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Board says goodbye, hello

by David Maas
Maple Park—The Maple Park Village Board said farewell to two trustees on Tuesday, and after a long process, appointed two new trustees to fill the vacancies.

After years of service to the village, Mark Delaney and Nick Moisa sat in on their last meeting, in which they were permitted a final time to speak as a trustee.

“I’d like to thank Nick Moisa,” Delaney said. “Ten years ago, when I was president of the village, I recommended him to fill a trustee seat, and I thank him for that.”

Delaney then went on to address the board as a whole.

“I’ve tried to do the best I could,” Delaney said. “And I wish you all the best in the future.”

Delaney served as a trustee for three years, after years of previously working for the village.

Moisa then spoke, first thanking the residents.

“Thank you for the past 10 years,” Moisa said, “It was a privilege and honor to do this job for you.”

Moisa then turned to address Greg Cutsigner and Steve Nowak, the village’s new trustees.

“I want to thank you, Greg and Steve,” Moisa said. “You’re now representatives to the residents. Some have been here for years and some have just moved in recently, but they all like the small-town ambiance. Your challenge is to keep the village small and vibrant. Allow to let it grow, but don’t let it get away. You’ve got the tools to work with.”

Before Delaney and Moisa vacated their seats, the board thanked them for their years of hard work for the village.

“This is a great village,” Moisa said, thanking the board again. “With great people, and great public service.”

Maple Park picks pair to fill out Village Board

Maple Park—After interviewing candidates, the Maple Park Village Board on Tuesday decided who will fill the two seats left open on the board.

At May’s Board meeting, Steve Nowak and Greg Cutsinger will be installed, filling the seats of trustees Mark Delaney and Nick Moisa, who will be retiring when their terms are up on April 30.

Neither Nowak or Cutsinger have any previous experience serving on village committees.

Village President Kathy Curtis also stated she has been contacted by a resident interested in filling the open seat on the village’s Planning Commission. If this candidate is suitable, they will also be installed at May’s meeting.

Maple Park considers tax increase referendum

MAPLE PARK—Recently, the Maple Park Village Board has been looking into alternative ways to finance projects, as the General Obligation Bond will expire in 2011.

At Monday’s meeting, the board decided on the first step of the process, choosing to look into a tax increase.

“The tax increase will be no larger than the decrease of the G.O. Bond,” said Board member Mark Delaney.

While there are other options, a tax increase would allow flexibility on what the revenue will be used for; the other options would limit the revenue for use on a specific project.

The board will vote on whether or not to pursue a referendum for a tax increase at next month’s meeting, and if passed, the measure will be included on the ballot in April 2011.

Spend money to get money?

3-2 vote for allocation, loan of bond proceeds
by Lynn Meredith
MAPLEPARK—With $16.8 million in Recovery Zone Economic Development bonds to be issued for economic development projects to Kane County, Maple Park is eager to obtain funds to pay for its water main replacement project.

The project will increase the flow of water for the Fire Department and residents. It will also replace pipe that would provide water capacity for future development.

But the money doesn’t come without strings.

For a $300,000 project, Kane County will give Maple Park $100,000, but the village must figure out where to come up with the remaining $200,000.

For Trustee Mark Delaney, that seems like an unreasonable request.

“At this point in time, I don’t think we can afford this. We have to put out $300,000 and then have to ask to get reimbursed. We have to spend $300,000 and hope to get $200,000. I don’t know why that’s a requirement,” Delaney said.

Suzanne Fahnestock said that while the village asked for the $300,000, the county is not saying that Maple Park spend that amount.

“I hate to see us miss this opportunity. We have the opportunity to fix something,” Fahnestock said.

Village Engineer Jeremy Lin said that that there is no formula for what the county expects. But roughly, the county will give 33 percent, the village gives 33 percent and the village has to find the other 33 percent.

The Recovery Zone bond program is there to help. The village can opt to take out a loan from the program to finance the $200,000.

“At 3 percent, that’s a really reasonable interest rate. Any improvement to the village is a great improvement,” Fahnestock said.

The village has already budgeted for the first $100,000 with the money in its Water Improvement Fund. Where to get the other $100,000 is in dispute.

“It’s frustrating that there’s no formula or rules,” Nick Moisa said. “We either have to reduce our scope or get a loan. We’re trying to protect a really limited budget.”

But Trustee Terry Borg said that the village has the first $100,000 and can take out a loan for the second $100,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009.

“We have the money to cover the bills. Without some kind of action, we’re going to muddle around for another 10 years. We planned for it. The money is definitely there,” he said.

Debra Armstrong, Terry Borg and Suzanne Fahnestock voted to approve the agreement between Kane County and Maple Park for the allocation and loan of bond proceeds. Nick Moisa and Mark Delaney opposed the motion.

MP signs IGA with Kaneland

by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARK—In a close vote, the Maple Park Village Board passed a motion to sign an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Kaneland School District. The agreement calls for municipalities to collect impact and land-use fees from developers to offset costs of educating children of new residents to the district.

The IGA asks the towns of Elburn, Virgil, Sugar Grove, Maple Park, Kaneville, Montgomery and Cortland to bind together to defray at least a part of the immediate financial demands on facilities and services whenever development comes into the district. From 1997 to 2010, Kaneland enrollment doubled. The district wants to maintain consistency so that developers are not paying different levels of fees in various communities.

The three-year agreement calls for the collection of land dedications or cash equivalent payments from residential developers, along with school impact fees. The district uses the land-cash payments to obtain school sites in the municipalities. The impact fees are based on tables and apply to all new annexation agreements.

“The tables have not changed (from the previous IGA), but the assessed values have gone down,” Maple Park Village President Kathy Curtis said. “They apply to new construction and new annexation.”

The IGA implements a phased-in schedule of payments based on home value. In 2011, a new $200,000, three-bedroom home will be assessed $3,560 in impact fees. By 2013, the impact fee will be $5,934.

Trustee Terry Borg said that the idea of the IGA is to have all of the communities that make up the Kaneland School District support the schools equally.

“Current residents are not taxed to pay for new residents,” Borg said, “New people to the community pay the same amount to support the School District as current residents.”

The vote was split with Debra Armstrong, Suzanne Fahnestock and Terry Borg voting to sign the agreement. Nick Moisa and Mark Delaney voted against it. Trustee Pat Lunardon was absent but provided a statement.

“She said that she was not in agreement with the IGA. She said that we were not on a level playing field and that the agreement binds us,” Curtis said.

The motion passed in a 3-2 vote.

MP mulls intergovernmental agreement

Discussion with Kaneland focused on handling growth
by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARK—A lot has changed in the six years since Kaneland School District and the municipalities in the district signed their first intergovernmental agreement (IGA). In 2004, growth was omnipresent; today, well, not so much.

The IGA is an agreement specifying that the villages will charge developers the same capital-impact, transition and land-use fees. With all district towns agreeing to a standard rate, developers cannot bargain for better impact fees in one town than in another.

“The agreement protects villages from development, especially at a time when developers are hungry,” Kaneland Assistant Superintendent of Business Julie Ann Fuchs told the Maple Park Village Board on Monday. “By uniting through the intergovernmental agreement, you are telling developers that if you come to Kaneland, you are paying Kaneland fees.”

When a family moves into a new development in the district, the students begin attending school right away. But the district doesn’t see impact fees from the development for six to 18 months. With the cost to educate every student being $9,000, regardless of what community they come from, the district wants to ensure that the villages collect appropriate fees, Kaneland officials said.

The tables in the updated agreement are the same as in the previous two agreements. For a three-bedroom, $200,000 house, the villages collect $6,148.

Five of the eight municipalities in the district have signed the agreement so far. Virgil, Maple Park and Sugar Grove are in the decision-making process.

“The School District is the equalizing force in the district, but there is great disparity among the communities,” Trustee Terry Borg said. “It’s a conversation. As we think about this conversation (among the communities), we need to have you as partners at our table, too.”

Schuler stressed that he wanted to avoid a situation where villages in the district are competing with one another for developers.

“This is the time to make the agreement, not when developers are knocking and decisions are based on emotions,” Schuler said. “What I fear is if you have seven to eight municipalities all cutting deals individually, it’s not going to fall equally. If you have a referendum, then it will hit everybody squarely.”

Trustee Mark Delaney said future impact fees must not only help the School District, but the village, too. He said development cannot take place without costly major infrastructure improvements.

“In order to build houses, we have to have a wastewater plant that will help us build the houses that will bring the kids. We’ve got a $13 million obligation on our hands,” he said.

Maple Park must revise its plan for street repairs

Village officials cite state specifications as reason
by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARK—The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) changed its specifications for street repairs in Maple Park, causing the village to prioritize which streets it can repair.

The bidding process for planned repairs will go forward, but in pieces. The funds aren’t there to do everything IDOT stipulates, village officials said.

Maple Park Trustee Mark Delaney said Monday that the village previously decided to do the asphalt this year and the binder coat next year, but now cannot go forward with this plan.

“IDOT won’t let us just do a binder coat,” Delaney said during the Committee of the Whole meeting. “It’s either the whole thing or nothing.”

He said prices for asphalt and crew are $23,000, but with the binder coat added, they are $56,000. Because of weather, the village needs to do the work by Nov. 15, or wait until next May.

“We need to do it in the next 30 days, or we’re out of luck,” Delaney said.

Village President Kathy Curtis said that waiting until next year would cost the village additional engineering fees.

Delaney suggested that the village give priority to the parking lot at the Civic Center and Green, South and Mulberry streets because of the threat of water damage that has occurred in the past.

“IDOT wants us to go down to the base and build them up from scratch,” Delaney said. “We have to lower the parking lot by 3.5 inches, down below grade, and then asphalt it.”

Village officials had been concerned about another requirement from IDOT that the village make all streets 24 feet wide, something not possible on all the roads needing repair, they said. For example, Willow Street is 18 feet wide, and South Street is 14 feet wide. Widening them would have involved cutting into front lawns and removing culverts. The state dropped the requirement this week, however.

Trustee seats up for election in spring

MAPLE PARK—Three village trustee seats will be up for election in April 2011, when the four-year terms of Nick Moisa, Pat Lunardon and Mark Delaney expire. The village will post procedures for declaring candidacy on its website. Residents interested in running for trustee also may obtain candidacy information from Village Clerk Claudie Tremaine at (815) 827-3309.

Additional information for prospective candidates about running in a municipal election is available in the Illinois Candidates’ Guide on the state’s election website, www.elections.il.gov.

MP denies Sunday liquor sale request

MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on Monday turned down a tavern owner’s request to sell liquor before noon on Sundays. Maple Park ordinances permit bars to sell liquor from noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Kenny Robinson, of The Pub in Maple Park, asked the board to allow his business to sell alcoholic beverages earlier in the day. No board discussion preceded the vote, from which Trustee Mark Delaney abstained. Trustee Nick Moisa was absent.

Sharing future boundary bounty

[quote]by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Board decided Monday to keep the door open to finding common ground with Cortland on where the two villages’ boundaries meet, but they want more equitable terms.

Since 2002, when growth was sweeping the communities of Cortland and Maple Park, the two villages envisioned the day when their borders would meet. Even though growth has slowed, the villages still are envisioning how far each will expand.

At issue are the shared revenues at a possible I-88 interchange and its four corners of potential commercial development.

Cortland has offered a 70-30 split of the revenues and a sharing of the property and sales taxes only, rather than comprehensive revenue sharing, said Maple Park’s Village Attorney, Kevin Buick.

The village had assumed a 50-50 split and the establishment of a zone from which the villages would share revenue. The concept is based on a local model of DeKalb and Sycamore’s agreement along Route 23. The Maple Park Board did not react favorably to Cortland’s offer.

“We do our share, they do their share and we get 30 percent,” Maple Park trustee Mark Delaney said.

The Elburn Herald contacted the Cortland Village Administrator about the Maple Park Board’s reaction but did not receive a response before press time on Wednesday.

Village President Kathy Curtis questioned whether Maple Park should continue the negotiations with Cortland.

“I don’t know how many thousands of dollars we have spent on drafting this agreement over the years. It’s been on the agenda for 10 years. We’ve spent $1,200 just this fiscal year. How can we keep investing this money and not (be) making strides?”

However, the board determined that an agreement is necessary to protect Maple Park’s interests.

“Even if there is no revenue sharing agreement, we need to draw the line in the sand,” Delaney said. “We have to get how far east they go and how far west we go.”

Officials praise new chief for first month on job

Acosta making improvements to department
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—Maple Park’s new police chief, Michael Acosta, spent much of his time during his first month of employment making initial improvements to help him do his job.

“There are a lot of things the Police Department is behind on,” Acosta told the Village Board Tuesday.

Acosta said the department did not have basic fingerprinting equipment.

“They (previous Maple Park Police Department leaders) were under the assumption that the county would do fingerprinting (if needed),” Acosta said.

Nor did the department have a police interview room, which Acosta is going to establish.

Acosta already has prepared a “very thorough budget” of proposals for the Police Department, Village President Kathy Curtis said.

“I am impressed,” Curtis said.

Acosta and his officers also have cleaned out the community room to prepare for events such as resident forums, officers reading with children, and puppet shows to foster a positive image of police.

Since taking office Jan. 6, Acosta also has spent many afternoons driving through town, stopping to talk to local business owners and residents to encourage them to feel free to talk with him about any concerns they might have.

In the future, he will have more time to patrol, he said.

“Right now I am doing other things, like pulling out carpet and throwing things away,” Acosta said.

Trustee Mark Delaney said it is apparent that Acosta also is beginning to improve policing in the village.

“It’s nice to see the officers near the bus stops and stop signs early in the morning … it’s a nice change,” Delaney said.

Acosta worked with the Kane County Sheriff’s Department for more than 30 years, serving as Commander of Administration, and Commander of Kane County Major Crimes Task Force.

Before hiring Acosta, Maple Park had not had an officer in charge since officer Chuck Slater’s resignation in September.

MP Village withholds sidewalk project payment

Maple Park officials want to make sure all work finished
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—Maple Park has better, and more, sidewalks since a two-year improvement project costing more than $300,000 was finished recently, village officials said. However, they decided to postpone final payment to the contractor, Strada Construction Company, after hearing a resident’s complaint.

The village temporarily will withhold the last payment, $9,970, to the Addison, Ill., contractor, “so areas of concern can be addressed first,” Village President Kathy Curtis said.

Kent Signorella, 109 State St., said the contractor poured cement over a water main valve under the sidewalk along his property and left a trip hazard, and left another segment of sidewalk “sticking up half an inch.”

“I suggest we don’t make final payment,” Signorella said.

The Village Board tabled a motion July 7 to approve final payment to Strada under the $96,315 contract trustees approved in April for Phase II of the sidewalk improvements.

“I still want us to pay (Strada) in a timely manner, but not until the work is done,” trustee Mark Delaney said.

Strada also did Phase I of the sidewalk project, completing it last November; the village paid the company $194,378 for that work in February.

Both phases included replacing sidewalks in the village that were cracked or broken by tree roots, and installing them in areas where sidewalks had not previously been, trustee Cheryl Aldridge said.

In Marianne’s memory

Pastor Mark Meyer (far left) of Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park, gave a blessing during a ceremony Tuesday at the Civic Center dedicating a new picnic table to Marianne Delaney, on the first anniversary of her death. Delaney was active in the community, volunteering for the Maple Park Family Fund and coordinating the annual Fun Fest parade. Among the many attendees at the ceremony was her husband, trustee Mark Delaney (pink shirt). A Family Fund raffle raised money for the cement table and resident Mike Miller donated his labor to build it. Marianne often took her grandchildren to the Civic Center playground and always wished it had a place to sit, said friend Barb Moisa. Photo by Martha Quetsch

New policy: Staff not required at board meetings

Curtis wants to formalize policies, procedures
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—Under a new policy for the village of Maple Park, village employees are not obligated to attend Village Board meetings.

The Village Board approved the policy July 7.

“This eliminates the (previous) requirement for employees to attend, unless they are asked to attend,” trustee Mark Delaney said.

Village President Kathy Curtis said the employee attendance requirement was never an official policy; however, the board agreed that a policy was needed and that it should not make staff attendance at board meetings mandatory.

“We established this policy to establish/document the standard operation procedure that previously did not exist,” Curtis said.

Curtis added that village employees and residents can expect to see a pattern of formalizing policy and procedures over the next four years.

“As Maple Park anticipates growth, village hall needs to be positioned to function efficiently and effectively,” Curtis said. “Our goal is to continually improve.”

Scoping out sink holes in Heritage Hills

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.