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Jeannie Olson (left) takes the oath of office from Mayor Kelly Burke to become the newest trustee during the Evergreen Park Village Board meeting Monday night. Olson will fill the unexpired term of Burke after she became mayor in April. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

Jeannie Olson (left) takes the oath of office from Mayor Kelly Burke to become the newest trustee during the Evergreen Park Village Board meeting Monday night. Olson will fill the unexpired term of Burke after she became mayor in April. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

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New oil change center to open in Evergreen Park

New trustee sworn in to replace Burke

By Joe Boyle

Concerns over noise and traffic congestion were addressed by officials affiliated with a new oil change center that will open in Evergreen Park.

Take 5 Oil Change Center was initially approved by members of the Evergreen Park Zoning Board on July 13. The village board approved a business license for Take 5 Oil Change Center, 2650 W. 95th St., during a meeting Monday night. The oil change center would be located on land that was once a Blockbuster video store.

The board later in the meeting approved by a 5-0 margin a special use permit to allow the construction and operation of the automotive oil change. If the oil change franchise meets all the requirements the board has requested, the facility will open later in the year.

Trustee Mike McQuillan had some questions about noise emanating from vehicles entering the facility.

Mike Straus, an official with Take 5, said an eight-foot PVC fence will create a barrier to such noise. Straus also informed McQuillan that they will ask motorists entering the facility to turn down the music on their radios.

“The concept here is that this is a stay-in-your-car oil exchange,” Straus said. “You stay in the car and very quickly we change the oil and check the filters. It takes about 10 minutes.”

Take 5 is already operating a center in Midlothian and will soon have a facility at 10909 S. Cicero Ave. in Oak Lawn. McQuillan said that those businesses are much larger than the one that will open in Evergreen Park. Straus pointed out that the facility in Oak Lawn will be operating in similar space as in Evergreen Park.

Straus told McQuillan that they will have three pits but there will be no basement. Straus reiterated that they are sensitive to the concerns of residents and any noise problems will be addressed.

Mayor Kelly Burke reminded the Take 5 representatives about taking care of debris near the facility.

“You are facing 95th Street and people will often throw paper and other items. It is not your garbage but we need to be vigilant here.”

Straus also mentioned that all deliveries will take place during the day and not after hours.

The board gave their tentative approval if a PVC fence similar to the one erected at the Walgreen’s property at the southwest corner of 95th Street and Pulaski Road is erected. Lighting will be directed way from adjoining residential properties, and trash containers need to be located in a screened and fenced area.

Pampered Palace Salon, 9204 S. Western Ave., also received a business license by a unanimous 5-0 margin.

New trustee takes seat

Burke had nominated Jeannie Olson to fill her unexpired term as trustee when she became mayor in April. Olson received unanimous approval by the board Monday night.

The mayor and trustees interviewed about 120 applicants for the position. Burke said that Olson impressed them as a longtime resident who has been an active volunteer with the District 124 Foundation.

Olson was also a volunteer with Southwest Elementary School and Most Holy Redeemer Parish. She also co-chairs the Homeless Veteran Toiletry Drive for Hines VA Hospital.

She is the director of data management for a real estate investment firm. She and her husband have two children.

“Jeannie has great experience in the business world that will be an asset to the village and her extensive volunteerism within Evergreen Park showcases her community spirit and willingness to pitch in and get things done,” Burke said.

In other action

Burke said that Police Chief Michael Saunders and the Evergreen Park Police Department received a commendation for outstanding work solving crimes.

Winners of the Independence Day Home Decorating Contest were announced at the meeting. The event is sponsored by the Evergreen Park Recreation Department.

Winners were: northwest quadrant, the Rodochonski family of the 9300 block of South Millard; southwest quadrant, the Hallbergs, of the 9600 block of South Millard; northeast quadrant, the Petersons, of the 9400 block of South Richmond; southeast quadrant, the Burkes (no relation to the mayor), of the 2900 block of West 101st Place.

Zemsky’s, located in the Evergreen Plaza Shopping Center at 9586 S. Western Ave., asked that a temporary pod be allowed from August through mid-September for storage for back-to-school items. The board approved the plan as long as the pod is taken down after the sales are completed.

A request from Most Holy Redeemer Church, 9525 S. Lawndale Ave., for a parish carnival to be held from Thursday, July 29, through Sunday, Aug. 1, also received the board’s approval.

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