The River Forest village board will vote on the proposed appointment of longtime Development Review Board member Dennis McMahon as chairman. He would replace the current chairman, Frank Martin, who has served the past eight years. The length of Martin’s tenure as chair became a major point of contention with several trustees this past spring after it was disclosed that the DRB chair is required by law to rotate every two years.

Village President Frank Paris included the nomination in Monday night’s board packet. Along with the proposal was a one-page bio for McMahon. The advance notice and information pleased some trustees who have in the past been critical of a purported lack of notice by Paris.

“I’m pleasantly surprised by the [memo] in this week’s material,” said frequent Paris critic Steve Dudek approvingly, “an appointment with a whole two weeks’ notice before it appears on the agenda.”

Schoff honored for 36 years of service

The board acknowledged the services of Fire Lt. Robert Schoff, who is retiring after 36 years. Trustee Russ Nummer, who served 30 years with the fire department, retiring as chief, noted that Schoff and his family “have a long history in this village and with the fire department.” Schoff started with the fire department in November, 1971, a few months after his dad, Robert Schoff, Sr., retired as a lieutenant. The senior Schoff had followed in his father’s footsteps. Herman Schoff started in 1918 and served as fire chief in both Oak Park and in River Forest (1924-28).

Ticket adjudication process delayed

Formal training for the sole River Forest parking ticket adjudicator is running a bit behind.

“We’ve done the training, but we aren’t progressing as [fast] as I thought we’d be,” said Paris. Asked by Dudek when he believed the program would be up and running, Paris replied, “I’m thinking late winter, early spring.”

Trustees also discussed whether the adjudication program needed the two adjudicators originally allocated for the job.

“My thought is, maybe we don’t need two people,” said Trustee Pat O’Brien.

“If it calls for two, we should have two,” said Russ Nummer. “Unless there’s some legitimate reason.”

“We established two positions, and I feel we should make two positions,” said Dudek.

-Bill Dwyer

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