Palos Park Village Seal

HELD ON MARCH 26, 2012

The Board of Commissioners of the Village of Palos Park, Cook County, Illinois held its regular meeting on Monday, March 26, 2012. Mayor Mahoney called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Answering to roll call were Commissioners Milovich-Walters, Polk, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney. Commissioner Reed was not in attendance.

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 MARCH 12, 2012: Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held on March 12, 2012 as presented.

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

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



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. To approve an Intergovernmental Agreement for the Planning and Administering a Marathon in the Southwest Suburban Area

B. To approve payment of invoices on the Warrant List for March 26, 2012 in the amount of $72,327.12

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


Holy Family Villa, a skilled nursing facility administered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, proposes to construct a 30 bed addition that will house short term Medicare nursing patients. A proposed Therapy Wing will provide much needed in-house rehabilitation services for the residents. A new ice-cream parlor/café, gathering space for occasional family events, office space, laundry room, a new access driveway with additional parking and an expanded and modernized chapel will also serve the needs of the residents as well as other members residing on the Holy Family Villa campus. On March 15, 2012 Plan Commission held a Public Hearing to hear the petitioners request to construct an addition to the existing nursing home at Holy Family Villa. Subsequently, Plan Commission voted 5-0 to recommend approval however, three issues were raised. A reduction in the number and brightness of pole lights was requested by Plan Commission and agreed to by Holy Family Villa. Holy Family Villa also agreed to an increase in parking lot screening with landscaping at the southwest corner of the campus. The R-5 is 49.7 gross acres including St. Francis. With the addition of the 30 beds, the unit total is 186, which is 3.74 per gross acre however, the R-4 density standard applies only to multifamily
housing and not nursing units or assisted living units. Mr. David Kuhlman, Principal with Jaeger & Nickola Architects thanked Council for the opportunity to present Holy Family Villa’s request to add a 30 bed addition to the existing facility.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Polk, to approve an amendment to the planned unit development and special use for nursing home on the Holy Family property for a 30 bed nursing home addition contingent upon the Certificate of Need, as issued by the State of Illinois; approval of the stormwater facilities, as issued by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District; and the approval of the sanitary sewer service, as issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

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

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

ORDINANCE GOVERNING PRIVATE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS: Village policy has always been that existing private on-site sanitary systems can remain in areas where sanitary sewer is available as long as those systems can be maintained and repaired to meet applicable Village and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) standards. Public Works is required to inspect those septic systems. If the on-site system fails and cannot be repaired, the Village requires homeowners to connect to sanitary sewer if it is available. Commissioner Milovich-Walters explained the ordinance being considered simply clarifies language in the ordinance regarding the Village’s position on existing private on-site sanitary systems.

Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to adopt an Ordinance amending Part Ten, Title Four, Chapters 1041 and 1042 of the Palos Park Village Code in regard to Private Sewage Disposal Systems.

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

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

BUILDING DEPARTMENT REPORT: In Commissioner Reed’s absence, Mayor Mahoney reported the Building Department issued 11 building permits totaling $10,548.55 in fees from March 7, 2012 through March 21, 2012. The Building Department conducted 11 inspections. One Certificate of Occupancy was issued. No exaction fees were collected.

POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT: Commissioner Polk reported the Police Department received 473 calls for service from March 12, 2012 through March 25, 2012. Palos Park Police also issued 0 parking tickets, 37 adjudication tickets, 42 traffic tickets, 0 ordinance violations, completed 16 case reports, arrested 10 adults and 0 juveniles, 5 impound, 8 Senior Checks, 22 citizen assists and 15 community contact hours.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), public health and law enforcement partners have announced a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The DEA will be collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for the service and no questions are asked. The Palos Park Police Department is a drop-off site for the prescription drugs.

FREE BICYCLE SAFETY HELMETS: Once again the Palos Park Police are offering free bicycle safety helmets to children in Palos Park. Head injuries and falls from bicycles are many times the reason children visit emergency rooms during the summer months. Helmets can prevent head injuries to children riding bicycles. For more information, contact Joe Miller at 708-671-3770.

CADETS UPDATE: Commissioner Polk announced the Palos Park Police Cadets will again expand their service to the community to include assisting patrons as they cross the intersection at 123rd Street and 86th Avenue as they frequent the Plush Horse. Chief Miller stated that due to the number of patrons it is an opportunity for the Cadets to ensure the safety of those patrons by having a police presence .

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 had no formal report this evening however, he read several announcements.

FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT CAMPING MASTER PLAN: Mayor Mahoney reported the Forest Preserve District of Cook County is developing a new Camping Master Plan. In addition to updating and enhancing the current camp facilities that are available for organized youth groups, they are considering adding additional camping experiences and programs to engage broader populations, such as families, retreat or reunion groups, day camps and people with special needs. In an effort to determine what might best serve the interests of our residents, they are hosting an online survey to encourage input on potential camping experiences. Please take a moment and share your thoughts by completing the survey located at

SENIOR CLUB: Clerk Arrigoni reported the Senior Club will meet on Monday, April 9th in the lower level of the Recreation Center. Following lunch, the Senior Club will welcome the K-B Adorables. The K-B Adorables are a group of seniors from King-Bruwaert Retirement Community in Burr Ridge, IL who travel throughout the state, entertaining audiences in the form of music and motion. Call Marie Arrigoni at 708-480-4103 for lunch reservations or more information.

CONCERT IN THE PARK: Village Manager Boehm reported the Village and Palos Fine Arts will jointly sponsor Concert in the Park, to be held on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Picnic and pre-concert activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with The Bill Porter Orchestra playing at 7:00 p.m. Bill Porter joined Frank Sinatra’s orchestra in 1990 and toured with his group until Mr. Sinatra retired. Bill Porter has become America’s #1 trombonist. The Bill Porter Orchestra features Chicago’s finest musicians playing everything from Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller to TV theme songs.

Mike Gaichas – 8502 W. 121st Street, Palos Park, IL – Mr. Gaichas expressed his thanks to the residents of the Palos Fire Protection District for voting to raise the Fire District’s annual tax revenues, his concerns with the number of vacancies in the Shoppes of Mill Creek and possible summer travel plans for the residents of the Village.

Robert Walsh – 11903 S. 89th Ct., Palos Park, IL – Mr. Walsh expressed his concern regarding the increase in taxes due to the passing of the Fire District Referendum.

Paul Bezanis – 11020 w. 131st Street – Expressed his concern of the intermittent closing of the two fire stations and hoped that with the referendum passing Fire Station 2 would reopen.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING: There being no further business, Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to adjourn the meeting at 8:34 p.m.

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

Cathy A. Gabel
Deputy Village Clerk





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