Consideration of Deerfield’s will wait two more weeks as the Village Board of Trustees takes a closer look at shopping center owner Gateway Fairview’s request.
Mayor Harriet Rosenthal and Village Manager Kent Street said the item was removed from the agenda of Monday’s meeting to enable experts hired by Deerfield to more closely study the requested sales tax related legislation. Rosenthal and Street expect the matter to be on the agenda for the July 16 meeting.
“We want more study to get the information we need to fully understand the proposal,” Rosenthal said. “We want to get more information from our financial advisor as well as our Village attorney.”
The proposal was on the agenda at the June 18 meeting when Rosenthal suggested it be postponed to gain a broader consensus among the Village Board of Trustees. Two members, Alan Farkas and William Seiden, voiced objections at that gathering.
In other business, the Board approved a resurfacing project for Linden Avenue along with replacement of water and sewer infrastructure which will cost $828,012. The project is expected to begin July 30 and be completed by October 16, according to Assistant Village Engineer Bob Phillips.
Before the Board approved the measure, Phillips assured the Trustees there would be precise communication with the schools to assure they knew of any road closures in advance. Rosenthal was concerned because of issues arising from construction near Wilmot School in the past.
“If there is a need to close a road the schools need to know about it,” Rosenthal said. “It’s a necessity.”
The Board also approved the acquisition of a stump grinder to help with the removal of trees infected with the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle but not before Trustee Thomas Jester suggested the Deerfield Park District share in the expense.
Though the purchase was unanimously approved, Assistant Director of Public Works Brad Fink told Patch after the meeting he intended to talk to the Park District about cooperating. “I’m going to approach them,” he said. “We’ve done that before.”