NOTICE -October 5, 2010

There have been complaints and I happen to agree with them so I am going to do some policing of the comments on this website. If your post contains name calling it could be deleted.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

More Snow

Thank you to all the hard workers cleaning up all the snow this year.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

This & That December 2013

Another year gone.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
What do you think the new year will bring?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Smiths are back for final zoning plat approval

On the board meeting agenda tonight, JELMJ, Inc. LLC aka S Mark Smith and Vivian Smith are back with the Wheeling Park district for final zoning plat of the Prairie Preserve subdivision for mixed commercial and residential use.
The address says 333 W. Dundee (aka Community Rec Center) and the description on the second page is South of Dundee, but the map and rest of the text is of Lake Cook Road & Milwaukee.
The Current use says: Vacant, natural area, but the dirt movers and mounds of dirt  on the east portion do not look like natural areas.
The west portion is dedicated to Residential use, which makes sense (note sarcasm) because this is the Park District portion and mostly a large lake and wetlands.
Also since it was mostly wetlands before, it makes sense (note more sarcasm) for the Village to grant the variance to reduce the requirements for water storage (ie water detention area to prevent flooding).

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving

It is the time of the year to enjoy the holiday lights and start reflecting on this past year.
What are some of the good things that happened?
What things should be changed?

The village decided to take a step back and reconsider the gambling cafes.  That makes sense since they are a different class.  How can they decide the difference between a restaurant or bar and a gambling cafe?  percentage of sales from gambling? square footage devoted to gambling?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Gambling cafes

What do you all think about gambling cafes?
How many gambling cafes does the village need?
How many gambling cafes should the village approve before the first one even opens?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

This & That August 2013

Board meeting cancelled this week.
Does anyone have something they want to talk about?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Welcome back - August 2013

After a few light weeks and Trustee travels, the board has a full agenda Monday.
The big topic is the planned development of Northgate Crossings.
Some questions - is parking adequate?  It seems reasonable with many 1-bedroom units to use the updated parking guidelines that require fewer spaces. But, some of the assumptions may not hold.
Tandem parking - with two people, what usually happens is the first person home parks in unreserved parking to save the garage or tandem parking spot for the second person.
Garages - with inadequate storage, garages end up being used for storage.  That is even more reason for one car to use unreserved parking and the other gets the tandem spot.
Commuters - unlike other commuter areas such as Mount Prospect, Wheeling does not have a full train schedule and does not have numerous restaurants in walking distance. That may be the eventual plan with Wickes development, but it is not there now.  The target market "young professionals" will have cars.

Traffic - the study claims very little impact. That seems hard to believe.  Yes, the church would be concentrated one day a week. But commuters would be commuting the same hours that Dundee and Northgate are heavily traveled in morning and evening during weekdays.  Contrary to what the study said, it does not matter whether they are incoming or outgoing.  Either way, they will be turning onto either Lake-Cook or Dundee, which requires interrupting flow on those streets.  If they are walking to the train station, that will also block traffic on Dundee.

Garbage collection - where will the individual cans go when put out? That may work for single-story units, but for three-story where only a few units have garages?  No way.  They need to have centralized trash chutes or dumpsters and figure out a place to put them, which will probably reduce parking areas.

Snow plowing - with all those spaces on the outer perimeter, there is no place to put the snow.  For a few weeks in winter 10% to 20% of the spaces will be lost due to snow piles.

Now here's the big question.  How will this affect the Wickes development?  More housing units would be good for the proposed businesses, but would be competition for the planned housing at Wickes, which is what the developer wanted to build first to get the initial return on investment to fund the rest of the development.  This puts the Wheeling trustees in a pickle.  Vote for Northgate Crossings and further delay the return on the Wickes property which the current residents are paying for or vote against Northgate Crossings and get sued by the developer as happened with PhilHaven.  How much did that end up costing the Village, anyway, including all the PhilHaven lawyer's fees? The last vote was President Argiris was authorized to pay whatever the final negotiations were without knowing the specific dollar amount.