Lake County Sheriff’s Office Assessment Approval

Lake County Council voted unanimously to approve a “comprehensive organizational and operational” assessment of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and on Tuesday finalized six districts for its stormwater commission.

The sheriff’s office review will be conducted in two phases by Public Financial Management, a Philadelphia consulting firm.

The first phase will cost $463,970 and the second phase, which will include “an in-depth review of key findings” from the first phase, is estimated at $332,130.

Before council approved the review, District 21 member Ann Maine asked how long the study would last, how it fit into Lake County’s capital improvement plan, and its significant cost. .

Deputy County Administrator Cassandra Hiller said the first phase of the project is expected to be completed in January or February. The second phase would begin “shortly thereafter,” according to Hiller, likely in late spring or early summer.

Board chair Sandy Hart agreed the study, which she called “monumental”, will cost “a lot of money, that’s for sure”.

The Council has already budgeted $300,000 for the first phase of the review in its fiscal year 2022 budget and will use dollars from its general operating expense fund for the remainder.

“I think spending money to make sure the sheriff’s office is built to the right capacity, while also looking at the structures, how many deputies are needed?” Hart asked. “What are we missing? said Hart.

Approval of the Stormwater Commission map completes a redistricting process mandated after each U.S. census, and it sticks to the six-district format that Lake County has always used for the commission.

The six districts have populations between 118,500 and 119,315 and were designed to mirror Lake County’s major watersheds, while keeping the various municipalities and county council districts as consistent as possible.

Shortly after the map, the council approved an intergovernmental agreement between its Department of Planning, Building and Development and the Stormwater Commission to create an offset program as an alternative option to comply with storage regulations on storm water site.

The agreement was considered in tandem with amendments to the county’s watershed development ordinance and changes to precipitation and stormwater retention standards.

The Board has approved the resignation of District 15 member Jennifer Clark from the Finance and Administration Committee, as well as the Special Finance and Administration Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery and Investment.

Clark, an assistant professor of economics at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., said her teaching duties have “broadened” but reaffirmed that she is committed to continuing her work committee duties. public, planning and transport.

The board named District 14 member Angelo Kyle in place of Clark. Kyle already sits on the Legislative, Diversity & Inclusion and Ethics & Oversight committees, and he is chair of the Lake County Forest Reserves District.

“I really want to thank member Kyle for stepping in, especially right before budget season,” Clark said.

Hart thanked Clark for her “hard work” on the committees, noting that she put in a lot of time and was “always fully attentive.”

A construction project that will begin improvements along Lewis Avenue from Route 137 to Route 120 has received unanimous approval.

The first phase of the project, contracted to Parsons Corporation in Chicago, will cost the county a maximum of $2,482,295. The board is earmarking $2,980,000 to county fuel tax funds for the county’s option to fund it.

Clark said “parts of this road date back to the 1930s,” and said the project is important to North Chicago and Waukegan.

The Lake County Department of Transportation reviewed 10 companies that expressed interest in bidding on the project and selected Parsons from among four finalists.

The board approved an intergovernmental agreement between Beach Park School District 3 and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for $50,862.59. The contract will send a part-time, district-paid School Resource Officer to Beach Park Middle School for 17 hours per week during the school year.

Beach Park School District 3 launched the part-time program as a pilot project in 2016.

The board also on Tuesday approved a resolution accepting a $42,189 Aquatic Invasive Species Grant for Fish and Wildlife from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The grant was obtained after the Board approved its budget for fiscal year 2022 and will be applied retroactively to fund staff and supplies from July 1, 2021 through December 31 of this year.

Finally, council carried forward a resolution appointing Brent Ross to the Southlake Mosquito Reduction District by a vote of 12 to 9. The district covers much of Deerfield, Highland Park, Bannockburn, Highwood and Riverwoods.

Six Republicans and Democrats Jessica Vealizek, Carissa Casbon, Jennifer Clark, Diane Hewitt, Steve Snarski and Julie Simpson voted to postpone until the September board meeting.

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