Saturday, June 17, 2006

Council Sends Another Request for Larger Home to ZBA

On past City Council's I have sat on we had never sent variance requests for new homes to be built bigger than the law allows to the Zoning Board of Appeals. In the past several years this Council has sent many of these requests to the ZBA for determination. Most if not all the time the ZBA has voted these requests down. Unbelievably the Council on several occasion has reversed that ruling allowing builders to over build in our neighborhoods. This current request on 1301 Linden Ave. For a over build variance hearing was not supported by Larry Silberman, Terri Olian, and myself........... I know residents deeply care about these oversized homes going up and should voice their concern to the City Council.

City Takes over Legacy Club Sewers

Last year we took over the private streets of the Legacy Club. At the last meeting we voted 6 to 1 to take over the sewers. These two actions will save the owners of these past private streets the cost of maintenance of these assets. The burden is now added to our city budget along with the many miles of infrastructure we are trying to upgrade. I voted against this proposal because I thought it was wrong take over this infrastructure without a plan to present to the public on taking over all the private infrastructure in our community. If the Legacy Club owners now do not have to pay for maintenance should not the Hybernia residents get the same consideration? How about the Highland Park Club residents? I believe this had been a political bone for these residents without a universal policy on the matter of taking over private streets. Simply put the squeaky wheel got the grease one more time at the taxpayers expense.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Warning sirens activated in Highland Park

When will the system be tested?
Pursuant to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, the system will be tested on the first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. The test will be a full sounding of the sirens for a period of 1 to 1½ minutes.

How many different siren sounds might be heard, and what do they mean?
There are two siren sounds, as designated by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines:

Alert Warning – steady-pitch (once at full volume) for 3-5 minutes (tested in odd-numbered months) Activated in the event of a tornado, or funnel cloud.

Attack Warning – wavering high-low tone for 3-5 minutes (tested in even-numbered months)

The first recommended action is to take cover along with your emergency kit. You can tune to radio stations AM670, AM720, AM780, AM1220, or FM102.3 to obtain information on the emergency. You can also tune to Cable TV Channel 10. Also, if an activation is necessary and the reason is not clear (such as during nice weather) an emergency hotline will be set-up at 1-847-926-1033 with a message explaining the activation.

DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 when the sirens sound unless there is a true emergency. To obtain information, please use one of the other sources discussed.