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4 things we learned at the April 22 Berwyn City Council Meeting

BERWYN – The Berwyn City Council learned that its efforts to secure grants, reduce credit card processing fees and hire a volunteer coordinator for the health department had been successful when the Council met April 22. Here are the highlights:

1. Administrators secure nearly $2 million in grants

Mayor Robert Lovero reported a total of five grants were recently approved to Berwyn, including a $1,535,030 grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for the beautification of the Depot District, in the first two weeks of April.

Other grants included an IDOT grant for sidewalk improvements for $82,040; an Illinois Housing Development Authority grant for abandoned properties program for $75,000; an IDOT grant for bike route signs for $15,120; and an IDOT grant for the East Avenue Bike Plan implementation for $12,240.

Lovero credited Assistant City Administrator Evan Summers and Nicole Campbell for securing the grants.

2. Credit card processing fees negotiated down

Negotiations were completed to reduce rates and per transaction fees for credit card processing between the Berwyn Finance Department and World Data Systems. The reductions are expected to save about $9,300 this year.

3. SNS mass dispensing volunteer coordinator hired

Through an agreement between the city, Berwyn Towship, and the Berwyn Public Health Department, Gregory Pyshny has been hired as the Strategic National Stockpile Mass Dispensing Volunteer Coordinator for an equally-split bi-annual salary of $12,000. The position will help the city be prepared for possible large public health emergencies.

4. Supermercado Torres granted parking variance

Adolfo and Martha Linares were granted a variance that would shorten the length and width of parking spaces in the store’s parking lot. Spaces will be shortened from 20 to 18 Spaces and from 10-feet-wide to 9 feet.

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