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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING 
HELD ON NOVEMBER 28, 2011
 

The Board of Commissioners of the Village of Palos Park, Cook County, Illinois held its regular meeting on Monday, November 28, 2011. 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; Jacob Karaca, Assistant Village Attorney; Steve Manning, Community Development Director; Joe Miller, Police Chief; Michael Sibrava, Public Works Director; Barbara Maziarek, Finance Director; Kathi May, Deputy Clerk; Julie Fitzgibbons, Administrative Assistant and Cathy Gabel, Deputy Village Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON NOVEMBER 14, 2011: Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held on November 14, 2011 as presented.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:
AYES: -3- Commissioners Milovich-Walters, Reed, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSTAIN -2- Commissioners Polk and Oliven

RECOGNITIONS/PROCLAMATIONS/APPOINTMENTS/PRESENTATIONS:
SHERIFF’S YOUTH MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS: Mayor Mahoney and Commissioner Polk recognized eleven students from the Palos Park area who were recipients of the 2011 Cook County Sheriff’s Youth Medal of Honor. The award is given to residents of Cook County, grades 9-12, who have provided meaningful volunteer service to their communities. A minimum of 100 hours of voluntary (unpaid) community service is required to qualify. 2011 recipients of the Sheriff’s Medal of Honor were Kelli Krown, Mesoptamia Nowotarski, Hailey Bandyk, Lauren Becker, William Gierach, Elena Georgiou, Samantha Goerg, Kevin Pendl, Frank Slabenak, Carolyn Sliwa, and Beca Manske.

COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT (CAFR) PRESENTATION: Jody Gauthier, Partner with Wolf & Company LLP, Certified Public Accountants, presented an overview of the Villages financial statements for the year ended April 30, 2011. She reported the Village of Palos Park has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended April 30, 2010. A Certificate of Achievement for excellence in financial reporting is presented by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada to government units and public employee retirement systems whose comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFR’s) achieve the highest standards in government accounting and financial reporting. Wolfe & Company LLP has also issued an unqualified (“clean”) opinion on the Village’s financial statements for the year ended April 30, 2011. This is the highest level the Village can receive. The purpose of an audit is to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the basic financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used by the Village and estimates made by management a well as evaluating the overall basic financial presentation.

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. approve Hackney’s request for a Special Event Liquor License for the Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, December 2, 2011

B. approve payment of invoices on the Warrant List for November 28, 2011 in the amount of $136,100.30

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-

OLD BUSINESS: None

BOARD, COMMISSION, AND COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS: None

INFORMATION & UPDATES:
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND STREETS/RECREATION, NICOLE MILOVICH-WALTERS:
PAVING PROJECT: Commissioner Milovich-Walters reported the pavement reconstruction project using Full Depth Recycling (FDR) on 81st and 82nd Avenues between 123rd and 126th Streets has been completed. Full Depth Recycling 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. FDR is used on streets that have deteriorated to a point where patching and resurfacing is no longer a cost effective method of repair.

TREE LIGHTING AND HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Commissioner Milovich-Walters reported the Village
Tree Lighting and Holiday Bazaar will be held on Friday, December 2nd from 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center. Hayrack rides, food and beverages will be available. Young children can create a holiday craft in the lower level. Performances by the Palos West Choir, Palos Park Recreation Dance, Palos South Choir, Palos Park Presbyterian Community Church Hand Bell Choir, and the Sandburg Chamber Singers begin at 5:15 p.m.

COMMISSIONER OF BUILDING & PUBLIC PROPERTY, G. DARRYL REED:
BUILDING DEPARTMENT REPORT: Commissioner Reed reported the Building Department issued 12 building permits totaling $18,608.70 in fees from November 8, 2011 through November 23, 2011. The Building Department conducted 31 inspections. No Certificates of Occupancy were issued. No exaction fees were collected. To date, Tree Bank Fund remains at $5,456.00.

ORDINANCE VACATING A PORTION OF 120TH STREET: As previously discussed at the last two Council meetings, Commissioner Reed reiterated Robert Noetzel’s request for a vacation of the unimproved right-of-way of 120th Street alongside his lot. Mr. Noetzel’s lot is 1.91 acres and if combined with the right-of-way would total 2.5 acres. The resulting parcel is of a sufficient size to create an additional buildable lot however, it is the homeowner’s intent not to subdivide. The ordinance before Council addresses the right-of-way, a public utility and drainage easement, a pedestrian walkway easement and a covenant regarding any future subdivision or tax division of the parcel created by the combination of the adjacent property.

Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to adopt an Ordinance Vacating a Portion of 120th Street, East of 92nd Avenue (Noetzel – 9105 West 120th Street)

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 415 calls for service from November 15, 2011 through November 27, 2011. Palos Park Police also issued 36 parking tickets, 28 traffic tickets, 0 ordinance violations, completed 21 case reports, arrested 9 adults and 0 juveniles, 1 impound, 6 Senior Checks, 21 citizen assists and 12 community contact hours.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE VILLAGE AND PALOS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: As previously reported, the Palos Park Police Department and Palos Community Hospital’s Public Safety Department have held conversations regarding hospital staff/construction traffic and its impact on 80th Avenue. A recommended course of action has been agreed upon by the Village and the hospital. Palos Community Hospital will pay the Village $20 per day Monday – Friday for traffic assistance on 80th Avenue. Community Service Officers will assist in the management of traffic out of the hospital facility and general area. In addition, Palos Community Hospital will support, in part, the Village of Palos Park’s Community Service Officer Program.

Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to approve a Memorandum of Understanding between the Village of Palos Park and Palos Community Hospital.

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-

ORDINANCE REGARDING HEARING REQUESTS AND WRITTEN CONTEST FOR LOCAL VEHICULAR ADMINISTRATIVE ADJUDICATION: The ordinance as presented for consideration amends Village Code to afford the owner of a vehicle being operated in violation of Section 424.02 the opportunity to request a hearing and “Written Contest” which clearly states that any person may appear at the initial administrative hearing to contest the validity of the vehicular regulation violation notice without personally appearing.

Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to adopt an Ordinance Amending Part Four, Chapter 424, Section 424.05(a) and Part Four, Chapter 426, Sections 426.03(d) and 426.08(a) of the Palos Park Village Code in regard to Hearing Requests and Written Contest for Local Vehicular Administrative Adjudication.

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

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

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION FOR DETECTIVE BARRY CHURIN: A Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Palos Park Police Detective Barry Churin from the Indian Head Park, IL Police Department for dedicated and diligent investigative work as part of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force Team which helped lead to an arrest of an individual who was charged in the homicide of a young female in her home. Indian Head Park Police Chief Frank Alonzo stated Detective Churin displayed exceptional professionalism and dedication to duty.

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:
PALOS PARK SENIOR CLUB: Clerk Arrigoni reported the Seniors will have their Christmas Party on Monday, December 5th at Francesca’s Ristorante. Following lunch, entertainment will be provided by Ed Young.

VILLAGE MANAGER’S REPORT:
ELECTRIC AGGREGATION REFERENDUM QUESTION FOR PRIMARY ELECTION: Manager Boehm reported Municipal Aggregation is an opportunity for a municipality to reduce its residents Commonwealth Edison bills by combining residential and small commercial retail electric accounts and seeking bids for a lower cost source of power. The Village Council believes it is in the best interests of the residents to submit a binding public question on the ballot at the General Primary Election on March 20, 2012 concerning whether the Village should have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who do not opt out of such a program. Manager Boehm emphasized the Resolution before Council only gives the Village the authority to place a question to the voters. Only if the voters approve, can the Village move forward to seek bids for a lower source of power.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to pass a Resolution providing for and requiring the submission of a binding public question to determine whether the Village of Palos Park should have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who do not opt out of such a program, to appear on the ballot of the electors of the Village of Palos Park at the General Primary Election to be held on March 20, 2012.

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

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

CITIZENS AND VISITORS COMMENT PERIOD:
Maria Rogers – 12021 S. 93rd Avenue, Palos Park, IL – Mrs. Rogers congratulated the Cadets and Barry Churnin on their awards and also had questions regarding Municipal Electric Aggregation.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING: There being no further business, Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to adjourn the meeting at
8: 37 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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