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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING 
HELD ON JULY 11, 2011

The Board of Commissioners of the Village of Palos Park, Cook County, Illinois held its regular meeting on Monday, July 11, 2011. Mayor Mahoney called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Answering to roll call were Commissioners Milovich-Walters, Reed, Polk, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney.

Also in attendance were Marie Arrigoni, Village Clerk; Rick Boehm, Village Manager; Tom Bayer, Village Attorney; Joe Miller, Palos Park Police Chief; Jacob Karaca, Assistant Village Attorney; Barb Maziarek, Finance Director; Nicole Marxman, Recreation Director; Frank Wendling, Assistant Recreation Director; Julie Fitzgibbons, Administrative Assistant; and Cathy Gabel, Deputy Village Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON JUNE 27, 2011: Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held on June 27, 2011 as presented.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -5- Commissioners Polk, Milovich-Walters, Reed, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

RECOGNITIONS/PROCLAMATIONS/APPOINTMENTS/PRESENTATIONS:
PALOS PARK RECREATION GIRL’S 10-U SOFTBALL TEAM: Commissioner Milovich-Walters, Nicole Marxman and Frank Wendling welcomed the Palos Park Recreation Champion 10-U Hawks Girls Softball Team to the Village Council meeting this evening. The team finished the SSGAL League in first place out of 13 teams with a 16-0 record, a team batting average of .521, and a team on base percentage of .718. Commissioner Milovich-Walters reported the girls led the SSGAL in total runs (223) and only allowed 68 runs scored with two shut out wins during the season. During playoffs, the Hawks played and beat Palos Heights and Homewood earning them a spot in the championship game against Midlothian. On Friday, July 1st, the girls beat Midlothian 3-2 finishing the season 19-0.
Palos Park 10-U Hawks are coached by Jason Wiersma, John Jewula, Eric Borg, and Bob Engel. The Palos Park Hawks players are Abigail Minervini, Ashley Borg, Audrey Galassi, Ava Vaselakos, Cassidy Jewula, Ellie Engel, Elora Maniatis, Emily Correll, Haley Wiersma, Libby Correll, Nandini Kumar, Olivia Sierzega, Sydney Saunders, and Urte Barauskies.

HEARINGS:
APPROPRIATIONS ORDINANCE PUBLIC HEARING: Commissioner Oliven deferred to Barb Maziarek, Village Finance Director, for a presentation of the Annual Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2012. Illinois Municipal Code requires the Village to pass an annual Appropriations Ordinance within the first quarter of each fiscal year and a public hearing is required before adoption of the Appropriations Ordinance. The Appropriations Ordinance establishes the maximum legal spending level for the fiscal year, provides the legal ability to set aside funds for specific spending activities and gives authority to appropriate sums of money deemed necessary to defray all expenses and liabilities of the Village. Ms. Maziarek explained the budget sets the real spending limit.

The Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2012 is in the amount of $11,674,545.00 which is 17.58% less than the previous fiscal year. Barbara stated the public hearing is an opportunity for residents to comment on the Appropriations Ordinance. A draft copy of the proposed Ordinance has been on display at the Palos Park Public Library and at the Kaptur Administrative Center. Mayor Mahoney asked for public comment, of which there was none. The public hearing was closed at 7:43 p.m.

CONSENT AGENDA:
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 Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters to:

A. approve the Raffle License Application of the Palos Professional Firefighters for a raffle drawing to be held at Chili Cook-Off on September 17, 2011

B. approve payment of invoices on the Warrant List for July 11, 2011 in the amount of $77,095.78

C. approve the Supplemental Warrant List dated July 11, 2011 for manual checks, payroll, and recurring wire transfers in the amount of $269,631.61

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -5- Commissioners Oliven, Milovich-Walters, Reed, Polk, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

OLD BUSINESS: None

BOARD, COMMISSION, AND COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS: None

INFORMATION & UPDATES:
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND STREETS/RECREATION, NICOLE MILOVICH-WALTERS:
MFT RESOLUTION: Commissioner Milovich-Walters explained the 2011/2012 Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) Resolution for Maintenance of Streets and Highways is a yearly resolution approving the spending of monies from the MFT Fund to pay for salt, stone, street repairs, and pavement marking. The resolution, once passed, is submitted to Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for review and approval. The resolution is in the amount of $163,524.00.

Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to pass a MFT Resolution for Maintenance of Streets and Highways by a Municipality under the Illinois Highway Code in the amount of $163,524.00.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -5- Commissioners Polk, Oliven, Milovich-Walters, Reed, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

COMMISSIONER OF BUILDING & PUBLIC PROPERTY, G. DARRYL REED:
BUILDING DEPARTMENT REPORT: Commissioner Reed reported the Building Department issued 14 building permits totaling $5,313.65 in fees from June 24, 2011 through July 6, 2011. The Building Department conducted 21 inspections. No Certificates of Occupancy were issued. No exaction fees were collected. To date, Tree Bank Fund has $6,775.00.

COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, DANIEL POLK:
POLICE ACTIVITY: Commissioner Polk reported the Police Department received 529 calls for service from June 24, 2011 through July 10, 2011. Palos Park Police also issued 34 parking tickets, 37 traffic tickets, 1 ordinance violation, completed 42 case reports, arrested 9 adults, 2 impounds, 11 Senior Checks, 30 citizen assists and 13 community contact hours.

ADMINISTRATIVE ADJUDICATION: In October 2009 Village Council created Chapter 426 establishing an administrative adjudication system within the Village’s non-home rule authority. Chapter 424 was also amended. The purpose of Chapter 426 is to provide a fair and efficient method of enforcement of Village vehicular standing, parking, equipment and vehicular sticker regulation violations as may be allowed by law, through an administrative adjudication and to provide a schedule of uniform fines and penalties and authority and procedures for collection of unpaid fines and penalties. The provisions of this Chapter may be used in lieu of issuing a citation that requires an appearance in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The hearings will take place in the Kaptur Administrative Center. The hearings expedite resolutions, reduce litigation costs and allow the Circuit Court of Cook County to focus on more serious offenses. An administrative hearing is a civil proceeding and offenses are punishable by fines. A licensed attorney will act as an Administrative Hearing Officer. The Hearing Officer will make a determination based on the evidence presented. If he finds the individual liable, fines and penalties may be imposed.

ADMINISTRATIVE ADJUDICATION OF VILLAGE CODE VIOLATIONS:
Administrative Adjudication of Village Code Violations is to provide a method for fairly and efficiently enforcing the Village’s ordinances, including Building Code, and establishing fines and penalties and authority for collection of unpaid fines and penalties.

Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to adopt an Ordinance amending Part Two, Title Two of the Palos Park Village Code in regard to Administrative Adjudication of Village Code Violations.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -5- Commissioners Polk, Milovich-Walters, Reed, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

SEIZURE AND IMPOUNDMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES:
The Village desires to reduce, eliminate and curb the public nuisances created by individuals operating motor vehicles on the streets and highways of the Village. A motor vehicle shall be declared a public nuisance and shall be subject to seizure and impoundment if said motor vehicle is used in the commission of any violations of this Section. The vehicle can be removed and towed to a facility authorized by the police.

Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to adopt an Ordinance amending Part four, Title Two of the Palos Park Village Code in regard to Seizure and Impoundment of Motor Vehicles.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -5- Commissioners Polk, Reed, Milovich-Walters, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLES:
The Illinois Vehicle Code provides municipalities with the power to impound and dispose of abandoned motor vehicles. The draft ordinance brings Chapter 470 of the Village Code into compliance with the Illinois Vehicle Code.

Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to adopt an Ordinance amending Part Four, Title Six, Chapter 470 of the Palos Park Village Code in regard to Abandoned Motor Vehicles.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -5- Commissioners Polk, Reed, Oliven, Milovich-Walters, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

MINI CAMERAS: Commissioner Polk reported at the June 13, 2011 Council meeting Chaffee Limousine donated three mini cameras to be worn by Palos Park Police Officers while on duty patrolling. Commissioner Polk, Chief Miller and staff believe the wearable cameras serve a multitude of proactive purposes. The cameras record all police interaction including but not limited to, sobriety tests, enhance officer safety, and documents statements and events as they are occurring. The Police Department would like to purchase additional cameras using Asset Forfeiture Funds.

Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to approve the purchase of ten (10) Scorpion Micro DV mini cameras in an amount not to exceed $1,020.00 from the Asset Forfeiture Fund.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -5- Commissioners Polk, Milovich-Walters, Reed, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

POLICE PROGRAM GOES INTERNATIONAL: Commissioner Polk announced the Palos Park Police welcomed Cameroon native and Governors State University senior, Bweh Epah, to the Department as an intern this summer. Academic partnerships offer seniors the opportunity to spend a semester working in a public safety agency. The academic partnerships were started several years ago.
Interns earn college credit while gaining valuable experience in administration, investigations and on patrol.

CITIZENS ON PATROL SERVICE (COPS): Commissioner Polk reported Citizens on Patrol Service (COPS) are providing Palos Park Police Officer’s with teddy bears and other stuffed animals free of charge to help comfort small children especially if an officer is responding to a call at the child’s home. Donations of new or slightly used stuffed animals will be accepted at the Police Department.

COMMISSIONER OF ACCOUNTS AND FINANCES, KENT OLIVEN:
APPROPRIATIONS ORDINANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING APRIL 30, 2012: Commissioner Oliven presented Council with the proposed Appropriations Ordinance for consideration.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to adopt an Annual Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year ending April 30, 2012 in the amount of $11,674,545.00.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -5- Commissioners Oliven, Reed, Milovich-Walters, Polk, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

MAYOR’S REPORT:
VILLAGE TREASURER: Mayor Mahoney stated Part Two, Title Six, Chapter 236 of the Palos Park Village Code creates the Office of Village Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be appointed by Council and shall perform his or her duties under the supervision of the Commissioner of Accounts and Finances. If no Treasurer is so appointed, the Commissioner shall perform the duties of Treasurer. Mayor Mahoney entertained a motion to approve the appointment of Barbara Maziarek as Village Treasurer.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to approve the appointment of Barbara Maziarek as Village Treasurer.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -5- Commissioners Oliven, Reed, Milovich-Walters, Polk, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

CLERK’S REPORT: Clerk Arrigoni had no formal report this evening however, she read several announcements.

VILLAGE MANAGER’S REPORT:
RENEWAL OF VILLAGE’S HEALTH, DENTAL AND LIFE INSURANCE: Manager Boehm reported the Village’s health, dental and life insurance benefit plans renew on August 1st each year. In 2010, the Village retained the services of The Horton Group to assist with insurance, risk management, and employee benefits for full time employees. There are currently 24 employees participating in the program. The Horton Group found Blue Cross/Blue Shield offered the best medical plan for the lowest cost. Due to fewer Village claims and the fact that Blue Cross/Blue Shield had a good year financially, the Village is receiving a reduction in the medical component of 16.6% versus last year’s rates. The dental program is administered by Principal. They will provide the same program as last year with a 5.9% increase. The Horton Group has recommended the Village stay with Principal. Life insurance is also administered through Principal and Horton has also recommended the Village stay with them.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to approve the renewal of the Village’s health benefit plan to include medical with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, dental with Principal and life with Principal for the period August 1, 2011-July 31, 2012.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -5- Commissioners Oliven, Reed, Polk, Milovich-Walters, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

CITIZENS AND VISITORS COMMENT PERIOD:
Beverly Opelka – 12305 82nd Avenue, Palos Park, IL – Ms. Opelka raised some concerns regarding the lack of upkeep and repair of the Palos Realty Building located at 8200 W. 123rd Street.

Bob Busch – 12805 S. 94th Avenue, Palos Park, IL – Mr. Busch spoke of Palos Park never developing a central business district and streets not named to commemorate illustrious Palos Park residents.

Mike Gaichas – 8502 W. 121st Street, Palos Park, IL – Mr. Gaichas reminded residents as they finalize their summer travel plans that the Illinois State Fair is quite the travel bargain. The Fair runs from August 12 – 21. Admission is $5 for adults/$2 children, no charge for children under 5 when accompanied by an adult/$2 seniors age 60 and older.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING: There being no further business, Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to adjourn the meeting at 8:47 p.m.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -5- Commissioners Polk, Milovich-Walters, Reed, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

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Cathy A. Gabel
Deputy Village Clerk
 

 

 

 


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