Lincolnwood Village Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 2
by CYRYL JAKUBOWSKI
The Lincolnwood Village Board of Trustees was occupied by routine matters at a brief meeting on Sept. 2.
The board amended the village code to limit marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries to a section of a manufacturing district near the Lincolnwood Town Center. The dispensaries will only be allowed on the west side of the 7100 block of North Lawndale Avenue and on both sides of the 7100 block of North Capitol Drive.
No cultivation center can open in the village because state law requires them to be 2,500 feet from schools, day care centers, group homes, child care facilities and residential zones. Dispensaries are not allowed within 1,000 feet of those facilities.
The village added other requirements for dispensaries that include locations no less than 250 feet from a residential district or religious institution, 500 feet from a park, 1,000 feet from a school or child care facility and 1 mile from other dispensaries. The permitted hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Plan Commission voted 5-2 to recommend permitting dispensaries as a special use in the M-B retail overlay district and the B-1 general business district. However, no dispensaries will be allowed in any B-1 district because of requirements in the state law.
Applicants must obtain a special use permit from the village board.
Also at the meeting, the trustees waived the competitive bidding process and approved a $29,580 contract with Midwest Meter to replace five data collector units in the village’s automated water meter system.
The village replaced all of its water meters in 2008 in order to automate the meter-reading process. The village was recently notified that the technology from Alcara Technologies will no longer be supported in the automated system, and Midwest Meter will perform the necessary upgrades.
The village board also waived the bidding process and approved a $32,500 contract with Burke Engineering to perform a water distribution system analysis that the American Public Works Association recommends be done every 10 to 15 years. The company will assess the water system, pump capacity and operating characteristics and review demand, highest water uses and fire flow.
The analysis also will establish minimum and maximum pressure for water demand, emergency and alternative water supply sources, evaluate the hydrant flushing program and recommend capital improvements.
The board also rezoned the property containing the Kow Kow restaurant, 6755 N. Cicero Ave., to B-2 general business district. An ordinance in 1997 changed the zoning of the property at 6711-19 N. Cicero Ave. to R-4 residential district to allow construction of town homes, and village recently discovered an error in the zoning map that shows the restaurant property to be in the R-4 district.