New policy: Staff not required at board meetings

By on July 17, 2009

Curtis wants to formalize policies, procedures
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—Under a new policy for the village of Maple Park, village employees are not obligated to attend Village Board meetings.

The Village Board approved the policy July 7.

“This eliminates the (previous) requirement for employees to attend, unless they are asked to attend,” trustee Mark Delaney said.

Village President Kathy Curtis said the employee attendance requirement was never an official policy; however, the board agreed that a policy was needed and that it should not make staff attendance at board meetings mandatory.

“We established this policy to establish/document the standard operation procedure that previously did not exist,” Curtis said.

Curtis added that village employees and residents can expect to see a pattern of formalizing policy and procedures over the next four years.

“As Maple Park anticipates growth, village hall needs to be positioned to function efficiently and effectively,” Curtis said. “Our goal is to continually improve.”