Managing Park Forest Week of July 13, 2009


Health Department Director Christine Blue and Trustee Robert McCray participate in Saturday’s Rules Meeting in Village Hall. (Photo: ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF) —July 13, 2009. Since our weekly feature, In and Around Park Forest, has grown considerably, we will continue to provide our readers with a separate article detailing activities of Park Forest’s elected officials, management and staff.

Village Board Summer Meeting Schedule

Park Forest residents are reminded that the Village Trustees will meet in a modified summer schedule. The meeting schedule for July is as follows:

  • Monday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m. – Rules Meeting
  • Monday, July 20 at 8:00 p.m. – Regular Board Meeting.

Residents are encouraged to attend. Agendas are available here: Current Board Agenda

Residents can also watch Village Board meetings LIVE, ONLINE, on the Board Meetings page of the Village Web site. A video archive of meetings from February 3, 2009 to the present is also available on that page.

Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 2009-2910 School Year Registration

Registration packets were mailed in late June to parents/guardians. Completed registration packets must be submitted in person, not mailed, at the District Office, 242 S. Orchard Dr., Park Forest on:

  • July 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30 from 9 AM to 12 PM, or
  • July 15, 22, and 29, from 5 PM to 7 PM.

New Student/Kindergarten

  • Forest Trail Middle School, 215 W. Wilson Street, Park Forest
  • Thursday, August 13 from 9 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 8 PM.

The first day of school is August 20. For questions about registration, please call 708-668-9408.

Cooling Centers

When the temperatures soar and you need a place to cool off, remember that Village Hall (350 Victory Drive) and the Park Forest Police Department (200 Lakewood Boulevard) are the community’s designated cooling centers. Village Hall is open during routine business hours while the Police Department is open 24 hours. Also, please remember to periodically check in on family, friends, neighbors, and the elderly to ensure that they are adapting well to the heat.

Park Forest Community Development


This week, 178 inspections were performed. These included new construction, re-occupancy, inspector-initiated and referral/complaint. In the month of June, a total of 77 building permits were issued for a total new construction cost valuation of $426,460 with $15,305 collected in fees.

In Civil Court action on property maintenance code enforcement matters, three cases are being worked on for status updates before the judge. Also, four cases are scheduled in the Adjudication Hearing Process.

Park Forest Police Department

Crime Free Housing Landlords Seminar

The next Crime Free Housing Landlords Seminar is scheduled for Saturday, September 15. Landlords must make a reservation for the class with Crime Free Housing Analyst, Natasha McEroy at 708-748-4701.

Crime Free Housing Conference

Chief Thomas Fleming, Detective Todd Beilke and Analyst Natasha McElroy recently attended a three-day Crime Free Housing Conference in Kansas City.

Park Forest Public Works

Vegetation Control

TruGreen Chemlawn completed curbside vegetation control.

Watermain Improvement Project

An opening of bids for the Orchard Drive watermain improvement project was recently conducted. This project will replace the watermain from Sauk Trail to Indianwood Blvd.

Street Sweeping

Elgin Sweeping Services is in town sweeping Village streets.

Field Operations

Pot holes and cracks on Orchard Drive, Westwood Drive and Lakewood Boulevard were hot patched recently.

B-boxes were repaired/replaced at 200 Wilson, at Indiana Park and at 135 Sauk Trail. Sanitary sewers were cleaned. Assistance was provided to the Water Plan for repairs to Well #1.

Water Plant

The staff repaired the meter at Well #1. Layne-Western will be coming into town within the next week or two to begin repairs on Well #6 and to seal and cap Well #7.

Recreation and Parks


The new July 4 (postponed to July 5) fireworks launch location at the end of the 400 foot boardwalk at Central Park Wetlands seemed to work out very nicely. While a little more work to transport all the gear to the end of the boardwalk, the staff from S&N Display Fireworks seemed very pleased with the location and logistics. A number of hand trucks and carts were provided to transport the material from their truck to the launch location. The new location proved to be safer and more reliable due to the “high and dry” nature of this small island in the middle of the wetlands. Most accounts from those present were that the show was very well received.

Freedom Hall Remodeling

Work continues on concrete repair and patching in the theater in preparation for painting and re-carpeting. The new seating is currently scheduled to be installed in late August.


Park Forest Bark District

Staff have repaired some minor damage to the water fountain at the park. Some minor modifications to the fence at the main entry gate area are expected to be completed this week.


Source: Village of Park Forest Weekly Manager’s Report