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Homewood Village Clerk Resigns; Condos May Become Rentals: On the Agenda

A preview of Tuesday night’s Homewood Village Board meeting.

Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld and the village trustees will meet at  on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Water Reinstatement Fee

Those who are late on their water bills, listen up. The board will be voting on new fees to get water service turned back on after shutoff due to negligent payments.

Flosswood Condos to be Converted to Apartments

The board will be voting on an ordinance amendment to allow rental of the current condo units at Flosswood Station, 2321 183rd Street. The request was sent in by Brian Finnigen of Old National Bank.

Village Clerk Resignation

After nearly 10 years, Gayle Campbell is resigning from the position of Homewood Village Clerk. Campbell has also occupied other roles in local government, including the position of village liaison to the Homewood Heritage Committee. Karen Washington will fill Campbell’s former position until the next election in spring of 2013.

WA Mama July 09, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Great idea on the condos. There are too few rental options in the area.
Bill Moser July 09, 2012 at 12:38 PM
We wanted to buy a condo at Flosswood, but there is a pet restriction of 30 pounds - or none at all. My 65 pounds of lethargy would be a much better condo pet than a smaller dog that could be annoyingly yappy.
minnie ha ha July 09, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Rentals within a condo community tend to lower condo values, create risk for condo owners, because renters have no ownership "skin", so responsibility to maintain rental and common property will be challenging. Not a good idea. Seems just a way to create a slum.
Beth July 09, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I'm concerned with that many units possibly going rental. I know that when friends looked at the units they never got back to them with answers to their questions. Perhaps they need a better realtor not renters.
Lucy July 09, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Curious...I wonder how this will affect the value of the condos for those that live there at this time? Also, how will this impact our schools? How many units will become rentals, 5 or 25? Eventually will everyone move out and it turns into the complex on Governors Hwy. Something to think about.
lynne July 09, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Great, another way for the undesirables to move in and continue to drive down property values. Bad idea to turn the condos into rentals, now there is another opportunity for things to get worse than they already are.
Mr. Jack July 09, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Gail is a good person and did a great job as clerk, in my observation. Thanks, Gail. Does anyone know anything about Karen Washinton?
Ernie Souchak July 09, 2012 at 04:50 PM
BAD idea on the condos becoming rentals. Anecdotal evidence is clear that the condition of the property declines, surrounding values drop, and the "desirables" leave as the "undesirables" move in. Same story on rental houses - no skin in the game, no pride of ownership. Cabrini Flosswood on the way if it is approved.
Ex Pat July 09, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Based on the fact that I'm a renter, and knowing nothing else about me, would you call me undesirable? Oh, right. I can't afford to purchase, so that means I'm a piece of dirt. I'm a renter, so, clearly, that means I'm loud, I don't pay my rent on time, I don't take care of my apartment, I don't pick up after myself in common areas, and I don't respect my neighbors. I don't understand you people. You'd rather leave the building vacant? Stagnate the economy? Brilliant move. Oh, wait, I wouldn't know what intelligence is. I'm a renter. I live in a slum. Rental properties can have stringent rules, too. But, obviously, I don't follow them. I'm an undesirable.
Don Grasse July 09, 2012 at 06:26 PM
bill moser If your dog id well behaved we will accomadate you. We have a two bedroom for sale. We are in Flossmoor. Flossmoor country club condos.
B July 09, 2012 at 07:09 PM
so you're saying that anyone that rents a place, verses buying in this shit ecomomy is considered Undersirable?? wow.
B July 09, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Excellant Comment Ex Pat..... thank you!! That 'undersirable' comment definitely hit a nerve over here!
Pat Rinkenberger July 09, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Agreed!
BlackHawks Fan July 09, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I actually think it is a good idea. Homewood could use some apartments to bring in some young up and comers or quality renters of any age. Let them see what Homewood offers and then maybe if and when they can afford it they will buy here. There are many graduates that cannot afford to buy and would make great tenants. JMHO
Ex Pat July 09, 2012 at 09:17 PM
First of all, it's insultingly and painfully judgmental to say that renters are all rowdy deviants. Second, you DO realize vacant units will decrease your property value, as well, right? Third, there are good people who cannot afford to buy homes right now. You're telling me you would leave those good people, who would treat a rental property the same as a property they own - treat it like the home that it is - out in the cold? That is disgraceful. Positively and abhorrently disgraceful. I am outraged that people who once shared a community with me now say they would turn their backs on me simply because I don't own my home. Shame on you.
WA Mama July 10, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Hear, hear! My in-laws are looking to move to Homewood this month, but we have been unable to find much housing for them to rent. They do not want to own - does that make them undesirables? They want to live near their family, close to grocery stores and retail and banks. They want to be a part of this fine community, but I guess they have to take some sort of citizenship test for Lynn and Ernie. Would you like them to submit an essay, or just a color swatch of their skin?

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