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 Thomas Sisul, Commissioner Marilyn Schnell, Commissioner Martin Tully, Commissioner Mark Zabloudil and Mayor Brian Krajewski Absent: Commissioner Michael Gilbert Non Voting: Village Clerk April Holden, Village Manager Riccardo Ginex and Village Manager Riccardo Ginex Newspapers: Susie Gura; Downers Grove Reporter; Jennifer Taylor, Chicago Tribune
Also Present: Representing the Downers Grove Police Department: Bob Porter, Police Chief; Gregory A. Polnik; Dean D. Kalmar; Ryan Murphy; Josh Nelson; Kevin Darrah; Armando Rivera; Rose Del Priore; Michael Del Priore; Kyle Murphy; Tim Murphy; Nanette Murphy; Carissa Tonelle; Darva Rivera; Pamela Church; Marion Heintz; Joseph Karita; Antonio Lilly; Robert McMahon; Judy Keegan; Katie Thenney
Others in Attendance: Lisa Skul, 624 Maple; Pyillis & Andrew Clark, 1226 62nd St.; Rita M and E. R. Martin, 4942 Montgomery; Laurel Bowen, 829 Clyde Dr.; Dave Tatterson, 1210 Gilbert; Jim Russ, Attorney, 4915 Main Street Staff: Amanda Browne, Planner; Ken Rathje, Director, Planning Services; Barb Leiber, Director, Social & Health Services; Jack Bajor, Director, Public Works; Mike Baker, Assistant to the Village Mnager; Steve Rockwell, Director, EDC ; Marty Lyons, Director, Financial Services; Kerstin von der Heide, Forester; Brian Pabst, Director of Redevelopment; Bob Schiller, Traffic Manager
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. Mayor Krajewski read the following Resolution of Support.
RES00 -00642 A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE WAKE OF TERRORIST ATTACKS IN WASHINGTON , D.C., NEW YORK , N.Y., AND SOMERSET COUNTY , PENNSYLVANIA ON TUESDAY , SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 Sponsors: Mayor Mayor Krajewski said a memorial service would be held on Saturday, September 22, 2001 at Fishel Park. At 1:00-2:00 there will be a presentation by the Color Guard of the American Legion. Downers Grove North and South High Schools will be present, and there will be patriotic music. He said that the businessmen downtown will donate a portion of the day’s sales to support U.S. relief efforts.
Commissioner McConnell encouraged residents to attend what should be a very moving service. She added that music between 2:00 and 4:00 is another step to allow everyone an opportunity to make a contribution to the efforts. There’s been a groundswell of people who wanted to find a way to make some kind of contribution, and this is an opportunity to do so.
The Mayor thanked all the residents who showed their support by flying American flags throughout the neighborhood and in their cars. He added that the Downers Grove Professional Firefighters Association expresses its thanks to the Village in its efforts to raise funds for the firefighters’ widow and children’s relief fund for the victims in New York. As of 6:00 this evening they raised $46,000.
Commissioner Sisul moved to adopt the Resolution as read. Commissioner Zabloudil seconded.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Sisul, Zabloudil, Tully, McConnell, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski
Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried. Indexes: Resolution of Support Police Promotions
Village Manager Ginex asked Chief Porter to make the presentations. He welcomed four new officers to the Police Department, Joshua Nelson, Armando Rivera, Kevin Darrah and Ryan Murphy, who were then sworn in. Chief Porter then announced the promotions of Gregory Polnik to Police Sergeant and Dean Kalmar to Police Lieutenant, and they were sworn into office. Chief Porter thanked everyone for the support shown to the police officers.
3. Minutes of Workshop and Council Meetings
Executive Session for Approval Only – August 21, 2001, August 28, 2001, September 4, 2001 Council Meeting – September 4, 2001 There being no additions or corrections to the minutes, Mayor Krajewski said they would be filed as submitted.
3A.Council Workshop Agenda
1 . Bid: Decatur Genesis II Radar Units & Decatur GHS Hand Held Radar Units. Manager Ginex said staff recommends awarding the contract to Decatur Electronics in the amount of $16,484.00 for ten units.
2. Community Development Block Grant. The Manager said the Village submitted two applications for funds for 2002 in the amount of $78,347 for the coordinator position and overtime costs.
Commissioner Schnell noted the importance of the program to the community by helping children stay in school.
Commissioner McConnell said it is important to see the reduction in the type of violent activities and substance abuse in this area. She said it is an important piece of what is happening with this type of program.
Commissioner Sisul said he does not know of another program that has received as much recognition in the community as this program. At the time they first applied for this program there were many skeptics. He said he has never regretted the participation.
3. ZBA Recommendation: Rezoning of Downers Grove Estates. The Manager said this concerns properties annexed in the Downers Grove Estates subdivision.
Amanda Browne, Planner, said a public hearing was conducted for Phase 1 of the annexation area on the west side of Main Street and the properties in the Meadowlawn subdivision, as well as Divine Savior church. The Board made a positive recommendation on this rezoning.
Attorney Blondin said in response to Commissioner Sisul that they may re-visit one lot in the whole area. All of the others have been included. He said there will be another round of rezonings later.
4. Recommendation of Acceptance of Public Improvements: Morningside Square Condos. The Manager said the Public Works Department has inspected the public improvements and finds them in substantial accordance with the plans. The letter of credit may be released upon Council approval. The item will be on next week’s Active Agenda.
5. Tree Supply and Planting Services with the Suburban Tree Consortium. Jack Bajor, Director, Public Works, said this provides an opportunity for the Village to work with other communities in obtaining landscape livestock for the Village. They are requesting $30,400.
Commissioner McConnell said she thought there was a process in place where people can request specific types of trees. Mr. Bajor said they are attempting to provide trees of different species or species that the residents prefer. Commissioner McConnell said she assumed they take into account the hardiness of the trees represented, and Mr. Bajor said that was correct.
The Mayor said the Village is required to inventory all of its streets, sidewalks and trees and asked whether these are given to IS Department to put in place. Mr. Bajor said there are 68,000 trees which are all in the database specifying the diameter and species as well as location. The new trees will also be integrated into the database.
6. Utility Easement Abrogation for Property Located at 624 Maple Avenue.
Kenneth Rathje, Director, Planning Services, said the property at 624 Maple was recently purchased. The Plat of Survey showed that an easement falls beneath the home, which had been granted just after the house began construction in 1957. In 1958 another was granted just outside of the house. Mr. Rathje said that Mr. Conley ascertained that this easement has never been used. The owners feel the easement is detrimental to the value of property and would like to have the easement abrogated.
Commissioner Tully asked for clarification between this and a right-of-way. Mr. Rathje explained that a right-of-way is owned by a government agency for constructing streets, sidewalks, etc. An easement is a right which one part has over another person’s property. It is not an ownership issue. The right-of-way and easement are fundamentally different.
Rita Martin, 4946 Montgomery, said she has a problem with vacating easements so casually. She doesn’t know too much about the subject property, but there have been problems in other areas. Ms. Martin said she believes the Village does not conduct sufficient research as to where the easements are and why they were put there in the first place.
7. Versar Environmental Control. The Manager said staff recommends a contract to Versar for professional environmental services to the Village. Versar has provided such services over the last three years. The scope of the contract is for projects designated by consultants, architects, and engineers as requiring environmental testing.
Commissioner Tully said this is a contract for one year for projects that may come up in connection with other projects, and he asked for examples.
Brian Pabst, Director of Redevelopment, said the Curtiss Block Development is being studied now to determine the scale, and land fill underneath. In further response to Commissioner Tully, Mr. Pabst said this contract would lock in the price for one year. He said there are other similar on-going contracts in the Village. They are paid as the project is completed at a previously agreed upon price.
VILLAGE ATTORNEY REPORT
Attorney Blondin said he is asking the Council to appoint the law firm of Day and Roberts as special counsel for the Village. The Council recently authorized acquisition of certain properties, and negotiations that have been initiated regarding those properties which have been unsuccessful.. He asked that the Council appoint a special firm to represent the Council in this matter. They are experts in the area of eminent domain. Attorney Blondin asked to consider adoption of a Resolution tonight appointing Day & Roberts as special counsel.
Commissioner Tully asked about their expertise, and Attorney Blondin said Scott Day is one of the more experienced attorneys in DuPage County. He principally represents government bodies such as DuPage County and the DuPage County Forest Preserve.
Commissioner McConnell said the Finance Committee met earlier this evening and discussed purchasing policies. They will be asking each Department to look at their essential services by program, and do a survey of other communities as to costs. They will also look at a revised budget schedule. The Commissioner said the Committee spoke briefly about SCI and will put it on a future agenda.
The Mayor asked the last time they raised purchasing authority and Mr. Lyons said in 1992. Commissioner McConnell said they will review survey information from the departments.
Public Works Committee
Commissioner Schnell said the Public Works Committee met earlier in the evening. The Main & Franklin study was discussed. The recommendation from Metra is that a full traffic signal be placed at that intersection. The cost is between $155,000-$200,000. She said that recommendation would come before the Council in October, and staff will recommend installation of the signal for next summer. The Committee asked staff to look at funding sources.
Commissioner Schnell said that Metra made other recommendations pertaining to the intersection regarding a merging right-turn lane between Prairie and Franklin. The recommendation is to discontinue the right lane at Prairie.
Commissioner Schnell said the Committee also discussed flooding problems at Carpenter and Gilbert. Mr. Bajor will be meeting with the homeowners association for that area to reconcile the problems.
Regarding wetland banking progress at 48th and Glendenning, they are in the process of creating final plans. There will be 6’ wide paths; 4,000 linear feet will be installed where sidewalks were projected. The Village will not have to bear the costs of the sidewalks. She added that there will be a public hearing with the Council, the County and Park District on October 6 to discuss the project and inform residents as to what is being planned. Letters will be mailed out to residents in the area The intention is to begin the project this winter. It is fully funded.
Commissioner Tully commented on the Franklin and Main intersection, saying a study was done in 1998/99 at which time warrants were not met. A gap study done in March 2001 found that warrants were met. He also thanked Bob Jungwirth for his work on the wetland banking project.
The Mayor said he believed the Village received money from Operation Green Light for other traffic light synchronization projects in the downtown. He asked about adding this to that synchronization. Commissioners Schnell and Tully said this is addressed in the report they will provide to the Council. The Mayor asked Bob Jungwirth to prepare a report for the Council on the location of the designated flood plains.
Public Safety Committee
Commissioner Sisul reported on the Public Safety Subcommittee meeting which met on August 29. He explained that Commissioner Gilbert was unable to be present due to family matters regarding his son Tom who recently graduated from Paris Island. Commissioner and Mrs. Gilbert left to take their son to basic training in Virginia.
Commissioner Sisul said that at the Subcommittee meeting Deputy Fire Chiefs Ruscetti and Gilbert reported on the change in the command structure of the Fire Department. They had an unpaid voluntary retreat with a 70% turnout. He said that the changes include the administrative staff moving to Station 5, and the training room will be converted to offices. The Battalion Commander will move to Station 3, and the basement of Station 3 will be converted to a training room. The cost of conversation will be about $3,000 and the funds are in the existing budget.
The Mayor pointed out that the Village’s firefighters also train other firefighters in the State of Illinois. He said that 70 firefighters were called up for emergencies related to the attack on the United States, and 11 of those were from Downers Grove.
ATTORNEY ’S REPORT
Attorney Blondin reported on the items presented for adoption tonight by the Council. He asked that the Ordinance rezoning property in the Meadowlawn area from R-1 to R-3, and R-1 to R-4 be placed on the October 2 agenda, as well as the Morningside Public Improvements Ordinance.
4. Public Comments and Questions
A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda
B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
1. Laurel Bowen, 829 Clyde Drive, asked that the Council and Attorney speak so that the audience can hear what they are saying. She then thanked the Council for having a Memorial Service this Saturday. In light of the recent tragedy, she proposed that the members of Council take time to reflect on the community they represent. She said they should be prudent with public funds and consider slowing things down throughout the Village. Ms. Bowen said that the cost of the Village Manager’s car was more than $25,000-$30,000 range which was negotiated. Ms. Bowen asked whether it was prudent for Village officials to drive a status symbol a half-mile to the office every day. She said they could have purchased two cars for that figure, additional radar units or hired a part-time policeman. Ms. Bowen said that the Council encourages residents to support local businesses, but the automobile purchased was bought in Westmont. She asked what kind of message they are sending. She said conducting business as usual should not include flagrant overspending, as it is not fiscally sound. Ms. Bowen said the Council is in the process of considering approval of major developments in the Village and she believes these multi-million dollar projects should warrant more than a short meeting of public comments. She asked that the Council not consolidate meetings as they did this evening.
The Mayor said the purchase of the Village Manager’s car was part of a contract negotiated when the Village Manager was hired. It was incorporated into his salary. It also included a severance package, pension contributions, etc. He said the Village Manager is not the highest paid Village Manager in the Chicago area. He referenced Ms. Bowen’s comment that the Village could have purchased two cars for the price of the one in question, and said they could probably also have hired two village managers for the price of Manager Ginex. However, he said, Village Manager Ginex is in charge of 400 employees and a budget of $60 million. He said they have strong confidence that this Manager will do a good job in managing 400 employees and a budget of that size. He said he believes the residents over the next 2-4 years will see dramatic cost savings because the Village has the right person in the position.
2. Mr. Martin, 4942 Montgomery, said he has asked the Council a question two weeks ago regarding the paving projects, and asked when someone will get back to him. The Mayor said the staff has the information and will get back to him. He said that Downers Grove’s downtown project won the National Award for Public Works projects. Many projects were nominated and the Village was the winner. Criteria used were good construction management techniques, safety performance, community relations, safety precautions, provisions of observations areas, demonstrating awareness of means of protecting the environment, unusual accomplishments under adverse conditions, etc. The Mayor said experts in the country looked at the project and presented the Village with the award, He said staff will get to him when the information is available. He indicated to Mr. Martin that he did not appreciate Mr. Martin’s comments regarding this project which was recognized nationally.
Mr. Martin asked whether they looked at the broken pavement.
3. Rita Martin, 4942 Montgomery, commented on the Tree Consortium purchase. She said that a large amount of money has been allocated, however, she has called several times regarding tree protection in her neighborhood when construction projects were going on. They have lost trees, and some trees need to be fenced. She took photos of the area showing that nothing has been cleaned up and no efforts were made to protect the trees. Ms. Martin said she spoke with the contractor about mulching the trees. She asked that these trees be looked at. She sees no point in buying new trees when they do not take care of existing trees. There are disease problems among the trees, and when she calls the Village her calls are not returned. Ms. Martin said she called Public Works but not CRC .
The Mayor recommended she call CRC so her request could be tracked by the Council. He instructed staff to look at 1541 Warren and have the refuse cleaned up. He also asked the Forester to look at the trees.
5. Public Hearings
Community Development Block Grant Applications Annexation Agreements
PUBLIC HEARING – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT APPLICATION
Mayor Krajewski called the public hearing to order at 7:30 p.m. to consider submittal of an application to the DuPage Community Development Commission for block grant funding for the Downers Grove Community Oriented Policing program. Notice of this hearing was published in the Downers Grove Reporter. The Mayor then reviewed the procedure for the hearing.
Barbara Leiber, Director, Social & Health Services summarized the applications presented to the Council stating that the grant request for Autumn Grove is $29,795 and Arbor Park is $48,552. She explained how the funding will be distributed.
Commissioner Tully said that this program does a great deal of good as is evidenced by the statistics reported.
The Mayor said that Barbara Leiber, the Police Department and employees do a lot of work on their own time. He said he knows that many Village employees during the holidays participated in holiday parties with decorations, purchasing of presents, etc. He said many police officers also act as chaperones on special events and do this on their own time as well.
Since there were no further comments or questions, Mayor Krajewski declared the public hearing closed at 7:37 p.m.
PUBLIC HEARING – ANNEXATION AGREEMENTS
Mayor Krajewski called the public hearing to order at 7:37 p.m. to consider proposed annexation agreements for the properties located at 2512 59th Street, 5902 Belmont Road, 6050 Boundary Road, 2505 College Road, 3636 Douglas Road, 5820 Katrine Avenue, 5904 Plymouth Street, 5910 Plymouth Street, 6017 Sherman Avenue, 6030 Stonewall Avenue and 6036 Stonewall Avenue.
Notice of this hearing was published in the Downers Grove Reporter on August 31, 2001. The Mayor then reviewed the procedure for the hearing.
Rick Ginex, Village Manager, summarized the proposed annexation agreements. He said the Village of Downers Grove has received proposed annexation agreements from the owners of certain properties located within the Village’s planning jurisdiction. Pursuant to Section 25-41 of the Downers Grove Municipal Code, and Ordinances 3528 through 3532, adopted January 4, 1993, the Village Council has authorized the connection of these properties to the Village’s water system upon submittal of a properly completed annexation agreement and payment of applicable fees. These agreements are on forms provided by the Village and provide for actual annexation to occur as follows:
- 2512 59th Street – January 1, 2008, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 5902 Belmont Road – January 1, 2008, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 6050 Boundary Road – January 1, 2006, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 2505 College Road – January 1, 2008, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 3636 Douglas Road – Once the property becomes contiguous to the Village, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 5820 Katrine Avenue – January 1, 2008, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 5904 Plymouth Street – January 1, 2006, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 5910 Plymouth Street – January 1, 2006, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 6017 Sherman Avenue – January 1, 2006, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 6030 Stonewall Avenue – January 1, 2006, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
- 6036 Stonewall Avenue – January 1, 2006, or at time of request by owner, whichever occurs first.
No rezoning or other land use approvals are requested with these annexation agreements. As such the properties will be classified as R-1 Single-Family Residence District upon annexation.
Since there were no further comments or questions, Mayor Krajewski declared the public hearing closed at 7:41 p.m.
6. Consent Agenda
COR00 -00611 Claim Ordinance: No. 5397, Payroll, September 7, 2001 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BIL00 -00612 List of Bills Payable: No. 5398, September 18, 2001 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BID00 -00621 Bid: Award $16,848.00 to Decatur Electronics for purchase of ten radar units Sponsors: Police Department A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Police Equipment Passed The Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Zabloudil, that the consent agenda be passed. The motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski
7. Active Agenda
The Mayor called for a Motion waiving the one-week waiting period for new business for the five items listed on the Active Agenda this evening.
Commissioner Sisul moved to waive the one-week waiting period for items of new business. Commissioner Zabloudil seconded.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Sisul, Zabloudil, Tully, McConnell, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski
Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried.
RES00 -00622 Resolution: Authorize Submittal of Applications to the DuPage Community Development Commission for 2002 Block Grant Funding Sponsors: Social and Health Services Summary of Item: This will authorize application to DuPage County for $78,317.00 in Community Development Block Grant funds for the Arbor Park Resource Center ($48,552.00) and the Autumn Grove Resource Center ($29,795.00).
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUBMITTAL OF APPLICATIONS TO THE DUPAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION FOR 2002 BLOCK GRANT FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING PROGRAMS
RESOLUTION 2001 -75 A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Zabloudil, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: DuPage County Community Development Block Grant
RES00 -00625 Resolution: Participate in Suburban Tree Consortium and Authorize Purchases for FY2001 /02 Sponsors: Forestry Summary of Item: This will express the Village Council’s intent to participate in the Suburban Tree Consortium. Basically, this will require that the Village commit to a five year projected order for trees for parkway plantings. This commitment is subject to annual budgeting limitations by the Village. In addition, this authorizes purchases from the Consortium in an amount not to exceed $30,400.00 for FY 2001 /02.
A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING INTENT TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATION IN THE SUBURBAN TREE CONSORTIUM AND TO AUTHORIZE CERTAIN PURCHASES FOR FY 2001 /2002
RESOLUTION 2001 -76 A motion was made by Commissioner Zabloudil, seconded by Commissioner Schnell, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Tree Consortium
RES00 -00626 Resolution: Utility Easement Abrogation for Property Located at 624 Maple Avenue Sponsors: Planning Services Summary of Item: This will authorize the abrogation of a 16 foot drainage easement adjacent to the property located at 624 Maple Avenue.
A RESOLUTION ABROGATING A CERTAIN PORTION OF A PUBLIC EASEMENT IN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE (624 MAPLE AVENUE )
RESOLUTION 2001 -77 Commissioner Tully reiterated that this is an unused easement.
Mayor Krajewski said this easement was granted in 1957. After that time, another easement was put in next to the house. A motion was made by Commissioner Schnell to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Abrogation – 624 Maple Avenue
RES00 -00627 Resolution: Authorize Agreement for Professional Services with Versar, Inc. for 2001/02 Environmental Services Sponsors: Director of Redevelopment Summary of Item: This will authorize an environmental services agreement between the Village of Downers Grove and Versar, Inc.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND VERSAR , INC.
RESOLUTION 2001 -78 A motion was made, seconded by Commissioner Tully, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Versar, Inc.
MOT00 -00629 Motion: Appoint Law Firm of Day & Roberts, P.C., as Special Counsel Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: Motion to appoint the law firm of Day & Roberts, P.C., as special counsel to the Village of Downers Grove for the purpose of representing the interests of the Village pending eminent domain litigation Village of Downers Grove v. LaSalle National Bank (1ED21) and Village of Downers Grove v. Kardynalski (1ED22). The Village Manager and staff are authorized to execute such documents and take such actions as may be necessary to carry out the terms of this motion. A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Zabloudil, to Approve this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Special Counsel
8. Mayor’s Report
The Mayor asked the Clerk to read a Resolution regarding appointments to Boards and Commissions.
RES00 -00643 Resolution: Appoint Steve Tabiolo to the Tourism and Events Commission Sponsors: Mayor Summary of Item: RESOLUTION APPOINTING STEVE TABIOLO TO THE TOURISM AND EVENTS COMMISSION
RESOLUTION 2001 -79 The Mayor said that in regard to appointments to Boards and Commissions, he asked that Village Manager Ginex and Commissioner Zabloudil begin an interview process for replacing one of the members on the Economic Development Commission who has resigned. A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Zabloudil, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Boards and Commissions Materials to be Received – Minutes
Present: Commissioner Michael Gilbert, Commissioner Thomas Sisul, Commissioner Marilyn Schnell, Commissioner Martin Tully, Commissioner Mark Zabloudil, Mayor Brian Krajewski and Village Clerk April Holden Economic Development Commission – August 8, 2001 EDC Ogden Avenue Committee – August 15, 2001 Finance Committee – June 19, 2001, July 3, 2001, July 17, 2001, August 21, 2001, September 4, 2001 Library Board – August 22, 2001 Parking & Traffic Commission – August 21, 2001 A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Zabloudil, to Note Receipt Of this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski
Materials to be Received – Monthly Reports
Materials to be Placed on File
9. Manager’s Report
Manager Ginex referred to the tragic events of last Tuesday, and stated that the Village actions were first and foremost to address the safety of the citizens in Downers Grove. He said officers and fire personnel were distributed throughout the community and all directors in the Village were asked to review their emergency operations manuals. He said they also contacted the County officials regarding their mutual response system. He said staff is staying aware of all occurrences.
Manager Ginex then discussed moving the public shelter from the south platform to the north platform of the Main Street tracks. He said that Dave Hoffman, Supervisor of the Burlington Northern community services said the shelter will be moved to the area south of the bus/car drop off east of Main Street.
Regarding an update of the Belmont underpass, Manager Ginex said that Jeff Speidel from Public Works has been appointed to work as liaison with Metra. He said that final estimates are being completed. Land evaluations are being reviewed and they expect that all evaluations will be completed by the end of September. The Manager said he has been in contact with Metra as well regarding proposed land acquisition in regard to the underpass. He said he also has talked with the residents.
10. Attorney’s Report
Future Active Agenda
The Attorney said that the annexation agreement Ordinance will be on the agenda for October 2.
11. Committee Standing Reports
Commissioner Tully said as saddened and shocked as he was at last week’s tragic events, he was buoyed by the support of this and other communities for the victims of the attack. He added his thanks to the work of this community to extend their best wishes and support to our fellow Americans on the east coast.
Commissioner McConnell said that the Partnership for Healthier Communities met Friday and spent a lot of time speaking about the terrorist attack and its impact on the community over time. It will coordinate efforts to provide professionals to work with the community regarding the events of last week and ways to develop projects of positive input.
Commissioner McConnell said Character Counts week is October 21 through 27, and there will be a number of activities taking place. She said there will be announcements in the newspaper and on cable TV. In addition, those interested may attend a one-day training session at Service Master on October 25. Residents can call 434-5595 to register.
Commissioner Schnell added her heart’s prayers to those in New York. She is heartened by the Village’s response, especially the police and fire department members.
Commissioner Sisul said in all of the bad news he heard good news from a resident who was on the 62nd floor of the second tower and left after the first plane hit. All 245 people on that floor were able to get out of the tower.
Commissioner Zabloudil thanked the residents for their help and kind thoughts. He asked that we keep this in mind and continue to help as long as possible, He asked that everyone continue to act in a manner that respects each of our neighbors.
The Mayor thanked the residents for pulling together. There will be an ongoing need. He said that people should continue to work together. The Village will sponsor a blood drive in October, and there will be a Community Memorial Service on Saturday, September 22 at Fishel Park at 1:00. The downtown businesses will donate a portion of their sales to the relief efforts for the World Trade Center and the Pentagon tragedies. He thanked all of the residents who participated by donating to the Professional Firefighters #3234 who raised $46,000 in the past two days for the New York firefighters’ families.
12. Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Sisul moved to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to Section 2©(5) of the Open Meetings Act to consider purchase of property, 2©(6) to consider setting a price for property, and 2©(11) to consider pending litigation. Commissioner McConnell seconded.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Sisul, McConnell, Zabloudil, Tully, McConnell, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski
Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried and the Council convened into Executive Session at 8:00 p.m