Berwyn's Arts Blog
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Committee of the Whole Meeting
We met at 6:00 p.m. for the Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2005. We received our Committee assignments. I am the chair of the Police/Fire Committee. I sit on the Budget Committee and the Building Committee. Negotiations will begin in the next couple of months for the new Firefighters' contract.

I am getting a key to City Hall. Guess that means that I can show up at midnight and do some work. The superblock is moving. All I can say. Suburban Dodge it appears is getting a new owner. It will stay a Dodge dealership. Go figure.

We also discussed some guidelines for the Adlermanic expense accounts. As stated previously, I was left with no money. The Mayor discussed with the Alderpeople and we agreed to what are real and proper expenses and what are not. Having a $200.00 phone bill for one month is not acceptable. Payin an unknown secretary $1,500.00 is not acceptable.

Berwyn is moving into the 21st Century. The Polaroid cameras that the building department had been using have been replaced with digital cameras. Additionally, the City Sealer position is being eliminated. The City Sealer is apparently the person who makes sure things weight correctly or the proper amount of gas comes out of a gas pump. The State does this for free.

Also, all the Recreation employees will have to learn CPR. Common sense.

Finally, there are a number of openings available in City government. All are volunteer with the exception of the Zoning Board of Appeals, which pays a small, small amount of money.

Feel free to get your resume to Mayor Michael O'Connor for the following: Zoning Board of Appeals, Handyman for the seniors, 5 people for the Community Relations Board, West Suburban Mass Transit, Library Board, Police Pension Board.

Next Committee of the Whole Meeting will be at 6 or 7 pm, Tuesday, May 24, 2005, which will be followed by the City Council meeeting at 8 pm. Be there or be square. There were literally a handful of people at yesterday's Committee of the Whole meeting, which lasted for for more than two hours. Committee of the Whole meeetings under the previous admin took no more than one hour.

Nice to hear that the change is happening!
Thanks for the update, Mark. Sounds as though you're off to a reasonable & conscientious beginning to a tough task! Keep up the good work!
Mark, the blog is a nice touch to your web site. You have already provided 3rd Ward residents with more information about City Hall than we have ever received. Thanks for helping us keep informed.
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