Are you happy with the things Mayor S...

Are you happy with the things Mayor Soto's has been doing in the village?

Created by Government Watch Dog on Jul 8, 2010

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Since: Apr 10

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#302 Aug 20, 2012
Jim Tiffany FormerTrustee wrote:
Heard one of our finest soldiers was coming home tonight and my family and I went out with many more residents, friends and relatives, to welcome Ira home. Welcome Home sir, and thank you for your service to us and your country. I proudly shake your hand and am proud that you are an American. The thing that disappointed me that in the vehicle procession, was the villages truck and told to me the mayor was in there also. Perfect time to be seen with the residents welcoming home our fine soldier. But you decided not to. Well I wouldn't be surprised if you put something out at Hainesville Fest so you can be seen out in public doing something that makes you look good. If you wanted to do something good, you should have stopped and greeted Ira tonight like all the other very caring individuals that felt this event was the most important thing to do tonight. Sure I had other things to do , but even though I never met the man, it was more important to thank him than anything else tonight! You for one , the Mayor of Hainesville, should of been one of the first to greet him, even if you were doing something else at a later date for him. I saw two of the Villages Trustees there and also one school board member. Sadly the head of the Village of Hainesville, did not show. Opportunity knocked and the Mayor did not answer.
Just wanted to say to Mr. Tiffany that you hit it right on the head and two thumbs up to you for your comments.
Laura Shields

Melrose Park, IL

#303 Aug 21, 2012
I was really excited to hear that a neighbor was coming home after a year of service to our country. I have always wanted to greet one of these heroes but never found out ahead of time. It was great to be there. Made me feel proud, of him and of our neighbors (many like me who have never met him) who showed up to support him and welcome him home, and proud of our country. I also got a chance to thank some of the Patriot Riders for their service in Viet Nam and for what they do for our military personnel now. I wish I had been old enough then to welcome THEM home the way they should have been, instead of being spit on and things like that. It was a great night!
Hainesville guy

Round Lake, IL

#304 Aug 24, 2012
I received a call and an email about the solider comming home. When you signed up for the CTY calls did you sign up for all notifications or just emergencies? I attended the welcome home event and saw the mayor there! So it makes me think that the complainers are talking out their ***. Anyway I think that she respectfully and rightly made it about the solider and not herself. So to you who said she was not there I say we're you there or we're you stiring the pot cause you do not like her. If you don't like her then don't vote for her or voice you option at a meeting! I have attended many meetings and it is the same three people everyone! If you have enough time to post and complain on here then try voicing you opinion in public. Oh but wait then you would have to be accountable for what you say. Former trustee Tiffany I applaude you for voicing your opinion in you name. Thank you! Hope to see you all there at Hainesville Fest tommorw this way you have a whole new event to complain about.

Since: Apr 10

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#305 Aug 24, 2012
Hainesville guy wrote:
I received a call and an email about the solider comming home. When you signed up for the CTY calls did you sign up for all notifications or just emergencies? I attended the welcome home event and saw the mayor there! So it makes me think that the complainers are talking out their ***. Anyway I think that she respectfully and rightly made it about the solider and not herself. So to you who said she was not there I say we're you there or we're you stiring the pot cause you do not like her. If you don't like her then don't vote for her or voice you option at a meeting! I have attended many meetings and it is the same three people everyone! If you have enough time to post and complain on here then try voicing you opinion in public. Oh but wait then you would have to be accountable for what you say. Former trustee Tiffany I applaude you for voicing your opinion in you name. Thank you! Hope to see you all there at Hainesville Fest tommorw this way you have a whole new event to complain about.
I am proud to say I didn't vote for her but I did hear that she is running unopposed which explains the way she is running the village like a dictatorship.I have also noticed now that Trustee Tiffany is gone Trustee Barret is her new whipping boy.It is shameful that she has taken all of his responsibilities away from him but I guess that can be expected seeing he isn't one of her YES MEN.....Don't cross the Queen or you will pay dearly !!!!!
Hainesville guy

Round Lake, IL

#306 Aug 25, 2012
I heard one of the residents was running for mayor. Mark something. Anyone else hear that? How bout for trustee anyone running again or anyone here running?
Mayor Linda Soto

Grayslake, IL

#307 Aug 26, 2012
Mr. Tiffany,
Perhaps you should check your facts before you spout off. The Patriot Guard and spouse takes the lead on this type of event. I was invited to be a part of the procession and my help was requested in securing other aspects of this event and I offered to arrange the CTY call that went out to our residents which was greatly appreciated.
I also spoke with and hugged Ira after the Patriot Guard was done with their ceremony. I also supported and assisted Mrs. Fain with the 9/11 ceremony held at Grayslake North last year.

Respectfully,

Mayor Linda Soto
New Resident

Waukegan, IL

#308 Aug 28, 2012
Membership Has its privileges! When you work for practically free and volunteer your time, then there are certain privileges that comes along with those duties. If you don't like it. Run for the position and eliminate them. It won't happen. All you people want to do is complain. Quite frankly, I'm le tired of it.
Ten Year Resident

Lake Villa, IL

#309 Sep 4, 2012
BASSETBOSS wrote:
<quoted text>I am proud to say I didn't vote for her but I did hear that she is running unopposed which explains the way she is running the village like a dictatorship.I have also noticed now that Trustee Tiffany is gone Trustee Barret is her new whipping boy.It is shameful that she has taken all of his responsibilities away from him but I guess that can be expected seeing he isn't one of her YES MEN.....Don't cross the Queen or you will pay dearly !!!!!
And Yes , she now got a 50% pay increase for her next term, pushed through while she wasn't even at the meeting ,some comments about the mayor needs higher pay to attract good people to run, well if she runs unopposed , there ya go setting the table for an addition 500 bucks a month , as mayor of our fair community , only 1 trustee voted against it , Barret , must be sense playing on his plate , 50% in these times,,,wish i could get 50% from my job
Ted Mueller former Mayor

Grayslake, IL

#310 Sep 4, 2012
One thing needs to be made clear. Neither the trustees or Mayor Soto voted to give Linda a raise. That can not be done while an official is in office. The vote was to give the next mayor a raise. This has to be done before an election. But what also needs to be noted is that Hainesville does not have an administrator. The Mayor wears two hats in Hainesville as both. Most of the surrounding villages have an administrator and all of them make salaries at least in the six figure range. The big issue here is if the next Mayor has a full time job and is unable to fulfill both spots. He or she will then probably require an administrator. In that case the $1500.00 per month salary would be excessive.
tax man

Grayslake, IL

#311 Sep 6, 2012
I saw the patriot gaurd also at Ira's return home and saw the mayor in the truck, but no speech from the mayor. And unless the mayor shrunk and was hugging Ira's ankles, I did not see her and I was on the sidewalk in front of his house. And once again there goes the mayor bashing a former trustee. About a post this time. Can't stop can she, did it when he was in office , and still does it after he left. And who thought of the raise? I think it was the unopposed mayor running for reelection. Sneeky Sneeky. Doesn't need the money for a new car, she has one already fully paid for by the village, maintainence and gas included.
Ten Year resident

Lake Villa, IL

#312 Sep 10, 2012
tax man wrote:
I saw the patriot gaurd also at Ira's return home and saw the mayor in the truck, but no speech from the mayor. And unless the mayor shrunk and was hugging Ira's ankles, I did not see her and I was on the sidewalk in front of his house. And once again there goes the mayor bashing a former trustee. About a post this time. Can't stop can she, did it when he was in office , and still does it after he left. And who thought of the raise? I think it was the unopposed mayor running for reelection. Sneeky Sneeky. Doesn't need the money for a new car, she has one already fully paid for by the village, maintainence and gas included.
Only to be used on " OFFICIAL VILLAGE BIZ" why is in her drive way 7 days a week , not the public works garage , it's a village vehicle ??????????
tax man

Grayslake, IL

#313 Sep 10, 2012
tax man wrote:
Hey mayor , took a ride around my village tonight and i see YOU have not taken a ride around it for quite some time. Here is why, on litlleton north of heritage there is a house on the west side of littleton with redish lower front entry area , THAT STILL HAS A 4 FT. PLASTIC SANTA CLAUSE DECORATION ON THE FRONT STEP. Now I know you make sure all the residents follow all the ordinances and YOU have addressed holiday decoration issues in our newsletter before, and given us residents a time frame for when these must be taken down and put away. SO WHY HAVE YOU NOT DONE ANY THING ABOUT THIS ONE !!!!!!! Are they a friend, relative, village employee, one of your supporters or some thing. Get that stuff taken care of, what's fair for one should be fair for all. MAYBE I'LL PROTEST BY PUTING UP MY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS UP THIS WEEKEND SO I WON'T HAVE TO DO IT IN THE COLD !!!LIGHTS AND ALL,GO BIG OR GO HOME. BETTER YET WHY DON'T YOU GO TO THAT HOME AND ADVISE THEM THEY ARE IN VIOLATION,BECAUSE I WILL NOT PAY THE FINE IF SOMEONE CALLS THE COPS ON ME FOR PUTTING THEM UP NOW!!
Really mayor you still have not done anything yet with this house that has the plastic Santa Clause decoration on the front porch ! As of 3:00 today 9/10/12 the Santa is still there, never moved from the last time I brought this up. You really do enforce those ordinances. I don't think you will do anything now, have to get support behind the mayor for re-election. don't want to make residents mad at you at this crucial time. Brought this up in July and no response, is the next step to complain to the Police for ordinance violation?
sunshine

Grayslake, IL

#314 Sep 10, 2012
There doesn't seem to be enforcement of any ordinances. Village or state. Cars parked over the sidewalk (state law says no). Cars parked overnight on village streets (our ordinance says no). Trash cans in front of garages (our ordinance says no). Sprinkling violations were rampant this summer and no action. Just words. I know these are not exciting issues but they are indicative of what kind of service we are getting for our tax money. I understand the new Police Chief will be introduced at tomorrow night's board meeting. How many residents will turn out to ask these questions? Very few would be my guess.
tax man

Grayslake, IL

#315 Sep 11, 2012
For our tax dollars we are getting a mayor that cares about having the the village car (sorry mayors car ) moving not sitting. So she will know first hand if something is wrong with it. She should, she is the only one driving it on our tax payers dollars.
Ten Year resident

Lake Villa, IL

#316 Sep 12, 2012
Well now some one got it right this time

to bad the village board gave the next mayor a 50% raise

Avon Township Approves Pay Cuts to Elected Officials

The cuts are expected to save the Township $60,000 a year in salary, pension payments and health care costs.

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12:45 p.m. Updated to reflect current annual salaries of board members.

Residents in Avon Township may start to see some relief when it comes to property taxes. The Township board voted unanimously to cut salaries of elected officials by up to 27 percent, in some cases, and to mandate contributions by elected officials to health care provided by the Township.

The resolution is expected to save taxpayers up to $60,000 in its first year, and additional savings in the following three years, said Sam Yingling, Avon Township Supervisor.

"We are setting the example and leading by it," Yingling said. "We're reducing the costs to run the township and that will ultimately pass on to our taxpayers."

Beginning in the new term of 2013 the salary of elected officials will revert back to the amounts they were in 2008. According to Yinglin the decreases are as follows:

Supervisor - Current salary of $71,361 and will take a 16% decrease.
Clerk - Current salary of $25,887 and will take a 12% decrease.
Assessor - Current salary of $85,248 and will take a 27% decrease.
Highway Commissioner - Current salary of $71,361 and will take a 16% decrease
Trustees - Current salary of $2,926 and will take a 12% decrease

In the remaining three years of the term following 2013 salaries will go down an additional three percent each year. Also, beginning in 2013 all eligible elected officials must contribute ten percent to any health care coverage they receive through the Township.

Trustee Doug Williams said the meeting on Sept. 10 was about compromise. While Yingling initially called for a 30% reduction in salaries, others wanted less. In the end "we were all willing to hear each other and could make a unamious decision," Yingling said.

"We don't want to gut the office," Williams said. "There are many issues including foreclosures and unemployment that we need to be able to work on."

Williams said he feels these cuts will still give the Township the ability to do that. "We want to make sure we keep Avon Township viable as a local entity for our residents."

Avon Township serves more than 65,000 residents and encompasses portions of the Villages of Grayslake, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, Hainesville, Third Lake, and surrounding unincorporated areas.

According to state law salaries of township officials are set by the previous administration. Current elected officials of Avon Township have already voluntarily returned pay increases that were set by the previous administration to the tune of about $30,000.
what

Grayslake, IL

#317 Sep 12, 2012
i may be thinkin to much abot this issue wit the patrit gaurd mr tiffany and the respons from the mayro bt sems to me the mayro or vilage head or polic cheef is the first to mak speches at major evence bt me ffamile dont see her eeder she shuld of tallke or somthing i donn lik her nt my vot git for lection
Sad

Grayslake, IL

#318 Sep 19, 2012
Mayor Linda Soto wrote:
Mr. Tiffany,
Perhaps you should check your facts before you spout off. The Patriot Guard and spouse takes the lead on this type of event. I was invited to be a part of the procession and my help was requested in securing other aspects of this event and I offered to arrange the CTY call that went out to our residents which was greatly appreciated.
I also spoke with and hugged Ira after the Patriot Guard was done with their ceremony. I also supported and assisted Mrs. Fain with the 9/11 ceremony held at Grayslake North last year.
Respectfully,
Mayor Linda Soto
Miss mayor are you upset with a person using there rights? You respond by saying " SPOUT OFF ....." the post must of been correct and also got under your skin for an unknown reason. And supporting a ceremony LAST year, seems your falling back on your laurels to say LOOK WHAT I DID ! You should of been at that ceremony any way, your a public official elected by us and paid by our tax dollars! I support the vets because I'm an AMERICAN! Not because I look good in taxpayers eyes that I was there! Elections coming up , hopefully some other choice is on the ballot for Mayor! Other wise 4 more years of look at me .
Tax Man

Grayslake, IL

#319 Oct 21, 2012
tax man wrote:
<quoted text>Really mayor you still have not done anything yet with this house that has the plastic Santa Clause decoration on the front porch ! As of 3:00 today 9/10/12 the Santa is still there, never moved from the last time I brought this up. You really do enforce those ordinances. I don't think you will do anything now, have to get support behind the mayor for re-election. don't want to make residents mad at you at this crucial time. Brought this up in July and no response, is the next step to complain to the Police for ordinance violation?
Really mayor July 13 2012, and September 10 2012, and now October 21 2012, and that house on Littleton STILL has the plastic Santa decoration on its front step!! See you really care about our residents obeying laws and ordinances in this village! Seems the letters of our displeasure with this problem that were sent to village hall must have been 86ed our "somehow lost in the mail" . That's the answer, so now you can use the, I was not informed of that , as the reason the decoration still being up! No use taking it down now! Walmart has theirs out now also!! Since your not in touch with things in the village, I'll keep you posted in another 4 months! Yup they can be considered March Madness, cause it is madness how things don't get done in this village!!
Brad

Round Lake, IL

#320 Oct 25, 2012
I like to drive through the Village to see if people are maintaining their property, what is for sale, what looks abandoned, you know what I mean. As I drove down Lisk in Deer Point Trails, I was surprised to see the mayor taking groceries out of the "village" car.
Tax Man

Ithaca, MI

#321 Oct 25, 2012
I'm sure it was for the village hall. You know the cookies and coffee that are served at the board and other meetings at the hall! Has to if been for that , because she said that the car will only be used for OFFICIAL BUSINESS . RIGHT WHAT A LIE!!!! Does anybody know if another resident is running against her in the election??

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