Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton had nothing but words of praise for Village Clerk Catherine Aparo at the Monday village board meeting.
Proclaiming the week of May 1-7 as “Municipal Clerks Week” Sexton said, “For the 16 years I have served as mayor, I have had the honor of sitting next to the best Municipal Clerk in Illinois, if not the nation.”
Sexton’s comments were not just idle words as Aparo was named a Master Municipal Clerk in the International Clerk’s Association two years ago. She is a member of the Southwest Municipal Clerk’s Association and is one of only 43 clerks in Illinois to achieve the Master Clerk designation.
Later, Aparo said the achievement is a long process.
“It took me almost 12 years to complete all the requirements. There were a couple of times I thought about giving up, but I kept going, and I am glad I did,” she said.
She explained that the requirements include many hours of seminars, classes and meetings. “It is done in steps; first you are a registered clerk, then certified and finally you reach the highest level, which is the rank of Master Clerk. It is a title you hold for life.”
“The clerks do all the work in municipalities, but get none of the credit,” added Sexton. “I am very happy to announce this proclamation.”
A second proclamation announced that Friday, April 29 as “Arbor Day in the Village of Evergreen Park.”
In conjunction with the proclaimed Arbor Day, the village’s Public Works Department, under the direction of Gavin Yeaman, hosted its fifth annual Arbor Day contest, which was open to all K-8 students from schools within the boundaries of the village. One hundred entries were received. The top three winners in each category were honored at the board meeting.
This year’s theme was “Trees are important to our health and happiness.” Students were asked to produce an essay or poster reflecting the theme.
In the Poster category, Meydlin Rodriguez, a fifth-grader at Southeast School, captured first place. Louise Brady, a second-grader at Northwest School, placed second. Sarah Schroll, a sixth-grader at Most Holy Redeemer School, came in third place.
First place in the Essay category went to Sarah Beyer, a fifth-grader at Southeast School. Marion Isaac, a seventh grade student at Central Middle School, placed second. Samantha Ricks, a fourth grade student at Southeast, placed third.
“In addition to their other prizes, the first place winners have also earned a tree for their school,” said Yeaman. “We will be planting a tree at Southeast School on Arbor Day, Friday, April 29.
In other action, the board approved an ordinance to the village’s municipal code, which will prevent individual poles being erected in the public right-of-ways for the purpose of personal wireless telecommunications services and facilities.
Also approved was a resolution approving a grant application for the 2016 Cook County Community Development Block Grant Program, in the amount of $390,000. If received, the funds would be used for sewer linings.
The board also approved an application from Brendan Rosner to participate in the Evergreen Park Police Department’s College Student Internship Program. Rosner is a student at Loras University in Dubuque, Iowa.