Archive for May 12th, 2010

A concerned Residents opinion on the Veteran’s Memorial

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

 

TO ALL VETERANS OF ALL WARS YOUR SERVICE IS NOT APPRECIATED IN THE VILLAGE OF JUSTICE.
 
The Village Trustees passed a ordinance allowing the Park District to move the Veterans Memorial from the corner of 88th and Frontage Road where it is in clear view of Archer Ave and 88th Ave and the entrance to the Village to the rear of the Village Hall.  This was done quick and simple, no mention to the people of Justice, no need for input from the Veterans, they don’t matter, all that matters is a sign that says “Village of Justice Park Administration Building.”   They couldn’t put that sign on Cork, they couldn’t add it to the one that is in front of the old Why Not Building, NO they have to move the Memorial.
 
They are going to tell you that there is going to be a Memorial Garden and a bench and it’s going to be quiet, but they are not going to tell you that it is behind the Village Hall where no one can see it, they are not going to tell you how they are going to stop kids from defacing it or vandalizing it, and they are not going to tell you that you need to be in the back of the bus.
 
You the people that have allowed them to have seats on the Board, who have given me the freedom to type this message, who have laid down lives and limbs for all of us, you are relegated to the back of the building.  This is totally unacceptable. 
 
They are saying the Village doesn’t have the money to fix the lights, all they have to do is have a fund raiser for improvements to that memorial and people will be out in droves.  They only thing is when the Village gets money they spend it on things like $1,000.00 a month to have someone write on a blog for the village because they don’t like that we are telling you the real things that go on in the Village, but they can’t pay to have the lights fixed at the Veteran’s Memorial.
 
People stand up and let your voice be heard, tell them to leave it where it has been for the past 40 years, where it holds a place of honor.  If it needs fixing we will get people to fix it, we will raise the funds to keep it kept like it should be.  Don’t let them take your memorial away from you and put it in the back of the bus.  Fight, that is what you do best, and we are proud of each and every one of you.
 
Everyone, call the Trustees, call the Mayor, e-mail them, mail them protests, sign petitions. 
 
We love our Veterans, and GOD BLESS AMERICA and the MEN and WOMEN who serve.

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Long Standing Veterans Memorial to Relocate

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The Justice Park District and the Village Board is seeking to relocate the Veteran’s memorial on Oak Grove and Frontage Road as soon as the end of this month.  While the Justice Park District is proposing to foot the bill, and make a nice memorial garden as well it just doesn’t seem to make sense to move the memorial to our Veteran’s from the most visible thoroughfare in town, to the Southwest corner in Commissioners Park.  When digging into the matter further it seems that the park district is looking to develop the land that the current memorial stands on into a sign/advertising space for the Justice Park District.
 
Why the Park District cannot add themselves onto the sign that lists businesses in town that is located in the space on the opposite corner of Frontage Road seems to be a mystery.  Earlier this year park district Trustee Dan McGee was proposing the purchase of a cannon and the renaming of Commissioners Park to Veteran’s Park and maybe this move is an attempt to move his idea into reality. Even more interesting is that with exception of Trustee Murray who abstained from voting, all the Trustees on the village board voted in favor of this, even more puzzling is why Trustee Mary McGee, wife of park district Trustee Dan McGee didn’t abstain from the vote due to a very apparent conflict. 
 
 The current memorial stone that had stood in that spot for more years than most people can remember was donated to the village by a local stone mason to commemorate the service of our local Veterans.  It seems to make sense to show our respect and to honor our veterans in one of the most prominent spots in town.  While improving the veteran’s memorial is a wonderful idea, there is no reason that some funding cannot be allocated to improve the memorial where it is currently standing. 
 
We are suggesting to all of the residents that have contacted us via the website asking about this matter to take this opportunity to contact the Mayor and the Trustees to protest the relocation of this memorial. We would suggest that you send correspondence to the attention of the Village Clerk, 7800 S Archer Ave, Justice, Il 60458.

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Board Gaffes Over Sunshine Laws

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

 

Like a pot left on the stove too long tensions at Monday’s board meeting were boiling over.  The long suspected cracks between the board members and Mayor were seen on full display yesterday evening during a heated exchange with Mayor Wasowicz and Trustee DePaola.  After giving his report Trustee DePaola went on to make a motion regarding the board of trustees moving for an Ethics Hearing, the matter of the ethics hearing remained unnamed last night, as Mayor Wasowicz denied the motion and deferred it to be discussed at the next committee meeting as the motion was “Not on the agenda”.  Trustee DePaola went onto say that it was a “surprise” which caused several members of the audience to laugh at his expense. Trustee DePaola went onto openly argue with the Mayor citing that they “Allowed the Richie Sparr thing” to be heard and that was not on the agenda, however the Mayor cited the need to have that position filled which Trustee DePaola argued back and forth with the Mayor on. The Mayor had to remind Trustee DePaola that he was out of order numerous times.  Finally, the Mayor, noting that “We all love surprises” put the matter to rest and denied the motion and deferred it to committee and seemingly unsatisfied with this Trustee DePaola retorted with “I’ll remember this” continuing to bring out the best in people, someone from the audience was heard to call out that Trustee DePaola’s behavior was “classy”.  While Trustee Pastorino later tried to smooth the event over by stating that the matter was left off the agenda by mistake and that having it entered into the agenda wasn’t necessary but was a desired matter of public record as any citizen can bring forth an ethics complaint it’s hard to really reconcile that as in Trustee DePaola’s own words it was a “surprise”.
 
Even more puzzling when a resident questioned whether or not the seat left vacant by Trustee Fairman was going to be filled after an article ran in last week’s Des Plaines Valley News stating that the spot should be filled according to the Illinois State Board of Elections the attorney present for the village Michael Castellano kept referring the residents to “read the statute.” After being pressed by several residents to give an answer to whether or not the seat would be filled the reply given was cryptic at best and unsatisfactory at the least.  Apparently the statute is “black and white” but the village is taking an “interpretation” on it and they are seeking another “interpretation” while they are entertaining and keeping all their options open.  A resident asked if the seat would be filled within the 60 days as was stated previously but it seems that that question was never clearly answered.

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