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Straz thanks residents for patience during pandemic

By Jeff Vorva

Now that Illinois has entered Phase 5 of the pandemic, Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz was thankful for the citizens of his community for getting through the worst part of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was a long time getting here,” Straz said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “ I want to thank all the residents of Palos Heights for putting up with these last 15 months or so.

“It’s been a struggle in many cases and tempers sometimes flared but things worked out.”

The mayor also thanked city employees who made sacrifices working flexible hours.

Straz said all summer activities that were planned are still going forward and the pool, recreation center and library are all open.

He also said that masks still need to be worn if people are not vaccinated.

“If you are not vaccinated, please consider it,” he said. “It’s the safest way to get us to a wrapup on this whole thing.”

Leave it to beavers

Recently, Public Works Director Adam Jasinski reported to city officials that standing water on 135th Street near Ridgeland Avenue was not caused a a project at Lake Arrowhead, rather, a blocked stream and ditech on Cook County Forest Preserve property caused the problem.

Upon further review, Alderman Jack Clifford said that it was a dam blocking the stream.

“There is a family of beavers damming up that area and causing the water,” he said

The problem is expected to be rectified on Thursday.

New show

Channel 4 is planning a new show called “City News” and will highlight happenings in the city each week.

“It’s bringing out all of the current events of the week,” Alderman Jerry McGovern said. “Anything that the police department has to bring out, anything the park district has to bring out, farmer’s market, movies, concerts…they are all going to be televised weekly so that everybody knows.

Other business

The council approved a permanent sign request for Seva Brands at 11849 Southwest Highway and a stair lift for Chicago Christian High School.

The city will execute an intergovernmental agreement with Palos Park for reimbursement of road resurfacing outside the city limits on 123rd Place.

The council approved to sell five public works vehicles in iBid, a state of Illinois website.

 

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