Village Board Approves Commissioner Appointments, Raises Ambulance Rates, Donates Homes for Renovations

Phillip Perkins, EDAG, appointments, commissioners
Commissioner Phillip Perkins of the Economic Development Advisory Group reports to the Village Board in July 2018. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Village Board approved appointments and re-appointments to boards and commissions, raised ambulance fees, and approved a gutting and complete renovation of the Village’s phone system. Additionally, the board donated two homes to VetTECH.US/Keeling Family Foundation. The foundation will rehabilitate the homes and put them on the market, returning them to the tax rolls.

By ordinance, appointments to boards and commission are made by the mayor and submitted to the entire Village Board for approval. These appointments are important, yet rather routine. Commission members serve on a voluntary basis and are very dedicated individuals.

eNews Park Forest is aware of only one person in the history of the Village who was not approved. That story for another time, perhaps.

In addition to approval of commissioners, the Village Board also approved the overhaul of the phone system in Village Hall; and a tree service contract was awarded to Winkler Tree and Landscape, Inc. for pruning and removals of selected trees. Background for these items can be found here, and here, both items previously covered in detail by eNews Park Forest.

Donation of Homes for Rehab

The board authorized the donations of 262 Arrowhead Street and 336 Early Street to VetTECH.US/Keeling Family Foundation with the understanding that these properties will be rehabilitated and put back on the tax rolls. VetTECH.US/Keeling Family Foundation isa non-profit
organization managed by Marvin Keeling (the Donee). The scope of work prepared by the Donee identifies $19,340 in repairs for 262 Arrowhead Street that will be made to the property prior to offering it for sale. For 336 Early Street, the Village will assign up to $20,000 of the IHDA-APP grant funds to defray the cost of rehabilitation for approved, eligible expenses. The grant will reimburse expenses for exterior building safety improvements, such as replacement of the roof, windows, doors, masonry or walkway.

The board also approved the hikes in ambulance fees which, when they go into effect, are expected to cost users nothing out of pocket and increase revenues for ambulances by $65,656.67. The Village will rely entirely on money received from private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid, to sustain and grow ambulance services. eNews Park Forest covered these items here and here.

One other change is, with the impending closing of Franciscan
St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights, ambulances from Park Forest will only transport patients to Franciscan St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields.

Board and Commission Appointments

The following people were appointed to Boards and Commissions. They all serve in a volunteer capacity.

Board of Fire & Police Commissioners/Personnel Board

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Mamie Rodgers, 220 Juniper St., to a term on the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners/Personnel Board to expire on December 31, 2020.

Cable Communications Commission

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Daniel Karwatka, 532 Homan, to a term on the Cable Communications Commission to expire on December 31, 2020.

Commission on Human Relations

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees appoint Becky Czmyr, 39 Elm Street, to a term on the Commission on Human Relations to expire on December 31, 2020.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Alfreda Keller, 27 Dogwood, to a term on the Commission on Human Relations to expire on December 31, 2020.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees appoint Michael Merritt, 323 Jackson St., to a term on the Commission on Human Relations to expire on December 31, 2020.

Economic Development Advisory Group

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees appoint Kreshina Ingram, 208 Forest Blvd., to a term on the Economic Development Advisory Group to expire on December 31, 2018.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees appoint Mercedes Gross, 236 Marquette St., to a term on the Economic Development Advisory Group to expire on December 31, 2018.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Bree Breedlove, 2562 Western Ave., to a term on the Economic Development Advisory Group to expire on December 31, 2019.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Maurae Gilbert McCants, 114 Algonquin, to a term on the Economic Development Advisory Group to expire on December 31, 2019.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Bettie McReynolds, 310 N. Orchard Dr., to a term on the Economic Development Advisory Group to expire on December 31, 2019.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees appoint Margaret Banks, 356 Wilshire, to a term on the Economic Development Advisory Group to expire on December 31, 2020.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Mike Jordan, 308 Forest, to a term on the Economic Development Advisory Group to expire on December 31, 2020.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees appoint John V. Moore, 202 Hickory St., to a term on the Economic Development Advisory Group to expire on December 31, 2020.

Environment Commission

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees appoint Julie Baker, 512 Lakewood Blvd., to a term on the Environment Commission to expire on December 31, 2020.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees appoint Katherine Baker, 512 Lakewood Blvd., to a term on the Environment Commission to expire on December 31, 2020.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Kevin Headley, 226 Fir, to a term on the Environment Commission to expire on December 31, 2020.

Park Forest Housing Authority

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Ed Whitfield, 55 N. Arbor Trail Dr. Unit 502, to a term on the Park Forest Housing Authority to expire on December 31, 2021.

Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees appoint Samuel Brooks, 19 Abbey Ln., to a term on the Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals to expire on December 31, 2018.

Recreation & Parks Advisory Board

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Michael J. Adami Jr., 345 Winnebago, to a term on the Recreation & Parks Advisory Board to expire on December 31, 2020.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Hilary Jeretic Pries, 32 Dunlap Rd., to a term on the Recreation & Parks Advisory Board to expire on December 31, 2020.

Senior Citizen Advisory Commission

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees appoint Donald F. Bee, 14 Marquette Pl., to a term on the Senior Citizen Advisory Commission to expire on December 31, 2019.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees appoint Elaine Davis, 122 Birch St., to a term on the Senior Citizen Advisory Commission to expire on December 31, 2018.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Mariah Williams-Hill, 151 Main St. #420, to a term on the Senior Citizen Advisory Commission to expire on December 31, 2020.

Veterans Commission

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of re-appoint Trustees Ed Fizer, 204 Nashua, to a term on the Veterans Commission to expire on December 31, 2020.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Yvette Jones, 2739 Western Av., to a term on the Veterans Commission to expire on December 31, 2020.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Mark Kellogg, 302 Osage, to a term on the Veterans Commission to expire on December 31, 2020.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees appoint Nicole Shorter, 307 Farragut St., to a term on the Veterans Commission to expire on December 31, 2018.

Youth Commission

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees appoint Joshua Travis, 301 Sangamon St., to a term on the Youth Commission to expire on December 31, 2020.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees appoint Wanikka Vance-Clark, 286 Juniper St., to a term on the Youth Commission to expire on December 31, 2018.

MOVED, that the Mayor and Board of Trustees re-appoint Randall White, 283 Green, to a term on the Youth Commission to expire on December 31, 2020.

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