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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Board Meeting Recap – August 6, 2013

Hello Everyone,

One of the topics covered in this meeting included amending the code for businesses with liquor licenses so they have identical hours for both Friday and Saturday nights.

Another ordinance was amended to more easily allow for movies in the park at Carpenter Park.  It’s important to note that permits for this will be free.  Judging by the participation in the first Movie in the Park event, this will continue to be a fun (free) family night out.

New business included discussion on ways to help property owners improve their buildings.

From the agenda: Read more of this post

Board Meeting Recap – July 16, 2013

Hello Everyone,

This was another relatively routine board meeting with only two items of new business: approval of some new home designs for the Winchester Glen development and acceptance of a bid to paint the Silverstone water tower.

The water tower painting is being done as preventative maintenance to avoid a much more costly repainting down the road (like the Randall Rd. tower).  While still expensive Read more of this post

Board Meeting Recap – July 9, 2013

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This was a special village board meeting called outside the normal schedule of meetings, help primarily to address an issue in Executive Session.

The consent agenda approved the purchase of a couple new police Interceptor vehicles, which they use as frontline vehicles for patrol.  In the future, I would like to see Read more of this post

Board Meeting Recap – June 18, 2013

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This was a relatively uneventful meeting with the exception of the passage of ordinance regulations regarding medical marijuana dispensaries.  Both trustee Pat Schultz and myself had some further comments regarding our disappointment with the intentions of state representatives to use a prescribed medication as a revenue source for their giant budget deficit.

Video of the meeting can be viewed Read more of this post

Board Meeting Recap – June 4, 2013

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I’m disappointed to report that my prefect attendance was broken at this village board meeting.  I had a conflicting meeting for work in New York City that could not be avoided or changed to another date, so I was unable to attend.

Knowing I would be missing this meeting, I did email other village board members to lend my support to the ordinance amending village ordinance for home daycares.  We currently have a very well run home day care in the village that would like to slightly expand their business but were unable to because the ordinances were more restrictive than the state standard.  This change brings village ordinance in line with the state standards and allows this particular day care to better fill a need within the community. Read more of this post