Lincolnwood Board Village Briefs
Updated: January 30, 2012 9:52AM
These items were discussed and/or approved at the Lincolnwood Village Board meeting Dec. 20.
• A contract for the demolition of the Purple Hotel at 4800 Touhy Ave. was awarded to Delta Demolition Inc. of Chicago in the amount of $1.187 million. The building was originally constructed in 1961 and was closed due to mold infestation in 2007. It was declared by the Village as “dangerous and unsafe” this year, and demolition will be scheduled for sometime in 2012. Delta Demolition was chosen out of nine firms that submitted bids for the job because the firm was determined to be the “lowest responsible bidder,” Mayor Jerry Turry said.
The motion to approve the bid was passed with the condition that the demolition work will not be allowed to proceed without the Board’s approval.
Village Administrator Tim Wiberg was the village must approve a series of permits before a final approval decision comes before the board.
• Turry commended Eula Williams, a phlebotomist at Lifesource Blood Center and the Village of Lincolnwood, for 15 years with the Village and more than 20 years with Lifesource. Turry presented Williams with a key to the Village of Lincolnwood to mark her retirement this month.
“Eula has been a regular member of the Lincolnwood team in drawing blood, and she is one of our favorites because of her genteel touch and warm personality,” Turry said. “We wish Eula great satisfaction in her retirement years, as she has demonstrated a life of service to others.”
• A request to put up a freestanding sign at Lincolnwood Medical Center, 6501 North Lincoln Ave., was denied by the Board of Trustees. The owner of the medical center had requested in November that the Board make an exception in the zoning code that sets the perimeters of where signs can be located in proximity to the street. In this case, the request was to put the sign closer than the minimum of 10 feet from the exterior of the property line required by the zoning code.
Board members who spoke in opposition to the sign deemed it unnecessary, citing the black awning printed with “Lincolnwood Medical Center” in white letters that currently hangs above the building. Turry and Trustee Jesal Patel said a sign could pose a possible hazard to traffic.
“I don’t think there’s an overwhelming need for the monument sign when there’s already a sign there,” Patel said. “If one person were to be hit by a car or if there’s an accident at that spot (because the sign would block the view of oncoming traffic)—I’d rather not see the sign there.”
• To mark the end of the Village’s year-long Centennial Celebration, a time capsule that will be opened in 25 years from now in 2036 was filled at the board meeting. Some of the items placed into the time capsule include the agendas and minutes of all Board of Trustees meetings from the year, significant Lincolnwood Review articles from 2011, a Turkey Trot 2011 T-shirt, a Village of Lincolnwood banner signed by the mayor and Board of Trustees, photos from events held throughout the year, and a printed copy of an e-mail sent from the White House declaring the official end of the War in Iraq, among other items.
• All village offices will be closed Dec. 23, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. The next Board of Trustees meeting will be held Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at 6900 N. Lincoln Ave. in Council Chambers.
— Natalie Hayes