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Winter 2014.15 pages

Charlie Montgomery


Published on December 1, 2014

2 VILLAGE TRUSTEES: PUBLIC BUILDINGS & ENVIRONMENTAL Joe Nemec (847) 428 - 2008 FINANCE Donald Ziemba (847) 836 - 1045 BUILDING & ZONING ENFORCEMENT Dennis Fudala (773) 216 - 2900 POLICE & PUBLIC SAFETY Scott Finney (847) 428 - 1144 PARKS, ROADS & STREETS Russell Getz (847) 426 - 9585 WATER & SEWER Jeff Seiler (847) 428 - 4458 VILLAGE CLERK Norine Olson (847) 428 - 2266 x16 BUILDING INSPECTOR/ PERMITS (847) 428 - 3388 WATER DEPARTMENT (847) 428 - 2266 x11 FINANCE DEPARTMENT (847) 428 - 2266 x12 evolkening@sleepyhollowil.org PUBLIC WORKS Art Sunderlage (847)428 - 5636 POLICE ADMINISTRATION (847) 426 - 4425 POLICE NON - EMERGENCY (847) 428 - 8784 Newsletter printed by: Allegra Print & Imaging 909 Davis Road Elgin, IL 60123 847.697.1434 Set-Up & Design by: Karen Kruger theSHlegend@gmail.com Cover Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Back Cover: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / The referendum question on the November 4 th ballot to raise property taxes in Sleepy Hollow was defeated by a vote of 1,098 opposed to 233 in favor. This referendum was recom- mended by the village finance com- mittee to the Board of Trustees after a long and exhaustive review of the village’s current financial situation. While in reality the village is current- ly in a healthy financial state, it is the concern for the future financial health of the village that caused the Board to place the question of a property tax increase to the residents. If all things remain equal, the level of service and quality of life within the village, the forecast is for the village to deplete its savings in the Five Year Capital Improvement Fund within the next three years. There will be no money for replace- ment of the trucks, plows, salt spreaders, back hoes or mowers for Public Works, no money for replace- ment of squad cars, light bars, radios, computers, or defibrillators for the police department, no money for replacing the roof or siding of the village hall, no money for the upgrade of computer systems, phone systems, heating and cooling and less money for road repairs and improvements. Yes, the village currently has approximately $2.1 million dollars in the bank. But of that $2.1 million there is $970,000 that is specifically reserved for use only in the Water Department and the Sewer Depart- ment. That means the rest of the village operational fees have to be paid with the remaining $1.2 million dollars and the current budget for this year has expenditures of $1.3 million dollars. We are drawing down our reserves and are not putting anything away for the expenses of tomorrow. Continued on next page Stephan K. Pickett Village President VILLAGE DIRECTORY VILLAGE HALL One Thorobred Lane Sleepy Hollow, IL 60118 (847) 426 - 6700 VILLAGE PRESIDENT Stephan K. Pickett (847) 426 - 9638 Connect With the Village Phone: (847) 426 - 6700 Fax: (847) 426 - 4082 Hours: Monday—Friday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Email: sleepyhollow@sleepyhollowil.org Website: www.sleepyhollowil.org Meetings: Regular meetings of the Village Board are held on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 pm. Residents are welcome to attend. If you wish to speak at a board meeting, you must sign in prior to the start of that meeting. Plan Commission, Zoning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals meet on an as - needed basis. All meetings are held in the Village Hall.