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$80,000 Overhaul Planned for Lake Emily

The Oak Forest City Council approved contract with Pizzo & Associates to restore the area around Lake Emily in the Landings Subdivision on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The potential 10-year contract is worth nearly $80,000.

Residents of the Landings subdivision can look forward to a much nicer Lake Emily in the coming years, after the alderman signed off on a new, potential 10-year contract with Pizzo & Associates to conduct maintenance around the lake.

“This area has gone—native is not the right term—it has gone wild,” said City Administrator Troy Ishler. “We have sought professional help to guide through a process of stewardship and do maintenance for the pond.”

The contract, which can be renewed annually for up to 10 years, calls for the city to pay $10,000 during the first year for labor and the controlled burn.

For the first year of service, the contract calls for Oak Forest to pay Pizzo $10,000 for services rendered between November 2012 and October of 2013. Pizzo's services will include a controlled burn, control of invasive woody and herbaceous plants, mowing of all restored area, if necessary, and planting supplemental native seeds.

“We were looking for, not just maintenance, but also how could we restore it to what it was supposed to be,” Ishler said. “Back in the 1990s they had a vision of what this was supposed to look like. … [Pizzo] went into great detail about how they were going to plant, how they were going to maintain year-after-year and get it back to what it's supposed to look like.”

The final contract, which the board approved unanimously, calls for yearly renewal for up to 10 years, based on the satisfactory completion of work around the lake. Should the city see the contract through to completion, Oak Forest will have paid $78,000 to Pizzo & Associates.  

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Doug November 03, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Taxes in the landings are already double the normal taxes in oak forest. The lake is 1 of the reasons the price of the houses and taxes are so high in the landings already. Look at the taxes in the landings then look at the taxes right across 151st. Thousands of dollars difference. Im glad we finely see something being done in our area with all that extra tax money we have been paying over all these years.
Michael M. November 03, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Doug, your tax rate is not higher than anyone else in OF. You pay more because your house is assessed at a higher value. As I have stated many times before in other articles and blogs; if you are going to use my tax dollars, I better have access to the funded project. As for the township and county taxes, you may be right, but we are talking about city taxes here. Again, we all would have lower taxes if the citizens of this city would fight the wasteful and misguided spending.
Michael M. November 03, 2012 at 06:39 PM
FYI-The following is from the cities website. "Property tax rates per $100 assessed valuation. Valuation is 16% of residential property, commercial property is assessed at38% and industrial property is assessed at 36%."
Doug November 06, 2012 at 03:46 AM
See this makes no sense to me. I see and talk to people that come from all over Oak Forest, and other places to fish in the lake. So the people that keep saying private lake obviously just haven't ventured out of there house to even see whos fishing or enjoying the lake.
NANCY GRACE December 15, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Fill in lake Emily with dirt, plant trees and flowers and save the money for metal detectors and armed officers at our schools to protect our kids!

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