Heights treasurer Frank Oswald retires

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                                                                                        Photo by Anthony Caciopo

Retiring city treasurer Frank Oswald speaks at Tuesday night’s city council meeting as Mayor Bob Straz looks on.

 

 

The Palos Heights City Council said goodbye Tuesday night to Frank Oswald, who is retiring after 18 years’ service as city treasurer.

“We take things like approachability and accessibility and personality and attitude for granted,” said Ald. Jeff Keys. “Frank always has a smile on his face. He’s always available for figuring things out, all the time. I’ve appreciated him so much.”

With his 18-month-old great-granddaughter, Zofia, cooing from her stroller after the meeting, Oswald told The Regional News “I’ll miss all the folks but it’s time.”

Oswald’s arrival as the Palos Heights treasurer in 1999 was a markedly different era fiscally, said Ald. Alan Fulkerson of Ward 3.

“When I became chairman of the Finance Committee many years ago, I believe we were in the red,” Fulkerson said. “You were a great guide for me, helping me run that committee and bring this city back to the financial strength it has today.”

Aldermen Michael McGrogan (Ward 4) and Delores Kramarski (Ward 3) also offered public thanks during the meeting to Oswald, as did Mayor Bob Straz who read a congratulatory proclamation citing the city’s “Heartfelt appreciation for 18 years of outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the City of Palos Heights, and of giving back to the community.”

Ald. Jack Clifford of Ward 2 shared a personal memory of the outgoing treasurer when they were fellow member of the Palos Lions Club.

“We spent a lot of time chatting in those cold winter nights in the trailer on the (Christmas) tree lot,” said Clifford. “He was there every single minute. If a guy was missing, they’d call Frank up and he’d be there.

Oswald’s long record of volunteerism continues to this day. In addition to his service with the Lions, he was a member of the library board and still holds a seat on the Lake Katherine board of directors. Oswald also volunteers at Palos Community Hospital.

“We’ve built a lot of things in this town based on volunteers,” said the mayor. “You’re a prime example of this.”

In other business at Tuesday’s meeting, authorizations were made to pay or accept proposals totaling more than $300,000 for a variety of projects around the city, some in various stages of completion. The expenditures include a police department roofing project, city hall roofing project, replacement of 11 furnaces at the Recreation Center and the purchase of equipment for the Meyers Park renovation.

The council opened eight sealed bids for renovation of the boardroom where council meetings are held.

“This room hasn’t been remodeled in 40 years,” said Straz. “We’re going to have to move the meetings during the summer.”

The bids have been forwarded to the Buildings and Grounds Committee for review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION: Retiring city treasurer Frank Oswald speaks at Tuesday night’s city council meeting as Mayor Bob Straz looks on.

 

Heights treasurer Frank Oswald retires

The Palos Heights City Council said goodbye Tuesday night to Frank Oswald, who is retiring after 18 years’ service as city treasurer.

“We take things like approachability and accessibility and personality and attitude for granted,” said Ald. Jeff Keys. “Frank always has a smile on his face. He’s always available for figuring things out, all the time. I’ve appreciated him so much.”

With his 18-month-old great-granddaughter, Zofia, cooing from her stroller after the meeting, Oswald told The Regional News “I’ll miss all the folks but it’s time.”

Oswald’s arrival as the Palos Heights treasurer in 1999 was a markedly different era fiscally, said Ald. Alan Fulkerson of Ward 3.

“When I became chairman of the Finance Committee many years ago, I believe we were in the red,” Fulkerson said. “You were a great guide for me, helping me run that committee and bring this city back to the financial strength it has today.”

Aldermen Michael McGrogan (Ward 4) and Delores Kramarski (Ward 3) also offered public thanks during the meeting to Oswald, as did Mayor Bob Straz who read a congratulatory proclamation citing the city’s “Heartfelt appreciation for 18 years of outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the City of Palos Heights, and of giving back to the community.”

Ald. Jack Clifford of Ward 2 shared a personal memory of the outgoing treasurer when they were fellow member of the Palos Lions Club.

“We spent a lot of time chatting in those cold winter nights in the trailer on the (Christmas) tree lot,” said Clifford. “He was there every single minute. If a guy was missing, they’d call Frank up and he’d be there.

Oswald’s long record of volunteerism continues to this day. In addition to his service with the Lions, he was a member of the library board and still holds a seat on the Lake Katherine board of directors. Oswald also volunteers at Palos Community Hospital.

“We’ve built a lot of things in this town based on volunteers,” said the mayor. “You’re a prime example of this.”

In other business at Tuesday’s meeting, authorizations were made to pay or accept proposals totaling more than $300,000 for a variety of projects around the city, some in various stages of completion. The expenditures include a police department roofing project, city hall roofing project, replacement of 11 furnaces at the Recreation Center and the purchase of equipment for the Meyers Park renovation.

The council opened eight sealed bids for renovation of the boardroom where council meetings are held.

“This room hasn’t been remodeled in 40 years,” said Straz. “We’re going to have to move the meetings during the summer.”

The bids have been forwarded to the Buildings and Grounds Committee for review.

 

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