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Village Issues COD Final Ultimatum

The village is giving the college until Wednesday to submit proof that four buildings are up to code.

The village board unanimously approved a motion that will give the a final chance to reach a compromise over four buildings that are under construction.

If COD fails to submit proof by Wednesday at 1 p.m. that the four buildings comply with a list of codes and ordinances outlined in certificates of compliance, the village will continue to seek a temporary restraining order that will ban occupancy of the buildings.

Village President Mark Pfeffermann said the village is always "open to reasonable alternatives," but he doesn't see any other option at this point if the college fails to submit the certificates.   

Those certificates are the first phase in a series of requirements the village is seeking from the college. Before COD can occupy the buildings, officials will need to submit a final round of certificates, in addition to fire and safety inspections.  

The college maintains that the buildings are up to code as established by the Illinois Community College Board.

"We are not going to hold classes in these buildings if there is a health-life-safety issue that exists," said Ken Florey, COD attorney, during Monday night's village board meeting. But Florey added that providing certificates is a reasonable approach to the problem. "It's another layer, in addition to the ICCB forms. We have no objection to signing a form."

Even though Florey maintains no code violations exist, village staff and trustees are concerned about the safety of the classrooms since initial building permits were not obtained by the college from the village and inspections were not conducted by the village.  

Village Trustee Robert Friedberg was concerned whether the buildings are already occupied by faculty or other staff. Florey sidestepped the question; angering Friedberg. 

"Do you think that anybody in this room does not understand what you're saying? Could you just be honest with us and the public who pays for the buildings?" Friedberg asked.

The village motion also includes a provision that will seek to recoup the funds it has spent to make sure the buildings are up to code. 

Typically, building permit fees cover the village's cost for reviewing plans. But COD skipped that step and the village maintains it has spent thousands on the issue. Staci Hulseberg, planning and development director for the village, says the dispute with the college has already cost the village between $30,000 and $50,000 for consultant reviews. 

"Our budget can't absorb any additional cost," said Mark Franz, village manager. "We all know this is not an ideal situation. This is the best course of action." 

dave July 19, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Havinbg watched much of the COD/Village hearings, hearing the Village more or less admit they had little money to fight COD, hearing that COD has -inspite of agreements- done just about anything they please, it would seem they are continuing in the same direction: Flaunting power. And to what purpose? If in fact they have no intentions of conducting classes in a building that might present risks, if they built knowing the Village had the right to inspect, what reasons could there be not permitting such an activity? Do they fear some "violations" might be found, of the revenge type? The petty? It seems someone at COD is exercising singular power, for I doubt the board,as a whole could be so obtuse.Similarly, it would seem this individual has instilled fear into others at COD for I hear little from others employed/on the board that indicate concern.
John July 20, 2011 at 03:53 AM
attached is a link to a new Facebook page entitled: Stand up against misconduct at College of DuPage. If you Facebook, help spread the word by clicking "like" and sharing the link with your own Facebook contacts. Information on how to contact governmental officials and investigative journalists is available on the page, along with links to various news articles about the college. It is a work in progress and information will be added in an ongoing manner. Link: http://on.fb.me/q8YG28
Matt July 20, 2011 at 04:01 PM
and on top of everything else, the COD board has extended the reign of President Breuder at a closed meeting...
marcus July 20, 2011 at 04:01 PM
A clash of egos, all funded by taxpayers. Man, this just never gets old for these guys. What is the point, for the village to continue this nonsense? And having dealt with the village, I would be worried, if I were running COD, that they will get some nonsense "violations" just to try to teach the school a lesson. I would do what I had to do to keep the village out.
John July 20, 2011 at 04:16 PM
The Facebook Page "Standing up against misconduct at College of DuPage" includes email addresses of government officials and investigative journalists you can contact regarding the transgressions at COD. It also lists the transgressions item by item, so you can even cut/copy/paste into an email to the officials. The community is beginning to take a stand (in large part because of what you mentioned, Matt....it is clear the board will not act to stop the bad behavior, but is indeed part of the problem).

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