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The Rundown: Trautsch Wants Announcements Trimmed from Village Board Meeting

Trustee thinks public service announcements distract village board from business.

On a Tuesday evening filled with awards and recognition of community members’ achievements, Trustee Cindy Trautsch (Dist. 1) proposed that  some of the excess public service announcements be trimmed from the regularmeetings.

“I had suggested that we move announcements to the 7 to 7:30 p.m. slot so that, we, as a board, can have our meetings and get out earlier within our time frame,” Trautsch said.

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Announcements of carnivals, 5K runs, parish smokers and fundraisers, for example, would be announced before the village board’s regular 7:30 p.m. starting time on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

“Move these so they don’t take away from the meeting or the meeting takes away from [community members],” Trautsch suggested. “We have business that we need to handle.”

Mayor Dave Heilmann suggested starting public service announcements 15 minutes before the village board meeting.

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“I think it would be beneficial for residents to come and use the mic and help get community announcements out,” the mayor said. “Nobody would have to wait and the board wouldn’t have to be there.”

There was no mention if the pre-board meeting announcements would be included in the taped village board meetings shown the next day on Ch. 4. Also not discussed was if the proposed reduction of public service announcements would apply to trustees’ parish announcements during their new business reports.

Implementing a change to the policy on public service announcements at village board meetings would require a vote by trustees.

The policy would not affect recognition by the village board of community members’ special achievements.

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Dave W. April 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
It is meant as a compliment, OLG... I understand what you are saying, in that I realize what YOU mean in regard to my query. However, I'm not convinced at your second part...I would like somebody, ANYBODY to explain to me, give me and example, of WHAT legal issue or employee issue can't be discussed in public. If it isn't ILlegal, what is the harm? I realize it is in most if not all government charters, but that is just a self-perpetuating tactic; it is used by those with something to hide, and to prove it, they use it, claiming something to hide, but they can't tell you what, because it has to be hidden. "BUT TRUST US, we PROMISE to behave...REALLY." I'm open to the possiblity, but I need a substantive answer from someone. I don't believe otherwise; that it isn't ALL politickin' going on, because from what does make it out from behind the closed doors, it is rarely good.
Lorraine Swanson April 27, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Leak those numbers my way.
tonydeaffromdribbledrabble May 01, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I don't understand this story. ARe we talking about announcements like awards and events sponsored by the village or ARE we talking about the inane announcements made by Trustees as "new business" for their churches? If it is the former, I agree with the Mayor that those announcements could be right before the meeting. If it is the latter, then I say stop those announcements.
Noneua May 01, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Dave W you should talk to any municipal attorney. Even contact the Village or local board attorneys through the park or your local school district attorney. They can thoroughly explain each example to you better than anyone.
Oak Lawn Gal May 04, 2012 at 05:57 AM
If ever there was a non issue this is it.

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