Citing ‘fiscal responsibility,’ Oak Park trustees vote down $190K furniture purchase – Chicago Tribune

A plan to purchase $190,000 worth of new furniture for the Oak Park Village Hall was voted down by village trustees last week.

During the Sept. 5 meeting, trustees voted 4-3 against the contract with Forward Space LLC. The contract, if approved, would have paid for new carpet, new furniture and related coordination and design services for the second-floor workspaces at village hall.

“While I’m sympathetic to the fact there’s a disparity from the new stuff on the first floor versus the second floor, the furniture I saw, while not perfect, does have useful life remaining,” Trustee Dan Moroney said. “I would like to see us live with what we have. I think it’s a good idea for all taxing bodies to live with what you have.”

According to village staff, the proposal was part of a multi-year effort to update carpeting, painting and workspace furnishings within village hall. The Oak Park Village Hall currently has 50 offices and 30 workstations, officials said.

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