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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING 
HELD ON FEBRUARY 27, 2012

The Board of Commissioners of the Village of Palos Park, Cook County, Illinois held its regular meeting on Monday, February 27, 2012. 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; Jacob Karaca, Assistant Village Attorney; Mike Sibrava, Public Works Director; Steve Manning, Community Development 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 13, 2012: Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held on February 13, 2012 as presented.

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

AYES: -3- Commissioners Oliven, Reed, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-
ABSTAIN: -2- Commissioners Milovich-Walters and Polk

RECOGNITIONS/PROCLAMATIONS/APPOINTMENTS/PRESENTATIONS: None

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 Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven to:

A. approve the Lease Agreement between the Village and MW Leasing Company LLC for an imageRunner c5051 color copier for 60 months at $223.03 per month.

B. approve payment of invoices on the Warrant List for February 27, 2012 in the amount of $91,021.06

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

OLD BUSINESS: None

INFORMATION & UPDATES:
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND STREETS/RECREATION, NICOLE MILOVICH-WALTERS:
MOTOR FUEL TAX FUNDS: Commissioner Milovich-Walters sought approval from Village Council for the 2012 Motor Fuel Tax Maintenance program. The Village is appropriating $39,596.00 of Motor Fuel Tax funds for the purpose of maintaining streets and highways under the Illinois Highway Code from January 1, 2012 to April 30, 2012. In previous years, the Motor Fuel Tax Maintenance program has followed the calendar year. Changing the program from a calendar year to fiscal year benefits Public Works for planning and budgeting purposes.

Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to pass a Resolution for Maintenance of Streets and Highways by Municipality under the Illinois Highway Code in the amount of $39,596.00 for the period January 1, 2012 to April 30, 2012.

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

AYES: -5- Commissioners Milovich-Walters, Oliven, Reed, Polk, 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 5 building permits totaling $6,325.22 in fees from February 8, 2012 through February 22, 2012. The Building Department conducted 20 inspections. No Certificates of Occupancy were issued. No exaction fees were collected.

DISCUSSION RELATIVE TO THE REGULATION OF CHICKEN COOPS IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS: Commissioner Reed reported the Village has received a complaint regarding the existence of a chicken coop in Palos Park. Upon investigation, it was found that there were no violations of Village Code regarding said chicken coop. Commissioner Reed stated it would be prudent for the Village to address chicken coops in residential neighborhoods as the health, safety and welfare of our residents is of utmost concern. A code amendment process can be initiated by the Village Council directing Plan Commission to research, draft, conduct a public hearing, and recommend any possible changes to Village Code regarding chicken coops.

Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to direct Plan Commission to research, draft, conduct a public hearing, and recommend specific text of standards to be added or changed in Village Code.

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

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

COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, DANIEL POLK:
POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT: Commissioner Polk reported the Police Department received 468 calls for service from February 13, 2012 through February 26, 2012. Palos Park Police also issued 3 parking tickets, 53 adjudication tickets, 29 traffic tickets, 0 ordinance violations, completed 16 case reports, arrested 2 adults and 1 juvenile, 1 impound, 8 Senior Checks, 20 citizen assists and 12 community contact hours.

PALOS PARK STRATEGIC PLAN 2012+: Commissioner Polk reported the Palos Park Police Department has developed a Strategic Plan for 2012 and beyond. They have identified five areas or “strategic directions”. The five areas are Public Safety, Community Partnerships, Personnel Development, Resource Management, and Technological Advancement. Each area is supported by objectives, strategies and work plans. For more information about the Strategic Plan, residents are asked to contact Commissioner Polk.

VEHICLE SEIZURE AND IMPOUNDMENT: The Village is seeking to enact a proposed amendment to Village Code by assessing a $150.00 administrative fee for costs incurred by the Palos Park Police regarding vehicle seizure and impoundment. Whenever a police officer has probable cause to believe that a motor vehicle is subject to seizure and impoundment, the police have the vehicle towed to a facility authorized by the Village. The towing companies get reimbursed but up until now the Village had little recourse to recoup expenses relating to the seizure and impoundment.

Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to adopt an ordinance amending Part Four, Title Two, Chapter 428 of the Palos Park village Code in Regard to Vehicular Seizure and Impoundment.

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-

PORTABLE BREATH TESTER: The Palos Park Police Department won a Portable Breath Tester (PBT) at an Illinois Department of Transportation luncheon last week. The Palos Park Police qualified for the drawing by participating in the 2011 Holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket
Crackdown.

PROJECT LIFESAVER TRAINING: Palos Park Police will take part in the Project Lifesaver Training Program this week. Project Lifesaver deploys specially trained teams to quickly locate and return wandering adults and children to their families and caregivers. Most of these individuals have cognitive disabilities such as dementia or are mentally challenged. Individuals that are enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. Most Project Lifesaver participants who wander are found within a few miles from home. Search times are reduced from hours to minutes. Recovery times average 30 minutes. The Palos Park Police Department was awarded a grant in late 2011 to take part in this program.

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

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

CLERK’S REPORT:
RADON TESTING KITS: Clerk Arrigoni reported Cook County and the State of Illinois are conducting a radon awareness program by selling radon detector kits for $7.00. Radon is a colorless, odorless, invisible gas that is found naturally in soil. It can come into homes through cracks and openings in the foundation. The only way to know if you have radon in your home is by testing. The kit can be obtained from the Cook County Environmental Control, 69 West Washington, Chicago, IL 60602. For questions please call the Radon Awareness hot line at 708-865-6177 and leave your name, address, and phone number.

EARLY VOTING: For the March 20, 2012 Presidential Primary Election, Early Voting will continue to take place through 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.

PALOS PARK SENIOR CLUB: The Palos Park Senior Club will meet on Monday, March 12th in the lower level of the Recreation Center. Call Marie Arrigoni at 480-4103 for more information and/or lunch reservations.

VILLAGE MANAGER’S REPORT: Manager Boehm reported the Village can apply for Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCCO) and Illinois Clean Energy (ICE) Act Incentive grants to replace outdated lighting fixtures at the Recreation Center, Public Works Garage and exit signs at the Kaptur Administrative Center. Twin Supplies, Ltd. is a certified SEDAC TRADE ALLY. Twin Supplies believes the Village is a well qualified applicant for DCCO and ICE grants based upon an energy audit, cost estimate and Twin Supplies working as the general contractor on the lighting rehabilitation project. If Council approves applying for the grants, Twin Supplies makes application for the grants on the Village’s behalf. If the grants are awarded Twin Supplies will order the lighting fixtures and make installation. Total cost of the project is approximately $22,324.26 with anticipated grant revenue of $13,368.26 from DCEO and $6,956.00 from ICE. The Village would be responsible for the remaining $2,000.00.

Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to waive bidding and authorize the Village Manager to apply to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCCO) and Illinois Clean Energy (ICE) Act Incentive Grants for their energy programs for lighting at the Village’s Recreation Center, Public Works Garage and Kaptur Administrative Center.

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

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

CITIZENS AND VISITORS COMMENT PERIOD:
Mike Gaichas – 8502 W. 121st Street, Palos Park, IL – Mr. Gaichas reported on the Marist Redhawks girls basketball team, the South Side Irish Parade, and the two referendums on the March 20, 2012 Presidential Primary Election.

Robert Walsh – 11903 S. 89th Ct., Palos Park, IL – Mr. Walsh expressed concern about the vegetation and shrub around the light post at 124th and Southwest Highway.

Ricardo A. Fernandez – Mr. Fernandez introduced himself to Council stating he is running for the State Senate as a Republican in the new 18th District.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING: There being no further business, Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 p.m.

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

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

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Cathy A. Gabel
Deputy Village Clerk

 

 

 

 


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