Welcome to 3rdWard.org, a website dedicated to communication and transparency between Des Plaines City Government and you. This website, maintained by 3rd Ward Alderman Denise Rodd, is designed to keep neighbors engaged in their community and informed about issues.
There will be a special 3rd Ward meeting this Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Prairie Lakes Community Center 515 E. Thacker in Des Plaines at 7:00 p.m. in the Mountain View rooms I and II. Chief Bill Kushner and other representatives from the Police Department will be in attendance to discuss safety in the neighborhood. They will be open for questions about public safety including recent events that have required increased police presence.
Takeaways from this meeting:
- Keep your vehicle doors locked to prevent theft
- Put valuables (purse, wallet, phone, laptop) in the house or the trunk
- Call 911 if you see something that doesn't look right. Don't hesitate, just CALL!
- Des Plaines is a safe community with a low crime rate.
For those interested in observing the court hearing for the individual involved in the barricade situation on Rose Ave. last month, it will be at the Circuit Court of Cook County 5600 Old Orchard Rd. in Skokie on Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. in Rm. 105.
Due to the heat wave predicted, garbage pick up in Des Plaines for the remainder of the week will start a half hour earlier at 6:00 a.m. in order for crews to finish earlier. Carts can be put to the curb after 4:00 p.m. on the day before your pick-up day.
Whether you attended the Ward meeting on June 8 or not, if you would like to stay abreast of the news and meeting notices about the proposed senior apartment development "Blue Sky Residence," on North Ave., please sign up for the 3rd Ward newsletter. You can also contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 3rd Ward Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. will move to the Des Plaines Public Library Meeting Room B (1st FL). Interest in the proposed senior independent living apartment development by Pontarelli Cos has been high, and the Library will give us some more elbow room. Please spread the word!
Save the date for the next 3rd Ward meeting on June 8, 2016 at the Des Plaines Public Library (Meeting Room B - 1st FL) at 7:00 p.m. The guest will be Dan Pontarelli, who is proposing a new development: Blue Sky Residences - an independent living community of 1BR and studio rental units for residents over the age of 62. The location is proposed for the parcel occupied by the former Era Tool manufacturing plant on North Avenue between Second and Third Ave. Dan is the developer of the Prairie Corners Townhomes on Prairie and First and also the mall on Rand and River where the Dunkin' Donuts and Taco Village are located.
I've heard from many of you regarding the topic of the City offering health benefits to the elected officials in Des Plaines. I hold the opinion that this is an outdated and unsustainable practice that costs nearly $100,000 per year and benefits - at most - 10 people in the City of Des Plaines.
On Monday, the City Council will vote on an amendment to the ordinance that specifies compensation for elected officials. If the amendment passes, it will codify health, dental and life insurance benefits for elected officials and their families.
Please attend the City Council meeting on Monday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. Whether you are there to listen or to voice your opinion, it will be good to see you there.
In a 3rd Ward meeting that I attended about five years ago, a neighbor raised his hand and asked the question, "Does the City provide Aldermen with health insurance?" I was as surprised as most in the room that the answer was, "Yes."
The City offers all elected officials and their families the same health and dental benefit package that is offered to full-time employees. This has been a tradition since long ago when insurance was cheap and we had a mayoral form of government. In current times, with health care coverage costs rising, a city manager form of government, and part-time elected officials, this practice should end.
I have researched the topic, listened to residents, and brought it up before Council to discuss. On Monday, February 1, 2016, this topic is on the Finance Committee agenda for discussion.
If you would like to attend and express your opinion to Council, please come to City Hall on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The agenda item is after the Warrant Register item near the beginning of the meeting.
- Read the memo I sent to the Finance Committee chair and the Northwest Municipal Council's health benefits survey.
- Read the Chicago Tribune's coverage when the Naperville City Council voted to end health benefit coverage for its elected officials.
- Read the Daily Herald's editorial about this practice.
The 3rd Ward meeting scheduled for December 9 was moved to December 1 where City Manager, Mike Bartholomew attended as the guest and held discussion on the brand campaign.
The next 3rd Ward meeting is January 13, 2016. To sign up for reminders and the monthly newsletter, click the Sign Up Now link at left.
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