If you've driven by the old ice cream stand on Wolf and Algonquin Rd. lately, you've seen a sign in the window suggesting that something new is coming. The Des Plaines Community and Economic Development Department (CED) has confirmed that the parcel with the shop has been purchased, and that the new owner intends to open a hot dog stand. CED will work with the new owner on licensing and business assistance programs to improve the building.
Welcome to 3rdWard.org, a website dedicated to communication and transparency between Des Plaines City Government and you. This website, maintained by 3rd Ward Alderman Denise Rodd, is designed to keep neighbors engaged in their community and informed about issues.
Our tour guide for the Ozinga plant tour scheduled for Wednesday, August 19 was involved in an accident on Friday. He is recovering; however, won't be able to conduct the tour of the Ozinga Plant. Check back here for a rescheduled date and time.
Alfini Alley Closure - between Alfini and Algonquin
Starting Wednesday, May 20, alley replacement work will begin on the alley. This alley will be closed to all vehicles for approximately 7 weeks, weather permitting.
Southwest Place - West Grant to West Villa
Work on Southwest Place involves new 8 inch water main, various storm sewer improvements, and complete street reconstruction and reprofiling. All curb will be removed and replaced. All driveway aprons will be replaced with concrete. Sidewalk will be replaced as needed. Six inches of asphalt pavement will be paved on Southwest. Landscape restoration will be completed with sod. Pavement striping and street signs will also be replaced. Work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 26, just after Memorial Day.
Northwest Place - West Grant to Thacker
Work on Northwest Place involves new 36 inch storm sewer and new 8 inch water main. Miscellaneous sidewalk and curb will be replaced. No driveway aprons are scheduled for removal. Three inches of pavement will be removed and resurfaced on Northwest. Landscape restoration will be completed with sod. Pavement striping and street signs will also be replaced.
Northeast Place - East Grant to Thacker
Work on Northeast Place involves new 36 inch storm sewer. Miscellaneous sidewalk and curb will be replaced. No driveway aprons are scheduled for removal. Storm sewer trenches in pavement will be patched. Northeast is not scheduled for pavement resurfacing this year. Landscape restoration will be completed with sod. Pavement striping and street signs will also be replaced.
Oxford Road - Oakton Street to Forest Avenue
Work on Oxford Road involves new 8 inch water main and new 15 inch concrete storm sewer. All ditches and culverts will be removed and replaced with storm catch basins. Fire hydrants will be added, and their locations will be changed to conform to current building codes. All driveway aprons will be replaced with concrete. The pavement on Oxford will be widened from the existing 18 to 22 feet to a width of 25 feet. Six inches of asphalt pavement will be paved on Oxford. Several diseased ash trees will be cut down on Oxford. Landscape restoration will be completed with sod. Pavement striping and street signs will also be replaced.
Lincoln Avenue - Oxford Road to Wolf Road
Work on Lincoln Avenue new 12 inch concrete storm sewer. All ditches and culverts will be removed and replaced with storm catch basins. Old fire hydrants will be replaced. All driveway aprons will be replaced with concrete. The pavement on Lincoln will be widened from the existing 20 feet to a width of 25 feet. Six inches of asphalt pavement will be paved on Lincoln. Landscape restoration will be completed with sod. Pavement striping and street signs will also be replaced.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the 3rd Ward meeting this month will be on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 instead of May 13. The time and location - 7:00 p.m. at Prairie Lakes Community Center - remains the same. Our guest will be Mike Bartholomew, City Manager.
This week, the 3rd Ward Meeting WILL NOT take place at Prairie Lakes so that residents can attend the Park District Public Forum at West Park at 7pm on April 8. The forum is regarding the proposed pocket park at 968 S. Second Ave. I will be there along with Park District staff. To view a proposed layout of the park, visit www.Facebook.com/DP3rdWard (no login required).
In early January, a vehicle accident caused the Westfield neighborhood sign at Second and Thacker to fall from its post and crack in half. The grandfather of a Terrace Elementary School student, who had re-created the Terrace school sign on Westgate, volunteered to re-create the Westfield sign. It's now hanging proudly back where it belongs. For the full story and photos of how the sign was re-made, visit the 3rd Ward Facebook page.
Watch the latest video in the Des Plaines @ Your Service series. This one features all the information about the leaf collection service offered by the Public Works Department and Republic Services.
Remembrances for Alderman Sojka
- You can sign a Book of Remembrance in the City Hall lobby to be given to Ald. Sojka's family. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also check the calendar on the City's website for Commission, Committee and Board meetings held in the evenings when the lobby will also be open.
- There will be a formal recognition honoring Ald. Sojka at the September 2nd City Council meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. (held on a Tuesday as Monday that week is Labor Day).
- As more information becomes available about other remembrances, I will post it to www.3rdWard.org and www.Facebook.com/DP3rdWard.
On behalf of the Des Plaines Special Events Commission, I would like to invite everyone to Woodlawn Park for the next Sunday Scoop ice cream social event. Woodlawn Park is located in the Third Ward at 875 Woodlawn Ave., between Third and Fourth Avenues just north of Greenview Ave. Come to the park to enjoy some free ice cream, sweet toppings, and quality time with friends and family. View the Woodlawn Park Map.
In the latest Ward R3PORT newsletter, local historian, Brian Wolf, takes a fond look back at corner stores in Des Plaines as a new one is about to open in the 3rd Ward. Learn about the fireworks ordinance in Des Plaines, what the plan is for ash tree removal, and much more. Read the 2014 Spring/Summer newsletter.