By Jeff Vorva
With favorable trends regarding COVID-19, Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz announced that the city plans on going ahead with summer activities in 2021.
“We’re planning our full summer of programs,” the mayor said at the March 16 city council meeting. “Our events are being planned. We will have our Fourth of July parade. We are asking people to sign up for the parade. Fireworks are still going to be scheduled.
“We will also have the concert series and the car classic. That’s the intention – to go through with our stable of events. Hopefully it will be something people will enjoy. Not like last summer [when events were cancelled].”
Straz said that Governor JB Pritzker is going to loosen things up a bit.
“We’re going to start to see some movement,” he said. “It will loosen up some thresholds and capacity for different venues whether it is weddings or outside events. Dining will go from 50 to 60 and steadily go up. A lot will be based on vaccinations.”
The city council unanimously approved a local public agency agreement for federal participation with the Illinois Department of Transportation for the 123rd rehabilitation project not to exceed $1.8 million and accept the low bidder of Lindahl Brothers Inc. of Bensenville.
Alderman Dolores Kramarski (3rd) said after the meeting that she does not know a timeline for the project.
She said her wish is that the project will start soon and end by summer’s end but added “I don’t know if that will happen.”
The project will go from Harlem Avenue to 76th Avenue.
A different State
Straz’s annual State of the City address is usually held at a Palos Area Chamber of Commerce event but because of the pandemic, it has been recorded and soon will be available on Channel 4 and social media outlets.
Next meeting cancelled
The next city council meeting was scheduled for April 6, but that’s been cancelled because it is election day.