Cara Pavlicek was named Oak Park's new village manager at a board of trustees meeting Jan. 7.
Oak Park trustees finally made a selection as to who will take over as village manager at a board of trustees meeting on Monday night, the Wednesday Journal reports. Cara Pavlicek was selected to take over the position. She has served as interim village manager since the resignation of former Village Manager Tom Barwin in February 2012. Previously, Pavlicek served as Oak Park's interim parking services manager. The announcement ends a national search that took nine months.
Top Oak Park official says village parking plan can serve as model for metro Chicago communities.
Often overlooked as a necessity, municipal parking can play a major role in a community's future development and transit options. Done right, experts say, good parking options can pave the way for less reliance on driving and more "complete streets," a buzzword in civic planning meaning local roadways can be made or re-made for all users, like motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, wheelchairs, etc. to truly share the road. Executed poorly, and it's a recipe for disaster — a couple false moves and some bad planning, and a lot of precious land is gobbled up for a little bit of parking. How is Oak Park faring? Well, parking has been a source of consternation among residents and the business community. Residents have griped about higher meter …