Programs & Committees

Metro West Kane County Animal Control Task Force

Since 2007, Metro West has been working with Kane County on behalf of Kane County municipalities to negotiate animal control services contract issues. Metro West is now working collaboratively with Kane County to plan a second animal control shelter.

Stephan Pickett, President of Sleepy Hollow, Chairman
Chief James Lamkin, St. Charles Police Department
Steve Andersson, Metro West Legal Counsel
Staff contact: Mary Randle, Executive Director



Finance Committee

The Finance Committee, with the assistance of the executive director and input from the Treasurer, is responsible for providing financial oversight of the organization. The committee advises on financial planning, budget development and risk management. It reviews and recommends financial policy and procedures. The Committee provides Board members with an understanding of their financial responsibilities. 

Members 

Bill McGrath, Chair
Metro West Treasurer
Administrator 
Village of Batavia

Marlene Blocker
Finance Director
Village of Gilberts

Bill Hannah
Finance Director,
Village of North Aurora

Tom Dahl
Finance Director
City of Geneva

Rob Fredrickson
Finance Director
United City of Yorkville

Mary Randle, Executive Director
(ex-officio)


Legislative Committee

The Metro West Legislative Committee monitors and evaluates the impact of pending state and federal legislation and regulations as they affect the well-being of residents in Metro West’s member municipalities (DeKalb, Kane, and Kendall Counties). The Committee guides Council members in responding to legislative issues and may also recommend and develop legislative proposals to address problems and issues that have been raised by its member municipalities.

State and Federal Legislative List

Legislative Positions
Each year the Committee recommends legislative priorities and positions that guide the Council’s legislative actions and activities and provide a focus for lobbying efforts. 
2014 Legislative Positions

Springfield Drive Down
Council members have the opportunity to participate in the legislative processes of the Illinois General Assembly through the annual Springfield Drive Down and attending events and meetings with legislators and other governmental officials.

Legislative Dinner
The Committee also sponsors the annual Legislative Dinner, which provides an opportunity to meet with state legislators and acquaint them with Metro West’s positions and priorities.

State of the Counties
At the annual State of the Counties event, the Kane, Kendall and DeKalb County Board Chairmen present the accomplishments of the County governments and the challenges that they face.

Legislative Barbecue
The annual Legislative Barbecue & Session Review features an overview of the successes and failures of the most recently completed legislative session from a municipal perspective.

Contact:
Legislative Chair/Geneva City Administrator Mary McKittrick, (630) 262-8495
Legislative Vice-Chair/Gilberts Village Administrator Ray Keller, (847) 428-2861

Members 

Steve Andersson, Metro West Legal Counsel
Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson

Brent Eichelberger, Administrator
Village of Sugar Grove

Rudy Espiritu, Interim City Manager
City of DeKalb

Ray Keller, Administrator
Village of Gilberts

George Brust, Trustee
Village of Hampshire

Mary McKittrick, Administrator 
Chair, City of Geneva

Bart Olson, Administrator
United City of Yorkville

Rick Kozal, Assistant City of Manager
City of Elgin

Mike Millette, Trustee
Village of Campton Hills

 


Intergovernmental Relations

Metro West Council works collaboratively with a number of governmental entities and regional public and private agencies, boards and committees to facilitate intergovernmental cooperation and to provide the municipal perspective on relevant issues.  The Council works to ensure that municipal viewpoints are represented at the earliest possible stages of decision making. 

Related Links:
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
DeKalb County
Kane County
Kane/Kendall Council of Mayors
Kendall County
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
Metropolitan Planning Council


Metro West Kane County 911 Task Force

The 911 Task Force was formed as a study group in October 2007 to examine issues related to 911 and the Emergency Telephone Systems Board in Kane County. The Task Force addresses common issues and seeks to identify long-term solutions for the future of 911 systems for the entire county. The Task Force brings together elected municipal and county officials, city managers/administrators and technical people representing each Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) in Kane County. While each PSAP is formally represented, the 911 Task Force is open to all municipalities. Some of the topics that have been discussed or are slated for discussion include:

  • Identify opportunities for cost sharing such as joint purchasing of equipment, and joint training of PSAP personnel.
  • Identify revenue streams for future funding.
  • Forecast future service levels.
  • County-wide public safety radio PSAP and field interoperability.
  • County-wide study on Next Generation 911.
  • County-wide Reverse 911 systems.
  • Fiber connectivity issues.
  • Unique issues faced by municipalities that lie within several counties.

The Task Force’s most recent initiative is a joint public information campaign by Kane County, the municipalities and Kane County Regional Office of Education, to encourage Kane County residents to enroll their cell phone numbers, unlisted phone numbers and Voice Over Internet Protocol listings on the Code Red database. The Code Red system contacts Kane County residents about emergencies such as evacuation notices, severe weather warnings, boil water notices, bio-terrorism threats, flooding notices and Amber Alerts.

Members 

Jeffrey Schielke, Mayor of Batavia, Chair

Aurora PSAP:
Tom Weisner, Mayor of Aurora, Vice Chair
Ted Beck, Aurora MIS Director

Elgin PSAP:
David Kaptain, Mayor of Elgin
Jeff Swoboda, Police Chief

Kane County/Kane County PSAP:

Roger Fahnestock, Kane County IT Director
Patrick Perez, Kane County Sheriff

Jennifer Baustian, Kane Comm. Director

Montgomery PSAP:
Chief Daniel Meyers, Montgomery Police Department

QuadCom PSAP:
David Smith, Director
Chief Rick Thomas, Rutland-Dundee Fire Protection District

South Elgin PSAP:
Larry Jones, South Elgin Administrator
Chief Chris Merritt, South Elgin Police Department

Tri-Com PSAP:
Stacy Sarna, Tri-Com Director

Staff Support: 
Mary Randle, Executive Director


Membership and Programs Committee

The Membership and Programs Committee addresses membership issues, promotes membership in Metro West and makes recommendations on new membership programs and services. Most recently, the committee developed a membership brochure and examined the issue of associate memberships. The Committee meets periodically as needed.

Members 

Dave Anderson, President of Village of Elburn, Chair
Dale Berman, President, Village of North Aurora

 


Strategic Plan Committee

The Strategic Plan Committee is responsible for ensuring the Metro West continues making progress toward fulfilling its long-range Strategic Plan. The Committee accomplishes this by annually reviewing the Metro West Strategic Plan with the Board of Directors and recommending policy, program and activity priorities for the coming year. The Committee is chaired by the Metro West Board Secretary and meets at least three times each year.

Members

Ray Keller, Village Administrator of Gilberts, Chair
David Anderson, President of Elburn
Steve Jones, Administrator of Oswego
Mary McKittrick, City Administrator of Geneva
Stephan Pickett, Village President of Sleepy Hollow
Staff Support: Mary Randle, Executive Director


Transportation Task Force

The Metro West Transportation Task Force was formed to gather information on transportation funding processes; educate members about these sources, make recommendations about forming a standing transportation committee and identify possible transportation goals for the committee and Metro West.

Members

TBN                       Chairman
Ray Keller, Administrator of Gilberts, Vice-Chair
Brent Eichelberger, Administrator of Sugar Grove


Water Conservation Task Force

Water supply issues have been identified as a critical issue in the Metro West area. The Metro West Water Conservation Task Force was formed in the summer of 2008 in response to this need. Its mission is:

  • to educate municipalities and their residents of the need for water resource management in the Metro West region,
  • to create a resource “toolkit” for all municipalities and residents to utilize with a centralized source for updates and information, and
  • to develop partnerships to implement water resource management strategies.

The Task Force was instrumental in the formation of the Northwest Water Planning Alliance (NWPA). The Water Conservation Task Force has been disbanded and those resources are now concentrated in the NWPA. The NWPA brings together five councils of government and five counties in a voluntary partnership for water supply planning.

NORTHWEST WATER PLANNING ALLIANCE
Metro West Representatives:

Tom Weisner, Mayor of Aurora, Executive Committee Chair

Dale Berman, Mayor of North Aurora, delegate

David Kaptain, Mayor of Elgin, delegate

Patsy Smith, President of Campton Hills, delegate

Peter Wallers, Metro West Consulting Engineer, Techinical Advisory Committee Chairman

Staff support: Mary Randle, Executive Director Metro West