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The new year started with a short meeting, and unanimous approval of the consent agenda without additional debate.  

The December 2017 Meeting began with the recognition of retiring decorated K9 Officer Dakar and annual presentations from the RTA and PACE representatives.  Three items pertaining to Longmeadow Parkway were approved unanimously with e exception of colleague Jarett Sanchez who has been a faithful objector to the project.  Resolution 17-405 authorized a contract for Health Insurance Broker in an effort to save the County $125,000 for identical coverage to the existing insurance coverage.  The motion passed on an 18-5 vote.

Opposition was stated early on from organized labor for a 2 year special use petition filed by Board Member Drew Frasz.  The representative opposing the petition requested the County impose a 2 year limitation on the petition and require an exit strategy be in place.  Both conditions were already agreed to by Mr. Frasz ahead of filing the petition, which was approved on a 17 to 6 vote with Mr. Frasz abstaining from the vote and debate.  

The balance of the meeting discussed the budget which had previously been been placed on public file at the October 2017 meeting

The October 2017 Meeting focused primarily on the FY2018 Budget proposal.  As discussed on other posts, this year's budget was not an easy undertaking.  Cuts were necessary to prevent the County from increasing taxes, and the most fair means to do this was to ask all departments to share in the pain equally.  Not all of my colleagues agreed.

The September 2017 featured some debate from the Board regarding a proposed budget policy.  Before we could discuss the resolution a motion was made to table the matter.  Unfortunately, parliamentary procedure prohibits discussion on a motion to table.  Therefore the budgetary guideline policies were never discussed or debated on their merit, nor was any misinformation on the resolution addressed by the Board. 

The August 2017 Meeting's main topic was discussed primarily in Executive Session and introduced the County to the possibility of joining the class action lawsuit against Pharmaceutical Companies related to their role in opioid addiction and abuse.  The Board unanimously voted to have the State's Attorney provide an expert legal opinion on the matter to further guide our decision.  

The July 11th meeting of the Kane County Board kept on the June theme of poultry and livestock when the Board passed the "Rooster Ordinance."  This change to the County's zoning ordinance adds definition to "noisy birds" and specifies restrictions on such birds in parcels under 5 acres in size.  The amended ordinances passed on a 21 to 1 vote.

After Chairman Lauzen recognized that the date of the meeting coincided with my 38th birthday (thank you all for NOT singing), the majority of the meeting revolved around a petition to amend a PUD to allow chickens, and the annual prevailing wage vote.

The May Meeting was monopolized by a zoning petition to allow a special use in Campton Township.  The matter was denied by the Board as it was determined that the applicant did not meet all criteria specified in the special use ordinance.    

With Spring in the air, zoning petitions monopolized the bulk of our meeting.  This meant as Chairman of Development I hogged the floor.  All passed with unanimous approval.  We also were able to say hello to former Board Member Joe Haimann of Carpentersville.

We started out on a disappointing note.  Due to weather concerns our annual 4H Day with students across the County had been cancelled.  I always look forward to this annual meeting, as the students are always bright and exceptional.  Despite continued attempts to derail the Longmeadow Parkway project by some residents, this issue continued to move forward.  The other main issue of debate was the issuance of Road Impact Fees.  

When you think about Valentine's Day, what better way then to spend it at the monthly Kane County Board Meeting.  The meeting was just over 1 hour in length with a light agenda.  Despite some audio issues, the meeting was went well with little to no major issues.  

The January 2017 meeting began with the Pledge lead by a new US citizen; a fitting start to the new year.  Chairman Lauzen laid out a vision in which the Board will work in unity through the coming term.  

December 13th was the first meeting of the new fiscal year, and following the 2016 Elections.  We welcomed 4 new members to the Board as well as offering our best to those leaving the Board.  

 In November we technically held 2 meetings.  The first was a hearing on bond purchases used to pay in advance the IMRF pension obligation at a lower rate.  The second was the standard meeting.