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November 06, 2001

1. Call to Order

Mayor Brian Krajewski called the regular meeting of the Village Council of the Village of Downers Grove to order at 6:32 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 Marilyn Schnell, Commissioner Martin Tully, Commissioner Mark Zabloudil and Mayor Brian Krajewski Absent: Commissioner Thomas Sisul Non Voting: Village Clerk April Holden, Village Manager Riccardo Ginex and Village Manager Riccardo Ginex

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.

3. Minutes of Workshop and Council Meetings

Executive Session for Approval Only – October 2, 2001, October 16, 2001 & October 23, 2001 Council Meeting – October 16, 2001 Council Workshop Meeting – October 23, 2001 Special Council Meeting – October 23, 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. Linda Kunze, 4801 Montgomery, said she was present on behalf of the Downtown Management Corporation. She said the businesses extend a thank you to the Village on the landbank properties development, as well as for choosing a reputable developer for this project.

2. Ross Johnson, 1311 Gilbert, said he was also with the Downtown Management Corporation, and expressed his support for the landbank development. He thanked the Council for bringing this project to this point. He said it will be an asset to the Village and will benefit the Central Business District.

B. Comments and Questions on General Matters

1. Kate Linden, 2150 W. 59th Street, lives in Downers Grove Gardens which is unincorporated. She said she is one of the 140 people on private wells, and they recently discovered that the wells are contaminated. She said she attended the October 11 help session and came out feeling “business and politics as usual”, and pass the buck between the Illinois EPA and the County Board of Health. She said that it appears that the Village, County and State were aware that a community a half-mile away was contaminated but notified no one. When she bought the house 2-1/2 years ago they were informed that their well water was safe to drink. Ms. Linden said that with regards to the Village, the residents can pay a fee of up to $2900, fill out the forms and apply for Village water. She said she is here to find out if there is any group who would like to offer assistance to 140 homeowners in need of help. Ms. Linden said that Lisle is offering interest free loans and asked whether Downers Grove investigated any possibilities like this for these residents.

The Mayor responded that the Village just became aware of the contamination at the same time the residents were notified, which is about two months ago. He said the Village was notified one day before the public was notified. He said that all municipalities in DuPage, except Downers Grove, require immediate annexation in order to hook up to water. He said Public Works is looking at various options. There is an area that has no infrastructure in place and they have to determine the cost of providing that infrastructure. The Mayor said the Village has to determine the cost of hooking up for those areas that do have an infrastructure. He said the Village will look for funding assistance if the area become part of Downers Grove. He further noted that the County Board members are going to look at funding sources. Mayor Krajewski said he will have Jack Bajor communicate with her. Staff is working on the costs of the infrastructure for the south side of 55th Street. He recommended that she also get in touch with District 2 members.

Ms. Linden said she believed many groups were negligent. The residents need help in hooking up to the water.

The Mayor said that the unincorporated areas are not served by the Villages. He noted that Suburban Estates is surrounded by Woodridge, but they want to annex into Downers Grove. The Village has been working with them.

Ms. Linden asked how residents will stay up to date on what is occurring. The Mayor said he will have the Manager follow up with the residents. Manager Ginex said he has met with two women from the area already. He can send her the same information regarding fees.

Commissioner McConnell recommended putting notices of neighborhood meetings in the Village Corner.

2. Mark Banaszak, 5606 South Pershing, said he feels the same way as the previous speaker, and was hoping to obtain better answers in terms of assistance to be provided to the residents.

The Mayor said that the Village Council does not represent Downers Grove Gardens currently. The County Board does. Some of their comments would be better directed to the County Board.

Commissioner Tully said the Village has not tested the wells, and Mayor Krajewski added that the Village would not test unincorporated wells as they are not part of Downers Grove.

Village Attorney Blondin said that tests conducted are done privately. The Village is not involved and does not receive the results of those tests. Someone in the audience added that that the County Board does not test for particular chemicals.

5. Public Hearings

6. Consent Agenda

COR00 -00663 Claim Ordinance: No. 5403, Payroll, October 19, 2001 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A

BIL00 -00664 List of Bills Payable: No. 5405, November 6, 2001 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A

BID00 -00667 Bid: Award a Unit Price Contract for FY 2001 /02 to 3M Company and Vulcan Signs for Traffic Sign Materials in a Not-to-Exceed Amount of $16,000.00 Sponsors: Public Works and Finance A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Traffic Signs

BID00 -00668 Bid: Award Contract to Vulcan Signs for Traffic Sign Blanks Sponsors: Public Works and Finance A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Traffic Signs Passed The Consent Agenda

A motion was made by Commissioner Gilbert, seconded by Commissioner Zabloudil, that the consent agenda be passed. The motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Commissioner Gilbert moved to enter into Executive Session pursuant to Section 2©(2) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss salary schedules, Section 2©(5) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss the purchase or lease of property, and Section 2©(6) to discuss sale of property. Commissioner Zabloudil seconded.

VOTE : YEA : Commissioners Gilbert, Zabloudil, Tully, McConnell, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski

The Motion passed and the Council adjourned to Executive Session at 6:55 p.m.

The Mayor reconvened the Regular Council session at 7:10 p.m.

7. Active Agenda

RES00 -00656 Resolution: Amend Purchasing Policy Sponsors: Finance Summary of Item: This will update and establish certain purchasing provisions as official Village policy that were once established as administrative regulations.

A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING CERTAIN PURCHASING PROVISIONS AS OFFICIAL VILLAGE POLICY

RESOLUTION 2001 -90 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: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Purchasing Policy

ORD00 -00661 Ordinance: Amend Downers Grove Municipal Code re: Purchasing Policy Sponsors: Finance Summary of Item: This will amend current policy to increase the Village Manager’s purchasing authority from $10,000.00 to $15,000.00. Purchases in excess of $15,000.00 will need to be approved by Village Council.

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE PURCHASING POLICY OF THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE

ORDINANCE NO . 4331 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 Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Purchasing Policy

ORD00 -00672 Ordinance: Annex 4507 Drendel Road to the Village of Downers Grove Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will annex the property commonly known as 4507 Drendel. Following annexation, this property will be rezoned to R-4 Single Family Residential.

AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING CERTAIN TERRITORY TO THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE , ILLINOIS COMMONLY KNOWN AS 4507 DRENDEL

ORDINANCE NO . 4332 A motion was made by Commissioner Schnell to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Annexation

ORD00 -00671 Ordinance: Rezone 4507 Drendel Road from County R-4 to Village R-4 Sponsors: Zoning Board of Appeals Summary of Item: At their meeting of September 26, 2001, the Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously recommended that the property commonly known as 4507 Drendel be rezoned from County R-4 Single Family Residential to Village R-4 Single Family Residential upon annexation.

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORIDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE , ILLINOIS, CODIFIED AS CHAPTER 28 OF THE DOWNERS GROVE MUNICIPAL CODE , AS AMENDED TO REZONE 4507 DRENDEL

ORDINANCE NO . 4333 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 Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Rezone 4507 Drendel – County R-4 to Village R-4

MOT00 -00673 Motion: Authorize Metro Transportation to Design Traffic Signal Plans and Specifications re: Main and Franklin Traffic Signal Sponsors: Parking & Traffic Commission Summary of Item: This will authorize staff to negotiate with Metro Transportation Group, Inc. for the design plans and specifications for a traffic signal at Main and Franklin. This motion will also authorize staff to include funding for this project in the 2002-03 capital improvement fund so the signal will be built and operational by the start of the 2002-2003 school year. A motion was made by Commissioner Tully, seconded by Commissioner Gilbert, to Authorize this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Traffic Signal – Main & Franklin

MOT00 -00674 Motion: Accept CBD Parking Deck Traffic Impact Study Sponsors: Parking & Traffic Commission Summary of Item: This will approve the CBD Parking Deck Traffic Impact Study and authorize the review of concerns raised by the Parking and Traffic Commission as discussed at their meeting of September 12, 2001. A motion was made by Commissioner Gilbert, seconded by Commissioner Zabloudil, to Accept this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Central Business District – Parking Deck, Central Business District – Parking Deck Traffic Impact Study

ORD00 -00675 Ordinance: Amend Provisions of the Downers Grove Water System Sponsors: Public Works Summary of Item: This will amend Chapter 25 in order to establish guidelines in connection with the implementation of the Automated Meter Reading program.

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PROVISIONS OF THE DOWNERS GROVE WATER SYSTEM

ORDINANCE NO . 4334 Commissioner McConnell said a number of letters were sent out a few weeks ago asking people to call in to have their meters replaced. Only 20% called in so far. She encouraged people to call in immediately.

Commissioner Tully said one of the issues that people do not understand is that they will be receiving letters asking them to call the Village. A motion was made by Commissioner Tully, seconded by Commissioner Schnell, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Water Service

ORD00 -00596 Ordinance: Authorize Execution of a Redevelopment and Land Purchase Agreement re: Landbank Property Sponsors: Manager’s Office Summary of Item: This will authorize execution of a redevelopment and land purchase agreement between the Village of Downers Grove and Rosol Construction, Inc. pertaining to property in the downtown redevelopment project area.

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A REDEVELOPMENT AND LAND PURCHASE AGREEMENT PERTAINING TO PROPERTY IN THE DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA OF THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE

ORDINANCE NO . 4335 Commissioner Tully expressed his appreciation to the staff for their work on completion of this project. He wished Rosol much success with the development. A motion was made by Commissioner Schnell to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Landbank Properties

8. Mayor’s Report

Materials to be Received – Minutes

Economic Development Commission – September 12, 2001 Library Board – October 10, 2001 Parking & Traffic Commission – September 12, 2001& October 10, 2001 Plan Commission – October 2, 2001 Zoning Commission – August 23, 2001 A motion was made by Commissioner Gilbert, seconded by Commissioner Zabloudil, to Note Receipt Of this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski

New Business

The Mayor proclaimed November 11-17, 2001 as National Osteopathic Medicine Week in the Village.

The Mayor said it was the 10th Anniversary of Merlin Muffler accepting new and like-new winter clothing for children as part of the Snug Hugs for Kids program. Clothing can be dropped of from November 1 to December 12.

Mayor Krajewski said that members of the Pack 99 Scout Troop visited the Village working on their Citizenship badge. They are from Fairmount School in the 5th grade, and one student was from Holy Trinity. He mentioned that Troop 99 was his old Scout troop. Staff gave the Scouts pins and pencils as well as a Village flag. He read their names into the record and wished them good luck.

The Mayor then congratulated Downers Grove North High School for reaching the final 8 in the State soccer tournament. He also congratulated South High School for reaching the final 8 in the volleyball State tournament, as well as the final 8 in football. He wished South High School good luck as they move forward into the State competitions.

RES00 -00685 Resolution: Reappoint Paul Jarosz to the Police Pension Board Sponsors: Mayor Summary of Item: RESOLUTION REAPPOINTING PAUL JAROSZ TO THE POLICE PENSION BOARD

RESOLUTION 2001 -91 The Village Clerk read a resolution appointing Paul Jarosz to the Police Pension Board.

The Mayor said that Mr. Jarosz is current on the Board. He has a good financial background. He thanked the residents for their commitment of time to serve on the Village Boards and Commissions. 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: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Boards and Commissions

9. Manager’s Report

Manager Ginex announced that Dave Van Vooren has joined the staff as the new Deputy Village Manager for Administration, and will begin December 10.

The Manager said that Phil Ruscetti has been appointed as Fire Chief for the Village after a nationwide search. He was highly recommended by the assessment group. Chief Ruscetti begins Monday and will be sworn in next Tuesday. He has been with the Village since 1987.

Manager Ginex said that Downers Grove Cable TV has been nominated for the local CAMY Awards in three categories: short subjects, Castles & Crowns, and Heritage Festival 2001. The Manager said that Charles Derer was also nominated for Wheels on TV. The award banquet will be held Friday, November 9 in Naperville.

Manager Ginex announced a demolition auction on Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 a.m. It will be held at 1201 Gilbert and continue eastward. One house will be moved. He noted that asbestos work is taking place at this time.

10. Attorney’s Report

Attorney Blondin said he had one item to present regarding the acquisition of 5207 Main Street. Staff entered into negotiations with the property owners to acquire the property by voluntary sale. He asked to waive the one-week waiting period, and noted that closing will take place on February 15, 2002.

Commissioner Gilbert moved to waive the customary one-week waiting period to consider new business. Commissioner Zabloudil seconded the Motion.

VOTE : YEA : Commissioners Gilbert, Zabloudil, Tully, McConnell, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski

The Motion passed unanimously.

RES00 -00681 Resolution: Authorize Execution of a Real Estate Sales Contract – 5207 Main Street Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will authorize the execution of a real estate sales contract between the Village of Downers Grove and First Ilinois Bank and Trust for the Village’s purchase of a portion of certain property located at 5207 Main Street. The total purchase price shall be $673,181.71.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A REAL ESTATE SALES CONTRACT

RESOLUTION 2001 -92 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: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Village Property – Acquisition

Future Active Agenda

ORD00 -00373 Ordinance: Refund of GO Bonds Series 1996 and 2000 Sponsors: Finance Indexes: General Obligation Bond – Refund

11. Committee Standing Reports

Finance Committee

Commissioner McConnell said the Committee met to discuss the compensation program, as well as Council communications as related to e-mail from residents. She said they will recommend guidelines to the Council to handle these e-mails in a more timely and thorough manner. Future items include the CRC and the Ogden Avenue TIF .

Public Works

Commissioner Schnell said that the Public Works Committee adopted its Mission Statement. They discussed the stormwater administrator’s title, as well as the snow and ice removal program. She said one highlight is that the Public Works department is looking to assure that all handicapped parking spaces are totally accessible all winter. In addition they will address de-icing downtown areas to protect trees.

Commissioner Schnell said they also discussed the AMR program. Mailings have gone out to the residents, and she thinks some residents may have ignored the letters. Therefore, they are recommending that a copy of the letter be placed in the Village Corner to residents so they are aware and will not toss out the letter. In addition, they reviewed the status of a number of projects, including the Westmont Surface Water Project. It is a complex issue and will require more discussion.

Public Safety

Commissioner Gilbert said they had to postpone the public safety meeting until next week. They will be reviewing status reports on both the Fire Department and Police Department with the numerous changes that have taken place over the past months. In addition, a town meeting was held last night to discuss the Village’s state of readiness in regard to possible terrorist activities. The Committee will look deeper into the issue of terrorism and HAZMAT readiness. The Mayor said that meeting will be rebroadcast throughout the next month or two.

12. Council Member Reports and New Business

Commissioner Tully said the purpose of the Automated Meter Reader letters is to have residents contact the Village Hall and arrange an appointment for the installation of the new water meters. He said this is for property north of Ogden Avenue. The Commissioner also noted that the environmental renovation on Gilbert Street has to do with the Gilbert Street project only. If residents see workers in specialized suits it is not related to the Anthrax issue, but only to the property involved in the landbank project.

Commissioner McConnell said that the microbiologist who spoke at the meeting is part of Midwestern University. Participants in the Partnership for Healthier Communities were part of organizing the Town Meeting. She noted that Barb Leiber was part of the Partnership for Healthier Communities group. The Commissioner said that the Second Annual Character Counts Workshop was well attended. The next meeting will be held in the Committee Room of Village Hall on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Commissioner McConnell said the 75th Anniversary Gala for the Lions Club was a very nice affair. In addition, the Halloween Parade they sponsored had about 400 participants. The Lions Wine auction will be held on November 16.

Commissioner Schnell reported that over $8,000 was raised in the 9-11 Walkathon. She thanked Mr. Johnson for supplying the posters. It was a successful, well-attended event.

Commissioner Schnell said that the Public Works Committee would like the Attorney to draft an ordinance to change the name from Public Works to Public Services. She also congratulated staff on the Town Meeting they held and on their professionalism. It was an excellent program and she urged all citizens to watch the rebroadcasts on television.

Mayor Krajewski noted that the Lions Club is the oldest service organization in the Village. It is interesting to see some of the names of past presidents of the organization and realize their contribution to the community over the years. The Mayor then thanked Pierce Downer and Lester schools for their invitations to him to speak at those schools. The Pierce Downer school has worked on the Character Counts pillars each month. Lester School has a “Books and Breakfast” morning once a month on Fridays. He enjoyed reading to the children.

13. Adjournment

Commissioner Gilbert moved to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to Section 2©(2) of the Open Meetings Act to consider salary schedules, and Section 2©(6) of the Open Meetings Act to consider property acquisition. Commissioner Zabloudil seconded.

VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Gilbert, Zabloudil, Tully, McConnell, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski

Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried and the Council convened into Executive Session at 7:45 p.m