In what could be a strong sign the local economy is truly improving, Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland said the number of single-family home building permit applications in the village has already surpassed the number of applications filed all of last year.
Builders have also indicated to the village that several more applications are expected to be filed in the fourth quarter, which started Monday, Oct. 1.
"That's a good sign for the economy," Holland said during Monday night's Village Board meeting.
In another sign of a stronger economy, Holland also said five new business licenses were issued in September. New businesses include two restaurants, Little Joe's Famous Pizza and Tasty Buffet, Angels Touch Hospice Inc., Electric Corp. and Sid's Graphs.
In other business news, the Village Board approved a special use permit for National Rhino Sports Academy, an indoor baseball training facility for 9426 W. Corsair Road, and a new liquor permit for K&S Quick Mart at 21022 S. LaGrange Road to sell beer and wine only.
"Over the years, K&S Quick Mart had turned from a convenience store into more of a liquor store," said Trustee Todd Morgan.
"Nathan Cowan is under contract to purchase the store and plans to revert to more of a convenience store with a small specialty beer section," Morgan said.
Morgan proposed the Village Board create a new beer and wine carry-out liquor license and eliminate one of the village's convenience store carry-out licenses. The board unanimously agreed.