Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mayor Getty and American Legion honor Fallen Soldiers during Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

Mayor Getty and American Legion honor Fallen Soldiers during Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty and officials of the Village of Lyons joined the American Legion Post 699 to honor fallen members of the Armed Forces Monday, May 26th at the Village’s annual Memorial Day commemoration.

The annual ceremony, hosted by the Lyons American Legion, took place in front of the Eternal Flame Memorial Site in Lyons.

With more than 80 people in attendance, including the American Legion Rifle Squad, elected officials Clerk Dawn Campos, Trustee Dan Hilker, and Trustee Paul Marchiori, and American Legion Post Commander Benjamin Fuerst, the ceremony paid tribute to fallen members of the Armed Forces both past and present.

Members of the Lyons American Legion Post 699

“Memorial Day is more than just a picnic, a holiday or a time when families get together. It is a reminder that we can get together to celebrate our freedoms and enjoy our lives because other men and women in military service sacrificed their lives to protect our rights as Americans,” said Mayor Getty.

“Memorial Day is to remember those individuals who served in the armed forces and who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life while serving. These individuals gave their lives defending our country, defending our liberties, and defending our freedoms! Today we pause to remember those loved ones & heroes who never returned home. They sacrificed everything for us, for all Americans, and for our great country!”

Also in attendance was Lyons Trustee and current active duty Marine, Sergeant Jason Thomas. Sergeant Thomas placed the honorary wreath for display in front of the Eternal Flame. 

“It is evident by this Memorial Day Ceremony that takes place each year and the other ongoing efforts by Mayor Getty and the Village that Lyons is a community that truly supports our Military,” said Sergeant Thomas.

The ceremony also included the singing of patriotic songs by David Molinari, a bagpipe performance by Daniel Shevlin, and remarks from Mayor Getty. 

Post Commander Fuerst, who also served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event, closed by having the American Legion Rifle Squad fire four shots as a salute to all fallen service members.

The Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony has been a valued tradition in Lyons for many years.


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Cermak Family Aquatic Center Opens in Lyons for the Summer Season

Cermak Family Aquatic Center Opens in Lyons for the Summer Season

The Cermak Family Aquatic Center in Lyons is now open for the summer season, Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty announced Tuesday.
Located at 7600 w. Ogden Avenue, the Aquatic Center offers a variety of water-time fun for children 12 years or younger, including waterslides, cannons, geysers and a lazy river.
The Aquatic Center also provides other great amenities such as a state-of-the-art bath house with showers, lockers and concessions, certified lifeguards, play pads and ample parking.
Rich in history and named after former Forest Preserve President and Mayor Anton J. Cermak, the center was previously Cermak Pool, a staple in the community from the 1920’s until it closed in 2002.
After a six year renovation of the Forest Preserve, the Aquatic Center was officially opened to the public in 2008.  
“The Aquatic Center is fantastic addition to our active community,” Mayor Getty said. “Families can enjoy the beautiful forest preserve setting while they play and all at an affordable price.”
Admission to the Aquatic Center costs between $4 - $6 depending on the age of the attendee. It is free for Children 3-years-old or younger.
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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Lyons residents support police reorganization at board meeting

Lyons residents support police reorganization at board meeting

By Staff reports

Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty
Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty
More than 200 residents of Lyons attended the Village Board meeting Wednesday night to show support for a re-organization of the Police Department that will save more than $650,000 a year and put police assigned to desk jobs on street patrol.

The majority of the attendees at the April 16th Board Meeting supported the Village reorganization.

“There are times when good leaders have to make tough decisions,” said Lyons resident Richard Balicki who attended the meeting. “I commend Mayor Getty for making these difficult choices while always keeping the best interest of the tax payers dollars in mind.”

Getty and the reorganization also received the support of former Lyons Mayor Marie Vachata who praised the board for working hard to manage the budget and provide a safe community for resident.

The reorganization will include laying-off seven police officers with the least seniority and experience.

Mayor Christopher Getty said that the lay-offs were forced on the Village by the Chicago-based FOP Union, which has demanded excessive pay increases of more than 12 percent but has rejected a reasonable increase of 4 percent made by the Village.

“We have been cutting spending across-the-board in every department. We spent more time carefully addressing the budget and excessive spending in the Police Department than any other department and have been negotiating with the Chicago-based FOP Union for nearly one year in 20 meetings,” Getty said.

“We thought we had an agreement a few months back but they flat out rejected everything.”
Getty said they wanted to increase the ceiling for police salaries from the current $88,000 to more than $101,400, calling it “unjustified and unreasonable.”

The salaries of the police officers are posted online for public viewing where they are posted every year as a part of the Village’s online transparency campaign along with other budget documents.

Getty said he knew the board’s decision for the police reorganization  would face some opposition. However, out of the 200 people at Wednesday’s meeting, there was only a handful of people who expressed their concern.

“The biggest issue we are facing with the police reorganization is the unnecessary and misrepresented propaganda that is being carried out by the Union and the opposition,” said Getty.

Getty said many residents were “turned-off by the Union’s bullying and fear-mongering” which tried to falsely claim that the village will be under-protected as a result of the reorganization.

“The truth is that Lyons has been safe and will continue to be safe. Some people want to turn this into political attacks and they don’t care about safety at all. All they care about is getting more pay,” Getty said.

Getty said that four supervisors will be assuming street neighborhood patrol duties. In the event that officers report in sick, the Lyons Police will do what they always do and use overtime to make up for any staff reductions.

Getty noted that FBI staffing guidelines suggest that communities have 3 police officers for every 2,000 residents. Lyons has slightly more than 10,000 residents and Getty noted that the reorganization will keep a fully staffed police force of 16 officers patrolling Lyons neighborhoods.

“I want to also thank all of the supporters who came on Wednesday and those who continue to support our village board as we continue to make Lyons a safe and great place to live,” said Mayor Getty.

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