SAUK VILLAGE | The Village Board and other officials recently recognized several police officers for their service.
Deputy Police Chief Tim Holevis presented three officers with Departmental Commendations, and two others with Community Service awards.
Officer Gary Luke was awarded a commendation for his arrest in November. Luke observed a car speeding and pursued. When he finally pulled the car over he discovered 650 grams of cocaine and 15 grams of heroin, along with live rounds of ammunition. His work resulted in the suspect being arrested and charged with three felony charges of drug trafficking.
Officers Michael Devin and Robert Grossman investigated an arson last August in the village. Their investigation led to the arrest of two suspects who are being charged with several fires in the village. Devin and Grossman were also each awarded a Departmental Commendation.
Officers Chris Mueller and Chris Mieszcak were both awarded Community Service Awards for their work in early December on Sauk Trail. A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on Sauk Trail. The officers cordoned off the area and provided the necessary triage treatment until paramedics arrived and took control of the medical situation.
“These officers went above and beyond the call to protect and serve the village,” Holevis said. “A policeman’s job is frequently a thankless job, and we wanted to take the time to recognize their outstanding efforts.”
Acting Village President David Hanks thanked the officers for their efforts.
“We appreciate all of the work our Police Department does to keep us safe,” Hanks said. “The work they do is very much appreciated.”
In other village news:
* The board entered into an agreement with Rich Construction for board up service in the village. Administrative Services Director Sherri Jasinski will coordinate the work with Rich Construction.
* Hanks and resident Lynda Washington were sworn in as members of the Human Relations Commission.
* The village is sending $160,000 in overdue water and sewer bills to collection next month.
“The village needs to be able to pay our bills in a timely fashion,” Hanks said. “In order to pay our bills, we need our residents to pay their bills to the village.”
* The board adopted a motion to extend a special use permit for the property at 21823 Carol Ave. The property owner is working with the Zoning Board to get approval to build a church on the property.
* The board approved an engineering agreement with Robinson Engineering to move forward with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency loan for Lake Michigan water. Robinson, the village engineer firm, will work with the IEPA to get the village to qualify for a low-interest loan to investigate bringing lake water to the village.