Saturday, May 2, 2009

Roger Molski's Final -- Vindictive -- Act

If you aren't a parent of a teen at HF High School, you probably don't know about Roger Molski's plan for selling liquor across the street from the high school. Having damaged Flossmoor by bringing in his friend to "develop" the property half a block from the train station in Flossmoor (the huge empty lot on Flossmoor Road), Molski seems intent on further hurting the village by degrading the reputation of HF, our community's greatest asset and the main pillar to sustaining our property values.

Roger Molski seems intent on making HF High School like the southside high schools in Chicago where fights often break out at athletic events. Imagine the consequences of alcohol being available right across the street from the high school when people come to visit for athletic events. Fights are much more likely to break out, kids are much more likely to drive drunk, and the school's reputation is much more likely to be negatively effected.

It is Molski's final, and most vindictive, act on the village. I guess he's showing us.

The school board for District 233 is so horrified by Molski's plan that they sent this letter to parents of high school students:

April 29, 2009
Dear H-F Parents/Guardians,

As you may know, a new CVS Pharmacy will be constructed on the comer of Flossmoor Road and Kedzie Avenue. Without your help and support, alcohol will be sold at this location which is directly across the street from the high school. Our concern for student safety is paramount.

Over the past six months we have worked hard to articulate our student safety concerns by attending several meetings of the Flossmoor Village Board and the Flossmoor Planning Commission. We have also met with the Mayor, Village Manager and the Village Trustees to voice our concerns that arise from having the pharmacy directly across the street from the high school. Our discussions have been productive to ensure the safety of students; however, it has come to our attention that the Village Board is now planning to grant a liquor license to the new CVS pharmacy to sell carry-out alcohol.

High school, middle school and elementary school children will be walking past this location on a daily basis. The potential issues that would put these children and our schools in jeopardy quickly become real when alcohol is factored into the mix. We are adamantly opposed to the CVS Pharmacy proposal to sell alcohol now or at any point in the future.

We request that you show your support by attending the next Flossmoor Village Board meeting on Monday, May 4th at 7:30 p.m. at the Flossmoor Village Hall to convey to the Mayor and Board of Trustees that granting a liquor license is not an acceptable option at this location. Additional parking is available at Parker Junior High across the street from the Flossmoor Village Hall. If you are unable to attend, please call the Village Hall at (708) 798-2300 to to express your disapproval of having liquor sold across the street from the students in our community. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting and having your support.

While we may never know why, Molski is pushing hard to have this license granted to CVS before he leaves office. As I've mentioned before, a CVS selling alcohol across the street from the high school will create tremendous downward pressure on our property values. It's not simply a safety issue, it is an assault on our greatest asset in Flossmoor.

Looks like Molski wants his revenge before he leaves the village.

You can sign an epetition to have this question placed on the ballot in the next village election: "Shall the sale at retail of alcoholic liquor be prohibited on any property within 1000 feet of a public school in the village of Flossmoor?" This will give Flossmoor voters a chance to vote on whether they agree that our property values should be degraded by Roger Molski's last act as mayor...

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