Pulse: They’re baaaack!
January 6, 2013 10:42PM
Elwood Police Chief Fred Hayes
Updated: February 8, 2013 6:14AM
Two hot potato issues are back on the agenda for the Will County Board’s land use committee meeting on Tuesday.
Chris Leshock, a member of the Will County Coalition for Responsible Industrial Activity, said his group recently submitted a letter from 13 homeowners associations that represent more than 5,000 homes and 20,000 residents opposed to zoning for a concrete recycling facility in Wheatland Township.
“In short, these residents do not want Industrial I-2 zoning in a heavily residential area, nor do they want waste concrete material, with hazardous components in their environment,” she said. Meanwhile, a proposed gas station/car wash on Harlem Avenue in Frankfort Township has been called a “monstrosity” by residents who would live nearby if it’s built.
Both items were postponed in November. The meeting is 9:30 a.m. at the county building, 302 N. Chicago St. Joliet.
State of Romeoville
Romeoville Mayor John Noak delivers the state of the village address on Tuesday.
The event will give Noak a chance to talk about progress in Romeoville to an audience estimated to number 400 at a time when he’s in a curious three-way mayoral race that includes former Chicago Bears player Steve McMichael and former Romeoville Mayor Fred Dewald.
The luncheon event is at the JFK Sports Center at Lewis University.
Like a scary movie
To the extent that one can enjoy watching Joliet City Council meetings on TV, Joliet Park District Executive Director Dominic Egizio finds the experience much more pleasurable these days.
Egizio said he never knew when the park district’s Splash Station Waterpark would become a target of controversy at a council meeting back when the city covered construction debt payments on the facility, an arrangement that ended in April 2012.
“Sometimes I was afraid to turn on Channel 6 to watch the city council meetings,” Egizio said.
“I got my Christmas present on New Year’s Eve when the Bears decided they’d had enough mediocre coaching,” — Football fanatic (and Elwood Police Chief) Fred Hayes on the firing of Lovie Smith.
Our condolences to Joliet Councilman Bob O’Dekirk and family on the death of his father, Thomas, Wednesday at the age of 69.
Reporters Cindy Wojdyla Cain, Bob Okon and Brian Stanley contributed to Pulse.