Glenwood to consider ordinance regulating board-ups

2013-07-19T18:00:00Z 2013-07-19T23:11:20Z Glenwood to consider ordinance regulating board-upsPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent
July 19, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

GLENWOOD | The Village Board on Tuesday agreed to have the village attorney draft an ordinance limiting boarded-up structures in the village.

Last month, a resident complained that a boarded-up gas station on Glenwood-Dyer Road is an eyesore, and Village President Kerry Durkin asked Fire Chief Kevin Welsh, who also serves as Building Department director, to meet with Village Attorney John Donahue to amend the village code.

The ordinance is expected to allow a structure to be boarded-up for no more than 60 days, and the fine for noncompliance could be up to $750 per day after adjudication.

"Board-ups can only be tolerated in the cases where there's been vandalism or damage from natural disasters, things of that sort," Welsh said.

The ordinance also will address another building issue in the village.

"We're running into a real problem with roofs that are covered with blue tarps ... that seems to be a new roof covering in the town," Welsh said. "The only time you can use a roof covering like that is in the time of a fire or a tornado or damage, not in normal wear and tear to your roof."

In other village business:

• The board approved an ordinance declaring a $150,000 surplus in the special tax allocation fund for the Halsted and Holbrook Redevelopment Project Area, which will result in Bloom Township High School District 206 and Brookwood Elementary District 167 each receiving about $50,000, Durkin said.

D.206 Superintendent Lenell Navarre thanked the board on behalf of the district and said the money would be used to help buy choir robes and musical instruments. Information on how D.167 will use the money was not immediately available.

• The board approved, on a 5-1 vote, a motion by Trustee Ronald Gardiner to prepare a redevelopment agreement that would grant a 25 percent reimbursement on tax increment financing-eligible expenses, not to exceed $161,500, for the owner of the Wendy's at 18257 S. Halsted St.

The village's Economic Development Committee previously had recommended a 50 percent reimbursement, not to exceed $300,000.

Gardiner said store owner Mike Allegro has not yet been presented with the village's proposal.

• The board approved hiring five paid-on-call firefighters, pending the successful completion of background checks and physicals.

Welsh said hiring the five would give the Fire Department 40 paid-on-call firefighters.

• The board approved an appropriations ordinance in the amount of $33,219,624 for the fiscal year that began May 1. The amount represents a $4,328,569 increase over the previous fiscal year.

"State statute requires that we file an appropriation ordinance with the county each year," Donahue said. "We're supposed to put everything we possibly might spend on the whole year in that document."

• A special board meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. July 30. The Aug. 6 board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Arquilla Park in conjunction with the village's annual National Night Out Against Crime event, which will take place from 6 to 9 p.m.

"I think it's going to be a good night for the neighborhood to come together, take a stand against gangs, drugs and guns, crime in general, and get to know your neighbor," Glenwood Police Chief Demitrous Cook said.

Parents will have the opportunity to have their children's fingerprints taken. Funding for food for the event will be provided by Walmart, Cook said.

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