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Mission Statement

 

Our Mission is to restore the integrity, safety and prestige of Olympia Fields, Illinois. Our members watch out for each other and report suspicious and inappropriate activity to the Police, Village Hall, and to each other. Citizens and the government working together is very important for the success of our community.

5K to benefit Respond Now

Source: HF Chronicle August 2, 2017

When Kelvin Oliver hits the streets of Olympia Fields on Nov. 11, he’ll be raising funds and awareness for Respond Now as well as promoting his own town.
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The Hub 5K Run/Walk to Benefit Homelessness supports Respond Now and other agencies that help neighboring families in crisis. It takes participants through “a lovely area” where homeowners work “for weeks in advance sprucing up their yards,” Oliver said. “It’s a good route for runners because there are a few hills. But even for walkers, it’s a beautiful way to spend a morning.”
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Oliver, a board member for Respond Now, also likes spreading the word about the social service agency.
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“Everyone should know Respond Now is a resource for people they know in 22 suburbs who need help but don’t know where to turn.”
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The Chronicle is among event sponsors. More information is at respondnow.org.
― Patty Houlihan

Sign up, volunteer, or donate today

 

Appeal your property tax

assessment online

The plummeting property values in Olympia Fields may entitle you to a lowered property tax assessment. The Cook County Board of Review website (cookcountyboardofreview.com) is now accepting pre-registration assessment complaints from individuals filing on their own property.

 

Thieves target unlocked cars during vehicle burglary spree

hfchronicle.com/2017/jul/18/thieves-target-unlocked-cars-during-vehicle-burglary-spree

Multiple burglaries to vehicles were reported to Flossmoor police last weekend. 

According to a July 17 email alert from the Flossmoor Police Department, multiple residents awoke to find their vehicles had been entered and property stolen. There were no signs of forced entry into any vehicle; all appeared to have been left unlocked. 

Police said car burglaries were reported on the evening of July 14 in the Heather Hill and Flossmoor Hills neighborhoods, the 2500 block of Braeburn Avenue and Brookwood Drive.  A total of six police reports were made. 

Also, a vehicle was stolen out of the driveway in the 1800 Block of Quail Court. The car door was unlocked and keys were left inside the vehicle, police said. 

From previous investigations, the police have learned that these individuals will park in a remote area then travel on foot, going from vehicle to vehicle looking for unlocked doors.  

A homeowner's surveillance camera captured an image of the suspect.

 

Who Spearheaded the Disastrous Lincoln Mall Redevelopment?

Who is credited with spearheading the failed massive redevelopment project that left the mall in shambles, put Matteson millions in debt, and forced current demolition?

 

WHO SPEARHEADED MASSIVE REDEVELOPMENT DISASTER OF LINCOLN MALL

 

Historic Oak Lawn corruption now tied to Olympia Fields

Does Sandra Bury Have A Modern Day “Money Laundering” Operation In Oak Lawn?

Oak Lawn Leaf  April 2, 2017

 

Two politicians from the south suburbs of Olympia Fields and Country Club Hills have also been tied to Bury through campaign donations.  One is Country Club Hills Mayor James Ford and the other is Olympia Fields Trustee Howard Robinson.  Both have connections to Chicago backed politicians”

Source:http://oaklawnleaf.com/2017/04/03/8158/

 

“ two south suburban politicians used their political funds to donate $2,500 each after receiving the same amount from State Senator Michael Hastings, who likewise received donations from Village Attorney Paul O’Grady. None of those transactions are illegal but the movement of the contributions provided secrecy and deniability for all the parties”

Source:http://oaklawnleaf.com/2017/04/26/8434/

 

“The only connection between Ford, Robinson, Hastings, and Sandra Bury, is Oak Lawn’s Village Attorney Paul O’Grady. The effect of laundering the money in this way is that O’Grady can deny that his $5,000 donation was  connected to the $5,000 that ended up in Bury’s political campaign coffers. A phone call to Howard Robinson on Friday was not returned”

Source:http://oaklawnleaf.com/2017/04/02/8227/

 

Michael Hastings contribution ( 3-22-2017 )

 

Michael Hastings contribution ( 3-24-2017 )

 

NO Retail Redlining

across the street

David Mekarski has desperately used “Retail Redlining” as his excuse for failing to bring economic development to Olympia Fields. So why is retail redlining non-existent across the street in Flossmoor ?

Meijer outlots developed for restaurant and retail use

 

Flossmoor board oks Vollmer Starbucks-AT&T building

  

Flossmoor board oks Buona Beef Restaurant near Meijer

 

Lou Malnati’s to open location in Flossmoor Commons

 

 

What happened to the

Walmart revenue?

$700,000 sales tax surplus gone ?

12-8-2014 Board Meeting Minutes page 11 line 37

“The benefit to the Village is the Sales Tax Revenue. We did some estimates based upon other Wal-Mart Stores within the region. He would estimate somewhere in the vicinity of $700,000.00 a year in revenue for the Village depending on their sales. It could be more than that or a little bit less. That is a pretty healthy revenue gain for the Village. We are very excited about that.”

3-23-2015 Board Meeting Minutes page 5 line 20

“That is huge. That is just huge… the fact that a Village of this size could get a major retailer of that magnitude to come here is significant… “I salute you on a job well-done.” He believes that they all deserve a round of applause. (There was a round of applause)…. Success breeds success. He stated that what you all have done right now has laid a foundation financially for this Village for the next generation to come. He can’t thank you enough for the hard work and the time you put into this. He stated, “Thank you. Thank you.Thank you.” (There was a round of applause).

Village President Meyers-Martin and Administrator Mekarski stated thank you.”

 

Exactly what went wrong with the Walmart deal ?

Never forget that Mekarski was one of the architects of the disastrous Lincoln Mall Contract, and then paid $170,000 severance to leave Vero Beach after less than 1 year of service. The Florida Ethics Committee ruled that he had "used poor judgment”.

 

After reviewing the above data it is very apparent that only a person who was mentally challenged or just woke up from a 30 year coma would believe Mekarski negotiated the better side of the Walmart contract.

Obviously he didn't, or they wouldn’t be broke now !

 

Flossmoor sales tax figures triple following Meijer opening

Flossmoor gaining $790,000 annually in new sales tax and property tax revenue

hfchronicle.com/article/2016/oct/14/flossmoor-sales-tax-figures-triple-following-meijer-opening

Flossmoor’s monthly sales tax revenue jumped threefold following the opening of the Meijer superstore in June.

The State of Illinois Friday posted sales tax numbers for July, the first full month Meijer’s Flossmoor store was open. They show the village receiving $67,384 in sales tax revenues for that month.

Flossmoor Finance Director Scott Bordui said that amount is $45,000 more than average monthly distribution in the previous year. read more

 

  Text Box: 2000	  .427
2001	  .473
2002	  .435
2003	  .450
2004	  .437
2005	  .346
2006	  .464
2007	1.075
2008	1.067
2009	1.067
2010	1.116
2011	1.436
2012	1.624
2013	1.839
1.973
2.089

 

Never forget

Our 1990 property tax bill had a Municipal Tax Rate of “ZERO”

 

1990 PROPERTY TAX

 

Quality of Life for staff prospers Chicago Style Politics thrive in Olympia Fields

For the last decade, the David Mekarski Administration has refused to reduce spending while sucking more money from homeowners year after year, with increased taxes and fees.

Clearly, the priority of David Mekarski is the Quality of life for the village administration and staff, especially himself.

  .

ANNUAL RAISES SINCE  2000

 

Text Box: Mr. **** inquired whether or not there has been a time in the past seven-years when the Village employees haven’t gotten a cost of living increase. 
Village President Meyers-Martin stated “yes, we have frozen it. There was a zero degree raise”
 VILLAGE  BOARD MEETING 
 August 25, 2014
Page 34

Board Meeting Minutes August, 25, 2014

As our Municipal Tax Rate soars,

so does Mekarski’s salary 

                   

MEKARSKI VILLAGE CONTRACT JULY 8, 2013

 

2016

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$170,439.00

2015

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$166,281.00

2014

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$162,225.20

2013

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$158,269.60

2012

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$155,769.60

2011

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$147,423.36

2010

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$130,855.52

2009

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$129,145.20

2008

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$112,933.36

2007

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$106,471.24

2006

Olympia Fields

Mekarski David A

$59,374.95

                    source: www.openthebooks.com

 

What do much larger Suburbs pay their Village Managers

 

VILLAGE MANAGERS IN OTHER SUBURBS MAKING LESS THAN MEKARSKI

      

Text Box: Village Cries Broke in one breath then proceeds to irresponsibly spend more taxpayer money moments later
At the  8-25-2014 Board Meeting, in the midst of  Crying Broke and attempting to push a $50 per vehicle tax past angry taxpayers, that they explained was necessary to “fill a hole in the budget...because they are broke”, the Board unanimously voted to:

-  Give the Building Commissioner a new six-figure raise

-  Offer  another six-figure salary to a new Public Works Director

-  Approve the Final Draft of the Town Center Plan for the formal consideration

8-25-2014 BOARD MEETING MINUTES

 

             

Video cameras are now cheaper, smaller, and higher quality

 

               

Our Village leaders philosophy that we are better off not knowing about residential burglaries in our village is senseless and irresponsible. Valuable information has not been shared. That’s why many vigilant residents are fighting back by installing video surveillance in addition to their alarms. Cameras are not only a deterrent, they can provide evidence to help convict the criminal element that dares to try. The following are examples of  current systems on the market.

 

Sam’s Club Systems                   Best Buy Systems

 

Microcenter Systems                   Swann Demonstration Video

 

Text Box: “There weren’t any burglaries in Olympia Fields last year…name one? ”
“There is no crime in Olympia Fields” 
Carl Frey  
2-27-2013 Town Hall Meeting, Arcadia School 

 

     2012 Olympia Fields Residential Burglaries

                      

Olympia Fields now has one of the highest Municipal Tax Rates in Chicagoland

                      

Click on the “CHICAGOLAND TAXES” tab in the upper left to see how Olympia Fields Taxes compare to every other village in the Chicagoland region.

 

VIEW ALL OLYMPIA FIELDS PROPERTY TAXES

 

 

Highest median property tax  South Suburbs-Cook County

chicago.blockshopper.com/regions/south_suburbs

 

· 1. Olympia Fields East/Graymoor : $10,467.24 Olympia Fields

· 2. West Country Club Hills/Marycrest : $10,276.50 Country Club Hills

· 3. East Flossmoor : $10,068.14  Flossmoor

· 4. Central Matteson/Lincoln Mall : $9,311.75  Matteson

· 5. South Central Flossmoor : $9,012.52  Flossmoor

· 6. South Naperville : $8,990.14   Naperville

· 7. Olympia Fields C.C. : $8,378.96  Olympia Fields

· 8. South of Lincoln Hwy : $7,946.50  Frankfort

· 9. West Lynwood : $7,716.70  Lynwood

· 10. North Central Flossmoor/Downtown : $7,224.26
Flossmoor

 

Parking Ordinance

for non-hard surfaces

All 4 wheels must be on hard surface

Sec. 14-39.( I )   Parking on non-hard surfaces. It shall be unlawful to park any motor vehicle on any public or private property within the village unless such vehicle is parked on a hard surfaced driveway...

Chief Krull has requested all residents

to remember to call the police

non-emergency number if a violation is observed.

 

PARKING ON HARD SURFACE ORDINANCE

 

Garbage Can Ordinance

Sec. 11-41. (B)    ...refuse containers and garbage containers shall be stored in area on the owner’s property which is not visible from the street.

 

                

 

HOURS FOR PLACEMENT AND STORAGE OF GARBAGE CONTAINERS

 

Government wants another Bogus Referendum for Sewer Repairs that were supposed to be paid for by the 2007 Referendum

Olympia Fields may ask voters to OK sewer upgrade

Southtown Star By Sarah Zylstra Correspondent May 11, 2011

Olympia Fields voters may be asked to decide if the village should borrow an estimated $2.7 million to finish upgrading the municipality’s sewer system.

The village board this week discussed placing the matter on the ballot next year.

“We’re doing a comprehensive sanitary rehabilitation sewer project village-wide,” village administrator David Mekarski said. “It’s just an expensive endeavor.”

So far, 50 percent of the sewer system has been overhauled in order to prevent rainwater from leeching in and overtaxing the system, which could lead to sanitary sewer backup, he said.

The village has spent close to $5 million financed by bonds and federal stimulus grants to tighten up manholes, slipline the sewer mains and enforce plumbing codes that prohibit illegal connections to the sewers, such as sump pumps and gutter drains.

“We still have a lot to do even though we’ve eliminated all the rainfall that’s getting into the mains and the manholes,” Mekarski said. “What appears to be still leeching a lot of rainwater into the system are laterals — pipes that essentially connect the house to the mainline.”

The village board Monday approved borrowing $500,000 internally for now to rod, smoke and televise the lateral sewers in the Graymoor subdivision, a section of 150 homes where rainwater during storms can exceed the pump capacity.

“Graymoor is a serious situation because otherwise we could have sanitary sewer backups,” Mekarski said. “We’re trying to prevent that.”

Investigations into Graymoor will allow for a more precise dollar number on the bond next year, he said. The final number could range from $1.5 million to $4 million.

“We’ll formalize an entire budget then go out on essentially a backdoor referendum question to finance this last component,” Mekarski said.

Olympia Fields is one of the few villages in the state that is working to update its system to comply with federal and state standards, he said, something many villages are setting aside in the face of more pressing financial difficulties.

But Olympia Fields is financially strong, and ended last year with a surplus of funds, Mekarski said.

 

Now ask yourself, why would any “sane citizen” vote YES to such a plan that was supposed to have been paid off by the last referendum ? The same referendum that tripled our Municipal Tax Rate !!!

Millions of dollars were wasted on the "building out" of the new Village Hall. To add further insult to injury the government's representatives autocratically voted to spend over $62,000 on a sculpture  to honor the former mayor that tripled

our municipal tax rate.                                                   

                    Never forget the following:

 

-VILLAGE REFERENDUM NEWSLETTER OF 2007

 

-VILLAGE SALARIES AFTER 2007 REFERENDUM

 

-VILLAGE RECIEVES 2.6 MILLION GRANT

 

“The problem is ridiculously exaggerated. Most of the problem comes from unconscious racism…The truth is, there are only 5 or 6 run down homes in the whole village” THE INFAMOUS TEN   9-10-2006 STAR    David Mekarski, Matthew Sosnowski,, Geraldine Tyler, Ilene Waite, Larry Green, Pat Collier, Kay Mangan, Susan Gatlin-Moroney, Craig Martin, Bob Waite   

                

GALLERY OF SHAME 

 

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$62,394 “Gift for Jones” ?

Just when you thought the village couldn’t waste any more tax payer money...Now comes a sculpture that has cumulatively ended up costing us more than $60,000. The bill for this “GIFT FOR PRESIDENT JONES” should be footed by the people that have benefited the most from Jones, the village administration and all village employees. Their enhanced salaries could be garnished equally until the total cost of the Tribute is paid off. However, the true accountability for this irresponsible waste of taxpayer money goes to the 6 Trustees that unanimously approved it.

 

TOTAL CUMULATIVE COST OF GIFT TO JONES

 

                    

 

         

Controversial Jones Sculpture

not so “original” or “hand made”

Turns out this “original piece of art” is actually contracted to a body shop and fabrication shop for manufacturing.

Caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware

 

Olympia Fields Median

Household Incomes spiraling

to new lows

According to the United States Census Bureau,  As of 2008-2012, Olympia Fields median household income is $79,762, which has shrunk by -15.89% since 2000. The median household income growth rate is much lower than the state average rate of +22.03% and is much lower than the national average rate of +26.32%.

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/17/1755938.html

 

http://www.usa.com/olympia-fields-il-income-and-careers.htm

 

 

2008-2012 LIST OF TOP MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMES

 

IN 1977 OLYMPIA FIELDS RANKED #4 IN MEDIAN INCOME IN CHICAGOLAND

 

 

 

Orland Park names village manager

New Orland Park Village Manager makes less than David Mekarski

Orland Park trustees on Tuesday approved the appointment of Joe La Margo as village manager, a job he had held on an interim basis since April.  The employment agreement approved by trustees expires in early September 2020 but could be renewed, and La Margo will receive a salary of $165,000 annually and a monthly vehicle allowance of $600.

Source: Southtown News September 6, 2017 orland park manager

 

Rob Piscia named Frankfort administrator

New Frankfort Village Administrator makes less than David Mekarski

Rob Piscia has been appointed as Frankfort's new village administrator after serving in an interim capacity since June. His contract, which runs with the mayor's term, expires in May, 2021, and includes a $154,000 salary, according to village spokeswoman Mary Canino.

Source: Southtown News September 21, 2017 frankfort appoints administrator

 

Where is David Mekarski’s

 Olympia Fields home ?

 

“David Mekarski, the village administrator who has lived in the village for three years”

 

“Mr. Mekarski the village administrator, believes his home combines the best aspects of Oak Park, for its diversity; Evanston, for its quality of life; and Lake Forest, for its character”

 

MORE LIES / THE STAR 9-10-2006

 

Stop the Mekarski Gravy Train

This is how your skyrocketing tax dollars are being spent in a tiny 2.9 square mile village with a population of only 5000.

Never forget, not long ago, the Chief of Police was the only full time administrative position. Most of these were part-time positions or didn’t even exist. Giving Mekarski another contract is not an option. Olympia Fields must cap and reduce spending immediately.

2016

Mekarski David A

Village Administartor

$170,439.00

2016

Saenz Cynthia A

Director of Finance & Administration

$122,505.00

2016

Betty Zigras

Asst. Director of Finance

$97,000.00

2016

Landini James A

Director of Public Works

$113,492.00

2016

Mcdonnell John M

Building Commishiner

$108,151.00

SEE ALL EMPLOYEE RAISES FROM 2000 to 2016

(excluding Police Dept.)

Enough is Enough Put an end to David Mekarski’s

decade long record of:

-Bigger Government  SALARIES SINCE  2000

-Bigger Taxes and fees  16 YEAR TAX COMPARISON

-Bigger Debt  BOND DEBT

 

Man robs Chase Bank at gunpoint

Why wasn’t Code Red Alert issued ?

A male robbed the Chase Bank on Vollmer Road in Olympia Fields at 11:04a,m. Thursday morning (5-4-2017).

The suspect wielded a weapon during the robbery, which was described as a "takeover bank robbery" by the FBI. He fled on foot in an unknown direction after the robbery, FBI officials said.

He was described as a black male, 5-feet, 8-inches tall with a thin build and wearing all black clothing with a black mask..

A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information should call the FBI at (312) 421-6700.

 

 

Debra Meyers-Martin LIES about reduced budgets and raising taxes

Source: DEBRA MEYERS-MARTIN 3-26-2017

 

This despite the fact the Municipal Tax Rate   has gone up every year and nearly doubled since she took office, along with the skyrocketing Village Salaries which have also gone up every year and are public record.

 

David Mekarski LIES about Referendum Newsletter at Town Hall Meeting

Source:David Mekarski & Debra MeyerS-Martin  12-6-2016 Town Hall Meeting

 

A stuttering David Mekarski told residents that the 2007 Referendum Newsletter stated that sewers were only a “minor part“ of the referendum, and that he “can certainly get a copy of it from file and prove the commitment by this board was to only take $200,000 out of the 2008 referendum for sewers”.

Debra Meyers-Martins then states that all the referendum money ($200,000) allocated for sewers was only “spent on smoke testing and televising the sewer system”

This completely contradicts what residents were promised in what was really printed in the 2007 REFERENDUM NEWSLETTER released by the village. A majority of residents overwhelmingly voted “yes” to the referendum believing the village when they proclaimed 50% of the new revenue was for sewers.

In a disgusting revelation, 10 years after the bogus sewer referendum, Cynthia Saenz revealed that the village is in debt $5,900,000 (in principle alone) for sewer projects.

 

2007 Referendum Newsletter 

Page 2

Village’s tax rate. This tax rate increase will generate

approximately $1.2 million dollars annualy in new revenues.

Approximately 50% will be directed to the General Fund to

prevent a reduction in services or necessary layoffs from our

Police department. The remaining 50% will finance a series of

sewer and drainage improvement projects that will directly

benefit many of our neighborhoods. For the average household

with a home that has a market value of $300,000, this increase

 

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8. WILL THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES INTEND TO USE

SOME OF THE REVENUES RAISED BY THE

REFERENDUM TO SUBSIDIZE THE COST OF

NECESSARY SANITARY SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS?

Our sewer sanitary system is aging. Over 60% of our sewer

lines are 40 years old. These lines are cracking, allowing

groundwater to flood the system. This ground water

infiltration overwhelms the systems ability to handle sewer

water. During storm conditions, sewer water can actually

“backup” into our homes. The Illinois Environmental

Protection Agency has actually issued a Violation Notice for a

portion of the system along Country Club Drive. The

reconstruction of this line alone will exceed $400,000. An

engineering study indicates that the cost of repair of our

overall system will exceed $7 million. To manage this critical

project, the Board of Trustees intends to utilize sewer rates

combined with revenues from the proposed 68-cent increase

to finance a 5-year capital improvement project. The end

result will mean a major reduction in sewage backups,

extending the life of the system for another 30 plus years, and

compliance with State Environmental laws.

 

Olympia Fields Municipal Tax Rate

Text Box: 2000	  .427
2001	  .473
2002	  .435
2003	  .450
2004	  .437
2005	  .346
2006	  .464
2007	1.075
2008	1.067
2009	1.067
2010	1.116
2011	1.436
2012	1.624
2013	1.839
1.973
2.089

Village has not had a balanced budget without a municipal tax rate increase since 2009

2010 was the year Debra Meyer-Martin took office allowing Mekarski control of the village

Dishonest Village Board continues to insult the intelligence of residents and boast about balanced budgets with half truth BS. Clearly they assume most residents don’t read their tax bill. The Municipal tax rate has nearly doubled since 2009.

 

Put the last decade behind us

Create a village government of the people, by the people, for the people

As long as we allow Democratic affiliates within our Village Board, we the residents will continue getting screwed. The Silent Grassroots Majority must get out and vote for candidates that have our backs.

While these affiliations have been personally beneficial to the careers of village board members, it has been nothing but a detriment to the grassroots residents of Olympia Fields.

 

Never forget where it all started

We have NOT forgotten who the sociopath was that launched the destruction of Olympia Fields when he irresponsibly hired David Mekarski in 2005 and kept residents in the dark about Mekarski’s reprehensible stint in Vero Beach.

Mekarski paid $170,000 severance to leave Vero Beach

 

 

Case of Mismanagement

The following presentation will provide professional and specific analysis of the village budgets revealing unnecessary management deficiencies resulting in unprecedented risk and the immediate need for an executive closed session to discuss change of course and non-renewal of contract of chief personnel responsible for village administration.

Please print following pdf or copy the link and distribute to all your friends and neighbors.

 

CASE OF MISMANAGEMENT

 

Tinley Park to study staffing levels

Daily Southtown October 19-2016

Tinley Park will study staffing levels and productivity of several village departments and compare their work with counterparts in similar size communities.

The Village Board on Tuesday approved hiring Matrix Consulting Group, at a cost of $42,700, to evaluate departments including the clerk's office, village manager, human resources and finance.

The study is expected to take 10 weeks to complete, with the findings likely to be presented at a Village Board or committee meeting.

The California-based firm will look at areas such as productivity, use of technology, if there are overlapping or duplicated functions and whether some tasks now being performed can be eliminated, according to a village memo. The study wouldn't look at departments such as police or public works.

           

Jury awards $678,723 to former village employee for Retaliation, Wrongful Termination

“a subsequent, independent audit produced only questionable evidence funds were missing and no evidence Rambo was involved”

Another poor decision by crooked David Mekarski.

Enough is Enough, Mekarski is the one that should be terminated.

 

RAMBO VERDICT

 

Never forget, the letter received from concerned citizen on December 18, 2011

CONCERNED CITIZEN

 

Village throws former chief

under the bus

Olympia Fields Trustee publicly accused former police chief of knowing about & covering up alleged $40,000 theft. Could village now be faced with a defamation of character lawsuit?

 

GIBSON

 

Spending dips in Flossmoor’s

zero growth budget for new fiscal year

Mayor Braun said that the zero growth initiative shows that Flossmoor is concerned about keeping government spending at a level that respects local taxpayers.”Flossmoor is making a statement about the cost of responsible government.”

Village Manager Bridget Wachtel said, pointing out that Flossmoor operates with little debt so that financial risk is “relatively minimal.” Continued fiscal success is a result of sound financial planning combined with “an incremental yet responsive approach” to fluctuating economic impacts, she wrote.

Source: http://hfchronicle.com/spending-dips-flossmoor

 

Flossmoor will meet

zero growth budget target

“We want to do that for our residents”

Flossmoor is poised to meet its goal of a zero growth budget

for the 2017 fiscal year, Mayor Paul Braun said he and the other board members are pleased that village staff presented a preliminary budget so close to a zero growth spending plan.

However, he wants the village to meet its true zero growth target. For that to happen, additional cuts will be needed in some spending areas, Braun told the H-F Chronicle.

“We’ve directed the staff to make those cuts so that operating expenses in the new budget don’t increase over this year’s level,” he said. “We want to do that for our residents.”

Source: hfchronicle.com/article/flossmoor-will-meet-zero-growth-budget-target

 

“Government needs to live within its means and cut spending when revenue declines”

Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America

 

 

Since 2004, Olympia Fields annual salaries have increased +178% over the Consumer Price index

comparison to the surrounding communities.

 

Average annual salaries

                                        2004              2015

Olympia Fields          $40,556        $66,612 

FACT: Since 2004, Total Annual Salaries has increased by +178.62% over Consumer Price Index (CPI) = (inflation)

Source:Village of Olympia Fields

 

Flossmoor                  $42,864        $52,434

FACT: Since 2004, Total Annual Salaries has increased by +20.97% over Consumer Price Index (CPI) = (inflation)

Source:Village of Flossmoor

 

Matteson                     $39,825        $45,268

FACT: Since 2004, Total Annual Salaries has decreased by -88.04% over Consumer Price Index (CPI) = (inflation)

Source:Village of Matteson

 

Pension boost tactic sidesteps laws

to cost taxpayers millions

www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-municipal-pension-padding-met-20150816-story.html

A Chicago Tribune investigation found that the costly perk of “pension spiking” has thrived despite the General Assembly passing two laws — nearly 50 years apart — that target pension spiking. In some communities, soon-to-be retirees have been relying on a little trick to increase their retirement income. They cash out for severance, unused vacation or sick days, or receive bonuses — yes, bonuses — in the months leading up to their retirements. That way, their overall salary for that final year is bigger, and that's a key factor in calculating the pensions they'll receive for the rest of their lives.

These public servants avoid laws that aim to stop so-called pension spiking by timing those payments just right — near their retirement date but not in the last three months leading up to it. That way, they can get around laws that cap salaries in the final three months of employment — the laws that were designed to stop pension spiking

Government body

Retirees flagged

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Village of Olympia Fields

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$8,642.15

$8,642.15

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2016 Village Employee Raises

Board Meeting Minutes  January 26, 2015

Text Box:  VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
Held on January 26, 2015

Page 4 line 9
Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Process Calendar – Trustee Byrd stated that it is that time of the year again for Budget Processing. The Finance Committee met on January 20th. There is a Memo in the Board Packet regarding what the Finance Committee is working with time wise and what the Committee is suggesting so far as increases. They are suggesting a 2% increase on salaries for non-union employees for the Fiscal Year 2016…

Page 5 line 7
Trustee Oliver stated regarding the 2% increase of salaries for non-union employees is it too early in the process to have any idea of what the increase might be for the Union Employees. Trustee Byrd stated that is 2.5%... 
Chairman Pro Tem Gibson inquired of Trustee Byrd whether or not it is necessary to have a Motion to approve this. Trustee Byrd believes that we might need a Motion. 
Motion by Trustee Oliver, second by Trustee Nale to approve Trustee Byrd’s Budget Process Calendar.
Voice Vote: All Ayes Motion Carried.

 

Text Box: Board of Trustees
December 14, 2015
Page 3

  Return to Open Session
Performance Pay Adjustment for Executive Assistant – Establishment of Salary Adjustment Milestone for Completion of Education Requirements and Certificates

  Adjournment

 

Ghost Salary on Village Financial Reports

Discrepancies of our tax dollars

2012 was the first full year that David Mekarski served in the dual capacity as both Village Administrator and the Village Clerk. Although their current budget states otherwise, the Village denies paying any money to the Village Clerk,The Village of Olympia Fields Annual Financial Reports and 2015 Budget Expense Projections-Administration, clearly

Text Box: state that for the past 3 years,  the Village paid money for a "Village Clerk".
Once again, this is not unlike the typical Chicago Style ghost salaries we read about. Where did this money go?
Text Box: 
Village Administrator & Village Clerk
David Mekarski

GHOST SALARY

 

ANNUAL VILLAGE SALARIES SINCE  2000

Text Box: Why does a 2 1/2 square mile bedroom  community require a :
-  $166,281 Village Administrator 
…..with a  $58,651 assistant
-  $119,577 Finance Director
-  $97,000   Assistant  Finance Director
-  $105,512 Building Commissioner
-  $104,649 Public Works Director
-  $111,956 Park District Director
-  $63,000+ Towing Clerk (Double Dipper, does not                 
                            Include his Olympia Fields pension)

You call this 
“Wise Fiscal Management”

 

Denise Will, Olympia Field Park District another member of the “$100,000 club"

More wasted tax dollars on a park system which has failed to operate within its budget and failed the taxpayers of Olympia Fields.

 

2016

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$114,000.00

2015

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$111,956.00

2014

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$104,246.57

2013

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$99,790.92

2012

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$94,733.43

2011

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$89,826.42

2010

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$85,941.30

2009

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$82,922.23

2008

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$77,349.90

2007

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$72,229.07

2006

Olympia Fields Park District

Will Denise M

$48,439.94

 

Suburban legislator pushing for law to prohibit Double Dipping

BGA  May 12, 2015  By Patrick Rehkamp/BGA and Pam zekman/CBS2

A suburban legislator is pushing for a law that would prohibit retired cops throughout Illinois from collecting a police salary and a police pension at the same time.

State Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) introduced legislation this year that would stop retired cops from collecting their pensions and going back to work as officers for a different department. Wehrli said he introduced his bill because of a situation in Naperville where a high-ranking police officer retired, started collecting his pension and came back as chief.
Wehrli’s bill passed in the Illinois House and is currently in the Senate where he said it likely will die.

Text Box: “I’m looking at introducing any legislation to get us out of this fiscal mess,” Wehrli said.
"This process of double dipping, it’s a problem that we need to address. Without pension reform the fiscal crisis only gets worse."
 

Employee       Wage             Job Title                       City                  Vacation    Sick

Les Delya   $63,249.95   Tow Impoundment  Olympia Fields  25days   10days 

 

Residency requirements popular in south suburbs

Officials say living in village shows commitment

to community

Ed Paesel, executive director of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, said "In a lot of cases, it's good to have employees live in the community that they work in"  "Some communities view it as the employee having a stake in the future." Paesel said

Matthew Fares, chief of staff for Chicago Heights, said "Obviously, it shows a community effort to turn the city around and move the city in a positive direction," South Holland Mayor Don De Graff said he strongly believes that a residency requirement is good for the community."

 

 

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT

 

Olympia Fields Housing Market among worst in suburbs

From February 2014 thru January 2015, Homes SOLD in neighboring communities like Park Forest, Chicago Heights, and Flossmoor are selling faster than Olympia Fields.

 

LATEST OLYMPIA FIELDS REAL ESTATE MARKET COMPARISON

 

Village loses AAA Bond Rating

Olympia Fields bond rating has been downgraded to the ranks of AA status. Get ready for our dysfunctional village board to aggressively seek even more pledged revenue from the overtaxed residents instead of reduce spending.

 

“Mrs. Housten stated that she should mention that the rating is very important. There is no two-ways about it. Your rating is important. When you start talking about the interest cost that you are going to be paying on your Bonds, you also have to factor in what the Underwriters think about your community. Sometimes a AA will sell at the same interest rate as a AAA. We were not at all happy at our office when the downgrade came in.”

Brenda Housten

Asst. Vice President Speer Financial

VILLAGE BOARD MEETING

 September 23, 2014

 

Did the Village Board know about  Mekarski’s blemished record at Vero Beach when they hired him?

“The parties mutually agree that they will not utter, transmit or print any negative or disparaging comments regarding the other party concerning the employment of Mr. Mekarski.”

Source: CITY OF VERO BEACH, FLORIDA MAY 17, 2005 7:00 P.M.

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MINUTES (Page 3 line 30)

 

Mekarski paid $170,000 severance to leave Vero Beach

 

Olympia Fields Villager Fall 2005

 

Tinley Park hires new

Village Administrator

 

SOMETHING DOESN’T ADD UP FOR OLYMPIA FIELDS TAXPAYERS

 

Property Values Plummet

Olympia Fields falls to #134 on list of 2013 top Median Property Values in Chicagoland  

 

2013 MEDIAN HOUSE SALES PRICE RANKINGS IN CHICAGOLAND  Chicago Magazine April 2014 Issue

 

IN 1977 OLYMPIA FIELDS RANKED #9 IN MEDIAN HOME VALUES IN CHICAGOLAND

 

Code enforcement performance has a major impact on property values

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF CODE ENFORCEMENT

 

Burglary Prevention

Don’t be the next victim

If a criminal breaks into your home while your away, a Monitoring Alarm System and Video Surveillance are the best assets to have. However, there are many things you should be aware of to prevent becoming the next target.

SECURITY TIPS

 

Why was the Jones Gift Higher Priority than Police Dash Cameras?

Why did the Village have to wait for a generous $10,000 private donation from Rose Paving to purchase 2 police dash cameras ? Dash cameras are not new technology and have been in use by Police Depts. nationwide for years. Even small farm towns like Manteno,IL utilize dash cameras in daily routines.

 

ROSE PAVING DONATES $10,000 TO OLYMPIA FIELDS POLICE DEPT FOR DASH CAMERAS

 

Home Rule always means higher taxes. Why else would village bureaucrats seek to strip your right to vote!

 

 

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