Monday, December 6, 2010
Village ends funding process due to property owner response.
Monday, December 6, 2010
At the Dec. 6 meeting of the Clarendon Hills Village Board of Trustees, the board announced that it would end the process to establish a funding source for downtown sidewalk snow removal as a result property owner and downtown resident response. The village board in August proposed a special service area tax that would fund sidewalk snow removal and fund some downtown beautification and seasonal decorations. Several residents who lived within the proposed area came forward to object to the idea in a meeting on Sept. 20. Read about that meeting here. The board then voted on Oct. 4 to redraw the boundaries for the SSA to eliminate the properties in which residents had the strongest objections. Read about the revised SSA area proposed here. …
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Boundaries for the proposed Special Service Area are being modified.
The mood at Monday night's Village Board meeting was subdued. This was a big contrast to the previous meeting on Sept. 20, in which the room was filled to near capacity with residents who wanted to voice their opposition to the creation of a new Special Service Area to cover sidewalk snow removal costs for the Clarendon Hills Central Business District. On Monday, the board approved an ordinance to remove the Burling Court Condo properties at 235-245 Burlington Ave. and a property at 251 Burlington Ave. Some of the residents who were the most vocal about their opposition to the proposed SSA lived at the Burling Court Condos, including Tom Wich, who was leading a petition drive against it. "I have petitions here signed by many members of our…
Monday, September 20, 2010
Clarendon Hills Village Board is holding a public hearing on the creation of a new Special Service Area for snow removal downtown.
The Clarendon Hills Village Board will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposed Special Service Area (SSA) to cover the costs of snow removal in the village's central business district. If the ordinance is not approved, business owners will have to pay for their own snow removal downtown this year. The village has provided sidewalk snow removal services downtown out of its general fund since 2000. This service has proven to be expensive, however—costing the village up to $45,000 a year. Despite reducing the scope of snow removal services for the business district last winter, the village still spent $29,000. "We are seeking to create an SSA so that we don't have sidewalk snow removal competing with core services within the general …