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Franklin Grove police to release traffic arrests

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 11th, 2013

Police chief, Tom Lehman

FRANKLIN GROVE —The Franklin Grove Police Department was directed by the Franklin Grove Village Board Monday night to begin releasing to media outlets the traffic arrests they make in the village. Discussion centered around the availability of the information, and the board agreed that the citations for traffic  offenses as well as criminal arrests is information generally available to the public upon request, due to the Open Meetings Act. The board determined that it would be proactive and forward the traffic arrests to media outlets without their requesting the information.

Police Chief Tom Lehman told the board that BB gun vandalism in the village by one or more juveniles is under investigation. One of the newly installed windows at the village hall fell victim to a BB gun projectile. The new double-paned window’s ability to insulate will be compromised by the pock mark.

Lisa Marie Lanz and John Ayres attended the board meeting to brief the board on their plans to establish a Bed and Breakfast facility at 409 N. State Street, Franklin Grove. They have made an offer to purchase the residence at the corner of Daysville Road and Illinois Route 38.

They asked the board to begin the process of granting a variance to allow for the Bed and Breakfast on property currently zoned R1, Single Family Residential. The Franklin Grove zoning board of appeals will meet to consider the proposal and make a recommendation at a public hearing to be held at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 14, at the village hall just prior to the regular October meeting of the board.

The board will soon be formally requesting bids for tree trimming and removal on village right of ways. This is a change in practice to insure the process of competitive bidding takes place, as tree trimmers were previously contacted to offer bids and at times only one bid was submitted.

The village backup well located on property adjacent to village hall has shown evidence of contamination currently ascribed to the fact that it is not being used on a regular basis. The water department will operate the well to rid it of its contaminants and will then operate it within the system on a weekly basis to insure that it remains a viable water supply if the primary well should be come inoperable.

The board postponed consideration of balancing committee chairmanship stipends until before the next election on a recommendation by the village attorney. Franklin Grove Mayor David Atkinson had sought to make the stipend for all village chairmen $750 instead of the current variation where some are paid $500 and others $1,000.

Due to the absence of legal counsel, no report on progress in settling village claims against Harold Suski was given. Suski has outstanding obligations to the village as a result of non-payment for village services and fines levied by the courts for non-compliance with nuisance property regulations.

Village resident Carl Smith attended the meeting to again appeal to the board to enforce the nuisance against Dan and Connie Chisamore for rubbish, tires, and insufficient trash receptacles at their downtown apartments. The board directed Police Chief Tom Lehman to issues citations where the ordinance has been violated.

Trustee Scott Spangler attended a recent disaster preparedness seminar. He talked about ways the village could become better prepared for a disaster if one occur. He stressed the need for the village to seek a proactive ESDA director committed to disaster preparedness that would work cohesively with the village board to develop and implement such a plan.

Franklin Grove Fire Chief Pat Hilliker has served as the ESDA director for more than a decade and has engaged the volunteer firemen to respond at various times when storm damage occurred throughout the village. The fire department also has trained in hazmat response to prepare for transportation type disasters.

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