By Jeff Vorva
Summer is not yet here but Palos Park’s Village Council is already getting down to business for its huge fall event.
The village’s Autumn in the Park, cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, is scheduled to take place Sept. 17-18 and it is the biggest festival the village offers.
On Monday night, the council unanimously voted on three items for the event.
It passed a resolution to close a portion of McCarthy Road from 80th Avenue to LaGrange Road from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 for the parade to take place.
The council approved the village’s application for the State of Illinois liquor license for $25 and a special events liquor liability for $250.
It also approved a bid from Ultimate Rental Service of Romeoville for $13,382.20 to provide tents, flooring, lights and staging for the event.
It’s getting Chili around here
The village’s Chili in the Park event will take place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on Memorial Drive near the Recreation Center. The public tasting begins at 1:15 p.m. and awards will be presented between 2-2:30 p.m. The cost for tasting is $5 for a cup.
Commissioner Nicole Milovich-Walters was originally concerned that there were not enough Chili Appreciation Society International-affiliated cooks for the event. As of Monday, Village Manager Rick Boehm said there were 10 cooks already signed up and expects many to sign up on the day of the event.
Rid Litter Day
The village will host its annual Rid Litter Day at 9 a.m. on April 24. Milovich-Walters said the event has been held yearly since 1997 and three tons of litter have been picked up since then.
The event, organized by the Beautification Committee, will start at 9 a.m. in front of the Village Recreation Center and gloves and bags will be distributed and areas for garbage pickup will be assigned. Service hour forms for students will be signed at that time.
Milovich-Walters said that those who participate can pick up litter any time during the weekend and pickup of the filled bags will take place on Monday.
Mayor John Mahoney said that some residents may choose to clean up their neighborhood. He suggests that residents clean up their own yards before April 24 to allow time to clean up some of the bigger streets such as Southwest Highway.
He said he is puzzled by people who litter.
“I always wonder. how do we keep people from dumping garbage on your front yard?” he said. “I simply do not understand why people would do something like that.”
The village’s budget from May 1 through April 30, 2022 is on file in the lobby of the Kaptur Administrative Center and online. A public hearing will be held on April 26 and will be voted on later during the meeting.