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Arlington Heights Daily Herald (Newspaper) - May 21, 2015, Arlington Heights, IllinoisPage 4 Section 1 daily Herald thursday May 21, 2015suburbs l by Jake Griffin a lawsuit filed Barrington wednesday charges the bar ringtone Countryside fire Protection District is refusing to pay at least $1.2 million owed to a formerly joint firefighters pension fund. But the fire District in an audit claims it has no liability for the pension fund. The suit states that when the fire District split from the Village run fire department on dec. 31, 2013, the pen Sion fund was Short $1.9 Mil lion. Village officials argue the fire districts leaders in 2005 agreed to pay 64.25 percent of fire services costs which includes pension obligations. That amounted to More than $1.2 million at the time of the split according to the Law Village is also seeking More than $800,000 from the District in Long term disability insurance costs. I think the agreement was pretty straightforward said Village president Karen Darch. I Hope they will recognize that and we can avoid an extensive discussion in the judicial system. Tom Long the president of the fire districts Board said head not seen the lawsuit but called the allegations half truths and falsehoods. The final Price tag might actually be higher though. The suit also contends fire District officials asked the Village to recalculate the outstand ing pension liabilities based on a state pension funding formula. That calculation increased the districts costs to More than $2 million. A judge will not Only have to deter mine whether the fire District owes the Village anything but if so whether its $1.2 million or the new $2million figure. The two sides met in an attempt to resolve the dispute in september 2014, but could not agree Village officials said. Village manager Jeff Lawler said the Village was left with no recourse but to sue. This is unfortunate but its of their doing Lawler said. Prior to the split for 19 years they paid under this formula. Village officials said they have sent invoices to the District since the split but the District has refused to pay the full amount Village officials say they Are owed. Last june the Village returned a $14,000 Check the District sent to the Village. Before the split the District paid the Village to provide fire Protection. But in years leading up to the separation the districts Board became increasingly critical of How the Village was operating the fire department. When the intergovernmental agreement came up for renewal the two sides decided to part ways and split equipment and other physical resources. Lawler said the separation agreement also noted that the District would be getting a Bill for All unfunded pen Sion obligations which would Likely be of a seven figure magnitude. The lawsuit also seeks reimbursement for Legal costs associated with the villages struggle to recoup retirement and disability Benefit funding from the District. This wont affect ser vice in anyway Lawler said. We intend to comply with All of our Mutual Aid agree ments and deliver service to the areas that might need our assistance. The fire Protection districts most recently completed audit shows the District has More than $2.5 million in reserves. The District received the majority of its $5.9 Mil lion in Revenue from prop erty taxes to the tune of $5.6 million in 2014. However the districts expenses were More than $6.2 million last year according to the audit. The audit also acknowledges the invoices from the Village but claims the districts own calculations assumes no liability for the pension fund. It offers no suggestions on How to reconcile the dispute. It is not possible to deter mine the outcome of the mat Ter at this time auditors wrote. As for the Long term disability debt the District argued in its audit that its payments should be made at the time the Village pays claims rather than an assumed total lifetime Cost that May actually wind up being less. Barrington sues neighbouring fire District for pension funds by Lee Filas a 15-year-old boy is fac ing arson charges alleging he intentionally set a Brush fire last month that damaged at least two townhouses in round Lake Beach authorities said. The april 29 fire in an undeveloped wetlands area started just before 3 . Between Rol Lins Road and Meadow Green Lane authorities said. The fire melted siding off townhouses on Meadow Green Lane and forced the evacuation of several Busi Nesses unroll inroad. Authorities said the 15-year old was taken into custody monday on suspicion of arson. Juvenile charges Are not offi Cial until approved Bya judge. The fire burned about 7 acres of cattails and tall grasses authorities said. No injuries were reported. Teen faces charges in round Lake Beach fire by Russell Lissau the Cook memorial pub Lic Library District Board has tapped a Veteran employee to be . David Archer who had served As one of the districts two assistant directors and recently was named interim director will be promoted to the big chair effective june1. Archer replaces Stephen Kershner As the director of the District which has libraries in Libertyville and Vernon Hills. The Library Board approved the . Stephen has left the Library in a great place and in excited about continuing the Momen Tum said Archer 47, of Wheaton. Archer has been with Cook memorial for 11 years first serving As the districts audio i spent time As the adult service manager. He was promoted to Assis Tant director in 2010. In that role Archer oversaw opera Tio sat in Vernon Hills. He also ran the districts outreach programs. Board president Bonnie Quirke was Quick to Praise archers abilities. Ive Lon Beena Fano David Archer Quirke said. He is a Well organized collaborative fellow. Kershner led the District for nearly five years. He announced plans to retire in february and left Las week. Archer was one of four finalists for Kersh nerds Job. He had Universal approval from the District staffers Quirke said. I think hers prove himself she said. Archer said hers eager to focus on the districts strategic plan for services the collection and the facilities which was adopted earlier this year. Cook memorial libraries names new directory Steve Zalusky Buffalo Grove trustees have appointed the 12 members of a new economic development strategic plan steering com Mittee which will work on a development strategy for the Village. Community development director Christopher stilling said the groups first meeting will be at 5 30 . Tuesday may26, at Village Hall 50raupp blvd. It is open to the Public. Thero Leof the steering com Mittee is to review the Progress and an eco nomic development strategic plan for the Village Board he told . The committee of 12 will meet four or five times Over the next several months he said. The group will be chaired by Michael Abruzzini president of the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire chamber of Commerce and vice president of the Buffalo . The Village Board will be represented by trustee Les Ter Ottenheimer Iii while the villages planning and zoning commission will be represented by its chair Eric Smith. A soon be Dave Ruber director of facility and distribution for Yasukawa which is one of the villages largest employers and As still ing pointed out has recently expanded Tomore than 100,000 Square feet so they Are familiar with our development process. Paul Sheridan Hamilton partners whose father was the original Developer of Many of the Sites within Buffalo Grove will be include Don the committee. Also on the committee will be Michael Stevens executive director of Lake county partners the count yes regional economic development corporation. They Are instrumental in helping promote Lake county As a place to do business still ing said. So we feel that they will be a great fit to help identify some of the regional resources Tous. The group will be rounded out by Tim Donahue prop erty manager and broker for the Buffalo Grove town Cen Ter Peter Panayiotou owner of the Continental restaurant Jennifer Serino Stasch director of Lake count yes workforce development department Rich Cillessen vice president of sales for Siemens building technologies and Village Resi dents Maria Nina Strezewski and Sangeetha Subramanian both of whom were recommended by local school District superintendents. Stilling said it was important to have Stasch on Board because employers Are hav ing difficult Tim filling vacancies for jobs particularly highly skilled technical jobs. He added that Siemens is the largest employer in the Village and a partner on Many projects. The economic development strategic plan is currently in its first phase Market assessment Andoga development. Village seats business growth panel Bob Chwedyk / , january 2015 Michael Abruzzini president of the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire chamber of Commerce and vice president of the Buffalo Grove Bank and Trust will chair a new Buffalo Grove economic development strategic plan steering committee. Stephen Kershner David Archer founded 1872 subscription rates Carrier Home delivery rate daily and sunday $525.20 52 weeks. Back issues available at . All Back Issue orders must be prepaid. All subscriptions May include up to four Premium issues per year. For each Premium Issue your account balance will be charged an additional $1 in the Billing period when the edition publishes. This will result in shortening the length of your Billing period. 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Requests for information comments and questions should be directed to Jillian Hawkins office of Community relations Illinois environmental Protection Agency to. Box 19506, Spring eld Illinois 62794-9506, phone 217/524-0922, add phone number 217/782-9143, . The repositories for these documents and the application Are at the Illinois Epa s offices at 9511 West Harrison in Des Plaines 847/294-4000 and 1021 North grand Avenue East Spring eld 217/782-7027 please Call ahead to assure that someone will be available to assist you. The draft permit and project summary May also be available at copies of the documents May also be obtained upon request to the Contact listed above. The 1990 amendments to the clean air act require potentially major sources of air emissions to obtain federally enforceable operating permits. A Aesop permit allows a source that is potentially major to take operational limits in the permit so that it is a non major source. 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