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October 30, 2014
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The Mayor's Corner

with Edward J. Zabrocki

Editor's Note: In this new column, Mayor Zabrocki will talk about important issues affecting the Village of Tinley Park and the residents it serves. Look for it on a semi-regular basis in upcoming editions of the Community Email.


As many of you may have heard, the Village Board is currently negotiating a purchase contract with the State of Illinois to buy the Tinley Park Mental Health Center property. This is an extremely exciting prospect for the Village, and here's why.

First and foremost, we're talking about a lot of land here - 280 acres to be exact. It's the single-largest development opportunity in Tinley Park, and it's pretty close to being the geographic center of the Village. By taking the initiative to buy the property now, we'll be able to control what's developed there in the future. We'll also be able to create something that will benefit the entire Village, not just a few independent developers.

I know what you're thinking - how are we going to pay for the $4.165 million price? There's great news on that front, because the Village will use financial reserves that we put aside just for special projects like this.

We're also going to create a TIF district for the site to help attract quality development and pay for the demolition and environmental clean-up costs. In December we'll conduct a study and ask for feedback from local taxing bodies.

Although overall development of the land will be controlled and overseen by the Village, the individual developers who purchase each parcel from us will pay for development of said parcel.

Future development of this property also won't compete with the redevelopment of Downtown Tinley. In fact, the Tinley Park Mental Health Center property will, once developed, actually compliment our downtown area.

We'll have more information on our next steps at upcoming public meetings. The possibilities for this project are endless, and I for one am excited to get to work.



Tips to stay safe this Halloween

Trick-or-treating hours in Tinley Park will be from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. In an effort to keep everyone safe as they're out collecting candy, the Tinley Park Police Department recommends that children and parents consider the following:

  • Don't talk to strangers
  • Stay in well-lit areas
  • Never go out alone
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood
  • Go only to homes you know
  • Have your parents check your treats when you get home
  • Wear white or reflective clothing
  • Younger children should be accompanied by an adult
  • Set a time limit for children to trick-or-treat
  • Never enter a strange house or car

Parents are encouraged to be aware of registered sex offenders who may reside in their neighborhoods to ensure that children avoid these locations. The Sex Offender Registry is available by clicking here or by accessing the Village's interactive map feature here.


Public Works to perform emergency roadwork Nov. 3 and 4

The Village of Tinley Park's Public Works Department will be performing an emergency repair at 163rd Street and Harlem Avenue on Monday, Nov. 3 and Tuesday, Nov. 4. Click here for more information.

Change your clock, change your battery

With Daylight Saving Time approaching Nov. 2, the Tinley Park Fire Department encourages residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time they turn the clocks back one hour. 
According to fire officials, nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fire in homes with no smoke alarms or with no working smoke alarms. When smoke alarms fail to operate, it usually is because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead. Nearly a quarter of smoke alarm failures are due to dead batteries. Safety tips include:
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms every month.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
For more information, visit the National Fire Protection Association's website at