Saturday, 31 October 2015

Homeland Security (ESDA) Report - October 27, 2015

Over the past 4 weeks, Homeland Security (ESDA) has responded to 11 calls.

Homeland Security (ESDA) department responded to:

2 fire alarms
1 vehicle accident
1 dumpster fire
3 CO alarms
3 school patrols
1 structure fire

Friday, 30 October 2015

Sauk Village Fire Department Report - October 27, 2015

Over the past 4 weeks, the fire department responded to 20 calls. The fire department responded to 3 fire alarms, 1 dumpster fire, 1 still alarm, 1 smell of gas, 1 assist PD, 3 vehicle accidents, 3 medical assist, 3 assist other agency, 2 CO investigations,1odor investigation, and 1 gas leak.




Bankruptcy Basics for Seniors

v Learn about federal bankruptcy laws, legal processes and procedures, and its impact on seniors.


Hon. Jacqueline P. Cox
United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois 

Attorney Stephen G. Wolfe
Office of the United States Trustee, Northern District of Illinois

Friday, November 6, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Courtroom 1903
Chicago, Illinois 60602

The Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center
(312) 603-9233

Hon. Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County

Hon. Patricia Banks, Presiding Judge, Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division 

Thursday, 29 October 2015


The first round of rain barrels are in the process of being delivered.

Just a few things to note:
  • The rain barrels are free and courtesy of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
  • There is no charge to the village or the residents for the barrels themselves or the delivery. The  village therefore has no control over the style and colors of the rain barrels, the delivery dates or the delivery process- these could change at any time depending on the vendor  chosen by the MWRD.
  • The rain barrels must be attached to the downspout of your home and may only be used for the purposes of irrigation, storm water runoff and other water preservation purposes. This water may not be consumed under any  circumstances.
  • The Sauk Village board is in the process of preparing an ordinance that will stipulate to the use of the rain barrels and fines that could be imposed if the barrels are not attached to the downspouts.
  • The Village of Sauk  Village would like to thank the MWRD for the FREE rain barrels.
  • Finally, there was a change in the style and color of the rain barrels since the original ordering period. The barrels are no longer round; they have been fashioned to fit closer to the home.
  • The colors are different- in particular- the terra cotta is more of an orange color and the gray is much lighter. Because of these changes that were not in our control, residents are calling to cancel their rain barrel orders or asking to have barrels that have already been delivered to be picked up from their premises. I can understand the reason behind this but I ask that you allow time for a plan to be put in place to allow for that to happen.
Please expect a call within the next few days to check if you have received the rain barrels. All rain barrel deliveries have been put on hold until we can discuss the changes to the colors and style with everyone who ordered.

The rain barrel orders will be accepted through Friday, November 6th. Hopefully the program will still be in place for the spring season.

Please send all correspondence regarding the rain barrels to:
Village Clerk Debbie Williams

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Five-year, $301.8 million transportation program adds 60 projects to reduce congestion, improve air quality, and enhance non-motorized travel in metropolitan Chicago

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning approves federal surface transportation investments that support implementation of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan 

CHICAGO -- Residents of metropolitan Chicago will benefit from improved transit, roads, bicycle, and pedestrian facilities through $301.8 million in federal transportation funds targeted over the next five years to support the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan's goals for reducing congestion, improving air quality, and enhancing non-motorized transportation.

Allocated by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), these funds are made available through the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program and the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).  Following a process of competitive proposals reviewed by transportation experts and stakeholders, 60 new CMAQ and TAP projects worth $301.8 million in the FY 2016-20 CMAQ and FY 2015-17 TAP programs were approved today in a joint meeting of CMAP's Board and MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) Policy Committee.  

See the project lists for CMAQ and TAP, some highlights of which include:

  • $125 million for CTA Red-Purple Modernization
  • $29.5 million for ramps at I-294 and North Avenue (augmenting an earlier $68 million CMAQ award for Elgin-O'Hare Western Access-related intersection improvements)
  • $19.7 million for improving Pace transit in the I-90 corridor and $10 million for Pace bus-on-shoulder operations on the Edens Expressway
  • $15.1 million to improve access to transit, including $8.6 million for improvements to the Aurora Transportation Center, $1.7 million for better access to the Mundelein Metra station, and a variety of improvements spearheaded by RTA across the region
  • $7.1 million for intersection improvements on Old Orchard Road from Edens Expressway to Skokie Boulevard
  • $1.4 million for extensions of the Longmeadow Parkway Bike Path in Kane County
  • $1.6 million for the Black Road Trail from DuPage River Trail to Rock Run Trail in Will County
 The CMAQ program seeks to mitigate congestion or improve air quality in areas -- including northeastern Illinois -- that do not attain federal air-quality standards.  The region has received $2 billion in federal CMAQ funds since the program began in 1992.  The TAP program was created in 2012 to provide non-motorized transportation funding, which the region focuses on construction of bicycle trails.  During this year's cycle, CMAP evaluated 118 applications requesting over $631 million. 

"The GO TO 2040 plan emphasizes modernizing our current transportation system, and the new CMAQ and TAP projects reflect those regional priorities," said CMAP executive director Joseph C. Szabo.  "These will help residents get around more freely, improve the quality of air that we all breathe, and support economic growth across the region."

CMAP held a joint CMAQ/TAP call for projects from January to March 2015.  Staff then evaluated the projects over the spring and discussed the results with the CMAP Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force and Regional Transportation Operations Coalition in May and June as well as with individual project sponsors.  Funding recommendations were considered by the CMAQ Project Selection Committee in June and the Transportation Committee in July, then were released for a 30-day public comment period. 

Funds will be allocated to the new CMAQ and TAP projects as follows:

CMAQ or TAP Project TypeFunding  Number of Projects
Bicycle Facilities
Bottleneck Elimination
Direct Emissions Reduction
Intersection Improvement
Signal Interconnect
Transit Facility Improvement
Transit Service and Equipment
Transit Access
Grand Total

How does this benefit Sauk Village residents?

These funds cover the funding of preliminary engineering (Phase I) for the Sauk Trail bike path from IL 394 to Cottage Grove and then south along Cottage Grove to Mary Byrne Drive at 80% federal and 20% local.  In addition, the Cook County Highway Department has also stated they will cover the 20% local project cost. 
Very few projects were selected for preliminary engineering (Phase I) so CMAP recognized the regional significance of the project. The MPO Policy Committee and the CMAP Board approved the proposed program of projects that the CMAQ Project Selection Committee approved last Wednesday October 14th
The program of projects then will be sent to FHWA for a final eligibility determination.  Final program determination will be by the end of October and then the sponsoring agencies will be formally notified with information on initiating the projects.

Beautification Committee Report - October 27, 2015

The Beautification Committee would like to thank Bob and Rose Ketchum, Heidi and Edmund Parker, Jack Todd, Traci Witt,Janette Barron and the Boy Scout Troop 152, Mayor Hanks and his children and State Rep Elgie Sims for assisting in our event Oct 17th to clean various locations in the Village.  It was a brisk morning but that did not stop our volunteers.

The Committee would also like to thank Trustee Kelvin Jones for collecting scrap and donating the money to the Beautification Committee.

The Committee is looking for volunteers to assist in decorating the Village Hall for Christmas.  It will take place on November 29th at 9:30 AM. 

The Committees next meeting will  be November 18, 2015 at 10 AM at the Village Hall. We will be discussing upcoming fundraisers for 2016.

Tollway Openings

·       Building Maintenance Manager  ($74,000.00 - $84,000.00 Annually)
o   High School graduate or equivalent is required.
o   Some college and/or trade school attendance is preferred.
o   A minimum of five (5) years work experience in Building Maintenance, such as Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC and Low Pressure Boilers or equivalent work experience is required.
o   A minimum of five (5) years of supervisory or managerial work experience is required.
o   This position requires you to have a valid driver's license and must be maintained throughout employment.
o   The incumbent must be able to read blueprints, drawings, and layouts.
o   Excellent organizational, written and verbal skills are required.
o   Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel & Outlook) is required.
o   Must have the ability to use various types of hand and power tools, along with measuring instruments.
o   Must be able to lift 50 to 75 lbs.
o   Must Pass a written exam with a 75% or higher in order to qualify for an interview.

·       Custodian Supervisor  ($54,000.00 - $59,000.00 Annually)
o   High School graduate or equivalent is required.
o   A minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience in a multi-site environment is required.
o   A valid driver's license is required and must be maintained for this position.
o   This position is required to travel to various locations in various weather conditions.
o   This position requires the ability to follow oral and written instructions.
o   Must be able to train and guide subordinates.
o   Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
o   Excellent time management and leadership skills are required.
o   This position will require the physical attribute to be able to lift 90 lbs., climb stairs and ladders and have the ability to work in confined spaces.
o   The ability to read and understand instructions placed on labels is required, especially on the usage of cleaning materials and pesticides and other chemical products.
o   Will require the ability to work with chemicals without sensitivity restrictions.
o   Must be able to work without fear of rodents and/or insects.
o   Will be required to wear ANSI 75 approved steel-toed shoes.
o   Must be available for emergency call-out situations and work overtime when required.
o   Will be required to work rotating shifts including weekends, nights and holidays as deemed necessary by the Custodial Manager.
o   Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is required.
o   Experience in a computerized timekeeping environment is highly desired.
o   Must pass a written examination with a seventy-five percent (75%) or higher score in order to qualify for an interview.


As of September 10, 2014, the Tollway will begin using an on-line application system to assist prospective and current employees in the job application process. This system will allow users to create an individual account, create and maintain a profile of education, experience and certifications, identify job interest categories, search for open positions, and submit job applications. This system will automatically notify users of recently posted jobs based on the job interest categories chosen.

For the employee to be notified of open positions and submit job applications, this system requires the user to have an email account. This could either be a personal account (i.e. gmail, yahoo) or account.

To apply for a posted position or to create a “Job Interest Card,” applicants should visit the Tollway’s website,

Completed applications may be mailed to the Tollway or dropped off in person at the agency’s Downers Grove headquarters between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All applications must be received within the dates indicated on the job posting.

The completed Illinois Tollway Employment Application is due Tuesday, November 10, 2015 and can be completed on our on-line application system, which can be found at the under ‘Employment Opportunities’, or mailed or hand-delivered to Human Resources, 2700 Ogden Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515.

Please ‘click’ on the Job Titles above for more information, including additional job requirements and preferences. More information can be found at

Questions should be directed to Human Resources at (630) 241-6800 ext. 2333.

Sauk Village Police Department Report - October 27, 2015

-Police service case summary: During the period of 10/13/2015 thru 10/26/2015 the Sauk Village Police Department had a total of 11 arrests. Of the arrests reported six were felony arrests and 5 were misdemeanor arrests.

-Cases of note: On 10/19/15 there was a report of a Residential Burglary. Arriving Officers obtained information from an anonymous caller that individuals were seen carrying a large flat screen TV in the vicinity of 22400 blk Yates. Officers identified the home and found the owner to be cooperative. Three individuals were taken into custody with 2 juveniles being charged with residential burglary and 1 adult charged with possession of stolen property.

On 10/22/15 our officers received a call of a shooting on the 22400 block of Straussburg one subject was reported shot in the lower limb with what appeared to be a non-life threatening wound. Two subjects (1 juvenile) were taken into custody, a third subject was identified but fled the scene. The third subject was arrested 2 days later and charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a weapon. The initial adult arrested was charged with mob action and the juvenile was remanded to the Juvenile Justice Center and charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a weapon.

On 10/24/15 there was an apparent attempted arson in the early morning hours at Levels bar. The fire was struck quickly and the fire department and ATF are investigating. The PD is currently assisting with the investigation.

-International Association of Chief of Police Conference (IACP): I had the honor and pleasure of attending the 2015 IACP conference which was held in Chicago, Illinois at McCormack Place. I attended many training sessions that I believe can benefit the police department. I also had an opportunity to meet many of the vendors that we currently engage with and found many more that can be an asset to the department.

I would like to note on Monday 10/26/15 I attended the First General Assembly of the IACP and the presentation by FBI Director James Comey. He provided an excellent speech on the issues facing law enforcement today.

On Tuesday 10/27/15 I attended the Second General Assembly and the presentation by President Barack Obama which was very informative. The President outlined his desire to work with the house and senate on criminal justice and gun law reform.

I believe by attending the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition I was provided with a great educational program experience which I will use to better the Sauk Village Police Department better serve and protect our citizens.

-Trunk or Treat: The Sauk Village Police Department will participate in the upcoming Trunk or Treat program.

-New Hire: The Police Department has completed the background investigations on the top candidates of the Police and Fire Commission department eligibility list and made its recommendation to the board. It is anticipated the vacancy for Community Outreach Program Grant will be filled soon.

-General Orders/Policy and Procedures Updates: I continue to review the General Orders as well as the policies and procedures since the current are outdated to 2005. It is my goal to bring the department’s standard to the level of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA). I am also exploring the Lexipol program which updates your general orders and provides daily training to the department. I am exploring the best possible solution for the department.

-Police Vehicles: Ofc. Hufnagel continues to coordinate with Public Works Director Kevin Weller on getting the police vehicles serviced.

End Report.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Veterans Day

On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, we will observe Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is a public holiday that is dedicated to honoring anyone who has served in the United States military. The holiday began as a day to remember the end of World War I and was declared a holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. Originally known as Armistice Day, the holiday became Veterans Day in 1954.
When Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th a holiday, the primary intention was to have a day to reflect on the sacrifices of those who had served in the military during World War I. Observation of the holiday through parades and meetings was envisioned.
Today, many Americans observe the day by attending ceremonies and parades that are dedicated to honoring the troops for their service. These often allow veterans to speak about their time in the service and give Americans the opportunity to personally thank veterans for their sacrifice.
Veterans Day always falls on the 11th of November, but it may be observed on a different day due to the fact that it is a federal holiday. Federal employees and schoolchildren typically have the day off work and school, so the holiday is observed on the Monday following the actual date of the holiday if it happens to fall on a weekend.
November 11th was chosen as the official date for Veterans Day in reference to the ending of World War I. Germany signed an armistice with the Allies that signaled the end of the war on at 11 a.m. on November 11 1918.

Halloween Safety Tips

"Spring Head, Fall Back"

Good news! Since daylight saving time will be over soon, that means the clocks will turn back.

When does daylight saving time time end?
Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 2 a.m. marks the end of daylight savings time. That means U.S. states that participate will turn their clocks back one hour to 1 a.m. This also means an additional hour of sleep.
Did you know there’s a mnemonic to help you remember?
To help remember if we lose an hour or gain an hour, just remember: "Spring head, fall back." [Set your clocks ahead in the spring, and back in the fall.]
Do you have to change clocks manually?
It depends. Most smartphones, mobile devices, tablets and cable boxes change the time change automatically. However, traditional clocks, watches, other non-Internet-enabled devices (stoves, microwaves, radios alarm and clocks) will need to be changed the old-fashioned way.
When will the clocks change, again?

States and territories that observe the time change won’t have to worry about springing ahead until Sunday, March 13, 2016.

Friday, 23 October 2015

State Representative Anthony DeLuca Host "Intense Self Defense For Women"

State Senator Toi Hutchinson Host "Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling"

Meet Sauk Village Fire Chief Al Stoffregen

Alan Stoffregen joined the Sauk Village Fire Department on March 8, 1969. Al quickly learned the ways of the fire service and was promoted to Lieutenant October 19, 1970.  Al took classes and earned his Fire Instructor certification, was an EMT, and taught many classes necessary for the firefighters to become certified. 

Al was promoted to Captain May 25, 1976. At that time he was given responsibility to oversee the Fire Prevention Bureau which oversees fire inspections and public education. Al became Assistant Chief October 23, 1979, Deputy Chief November 1, 1992 and finally Chief October 13, 2009.   

As with many members who were on the department in the 1980's, Al says his worst experience as a firefighter was the year when several children died in two separate house fires. On the other hand, Al says his best experience with the department has been being involved with Fire Prevention Education. He says, "There is no substitute for fire safety. People have to make sure they have working smoke detectors in their homes and have an escape plan."

Besides working with the Fire Department Al is retired from the Ford Motor Company. He worked at the stamping plant in Chicago Heights for 42 and ½ years.

Chief Stoffregen has six children and many grandchildren. They live in various cities across the country.

Al has been married to his wife Arlene for fifteen years. They enjoy camping where you will find them most weekends during the summer. They also enjoy traveling and going to live shows.

Lincoln Corridor Enterprise Zone Public Hearing

Lincoln Corridor Enterprise Zone Public Hearing
Location: Sauk Village Municipal Center
Date: October 29, 2015
Time: 9 am -11 am.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

State Representative Anthony DeLuca's Legislative Fall Update October 2015

Dear valued constituent,

Fall has arrived and Illinois’ budget stalemate continues. I’m providing the following update to keep you informed of my activities in Springfield and throughout your community.

The lack of a state budget is having real consequences for municipalities and social/human service agencies across the state. I have consistently voted to fund programs which provide services to the poor and other critical and essential state services. I’m sponsoring House Bill 4305, which would require the state to release money owed to municipalities that is collected through gaming operations, the motor fuel tax, and other surcharges. Currently, this money is being withheld by the state.

I also voted yes to adopt Amendment No. 1 to House Bill 4150, which provides funding for mental health and early intervention services, and for law enforcement training. The measure is awaiting a full vote in the House of Representatives. Legislators return to Springfield next week and I will continue to urge my colleagues to work cooperatively and professionally on behalf of the people of Illinois to find common ground on the budget.

While budget negotiations in Springfield are ongoing, I continue to sponsor events throughout the district and have been going door to door in your neighborhood to hear from you. Also, I’ve attended legislative forums, town hall meetings, rallies, community fairs, festivals, charity events & fundraisers, all which give me the opportunity to hear your concerns. Recently, I’ve hosted a Women’s Self Defense Seminar, Veterans’ Appreciation Picnic, a Senior Information Fair, a Clean Energy Forum, a Money Saving Seminar, a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, and a Document Shredding Event for my constituents.

Upcoming events include:

Saturday, November 7, 2015 – 9 AM until 12 PM (Noon) – Intense Women’s Self Defense Seminar –At Rich East High School, in the gymnasium / 300 Sauk Trail, Park Forest. Parking will be available in the East parking lot off of Sauk Trail. Enter at door # 11. The upcoming seminar is a continuation from the defense seminar held previously and will be more hands-on. The Seminar is free and open to women of all ages. Bring a female partner you will feel comfortable with while practicing the skills you will be learning. Due to limited space, please RSVP to Donna Fanning at (708)754-7900.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 7 PM – Wheelchair Basketball – Lincolnway Special Recreation Association vs. Anthony DeLuca and Legislators – At the Lincolnway Special Recreation Center / 1900 Heather Glen Dr., New Lenox. This is a great opportunity to educate, and appreciate the special abilities of those who excel in sports in spite of a “disability” when given the opportunity, support and necessary resources. These athletes are remarkable! Please come out and cheer them on.

I will keep you posted as budget negotiations continue. Please enjoy the photographs below.

Village Clean up

Thank you to everyone that came out in support of Community Fall Clean Sweep.

Village residents, Boy Scouts Troop 152, committee/commission members and even a State Representative came out to pick up in unity for our community.

Thank you to the following for taking time out of their busy schedules to spend a few hours cleaning up our community:

The Beautification Committee Members (Linda Todd, Sharron Nowak and Jacque Glaze)
Bob Ketcham and Rose Levesque Ketcham
Heidi Parker and husband Edmund
State Rep. Elgie Sims
Traci Granko Witt and the Boy Scout Troop 152
Jack Todd
Hanks' Kids
and to all the other volunteers that clean throughout the community and in their neighborhoods

Below are a few pictures from throughout the day


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Sauk Village Community Fall Clean Sweep

Getting ready to head out to the Sauk Village Community Fall Clean Sweep.

If you're unable to make it this morning try to schedule some time to pick up around your neighborhood. You may find out that it will become contagious and find others doing the same.

Hope to see you there. 


    On Thursday, November 12, 2015 it's Team DeLuca vs. the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association Rolling Falcons in a Wheelchair Basketball Game! 

    Come on out for a fun and free event.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Public Works Report - October 13, 2015


:  STREET LIGHTS - 180 new heads installed which include complaints since 4/1/2015. Repaired 2 light locations with bad light contactors, Mark Collins and Cornell  affecting 54 lights. We also have 1, pole replaced at 223pl & Brookwood & 221st Merrill from accidents still needs arm and light .The last major light issues are 1 com ed connection, 2 poles alum and 5 underground faults to be located and repaired by staff as soon as possible.
:  DAY TO DAY REGULAR OPERATIONS AND EMERGINCIES -  all job direction changes, dept ordering ,special event prep setup, vender calling and public complaints.  
:  BUILDINGS –  PD- replaced front inner entrance doors, repaired east door latch and threshold , secured inner training room server wood doors and inner booking rear door. Rekeyed chiefs office.  Found leak at ac unit due to fan belt breakage. Repaired lights in cells and still working on a small list .
:  POTHOLES/Asphalt – Work will start next week weather permitting on repairing  large dig locations and driveways from this year and then we will move on to potholes .

:  WATER - Day to day schedule & EME CALLS and 2 main break  Lincoln meadows feed line and1950 221st  . Total for year 16.  Assisted on south side shutoff list completed.
:  GARBAGE – Started extra sweeps due to excessive garbage and grass on roadways easer to cleanup and keep streets from flooding. Please don’t discharge debris in roadways. Picked up 3 dump sites 223st & Joshua  ,carol court, Merrill water tower. Resident please call police and report illegal dumping help keep the village clean.   
:  GRASS CUTTING - Village owned locations . slowing down so we can cut ditch ways and Re,Det ponds.
:  HYDRANT FLUSHING –  Reschedule later.   
:  STREET SWEEPER –   OCT sweep started 10/9 and will continue till completed.

: HYDRANT REPAIRS/REPLACEMENT-   Hydrant work 2522 Orion on going because the valve broke.  Hydrant at 1803 222st replaced coupler ok. Hydrant at 925 Marybyrne underground leak BAD BOLTS ok. Hydrant in front of Strassburg School new EJ WITH 5”STORZ PORT ok. Prepping 2 more one at 22132 Torrence and 2234 220ST.
:  TREE REMOVALS – At this time ash trees will be removed on a call in complaint and will be evaluation to make safe. Winter tree removals will follow.  
:  BRANCH PICKUP –  Fall pickup is completed. All special pickups will be announced. Reminder to residents branch pickup is for tree maintenance not whole tree removals. For that you must call a tree service, to cut and remove. We will not pickup and you may receive a ticket until removed.
:  VEHICELS/ EQU-   P.W.   TR #1, 2, 3,4,5,6.  Putting plows and salt hoppers on testing and adjusting for best usage of salt for safety and working toward new mandates. Prepping 2- 4x4 pickups for plowing parking lots  courts and tight locations.  Took 2 trail blazers in for quotes and repairs from accidents both are back .Took chief car in for quotes and repairs ok.  1- Pd squad for quote and waiting to go in for repairs.
:  MAIN WATER VALVES – Started marking locations for main valve EZ inserts. This is to isolate areas for future upgrade like new valves, hydrants and new main installation. This is vital for all water department upgrades and will save on labor hours and water loss.
:  LEAF PICKUP-  Pickup starts Nov 9 all leaf debris must be raked down to the curb by Nov 22 to be picked .

Happy Anniversary


Happy Anniversary to the love of my life.

It’s hard to believe that today Linda and I have been married for 27 years. It feels like it was just yesterday…… fast the time fly’s when you’re having fun.

Looking forward to the next 27 plus years.

Happy Halloween

As the sky grows dark and the moon glows bright,
As strange creatures and critters appear in the night,
As the goblins growl and the werewolves whine,
Hope that Halloween sends a chill up your spine!
Sauk Village Halloween Trick or Treat Hours: Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 4 – 6pm
Please be careful and keep an eye out for all the little goblins and ghouls on Saturday, October 31st


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Village Administrator/Director of Public Safety Report - October 13, 2015

Village Administrator/Director of Public Safety Report

Vacant Homes:
Working to develop a master list of vacant houses and of those, which do not have water accounts. Presently, we have the Housing Commission list which is compiled by their members who conduct manual counts; followed by Sauk Village water accounts that identify locations that have/had water. Then, houses are tracked through the villages PFS system.

In addition, housing information is tracked through the CAPS (J&P) system. Once all the information is combined, this information will be distributed to Sauk Village Police, Fire, Code and Public Works Department managers to be use for staff safety, identification of squatters and monitoring those locations for unauthorized use of our water.

We are reviewing our system/policy/practice to better coordinate, respond and track the request and response to all FOIA inquiries.

Reviewing current processing of court cases, their results and developing a plan for more accountability and better/favorable results.

Second Quarter Reviews:
Quarterly Reviews of each department managers will begin within the next two to three weeks.

Water Billing:
Kicked off discussions with staff, Trustee Burgess and Chief Kowalski concerning the need to change our water billing and to strengthen our ordinance wherein all bills will be sent to homeowners and those who have mortgages.  The result will remove village personnel from acting as arbitrators having to engage in conversation about which party is responsible for paying water bills.

Trustee Burgess agrees and will have his Public Work Committee work on an ordinance addressing this issue and hopefully have something prepared and ready to be sent to the ordinance review committee for final review and/or approval soon.

CN Noise Abatement Program:
Initiated discussions with staff, Trustee Burgess and Chief Kowalski concerning applicants for this program who owe Sauk Village money. Are applicants that owe the village any outstanding balance (tickets, water bills, etc.) eligible for funds through this program? The decision was applicants that owe Sauk Village should not be eligible. Trustee Burgess agreed and will be taking this back to the original CN Noise Abatement Committee for final discussion.

Mr. Mayor, this completes my report.

JW Fairman, Jr