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Oak Forest Still Negotiating for Water Services

The City of Oak Forest and four other municipalities, continue negotiations with Oak Lawn on water supply services. Alderman approved an additional $8,500 in spending for negotiations during Aug. 14 city council meeting.

 aldermen are ready to shell out more money for contract negotiations between the city, Mokena, Tinley Park, Orland Park, New Lenox and Oak Lawn for water supply services provided by Oak Lawn.

Aldermen Aug. 14 agreed to pay up $8,525 to three consulting firms to continue negotiations with Oak Lawn.

The amount represents 11 percent of total negotiation fees, with Orland Park, Tinley Park, Mokena and New Lenox picking up the remaining 89 percent of the tab, respectively.

Oak Forest previously agreed to pay more than $10,000 to continue negotiations in March, after the group of municipalities agreed to a short-term contract with Oak Lawn.

Alderman Rich Simon questioned the effectiveness of the negotiations, asking if a resolution is near.

“Is there an end in sight to these costs,” Simon asked. “We're in the midst, just past the half-way point, of our year-long extension. The goal is to have this wrapped up by year's end? As far as I’m concerned, we've spent too much money already. Is this the final extension?”

Mayor Hank Kuspa assured the alderman that although the process has been slow, there is a likely end in sight.

“Based on the memo and the information from the last meeting I attended, we should be able to wrap this up [by year's end],” Kuspa said. “We are going to come back to council, asking council's input to wrap this up. We're going to be able to wrap this up by year's end.”

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NANCY GRACE August 15, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Time to think elsewhere for water.
Matt Aggen August 15, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Where?
Bob Laird August 15, 2012 at 03:18 PM
how about some of that yummy crestwood well water?
NANCY GRACE August 15, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Sauk Village!?
Tom S August 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM
There needs to be a multi-city commission that owns, controls, and maintains the distribution of water from the lake to the various communities. Each community would be responsible for distributing the water to their constituents. The commission would be responsible for setting the water rates.
lvent August 16, 2012 at 12:23 AM
It's all ridiculous. It sounds like a hostage situation.
NANCY GRACE August 17, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Ivent for Mayor!

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