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Brookfield

Conservation Commission recognized for Kiwanis Park work

Brookfield, IL

The Brookfield Conservation Commission received a 2009 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness for work with the Brookfield Oak Savanna at Kiwanis Park.

In a letter to the commission, an EPA representative wrote the commission was being recognized particularly for its “transformation of a portion of the Village’s parklands adjacent to Salt Creek into a healthy, diverse, oak savanna habitat. The excellent signage provides beneficial information for visitors walking through the Savanna.”

The awards recognize sites that are exemplary in terms of native landscaping, ecosystem restoration and protection and/or conservation design.

“This is a very exciting night for the conservation commission,” Village Trustee Brian Oberhauser said. “The award recognizes outstanding efforts to use conservation practices in the Chicago wilderness region.”

Sue Williams, the chair of the commission, spoke about the award process.

“What the awards are intended to do is bring attention to conservation and landscaping practices that are good for native plants,” Williams said. “After the application, a team from the EPA came out to observe the savanna. They said it was amazing and wonderful that we’ve been able to preserve the oaks in the area for so many years, and very enthusiastic about our signs. Brookfield joins a list of forward thinking communities with this award. I look forward to improving this little piece of nature in Brookfield.”

Representatives from the commission attended an awards ceremony at the Chicago Botanic Garden in December.

In other board news

Assistant Village Manager Keith Sbiral gave a presentation to the Village Board on Brookfield’s information systems.

In 2009, most of the budget information systems projects were put on hold because of budgetary constraints.

Goals for this year include codification of the village code, putting in mobile communication devices into police department laptops and putting in new finance software on village staff computers.

Village Board members will be allowed to take their laptops home instead of getting their laptops delivered and will receive Brookfield e-mail addresses.

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