OPRF stadium light foes ask village board to step in

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A handful of residents opposing installation of lights at Oak Park and River Forest High School's stadium asked the village board Monday night to weigh in on the issue.

Neighbors of the stadium, who have formed a group called the Alliance to Preserve Residential Integrity and Livability, or APRIL, told the village board that the high school has not sufficiently studied the impact the lights will have on residents in the area.

APRIL members called on trustees to step in to ensure environmental impact studies are conducted, and that neighbors' concerns are fully taken into account.

Residents living near the stadium say that lights previously installed at the school's south athletic field have already had a negative impact on quality of life in the neighborhood, and argue that stadium lighting will only increase traffic and safety problems, and the amount of litter on nearby streets.

"It's very important that the village get involved in this?[so] the Huskie juggernaut doesn't run us over," said Frank Lloyd Wright Lane resident Roberta Arnold.

Following testimony, trustees did not state whether or not they intend to become involved in the debate.

Typically, the high school would file a request for a special use permit to install any lighting at the field. Village President David Pope said Tuesday morning, however, that the village board would have to collectively decide whether to step in before OPRF applies for a permit.

Temporary barricades approved for Mann school

The village board voted unanimously Monday to allow Mann School to place "do not enter" barriers on the north side of Berkshire Street during peak pick-up and drop-off times beginning next school year.

The barricades are to be used no more than four times per day and for no more than 30 minutes at a time. The measure will prevent traffic from traveling westbound on Berkshire between Forest and Kenilworth Avenues.

Building and Property Standards director heads north

Oak Park's current Building and Property Standards Department Director, Nicholas Gadzekpo, will leave his position on June 3, according to a village press statement. Gadzekpo will be taking a job with the Village of Arlington Heights.

Department staff member Stephen Witt will take over as acting director.

Public Works Fun Fair Saturday

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the village will host its annual Public Works Open House and Fun Fair at the Public Works Center, 131 South Boulevard.

Public Works staff will be on hand for the event, which will feature vehicle and equipment displays, as well as free hot dogs and popcorn.
?#34;Katharine Grayson

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