Homer Glen changes sign ordinance for businesses
By Michelle Mullins Correspondent June 27, 2014 10:12PM
Updated: August 1, 2014 6:11AM
Businesses in Homer Glen have more options to choose from when displaying their names after the village board expanded its sign ordinance.
After a 4-2 vote, the village board now is allowing businesses to use a “flex cut” or a “dimensional surface sign” when displaying their business name, which previously was prohibited.
A Total Look Salon sought village board assistance, saying that its sign ordinance was cost prohibitive.
The village’s plan commission said the “flex cut” sign such as the one A Total Look Salon was proposing was acceptable.
Some trustees disagreed. Trustees Sharon Sweas and Margaret Sabo voted against altering the sign ordinance. Sweas said the signs the village is looking for might be more expensive but should be regarded as investments, while Sabo said the new signs are “not sophisticated” and that more business owners are going to want to change the sign ordinance to fit their needs.
Other trustees argued that the village needs to help businesses grow. Trustee Tedd Kagianas said he wants to leave it up to owners on how to best spend their money to promote their businesses. The village should adapt to new trends in signs, some trustees said.
Engineering services OK’d
The Homer Glen Village Board approved hiring H.R. Green for engineering services to develop a park in the Goodings Grove subdivision.
The 3.5 acre park in the Goodings Grove, Unit 5 subdivision, will be on Greystone Drive. Developer Gallagher and Henry donated the land for the park to the village, and it will include amenities such as a playground, a toddler playground, basketball court, picnic shelter and hiking and walking paths. Other plans for the park include benches, a fountain, a bike rack and possibly a volleyball court, according to village documents.
A large free-play area is planned for the north side of the park. A memorial grove area for residents to plant pre-selected trees to honor deceased loved ones also is planned.
The village received a grant to help pay for the park development. The total project is expected to cost $341,000, with the village paying for half via a park donation from Gallagher and Henry. The grant requires that the new park is completed by Dec. 31, 2015.