1. Call to Order
Mayor Brian Krajewski called the special meeting of the Village Council of the Village of Downers Grove to order at 11:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Downers Grove Village Hall.
Present: Commissioner Mark Zabloudil, Commissioner Martin Tully, Commissioner Sue McConnell, Commissioner Michael Gilbert, Commissioner Thomas Sisul, Commissioner Marilyn Schnell; Mayor Brian Krajewski
MOT00 -00482 Motion: Approve Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement – Fire Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: Motion to approve an agreement with Local 3234 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, as ratified by the bargaining unit, and to authorize the Village Manager and Village Clerk to sign the agreement on behalf of the Village and to take such further steps as may be necessary to implement the terms thereof. Amotion 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: Commissioners Sisul, Gilbert, Zabloudil, Tully, McConnell, Schnell; Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Fire Contract
MOT00 -00483 Motion: Approve Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement – Police Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: Motion to approve the agreement with Downers Grove Lodge No. 73 and the Illinois MaternalOrder of Police Labor Council, as ratified by the bargaining unit; and to authorize the Village Manager and Village Clerk to sign the Agreement on behalf of the Village and to take the steps necessary to implement the terms thereof. Amotion 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: Commissioners Sisul, Gilbert, Zabloudil, Tully, McConnell, Schnell; Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Police Contract House Bill 372
Commissioner Gilbert said he had a resolution regarding this issue, and asked Dr. Goodman to summarize the issue as well. He said that HB 372 would eliminate grandfathering coal fired power plants. They need to have an extra push to end the grandfathering and that is why he is presenting the Resolution reaffirming the Village’s support to end the grandfathering of the coal fired power plants.
The Mayor said this passed the Senate and is in the second reading in the House.
Dr. Goodman said there are many gas generated power plants in Illinois, yet there is considerable pressure to increase the amount of coal used in the State. The basic principal of the Illinois Environmental Council is that we should not be increasing air pollution, but instead should end the grandfathering of the plants that have not complied with contemporary standards. All new plants should be built not to add to the pollution levels. He said the Village’s Resolution encourages the ending of the grandfathering and paying attention to the air quality of the State. Dr. Goodman said that 78 municipalities have joined in this effort. He thanked the Village for its leadership in moving ahead in support of this project. He said he had brochures on this issue available which he made available with the Village Clerk.
RES00 -00504 Resolution: Reaffirm Support for Resolution No. 99-61 Requiring Coal-Fired Power Plants in the State of Illinois to Comply with Clean Air Standards Sponsors: Mayor Summary of Item: Adoption of this resolution will re-affirm and lend support for the efforts to require coal-fired plants to comply with the Clean Air Act standards concerning industrial emissions.
A RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING SUPPORT FOR RESOLUTION NUMBER 99 -61 REQUIRING COAL -FIRED POWER PLANTS IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS TO COMPLY WITH CLEAN AIR STANDARDS
RESOLUTION 2001 -40 The Mayor recommended sending copies to the public and private agencies as well as the Representatives and Senators.
Commissioner Gilbert complimented all of the public and private agencies in their efforts to get this accomplished. It is a monumental accomplishment.
A motion was made by Commissioner Gilbert, seconded by Commissioner Zabloudil to adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote:
Votes: Yea: Commissioners Gilbert, Zabloudil, Tully, McConnell, Sisul, Schnell; Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Coal-Fired Power Plants
5.Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Tully said that he, Mayor Krajewski, Commissioners Schnell, Gilbert and Sisul went to Springfield for the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference. He noted that Founders Day was great, and he also congratulated the Acting Village Manager. He then recommending adding the two new Commissioners to the website.
Commissioner McConnell concurred with the congratulations for Founders Day.
Commissioner Sisul said that the price of gasoline is becoming prohibitive and he encouraged the use of alternative means of transportation. He checked with the Village Manager and said the bicycle racks have been ordered and will be installed. There should be a celebration and ribbon cutting celebration!
The Mayor said he attended the AAUW Education Foundation ceremony on Saturday. A donation was made by the group in the name of the Village in appreciation for the grants received from the Village. He added his congratulations on the successful Founders Day event. Many residents saw the proposals on that day. He also announced that the Butterball Turkey Company is coming out on Wednesday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m. to Fishel Park and provide turkey to the residents who arrive at the Park. It is open to all residents.
Commissioner Sisul moved to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to Sections 2©(1), 2©(5), 2©(6), and 2©(11) of the Open Meetings Act to consider personnel, lease of property, sale of property and pending litigation. Commissioner Gilbert seconded.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Sisul, Gilbert, Zabloudil, Tully, McConnell, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski
Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried and the Council convened into Executive Session at 11:30 p.m.