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.


City Council Meeting - 12/07/09

Our budget is almost complete.  After approving the revenue streams, the only thing left is passing the levy...a legal formality that must take place prior to the end of this calendar year.  Check earlier posts for budget highlights.  Residents of the 7th Ward began the meeting by protesting the proposed installation of a cell phone tower in their neighborhood.  Meeting highlights included a garage, the library's budget, and police and fire pensions.

A 3rd Ward resident came asking for a variance for a proposed garage.  The Council rejected the proposal because a large garage would be out of character in The Villas.  The library reported that they would be refusing City services (at a cost of $44k) and instead they would outsource these services to the tune of over $60k -- including legal services.  The consultant representing the Police & Fire Pension Boards gave a presentation on how the Boards invest their funds....this presentation following a series of questions posed by the Council and residents during the budget hearings. You can view the consultant's presentation HERE.  Stay tuned for yesterday's ward meeting minutes.


Commissioner Reception: 12/11/09

Are you currently or have you ever been a member of a City Commission? If the answer is yes, please consider joining a holiday reception to thank all those who have contributed to one of our City's strongest assets.  The reception will be held in Room 101 (City Hall, 1420 Miner St.) at 4pm on December 11th.  Please direct your questions or RSVPs to Donna Catlett in the Mayor's office at 847-391-5301.


Ward Meeting: Wednesday, 12/09/09

Get ready for this month's 3rd Ward Meeting...same time, same place!

Wednesday, December 9th
7pm - Prairie Lakes

This meeting does not have a formal agenda and will be used to discuss almost-final budget issues and other neighborhood priorities.  If you have something substantial you'd like to discuss please email me ahead of time so I can have the research prepared.


Holiday Lights Around the Corner

Like clockwork...the cobwebs and pumpkins come down and within minutes the Turkeys, gingerbread men (and women), and Santa invade the stores, radio stations, and every TV commercial in sight.  That means its about time to light some trees here in DP!  Join us for the annual tree lighting tradition:
Friday, December 4th - 5:30PM
Metropolitan Square

Call 847.391.5312 for more information.


Ward Meeting: 2010 Budget

Join me this Wednesday, November 11th for our monthly ward meeting; same time, same place!  This meeting will include a presentation on our proposed budget followed by a discussion.  Your feedback is necessary if I am going to make educated votes on the final budget.

Ward Meeting
Wednesday, November 11th
Prairie Lakes Community Center


Look familiar? 

The Des Plaines Police Department is participating in a traffic safety pilot program entitled Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 ®, a project that focuses on reducing speeding in residential neighborhoods.  After several local Des Plaines Police Department Neighborhood Watch Meetings, the Des Plaines Police received unanimous support to engage and educate all citizens in creating safer streets.  It was decided that Thacker Street, between First and Wolf Road, would be the first traffic safety zone of the pilot program.  The goal of the program is to attract the attention of drivers as a means of reinforcing the message to observe the posted speed. To this end, signs that read “Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 ®” were posted up and down Thacker Street, between First Avenue and Wolf Road, this past week.  Pre and post speed tests are conducted prior to and after implementation of the campaign and the installation of the signs. Members of the Des Plaines Traffic Safety Task Force, such as the Neighborhood Watch groups and the Des Plaines Police Community Action Team (CAT), distributed brochures to residents along Thacker Street to advise them of the pilot program and the posting of the temporary signs. The signs are to remain in the parkway for approximately three weeks, throughout the testing period.  The program is funded through the Des Plaines Police Department’s asset forfeiture funds. For additional information call 847-391-5410.
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Des Plaines is Cool! 

Des Plaines has joined 1,000 cities to fight global warming. Des Plaines has joined over 1,000 cities nationwide in signing the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.  Mayor Moylan is committed to reducing our community's emissions through improved energy efficiency and environmental practices.  By signing the agreement, Des Plaines became one of the Sierra Club's "Cool Cities."  Learn more about the Sierra Club's "Cool Cities" initiative HERE.

This month Des Plaines was awarded the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), awarded for the completion of a city-wide emissions inventory and sustainability plan, LED (light emitting diode) retrofitting of traffic lights, alternative technology street lights, and Metra access improvements.



Issue Update: DP Historical Society

Here is a copy of the email I sent to over 40 concerned friends of the Des Plaines Historical Society. (Read it HERE)  After reading my note, consider posting a response and join the discussion.


Ward Meeting Minutes - 10/14/09

Here are the last Ward Meeting Minutes for your review.  Thanks Denise for taking great notes!


City Council Meeting - 08/21/09

In preparation for a long and difficult budget season, most of the Council's noteworthy activity has taken place in executive sessions* before and after regularly scheduled council meetings.  Regarding Mayoral appointments to City Commissions....the Mayor makes the appointment and the City Council is asked to advise and consent.  Since taking office, I have constantly asked for notification on commission openings so you third ward residents can have a shot at an appointment.  (HERE is my latest posting on commission openings)  That said, I don't believe I should have to make a special request in order to get information out to my constituents.  The City should work to publicize openings, promote different opportunities, and encourage new blood to enter our City's government.

At both September meetings I pulled  appointments from the consent agenda.  In other words, I asked that we discuss the appointments of two individuals to the Des Plaines Public Library Board: an ex-wife of our mayor, and a daughter of an Alderman.  I did this after receiving a large number of phone calls from residents who expressed their disappointment (and some even anger) upon hearing the names being appointed to the Library Board.  I told the individuals on the phone and the folks at Council that I would not object to the Mayor's appointments.  He was elected by the voters just like I was, and the code gives him the power to appoint.  Both appointments were given to women who are leaders in public office and business, and capable residents.  Was I disappointed that new faces, names, and backgrounds individuals were not brought into our organization?...yes.  Do I think this sort of activity sends the wrong message to voters like you?....probably.   Will I work to make you aware of appointments as they come available?....absolutely!  The Mayor graciously agreed to provide the Aldermen with frequent lists of vacancies and the letters of those who seek appointments.  I appreciate that and look forward to approving new blood for City Commissions.

*These closed-door meetings are held when topics not suitable for open conversation are before the Council: litigation, personnel, etc. Minutes and tapes of these meetings are kept and released at a later date.  You'll hear Alderman Robinson, as chair of the Legal and Liscensing Committee, report out on the results from executive sessions during the general council meeting.

Sorry for the delay. It's been a busy couple of weeks!