SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board voted unanimously on Monday to authorize Cook County to make a no-cash bid on the village's behalf in hopes of acquiring about four acres of property at 16861 Vincennes Ave.
Trustees Keith Chambers and Mathew James were not present for the vote.
Village Attorney Timothy Lapp said the county's no cash bid program involves properties on which taxes haven't been paid for more than two years. He said the county allows villages to petition the county to make a cash buy for the village. The owner of the property is given the opportunity to pay off the taxes and if that is not done, the village eventually gets deed to the property.
Village President Don De Graff said the site once housed the M & M Pallet Company.
"I think this is a prime example of a very productive way to theoretically put property that is not producing any opportunity for the village in terms of tax revenue to provide an opportunity to put it back on the tax rolls," De Graff said.
Lapp said the property is mostly vacant but does hold an old warehouse.
"It's kind of industrial around that area, so it's very possible that some businesses that are there right now could expand," Lapp said.
In other village news, Trustee Andrew Johnson, Jr. announced the South Holland Recreational Services Department will host a program called WE CAN from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on April 13 at the Community Center, 501 E. 170th St.
The program is open to children from ages 7 to 10.
"The day will consist of fun exercise programs with the use of virtual video experiences and a nutritious lunch," Johnson said.
There is no charge but registration is required by calling (708) 331-2940 no later than April 5.