Aside from the fact that debate over fast-tracking the expansion of the Holley Court parking garage certainly wasn't deserving of a full five hours of meeting time, we find both the discussion and outcome of last week's village board meeting on the matter over-dramatized and disappointing.
As a member of the Steering Committee of the East Central Neighborhood association, I would like to make some clarifications. This association was recently formed. While its genesis may have been jump-started by the planned renovation and expansion of West Suburban Hospital, it is not the only issue being addressed.
The NLP-dominated village board last week, in a 5-2 vote, refused to give the go-ahead to begin construction on the downtown parking garage addition that is also the first phase of the Whiteco/Trader Joe's project. The construction was to be "fast-tracked" so that downtown Oak Park would have additional parking for this year's holiday season.
My name is Jordan Horras, I am 6-feet, two inches tall, and ride a ten-year-old's bike. That's right, I have not graduated from my 20-inch BMX bike. From my first Schwinn (R.I.P.) Predator to my current bike, I have been obsessed with BMX. I do some of the tricks often seen on X-Games and other extreme sport shows. Most days after work one can find me at the Elmhurst skate park practicing. Which brings me to the topic of this letter, the Oak Park skate park.
Concerning the July 25 village board meeting, I thought I had accidentally tuned into "Comedy Central." I believe common legislative courtesy would be to "second" a motion. When the clerk calls the roll, if you want to vote "no," vote "no"?#34;hopefully with an explanation.
I've been using the parking lot at Marion and Ontario for almost over 30 years. I've always considered it the "central convenience" of Oak Park. Without exaggeration, each and every time I've driven into that parking lot, I've inwardly smiled to myself and said, "How convenient, Oak Park is really a neat place to live!"