Board of Trustees Meeting Notes

May 6, 2019

Prior to the Board meeting, Trustee Ford thanked the Mayor and Board for her six years as a Village Trustee.  Then Village Clerk Daphne Paras swore in Trustees Michael Haber, Richard Jamerson and Michael Clayton for the 2019-2023 term.

Present:  Mayor Norris and Trustees Clayton, Goldstein, Haber, Hollander, and Jamerson.

Absent:  Trustee Chamberlain.

Plan Commission Report: 

 Village Attorney Bruce Huvard reported that in June, the Plan Commission will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed car wash south of the Mobil station on Deerfield and Sanders Roads.  Also, The Center for Enriched Living has proposed a group home for four boys somewhere within the Village.  This proposal stimulated a discussion regarding how many unrelated persons should be allowed to live together under Village ordinances.  Questions raised were:  Should the number be 6, 7, or 8?  Does the law allow a number of unrelated persons based on age?  What regulations should be considered, like noise impacts on the community?  The Plan Commission will take up this issue and propose recommendations to the Board.

Information Items & Comments from the President: 

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)-MS4 Permit Presentations:  An environmental consultant reported on the Village’s compliance regarding its NPDES permit. The NPDES program is administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).  The program is meant to keep pollutants out of storm water drains.  The Village has done well in maintaining its compliance and had only three audits in fifteen years.  Its biggest issue is salt run-off in winter.  The Village’s water sources are checked in dry weather with the results submitted to the IEPA.

New Business:

Report on OSLAD Grant and Campus Project:  The Open    Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program is a State-financed grant program that provides funding assistance to local government agencies for acquisition and/or development of land for public outdoor recreation areas.  The Village applied for a grant of $400,000 to help fund certain aspects of the Campus Plan (Flatwoods Heritage Center) Project.  The State awarded the Village a $300,000 OSLAD grant.  The grant award was reduced because the Village eliminated several plan elements from its original application. 

Next Board of Trustees Meeting—May 21, 2019 at 7:30 P.M.

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