Homewood village board

Homewood approves budget with $500K surplus

The Homewood village board approved a budget with a surplus of more than $500,000 at its April 9 meeting. The allocation for the 2019-2020 fiscal year includes an operating budget of $32,123,159 and a capital budget of $3,085,264. With expected revenues, that results in a surplus of $538,735. The budget can be amended, as necessary, throughout the year.

Street resurfacing, storm sewer repairs approved in Homewood

Homewood approved its annual street resurfacing program at its March 12 board meeting. Streets to be improved this year include Francisco Avenue between 183rd Street and Willow Road; Pierce Court from Loomis Avenue into the cul de sac; Pine Road from Harwood Avenue to Ashland Avenue; Loomis Avenue from 183rd Street to Birch Road; and Kroner Lane from the Melody Mart parking lot to Martin Avenue. 
 

Homewood approves funding for emergency stormwater improvements

The Homewood village board approved emergency funding for improvements to failures in stormwater infrastructure improvements at its Feb. 12 meeting. Workers recently found two critical failures in the stormwater system, which public works officials said in village documents could result in “severe flooding” if not repaired. 
 
 

Improvements made, tax incentive approved for Homewood property

The Homewood Village Board approved a Class 8 tax designation Tuesday for a Shell gas station and strip mall at the intersection of Ridge Road and Halsted Street after delaying the move last month. The incentive was on the agenda at the board’s Jan. 22 meeting. Trustee Jay Heiferman raised the idea then of asking the business owner, listed on the renewal application as Waseem Ahmed, to make improvements to the property before the board renewed the measure.
 

Homewood to study cost of water, feasibility of other sources

At their regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13, Homewood trustees approved joining other municipalities in a pair of studies aimed at alleviating potential issues with the water the village buys from the city of Harvey. 


The first will assess the rate the village pays Harvey for water.

Homewood trustees to consider Harvey water rate study

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Homewood Board of Trustees will consider hiring a consulting firm to conduct a study of the water costs incurred by the city of Harvey. 

The study is intended to establish actual costs for Harvey to deliver water to Homewood and several other area communities. Harvey claims the water rates it charges are below its costs and is considering a rate hike, according to Village Manager Jim Marino.

Homewood opts for less computer technology on new fire engine

The Homewood Fire Department’s new engine will still be red. That’s what Fire Chief Bob Grabowski assured residents after he spoke to the village board before the purchase was approved by trustees at their meeting on Sept. 12.

Homewood amends regulations on alarm system strobe lights

The Homewood village board amended the local fire code at the July 11 meeting. 

Trustees approved a change prohibiting the manual override of strobe lights in buildings connected to alarm systems.

It can makes things more confusing for emergency services if the lights are deactivated before police and fire arrive, Fire Chief Robert Grabowski said in a memo to Village Manager Jim Marino, resulting in lost "valuable" response time. 

Homewood restricts locations of day care centers, approves new salon

Village board members Tuesday approved a zoning ordinance amendment limiting where day care centers can be located in Homewood.

The new regulations bar or require special-use permits for child care centers in the downtown business area, a shopping center district in the far northeast portion of the village and a portion of the service business district from the southwest corner of 183rd Street and Governors Highway south to Cherry Creek Drive. 

Three Homewood firefighters promoted to lieutenant

  From left, John Elashik, Tom Gaskin and Larry Lipiniski 
  each took the oath of office after being promoted 
  to the rank of lieutenant with the Homewood 

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