I've been a resident of Buffalo Grove for little over 15 years and I'm proud of my neighborhood, my community and its village leaders. But recently I was disheatened by the mindless behavior of one of our long term village board member’s lack of accountability to abide by the rules that apply to everyone.
This weekend I confronted that elected official because they chose to disregard public safety and village ordinances, parked their car in a fire lane to conduct business with a local establishment. They argued that this side of the lane was not a fire lane, which may or may not be an arguable point if it wasn’t for the fact that they were also parked in front of a fire hydrant. (By the way, I showed the photos to the BG Police and they confirmed that both sides of the lane are considered the fire lane) And while this person may claim it was a temporary lapse of judgment, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen them do this at the same place of business - on both sides of the lane.
It’s clear this official doesn’t feel that the law prohibiting parking in a fire lane is that important to worry about. And parking in a fire lane probably isn’t that big of a deal to most people. That brief moment blocking clear access to the lane, and in this case a fire hydrant, didn’t cost anyone their life. But the idea that an elected public official decided that sparing themselves a few extra steps to park in a nearly empty parking lot was more important than the welfare of their community is a letdown to residences of Buffalo Grove and to their fellow Village Board members.