MAPLE PARKâ€”The village of Maple Park is accepting applications for the public works director position, because of the resignation of Eric Pinion Nov. 1.
The position is posted on the village’s website and in the window at Village Hall. To be considered for the new position, which has the new title of manager of public works, a candidate must submit a cover letter, application and resume. Interviews will begin Monday, Oct. 25, and the village will accept applications until filling the position. The salary is $42,000 to $45,000.
The village will host a retirement reception for Pinion Saturday, Oct. 30.
by Lynn Meredith
Maple Parkâ€”The Maple Park Village Board received a shock at its meeting on Tuesday when President Kathy Curtis announced that Public Works Director Eric Pinion was retiring.
â€œHe handed me this letter tonight, and I said, ‘I’m not going to like this, am I?’â€ Curtis said.
Pinion, who has held the post as Public Works Director for 27 years, will retire as of Nov. 1.
â€œI really don’t want to, but I want to,â€ Pinion told the board. â€œIt’s time.â€
Pinion has been, more or less, a one-man show in the Public Works Department and knows where the pipes are buried. Trustee Debra Armstrong said that they would have to do brain surgery to garnish all the information about the village that he has in his head.
His department handles snow removal, mowing and trimming, general building repairs, meter reading and replacement and vehicle maintenance. It also coordinates events like Fun Fest and makes sure the grounds are kept clean.
Pinion, 67, said he’s tired. He said the 12-hour days and canceled vacations add up.
â€œI enjoy what I do. I enjoy talking to the people. I don’t know any strangers. But I want to relax for a while,â€ Pinion said, and then added, â€œBut I’ll find something. I can’t sit still for long.â€
by Lynn meredith
The Maple Park Village Board voted to take a closer look at an 18-inch pot hole at the intersection of Chester and Fabia in the Heritage Hills subdivision. Public Works Director Eric Pinion expressed concern that the leaking storm drains might cause the street to cave in if repairs are not made.
“It’s a very expensive project, but it’s got to be done this summer, or we’re going to start losing our streets,” Pinion said.
The problem is that the original design called for a rectangular top to sit on a round concrete structure creating gaps where it sticks out on the sides. According to Village Engineer Ralph Tompkins, if the gaps are not properly sealed, the frost brings it up and eventually the mortar begins to fall out. If dirt, rather than gravel, is used to back-fill, it will settle and create hollow spots under the street.
“We’re talking about a design problem. It’s not unique to Maple Park,” Village Attorney Pat Bond said. “If it was built according to the specifications at the time, then there’s not much you can do.”
The problem is common and often shows up 10 years after a subdivision is built, Tompkins said.
The village approved the use of a scoping camera to see the extent of the problem.
“Due to the emergency nature of the pot holes, I move we hire Elliot Wood to dig up and televise both the storm sewer and the sewer line to make sure there’s no significant damage, based on our engineers looking at the viewing, and to go ahead and complete the repair at the intersection of Chester and Fadia,” Chairman of the Streets Committee Mark Delaney said.