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Village Board Talks Business, Griffins, Construction and Heroin

The board approved multiple business-related items on Monday, before addressing other topics of interest in the community.

The Frankfort Village Board of Trustees approved multiple items concerning local businesses at the Nov. 19 board meeting.

A downtown retail grant was approved by the board to award $10,000 to local restaurant Smokey Barque. The grant funds will partially cover the cost of replacing the restaurant’s heating and air-conditioning system.

The board also approved a special use ordinance for Frankfort Martial Arts and Family Fitness. The ordinance designates 752 Center Rd., the fitness center’s proposed location, as an indoor recreation space.

Frankfort resident Jillian Turner will operate the martial arts studio.

“We’re very happy to see Jillian coming to Frankfort,” said Trustee Mike Stevens.

During the mayor’s report, Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland read an official proclamation declaring Nov. 24 to be Lincoln-Way East Griffins Varsity Football Team Day in honor of the team’s 2012 winning season. The Griffins will compete in the State Championship on Saturday.

“They’re champions in all of our minds already,” said Holland.

Village Administrator Jerry Ducay discussed construction developments during his report.

Market Street, the new street on Route 45 that has been under construction during the last month, is slated to open next week. As a result, residents can expect to see construction in the area subside.

Ducay also addressed the recent heroin-related death of a Frankfort 20-year old, speaking to the epidemic status of heroin use in the Lincoln-Way area.

“I want to remind parents to take some time and talk to your kids about it,” said Ducay. “Let them know the seriousness of that drug.”

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