Vehicle owners get a break
Lyons has flat fee of $40 for village stickers
By Steve Metsch
Lyons is giving vehicle owners a break.
No longer will there be staggered rates for different types of vehicles. Instead, a flat fee will be the same for each motorized vehicle.
“We’re working to simplify things and make it easier on the residents,” Mayor Christopher Getty said.
“Any vehicle that’s registered and or houses in the village needs a sticker,” Getty said. “People don’t understand that. If they have a Chicago sticker and move to Lyons, they need a Lyons sticker.”
All vehicle stickers now cost $40. The late fee rises to $80, Getty said at the June 2 meeting of the village board.
Seniors or handicapped individuals will pay $5. That doubles to $10 if late, Getty said.
Late fees kick in on Sept. 1. The new fees started being charged in May.
The board approved the new pricing by a 6-0 vote. Getty noted the only one increasing is motorcycle stickers. Others are decreasing, he said.
The way the code had been set up, there were various prices for various vehicles, Getty said.
“There’s about seven different truck sizes … There are probably 14 different classifications … It is very confusing, not only for residents but for employees selling them,” Getty said.
In other business, the board approved a two-year deal with Hayes Mechanical, 5959 S. Harlem Ave., Chicago, for servicing the HVAC equipment at the village hall building, which also houses the police department.
The amount will not exceed $6,500 per year.
“It’s not an increase. They held the line,” Public Works Director Ryan Grace said.
The price includes quarterly inspections, coil cleaning once a year, and filters, Grace said.
“Hayes has been our contracted vendor at the police department and village hall. They are very close in proximity, come out in a timely fashion, professional. We have no issues with them,” Getty said.
The board awarded a contract for $80,638 to M&J Asphalt Paving Inc., of Cicero, for the fire station parking lot.
The village has wanted to pave the lot for a few years since the old firehouse was demolished to make room.
“Now that we’re renovating all of Joliet Avenue, it makes sense for us to do this parking lot at the same time,” Getty said.
The price is below the estimate and is the lowest received “by far,” Getty said.
The board also approved a liquor license for Tacabron, a new Mexican restaurant in the strip mall on Ogden Avenue west of Culver’s and north of Veterans Park and the village hall.
The liquor license would allow the owner to apply for a gaming license, Getty said. He said he’s been impressed with the cleanliness in two visits there.
And, the board approved a contract to not exceed $100,000 with Unique Plumbing, of Brookfield, for continued improvements to the 1-million-gallon water reservoir on Ogden Avenue east of the post office.
Village Manager Tom Sheahan noted the reservoir has two exit/entry points, and some leaks have been repaired, along with ladders and other metal and concrete work.
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