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Village official disappoints

BG Village Board member confronted about parking in fire lane

I've been a resident of Buffalo Grove for little over 15 years and I'm proud of my neighborhood, my community and its village leaders. But recently I was disheatened by the mindless behavior of one of our long term village board member’s lack of accountability to abide by the rules that apply to everyone.

This weekend I confronted that elected official because they chose to disregard public safety and village ordinances, parked their car in a fire lane to conduct business with a local establishment. They argued that this side of the lane was not a fire lane, which may or may not be an arguable point if it wasn’t for the fact that they were also parked in front of a fire hydrant. (By the way, I showed the photos to the BG Police and they confirmed that both sides of the lane are considered the fire lane)  And while this person may claim it was a temporary lapse of judgment, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen them do this at the same place of business - on both sides of the lane.

It’s clear this official doesn’t feel that the law prohibiting parking in a fire lane is that important to worry about. And parking in a fire lane probably isn’t that big of a deal to most people. That brief moment blocking clear access to the lane, and in this case a fire hydrant, didn’t cost anyone their life. But the idea that an elected public official decided that sparing themselves a few extra steps to park in a nearly empty parking lot was more important than the welfare of their community is a letdown to residences of Buffalo Grove and to their fellow Village Board members.

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BG Citizen September 17, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Jan - this page on BG's website would be a good topic of conversation for the next board meeting. http://il-buffalogrove.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=473
John L September 18, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Is it possible that he got a call (on his shoulder radio) to go elsewhere more important, while he was checking this car out? It would not necessarily have required a siren, but might have been more important than a handicap sticker.
Sandy Klein September 19, 2012 at 12:22 AM
John, anything is possible. I was standing on the sidewalk, inches away from the front left of the car and his squad was perpendicular to it with the door open right across from me. I didn't hear his radio go off at all and I'd think if the radio in the squad went off I would have heard it, but who knows.
BG Citizen September 19, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Sandy / John Sandy, you bring up a valid concern - it's not unreasonable to ask for a level playing field and having the rules apply to all. John also makes a valid point - Sometimes there is more going on than what we realize. I have a good friend who used to be an beat cop (in another city) and I would often go on "ride alongs". Based on my experience, there were many things going on that the general public would never pick up on. But all that aside, I feel this is an entirely different dicussion and would prefer this post stay on task as it relates to the fire lane incident. Thank you both for viewing and commenting on my post
Lisa Stone September 30, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Sandy: One of the "B Boys" or Trilling I'd guess. You CAN Trust me, as I was and remain the Real Deal. Lisa Stone Former Trustee of Buffalo Grove & 1st Elected Official ever to be Recalled in Illinois history for standing up for the people and truth in the most Corrupt State in our great Country; The United States of America. The Constitution which I swore by Oath does indeed trump Robert's Rules of Order, which sometimes must be challenged, as I did. And, you're welcome for doing my job, which by my term remains until April 2013, though will always remain given my integrity. Many judges told me fight the recall, but I had to research the Landfill Waters and much more, and couldn't be diverted by The B Boys diversion, per home rule authority: Recall which was crafted by long standing Jeffrey Berman, at his kitchen table in 2009. He's the 1st amendment lawyer that makes decent money but perhaps, maybe and could be a fraud? I don't know....you tell me your opinion, Cupcake.

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