CITY OF PALOS HEIGHTS
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING
SEPTEMBER 23, 2008
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Gnap called the meeting to order at 8:10 PM. Also in attendance were
Ald. Prestinario and Ald. Kramarski. Ald. Clifford was absent. Chief Yott and
Recording Secy. Asmus were also present. Sgt. Zaglifa, Deputy Chief Sterba, Code
Officer Jankowski and residents were seated in the audience. City Administrator Nisavic
arrived at 8:25 PM.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Ald. Kramarski moved, Ald. Prestinario seconded to approve the minutes of the
previous meeting. Motion Carried.
CHIEF YOTT – REPORT
POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT 790 Total Complaints Handled In August
TRAFFIC CRASH REPORT 0 Fatality, 5 Personal Injury, 40 Property
Damage, 4 Hit and Runs for a monthly total of 49
FINANCIAL REPORTS In the packet distributed
TRAINING REPORT 72 Hours of Training during August
DUI SUMMARY A total of 12 arrests for DUI and Zero Tolerance
EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION A department commendation was presented to Officer
Marran for his investigation of a suspicious vehicle
which led to the arrests of residential burglar suspects.
CONGRATULATIONS TO DEPUTY CHIEF STERBA AND TO SGT. ZAGLIFA
Chairman Gnap offered congratulations to Deputy Chief Sterba and to Sgt. Zaglifa
who both will be retiring soon after 31 years of service to our city.
ALD. KRAMARSKI – Re: LETTER RECEIVED FROM A RESIDENT DUE TO
She referred to a letter received from a resident living at 12550 S. 74th Ave. in which
she spoke of accidents that have occurred on her corner which she believes were due to
trees obstructing the view. She also referred to a letter received from another resident
who resides at 126th and 76th Ave. saying that people are really speeding up and down
there. She requested to have the Smart-Cart placed there once 76th St. is opened, because
she said it is technically still closed. Also the Smart Cart at 126th and 74th Ave. should be
utilized. 76th St. should be opened by the end of October.
COMMENTS – CHIEF YOTT
For the record, the Chief said that we’ve had officers on 76th Ave. on special detail
for the last two weeks to enforce the speed limits, and another Smart-Cart has been
ordered due to so many requests for it. One doesn’t seem to be sufficient, It should be
here in a few weeks. Also he said that special detail will be out there for another few
weeks to try to slow some cars down.
ALD. PRESTINARIO – RE: SECURITY PROGRAMS
Speaking for Ald. Clifford, he asked if there are any possible programs that could be
incorporated for the businesses on Harlem Ave., any safety programs, or an ordinance, or
anything that can be done, possibly security cameras for businesses, and if they could be
made mandatory to be put in. He spoke of the abduction and subsequent rape of a 17
year old who worked at T J Grinders. Chief Yott responded that our city attorney could
advise us as to such programs or ordinances....Ald. Gnap suggested that a packet be put
together to be distributed to our business showing points to be conscious of for security.
She suggested that it could be sent out along when we send out our yearly licensing to the
businesses which could alert them on how to handle situations.
RESIDENT GENE JAGLOWSKI – RE: SECURITY CAMERAS
Mr. Jaglowski, a retired police detective with the Cook County Sheriff’s Police
suggested that the city should look into the possibility of obtaining federal funds to pay
for our security cameras if it’s a Homeland Security issue. He suggested that the City
Attorney or the Chief could look into this.
COMMENTS RE: SECURITY CAMERAS – DEPUTY CHIEF STERBA
Speaking of security cameras, he said many are extremely inexpensive when put in,
and the images they record often times are of very little value. Also, many use the same
tape for a long time which causes unclear images...It’s a complicated situation and for
various reasons he feels that “Just to say we should have an ordinance saying we should
have cameras, we would miss the mark. Sometimes they are not even turned on, and
security is not on the top of the list if kids are running the store.”
COMMENTS RE: OUR SECURITY CAMERAS – CHIEF YOTT
He said that we are active participants through Homeland Security and do have
security cameras that were paid for by the federal government through the Project
Shield.. Cameras are located at the Metra Station, and when we install the intersection
cameras, there will be a streaming video 24 hours a day that we can tap into for more
than just the citation. .
124TH AND 74TH AVE. BUSHES OBSTRUCTION IN THE RIGHT-OF-WAY-
We have been dealing with this issue for about five years. The prior owner planted
the bushes in the right-of-way, and through the years they have continued to grow. We
have requested that the bushes be trimmed, and Public Works has trimmed them.
The property sits so that the street has an elevation which has caused a difference in
elevations of the driveways with one having a steeper decline than the other where the
bushes are near, so each property does not have the view of the sight line of the street
under the safety conditions that we’ve been discussing. Five years ago when Cal Bouma
was the Code Enforcement Officer, he contacted the person who is in the northern piece
of property where these bushes are in the right-of-way, and at that time it was Ald.
Gnap’s understanding that the property owner would remove the bushes and relocate
them on the property. That didn’t happen, and after our present Code Enforcement
Officer made an inspection, the Public Safety Committee requested that the bushes be
removed. The owner of the property did agree to this, and he requested a 60 day period
rather than a 30 day period for the removal. Now, they are still in the line sight, and the
city is going to remove them 60 days from the time the letter was sent in early Sept. .
Ald. Gnap offered the bushes to him, and informed him that if he wants the bushes taken
out and planted elsewhere on the property, that would be agreeable to our city.
COMMENTS FROM 124TH and 74th AVE. RESIDENTS
John Guinta – 12433 S. 74th Ave. - Dorothy Lennon – 12523 74th Ave
Jim Jaglowski,- 74th Ave. - John Dillon – 12512 S. 74th Ave.
Comments and suggestions were made by the above residents regarding better traffic
control including their thoughts on the city’s removal of the bushes and their opinions on
the need for speed bumps and stop signs on this street to improve the safety of the area.
ALD. GNAP - CONCLUSION
To help those present to understand the facts, she stated that we have measured out
the right-of-way, and the bushes are on the city’s right-of-way. Both our Building Dept.
Chairman and our Code Enforcement Officer have gone down the driveway in question.
A determination was made that bushes are still going to grow, and they are still an
obstruction to the view of traffic coming down the street and are on city property. They
need to be removed.
Ald. Gnap moved, Ald. Prestinario seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting at
8:55 PM. Motion Carried.
Helen Mae Asmus, Secretary