Bridgeview sells land for $225,000, hires firefighters
By Steve Metsch
Through the years, the village of Bridgeview has acquired
parcels of land near the tollway, just south of the former golf dome.
What amounted to roughly a triangular piece of property on
the tollway’s east side isn’t enough to build on, officials said.
But it’s just what the Illinois Tollway was looking for.
At its May 19 meeting – with the rare starting time of noon
– the board unanimously approved selling the land for $225,000 to the Illinois
Trustee Michael Pticek said, “Over the past years, we’ve
gotten some of the property (near the tollway).”
The tollway wants to use the land for its planned expansion,
adding a lane in each direction, officials said.
In other business, the board scheduled a public hearing for
July 22 on the 78th Avenue TIF District expansion.
The board approved a special-use permit to allow operation
of a truck transportation facility and fleet repair shop at 9024 S. Oketo Ave.
And the village hired two new firefighters.
The village board appointed Scott Kessler and Jori Boren
from the firefighter eligibility list.
Kessler has worked for the Manteno Fire Department, and
Boren worked for the Glenwood Fire Department, Bridgeview Fire Chief Michael
Daly said after the meeting.
“They’re both firefighter/paramedics. They’re both pretty
much ‘turnkey’,” Daly said, meaning they will hit the ground running.
The board also approved the appointment of Ken DeVries – who
has experience as a home builder, officials said – as a building inspector.
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