I receive this e-mail this morning from Sue Secondi, a distinguished member of the community who needs to be supported in her bid for political office. Sue is running for precinct committeeman. She'll be an awesome representative who want to protect their land, and their income in troubling times. Here's the most recent update from Sue. By the way....write her name down. Vote for Sue Secondi.
I wanted to let everyone know last night VCH banned video gaming within the Village. They got this one right!
I'm just not sure they would have voted on this last night had I not made a public comment at the December 1, 2009 meeting to asked them to place this on the agenda to vote.
Now the bad news, news we predicted was coming, Village Treasurer S. Beherns confirmed that based on the current revenue projections the village will be approximately $111,000 in the red at the end of the fiscal year (April 2010). (My comments....We've said from the get go that the Village would create a deficit and taxation is their way out of it.)
She promptly commented that she was working with staff on solutions to the short fall. I believe this deficit could be much greater once the actual fiscal revenue is stated.
At a minimum, this is a 7% reduction across the board. Since the bulk of the Village budget is the Police department, will that mean reduction in police officers, staff or in legal fees or an increase in citations to generate more money? (My comments....gee couldn't see that coming)
I think there should be a reduction in the police chief's salary when a new chief is hired, but at this time I do not have those details. The treasurer also stated that the revenue from tickets is currently at $56,000 which was approximately a 50% increase over last year.
Regarding Fox Mill, the village voted to confirm that they did not want to take ownership of the Public Open Space. President Smith stated that in the current condition the Forest Preserve, Campton Township and now the Village did not want ownership. As this open space is supposed to be for public use, the Village has been unsuccessful in finding a public body to take ownership, as a last resort Fox Mill HOA has agreed to take ownership of the land and pay for the repairs that are necessary. This would force a public hearing on the PUD change to allow this public open space to be privatized for Fox Mill residents only, and the HOA would assess the costs to repair the open spaces to each resident in the subdivision since they would have the ownership.
Finally the Village is holding a special meeting tomorrow night to possibly approve or at least vote on Norton Lakes Prelim plan approval, and to announce the new police chief.