By Joe Boyle
A recent review of local village boundaries resulted in quite a discovery by members of the Worth Park District.
The survey of streets in the Village of Worth raised some eyebrows when it was learned that portions of Depot Street and Beloit Avenue actually belonged to the park district.
The discovery was made after the Worth Park District requested an examination of streets in the village for a more complete historic review of the area.
But it was determined through Cook County and Landmark Engineering LLC, which performed the survey, that 109th and Depot streets, adjacent to Gale Moore Park, were actually park district property.
The southeast corner portion of 115th and Beloit Avenue, near the Terrace Centre, was also determined to be park district property.
“Depot is one of the oldest streets in the village,” said Mayor Mary Werner during the village board Sepulcher meeting on April 7. “When it first went through back in the 1800s, it was a dirt road. But with modern technology we can now find out where the streets are more accurately.”
The survey was taken four years ago and the results were provided to the village during the past year. The land in question along 109th and Depot is bordered by Nordica Avenue on the east.
Paula Marr, president of the Worth Park District, and Kelly Pezdek, secretary for the park district, signed documents that will allow the two locations to be a public roadway for annexation to the village.
A rededication of the annexed streets to Worth will take place at a later date, Werner said.
In other action, an ordinance amending a portion of the Worth Municipal Code to modify the village’s water and wastewater service rates and charges was moved to the consent agenda and later approved by the board.
Trustee Brad Urban, who is the head of the public works committee, said that Michael’s Construction will be removing existing debris in sewers this month. The work is taking place west of Oak Park Avenue.
The city of Chicago notified Worth that it is increasing the rate it charges the village to receive Lake Michigan water, effective on June 1. Water rates per 1,000 gallons of water for consumers will be now $8.40 for businesses and commercial uses; $8.34 for residential uses; and $7.81 for churches, schools and nonprofit institutions.
A business license was tentatively approved for Dawd Fresh Market, 10724 and 10726 S. Harlem Ave., a fresh market grocery store. Owner Fayiez Dawd said they plan to expand the store with property located next door.
Goat Liquidation Inc., 6602 W. 111th St., Unit D, also received tentative approval to operate by the board through the consent agenda. Owner Omar Hmedian will operate a clothing retail center at the location.
However, a decision on Signzilla, 6925 W. 111th St., Unit 103, has been delayed because the owner, Mohammad Abu Omar, was not present for the meeting. He had been advised to attend the session in order for a decision to be made.
Also, the Amber Woodworth Memorial Softball Tournament will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 1 at St. Christina Fields, 11101 S. Central Park Ave., Chicago. The co-ed single elimination tournament is named in memory of Amber Woodworth, who died from thymic carcinoma, a rare and aggressive cancer, on Aug. 16, 2018. She was married and had four children. The $300 team fee can be paid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Worth Pot of Gold Village-Wide Garage Sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16 and 17. The rain date is July 18. Over 100 homes participate annually in the event. Registration will take place at Village Hall for a $5 fee. More information can be obtained by calling 708-448-1181.
Werner also noted that Ray Kopacz has retired after 36 years of service with the village’s public works department.