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HELD ON MARCH 12, 2012

The Board of Commissioners of the Village of Palos Park, Cook County, Illinois held its regular meeting on Monday, March 12, 2012. Mayor Mahoney called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Answering to roll call were Commissioners Reed, Polk, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney. Commissioner Milovich-Walters arrived at 7:40 p.m.

Also in attendance were Marie Arrigoni, Village Clerk; Rick Boehm, Village Manager; Tom Bayer, Village Attorney; Jacob Karaca, Assistant Village Attorney; Mike Sibrava, Public Works Director; Joe Miller, Police Chief; Barbara Maziarek, Finance Director; Kathi May, Deputy Clerk; and Cathy Gabel, Deputy Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON FEBRUARY 27, 2012: Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held on February 27, 2012 as presented.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:

AYES: -4- Commissioners Oliven, Reed Polk, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -1- Commissioner Milovich-Walters

RECOGNITION OF EAGLE SCOUTS: Mayor Mahoney presented Brooks Becker and Warren Wudtke with Certificates of Recognition for their tremendous effort in achieving “Eagle”, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America Program. Warren is a freshman at Stagg High School where he is a member of marching band, Mad Men (a cappella men’s choir) and the swim team. Warren’s Eagle project was completed in September, 2011 at The Center in Palos Park. His project involved building a trail and ramp to the bridge from the Children’s Farm to the lodge. While renovating portions of the existing trail he built and installed three benches. Brooks is a freshman at St. Ignatius High School where he is a member of the band and the Crew team. Brooks’ project was completed in November, 2011 at The Center. With help from his family, friends, and fellow scouts he supervised the building of a pier in the slough by the Children’s Farm and the installation of a bench by the pier. Mayor Mahoney congratulated both young men on their hard work, dedication and commitment to the Boy Scout Program.

PALOS FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT REFERENDUM PRESENTATION: Palos Fire Protection District Chief Steve Carr addressed Council regarding a referendum on the March 20, 2012 ballot that will affect approximately 25,000 residents in Palos Township that are served by the Palos Fire Protection District. The Fire District is seeking to raise its annual tax revenues by $1.9 Million to $6.2 million by a tax rate increase of 25 cents, to 80 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation of property. For every $100,000 of fair market value, residents would see an $82.50 increase in taxes. Chief Carr has already reduced staff and closed the two fire stations intermittently. Chief Carr hopes that if the referendum passes, he would like to bring back staff and implement a plan to pay for equipment and long term maintenance of the firehouses.

PARK LAWN AWARENESS WEEK: Mayor Mahoney proclaimed March 18, 2012 to March 25, 2012 Park Lawn Awareness Week. Park Lawn has served over 400 individuals with developmental disabilities from Oak Lawn, Chicago and many southwest suburban communities since 1955. Park Lawn’s goal is to promote independence, choice and access to mainstream living.

ARBOR DAY: Mayor Mahoney proclaimed Sunday, May 6, 2012 to be Arbor Day in the Village of Palos Park. The Village will celebrate its 19th Annual Arbor Day beginning with an educational program in the Kaptur Administrative Center. Due to the diligent effort of the members of Tree Body, Palos Park Garden Guild I, and the Public Works Department, the Village achieved the designation of Tree City USA for 2011. This designation makes it possible for the Village to be eligible for forestry grants through the Illinois department of Natural resources. The Village has also been awarded a Tree City Growth Award, a first since 2004. This award was achieved in part due to the new tree ordinance adopted last year, the creation of a tree bank fund, and a new fall planting program. The Arbor Day poster contest theme this year is “Every Tree Counts”. All 11”x17” posters must be submitted by May 4th to the Kaptur Administrative Center. All posters will be displayed at the Kaptur Administrative Center. Following the presentation, all in attendance will receive free seedlings. All are encouraged to attend this very important celebration which acknowledges the importance of protecting and preserving our fragile environment.


All items on the consent agenda are routine or have been brought forward at the direction of the Board of Commissioners and will be enacted with one motion. If discussion is desired, that item will be removed from the consent agenda and considered separately.

Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters to:

A. An Ordinance vacating a portion of McKinley Avenue, south of 120th Street (Chalupczak – 12000 South 92nd Avenue)

B. To continue Mid-Iron rezoning to the June 11, 2012 Village Council meeting for action in conjunction with action in relation to a proposed annexation agreement and annexation ordinance

C. To approve payment of invoices on the Warrant List for March 12, 2012 in the amount of $106,526.52

D. To approve the Supplemental Warrant List for March 12, 2012 for manual checks, payroll, and recurring wire transfers in the amount of $282,476.60

AYES: -5- Commissioners Reed, Milovich-Walters, Polk, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-



COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND STREETS/RECREATION, NICOLE MILOVICH-WALTERS: Commissioner Milovich-Walters reported Palos School District 118’s annual fundraiser, Sham-Rock-N-Roll, on Saturday, March 10th was a big success. Funds raised previously have provided technology advancements, tools and programs to enhance the quality of education in District 118 and Southwest Suburban Montessori held their annual “Let the Good Times Roll” fundraiser earning over $28,000 for school improvements.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT REPORT: Commissioner Reed reported the Building Department issued 3 building permits totaling $285.00 in fees from February 22, 2012 through March 7, 2012. The Building Department conducted 20 inspections. One Certificate of Occupancy was issued. No exaction fees were collected.

POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT: Commissioner Polk reported the Police Department received 457 calls for service from February 27, 2012 through March 11, 2012. Palos Park Police also issued 0 parking tickets, 42 adjudication tickets, 34 traffic tickets, 0 ordinance violations, completed 16 case reports, arrested 6 adults and 3 juvenile, 3 impound, 7 Senior Checks, 19 citizen assists and 14 community contact hours.

BULLY AWARENESS PROGRAM: Mayor Mahoney and Commissioner Polk announced new initiatives promoting awareness of bullying. The initiatives include an anti-bullying media campaign, partnering with locals and sharing research on bullying with parents. The media campaign will begin this week along with a guide for parents on the Village website dealing with bullying.

POLICE TRAINING: Palos Park Police Department sworn officers will participate in an Active Shooter Rapid Response training exercise on Sunday, April 15, 2012. Commissioner Polk stated the best training is always hands-on. The training exercise will better prepare our officers for the many what ifs and is made possible by generous donations to the Palos Park Police Foundation.

PALOS PARK POLICE SAFETY PATROLS: The Palos Park Police will take part in a statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket campaign to curtail impaired drivers and late-night safety belt law violators starting today through Saturday, March 17th. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket campaign is made possible through federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

HALF MARATHON: The First Midwest Bank Southwest Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, May  6, 2012 along Route 83 in Palos Heights and Palos Park. To ensure a safe environment for the runners, Route 83 will be closed to all traffic between 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. between Harlem Avenue and Archer Avenue. Residents will be encouraged to avoid the area and seek alternative routes during this time. Residents having questions or concerns are asked to contact Commissioner Polk or Chief Miller at 708-671-3770.

COMMISSIONER OF ACCOUNTS AND FINANCES, KENT OLIVEN: Commissioner Oliven reported the Palos Heights Library in conjunction with the Palos-Orland League of Women Voters held a forum on Monday, March 5th for candidates running in the 18th Senate District and the 35th House District in the March 20, 2012 Primary Election.

MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Mahoney had no formal report this evening however, he read several announcements.

SENIOR CLUB: Clerk Arrigoni reported the Senior Club met today at the Palos Park Recreation Center. Mayor Mahoney, Commissioner Reed and Village Manager Boehm attended and spoke on municipal electric aggregation as the Village has a referendum question on the March 20, 2012 ballot asking residents if

EARLY VOTING: Clerk Arrigoni reported Early Voting for the March 20, 2012 Presidential Primary Election will continue until Thursday, March 15th. Voters do not need to provide an excuse or reason why they cannot make it to the polls on Election Day. State law requires early voters to have a valid photo identification card with them in order to receive a ballot to vote. Early Voting is done on touch screens that store every ballot style in the county, permitting any voter in suburban Cook to vote at any location. Orland Park Village Hall, 14700 Ravinia Avenue and the Palos Heights Administration Building, 7607 W. College Drive will be open Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for Early Voting.

VILLAGE MANAGER’S REPORT: Village Manager Boehm thanked all the residents who participated in the Community Survey. By gathering residents likes, dislikes and opinions, survey results will help the Village assess the effectiveness of programs, facilities, and services.


ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING: There being no further business, Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:

AYES: -5- Commissioners Reed, Oliven, Polk, Milovich-Walters, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-

Cathy A. Gabel
Deputy Village Clerk





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