January 2015 Issue

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In This Issue
ISSUE 78
Sauk Village Hall
Fire Department
Resident Survey
21801 Torrence Ave.
Blossoms
Senior News
Sauk Village, IL 60411
Mayor
Public Relations
708708-758758-3330
Police Department News
Mayor’s Corner
Issue 78
Volume
XIII
Mayor David Hanks
Happy New Year
Linda and I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and we
hope your year was as blessed as ours.
As we reflect on the last year, let's take a look at Sauk Village. We have
come a long way and we continue to make improvements
We have come from an all time low in financial status by making cuts and reducing debt. This has
been accomplished because we have tightened our belts as our residents have had to during
difficult economic times.
The village is currently 67% through its budget year and the General Fund expenditures are at
65% of its budget which is 2% lower than anticipated for this point into the budget. Our revenues
are higher than anticipated while we have only received 40% of the projected property taxes.
Financial records are being recorded accurately; grants being used for their intended purpose,
spending through state programs that offer municipal discounts have been implemented and
utilized by all departments.
This administration has followed up with the audits to make them current so that our financial
future can look brighter and we can move toward improved bond ratings. As of December 2014,
Sauk Village audits are complete and submitted to the state. Sauk Village is no longer behind on
completing or submitting our financial audits.
Our village business meetings, both regular and committee, have become more professionally
conducted at reasonable lengths of time due to better planning and attempting to stay on topic to
improve our village.
Visual improvements include the removal of the wooden signs along the entrance to our village on
State property through cooperation of the businesses in our village. They were removed through
appeals to those businesses and the administration working together.
News from the Village Clerk
Happy New Year! Every New
Year comes with resolutions
and plans for change. This year
my resolution is to continue to
find ways to communicate with
the residents. Through the
years we have enhanced the
website to include agendas,
minutes, ordinances and
financial information and
created the Sauk Village email
alert system and Sauk Village
Information Facebook page in
order to provide OFFICIAL
information to our residents.
This year I would like to
include a Resident Survey on
the last Page 7 of this edition of
the Sauk Talk in order to
attempt to bridge the
“Communication Gap”.
Realizing that not everyone
uses social media and realizing
that social media is not always
accurate or representative of
every event or occasion; I am
Debbie Williams
seeking resident input on ways
to communicate. Please note
the information for this year’s
Village Sticker contest is
included on the last page of this
edition.
The Village Hall will be closed
on Monday, January 19th in
Observance of Martin Luther
King, Jr. Day.
Be safe and use precaution
during this extreme weather
conditions!
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Mayor’s article continued
Beautification committee worked with several local businesses to promote a beautiful and appealing
image at several locations in our village by creating the Adopt-A-Spot program, encouraged residents
who have made great strides in improving the image of their homes by continuing the Hootsie award
program and acknowledging those that take pride in where they live and work.
Housing Commission and Beautification both worked together most of this past year in an effort to
improve our image. The Housing Commission spent a great amount of time and effort promoting and implementing the
grass mowing and debris removal at many residential homes. Both committees also with the help of the Township
summer kids program accomplished much work done at our municipal buildings this summer. Beautification made
improvements to some of the signage in our village.
Our local Scout Christopher Witt did a fantastic job improving our park
by staining the picnic benches, gazebo and a local resident James Williams
created a new sign for the park next to the community center and did a
beautiful job.
This last year the Parks and Recreation committee has worked tirelessly
to provide programs for children and other events and has a plan for
improvements to other park areas within our village which include upgraded ball
fields, new soccer field, walking paths for our local residents use and more.
The administration has made improvements in communication by initiating the email
alerts for those residents who provide their email addresses. The Public Relations
committee is currently working to create a new visually improved and user friendly
web site and hopefully will be completed early in 2015 and can be located at
www.saukvillage.org
The administration continues to encourage residents to bring their questions to the village hall so they can be answered
or worked on by the appropriate departments. All sub committees continue to encourage residents to join in with ideas
and solutions to improve relationships within our community.
This last year we negotiated the contract to improve our water and the loan to make those improvements and later worked with the Governor’s office to help put our village in a better financial position.
As of today well #3 is up and running thus alleviating any water shortage in the event of a substantial
fire emergency. Air strippers were installed to insure safe water and improvements to filtration has
improved many water issues. Work continues to improve the water infrastructure and decrease water
loss so that we may someday be at an acceptable level for application for Lake Michigan water.
Still much work needs to be done in some areas where a second water line needs to be installed to insure water
availability and to improve looping so that some lines do not become stagnant. The administration continues to work
with residents to bring their bills for services up to date and to bring current any outstanding penalties for non
compliance with ordinances.
In the last two years streets have been repaired as funds became available, street lights and
fire hydrants repaired or replaced and recently Sauk Village received a grant to make
further improvements to street lighting throughout the entire village. The administration
has worked diligently to address the areas that were neglected over the years.
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Mayor’s Article Continued
Below are the streets repaired in 2013 and 2014 and the streets to be repaired in 2015.
Our Police Department is working tirelessly to improve safety concerns within our village and added officer Falco to
assist them in their efforts. The department will continue their work as well as taking advantage of events in which they
can get to know the law abiding citizens as well as they know the criminals camping in town.
The administration, police and neighborhood watch has worked to insure that inappropriate behavior will not be
accepted in Sauk Village and will be reported to the police department when it occurs. We encourage safe and respectful
behavior in our community.
The administration encourages the cooperation of all taxing bodies within our
village to work together to promote communication and cooperation within our
community. Our McConathy Library has been a generous source of donations to
the children of Sauk Village and worked often with the administration to insure
efforts for the children including the community garden for all to enjoy and take
part in.
The School board has worked to improve communication to promote programs
for the children of Sauk Village by sharing information on their projects as well as
sharing village projects with the families of Sauk Village. All three taxing bodies
realize that everyone in Sauk Village does not have a computer and that
communication reaching every family will require working together and sharing
information.
Yes there is still much work to be done but the current atmosphere of cooperating and an open door policy to share will
improve understanding for all. Can everything you desire be provided by our village? No, we are not financially able to
provide all that people wish but the door is open and the administration is willing to listen and share ideas and solutions
with all those who take the extra effort to step through the door and communicate.
Most importantly to insure forward motion is to put words into action and volunteer. In 2015 Sauk Village needs your
help as we work together “Moving Sauk Village Forward”.
Mayor David A. Hanks
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Fire Department
Aaron Anderson
THE SNOW AND ICE ARE HERE.
Now that the snow is really starting to come down remember to take caution when driving and walking around, not all
ice is visible.
PLEASE HELP AND DIG OUT ANY FIRE HYDRANT BURIED BY SNOW!
The amount of time it could take us to locate a buried hydrant, dig it out and then connect to it could make a difference
as to whether we can effectively complete out task. If we have to locate a hydrant because it’s buried under snow, we
may never find it depending on how tall the snow is. For us to dig out a hydrant takes time and manpower away from
the fire.
We would like to welcome Eric Luther to the fire department. We know he will make an excellent addition to the fire
department. Eric will be adding to a long line of Luther’s to grace the walls of the Sauk Village Fire Department. Starting
with Eric’s grandfather Retired Asst. Chief Zeke Luther, Eric’s uncle David Luther, Eric’s father Douglas Luther, and
Eric’s two brothers Kevin and Cameron.
Continue to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure to replace the batteries when daylight savings
time changes or every six month, they can go bad. Never be afraid to call the fire department because it is better to be
safe than sorry.
SAVE THE DATE!!!!!
The Fire Department will be hosting a chili cook-off sometime in the future so get those recipes together and standby
for more details.
For any additional information on any of the above events find us on Facebook at “Sauk Village Fire Department”. The
page is regularly updated with useful information that can benefit you and your community. If you ever have any
questions feel free to message the Facebook page.
The Sauk Village Fire Department is always accepting applications from men and women who want to
provide a valuable service to their community while trying to live up to these demanding character traits.
Getting started as a new firefighter in Sauk Village can open doors to a rewarding career too. If you are a
Sauk Village resident 18 years or older, possess a valid driver’s license, and are self-motivated and
committed individual, we just might be what you're looking for. Applications are available at the Village
Hall or the Fire Station.
Governor Quinn Announces Major Investments for 75 Park Projects
Across Illinois
OSLAD Grants Will Support Park and Recreation Projects in 28 Counties
Last Saturday Trustee Poskin and I were present in Oak Park at the Governor’s announcement of $26 million in
investments for 75 local projects across Illinois.
Sauk Village was selected for a $205,000 grant to renovate Arrow Park through the Open Space Lands Acquisition and
Development (OSLAD) Program.
OSLAD is a state-financed grant program that provides funding assistance to local government agencies for acquisition
and/or development of land for public
Sauk Talk is Produced by volunteers of the Public Relations Committee of
parks and open space.
Sauk Village, Rosie Williams Trustee/Composer and Staff Members Nanette
I would like to personally thank all those
Wargo and Debbie Williams. With special appreciation for technical support
that helped make this grant possible.
provided by Colleen Baughman. Suggestions should be directed to the Village
Hall at 708-758-3330 or emailed to [email protected]
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Winter Weather Preparedness
EMA Director Art Johnson
EMA Training Officer Shannon D'Apice
With the beginning of a new year, it is important to make sure you & your family are prepared for winter weather. Some
of the most important things to remember is road, vehicle, & driving safety. If you need to use your car in winter
weather, preparation is critical to ensure your safety as driving during these conditions can be hazardous. Before hitting
the road, be sure to winterize your vehicle and update the emergency supply kit with the following items:
Shovel;
Ice scraper and small broom;
Blanket; and
Emergency flares.
Once your car is ready, follow The Three P’s of Safe Winter Driving provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s
Occupational Safety & Health Administration for safe driving in winter storms: PREPARE for the trip; PROTECT
yourself; and PREVENT crashes on the road. Here are some tips to remember:
Familiarize yourself with directions before you go and let others know your route and anticipated arrival time;
Maintain a full tank of gas to prevent fuel lines from freezing;
Slow down for winter driving conditions, regardless of the type of vehicle you drive;
Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and others as it takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle on wet
roads; and
Do not use cruise control.
Remembering these useful & safe tips will ensure safe travels for you & your loved ones this winter season.
Sauk Village Debt Recovery Committee
Over the holiday the “Sauk Village Debt Recovery Committee” was launched.
Thank you to Trustee Myers for volunteering to chair this new committee. The purpose of this new committee is to
work with our collections agency and to expedite recovery of debt owed to the village. The committee along with
Trustee Myers will consist of individuals from administration, finance, IT, legal and the collection agency.
Blossoms News
If you have a child under five years old, then BLOSSOMS is for you!
School District 168 offers many early childhood programs. BLOSSOMS is a FREE program that is available to
families with children ages 0-5 who live in our area. We offer parent/child playgroups, a pre-kindergarten program,
parent workshops, family nights, field trips, personal visits, a lending library and more throughout the year. Events
and playgroups are held at Wagoner School. Personal visits can be held right in your own home or at school. The
program also offers developmental screenings for children from ages birth to five.
We also meet once a month at McConathy Public Library.
Call the Blossoms Family Center at (708) 758-0319 to register or for more information.
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Senior News
Rose Langston
Now that the holiday season is over, bank statements, credit card billing statements, and MSN (Medicare Summary
Notice) coming in must be checked for accuracy. Seniors known to have resources have been targeted for many frauds
and/or scams, don’t be a victim. Every year over 16 million people in the U.S. are victim to identity theft. The
November 2014 AARP Bulletin had an excellent article on ‘War on Medicare Fraud’ which stated crooks steal $60 billion
of tax payers money each year. It is imperative that you do not give out any of your personal information, especially your
Medicare or Social Security number, when someone makes the call or via e-mail the request. Banks, Social Security and
Medicare do not call requesting your personal information, they already have the information. Be sure your MSN agrees
with the services provided (check for errors or possible fraud or abuse). Call the Illinois SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) at
Age Option at 800-699-9043 for assistance in reading your MSN or to report a suspected fraud or abuse. The Justice
Department’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force was formed in 2007 and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
have placed a high priorities on health care fraud and Medicare fraud. To report suspected wrongdoing, call the Office
of Inspector General, 800-447-8477.
The Bloom Township Community luncheon ‘Aloha 2015’ is on Wednesday, January 21st with ticket deadline (unless
sold-out) Wednesday, January 14th. See posted flyers for details and other township events.
Jones Community Center Golden Agers 2015 annual membership dues of $5.00 will be accepted at the Wednesday,
January 21st meeting. Social hour is at 10:00 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Cost for the luncheon is $5.00,
for reservation and/or information call 708-757-5395.
FREE senior citizen monthly movie days co-sponsored with McConathy Public Library at the library. Mondays at 12:30
p.m.: The monthly FREE blood pressure screening on Mondays has been suspended until further notice. The ‘Silver
Sneaker FLEX’ continues to meet every Tuesday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. for a low cost of $2.00 per class, no charge
for Silver Sneaker members. The Village Senior Committee sponsors an Open Senior Social Activity time from
12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Fridays.
The three senior organizations have curtailed their meetings due to the inclement weather: resuming Sunday SV Fun
Club meeting will announced, Monday Sunshiners will meet only once a month for a few months, and the
Wednesday Leisure Timers will resume their meeting in February Other groups meeting in the Senior Center are:
the Sauk Village Blue Grass on Sundays from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m.; BMW Crossroads No. 55 every 3rd Tuesday at
7:00 p.m.; and the Ceramics Group meet every Wednesday from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
The Senior Committee meets every second Thursday at 5:00 p.m. in the Senior Center. For concerns and/or
questions, call (708) 758-3330 and leave a brief message for a call back as time permits. Committee members are
Gary Holcomb, Bob Ketcham, Rose Langston, Floyd Morgan, Delores Randall, Beverly Sterrett, Larry Stewart, and
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Police Department
Tim Holevis
The police department would like to wish everyone a safe and happy new year. Please be cautious when driving this
winter season and watch out for the other guy.
As Chief of Police, I would like to personally welcome back Officer Joshua Morris who has returned to full duty
after being injured several years ago while pursuing robbery suspects. Welcome back Officer Morris! Officer
Morris will be assigned to Field Training prior to his being returned to patrol.
I have just recently been advised the Sauk Village Fire and Police Commission will be conducting testing for the
position of Police Officer. The position will be advertised in local newspapers and also on several online websites
from January 5th - January 19th, 2015. Applications will become available January 6th – January 22nd, 2015 between
the hours of 9AM and 3PM at Resource Management Associates, 17037 Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL.
60477. (708)444-2326. There is a $25 non-refundable fee for the application. A tentative date of February 14th has
been set for testing. Please contact Resource Management Associates at the above listed number for further details.
A LITTLE POLICE HUMOR
A cop stopped a drunk at about dawn.
The cop asked, "Can you explain why you're out at this hour?"
BRIDGINGTHEGAP
Please take a moment to complete the following survey and return to the Village Hall in person or by fax 708/758-1634.
Thanks in advance. Responses will be included in the March Sauk Talk.
Are you aware of…? (Circle one)
The Sauk Talk
village websitewww.saukvillage .org
Sauk Village Information
Facebook Page
Official Sauk Village
Email Alerts
YES OR NO
YES OR NO
YES OR NO
YES OR NO
How often do you access each of the following…? (Circle One)
Very Often
Often
Occasionally
Seldom
In an emergency
Sauk Talk
5
4
3
2
1
Village website
5
4
3
2
1
Official Sauk Village Facebook
Page
5
4
3
2
1
Sauk Village Email Alerts
5
4
3
2
1
What other ways to bridge the gap of communication would you suggest?
What information would you like to see in the Sauk Talk or on the village website, Facebook page or email
alerts?
Please provide your responses on a separate piece of paper.
Respectfully,
Village Clerk Debbie Williams
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IMPORTANT NUMBERS
EMERGENCY
POLICE & FIRE NONNONEMERGENCY
911
758758-1331
SAUK VILLAGE HALL
758758-3330
COMMUNITY CENTER
758758-4115
SENIOR CENTER
753753-5141
BLOOM TOWNSHIP
754754-9400
COOK COUNTY HEALTH
DEPT.
210210-4500
RESPOND NOW EMERGENCY
ASSISTANCE
755755-4357
McCONATHY LIBRARY
757757-4771
COMMONWEALTH EDISON
1-800800-334334-7661
ALLIED DISPOSAL
NICOR
754754-5460
1-888888-642642-6748
VISIT US ON THE WEB:
WWW.SAUKVILLAGE.ORG
Sauk Village Public Relations Committee
2015 Village Sticker Design Competition
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: January 30, 2015 at 10:00 A.M.
Rules
Markers are preferred. Crayons may be used if you press hard on the crayons.
Drawing only---NO WORDS
Drawing MUST FIT within the space provided. DO NOT draw outside the lines!
Open to students living in Sauk Village in grades three through seven only. (Ages 8-12)
Prizes will be awarded. The First Prize drawing will appear on the 2015 Village Sticker.
Name:__________________________________
Grade:_________
School:___________________________ Address:___________________________________
Teacher:__________________________________
Drawing Dimensions should not exceed 6”x 6”