VILLAGE BOARD VILLAGE HALL
16250 S. Oak Park Avenue 708-444-5000 Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Front row (from left): Village Clerk Kristin A Thirion, Village President Michael W. Glotz Back row (from left): Trustees William P. Brady, Dennis P. Mahoney, Colleen M. Sullivan, Michael G. Mueller, William A. Brennan and Diane M. Galante
Michael W. Glotz
Kristin A. Thirion
TRUSTEES William P. Brady
Administration and Legal Committee
William A. Brennan
Dennis P. Mahoney Public Works Committee
Michael G. Mueller
Public Safety Committee
Community Development Committee
Diane M. Galante
Colleen M. Sullivan
VILLAGE MANAGER David Niemeyer ASST. VILLAGE MANAGER/EMA DIRECTOR Patrick Carr VILLAGE TREASURER Andrew Brown POLICE CHIEF Matthew Walsh INTERIM FIRE CHIEF Steve Klotz MARKETING DIRECTOR Donna Framke HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR Angela Arrigo PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR John Urbanski COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Kimberly Clarke VILLAGE ATTORNEY Paul O’Grady (Peterson, Johnson & Murray S. C.)
MEETINGS VILLAGE BOARD MEETINGS Held at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of every month at the Village Hall. The public is welcome.
Commission meetings are held monthly at Village Hall and are open to the public.
Civil Service: 6:00 p.m., first and third Mondays Economic and Commercial: 6:30 p.m., second Monday Environmental Enhancement: 7:00 p.m., second Tuesday Labor and Development Advisory: TBA Marketing: 6:00 p.m., first Monday Plan: 7:00 p.m., first and third Thursday Senior Services: 3:00 p.m., first Wednesday Sister Cities: 7:00 p.m., third Wednesday Veterans: 7:00 p.m., second Wednesday Zoning Board of Appeals: 7:00 p.m., second and fourth Thursdays
MAYOR’S MESSAGE Mayor Michael W. Glotz I’m humbled and thrilled to have been elected as the 24th mayor of this great community. I promise to work hard and serve you with honesty and integrity. Home to nearly 56,000 residents spread out across 16 square miles, Tinley Park is the 22nd largest town in Illinois and is poised for substantial growth in the coming years. We’re a community that has many existing assets that will aid in this growth, including our location near two major interstates, proximity to Chicago, beautiful parks and nature trails, and the great dining and shopping opportunities for residents and visitors alike. When you include our two world-class Metra train stations, our 10 hotels, the Tinley Park Convention Center and the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, you begin to see just how enviable our position really is. Quite frankly, we couldn’t be better poised for future success, especially with the construction of Harmony Square and the Boulevard at Central Station, as well as the potential opportunity to develop the 280-acre Tinley Park Mental Health Center property. The entire Village Board and I are committed to serving this community and advancing its interests with an increased focus on public safety, sustainable economic development, and government accountability and accessibility. With a business- and development-friendly approach, we promise to be good stewards of Tinley Park to ensure this town that we all love continues to prosper and succeed. We pledge to continue the excellent work started by Mayor Ed Zabrocki and his team, who laid the foundation on which we will now build Tinley Park’s future.
It’s a brand-new day here in Tinley Park . . . and we are poised for an exciting and prosperous future.
We’ve all just come through a very difficult time, but things are finally starting to get back to normal. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get started on all the major projects on the horizon. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I’ve missed all the Village’s great special events, and I’m happy to report that the Farmers Market, the Cruise Nights along Oak Park Avenue, the Music in the Plaza concerts and the Downtown Tinley Block Party have all returned this summer. It’s a brand-new day here in Tinley Park. With a united Village Board, a fantastic team of hard-working Village employees and a passionate base of dedicated residents, Tinley Park is poised for an exciting and prosperous future. There’s no limit on how much we can do if we work together. Please join me in finding out!
VILLAGE BOARD MEMBERS Mayor Michael Glotz
Mayor Glotz previously served as a trustee and chaired the Public Works and Community Development committees. He and his wife, Kristie have lived in Tinley Park since 1994 and have two children, Katie and Kyle. He and his family attend Parkview Christian Church. Mayor Glotz is a member of Local 150 Operating Engineers and was a Union Steward for Local 150. Through many years in the field, his experience has been utilized by his company to manage many large projects and assist in sales due to the positive relationships he has developed with clients. He has volunteered as a girls softball and boys baseball coach for the Tinley Park Bulldogs organization and the Southwest Raiders Travel Baseball team in Orland Hills. Recently, he was appointed to the Together We Cope Board of Directors and is recognized for volunteering throughout the community.
Clerk Kristin Thirion
Clerk Thirion has been a public high school educator in Consolidated High School District 220 since 2005. She enlisted in the U.S. Army prior to her high school graduation to study Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. and served in the Military Intelligence Corps. Clerk Thirion has a Bachelor’s Degree in German and Russian from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Bachelor’s Degree in English secondary education from Governors State University, and a Master’s Degree in literacy education from Olivet-Nazarene University. Kristin and her husband, Sven, have lived in Tinley Park since 2005.
Trustee William Brady
Trustee Brady ran a successful business in Oak Lawn for more than 33 years. After retirement, he took the opportunity to work at Orland Township with the Senior Services Department as a driver and various other duties as needed. He has also devoted his time to Boy Scout Troop 911, which is chartered by the Tinley Park Police Department. He was one of its founders and is the committee chairman of the troop. He is a committee member of Scout Crew 422 and the Sea Scouts Troop 2911.
In his spare time, Trustee Brady volunteers for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as a master hunting and boating safety instructor. He and his wife, Bette have lived in Tinley Park since 1992, raising two children, Sean and Megan. They are members of St. Stephen’s Deacon and Martyr Catholic Church, where they are both Eucharistic ministers and involved in many of the church’s activities. He is a graduate of both the Citizens Police Academy and the Citizens Fire Academy.
Trustee William Brennan
Born and raised in Tinley Park, Trustee Brennan attended elementary and high school in the Village. He graduated from the EMT-Basic program at Moraine Valley Community College and acquired his EMT-Paramedic certificate from Ingalls Memorial Hospital. He now lives with his wife, Lindsay and their four sons in the Pottawattomi neighborhood. In addition, he currently holds a state producers license for insurance in property, casualty, life, health and variable contracts. He is also a licensed mortgage loan originator.
Trustee Brennan is an active member of the community and has volunteered to coach youth baseball and basketball programs. He is also a board member at St. Coletta’s, an organization that provides educational, vocational and residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities. He and his family are also parishioners at St. George Catholic Church in Tinley Park. 4
Trustee Diane Galante
Trustee Diane Galante moved to Tinley Park’s Queens Court subdivision in 1996 with her husband, Joe. They have two children: daughter Julianne and son Joseph. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting and has been working the past 29 years in Frankfort for one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world. She has experience working for an industry leader, focused on financial strength and an ongoing drive for continuous improvements.
Trustee Galante has been highly active in the community over the years, helping with her children’s sports programs as a team mom and coach, and has held multiple board positions. She has been a regular volunteer for her children’s schools, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts organizations, as well as teaching Religious Ed at St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Catholic Church in Tinley Park, where she and her family are parishioners.
Trustee Michael Mueller
Trustee Mueller was born in Roselle and lived in Chicago for several years before settling in Tinley Park. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics and a Master’s Degree in information technology. He has strong ties to Loyola’s athletics department, where he was a member of the track and field and cross country teams for five years. With his wife Tracy and two sons, Trustee Mueller lives in the Brookside Glen neighborhood located in the Will County section of the Village.
MEET YOUR NEW TRUSTEES Trustee Dennis Mahoney
Trustee Mahoney grew up in Chicago Ridge and moved to Tinley Park in 1986. He is a graduate of St. George and Andrew High schools. He has been a coach with both the Tinley Park Bulldogs and Bobcats athletics programs for many years and serves as a commissioner with the Tinley Park Park District. Dennis began his career in the construction industry in 1998 as a Local 134 IBEW member, in which he remains active. He has served as an electrical construction foreman working on a variety of projects, including Chicago high-rises, CTA facilities, airport infrastructure and data centers. He and his wife, Katie have three children.
Trustee Colleen Sullivan
Trustee Sullivan is a graduate from Rasmussen College, where she earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in information technology. She has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 15 years and has a background in finance. She enjoys writing and has recently authored and published two children’s books. Colleen grew up in Oak Lawn and lived in Chicago for a few years before settling in Tinley Park in 1995. Some of the things that drew her to Tinley Park were the schools, the parks and seeing all the new development happening around town. She is the mother of three daughters.
Colleen has been an active volunteer with Girl Scouts, as well as her children’s various school events over the years. She is co-founder of the Tinley Park Citizen Volunteer Committee that helped serve the senior citizen community by assisting them with grocery shopping and prescription pickups during the COVID-19 pandemic.
MANAGER’S MESSAGE David Niemeyer This past year, I was reminded time and time again what an excellent team of employees we have here at the Village of Tinley Park. From our frontline personnel to all our staff working behind the scenes, everyone came together during a very difficult time to ensure we continued to deliver the high-quality Village services that our residents have come to expect. It wasn’t easy, but I’m proud to say our fine employees here at the Village were more than up to the task. Department heads and staff made hard cuts to their budgets and hours to ensure the Village could continue to deliver residents quality service on a smaller budget. I’m also proud that Tinley Park was able to help the broader effort to combat COVID-19 by setting up one of the first mass vaccination sites in the region at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Overall, we played a vital part in controlling the pandemic, and I’m extremely proud of that. See our budget numbers in the Finance section starting on page 18 for a more detailed breakdown. I’d like to congratulate some new faces in the Village and say goodbye to a few old ones. This past year, the Village welcomed new Human Resources Director Angela Arrigo and IT Manager Anthony Ardolino, and our former Village Engineer Colby Zemaitis was promoted to Assistant Public Works Director. We also welcomed new Trustees Dennis Mahoney and Colleen Sullivan, who join the new board headed by Mayor Michael Glotz. On the flipside, this year we said goodbye to Fire Chief Forest Reeder, who retired June 1, and longtime Village Treasurer Brad Bettenhausen, who will retire June 30. Read more about Forest and Brad later on in this edition of the Annual Report. We wish both of them a very happy retirement! Developments around town are progressing. Construction on the Brixmor project on the east side of Harlem Avenue south of 159th Street is continuing. The site, formerly the Tinley Park Plaza shopping center, is being renovated to include construction of new retail spaces to accommodate the retailers under contract, as well as others yet to come. I’m pleased to report that the development at Harlem Avenue and Vollmer Road is progressing. The roughly 110-acre development will have about 1.3 million square feet of floor space over three industrial buildings. This will translate to additional jobs and property tax revenue for the Village. The Village is continuing negotiations with the developers of Pete’s Fresh Market, a 70,000-square-foot warehouse that will go in the old Super K-mart on Harlem Avenue. The Village Board will be considering a $5.5 million TIF incentive with them at a future Village Board meeting. Pete’s eventually plans to also construct a store, which will bring jobs and tax revenue to the Village. Unfortunately, some developments are moving a bit slower than we’d like thanks to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors beyond our control. Harmony Square, our planned plaza in Downtown Tinley that will feature a concert stage, ice rink and 250 events per year when opened, is in the courts. We expected to get some of the land we need to complete it as part of a mixed-use development downtown, but when that developer decided to not move forward, we approached the landowner about buying the property. His asking price was unfortunately significantly higher than what we believe the market value is, so we decided to acquire the land through condemnation. Due to the pandemic, though, the court process has been slow. I’m hopeful that we’ll start to see some progress with this as the country continues to recover from the pandemic and the courts get back to normal operation. At 280 acres, the former Tinley Park Mental Health Center property at 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue is a fairly large piece of property. The State of Illinois, which owns the land, has unfortunately let it fall into disrepair since the center closed for good in 2012. In addition to a major leak that spilled more than two million gallons of water, the site has asbestos, black mold, rusting vehicles and equipment, collapsed structures, broken windows, graffitied walls, overgrown foliage and other countless code violations. Gov. Pritzker announced in March 2020 that he was interested in selling the property to us, but ever since then the State has refused to meet with us. We held a press conference about the condition of the property in May to bring more attention to the situation, and we were able to meet with the Illinois Department of Central Management 6
Services (CMS) shortly afterward. I’m hopeful something productive will come of our discussions. While we are very frustrated by the lack of action the State has taken these last few years, hopefully we are now seeing signs that they’re finally taking steps to clean the site and sell it to us. I will keep you appraised of this situation as it moves forward. I also wanted to mention that the Village recently withdrew from the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Instead of paying the CVB a portion of our hotel accommodations tax, the Village decided those funds were better spent supporting a Tinley Park-specific tourism marketing plan and building out our “Life Amplified” brand. The Village will now take on tourism responsibilities internally. This change will help us better promote Tinley Park and its amenities such as the Tinley Park Convention Center, our hotels and restaurants, and the upcoming Harmony Square plaza, in turn bringing more dollars into our community. Learn more about these and other projects on the Village website at TinleyPark.org/CurrentProjects. While you’re there, why not also visit the Stay Informed page at TinleyPark.org/StayInformed to keep current on Village news and events. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2021 and beyond!
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After 37 Years of Dedication On June 30, the Village will say goodbye to longtime Treasurer/Finance Director Brad Bettenhausen, who is retiring. Brad has been the Village Treasurer since 1984 and is a lifelong resident of Tinley Park. “Brad has been an invaluable resource for many departments and countless employees through the years,” Village Manager Dave Niemeyer said. “The Village has thrived under his financial leadership, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who knows more about Tinley Park than he does.” Brad is the 15th Village Treasurer in the community’s history, following in the footsteps of his ancestral relative, Christian Andres Sr., who served in the same position from 1892 to 1908. Brad is the third generation of his immediate family to have served Tinley Park in an official capacity. His grandfather, Henry J. Bettenhausen, served as a Village Trustee in two separate terms, and his father, Robert Bettenhausen, served as Fire Chief and Village Fire Marshal, with combined service longer than any other person in the history of the Tinley Park Fire Department. Several of his uncles, great uncles and a brother also served with the Tinley Park Fire Department, and his maternal grandfather, Loyd Mink, served as Pike County, Illinois Treasurer. “There are few people who have been in a Treasurer/Finance Director position for as long as Brad has, and fewer still who know as much as he does about municipal finance in Illinois,” Niemeyer said. “Brad’s a true hometown hero.” In his tenure, Brad has mentored, assisted and trained several Village Deputy Clerks to perform their jobs better, as well as handled a variety of Community Development roles in planning, annexation, zoning and economic development. He’s equally comfortable in reading and interpreting a property legal description as a financial statement.
TOTAL PROJECT FUND BALANCE
WATER STORAGE CAPACITY UTILITY CUSTOMERS
POPULATION 1984 - 11.5 mm gal 2021 - 21 mm gal 1984 - 28,050 2021 - 56,703
S BONDS OUTSTANDING
1984 - $15.1 mm 2021 - $240.8 mm 1984 - 6,953 2021 - 23,766
1984 - $9.1 mm 2021 - $11.6 mm
Some of Brad’s other accomplishments include:
The Village has • Maintained the Village’s Master Street Address Guide that drives the routing of thrived under E911 phone calls in Tinley Park Brad’s financial • Planned and managed a variety of public works and construction projects leadership . . . • Managed millions of dollars of federal, state and other grants he is a true • Integral to the issuance and management of every debt issue the Village has done hometown hero. since 1984 • Participated in multiple calls and meetings with rating agencies, which resulted in multiple rating upgrades in the Village bond (credit) rating to the current AA+ (Standard and Poor’s) • Introduced computer automation of Village financial and other activities; helped install the wiring and equipment to build the Village’s network environments; and provided staff training and assistance with using computers and software • Wrote the Village’s first investment policy and received the Certificate of Excellence Award from the Municipal Treasurers Association of the United States and Canada in 1996 • Helped to improve/enhance customer service • Intimately involved in the creation and amendments to all seven of the Village’s TIF Districts, and served as TIF Administrator for all of them since the creation of the annual reporting requirements in 1999 • Converted the Village’s annual audit report to the current Annual Comprehensive Financial Report format in 1991 and significantly added to the base set of data tables to enhance disclosure and transparency • Provided/updated financial-related disclosures on the Village’s website • Initiated participation in the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting program in 1991 and both the GFOA Popular Report and the Budget Award Programs in 2019 • Wrote/assembled the Village’s Fiscal Policy Manual • Wrote documentation of financial duties of the Treasurer/Finance Director and Finance Department, and developed a calendar of key financial and reporting dates, both in an effort to further aid in succession and sustainability Brad also introduced an internship program which has since been adopted by other departments “I’m proud to say the experiences through our financial internship have helped to develop and shape many individuals who have since gone on to have successful careers, and have shown appreciation for their internship experiences as contributing to their successes,” Bettenhausen said.
The Village would like to wish Brad a very happy retirement and thank him for his years of dedicated service.
1984 - 275 2021 - 480
Recognitions and Distinctions
• Outstanding Civic Leader (1990) – Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce • Certified Municipal Treasurer – Illinois Municipal Treasurers Association • Certified Municipal Finance Administrator – Municipal Treasurers Association of the United States and Canada • Certified Illinois Government Finance Officer – Illinois Government Finance Officers Association • Certified Government Finance Manager – Association of Government Accountants • Certified Public Funds Investment Manager – Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada • Outstanding Leadership Award – Municipal Treasurers Association of the United States and Canada • President’s Award – Illinois Municipal Treasurers Association
Professional Organizations and Involvement • • • •
Illinois Municipal Treasurers Association South Metro Chapter of Illinois Government Finance Officers Association Presenter for educational sessions A “Wikipedia” for all sorts of finance/government questions 9
New D eve lopments
in Tinley Park
Brixmor is redeveloping the Tinley Park Plaza shopping center on the east side of Harlem Avenue, just south of 159th Street. Details include: • Phased renovation plan will cost about $22 million and includes demolition of approximately 87,000 square feet of the in-line center and construction of new retail spaces to accommodate the retailers under contract, as well as others yet to be determined
• Village funds will come from TIF incremental revenues from the shopping center properties alone, and incremental municipal sales taxes (1%) from all the businesses located in the shopping center over a 10year period
• Future renovations will include the creation of new tenant spaces, improvements to the north end of the in-line center, and separating the current in-line center into two buildings for better access to loading docks and service entrances essential for deliveries
• Maximum of $8.1 million of TIF-eligible costs to be paid from the TIF increment generated, with the remainder (as much as $1.8 million) to be paid from incremental sales taxes
• Village will offer financial assistance in an amount not to exceed $9.9 million, or 50% of the actual project costs, whichever is lower
• Burlington and a grocer will occupy the new retail spaces
Pete’s Fresh Market
Pete’s Fresh Market will open an 88,608-square-foot store in the former K-Mart building on Harlem Avenue. Plans include: • 51,831 square feet of in-line retail tenant space north of the grocery store • Expansion of the existing dock on the south side of the warehouse building Pete’s will first open a warehouse at the location. Phase Two plans include expanding the warehouse to 12,400 square feet.
The proposed business park at Vollmer Road and Harlem Avenue will be constructed on 110 acres with about 1.2 million square feet of floor space over three industrial buildings. The development will bring jobs to the area and property tax revenue to the various taxing districts. Efforts will be made to reduce the impact of noise and traffic on the surrounding neighborhoods. The layout was designed in a way to provide efficient and safe truck circulation inside the site and on the adjacent roadways, and it allows for truck and employee access to signalized intersections.
Floor & Décor
Floor & Décor is proposing to locate in the existing Burlington tenant space, which is expected to be vacated this year when Burlington relocates to its newly constructed space in the adjacent Tinley Park Plaza redevelopment. Floor & Décor is proposing facade upgrades to bring the building in compliance with its corporate standards. Additionally, due to the need for a separate customer pickup area, the east side of the building will have adjustments to the parking and drive aisles. Lastly, the property owner is proposing to make upgrades to the overall site that would increase landscaping, enhance its overall appearance, and improve traffic safety. The improvements help to tie the property into the neighboring interconnected shopping centers with more recent upgrades (Menard’s and Tinley Park Plaza).
80th Avenue Widening Project
Project includes: • Additional through lanes and turn lanes • Construction/reconstruction of two 12-foot through lanes in each direction • Construction of an 18-foot barrier median • Traffic signal installation/modifications at 185th and 183rd streets • Noise walls on the northwest corner of the 183rd street intersection • Replacement of triple circular culverts with a bridge over Union Drainage Ditch • Replacement of culvert for a tributary to the Union Drainage Ditch Cook and Will counties are contributing a combined $14.4 million to this project in return for the Village taking jurisdictional control of 80th Avenue from 191st Street to 183rd Street.
EVEN Hotel has remodeled and re-
branded the former Holiday Inn next to the Tinley Park Convention Center. Renovations include the addition of the Local One restaurant. 11
DOWNTOWN TINLEY POISED FOR REDEVELOPMENT
Go to any city in America, and chances are you’ll run across a downtown area packed with parks, stores, restaurants and bars. Together these elements give a town a unique identity and provide residents and visitors alike a place to gather. Tinley Park is no exception. For more than a century, Downtown Tinley (along Oak Park Avenue from 166th to 183rd streets) has been the center of commerce and activity in Tinley Park. And while the trials of 2020 put the brakes on many developments in Downtown Tinley, this year most of them are back on track and poised to give Tinley Park’s storied downtown a fresh start for the coming decades.
• Will have a restaurant, patio area and second-floor apartment • Business will include a variety of avocado-based, fresh and healthy foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner • Has opened a ghost kitchen to offer catering while construction continues 12
Boulevard at Central Station • Four stories tall • 296,419-square-foot, mixed-use development • Southeast corner of South Street and 67th Court • 29,853 square feet of retail space on the first floor • 165 residential apartment units (99 one-bedroom and 66 twobedrooms)
The Banging Gavel
• Brewery, restaurant, outdoor patio • Housed in the historic Vogt building at 6811 Hickory Street • Brewing production will occur on ground floor, restaurant on the first floor with private events on the second floor • Vogt Bier Garden is now open, serving food/beverages!
Phase I • Scheduled completion date is July 2021 • 66 rental residential units ranging from 749 to 1,331 sq.ft. • Fitness gym, party room on first floor • 15,130 sq.ft. retail available on first floor Phase II • Construction start date TBD • 99 rental residential units ranging from 749 to 1,331 sq.ft. • 14,723 sq.ft. first-floor commercial • Covered parking garage • Pool deck and grill area
Plenty of Good NEW Restaurants
Do Rite Donuts & Chicken
Fry the Coop
North and Maple Kitchen + Bar
SIP Wine Bar
16200 S. Harlem Avenue Full-service barbeque restaurant
18401 N. Creek Drive Visit for a great selection of food and beverages
7451 W. 183rd Street Go-to spot for doughnuts and coffee at Lenny’s Gas N Wash
17424 S. Oak Park Avenue Robust selection of fine wines and delicious food and appetizers
16703 S. Harlem Avenue Popular Nashville hot chicken restaurant
17326 S. Oak Park Avenue Family-owned business making fresh ice cream treats
‘New Businesses’ Webpage TinleyPark.org/NewBusiness Highlights NEW Businesses in Town
Union Bar and Grill
17821 S. 80th Avenue Tasty food and fast, friendly service
New businesses/relocated businesses added regularly. 13
Benches on the Avenue
“Album Cover Tour”
Now through October
Now to August 31 5:00 -8:00 pm Tuesdays
Along Oak Park Avenue
Sponsored by VFW Bremen Post 2791
Along Oak Park Avenue
June 5 to October 9 8:00 am -12:30 pm Every Saturday
Oak Park Avenue Train Station Presented by R Market
Music in the Plaza
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Select Saturdays
Oak Park Avenue Train Station | Opening bands provided by House of Music June 26 Shock the System (Hard Rock) July 10 Whiskey Road (Country) July 24 The Walk-Ins (Variety) August 7 Five Guys Named Moe (Classic Rock) August 21 95th Street Band (Horn Band) August 28 Reckless (Variety) September 11 Austin Edwards Band (Country) Presenting Sponsors - Avocado Theory and Massage Envy, Tinley Park
Downtown Tinley Block Party
Sunday, July 18 | Noon - 7:00 pm Along Oak Park Avenue
Join us as we celebrate like islanders with tropical bands on two stages, food, beverages and lots of FREE entertainment for the entire family. Sponsored by Massage Envy, Tinley Park
South Stage 12:00 pm Final Say (Variety) 4:00 pm Tropixplosion (Tropical) North Stage 12:00 pm Mr. Myers (Caribbean Rock) 4:00 pm Cadillac Grove (Rockin’ R&B)
National Night Out Veterans Day Ceremony November 11 | 10:00 am
Gen. Patrick Rea Veterans Plaza 80th Avenue Train Station Presented by Veterans Commission
Tuesday, August 3 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Freedom Park | 7835 Timber Drive Presented by Tinley Park Police Department
Holiday Happenings Boo Bash
Sunday, October 24 Noon - 3:00 pm
Oak Park Avenue Train Station Kids Games and Entertainment
December 3 - 5
Oak Park Avenue Train Station Holiday Market, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Photos with Santa, Carriage Rides, Ice-Carving Demonstration, Parades and more!
POLICE The Tinley Park Police Department had to get creative with this year’s Law Enforcement Super Polar Plunge on March 26 and 27. During the event, police officers submerged themselves in water just a couple of degrees above freezing, then climbed out, every hour on the hour over the course of a single day. American Sales kindly donated the pool that officers used during the event. The police were able to raise $35,168 for Special Olympics Illinois!
The Village has authorized five additional police officers and created two new commander positions. Despite retirements and Covid, the Village has been proactive in hiring new officers. The Village has also created a lateral hiring process that allows for the transfer of officers with at least two years of experience in other departments, eliminating the need to go through the academy. This process is continuing parallel to the regular hiring process.
Uniform Crime Report
Below is the Uniform Crime Report for Tinley Park, which contains the major crimes the FBI tracks for all cities and villages.
Homicide Forcible Rape Robbery Aggravated Battery/Assault Burglary Theft Motor Vehicle Theft Arson
0 6 8 27 25 480 35 0 2020
0 6 7 9 75 590 44 0 2019
Arrests Accident-Personal Injury Accident-Property Damage Calls for Service Traffic Stops
720 182 1,092 28,729 3,259
990 259 1,512 34,510 4,901
FIRE Community Outreach • 8,660 total responses; average 24 requests for service every day • 2,710 fire suppression responses • 5,954 EMS responses • Average Response Time: 5 minutes, 41 seconds • Hired seven new firefighters; saw the retirement of five firefighters • New Battalion 46 vehicle placed into service • Faced COVID-19 challenges by instituting more than 50 guidelines, directives and changes in procedures • Fire Prevention Bureau was reaccredited by the International Accreditation Service • AED units added to all primary Chief and Fire Prevention vehicles • Held Charity Golf Outing to benefit Together We Cope • Held ‘Run for Your Life’ Fire Safety 5k; raised $3,000 for Camp I Am Me • Hosted grand opening in July for the brand-new Fire Station 47 at 7825 W. 167th Street
Interim Fire Chief Steve Klotz
Steve Klotz will serve as Interim Chief of the Tinley Park Fire Department. He’s been with the Tinley Park Fire Department since 1993 and has served as an engineer, lieutenant, captain and assistant chief. In 2013, he was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief. He holds many fire service professional certifications, including the highest certification level in Illinois, Chief Executive Officer.
Chief Reeder Retires
Chief Reeder retired from the Tinley Park Fire Department on June 1 and has been in fire service since 1978. Chief Reeder has served the community of Tinley Park for four years. He has worked extensively in the areas of instruction, firefighter safety and officer development and earned his Master of Science Degree in public safety administration in 2004. He is the co-author of “Fire Service Instructor Principles and Practices,” now in its third edition. He was inducted into the Moraine Valley Community College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2020 and was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus award in 2021. In 2008, he received the ISFSI George D. Post Instructor of the Year, considered to be the highest recognition for fire service instructors in the nation. 17
MILES REPAIRED/ RESURFACED ROADS
• Completed fourth phase of the LED Street Lighting Replacement Project by retrofitting 600 older highpressure sodium street lights to high-efficient LED; used $300,000 in energy grants • Replaced two rooftop units at the Public Safety Building and Fire Station 46 with more efficient units • Installed commercial-grade televisions in the lobbies of three facilities to display digital signage to inform, educate and communicate with residents and employees • 1,454 facilities repairs 18
STREET LIGHT REPAIRS
WATER MAIN BREAK REPAIRS
• Repaired 38 water main breaks • Repaired 699 sanitary sewer manholes • Smoke-tested 136,460 feet linear feet of sanitary sewer
• Repaired/resurfaced 9.2 miles of roads in Tinley Park as part of the Pavement Management Program • Responded to 21 snow events; used 5,589 tons of salt
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Public Works installed glass partitions and regularly deep-cleaned all 31 Village-owned facilities to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
The Village has completed its spring planting season for the communitywide tree planting program through an ongoing partnership with the Suburban Tree Consortium (STC). Highlights are as follows: • 170 trees planted throughout the Village • 19 species planted • Zero homeowner rejections on day of planting • Four days of tree planting (April 27 to 30) • Trees planted by Apex Landscaping (formerly Pugsley and LaHaie), which holds the contract with Suburban Tree Consortium • Trees supplied by two nursery partners – Goodmark Nurseries (95 trees) and Hinsdale Nurseries (75 trees) • The tree planting process was observed on the install dates, and the site design group has completed the remaining few post-planting inspections The Village is happy to report this season was another smooth, successful partnership with STC!
FISCAL YEAR BUDGET 2022 On May 4, 2021, the Village Board approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2022. The Village’s fiscal year runs from May 1 through April 30. Following long-established fiscal policies, the main operating funds (General, Water and Sewer and Commuter Parking Lots) are balanced, meaning expected revenues meet or exceed the budgeted expenditures. The overall Fiscal Year 2022 budget reflects approximately $106.2 million in revenues and $139.8 million in expenditures and includes capital expenditures in addition to the normal operations. The difference between total revenues and total expenditures is covered by accumulated capital reserves where money has been set aside in prior years for future capital expenditures. A key part of the Village budget process is to determine available resources by projecting expected revenues that will be received and available reserves. Following conservative and financially sound budgeting practices within the Village’s budget policy, revenues are projected at levels that are realistically expected, but may be lower than actually received. This practice minimizes the risks of budgeting operations against a revenue stream that may not be realized due to unanticipated shifts in the economy or where a revenue source may be diminished or eliminated unexpectedly, a situation that the Village unfortunately saw due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Conversely, expenditure budgets for items that are not contractually fixed will generally be established at amounts somewhat higher than may actually be incurred to account for unknown variables. Village fiscal policies spell out that the issuance of debt (short or long-term) is restricted to fund capital projects and not to fund the Village’s operating budgets. The Village’s operating funds continue to maintain fund balances that meet or exceed the established fund balance policies within its Fiscal Policy Manual.
Revenues TRANSFERS FROM OTHER FUNDS: $3,901,724
OTHER TAXES: $10,821,480
30.6% GRANTS, REIMBURSEMENTS & MISC: $11,348,355 SALES TAX: $21,240,300
FEES FOR SERVICE: $26,366,660 PROPERTY TAX: $32,534,000
Fiscal year 2021 presented new challenges and required the Village to approach revenue loss in a new way. Many of the expenditure reductions heavily impacted capital projects funds. Those reductions resulted in those funds, in aggregate, coming in more than 80 percent under budget. The general fund, or main operating fund for the Village, finished down $2.5 million. This is less than anticipated in May 2020 when the Village addressed potential COVID-19 impacts. General fund expenditures also finished under budget by about $11 million. This was an amazing feat achieved by Village administrators and department heads. Their commitment to maintaining core services and eliminating spending without impacting service delivery of core service should be commended. Although these reductions are not sustainable for the Village long term, in the short term the Village made needed cuts to ensure it was safe and sustainable. Those tough decisions have put the Village in great shape to resume more normalized service delivery to residents of Tinley Park as they began to resume normal activities in Phase Five. In order to offset forecasted losses in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s “Stay at Home” order, the Village decided to eliminate all discretionary spending and focus resources to core services. The Village projects total revenue loss at more than $14 million, with $11 million of that coming from the General Fund, which supports core services such as administration, public safety and public works. To mitigate the impact of this figure (which is nearly 20 percent of the General Fund), the Village proposed a spending plan that reduced expenditures. As part of this spending plan, the Village deferred capital expenditures, eliminated training and reorganized staff. Additionally, department heads and senior staff members were intermittently furloughed during the fiscal year in an effort to reduce budgeted costs. This new spending plan provided the Village an opportunity to offset the impacts of COVID 19 early, with the intent of preventing the need to make more drastic and critical cuts later in the fiscal year. Staff will update the Village Board regularly on the actual COVID 19 revenue impacts as those amounts become known.
Expenditures DEBT SERVICE: $1,887,523
TRANSFER TO OTHER FUNDS: $4,101,500
CONTRACTUAL SERVICES & INCENTIVES: $15,235,543
15.6% SUPPLIES & OTHER OPERATING EXPENDITURES: $21,848,545
SALARIES & BENEFITS: $48,134,866 EQUIPMENT & CAPITAL OUTLAY: $48,575,682
STATEMENT OF NET POSITION Governmental Activities 2020 2019
Business-Type Activities 2020 2019
Current & Other Assets Assets Capital Assets Total Assets Deferred Outflows of Resources Total Assets and Deferred Outflows of Resources
$134.5 207.7 342.2
$131.4 203.2 334.6
$28.4 36.8 65.2
$29.6 35.9 65.5
$162.9 244.5 407.4
$161.0 239.1 400.1
198.1 14.8 32.1 $245.0
191.6 15.1 36.6 $243.3
34.7 22.5 $57.2
32.9 23.7 $56.6
232.8 14.8 54.6 $302.2
224.5 15.1 60.3 $299.9
Liabilities Long-Term Liabilities Current Liabilities Total Liabilities Deferred Inflows of Resources Total Liabilities and Deferred Inflows of Resources
Net Position Net Investment in Capital Asset Restricted Unrestricted Total Net Position
(Reported in millions)
CONDENSED STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES Governmental Activities 2020 2019
Business-Type Activities 2020 2019
Revenues Program Revenues: Charges for Services Operating and Capital Grants and Contributions
21.9 26.2 8.3 64.8
24.6 31.9 1.3 65.5
0.0 0.0 0.5 25.1
0.0 0.0 0.4 26.0
21.9 26.2 8.8 89.9
24.5 31.9 2.3 92.0
29.8 2.1 0.3 63.1 1.7 $245.0
27.9 2.1 0.2 55.0 10.4 $243.3
0.0 0.0 0.0 24.5 0.6 $57.2
0.0 0.0 0.0 25.1 0.9 $56.6
29.8 2.1 0.3 87.6 2.3 $302.2
27.9 2.1 0.2 80.1 11.9 $299.9
General Revenues: Real Estate Taxes Other Taxes Other Total Revenue
Expenses General Government Public Works Public Safety Social Services Interest and Fees Total Expenses Change in Net Position
Net Position as of 4/30/19
Ended April 30, 2020 (Reported in millions)
Sales Tax Revenue by Fiscal Year
SALES TAX Of the regular sales tax rate applicable for Tinley Park (9.75% for the Cook County portion and 7.75% for the Will County portion), the Village receives 1%. For a breakdown of the sales tax rate, please visit the Village’s Transparency Portal at TinleyPark.org/ Transparency and click on “Sales Tax Rates” under “Taxes and Fees.” Sales tax represents about 20.6% of the overall revenues expected on an annual basis and supports all general operations including Public Safety, Public Works, Community Development and Administration. The accompanying chart reflects that sales tax revenues have continued to grow and have exceeded pre-recession levels for the past six years. The Village imposed a Home Rule Sales Tax at a rate of 0.75% beginning in July 2014, to address funding needs for both general operations and capital needs. This sales tax does not apply to titled goods (vehicles) or items subject to items normally taxed at the lower “Food and Drug” sales tax rate. Home Rule Sales Tax revenues are approximately 36.2% of the regular 1% sales tax.
$18,000,000 $16,000,000 $14,000,000 $12,000,000 $10,000,000 $8,000,000 $6,000,000 $4,000,000 $2,000,000 $0
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 1% Sales Tax
.75% Home Rule Sales Tax
Percentage of Debt of Property Value (Est.) 1.00% 0.90% 0.80% 0.70% 0.60% 0.50% 0.40% 0.30% 0.20% 0.10% 0.00%
0.70% 0.58% 0.41%
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
The Village of Tinley Park has been very conservative when it comes to borrowing money. Municipalities typically borrow money through the issuance of General Obligation Bonds that are normally payable from property taxes. However, the Village has frequently identified other sources of revenue to pay the bonded debt service to minimize the impact to property taxpayers. For example, with the most recent tax year 2019 (taxes paid in 2020), property owners will pay only 16.7% ($350,000) of the total debt service due on Village obligations. Tinley Park’s net outstanding General Obligation bonded debt as of April 30, 2020 totaled $11,666,919 (net of amounts restricted for debt service). This amount, divided by the overall Equalized Assessed Value (EAV; or the taxable value of all property in Tinley Park) is the debt ratio. The debt ratio to EAV of .83% as of April 30, 2020 would be the equivalent of a $830 mortgage balance on a home with a market value of $300,000. The Village’s ratio is well below the maximum 8.625% ratio applicable to non-Home Rule municipalities under Illinois Statutes, which is the maximum established under the Village’s fiscal policies. The Village’s debt ratio is also well below the 10% benchmark representing a moderate carrying charge established by the Standard and Poor’s rating agency.
PROPERTY TAXES Property taxes are levied on an annual basis to support various operational costs incurred by the Village, including Administration, Public Works and Public Safety (all partially funded through property taxes); employee pensions (Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund); Social Security, police pension and debt service (partial funding). On an overall basis, the Village represents approximately 12% of the total tax bill (actual percentage will vary by location and by the other taxing bodies included in a particular tax bill). There are several components involved in calculating a property tax bill, including the property’s assessed value (the taxable value of the property; by State Statutes 1/3 of market value), equalization factor (applicable to Cook County properties), and the amounts requested by each taxing body that includes the individual property as part of their overall tax base. For the most recent (2020) tax year, the Village abated more than $1.7 million (81%) of the total $2.1 million in debt service that will be paid in calendar 2021. Instead of collecting money from property taxes, the Village has identified other revenue sources to make the majority of the debt service payments. The abatement process is more beneficial to all property owners (both homeowners and businesses) in Tinley Park than the rebates that some municipalities have offered homeowners from time to time. Arguably, if a community offers you a rebate, they have asked for too much tax money from you in the first place.
Real Estate Tax Distribution - Village Average (Where Property Tax Dollars Go)
LIBRARY PARK DISTRICT
COUNTY & TOWNSHIP
Tax Levy Breakdown 25,000,000
Public Safety FICA & IMRF Police Pension
Debt Service 5,000,000