who think that the 7 stop time stops "hi-jinks" you are falsely assuming that 7 o'clock is a curfew for people to be out. Teenagers still have a 10:30 curfew regardless of when they can stop coming to your door, and they can certainly still be wearing costumes. I'll be at the meeting tonight to voice this.
Pat F September 25, 2012 at 10:29 PM
You're right on that..The older kids have more time to do damage with their eggs and shaving cream when the parents aren't out walking around with the little ones!! They get the whole neighborhood to do what they want!!
sue s September 26, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Thanks Grunty. All the kids get lumped together. The kids who are accompanied by adults and really get into the spirit of Halloween shouldn't be punished with this curfew because of unsupervised older kids. If residents don't want to be bothered they can put out a sign saying so, leave their candy out on the porch in a bowl with a note asking children to please take just one or two pieces of candy (which I do while I take my kids trick-or-treating and people are respectful about it) or disconnect their doorbell.
Mark Twiner September 26, 2012 at 02:20 AM
If you don't want to give out candy past a certain time, turn off your light and don't answer the door. If you don't want your kid out late, make them come home at a time you set. The Oak Lawn government doesn't have anything better to do than protect the elderly by telling them not to answer the door, or deciding for parents how late children should be getting candy?


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