Homer Glen has adopted an ordinance to create a unified system for assigning and maintaining street addresses after receiving complaints from the Will County 911 communications center.
"The address problem could have been a factor between life and death," said Homer Glen Chief Building Official Joseph Baber, regarding complaints from the 911 center about address problems, during a presentation at the Feb. 26 Village Board meeting.
The village's lack of a unified address system has created problems with mail delivery and emergency response services, according to a meeting agenda supplement. The Will County Land Use Department previously assigned and maintained addresses in Homer Glen while the village unofficially maintained a database for new address assignments, according to the supplement.
Under the ordinance approved Feb. 26, the village will establish an "in-house addressing and approval process," which will allow the village to review address assignments. The village will continue to use the "current numbering and grid pattern format, as used by Will County," according to the supplement.
A Street Address Advisory Group will be created, which will include representatives from Will County 911, fire protection districts, the Will County sheriff's office, the U.S Postal Service and the village, according the agenda supplement.
The village may incorporate the use of software that will allow it to attach files such as information on building permits and false alarms to an address, Baber said at the meeting.
Trustees Michael Costa and George Yukich expressed concern that adopting a unified system may inconvenience residents, especially when an existing address is changed.
"If my address is going to change, it would take quite a while," Yukich said, pointing out how a person would need to update documents and inform businesses of the new address.
"It's going to be confusing to residents and businesses, but it's something we have to do," Costa said.
In other news, trustees approved the placement of two new stop signs. One will be placed at the southwest corner of Quail and Derby lanes and the other at the northeast corner of Partridge and Derby lanes, according to a meeting supplement. A request was made for a sign at the Quail location and a traffic study completed in June 2010 recommended the stop signs, states the supplement.
A reception to honor Trustee Mary Niemiec, who is not seeking reelection and will be leaving the board, will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 26.
Meanwhile, a restaurant, La Crepe Bistro is opening at 13957 S. Bell Road in Homer Glen, Trustee Tedd Kagianas announced at the meeting. And a Northern Will County Water Agency meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. March 11 at Lemont's Village Hall, the mayor announced.