Mike Carberry, formerly the Trustee of Oak Lawn’s District 6, bid farewell to the Board of Trustees at Tuesday night’s Board meeting, prior to being replaced by incoming Trustee Tom Phelan. Carberry’s final remarks focused mostly on pension reform.
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, marked the last Oak Lawn Board of Trustees meeting of Mike Carberry’s tenure as Trustee of District 6. Carberry spent a couple of minutes making his final remarks, thanking Village officials and staff, before urging the Board of Trustees to address pension debt and reform, citing the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District [MWRD] as an example.
“Thank you to all of you, because it’s been an experience,” Carberry said. “A lot of good people I’ve met in our staff. All of you, I don’t want to mention any names, but you’ve all done a great job.”
It’s been a joy. I wish everybody well.
“We deal with a lot of debt, that Treasurer O’Donnell talked about out, and you guys are going to be. That’s not going away,” Carberry acknowledged. “A lot of municipalities have it.”
“But I wanted to share one success story. Terry O’Brien worked with us here in the Village when he was the President of the Metropolitan Water District [MWRD]. With sixteen different unions and a massive budget, and way more employees.”
“A much more complex deal was successful, and it’s been uncontested, with pension reform. They’ve done it. They were successful doing it, and it passed through the State of Illinois as well. It’s been, I don’t know five, I think they’ve been at it five or six years with great success. Management and unions, they’ve all participated.”
“So, I wish the Village well and I know you’ve been trying… to come up with real reforms. So I wish you well in that effort.”
“All of you, thank you very much. It’s been a great experience.”
“Thank you all.”