Rosalind Henderson Mustafa is the newest member of the Flossmoor Village Board.
The rest of the village board voted 5-0 Monday, Oct. 18, to affirm Mayor Michelle Nelson’s appointment of Mustafa to a seat vacated by the resignation of longtime Trustee Perry Hoag in late August. Nelson said Mustafa was chosen from 18 applicants.
“It was a very difficult decision,” Nelson said. “So many talented and dedicated residents came forward, willing to serve this village, but one person stood above everybody else. That’s Rosalind Mustafa. … She is a seeker of truth and inclusion, and is welcoming to all.”
Mustafa has served on the village’s Community Relations Commission, and has volunteered with the eta Creative Arts Foundation, Open Books and the Rald Institute, according to a press release issued by the village the next day. She also has assisted with You Matter 2, the Juneteenth Festival and the Hidden Gem Half Marathon. And she played a role in reviewing the Flossmoor Police Department’s body cam policy, according to the village.
Mustafa previously worked as an adult services attendant for the Flossmoor Public Library, as well as worked for the City Colleges of Chicago and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from DePaul University.
Trustee Gary Daggett said her resume speaks for itself, but he is also excited about Mustafa bringing another perspective to the board.
“I think it’s important for the diversity of the board,” he said of her appointment. “I have always said that having a wealth of different viewpoints is important.”
Trustee George Lofton added that he thinks Mustafa is “perfectly suited” for the position.
“I’m very pleased to welcome Rosalind,” Lofton said.
After taking the oath of office, Mustafa admitted she is both “a little excited and a little nervous” to take on the new role with the board but she intends to “work really hard” for the residents of Flossmoor.
“They say when you’re nervous or a little afraid, you do your best because you step up,” she said. “I know everyone here will help me.”
Mustafa is to serve the remainder of Hoag’s term, which ends in 2023, when the seat will be up for grabs in the spring election.
Sewer cleaning contract awarded
The village board voted unanimously to approve a sanitary sewer cleaning and televising contract with Duke’s Root Control Inc. of Elgin for $87,845.90.
The work is designed to reduce the number of blockages in the sewers and preserve life expectancy of the older sewers, according to a report from Public Works Director John Brunke.
This year’s program is to include the televising of 5.2 miles of sewer in the Monterey neighborhood, Baythorne townhome neighborhood, Pembrook Court and Hampton Court neighborhood, on the Homewood-Flossmoor High School campus, and the Vollmer Road trunk sewer from BP Amoco to Governors Highway.
Flossmoor gets clean audit
The village received an unmodified opinion on its financial statements with a full-scope opinion during a fiscal year 2021 audit that was presented to the board during the meeting. That makes the village eligible for Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, according to Finance Director Scott Bordui.
The audit reviewed six major funds in addition to the general fund. The village board voted unanimously to accept the audit after Fred Lantz, of Sikich, gave an in-depth presentation.