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Homewood approves liquor license, police cruiser purchase via conference call

With only Mayor Richard Hofeld and Village Manager Jim Marino in the room, the Homewood village board held a meeting March 24. Trustees and Village Clerk Marilyn Thomas attended via conference call through a speaker.

The meeting was conducted via amended rules approved by Governor JB Pritzker because of the COVID-19 regulations. Trustees are allowed to vote without being physically present.

No residents attended the meeting.

“Stay safe and healthy and abide by the (medical) recommendations and the rules,” Trustee Larry Burnson said during the comment portion of the meeting. 

Each board member echoed Burnson’s statement.

“I’d like to thank you all for participating. It hasn’t been easy,” Hofeld said. “These are dificult times. We’re all in it together.”

The board approved an amended liquor license for Portillo’s restaurant at 17500 Halsted Street. The Class 7B license is intended for restaurants serving 50 patrons or more. Retail sale of beer and wine for on premise consumption is allowed for up to 25 percent of the total business. Video gaming machines are not permitted.

Portillo’s previous license only allowed for beer sales.

The bidding process was waived for the emergency purchase of a new police cruiser. 

On January 31, a Homewood police car was involved in an accident and was totaled due to extensive front and side damage.

The village bought the new vehicle through a purchasing cooperative for $49,680 from Morrow Brothers Ford in Greenfield. 

A variance was also approved for a shed at a home on Alexander Street. And a 36-month lease was extended for village copy machines. 

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