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
Village’s tax rate. This tax rate increase will generate
approximately $1.2 million dollars annually 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
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.
“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.
Never forget, the letter received from concerned citizen on December 18, 2011
One candidate's campaign for Village President has now allegedly sunk to spewing false accusations of Police brutality and cover-up charges against the Olympia Fields Police Dept. and Village President. As an affluent highly educated community, we can easily research the evidence and identify the facts.
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.
Mr. **** inquired weather 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 MINUTES
August 25, 2014
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.
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 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?
Village Administrator & Village Clerk
Turns out this “original piece of art” is actually contracted to a body shop and fabrication shop for manufacturing.
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.
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.
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.
Comparison to the surrounding communities.
Average annual salaries
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
“There weren’t any burglaries in Olympia Fields last year…name one? ”
“There is no crime in Olympia Fields”
2-27-2013 Town Hall Meeting, Arcadia School
A suburban legislator is pushing for a law that would prohibit retired cops throughout Illinoisfrom 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 Napervillewhere 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.
"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 Records Clerk OlympiaFields 25days 10days
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."
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