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
3. Minutes of Workshop and Council Meetings
Executive Session for Approval Only – February 20, 2001 & March 6, 2001 Council Meeting – March 6, 2001 Workshop Meeting – March 13, 2001 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
1. Ken Lerner, 4923 Whiffen Place, stated he supports the proposal on the parking ban for Whiffen Place.
2. Sandy Rushing, 5923 Brookbank, said she was unsure what was happening regarding the Brookbank proposal. There are about 29 signposts on Brookbank already. Her home has a single car width driveway, and parking restrictions will be difficult for her. She said parking is not a problem there and she is unsure as to what is motivating this. She asked that this be reviewed again in the 61st Street area.
Manager McCurdy said he understood there were incidents regarding Park district property, between 60th and 63rd Streets. Ms. Rushing also asked that the Village look at the signs on the street as well. She noted that with restrictions there will be no place for visitors to park.
The Mayor said Commissioner Sisul mentioned at Saturday’s budget meeting about the extraordinary number of signs in the area. The Mayor also received a call from a resident in that area. He asked the Manager to look at the signage situation. In addition, the Mayor stated that there were discussions about replacing many of the signs in the school areas. He said some of the signs in the high school area are 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. These are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. He said they would look at changing these signs.
B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
1. Ken Lerner, 4923 Whiffen, commented on the Village’s redevelopment efforts in the downtown area. The Block 117 Committee spent considerable time discussing what would be consistent with the character of the downtown area, and they came up with some ideas. Mr. Lerner said two historical structures in the downtown area are located in the block east of Main Street, being the Fannie Mae building and the Muriel Mundy building. He asked whether the Village is committed in its redevelopment efforts to preserve those buildings.
The Mayor responded that those building are owned by someone else. The Village’s intention is to build a parking deck. The Village owns the Curtiss lot and the Johnson Printing building. He said that the next Village newsletter will contain a survey about the downtown community. He urged everyone who receives it to fill it out and return it to the Village. The first priority is to get a parking deck in place. The Mayor said the Village cannot control what a private property owner decides to do with their buildings. He knows someone has spoken with the Fannie May owner.
2. Houston Lachus, 7729 Rohrer Drive, said he laid out the parking lot behind Grove Premium which has 112 parking spaces. He asked how large the proposed parking deck will be for 800 spaces, and what will the cost be. The Mayor said the engineers are in the process of designing it at this time.
Manager McCurdy said it would be four levels, or three stories, with a footprint of about 200’x200’.
Mr. Lachus referenced an advertisement on WGN which said to come to Downers Grove where there was plenty of parking. The Mayor said it was not the Village’s commercial and was not run by the Village. He thought it might be the Downtown Management Board which has their own funding.
Mr. Lachus about the cost of the parking deck. Manager McCurdy said it would be approximately $9 million in construction costs. The Mayor said this would be funded by the TIF and is in the TIF budget.
Mr. Lachus said he understands the Village is going to take the body and fender shop, the meat market, and the blue house by eminent domain. The Mayor said they are in negotiations at this time. Mr. Lachus asked whether they have acquired the parking lot property, and the Mayor said they are in negotiations at this time. It will begin when the property is acquired. They would like it to start as soon as possible, when the engineering design is completed.
The Manager said the engineer expects to complete the design by late this year. They would be in a position to bid it out towards the end of the year.
Mr. Lachus asked about Martam Construction and whether there was public bidding on this project.
Village Attorney Blondin said public construction contracts do not require public bidding for a municipality of this size, provided it is approved by a majority of the Village Council.
3. Mike Kubes, 5538 Lyman, read a letter regarding his family’s involvement in April 1997 in the Village’s Adopt-A-Highway program, which was a rewarding experience. He said staff of Public Works told him that with a two-year commitment a sign would be posted at the site. They committed to four cleanups per year with the Jaycees, his family and friends. Two signs were posted on Old Main Street and Claremont Road. Since then his group has continued the cleanup several times a year. There are presently 34 sites which need to be adopted, and there are only 16 adopted at this time. He said on Sunday, March 25, at 11:00 a.m. the Jaycees will begin their cleanup again and invited the staff, media, Village Council, and residents to attend and learn about the program. He referred people to the Public Works Department to sign up for the program.
Mayor Krajewski said he has participated in the cleanup at that site a number of times and is always amazed at the amount of garbage collected.
4. Tim Hart, 945 Curtiss, said he owns the “blue house” and the body shop. The property is not sold, and he does not know that it is going to be condemned. Mr. Hart said he is in a unique position. He is in the CBD , in the TIF District and in the Downtown Management district. He is also on the Downtown Management Board. He said he wanted to respond to some of the comments and accusations.
Mr. Hart then read a document received in August 1997 regarding the establishing of the SSA in the area as well as the TIF District. He noted that the SSA passed and increased taxes for the area. He said he attended meetings regarding the establishment of the SSA and the TIF . As a result the Downtown Management Board was started. The SSA funds are used for the downtown area to publicize it, provide banners for special events, and creates advertising for numerous events that take place in the downtown area. He said the purpose of this is to encourage people to come to downtown Downers Grove. Mr. Hart stated that the TIF was voted in because the SSA was approved. People don’t understand how the TIF works. Before the TIF , if a house was taxed $1,000, SSA provided for a 1.5% voluntary increase. With the TIF the taxes are frozen. Any new taxes appraised after the TIF goes back to the downtown area, and the old tax standards still go to the other taxing bodies.
Regarding why the Council is buying property, Mr. Hart said access is needed for the parking garage, and he is aware of that need. He said this is for the betterment of the downtown area. Many towns go under because their downtown areas are decayed. He said that many towns are now trying to improve their downtown areas. He thinks the TIF is being run correctly, and it bothers him when people make accusations. There is nothing sneaky going on in regards to the TIF District. He believes the TIF will save downtown and the downtown will save Downers Grove.
5. Mark Smith, 4533 Forest, said he is a licensed engineer working with sound and vibration problems. He expressed concern about the 330hp gas engine generator recently installed at Downers Grove North High School. He conducted a visual inspection and provided the Council with a handout identifying the problem caused by the generator, and the potential dangers involved by its existence in the neighborhood. He said the generator should be moved approximately 80’ from its current location, housed in a masonry structure to minimize sound levels and safety levels, as well as insure a prolonged life for the equipment. Mr. Smith said the ground wire appears not to be property secured. He said this information was presented to the appropriate school authorities by the residents in March. No warning signs are displayed in the general area surrounding the gas engine generator. He listed numerous other potentially dangerous violations which he believed need to be corrected for the safety of the community. In addition, Mr. Smith then related information concerning the sound levels of the generator which can dangerously affect the hearing of those in or around the generator. If it were in an industrial site, people would be required to wear earplugs due to the high number of decibels created by the generator. He asked that the Council check the factors he has brought to their attention, particularly the items highlighted in the handout he distributed to them, including the bare copper ground wire which is not connected. Mr. Smith also distributed photographs showing the generator and its relation to the residential area.
The Mayor said that Mr. Smith has raised some rather serious concerns. He said that the Village Attorney will be asked to research whether or not the Village Council has any control or authority in this matter, as the schools are governed by State authority and the Illinois State Board of Education. He also asked the Village Manager to bring this matter to the attention of the District 99 Board and the State Board of Education. In addition, he asked the Manager to provide the information to the Village’s engineers for further review, and also asked that Mr. Smith address the District 99 School Board with these concerns. He stated if the Village has the authority, they will act on these problems.
Attorney Blondin said that the Village has some controls over certain land issues such as zoning and subdivision, but generally, internal building safety standards are governed by the State. He is not clear about this as this is an external issue, and does not have an answer at this time. He will check further.
Mr. Smith said he spoke with Code Enforcement and they have not inspected the facility. He does not know whether the State has inspected it. He said he would like to have the electricity and gas disconnected as it creates noise, which impacts the residents and the Village in general.
The Mayor said again that the Village will move ahead and investigate the concerns expressed, stressing that it will depend upon how much authority the Village will have in this regard.
The Mayor thanked him for his involvement in this project.
6. Scott Sarver, 4541 Forest, added his concerns about how callous and insensitive the school has been regarding the welfare of the residents. He said that there was a presentation by the school principals regarding a proposed parking lot south of the school between Main and Forest. The lot contains 56 cars and has access off of Forest Avenue. He stated the residents have enough to deal with living next to the school. The parking lot abuts the back yards of several neighbors, and scars the residential neighborhood south of the high school. He believes the Village has the responsibility and ability to respond to the concerns addressed. The Village has control over the access from the public way into the private property of the schools.
The Mayor suggested that the School Board be given this information by the residents at their meetings. He indicated that Dr. Eblin is Superintendent, but this matter must be brought before the School Board. He noted that there are issues at both high schools regarding traffic, parking problems, policing, and general congestion. The Village is doing what it can to address the problems that the residents are facing.
7. William Vollrath, 6818 Osage, said he is an 11 year resident of the Village and has two areas of concern. One involves his neighborhood and the other involves all the taxpayers. He asked what is going on along Fairmount Avenue in the El Sierra community. He does not believe any notice was made to the residents of the area, as residents do not know what is taking place, what the work schedule is, etc. He asked whether the road would be repaved after completion.
Manager McCurdy said that he believes it is a water main project and the streets will be restored. He said he would look into it.
Mr. Vollrath then asked that it be completely repaved upon completion. He said that his neighborhood seems to get poor quality patching jobs while other areas get completely repaved. He also requested that whoever is responsible for the safety of the school children on Fairmount be sure to keep an eye on the project. There was a large piece of heavy equipment sitting in the middle of a traffic lane with no lighted barrier around it to avoid an accident. He said the project is not being managed very well.
Secondly, Mr. Vollrath asked about the downtown redevelopment. He is troubled by what he has observed over the last weeks. First, the decision to buy Johnson Printing for $4 million and grant Mr. Johnson $400,000 in relocation funds, and to build an 800-car parking deck have all been made with minimum public involvement and participation, and as quickly as possible.
The Mayor said that this project goes back five years with much public comment, many public meetings and public input going back to the Lakota Plan and establishment of the TIF . He explained the history of this project going back to before his assuming the position of Mayor. He said the TIF brought opportunities for redevelopment including infrastructure improvements, replacing 100-year old watermains and then moving forward to the remainder of projects under the TIF . There are many aspects of the redevelopment project. The Council has analyzed all of the aspects involved, received numerous public comments about the process, and made decisions based upon that information.
Mr. Vollrath respectfully disagreed stating the Lakota Plan did not specify purchasing the Johnson property for $4 million in taxpayers’ money or providing $400,000 for relocation fees. The Mayor said the Council did not believe the printing company should be located in the downtown area. The Village is four years into a 23-year TIF District, with 19 years left. The Village made the decision to move the printing company out of the downtown area and purchased it for $4.4 million on a two-year note and is paying $232,000 per year in interest. They also acquired a building for which they receive $11,000 per month in rent, for a total of $130,000 in rent annually, with an interest cost of $100,000 to carry that property. When the property is turned over to a developer with the Curtiss lot it could yield $5 million for the downtown area under the TIF . If the Johnson property remained in the downtown area for the next 19 years the Village would receive approximately $900,000 in increments for the funding of the downtown. Moving the Johnson printing company could mean there will be no need to borrow from the construction fund for the downtown. If the TIF does well, it brings more money to the downtown area.
Mr. Vollrath said there were a lot of “ifs” involved, and in his opinion the taxpayers paid $1 million too much for that property.
The Mayor said the Council is responsible for making those decisions. The Village has landbank properties which have not been disposed of and have cost the taxpayers $150,000-$250,000 because a plan was not put in place earlier. The Council has decided it will get out of the real estate business and dispose of those landbank properties that are bringing in zero funds to the tax base. They will be brought back onto the tax roles.
Mr. Vollrath said the Village has just taken a huge step back into the real estate business. He said that they should not have put the citizens to that kind of risk in the middle of an economic downtime. He said they should only buy the property as a last resort, and not risk taxpayers’ money. The Mayor asked what would happen if the downtown is not developed over the next 19 years. Mr. Vollrath said he is not opposed to the development, however, he does not want it developed at any cost. He is tired of having other peoples’ agendas rammed down the taxpayers’ throats. In his opinion, $4 million is too much.
The Mayor said he and Commissioner McConnell were not on the Council when this was put into place. Mr. Vollrath said he understands it is not an easy job, and he believes they have good motivation. The Mayor said that when he became Mayor he went to Springfield and brought back a half million dollars for the downtown, which was money they did not have to bond and that saved $320,000 in interest expense. It was money that was not planned on four years ago when the project was put in place. They are continually watching how the project works, and if the TIF does not work, the money will have to come from the construction fund.
Commissioner Gilbert added that the Council just lowered taxes in the Village significantly. Mr. Vollrath thanked the Council for that, but again disagreed on the $4 million for the Johnson property. He encouraged citizens to look at the assessed valuation of that property from the DuPage Assessors office.
Mr. Vollrath said granting relocation money has to be based on something such as future sales tax revenue expectations or jobs tied to the business. The conversations he has had regarding the relocation money suggest that there was not much analysis done in determining the $400,000 amount. One of his printer clients asked how many thousands of jobs the printer provides to the community, and he asked the Council how many jobs were involved. The Mayor said the issue was whether or not the printing company and storage facility should stay in the downtown area. Mr. Vollrath disagreed stating that the issue was the amount of money the Village is throwing at the property.
Commissioner Gilbert said the issue for Mr. Vollrath was, unfortunately a lack of the full and complete story of this project. It has been going on for five years since1996 with the Lakota Plan regarding Johnson Printer’s. It is worth that much money and is a wise purchase in terms of the entire project. Mr. Vollrath said he would apologize to the Council if he turns out to be wrong.
The Mayor asked the Manager to provide Mr. Vollrath with an analysis of the Curtiss lot and the Johnson property so he can have a better understanding of what is taking place regarding the property.
Mr. Vollrath then addressed his concern about the 800-car garage which he said is out of proportion for the downtown area. He would like to see the minutes where the discussion was held and a decision was made and voted upon to build an 800-car garage in the middle of downtown Downers Grove. The Mayor referred to the 1992 study which showed a 500 car shortage at that time, before the different businesses moved into the downtown area.
Mr. Vollrath said that everyone who is working so hard to save downtown Downers Grove needs to step back, take a cold shower and listen to the citizens input. The Council is alienating their customers and driving merchants out of business because so many people are starting to disagree with what the Council is doing.
The Mayor said a survey will be coming out soon in the Village newsletter about what the people would like to see downtown, and he encouraged everyone to complete the survey and return it.
Commissioner Schnell suggested the possibility of writing up some background information for the Village Corner or the newsletter explaining how the discussions took place and decisions were made regarding the site and size for the garage. She said they need to dispel some of the rumors that are being repeated, and the background information should be made available. Public input will be utilized for the parking garage.
The Mayor gave background information noting that in 1995 the Council looked at this site and had appraisals done. At that time the figure “500” was mentioned. He said this Council is looking long term, and an 800-car garage will address some of the potential future needs for the downtown.
8. Patty Smith, 4533 Forest Avenue, distributed a letter to the Council on behalf of her neighbor, Judy Siebert, who was ill. Ms. Smith then read the letter from Ms. Siebert regarding the power generator at Downers Grove North High School and the proposed parking lot. The letter expressed Ms. Siebert’s concerns about the unsightly, noisy and dangerous generator adjacent to her building, and the parking lot. Ms. Siebert said she has cannot accept the generator without a fight, and said it will affect the resale value of her home. She stated that the grounds are not maintained and the site is an eyesore. Regarding the parking lot, she said there should be signage indicating “no parking” or “no blocking” drives and enforced. Ms. Smith said there is a “no parking” restriction on either side of the street, but there are parents dropping off their children at the door of the school. She added there have been times when parents have parked in Ms. Siebert’s driveway waiting for students.
The Mayor said that the Village Manager would look into the issue.
Commissioner Schnell asked the Attorney if the Village has any jurisdiction regarding parking lots for the schools. The Attorney responded it might as it may be a zoning issue. He will investigate it further and get back to the residents.
9. Dave Brown, 1508 Gilbert, said he would gladly pay the $52 of the tax abatement if he didn’t have to hear about it at every meeting. He also believes that part of the agenda is “public comment” and he does not believe that it serves the public if they are attacked when commenting. He noted that it is unfair to do that to a citizen as it is not a common experience to stand in front of a group and speak with a video camera in front of you. He said there is a certain courtesy that should be practiced particularly for those people to whom this is a new experience.
Mr. Brown said that at last night’s forum, Mr. Julian commented that he would wish that stores would stop leaving the downtown area. Mr. Brown said there are two sides to the downtown management issue. Neither side wants to see the downtown collapse. His concern is that the Village’s current five-year projection will not help many of the existing merchants as they will have left by then. He would like the Village Council and other bodies to consider less ambitious plans rather than the five-year plan. He said the project should be approached in a triage mentality, recognizing that there will be some merchants who will fail, some who will fail without some type of relief, and some who will survive.
The Mayor asked Mr. Brown what five-year plan he was referring to. Mr. Brown responded that the parking deck, Curtiss, Main Street and Washington block will not be finished in five years. He noted that some of the previous plans before the change in the Council have not been done. The Mayor said that the Council would like to have seen the parking deck started a long time ago. There is no five-year plan, but nothing will move forward until the deck is in place. The Johnson property was acquired to allow the Village to control the next phase of the project.
Mr. Brown said his primary concern is that the Council do whatever it can to alleviate business loss due to prolonged construction. He encouraged the Village to draw a larger retail outlet into the mix. The Mayor said that many retail outlets state they will not come to the Village until the deck is in place. Mr. Brown said he understood that, but there is now a golden opportunity as the Village has spent $4 million for a building next to a parking lot. It would be a good location to invite a grocery store into the area. The Mayor said the newsletter survey will ask specific questions as to what the residents would like to see in the downtown area.
Commissioner Gilbert said that the Village has been asked to go out and bring in a grocery story. He said that the Council does not control that. They cannot force a grocery store to relocate here. He asked Mr. Brown what his plan was for the downtown. He said that Mr. Brown complains about what the Council has done wrong and asked him where Mr. Brown’s comprehensive plan was for the revitalization of the downtown.
Mr. Brown responded that the Council has taken it upon themselves to be a Planning Committee for the downtown. He said the Council now owns property and does not know the answers to need-based businesses any more than he does. He said if they build large footprint multi-story projects on the property between Main and Washington, Curtiss and Burlington, there is no blueprint for success or guarantee that it will be any more inviting to a merchant than the current environment. He said he could point to any number of independent grocery stores that would thrive in the environment that Commissioner Gilbert has determined could not possibly survive.
Commissioner Gilbert said his determination is not whether they can or cannot thrive. Time has proven they cannot. There was a grocery story which was very well run. Mr. Phil Giancola had a store right across the street from a senior citizens center for many years and he couldn’t make it work. Commissioner Gilbert repeated that he would like to see Mr. Brown’s plans for the downtown area, and stated Mr. Brown is coming in six years after the fact to tell the Council that everything they have learned from the business people, and the experts over those years is wrong. Mr. Brown asked where the Lakota Plan specifies an 800-space parking deck, as he would like to see it. The Lakota Plan depicts a 450-car deck on the lot. He asked why that has been abandoned.
Commissioner Gilbert said he would not call it abandoned. It has been altered and changed to meet the conditions, which is what the citizens elected the Council to do.
The Mayor said they are getting to the public process again with the upcoming newsletter and survey. There is no plan for Curtiss and Johnson Printers except to redevelop the property. There will be a number of meetings to obtain public input to that end.
Commissioner Gilbert said that the purchase of the Johnson Property was approved by five independent Council members who have studied the plan, looked at the Village and downtown, and looked at the needs of all the constituents, and agreed that it was an appropriate purchase. He said it is important to remember that five independent people approved the purchase.
Commissioner Sisul said the point is a question of timing. He said there are places interested in coming into the Village; however, there are no places suitable at this time for those stores. The survey will show what the people want. They want to be able to shop downtown for what they need, as well as what they want. There has to be a certain density to support development in the downtown area. He stated that this is a phased project to be developed over a period of time.
Commissioner Schnell said she hears and sees the frustration caused by the rumors that are flying around. The Council needs to get the information out and dispel the rumors. There has to be an increase in dialogue between the business community, residents and the Council to dispel the frustration.
10. Dave Tatterson, 1240 Gilbert, agreed with Commissioner Schnell that communication is the key to stop rumors and put the suspicions to bed. Regarding the acquisition of the property, he asked whether the Village is taking precautions in ensure they are not buying environmental problems later. He asked who will be paying for the cleanup if it is needed.
Manager McCurdy said the Village is doing environmental assessments of the property, and for the footprint of the deck as well. The Mayor said the Village would work on cleaning up any environmental issues. The Manager said cleanup costs have been recovered by grants from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Mr. Tatterson referred to the Block 117 Citizens Group RFP which was submitted and considered to be the most economically feasible. Commissioner Gilbert said the Task Force heard the proposal and the Council reviewed it as well, and did not agree with it or the numbers in the proposal. However, portions of that proposal were put into the RFP . Mr. Tatterson responded that the numbers in their proposal were the Village’s consultant’s numbers.
11. Tom Julian, 6223 Springside, said the citizens’ survey said that 87% of people have computers in their homes or access to the Internet. He asked whether there was a way the Technology Committee or Village could arrange a means for citizens to access the newsletter survey by way of the Internet. The Mayor said that Commissioner Schnell recommended placing the survey on the Internet as well.
12. Tim Hart, 945 Curtiss, commented that the downtown Downers Grove Management Board does an excellent job. He said that Linda Kunze works hard to find out what properties are for sale, what the needs are, etc., and she is aware of the problems and is working on the answers. Mr. Hart said that grocery stores say they cannot make money off retirees. They need parking to bring people into the area and they need volume. There was a request to bring 100 employees into a vacant bank building on Main Street some years ago, but there was no parking available. He said if the parking lot is in, it will make a difference. People are waiting several years to get METRA parking spaces.
5. Public Hearings
6. Consent Agenda
COR00 -00396 Claim Ordinance: No. 5372, Payroll, March 9, 2001 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BIL00 -00397 List of Bills Payable: No. 5373, March 20, 2001 Sponsors: Accounting Commissioner Gilbert questioned items 15540, 15541 and 15688, specific to users. A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BID00 -00411 Bid: Kale Uniforms, Red Wing Shoe Company and Holy Cow Sports for Fire Department Uniforms Sponsors: Fire Department A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Fire Department – Uniforms
BID00 -00412 Bid: To Homer Tree Care for Tree and Stump Removal Services Sponsors: Forestry A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Forestry-Stump Removal, Forestry – Tree Removal
BID00 -00413 Bid: To Bergquist Tree Experts for Demand Pruning Sponsors: Forestry A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Forestry-Tree Pruning
BID00 -00414 Bid: $308,324.00 plus 10% contingency to Archon Construction Co., Inc. for 2nd Street Storm Sewer Installation Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Storm Sewers 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 -00385 Ordinance: Amend the Permit Provisions of the Stormwater and Flood Plain Ordinance Sponsors: Stormwater & Flood Plain Commission Summary of Item: At their meeting of November 16, 2000, the Stormwater and Flood Plain Oversight Committee recommended revisions to the duration of permits reducing the term from three years to one year.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE PERMIT PROVISIONS OF THE STORMWATER AND FLOOD PLAIN ORDINANCE
ORDINANCE NO . 4271 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: Stormwater and Flood Plain Permit Provisions
ORD00 -00393 Ordinance: Extend Special Use for Phase II Midwestern University to March 7, 2003 Sponsors: Planning Services Summary of Item: A request has been recieved from Midwestern University that the Village grant an extension for Phase II of the Midwestern Special Use to March 7, 2003.
AN ORDINANCE EXTENDING APPROVAL FOR PHASE II MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY SPECIAL USE TO MARCH 7 , 2003
ORDINANCE NO . 4272 A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Gilbert, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Special Use – Midwestern University
ORD00 -00386 Ordinance: Amend the Downers Grove Municipal Code re: Zoning Map Sponsors: Planning Services Summary of Item: This ordinance will approve and authorize publication of the 2001 Village of Downers Grove Zoning Map, corrected to 03/15/01. Pursuant to state law, the Village is required to approve and publish its Zoning Map on an annual basis.
AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AND APPROVING PUBLICATION OF THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE ZONING MAP
ORDINANCE NO . 4273 A motion was made by Commissioner Gilbert to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Zoning Map
ORD00 -00387 Ordinance: Establish Fines for Open Burning Sponsors: Fire Department and Police Department Summary of Item: Adoption of the attached ordinance will amend open burning regulations by allowing the Village to charge offenders a $50.00 administrative citation for this violation.
AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING FINES FOR OPEN BURNING
ORDINANCE NO . 4274 Commissioner Schnell said the original discussion included a definition of open burning. She asked when the Council would be reviewing the definition.
Village Attorney Dan Blondin said it will be presented at the next Workshop Meeting. A motion was made, seconded by Commissioner Schnell, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Open Burning – Fines
ORD00 -00388 Ordinance: Amend Taxicab Driver Licensing Requirements Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: Adoption of this ordinance will amend taxicab licensing provisions to require that taxicab owners and drivers submit fingerprints, as a condition of receiving a license, so that full background checks may be conducted on these individuals.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TAXICAB DRIVER LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
ORDINANCE NO . 4275 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: Taxi Program
ORD00 -00390 Ordinance: Parking Restrictions on Whiffen Place Summary of Item: Adoption of this ordinance will restrict parking on both sides of Whiffen, from the north line of Rogers Street to the end of the roadway.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PARKING PROVISIONS ON WHIFFEN PLACE
ORDINANCE NO . 4276 A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Gilbert, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Parking Restrictions – Whiffen Place
ORD00 -00389 Ordinance: Amend Parking Restrictions on Brookbank Road Sponsors: Parking & Traffic Commission Summary of Item: At their meeting of April 17, 2001, the Parking & Traffic Commission unanimously recommended to amend Section 14-031.1 of the Village Code to allow parking in the marked parking stalls on the west side of Brookbank north of 63rd Street.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON BROOKBANK ROAD
ORDINANCE NO . 4305 Commissioner Gilbert moved to table this item to April 17, 2001. He said he was not opposed to the restrictions but wanted to review the signage and timing.
Commissioner Schnell said she wanted to review the reasons behind this ordinance.
Commissioner Sisul said sometimes the Council only hears one side of an issue. He said he wanted to review the Parking & Traffic Commission minutes.
Commissioner McConnell said she wanted to review this in the context of Downers Grove South High School area and the hours of restriction. A motion was made by Commissioner Gilbert, seconded by Commissioner Schnell, to Table to a Date Certain this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Sisul and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Parking Restrictions – Brookbank Road
ORD00 -00400 Ordinance: Amend Downers Grove Municipal Code re: Ambulance Fee Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: Adoption of this ordinance will set forth the rates charged for certain emergency medical and/or transportation services provided by the Downers Grove Fire Department.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION FEES
ORDINANCE NO . 4277 A motion was made, seconded by Commissioner Schnell, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Fee Increases, Ambulance Fee
ORD00 -00401 Ordinance: Amend Downers Grove Municipal Code re: Telecommunications Tax Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: Adoption of this ordinance will increase the tax issued for telecommunication services from 2.3% to 2.5%.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE TELECOMMUNICATION TAX RATE
ORDINANCE NO . 4278 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: Telecommunications Tax
MOT00 -00425 Motion: Approve Contract to Martam Construction, Inc. in the amount of $2,429,002.45 plus a 5% contingency for CBD Redevelopment Phase IV Construction Sponsors: Public Works Summary of Item: Adoption of this motion will authorize an agreement with Martam Construction, Inc. in the amount of $2,429,002.45, plus a 5% contingency in the amount of $121,450.12. This project covers the area of improvements as follows: Main Street from the tracks to Franklin, Warren Avenue and from Forest to Main. Also included in this phase of construction is the reconstruction of parking Lot A, the construction of an access chamber over 11 feet diameter storm sewer (St. Joseph Creek), and the undergrounding of the utilities on Washington from Maple to Curtiss.
Motion to approve an agreement with Martam Construction, Inc. for the Central Business District Redevelopment, Phase IV, Project No. 15-00, in substantially the form as presented to this meeting. The Village Manager and staff are authorized to execute the agreement and to take such actions as may be necessary to carry out the terms thereof. The Manager said work will begin next week. A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Gilbert, to Approve this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Central Business District – Phase IV
RES00 -00395 Resolution: Authorize Agreement with DuPage County re: Community Development Block Grant Sponsors: Social and Health Services Summary of Item: Adoption of this resolution will authorize an agreement with DuPage County for a grant application in the amount of $31,661.00 from the Community Development Block Grant Program for the Downers Grove Community Neighborhood Resource Centers at Autumn Grove and Arbor Park Complexes.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE COUNTY OF DUPAGE AND THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE
RESOLUTION 2001 -26 A motion was made by Commissioner Gilbert to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: DuPage County Community Development Block Grant
RES00 -00423 Resolution: Authorize Submittal of Grant Application to the Illinois Department of Transportation for the Mini-Grant Alcohol Enforcement Program Sponsors: Finance Summary of Item: Adoption of this resolution shall authorize submittal of application for the mini-grant Alcohol Enforcement Program to the Illinois Department of Transportation in the amount of $24,528.00 for reduction in fatal and alcohol related traffic accidents through increased DUI enforcement and education. Note, the Village is not required to contribute funding as a condition of receiving the grant.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUBMITTAL OF GRANT APPLICATION TO THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE MINI -GRANT ALCOHOL ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM
RESOLUTION 2001 -27 A motion was made, seconded by Commissioner Schnell, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Alcohol Enforcement Program
8. Mayor’s Report
The Mayor said that Liz Chalberg received the Citizen of the Year award from the Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce. She also was selected for the Second Annual Illinois Woman of Achievement Award sponsored by Lieutenant Governor Corinne Woods. He congratulated Ms. Chalberg for receiving the award for all the hard work she has done in the Village. Materials to be Received – Minutes
Library Board – 2/28/01 Parking & Traffic Commission – 2/20/01 Plan Commission – 11/8/00 Stormwater and Flood Plain Oversight Committee – 11/16/00 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 Received – Monthly Reports
Materials to be Placed on File
9. Manager’s Report
Manager McCurdy said that all of the Buildings in Block 117 are now vacant and will be demolished this week. There will be temporary parking on that site until the site is turned over to a developer.
Regarding election signs, the Manager noted that under the Zoning Ordinance the total square footage of signage allowable per residential lot is 12 square feet in residential areas. One sign of that dimension or multiple signs equaling that amount are allowed. The Village is enforcing that Ordinance.
10. Attorney’s Report
Future Active Agenda
RES00 -00419 Resolution: Authorizing Agreement with ProScan Technologies Sponsors: Police Department and Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will authorize an agreement between the Village of Downers Grove and ProScan Technologies for placement of an automated railroad grade crossing enforcement system at the Fairview Avenue grade crossing.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND PROSCAN TECHNOLOGIES
RESOLUTION 2001 -28 Indexes: Rail Crossing Enforcement System
ORD00 -00420 Ordinance: Amend the Downers Grove Municipal Code re: Railroad Grade Crossings Sponsors: Police Department and Village Attorney Summary of Item: This ordinance will provide for the issuance of citations generated from automated railroad grade crossing enforcement systems to motorists who drive through, around or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE DOWNERS GROVE MUNICIPAL CODE CONCERNING RAILROAD GRADE CROSSINGS
ORDINANCE NO . 4279 Indexes: Rail Crossing Enforcement System
ORD00 -00422 Ordinance: Amend Fine Provisions of the Downers Grove Liquor Control Ordinance Sponsors: Liquor Commission Summary of Item: This ordinance shall amend the fine provisions of the Liquor Control Ordinance.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE FINE PROVISIONS OF THE LIQUOR CONTROL ORDINANCE
ORDINANCE NO . 4280 Indexes: Liquor Ordinance Amendments
ORD00 -00424 Ordinance: Amend Parking Provisions of the Downers Grove Municipal Code re: Kensington Townhome Area Sponsors: Parking & Traffic Commission Summary of Item: At their meeting of November 21, 2000, the Parking & Traffic Commission unanimously recommended that parking restrictions be placed on Kensington Place, Wellington Place and Stair Place South of Prentiss Drive and be designated no parking from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. This reduced restriction will allow enough time for police to patrol and enforce the parking restrictions yet allow the flexibility for residents in the area to use the available on street parking near their homes.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CERTAIN PARKING PROVISIONS OF THE DOWNERS GROVE MUNICIPAL CODE
ORDINANCE NO . 4281 Indexes: Parking Restrictions – Kensington Townhome
ORD00 -00426 Ordinance: Amend Charges Re: Termination of Water Service Sponsors: Finance Summary of Item: This ordinance will authorize a $50.00 fee to be charged to all accounts notified of termination of water service for non-payment.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHARGES RELATED TO TERMINATION OF WATER SERVICE
ORDINANCE NO . 4282 Indexes: Water Billing, Water Service
ORD00 -00427 Ordinance: Amend Plumbing Fees Sponsors: Code Services Summary of Item: This ordinance will amend the plumbing permit fee schedule for residential and commercial installations.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PLUMBING FEES
ORDINANCE NO . 4283 Indexes: Fee Increases, Plumbing Code
ORD00 -00421 Ordinance: Authorize Disconnect of Southeast Corner of 60th Street and Fairview Avenue from the Village of Downers Grove Sponsors: Planning Services Summary of Item: This will authorize disconnection of the property located at the southeast corner of 60th Street and Fairveiw Avenue from the Village of Downers Grove.
AN ORDINANCE DISCONNECTING PROPERTY LOCATED AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF 60TH STREET AND FAIRVIEW AVENUE FROM THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE
ORDINANCE NO . 4284 Indexes: Disconnection
ORD00 -00373 Ordinance: Refund of GO Bonds Series 1996 and 2000 Sponsors: Finance Indexes: General Obligation Bond – Refund
11. Council Member Reports and New Business
The Mayor said, in regard to the ProScan Technologies and railroad crossings, the bill passed in the House to include Downers Grove as a pilot community in this project. It is now moving to the Senate.
Mayor Krajewski said following adjournment, the Council would be moving into a special budget meeting.
Commissioner Schnell moved to adjourn. Commissioner Sisul seconded.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Schnell, Sisul, McConnell, Gilbert, Mayor Krajewski
Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.