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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING 
HELD ON OCTOBER 10, 2011
 

The Board of Commissioners of the Village of Palos Park, Cook County, Illinois held its regular meeting on Monday, October 10, 2011. 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; Michael Sibrava, Public Works Director; Joe Miller, Palos Park Police Chief; Jacob Karaca, Assistant Village Attorney; Barbara Maziarek, Finance Director; Julie Fitzgibbons, Administrative Assistant and Cathy Gabel, Deputy Village Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2011: Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held on September 26, 2011 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-

RECOGNITIONS/PROCLAMATIONS/APPOINTMENTS/PRESENTATIONS:
NATIONAL SAVE FOR RETIREMENT WEEK: National Save for Retirement Week is a national effort to raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement. Goals for National Save for Retirement continue to be awareness of retirement savings and to encourage employees to save and participate in their employer-sponsored retirement plans. The week provides employees an opportunity to reflect on their personal retirement goals and determine if they are on target to reach those goals. Mayor Mahoney proclaimed the week of October 16-22, 2011 to be National Save for Retirement Week in Palos Park.

OCTOBER 2011 PALOS PARK ARTS & HUMANITIES MONTH: The month of October has been recognized as National Arts and Humanities Month. Arts and Humanities enhance every aspect of our lives, heighten our appreciation of beauty and foster creativity and imagination. Mayor Mahoney proclaimed the month of October as National Arts and Humanities Month in Palos Park and called upon our citizens to celebrate and promote the arts and culture in our community.

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 Oliven to:

A. To adopt an Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2007-42, adopted October 8, 2007, as amended by Ordinance No. 2009-22, adopted September 28, 2009, to extend the Temporary Special Use for an Off-Street Parking Facility (Palos Community Hospital – three vacant lots located on the North side of 123rd Place, East of McCarthy Road)

B. To approve payment of invoices on the Warrant List for October 10, 2011 in the amount of $75,298.51

C. To approve the Supplemental Warrant List dated October 10, 2011 for manual checks, payroll, and recurring wire transfers in the amount of $323,732.78

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

OLD BUSINESS: None

BOARD, COMMISSION, AND COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS:
NOETZEL RIGHT-OF-WAY VACATION: Mayor Mahoney entertained a motion to continue the Noetzel Right-of Way Vacation to the October 24, 2011 Council meeting.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to continue the Noetzel Right-of-Way Vacation to the October 24, 2011 Council meeting.

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

INFORMATION & UPDATES:
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND STREETS/RECREATION, NICOLE MILOVICH-WALTERS:
2011 PAVING IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT: Commissioner Milovich-Walters reported Mt. Carmel Stabilization Group discussed with staff a pavement reconstruction process called Full Depth Recycling (FDR). The process pulverizes and reuses all the existing material in the pavement, base and subgrade and mixes in a Portland Cement slurry to create a new base that can be overlaid with a minimum amount of asphalt to create a roadway with a twenty year life expectancy. Full Depth Recycling would be used on streets that have deteriorated to a point where patching and resurfacing is no longer a cost effective method of repair. A bid opening was held today (Monday, October 10, 2011) for prequalified IDOT contractors using the Full Depth Recycling process. Five (5) bids were submitted. The lowest bid was submitted by Central Blacktop of LaGrange, IL in the amount of $244,062.15.

Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to award the 2011 Paving Improvement Project to the low bidder, Central Blacktop Co., in the amount of $244,062.15 pending approval of the contract by IDOT.

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

COMMISSIONER OF BUILDING & PUBLIC PROPERTY, G. DARRYL REED:
BUILDING DEPARTMENT REPORT: Mayor Mahoney reported in Commissioner Reed’s absence the Building Department issued 4 building permits totaling $240.00 in fees from September 21, 2011 through October 5, 2011. The Building Department conducted 26 inspections. No Certificates of Occupancy were issued. No exaction fees were collected. To date, Tree Bank Fund remains at $6,775.00.

COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, DANIEL POLK:
PALOS PARK POLICE OFFICERS TO RECEIVE SHERIFF’S AWARDS: Commissioner Polk announced Palos Park Police Officers John Winter, Tony Loiacono and Matt Novak will receive the 2011 Sheriff’s Award of Valor on November 15, 2011. The Sheriff’s Award of Valor recognizes the outstanding work of police officers throughout Cook County.

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, October 29, 2011 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.

PROJECT LIFESAVER PROGRAM: Commissioner Polk announced Project Lifesaver will be coming to Palos Park. The program provides enhanced support and assistance to Palos Park residents who are primary caregivers for individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia related disorders, children with Down Syndrome, autism or cognitive impairments. Participants wear a special wrist or ankle bracelet equipped with a small transmitter which emits a signal that law enforcement can track should they go missing. More details will follow as the program gets implemented.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY: Commissioner Polk offered safety tips make Halloween safe. Tips include: wearing light-colored clothing, making sure you can see through face masks or use make-up, carrying a flashlight, only accept wrapped or packaged candy and staying away from pets as they may not recognize you and become frightened.

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

MAYOR’S REPORT:
RESOLUTION TO REFRAIN FROM REDUCING STATE COLLECTED LOCAL GOVERNMENT REVENUES: Proposals were introduced during the Spring 2011 Legislative Session to reduce the Local Government Distribution Fund (LGDF) and to divert the Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax money away from the municipalities.

Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to pass a resolution to Refrain from Reducing State Collected Local Government Revenues.

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

RESOLUTION TO EXTEND THE WIRELESS EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SAFETY ACT: The Wireless Emergency Telephone Safety Act will expire on April 1, 2013. The act authorizes the collection and distribution of surcharge funds to local 911 systems. Monies generated by the surcharge are used to fund operations and improvements to the 911 systems. There are over 200 911 systems in Illinois that relay emergency information to public safety agencies.

Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to pass a resolution to extend the Wireless Emergency Telephone Safety Act.

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

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

RESOLUTION TO EMPOWER MUNICIPALITIES TO ADDRESS FORECLOSED PROPERTIES THROUGH LEGISLATIVE ACTION: Foreclose properties can cause serious problems in municipalities when allowed to follow into disrepair. This resolution requests the Governor and General Assembly approve legislation that will provide financial assistance and authority to secure vacant property.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to pass a resolution to Empower Municipalities to Address Foreclosed Properties Through Legislative Action.

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

RESOLUTION TO REPEAL P.A. 95-490: P.A. 95-490 limits the ability of municipalities and fire districts to supplement full time firefighters with volunteer or part time firefighters. A repeal of the Act will allow departments and districts to re-establish their use of volunteer and part time employees as a mandatory subject of bargaining under Illinois Public Labor Relations Act (IPLRA).

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to pass a resolution to repeal P.A. 95-490.

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

RESOLUTION TO REDUCE THE FINANCIAL BURDEN IMPOSED BY THE PUBLIC SAFETY BENEFITS ACT (PSEBA): Currently, under the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act, police officers and firefighters suffering a “catastrophic injury” are entitled, along with their spouses and eligible minors, to receive lifetime health insurance coverage paid for by municipal governments and their taxpayers. As health insurance costs continue to rise and municipalities struggle to provide employees with quality and affordable health insurance, this resolution request the governor and General assembly approve legislation that reduce s the financial burden that PSEBA imposes on municipal governments.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters to pass a resolution to Reduce the Financial Burden Imposed by the Public Safety Benefits Act (PSEBA).

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

AYES: -3- Commissioners Oliven, Milovich-Walters, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -1- Commissioner Polk
ABSENT: -1- Commissioner Reed

RESOLUTION TO ADDRESS PUBLIC SAFETY PENSION SUSTAINABILITY: Mayor Mahoney explained this resolution requests the State Legislature introduce reform measure for police and fire pension systems.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to pass a resolution to Address Public Safety Pension Sustainability.

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

RESOLUTION TO ALLOW ALL ARTICLE 3 OR 4 PENSION FUNDS TO INVEST UP TO 55% OF ASSETS IN DIVERSIFIED EQUITY MUTUAL FUNDS AND TO REMOVE RESTRICTIONS ON MUTUAL FUNDS OF BONDS OR MONEY MARKET INSTRUMENTS THROUGH LEGISLATIVE ACTION: This resolution requests the governor and General Assembly approve legislation allowing Article 3 or 4 pension funds to invest up to 55% of assets in mutual funds comprised of diversified portfolios of common or preferred stocks and to remove restrictions on mutual funds of bonds or money market instruments.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to pass a resolution to Allow all Article 3 or 4 Pension Funds to Invest up to 55% of Assets in Diversified Equity Mutual Funds and to Remove Restrictions on Mutual Funds of Bonds or Money Market Instruments through Legislative Action.

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-

CLERK’S REPORT:
CVS PHARMACY FLU SHOTS: Clerk Arrigoni thanked the representatives of CVS Pharmacy for sponsoring free flu shots for seniors on Wednesday September 21st at the Recreation Center.

FARMER’S MARKET: Clerk Arrigoni reported the Farmer’s Market ended Friday, October 7th and thanked everyone for their continued support.

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

CITIZENS AND VISITORS COMMENT PERIOD:
Maria Rogers – 12021 S. 93rd Avenue, Palos Park, IL – Mrs. Rogers informed Council and residents of the passing of Robert Mahaffay. Services will be held on October 11, 2011 at Palos Park Presbyterian Community Church. Robert J. Mahaffay was born to one of the pioneer families of Palos Park, and was the son of J.W. Mahaffay, the third Mayor of Palos Park.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING: There being no further business, Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to adjourn the meeting at
8:21 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

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Cathy A. Gabel
Deputy Village Clerk
 

 

 

 


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