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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING 
HELD ON APRIL 23, 2012

The Board of Commissioners of the Village of Palos Park, Cook County, Illinois held its regular meeting on Monday, April 23, 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; Julie Fitzgibbons, Administrative Assistant; and Cathy Gabel, Deputy Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON APRIL 9, 2012: Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held on April 9, 2012 as presented.

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

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

RECOGNITIONS/PROCLAMATIONS/APPOINTMENTS/PRESENTATIONS:
MUNICIPAL CLERK’S WEEK APRIL 29, 2012-MAY 5, 2012: Mayor Mahoney proclaimed April 29, 2012-May 5, 2012 as Municipal Clerk’s Week in the Village of Palos Park. The Municipal Clerk is the oldest among public servants and serves as the information center on functions of local government and community. Mayor Mahoney extended his appreciation to Clerk Arrigoni for the vital services of her office and her dedication to the community.

BUILDING SAFETY MONTH: Mayor Mahoney proclaimed May 2012 as Building Safety Month throughout the Village. Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council. Building Codes developed by the International Code Council ensure the safe construction of buildings. Mayor Mahoney encouraged everyone to use safe practices and follow the high standards in our building and fire safety codes.

MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH: Mayor Mahoney proclaimed May 2012 to be Motorcycle Awareness Month in the Village of Palos Park and urged all motorists of Illinois to join the ongoing effort to improve safety and awareness on our streets and highways.

HEARINGS:
PUBLIC HEARING TO DISCUSS AND CREATE A PLAN OF OPERATION AND GOVERNANCE FOR THE VILLAGE OF PALOS PARK’S ELECTRIC AGGREGATION PROGRAM: At 7:38 p.m. Mayor Mahoney opened the first of two public hearings in accordance with the requirements of Public Act 96-1076 allowing municipalities to aggregate electrical loads for residential and small commercial retail customers within the corporate limits of the Village. On March 20, 2012, voters approved a referendum to operate an Aggregation Program as an opt-out program.

Maribeth Shover, Director of Customer Service and Operations, for Northern Illinois Municipal Electric Collaborative (NIMEC) addressed Council answering questions regarding the issues about the deregulation of the electric power supply market in Illinois. It was noted; NIMEC has not been retained by the Village, but would solicit bids for the Village’s aggregated load if asked to do so. Residents will continue to call ComEd in the event of a service disruption and ComEd will continue to send residents their monthly bill. A second public hearing will be held on Monday, May 14, 2012. An Ordinance authorizing Aggregation of Electrical Load will be considered as well as an Electrical Power Aggregation Plan of Operation and Governance. Mayor Mahoney closed the public hearing at 8:45 p.m. following questions and comments from Council and residents.

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. pass a resolution to close a portion of McCarthy Road for the annual parade to be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012

B. approve the Application for the State of Illinois Special Event Retailer’s Liquor License and IRMA Special Events Liquor Liability for Concert in the Park to be held on June 21, 2012.

C. approve the Application for the State of Illinois Special Event Retailer’s Liquor License and IRMA Special Events Liquor Liability for Autumn in the Park to be held on September 15, 2012.

D. approve payment of invoices on the Warrant List for April 23, 2012 in the amount of $110,597.21

AYES: -5- Commissioners Milovich-Walters, Reed, Polk, Oliven, 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: 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 13 building permit totaling $1,290.00 in fees from April 5, 2012 through April 18, 2012. The Building Department conducted 19 inspections. No Certificates of Occupancy were issued. No exaction fees were collected.

COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, DANIEL POLK:
POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT: Commissioner Polk reported the Police Department received 438 calls for service from April 9, 2012 through April 22, 2012. Palos Park Police also issued 0 parking tickets, 34 adjudication tickets, 31 traffic tickets, 0 ordinance violations, completed 18 case reports, arrested 3 adults and 0 juveniles, 2 impounds, 6 Senior Checks, 14 citizen assists and 15 community contact hours.

BICYCLE HELMETS: An anonymous member of the community will once again sponsor free helmets to Palos Park children this spring and summer. Bicycling injuries account for 500,000 emergency room visits each year in the United States. It has been suggested that helmet use is an effective means of preventing injury. Helmets are available at the Police Department Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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 from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. between Harlem Avenue and Archer Avenue. Residents are encouraged to avoid the area and seek alternative routes during this time. Contact Chief Miller at 671-3770 with any concerns or questions.

DISASTER PREPARATION: Emergency preparedness is not just for a select few. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Residents can learn more about appropriate ways to respond to emergencies by going to www.ready.gov.

SUMMER INITIATIVES: The Palos Park Police Department is focusing on several summer initiatives to include bike safety/helmets, child safety seat inspections, bike patrols and outdoor roll calls.

COMMISSIONER OF ACCOUNTS AND FINANCES, KENT OLIVEN:
RESOLUTION FOR ESTABLISHING AN ENTERPRISE FUND FOR THE ACCOUNTING OF SOLID WASTE, REFUSE AND RECYCLABLES: Commissioner Oliven stated that to assure cost recovery of refuse/recycling services and a more equitable distribution of those costs, many local governments have removed their refuse/recycling operations from the General Fund and started accounting for these services in a separate “Enterprise Fund”. Commissioner Milovich-Walters preferred that the Enterprise Fund be called Refuse/Recycling Fund.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to pass a Resolution For establishing an Enterprise Fund for the accounting of Solid Waste, Refuse and Recycling.

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-

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

CLERK’S REPORT:
PALOS PARK SENIOR CLUB: Clerk Arrigoni reported the Palos Park Senior Club will meet on Monday, June 11, 2012 in the lower level of the Recreation Center. Cheryl and Jack Bartz, owners of Active Personal Business Management, will address the seniors. Their topic is “Golden Maturity”. Questions and answers will follow. Entertainment by Michael Finn will follow. For more information or to make a lunch reservation please call Marie Arrigoni at 480-4103.

VILLAGE MANAGER’S REPORT:
PURCHASE OF A DELL SERVER: Manager Boehm reported the Village’s IT Consultant, 3 Points, completed a full audit in March 2011 and determined the existing 2003 file server has very little memory left and is in danger of crashing. Failure of the file server could effectively shut down many of the Village’s non-emergency computerized operations necessitating an emergency repair.

Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to approve the purchase of a new 2008 Dell rackmount server to replace the existing file server.

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

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

CITIZENS AND VISITORS COMMENT PERIOD:
Sylvia Perisin – 17 St. Moritz, Palos Park, IL – Mrs. Perisin asked if the bike routes that were published in the April/May Newsletter go through Edelweiss in the Park or Edelweiss on the Lake.

Maria Rogers – 12021 S. 93rd Avenue, Palos Park, IL – Mrs. Rogers expressed sympathies on the passing of Bob DeNovo.

Robert Walsh – 11903 S. 89th Ct., Palos Park, IL – Mr. Walsh asked what fee a consultant such as NIMEC would receive helping the Village select the most aggressive supplier for electric aggregation.

Mike Gaichas – 8502 W. 121st Street, Palos Park, IL – Mr. Gaichas remembered Mr. Bob DeNovo.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING: There being no further business, Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to adjourn the meeting at 9:25 p.m.

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

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Cathy A. Gabel
Deputy Village Clerk




 

 

 

 


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