1. Call to Order
Mayor Brian Krajewski called the regular meeting of the Village Council of the Village of Downers Grove to order at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Downers Grove Village Hall.
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
Mayor Krajewski led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2. Roll Call
Present: Commissioner Michael Gilbert, Commissioner Thomas Sisul, Commissioner Marilyn Schnell and Mayor Brian Krajewski Non Voting: Village Clerk April Holden
Mayor Krajewski said he would like to remind everyone present that the Council meeting is broadcast over the local FM radio station, WDGC . In addition, a tape recording and videotape of the meeting are being made using Village owned equipment. The videotape of the meeting will be used for later rebroadcast of the Council meeting over the Village cable television Channel 6.
The Council will follow the rules of conduct for this meeting as provided in Sec. 2.5 of the Downers Grove Municipal Code. These offer the public the opportunity to comment at several points in the meeting. First, immediately following approval of the minutes of the past meetings, an opportunity will be given for public comments and questions on the active agenda items for this evening’s meeting. Following this, an opportunity is given for public comments and questions on any subject. Finally, if a public hearing is scheduled for this meeting, an opportunity is given for public comments and questions related to the subject of the hearing.
The Mayor stated that at the appropriate time the presiding officers will ask if there are any comments from the public. If anyone wishes to speak, the individual should raise their hand to be recognized and, after acknowledgment from the presiding officer, approach the microphone and state their name and address. He stated that remarks be limited to five minutes, and asked that individuals refrain from making repetitive statements.
The Mayor said there are agendas located on either side of the Council Chambers, and he invited the audience to pick up an agenda and follow the progress of the Council meeting.
3. Minutes of Workshop and Council Meetings
Executive Session Minutes for Approval Only – December 12, 2000 Council Meeting – December 19, 2000 There being no additions or corrections to the minutes, Mayor Krajewski said they would be filed as submitted.
4. Public Comments and Questions
A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda
There were none.
B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
1. Roger Tilbrook, 112 4th Street, addressed the Council regarding AT&T Broadband cable services. He said several channels that were previously offered are no longer available. He has called AT&T Broadband and has been unable to get through for the past several weeks. He has not been able to talk with anyone at the company. He said he realizes the Council does not have direct control of this issue, but that there is a contract AT&T has with the Village. He said his current problem is his inability to get access to the company. He said the programming changes were made without his permission and with no corresponding reduction in fees. He said the Village Cable TV Department has been helpful. He asked that a letter be sent to the company asking that people respond to these problems.
The Mayor said he received a similar call before New Years. He said a cable representative came before the Council some time ago. He directed staff to ask them to return to explain this situation. The Mayor asked that Doug Kozlowski look into this matter as well.
The Manager said the issue has to do with responsiveness to the public.
The Mayor asked the Village Attorney to review the license agreement.
Village Attorney Dan Blondin said there is a contractual provision requiring the company to respond to complaints within a specified period of time. The Village will notify the company of the complaints.
The Mayor said the Village will notify residents of the status of this matter on the Village Cable TV station, 6.
2. Carol Clifford, 4932 Highland, addressed the Council regarding the potential of rezoning homes on Highland. She said the petition was withdrawn but she would like clarification of the future land use map. She said she would like to know when the map was drawn up, the purpose it held at the time, and the purpose of the map now. She said she does not remember having heard anything about the future land use map. She only realized it existed when the potential rezoning was discussed. She said she would like to know when the map was done, who did it and why. She asked if property owners were notified of the future land use designation of their properties at the time the map was done. She asked about notifying new purchasers of the potential changes that could alter their neighborhood.
Ms. Clifford asked about current plans for the map as well as future plans. She also asked about the process to change the map. She said she was concerned that a request for rezoning could be denied by the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Council, but due to the future land use map, the decision to deny could be overturned by the courts.
Mayor Krajewski said he has asked for the same information. He said the future land use map dates to the mid 1960s. He said he feels the Village needs to review the map for the entire Village. He said the Village could not notify all potential residents of the future land use.
Village Manager Mike McCurdy said it probably takes two years to conduct a future land use study.
Commissioner Schnell said when she was on the Planning Commission in the 1980s, Neighborhood Plans were created. Sections of the map were reviewed and meetings were held with residents in particular areas. It was an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns and be involved in the process. A narrative was put together to accompany each Neighborhood Plan. She suggested this approach be considered again as it is one way to get residents involved in the process.
Commissioner Sisul said the land use plan evolved over a long period of time. He said it may be useful to look at trying to develop some flexibility into the planning process.
Commissioner Gilbert asked how the review process would begin.
Manager McCurdy said in his experience consultants were used. The process was very community based with an extensive amount of survey work and focus groups. He said the process took two years.
The Mayor said there is a need for an overview of the entire area and suggested including special uses as well.
Commissioner Gilbert asked about statutory requirements to review the future land use plan.
Village Attorney Dan Blondin said there are statutory requirements as to what constitutes a future land use plan. This plan gives zoning and subdivision authorities. There is no mandate, however, as to how frequently it should be amended.
3. Brian Clifford, 4932 Highland, asked when he could expect to hear from the Council regarding this issue. The Manager said within the next month although the process would take considerably longer.
Mr. Clifford asked about the terms of a special use.
The Village Attorney said a special use stays with the property, not the property owner. As long as the use is consistent with the special use, it is valid.
5. Public Hearings
6. Consent Agenda
COR00 -00317 Claim Ordinance: No. 5362, Payroll, 12/29/00 Sponsors: * Accounting *A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BIL00 -00318 List of Bills Payable: 5363, December 29, 2000 Sponsors: * Accounting *A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A Passed The Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Commissioner Schnell, seconded by Commissioner Sisul, that the consent agenda be passed. The motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Gilbert and Mayor Krajewski
7. Active Agenda
ORD00 -00316 Ordinance: Amend Zoning Ordinance re: Churches in Residential Districts Sponsors: Zoning Commission Summary of Item: Mayor Krajewski said at their meeting of November 16, 2000, the Zoning Commission unanimously recommended adoption of this amendment which will increase the maximum lot coverage percentage to 40% for churches within 1,000 feet of the Concentrated Business District.
AN ORDINANCE INCREASING LOT COVERAGE PERCENTAGE FOR CHURCHES WITHIN 1,000 FEET OF THE CONCENTRATED BUSINESS DISTRICT
ORDINANCE NO . 4243 A motion was made by Commissioner Schnell, seconded by Commissioner Sisul, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Gilbert and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Zoning Ordinance – Churches
8. Mayor’s Report
Materials to be Received – Minutes
Human Service Commission – December 6, 2000 Library Board – November 22, 2000
Materials to be Received – Monthly Reports
A motion was made by Commissioner Schnell, seconded by Commissioner Sisul, to Note Receipt Of this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Gilbert and Mayor Krajewski
Materials to be Placed on File
9. Manager’s Report
10. Attorney’s Report
Future Active Agenda
RES00 -00314 Resolution: Approve Annexation Agreements Sponsors: Planning Services Summary of Item: Mayor Krajewski said this will authorize annexation agreements for the following properties, with annexation to occur as indicated:
- 6050 Boundard Road – January 1, 2006, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 3701 Douglas Road – Once the property becomes contiguous to the Village, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 2313 Maple Avenue – January 1, 2008, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 2505 Maple Avenue – January 1, 2008, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 1040 Palmer Street – January 1, 2001, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 6200 Pershing Avenue – January 1, 2006, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 1136 Saylor Street – January 1, 2001, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 1039 Saylor Street – January 1, 2001, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 6015 Sherman Avenue – January 1, 2006, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 5905 Springside Avenue – January 1, 2006, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
A public hearing was held on these agreements on December 19, 2000. No rezoning or other land use approvals have been requested. As such, the properties will come into the Village under our R-1 zoning classification.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF ANNEXATION AGREEMENTS FOR THE PROPERTIES LOCATED AT 6050 BOUNDARY ROAD , 3701 DOUGLAS ROAD , 2313 MAPLE AVENUE , 2505 MAPLE AVENUE , 1040 PALMER STREET , 6200 PERSHING AVENUE , 1136 SAYLOR STREET , 1039 SAYLOR STREET , 6015 SHERMAN AVENUE AND 5905 SPRINGSIDE AVENUE
RESOLUTION 2001 -01 Indexes: Annexation/Water Service – 6050 Boundary, Annexation/Water Service – 3701 Douglas Road, Annexation/Water Service – 2313 Maple Avenue, Annexation/Water Service – 2505 Maple Avenue, Annexation/Water Service – 1040 Palmer Street, Annexation/Water Service – 6200 Pershing Avenue, Annexation/Water Service – 1136 Saylor Street, Annexation/Water Service – 1039 Saylor Street, Annexation/Water Service – 6015 Sherman Avenue, Annexation/Water Service - 5909 Springside Avenue
11. Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner McConnell wished everyone a Happy New Year. She thanked the residents for keeping the snow removed from their sidewalks.
Commissioner Gilbert reported on the Illinois Environmental Council re: Coal-fired generator plants. He asked the Council to support sending a letter to Governor Ryan urging him to move forward on this issue. He said new information has been released regarding the damage these plants cause. The worst plant in the country is in downstate Illinois. He said the Illinois Environmental Council has a web site with more information.
The Mayor said Illinois has five coal-fired plants. Until recently ComEd owned these plants and only operated them at 40% capacity. However, they have been sold and the new owners are operating them at a higher level.
Commissioner Gilbert said the disposition of the land bank properties is scheduled to be on next week’s Workshop Agenda. He said this has been discussed for at least four years now and he urged the Council to act on this matter. He said the Council owes it to the residents and others to come to a final decision.
Commissioner Sisul asked when the Community Response Center would begin. The Manager said it would start in February after the State of the Village meeting.
The Mayor wished everyone a Happy New Year. He complimented the Village Manager on the snow removal. He said the new blade allows the plows to clear the cul de sacs three times faster than previously done.
Commissioner Schnell moved to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to Section 2©(1) of the Open Meetings Act to consider an appointment and pursuant to Section 2©(5) of the Open Meetings Act to consider Real Estate. Commissioner Sisul seconded.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Schnell, Sisul, McConnell, Gilbert, Mayor Krajewski
Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried and the Council convened into Executive Session at 7:08 p.m.