Village of Homewood

Homewood’s Miracle on Martin holiday fest set for Saturday

The village of Homewood is hosting Miracle on Martin Avenue from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16.
 
Village officials said the afternoon program will be a fun, free way to extend the joys of the holiday through a second community event that started Dec. 1 with the lighting of the Christmas tree at Irwin Park and the Holiday Lights festival in downtown Homewood.
 

Judge grants Homewood's request, orders Harvey to assess, repair water system

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Pantle ruled last week that Harvey must pay for an assessment of its water system and make necessary repairs at the request of Homewood and other downstream towns.
 
The Dec. 6 court order is the latest development in a more than four year back-and-forth between Harvey and the municipalities to which it sells water. 
 

Hofeld rescued after falling through nature preserve ice

Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld is recovering Monday after falling through some ice rescuing his dog Sunday.

According to a village statement, Hofeld and and his wife were walking with their dogs in a nature preserve when one walked onto an iced-over lake. He went after the dog and attempted to rescue it and both fell through the ice.

According to published reports, the incident took place at Homewood’s Izaak Walton Nature Preserve, which has a lake and several ponds. 

Home rule ordinances top the Homewood trustees agenda Tuesday

Trustees will consider five ordinances that, if adopted, would: 
  • Place the question before voters in the March 20 consolidated election whether to grant the village home rule authority

Noon Year's Eve celebration to be limited attendance this year

  The balloon drop during the 2016 Noon Year's Eve 
  celebration.
(Chronicle file photo)
 

New hires and promotions recognized at Homewood trustees meeting Tuesday

Two local families continued their tradition of service to the Homewood Fire Department as they marked promotions for firefighters at the Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday. In all, four firefighters and two public works employees took oaths of office at the meeting.

Staff changes on the Homewood trustees' agenda Tuesday

The Homewood Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, Nov. 28, will be dominated by personnel moves.

Six staff members will take the oath of office in new positions or as new employees.

Larry Lipinski will be sworn in as a captain in the fire department. Jason Presnik will be sworn in as a lieutenant in the fire department. Kyle Paczesny and David Voltka will be sworn in as firefighter/paramedics.

ComEd grant accelerates street light replacement in Homewood

The last of the LED lights in Homewood are expected to be installed by the end of the year thanks to a grant from Commonwealth Edison that provided funds to purchase new bulbs.
 

Homewood taking steps to address home rule concerns

Homewood officials this week distributed an informational packet in an attempt to address the concerns some residents have voiced about home rule.
 
The village is exploring the possibility of placing a home rule referendum on the March 20, 2018, consolidated election ballot. 
 
A home rule municipality has more direct control of its own laws and regulations. 

Homewood officials to discuss possible home rule limitations at Tuesday board meeting

At an informational meeting about home rule on Thursday, Village Manager Jim Marino noted that officials are aware of the concerns residents have about the potential for increased property taxes.

Home rule, if approved by voters, would give the village more power than it currently has to raise taxes and incur debt.

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