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Monday
Oct182010

City Council Meeting: 10/18/10

The Fall 2010 Ward R3PORT has been posted for download on 3rdWard.org.  Thanks to Denise Smith-Rodd, Lisa Norris, and Brian Wolf for their hard work.  

Don Smith (retired 7th Ward Alderman) presented on the status of the Senior Center's Meals on Wheels program.  As part of a cost cutting measure, the Senior Center took control of the program during the 2010 budget cycle.  In the past year, 23-32 people have been receiving meals through the program at any given time.  Applicants must be at least 60 years old and pass a screening to be eligible.  Call 847-768-5944 if you need more information or know someone who might benefit from this service. 

The Library presented their budget to the City Council this evening.  With over $600k in cuts, Library Board and Staff brought a plan for a 0% tax increase to mirror the City's proposed increase.  Know that recent news reports have it wrong.  The City Council and Library Board do not want to close the institution in December.  We will work together to cut costs, maintain services, and keep the books open.  More to report after the November 1 council meeting.   

Monday
Jul192010

City Council Meeting: 07/19/10

I'd like to take a moment to welcome the City's Finance Director Dorothy Wisniewski back to the office!  I know that her new baby boy is going to keep her busy! 

Tonight's meeting was sedate; after a brief conversation over the City's new snow removal plan, we began a conversation on the Miner Street Tavern and it's 4am liquor license.  Legal and Licensing Committee Chairman Robinson led the group to a 4-4 tie.  The Mayor broke the tie to deny the transfer of license from father to son-in-law.  Together with Aldermen Robinson, Brookman, and Argus, I voted to deny the transfer.  

Also of note: Alderman Robinson was appointed to serve on the Des Plaines Library Board of Trustees (State library law allows one alderman to serve on an appointed municipal Library Board) following the abrupt resignation of current Board President Noreen Lake.  Together with Moylan appointees Moylan-Krey, Tsalapatanis, Kendrick (3rd Ward Resident), and Mokry, Alderman Robinson represents the 5th (and majority) vote on the board.  This should chance the dynamic quite a bit.