The village board sped through this week’s council meeting in just under 30 minutes, but commissioners managed to pass the first two ordinances of the year and agreed to a resolution for a $90,000 Cook County block grant.

The board voted unanimously for ordinance variations that will allow the owner of Cardinal Liquors, 7533 Roosevelt, to put up several electronic signs; and all five council members agreed on an ordinance to sell a small surplus of the village’s computer equipment. 

As for the resolution – one of three the board passed – Forest Park will receive $90,000 through Cook County’s Community Development Block Grant program to reconstruct an alley at Circle and Hannah, between Jackson and Adams.

Four of the five council members voted in favor of it.

Marty Tellalian, commissioner of Public Property, recused himself from voting because he lives in close proximity to the alley. He cited a section in the agreement that prohibits anyone with a potential conflict of interest from being involved in the grant.

The village also paid $632,543.10 in bills; and Village Administrator Tim Gillian suggested introducing a mobile-phone-powered payment system for commuters parking their cars in the CTA lot on Desplaines Avenue.

D209 shake-up

At a meeting in Forest Park’s Proviso Science and Math Academy Monday night, District 209 announced it was replacing several longtime employees.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the layoffs included the controversial firing of longtime Proviso West Principal Alexis Wallace, who has served for 30 years. Her dismissal was reportedly met with days of student protests.

Proviso East Principal Milton Patch, meanwhile, will add the duties of athletics and activities director in July.

-Nick Moroni