At their meeting Tuesday, Homewood trustees will consider two property transactions that will affect downtown development, and action that will reverse years of gaming policy.
Trustees will consider a change to municipal code to allow video gaming machines in bars and restaurants that have operated in the village for at least four years.
If approved, that measure would open up the gaming market in the village, a change that village officials have resisted for years.
With only Mayor Richard Hofeld and Village Manager Jim Marino in the room, the Homewood village board held a meeting March 24. Trustees and Village Clerk Marilyn Thomas attended via conference call through a speaker.
The meeting was conducted via amended rules approved by Governor JB Pritzker because of the COVID-19 regulations. Trustees are allowed to vote without being physically present.
No residents attended the meeting.
On the Homewood village board agenda for Tuesday’s meeting is an ordinance to amend the village's 3-cent local gas tax.
A new state law in 2019 authorized municipalities to collect their own fuel tax, but the Illinois legislature later made changes to the method of collecting the revenue, so the village's ordinance needs to be revised accordingly.
The board will also consider bids for the 2020 street resurfacing program, which uses state motor fuel tax funding.
Homewood trustees will honor two retiring fire captains, Lawrence Lipinski and William Wright, at the board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Lipinski and Wright each served the Homewood Fire Department for 40 years.
Homewood trustees will consider three measures on Tuesday regarding the restaurant Maple Tree Inn's relocation to the former Cottage on Dixie site.
It is rare for Homewood village officials to take a position on issues facing another local government body, but the board of trustees will have an opportunity this week to make an exception in the case of a proposed power plant in Glenwood. At the board's regular meeting Tuesday, trustees will consider a resolution that states the village does not support the plant and encourages Glenwood village government to reconsider approval of it.
The Homewood village board has passed a resolution honoring police Sgt. Dave Tobin on his retirement, promoted another office and hired a third to fill the void.