Meering roundup

Community Consolidated District 181

Among other business May 15, board members:

• listened to a presentation on the tentative 2023-24 budget from Rick Engstrom, assistant superintendent of business and operations, who forecast expenses of $73 million for the coming year, up from $70.4 million in the 2023 fiscal year, against $83.2 million in revenue. The budget includes $4 million for the annual capital improvement plan, $6.3 million for establishing a district office building and $12.3 million for full-day kindergarten. The tentative budget is currently on public display at the district office. The board is expected to approve the budget at its June 26 meeting.

• heard Dana Bergthold, assistant superintendent of student services, recommend Satchel Pulse as the district’s social-emotional screener for students in kindergarten through fifth grade next school year. The program, part of district’s strategic goal to offer multi-tiered systems of support that consider student development and learning readiness and provide all students an appropriate level of academic challenge in a supportive environment, was piloted in February in one grade level at each elementary school. An IDEA grant will cover the cost of the screener resource, which is $56,704.95 for three years.

Hinsdale Village Board

Among other business May 16, trustees:

• held a first read on the exterior appearance and site plan for Mouse Automotive at 2 Salt Creek Lane. The McLaren car dealership’s proposal calls for a two-story, 38,367-square-foot facility with interior showrooms, automobile repair services, offices, an interior parking garage and 46 exterior parking spaces. A representative for the dealership projected the facility would be completed by June 2025, but village officials discussed the possibility of partial occupancy before that point, such as opening the service garage early to accelerate revitalization of the site.

“I just think the building’s really cool. It’s going to be a head-turner as people drive down Ogden Avenue,” said Trustee Luke Stifflear.

The board will vote on the matter at its June 13 meeting.

• held a first reading of an intergovernmental agreement with Clarendon Hills regarding the billing of ambulance calls when responding to each other’s calls for service. The agreement places residents on equal footing, regardless of where the service is provided, so that when a Clarendon Hills ambulance transports a Hinsdale resident, the individual will not be “balance billed” for any expenses beyond what is covered by the individual’s insurance coverage. The matter will be on the June 13 consent agenda.

• Received 13 properties for consideration for inclusion on the village’s Historically Significant Structures Property list, including Immanuel Hall and the Hinsdale History Museum. Properties on the list may be eligible for various voluntary preservation incentives to help with exterior improvements, the construction of a building addition or other historic preservation projects. The board will vote to add the properties at the next board meeting.