Nummer honored for village service

Prior to attending to a full agenda, the current village board took a moment to honor the contributions of former trustee Russ Nummer. Also a former River Forest fire chief, Nummer stepped down in May after a four-year term in village government.

President John Rigas noted that Nummer deserved thanks not just for his board service, but for 30 years as a firefighter “protecting this village.”

“I enjoyed my time spent next to you,” said Trustee Susan Conti, a frequent political opponent of Nummer. “We disagreed quite often, but it never took away from our mutual respect,” she said.

“I think the pres said it well when it said you were ‘the voice of reason,’ ” said Trustee Cathy Adduci.

“I’m very grateful for the characterization of the voice of reason,” Nummer said. “I attempted to be the voice of reason, and I’m glad to hear that at least some people understood where I was coming from.”

RF Tennis Club electric won’t be buried

The board voted down a motion to authorize a $7,000 deposit to be forwarded to Commonwealth Edison for an engineering study related to an underground electrical connection to the River Forest Tennis Club. The vote effectively kills a proposal to OK passing on a minimum of $70,000 in costs to all residential and commercial Edison customers in the village. That cost was estimated to be $3.50 to $4.00 a month for two months, for residential customers, and between $35 and $40 a month for two months, for commercial customers.

The board then voted unanimously to authorize a payment of between $3,000 and $5,000 for a similar study prior to the re-routing of overhead 7,000 volt electrical lines to the tennis club. That totals cost, estimated to be between $25,000 and $30,000, will be passed along to all village electrical customers.

RF Parks meeting at Oilily property

The River Forest park board will hold a special meeting on June 15, at the Oilily building, 103 Forest Avenue. The meeting, which starts at 7 p.m., will provide village residents the opportunity to hear information on the park board’s interest in purchasing the Oilily property and to have a discussion of those issues.

The building will also be open for public view that evening.

The park district wants the property, which features approximately 15,000 square feet of interior space, for inside recreational programming. It is currently considering a February 2010 bond referendum to cover acquisition and any renovation and building costs.

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