OP Township hires new manager

Oak Park Township recently hired a replacement for its top administrator.

Gavin Morgan, four-year assistant to the city manager in Evanston, will take over the township manager position on Monday. The township board picked Morgan from a field of 30 candidates, mostly from Illinois, said David Boulanger, township supervisor.

The manager oversees daily operations at the township and its $5 million budget. Morgan will also help the township board make policy decisions, and oversee the physical township building on Oak Park Avenue. His starting salary is $92,000.

Morgan currently lives in Evanston. He was out of town Monday and could not be reached by presstime. He has worked 15 years in public service, according to a township press release. Before Evanston, he spent three years in city planning in Elmhurst, and worked in Victoria, Texas before that.

“I think he’s very in touch with the values of the township and its services,” Boulanger said. “He’s not just a manager, but an advocate and believer in social services.”

Morgan replaces previous manager Sharon Hammer, who resigned in May after 10 years with the township to take over as city manager for Sun Valley, Idaho.

Colt demolition looms

Three downtown properties could see the wrecking ball soon, including the controversial Colt building.

The Village of Oak Park wants to knock down the structure at 1125-33 Lake, along with two village-owned neighbor properties at 1121-23 Lake and 1145 Westgate. They asked local demolition companies for estimates, and the cheapest price tag came back at $1,434,400. That includes $60,000 to save pieces of the Colt’s Art Deco facade.

Village Engineer Jim Budrick said the company will likely raze all three buildings in January, after the holiday shopping season. Oak Park plans to pave over the land where the buildings were and use them for interim parking, Budrick said.

The board plans to vote on the contract at one of its upcoming meetings.

Voter registration continues

Oct. 7 is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 general election. That includes transferring your voter registration to a new address.

Oak Parkers can register at village hall, 123 Madison St. or at the Oak Park Township Office, 105 S. Oak Park Ave. You need to bring two types of identification to register, including one with your current address, according to a village press release.

You can vote early at village hall, Oct. 13-30, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early voters don’t need a reason, but must present a government-issued photo ID.

More information is available at www.voterinfonet.com.

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