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There was something for everyone at last week's Roaring Twenties Mystery Party: Singing, dancing, gambling, fortune
tellers, ghosts, dirty cops, great food and lots of fun. For more pictures go to the photo gallery.
The Village recently moved its budget process from a fiscal year end to a calendar year each.
12% of property taxes go to the Village. Year-to-date revenue is 3% over budget, and the hotel/motel tax is 8% more than budget. On the other hand, Village expenses are 3% under budget year-to-date.
The municipal garage, the north garage, and Vail Street garage will all undergo significant repairs this year.
Although Mayor Hayes supports Governor Rauner’s proposal to cure many years of fiscal mismanagement in Illinois state government, the governor’s current proposal will negatively affect villages. Specifically, the Governor’s current proposal would result in a $3.7 million reduction in state funding to the Village (but the actual reduction will likely be less after negotiation). The reduction in funding will primarily affect essential services such as police fire and public works. In order to meet this funding reduction, the Village can cut services, increase property taxes and/or dip into its reserves, all of which are tough choices.
The Village is moving forward on its plans to construct a new police station to replace the existing police station built in 1979 that is out of date in many ways. The new police station will be built on the current site, which will require temporary accommodations for employees, vehicles, witnesses and prisoners.
The Village had the fourth lowest crime rate in a 2013 survey of 437 communities in the United States with populations in excess of 75,000 people.
Metropolis is funded exclusively by the food and beverage tax assessed in the Village. The result is that much of the Metropolis funding comes from non-residents of the Village who visit and patronize Village businesses. A recent survey confirmed that 75% of the tickets sold at Metropolis are sold non-residents of Arlington Heights. How do we get more Village residents to utilize Metropolis?
The Rohrman Lexus dealership on Dundee will be opening soon, and One North Arlington at Euclid and Rohlwing Road is already 33% occupied.
Team Go Gang Green Wins the F.U.N. Challenge #2 to Hold on to the Lead
In case you are interested in the cause and solutions to the devastating reduction in the worldwide population of the once common Monarch Butterfly check out the follow up article the Daily Herald did to our Fine Master program in the 3/1 Sunday Daily Herald paper or check out http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150228/news/150228763/
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RI President-Elect Ron D Burton announced the 2013-2014 theme, “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”
The theme announcement was made during the opening plenary session of the International Assembly, the annual training event in San Diego for incoming district governors.
In the absence of our Presidents Current and Elect, the meeting was presided over by “Speaker of the House” / “Lady in Charge”, Linda Borton…reigning with a smile, of course. She turned over some of her time to Nick Pecora to introduce 4 guests today, including two from the Arlington Evening Club, ________ and _________. Our other guests were _______________ and _______________.
Lost your glasses ? Jim Thomson must have been serving “the good stuff” at the recent Festivus party, because someone apparently got cured and no longer needed their glasses ! Some gold-rimmed glasses in a case were left at Jim’s. Contact him if they are yours.
Birthdays were announced by Chairman of our "House Birthday Committee", Bill Mahoney. Our four celebrants were Jon Ridler, joining in 2005, sponsored by Ken Alger; Mike Sweeney, 2012, by Mike Anthony; Rich Morton, 2012, by Will Beiersdorf; and Lynn Jensen, 2005, by Scott Davis. Said Lynn, “Like many new Rotarians, my sponsor talked me in to being in charge of something back then…he and I not knowing what we were in for…now I’m in charge of Administration again, and I know what I’m doing this time !” Congrats and thanks to our Birthday Rotarians, and their sponsors! And yes, Lynn, you indeed know what you’re doing…you’re making Scott proud.
Fine Fine Master Joe Musolino gave us a chance to be happy, and quizzed us on Da Bear's. Ron Crawford passed along a $50 donation made for a bike tuned up through the bike program. Bob Paddock was happy about a just completed visit with relatives in Norway, happy that a company tornado drill went well, and puzzled that staff listened more to this than to what he normally says ! Will Beiersdorf was happy about the special award Salute had won (ask Wil for more details). Jim Bertucci was especially happy about his son graduating with manga cum laude with three majors from Loyola, and having a job in Rome representing the university. Congratulations All !