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Budget concerns citizens

Friday, December 26, 2008

With the 2009 budget in the works and the economy in recession concerned citizens spoke out at the Cherokee Village City Council meeting Dec. 18.

Cherokee Village Mayor Lloyd Hefley read a letter to the council that Cherokee Village Councilman Petr Oberding had sent to him and published in the paper.

The letter said, "It is regrettable that I am unable to attend this city council meeting. However, I would like to reiterate my position pertaining to the 2009 budget which encompass a 10 percent budget salary increase for the city employees. The C.V. residents elected the aldermen to serve and protect their interest. In these economic hard times, I cannot with a clear conscience support a 10 percent budget salary increase, because I would not be looking out for their best interest.

"Especially now that the city council members recently approved a resolution to levy 2 mill advalorem taxes for the city of Cherokee Village.

"I would like the city council members to once more reconsider and I suggest that they vote for a percentage not to exceed 3 percent." The letter was signed Petr R. Oberding, Alderman.

Another Cherokee Village resident stood up during the meeting to express his feelings as well. The man said he represented a group of people in what he was about to say.

"How did you come up with a 10 percent increase in salaries?" the resident asked the council. "Most other cities come nowhere near that. We feel that 10 percent is way out of line."

The council explained that they have not approved a budget yet that sets any raise. The resident told the council he felt like the two mills advalorem tax was set to support the raise.

Alderman Tom Thone explained that the council has reviewed several proposed budgets for 2009 and all of them are the same or less than 2008. He said the money is just distributed differently. The council voted to postpone voting on the proposed 2009 budget until a special meeting that is to be held Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.

The council passed three resolutions that address the unsightly conditions of three separate properties in the city limits.

In order for these resolutions to be passed the council had to hold a hearing. Cherokee Village City Attorney John Abele asked Charles Delouche, the Cherokee Village building inspector a series of questions concerning the properties.

In the questions asked, the council determined that the properties, all three, have had a foundation poured and no structure completed. The building permits for the properties have all been expired for over a year and the owners of the properties have not responded to letters sent by Delouche.

The council voted to accept resolutions 2008-14, 2008-15 and 2008-16. These resolutions address each property separately. The resolutions order the razing and removal of a nuisance on the properties if the owner does not respond to the problem within 30 days.

The three properties affected by these resolutions are; Lot 1B, Block 2, Omaha Center Addition; Lot 1C, Block 2, Omaha Center Addition; and Lot 12, Block 2, Omaha Center Addition.

Mayor Hefley announced that VernaMae Newman has been appointed to the planning and zoning board effective Jan. 1. Newman will be replacing Petr Oberding. Jim Stoval's term is up in 2009 on the planning and zoning board and he has been reappointed.

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Glad to see the citiens of the village are waking up to the madness that is going on at silly hall. How about a new moto"In 2010 Get Rid of Them". No taxes for the village if we can't afford it then we don't need it.

-- Posted by troutman on Fri, Dec 26, 2008, at 2:00 PM

Hi Troutman, I do not know where you are coming from with your post. If you could give me an example of "The Madness" that is going on at City Hall, I would like to hear it. Alderman Oberding posting about the 10% raise in the Villager, and the fact that it was brought up at the last council meeting by the Mayor and discussed by the residents at the meeting shows the Village that we have transparency. Thats a good thing, as is the fact that they scheduled a special meeting to deal with this issue and the budget. The citizens of the village should be able to see that. They should also see that in your post you were disrespectfull in your discription of City Hall. I have seen these comments before, and believe they do nothing but harm the village. If we want to see growth, we have to support our business community, and the work of City Hall. In every city there are small select groups of malcontents who resort to this name calling. It hurts us all.

I am in support of a raise for city employees for a couple reasons. First, the pay scale in this area is terrible, not to mention the lack of benefits. We need to reward good employees. It is very easy for the financially secure residents in the area to complain, and continue to hold good workers down, while they live a comfortable retirement themselves. For the working class poor people in the area, the discussion of pay raises should give them hope that a better future can be possible for all.

Secondly this administration has done a fantastic job, working to improve the village, using code enforcement, animal control, a successful deer hunt, improved patrolling of our neighborhoods, and plans that have been made for possible future development that most residents have no idea exist. All this improves not just our way of life here, but also the way we are looked at by people searching for a place to retire or a slower paced lifestyle to raise a family. They deserve credit for their efforts. These improvements are all due to our city employees, and administration. I am not sure how the meeting went on the 29th, but I would imagine they met in the middle.

-- Posted by Chuck K on Tue, Dec 30, 2008, at 8:12 PM

Chuck, where's that transparency you were talking about when you stated"plans for future development that most residents have no idea exist." More silly hall talk. I am against any property tax by the city. If we can not afford a project on what we receive now then we don't need it. Why do we need growth Chuck? We are a retirement community. And yes we malcontents will continue to voice our opinions as long as we see the need to do so. Let the part time mayor give up his salary for employee raises or to buy dog food for the shelter. But don't pass on to the villagers a tax just because you can. Cut cost or do away with unneeded items in the budget. That will help "the working class poor" as you call them and the tax paying villagers.

Once again "In 2010 get Rid of Them"

-- Posted by troutman on Fri, Jan 9, 2009, at 9:30 AM

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