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Lemont Village Board round-up: Village refining business licensing process

LEMONT – As has been the pattern for the past couple of meetings, there was plenty of public discussion but no new information on the Lemont Sports Complex during the Lemont Village Board meeting on Monday.

However, the board did discuss and take action on some other issues:

1. Village to update business licensing policies

Village staff members presented changes to Title V of the Village Code, which covers various forms of business licenses issued by the village.

While the changes are meant to simplify the process and get rid of some unnecessary regulations, the village will be enforcing the licensing requirements more stringently.

"There are going to be a lot of businesses that have never gotten a notice that they needed a business license," Village Administrator George Schafer said.

Schafer said he expects the process of getting all the necessary businesses licensed to be slowed because of this.

2. Village working with new bank

The board approved a five-year contract with First Midwest Bank to provide its banking services.

The village chose First Midwest from six banks that submitted proposals on Dec. 9.

According to the meeting agenda, the village would have preferred a local bank but did not consider it a requirement because of modern technology.

First Midwest met all the village's requirements and was highly recommended by references, according to the agenda.

Details on the agreement can be viewed in the Village Board agenda packet for March 10 on the village website,

3. Board considers allowing residential unit in commercial space

John Savarino, owner of 410 Main St., is asking to be allowed to turn a space in the back of the first floor into a residential unit.

The building is currently zoned for mixed use, with commercial space on the first floor and residential space on the second and third floors.

Perfect Mulch Products occupies the front of the first floor, with the back vacant.

According to the board agenda, Savarino said the rear space has traditionally been used for storage and is not ideal for a business because of a lack of visibility.

Mayor Brian Reaves said he saw no issue with allowing a variance to the Unified Development Ordinance.

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