May 8, 2018
Present: Dodd, Kurzman, Bielinski, Wolf, Plunkett
Public Comment: None
Consent Agenda: Adopted unanimously without comment
George M. Pearce was officially appointed by unanimous vote to the Board of Trustees and seated. His term will run until May, 2019 when there will be four openings instead of three. Mr. Pearce was sworn in by Village Manager, Tim Frenzer.
Two ceremonies to honor police officers and a citizen were conducted.
1) Business owner David Zier and officers Leigh, Davis, and Parisi were lauded for their
efforts when they intervened to save a man who had a heart attack on the street.
The victim has made a full recovery thanks to their actions.
2) Wilmette Police Chief presented Detective Connor Cavanagh with the 2017 Officer of
the Year Award. Three cases were cited to document his exemplary service.
Cavanagh was instrumental in solving cases involving heroin dealing and identity
William Bradford was appointed to the Plan Commission. President Bielinski highlighted his 20-year service on various boards/ commissions.
Land Use Standing Committee Report: The board upheld the Zoning Board of Appeals disapproval of a request for a fence height variation and fence openness variation. Vote was unanimous.
Judiciary Standing Committee Report: The Board ratified the Holland & Knight Agreement with all board members voting aye except for Pearce, who recused himself. Mr. Pearce is a partner with the firm, Holland & Knight. They were retained in 2007 when Pearce was not a member of the Board. He has less than a 1% share in the firm and thus, this is a “permitted conflict.” The Village has no other business with Holland & Knight, aside from this one case.
Adjournment: 7:59 p.m.
Observer: Georgia Gebhardt, LWV Wilmette