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April 28, 2016
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The Mayor's Corner
with David G. Seaman
The weather is warming, the Cubs and Sox are at the top of their respective leagues, and Downtown Tinley is gearing up for a slew of fun events. It's shaping up to be a busy year in Tinley Park!
But while we continue to move our community forward, Village leaders still work to deal with the challenges of government. One such challenge you may have heard about is Buckeye Community Hope Foundation's civil lawsuit against the Village of Tinley Park, the Village Board, the Plan Commission, myself, and Trustees Pannitto, Vandenberg and Younker, alleging discriminatory actions to prevent the development of a 47-unit affordable housing development at the northeast corner of 183rd Street and Oak Park Avenue.
We are going to work with our legal counsel on our next steps in regards to this suit. Also, concerns have been raised about the process by which this project was first presented to the Plan Commission, and as a result the Village has asked the Cook County Inspector General to review the process followed for this proposed project.
Regardless of the outcome of the Cook County review, it is clear the Village can and will do a better job communicating to residents about development projects and the code changes that impact them. I have set up a Citizen Advisory Committee that will make recommendations on how the Village' s downtown Legacy Code could be modified so the Village Board and residents have more input on larger development projects.
In addition, Village Manager David Niemeyer is working with staff to develop a report that will be posted on the Village website that gives residents easier access to information about the Village's development projects.
We will keep you updated on all of these issues, but in the meantime we are committed to moving forward in a number of other areas. I'm happy to report that we're working with a developer who is interested in purchasing the former Central Middle School property to construct about 50 townhomes there. We've also filed suit in court to demolish three vacant structures in Downtown Tinley, and we're well into the master planning process for the State Mental Health Center property, thanks, in large part, to the great input we have received so far from Village residents.
As always, feel free to call me at (708) 444-5000 or send an email to dseaman@tinleypark.org  if you have a question or just want to chat.  
 
'Run for Your Life' Safety 5K this Sunday
Join the more than 600 people who have already signed up for the fourth annual "Run for Your Life Safety" 5K Run/Walk by coming out at 8:30 a.m. Sunday in the north parking lot at the 80th Avenue station, 18001 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park.
The event benefits the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance's Camp I Am Me, a camp for children ages 8 to 16 who are burn survivors. In its first three years, the event raised more than $39,000 for the camp through sponsorships and participation.
Registration costs $25; race-day registration will begin at 7 a.m. Pre-registration has ended.
Registration forms are available by clicking here. Click here for more information.
 
Return used prescription drugs Saturday
Don't miss National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Tinley Park Police Department, 7850 W. 183rd St.
The event is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and is focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from medicine cabinets across the country. Drive-up, drop-off services will be available.
Click here for more information, and click here for a list of collection day protocols.
 
Spring property maintenance tips
With spring in the air, now is the perfect time to make sure your property looks the best it can! Here are a few tips:
  • Mowing: When mowing your lawn, make sure you don't blow the grass clippings into the street, as they can clog sewers and cause flooding. Also please remember to keep your grass eight inches or shorter at all times, and mow all of the grass on your property, including the areas outside of fences.
  • Weeds: Dandelions may look pretty, but they're actually weeds! Please keep your lawn looking great by using weed control products. Multiple brands are available at any of the Village's fine home improvement stores.
  • Trees: It's good practice to trim tree branches that hang over the sidewalk in front of your home so that pedestrians can walk unobstructed. It's the neighborly thing to do!

Click here to read the Village Code regarding grass and weeds.