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Minutes With the Mayor: Flossmoor Edition

Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun is onboard with our popular video Q&A segment, but first, we need your “Qs.”

For those of you still unfamiliar, several weeks ago, Patch asked readers for questions to present to Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld. After narrowing down the submissions by vote, we presented them to Hofeld and he answered in a video response. 

Well good news, . Mayor Paul Braun was kind enough to agree to respond to your questions, as well. For the rest of the week, we want to hear what questions you may have for the mayor. Submissions will be collected from Patch comments and the H-F Patch Facebook page, and then you'll vote to narrow them down. Once that’s done, we’ll take care of the rest!

So let’s hear it. What questions do you have for Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun? 

Sue Bertram July 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I would like to raise the question with the Mayor and Village Board about the Sewer Tax that is part of our water bill. As it is, we are charged a sewer tax on water used each month ( or quarter) of the year. As I am sure all are aware, much summer water never makes it into the sewers and is used for outdoor watering, yet we still must pay a sewer tax on this water. Many communities have adapted a more equitable approach. They take the 'Winter" 6 months (Nov-April) or the Winter quarters, and charge the same sewer tax for the Summer months. I would hope that the Village would look into adopting a similar police so that we are fairly taxed on the water we use that is returned to the sewer system.
FlossmoorMom July 20, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Excellent point Sue!
JJ July 21, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I have a question regarding the Flossmoor Police Department, why don't they have at least one or two K9 units? More than a year ago the Supreme Court ruled that if a police K9 dog alerts to the presents of drugs that car can be legally searched. I am a police officer with another town which is why I know we have more drugs moving through Flossmoor today than ever before and those drugs are ending up at HF, our other schools and in the hands of our children! Why not do everything we can to ensure the safety of our children, making it as hard as possible for drug dealer to enter our town? To expand on why drugs are so prevalent in Flossmoor, consider that Vollmer, Kendzie and Governors all crisscross our town. These lead to towns with much bigger drug problems, often where drugs are sold on the street on a daily basis. Those drugs must be transported to their final location and I can guarantee you, drug runners know which towns don't have K9 units! Finally I would like to make it clear that many towns require their K9 units to fund themselves with great success! Residence of Flossmoor please weigh in on this, ask questions, I would love to dispel some myths people have about police K9 units and further explain why this is a much needed improvement!
JJ July 21, 2012 at 02:14 PM
The truck law is one of many laws that are Flossmoor needs to repeal! Flossmoor has so many overbearing ordinances and they seem to just add more every year. Flossmoor is a great town but for it's citizens to be ok with the VERY HIGH taxes we should have the freedom to do things like park a pickup truck in our driveway or have more than three animals!
FlossmoorMom July 21, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Great point- I never really thought of that- for some reason I thought I recalled a few years ago seeing one...does Homewood have one?
JJ July 21, 2012 at 06:27 PM
No Homewood does not have a K9 unit but Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights does! This is well within the purview of the Mayor and I think it's something that could greatly benefit our community.
AJEye July 21, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Please give us an explanation regarding the new downtown lights. Will it be saving money? I have heard many questions about the expense of the lights/installation and I’m not sure how to answer. Maybe spending some money on general Village street lights would be an understandable expense in addition to lowering our potential for increased crime rate.
Concerned Flossmoor Resident July 21, 2012 at 06:52 PM
What is the Village of Flossmoor doing to lower the extremely high property tax burden for homeowners? The property taxes are a huge obstacle when trying to sell a home in Flossmoor and it is causing Flossmoor to have a high foreclosure rate. This just leaves vacant homes.
JJ July 21, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I could not agree MORE! I'm paying so much in taxes I could buy a new BMW every year! The problem with vacant homes is, it leads to squatters, property damage and eventually violent crime! We live in a great town but the lowering of taxes would allow more people to move into currently vacant houses and prevent many problems!
Juvenal July 21, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Of course they are separate but there is much interaction between local units of government. Someone has to show some leadership.
Torcase July 21, 2012 at 08:44 PM
What is the overall plan behind all the tree removals? A tree was cut down in front of my house a few weeks ago. There was no communication. Are they going to grind out the stump? I also heard that the village used to split the cost of planting a new tree. Is this offer still available?
FlossmoorMom July 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM
@Torcase, they cut one of ours early in the Spring, they came out a few weeks later and took out the trunk. We had to plant grass in its place. If you want a tree they offered them earlier in the year and a decent price...not sure if they will offer them again.
Phillip R Baggs July 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM
What's up with all of the beer cans up and down Sterling. It is obviously the same person and it has been happening for years. A drunk driver just waiting to kill someone. I have noticed unleashed Pitt Bulls in Heather Hill. Do we have a fence or leash law? I know Pitt Bulls are friendly dogs unless abused, but sheesh.
RomneyGurl2012 July 22, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Let's not forget that the young village manager has in her short tenure been on extended leave three times. During these lengthy periods, Mr Finn has acted as village administrator without the benefit of the manager's hefty compensation or title. Should the village manager find another job while on leave as she has done previously, isn't it good to know there will be continuity of management from a long-time, experienced professional like Mr. Finn?
Heather Road Mom July 22, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Give me break. Don't be so closed minded...it's laundry!
Linda T July 22, 2012 at 03:50 AM
This is an excellent question, and I'd like to know too.
Linda T July 22, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I would like to know the plan as well, and to know what the policy is on notifying homeowners when trees in the parkways will be removed. Seems like common courtesy to me, to contact residents when trees in front of their homes are about to be removed.
FlossmoorMom July 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
@Linda Tyson- we never got notice, we came home one day and it was gone.
Jennifer Molski July 22, 2012 at 04:32 PM
When you ran for office you promised that despite the recession you would explore new ways of achieving economic development for Flossmoor, particularly through green environment activities and that we would become a leader in the south suburban area for such activities. Can you tell us about the funding received to-date for such green (and other) initiatives? Have we become a leader in our region?
Fay Booker July 22, 2012 at 05:33 PM
What's the plan for the pavement at the intersection of Flossmoor and Kedzie? HF might lose a bus and/or a few students this year!
Steve Mullin July 22, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I second Phil's comment. I have been picking up Ice House cans, miniature liquor bottles and Hooters garbage for many years. Several neighbors have identified and reported the individual. We have seen him swerve towards the opposite side of the road to throw his garbage into the trees.
Flossmoor Family July 22, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Although the subject has been tossed around for over 20 years now, have there been any serious discussions among staff and our elected representatives for finally putting together a solid comprehensive plan for Flossmoor? If so, will the residents be allowed any input?
JJ July 22, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Steve - I think the solution there is police involvement! They regularly patrol but if they knew exactly what to look for they could more easily catch him in the act. No doubt bringing such things to the mayors attention is also a great step!
Steve Mullin July 23, 2012 at 07:40 AM
The police are well aware of it.
Juvenal July 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM
RG, I guess womyn aren't welcome in the Village Managers job -- at least not those of chilbearing age. Pat Finn never took maternity leave - Maybe he should run for President!
Sarah Sullivan July 27, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I couldn't agree more!
flossmoor_resident August 01, 2012 at 01:12 AM
This may seem small in comparison to some of the other concerns people have, but can someone (hopefully the mayor) explain to me why our pet license are so expensive in Flossmoor? We are only allowed to have 3 pets, each would cost you $15 pet license... totaling $45/year for the pets. Homewood charges $10 for the first pet, and $5 for each one after that, and you're allowed 4 pets. You could license 4 pets in Homewood for less than it costs to register 2 in Flossmoor. Naperville is only $4 per pet. Perhaps if you charged a more reasonable rate more people would actually register their pets. I think it's insane there is such a difference between Flossmoor and Homewood on these issues.
ted underhill August 01, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Yes. The PJH parking lot re-do is part of a multi-year paving project for the District. Flossmoor Hills, Serena Hills, and Heather Hill have been completed. Western is finishing up this summer and PJH is next.
Steve Mullin August 02, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I will wait a while to pick this one up. There is a also miniature liquor bottle next to one of the small bushes. https://www.dropbox.com/s/4ttknebbvf2cy4u/IMG00218-20120801-1936.jpg
flossmoor_resident August 07, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I have been thinking about this a lot, and it really aggravates me... because you are right, a tag from Flossmoor is not going to make a bit of difference in locating my dog. Any responsible owner already has a tag on their dog with their information, and has their pet microchipped. I volunteer at South Suburban Humane Society and it saddens me to see how many pets are dropped off/turned in for various reasons. If anyone would spend a day there they would realize the importance of Spay/Neuter their pets. What about making a reduced pet license fee for pets that are spayed/neutured? $15 for unfixed pets, and $4 or $5 for those that have been fixed. It might be a small incentive for some people to do the responsible thing and spay or neuter their pets.

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