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3 weeks ago
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Crete Township Supervisor, Michael Liccar, is calling for a special board meeting on May 2nd at 6:30 pm, to discuss a temporary use permit application for Balmoral Park.

Once a world-class harness racing and equestrian competition facility, Balmoral Park became a parking lot for hundreds of cars and tractor-trailers after the property was sold to trucking magnate, Radomir Dobrasinovic in 2021, despite local zoning ordinances prohibiting such activity. The property is currently zoned for commercial recreation, amusement, and entertainment purposes.

Earlier this month, Mr. Dobrasinovic filed for a Temporary Use Permit with Will County Land Use in which he requests to legally continue to store vehicles inside of Balmoral Park. Consequently, Crete Township Supervisor Michal Liccar is calling for a Special Board Meeting about the matter, citing the proximity of residences to the property, safety matters and prior issues with semi-trucks illegally using Elms Court Lane, a Township Road, as some of the concerns to be discussed.

"We strongly support and welcome businesses to Crete Township, but at the same time, want to ensure that residents are safe, informed, and have an opportunity to share their voice about important decisions whether temporary or on the road to become permanent," Supervisor Liccar said.

Although legal zoning matters for the property are solely under the jurisdiction of Will County, Crete Township may provide comment to the County about the Temporary Use Permit application. The special meeting of the Crete Township Board will take place on Monday, May 2nd at 6:30pm at the Township Town Hall, 1367 Wood Street in Crete and the public is welcome to participate.
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Thanks for scheduling this meeting. I hope residents come out to express their concerns/support for the temporary use permit.

Thank you for sharing this video and all this cuz I worked at that race track for 5 years in the 1990s right at the high school Dennis shut down this is very important to everybody we all got to know what's going on right now what it returned back to the racetrack or not thank you for sharing I will be there that night

Thank you for the information.

It looks awful!!!

I thought someone, or a couple, bought the property and was going to develop it once again?? I swore I saw it on the news a while back??

My thinking is.... they need to change the situation for vehicle and semis coming down Elm Court, which is a residential area . Why do we need to store vehicles and semi trailers there? I see no changes to the facility that was first intended !

We needed a hospital-medical facility not a parking lot. Elm Court is completely trashed in certain parts. Many avoid it as it is difficult to avoid all the holes in the road.

Casino Racetrack, Arlington park is gone, bring back racing, Get it Done.

Do something else with it..make it a universal property..you have tons of parking and space..Concert venue,outdoor sports..bmx, dirtbikes, monster trucks, car shows, flea market, etc the way it is its headed downhill

They should have just put the slots in Balmoral in the first place instead of every bar restaurant and crevices everywhere else!! They belonged with racing more than anywhere else!! Political corrupting corruption ruined this just as it's ruined our state!!

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4 weeks ago
Crete Township

Employment Opportunity - Fire Chief – Crete, Illinois

The Village of Crete is seeking to fill the position of Fire Chief. This is a full time position working out of Fire Station #1. The Department is currently staffed by 32 full-time contract, part-time and paid-on-call FF/EMT-A and FF/EMT-P personnel, covering two stations around the clock. The Department responded to 1,956 calls in 2021, the majority of which were medical runs. This is a highly visible position and the Department has a solid reputation of good service to the community.

More comprehensive information regarding this position can be found on the Village of Crete's website: villageofcrete.org/employment-opportunity-fire-chief/

Interested parties should submit their resume, certifications and statement of qualifications by one of the following methods:

By mail: Village of Crete, Fire Chief Position Application P.O. Box 337 Crete IL 60417-0337
In person: Crete Village Hall 524 W Exchange Street Crete IL 6017
By email: meinhorn@villageofcrete.org

This employment opportunity will remain open until a qualified candidate is chosen.
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1 month ago
Crete Township

Changes Coming to Outdoor Warning Sirens System.

Director of the Crete Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Marty Braccio, announced on Friday that the Outdoor Warning Sirens system (OWS) will be upgraded in the coming weeks.

“We will soon be updating our OWS system software to perform faster and more reliable during emergencies,” Director Braccio said.

Most people know of the OWS system from the monthly tests of its siren, which is to ensure timely warnings for residents in case of hazardous events, such as tornados.

“We’ve partnered with Beecher, Monee, Peotone, South Chicago Heights, Steger, University Park and Crete Township, to purchase the software upgrade for our OWS system,” Director Braccio said.

The current system depends on 911 dispatchers to engage the sirens when they see a tornado warning. The new system automates that process and activates the sirens directly when the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a tornado warning for the area.

“With human intervention, delays in activation could happen while procedures and operations are acted on and carried out. This new system will not only save time, but it can help eliminate possible errors that could occur during manual activations,” Director Braccio said.

The new system is scheduled to go online on April 12 and 13, and Crete EMA even has its own local redundancy backup system in case of failures with the main system.

Director Braccio adds that the sirens are designed to provide outside warnings, and that these may be inaudible for people inside their homes. He recommends that residents have a NOAA Emergency Weather Alert Radio and a weather app on their smartphones, in order to stay up to date with information during weather events.

“Remember, when the sirens sound, take action immediately to get indoors, in a basement if possible or in the middle of your home, like a hallway or other interior room,” Director Braccio said.
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