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					                            VILLAGE OF HOMEWOOD
                         BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
                          TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2008
                          VILLAGE HALL BOARD ROOM


CALL TO ORDER: President Hofeld called the meeting to order at 7:33 p.m. There
were 17 people in the audience and 2 members from the press.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:            President Hofeld led the audience in the Pledge of
Allegiance.

ROLL CALL: Village Clerk Gayle Campbell recorded the Roll Call. Those responding
were Trustees Ralph DeWitt, Gail Bibb, Tom Kataras, Ray Robertson, and President
Richard Hofeld. Trustee Tienstra arrived at 7:36 p.m. Trustee Garofalo was absent.

INTRODUCTION OF STAFF: President Hofeld introduced the present staff members:
Village Manager Mark Franz, Village Attorney Christopher Cummings, Police Chief
Larry Burnson, Fire Chief Al Schullo, Director of Finance Dennis Bubenik, Director of
Community Development Bill Ernat, Director of Public Works John Schaefer, and
Assistant to the Village Manager Jim Marino.

MINUTES: A motion was made by Trustee DeWitt, seconded by Trustee Bibb to
approve the minutes of the Board of Trustees Regular Meeting held on Tuesday, January
8, 2008. Roll Call: AYES: Trustees DeWitt, Bibb, Kataras, and Robertson. NAYS:
None. ABSENT: Trustees Garofalo and Tienstra. Motion carried.

Trustee Glenn Tienstra joined the meeting at 7:36 p.m.

CLAIMS LIST: President Hofeld stated that Item #45 had been removed from the
Claims List. Following questions from the Board, a motion was made by Trustee Bibb,
seconded by Trustee Tienstra, to approve the Claims List of Tuesday, January 22, 2008,
in the amount of $948,709.77. Roll Call: AYES: Trustees DeWitt, Bibb, Kataras,
Tienstra and Robertson. NAYS: None. ABSENT: Trustee Garofalo. Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS: A motion was made by Trustee Tienstra, seconded by Trustee Bibb,
to approve the reappointments of Megan Tipton to the Cable Television Commission for
a term ending 1/08/2011 and Barbara Ferrari to the Storm Water Resource Committee for
a term ending 1/22/2011. Roll Call: AYES: Trustees DeWitt, Bibb, Kataras, Tienstra
and Robertson. NAYS: None. ABSENT: Trustee Garofalo. Motion carried.

MEET YOUR MERCHANTS: Allisa Opyd, a member of the Economic Development
Committee, introduced Noreen Hansborough from Edible Arrangements located at 183rd
and Governors Highway in Cherry Creek Plaza. Their fruit arrangements, starting at
$25.00, are a nice alternative to sending flowers. Delivery is available.
Also present was a representative from Asian Harbor located at 1930 Ridge Road. This
restaurant specializes in Thai food, offering a variety of choices.

PRESENTATION: RESOLUTION NO. R-1981 / SGT. MICHAEL MAC DONALD /
25 YEARS OF SERVICE / POLICE DEPARTMENT: Police Chief Burnson read a
resolution honoring Michael MacDonald for his 25 years of service to the Village of
Homewood. Mr. MacDonald was congratulated by the Board and audience.

HEAR FROM THE AUDIENCE: No one came forward.

OMNIBUS VOTE: Village Clerk Campbell read the following for the Board’s
consideration:
       A.      ORDINANCE NO. MC-798/WATER AND SEWER RATE
               AMENDMENT: An ordinance amending Section 110-196 of the
               Homewood Municipal Code concerning Water and Sewer Charges.

       B.      RESOLUTION NO. R-1982/DESIGNATING ADMINISTRATOR FOR
               THE CDBG SINGLE FAMILY REHABILITATION PROGRAM: A
               resolution endorsing Chicago Southland Development, Inc., as the
               Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME applicant and
               administrator of all single family rehabilitation for the Village of
               Homewood.

       C.      GREEN PRACTICES / U.S. MAYORS CLIMATE PROTECTION
               AGREEMENT:          RESOLUTION NO. R-1983 / U.S. MAYORS
               CLIMATE PROTECTION AGREEMENT ENDORSEMENT:                          A
               resolution endorsing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

       D.      ANNUAL REPORT/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE:
               The 2007 Annual Report for the Economic Development Committee.

       E.      ANNUAL REPORT/CABLE TELEVISION COMMISSION: The 2007
               Annual Report for the Cable Television Commission.

Trustee DeWitt asked about the CDBG single family rehabilitation program. Director of
Community Development Ernat explained the resolution authorizes the Village to extend
our relationship with Chicago Southland Development, Inc. as the administrator of the
Village’s CDBG program for another five years. The Village does not pay any money to
CSDI to operate this program. The funds come directly from Cook County. This program
is advertised to residents in the Village Key, on the Village’s website and on cable TV.
There are equity and income qualifications that must be met to participate in this
program.

Trustee Kataras asked if the water rate increase for the City of Chicago had been verified.
Village Manager Franz stated South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association has
provided information that the price of the water is increasing an equal amount in
Chicago.

Village President Hofeld thanked the Economic Development Committee and the Cable
Television Commission for their reports and dedication to the Village.

After discussion, a motion was made by Trustee Tienstra, seconded by Trustee Bibb, to
pass, approve, accept or award the Omnibus Vote items “A” through ”E” as presented.
Roll Call: AYES: Trustees DeWitt, Bibb, Kataras, Tienstra and Robertson. NAYS:
None. ABSENT: Trustee Garofalo. Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS

ELECTRICITY PURCHASE OPTION (NIMEC):                     RESOLUTION NO. R-1984/
PURCHASE/APPROVAL/ELECTRICITY: Finance Director Bubenik addressed the
Board regarding the NIMEC resolution. To handle the 2006-07 electricity increase, the
Village joined in with about 80 other municipalities in the Northern Illinois Municipal
Electric Cooperative (NIMEC). The NIMEC pool received alternate bids to the ComEd
reverse auction prices. The seventeen month contract with NIMEC will be expiring soon.
It is the recommendation of staff to continue with the NIMEC pooling option for the
purchase of electricity for pumping needs. NIMEC has now grown to 110 municipalities
and provides a valuable savings option to the Village. After questions and comments
from the Board, a motion was made by Trustee Kataras, seconded by Trustee DeWitt to
pass a resolution authorizing the Village Manager to contract for the purchase of
electricity. Roll Call: AYES: Trustees DeWitt, Bibb, Kataras, Tienstra and Robertson.
NAYS: None. ABSENT: Trustee Garofalo. Motion carried.

MANAGER’S REPORT: Village Manager Franz informed the Board that staff is
proceeding with the process of revising the Manager’s Report. The Report will be more
of an e-newsletter and will now be bi-weekly instead of the weekly issue as in the past. It
is scheduled to be available in early February.

Village Manager Franz also informed the Board and audience of the discovery of the
emerald ash borer in the Village of Hazel Crest. Due to the proximity of Homewood and
Hazel Crest, we anticipate our ash trees are now at a greater risk than before. Information
on the emerald ash borer is available on our website. A community meeting, hosted by
Homewood’s arborist Jim Tresouthick, has been scheduled on Saturday, February 2nd at
10:00 a.m. in the Board Room. Village President Hofeld added Senator Durbin has stated
he will make low cost interest money available to communities affected by the emerald
ash borer.

GENERAL BOARD DISCUSSION:

Trustee Tienstra asked Police Chief Burnson to give an update regarding last week’s
home invasion. Police Chief Burnson stated there are some suspects and the case is still
being worked.
Trustee Tienstra stated he had checked the ILEAS Conference and Homewood wasn’t
listed. Police Chief Burnson stated a representative from Homewood’s Police Department
will be attending.

Trustee Tienstra asked what was discussed at a meeting with Bud’s Ambulance and
Glenwood. Village Manager Franz stated it was not a meeting with Bud’s Ambulance, it
was a meeting with the Village of Glenwood. He was not aware Bud’s Ambulance would
be attending the meeting. The Fire Chief from Glenwood had asked them there to explain
Glenwood’s operations in more detail. Homewood was there to explain our mutual
operations. It was a quick meeting.

Trustee Tienstra asked Fire Chief Schullo about the staffing of the 2nd ambulance. Fire
Chief Schullo stated his department has drafted a new plan for the mutual aid boundaries
and is reviewing all options to help make an accurate decision on how to staff the 2nd
ambulance.

Trustee Tienstra asked about the Illinois Department of Labor’s visit to the Fire
Department for 16 violations. Village Manager Franz stated it is an internal investigation
of a safety issue being taken very seriously, and it is not appropriate to discuss it at this
time. The Village has been asked to provide information, and we are complying with the
request. Attorney Cummings stated this is an allegation at this point. No findings of
violations by the Department of Labor have been found. Trustee Robertson stated there is
only one allegation, not sixteen as stated by Trustee Tienstra.

Village President Hofeld informed the Board and audience he had received a letter from
the Girl Scouts of South Cook County stating January is Girl Scout Cookie Sales month.
Orders will be taken on Saturday, January 26, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the
Village Hall. New this year is the ordering of cookies to be sent to our troops overseas.
The Girl Scouts will pay the postage to send the cookies to the troops.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: A motion was made by Trustee Bibb, seconded by Trustee
DeWitt, to enter into Executive Session to discuss probable litigation at 8:15 p.m. Roll
Call: AYES: Trustees DeWitt, Bibb, Kataras, Tienstra and Robertson. NAYS: None.
ABSENT: Trustee Garofalo. Motion carried.

The Board returned to open session at 8:37 p.m.

ADJOURN: A motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Robertson, seconded by Trustee
Kataras. Roll Call: AYES: Trustees DeWitt, Bibb, Kataras, Tienstra and Robertson.
NAYS: None. ABSENT: Trustee Garofalo. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at
8:37 p.m. There was no one in the audience.


                                      _______________________________
                                              Village Clerk

				
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