The governments in Midlothian and Posen constantly strive to improve their villages and help residents feel happy and secure. While there are communities where residents know little of village plans and happenings, Midlothian prefers to keep its residents informed and involved. The “Tartan Tidings” is a seasonal publication that helps residents keep in touch with upcoming events, village updates and news from schools and organizations.
The Village of Midlothian is governed by a village president and a board of six trustees. Each trustee is responsible for a specific division of village operations, which are health and welfare, public safety, public works, building and zoning, administration and finance, community affairs and development. Several public commissions and advisory boards, appointed by the Village President with the approval of the trustees, assist the Board in its responsibilities. These include plan commission, safety committee, police and fire commission, beautification committee, Raday Lodge Board, and emergency services disaster agency.
Midlothian residents and businesses are protected by a staff of 23 full-time officers and nine part-time officers. The staff is backed up by its Canine Unit. The police department also offers programs such as D.A.R.E., crime prevention presentations, child fingerprinting, and Neighborhood Watch. The 911 system was enhanced so medical information can be electronically transmitted with each call. The Midlothian Fire Department has a Class 4 fire protection rating to afford home and business owners one of the lowest insurance rates in the southwest suburbs and unparalleled fire protection. Two fire stations are staffed with 15 full-time firefighters and 20 volunteers. Twenty-six of the staff are certified as (EMT’s) emergency medical technicians.
The Village’s Building and Zoning Department chairman and inspectors work together to check new construction plans, issue building permits and condemnation orders, and enforce Midlothian’s strict building and zoning codes.
Village operating dollars are supplemented by interest income generated from investments, by financing from a number of available outside sources, and, from time to time, by grants. Sound fiscal and cost effective management practices, coupled with the wide array of services provided to property owners, make for a winning combination and lower property taxes.
The Village of Posen also is governed by a village president and six trustees. It has a full-time fire and police department.