Orland dog park fees, name get OK
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org March 19, 2013 12:36AM
Updated: April 21, 2013 6:17AM
Orland Park trustees on Monday night approved membership fees and a name for a baseball-themed dog park within Centennial Park, the village’s main park.
Orland Park and Orland Township residents will pay an annual membership fee of $25 per dog — $10 for each additional pet — while nonresidents will be charged $80 a year and $15 for additional dogs.
To get a membership, dog owners will have to show that their pet is current on its shots, and access to the park will be controlled by an electronic security system, with members needing a card for entry, Trustee Patricia Gira said.
Spread over three acres next to Lake Sedgewick at Centennial Park, 15600 West Ave., the dog park will have separate fenced areas for large and small dogs, provide them with access to drinking water and shade and contain agility equipment and benches, according to the village. A pet wash area is also planned.
The village and the township are sharing the cost of building the park — projected to be about $200,000 — and they hope to have it open by mid-June, Gira said.
The baseball theme the village has established at Centennial Park — most recently with the Kevin Hertz Memorial Playground — will be carried over to the dog park, which would be called “Dogout.” Scoreboard-like signs reading “Play Ball!” and “On Deck Circle” could be part of the design.
The village plans to have dog park membership applications available at the recreation department offices north of village hall and its Sportsplex as well as at its website.
For the design and layout of the pet park, the village hired Brusseau Design Group, a Hoffman Estates-based firm that has worked with park districts in Alsip, Hickory Hills, Oak Forest and Olympia Fields.
Also Monday, trustees delayed action on a new, long-term waste collection contract for the village. The village staff has recommended that the board authorize negotiations with Waste Management, the village’s current waste hauler, on a 10-year contract.
Orland Park is considering increasing the pickup of recyclables from biweekly to weekly and would also like to turn over the job of fall leaf pickup to the trash company.
The village is also considering having the company issue new, uniform trash containers to residents, said Trustee Ed Schussler, chairman of the village board’s public works and engineering committee.
The committee will discuss the trash contract issue at its April 15 meeting and expects to make a recommendation to the full board after that. Orland Park’s contract with Waste Management expires at the end of October.
In other business, trustees approved a bid of about $107,000 from Bechstein Construction Corp., of Tinley Park, for additional demolition at the former Orland Plaza, northwest of 143rd Street and LaGrange Road.
The wing that formerly housed Plaza Cafe and other businesses will be razed, but demolition won’t include Gee-Schussler Insurance or Marquette Bank, which is going to open a new branch bank at the southeast corner of that intersection.
The village bought the shopping center as part of its Main Street redevelopment project, the centerpiece of which is the Ninety7Fifty on the Park apartment complex. Retail and office space is also envisioned for the property.