Insurance premium plummets 33 percent
Melvin named to Zoning Board
By Anthony Caciopo
Regional News Editor
The Village of Palos Park will pay $37,000 less in an annual insurance contribution than it did in 2011, a decrease of 33 percent.
The 2019 payment for the village’s Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency (IRMA) insurance premium will be $73,715, down from $110,662 in 2011.
“It is basically our non-health, dental or life insurance for the village,” explained Village Manager Rick Boehme at Monday’s Village Council meeting at the Kaptur Administration Center.
As part of his Management Report, he sought approval from the council for the payment.
“This is reflective of the team employed by the village,” he said, “the safety consciousness that they have, the risk management protocol that they follow keeping the team members safe.”
“This is a testament to every employee in the village working hard on risk management issues,” said Mayor John Mahoney.
Our Public Works, Public Safety…really, every employee encompasses a lot of risk, and to have the premium not only not rise with inflation, but to go down by that much for an extended period is quite the accomplishment.”
The 2019 premium did rise about $1,500 over last year, Boehme said, but went on to focus on a credit the village has amassed over recent years that will be applied to this year’s premium.
“We have a surplus credit of $193,336,” he said. “We’re going to recommend using this to offset the (2019 contribution). The recommendation is that we use $43,715 of our surplus, leaving a $30,000 in premium payment for the 2019 calendar year.”
The motion was approved by Commissioner Nicole Milovich-Walters, Commissioner Jim Pavlotos, Commissioner Dan Polk and Mayor Mahoney. Not present was Commissioner Darryl Reed.
In other news, Patrick Melvin was announced as the newest member of the Palos Park Zoning Board of Appeals.
Melvin and his wife, Amanda, have lived in the village since 2012. They have an 11-month-old daughter.
The new board member is originally from Crestwood. He and his wife lived on the North Side of Chicago before coming to Palos Park.
“My wife said ‘The only way I’m leaving the city is to move to Palos Park,’” he said, smiling.
Melvin, 34, is a member of Sheet Metal Workers Union 73. He told The Regional News that he decided to apply for a position on the Zoning Board of Appeals “mostly to get involved more with the community. We’re (he and his wife) on the younger side of Palos Park residents. I’d like to know more of what’s going on.
His appointment was approved by the mayor and all commissioners present. Board members serve for a five-year term. Melvin’s term will run only until 2022 because he is fulfilling an unexpired term.
Following Melvin’s introduction and his approval by the Council, Commissioner Polk said there is another opening on the Zoning Board.
Speaking after the meeting, Mayor Mahoney said local residents interested in the position need only to email him with some basic information.
“They need to be an adult resident,” he said. “If they have any experience in any real estate-related field, it’s a plus but not necessary. We need laymen as well. You want a nice cross-section.”
The mayor explained that the Zoning Board meets monthly or as-needed, “When there are variations requested by a petitioner for construction that requires some kind of variation to our code. The board sits and hears testimony. They make a recommendation that comes to the Village Council and we vote on it.”
Mahoney encouraged Palos Park residents with interest to contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It’s as simple as sending me an email with an expression of interest and a paragraph of why you want the position, and what qualifications you might bring to the table,” he said.
The council approved Proven Business Systems, LLC for the maintenance of the village IT system and equipment; approved payment to PATSE Bus Service for 261 rides provided to Palos Park residents from May 1 , 2017 to April 30, 2018 in the amount of $1,503.36; approved a proposal from Environmental Mechanical Services to replace a hot water tank at the Kaptur Center in the amount of $9,800; and to approve the hiring of StarEvents with a management fee not to exceed $16,000 and a sponsorship commission of 20% to produce and manage the Palos Park Art Fair in 2019.
Polk, the police commissioner, warned residents to not fall victim to multiple scams circulating via mail, the internet and telephone. Spoofs have included calls and/or emails from the supposed Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.
“If they’re calling you on the phone that you owe back taxes, or that you’ve been overpaid or underpaid, or have some other issue, don’t give your social security number to anyone who contacts you, don’t give the last four digits to anyone who contacts you, and certainly don’t give a bank account or credit card number to anybody, even if they say they’re the government.
He urged local residents with suspicions to contact the police.