Saturday, 30 April 2016

This Day In History - April 30th

George Washington Gives First Presidential Inaugural Address

On this day in 1789, George Washington is sworn in as the first American president and delivers the first inaugural speech at Federal Hall in New York City. Elements of the ceremony set tradition; presidential inaugurations have deviated little in the two centuries since Washington’s inauguration.

In front of 10,000 spectators, Washington appeared in a plain brown broadcloth suit holding a ceremonial army sword. At 6′ 3, Washington presented an impressive and solemn figure as he took the oath of office standing on the second balcony of Federal Hall. With Vice President John Adams standing beside him, Washington repeated the words prompted by Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, kissed the bible and then went to the Senate chamber to deliver his inaugural address.

Observers noted that Washington appeared as if he would have preferred facing cannon and musket fire to taking the political helm of the country. He fidgeted, with his hand in one pocket, and spoke in a low, sometimes inaudible voice while he reiterated the mixed emotions of anxiety and honor he felt in assuming the role of president. For the most part, his address consisted of generalities, but he directly addressed the need for a strong Constitution and Bill of Rights and frequently emphasized the public good. He told the House of Representatives that he declined to be paid beyond such actual expenditures as the public good may be thought to require. In deference to the power of Congress, Washington promised to give way to my entire confidence in your discernment and pursuit of the public good.

After delivering his address, Washington walked up Broadway with a group of legislators and local political leaders to pray at St. Paul’s Chapel. Later, he made the humble and astute observation that his presidency, and the nation itself, was an experiment.

Bonus Story

New York World’s Fair opens

On April 30, 1939, the New York World’s Fair opens in New York City. The opening ceremony, which featured speeches by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and New York Governor Herbert Lehman, ushered in the first day of television broadcasting in New York.

Spanning 1,200 acres at Flushing Meadow Park in Queens, the fairground was marked by two imposing structures–the “Perisphere” and the “Trylon”–and exhibited such new technology as FM radio, robotics, fluorescent lighting, and a crude fax machine. Norman Bel Geddes designed a Futurama ride for General Motors, and users were transported through an idealized city of the future. Sixty-three nations participated in the fair, which enjoyed large crowds before the outbreak of World War II interrupted many of its scheduled events.

Sauk Village Beautification Committee Report - April 26, 2016

Sauk Village Beautification Committee Report

April 26, 2016

The Beautification Committee is sponsoring 2 events:

1st event:  

Sauk Village Community Clean Sweep  
May 21, 2016
Behind the Village Hall.  

The Committee is asking for volunteers to assist in our effort to attack the litter throughout our town. 

2nd event:  

The Community Flea Market/Craft Show
June 4th, 2016, 

Applications for this event are on the table in the hallway. Funds raised from this event will provide ongoing support to the Beautification Committee.  

Donations are always welcome.

The Committee has many projects planned but we are waiting for warmer weather.

As always we welcome all volunteers and new committee members.

Our meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 10:00am at the Village Hall.


Friday, 29 April 2016

Plant a Tree on Arbor Day - Friday, April 29

The Illinois Tollway is committed to minimizing the environmental impacts of its roadways by adopting wetland improvement and landscaping projects with local and regional benefits. As part of this effort, the Tollway is partnering with The Morton Arboretum to enhance aesthetics and expand tree canopy coverage within Tollway system, including the planting of 58,000 trees.

The Tollway will celebrate the new partnership on Arbor Day by offering 15,000 tree seedlings to customers at the Tollway's Downers Grove headquarters and at all seven oases from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday, April 29.

Tree species include Bur Oak, Red Oak, Shagbark Hickory, Hackberry and Shingle Oak. Tree seedlings and planting instructions will be available at the following locations:

I-90 Mile Post 24 Belvidere Oasis
I-90 Mile Post 74.5 Des Plaines Oasis - Eastbound Only at the 7-Eleven
I-94 Mile Post 18 Lake Forest Oasis
I-294 Mile Post 38 O'Hare Oasis
I-294 Mile Post 25 Hinsdale Oasis
I-294 Mile Post 1 Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis
I-88 Mile Post 93 DeKalb Oasis
 2700 Ogden Ave. Tollway Headquarters, Downers Grove

Stop in and pick up your tree seedling on Arbor Day.

Sauk Village Winpak Addition Groundbreaking

Winpak Addition Groundbreaking

On Thursday, April 28th I had the opportunity to attend the Winpak addition groundbreaking. The groundbreaking ceremony was held for a 348,000 square foot expansion to the existing 267,000 square foot facility occupied by Winpak Portion Packaging located at 1111 Winpak Way in Sauk Village.

The new expansion will include:

  • 197,000 square foot warehouse
  • 137,950 square foot production plant area
  • Amenity area
  • Maintenance storage
  • Break room
  • Washrooms
  • Mechanical utility room
  • Truckers room
  • Shipping office
  • Plant grinding room

The building exterior will add:

  • A second rail spur
  • 12 Storage silo’s
  • 2 new 4000 amp electrical services
  • 150 parking stalls
  • 25 truck stalls
  • 20 dock doors
  • Exterior drive-in-door

In addition to constructing the new expansion to the facility, there will also be several renovations to the older facility which include:

  • 15,000 square foot of new office space on the second floor
  • Renovation to the main lobby to accommodate new stairs
  • Elevator to second floor
  • Renovation of an existing area to create expanding production
  • Enlarge locker rooms and training spaces
  • Renovation of existing maintenance shop offices and tool storage rooms

This Day In History - April 29th


Nixon Announces Release of White House Watergate Tapes

On this day in 1974, President Richard Nixon announces to the public that he will release transcripts of 46 taped White House conversations in response to a Watergate trial subpoena issued in July 1973. The House Judiciary committee accepted 1,200 pages of transcripts the next day, but insisted that the tapes themselves be turned over as well.

In his announcement, Nixon took elaborate pains to explain to the public his reluctance to comply with the subpoena, and the nature of the content he planned to release. He cited his right to executive privilege to protect state secrets and stated that the transcripts were edited by him and his advisors to omit anything “irrelevant” to the Watergate investigation or critical to national security. He invited committee members to review the actual tapes to determine whether or not the president had omitted incriminating evidence in the transcripts. “I want there to be no question remaining,” Nixon insisted, “about the fact that the President has nothing to hide in this matter” and “I made clear there was to be no cover up.”

In June 1972, five men connected with Nixon’s Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP) had been caught breaking into the Democratic National Committee Headquarters in the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. A subsequent investigation exposed other illegal activities perpetrated by CREEP and authorized by senior members of Nixon’s administration. It also raised questions about what the president knew about those activities. Nixon vigorously denied involvement in the burglary cover-up, infamously proclaiming “I am not a crook.” In May 1973, the Senate convened an investigation into the Watergate scandal amid public cries for Nixon’s impeachment. In July 1974, the Supreme Court rejected Nixon’s claim of executive privilege and ordered him to turn over the remaining tapes. On one of them, the president could be heard ordering the FBI to end its investigation of the Watergate break-in; this came to be known as the “smoking gun” that proved Nixon’s guilt.

On August 8, 1974, Nixon avoided a Senate impeachment trial by becoming the first American president to resign from office. He was later pardoned by his successor, President Gerald Ford, “for all offenses against the United States which he committed, or may have committed.”

Sauk Village Fire Department Report - April 26, 2016

Sauk Village Fire Department Report

By; Fire Chief Al Stoffregen
April 26, 2016


Over the past two weeks, the Sauk Village Fire Department responded to 25 calls.

  • 2 - Vehicle accidents
  • 11 - Fire alarms
  • 8 - Medical assist
  • 1 - Garage fire
  • 1 - Assist other agency
  • 2 - Structure fires.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Open Tollway Position

Open Tollway Positions

 Maintenance Section Manager $80,000.00 - $82,000.00 Annually

o   High-school graduate or equivalent is required.

o   Good written and oral communication skills are required.

o    Proven knowledge & ability in snow & ice control operations is required. 

o   Experience with computerized Maintenance Management Systems and Inventory Control Procedures is desired.

o   The incumbent should have knowledge of and experience in snow and ice removal operations.  Experienced in roadway and appurtenant repair operations, management operations and budgeting and personnel (union environment) is required.

o   Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills required.

o   Incumbent should be self-motivated and be able to motivate subordinates.

o   The incumbent will be required to pass a written examination in order to qualify for an interview. 

o   Must also have a valid Class "A" Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with endorsements of air brakes, combination vehicles, and tank truck at the time of application.

Maintenance Section Supervisor $70,000.00 - $75,000.00 Annually

o   High-school graduate or equivalent.

o   Good written and oral communication skills are required.

o   Proven knowledge & experience in snow & ice control operations is required. Computerized Management Systems & inventory control procedures is desired.

o    Experience in roadway and appurtenance repair operations is required; management operations and budgeting and personnel (union environment) is required Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills required.

o   Incumbent should be self motivated and be able to motivate subordinates.

o   The incumbent will be required to pass a written examination in order to qualify for an interview.

o   A valid Class "A" Commercial Drivers License  (CDL) with endorsements of air brakes, combination vehicles and tank trucks is required at time of application.


More information can be found at

Prepared Statement

Prepared Statement

April 26, 2016

As you all know, Jim Griegel was arrested yesterday (April 25th) by the FBI following its investigation of the Village’s police pension fund. Mr. Griegel was charged with embezzlement for allegedly writing fraudulent checks to himself from the pension fund in an amount of $21,000.00.

As of this time we are not aware of any funds missing from any of the Village’s funds.

 Upon being informed of Mr. Griegel’s arrest by the FBI, I issued a letter to Mr. Griegel informing him that he was being replaced as the Village Treasurer. I did not take this action earlier based upon the recommendation of our attorneys given the fact there was an open federal investigation on Mr. Griegel.

Unfortunately, I was called out on business and cannot be at tonight’s meeting. I will discuss Mr. Griegel’s replacement at one of our next committee meetings.

Proclamation - Older Americans Month

Older Americans Month 2016


A Proclamation
Whereas, the Village of Sauk Village includes a community of older Americans who deserve recognition for their contributions to our nation; and
Whereas,  the Village of Sauk Village recognizes that older adults are trailblazers—advocating for themselves, their peers, and their communities—paving the way for future generations; and
Whereas, the Village of Sauk Village is committed to raising awareness about issues facing older Americans and helping all individuals to thrive in communities of their choice for as long as possible; and
Whereas, we appreciate the value of inclusion and support in helping older adults successfully contribute to and benefit from their communities; and
Whereas, our community can provide opportunities to enrich the lives of individuals of all ages by:
  • Promoting and engaging in activity, wellness, and social involvement.
  • Emphasizing home- and community-based services that support independent living.
  • Ensuring community members can benefit from the contributions and experience of older adults.
Now therefore, we the Village of Sauk Village do hereby proclaim May 2016 to be Older Americans Month. We urge every resident to take time this month to acknowledge older adults and the people who serve them as powerful and vital individuals who greatly contribute to our community.
Dated this 26th day of April, 2016
 Mayor David A. Hanks

Sauk Village Homeland Security (ESDA) Report - April 26, 2016

Sauk Village Homeland Security (ESDA) Report

 April 26, 2016

 Over the past 2 weeks, the ESDA responded to 16 calls. The ESDA department responded to 8 fire alarms, 2 vehicle accidents, 2 structure fires, 1 garage fire, and 7 school patrols.

Drug Turn In Event - Saturday, April 30, 2016

From the Desk of Police Chief Robert Kowalski

Drug Turn In Event - Saturday, April 30, 2016

After collecting and destroying 5.5 million pounds-2,762 tons-of unused prescription drugs in the past five years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing its efforts to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications.

The DEA and the Sauk Village Police Department invites the public to bring their potentially dangerous, unwanted medicines to the Sauk Village Police Department, 21701 Torrence Ave., Sauk Village, IL. on Saturday, April 30th between 10:00am and 2:00pm. 

Just press the call box button and dispatch will let you in.  The disposal box will be in the lobby and no questions will be asked. This service is free of charge and we appreciate your participation in the program.

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly Host Youth Job & Resource Expo


U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly to Host Youth Job and Resource Expo

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Youth Job and Resource Expo for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 24 on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Thornton Township High School, 15001 Broadway Ave., Harvey.

“A recent report by the Great Cities Institute confirms that youth joblessness in the Chicago area is at record-breaking levels,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “In the South Cook County region, the joblessness rate is 60 percent for 20 to 24-year-olds. To offer opportunity to youth in all areas of my district, I’ve decided to host my annual Youth Job and Resource Fair in the South Suburbs this year.”

More than 40 companies and agencies will be accepting applications for active job openings, summer internships and apprenticeships. This year’s participants include Chase Bank, Illinois Department of Transportation and Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Also participating will be organizations offering a variety of youth services and programs.

Prior to the Expo, Rep. Kelly will sponsor three job readiness training sessions designed to help young people prepare for the hiring event and job interviews.

·         Tuesday, April 5, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center, 440 Forest Blvd., Park Forest.

·         Thursday, April 7, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Aunt Martha’s SEADAC location, 8640 S. South Chicago Ave., Chicago.

·         Tuesday, April 12, from 4 to 6 p.m., Thornton Township High School, Technical Building, 15001 Broadway Ave., Harvey.

To pre-register, or to view a list of participating companies, visit

For more information, call (708) 679-0078 or visit

This Day In History - April 28th


President Monroe Born

Future U.S. Senator and President James Monroe is born on this day in 1758.

Monroe, a contemporary of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, was the last of the original revolutionaries to become president. He served in the Continental Army and was wounded in the shoulder at the Battle of Trenton in New Jersey. Prior to becoming president, Monroe served as Washington’s ambassador to France (1804-1807) and Madison’s secretary of state (1811-1817). He was also the first U.S. senator to become president and the first president to ride on the technological wonder of his era, the steamboat. Monroe’s presidency is best known for his negotiation of the Missouri Compromise and his philosophy regarding territorial expansion in the Western Hemisphere, which became known as the Monroe Doctrine.

In 1820, President Monroe signed into law the Missouri Compromise, also known as the Compromise Bill of 1820. The bill attempted to solve tensions over slavery by promising to add an equal number of slave-holding and non-slave-holding states into the Union in the future. Although Monroe realized that slavery conflicted with the values written into the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, he favored strong states’ rights over federalism and feared the fissure over slavery would split the Union he and his contemporaries had fought so hard to establish.

Passage of the Missouri Compromise contributed to the Era of Good Feelings over which Monroe presided and facilitated his election to a second term. In his second inaugural address, Monroe optimistically pointed out that although the nation had struggled in its infancy, no serious conflict has arisen that was not solved peacefully between the federal and state governments. By steadily pursuing this course, he predicted, there is every reason to believe that our system will soon attain the highest degree of perfection of which human institutions are capable. In the end, though, the Missouri Compromise failed to permanently ease the underlying tensions caused by the slavery issue. The conflict that flared up during the bill’s drafting presaged how the nation would eventually divide along territorial, economic and ideological lines 40 years later during the Civil War.

Monroe’s foreign policy fared better. In 1823, Monroe delivered a message to Congress outlining U.S. policy toward territorial expansion. He warned foreign nations with possessions in North America and the Western Hemisphere against any further expansion, saying that the U.S. would consider any additional colonial expansion as dangerous to America’s peace and safety. In return, he promised not to interfere in these nations’ existing colonial affairs. This policy, originally articulated by former president James Madison and fleshed out by Monroe’s Secretary of State (and future president) John Quincy Adams, was thereafter referred to as the Monroe Doctrine.

To those who knew him well, Monroe had a reputation as a hard-working and good-natured man who was a little old-fashioned when it came to personal dress. As president, he wore what was by then considered outdated Revolutionary War-era attire. White House social life under Monroe was low-key–both he and his wife Elizabeth preferred private, stately affairs modeled after European society to the larger, more lively parties hosted by some of Monroe’s predecessors. Private and stately did not come cheap, however, and Monroe was forced to lobby Congress for money to refurbish the barely livable White House, which had been badly damaged in the War of 1812.

After leaving office, Monroe tried to get Congress to reimburse him for additional personal funds he had spent on furniture for the White House. Partly as a consequence of funding White House furnishings with his own money, Monroe fell heavily into debt, and was forced to sell his Virginia estate and move in with his daughter, who lived in New York City. He died in 1831.

This Day In History - April 27th


President Grant Born

Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War leader and 18th president of the United States, is born on this day in 1822.

The son of a tanner, Grant showed little enthusiasm for joining his father’s business, so the elder Grant enrolled his son at West Point in 1839. Though Grant later admitted in his memoirs he had no interest in the military apart from honing his equestrian skills, he graduated in 1843 and went on to serve in the Mexican-American War, though he opposed it on moral grounds.

He then left his beloved wife and children again to fulfill a tour of duty in California and Oregon. The loneliness and sheer boredom of duty in the West drove Grant to binge drinking. By 1854, Grant’s alcohol consumption so alarmed his superiors that he was asked to resign from the army. He did, and returned to Ohio to try his hand at farming and land speculation. Although he kicked the alcohol habit, he failed miserably at both vocations and was forced to take a job as a clerk in his father’s tanning business.

If it were not for the Civil War, Grant might have slipped quickly into obscurity. Instead, he re-enlisted in the army in 1861 and embarked on a stellar military career, although his tendency to binge-drink re-emerged and he developed another unhealthy habit: chain cigar-smoking. He struggled throughout the Civil War to control the addictions. In 1862, he led troops in the captures of Forts Henry and Donelson in Tennessee, and forced the Confederate Army to retreat back into Mississippi after the Battle of Shiloh. (After the Donelson campaign, Grant received over 10,000 boxes of congratulatory cigars from a grateful citizenry.)

In 1863, after leading a Union Army to victory at Vicksburg, Grant caught President Lincoln’s attention. The Union Army had suffered under the service of a series of incompetent generals and Lincoln was in the market for a new Union supreme commander.

In March 1864, Lincoln revived the rank of lieutenant general—a rank that had previously been held only by George Washington in 1798–and gave it to Grant. As supreme commander of Union forces, Grant led a series of epic and bloody battles against the Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

On April 9, 1865, Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. The victory solidified Grant’s status as national hero and, in 1868, he was elected to the first of two terms as president.

Grant’s talent as a political leader paled woefully in comparison to his military prowess. He was unable to stem the rampant corruption of his administration and failed to combat a severe economic depression in 1873.

There were bright spots in Grant’s tenure, however, including the passage of the Enforcement Act in 1870, which temporarily curtailed the political influence of the Ku Klux Klan in the post-Civil War South, and the 1875 Civil Rights Act, which attempted to desegregate public places such as restrooms, inns, public conveyances on land or water, theaters, and other places of public amusement. In addition, Grant helped heal U.S. and British diplomatic relations, despite the fact that Britain had offered to supply the Confederate Army with the tools to break the Union naval blockade during the Civil War. He also managed to stay sober during his two terms in office.

Upon leaving office, Grant’s fortunes again declined. He and his wife Julia traveled to Europe between 1877 and 1879 amid great fanfare, but the couple came home to bankruptcy caused by Grant’s unwise investment in a scandal-prone banking firm. Grant spent the last few years of his life writing a detailed account of the Civil War and, after he died of throat cancer in 1885, Julia managed to scrape by on the royalties earned from his memoirs.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

This Day In History - April 26th


Polio Vaccine Trials Begin

On this day in 1954, the Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia. Children in the United States, Canada and Finland participated in the trials, which used for the first time the now-standard double-blind method, whereby neither the patient nor attending doctor knew if the inoculation was the vaccine or a placebo. On April 12, 1955, researchers announced the vaccine was safe and effective and it quickly became a standard part of childhood immunizations in America. In the ensuing decades, polio vaccines would all but wipe out the highly contagious disease in the Western Hemisphere.

Polio, known officially as poliomyelitis, is an infectious disease that has existed since ancient times and is caused by a virus. It occurs most commonly in children and can result in paralysis. The disease reached epidemic proportions throughout the first half of the 20th century. During the 1940s and 1950s, polio was associated with the iron lung, a large metal tank designed to help polio victims suffering from respiratory paralysis breathe.

President Franklin Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio in 1921 at the age of 39 and was left paralyzed from the waist down and forced to use leg braces and a wheelchair for the rest of his life. In 1938, Roosevelt helped found the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, later renamed the March of Dimes. The organization was responsible for funding much of the research concerning the disease, including the Salk vaccine trials.

The man behind the original vaccine was New York-born physician and epidemiologist Jonas Salk (1914-95). Salk’s work on an anti-influenza vaccine in the 1940s, while at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, led him, in 1952 at the University of Pittsburgh, to develop the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), based on a killed-virus strain of the disease. The 1954 field trials that followed, the largest in U.S. history at the time, were led by Salk’s former University of Michigan colleague, Dr. Thomas Francis, Jr.

In the late 1950s, Polish-born physician and virologist Albert Sabin (1906-1993) tested an oral polio vaccine (OPV) he had created from a weakened live virus. The vaccine, easier to administer and cheaper to produce than Salk’s, became available for use in America in the early 1960s and eventually replaced Salk’s as the vaccine of choice in most countries.

Today, polio has been eliminated throughout much of the world due to the vaccine; however, there is still no cure for the disease and it persists in a small number of countries in Africa and Asia.

Monday, 25 April 2016

This Day In History - April 25th


Ground Broken for Suez Canal

At Port Said, Egypt, ground is broken for the Suez Canal, an artificial waterway intended to stretch 101 miles across the isthmus of Suez and connect the Mediterranean and the Red seas. Ferdinand de Lesseps, the French diplomat who organized the colossal undertaking, delivered the pickax blow that inaugurated construction.

Artificial canals have been built on the Suez region, which connects the continents of Asia and Africa, since ancient times. Under the Ptolemaic rulers of Egypt, a channel connected the Bitter Lakes to the Red Sea, and a canal reached northward from Lake Timsah as far as the Nile River. These canals fell into disrepair or were intentionally destroyed for military reasons. As early as the 15th century, Europeans speculated about building a canal across the Suez, which would allow traders to sail from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean via the Red Sea, rather than having to sail the great distance around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope.

The first serious survey of the isthmus occurred during the French occupation of Egypt at the end of the 18th century, and General Napoleon Bonaparte personally inspected the remains of an ancient canal. France made further studies for a canal, and in 1854 Ferdinand de Lesseps, the former French consul to Cairo, secured an agreement with the Ottoman governor of Egypt to build a canal. An international team of engineers drew up a construction plan, and in 1856 the Suez Canal Company was formed and granted the right to operate the canal for 99 years after completion of the work.

Construction began in April 1859, and at first digging was done by hand with picks and shovels wielded by forced laborers. Later, European workers with dredgers and steam shovels arrived. Labor disputes and a cholera epidemic slowed construction, and the Suez Canal was not completed until 1869–four years behind schedule. On November 17, 1869, the Suez Canal was officially inaugurated in an elaborate ceremony attended by French Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. Ferdinand de Lesseps would later attempt, unsuccessfully, to build a canal across the Isthmus of Panama. He died in 1894.

When it opened, the Suez Canal was only 25 feet deep, 72 feet wide at the bottom, and 200 to 300 feet wide at the surface. Consequently, fewer than 500 ships navigated it in its first full year of operation. Major improvements began in 1876, however, and the canal soon grew into the one of the world’s most heavily traveled shipping lanes. In 1875, Great Britain became the largest shareholder in the Suez Canal Company when it bought up the stock of the new Ottoman governor of Egypt. Seven years later, in 1882, Britain invaded Egypt, beginning a long occupation of the country. The Anglo-Egyptian treaty of 1936 made Egypt virtually independent, but Britain reserved rights for the protection of the canal.

After World War II, Egypt pressed for evacuation of British troops from the Suez Canal Zone, and in July 1956 Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the canal, hoping to charge tolls that would pay for construction of a massive dam on the Nile River. In response, Israel invaded in late October, and British and French troops landed in early November, occupying the canal zone. Under pressure from the United Nations, Britain and France withdrew in December, and Israeli forces departed in March 1957. That month, Egypt took control of the canal and reopened it to commercial shipping.

Ten years later, Egypt shut down the canal again following the Six Day War and Israel’s occupation of the Sinai peninsula. For the next eight years, the Suez Canal, which separates the Sinai from the rest of Egypt, existed as the front line between the Egyptian and Israeli armies. In 1975, Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat reopened the Suez Canal as a gesture of peace after talks with Israel. Today, an average of 50 ships navigate the canal daily, carrying more than 300 million tons of goods a year.

Sauk Village Administrator/Public Safety Director - April 12, 2016

Sauk Village Administrator \ Public Safety Director Report

April 12, 2016

URC Reported Crime:
For the 1st Quarter of 2016, URC reportable crime is down 57% over the same period last year.

Vacant Housing:
  • The Village’s master vacant list (as of April 12, 2016) shows 427  vacant homes:
    • Vacant                   -    383 houses
    • Vacant/Occupied   -   36 houses
    • Demo list               -      8 houses  

Scavenger Contract Update:
  • The vender has not yet completed its accounting of residential homes (minus vacant housing).

Water Accounts
  • For the 1st Quarter of 2016 the Village has collected $30,706.73 or 10.87% more than the same period a year ago. (This equates to a 2016 projection of approximately $122,826.92 in additional annual water revenues.)

Ordinance/Resolutions/ Amendments:  
  • Staff Recommendation for Village Police Tow penalties be set aside by ordinance in a dedicated fund for Police vehicle purchases or related costs has been prepared by our attorneys and is being reviewed by the SVPD.
  • Staff Recommendation for Vehicles found on property identified by the Village as Vacant be stickered, ticketed and towed by the SVPD within 48 hours is still under review by our attorneys.
  • Staff recommendation for “After Hours Turn on Fee” be increased to $250, “Before Hours Turn on Fee” be increased to $200. This proposal has been prepared by our attorneys and sent to the Public Works Committee on 4/11/16 for recommendation.
  • Staff Recommendation for request not to exceed $15,000 to update the “Civic” computer system on all financial components of the Village has been completed by our attorneys and sent to the Finance Committee on 4/12/16.
  • 50% of collected debt derived from water/sewer/disposal and utility taxes shall be set aside in a reserve fund for the purchase of Public Works Vehicles or related capital cost is still under review by our attorneys.

  • Owens Group has completed its 1st review of the Employees’ Handbook and will meeting with me for a 2nd review on Wednesday 4/13/16.
  • Staff continues to review employee insurance coverage and interviewing insurance groups to assure that Sauk Village is receiving the best coverage at a competitive cost. Staff will make a proposal to the Board prior to the Village’s annual budget.

The Mayor, Finance Director and I are finalizing the 2015/16 annual budget and will be presenting it to Board soon.