Orland Park Trustee William Healy said the board is doing the right thing by passing resolutions. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park Trustee William Healy said the board is doing the right thing by passing resolutions. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

You say you want a resolution? Orland Park has more than a few

By Jeff Vorva

At first, William Healy had some doubts.

But thanks to “Mad” Anthony Wayne, he believes he and his peers are doing the right thing.

The Orland Park Village Board of Trustees has seemingly been drawing up resolutions every meeting, be it to protest the state’s mandates on masking, other COVID-related issues and, most recently at the Oct. 4 meeting, to chide the federal government for what they believe is shortchanging them of relief money.

The resolution revolution will likely no stop anytime soon because Mayor Keith Pekau and the board members have strong opinions and are not interested in hiding them.

Some may wonder if anything will come out of these resolutions. Healy, a trustee who has publicly come down hard on Cook County, the state and the federal government in comments at meetings, even had temporary doubts.

“I was thinking, isn’t this a waste of time for us to do that?” Healy said. “Why are we doing these?”

But history may be on the board’s side that they are doing the right thing.

“I was reading a book about the Revolutionary War and the Battle of Stony Point,” Healy said. “[General] ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne made a comment that I thought was appropriate. He said ‘our officers and men behave like men who are determined to be free.’

“I hope we’re remembered like that. We act like we are people who are determined to be free as we’re losing all our freedoms about us. At least we’re standing up and we’re probably the only people in the state who stand up and say ‘we want to be free.’ ’’

Park fees rising

Due to rising costs and a minimum wage that is set to go to $12 an hour for workers in 2022, the board voted in favor of increasing some recreation and park fees.

Starting in November, soccer drop-ins will be $5 for residents, non-residents in eighth grade or lower will be $10 and non-residents high school and older will pay $17.

Fees for gyms and soccer fields in the area will go up $5 per session.

There will also be changes in the structure of renting the Civic Center.

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