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Carpentersville’s Moral Compass?!?!

 

Village Board May, 2009

Why is it that Carpentersville’s Village Board continues it’s anti-business practices at the detriment to not only businesses that are trying to survive in these tough economic times, but to our taxpayers who’ll have to pay more in taxes for the grandiose plans of a multi-million dollar palace for Public Works employees.

The Village decided about four years ago to create a new paying position called Economic Development/Special Projects Coordinator. Has this position, which was to attract and help new businesses to move to Carpentersville helped any? So, now Carpentersville Village Board is creating another committee to do what? Attract more business? Help businesses to communicate with the Village Board? Cut red tape?

I’m sorry for being a skeptic, but  this Village Board and those in the past have done everything to stop businesses from either locating here in our village or to be competitive with surrounding communities. Besides, the empty storefronts and foreclosures are increasing.

Heres some examples of the hypocrisy of our, oh, so moral Village Board. For years we’ve had Village Presidents and Trustees who opposed the selling of liquor in the morning, even though some surrounding communities were selling at a much earlier time. This hurt local businesses, but our trustees wanted to play the “moral card.” During those dark days of the Boettger administration which Judy Sigwalt  was also a trustee, they decided to raise the sales tax. AND this was done after Judy Sigwalt was elected on a promise to not raise taxes.

During the Sarto administration with the help of Ed Ritter, the Village Board raised gas taxes, at the detriment of the Gas Stations in Carpentersville. Now many residents of Carpentersville would rather go to East Dundee or other communities where the gas is cheaper. I just hope Carpentersville’s BP Gas Station can survive against East Dundee’s Thorton Gas Station, just kiddie corner from it.

Also, during the Sarto administration, the Village had a great opportunity to have a new business located on the west side of town. The Hookah Lounge which is an absolute hit and nice revenue source for Schaumburg, wanted to open another Hookah Lounge in Carpentersville. With their great food, wi-fi stations for Internet  Service and with a very nice atmosphere for College students and young professionals to hang out. This was definitely going to be something new and exotic for people from Carpentersville and the surrounding communities to visit and spend their money. BUT, due to the influence of the Midwest Minutemen and others [Paul Humpfer and Judy Sigwalt] who had xenophobic attitudes about anything that hinted of Muslim and/or Arab cultures decided to STOP this revenue source that Carpentersville so sorely needs.

AND, now we have the Village Board and their “moral compass” attacking and trying to deny our Restaurants and Bars with liquor licenses an opportunity to compete with other businesses in the surrounding communities. I’m talking about “Video Poker Machines.” Once again at the detriment of local businesses and Carpentersville taxpayers, our Village Board had brought out their ”moral compass” and is trying to permanently BAN this revenue source. Will our local businesses suffer from competition across Carpentersville’s border with others? Could they fail?

Why in the heck is our Village Board in the “morality business” anyway? Do they think that they have been given a God given right to dictate morality to businesses and paying customers of said establishments? OR, do they think that THEY have the right  to gamble on the future of Carpentersville’s finances?

                                                 

This present Village Board has already skimmed 1.3 million dollars as a “poison pill” to place the new PALACE for our Public Works Building on the fast track. This same building is now already over a million dollars over-budget and we haven’t even dug a hole yet. The entire costs, including the poison pill will eventual cost the struggling families of Carpentersville more than 14 million dollars. Just watch as the costs start to climb as this Village Board, Bob Cole and Staff want to include all the bells and whistles to turn this new garage into a PALACE.

YES, our “tax and spenders” are in a rush to build a monument for Public Works employees, even if it means we have to raise taxes and fees to pay for it. YET, they shun new revenue sources that could help our fiscal deficits that we’ll be facing this year and next.

                                                     

We need to stop being a “moral compass” and attract new revenue sources. This Village Board and those in the past have shown that they wont think outside the box  in these tough economic times. Where is this Village Board going? Are they going to cut services to its residents? God forbid, if this Village Board or  Staff is going to cut Village employees. Nope, they’ll raise your taxes, fees and cut services. Oh wait they did make a crucial cut to save our finances, they eliminated our FOURTH  Of JULY FIREWORKS! BRAVO! You guys saved a whole $7500, whippie! Great job Parks Committee.

Tell you what, why don’t our Trustees and Village President give up their Carpentersville’s salary for only two months to show how patriotic they are and apply it to the Forth of July Fireworks? This would amount to over $7500, with extra cash for other activities around that time. This way Carpentersville’s families can go to Carpenters Park and enjoy our Independence  and way of life. BUT, I’m sure our Village President and Trustees can’t be asked to sacrifice their earnings for something so dear to all of us.

                                                    

Nope, this Village Board, with the help of Staff will ask the families and businesses of Carpentersville to sacrifice for the “tax and spend” policies. They after all have the “moral compass” and know what’s good for us, no matter what the financial pain the taxpayers and businesses have to endure.

Now if this Village Board would want to use their  “moral authority” to crack down on under-age smoking, I’ll go along.

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Trustee Humpfer wants TRIAL!

Yes boys and girls, Carpentersville Trustee and Finance Chairman wants a trial. He figures that he owes Gloria Van Cleave NOTHING! He didn’t even have a TITLE for Gloria!

So, now we have a trial date of January 29th, 2010. YES! Gloria must wait another THREE MONTHS to at least receive  a TITLE! Another THREE MONTHS of plowing snow around a vehicle, which she can not sell, drive or insure against vandalism.

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What does Mr. Humpfer have to hide?!?!

Is he being strictly VILE and VINDICTIVE?!?!

Or is it that the bank still has the TITLE? Hnmmm…

This isn’t half the story, stay tuned for more on Carpentersville Playhouse! YES! Boys and girls, we’ll remove the “trust” from TRUSTEE soon!

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Paul Humpfer going back to Court?!?!

 THIS ARTICLE WAS POSTED A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, BUT MAGICALLY DISAPPEARED FROM THIS BLOG. DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, I HAVE REPOSTED THIS ARTICLE.

Carpentersville’s trustee and Chairman of the Finance Committee, the one and only Paul Humpfer. He’s the guy who wants to build a Palace for Bob Cole’s employees and of course his shivering and cold trucks. He helped orchestrate a secret plan to hoodwink the taxpayers of Carpentersville, by pushing through a 1.3 million dollar poison pill down the throats of the taxpayers at the last minute. This way, it would force the Village of Carpentersville to build a monument to Bob Cole’s vision of the future Public Works Building. You see, this 1.3 million dollar down payment to Williams Architects and Williams Construction Management is non-refundable!

YES! They did this like Paul Humpfer’s midnight appointment, where he lost his election for Village President to Bill Sarto, back in April of 2005. This is what happened, Trustee Whitehouse aka Principal Whitehouse of Dundee Crown high School [funny how we still have two District 300 employees on the present Board] was going to move out of town and would be ineligible to be a trustee any longer. Well, on election night, when it was apparent that Paul Humpfer was going to lose the election to Bill Sarto for Village President, he and his allies asked Trustee Whitehouse to resign immediately, this way the Village Board would appoint [this would be the 2nd time he was appointed] Paul Humpfer to the vacant seat. A brilliant political move! This way Bill Sarto would be DENIED, the chance to appoint a person to the vacant seat.

AND now, we have the “MIDNIGHT SPENDING MOVE” to eliminate any chance to discuss or debate the merits of spending MILLIONS of DOLLARS for a Palace for Public Works, during a severe recession.

Oh yeah, we got to raise taxes, but don’t you worry your little minds about this, we’ll get all sorts of grants and stuff from Washington. No, we don’t know exactly how much stuff we’ll get, but it’ll be free stuff though!

Oh wait a minute…What happens when our depressed property values get reassessed and the Village of Carpentersville will see a huge drop in revenues in a year or two? Well, with this fiscally challenged group of politicians, you won’t have to worry about cuts in services or lay-offs of our precious and so important Village employees, NOPE! We’ll just raise your taxes even more! Remember you’ll just have to tighten up your belts as the Village will have to loosen their belts from all that bloating!

Here we have a picture of Carpentersville’s trustee and Chairman of the Finance Committee, the one and only Paul Humpfer. He’s the guy who wants to build a Palace for Bob Cole’s employees and of course his shivering and cold trucks. He helped orchestrate a secret plan to hoodwink the taxpayers of Carpentersville, by pushing through a 1.3 million dollar poison pill down the throats of the taxpayers at the last minute. This way, it would force the Village of Carpentersville to build a monument to Bob Cole’s vision of the future Public Works Building. You see, this 1.3 million dollar down payment to Williams Architects and Williams Construction Management is non-refundable!

YES! They did this like Paul Humpfer’s midnight appointment, where he lost his election for Village President to Bill Sarto, back in April of 2005. This is what happened, Trustee Whitehouse aka Principal Whitehouse of Dundee Crown high School [funny how we still have two District 300 employees on the present Board] was going to move out of town and would be ineligible to be a trustee any longer. Well, on election night, when it was apparent that Paul Humpfer was going to lose the election to Bill Sarto for Village President, he and his allies asked Trustee Whitehouse to resign immediately, this way the Village Board would appoint [this would be the 2nd time he was appointed] Paul Humpfer to the vacant seat. A brilliant political move! This way Bill Sarto would be DENIED, the chance to appoint a person to the vacant seat.

AND now, we have the “MIDNIGHT SPENDING MOVE” to eliminate any chance to discuss or debate the merits of spending MILLIONS of DOLLARS for a Palace for Public Works, during a severe recession.

Oh yeah, we got to raise taxes, but don’t you worry your little minds about this, we’ll get all sorts of grants and stuff from Washington. No, we don’t know exactly how much stuff we’ll get, but it’ll be free stuff though!

Oh wait a minute…What happens when our depressed property values get reassessed and the Village of Carpentersville will see a huge drop in revenues in a year or two? Well, with this fiscally challenged group of politicians, you won’t have to worry about cuts in services or lay-offs of our precious and so important Village employees, NOPE! We’ll just raise your taxes even more! Remember you’ll just have to tighten up your belts as the Village will have to loosen their belts from all that bloating!

Yes, our Village Village President and Trustees do seem well fed don’t they?

Now back to our used car salesman, oooops…I mean Trustee Paul Humpfer. Back in June 20, 2007, Mr. Humpfer sold a 2000 Honda Odyssey to Gloria Van Cleeve. The problem was that the vehicle’s Title was missing and a promissory note was made and signed by Mr. Humfer. The note made it quite clear that if said Title could not be found he would apply for a duplicate. Fair enough, don’t you think?

Well the days turned into weeks, with Paul reassuring Gloria that he was working on getting that Title and the weeks turned into months. Gloria was getting irritated and rightly so, as the vehicle was taking up space in her driveway, rusting away and depreciating in value. Meanwhile the Chairman of the Finance Committee was coming up with new excuses of why he hasn’t gotten the Title for said vehicle and the months turned into years.

Here’s some of the excuses he came up with during this wait for the Title.

  1. I’m working on it.
  2. I’m living out of State.
  3. You’ll get it next week.
  4. I’m busy with my court cases.
  5. I lost the VIN for the vehicle.
  6. I sent the wrong VIN to the State.
  7. I’m broke and had to pay medical bills for my children. [nothing like using your kids for an excuse, you’d think that Zurich Insurance Co. would properly insure their highly regarded employees, like Paul Humpfer]

Yes boys and girls, after 2 years, 3 months and numerous days of watching a vehicle in her driveway rotting away, depreciating in value and taking up space in her driveway, Mrs. Van Cleave decided enough is enough!

She is now filing a claim in Small Claims Court to get restitution.

Here we have a Trustee who wants to raise your taxes for the benefit of Village employees and the large ego of Bob Cole. Chairman of the Finance Committee who had to borrow money to pay his property taxes, but figures the struggling families of Carpentersville, should have no problem paying higher taxes to make Public Works employees comfortable in the harshest of Winter and cool in the hottest  months of Summer.

Makes you really, really wonder, if the vehicle was his to sell to begin with. Especially so, when he was having all those problems with his wife and going through that bitter divorce.

Can anyone say,” Marital Property?”

 

 

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Pat Schultz, Reformer or Hypocrite?

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During the dark days of the Boettger & Sigwalt administration, when “No-Opinion Audits” were just as common as handing out candy on Halloween and collusion among Village Board members to stifle dissent was justified to move Carpentersville “FORWARD.” It seems that we’re revisiting history.

Back in those Dark Ages, Pat [Patricia] Schultz was among many, who found the tactics of the Boettger/Sigwalt administration as being DICTATORIAL and unhealthy for Carpentersville’s finances and transparency.

Now that she is elected and is part of the political machine, she has embraced the former tactics of the Boettger/Sigwalt administration. She believes “secrecy” is now the best policy. No need for public input from the taxpayers, since the “political machine” knows best!

I guess it proves that evolution is a fact! Politicians, such as Pat Schultz, promises reform and transparency, but once elected they become the monsters that they once fought against.
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