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The Board of Commissioners of the Village of Palos Park, Cook County, Illinois held its regular meeting on Monday, October 24, 2011. Mayor Mahoney called the meeting to order at 7:33 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; Michael Sibrava, Public Works Director; Joe Miller, Palos Park Police Chief; Jacob Karaca, Assistant Village Attorney; Barbara Maziarek, Finance Director; Nicole Marxman, Recreation Director; Julie Fitzgibbons, Administrative Assistant; Kathi May, Deputy Clerk; and Cathy Gabel, Deputy Village Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON OCTOBER 10, 2011: Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held on October 10, 2011 as presented.

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

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

RECOGNITION OF TOM CROWHURST: Commissioner Milovich-Walters recognized Tom Crowhurst this evening for his dedication and immeasurable volunteerism within the community. Tom has served on the Parade and Chili Cook-Off Committee since its inception in 2005 and provided carpentry skills to many departments of the Village.

RECOGNITION OF PALOS PARK POLICE OFFICER RON PHILPOT AND MONEY: Palos Park Police Mounted Patrol Officer Ron Philpot and his horse Money have announced they will retire from the department on November 1, 2011. The Mounted Patrol is involved in a variety of roles including high visibility patrols, specific crime initiatives and special events. Mounted Officers are extensively trained to ensure that horse and rider are well equipped to deal with the rigors of policing. A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Officer Philpot and Money for their years of dedication and service with the Mounted Patrol Unit. Officer Philpot and Money will truly be missed by all.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE BY REPRESENTATIVE KELLY BURKE, 36TH DISTRICT: Kelly Burke, 36th District Representative introduced herself as she will represent a large portion of Palos Park in 2012. Census 2010 reflects population changes in Illinois over the last decade. The new congressional, state senate, and state representative map lines have been redrawn and will be in place for the 2012 primary election.


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. To approve payment of invoices on the Warrant List for October 24, 2011 in the amount of $85,656.79

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

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


ORDINANCE VACATING A PORTION OF 120TH STREET, EAST OF 92ND AVENUE: Commissioner Reed reported Council discussed Robert Noetzel’s request to have the Village vacate the unimproved street right-of-way alongside his home and lot at 9105 W. 120th Street at the August 8, 2011 Council meeting. Other issues discussed included utility easements for the full width of the right-of-way, a pedestrian easement, the lack of response from the homeowner to the south, John Bryne, if he would like to acquire the south half of the vacated right-of-way and at least four Council needed to approve the vacation due to the recommended denial by Plan Commission. Commissioner Reed expressed a desire to give Mr. Noetzel the opportunity to have a plat of survey prepared for his property to determine how much property he actually has. The fair market value of the right-of-way is not less than $30,000.00 if the right-of-way when combined with the adjacent property does not result in the creation of an additional buildable lot. If the right-of-way when combined with the adjacent property results in a parcel of sufficient size to create an additional buildable lot, compensation to the Village would be based on an appraisal taking into account the value of the newly created buildable lot.

Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to continue the Noetzel Right-of-Way Vacation – 120th Street East of 92nd Avenue to the November 28, 2011 Council meeting to allow Mr. Noetzel the opportunity to have a plat of survey prepared for his property.

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

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

COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND STREETS/RECREATION, NICOLE MILOVICH-WALTERS: Commissioner Milovich-Walters had no formal report this evening however; she read several announcements.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT REPORT: Commissioner Reed reported the Building Department issued 13 building permits totaling $13,233.25 in fees from October 6, 2011 through October 19, 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 $6,775.00.

POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT: Commissioner Polk reported the Police Department received 834 calls for service from September 24, 2011 through October 20, 2011. Palos Park Police also issued 31 parking tickets, 68 traffic tickets, 2 ordinance violations, completed 35 case reports, arrested 16 adults and 2 juveniles, 4 impounds, 16 Senior Checks, 20 citizen assists and 23 community contact hours.

ORDINANCE AMENDING PART FOUR, CHAPTER 426, SECTION 426.09(A) IN REGARD TO FINES FOR LOCAL VEHICULAR ADMINISTRATIVE ADJUDICATION: Village Attorney Bayer explained the ordinance raises the fine that is imposed in the Vehicular Administrative Adjudication Program which is a series of tiered fines for violations that include parking, vehicle stickers and equipment on a vehicle such as a taillight.

Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to adopt an ordinance amending Part Four, Chapter 426, Section 426.09(a) in regard to Fines 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-

POLICE CADETS FOOD DRIVE: Once again, the Palos Park Police Cadets and the Palos Park Library will sponsor a “Food for Fines” program allowing library cardholders a chance to give back to the community and clear any overdue fines. Cardholders can bring in one nonperishable food item for every dollar owed in fines and the Library will donate those items to the Cadet Food Drive. All food collected be donated to the Worth Township pantry.

PRESCRIPTION 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.

EARTH FRIENDLY PENS: Palos Park Police Officers have been issued Water Bottle Pens, earth friendly pens made from 89% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Commissioner Polk reported the pens are the first writing instruments made from at least 70% recycled material, packaged with recycled materials and costing the same as comparable products.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY: Commissioner Dan Polk offered the following safety tips to make Halloween safe and fun: wear light colored clothing short enough to prevent tripping, go out in daylight, watch for traffic, keep costumed children away from pets, as they may not recognize a child and become frightened, and avoid hard plastic or wood props. Free trick or treat bags can be picked up at the Palos Park Police Department.

WINTER PLOWING: As the winter season approaches, Commissioner Polk reminded residents that during winter storms, snowplows work around the clock to make roads passable. Plows are large and can present a hazard to drivers who follow to closely. Safety tips from the commissioner include keeping a safe distance between you and the snowplow, being patient as snowplows move below the posted speed limit and being mindful of sudden stops or turns.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Commissioner Oliven reported the Village will file a Treasurer’s Report for the Village and the Village Library to the Cook County Treasurer’s Office. This report is required annually by Illinois statute and must be done so by October 31st. The treasurer’s Report identifies all monies received by source and amount, identifies all monies paid out to vendors by name and amount received and compensation to elected officials and employees to name a few. In addition, the Treasurer’s Report must be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Village.

MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Mahoney had no formal report this evening.

2010 SECOND TAX INSTALLMENT DUE: Clerk Arrigoni reported the due date for the Tax Year 2010 Second Installment is Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Payments may be made at any of the nearly 400 Chase Bank locations, by mail or online. Payments received after November 1, 2011 will be charged 1.5% penalty per month on unpaid balances.

SENIOR CLUB: The Palos Park Senior Club will meet on Monday, November 14, 2011 in the lower level of the Recreation Center. A representative from Standard Bank will discuss services available at the bank for seniors. In addition, Pat Burger will present a travelogue of her adventure to Alaska with an entourage of motorhomes. Lunch will be served, by reservation, prior to the meeting. Please call 708-480-4103 for more information.

QUIET ZONE: Manager Boehm reported the 86th Avenue railroad crossing near 127th Street is a Quiet Zone. The Village is working with Metra regarding the installation of the flexible roadway delineators.

5 ACRE PARK SITE GRANT: Manager Boehm reported the Village applied for and received two grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity totaling $225,000 for the development of a park. Monies can be used for the development of the 5 acre park site next to Holy Family Villa and costs associated with construction of that park.

LAGRANGE ROAD CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: It was previously reported bidding for the LaGrange Road widening project would be completed this fall however; it has been pushed back to Spring 2012.

Tom Crowhurst – 12748 S. 86th Avenue, Palos Park, IL – Mr. Crowhurst reported an anonymous donation was made to the Citizens on Patrol Service (COPS) which would be used for the Palos Park Police Cadet Scholarship Program. It was also noted Palos Township will hold a Health and Resource Fair on Wednesday, October 27th from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Residents of the township can take advantage of free blood pressure and glucose tests, document shredding services and much more. The Palos Lions Hearing Unit will provide hearing tests.

Maria Rogers – 12021 S. 93rd Avenue, Palos Park, IL – Mrs. Rogers inquired about literature being sent out regarding the options residents have in choosing an electric supplier other than ComEd.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING: There being no further business, Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to adjourn the meeting at
8:33 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-

Cathy A. Gabel
Deputy Village Clerk





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