Due to safety concerns, the village of New Lenox will move to limit the corners where charitable organizations can solicit donations.
According to a proposal for an ordinance amendment presented to board trustees Monday night, permits for what is known as “tag day” solicitation will only be granted for Illinois Highway and Cedar Road, as well as streets that do not have a traffic signal but do have stop signs at all four corners.
All corners also must be completely owned by the village. Solicitation at the corners of Laraway and Nelson roads, and Cedar and Francis roads will no longer be allowed.
Village Administrator Kurt Carroll said that the ordinance originated more than 10 years ago when many of these corners were not as busy as they are now.
“The main goal is concern for the safety of the people collecting the donations,” Carroll said.
Last year, the village approved five permits for such solicitation for organizations like the VFW, St. Jude’s, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The board is expected to approve the proposal at its Jan. 22 meeting.
Possible roundabout at Haven Avenue and Cedar Road
Board trustees approved a $15,700 bid to demolish a house on village-owned property at 102 W. Haven Ave., where the village hopes to put a roundabout in the future.
The village bought that property at the corner of West Haven Avenue and Cedar Road some years back to be able to reconfigure it in the future because it is not aligned, said Carroll.
The village had finally paid off the house and will move to demolish it, he said.
Mayor Tim Baldermann said during the meeting that he thinks it’s an ideal location for a roundabout, according to a video of the meeting.
Civil engineer Will Nash said that his department is considering that option, but it would require buying part of the AT&T building property located there as well.