New police station & Village hall?


EDITORIAL

According to an article in the Morton Grove Champion, Morton Grove politicians voted last week to spend more money on a “pre-development study,” to see whether the 8300 Lehigh building, which the village purchased last year, would be suitable for a police station.

In 2012, the village hired a consulting firm and asked them to evaluate the police department’s space needs and weigh the costs and benefits of constructing an addition or moving to a new location. The consultant presented its findings and recommended a new location.

Subsequently, the village purchased the 8300 Lehigh building from General Bandage.

The obvious question here is why wasn’t this study done to determine the buildings’ suitability before the village purchased the building?

Trustee Bill Grear says that the village must decide whether to leave the Village Hall in the building or move it to the same facility as the police station.

Village Hall is not overcrowded, but it is a more than a century old, said Grear.

Sounds as though there are some politicians who want to see their name on a new village hall. The pertinent question is; “at what cost?”

With the recent increase in the villages’ share of the property taxes and water bills to the residents out of control, do Morton Grovers REALLY want to spend millions on a municipal monument to our elected officials ego?

 

 

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2 thoughts on “New police station & Village hall?

  1. The Lehigh property was bought in 2012
    The need for a new Police station was identified as far back as 2005
    The village Board was informed that the Village was accepting huge liabilities with the current Police Station and it was recommended by staff to act fast.
    Instead they have chosen to wait three years so a Village Hall could be sold to the Board by Grear & DiMaria

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  2. I was sitting in the former Police Chief’s office discussing the new Police Station when “Mayor” DiMaria called and told him to stop all work with the consultants who were preparing an outline of requirements for the architectural quote. The new Police Station was pretty far down the pike with property being researched, vetted, consultant studies performed on the locations’ viability, land purchased, funding arrangements made with minions at the County and State level and even two other Police agencies (METRA and Cook County Forest Preserve District) had expressed interest in “renting” space inside the new facility for their officers to use. No explanation was given at the time why to cease and desist. The former Police Chief did a lot of work on his own to make things happen because of the constant foot dragging of the Mayor, Corporation Counsel and Village Administrator. The taxpayers need to know that if this call was not made when it was there would probably have been a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place next month at the new Police Station on Lehigh. Many of us believe that the decision to stop work on the new Police station was a contributing factor in the former Chief’s decision to retire.

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