Two brothers who are the new owners of the Marathon gas station at 3831 W. 95th St. pledged to "clean up the place" when they take the reins Feb. 1.
Arif Hussain and Zach Hussain made their vow at Monday's meeting of the Evergreen Park Village Board. About two dozen people were in the audience.
The brothers came before the board because their business license application was on the agenda.
Before it came up for a vote and passed unanimously, Mayor James Sexton offered some advice to the new owners. He called the current condition of the property "a mess" and suggested that they get a steam cleaner and give the place a thorough scrubbing.
"This is a nice neighborhood. Everybody takes pride in their property," the mayor said as he encouraged the new owners to do the same.
The board also voted to grant business licenses to Antique Treasure Chest, which will set up shop at 9539 S. Pulaski, and the Kaplan Silverman law firm at 3536 W. 95th St.
In other action at the meeting, Sexton told an audience member that he shares his concern about whether or not Menards will commit to hiring Evergreen Park residents at the store it plans to open later this year near 91st and Western. The mayor said he expected Menards would hold a job fair before the store opened.
Sexton expressed a few words of gratitude for departing State Sen. Edward D. Maloney (D-18th), saying he “did a wonderful job for Evergreen Park and will be sorely missed.
The mayor also noted the passing of William “Bill” Murray, a “great, great guy” and former commander of American Legion Evergreen Park Post 854.
Mayor Sexton announced a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting at 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 8 and a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, regarding the proposed appropriation ordinance, both in Village Hall.
Because the Martin Luther King Holiday, the next village board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.