Monday, May 6, 2013
Around 600 racers participated in the first-ever Run for Your Life Safety 5K Run/Walk in Tinley Park on Sunday. The event earned about $10,000 for I Am Me, a nonprofit camp for young burn victims. Check out some of the images from the day.
The Run for Your Life Safety 5K Run/Walk organizers from the Tinley Park Fire Department and Fire Prevention Bureau had modest goals for the event, which was held Sunday morning at the 80th Avenue Metra station. For one thing, this was the inaugural outing for this benefit race, with proceeds going to I Am Me, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s children's burn camp, which helps kids with significant burn injuries ages 8 to 16 build self-esteem through outdoor activities. PHOTOS: Running 'Boston Strong' in the First Midwest Half Marathon The 5K also was competing with another race Sunday, May 5, the First Midwest Half Marathon in Palos Heights. Given those considerations, a turnout of about 200 runners and walkers would be considered …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Mokena Firefighters Wednesday doused a mid-morning barn blaze at 179th Street and Will-Cook Road.
Lightning struck a barn about 10 a.m. Wednesday at 17th Street and Will-Cook Road. No injuries were reported. The Mokena Fire Protection District doused a blaze that burned a section of the roof on a barn. Fire Chief Howard Stephens said he had no ready information on the amount of damage caused by the fire. Get news alerts and Facebook updates from these Patch sites:
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Mokena oil tank spill indeed poses no known health risk, but officials acknowledge that someone should have notified the public.
Officials said there's no health risk resulting from the 900 barrels of crude oil that spilled in unincorporated Mokena on Nov. 20, but they acknowledged that more information could have been given to the public over the weekend. The leak of crude oil, destined for Superior, WI, was discovered at about 1 p.m. after someone from the Pipefitters Local Union 597 on 187th Street and Wolf Road notified Mokena Police about a noxious odor. It didn't take long to determine that the odor was coming from the BP Oil farm a few blocks to the north in unincorporated Mokena. According to Mokena Fire Protection District Chief Howard Stephens, Mokena police first approached BP tank farm officials to inquire about a potential problem. At that time, BP …
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The tentative fiscal year 2012 budget, beginning June 1, will not be approved until as late as August, following a public hearing.
The Mokena Fire Protection District is putting the finishing touches on its tentative fiscal year 2012 budget before seeking public comment and board approval this summer. General operating funds are slated at $5.3 million. Salaries and wages are expected to cost $3 million, with another $514,000 in pension payments. The fire district employs a combined 33 full-time and two part-time firefighters and office workers, according to Fire Chief Ted Golden. Another $1.5 million of revenue will be set aside for capital improvements. About two-thirds of which will go towards paying for the newly constructed Station 3 in Orland Park, while the remaining money will be used for the future purchase of new apparatus, including hoses, Golden said. …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Representative from Insurance broker responds to fire district's claims. The New Lenox Fire District is investigating its workers comp rates after leaving the same insurance provider last month.
Updated at 12:15 p.m.: A representative from McClure and Associates says the insurance broker is not responsible for the Mokena Fire Protection District's overpayment, but its parent company will refund the money once proper documentation is provided. Dave Ciarrachi, a partner at McClure, said Thursday by phone that worker's compensation insurance is set by the state and multiplied by the institution's payroll. That rate went down during their second year of business with Mokena, yet the fire district continued to use the previous rate. "They plugged in the wrong rate," Ciarrachi said. Ciarrachi noted that McClure isn't involved in the sale of premiums. The money is sent directly to its parent company, Dallas National Insurance, who is …
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Officers remain the same, and year-end budget adjustments approved.
The Mokena Fire Protection District welcomed back two of its trustees on Tuesday. Robert Hennessy and Craig Warning were sworn in by board president William Haas. Because April's election was uncontested, their victories came as a surprise to no one, but it was a happy occasion for them, nonetheless. They thanked and shook hands with fellow board members and staff before resuming their seats so the new session could begin. No one made a speech. Hennessy and Haas will remain secretary and president of the board, respectively. In his absence, Kenneth Blank was elected vice president. Rather than go through the normal procedure of nominating and voting for candidates, a motion was made by trustee Kenneth Lenz to keep officers as they were, …