New Labor Agreement

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to take a moment to comment on the Village’s recent full time Firefighters (IAFF Local 4790) contract and its ramifications, something you might have heard about already via the various social media channels.

First and foremost, I want to put to bed any concerns that staffing changes allowed under this contract somehow endanger residents.  This simply is not true.  What is true, however, is that this contract allows the Village to better manage and reduce $1,080 per day per firefighter overtime costs – ultimately saving taxpayers approximately $300,000 over the life of this contract.  That, I believe, is the true crux of this issue even though the public union members most affected by the overtime reductions refuse to publicly admit as much.

As a Trustee and more importantly as a resident and father, I would never support a measure that endangered the lives of my family, friends and neighbors.  It is important to add that my family lives within the supposed affected area that IAFF Local 4790 claims will now see dangerous staffing levels.

Despite what you might be led to believe, the Carpentersville Fire Department does not Read more of this post

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Board Meeting Recap – October 15, 2013

Hello All,

One of the things we often do to start a Board Meeting is to have an invocation.  On this particular evening, we had the opportunity to thank one of the regular invocaters, Pastor Dexter Ball from Faithwalk Harvest Center, who also chaplain for the Fire Department.  It was a nice gesture to a person who is very dedicated to improving the community we live in.  Check out the video link for the actual presentation.

The Board was then briefed on several staff reports regarding our ongoing OSLAD grant application, the Maple avenue construction project and Oktoberfest.

New business included authorization to move forward with participation in a Read more of this post

Board Meeting Recap – October 1, 2013

Hello All,

All too often, our Village Board meetings do not have any public comments.  I enjoy them, even when I might not agree with what a resident or stakeholder has to say.  This particular meeting had public comments from a resident who is having difficulties with a neighbor who appears to be sheltering numerous cats in their home.  The commenter asked the Board to review Village code regarding the number of Read more of this post

Board Meeting Recap – September 17, 2013

Hello All,

We had some great news come out of this meeting, primarily the repealing of a recent 2 cent a gallon motor fuel tax increase.  This was helped along by a personal visit from Phil Woodman, President of Woodmans grocery stores, to one of our Audit & Finance meetings.  He described how his gas station operates as a penny business that cannot pass along tax increases to customers as they will simply purchase their gas from someone else who is cheaper.  It is worth noting that none of the communities surrounding Carpentersville have a local motor fuel tax.  At the time, Carpentersville’s was up to 4 cents a gallon.

The repealing of this recent tax increase takes some pressure off of local gas stations which are tasked with competing against Read more of this post

Board Meeting Recap – September 3, 2013

Hello All,

This was a relatively light agenda with two topics worth noting, the first being the painting of the Silverstone water tank.  It was suggested by staff that since this water tower is so close to Dundee-Crown High School (where I graduated from), it would be nice to include the Chargers logo on the tank.  Since this project came in under budget, the funds were available and the Board approved the additional work.  The tank painting has since been completed and staff has received many compliments on the additional ‘flair’ added to the tower.  While I was hesitant to spend the money, I think it looks great and conveys an added sense of community and Read more of this post

Board Meeting Recap – August 20, 2013

Hello All,

This board meeting was highlighted by a visit from Tom Roeser, owner of Otto Engineering.  He had previously been in email contact with many on the board to discuss issues he is experiencing with the Village’s Community Development department.  As he outlined in his public comments, he is not alone in his frustration with the customer service, or lack thereof, that he has experienced while attempting to pull permits and complete renovations in a timely manner.

I would like to thank Mr. Roeser for bringing these issues to the forefront and focusing a light on an area where many feel the Village is lacking.  I have personally heard many stakeholders Read more of this post