Action taken at the Evergreen Park Village Board meeting on Monday night will result in additional parking for businesses along the 95th Street commercial corridor.
The board unanimously approved an ordinance for the purchase of property located at 2942-2046 W. 95th St., which will be transformed into additional parking space.
Mayor James Sexton said the existing structures on the site will be demolished and replaced with a parking lot that will provide better access to nearby businesses.
“Back in the day when 95th Street businesses were built, people walked to stores and most families only had one vehicle, so parking was not an issue. But things have changed and parking space is limited, so we do what we can to help our businesses.”
Trustee Carol Kyle added that this action is part of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan.
“Recognizing the parking problem on 95th Street, the trustees incorporated the plan to acquire any property which became available and to transform it into a parking lot where it was feasible. It seems to be helping our businesses,” she said.
In other business, the board approved two ordinances regarding village tax levies. One was for general corporate purposes for the Fiscal Year beginning Nov.1, 2014, and ending Oct. 31, 2015, in the amount of $24,536,782; and also one for library purposes for the Fiscal Year beginning Jan. 1, 2015 and ending Dec. 31, 2015, in the amount of $1,083,756.
The Board also approved payment of its annual membership dues to the Illinois Municipal League for the 2016 membership year, in the amount of $1,500.
Sexton also announced a proclamation establishing Saturday, Nov. 28 as “Small Business Saturday.” He urged residents to support Evergreen Park’s small businesses on that day. “We appreciate our larger corporate stores, but let’s not forget our small business people who are important to our village.”
In a approving a second proclamation, “Celebrating Maranatha Chapel’s 40th Anniversary,” Sexton commended Pastor Doug Banks for the hard work he does for Evergreen Park. “We are happy to honor you and the church and what you mean to our community,” he said.
Upcoming events in the village were announced including a performance of the City Lights Orchestra “Sounds of the Season” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Most Holy Redeemer Parish. Tickets are free on a first-come, first-served basis and may be picked up starting Monday, Nov. 30 at the Evergreen Park Community Senior Center, 9547 S. Homan Ave.
The Village Hall will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27, in observance of Thanksgiving. Village Hall will re-open on Saturday, Nov. 28. Garbage pick-up for Thursday will be done on Friday, Nov. 27.