Former Trustee Creates a Stir at Village Board Meeting

Buffalo Grove resident Lisa Stone addressed water concerns and other topics for about 20 minutes Monday night.

Monday night’s Village Board meeting included about 20 minutes of frustration felt by elected officials and audience members, as well as by the source of their emotion herself — former trustee Lisa Stone.

Stone got off to a rocky start when she didn’t step up to the podium when Village President Jeff Braiman invited residents to speak. When no one responded, he moved on to the next agenda item; moments later, Stone came forth to speak and insisted on making her remarks.

Following a brief argument with Stone, the board continued on with its agenda. Minutes later Stone, who waited near the podium, was invited to speak. (See video at right.)

Throughout her comments, which touched on her , the resignation of Buffalo Grove’s former village manager, discrepancies in the size of the , a disparity in the amount of water used from one of the village’s wells, the proximity of a bike path to the landfill, water contamination in Crestwood, and the use of Buffalo Grove's ZIP code by the Pekara well system in unincorporated Lake County, Braiman repeatedly asked her to get to the point.

Stone said she has spent about 16 hours each day for the past two years researching local water issues. Alongside a Lincolnshire resident, she has formed the Lake County Vernon Township Coalition for Safe Drinking Water, she said.

“We believe there has been a gross violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act for many, many, many years,” she said.

“You may actually say, ‘Citizen Stone, tell us more,’” she told Braiman.

While that's not exactly how it played out Monday night, she did receive additional time to address the board.

When the 10 minutes allotted for resident comments were up, Braiman granted her an additional two minutes. After she had spoken for a total of 15 minutes, he gave her 20 seconds to wrap up, followed by another 30 seconds. 

“President Braiman, for your soul’s sake, let me finish,” Stone responded at one point. She later asked him to “embrace sometimes the health issues.”

“I hope I’m reaching someone here,” she said.

Some board members closed their eyes as Stone talked, while others appeared to hide smiles. When Braiman cut Stone off after about 20 minutes, calling for a five-minute break in the meeting, some audience members broke into applause. During the break, while onlookers wondered aloud what she was trying to accomplish, Stone left the meeting room.

She said later that police told her not to return to the meeting after the recess.

Asked Tuesday what she hoped to convey, Stone emailed the following to Buffalo Grove Patch:

The IEPA admitted that whether the Aptakisic Creek is a "losing" and/or recharging stream has never been studied, which means that is it unknown whether the Aptakisic Creek is recharging the water supply for many groundwater wells in the area, such as the Pekara community wells and other community, private, and/or any other wells supplying drinking water in the areas in very close proximity to major pollution sources or facilities including the Land & Lakes Landfill, the Hoffelder Landfill, the Lake County Public Works treating domestic and industrial wastewater for approximately 10 communities, which then discharges effluent directly into the recently listed impaired 303(d) Aptakisic Creek. The US EPA ECHO ICP Water Quality Report for the industrial wastewater facility above, states that the facility/outfall is NOT near a drinking water intake, though the Pekara wells actually share the same unusual address as the Industrial Wastewater Facility, 800 Krause Drive, BG 60089. There appears to be some confusion as the wells are actually extremely close to the 001 STP outfall listed on the NPDES Permit.

Further, the Aptakisic Creek appears to have been "overlooked" for decades and in some cases appears unseen or even mislabeled on various maps of Lake County Vernon Township as well as other vitally critical areas such as permits required to list nearest body of water etc. ... though the Aptakisic wasn't listed.

This must be studied given the information which has come to the attention of the Lake County Vernon Township Coalition for Safe Drinking Water. For critical reasons of safety, health and welfare and to insure safe drinking water, an inalienable right, as well as the protection of the Aptakisic Creek itself, the many questions, irregularities and misrepresentation raised by the many documents that have come to light, demand answers from the officials entrusted to protect all of us.

Art April 12, 2012 at 08:21 PM
"This is not my issue and this is not my water. This is the community's issue and the community's water, including you and your family." Ms. Stone - I am fairly certain that the Pekara subdivision is unincorporated. That means that the homes who's water you are so concerned about are NOT within the boundaries of Buffalo Grove. That means that they Buffalo Grove village board and government have NO authority over them. As I suggested to you before (since you have asked for suggestions), stop bringing this to a government body that has no authority over the issue. Bring it to Lake County, IEPA, or US-EPA. Ann has raised some VERY good points, and she has been EXTREMELY CIVIL in doing so (and I have never met her, I have no idea who she is). NOTHING in what she said is political; only YOU continue to bring up politics. I guess you see what you want to see instead of facing reality.
Brenda Weis April 13, 2012 at 02:00 AM
My name is Brenda Weis and together, Lisa Stone and I are the founders of The Lake County-Vernon Township Coalition for Safe Drinking Water. Having been an ardent advocate for water quality for more than 40 years, I originally contacted Lisa Stone when I read an update of the Buffalo Grove Board's inactivity regarding Land & Lakes in 2010 in the Pioneer Press. For many of these years Lincolnshire was rife with contamination along Milwaukee Avenue from illegal dumping which took place in the 50's and 60's. Trucks dumped toxics, etc. on their way to Wisconsin. I was always a skeptic and, have unfortunately never been wrong in any of my environmental concerns and pursuits, which have spanned decades. Having a science background, I learned how to research the issues that always proved to be well founded. I have worked with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) periodically since its inception, and consulted with many state and national organizations and experts in Environmental science. (continued below)
Brenda Weis April 13, 2012 at 02:03 AM
For purposes of a smooth transition from this introduction, I choose to compare the Biblical tale of David & Goliath to a present day allegorical reality. This Biblical tale has been reenacted repeatedly throughout history. Bully tactics of criticism, insult and threats generally cause most to cower and retreat. At the same time examples of man's inhumanity toward his fellow man have been continually reaffirmed throughout the ages. Goliath was a brute, while David, without armor, focused on the job at hand, truth, and smote the evil giant with a slingshot. Please accept my version of the mighty struggle for the purposes of this commentary. The above fable aptly describes many situations in contemporary society. Monumental verbal battles are constantly waged throughout our civilized world. One such battleground today is taking place at the northeast tip of Illinois. Goliath is represented by three entities: The IEPA, which in Illinois has unique delegated authority, and by its nature precludes the US EPA from treading on its territory; the Buffalo Grove Village Board; and the Lake County Board and the Lake County Forest Board, which are made up of the same individuals. (cont.)
Brenda Weis April 13, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Think of the latter governmental entities as a microcosm of government in Washington, D.C. Stand in the Rotunda of the Capital and literally "feel" the power. It is palpable. Why do many people crave power and find it intoxicating? Why do Congressmen tolerate the siege mentality of D.C. so doggedly!? Similarly, why are certain Buffalo Grove board members desirous of retaining their seats for one, two and three decades? Could there be perks to be had from holding elected office! You bet. Just read the daily local, national, and international press for continuing new indictments. It appears that all too often longevity in office results in abuse and misuse of power, increasing vested interests and specific pet agendas often to the detriment of the electorate. Buffalo Grove board members are clearly not interested in shaking any apple carts. (cont.)
Brenda Weis April 13, 2012 at 02:07 AM
In the above referenced epic battle, David is played by Lisa Stone who represents our Coalition, while Goliath is ably represented by the Buffalo Grove Village Board who seem to believe in the adage that "might makes right". Not only do they lose executive session official audiotapes, but also on occasion they have been known to mute the microphone of a dissenting elected voice. Other members of the troika include the Lake County Government and the IEPA. Forget the extensive FOIA documentation, the IEPA apparent inaccuracies, and what appear to be business friendly official maps from Lake County and Buffalo Grove. Among our concerns are misidentifications and lack of visibility of critical bodies and streams of water, which can impact potable drinking water including community and private wells. Forget the polluters and the waters into which they discharge. Forget the pregnant woman, the children and the infirm elders. Buffalo Grove appears to have adopted the old Chinese Code of Conduct, as represented by the three monkeys: See no evil; Speak no evil; and Hear no evil. (cont.)
Brenda Weis April 13, 2012 at 02:10 AM
My initial involvement as an environmental activist actually began in 1970, at approximately the same time as the USEPA and the Illinois EPA became the official operating government agencies of environmental protection encompassing land, air, water humans and all other life forms. Having followed a premed curriculum and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA degree in Zoology, I was very curious about the new science called ecology that I had recently studied. Little did I dream that in a few short years, safe water quality would become a major focus of my Community endeavors. (cont.)
Brenda Weis April 13, 2012 at 02:11 AM
When the IEPA began operating, it established MINIMUM standards for compliance with the newly established state laws. This MINIMUM refers to acceptable levels of contaminants (when and where they may occur). In 1970, our efforts exposed Lincolnshire’s complicit relationship with the laboratory regularly testing our three wells. Reports of contaminated water from well #2 were being falsified as pure, while officials in the Village offices were drinking bottled water. The Village Engineer lost his job when this was publicly exposed; water testing lab personnel jailed and the lab itself permanently closed. (cont.)
Brenda Weis April 13, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Construction on the Lake Michigan waterline was underway, but until the water was actually available, Lincolnshire did not have sufficient water to fight a fire during a peak usage day in the summer. Yet the omnipotent village board had, in their "we know what's best for you" judgment, extended water to the proposed Lincolnshire Corporate Center. Protestations of our group’s concerns were ignored and met with ridiculous estimates of future limited water usage equivalent to one flush per person per day at the corporate site. The situation was potentially grave. It was at this point that I persuaded the IEPA to become actively involved. The life and safety issues were of critical importance. The IEPA placed the entire development on a specific alert status, denying them access to Lincolnshire water until Lake Michigan water was actually available. (cont.)
Brenda Weis April 13, 2012 at 02:16 AM
The majority of Lincolnshire residents, unaware of the water shortage, approved of the actual development. However, the finite nature of our available water at that time was dire. And yet the Village Board, in their collective wisdom, had put development ahead of maintaining minimum safety standards of water quality and quantity. And, so what if a few fecal coliform bacteria were in our drinking water! The "dummy citizens" who elected them didn't need to know that. We apparently also didn’t need to know about the severe water shortage. We had the Volunteer Fire Department putting their lives at risk! Talk about priorities!!! Fast forward to the summer of 2010, as I read the article about Land & Lakes in Pioneer Press, I thought to myself, “here we go again!” At that point I contacted Lisa Stone and introduced myself. (cont.)
Brenda Weis April 13, 2012 at 02:17 AM
In the 70’s our small group of committed citizens mobilized and reached the fed-up electorate with a positive and authentic result because Lincolnshire residents had finally learned the truth. The next election, we threw out the majority of our board. This contrasts diametrically to the historic and perversely unjustified November 2, 2010 recall of former Trustee Lisa Stone, who was railroaded out of office while she was sounding the alarm as a duly elected official should. Her demands for clarity and accountability were unacceptable to this BG Kangaroo Court, led by certain Board members who then funded and orchestrated her recall. What happened in Buffalo Grove is typical of what Government does to complacent citizens when pompous, smug, ego-chasing bureaucrats know what's best for them! Not what's best for you. (cont.)
Brenda Weis April 13, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Buffalo Grove Board members do not wish to be questioned by our Coalition for Safe Drinking Water, or by anyone not warm and cozy. Notice how their demeanor changes on tape. Oh I almost forgot, they lost the password to all past meetings when Lisa Stone was on the Board. Fancy that! Fortunately for the electorate, citizens have every right to raise any issue, pleasant or unpleasant, whether the Board likes it or not. Our Coalition is willing to stand up and be counted. But Buffalo Grove board members do not choose to countenance the citizen or concerned community member who is so audacious to question them about recorded documentation containing inconsistencies and disparities. How dare lowly citizens demand answers to questions regarding their health and welfare! (cont.)
Brenda Weis April 13, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Are the Pekara Subdivision groundwater wells (PEKARA SBDV 0975900) supplying drinking water to areas which include unincorporated Deerfield 60015 and Prairie View 60069 providing safe potable water from the five wells or is the water of questionable quality (see Hoffelder Landfill report, Volume 1 of 2 pg. 29, lines 11-13) How can a Lake County Industrial Wastewater (NPDES IL0022055) facility and the Pekara wells serving almost 5000 people both be located at the same fictitious, nonexistent 800 Krause Drive, Buffalo Grove, 60089 address? As you know, ultimately David defeated Goliath. Suit up Buffalo Grove. Brenda Weis Co-Founder of The Lake County-Vernon Township Coalition for Safe Drinking Water
LiLSuzQ32 April 13, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Lisa and Brenda: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss2hULhXf04
Stuart Tindall April 13, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Did anyone read that wall of text?
Lisa Stone April 13, 2012 at 07:20 AM
Here are added identification labels & captions for some of the enlightening photos & documents just recently posted to the "designated" section of this article: Photo #1: Kitty Kurth- working with Vice President Joe Biden. (Kitty is in black skirt and gray top, on the right) http://buffalogrove.patch.com/articles/former-trustee-creates-a-stir-at-village-board-meeting#photo-9555809 Photo #2: Kitty Kurth- working with Vice President Al Gore. (Kitty is in purple blazer) http://buffalogrove.patch.com/articles/former-trustee-creates-a-stir-at-village-board-meeting#photo-9555813 Photo #3: Kevin Lampe- at the 2004 convention, Kevin worked with then state Senator Barack Obama on his keynote address. http://buffalogrove.patch.com/articles/former-trustee-creates-a-stir-at-village-board-meeting#photo-9555818 Exhibit W - Kurth Lampe: January 12, 2012 Press Release on behalf of "Environmental activist and former Buffalo Grove Trustee Lisa Stone" http://buffalogrove.patch.com/articles/lisa-stone-now-it-s-up-to-you#pdf-8904306 as originally posted on the following January 16, 2012 BuffaloGrovePatch Letter To The Editor, Titled: Lisa Stone: "Now it's up to You": http://buffalogrove.patch.com/articles/lisa-stone-now-it-s-up-to-you Exhibit X - Kurth Lampe: October 31, 2011 Subject: "we stand with....We are a part of your citizens group." http://buffalogrove.patch.com/articles/former-trustee-creates-a-stir-at-village-board-meeting#pdf-9555785
StandToReason April 13, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Lisa and Brenda (and anyone else who may be concerned) - Here is a link that has a list of contacts for IL EPA accredited laboratories that can test the tap water from any home in the Pekara subdivision or elsewhere: http://www.epa.state.il.us/labs/pdf/lab-contact-info.pdf My guess is that you won't bother to test the actual water that people are drinking because it will disprove all of your inane assumptions and accusations.
Art April 13, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Ms. Weiss - you started out sounding quite rational about what is happening today, but then you digressed into the 1970's. And then you showed that you and Ms. Stone are drinking the same Kool-Aid and you've bought into the political conspiracy theories. There is no evidence that any BG village officials have ANYTHING to personally gain from allowing development of L&L, and certainly not from the former landfill now at issue in Riverwoods. I have NO connections to any of them, but please stop making unfounded accusations - no, innuendoes. If you have any FACTS, please share them. Oh, and please learn to speak/write succinctly, and get to the point. And Ms. Stone, please stop using your own press releases and speeches as reference to your arguments - that's just circular reasoning.
Erica Williams April 14, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Stop slamming these two bright women. You are just a bunch of Idiots.
Chet Lemonade April 14, 2012 at 04:19 PM
About as bright as a mine shaft... And I've seen many of your comments "Erica." You really shouldn't be calling anyone an idiot. Your house is made of glass that is thinner than that little square that went over the sample being looked at under the microscope back in science class. I might not throw any stones if I were you...just sayin'.
Erica Williams April 14, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Chet - You are so included on the idiot list along with your friends and co-workers on the BG board.
Chet Lemonade April 14, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Beleve me, Erica, when I say it is a compliment to be called an idiot by you. Just a couple of questions for you... Is the entire BG board idiots, or just a select few? And, if they are all idiots, are we all idiots for voting them in or were we duped by them? How is that you, Lisa Stone, and now this Brenda Weis are the only 3 people who think everyone else is an idiot, but the other 40-some thousand of us who aren't sold on the conspiracy are the idiots? Tell you what, I'll wait patiently for the Patch article that validates Lisa Stone and Brenda Weis' unfounded accusations. When that come out, I'll apologize. Until then, I'm quite content with being an idiot.
Erica Williams April 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Chet, I don't know how you and your bully friends have been re-elected. It's really sad and sickening.
Chet Lemonade April 14, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Erica, you keep living in your delusional world, it suits you well. Just because people disagree with you or Lisa Stone or anyone else doesn't make them bullies. If people were making threats or trying to intimidate (maybe by filing a false police report or a lawsuit claiming child abuse...oh, sorry, we've already seen that example of bullying), I'd give you that they were bullies. The truth of the matter (I know how much you hate the actual truth when it proves you wrong, Erica) is that the village board let Lisa Stone ramble about nothing for 20 minutes...hardly bullying. Voicing an opinion on a newspaper website...also, hardly bullying. I read Ann Slaw's comments. Is she a bully too? No Erica, just because someone might feel that you are a sad excuse for a human being isn't bullying. Filing a lawsuit to reveal your identity to make you stop posting your baseless babble would be bullying. Lucky for you, the only bullies around here have been recalled.
Erica Williams April 14, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Chet - You just proved my point. You and "Ann Slaw" are closer than anyone thought. Thanks for digging yourself a big old hole.
StandToReason April 14, 2012 at 08:39 PM
We're idiots? Please tell the Coalition for Safe DRINKING WATER that it will be very difficult to convince people that their water is contaminated without actually testing the tap water that they drink and bath in. I've provided a link to testing facilities in a previous post. Who knows - maybe they'll get lucky and find actual proof...until then enjoy this classic movie clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=angi1vwUkQc
John Russillo April 15, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Outstanding question. If this thing does actually have any structure and substance to it, it's a great cause to get behind. Unfortunately, I haven't seen any substance yet.
Ann Slaw April 15, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Brenda: I am a Buffalo Grove resident. I have a two-part question: 1) Is it your belief that the tap water flowing into every Buffalo Grove home is contaminated? 2) If so, what concrete, clear, and concise evidence can you provide to Buffalo Grove residents to support your belief?
Art April 15, 2012 at 08:49 PM
RC - it would be too easy to actually use facts, like testing the drinking water. Of course, the IEPA already does that for municipal systems, and has shown BG's supply to be quite good. For the Pekara subdivision in UNICORPORATED Lake County, it would be quite easy and informative to run some simple tests. Has anyone done that? Has the Coalition done that, since they are so concerned on behalf of that community? Or is it easier to toss around accusations and innuendo without facts. Yes, that subdivision should be tested, as should anyone not on a regulated municipal source, to ensure their safety.
Frank R April 17, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Abigail April 17, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I am speechless and utterly amazed. When will it all end?


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