In the wake of a fire which injured two Highland Park residents, one critically Dec. 21, the City Council will discuss tighter restrictions on owners of rental housing during its Committee of the Whole meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
In September, the Council began an investigation of code violations in rental housing where there were potentially both too many people living in one place and unsafe living conditions. The Dec. 21 fire prompted the Council to discuss the issue at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
Nine people were living in the home that burned Dec. 21 with two sleeping in the basement contrary to the City Building Code. The critically injured person was unconscious in one of those bedrooms when rescued by the Highland Park Fire Department. There were also no working smoke detectors, another code violation.
The Council will also consider a proposal to prepare a contract for police and fire dispatch services with Glenview, according to its agenda.
If ultimately approved, Highland Park would join with Lake Forest and Lake Bluff using the Glenview center, according to a story in the Highland Park News. A cost savings between $3.1 and $4.9 million in the first five years is possible for the three Lake County towns.