Worth officials anxious for service station to open

                                                                                                                              Photo by Joe Boyle
A Thorntons service station and min-mart is currently under construction at the corner of 111th and Ridgeland Avenue in Worth. The project may be completed by the end of November.
By Joe Boyle
Construction continues at an encouraging pace for the new Thorntons service station at the corner of 111th and Ridgeland Avenue in Worth.
And that is music to the ears of members of the Worth Village Board.
“Finally, there will be something at this corner,” said Trustee Todd Muersch Jr., after a Thorntons representative who attended the Oct. 6 village board meeting said construction plans are on schedule.
Trustee Laura Packwood, who lives near the Thorntons site, said she is excited about having the prospect of a service station so close to her home.
“It’s a huge addition to our village,” Packwood said. “It will be really nice to have it here.”
The Thorntons representative said that if everything continues as planned, the service station and mini-mart will be completed by Nov. 24.
Mayor Mary Werner said that the board had to approve a request for an increase of a Class J liquor license for Thorntons at 11120 S. Ridgeland Ave. They also planned to decrease the Class B-1 license modifications for Mangoes at 11015 S. Harlem Ave., which has gone out of business.
The board approved the ordinances during the consent agenda unanimously. However, the owners of Thorntons will also have to apply for a liquor license with the state.
An ordinance was also unanimously approved for the village concerning traffic control penalties. Individuals who have received traffic citations and fail to settle and pay the violation in a specified time period will be sent a final notice by mail. When a final notice has been sent, the violation may then be settled by paying $500 within the specified time given.
The board also approved that trick-or-treaters can go door-to-door on Saturday, Oct. 31. Werner said that during a recent meeting of the Southwest Conference of Mayors that municipalities can allow  trick-or-treaters, with some modifications. She suggested that homeowners wear masks when passing out candy or have a table out in front so the kids can take the treats themselves.
The mayor said to practice social distancing as much as possible. The board settled on trick-or-treat hours from 2 to 7 p.m.
Trustee Kevin Ryan was pleased with the decision.
“I was going to pass out candy anyway,” Ryan said. “I mean I don’t care if they come after 7 p.m. I will be ready for them.
Werner was also happy that trick-or-treating will take place but added that large groups should not approach homes. They should not exceed over six trick-or-treaters.
“Hopefully, we can give kids a sense of normalcy,” Werner said.
However, Werner also mentioned that the annual Thanksgiving food drive and the one that takes place over Christmas will occur as in the past. Due to COVID-19, children will not be assembling and passing out food. Kids will not be knocking on doors this year requesting food items, the mayor said.
The event that is sponsored by the Marrs-Meyer American Legion Post and Auxiliary will be different this year.
“Adults will pass out items for a couple of hours at night,” Werner said.
Trustee Brad Urban reminded everyone that items for the food drives can be dropped off at the Marrs-Meyer American Legion Post 991, 11001 S. Depot St., and the Village Hall, 7112 W. 111th St.
Village Clerk Bonnie Price mentioned that early voting will begin Monday, Oct. 19 and will continue through Thursday, Oct. 29.
Urban stated that bacterial samples collected on Aug. 5 and 24 by the village’s Water Department were considered satisfactory, according to the testing analysis performed by Enviro-Test/Perry Labs Inc.
The 10 sample sites are tested on a monthly basis per the safe water act operational requirements put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency for Public Water Supplies, according to the Worth Water Department.
The board also approved an ordinance to establish salaries for village officers. The salary of the individual elected during the April 6 election to occupy the office of mayor is $35,000 per year and for trustees it will be $7,500 annually.
Packwood, who is the head of the golf committee, said that the surplus collected from this year at Water’s Edge Golf Club will allow them to get through the winter months.
“We can shut down the golf course and still pay the bills,” Packwood said. “The golf course right now is self-sustaining.”
Packwood added the figures for September from golf were “awesome.” She added that the Chili Open will take place Friday, Oct. 23 and the annual turkey shoot event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14.
“The first 10 teams to register will receive a free turkey,” Packwood added about the turkey shoot.
Werner was delighted that Water’s Edge was profitable despite the pandemic.
“I am excited that we can get through the winter without borrowing money,” the mayor said.
The mayor passed along her condolences to the Kumingo family after the death of Lillian Kumingo, 92, who died Oct. 2 at her Worth home. She was the wife of the late former Worth Mayor Daniel Kumingo, who served the village from 1977 through 1993.
“She was a great, great lady,” Werner said.

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