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.
Mayor Krajewski said he would like to remind everyone present that the Council meeting is broadcast over the local FM radio station, WDGC . In addition, a tape recording and videotape of the meeting are being made using Village owned equipment. The videotape of the meeting will be used for later rebroadcast of the Council meeting over the Village cable television Channel 6.
The Council will follow the rules of conduct for this meeting as provided in Sec. 2.5 of the Downers Grove Municipal Code. These offer the public the opportunity to comment at several points in the meeting. First, immediately following approval of the minutes of the past meetings, an opportunity will be given for public comments and questions on the active agenda items for this evening’s meeting. Following this, an opportunity is given for public comments and questions on any subject. Finally, if a public hearing is scheduled for this meeting, an opportunity is given for public comments and questions related to the subject of the hearing.
The Mayor stated that at the appropriate time the presiding officers will ask if there are any comments from the public. If anyone wishes to speak, the individual should raise their hand to be recognized and, after acknowledgment from the presiding officer, approach the microphone and state their name and address. He stated that remarks be limited to five minutes, and asked that individuals refrain from making repetitive statements.
The Mayor said there are agendas located on either side of the Council Chambers, and he invited the audience to pick up an agenda and follow the progress of the Council meeting.
2. Roll Call
Present: Commissioner Michael Gilbert, Commissioner Thomas Sisul, Commissioner Marilyn Schnell, Commissioner Martin Tully, Commissioner Mark Zabloudil and Mayor Brian Krajewski Non Voting: Village Clerk April Holden, Village Manager Riccardo Ginex and Village Manager Riccardo Ginex
3. Minutes of Workshop and Council Meetings
Council Meeting – August 7, 2001 Workshop Meeting – August 14, 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
Village Attorney Blondin said the petitioners have requested that the lot split be removed from the Agenda. He also said the second item on the Resolution can be tabled for two weeks or to a date certain. B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
1. Mike Baker, Assistant to the Village Manager, said that staff has been working with two women who are interested in relocating two of the homes in the Gilbert Street landbank area. He then introduced Dawn McKenna of Artisan Builder & Co. and Susan Estall of Estall Creative Enterprises.
Ms. McKenna said she was with Artisan Builders of 10322 W. 147th Street in Orland Park. She said their purpose is to familiarize the Council with the two properties they are interested in relocating, and also to present a timeline of what needs to be done for the relocation. She said the Council has received a packet of information from Artisan Builders and described the homes.
Ms. McKenna said the two homes are the most historically and physically intact. First is the home at 1122 Curtiss, built between 1888-1890 by a carpenter who resided in the Village. It was subdivided into a two flat in the 1950s or 1960s. The original trim was kept intact, which she described in detail referring to the Council’s information packet and photographs. Ms. McKenna said that much of the original parts of the structure are in place and needs updating, as does the electricity. They intend to keep the integrity of the house.
Ms. McKenna then described the second house located at 1137 Gilbert stating it was built around 1890 and was always kept a single-family home. Again, much of the original structure has been maintained including railings, window, moldings, pocket doors, fireplace and tiles, etc. It has a sister house on Maple Avenue which is believed to have been built and designed by the same architect. The Gilbert Street house will have to have some items brought up to Code.
Ms. McKenna said they are actively working to find properties to which they can move the houses. They have looked at numerous lots and they would like to stay within Downers Grove. One problem is to find routes to get to available lots. They located a piece of property owned by Downers Grove Community Church located at 66th and Fairview. There is an old plat of survey which says the property was originally subdivided into two lots. The property is vacant. The lots are currently zoned R-1, and the attorney is researching whether they are still subdivided. They need to be rezoned.
Ms. McKenna said the packet includes a timeline including the rezoning and resubdividing, if necessary. She said they hope to be able to close on the purchase of the lots once they know whether it can be divided. The foundation areas need to be prepared for the house to be moved. They will also have to apply for permits to move down certain streets and are working out the final routes at this time. She said it takes about 4-5 days to prepare the houses for moving, but only takes a few hours to actually do the move. She said that Artisan Builders specializes in renovation and remodeling, rather than new construction. She said that her company concentrates on restoration as much as possible. Ms. McKenna said she has contacted HGTV and their New Spaces program, and they are interesting in pursuing this project for filming, which would be good publicity.
The Mayor asked whether they have talked with Ken Rathje about the lot split. Mr. Baker said they met with Ken for the preliminary discussions on zoning issues.
Ms. Susan Estall, Estall Creative Enterprises, 5521 Main Street, said the width of the lots is 92’x130’ each. She said it did not seem as if the lot split or rezoning would be a problem. The primary issue is timing.
Commissioner Schnell asked how long it will take to get everything in place. Ms. Estal said it would be 6-8 weeks, with a best case scenario of one month. They have work with the Village regarding the zoning and lot split. Ms. McKenna said the utilities require a minimum 4-week notice. Realistically, they are looking at the very end of October. Commissioner Schnell said it would be a good idea to accommodate them within the timelines available.
Commissioner Sisul asked what the selling price for the property would be. Ms. McKenna said they are anticipating somewhere between $400,000 and $450,000, and the area is compatible with that.
Commissioner Sisul asked whether they are planning to expand the homes. Ms. McKenna said they might have to do some changes to meet the Codes, such as basement stairs, etc. In this market, they would have to be four bedrooms.
Commissioner Sisul asked if they are looking to sell them before they move them, and Ms. McKenna said they will do it either way.
Commissioner Sisul asked whether they are looking to make contingencies for financing from the Village. Ms. McKenna said they are not. They are looking for a date for zoning, etc. She said the financing has to be in place, and they are talking to two lenders at this time. Both are interested and have financed similar projects. Commissioner Sisul asked what the bank needs to know to commit to the financing. Ms. Estal said they need to know the lot and which house will be on which lot, so they can assess the value. Commissioner Sisul asked whether they would require the zoning to be in place. Ms. McKenna said they have had a number of discussions with the bank. They have not made application since they do not have the specifics. Both lenders have said they will be willing to finance, and they have fairly good collateral to obtain the loans. Commissioner Sisul said he was concerned about the actual letter of commitment and the requirements and contingencies placed upon the letter of commitment. Ms. McKenna said she thought they could get a letter of commitment. She said if they cannot rezone the site, they will probably only take one house and put it on the lot. They would provide the Council with a letter of commitment.
Commissioner Zabloudil said it appeared that each event depends upon another and asked that they provide the dates to Mr. Baker so the Council has a better understanding of the needs and timelines.
Commissioner Tully asked whether the homes could be parked and she replied they could, but it does require another step for the house mover, and there has to be a space to put it.
Commissioner McConnell wished them good luck. Ms. Estal said that the homes are very well built, and they plan to put in a good foundation, which would give the house another hundred years.
Commissioner Tully thanked them for bringing the proposal to the Council.
The Mayor asked that they continue to work with Mike Baker in terms of liaisons with the County, utilities, etc to move the process along.
2. Peter Hultman, 1410 Gilbert, said he was a lifetime resident of the Village and was employed in heavy construction for over 40 years. He planned to discuss the Council and staff performance or lack thereof in the management and execution of the CBD Project Contract 12-99, and the Citizens Response Center. Mr. Hultman said he found that the Citizens’ Response Center does not work well for him, and was in his opinion a campaign tactic.
Mr. Hultman said that the first phase of Contract 12-99 was issued in early 1999 without benefit of competitive bidding, which bothered him, but he felt that the availability of two attorneys for the Village would assure full enforcement of Contract requirements. That was wrong as the contractor put the vehicular and pedestrian traffic in great risk. He wrote to the Mayor, Council, Manager, Attorney and Police with his concerns. He included photos in his communications and excerpts of applicable law. Mr. Hultman said he was told that the problems would be addressed.
Mr. Hultman said his letters to the Village regarding compaction and public safety have been ignored by the Council and the Village Manager, who let all of Phases I and II be done without any concern to public safety.
The Mayor said this began before he became Mayor, but regarding the compaction, Martam did the compaction work. The Village hired a third party, Hurley, to review the compaction. They also went back based upon Mr. Hultman’s numerous communications, and had PSI review Hurley, who had previously reviewed Martam.
Mr. Hurley said he had offered to hire an independent consultant to prepare a compaction report. He said that the compaction review conducted did not cover the questions he raised regarding the backfill of the trenches. The Mayor said that PSI has pictures and documentation and the Village is waiting for the report.
Commissioner Schnell said that after the first report came back from PSI , they were asked specifically to review Mr. Hultman’s materials. Mr. Hultman said the meeting with staff and reports made at the Council was a whitewash. Commissioner Schnell said that PSI said the spirit of the contract was met. She said they went the extra mile to ask PSI to review Mr. Hultman’s comments and they are awaiting the final report at this time. Mr. Hultman said he was unaware of this. Commissioner Schnell said this was discussed at the last meeting. As soon as that report comes in it will be reported at the Public Works Committee meeting, and will eventually be reported to the full Council. Mr. Hultman said he did not understand that a report is still due. He apologized for that misunderstanding.
Mr. Hultman reviewed other problems of the project and the numerous letters he’s written about various problems apart from compaction for which he has received no response. He said he feels that he has been brushed off by the public officials and staff. He said if the Council wants the public to provide input, they should answer the public when it attempts to communicate. He said this does not just relate to OSHA requirements, but includes barricades, open holes, etc.
The Mayor asked whether the situation improved during Phase III and Mr. Hultman said it did because he wrote a letter to the Village. OSHA came out to investigate after he went to see them. The Mayor said OSHA found no violations. Mr. Hultman said they were not looking at the right thing. He said that OSHA said if he would appear they would stop the work immediately. He said they should stop it themselves. As a citizen, he believes he was entitled to a response to his communications. The Mayor said that the Village responded to him a number of times since he became Mayor.
Mr. Hultman said when he could not get acceptable responses from the Village he contacted various State officials as well and received no responses. Mr. Hultman said he was an unhappy resident. He said that Phase III got better but is not completely corrected.
Mr. Hultman then reviewed again the people he contacted about the problems included the Earth Tech, Assistant to the Village Manager and Bob Shoger, as well as the Sanitary District, with no responses or unsatisfactory responses regarding the compaction. He referred to the pictures he has on Warren Avenue showing improper compaction which the Village saw previously.
The Mayor said he asked the Village Attorney to look at the contract regarding credit for public liability. Compaction studies have been done.
Regarding Mr. Hultman’s statements, Commissioner Gilbert said he personally met with Mr. Hultman at his home three times, and once at a restaurant to discuss his concerns. He also discussed this with staff after all of his discussions with Mr. Hultman, especially the Warren Avenue concerns. Commissioner Gilbert said the answers he received from staff were then personally told to Mr. Hultman. In addition, Bob Shoger and Mike McCurdy met with Mr. Hultman. There have been a number of Council members who have met with Mr. Hultman personally. Commissioner Gilbert said he was sorry that Mr. Hultman felt the way he did.
Mr. Hultman said there was no response to his April 5, 2000 letter, and Commissioner Gilbert said he responded by telephone. The Mayor said Jeff Livergood, Bob Miller, Jack Bajor were also asked to meet with him. Mr. Hultman said he did not like the response of Mr. Miller who said he could not respond to Mr. Hultman’s comments as he was not employed at that time.
The Mayor said that when the PSI report comes back to the Council, a finding will be made. Mr. Hultman said that of all the responses he has received, the best response he has ever received came from the Village Clerk. He thanked her for her assistance.
3. Larry Rosol, 6556 Berrywood, commented on the Artisan Builders presentation. He said that most of the homes in the area of the lots under consideration are 3-10 years old. He thinks that would be a nice architectural diversity for the neighborhood, as he lives in that area. He would welcome those homes to the neighborhood.
4. Bill van Buren, 6576 Fairview, said he felt that the newspapers were biased. He thinks every resident is affected by the Gilbert Street project and the experience of the builders involved. He said the Rosol presentation, in terms of both the legal and financial backing, was a professional presentation. This should not be a question of experience. This is a $10 million project and he believes Rosol is capable. Regarding the water containment system, he said everyone should see the containment system Mr. Rosol has installed on Naperville Road. He believes Rosol made a thorough presentation, they have legal and financial backing, and the homes he has built are testimony to his experience. He supports Mr. Rosol’s proposal.
The Mayor said that both developers are experienced. The Council has taken several tours of both builders’ previous projects.
5. Tim Hart, 945 Curtiss, also has a business at 939 Curtiss. He said regarding the landbank property, he would prefer to see lower-priced townhomes. He said a comment was made by someone that everything is about money. The Village has to be aware of the income of the people. Mr. Hart said that the gentleman from Oak Park who spoke complaining about density didn’t mention the other problems Oak Park has, such as excessive taxes. Mr. Hart said he thought the Village is a good location for these properties. He appreciates the low taxes of the Village. He thinks both projects are beautiful and he likes the ones with the front patio. There’s a lot of communication between neighbors from the front yard, and that’s why he prefers the front patio.
6. Jay Nagy, 331 3rd Street, said he wanted to comment on a note brought up during the Rosol/Oakwood development discussion about why Roundhead’s was involved in the discussion. He said that it does not matter how long you live in Downers Grove. Everyone has the right to come to the meetings and speak their opinions, whether they are directly or indirectly affected. He said that Roundhead’s is considering expanding to the downtown, and the rowhomes will bring additional families to the downtown area. He would prefer the townhomes with the extra families.
7. Jeff Mack, 1111 Gilbert, thanked the Council for aggressively pursuing the landbank issue this year and that he feels both developments will benefit the area. He prefers the Rosol development and thinks the additional families will benefit the fund. He said he thinks Mr. Rosol understands the issues involved and has done attractive work.
8. Frank Giancola, 6642 Blackstone, has been a resident for 14 years. He thanked the Council for making Downers Grove such a great town. He enjoys the Village and appreciates all of the extra efforts. As for the Gilbert Street project, he is a math teacher. He has looked at both proposals and encouraged the Council to review the proposals item by item. His recommendation would be to go with the Rosol proposal.
9. Mary Mack, 1111 Gilbert, thanked the Council for doing a great job and she is proud that he is their Mayor. She said she was disappointed that the business people were not at the last meeting. She studied both plans, and asked business people their opinions. In viewing the July meeting, she felt Oakwood development was not well prepared. She preferred Rosol as it has more greenspace, tree shrubs, parking, and will bring in more TIF money. She said the quality of the plan seems more appealing and Mr. Rosol has done work in the community. She has viewed Rosol homes and thinks they are good quality.
The Mayor said that both developers have provided good plans and have been cooperative at getting answers to the Council and staff.
10. Dave Tatterson, 1240 Gilbert, said he spoke last week and in relation to his comment about the Oakwood Development last week, he reviewed the tape of the meeting and Oakwood Development said that their second objective was to preserve as many trees as possible. He recently toured the Morningside development and noted that there are still seven units that are unsold, which he believes is high given their sales campaign. He expressed a concern that with the proposed landbank properties, Morningside and the proposed Block 117 the Village is being overbuilt. He said that Mr. Rosol has a home on Carpenter which has been on the market for six or seven weeks that has not been sold. He cautioned the Council on overbuilding as it might not sell.
The Mayor said that Morningside and the real estate broker said they are ahead of their sales plan and because of that they have raised their prices due to the demand.
11. Jean McBride, 1217 Gilbert, said she keeps hearing about how much extra business the ten units will bring downtown. There are a lot of people shopping downtown because they want to see it thrive. She said many of the people on Gilbert Street are leaning toward the Oakwood Development and asked if the Village is willing to have the ill will that a larger development will cause. The density of the area does affect the traffic. She agrees that everyone has a right to speak, however, they do live there and the safety of the neighborhood is their concern. She said that Gilbert has always been a detour route. They have lived in their home since 1986 and it has always been a detour route. She asked that the Council consider these factors and the accidents that have already occurred.
12. Roger Crisman, 1140 Gilbert, said focusing on one variable—density—is a dangerous thing. He said that there are tangible kinds of variables including density and safety. He thinks it is more complicated than just density. Mr. Cushman said that you can make the numbers work to show what you want them to show. He gave examples of successful and unsuccessful towns that focused on the wrong issue. He said that the development needs to fit into the neighborhood.
The Mayor said that the Council is not just looking at density. Residents are raising the density issue in support of one proposal over the other. He said that the Council members are lining up many issues and comparing the two developments. They are also looking at the financial health of the community in this issue.
Mr. Crisman said density is not a major issue, but the issue is why isn’t downtown being supportive. This is a complicated question.
13. Tim Hart, 945 Curtiss commented on the statement made earlier that businesses owners do not participate in the meetings. He said they get threatening phone calls when they express their opinions. They cannot afford to lose customers. They’ve already been through a rough three years.
14. Larry Rosol said that the units proposed are sellable units. He said he and Scott Krafthefer are the ones taking the risks in this situation. Regarding the house on Carpenter Street, it has been listed for six weeks, and houses in that price range are usually on the market 90 days before they sell.
5. Public Hearings
6. Consent Agenda
COR00 -00598 Claim Ordinance: No. 5393, Payroll, August 10, 2001 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BIL00 -00599 List of Bills Payable: No. 5394, August 21, 2001 Sponsors: Accounting Commissioner Gilbert questioned Item CO 558 . A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BID00 -00600 Bid: Award Contracts to Ziebell Water Service Products, Inc., Water Products Company and Mid-American Water, Inc. Sponsors: Public Works Summary of Item: $27,882.10 to Ziebell Water Service Products, Inc. $23,004.11 to Water Products Company $32,755.24 to Mid-American Water, Inc. A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Water Clamps & Fittings
BID00 -00601 Bid: $12,750 to Kale Uniforms for Bulletproof Vests Sponsors: Police Department A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Police Uniforms
BID00 -00602 Bid: $21,120.30 to Marking Specialists Corporation for Pavement Marking Contract Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Pavement Marking
BID00 -00603 Bid: Award Contract to Versar, Inc. for Supplemental Field Exploration Services - CBD Parking Deck (Not to exceed $16,900.00) Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Central Business District – Parking Deck, Versar, Inc.
BID00 -00604 Bid: Award Contract to C.M. Lavoie and Associates, Inc. for Civil Engineering work- CBD Parking Deck (Not to exceed $53,500.00) Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Central Business District – Parking Deck Passed The Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Gilbert, that the consent agenda be passed. The motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski
7. Active Agenda
ORD00 -00605 Ordinance: Lot Split with Lot Width Exception – 5626 Fairmount Sponsors: Plan Commission Summary of Item: At their meeting of June 5, 2001, the Plan Commission recommended on a 4:1 vote with 1 abstention, to deny the lot split with an exception for the property commonly known as 5626 Fairmount Avenue.
AN ORDINANCE APPROVING A LOT SPLIT WITH AN EXCEPTION AS REGARDS LOT WIDTH FOR THE PROPERTY COMMONLY KNOWN AS 5626 FAIRMOUNT AVENUE The Mayor said that the petitioner has requested removal of this item. Indexes: Lot Split
RES00 -00606 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND HPN WORLDWIDE , INC. Sponsors: Human Resources Summary of Item: This will authorize an agreement with HPN Worldwide, Inc. to provide health risk management products and services for Village employees.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND HPN WORLDWIDE , INC.
RESOLUTION 2001 -73 Commissioner McConnell said that she was one of the reasons for the hold up on this Resolution. She said she had a meeting previously scheduled for the health plan review for next week. The Mayor said that the Council wanted Commissioner McConnell to have the opportunity to review this item.
This matter was tabled until September 4, 2001. A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Gilbert, to Table to a Date Certain this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Health Risk Assessment Appointment to the Tourism and Events Commission
The Mayor asked the Clerk to read the resolution
RES00 -00608 Resolution: Appoint John Randall to the Tourism and Events Commission Sponsors: Mayor Summary of Item: RESOLUTION APPOINTING JOHN RANDALL TO THE TOURISM AND EVENTS COMMISSION
RESOLUTION 2001 -71 Commissioner Gilbert said Mr. Randall is the General Manager of the Marriott Suites and has had considerable experience in Chicago as well. He is qualified and will be a great addition to the Commission. 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, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Tourism and Events Commission
8. Mayor’s Report
Materials to be Received – Minutes
Community Events Commission – June 11, 2001 Liquor Commission – August 2, 2001 Public Works Committee – July 17, 2001 Stormwater and Flood Plain Oversight Committee – July 18, 2001 A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Gilbert, to Note Receipt Of this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Materials to be Received – Monthly Reports
Proclamation: Mayor Krajewski proclaimed August 25, 2001 as Gymnastics Day in the Village of Downers Grove.
The Mayor said he was invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting in Naperville with Mayors of surrounding communities regarding the expansion of O’Hare Airport. He said that Downers Grove has not taken a position regarding O’Hare Airport or the proposed Peotone airport. He said the Governor seems to be supporting Peotone as an alternative as the air capacity is taken up. The Mayor recommended that perhaps EDC review the two plans. He said that DuPage Mayors and Managers will be reviewing it as well. Commissioner Zabloudil said that he agreed to get the EDC involved. Commissioner Schnell said that the materials could be given to the EDC , and the Mayor asked Manager Ginex to to so.
The Mayor thanked the staff for the efforts in the Bike Race this weekend. There was a dangerous curve at Curtiss and Main, especially with the rainy weather, but the race was very successful.
Mayor Krajewski said that he spoke with Senator Dillard regarding funding efforts for the Fire Rescue truck in the amount of $82,000. Other funds for this have already been committed. He said that the Police robot has had a commitment of $10,000. O’Neill Middle School will be receiving $10,000 toward technology, and $25,000 will go to the YMCA . In addition there is $300,000 designated for SEASPAR . He said he asked the Village Manager to investigate funds available in Springfield for brick and mortar projects, and the Village will submit requests for funds for the parking deck.
9. Manager’s Report
Manager Ginex thanked the staff for the wonderful job they did on the Bicycle Race.
10. Attorney’s Report
Attorney Blondin said he was presenting no new items this evening. He said he would remove item 00-00607, an ordinance establishing permits for newspaper dispensing devices, as this would be workshopped at a future date.
Future Active Agenda
ORD00 -00373 Ordinance: Refund of GO Bonds Series 1996 and 2000 Sponsors: Finance Indexes: General Obligation Bond – Refund
ORD00 -00607 Ordinance: Establish Permits for Newspaper Dispensing Devices in the Village of Downers Grove Sponsors: Manager’s Office and Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will establish permits and set forth regulations for Newspaper Dispensing Devices on Village property.
AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING PERMITS FOR NEWSPAPER DISPENSING DEVICES IN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE
ORDINANCE NO . 4430 Indexes: News Box Ordinance
11. Committee Standing Reports
Commissioner McConnell said the Finance Committee met and discussed the automatic bill payment center. They plan to have a web site for water bill payment and will be one of the first to have this in place.
The next meeting is scheduled for September 4. She said that they have looked at revised projections for the downtown TIF and will continue to review this.
Commissioner McConnell said the Automated Meter Reading program will be presented to the Council next week.
Public Works Committee
Commissioner Schnell said they did not meet. She said they will next meet either September 4 or 11.
Public Safety Committee
Commissioner Gilbert said that the Public Safety Committee met regarding the ambulance purchase, which is the third identical ambulance being purchased. He said at one of the meetings it was determined that they did not know why they were purchasing such large vehicles. They did have an opportunity to tour the ambulances extensively and they have many features that he feels make them worth the money.
4. The Mayor said that Firefighter Jeff Paul is the contact person with Springfield for the Fire Rescue Truck and grant.
12. Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Tully added his congratulations on the success of the Bike Race in spite of the weather.
Commissioner McConnell said it was good to be back, and she was sorry to miss the weekend’s facilities.
Commissioner Schnell said she was also out of town and sorry to miss the Bike Race.
Commissioner Sisul said he enjoyed the race very much and to see all the people who supported the event.
The Mayor said the success of Lance Armstrong has brought more popularity to biking. He described how the teams worked their strategies in the race.
Commissioner McConnell provided a follow up to the Brookbank development and said the Park District is interested in participating in the Task Force. She said she received a letter from Susan Dunlap appointing Janis Sleeter.
Commissioner Sisul moved to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to Section 2©(6) of the Open Meetings Act to consider the price for sale or lease of Village property. 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 8:30 p.m