Slowik: Township squeezing girl agency’s hopes for a smashing life
October 17, 2017 - summer camp
Another tense, ungainly sell unfolded Monday night between Bremen Youth Services Executive Director Don Sebek and Bremen Township Supervisor Maggie Crotty.
Sebek confronted a municipality residence to ask what construction of a new garage means for a destiny of his agency’s summer camp. The structure is designed for open land where for decades, immature campers have played for a few weeks each summer.
“If we ask your word association about carrying kids in that parking lot, they would scowl on that,” Crotty told Sebek. “That’s a risk we take, carrying a kids in a parking lot with a seniors opening in for their lunch program.”
Back in June, a municipality residence motionless to concede a seven-week stay founded in 1977 to sojourn on a drift notwithstanding reserve concerns lifted by Crotty a tiny 11 days before a stay was set to start portion about 70 children, trimming in ages 5 to 14.
“I consider a suspicion during that time was it was too late,” Trustee Kathryn Straniero pronounced Monday. “We didn’t wish to do anything that would interrupt people who were already purebred for camp.”
Sebek and other group administrators challenged curators on reserve concerns during a time. Adults closely supervised campers when they played basketball or 4 block on a blacktop in a mornings, they said.
Children privileged out before comparison adults began nearing in vehicles to extract in a township’s reduced-price lunch program, they said. The dual groups could co-exist by pity a space during opposite times, they said.
Like many aspects of a stretched attribute between a municipality and a girl conversing group it founded in a 1960s nonetheless now no longer funds, some formidable questions were left unresolved.
“I didn’t pull from that assembly that a summer stay wasn’t going to work here anymore,” Sebek said.
The group suspects a municipality wants a summer stay not usually off a parking lot, nonetheless off grassy areas as good as space within a building it leases from a municipality during 15350 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Forest, Sebek said.
Crotty has regularly speedy BYS to pierce a summer stay to a timberland safety or open park in a area, something Sebek says would place children during larger risk.
“It only seems like there’s revenge going on here,” Sebek said. “It’s a approach all a things are going down … This has turn personal.”
Take construction of a garage, for example. Crotty told me a state awarded Bremen Township a $55,000 extend to build a garage to residence 8 vehicles used in a comparison travel program.
A agreement to build a garage will be awarded, she said, nonetheless bids have not nonetheless been sought.
Nonetheless, former municipality highway commissioner Ron Szabo used a Bobcat — a code name for a tractor-like square of machine famous as a movement drive — to uproot a site where a garage will be built.
When we asked, Crotty pronounced a municipality had not nonetheless performed building permits from a city of Oak Forest for a work. Nor did anyone hit Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators, or JULIE, to consult a site before earth was moved, she said.
Names of donors are stamped on bricks commissioned along a trail that leads to a opening to a building leased by Bremen Youth Services. Sebek pronounced Monday Szabo told him a bricks were in a approach and had to be moved.
When we stopped by on Tuesday, some of a bricks were lonesome in sand and looked like a Bobcat or lorry ran over them. It seemed unpleasant and unnecessary. There seemed to be copiousness of room for an user to equivocate pushing over a bricks.
I stopped by since a comparison lunch module shares a building with Bremen Youth Services, and we wanted to see a distance of a crowd. About a dozen comparison adults were eating lunch during tables.
It was a tiny crowd, we was told, since duck was on a menu. On Wednesday, they would be portion primary rib, and about 40 guest were expected. Also, we learned, infrequently comparison adults arrive mid-morning for mahjong, bingo or other games, or to hear speakers speak about issues like preventing diabetes.
The brawl pits a interests of comparison adults opposite those of children, and there seems to be no eagerness to strech a concede solution.
“Is a thought to disjoin a thought of it being a common property?” Trustee Laura Brown asked. “It seems like that is what’s going on here, that a kids are only being pushed out.”
Sebek accepts a municipality will no longer concede summer stay activities in a parking lot. He’d like to continue charity a summer stay on an open area of municipality land during a behind of a property.
“I can’t trust how many skill is behind there,” Trustee Mary Catuara said.
Crotty pronounced summer campers could use a big, open space — for a time being.
“So, we can work a summer module there, providing we’re not in a parking lot?” Sebek asked.
“Correct — for now,” Crotty responded. “I’ve got a extend out to get a walking trail behind there, so when a seniors are finished with their lunch they’ll be means to go behind there and walk.”
I’m all for folks being means to walk about and exercise, nonetheless we doubt a need for a walking trail on municipality land used by summer campers. There’s already a walking trail along Oak Park Avenue, directly opposite a travel from a municipality building.
The trail connects to a Bachelor’s Grove Woods Forest Preserve. There’s a trade vigilance during Forestview Drive in front of a municipality facility, definition pedestrians could safely cranky a street.
If we won millions of dollars in a lottery, I’d give Bremen Youth Services $300,000 to compensate off a remaining debt to a township. If BYS can only hang on for another 3 years, a terms of a $100,000 annual franchise would concede it to use municipality comforts rent-free for another 10 years, Sebek said.
I’ve listened from a few of a thousands of people who contend Bremen Youth Services helped them by a many formidable times of their lives over a past 50 years. As children, counselors helped them cope with a grief of losing a primogenitor or desired one, overcome drug or ethanol addiction, understanding with bullying or innumerable other challenges.
I wish possibilities spending some-more than $100 million on a debate for Illinois administrator would give income to Bremen Youth Services instead of spending so many on TV commercials with messages about how many they’ll assistance children, if elected.
The municipality reminds me of Mr. Potter in a classical film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” He’s a tough aged male who owns a bank and controls many of a city of Bedford Falls.
I consider a municipality could uncover some-more attraction to a good girl group by some-more clearly communicating a concerns and display some-more caring for loving equipment like a donor bricks.