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Past president hired as Glen Ellyn village attorney

GLEN ELLYN – In addition to tentatively annexing a portion of the Glen Oak Country Club on Monday, the Glen Ellyn Village Board passed a resolution to make the village attorney an in-house position rather than contracting it out.

The board also approved a resolution to hire Greg Mathews, who has been the village attorney since May 2013.

Mathews, a Glen Ellyn resident, served as a trustee from 1993 to 1997 and was village president from 2001 to 2005.

Franz said an in-house attorney would help the village better prepare to avoid litigation and provide timely recommendations.

According to board documents, Mathews' annual salary will be $140,000 per year, with a budgeted bonus of $20,000.

Over the past two years, the village has averaged $154,915 in legal services, which comes out to 13 hours per week at $235 per hour, board documents state.

The total yearly budget for the village attorney is $233,680.

In other village business:

• The board allocated spending $18,450 for the 2014 hydrant painting program with DMD Consultants of Mosheim, Tenn.

The program will occur in Glen Ellyn, Bensenville, Lombard, West Chicago and Winfield, according to board documents, and will run for four years. The paint is expected to last eight to 10 years. The program will cover 1,509 hydrants in the five communities, and 300 in Glen Ellyn.

The lowest bid for the hydrants was $17,325 from Go Painters of Hillside. However, according to board documents, of the five references the company turned in with their bid, two said they had never worked with the company, two did not return calls and one said the company did a good job painting metal balconies.

Go Painters could not be reached by the city for clarification. The five references for DMD Consultants gave positive reports, board documents state.

• The board approved a 1.1-percent hike in costs associated with solid waste collection. The increase is based on the Chicago consumer price index, according to board documents.

Total costs depend on the size of the trash container, but prices are increasing 40 to 60 cents. Administrative costs will stay the same, but recycling credit is decreasing from 60 cents to 23 cents.

Board documents show recycling revenues declined from about $30,000 to $19,639.51 last year, which is the reason for the drop in credit.

• The board approved decreasing the payment to R.W. Dunteman Co. by $195,897 for work done on Hawthorne Boulevard. The total project cost is $3,688,255.

The board also amended its contract with Civiltech Engineering Inc. by increasing the engineering costs by $25,000 to a total of $445,000 and paid CivilTech an additional $46,375 for extra work performed.

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