Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Tonight's board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. instead of the usual 7:30 p.m.
Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld and the village trustees will meet at Homewood Village Hall on Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. Harry Hammock Honored for Longtime Service The village board will honor Hammock for 30 years of service to Homewood's Public Works Department. Street Sweeping Contract Trustees will vote to renew a street sweeping contract with Illinois Central Sweeping of Blue Island. The village is ordering 6 residential and 15 commercial sweeps between May and the end of April next year. East residential sweep costs $7,050.43. The commercial sweeps run $767.26. New Village Cars Trustees will vote to spend $55,568 for two new Ford Explorers.
Monday, March 25, 2013
A preview of what's going to be discussed and voted on during Homewood's March 26 village board meeting.
Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld and the village trustees will meet at Homewood Village Hall on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Izaak Walton President Recognized for Long-time Service Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld and the village board will honor Robert "Bob" Ahlf for his many years of service as President of the Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve. Tree Removal Presentation Homewood Landscape and Maintenance Supervisor Jim Tresouthick will present a status update on the village's Emerald Ash Borer tree removal program. Tree Maintenance Contract Trustees will vote to award Homer Tree Care a $17,442 contract for tree trimming and stump removal. Road Maintenance Supplies Trustees will vote to purchase road cold-patch materials…
Monday, January 21, 2013
A preview of what's going to be discussed and voted on during Homewood's Jan. 22 village board meeting.
Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld and the village trustees will meet at Homewood Village Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Trustees will vote to approve $212,500 in tax incentive money for The Cottage on Dixie, Homewood's new fine dining restaurant located at 18849 Dixie Highway. The restaurant is scheduled to open Saturday, Jan. 26. Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld will usher in Girl Scout Cookie sales season with an official proclaimation. Annual reports from the Development and Beautification Committees and the Community Relations and Police and Fire Commissions will be acknowledged during the Jan. 22 meeting. Trustees will vote whether to allow a budget amendment for the $10,369 purchase of two Dell brand computer …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Spending caps and increased scrutiny of applications are just some of the changes.
Article updated at 2 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2013 The Village of Homewood voted to revise the currently offered TIF incentive programs during the Jan. 8 board meeting. Community Development Director Paula Wallrich says several reasons called for the revisions. Declining property values have resulted in a lower-than-expected TIF fund balance. Wallrich also said some long-time businesses in town are requesting more help as part of a developing business retention program. “We also wanted to make sure that we were doing everything we could to secure and protect the village’s investment,” Wallrich said. Homewood has three main TIF programs: Façade and Property Improvement, Retail Enhancement and Go Green. Formerly, only the Retail Enhancement program …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Police Chief Larry Burnson presented Heyne with the recognition at Tuesday night’s village board meeting.
Homewood Police Chief Larry Burnson and the village board honored officer Thomas Heyne for 20 years of service to the department during the Jan. 8 village board meeting. Heyne built a solid reputation for himself over the past two decades, serving as rime prevention officer, DARE officer and member of the South Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team, but Heyne's also a lifesaver. Burnson said, in 2004, Heyne was giving a DARE presentation at Millennium School in front of a group of children when one of the kids began choking. Heyne sprung to action, performed the Heimlich maneuver, and saved the child's life. Heyne also holds a B.S. in economics from Northern Illinois University. Sign up for the free, daily H-F Patch newsletter Like…
Monday, January 7, 2013
A preview of what's going to be discussed and voted on during Homewood's Jan. 8 village board meeting.
Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld and the village trustees will meet at Homewood Village Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Long-time Librarian to be Recognized Village President Hofeld and the Homewood trustees will honor long-time Homewood librarian Cindy Rauch on her retirement after serving local residents for 30 years. Homewood PTA Turns 100 Mayor Hofeld and the village trustees will recognize the 100th anniversary of the Homewood parent-teacher association. Thomas Heyne to be Honored for 20 Years of Police Service Village President Hofeld and the village trustees will honor Thomas Heyne for 20 years of service to the Homewood Police Department.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Representatives from Homewood’s other taxing bodies appeared at the Dec. 11 meeting to ask the board to table a vote to spend nearly $1 million in economic development so a joint meeting could be held to discuss the decision.
Homewood trustees passed an agreement to provide $900,000 in TIF money for the development of a new downtown hotel, but not without considerable opposition from the village’s other taxing bodies. Their chief complaint? The village failed to give them a fair warning of such a large impending financial decision. READ: Planned Downtown Hotel Receives $900,000 from Village “Our school district was taken aback by the sudden emergence of the proposed financial assistance package for the downtown hotel project …” Shelly Marks, School District 153 Board President, said. In response, Marks presented the board with a list of questions compiled from her district, the H-F Park District, the Homewood Public Library and H-F High School District 233. She…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
"La Banque" Hotel in downtown Homewood is inching closer to reality as trustees commit financial backing to the project.
Homewood trustees voted Tuesday night to give $900,000 and a recommendation for Class 8 tax designation to Ravisloe Country Club owner Dr. Claude Gendreau, all for the development of a boutique downtown hotel. The two incentives are separate and distinct, Grandeau’s financial consultant Don Peelman said. The Class 8 is in response to anticipated high operating expenses, as are custom in the business, says Homewood Community Development Director Paula Wallrich. The designation will reduce his assessment to ten percent of market value for the first ten years, 15 percent in the 11th year and 20 on the last, with an opportunity to renew. Not having a Class 8 is one of the contributing factors in the decline of the former Homewood Hotel, …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The village is reviewing a Homewood resident's petition to install a stop sign at the intersection of 187th Street and Ashland Avenue.
Homewood resident James Bolden is sick and tired of cars speeding past his 187th Street home. That’s why he presented the village board with a petition to install a stop sign at the intersection of 187th Street and Ashland Avenue during the Nov. 27 business meeting. “There’s been several accidents,” Bolden said. “My neighbor got hit twice, pulling out of his driveway. My wife got hit once. Four weeks ago we had an accident on Ashland Avenue and 187th.” Bolden says he frequently witnesses school busses and cars speeding down the road in excess of 45 miles per hour. Police Chief Larry Burnson acknowledged the road is particularly problematic. “It’s a natural throughway between Glenwood, Chicago Heights and the Flossmoor area,” Burnson said…
Monday, November 26, 2012
A preview of what's going to be discussed and voted on during Homewood's Nov. 13 village board meeting.
Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld and the village trustees will meet at Homewood Village Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. New part-time firefighter and paramedic, Sean Glowa, will be sworn in during the Nov. 27 meeting. Trustees will vote to give no more than $50,000, or $44.73 per tree to Winkler’s Tree & Landscaping for winter tree trimming. Grape & Grain Co. owner Ron Khalaf is requesting amendment to his current Class 14 liquor license. Now, his business can only serve two drinks per person per visit. The passage of this amendment would remove the two-drink maximum restriction. Homewood trustees will vote to avoid competitive bidding to give just over $15,000 to EXTRA Electric LLC for emergency electrical for the Homewood…