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January 09, 2001

Mayor Krajewski called the Workshop meeting of the Village Council of the Village of Downers Grove to order at 6:34 p.m. in the Committee Room of the Village Hall.

Present:Mayor Brian Krajewski; Commissioners Marilyn Schnell, Thomas Sisul, Michael Gilbert, Sue McConnell; Village Manager Michael McCurdy; Village Attorney Daniel Blondin; Village Clerk April Holden


Visitors: Residents: James McBride, 1217 Gilbert; John and Mary Przybyl, 1227 Gilbert; Mark Zabloudil, 620 39th ; Marilynn Gerloff, 4241 Highland; Jeff and Mary Mack, 1111 Gilbert; Pat Peterman, 1143 Gilbert; Josette and David Szalko, 5126 Carpenter; Jack McGuire, 1425 Gilbert; Peter Hultman, 1410 Gilbert; R.W. Buhrmaster, 1436 Gilbert; Dave and Susan Brown, 1508 Gilbert; Vincent Barrett, 4921 Highland; George Nicholaou, 4845 Highland; Wally and Jane Brown, 1308 Gilbert; Dave and Gail Tatterson, 11240 Gilbert; Tom Leucuta, 1216 Gilbert; Skip Strittmatter, 915 Harger, Laurel L. Bowen, 829 Clyde; Rose Anderson, 1127 Gilbert; Linda Kudelka, 1200 Gilbert; Jim Fechner, 1141 Curtiss; Barb Wysocki, Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce; Ross Johnson, 1311 Gilbert; Marilyn Weiher, 4808 Wallbank; Linda Kunze, Downtown Management Board; Pat Wenthe, 5149 Main; Phil Cullen, 5122 Main; Stephen Daniels, 840 Valley View; John LeDonne, 1221 Parkway, Robin Tryloff, 1217 Parkway; Paul W. Totterington, 1126 Curtiss; Gina Nuccio, 1126 Curtiss; Sue Dalton, 1128 Curtiss; Stephen Jagielo, 4908 Highland; Elizabeth Hagen, 1123 Gilbert; Norma and Al Nisius, 1204 Gilbert; Will McCool, 1132 Curtiss; Lura Kiesa, 5125 Cornell; Laura Harmon, 1119 Gilbert; Robert Crisman, 1140 Gilbert; Martin Tully, 3678 Venard; Lillian Dryser, 1132 Curtiss Staff: Gerald Sprecher, Deputy Village Manager; Michael Baker, Assistant to the Village Manager; Marty Lyons, Director Financial Services; Dave Conley, Director of Engineering, Public Works; Brian Pabst, Director of Redevelopment; Susan Brassfield, Grants Coordinator; Enza Petrarca, Staff Attorney; Riccardo Ginex, Chief of Police; Ken Rathje, Director of Planning Services; Rose Milka, Traffic Supervisor; Steve Rockwell, Downers Grove Economic Development Commission; Lisa Wisner, Downers Grove Visitors Bureau; Doug Kozlowski, Public Information Officer; Kevin Otterness, Cable Television; Bob Schiller, Manager Traffic Division, Public Works

Mayor Krajewski explained that Council Workshop meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are video taped for later cable cast over cable channel 6.

The Workshop meeting is intended to provide Council and the public with an appropriate forum for informal discussion of any items intended for future Council consideration or just for general information. No formal action is taken at Workshop meetings.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to comment or ask questions in an informal manner on any of the items being discussed or on any other subject. The agenda is created to provide a guideline for discussion.



Recommendation for CBD Phase 4 Streetlight Purchase. Manager McCurdy said this last year the Village purchased streetlights directly as opposed to going through the contractor. Staff received one bid from Thorne Electric, Inc. who was the low bidder from last year’s contract. The bid is the same as it was last year and includes a unit price of $1,850 per pole.

The Mayor asked why only one bid was received.

Commissioner Schnell said she is has heard comments that the lights on Forest are very bright.

Dave Conley , Director of Operations, said the spacing on Forest is approximately 25 feet wider than this will be. He said the declining elevation makes the lights seem brighter.

The Manager said this would be on next week’s Consent Agenda.

Edit System for Cable TV. The Manager said this is to award a contract for the purchase of a non-linear editing system that will assist the staff and volunteers to improve the quality of all DGTV productions using digital computer based technology. This system will add a second work station to the studio facility allowing simultaneous production activities to occur.

The Manager said two bids were received. Video Images-MCSI of Bensenville was the low bid at $44,660.00. The other bid is from Swiderski Electronics, Itasca. Staff recommends awarding the contract to Swiderski Electronics in the amount of $45,549.00. Although this bid is $889 higher than the low bidder, Swiderski Electronics has provided superior customer service. This equipment will be funded through payments the Village receives from the CATV system.

The Manager said this item will be on next week’s Consent Agenda.

Presentation on Convention Center Report. The Manager said the Village contracted with Gruen & Gruen Associates to conduct an overview and summary of the need for a convention center in Downers Grove. He said Aaron Gruen was present to make a report.

Aaron Gruen , Gruen & Gruen Associates, thanked the staff and business people involved in this project for their participation. He distributed a summary report to the Council and discussed the major points. He outlined the study objectives and the research completed including surveys, interviews, etc., He described the primary purposes of a convention center and the measure of success. Mr. Gruen provided a classification of market segments and described location and facility site selection criteria.

In reviewing the principal findings, Mr. Gruen said Downers Grove cannot realistically serve the international and national convention and trade show market. He said the regional and state convention and trade show market is increasingly competitive. He said the results of surveys of convention and trade show users indicate that Downers Grove appeals most to price-sensitive associations. Larger as well as smaller to mid-size, less price sensitive regional and state associations are unlikely to rotate events to a Downers Grove convention facility. In conclusion he said it is premature to encourage the development of a convention center at this time. He said an ample supply of meeting and training facilities exist to serve local businesses and growth in demand for conference and meeting space is beginning to decline. He said the extent of the geographic market served by Downers Grove area conference and meeting facilities are likely to shrink due to additions to the stock of facilities in the western and northwestern suburbs. He said the development of a full-service hotel in Downers Grove was premature at this time. Businesses are satisfied with the selection, quality and pricing of lodging facilities in the eastern DuPage County market area. Obtainable hotel room rates are not currently high enough to support the feasible, private construction of a new full-service hotel. He said a convention center is likely to be relatively high-risk and low return at this time. He suggested that the Village continue to promote office development targeting high-order businesses. He further suggested that the Village continue to expand the mix of restaurants, specialty stores, cultural and entertainment activities that appeal to workers and residents. Mr. Gruen said such a program will enhance the image and magnetism of Downers Grove and provide the impetus to support the addition of a full-service hotel in Downers Grove. He thanked the Council for allowing him to participate in this study.

Mayor Krajewski thanked Mr. Gruen for his report. He asked how many hotel room have been added over the past few years.

Mr. Gruen said all the growth has been in limited service, low-cost facilities.

Mayor Krajewski said Downers Grove has had three new office buildings and is in the process of building three more.

Mr. Gruen said as the new buildings get built up there will be an impetus for more potential for supporting a hotel.

The Mayor said Lombard has announced a proposal for a full-service hotel of 90,000 sq. ft.

Mr. Gruen said that would be good for Downers Grove as Lombard would be taking the risk and subsidizing it. To the extent they attract events to fill their hotel rooms, Downers Grove will get the spillover without the cost.

Commissioner McConnell discussed the recommendations and asked if Mr. Gruen had specific suggestions.

Mr. Gruen said his firm is currently working with the Economic Development Commission on this matter. He said his firm would try to come up with business targets of the types of businesses the Village should be trying to attract. He said getting the right mix of amenities and services close to office space is very important. He said it is important to encourage office buildings to have restaurants, gift shops and convenience services. He said they have worked with some of the developers to help them figure out the amenity package that would work best for them.

Commissioner Schnell asked about the mix of restaurants along Butterfield Road and if the lots are being used to their potential.

Mr. Gruen said this would be addressed in the next study, the Economic Development strategy plan. He said it is important to figure out what the supply and demand conditions are. He said they will look at sales tax data and compare it to purchasing power.

Commissioner Schnell said there are a number of established restaurants and asked about getting a good mix of restaurants and attracting new ones to the community.

Mr. Gruen said some of the office developments are good places to establish different types of restaurants.

Commissioner Sisul thanked Mr. Gruen for the study.

Lisa Wisner , Director, Visitors Bureau, said copies of the report can be obtained through her office.

Landbank Discussion. The Manager said he would make the presentation. He said Jim McBride of the neighborhood asked to address the Council as well.

Mr. McCurdy discussed the background of the landbank. He said in December 1978 the Village Council adopted a landbanking policy. The key provision of this resolution outlined the intent of the policy as follows: “That it is the policy of the Village of Downers Grove as set out herein, to purchase and hold land in certain situations to facilitate the use of said land in accomplishing objectives of the official Comprehensive Plan and other policies of the Village of Downers Grove.”

The Village began applying this policy in 1979 with the purchase of two properties on the block between Curtiss and Gilbert Streets, west of Forest and the Central Business District. The Village identified this area because its land uses primarily consisted of single-family homes and two-flats on small lots under diverse ownership. The Village’s Future Land Use plan called for residential uses at a capacity of 25-60 dwelling uses per acre and the property is currently zoned R-6. The Village determined that promoting development compatible with the Future Land Use Plan could best be accomplished by the Village’s acquisition of the properties as they came onto the real estate market. Over the next decade, the Village acquired eight more properties in addition to the first two. Two were on Curtiss and eight on Gilbert. The Village owns the first two properties on the south side of Gilbert east of Carpenter followed by a privately owned property. The Village owns the remaining six properties to 1111 Gilbert. The Village leases the properties to residential tenants in order to recoup the cost of ownership and maintenance. In total there are 17 dwelling units in these 10 properties including 5 single-family homes, 4 two-flats, and 1 four-flat structure. Of these units, 14 are currently occupied and 3 are vacant. All of the current leases extend to May 31, 2001.

The entire block is zoned R-6 which would allow a higher density than single-family residential structures as evidenced by the diverse set of structures surrounding the landbank properties.

Late fall 2000, the Village started further discussion which has occurred over the years as to the future disposition of these properties. As follow-up to that discussion the Council requested a report. As part of the report, Mr. McCurdy said staff obtained appraisals from Krueger Appraisal Services, Inc. They appraised all of Gilbert and Curtiss Street landbank properties. Prior to that, the most recent set of appraisals had been completed in 1991. The appraisals have been summarized and the data has been used to determine the annual increase in the property values. The total current estimated market value for all the properties is $1,585,000. In 1991, the estimated market value was $1,290,000 representing an annual increase of 2.54% of all the properties.

The Manager said the impetus for this report and discussion before the Village Council on the future of the landbank properties was recognition by members of the Council that continued ownership of the properties by the Village was untenable and would not serve the best interests of the neighborhood or the Village as a whole. Overall, the properties show signs of deterioration, and in some cases are becoming uninhabitable as rental units. A January 20, 2000 evaluation of the repair needs estimated that it would cost a total of $160,000 to complete the basic maintenance needs of these properties. Most of the repairs have been deferred pending a decision on the future direction for the properties.

Mr. McCurdy said it was a general consensus on the part of the Village that the Curtiss Street properties would be looked at as potential for future redevelopment. One of the properties is a two-flat and the other is a four-flat. He said staff would seek proposals from developers to redevelop those two properties into high-quality, high-value low-density development such as townhouses.

Regarding the properties on Gilbert Street, Mr. McCurdy said they have been the source of a much greater degree of discussion regarding future direction. A long history of resident, Council and staff dialogue has resulted in a variety of proposals as to how the Village should proceed with these properties. Mr. McCurdy proposed looking at this in a straightforward manner and simplify this approach into two alternatives. One is to preserve the basic character of the properties, which are currently single-family residences. The other is to look at proactively redeveloping the properties to accomplish the goals as they were set forth in the original Resolution in 1978.

Mr. McCurdy said stabilizing the land uses along Gilbert Street and preserving the single-family status of these properties could be accomplished by: 1) selling individual properties in their existing condition with deed restrictions attached; 2) selling individual properties in their current condition; or 3) selling individual properties after repairs are made to improve the condition of the homes.

The intent of the first option would be to preserve the existing structures on the Gilbert Street properties and to transfer the properties to private ownership in an expedient manner. This would require the Village, as owners of the properties, to write restrictions into the deeds that limit the potential for future owners to tear down and redevelop the structures. The Village would have a great deal of flexibility in writing the restrictions to suit its needs, determining such provisions as the length of time the restrictions were to be in effect and the extent of redevelopment projects that could be undertaken on the property. One example of this type of covenant that could be applied would state the owner must maintain the property as a single-family housing unit for a period of ten years. A primary purpose for pursuing this course of action, from the Village’s perspective, would be to encourage private property owners to purchase the properties and invest in the improvement and restoration of the existing structures. The use of deed restrictions to achieve this goal would likely have the effect of reducing the pool of interested buyers and could lead to lower sale prices compared to other alternatives. In addition, the use of deed restrictions may not achieve its intended effect if future owners buy the property at its reduced value but take no steps to make the anticipated improvements.

The second option is to sell the properties in their current condition. The intent of this option would be to provide for the most expedient transfer of the Gilbert Street landbank properties to private ownership. Further, it would allow the private real estate market to decide the future improvement or redevelopment of the properties on Gilbert Street. This is a fairly straightforward, simple alternative. The Village would either acquire the services of a professional realtor or use Village resources to sell the properties in their current condition. To preserve the single-family integrity, the Village could consider downzoning the properties from R-6 to R-4. This would prevent the construction of multi-family structures on the property. The disadvantages of this alternative include the loss of opportunity in the potential of the privately owned property to generate TIF revenue for the downtown TIF district as this property happens to be located in the downtown Tax Increment Financing district. If sold at their appraised value, these properties would account for nearly $1,165,000 of taxable land. Nearly all of the tax revenue would be contributed to the TIF district due to the extremely low tax bills for the Village owned property. This alternative does not offer the infusion of tax revenue into the TIF district that redevelopment at a higher density can provide.

The third option is to sell individual properties after repairs are made to improve the condition of the homes. The intent of this option would be to ensure the improved condition of the properties on Gilbert Street and make them desirable as they currently exist, to attempt to maximize the value of the land prior to sale in order to increase the financial benefit to the Village, and to increase the assessed value of the properties in order to generate a greater amount of revenue for the Village’s Downtown TIF district while preserving the single-family status. This process would involve Village staff assessing the condition of the properties and identifying a list of repairs and improvements to be completed prior to sale, or determining those properties for which demolition and reconstruction offers the most appropriate course of action. Staff would then develop a timeline and action plan for implementing the repairs and/or demolition of the properties. That action plan would be put into effect. Once work had been completed on a particular property, staff would either use a realtor or its own resources to sell the property to interested buyers.

Mr. McCurdy said this proposal is similar in many regards to the second alternative although it commits the staff to a greater responsibility as it must coordinate the repair or reconstruction of the Gilbert Street properties. It would also involve higher costs for repairs and a greater potential in lost revenues as a result of Village-owned properties being unoccupied for an extended period of time. It does not preclude the possibility for a private buyer to purchase a property, tear it down, and rebuild. Even after repairs are made, the advantageous location of the properties may persuade buyers that it is more worthwhile for them to demolish and rebuild on the lot. Should the Village invest money into improvements, it may also consider the application of deed restrictions to those properties to avoid such a possibility. As stated earlier, this action may have the effect of reducing the value of the properties at the time of sale. The advantages of this alternative include the financial return to the Village as a result of the additional investment. The Village could also expect potentially higher sale prices for the individual parcels and boost the overall potential TIF revenue that these properties generate.

Mr. McCurdy then addressed the second alternative of proactively redeveloping properties to accomplish community goals per Resolution 78-49. He said the intent of this option would be to execute a primary goal of the original landbanking policy, to promote redevelopment that is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, to increase the assessed value of the properties in order to maximize the amount of revenue for the Village’s Downtown Tax Increment Financing district, and to provide for a stronger residential base in the downtown to support commercial establishments.

Mr. McCurdy said the process would involve the Village staff seeking proposals that would identify the general goals and sites for the redevelopment. Staff would solicit RFP ’s from developers to redevelop the site and would prepare specifications that would set out what the Village expects in terms of quality and density.

Mr. McCurdy said that in looking at some of the constraints that limit redevelopment an assumption has been made that upscale townhouse units would be most suitable. It is the opinion of Village staff that similar developments could potentially be built on the two lots on the western end of Gilbert and from 1137 eastward on Gilbert. Pictures depicting other examples of possible developments were included with the report.

One of the advantages of this alternative includes the maximization of TIF revenue from the higher property values associated with redevelopment. Although it is not easy to assess what type of development may occur and what the ultimate impact might be on property values and TIF revenues, he said it is likely that the redevelopment alternative will provide substantially more revenues for the TIF district than any of the other alternatives. Many of the surrounding structures near this property currently have higher densities than any of the developments suggested for the landbank properties. He said the redevelopment alternative fulfills the intent of the Village Council in 1978 when the Landbank policy was first enacted.

Mr. McCurdy said that given the many options before the Council and the multitude of issues that pertain to each, staff felt compelled to submit recommendations. After looking a the pieces and after in-depth discussion and careful review of each alternative, staff recommends that the Village 1) pursue high-quality redevelopment of the Curtiss Street properties as previously described; 2) take steps to maintain the existing houses at 1201 Gilbert and 1203 Gilbert and leave them as single-family homes, and to rehabilitate if necessary; 3) pursue high-quality redevelopment of the properties that extend from 1137 Gilbert eastward.

Mr. McCurdy invited Jim McBride to address the Council.

John Przybyl , 1227 Gilbert, said neighbors have been offering solutions and discussion on the disposition of the landbank properties since September 1998. He said countless hours have been spent on this issue. He said Commissioners Gilbert, McConnell and Schnell and Mayor Krajewski have all spent significant amounts of time discussing this issue. He thanked them for their efforts. He said he feels that the discussions have moved forward and that the concerns and solutions were being heard and understood. He said after reading this report it appears there is a disconnect from what the Council has heard from the public and has offered as a solution and what the staff has heard and sees as a solution. He said many of the concerns raised since 1998 were not addressed in this report. He referenced an article published in the Reporter July 16, 1999 regarding an option of a park on Gilbert Avenue. He said Commissioner Gilbert was involved with this and the Lakota Group prepared the drawing. He said Commissioner Gilbert spent a considerable amount of time on this as well as some of his own money. He said this was the last plan before the Council. Mr. Przybyl said this plan is not mentioned in the report presented tonight.

Mr. Przybyl addressed other concerns not addressed in the report. He said one of the biggest issues is St. Joseph Creek. The area is heavily built up, erosion has been going on for years and is getting worse. He said development will add more water to the creek. He said since the downtown infrastructure improvements the creek crests quicker than ever before. Further the creek will need to be accessed for maintenance and repair. He said a Village engineer told him that St. Joseph Creek was at least 200-acre feet short of flood retention capacity. He reported that Tony Charleton from the DuPage County Office of Environmental Concerns has said that nothing should go in this area except what is there now. Additional development will exacerbate existing problems.

Mr. Przybyl said the Immanuel Lutheran senior citizen residence is across the street from the landbank. He said it is difficult to cross the street at Gilbert. The crosswalk and light on the north side of Gilbert across Forest have been removed. He said increased density will make this situation worse. He said the area pays a high price during special events. He would like to see the area maintain its vintage character. There are interesting structures on Gilbert Avenue. Gilbert Avenue has single-family homes all the way to Gilbert Park. He said townhomes may be appropriate on Curtiss, but not on Gilbert. Mr. Przybyl addressed some of the homes in the area including Captain Parker’s home as well as other historic homes. He said the report presented does not include some of this information.

The Mayor said the report does not address every suggestion the Council has received. Council has received numerous calls from residents some proposing five-story condominiums, some proposing knocking down the houses for parking as well as other suggestions, not all of which are included in the report. The Council has had reports over the last 22 years. He said the Council has received reports on every single house in the landbank. This report was to provide additional information. He said the last property was acquired in 1990. He said this Council is committed to getting out of the landlord business. He said it is difficult decision because not everyone will be in agreement.

Jim McBride , 1217 Gilbert, said his group started by trying to save all the homes in the landbank. They have spend a considerable amount of time on their plan, attended a variety of meetings and met with the neighbors. Drafts of the plan have been reviewed with various Council members. He said their plan best meets the need of the neighborhood and reflects the current positive feeling toward older homes. He said the neighborhood has been pushing for closure and has been told the Village staff was too busy to take up the investigation of the landbank. In September when the repair budget was addressed, Commissioner Gilbert pushed for final resolution. He said he was pleased at that time that the issue was raised. He followed up with Mr. McCurdy and was told that no one was assigned to the project. Mr. McBride said the Manager told him that appraisals would be ordered and that the appraisal report along with the repair budgets would be submitted to Council. At no time did the Manager indicate he was working on an analysis. He said the report was a surprise and not in the spirit of cooperation he was expecting. He did not receive the staff report until Friday night.

Mr. McBride presented a draft proposal of the disposition of the landbank. He requested that the properties facing Gilbert Street be returned to single-family zoning and be removed from the Concentrated Central Area, a zoning overlay which allows for denser building construction. He said they are also requesting that the properties be carefully sold as owner-occupied residences with restrictions or covenants. He said they recognize that the homes are out of step with improvements that have been going on in the last 20 years. All of the homes should have the possibility for a garage. Turning the rental properties into single-family residences would be consistent with what has been happening in the neighborhood.

Mr. McBride described the homes and lots in the landbank area and made suggestions for lot reconfigurations to create a lot, to provide space for garages and to create a pocket park. He said the park would be reduced in size from the original suggestion and would serve as a buffer zone. He also suggested the Village acquire the property at 1111 Gilbert. The Village has isolated the property owners even though the owners have expressed an interest in selling their property to the Village.

Regarding the Curtiss facing parcels, Mr. McBride suggested the two lots remain in multi-family zoning and that they remain in the Concentrated Central Area. He suggested using the RFP process to develop four traditional rowhouses with garages in the back of the properties. He suggested that the rental properties at 1126/1128 Curtiss be used for salvage. He said 1122 Curtiss was built in 1888. He suggested a number of alternatives for this house including relocation of the house to maximize its value.

Mr. McBride said he did not get the staff report until it was made public. The report references the value of 1137 Gilbert at $145,000. Mr. McBride said he did not feel this was accurate. He received a copy of the Village’s appraisal report. He said he received other appraisals for some of the same properties including the property at 1137 Gilbert which appraised the property at $190,000 as is. Mr. McBride said he was disappointed in the Village’s report.

Mayor Krajewski reiterated Mr. McBride’s request that the Council change the zoning, buy a parcel to create a park, and salvage, move or repair four other houses.

Mr. McBride said they are trying to come up with a careful mechanism to transfer the houses back into owner-occupant knowing that if they went on the market as is right now, there would be petitions to tear them down for lot splits.

The Mayor said the Council received the report Friday night as well. He said it provides different scenarios and assumptions. Different options were provided in the report. He said the report is guidance to the Council.

Manager McCurdy said the purpose of the report was to provide a review of the alternatives. It was not to get into the details of a specific plan.

The Mayor said he wants the Manager to obtain a letter from Tony Charleton regarding the creek. He said he would also like to pursue the creek erosion issue.

Mr. McBride said the financial analysis of the large park was missing from the report. He found this to be confusing.

Mary Przybyl , 1227 Gilbert, said she feels she was misled into believing the Council was willing to come up with a solution that would satisfy all the interested parties.

The Mayor said the Council has heard from people wanting condominiums put in that area. Ms. Przybyl said she has not heard of any of those residents. She asked for a copy of those people who have called wanted condos. The Mayor said some people would like to see a parking deck there. Mr. Przybyl said those are not the people she has been talking to and asked for a copy of their names and phone numbers. She said she felt the Council tabled this issue and tried to sneak the issue back on the table. She said no one was notified by letter or phone of this meeting.

The Mayor said the procedure is to put information in the Village Corner. The Mayor said this has been going on for 22 years and the Council was not trying to sneak this issue in. Ms. Przybyl said the neighborhood was blindsided on this.

The Mayor reminded Ms. Przybyl that this was a Workshop meeting.

Ms. Przybyl said developers will be the only public served by the demolition of these homes. She said several historic homes in the Village have been sacrificed in the name of progress. She said the idea of building high-rises around the perimeter of a town to spur on the success of the downtown business district has not worked.

Jeff Mack , 1111 Gilbert, said his home is in the landbank. He expressed concern that they be properly considered in the decisions made. He is concerned that appraisals are low. He does not want to be economically disadvantaged by this situation. He wants fair market value.

Lillian Dryser , 1132 Curtiss, said she has lived in the suburbs for 53 years. She said it is time for a general statement regarding the landlocked position in Downers Grove. She said there is already too much traffic. She said something is awry to consider a convention center and condominiums in Downers Grove. It is time for the Council to recognize the reality of the boundaries of the limitations of Downers Grove. She further stated that stores in Downers Grove do not have what one needs. They may have what one wants. She said these things must be considered for all residents.

The Mayor said regarding the convention area, the Village still has many acres of undeveloped property in the northwest territory where office complexes are being built. He said this would not involved downtown traffic. The Mayor said the Central Business District does not derive much revenue for the Village as far as sales tax. The hubs are on Ogden Avenue, 75th Street, and Butterfield.

Ms. Dryser suggested a hub for the heavy traffic. The Mayor said the Village has six grade crossings in Downers Grove. The Village has been working toward an underpass at Belmont Avenue for the last 18 months that would cost $25 million. Regarding Morningside, the Mayor said it went from high-density office use to residential. He said it will generate less traffic than what was there before.

Lura Kiesa , 5125 Cornell, addressed the issue of diversity and suggested it be practiced in housing as well. Regarding the landbank, she recommended that the zoning stay as single-family. She said the people on Gilbert should participate in the project.

Laura Harmon , 1119 Gilbert, said she is a tenant in one of the landbank properties. She expressed concern for the community and for the senior residents on Gilbert. She referenced the heavy traffic on Gilbert. She said greater density in that area would be disastrous. She encouraged the Council to keep the area residential and to look at all of the options.

Rose Anderson , 1127 Gilbert, said she realizes she will be displaced. She has rented from the Village for 20 years and has enjoyed her years in Downers Grove. She asked about the timeframe.

Sue Dalton , 1128 Curtiss, thanked the Citizens for Responsible Development for their time and effort in looking at the views of the residents. She said she was appalled by what she heard tonight. She said this seems to be a moot point. The Citizens for Responsible Development have done their homework. She said more green space should not be covered up. The Village has chosen to let the places run down.

The Mayor said since 1990 the Village has not done a good job of keeping the buildings up. He said the goal is to get out of the landlord business.

Commissioner Gilbert asked Ms. Dalton what she was appalled at.

Ms. Dalton said the Citizens for Responsible Development were lumped together with other phone calls. She said the Village has a plan in mind.

Commissioner Gilbert said the Council has listened to the Citizens for Responsible Development and the Council offered them time to present a program tonight. She said it is obvious the Council has a plan in mind. Mayor Krajewski said staff has forwarded a recommendation but the Council is responsible for making a decision.

Susan Brown , 1508 Gilbert, said this decision is in the Council’s control. She said the heart of the issue is zoning and the Council has the power to rezone the property. She urged the Council to rezone this area as single-family housing.

Will McCool , 1132 Curtiss, said he was also appalled. He said the Citizens for Responsible Development should not be lumped together with others.

The Mayor asked the other Council members if they received reports from the Downtown Management Board. Council members responded affirmatively and said they had also received e-mails, and spoke to citizens. The Mayor said the Council gets correspondence from a number of people. Citizens do not necessarily have to come to a Council meeting to let the Council know what they want.

Mr. McCool said people do not want more development in the neighborhood. He appreciates the time the Council has put in on this issue. He is very concerned about this issue and does not want to see the town altered. He said he has no way of knowing that the groups calling in with e-mails exist. He said this may be an attempt to mislead. He said no one has ever said they want more condominiums or more parking garages. He thinks something should get done but he does not think more development is the way to go.

George Nicholaou , 4845 Highland, said he is a realtor. He said he sees commonality between the citizens’ interests and the Village. He said there is a difference between appraisal and marketability. He suggested that the properties not be repaired as the Village is not in the business to know the real estate market. He asked if the Council or staff sought the advice of realtors.

Mayor Krajewski said he spoke with realtors about this matter.

Mr. Nicholaou suggested that realtors and developers be consulted. He applauds the Council for getting out of the landlord business.

The Mayor reiterated that property has not been acquired nor has much repair work been done since 1990 .

Rita Martin , 4942 Montgomery, said she was present when the downtown TIF area was approved. She said there is a possibility that people did not know they were in the TIF . She said she thought the focus of the staff report was to bring money into the TIF district. The Village is losing too many historic properties that bring texture. She suggested creating new approaches to preserve the neighborhoods in the Village and urged the Council to listen to the residents.

Elizabeth Hagen , 1123 Gilbert #2, said this discussion is moot if the report from the DuPage County Office of Environmental Concerns is accurate that more land cannot be covered up. The stability and capability of the land is the first point in determining options. It is important to know the base. She said the staff recommendations seem like an easy solution and a money solution. She said she lives here by choice, she likes the neighborhood feel of the community. She feels there is a problem with communication. As a resident of one of the landbank houses, it is a high priority of hers to know what is going on. She asked if she has a home as of May 31, 2001. She said a letter she received on Friday from the Village had a typographical error regarding the meeting date. The correction letter was not received until yesterday.

Commissioner Schnell said the Manager attempted to respond as quickly as possible.

Ms. Hagen said the notification was one of short order.

Ross Johnson , 1311 Gilbert, said he is a resident on Gilbert and is also here as a representative on the Downtown Management Board. The Board unanimously recommends multiple housing on that block. He said the area was zoned R-6. Most of the homes on Curtiss are multiple family. The small strip on Gilbert is the only block in that area that still has single-family homes. The natural progression is to have multiple housing buffering the downtown. He said he feels that is the best use of the area.

Vincent Barrett , 4921 Highland, said he was speaking on his own behalf. He urged the Council to review the report made tonight by the citizen’s group. He said this is the liveliest Village Workshop meeting he’s attended. He said it is important to meet with the group. He credited the Mayor for addressing this issue. He asked about the process for a decision.

The Mayor said the Council has read the report. He has asked the Manager for information and said the staff will be directed after the Council members have an opportunity to speak.

Mr. Barrett urged the Council to look forward. He said he would like to see the properties be single-family. He encouraged the Council to continue an open process of discussion.

Pat Wenthe , 1316 Grant, said she agrees with the statements made by Mr. Johnson. She said she is concerned that a museum or park could impact density and could cause properties to be turned into parking areas. She suggested the Downers Grove Historical Society could address historical issues. She said a park could bring events and parking needs.

The Mayor said it is sometimes intimidating for people to speak on controversial issues and send their comments to the Council instead.

Robin Tryloff , 1217 Parkway, said this is not just an issue on Gilbert Street. She said vision and leadership means doing the right thing and being conscious of the legacy one is leaving or destroying. She said the character of the area should carry significance. She lives on Prince Pond and worked with the Park District for five years to resolve issues together. She said it was an excellent partnership. Residents made suggestions that saved the Village money. Residents paid for part of the improvements because they wanted them so much.

Robert Crisman , 1140 Gilbert, said he lives in a single-family home. He has lived in Downers Grove for 21 years, 15 of which have been on Gilbert Avenue. He said it is the perception that the voice of the residents is not always heard. He feels the property should be zoned single-family homes. He urged the Council to let people renew their leases, but not to lease to new tenants. He called for straight, honest communication.

Dave Brown , 1508 Gilbert, said he is disturbed by the apparent disconnect from the decision process. He said something is driving a wedge between the resident groups and the Council. He feels his group is marginalized. There is ill will that did not exist a week ago.

The Mayor said the Council would take a look at this. He said there have been other issues where the Village has successfully worked with other groups.

Mr. Przybyl said he thinks the Village and the citizens are fairly close. He said he hopes this can be resolved soon. He has been proud of this process and the dialogue.

Mayor Krajewski said the Council members have not yet had a chance to speak. He said the Council directs staff to do a report. The Council cannot always take the best answer because they have other issues they must consider. He said the Council will direct the staff.

Pat Peterman , 1143 Gilbert, said she agrees with the plan presented by the Citizens for Responsible Development. She said the park would be too small to use as anything but a place to sit. She said it will provide a nice break between town and the residential area.

Commissioner McConnell thanked the citizens for participating. This is an example of the pillars of caring and the pillars of citizenship. She said she would like to see how the option the staff recommends and the citizens’ group plan can be melded together to establish one plan the Council can then consider. She said her preference is to keep the area single-family dwellings.

Commissioner Gilbert said he wanted to address the issue of density. He said this Council has been accused of being pro-development and willing to give up density too easily. He said the Council does not get to decide how many people move into Downers Grove. The next best thing is to control the density to put it where it makes the most sense. He subscribes to a theory that endorses putting density toward the center of town. Density needs to be addressed in a global sense. He said he thinks the staff proposal makes sense. He likes the idea of a park due to its proximity to the library and senior citizen center. It also addressed an easement issue. He thinks it makes sense to leave the houses on the west end as single-family. He said increased density between the park and the west end makes sense.

Commissioner Gilbert said it is the responsibility of people to be informed. He said there are lots of ways to get information. He complimented staff on the report. He looks forward to a vote on this issue.

Commissioner Sisul said interesting comments were made tonight. This is the type of meeting Council appreciates because they need to know what people are thinking about. Concerns that were repeatedly expressed were traffic, density and retaining the single-family character. There are several ways the properties can be disposed of. Council has given people the opportunity to come forward and make presentations as to what should be done with the properties. Single-family residences raise issues of control. He said he is not satisfied that there is a good way to restrict the development of real estate with restrictions on deeds.

Regarding the traffic, Commissioner Sisul said people all over the country are looking at this issue. One of the ways to deal with traffic is to make things pedestrian accessible. He said density brings services and goods that will meet the needs of the residents. He said until there are more people in the downtown area, the Village will not be able to attract the businesses we want here. Regarding the issue of appearance, rowhouses and townhouses can add character to a neighborhood. He said this is a highly desirable area. He said it is important to look for ways to reach common goals.

Commissioner Schnell said her concerns about the development revolve around the issue of whether anything can be done other than single-family residences due to St. Joseph Creek. She suggested first contacting Mr. Charleton from DuPage County to clarify what was said and what was meant. She asked the Manager to contact Mr. Charleton. If no more development can occur, then the Village will need to look at stabilization of the area.

Regarding rezoning, Commissioner Schnell said if the area is rezoned R-4 the issue becomes ensuring that those homes will remain single-family residential detached housing. It is important to protect the character of the neighborhood. She asked the Manager for an analysis of the square footage of the lots, the possibility for lot splits and the chances of redevelopment if these houses were put on the market at the same time. She said the Gilbert group is asking for stabilization of the neighborhood. She said she would like to stabilize it with single-family residential. It is in character with the neighborhood. It is important to ensure that if all of the houses are put on the market at the same time that someone doesn’t buy them up and do something else. She said this needs to be worked out. She would like to see a compromise plan between the Village and the residents. It may take some time to do this. She said everyone agrees that Curtiss can be developed with rowhouses. It is important to define rowhouse and townhouse in an RFP . She would prefer Gilbert to remain single-family.

Commissioner Sisul what is being discussed is a Planned Unit Development. The benefit is in maximizing green space and creating amenities. He suggested asking Planning Services to address the possibility of a PUD . He said the Council is not making a decision as to what will be built there at this time.

Commissioner Schnell said she would like staff to review other residential properties that are part of an overlay district. She would like to know where they are and look at whether this is what is wanted.

Mayor Krajewski complimented the staff on the report. He said it is important to look at density. He said 17% of residents in Downers Grove are senior citizens and the average length of stay in the community is 20 years. The senior population is projected to grow to about 25 %. He said many towns are building condominiums the senior population is looking to move into.

The Mayor said he would like a letter from Tony Charleton regarding the status of the area. He said staff has reported that three or four story structures could not be built there due to the creek and the biggest structure would be townhouses. He said he would like the Council’s agreement to look at townhouses and rowhouses. He suggested Phil Cullen and John Przybyl research the market. He discussed keeping the houses on the west side at 5115 Gilbert and 1201 Carpenter as is as they are residential.

Commissioner Sisul he would like to see how the RFP comes back before a final decision is made on the disposition of the properties.

The Mayor said from 1137 Gilbert to the Mack’s house would be residential townhouses/rowhouses. He would like to have an update provided at the next Workshop meeting. He asked Mr. Nicholaou and other realtors to work with the citizens group and the Village. He said he does not want to spend $160,000 to fix up the properties. He asked for a determination as to the maximum and minimum density of homes. He asked that the staff look at an SSA in that area. He suggested some green space at the end of the street. He asked staff to report back at the next Workshop meeting.

In response to a question from the audience, Mayor Krajewski explained a Request for Proposal (RFP). He clarified that this matter would not be on next week’s Active Agenda for the Council meeting.

Commissioner Schnell said she does not want staff to lose the idea that perhaps this would be kept as single-family residential and an analysis of what it would take to protect the single-family residential integrity of the community other than putting restrictions on the deed. Further she asked about the timetable and the earliest time that people would be expected to find other housing.

The Mayor said tenants should be told the leases will not be renewed after 5/31. They will need to vacate the homes by then or shortly thereafter.

Mr. Nicholaou said communities along the Burlington all want in-town housing as single-family residences.

The Manager said this would be on the Workshop agenda in two weeks.

Parking Facility Consultant’s Agreement. The Manager said Desman Associates has been providing professional design services related to the proposed CBD parking deck. The proposed location of the deck and scope of services to be provided by Desman has shifted. Currently under consideration is an alternative site south of Curtiss Street between Main and Washington. To accommodate these changes, it is necessary to made an amendment to the contract.

Commissioner McConnell asked if it will cost additional money to have someone from Desman on site. She said she does not want to lose sight of the cost.

The Manager said it would. He said this was included because Desman has structural engineers.

Commissioner McConnell asked about the elimination of the wayfinding plans. The Manager said this portion has been partially performed.

Commissioner McConnell referred to Attachment A and periodic status reports. She said she would like the need for status reports emphasized to the contractors.

The Mayor said he would like staff to move forward on this.

Martin Tully , 3678 Venard, referred to the revision in the project description on page 1. The previous description said the facility may be designed to accommodate ground level commercial or retail space. He asked if the new location for the proposed parking deck would mean that there would no longer be the potential for ground level commercial or retail space.

The Mayor said that was correct as there would be access to buildings around it providing for more commercial or retail space than would have otherwise been available.

Mr. Tully said multi-level parking structures carry concerns about public safety. He urged the Council to consider adequate lighting, video surveillance, alarm buttons, etc.

The Manager said this item would be on next week’s Consent Agenda.

Permitting of Overweight Vehicles. The Manager said staff has been working on an ordinance amending the existing oversized vehicle restrictions. The Illinois Vehicle Code establishes minimum dimensions a vehicle must meet or exceed before the owner or operator is required to carry a permit. Staff is recommending establishing a permit system through a Village ordinance to include a fee for vehicles that exceed certain sizes using Village streets.

Mayor Krajewski said there are weight restrictions on trucks carrying their loads through village, county and state roads. It is a safety factor. In addition an 80,000-pound truck creates the same level of wear on pavement as do 8,025 passenger cars. Overweight vehicles are charged a state and county fee for their permits. These vehicles are doing damage to our roads and the Village would like to collect a fee as well. The fees will not offset the damages.

Commissioner McConnell asked for fee structure.

Mike Baker , Assistant to the Village Manager, distributed the proposed ordinance with the fee structure.

Commissioner McConnell asked how this compared to other communities. Mr. Baker said the ordinance was modeled after ordinances that currently exist in the Villages of Lombard and Carol Stream. The Deputy Police Chief in Carol Stream is an expert on this subject. The fees will pay for a portion of repairs needed by damages cause by the overweight vehicles. Carol Stream and Lombard reported collecting $20,000 to $25,000 in fees. Carol Stream has enacted fee increases and expects the figure to be as high as $50,000.

Commissioner Schnell asked if the money would go into the road fund. The Mayor suggested also looking at using it to cover the Police department’s time for processing the permits. He asked that staff determine this cost.

Commissioner Gilbert asked if the overall length of 60 feet includes both trailer and tractor. Mr. Baker said it did. Commissioner Gilbert asked if there was a separate restriction of 48 feet on the length of trailers.

Mr. Baker said these figures were taken from the Illinois Vehicle Code. He said he was not sure if there was a separate restriction on the length of trailers. He said he would look into the matter.

The Mayor asked about law enforcement patrol of the overweight trucks. There are numerous trucks that are overweight and are doing substantial damage to our roads as well as creating safety issues. He said Downers Grove has scales now and has done some patrolling. The more overweight the truck is, the heavier the fine.

The Mayor suggested that if the Police Chief hires back officers on an overtime basis for truck patrol, the overtime pay associated with this function would come from the fine and collection portion of the budget and not in the Police overtime budget. Council agreed to this.

Police Chief Rick Ginex said six to eight officers are hired back in a task force for a specific day when these activities are done. It costs considerable overtime out of the Police Department budget. He said he would like to have the cost taken from the fine and collection portion of the budget. The Chief said fines ranged from $1,500 to $2,800 depending on the size of the truck. Companies see it as a part of doing business.

Mark Zabloudil , 620 39th Street, said he has had experience managing fleets. He said he wanted to caution the Council that the trucks in the industrial park including Pepperidge Farm will require a permit. He said the business owners in the community may not be in favor of this. This may be very restrictive in the industrial park and he encouraged the Council to review this. He said when a vehicle is impounded it cannot move until the weight is shifted and the fine is pay. Therefore, the money comes into the Village right away.

The Mayor asked the Manager to look at the issue raised by Mr. Zabloudil.

The Manager said this ordinance will be placed on the February 6 Active Agenda.

Chapter 14 Amendments. The Manager asked the Village Attorney to address this.

Village Attorney Dan Blondin said the ordinance can be broken into two categories. One is general housekeeping. As parking modifications have been made, particularly during the CBD construction, existing parking conditions have become inconsistent with written ordinance and posted signs. The ordinance corrects these inconsistencies. There is one significant substantive change, which is the introduction of a SuperTicket in the CBD . This ticket would provide for a graduated fine level based upon the number of times an individual is cited for parking violations within the CBD . The time period is 60 days and the fine level goes up progressively as the individual is cited with a second and third violation. He asked Rick Ginex to discuss this matter.

The Mayor said this issue was brought to the Council by the Downtown Management Board to try to solve issues they are having with businesses and employees.

Chief Ginex said the ordinance cleans up some of the parking restrictions, increasing the fine structure and establishing the SuperTicket in the CBD . Staff has worked with Linda Kunze of the Downtown Management Board for approximately seven months on this issue to try to establish a way to deal with chronic offenders. The SuperTicket is used in Hinsdale. They looked at specific time periods, fine structures and areas to implement the violations. They also studied whether the existing handheld computer system used for issuing citations would work with the SuperTicket proposal. The SuperTicket is concerned with the Central Business District only. Presently the two-hour zones have a $5.00 citation. The proposed ordinance would provide for a $5.00 citation for the first and second violations, and a $100.00 citation for the third violation in a 60-day period. The three and four-hour zones presently have $10.00 violations. The proposed ordinance would provide for a $10.00 citation for the first and second violations, and a $100.00 citation for the third violation in a 60-day period. The fee structure in the CBD is not being changed other than to add the SuperTicket. The SuperTicket would go into effect March 1, 2001. An educational campaign will be undertaken through cable TV, the newspaper, mailings, the Chamber of Commerce and signage to advise people of the implementation of the SuperTicket.

The Mayor asked Linda Kunze to address this subject. He said there is employee parking that employees refuse to use.

Linda Kunze , Manager, Downtown Management Board, several other towns were looked at in developing this program. She said the problems are with the employees. Shopper parking space is lost due to employees and apartment dwellers. She said the SuperTicket works very well in Hinsdale to encourage the employees to park in designated areas. She extended her appreciation to Mr. McCurdy, Chief Ginex and Ms. Petrarca. Additional enforcement and the implementation of this ticket will encourage employees to park in designated areas.

Commissioner Schnell said in addition to employees, residents of apartments would need to be made aware of this program.

Ms. Kunze said the Downtown Management Board will work to inform businesses and residents of this. It will be posted and announced.

Commissioner Schnell said she would recommend a mailing.

The Mayor suggested that the tickets issued in that zone include a notice of the additional fine.

In response to Commissioner McConnell, Chief Ginex said the general fines were increasing to $20.00.

Commissioner McConnell asked about other parking offenses such as parking across sidewalks.

Chief Ginex said Section 14-86.1 of the Municipal Code addresses parking over sidewalks. It is the section used when issuing citations. The fine under this section will be increased to $20.00.

Commissioner McConnell said there are repeat offenders of this section. She asked if there was the ability to do a SuperTicket for repeat offenders for other violations and in other areas outside the CBD . Chief Ginex said the computer system would not read this correctly and is not capable to handling this. The ordinance would have to be changed to do this. The Manager said he would review this.

The Mayor asked the number of tickets issued for parking over sidewalks. Chief Ginex responded that in 2000, 61 tickets were issued by the Parking Enforcement Officers and 246 tickets were issued by the Police for a total of over 300 issued in the last year.

Marilyn Weiher , 4804 Wallbank, commented about parking over the sidewalks. She said she parked over the sidewalk during Christmas break. The Police officer came to the door and warned her of the violation. She thanked the Police Department for the warning. The Mayor said the police have been advised to issue a warning the first time and a ticket with the second violation.

Regarding Commissioner McConnell’s question regarding issuing a SuperTicket for violations other than parking in the CBD , Chief Ginex said these tickets would have to be tracked on a manual basis as different officers would be issuing tickets. To use the computer system, each officer would have to have a handheld computer system. The department currently has only three systems.

The Manager said this would be placed on the February 6Active Agenda.

Grant Requests – Forestry, Linden Heights. The Manager said this a grant proposal the Village has received from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for a grant regarding urban and community forestry. They have agreed to provide a grant to the Village in the amount of $5,000 to prepare a disaster recovery plan. He asked Susan Brassfield to provide additional information.

Susan Brassfield , Grants Coordinator, said she has two items. The first is a Forestry grant agreement from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The second item is a grant application to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for streambank stabilization.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has approved the funding of our Forestry project and in order for the Village to accept this award it must authorize approval of the grant agreement and the required certifications. This $5,000 grant will allow the Department of Public Works to develop an Urban Forestry Disaster Recovery plan with storm mitigation strategies and inventory update components. She recommended the Village of Downers Grove adopt a resolution authorizing the submission of a grant agreement to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. She also requested that the resolution be placed on the agenda for the January 16 Council meeting in order to meet the deadline requirements of the granting agency. She said credit for this grant should go to Kerstin von der Heide, Village Forester, who submitted this grant before Ms. Brassfield accepted her position.

Ms. Brassfield said the second Workshop Item is a grant application to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources that will support streambank improvements of a branch of the St. Joseph Creek located in the Linden Heights subdivision. This $125,000 grant will allow the subject stream that is a branch of the St. Joseph Creek an opportunity for modest realignment to its natural course. She said the Village proposes to stabilize the streambank using native vegetation, and bioengineering techniques will be used to repair and enhance the riparian corridor. She recommended the Village adopt by resolution the submission of a grant application to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The Mayor said he has received the paperwork on funding of $150,000. Ms. Brassfield said the Village has received the money. Regarding the downtown development Mayor Krajewski said he received a letter stating the file is closed. Ms. Brassfield said that was correct. The Mayor said he heard a report that Governor Ryan is looking at applying to have Illinois be declared a federal disaster area for federal disaster aid due to the snow. If this is approved, local municipalities could recover up to 75% of their snow removal costs. He asked staff to follow this issue. He asked that all eligible costs be included.

Marty Lyons , Director, Financial Services, said the program budget for the snow removal program is set up in such a way that it would be straight-forward to categorize all the costs associated with the Village’s cleanup. The Mayor said the federal guidelines would probably outline the eligible costs.

The Mayor said Commissioner Sisul has been looking at grants for Senior Citizens transportation. Ms. Brassfield said it was Section 5310 of the IDOT regulations. She has a form to complete to obtain the application.

Commissioner Schnell said she was happy to see the Linden Heights project going forward.

The Mayor asked the Manager to consider the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Foundation if there are erosion problems in the Orchard Brook project.

The Manager said the resolutions for the grant programs will be on next week’s Active Agenda.

Rename Wisconsin Street to Wisconsin Avenue. The Manager said Wisconsin Street is in the Ellsworth Industrial Park. According to the plats, it is officially designated Wisconsin Street but many of the businesses use Wisconsin Avenue. Staff is recommending changing the street name to Wisconsin Avenue.

Commissioner Gilbert asked about the impetus to change the name.

Bob Schiller , Traffic Division Manager, Public Works, said street markers are posted according to the official designations in the plat book. This action will change the plat book designation to match what the businesses are already doing.

The Manager said this will be placed on the February 6 Active Agenda.

Lease Agreement – Sanitary District. The Manager said this is to renew the lease for the property upon which the Village stores and stages it woodchip processing. There is no cost involved in this.

The Manager said this resolution would be placed on the February 6 Active Agenda.

Acceptance of Public Improvements – SNS Subdivision. The Manager said they have met all Village requirements and staff recommends that the public improvements be accepted.


The Village Attorney said he was presenting a resolution for the first amendment to the professional services agreement for CBD parking agreement; an ordinance amending the Municipal Code re: Oversized vehicle restrictions; an ordinance amending various motor vehicle and traffic provisions of the Downers Grove Municipal Code; a resolution authorizing a grant agreement application to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources re: Urban Forestry Disaster Recovery Plan; a resolution authorizing a grant application to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources administered by the Conservation Foundation re: Linden Heights; an ordinance to change the street name of Wisconsin Street to Wisconsin Avenue; and a resolution authorizing a lease amendment with the Downers Grove Sanitary District re: the Woodchip Program.


Commissioner McConnell reminded the audience of a Character Coalition meeting on January 17, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the Public Works Facility.

There being no further discussion, the Workshop meeting was adjourned at 10:58 p.m.

April K. Holden Village Clerk