SAUK VILLAGE | Sauk Village is hoping to see its share of state funds increase after officials approved an agreement with Alfred G. RonanLtd., a lobbying firm the village hopes can increase the flow of cash from Springfield.
"That is someone who will be in Springfield constantly on behalf of the village of Sauk Village looking for money, grant money, looking for ways to fix our infrastructure, looking for ways to fix our roads and also economic development," Village President David Hanks said.
The lobbyist has offices in Chicago and Oak Park. The agreement will cost the village $3,000 per month.
"What may look like a lot or a little bit of money for individuals, the amount of money that (the firm) can bring into this village is very important," Hanks said. "It's keeping Sauk Village in front of our state and federal elected officials."
Hanks said the move is part of a larger effort to expand the reach and exposure of Sauk Village that includes attending meetings and events in the south suburbs.
The vote passed 5-1, with Trustee Derrick Burgess as the lone dissenter.
Earlier in the meeting, the board appointed Patricia Couch to the police and fire pension board.
Property at 2842 E. 225th Place that was previously donated to the village was appraised for $12,000, according to Village Attorney Mike McGrath. The board voted to sell the property at the assessed value.
The village also annexed two pieces of land previously bordering Sauk Village. The first is at 21916 Carol Ave. and the second is between 1001 and 1019 Torrence Ave.
A pair of new websites are online. Hanks announced the launch of mayordavidahanks.com and Burgess reported the opening of the intergovernmental relations committee's site at svintergov.org.