Mayor defends privatized 911 dispatchers publicly after resident complains (correction)
Mayor Sandra Bury published a 911 dispatch tape in which a resident claimed on Facebook that yet another mistake has been made by the privatized dispatchers working for Bury’s political supporter, Norcomm Communications.
The resident, married to an Oak Lawn firefighter, posted on Facebook that she was in an accident in Chicago Ridge and called the 911 dispatchers. Oak Lawn’s dispatch doesn’t handle Chicago Ridge calls and is supposed to transfer the calls to Southwest Central, which dispatches for Chicago Ridge. According to the post, the dispatcher sent the Oak Lawn fire department to 95th and Cicero and not the scene of the accident in Chicago Ridge. Chicago Ridge was not contacted according to the documents posted online by Bury and others. Bury posted four phone calls from the scene, including one that wrongly listed the accident at 95th and Cicero in Oak Lawn rather than 95th and Nashville, in Chicago Ridge. The tape showed that it took ten minutes to send anyone to 95th and Nashville. Bury failed to explain why Chicago Ridge police or the fire department was not sent to the 95th and Nashville address while Oak Lawn was sent to the other intersection. Instead, she blamed the caller in a long political address on Facebook.
Bury claims all complaints are investigated. In the past Bury has denied that the dispatchers have made any substantive mistakes arguing that the previous union employees that were replaced by her outsourcing made as many mistakes. Bury has never been able to document any of those alleged mistakes or complaints. She recently accepted a $1000 political contribution from Norcomm Public Safety Communications, Inc, which has the lucrative contract with the village for dispatching services.
Oak Lawn Park District releases Summer in the Park schedule
Friday Movies on the Green begin this Friday, June 24th with the popular family favorite “Minions”. Two days later at 7 p.m. the scheduled Sunday concert is Hillbilly Rockstarz. Movies and concerts are at the Village Green at 95th Street and 52nd Avenue.
Other movies being shown on the schedule are the Good Dinosaur and Jurtasic World. Those movies are scheduled for July 22nd and August 19th.
The Sunday concerts continue after next Sunday with Peach’s Beach Party on July 10th, Five Guys Named Moe on July 24th, R Gang on August 7th and Spoken Four on August 21st.
Organizers say that you can’t beat the fun at any of these events.
News Media warns female drivers to be careful at gas stations
NBC 5 recently reported that thieves are brazenly committing thefts at gas stations, including one at 111th and Pulaski in Oak Lawn. The police department in Munster, Indiana told NBC that the man seen victimizing a woman on security footage in Oak Lawn is the same person committing the crimes in Munster.
The thief targets women, reaching into cars and taking purses, as they are paying with their credit card. The police are telling drivers to lock their cars while they are pumping gas or paying inside and to be aware of their surroundings.
The ½ acre enclosed garden located at 104th Cook Avenue (Old McGugan Middle School, north lot) is a community partnership between Oak Lawn – Hometown School District 123, the Oak Lawn Park District and the Village of Oak Lawn. This is a community-wide initiative that will not only provide a gardening outlet for many residents but also provide much needed supplements of fresh fruit and vegetables for our local food pantries that support many needy families in our community. The outgrowth potential is significant and initial plans include school curriculum enhancement, senior citizen engagement and veteran outreach programming.
The Richards High School football team, led by head coach Tony Sheehan, provided most of the work effort and muscle to transport more than 25 cubic yards of compost/top soil to the beds. Boy scouts, University of Illinois extension, Oak Lawn Green Team, neighbors and allotment gardeners joined Park District and D123 representatives in constructing and back filling the beds.
Big hole but the end of HUGE sign at 96th and Cicero store?
Sports Authority has announced it is closing all of its stores, including the Oak Lawn store. It will leave another large vacancy along with its neighbor Pulaski Furniture, which has one of the biggest signs on two sides of its building. No word on any redevelopment plans for the site but hopefully the village will make sure the next owner has a more suitable sign. One reader said that it would be nice if the village informed any prospective tenants that the next sign cannot be that large. The village does have a sign ordinance.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A correction was made in the first item.