April 6, 2021
OLYMPIA PLACE DEVELOPMENT
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ONCE AGAIN, CANDIDATE’S CAMPAIGN FOR VILLAGE PRESIDENT ALLEGEDLY PEDDLING “FALSE” ACCUSATIONS
One candidate's campaign for Village President has now allegedly sunk to spewing false accusations of Police brutality and cover-up charges against the Olympia Fields Police Dept. and Village President.
As an affluent highly educated community, we can easily research the evidence and identify the facts.
UPDATE 3/27/2021 : POLICE INVESTIGATION CONFIRMS DESIREE WATKINS RAMPANT CARJACKING ALLEGATIONS ARE FALSE
- Pubic Safety Chairman Kelvin Oliver states that Desiree Watkin's..." has been falsely reporting during her campaign stomps that there has been upwards of 15 of these carjackings"... in Olympia Fields.
- Even though President Burke, with collaboration of Acting Chief Scott Morgan, stated for the record there has only been 3 carjackings; one at the Shell Station at Lincoln Hwy and Western, and two at the Speedway on Vollmer and Crawford, all in 2020; and now the latest on Cumnock makes a total of four; Watkins continued her assertion people were coming to her to report these incidents and she was being “proactive.”
STATE OF THE VILLAGE REPORT
VILLAGE BOARD VOTES "NO" TO PROPOSED DRUG AND ALCOHOL REHAB CENTER
The Village Board of Olympia Fields accepted the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and on Feburaryy 2, 2021, voted to deny the Roseheart Recovery Centers project. READ MORE
FOLLOWING SHARP'S REQUEST, 203rd TRAIN STATION TO UNDERGO MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION
Click to view Metra CEO/EXEC Director Jim Derwinski's resolution to SHARP As residents and commuters are aware, the Olympia Fields Station at 203rd St. Has been in a severe state of disrepair for several years. Sharp requested METRA to upgrade this facility by addressing the following issues:
1. Not wheel chair accessible.
2. Entrance ramp is uncovered from inclement weather, dangerous during the “rush hours”.
3. Walls, floor, stairwell and hand rails are in need of refurbishing.
4. Water cascades down the stairs to platform, dangerously covering the steps and the floors.
5. Inadequate shelters for the large number of “rush hour” riders especially during inclement weather. Riders are forced to stand on the stairs; others often unsuccessfully use the platform shields.We were recently contacted by Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski, informing us that a major renovation of the 203rd St. station has been budgeted for 2023.
KEEPING PETS SAFE FROM COYOTES
Coyotes are wild animals who hunt other animals for survival. They have been known to kill foxes and other wild animals which compete with coyotes for small prey. Domestic dogs and cats specifically, smaller young or old dogs and cats may sometimes be appealing to coyotes. Below are a few recommendations to keep your pets safe: • Walk you dog or cat on a leash. • Never leave dogs or cats unattended in the yard and always keep them inside at night. • Keep your yard well-illuminated when outdoors at night with your pet. READ MORE
THE PATH TO A SUCCESSFUL S.T.E.M. PROGRAM
A forward-thinking superintendent details how she transformed her general ed program into a series of career academies.
By Dr. Genevra Walters
When you think of STEM, it’s likely you think of science, technology, engineering, and math, all rolled into one. At Kankakee Schools in Illinois, our STEM program aims to do a lot more than teach four topics: We want our students to apply what they learn in real-life settings.
SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS
This is NOT the same as Code Red.
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AMAZON'S CHICAGO AREA EXPANSION WAS FUELED BY $741 MILLION FROM TAXPAYERS
To help pay for its vast expansion, the company and its developers have won at least $741 million in taxpayer-funded incentives in northeast Illinois alone, according to a Better Government Association/WBEZ investigation.
ABANDONED ATTICA PROPERTY CONTINUES TO SUPPRESS MARKET VALUES
According to the Cook County Clerk, taxes on this abandoned property have not been paid for over 10 years. This contradicts what Building Commissioner John McDonnel told our Village Board on May 30, 2017. It is allegedly under control of a Land Bank.
UPDATE ON ABANDONED PROPERTY We contacted the Cook County Land Bank. According to the Land Bank Authority, the CCLBA is not the owner of record, however they are in the process of obtaining the deed via the courts. At this time they cannot give a specific date as to the date of acquisition, however it could be latter of 2020 or 1st quarter 2021.
When the property has been acquired, an evaluation will be completed to determine if the property is marketable or not.
Responce from CCLBA
RESIDENT ASSAULTED & CARJACKED IN DRIVEWAY. NO CODE RED ALERT ISSUED
Interim Police Chief Morgan stated that addressing the call in Wysteria, the female came home late at night. She didn’t notice that a car was following her. She stopped in her driveway. She noticed a young man come up on the passenger side of her car. She got out to talk with him. When she got out, a second subject she didn’t see came up behind her and hit her. They both jumped in the car and took off.
Interim Police Chief Morgan stated that as far as doing the Code Red, he feels personally that those are things that are happening right now in the Village.
DO NOT PLACE MASKS AND CLEANING MATERIALS IN RECYCLING CARTS
Masks and Cleaning Materials Belong in the Trash Please help keep our disposal workers safe. COVID-19 related items like gloves, masks and safety glasses are mistakenly being placed into recycling carts. These items belong in your trash container. Cleaning supplies like disposable wipes, paper towels and tissues also belong in the trash.
Thank you! Homewood Disposal
RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT JOHNNIE THOMAS' WEEKLY MESSAGE
Subject caught on surveillance March 21, 2020 allegedly checking car doors in the vicinity of 207th and Sargent Means.
Remember to always lock your doors and report all suspicious activity.
Lincoln Park’s Batter & Berries to open location in Olympia Fields
Raved about online for its food, the highly rated breakfast and brunch spot will soon expand with its first suburban location, scheduled to open in late spring.
FOLLOW THE MONEY
of campaign committeesin Olympia Fields supposedly nonpartisan politics
LINCOLN-WAY DISTRICT 210 GETS SECOND CREDIT UPGRADE OF 2019
A property owner’s tax bill will drop by $101 for the owner of a home with a fair market value of $300,000, according to the district.
“WHY SHOULD THE COMMUNITY WRITE YOU A BLANK CHECK?"
After deciding to close Rich East, in a move that was supposed to cut costs, the board voted 4-3 Tuesday to issue $105 million in bonds to finance construction work at the two schools.
The bond issue will increase property taxes by $137 a year on homes valued at $300,000 or $86 a year on homes valued at $200,000
“PREFERRED DEVELOPER" HAS MADE 810 POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Under the leadership of David Mekarski and Debra Meyers-Martin, Robinson Engineering was awarded numerous village projects without going through a competitive bidding process.
SUPPORT OUR LOCAL WALGREENS
Help keep our neighborhood drugstore off the corporate shut down list.
100 biggest spenders: What Illinois Park Districts rank highest?
Source: South Cook News | Apr 9, 2018
Park districts for Olympia Fields, Homewood-Flossmoor and Oak Lawn are among those in Illinois with the highest spending per capita in 2017, Illinois State Comptroller financial reports show.
Analysis: Olympia Fields pays property taxes nearly four times national average
VILLAGE PAYS WALMART $933,227.85 REIMBURSEMENT INSTALLMENT
This element of the Walmart contract, spearheaded by our infamous former village administrator, is something Mekarski and his cronies never wanted the residents to know about. This is certainly not what former mayor Debra Meyers-Martin bragged about to the residents on March 26, 2017
RESIDENTS PROTESTED 1975 VOLLMER RD & VIADUCT WIDENING
“Those who fail to learn from history
are condemned to repeat it”
This was a dumb idea in 1975, and an even dumber idea 40 years later. David Mekarski and Debra Meyers-Martin wasted $1 million in state taxpayer money studying the reconstruction of something we don’t even own.
Package stolen 2 minutes after it was delivered
Video surveillance captures thieves stealing package from porch in the vicinity of 203rd & Kedzie on 11/2/2019 at 4:09pm. Anyone with information regarding the suspect or vehicle in video should contact the Olympia Fields Police immediately.
Vote Obstructionists Out
Enough is enough. Any Village Board Member that does not represent the best interest of the residents must be removed by the residents. Read for yourself exactly how 3 Village Board Trustees, following their own political agenda, obstructed the proposed Culvers Restaurant in the old Jewel Plaza.
SD227 Board directs security to physically block ABC Channel 7 and WGN Channel 9 from entering “Public Meeting” at Rich Central
SD 227 Enrollment decline prompts staffing review
According to the Illinois State Board of Education, enrollment in District 227 stands at 3,057 this year, down from 4,167 reported in 2009.
Might the district consider reducing its number of employees
GARBAGE CAN ORDINANCE
Sec. 11-41. (B) ...refuse containers and garbage containers shall be stored in area on the owner’s property which is not visible from the street.
PARKING ORDINANCE FOR NON-HARD SURFACES
All 4 wheels must be on hard surface
Sec. 14-39.( I ) Parking on non-hard surfaces. It shall be unlawful to park any motor vehicle on any public or private property within the village unless such vehicle is parked on a hard surfaced driveway...
Source: DEBRA MEYERS-MARTIN 3-26-2017
This despite the fact the Municipal Tax Rate has gone up with every tax levy and nearly doubled since she took office, along with the skyrocketing Village Salaries which have also gone up every year and are public record.
Democratic affiliations must be removed and never given a chance to run Olympia Fields further into the ground
Olympia Fields spending/debt problem is entirely due to a decade of wasteful undisciplined leadership supported by the Cook County Democratic Party.
All the Democratic affiliates that have ever sat on our Village Board have been loyal soldiers representing their own political agenda.
Their agenda is not and never was to be loyal Public Servants fighting for the residents needs.
We must continue to get out and vote for candidates that have our backs and weed out the political yes men.
While these affiliations have been personally beneficial to the careers of Board members, village employees, and Robinson Engineering, it has been nothing but a detriment to all the hard working residents of Olympia Fields. Many of whom have cut their loses and fled.
Did the Village Board know about Mekarski’s blemished record at Vero Beach when they hired him?
“The parties mutually agree that they will not utter, transmit or print any negative or disparaging comments regarding the other party concerning the employment of Mr. Mekarski.”
2017 Olympia Fields Mekarski David $179,673.00
2016 Olympia Fields Mekarski David $170,439.00
2015 Olympia Fields Mekarski David $166,281.00
2014 Olympia Fields Mekarski David $162,225.20
2013 Olympia Fields Mekarski David $158,269.60
2012 Olympia Fields Mekarski David $155,769.60
2011 Olympia Fields Mekarski David $147,423.36
2010 Olympia Fields Mekarski David $130,855.52
2009 Olympia Fields Mekarski David $129,145.20
2008 Olympia Fields Mekarski David $112,933.36
2007 Olympia Fields Mekarski David $106,471.24
2006 Olympia Fields Mekarski David $59,374.95
In Olympia Fields, you can contact Corp. Don Dean at 708-503-8101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a free security assessment of your property.
86 inmates currently serving time for burglary were asked to respond anonymously to 17 questions detailing how they broke in, when the crime occurred and what they were looking for.
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