Village officials expect to submit a notice this week to the Federal Railroad Administration establishing quiet zones at the village's six railroad crossings. The status, if approved by the federal agency, would silence train horns except in extraordinary situations at the Central Avenue, 167th Street, 66th Court, Oak Park Avenue, 80th Avenue and 183rd Street crossings starting in October. Mayor Ed Zabrocki said the two-year effort was "worth it because it results in a higher quality of life for our residents who live near the tracks."
'Rumpelstiltskin' comes to town Friday
Madcap Puppets will present a 90-minute musical adaptation of the classic story of "Rumpelstiltskin" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 171st St. Rose saves her father's life and wins the king's favor thanks to a mysterious little troll who helps her perform the seemingly impossible task of spinning straw into gold. There's just one catch: He wants Rose's first-born child unless she can guess his unusual name. This free Tinley Park Park District program aims at audiences 5-12 but appeals to family audiences of all ages.
Property tax appeal seminar Monday
Bremen Township Assessor Grace A. Bardusk, working with the office of Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak, will host a free property tax assessment appeal seminar at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Tinley Park High School, 6111 W. 175th St. Patlak will explain how property taxes are calculated and how to file a appeals. Taxpayers will be able to ask Cook County Board of Review staff specific questions about filing appeals. Taxpayers should bring a copy of their most recent tax bill. Bremen Township is open for appeals until Tuesday, Sept. 18. Contact outreach director Elly Drake at 312-603-3644 with questions.
Village mulls request to fix private road
Village trustees are considering completing more than 100 yards of a private subdivision road southeast of 183rd Street and Ridgeland Avenue. Trustee David Seaman, presenting the job for first reading at the Sept. 7 board meeting, said the village would recapture the $15,000 cost of completing Kallsen Drive by adding a fee on construction of more town homes in the subdivision. Seaman said the roadwork, which still requires formal approval, follows a request from Misty Pines Subdivision residents. The billing arrangement, Seaman said, means "the village will be made whole and the needs of the villagers will be met."
Industrial park seeks 2-phase deviation
Representatives of a 90-acre industrial subdivision are petitioning village trustees to allow them to indefinitely postpone construction of a 30,800-square-foot facility at the site on the 18800 block of Oak Park Avenue. Tinley Park Corporate Center representatives had agreed to construct that building and one of about 915,600 square feet in a single phase. The larger building, completed in 2008, recently acquired its first tenant. Trustee David Seaman, presenting the issue for a first reading at the Sept. 7 board meeting, said the developer wanted to postpone construction of the smaller building and related site improvements to a time when it can sell or lease the property.
Fundraiser set for developmentally challenged
Members of Tinley Park's Knights of Columbus council will conducting their 42nd annual fundraiser for developmentally challenged persons Sept. 21-22. Groups funded by the local Tootsie Roll drive include Area 7 Special Olympics, Bremen High School District 228, Family and Friends of Howe, Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Lutheran Social Services, Oak Forest High School, Orland Park Special Education, Southwest Community Services, St. Damian Special Religious Educational Services, St. Emeric Special Religious Development, St. George SPRED, St. Julie SPRED and St. Stephen Special Education. In 1979, Council No. 4698, which is affiliated with St. George Catholic Church, was the first K of C group to offer the candy treats to donors. The practice has spread throughout Illinois and to most other states.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun