Oak Park's Comprehensive Plan could get a bit more comprehensive. Members of the comprehensive plan advisory committee addressed the village board Monday during a special meeting to discuss the vision statements, statements of importance, and goals and objectives for the plan itself.
With assurances from two internationally renowned commercial real estate firms, a list of conditions and new check points on the calendar, Oak Park trustees granted Lake Street Investors the necessary extension to see if the long-delayed Lake and Forest project can come to fruition.
The proposed 2014 Oak Park budget has one element that could save the village $150,000 and eliminate the annual village vehicle sticker. The proposal, however, wouldn't save all residents money. In fact, it adds a tax that impacts all residents and property owners differently.
Oak Parkers who spoke at the September meeting about the I-290 Expressway project were split on their opinions about what needs to be done to better the aging roadway and the people its congestion impacts.
Oak Park wasn't able to keep its partnership with River Forest to operate its jointly purchased fire truck — per the decision of River Forest village officials — but Oak Park will move forward with purchasing a new truck with some newfound savings.