2014 Contributions to the Community

Here’s how SEOPCO worked with the community in 2014 to make our neighborhood a better place.

  • Organized our Annual Barrie Fest, which took place in September.  Live bands played throughout the afternoon as approximately 300 neighbors enjoyed an afternoon of visiting our business fair, jumping in the bounce houses, Oak Park Fire Department demonstration and junior firefighters, having coffee or lunch and listening to great music.  Wonderful afternoon to visit with friends and get to know your neighbors!
  • Worked with the Oak Park Police Department to organize an expanded RBO meeting in response to safety concerns in our neighborhood this summer.  Approximately 10 officers from the Oak Park police, including Chief Tanksley, and over 50 community members gathered together to discuss how to increase safety in South East Oak Park.  This meeting has led to an increase in the number of officers attending RBO meetings to address specific community issues.
  • Contributed to a study of how best to shape the future of development along Roosevelt Road, commissioned by the Village and carrried out by Ehlers Inc.  A development funding analysis that resulted was presented to the Village Board.  Staff is still studying optons.
  • Partnered with Culvers for an October fund raiser to help raise funds for the Irving library.  All funds raised will go to purchasing new furniture for the library.
  • Worked with the Oak Park Park District and the Irving PTO to plan annual Movie Night in conjunction with Irving’s Back-to-School party.  Sadly, it was rained out for the first time.  The money paid for the licensing fee will be applied to next year’s Movie Night.  Thank you to the Park District and the PTO for all their work on this.
  • Monitored developments on the Eisenhower Transportation Corridor. There was no significant movement this year,
    but SEOPCO continues to stay in touch with this important transporation issue.