Mickey Straub
Karen J. Thomas
Village Clerk
Steven S. Stricker
Village Administrator

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Steven S. Stricker
Village Administrator
(630) 654-8181 Ext. 2000
Email: sstricker@burr-ridge.gov

Barbara Popp
Executive Secretary
(630) 654-8181 Ext. 2020
Email: bpopp@burr-ridge.gov
Karen Thomas
Principal Office Clerk/Village Clerk
(630) 654-8181 Ext. 2030
Email: kthomas@burr-ridge.gov

Kellie Feehan
Part-time Receptionist
(630) 654-8181 Ext. 2040
Email: kfeehan@burr-ridge.gov

Victoria Marek
Part-time Receptionist
(630) 654-8181 Ext. 2070
Email: vmarek@burr-ridge.gov
Janet Kowal
Communications and Public Relations Coordinator
(630) 654-8181 Ext. 2120
Email: jkowal@burr-ridge.gov

The Village Administrator is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Village and reports to the Mayor and Board of Trustees on the management and operation of all affairs and departments of the Village.

The Communications and Public Relations Coordinator prepares the Burr Ridge Briefs and Burr Ridge Business Briefs newsletters, oversees the content and organization of the Village web site, maintains the local cable access Bulletin Board (Channel 6 & Channel 99) as well as other communications to the general public; acts as staff liaison to the Downtown Burr Ridge Events Planning Committee.

The Executive Secretary serves as secretary to the Village President, Village Administrator and other administrative staff; acts as the Village health and liability insurance claims coordinator; acts as the staff liaison to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.

The Principal Office Clerk maintains the Village's records, responds to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act, processes special assessments, liquor license applications, and water and sewer recaptures.

The Receptionist greets visitors at the front counter, answers the telephone, processes service requests and the daily mail.

TO:                   Mayor, Trustees, Village Attorneys and Village Clerk

FROM:              Village Administrator Steve Stricker and Staff

DATE:              December 19, 2014

SUBJECT:        Administration Weekly Memo


Village Hall Closed for Christmas and New Year’s

Please be reminded that the Village Hall be closed on Wednesday, December 24, for Christmas Eve; Thursday, December 25, for Christmas Day; at noon on Wednesday, December 31, for New Year’s Eve; and Thursday, January 1, for New Year’s Day. Please note that, with this and my upcoming vacation in mind, the next Administration Weekly Memo will be sent to the Board on Friday, January 9.

Plan Commission Meeting – Monday, January 5, 7:30 p.m.

The next Plan Commission meeting is scheduled on Monday, January 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Police Pension Board Meeting – Tuesday, January 6, 7:00 p.m.

The next Police Pension Board meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, January 6, at 7:00 p.m.

Pathway Commission Meeting – Thursday, January 8, 7:00 p.m.

The next Pathway Commission meeting is scheduled on Thursday, January 8, at 7:00 p.m.

Personnel Committee Meeting – Monday, January 12, 6:00 p.m.

The next Personnel Committee meeting is scheduled on Monday, January 12, at 6:00 p.m., just prior to the Village Board meeting. The agenda for this meeting is available for review at the Village Hall.

BFPC Meeting – Wednesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m.

The next Board of Fire and Police Commissioners meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, January 14, at 7:00 p.m.

Plan Commission Meeting – Monday, January 19, 7:30 p.m.

The second January meeting of the Plan Commission is scheduled on Monday, January 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Economic Development Committee Meeting – Tuesday, January 20, 7:00 p.m.

The next Economic Development Committee meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, January 20, at 7:00 p.m. I had hoped that Opus/Trademark would be ready to make their presentation before the EDC at this meeting. It is my understanding, however, that they are still not ready to make a presentation and requested that the EDC hold a special meeting in early February for this purpose.

Citizen’s Police Academy – Thursdays, January 22-March 26, 6:30 p.m.

The next Citizen’s Police Academy program begins on Thursday, January 22, and will run through Thursday, March 26. Each class starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Police Station.

Veterans Memorial Committee Meeting – Wednesday, January 28, 4:00 p.m.

The next Veterans Memorial Committee meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, January 28, at 4:00 p.m.

Employee Personnel Committee Update

The Employee Personnel Committee met on December 9 to discuss any concerns or questions that Village employees have and to review issues that have been previously presented to the Board and me. The Committee prepared a memo to me regarding their meeting, which indicates that no new business had been brought to their attention at this time. The memo also thanks the Board and me for our consideration of employees concerns over the past year.

City of Chicago Raises Water Rate

As anticipated, the City of Chicago has increased the water rate, effective January 1, by 15%. Bedford Park is passing along the 15% increase this year, rather than the monetary increase, which from Chicago would have been $ .50. Therefore, the rate will increase from $4.52 to $5.20, an increase of $ .68. We expect this to be the last year for the double digit increase from the City of Chicago and hope that future increases will be more generally tied to the CPI going forward.

DMMC Input to Governor Transition Committee

The DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference has submitted a report to the Governor-elect Rauner Transition Policy Committee on Intergovernmental Efficiencies of Local Government (available for review at the Village Hall) outlining its position on a number of issues, including its opposition to any decrease in the local share of income tax. Please note that, under suggestions regarding public Safety Pension Reform on page 3, the DMMC is calling for an additional reduction in the required funding level formula for the Police Pension Fund from the current 90% funding by 2040 to 75% funding by 2050. I feel I must point out the fact that, while Mr. Tom White continued to speak in opposition to the current State pension formula, set at 90% funding by 2040, and calling it a Ponzi scheme, municipalities throughout the State are clamoring for additional pension reform and a lower required funding level at an amortization start date over a longer period of time. I think this is further evidence that Mr. White is out of step with the philosophy of municipal officials, not only in DuPage County, but throughout the State of Illinois.

Village Administrator Elected to IRMA Executive Board

I am pleased to announce that on Wednesday, December 17, the IRMA Board of Directors elected me to serve as the Small Member Representative on the IRMA Executive Board, effective January 1, 2015. As you may know, I was the past Chairperson of this organization back in 1993, after serving several years on our liability insurance pool Board. I was happy to accept this two-year term to return to the Board of this very important organization.

Please note that, while I am also a member of the Executive Board of our health insurance pool, IPBC, my term will expire in June 2015. I will still maintain my Chairmanship of our subpool and will continue to be a delegate to the IPBC Board of Directors.


Village Administrator Elected as Vice President of the Hinsdale Rotary Club

I am pleased to announce that on Friday, December 5, the Hinsdale Rotary Club elected me to serve as Vice President of the Hinsdale Rotary Club. As you will recall, the Hinsdale Club has an annual membership of 55-60 members and this recognition is a great honor. I previously served on the Hinsdale Rotary Club Executive Board as Secretary from 2006 to 2009 and was a former President of the Burr Ridge/Willowbrook Rotary Club back in 1998.

Final Permit to be Issued for Savoy Club

The Community Development Department is in the process of issuing the final permit for a new home in the Savoy Club Planned Unit Development.  This represents the 52nd of 52 homes in Savoy Club and includes the completion of a home that was left incomplete by the original developer and the construction of a new home on a lot that had a foundation built by the original developer and removed by the new developer.  You may recall that Pulte took over this project in 2011 after the original developer failed to complete the Subdivision.  A building permit for a model home was issued to Pulte in April 2012.  Pulte obtained its first permit for a private home in September 2012. 

Financial Information Reports – November 2014

The full Financial Information Reports for the month of November 2014, prepared by Finance Director Jerry Sapp and Assistant Finance Director Lynette Zurawski, are available for review at the Village Hall.

Tax Revenue Breakdown

A chart showing the breakdown of Sales Tax (through September 2014), Hotel/Motel Tax and Place-of-Eating Tax revenues for each fiscal year from 2010-11 through October 2014 is available for review at the Village Hall.


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For other copies of the Village Administrator's Update please email bpopp@burr-ridge.gov.

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