Firefighters Don’t Get Much Lovin’ From Village Officials
Oak Lawn firefighters earned their money again when a fire broke out at 10020 Harnew Road. Village officials seemed to down play the fire department’s work noting that the homeowner was out of the house when firefighters arrived and there was “plenty of mutual aid assistance”. Social media is lighting up with discussions that dynamite was found. Another official recently engaged in cyber discussions arguing that police officers save more people than firemen. Is it a contest? The truth is both save more than our elected officials.
Phone Scams And Door To Door Sales Problems
Residents as far south as 103rd Street and as far north as 93rd Street have recently reported aggressive sales people trying to get into their apartment complexes claiming that they work for the utility company. If they come a knocking, call the police.
The Village of Oak Lawn was also busy responding to complaints about “phone scams” including one in which the “IRS” calls you to demand payment. The Internal Revenue Service does not call you on the phone. If someone calls, they are trying to scam you by saying you have to pay or you will be arrested.
Weird Reports of Crime
Two recent police reports should make residents mad but it is hard not to chuckle. Residents may be upset that police officers often have to respond to calls that are probably a waste of time. The first report involved a “theft of wire at 88th and Mayfield Avenue”. The line installer for AT&T reported that he had left a reel of fiber cable on the parkway on Friday, January 29th. When he returned on Monday, February 1st, it was gone. The cost to replace the stolen wire is $10,000. So, if you see someone with 800 feet of cable wire, call police. Let’s put that one in the hard to solve pile.
The other report comes from the Village itself. One of its public works employees met with the police after discovering the “possible theft of a fire hydrant”. It was discovered missing near 95th and Oak Park Avenue. Break away pieces and tire tracks suggest that someone drove into the hydrant. The list of suspects starts with every dog in the neighborhood.
Village Blows Off “Low Bidder’s” Claim Without Discussion
Homer Tree Care claimed it was the low bidder on a recent contract in an email to the Village Manager, Mayor, Clerk and Trustees. The company claims it was disqualified for providing only one copy of the bid when the bid specs requested that “Two (2) copies of the bid packet with full documentation are requested to be provided.” Homer Tree Care’s interpretation was that the failure to provide copies was a “minor technicality not clearly illustrated within the requirements set forth”. Without discussion, Homer’s bid was disqualified. Doh!
No Streit Equals No Questions
With Trustees Robert Streit and William “Bud” Stalker absent from the last meeting, no Trustees gave any reports during the meeting. The Village Manager didn’t even provide a report. The result was a meeting that lasted only 15 minutes. Not having reports is unusual but not one Trustee asked a question on any of the 12 items voted on at the meeting.
Mayor Sandra Bury did have a report including an announcement that the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring the State of The Village address at the Hilton on February 9th. The Mayor said she plans on talking about how “awesome” Oak Lawn is in the address.