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Construction, such as this project taking place at 123rd Street and 73rd Avenue, will be prevalent through October, Palos Heights Alderman Jack Clifford said. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Construction, such as this project taking place at 123rd Street and 73rd Avenue, will be prevalent through October, Palos Heights Alderman Jack Clifford said. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Oh boy, Palos Heights construction will make for a ‘summer of joy’

By Jeff Vorva

Palos Heights’ Ald. Jack Clifford (2nd) could not have been more sarcastic when he called this the “summer of joy” after the June 1 city council meeting.

During the meeting Clifford, who is now the chairman of roads and constriction, gave great detail about headaches that some people in the community will face thanks to a string of construction projects.

He said on 123rd Street, the Northern Illinois Gas Co. has been installing gas mains and some streets in the area have been blocked off. After that, the city will install water mains and then there will be construction of the street itself from 76th Avenue to Harlem Avenue.

“It’s going to go through the summer and maybe to October,” Clifford said. “It will be pretty iffy. If you can find an alternative route to get around, I would advise it. Right now, it’s going to be a major thing and with what’s going on with Harlem Avenue with the bridge being painted, this is going to be a challenge.”

After the meeting, he said the gas company did not notify the city about the construction, which started in April, and the city was not able to notify the residents about it.

“They just showed up and started doing it and that caused a big clamor,” Clifford said. “Pipes are just laying there, and yards are all torn up. They were supposed to give us 10 days so we would put a letter out.”

Back to normal

With the state announcing that June 11 would be the day Illinois goes to Phase 5 after more than a year of COVID-related restrictions, Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz said he was happy thing can return to near-normal conditions.

“It’s been a long time and we have a lot of programs scheduled for the summer,” the mayor said. “I thank everyone for understanding the past year in a half that we had to go through all of this. It’s not something we had any control over.”

Live from Palos Heights…

Ald. Jerry McGovern (4th) lauded Palos Heights TV Channel 4 for its live broadcast of the Memorial Day ceremonies on May 31.

It was the first time the station broadcast a live event other than council meetings.

“It was wonderful,” McGovern said. “[Producer Ron Jankowski and Engineer Carl Germann] were here at 8 a.m. to set up and every piece of it turned out perfect.”

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