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June 2, 2016
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For the Record
with Dave Niemeyer
Editor's Note: In this new column, Village Manager Dave Niemeyer shares information on key issues affecting the Village of Tinley Park. Look for it on a semi-regular basis in the Community Email.
I'd like to take a few moments to address a recent allegation that claims the Village hasn't been collecting on the value of its recyclable materials for 26 years.
The contract has its roots in the year 1990, a time when the world was just waking up to the importance of recycling and taking actions to protect the environment for future generations. At the June 26, 1990 Tinley Park Village Board meeting, the board voted on two notable pieces of legislation: Ordinance 90-O-053 regarding recycling regulations, as well as Resolution 90-R-027 approving a three-year deal with Tinley Park Disposal.
The wording in the ordinance stated the Village is entitled to collect on the full value of the recycled items. This likely was a boilerplate ordinance used by multiple municipalities at the time, which the Village decided to adopt as its own.
The contract with Tinley Park Disposal, a resolution which again was voted on the same day as the ordinance, stated the refuse contractor would give the Village a flat annual payment of $10,000 in lieu of collecting on the value of the recyclable materials. During the 1990 competitive bidding process for the refuse contractor, bidders were allowed to offer various methods of payment to the Village for the value of recycling, including a flat fee.
This payment was increased to $12,000 in 1993 and remained at that rate until the annual payment was deleted altogether in 2001 in exchange for the refuse contractor agreeing to take responsibility for the delivery and cost of recycling bins, an expense the Village had previously paid.
The Village's legal counsel is of the opinion that the contract with Tinley Park Disposal supersedes the Village code, both of which were approved on the same day. In retrospect, the Village should have realized the ordinance and resolution were at odds and reworded the ordinance, but this is a minor issue.
The Village's next steps on this issue will be to reword the Village Code to better compliment the refuse contract.
Click here for a timetable of events, and click here to read the minutes from the June 26, 1990 Tinley Park Village Board Meeting.
If you have questions about the Village that you would like me to address in future "For the Record" columns, feel free to email them to me at
New Friday Frolics starts tomorrow!
Take part in the Village's new Friday Frolics series, which will run on select Fridays this summer in Downtown Tinley!
The series kicks off from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 3 along Oak Park Avenue and features the theme "Back to the '80s." Activities will include a Michael Jackson impersonator from 6 to 8 p.m. in Zabrocki Plaza, music by the Greenhouse Duo from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Victory Garden, and a performance by Dr. Feelgood and the 80's Babies Acoustic Expo from 6 to 9 p.m. in Vogt Plaza.
Other activities will include '80s acoustic hits by Paul Strolia after the Michael Jackson performance in Zabrocki Plaza; '80s jazz hits at Siam Marina; '80s karaoke at V.F.W. Post 2791; a Blues Brothers Night at Cuzins; free '80s styling at Main Street Hair Care; and music by Dr. Feelgood and the 80's Babies at J.W. Hollsteins.
Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite '80s character or celebrity!
To view an interactive map of all of the night's activities, please click here. For other information, call (708) 444-5678 for visit .
Memorial Day video showing on TPTV
A 50-minute video of the Tinley Park Veterans Commission's annual Memorial Day Ceremony is now playing on Tinley Park Television, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Comcast Channel 4/U-verse Channel 99.
The program features a speech by Lt. Col. Ryan Yantis, U.S. Army (Ret.), a 9/11 Pentagon survivor.
You also can watch the video on the Village's YouTube channel by clicking here. For more information on other programs playing on Tinley TV, including a program schedule and video archive, visit
PACE 386 to detour this Sunday
Due to the Tinley Park Intent Duathlon on Sunday, June 5, Oak Park Avenue will be closed to through traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. between 175th Street and North Street/173rd Street. As a result, northbound and southbound PACE service for Route 386 will be detoured as detailed here. All other Route 386 trips will operate on the normal routing. For more information, call the RTA Travel Information Center at (312) 836-7000 or visit