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Homewood board welcomes new trustee

  New Homewood Trustee Lauren Roman, left, receives 
  congratulations from Village Clerk Marilyn Thomas 
  after taking the oath of office at the board of trustees’ 
  April 24 meeting.
(Photos by Quincy Crump/H-F 

Homewood trustees welcomed the newest member of the board during the regular meeting Tuesday, April 24. 

Lauren Roman was appointed by Mayor Richard Hofeld and approved by the board to fill the seat left open by the resignation of Anne Colton on April 9. 

After being sworn in as a village trustee, Roman took her seat on the dias. Her first official act was voting for the omnibus agenda that included the 2018-19 village budget, several changes in liquor license classifications and permit renewals.

Roman will serve until the next consolidated election in April 2019. Before her appointment, she served on the village’s Community Relations Commission. She is a mom to two young children.

Clerk Marilyn Thomas also administered the oath to Patrick O’Meara, a new member of the Fire and Police Commission, and Bryon Doerr, whose family looked on as he was sworn in as landscape maintenance supervisor. 

  Bryon Doerr, second from 
  right, and his family listen 
  while Assistant Public Works 
  Director Dave Ebert 
  presents Doerr’s 
  qualifications for his new 
  job as landscape 
  maintenance supervisor. 


Assistant Public Works Director Dave Ebert told trustees Doerr is a certified arborist who has been a full-time member of the landscape maintance staff for six years, helping not only manage village trees but working with the village Beautification Committee on the downtown flower beds and other landscaping projects.

He has degrees in general horticulture, nursery management, greenhouse production and turf management.

“Bryon is already a major asset to Homewood Public Works and we welcome him to his new supervisory position,” Ebert said.

The board approved several reappointments: 

  • David Speerbrecker to the Ethics Commission.
  • Emmet Cassidy to the Fire Pension Board.
  • Charles Lawrence and Patrick McAneney to the Storm Water Resource Committee.
The board also approved the $32 million operating budget and $3.5 million capital budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The board held a public hearing for the budget at its April 10 meeting. 

In other business, the board approved:

  • A liquor license change for Redbird Cafe, 2057 Ridge Road, from class 7B, beer and wine only, to a class 12, bring-your-own-beverage.
  • A liquor license change request from Jose Brizuela and Antonio Ramirez, the new owners of Grady’s Snack & Dine, 18147 Harwood Ave., to switch from a class 4 license to a class 4B license. Both classes are for restaurants with a bar. The 4B license specifies that the establishment’s sales be at least 75 percent food, 25 percent alcohol, and does not permit video gaming machines on the premises.
  • Renewal of outdoor liquor licenses for nine establishments: Buffalo Wild Wings, Calumet Country Club, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cilantro Mexican Restaurant, The Cottage on Dixie, Fifth Quarter, Grady’s Snack & Dine, Lassen’s Sports Bar & Grill, Ridgewood Liquor Store and Tap.
  • A parking variance requested by Kenneth Owens for United Barber Academy at 17540-17542 Dixie Highway. 
  • A bid from Eco Clean Maintenance of Elmhurst for custodial services for $27,120.
  • The annual report of the Planning and Zoning Commission, which included descriptions of 26 matters brought before the commission, including consideration of special use permit requests, planned unit development amendments, a zoning variance request, one zoning map amendment and one administrative appeal.
  • A zoning variance requested by Brian Barker and Jennifer Furey that would allow them to have two sheds on their property.
Hofeld announced that of the $409,309.66 in bills paid by the village, two items comprised two-thirds of the total. Davey Tree Expert Company was paid about $35,000 for tree trimming and removal and almost $213,000 to Washington Park Plaza LLC as part of the sales tax incentive program.

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