Cook County will continue food inspections in South Holland

2013-09-21T00:00:00Z Cook County will continue food inspections in South HollandGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
September 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board on Monday OK'd an agreement for Cook County to continue health-related inspections of grocery stores and restaurants within the suburb.

With little discussion, trustees voted 5-0, with Trustee N. Keith Chambers absent, in favor of renewing the agreement the village has had with Cook County for a dozen years.

Village Attorney Timothy Lapp said the county conducts the annual inspections ensuring businesses dealing with food are complying with health codes.

The county charges municipal government $60 for each inspection. The village avoids the cost of health inspectors on its payroll.

“The county actually handles the inspections for many of the smaller governments in the area,” Lapp said.

Village President Don De Graff said he sees no problem with relegating the health inspections to Cook County.

“This is an annual inspection agreement that has worked well for” South Holland, De Graff said.

In other business, the Village Board voted without opposition to approve 75 building permits for assorted projects. Village Trustee Larry DeYoung said the value of those projects is about $806,000.

One of those permits is for changes that a new owner wants to make to the former Mitsubishi auto dealership at 150 W. 162nd St. It would become a West Side Tractor Sales Co. store.

Also, the Village Board gave its approval for the sale of a 1996 Ford 250 pickup truck that was the property of the Public Works Department.

Officials could not say how many miles the vehicle had on it, but said it was barely in working order. Lapp said that if no one came forward to buy the vehicle, it would be sold for scrap.

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