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VOTE: Questions for Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun

Help us narrow down which user-submitted questions you want answered most.

Last week, and Facebook page for readers to submit questions for Mayor Paul Braun.

Now, we need your help to identify which questions you want answered most. Simply vote for your favorites in our poll below. Multiple votes are OK. If your question isn't represented in the poll, add it in the comments and we'll keep it in mind for the next round. 

  • What is the Village doing to lower the property tax burden for homeowners? Many Flossmoor homeowners are having an extremely difficult time selling their homes because of the high property taxes.
  • What is the deal with not being able to park a truck in your driveway?
  • What's going on with the plot of land in downtown Flossmoor that's been vacant for so long?
  • What can you tell us about the prospective development of the parcel of land on Vollmer between Crawford & Central Park? Who in the village is working on this long-term project and can the village encourage or impose, by zoning changes, future construction to meet environmentally sustainable criteria?
  • Who maintains the property outside the post office? It looks horrible.
  • What is the village doing to make our village safer? Flossmoor's reputation for its concern for the safety of its citizen should be its driving force not just enforcing minor ordinances.
  • When will the new electric rates be in effect? What discount relative to ComEd have we negotiated with our new electric supplier?
  • Why is it acceptable for the assistant village manger to be neither a resident of Flossmoor, nor an elected official?
  • Why can't the corner of Vardon and Dixie be repaired so it doesn't retain water every time there is precipitation?
  • Why doesn't Flossmoor offer leaf pickups in the fall with all of the trees in our community? Many surrounding suburbs are offered this.
  • Is there a plan in the works with school district 161 to repair the horrible drainage problem in the parking lot of Parker Junior High?
  • Has any of Flossmoor’s administrative staff and legal counsel actually completed any of the certification training requirements by International Code Council (ICC) to enforce and adjudicate our newly enacted building/fire codes ordinance for both residential and commercial properties at this time? Will all contractors/trades working in our village require proof that these certification guidelines have been satisfied as recommended? Will Flossmoor’s existing, now out- dated building codes, some of which date back to the 60’s, be removed from our ordinances as to avoid any confusion? If our staff has not met the ICC certification criteria, will we have to outsource these services? Has anyone actually read these volumes of code books and is there still time to re-exam/reassess the newly adopted codes and see which ones really suit our little village needs.
  • Why isn't the Flossmoor Village Code available online like most other towns?
  • Where do you stand on grade centers?
  • 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. Can the Village would look into adopting a similar policy so that we are fairly taxed on the water we use that is returned to the sewer system?
  • 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? 
  • Will the new downtown lights save 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.
  • 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?
  • What's up with all of the beer cans up and down Sterling?
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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!
  • 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?

Which questions would you like Mayor Braun to answer?

Barb Ferrari July 24, 2012 at 01:34 PM
The Vollmer Road-Crawford Ave area- do you have a plan? Will the zoning change when the TIF runs out in 2014?
JJ July 24, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I vote for the tax question and the question about police dogs!
Deb Hartung July 24, 2012 at 03:13 PM
It says we can vote for multiple questions but when I click on a second question it removes the first one!
roger e. salamon July 24, 2012 at 03:31 PM
While many viable appearing leaf bearing trees have been cut down in Heather Hills the 2 dead ones I see each day out my windows have been left standing. What is the reasoning behind that decision? Also the longest portions of the cut trees were placed in trucks seemingly to be cut and sold as logs. If this is the case why should residents be asked to pay a portion to replace new trees ? To my recollection we were never informed about the removal in the first place and the unsightly stumps remain.
Christina July 24, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Agreed. There are many dead trees in the area which are an eye-soar. It would be nice if they were removed.
Julie July 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I wanted to vote on more then one issue, but everytime I tried to click on another question, it removed my answer to the first one?
LocalRez July 24, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I vote for check boxes rather than radio buttons! Radio buttons are for mutually exclusive items - it's either a or b. I really don't get this. Here, you solicit peoples questions only to then allow other readers to determine the validity and value of the question? Normally, a reporter would be thinking up the questions on behalf of the readership, getting the answers and reporting on them. Since you don't even have to think up the questions yourself, why don't you take the time to just do an interview or simply send the questions asking for answers to them all? Your responders might as well have sent their email question directly to the mayor for a response.
Flossmoor Family July 24, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Thanks to the H-F Patch for providing a lively open forum of communication for both mayors and all of the residents of Homewood and Flossmoor. Kudos to Mayors Hofeld and Braun for proactively agreeing to participate. All the questions posed to Mayor Braun appear to be of significant importance to the residents of Flossmoor and now that they are on the table, hopefully they will all be addressed by our representatives in due time.
Robin Mcelligott July 25, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I have a question. I was at my Dentist office when I overheard them talking about having to take down their tooth brush lawn decorations. I was sad to hear this cause I just got done saying how cute they are. I also think it is a great thing for kids to see when they are driving by with their parents. I have seen several pieces of art in different parts of the village on display. Why is this any different? I think the village should commend this office on it's creativity. How cool is it to say I go to the dentisit office in Flossmoor with the giant tooth brushes! I say leave the toothbrushes up after all Mr. Mayor your town is called FLOSSmoor..
hopkins July 25, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Same thing happen to me..
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I'm going to look into this. These polls always used to allow multiple votes. In the mean time, if you'd like to nominate more than one question, feel free to vote in the comments. Since there's 23 questions, you can refer back to the number in which it's ordered instead of re-writing the entire thing again.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 05:09 AM
I don't code the Patch website, people in New York do, so there's little I can do about the polling function. This feature is designed to help us prioritize which questions are most important to readers. As a reporter, this feedback gives me insight into what's important to the community. Keeping this public adds a different dynamic than private email correspondance might.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 05:19 AM
It's our pleasure! Thanks for contributing and taking advantage of the feature. Paul Braun and Rich Hofeld definitely deserve some recognition for so eagerly agreeing to be part of something like this. Opening yourself up to an army of Patch commenters can be pretty harrowing.
Flossmoor Family July 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I like them too. A giant toothbrush ordinance, what's next!
CS July 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I have a write it question since I missed the initial article: Why can't Flossmoor have stronger restrictions around rentals, like instant fines for the house being in disrepair, lawn not mowed, bushes never cut, weeds etc. Another idea, partner with school districts so if these rentals are being used as addresses to bring non residents in our schools, fine the owner the cost of schooling. There is a slumlord Flossmoor Lawyer buying up properties , renting them and not keeping up the homes. His profit is at all of our communities expense.
HFMom July 25, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I love having a dentist in Floss More !!! I think of those toothbrushes as artistic also!
Bob carpenter July 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Why do Argyle, Bruce and Park have curbs and Burns does not?
JJ July 26, 2012 at 01:00 PM
In the mission statement on the village website it clearly states the Mayor wants to make the Flossmoor Government more accessible to residence and yet there is NO way to contact the mayor or trustees on the website. How can the citizens keep the administration that runs Flossmoor up to date with what is concerning them and what they are doing correctly if there is no way to contact them? Also I would like to point out that in the mission statement it saids that he wants to bring in other more businesses to offset the residential taxes! As a resident of 30 years I need to make it very clear that taxes have only ever gone up! There are plenty of vacant lots where businesses could open but if the taxes are bad for residence I'm assuming the commercial taxes are even worse! Mayor cut us a break, do something productive to allow people to sell their homes!!!
Concerned Flossmoor Resident July 26, 2012 at 03:08 PM
My vote is for the property tax question. I really want to know how the Village is working with SD161 School Board and the HF High School Board to lower the property tax bill for Flossmoor residents.
LocalRez July 26, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Ryan, I'm sure you don't code the patch. You do however work for them, several other readers have pointed out the issue to you which you said you would investigate... Simply google "appropriate use of radio boxes and check boxes" and you will learn the difference. I'm not saying that being able to show answers in a public forum isn't useful to the community either. What I am saying is why can't you make the effort to get all the questions answered? why waste time wiht all this back and forth?? It's not like it's 500 questions. Based on previous feedback I have made that you said you could do nothing about, I already went ahead and wrote to the patch's VP of engineering that either the limited features available to the writers were impeding the usefulness of the medium or they need to do more training to educate there staff on how to use it appropriately. You can choose to do nothing - I just thought as an employee you might want to listen to your readers, address there concerns and help make the patch better than it is.
Nicole Javit July 26, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Question #8 and #12. Thank you!
Juvenal July 26, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Please do tell; if someone is simultaneously weakening our community and profiting off of it that's something I'd like to know about.....
Sarah Sullivan July 27, 2012 at 12:23 AM
As insignificant as the pick-up truck law may seem in comparison to the other topics expressed, it is a very real problem for some in the community. My husband owned a very nice modern pick-up truck when we moved into the neighborhood and after years of ticket upon ticket we had to sell it. He is a tradesman and now owns a carpentry business. We have a small 1 car garage, due to the age of our house and there is no room to expand. It is hindrance daily that we are not allowed to park a pick-up truck in our own driveway. When the law was created many, many years ago pick-up trucks may have been in a different class than they are now. Today, many pick-up trucks are nicer than the average passenger vehicle. I believe this law needs to be revisited. I understand the quality that Flossmoor is trying to maintain however with the amount we pay in property taxes, I feel we have the right to a voice in these matters.
CS July 27, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Profit=buying a foreclosure/short sale and renting it out at a premium because of our school district. Community expense- Renter sends their kids and also relatives to our school district on our dollar using the address. The landloard of house not keeping up with the maintenance of the house to maximize the rental profit. Brings down neighborhood home values.
Tony Dauginas August 17, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Interesting ... perhaps someone can explain that to me also.
hopkins August 20, 2012 at 12:07 AM
The website still does not allow multiple votes.

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