The Sept. 24 Lake Bluff Board of Trustees meeting was short and sweet, clocking in at under 45 minutes, with most of the items on the agenda sparking little to no debate.
The Board issued a proclamation designating October as “Fire Prevention Month”. The month will include demonstrations and tips from the Lake Bluff Volunteer Fire Department. The Board also noted that the Lake Bluff Volunteer Fire Department has been rated a Class 3 of Volunteer Fire by the ISO Commercial Risk Service – the highest rating possible.
The Board also issued a resolution honoring the public service of David Belmonte, who has served as a member of the Police Board of Trustees for 20 years, a position elected by his fellow officers. He began his term as President of the Police Board of Trustees in 1994 and, during his tenure, grew the Board’s investments from one million to over seven million, while still paying out benefits – something a lot of departments haven’t been able to do.
The Board unanimously approved an ordinance allowing Lulu’s Frozen Delights a special permit to open a facility without a drive-thru, and with extended hours. The business will be at 14 E. Scranton Avenue, and they’ll have a test run on Monday, with the official opening at a soon, yet-to-be-named date.
“I think this concept is really trendy and it’s going to be a great addition to Lake Bluff,” said Trustee John Josephitis. “There’s a flavor [at similar places] called Birthday Cake that’s great – so hopefully you have that!”
The Board also unanimously voted to allow for an amendment to the Special Use Permit of the Lake Bluff Public Library. The library will be adding a new sign, as well as landscaping.
Also approved was the execution of a construction contract with Midwestern Construction to revamp the Gurney Avenue Footbridge. The footbridge has been closed ever since a village engineer found that the smaller structural support had deteriorated. The estimate of costs – including labor – was set at $50,000. Although the bridge is not currently in the budget, it was in the budget for last year (and was not gotten to in time). It is estimated to be open in time for Halloween.
The Oct. 8 Board of Trustees meeting has been cancelled, as it falls on Columbus Day.