by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARKâ€”The Maple Park Village Board has made great strides during the past year to begin tackling the challenges it faced when members took office a year ago, Village President Kathy Curtis said.
â€œThis board is committed, and we are trying our best to move this community forward,â€ Curtis said during a village meeting on April 6.
Curtis, who became village president in May 2009, created board committees at that time to focus on critical village projects, from improving the aging infrastructure to budgeting. The committees since then have met twice a month to study issues related to those projects and bring their findings to the board.
Trustees spent two Saturday mornings in intensive workshops with Curtis, reviewing and prioritizing the board’s critical issues list.
As a result of these efforts, the board has accomplished a lot, Curtis said. Among its achievements was a successful search for a police chief. The board interviewed candidates and hired former Kane County Sheriff’s officer Michael Acosta for the position last fall. The board also has worked with a developer toward bringing a strip mall with a restaurant and other businesses in the future to Route 38 and County Line Road.
Curtis lauded the work of individual trustees, including Suzanne Fahnestock, who helped the village obtain grant money and has implemented a computer network, updated the village website and advertised Maple Park’s commercial properties on the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website.
Trustee Mark Delaney completed and submitted an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency loan application to help the village pay for hundreds of thousands of dollars in water and sewer system improvements. Village officials hope to receive the funds in 2011.
Trustee Pat Lunardon cleaned and painted the interior of the Civic Center and hosted a Maple Park business owners meeting recently to promote downtown redevelopment.
Trustee Terry Borg has attended Kaneland School District meetings and has worked on the Cortland boundary agreement.
Trustee Debra Armstrong was instrumental in the recruitment of the police chief and Trustee Nick Moisa helped Curtis with several Police Department matters, Curtis said.
â€œAll of these things are going on at the same time we are taking care of regular village business,â€ Curtis said.