Monthly Archives: January 2008

No problem with Trustee’s meetings, Just another Sarto and CAN site show!

January 31, 2008

Evidently Bill Sarto and The CAN site are best friends and share information and gossip. I received an e-mail from Bill Sarto directing me to the CAN site to see his statements on Illegal Immigration rather than communicating directly with me a Carpentersville resident I guess he prefers to post on an anonymous Blog hoping his voice will be heard through his or his friends website.
If any of you have noticed Bill Sarto has made a big deal all to do about nothing when it comes to these supposedly secret meetings that has been going on for over a year.
heres the strange part, I have received invitations to everyone of those meetings and have attended some of them along with one of Bill Sarto’s strongest supporters, Fernando Leyva who posed as a person who was interested in what the Fox Valley citizens for Legal Immigration were doing.
Fernando had a lot to say in one of those meetings he kept on going and going, just like the energizer bunny about the Real estate business, how his employer was forcing him to do things on mortgages that just wasn’t right.
We all know now that was just a show and lies, he really wasn’t interested in anything the Fox Valley Citizens were doing, He was a planted political spy. He even went as far as to talk to myself, My sister Inlaw and a Co worker about his supposedly beliefs I really thought he was sincere. When really he was reporting all the neat stuff to his political friends who now pretend they new nothing of these supposedly secret meetings.
I guess some people and anonymous Blogs thought now would be a good time to bring it up and act like they knew nothing about these meetings.
It reminds me of the time when someone painted a mural on the Building at Hazard and Rt. 25 in November of 2006, which I personally notified Sarto and all board members included the Code enforcement and the Village Manager. I  Talked to the Bowling alley owners about a painting they had on their building that they were forced to remove but, anyhow it took Bill Sarto 5 months to bring to everyone’s attention and was personally going to paint over it himself if he had to but not before blaming it on Paul Humpfer as a political trick, But that wasn’t true either.

Now maybe all of you can see that these type of things were just a set up along with notifying the States Attorney.Bill Sarto and his cohort the CAN site already knew that there was no Illegal activity but they needed to sensationalize it to make Sigwalt and Humpfer look bad, when it really is just another game that Sarto and the CAN site are putting the people of Carpentersville through.
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The Honorable Bill Sarto
Village President
Village of Carpentersville
1200 L.W. Besinger Drive
Carpentersville, IL 60110

Village Trustees:
Keith Hinz
Paul Humpfer
Linda Ramirez Sliwinski
Ed Ritter
Judy Sigwalt
Kay Teeter


Re: Open Meetings Act Complaint #2008OMA10



Dear President Sarto and Members of the Board:


I am writing regarding an inquiry our office has received related to two members of the Carpentersville Village Board and their compliance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120.


Ms. Rebecca O’Halloran of The Courier News submitted an inquiry to our office stating that Trustees Paul Humpfer and Judy Sigwalt are participating in alleged meetings with constituents to discuss Board agenda’s as they relate to immigration issues prior to the Village’s public meeting. Further, the inquiry alleges that these gatherings were taking place at the Village fire station, but now occur in private residences. Please be advised that our office has also received two separate telephone calls from citizens complaining of these gatherings.


The purpose of my letter is to outline the provisions of the Act and caution the public body with regard to this matter. Under the Open Meetings Act, the public policy provisions states that “[i]t is the public policy of this State that public bodies exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business and that the people have a right to be informed as to the conduct of their business. In order that the people shall be informed, the General Assembly finds and declares that it is the intent of this Act to ensure that the actions of public bodies be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.” 5 ILCS 120/1.



“Meeting” is defined as “any gathering of a majority of a quorum of the members of a public body held for the purpose of discussing public business.” 5 ILCS 120/1.02. In this instance, two members of the public body would not constitute a majority of the quorum and therefore the Act is not triggered.


However, a cautionary note that is relevant here. If the purpose of the gatherings have as their intent the formulation of policy outside the public view, the spirit of the Act would be jeopardized, and the Board should be aware of the public perception issues that arise in circumstances such as these even though the Act is not triggered.



At this time, no further review is merited. However, if you have any questions, please contact me at [redacted].
Respectfully,

Terry Mutchler

Public Access Counselor
Assistant Attroney General

cc: Rebecca O’Halloran
Attorney James A. Rhodes

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“Project of the Year” in Carpentersville

Carpentersville bridge work wins ‘Project of the Year’
By Larissa Chinwah | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 1/10/2008 12:23 AM

 http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=110235&src=22

The reconstruction of Carpentersville’s Main Street Bridge and rebuilding of Sleepy Hollow Road brought the village top honors this week from a national public works organization.

The American Public Works Association, Fox Valley Branch named the bridge renovation the Project of the Year for transportation projects in the $2 million to $10 million category.

The village’s overhaul of a stretch of Sleepy Hollow Road was honored as Project of the Year for transportation projects less than $2 million.

“With all of the infrastructure challenges in the village, this shows what has been done,” Village Engineer Scott Marquardt said. “The recognition we are getting for them is good for the village.”

For more than six months in 2006, the village worked to replace the 70-year-old span, one of three regional crossings over the Fox River.

The $3.2 million project rebuilt the roadway and replaced water utilities under Main Street.

For significantly less — about $900,000 — the village ridded Sleepy Hollow road of axle-breaking potholes and tire-busting ditches.

In the spring, the village began resurfacing the roadway and installing curbs and sidewalks from Grandview Drive to Algonquin’s village limits.

Marquardt said the honor was especially rewarding since the project required the cooperation of three governmental agencies.

Portions of the project fell under the jurisdiction of Carpentersville, Algonquin and Dundee Township.

“The Sleepy Hollow Road project was a good example of governmental agencies working together and cooperating to get a project done,” Marquardt said.

Carpentersville now will compete against other branch winners at the Chicago Metropolitan Chapter level, Marquardt said.

Marquardt said the two accolades are the first the village has received for transportation projects from the public works association.

The village’s water treatment facility and water quality, however, have received numerous awards, Marquardt said.

Marquardt added Main Street Bridge also received a merit award for engineering excellence for design from the American Council of Engineering Companies.

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Hazelton PA, has confidence on appeal.

City: Cases support immigration stance; Hazleton to file legal briefs in appeal Jan. 22

Tuesday, 08 January 2008
By L.A. TARONE
Staff Writer
Hazleton will file its legal briefs in its appeal of the Illegal Immigration Relief Act with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia by Jan. 22.

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Carpentersville’s Beautification Committee on Hold?

Carpentersville panel will take pregnant pause

By Larissa Chinwah | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 1/4/2008 12:25 AM

A Carpentersville group responsible for beautifying one of the village’s busiest intersections has been forced to take a pause due to pregnancy.

The Beautification and Improvement Committee of Carpentersville called it quits late last year after organization president Nancy Moore learned she was expecting a fourth child.

Last fall, the group of volunteers landscaped the retaining wall at the southeast corner of Route 31 and Main Street, known as the Ivy Wall Project.

“Since I cannot continue as president, we decided to put it aside,” said Moore, a former village trustee. “If someone wants to resurrect it, then they could take it up or we can start it up in several years.”

While the pregnancy was the main reason for the group’s disbanding, Moore said no one was interested in taking over the leadership role.

“A reason we can’t find other people to continue it on is because people are disillusioned by the atmosphere in the village,” Moore said. “People are not willing to help out the village because of what is going on in the village and at these board meetings.”

Trustee Judy Sigwalt said the group’s disbanding would be a loss to the community.

“I think it is a shame. Under the direction of Nancy Moore they did quite a beautiful job up on that hill,” Sigwalt said. “The sense of doing something good for the community is going to be lost. They did a lot of good for the village.”

A project to beautify the corridor along Route 25 was proposed, but the group ran into a roadblock since the median is controlled by the state.

This committee has done some nice things and has some good plans for the future, hopefully it will be back on line soon!

Route 25 being controlled by the State does not exactly mean that Carpentersville cannot Improve the Median. Elgin has just completed a Median Improvement project at RT 25 and The Jane Adams tollway( 90) also Rt 64 through Carol Stream has had some recent median Improvements. I would Imagine that it would take some time along with lengthy negotiations and a whole lot of money,but It would improve the aesthetics of the Area.

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 above are pictures of I90 and Rt. 25 in Elgin where the median recently has been upgraded.

As a side Note; I received a communication from Ms.Moore that the BICC website is not working correctly, so know sense in posting a link if it’s not current. Thanks, Nancy for the info.

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Anonymous Blogger possibly considers future as a Government Official

http://cvillecan.wordpress.com/2007/11/28/the-trouble-with-carpentersville-part-3/#comments

 

14 Responses to “The Trouble with Carpentersville, Part 3”

  1. Anonymous Says:
    Nov 28, 2007 at 10:04 am If you feel so strongly about these and other issues within the community I have to ask, why haven’t (didn’t) YOU run for any kind of office? If you really wanted to change things why not become a trustee instead of blogging on a web page. Wouldn’t that be the best way to get your message acrossed?
  2. Chrysippus Says:
    Nov 28, 2007 at 10:47 am Perhaps I’m considering that. Perhaps I’m using this blog as a “feeler” to see what kind of support I would get from the community.The election season is still over a year out. I’d like to see things get rolling now. I’d like to see more citizens get out there and work for changes now.

    Thus far, I’m not getting the feeling that people care much about these things beyond reading about them …

This will Conclude our segment on Anonymous Bloggers and the excuses they use to hide their Identity.  

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