Oak Park names new parking director

Says proposed developments will change the face of parking

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Interim Parking Director Jill Velan has been named director of the Village Department of Parking and Mobility Services, according to a village news release.

Velan, 43, has served as interim parking director since 2012, when Village Manager Cara Pavlicek, who previously served in the position, was named interim village manager.

"With so much happening in the parking department throughout the year, we felt it was vitally important that our new parking director be able to hit the ground running," Pavlicek, who was promoted to the position of village manager in 2013, said in the news release. "Jill has proven herself capable of managing the day-to-day operations in the parking department while focusing on long-term issues."

While serving in the interim position, Velan oversaw the establishment of the village's online overnight parking system and passport parking system.

Velan said in the news release that parking will be impacted in the future by proposed developments at South Boulevard and Harlem Avenue, Lake and Forest and the Colt site, east of Harlem and Lake.

"We're going to implement a large, coordinated effort to make sure that we satisfy the stakeholders before, during and after these projects have been completed," she said. "We'll make sure parking goes smoothly, so everyone else can focus on investing in Oak Park's future."

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Email: tim@oakpark.com

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Matt Cotten from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 15th, 2014 11:14 AM

I do not know Jill but I hope she lives and drives in Oak Park. We don't need outside consultants to research recommendations for our parking problems. We just need some practical and common sense solutions. Some have already been implemented so hopefully we continue to move in that direction.

RF from OP  

Posted: May 15th, 2014 10:58 AM

Chuck: so staff can see permits stuck on back windows

Bill from Oak Park  

Posted: May 14th, 2014 10:17 PM

I love Passport, no longer have to make sureI have enough quarters! Now if you could make it more obvious which meter goes with which spot at the spaces on South Blvd near Ridgeland that would help. Also should the area behind the indoor tennis courts on Lake off Ridgeland really be permit parking until 8 AM? There is usually 1 o 2 cars there and a bunch of empty spaces that I would love to pay the for!

Ms. Knowitall  

Posted: May 14th, 2014 9:34 PM

Could she possibly -- and hopefully -- look into why residents with outstanding parking tickets are still able to procure parking permits when parking is so scare around here, please?!!

OakParker  

Posted: May 14th, 2014 9:19 PM

Really? More smoke from Ms. Pavlicek? What did she accomplish as interim parking director when she had the job?

Chuck from River Forest  

Posted: May 14th, 2014 6:05 PM

Maybe she can answer the question of why we are not allowed to back into parking spots at the lot on Oak Park Ave and Central.

Elephants Memory from Oak Park  

Posted: May 14th, 2014 5:36 PM

She looks about a million times friendlier than the man who used to head up parking. A meeting with him was about as fun as a meal of liver and lima beans.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: May 14th, 2014 5:13 PM

A different experience: Just yesterday I left a message at Village Hall. Within 30 minutes, I received an email from Heather Perry, who is in the Parking Services Department, with my requested information. She was efficient, thorough, and helpful.

same stuff different name  

Posted: May 14th, 2014 3:23 PM

Can she change the attitude of her staff.? That's the important question.

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