Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Conflicts Flare At LITH Meet But Not Over Taxes

The Lake in the Hills Village Board Tuesday put its initial OK on a new tax levy 1.2 percent lower than last year's but no one was around to care.  Instead residents came to the podium to complain about parking tickets and to oppose a big sign for a proposed convenience store and carwash.

The Board's expected Thursday to approve a $5.49 million property tax levy to help pay for the coming year's $30.4 million Village budget to which the Board, after a hearing without an audience also gave initial approval.

Citizen interest perked up during regular meeting public comment when a group of a half dozen Impressions neighborhood residents complained about being ticketed for parking their cars across sidewalks.  Homeowner Mike Greco charged residents didn't have much choice since driveways were so short and complained LITH PD was handing out tickets in the middle of the night when no one was walking around, anyway.  "It's just getting out of hand," added neighbor Lativa Wright.

Director of Police and Public Safety Jim Wales replied there's a State law about parking across sidewalks that the Village can't adjust but suggested there might be a way to allow more on-street parking. Wales said Impressions wasn't the only neighborhood where police were cracking down on sidewalk parking.  "We had a survey," added Trustee Paul Mulcahy.  "It was overwhelmingly what people mentioned as a problem so we began to enforce it."

Turning to a request for the Village to relax some of its rules for a new convenience store and carwash on Algonquin Road, the Board voted to formally table the while matter Thursday after developers pushed too hard for oversized signs.

Planning and Zoning Commission Member Bill Dustin who happens to live in the area complained when the meeting began that the signs would be too bright for the neighborhood around Algonquin and Lakewood which he said was still, essentially, a residential area.

Hoffman Estates architect Chris Kalischefski told the Board the signs had to be bigger than normal because they'd be obscured by nearby trees, power poles and traffic signs.  He said Glogovsky Oil Company of Libertyville would offset the near-doubling of sign size by using smaller ones elsewhere on the site.

However, the Board had already given an informal thumbs down to that in talks in July and most trustees weren't happy to see it come back again.  "You've got your sign located in the least convenient, least visible spot you could put it," said Mulcahy.  Trustee Denise Barreto called the unilateral bargain to swap one big sign for other downsized ones "disingenuous".

Kalischefski insisted the proposed Grove Mart complex needed big signage or people would drive past before they even noticed it.  Trustee Steve Harlfigner observed they could easily turn in at the access that currently leads to the CVS store further west.

Trustee Russ Ruzanski wondered if the Board OK'ed an oversized sign now what the Village would be stuck with later when the obscuring trees were eventually removed by other developers.  "We've got to think about the future, too," he said.

"You seem to have gotten a few people here a tad upset," Village President Ed Plaza said as he and trustees sent the project literally back to the drawing board.

LITH's planned levy is at page 10 and its Budget at page 200 here:

In the pic:  A developer wanted to up the square footage on a convenience store sign 80 percent over LITH's maximum allowable size.  Trustees told him he hadn't made his case.


Keros (again) said...

As far as the parking tickets go, I see both sides of the argument. However, in the cases where people claim they can't avoid parking over the sidewalk I ask, what are you using your garage for? If the answer is something other then a place to put your cars, then I don't have a lot of sympathy. It's the cases where you have more then 4 drivers in a house OR have a legitimate reason to more cars then your garage and driveway can hold that I feel sorry for the people getting tickets. I'm tired of people confusing their desire to have something (boat, extra car, storage, etc.) with their need to have something.

Anonymous said...

One of the jerks from lITH pounded and pounded on the front door like a mental patient. Only to tell me do you want a ticket or do you want to move the car?
I said ticket because it wasn't my car. hahahaha the joke was on him and he wasn't too happy. But it was the first time I've seem the lasy ass out of his SUV in quite some time.

Anonymous said...

All illegal parkers should be ticketed. As far as the car wash, leave the trees alone and have no flashing oversized signs to ruin the neighborhood more than it has been with so many trees being removed already. One good thing there are no more barns left to turn into kindeling.

Anonymous said...

These are all zoned as single-family homes/condos, right? Maybe if we enforced that ordnance first, the parking problem would automatically go away...

Anonymous said...

LITH let builders put up cheap multifamily homes with inadequate parking. Then they wonder why people park over the sidewalks.

Lith's motto should be we'll let you but anything! If it's a bad idea we want it!

Bulldoze the whole town and make it a parking lot. That would be an improvement.

Anonymous said...

"LITH let builders put up cheap multifamily homes with inadequate parking."

You are asserting that LITH zones some areas as multi-family homes? I suspect you are mistaken.