LYNWOOD | The new Lynwood Village Board is moving quickly to establish potential economic development as a high priority.
Last month, Karen Wingfield-Bond was sworn in as the new village clerk, moving from her position as trustee. Three incumbent trustees — Willie Sims, Rich Stephens and Bill Lebeter — were sworn in for new four-year terms.
Tuesday night, the board approved several resolutions to kick off the new term with an eye on potential economic development.
The board approved a resolution allowing Lynwood to authorize an extension of the Class 8 Certificate for the east side of Lincoln Highway at the south end of the village. The resolution is pursuant to the Cook County Real Property Assessment Classification Ordinance.
“This tax incentive will help promote economic development and growth in that area,” Village President Gene Williams said. “We anticipate businesses will be interested in the area along Lincoln, and want to do what we can to attract their business.”
The Village Board also unanimously approved an ordinance granting resident Brenda Hall a special use home occupation permit to operate a cheesecake business at 20186 Stony Island Avenue. The Planning and Zoning Committee had reviewed the request and gave a favorable recommendation to the board.
The board also approved an agreement with the subdivision Paradise Park to allow additional enhancements to the community.
The board approved a resolution allowing elected officials to participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. The officials need to be in a position that normally requires 1,000 hours of duty or more per year.
In other business, community activist David Blumenberg addressed the board on behalf of Lynwood residents who are concerned about painting curbs and fire hydrants, along with the cleaning and removing of trash from around the creek area due to fallen trees and trash accumulation.
Williams invited Blumenberg to his office to discuss the issues in further detail.
The board unanimously approved the promotion of Patrol Canine Officer Dennis Suroviak to sergeant, effective May 28. Wingfield-Bond swore in Suroviak after the approval.
Williams requested that a board member make the motion to appoint Wingfield-Bond as village collector. Tim Dunlap made the motion and the approval was unanimous.