New committees can’t start without ordinance

By on July 10, 2009

Document not ready for trustees’ vote as expected
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—New village committees that Maple Park President Kathy Curtis formed after being elected in April cannot begin meeting until the Village Board approves an ordinance allowing for government structure change.

One of the new committees, Personnel and Communications, met June 22. During Tuesday’s Village Board meeting, trustee Terry Borg asked the village attorney, Pat Bond, whether the new committees could legally operate before the board approves the ordinance.

“No, unless you establish them as special committees,” Bond said.

Curtis in May reduced the number of village committees from six to three, with the goal of streamlining work on village issues. The board planned to pass an ordinance July 7 changing the committees’ number, but because of an oversight by village officials, the ordinance was not prepared for Tuesday’s meeting, Curtis said.

The village is expected to prepare the ordinance for trustees to vote on at their next board meeting, Tuesday, July 22.

The new committees will be Personnel and Communications; Finance, Public Relations and Development; and Infrastructure.

Under village ordinance, the village may have six committees: Finance, Streets, Water and Sewer, Parks and Grounds, Police and Planning. In place for the past several years, they have not functioned since Curtis announced their disbandment.

Among tasks that the new committees face includes finding and recommending a new police chief, which will be the work of the Personnel and Communications Committee: Curtis wants that to happen by Sept. 9.

Proposed Maple Park Committees
• Personnel and Communications
• Finance
• Public Relations and Development
• Infrastructure