What’s happening at Villa Park Village Hall…

The Villa Park Board of Trustees formal meeting held at Village Hall on Monday, Oct. 8th began with Village President Al Bulthuis reading the Lions Club 95th Anniversary Proclamation into the record. Several of the service club’s local members were in attendance for the reading. Bulthuis presented a plaque of recognition to the Villa Park Lions Club to commemorate the occasion.

Fire Prevention Week

The Village President also read a Proclamation designating the week of October 7 – 13 as Fire Prevention Week in Villa Park. This year’s theme was ‘Every second counts: Plan two ways out.’ Everyone is encouraged to formulate an escape plan for their residence that offers two ways out in case of a fire. Fire Dept. Lt. Chris Gilliland addressed the Board and added that the plan should be practiced at least twice a year.

Consent agenda passes

The consent agenda was approved 6-0 (Trustee Chris Aiello was absent from Monday’s meeting.) Items on the Consent agenda included: Minutes from the Public Hearing and Board Meeting on Sept. 24, 2018. Also, Bill listings for the weeks of Sept 24 and Oct 1, 2018 were approved in the amount of $832,846.

Cable Commission meetings move

The first reading of an ordinance changing the meeting dates of the Cable TV Commission to the second Monday of every month was approved.

Summerfest Commission dissolved

The same ordinance dissolved the Summerfest Commission. According to Village staff, the dissolution of the Summerfest Commission was brought about by “a recent decline in resident interest to serve on the commission, and most seated commission members have resigned from their positions.” Summerfest will continue, with the Parks and Recreation Department planning the event with help from community volunteers “as available.”

Halloween hours announced

The Board also approved the official time and date for Halloween Trick-or-Treating. This year, the time is from 3 pm to 7 pm on Wed. Oct. 31. According to the Village, “by adopting this resolution, a uniform time is recommended for the event, thereby allowing the police department to increase patrols for the purpose of protecting the children who are participating in the Halloween festivities.”

Seized vehicles to be sold

The Board also authorized the sale at public auction of seven seized or additional vehicles. Proceeds from the sales will be placed into the Village’s ‘Equipment Replacement Fund’ to help purchase new vehicles as needed. Seized vehicles in the sale include a 2006 Chevy Van, 2004 Ford Expedition, 2000 Mercury Gran Marquis, 1996 Chevy Blazer and a 2002 Chrysler Sebring. Two older Village-owned Ford Explorers (a 2002 and 2005 model) are also included in the auction. Bids start at $150 or $250.

Meeting scheduled approved for 2019

The Board also passed a Resolution to establishing the regular meeting dates and holiday schedule for the Villa Park Board of Trustees in calendar year 2019.

New VPRD commissioner

Samuel Bousum, Jr was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission by a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees. Bousum, Jr.’s term of office is from 10/8/2018 through 4/30/2021.

Early voting begins soon

During the Village Clerk’s Report portion of Monday’s meeting, Village Clerk Hosannah Korynecky reminded residents that early voting begins on Oct 22 and goes through Nov. 5th. The nearest early voting locations are Elmhurst Village Hall and Yorktown Mall in Lombard.

Village President’s report

During the Village President’s Report portion of Monday’s meeting, Village President Al Bulthuis noted that the second annual Brew Fest was a success, with 460 tickets sold and no problems occurring. ‘Everyone had a good time,” Bulthuis said. The Village President also lauded the Police Dept. for securing a $44,000 grant from the Dept. of Transportation to conduct traffic enforcement roadside safety checks in 2019. He also noted that a $4,675 grant was received to help pay for bulletproof vests for the police.


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