UPDATE ON MAJOR RENOVATIONS FOR THE 203RD STREET METRA STATION
November 18, 2022
The comprehensive planned station improvements are expected to include many of the Sharpwatch referenced elements, which will be considered during the upcoming design process.
Design activities for this project are anticipated to kick-off in early 2023 with construction beginning in mid-2025.
• ADA Parking and Kiss-n-Ride
• Improved sidewalks
• Curb cuts and ramps
• New stair and elevator to platform
• New Station Head House providing enclosed / weather protected shelter at the stair and elevator
• New warming shelters and windbreaks
• New eight-car train platform with full length canopy providing protection to customers
• Rehabilitated West Tunnel with new flooring, wall finishes, and lighting
• New wayfinding and informational signage throughout the station
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !
AS TRUCKS CONTINUE CRASHING INTO VIADUCT ON A REGULAR BASIS,
COOK COUNTY OFFICIALS AND LOCAL MEDIA CONTINUE TO TURN A BLIND EYE
A SHARPWATCH Investigation revealed that 58 Trucks have crashed into the Vollmer Road viaduct in the last few years. That number continues to rise at a steady pace. A majority of residents were not even aware of the magnitude of this serious problem. (data obtained through FOIA)
ARE THE EXORBITANT PROPERTY TAXES WORTH IT ?
The $23,224 per pupil expenditure is by far the highest in the area and greater than a vast majority of schools in Illinois performing at Higher Levels.
BE PART OF THE SOLUTION
Until apathetic residents show an interest in School Board Elections and scrutinize the performance, motives, and political connections of people that are running for school board, we will continue to allow unworthy candidates to be appointed to destroy our community.
LITTERBUGS WILL PAY THE PRICE
POLICE TO ISSUE M-TICKETS
Sec. 11-34. - Littering prohibited; generally It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, drop, cast or deposit on any street, alley, sidewalk or any yard, or premises, public or private, any filth of any kind, or cans, paper, trash, paper containers, rubbish, bottles or any other form of litter or waste matter…..
· $50.00 for first offence
· $250.00 if subject requests a hearing and found guilty
Village requests residents assistance
“If you see somebody that is throwing stuff out the window, take a picture on the cellphone and give that to the police department and they will issue a ticket.”
“If you can’t take a picture, get a license plate number”
“We don’t want anybody playing cowboy trying to tell somebody not to do something. But at the same time, if you see something, say so. It is all of our duty to do this.”
Village Board Meeting
6-15-2022 page 11-12
While nobody wants to dwell on this depressing thought, it’s always better to be prepared and informed by knowing what signs to look out for:
New Traffic Near Your Home
- If you notice Unfamiliar individuals walking back and forth on your street, they may be scoping your house out in search of weak points and to learn when no one’s at home.
- When a criminal is casing a home, they may appear to be innocently walking or jogging by, but they will likely linger for a prolonged period of time. If you notice this, take note of their appearance for future reference.
- The same unfamiliar vehicle hanging around over the course of several days, either frequently driving by your place, or parked nearby.
- Burglars often sit in vehicles with tinted windows. If you notice a car parked near your home for a period of time with no explanation, don’t be shy about calling the police.
HOT TO LEGALLY REMOVE TRESPASSERS FROM YOUR PROPERTY
Despite the frustration of the situation, you are not allowed to physically remove trespassers. You must first give them notice, then call the police, who now can legally remove them if they fail to leave. That notice can be in verbal or written form, so the best way to keep trespassers off your property is to post clearly visible “no trespassing” signs where any potential trespassers will see them. Indicate intention to litigate to the fullest extent allowable.
Under the Illinois Criminal Code, trespass is misdemeanor that can get you 30 days to 6 months in jail, and a maximum $500 fine.
(720 ILCS 5/21-3) Ch. 38
Criminal trespass to real property.
(a) A person commits criminal trespass to real property when he or she: (1) knowingly and without lawful authority enters or remains within or on a building; (2) enters upon the land of another, after receiving, prior to the entry, notice from the owner or occupant that the entry is forbidden;
(3) remains upon the land of another, after receiving notice from the owner or occupant to depart;
SD 227 PURCHASES A $105 MILLION DOLLAR BOND WITHOUT CITIZENS APPROVAL
This important matter remains under investigation.
It is the biggest debt incurred by any local taxing body in recent history. We may be paying for this with higher taxes for years to come.
Do they even have specifics or a design for what will be done with our money?
SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS
This is NOT the same as Code Red.
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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.
IS YOUR PET'S MICROCHIP REGISTERED & UPDATED?
While having the microchip implanted is a super important step, it's not the only one. It's equally as important that you
(1) register your contact information in one (or multiple) pet microchip registries, and
(2) check regularly to ensure that your contact information is always up-to-date in case the worst happens.
Many pet owners don’t realize that a chip only contains a unique number – like a pet’s social security number. When scanned, that microchip number is used to look up a pet owner’s contact info in a registry so they can get the pets home where they belong. Without registration, the microchip is useless, just as your social security number would be meaningless unless it correlated back to your name in a database.
CHIEF BLASINGAME TAKES STEPS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY
Following SHARP's request to resolve a serious need for improved mutual relationships between police and residents, Chief Blasingame released the following memo to all officers.
The Village has requested comments from the residents that can either be positive or negative, regarding a member of the Olympia Fields police:
Send your feedback to the Village by USPS or email to:
- President Sterling Burke firstname.lastname@example.org
- Public Safety Liaison Kelvin Oliver koliver@Olympia-fields.com
- Police Chief Derick Blasingame email@example.com
Or you may mail them at:
20040 Governors Hwy.
Olympia fields, IL 60461
FLOODING SWALES IN ARCADIA FINALLY ADDRESSED
The flooding swales on village property, that were neglected by the previous administrations for decades, have been restored thanks to the 2021 Road Resurfacing and Swale Restoration Project. Kudos to the Stoney Burke Administration on a job well done.
MANY PUBLIC SERVANTS WILL BE UP FOR RE-ELECTION IN ANOTHER YEAR
Don’t wait until the last minute. Start assessing the performance of incumbent candidates now.
During their term:
DO OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS SERVE US OR THEIR POLITICAL PARTY AGENDA?
RICH TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT JOHNNIE THOMAS' WEEKLY MESSAGE
FOLLOW THE MONEY
of campaign committees in Olympia Fields supposedly nonpartisan politics
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.
“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 867 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.
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.
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”
VOLLMER ROAD IS OWNED
BY COOK COUNTY
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.
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...
Municipal Tax Definition - The portion of a Homeowners annual Property Tax Bill that goes specifically to the Village of Olympia Fields
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.
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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