Plans Dropped for Morton Grove Waste Transfer Station

Lakeshore Waste Services announced it will not pursue an application for a waste transfer station, but may look at an alternate use for its property in Morton Grove.


The Village of Morton Grove made public the following press release, issued by  Lakeshore Waste Services early Friday evening:

"Lakeshore Waste Services has informed the Village of Morton Grove that it will not pursue previously discussed plans to develop a waste transfer station on property adjacent to its corporate headquarters in the community.

“'We continue to believe that a waste transfer station would be a compatible and acceptable land use in Morton Grove, given the proposed industrial park location and the strict environmental regulations that would govern its operations,' said Josh Connell, president of Lakeshore Waste Services. He noted that waste transfer stations are located near residential areas in communities throughout Cook County.

“'I respect the public process and community involvement, and was fully prepared to begin meetings with residents in advance of submitting an application for a transfer station. Unfortunately, it became clear that an open, factual dialogue was going to be difficult to achieve.'

Connell left open the possibility of approaching the community about another business use for the property adjacent to its corporate headquarters at 6132 W. Oakton Street. Connell said he did not have a specific timetable, but that Lakeshore would reach out to the Morton Grove community to engage in fact-finding about a potential alternate concept before submitting it to the Village.

Established in 2001, Lakeshore Waste Services has been based in Morton Grove since 2010. The company is an independently owned and operated waste and recycling hauler serving Chicago and its suburbs." 

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Dan Goldberg September 09, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Here’s a big one, look at health care contributions from teachers and propose a 50% contribution to their own health care which could save over $250K annually – and with it, re-negotiate the teachers’ contract now before any proposed referendum. Longevity allowance in pay should stop – get paid for doing a good job, not just for showing up. Additionally, all compensation should be tied to performance like the real world – and not to exceed CPI. Students have paid the price so far, and the teacher’s union won’t let them volunteer their time, even if they wanted to (look into the 8th Grade play where they wanted to help but were prohibited). Instead of acquiescing to a 4-5% raise in pay, what about a freeze in salary? The School Board has not stood up for the children but bent to union demands. The Board President has been in her position for years, so little chance of change in attitude or approach I fear. Other board members are employed by law firms that represent unions, not a good mix and possible conflict of interest. Is it not about time to look at salaries and make some tough choices that will preserve the quality of the education and the physical property. PART TWO
RIP-Neil September 09, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I applaud the suggestions. You can't move to 1 principle in 2 school district. Especially with all of the new/recent regulations as to what a principle has to do both in regards to direct contact with education, etc. It's a good proposal, but it is just not possible with the current regulations. You also propose to cut the admin assistant. I am not a superintendent and I don't know what is physically possible by the job demands. It may be an option, but I doubt it. I could not do my current job with my assistants. Not enough hours in the day. Pre-school is self-sustaining, so no savings there. Food service is under constant review and this is where they have already made significant cuts by outsourcing it. Business manager is probably not needed in normal situations, but in the current conditions, they are needed (at least until this situation is resolved). I believe the district has already considered all of these options, and while they do represent ideas, they would be a small dent and I don't think most of possible anyway more than what has already been done. Again, these are already a source of previous cuts.
RIP-Neil September 09, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Absolutely...but they don't have that option right now. Something called a "contract". I agree the teachers receive better benefits than most and this needs to be changed, but the entire benefits that cut be cut probably amount to 50K. Don't get me wrong. MANY MANY MANY parents that support the district and support radical changes in regards to teacher contracts. As I previously mentioned, the district is not requesting a funds to continue the current contracts and definitely not expansion of contracts. Right now, teachers probably get more like 6-8% raises. Can you image trying to get the teacher's union to agree to a salary freeze? They should agree to this in times of financial stress, but we all know they won't. If you are really concerned about teacher's contracts, then the best thing that could possible happen is for the referenda to pass. This would give the district a concrete budget (which remember, does not even support the current contract conditions), and then they could enter the negotiations in 2013 with a "this is what we have and we have no more options" attitude. If they do not pass, the teachers will hold out for more and just expect the district to keep going to the community to get the money. I know it may be hard to digest, but for anyone that is truly against the current contracts, passing of the referenda is the path to the most drastic contract cuts in 2013
RIP-Neil September 09, 2012 at 11:51 PM
What really needs to happen is massive district consolidation and a large infrastructure investment to make everything run more efficiently. It may come to that in a few years and i can't wait for that day. Also, I would love if unions were dissolved in regards to education and public service and each employee had to stand on their own merit. Going to happen? Not in chicago.
M. Kim Jr. September 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM
If the situation in Chicago shows anything, the unions more than teachers are putting money, control and dues above the welfare of the children. We're reading that D67 unions won't let their teachers volunteer their own time to help the kids? I think most teachers are dedicated and put the kids first, its the weak school boards and administrators at fault for bending to union demands. A well rounded education is important but focus on the basics first. For all those so vocally supporting the tax increases of the referendum, maybe they could dontate what they would have paid in higher taxes to support more programs.


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