Homewood village board

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 

Homewood awards Marino $10,000 bonus

The Homewood village board approved a $10,000 salary bonus for Village Manager Jim Marino at its Tuesday meeting.

Homewood opts out of county minimum wage ordinance

The Homewood village board voted to buck the Cook County minimum wage hike at its May 23 meeting.

In October, the Cook County Board approved a gradual minimum wage increase to $13 per hour by 2020. Further increases up to 2.5 percent based on the consumer price index would come after 2020. The county ordinance also requires at least one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked.

Homewood village board members sworn in again

There were no new faces, but village officials were sworn in at the Homewood board meeting Tuesday.

Cook County Judge Toya Harvey swore in Village President Richard Hofeld, Clerk Marilyn Thomas and Trustees Larry Burnson, Anne Colton and Barbara Dawkins. All were easily re-elected to their respective positions in the April 4 consolidated election.

Homewood board gives green light to street resufacing program

Travel on four roads in Homewood will soon become a little smoother thanks to board action at the Feb. 28 village board meeting. Trustees approved a resolution calling for a $370,000 appropriation from the 2017 Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) allocation.

This is welcome news to the village. There were no resurfacing projects completed in 2016 due to the lack of funding and the uncertainty of the state’s budget situation, according to Public Works Director John Schaefer.

Homewood signs agreement in search for alternative water source

In a 5 to 1 vote Tuesday, Homewood’s Board of Trustees approved an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to join 10 area municipalities in a search for an alternate method of obtaining Lake Michigan water rather than the existing route through the City of Chicago. Trustee Karen Washington cast the opposing vote.

Chicago has imposed hefty rate hikes in recent years: 25 percent in 2012 and 15 percent in 2013, 2014 and 2015. 

Homewood’s property tax levy accounts for fraction of village budget

Property taxes in Homewood next year will pay for less than one-fifth of the village’s general corporate services, which include most day-to-day municipal operations.

Homewood honors 24-year police veteran on his retirement

Thomas H. Heyne, a Homewood police officer, began and ended his 24-year career on the same day, Dec. 14. At the Dec. 13 board of trustees meeting, Homewood village officials honored Heyne for the dedicated service with the police department that began in 1992, when he took his oath of office, and Wednesday, his retirement date.

Homewood board again refuses to vote on liquor license request

It was strike two for Raj’s Food & Liquor Inc. Tuesday when a motion to issue a liquor license at the proposed store location, 17532 Dixie Highway, died for the lack of a second.

It was the second time the Homewood Village Board did not take a vote on the liquor license. The refusal to act on the request was a repeat of the board’s response at the Nov. 8 meeting.

Homewood board offers split decision on liquor license requests

Two requests for liquor licenses came before the Homewood Board of Trustees at the Nov. 8 meeting. One request was approved and one was denied.

The successful applicant was Kim Nolen, owner of the Redbird Café, to be located at 2057 Ridge Road. The village board agreed to move forward with preparing a new liquor license classification, 7B, for the restaurant.

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