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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING 
HELD ON AUGUST 22, 2011

The Board of Commissioners of the Village of Palos Park, Cook County, Illinois held its regular meeting on Monday, August 22, 2011. Mayor Mahoney called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m. Answering to roll call were Commissioners Milovich-Walters, Reed, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney. Commissioner Polk was not in attendance.

Also in attendance were Marie Arrigoni, Village Clerk; Rick Boehm, Village Manager; Tom Bayer, Village Attorney; Steve Manning, Community Development Director; Joe Miller, Palos Park Police Chief; Jacob Karaca, Assistant Village Attorney; Barb Maziarek, Finance Director; Michael Sibrava, Public Works Director; Julie Fitzgibbons, Administrative Assistant and Cathy Gabel, Deputy Village Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON AUGUST 8, 2011: Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held on August 8, 2011 as presented.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -4- Commissioners Milovich-Walters, Reed, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-

RECOGNITIONS/PROCLAMATIONS/APPOINTMENTS/PRESENTATIONS:
CITIZENS ON PATROL SERVICE (COPS) CADET SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION: Each year, the Palos Park Police and Citizens on Patrol Service (COPS) work together to raise money to award scholarships to members of the cadet program who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice. This year, the members of COPS sold sweet corn at “Taste of Palos” and will sell sno-cones at Chili Cook-Off in September with all proceeds going toward the scholarship fund. A scholarship recipient will be named at a later date.

PALOS PARK POLICE FOUNDATION UPDATE: Carolyn Baca and Mike Sundermeier were present this evening to provide an update to the Palos Park Police Foundation. The Palos Park Police Foundation was founded in 2010 by residents as an independent, non-profit organization to strengthen the services of the Palos Park Police and improve public safety in the Village. The Foundation provides the financial means through donations to support police initiatives and programs that the Village cannot readily fund. Most recently, the Foundation bought a portable breathalyzer to be used in the patrol cars. The Foundation has collected approximately $25,000 in donations since its inception. Board members will meet to discuss future purchases to benefit the Police Department.

POLICE PENSION BOARD REAPOINTMENT: Mayor Mahoney announced William Flowers is seeking to be reappointed to the Police Pension Board for a two year term. William Flowers was appointed to the Police Pension Board in 2009 replacing Janet O’Brien and currently works at Edward Jones Investments in Palos Park.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to approve the reappointment of William Flowers to the Police Pension Board for a two year term to expire May 31, 2013.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -4- Commissioners Oliven, Reed, Milovich-Walters, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -1- Commissioner Polk

HEARINGS: None

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 Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed to:

A. adopt an Ordinance approving the sale by Public Auction/Sale of personal property owned by the Village of Palos Park

B. approve payment of invoices on the Warrant List for August 22, 2011 in the amount of $122,139.87

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -4- Commissioners Milovich-Walters, Reed, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -1- Commissioner Polk

OLD BUSINESS: None

BOARD, COMMISSION, AND COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS: None

INFORMATION & UPDATES:
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND STREETS/RECREATION, NICOLE MILOVICH-WALTERS: Commissioner Milovich-Walters had no formal report this evening however, she read several announcements.

COMMISSIONER OF BUILDING & PUBLIC PROPERTY, G. DARRYL REED:
BUILDING DEPARTMENT REPORT: Commissioner Reed reported the Building Department issued 12 building permits totaling $17,281.11 in fees from August 3, 2011 through August 22, 2011. The Building Department conducted 37 inspections. One Certificate of Occupancy was issued. One exaction fee was collected totaling $10,414.69. To date, Tree Bank Fund has $6,775.00 on deposit.

STATUS ON BIKE ROUTE SIGNS PROGRAM: Steve Manning, Community Development Director, reported the Model Communities Grant awarded the Village is to be used for improving the safety of bike routes including appropriate signage and related facilities. Signs are standardized and follow Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) guidelines and Active Transportation Alliance (ATA) specifications. Village staff would like to proceed with a bid process for ordering and installation of bike route signs for the Village. Steve Manning stated bids need to be awarded by September 12, 2011 in order for the Village to reach its goal of sign installation by October 21, 2011.

Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to authorize the staff to proceed with the bid process for production and installation services to implement the Village Bike Route Signage Program with bids to be awarded by Council on September 12, 2011.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -4- Commissioners Reed, Milovich-Walters, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -1- Commissioner Polk

COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, DANIEL POLK:
POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT: In Commissioner Polk’s absence, Mayor Mahoney reported the Police Department received 439 calls for service from August 8, 2011 through August 21, 2011. Palos Park Police also issued 54 parking tickets, 42 traffic tickets, 1 ordinance violation, completed 23 case reports, arrested 12 adults, 5 impounds, 9 Senior Checks, 18 citizen assists and 16 community contact hours.

ALERT DRIVING WITH SCHOOL BACK IN SESSION: Residents were reminded that school is back in session and need to be extra alert to young children as they are more at risk to be struck by cars.
Each year vehicles strike thousands of children. The Palos Park Police suggest that parents instruct their children in safe crossing practices. Children going to school for the first time may not have learned traffic safety.

LABOR DAY 2011 “DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER”: Data from Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report midnight to 3:00 a.m. is the deadliest time to be on Illinois roadways. This time frame also has the highest percentage of alcohol involvement and lowest seat belt usage rate. Palos Park Police will be participating in the 2011 Labor Day “Drive Sober or be Get Pulled Over” Impaired Driving Crackdown and intensifying late night enforcement efforts to get impaired drivers off the road and motorists buckled up. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead. Suggestions include having a designated driver, reporting impaired drivers to law enforcement, and wearing a seat belt.

BACK TO SCHOOL PREPARATIONS: Parents and school officials were reminded about the importance of talking to kids about how to be safe on their way to and from school. Students, parents, and school officials should report anything suspicious or troubling to law enforcement immediately. Safety measures that should be taken include walking or transporting your children to and from school, not talking to strangers, going home directly after school, and letting school know if your child is going to be absent and when you expect them to return to school. Palos Park Police will have extra patrols in the area of the schools and will continue to work closely with school principals and school district officials.

COMMISSIONER OF ACCOUNTS AND FINANCES, KENT OLIVEN: Commissioner Oliven had no formal report this evening however, he read several announcements.

MAYOR’S REPORT:
RDK VENTURES LLC DBA CIRCLE K #6795 LIQUOR APPLICATION: Mayor Mahoney reported RDK Ventures LLC dba Circle K #6795, 13059 S. LaGrange Road, Palos Park, IL has applied for a Class F Liquor License to sell beer and wine. It was noted this is the former site of Gas City.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed to approve the Liquor Application for RDK Ventures LLC dba Circle K #6795 subject to the president of RDK Venture LLC signing the attached license application.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -4- Commissioners Oliven, Reed, Milovich-Walters, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -1- Commissioner Polk

ORDINANCE AMENDING VILLAGE CODE IN REGARD TO LIQUOR LICENSES: Mayor Mahoney entertained a motion to adopt an Ordinance Amending Part Eight, Title Two, Chapter 808, Section 808.23(a) in Regard to Liquor Licenses. This revises the Class F liquor license reference to three licenses. This increase in Class F liquor licenses is a result of the issuance of a Class F liquor license to RDK Ventures LLC dba Circle K #6795, 13059 S. LaGrange Road, Palos Park, Illinois.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to adopt an Ordinance Amending Part Eight, Title Two, Chapter 808, Section 808.23(a) in Regard to Liquor Licenses.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -4- Commissioners Oliven, Milovich-Walters, Reed, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -1- Commissioner Polk

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

VILLAGE MANAGER’S REPORT: Manager Boehm had no formal report this evening.

CITIZENS AND VISITORS COMMENT PERIOD:
Mike Gaichas – 8502 W. 121st Street, Palos Park, IL – Mr. Gaichas summarized Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair. Highlight of the day is the Commodity Auction and Governor’s Sale of Champions. Residents were also reminded of the 2011 high school football season beginning Friday, August 26th.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING: There being no further business, Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to adjourn the meeting at 8:19 p.m.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -4- Commissioners Reed, Milovich-Walters, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -1- Commissioner Polk
 

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Cathy A. Gabel
Deputy Village Clerk


 

 

 

 


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