Senior citizens will be given a unique day in Palos Hills when they will have the opportunity to brush up on their driving skills.
Super Senior Day, sponsored by the Palos Hills Parks and Recreation Department, will take place on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd Street.
“This is a nice event dedicated to senior citizens,” Alderman Pauline Stratton (2nd Ward) said at last Thursday’s city council meeting.
The program will be administered through the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office by a group called Super Seniors. The group brings the State of Illinois’ driving resources and services into local communities and offers convenient a variety of ways for local senior citizens to renew their driver’s licenses.
Qualifying senior citizens, aged 65 and older, are invited to participate in the Rules of the Road review course, beginning at 9:30 a.m., and receive a complimentary vision screening exam, courtesy of the Secretary of State’s Mobile Driver Services Unit. They can obtain a free, non-expiring Illinois State photo ID card. However, physical road tests will not be offered during this event. Advanced registration is required for the Rules of the Road review course.
This is a free event for all local senior citizens. For more information and to register for the Rules of the Road review course, contact the Palos Hills Community Center.
The Palos Hills City Council will be combing committee and city council meetings as of the first week in September.
The city council voted 6-2 in favor of the combined meetings at Thursday’s city council meeting with Alderman William Hanson (3rd Ward) absent and unavailable to vote. Alderman Stratton (2nd Ward) and Alderman Martin Kleefisch (1st Ward) were the only two opposed of combing the meetings.
“I feel we should wait until all of the aldermen are present before deciding on this issue,” Kleefisch said.
However, the majority of city council members disagreed.
“I did a survey of the 21 municipalities in our region and there are only two other towns that meet four times a month, like Palos Hills,” Mayor Jerry Bennett said, “Those two towns are Palos Heights and Alsip. In fact, Alsip is on the same summer schedule we are, taking the last committee off every month until September. There is only one other town out of 21 that continues to meet four times a month.”
Combing the committee and city council meetings will allow for city council members to have two Thursdays off per month. The combined meetings will take place on the first and third Thursday of every month. Committee meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and city council meetings will take place immediately afterward at 7 p.m.
The city council cannot take action on any resident’s request during committee meetings. With the meetings combined, issues can be adhered to during the point of discussion.
Bennett reminded residents if they need to speak to him or any city council members, they are also available during daytime hours.
“Their issues will be addressed immediately with the interaction by the department heads,” Bennett said.