Message of healing and hope at Sauk Village meeting

2012-11-13T22:00:00Z Message of healing and hope at Sauk Village meetingBob Moulesong Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 13, 2012 10:00 pm  • 

SAUK VILLAGE | In the first regular board meeting since he took over, acting Village President David Hanks offered an olive branch to residents of the village, regardless of political affiliation.

In his inaugural report to the board, Hanks said he has:

• Contacted village engineers Baxter and Woodman and requested a status update on the replacement of the temporary air strippers

• Contacted all village trustees and requested they all dedicate themselves to working together on village issues

• Contacted the village auditors and demanded the overdue results of the village audit

• Contacted village businesses and said he was willing to work with them to help expand their business interests in the village

• Contacted village residents and asked them to submit a list of what they believe are the top problems/issues facing the village

• Asked all village residents who are interested in participating in village government as a trustee or a volunteer to submit an application

Hanks continued by telling the board and the audience that he wants to develop a plan that will restore the “Pride and Progress” slogan of the village to a mainstay.

“We all want to be proud of the fact that we live in Sauk Village,” Hanks said. “I ask that all of us, regardless of political affiliation, work toward that goal.”

Hanks was elevated to acting village president in a special emergency meeting last Wednesday, one day after former Village President Lewis Towers abruptly resigned.

His report was greeted by a round of applause by the audience.

Alan Stoffregen was named to head both the Police and Fire departments effective Nov. 1. In his first report, Stoffregen confirmed Sergeant Tim Holevis has been appointed to the position of Deputy Police Chief.

“ Tim will handle the day-to-day activities of the police department. I will handle the administrative duties,” Stoffregen said

Village Attorney Michael McGrath reported he and Stoffregen met with the Fraternal Order of Police regarding 195 grievances filed against former Police Chief Robert Fox for alleged violations of the collective bargaining agreement. The first meeting resulted in the resolution of 60 grievances.

The board unanimously approved a motion to terminate the village’s TIF No. 1 project area. The board also approved 4-1 a motion to temporarily move $200,000 from the water and sewer fund to the general fund for the purpose of accounts payables and disbursements. Trustee Enoch Benson voted against the motion.

The money will be returned to the water and sewer fund when property tax payments are received from the state. The tax payments are due later this month.

After a brief recess to executive session, the board reconvened and voted to appoint John Hoskin to the trustee position vacated by the resignation of Robert Chavez. The vote was 3-0-2. Trustee Derrick Burgess abstained, and Benson declined to vote.

Village Clerk Debbie Williams swore Hoskin in after the vote took place.

The board also voted to add two members to the Zoning Board of Appeals, Jeff Morden and Gary T. Bell Sr. The vote was 4-0-1 with Benson declining to vote. Both were sworn in by Williams.

Gary Holcomb was voted to become the Chair of the Housing Authority Commission by the same 4-0-1 majority.

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