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Homewood trustees honor Misner, Deenik for service

Homewood trustees approved two resolutions at the Nov. 14 meeting honoring retiring police department staff Deputy Chief Robert Misner and Records Clerk Betty Deenik.

Misner was appointed deputy chief in April 2021. Prior to that, he had served as a sergeant and in the Criminal Investigations Unit as a detective sergeant.

He joined the Homewood Police Department in November 1997 after serving as an officer in Lynwood and Thornton.

Robert Misner

The resolution cited his role as “mentor and guide (to) new members of the department as a Field Training Officer and as an instructor for firearms, ASP, rapid deployment and taser, thus contributing to the future success and professionalism of the police department.”

The resolution also described Misner as a “driving force in the creation of the Homewood Police Association, a charitable organization comprised of current and former members of the department” who also served in Network 3 and South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police honor guards.

He received the 2023 Pro Patria award from the Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in recognition of his efforts in 2019 and 2020 in coordinating care packages for the unit of Officer Dennis Leaks, who was on a nine-month deployment to Kuwait as well as for his collection of toys for Officer Leaks’ children.

Misner retired on Nov. 10 after 26 years of service to the village.

Betty Deenik also retired on Nov. 10. She served the village for 23 years and 10 months, according to the resolution honoring her work.

Betty Deenik

She joined the Homewood Police Department in January 2000 as a dispatcher after working for the Calumet Park Police Department, the South Holland Police Department and the Illinois Toll Highway Authority between 1990 and 1999.

She was appointed to a full-time position of records clerk in November 2003.
Deenik received several awards from the Homewood Police Department for her attention to duty and performance related to her service as a dispatcher.

The resolution characterized her as “a valuable, trustworthy, and hard-working employee who has represented the police department in the highest standards.”

Board OKs permits
The board approved a special use permit for Tashyna Willis to operate XFA Cycling and Fitness Studio at 18207 Dixie Highway. The location is in the B-2 Downtown Transition zoning district.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously on Oct. 19 to recommend approval of the permit.

In a memo to the board, Angela Mesaros, director of economic and community development, noted that commissioners discussed the need to monitor future parking in the area and to “evaluate the potential impacts on surrounding properties and the need for additional parking on this site due to the lower overall parking requirement for the multi-tenant commercial center.”

The board also followed the commission’s recommendation in approving a special use permit for Jocelyn Alamoodi to operate a salon at 18350 Kedzie Ave.

Mesaros reported the commissioners also discussed monitoring the parking situation at the Kedzie Avenue business area.

The board granted Stoney Point Grill a permit to serve alcoholic beverages in its outdoor dining area. The restaurant is currently under construction on the first floor of the Hartford Building at 2031 Ridge Road.
Stoney Point already has been approved for a Class 4A liquor license.

The board also agreed to waive two requirements for the outdoor service permit: “access to the outdoor sales area shall be only from a permanent structure” and “outdoor sales area shall be surrounded by a fence at least four feet high.”

In a memo to the board, Finance Director Amy Zukowski noted that the waiver request from the restaurant was made to “allow Stoney Point Grill to offer more options for their outdoor dining patrons.”

Construction continues on Stoney Point Grill located on the first floor of the Hartford Building in downtown Homewood.
(Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

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