Crete Annual Township Meeting
Posted in the Illinois Forum
#1 May 13, 2009
The annual Crete Town Meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. on April 14 in the Township Hall, 1367 Wood Street in Crete. The Pledge of Allegiance was given to the flag. There were approximately 50 in attendance compared to the 18,000 Crete Township residents. Many residents are unaware that this is the only time that residents are able to voice their requests to better the township and to have that request implemented.
Tim Miller was elected moderator for the evening. A motion was made to set the moderators fee of $500. There was a discussion of why the fee was so high. The fee was amended from $160 to $500 during the annual meeting last year.
Miller offered to donate the $500 to EWCSS. The question was raised of why donate it EWCSS when there was a photo of the bare shelves in the Crete Pantry and Crete Township recently donated $10,000 to EWCSS. A motion was made to donate the $500 to the Crete Pantry. After a heated discussion of why town officials wanted to donate the money out of town, the motion to donate the $500 to the Crete Pantry was passed.
The date for the next Annual Town Meeting was set for April 13, 2010. The clerk, Kathie Holubek read the Supervisors Annual Reports in recap as the originals were on display in the lobby.
Miller requested recommendations, resolutions and discussion by the electors in attendance. Al Hansen requested that during the Township meetings, each trustee be given their own microphone and one given to whoever is walking around because many seniors attend the meetings and have a hard time hearing. A motion was passed to institute this request by August 1, 2009.
Angelo Juarez requested that an advisory referendum be added to the next election to see where residents stand on the issue of the Peotone airport. A question was asked of the cost and answered that there would be no cost. A motion was passed to institute this request at the next election.
Delores Naydol motioned that the township purchase video equipment to tape the monthly Township meetings and ask COMCAST to broadcast the taped meetings on the Public Service Channel for the people who were unable to attend the meetings. The cost would be approximately $3,000 for recording electronics but there would be no fee to have the meetings broadcast on COMCAST. The motion also included updating the Crete Township web site with all the monthly meeting minutes.The motion was passed to institute this request by September 1st.
A heated discussion with raised voices took place over the cost of this request and suggested that people should just attend the meetings instead of being able to watch them on the television. One resident in attendance thought it was a good idea due to the different shifts people work and they would not be able to attend even if they wanted to. The Assessor wanted to know who was going to do the added paperwork because she has too much work to do as it is and will not offer any assistance.
One resident commented that no one had asked her to do it and it was not part of her job as the Assessor. Charlotte Koelling, became quite adamant about not putting the Crete Rural Park District meeting minutes on the web site. An amendment to the original motion was passed to not include The Crete Rural Park Districts meeting minutes on the web site.
Laurie Summers requested that a Model Ethics Ordinance be put in place. This ordinance was intended to ensure that public officers and employees adhere to the highest ethical standards and was passed by the Illinois General Assembly in November of 2003 that all local government and school districts were supposed to adopt within six months of the effective date of Public Act 93-615. The motion passed.
#2 May 13, 2009
Crete Township Annual Meeting Minutes continued
Jill Hornick motioned that transportation be implemented for seniors and the disabled because EWCSS has contracts with work shops that they take developmentally disabled residents to and have been unavailable to assist some Crete Township residents. There have been two instances that EWCSS has not been able to accommodate service to Crete Township residents that resident Laurie Summers knows of and there is the probability that there are more who could not be accommodated.
Summers has done the research and can supply the amount it would cost the township to implement senior transportation. For $1,200 a year, plus a $1,000 required deposit, a bus can be implemented through PACE. The only other costs would be insurance, maintenance and to pay drivers who do not need to be CDL certified. Summers also volunteered to be a driver along with Dolores Naydol.
The complete cost of senior transportation in Crete Township would be less than the $20,000 donated a year to EWCSS. Again, a rather heated discussion with raised voices asked if Summers meant that donations should stop to EWCSS. Summers replied the money for the township senior transportation to be taken out of the $20,000 and the rest would be donated to EWCSS.
Again, rather loud voices asked who was going to do the paper work and implement this request because they had enough work as it is. Summers commented that she would volunteer to take on the task of getting this implemented because it is supposed to be about taking care of the seniors.
One resident did comment that everyone is getting older and there could come a day when someone in the room will need the assistance that Summers is requesting. The motion passed with a 90 day time span to gather all the information.
Ken Mabs requested something, anything be done to keep State Line Road from flooding as emergency vehicles can not get through nor residents because of one Indiana resident who has built a berm that stops the natural flow of water. He said that his taxes have increased but he can not drive on the road he lives on.
Crete Township Road Commissioner Tony Recupito answered that he is also not happy with the maintenance of the road but it is Lake County Indiana's job according to an intergovernmental agreement. Recupito said he has a call into Lake County and offered his name and number to Mabs saying to contact him and that he will do whatever he can to make it better than what it is.
Stacy Witowski started a discussion on the bridge that is under construction on Bemis Road. The bridge has not had any work recently done to finish it. Again, Recupito responded and said that the bridge is finished. All that needs to be put in place is the guard rail and landscaping. The weather is holding up the finish.
#3 May 13, 2009
Crete Township Annual Meeting Minutes continued
Laurie Summers requested a resolution be drafted concerning the Intermodal that resembles the HO-chunk Casino resolution #04-03 letter that Crete Township sent regarding a casino in Lynwood, which would not affect Crete in any way. The resolution stated that a casino would permanently disrupt the fabric of the township and not be in the best interest of the township. Summers asked why this was not done in regards to the Intermodal when it obviously is permanently disrupting the lives of many residents, the infrastructure and as stated in the HO-Chunk casino resolution, was done without due process of public hearings.
Again, a rather heated discussion ensued as to a resident not wanting to be told who she can or can not sell her land to. The request for a resolution was to show that there was something that could have been done to represent and mitigate for the residents, but the residents were not made aware of it. The request had nothing to do with residents buying or selling land. A motion was passed to institute this request.
Jill Hornick requested a reason why the CTFD Station is going to be moved to Bemis Road. Miller offered that it is because that is the natural progression of things and more people will annex into Crete and the fact that AQUA services can not handle the sewers in Dixie Dells. Hornick mentioned that residents can lobby to not be annexed into Crete and asked now that some township residents know this, what will the Township officials do for the residents.
A motion was made and passed to adjourn the meeting.
#4 Feb 2, 2013
This is no surprise. Most of the people in Crete understand that Summers and Hornick are against any type of economic development for Crete Township. That was just one of the many reasons Summers lost her race 4 years ago for Township Supervisor. Her association with Al Ryley and Bob Howard will also come out very soon and she will lose again as it should be.
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