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Oak Lawn Village Board Considers Limits on Additional Facilities

Oak Lawn Mayor Dave Heilmann began the Tuesday village board meeting by thanking everyone who participated in the vigil for the families in Newtown, Conn.

Many families attended and offered prayers and letters to the families affected.

In the public comments portion of the meeting, a resident offered suggestions for increasing revenue in the village. Suggestions included additional taxes on gas and liquor.

Also, suggestions were made to not allow so many medical facilities and doctor offices in the village because they are not bringing money into Oak Lawn. More restaurants and small businesses were suggestions to improve cash flow.

Oak Lawn resident Norman Lupescu followed with criticism of the constant debate going on at each board meeting between two trustees.

ÒDiscussion about building a fitness center that included an attorney that violated several election laws and had no business at these meetings,” Lupescu said. ÒNow there’s a federal investigation about this Board and specifically one (unnamed) board member.

ÒAll of these issues have one thing in common: There is one village trustee involved in all of these arguments, accusations and wasting of village funds.

ÒI say that trustee should be removed from all future board meetings until the investigation is complete.”

Lupescu then asked for direction in the process of getting this topic placed on the agenda. He was asked to contact the village manager for further direction.

ÒThere are too many things that are unethical that are going on with this board because of one board member,” said Lupescu. ÒThis B.S. cannot continue in this village, with this board.”

Heilmann refused to discuss the issue further and moved to continue with the agenda.

Trustee Cynthia Trautsch (1st) reminded everyone to lock their car doors because of break-in incidents at this time of year and also to be aware that a coyote and fox have been seen in the area.

In general business matters, several issues were approved, including a parking variation for a personal training studio at 5201 W. 95th St.

After concerns were raised about parking and traffic issues, clarification of a request for another fitness facility at 9546 Southwest Highway was given by the petitioner, Jason Rudnick.

Rudnick said that this will not be a fitness facility but a personal training studio not unlike a dance studio.

It would not include fitness equipment, and the studio would operate by appointment only for one-on-one personal training. The ordinance was then approved by the board.

A lot variation request for three lots at 9614 and 9616 S. 52nd Ave. was referred to the architectural review committee for discussion.

Other approved ordinances included a revised site plan at 9515-17 S. Central Ave. by Dr. Ejaz Tahir. A Òno right turn” sign between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the eastbound entrance to the intersection of 96th Street and Central Avenue was approved.

A discussion of a resolution to approve the expenditure of $100,000 for the 2013 sidewalk repair program was raised by Trustee Alex Olejniczak (2nd).

Olejniczak thinks the amount allotted for sidewalk repairs in the village is too low. The resolution was approved as written.

Decision to grant a liquor license to Penny’s Place at 6346 W. 95th St. was postponed along with an ordinance to limit the number of class Ò1″ liquor licenses in Oak Lawn.

Village Clerk Jane Quinlan reminded everyone about the Special Olympics to be held on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St., Chicago.

Doors open at noon, and opening ceremonies are at 1 p.m. There will be basketball games at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Quinlan encouraged everyone to come out to the event, saying, ÒIt’s a wonderful day for the village of Oak Lawn and the surrounding communities.”

Tickets may be purchased at http://www.oaklawnspecrec.org, at the Oak Lawn Park District Oak View Center, or at the door for $5.

Heilmann announced the next Safety Meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 29 at a location to be decided.

The final meeting will be at the Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School in February at a date to be determined.

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