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Residents tuning in to the Oak Park village board meeting most Mondays may have noticed something a little different.
During the board’s winter break, village hall put up a fancy new background where trustees normally sit while conducting business. The wall is beige in color and touts the village’s attempts to save the environment with the phrase, “Oak Park: A leader in environmental initiatives.”
The background is decorated with green-themed images (leaves, recycling logos, bikes, trains) along with green-themed words (restore, urban gardens, recycle, clean air). The concept was the idea of Village Manager Tom Barwin, according to spokesman David Powers, as was a mural used in another village hall meeting room.
Oak Park spent about $2,750 on the new background, according to Powers, which included applying vinyl graphics to the surface, laying out the design and laser-cutting the acrylic surface.
Adding the new backdrop was well-timed, as the board on Monday discussed whether it wanted to allow more green energy alternatives in Oak Park.
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