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November 13, 2001

Mayor Krajewski called the Workshop meeting of the Village Council of the Village of Downers Grove to order at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Village Hall.

Present:Mayor Brian Krajewski; Commissioners Marilyn Schnell, Thomas Sisul, Michael Gilbert, Sue McConnell, Martin Tully, Mark Zabloudil; Village Manager Riccardo Ginex; Village Attorney Daniel Blondin; Village Clerk April Holden


Visitors: Press: Susie Gura, Downers Grove Reporter Residents & Others in Attendance: Dr. Ken Eisenberg, All Creature’s Great & Small Vet. Practice, 1656 Prairie; Jim Russ, Attorney, 4915 Main St.; Korrin & Don Rathje, 7008 Camden Ct.; Linda Rektorski, 7010 Camden Ct.; Ellen Anderson, 7012 Camden Ct.; Chief Jim Grady, Frankfort F.D.; Patrick G. Collier, Frankfort F.D.; Terry Vavra, Lisle/Woodridge F.D.; Marilynn Gerloff, 4241 Highland; Mike Kubes, 5538 Lyman; R. Borkowicz, Marilyn Kleist, AT&T Wireless, Palatine, IL, George Nicholaou, 4845 Highland; Vincent Barrett, 4921 Highland Staff: Bob Schiller, Jane Gerdes, Rick Ebal, Public Works; Susan Brassfield, Grants Coordinator; Brian Pabst, Deputy Village Manager; Trisha Steele, Finance Dept.; Kirsten van der Heide, Forester; Kevin Dunne, Public Works; Jack Bajor, Dir., Public Works; Amanda Browne, Planner; Mike Baker, Asst. to the Village Manager; Mary Scalzetti, Dir., Community Events; Marty Lyons, Dir., Financial Services; Pamela K. Church, Police Department; Fire Department: Lee Legler, Chuck Bilskey, John Bockrach, Greg Morton, David Sinderson, Greg Curry, T. Oakley, Matt Beyer, Bill Potter

Mayor Krajewski explained that Council Workshop meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are video taped live and for later cable cast over cable channel 6.

The Workshop meeting is intended to provide Council and the public with an appropriate forum for informal discussion of any items intended for future Council consideration or just for general information. No formal action is taken at Workshop meetings.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to comment or ask questions in an informal manner on any of the items being discussed or on any other subject. The agenda is created to provide a guideline for discussion.


Fire Department Promotions

Manager Ginex announced promotions for the Fire Department and asked those included to come forward and take their oaths of office: Philip Ruscetti, Fire Chief; Robert Tutko, Deputy Chief of Administration; James Jackson, Deputy Chief of Operations.

Manager Ginex said the Astro Amusement contract was removed from the agenda and will be discussed at later time.


71st Street Tower Painting & Inspection Professional Services . The Manager said staff recommends awarding a contract to Tank Industries Consultants (TIC) in an amount not to exceed $66,565.00.

Mayor Krajewski about the necessity of painting this tank this year.

Jack Bajor , Director, Public Works, said this is the second to the last tank to be painted. Five of the tanks have been done to date. This is in keeping with the maintenance schedule. He said the 67th Street tank is now on line allowing this tank to be taken out of service for the painting. He noted this tank has a lead component. He said an inspection report on the tank shows extensive corrosion; therefore, they would like to do this now to maintain the schedule. He said if they chose to postpone this they might get another year of service.

The Mayor said that the water is treated out of Chicago, and he thought there was a chemical that was supposed to coat the pipes to take care of the lead problem. Mr. Bajor said that is correct, and described the chemicals used. He recommended moving forward as this tank deserves to be maintained. He said they will clean both the inside and outside of the tank.

Commissioner Tully said the bid is for development of specs, plans and tech services. He asked if that includes the painting. Mr. Bajor said this does not include the actual painting, which will cost approximately $900,000 and is expected to last 10-15 years.

Commissioner Schnell asked when the painting would take place. Mr. Bajor said it would take about three months to complete the painting. The most critical concern is the weather as they need to do this during the dry months, which would mean doing it in the summer. Commissioner Schnell asked if would be possible to begin earlier in the event of a need for water in both tanks. Mr. Bajor said it would be difficult to start earlier, as the tank has to be shrouded due to the lead. It would be scraped down to the bare metal.

The Mayor asked how long is will be taken off-line. Mr. Bajor said it would be off-line for 3 months for all of the work to be completed.

Commissioner Schnell said she received a call about concerns about the bright white color, and whether the Council would consider toning down the color, particularly in residential areas.

Commissioner McConnell said TIC has prepared bid documents for other tanks in the Village and asked why information from other tanks is not transferable. Mr. Bajor said an inspection report was conducted in 1998. Each tank has its own peculiarities and must be examined on its own merits. This is a one million-gallon facility. He added that it is the one of the oldest tanks in the Village.

Korrin Rathje , 7008 Camden Court, asked that the Council consider the color of the tower, as it is in a total residential neighborhood. She said the white color is very bright and has glare. The residents would prefer that it stay green, as white is not conducive to the neighborhood.

The Mayor asked when painting would begin. Mr. Bajor confirmed it would be next April or May. The Mayor said they could consider the color at that time and asked if there was any reason it needs to be white. Mr. Bajor said that typically a community adopts a color; the tanks serve as a billboard for the town. They selected the glossy white for a variety of reasons. The Mayor asked that staff outline the reasons for their decision and provide it to the Council.

Commissioner Schnell said a report was done a while back as to the choice of color and the reasons behind it.

Participation in the Intergovernmental Supply of Bulk Rock Salt Program . The Manager said staff recommends have 6,000 tons available under the State of Illinois contract. The price has increased 16.8% to $29.44. He said they can purchase additional salt at no penalty. He said that last year the salt was used not just at the intersections but collector and arterial streets as well as directed by the Council. Last year they used 6803.88 tons.

The Mayor noted that last year they rented a conveyor belt, and asked if they intend to do the same this year. Mr. Bajor said they intend to do that. It allowed them to fill the storage bin to 2000 tons, with another 1000 tons at Village Hall.

Parkway Tree Pruning Contract for 2001/02 . The Manager said six bids were received. They intend to prune three sections as outlined in their report, with two other areas if funds remain. The bid amount is $112,092.

The Mayor asked whether these could be delayed a year, and about the number of resident complaints.

Kirsten von der Heide , Village Forester, said they have received many complaints, generally in areas pruned more than four years ago. In the areas under consideration there have been over 600 calls, 1/3 of which were related to pruning. The Mayor asked if staff is sent out to follow-up on complaints. She said they are and, when possible, they prune immediately.

Commissioner Schnell said in the past the Village received complaints about how the pruning was done. She asked if staff inspects the work. Ms. van der Heide said the staff inspects the contractor’s work daily. On the average they received about 2-3 complaints every year regarding the type of pruning. She said she likes to prune on a 5-year cycle to minimize the before/after appearance.

Color Copier Lease. The Manager said there were five responses to the RFP and staff recommends Kyocera Mita C1530 at a cost of $9,420 per year.

Commissioner Gilbert asked if they looked at leasing versus buying. The Manager said that leasing provided a better price.

Tax Levy Estimate.

Finance Director Marty Lyons presented the tax levy in accordance with the Truth in Taxation Act. He explained the requirements of the Act. He said the Village’s levy has several components including: Police Pension Fund, Fire Pension Fund, Police and Fire operating fund, Library debt service and operating funds, and other debt service levies which are abated including Fairview Avenue, CBD /TIF debt service. He said last year the Council abated $1 million in the police and fire pension levies. He recommends the same action with no further abatements. He then reviewed each levy component. The anticipated rate will be changed from .2028 to .2238 which is a 10.4% increase, well below 1998 and 1999, and still makes the Village one of the lowest tax rates in the County. He then made comparisons with other municipalities.

The Mayor asked whether other communities are increasing their levies. Mr. Lyons said they haven’t received survey results as yet, but he knows that many are increasing levies due to equities portfolios having small gains. The Mayor asked whether the State requires 100% in pension funding and Mr. Lyons said it does and must currently meet that requirement by the year 2030. He said the Village’s portion of the total tax debt is 3.6% which is down from 5% last year before the abatement. Mr. Lyons said that a public hearing on the levy will be held on December 18.

In further analyses, Mr. Lyons said the levy increased substantially on the police side due to investment returns being down, and a change in interest rate actuarial assumptions from 8.75% to 8.5%.

Mayor Krajewski asked if Mr. Sharpe is using the same rates in all of the reports. Mr. Lyons said he does not. It is determined by the individual pension board.

Regarding the Police and Fire operating levies, Mr. Lyons said they are scheduled to stay the same as last year, and they are recommending levying the $2.625 million with a commitment to abate $1 million. He indicated that the Abatement Ordinance would be prepared for the December Council vote. The Council has until the end of February to decide whether it wants to abate and how much to abate.

Commissioner McConnell said that last year changes were made to the utility tax and ambulance fees. She asked if the Council would be receiving figures related to those. Mr. Lyons said that the ambulance tax is well below budget, while the call volume is as projected. They attribute this to Medicate assignments which were 25% of what was projected.

Commissioner Zabloudil said, regarding the police pension, the salary increase was projected at 6% but comes in at 9%. He said that the numbers do not make sense. Mr. Lyons said he has numbers from the actuarial and will share those figures with the Council. He noted that promotions have an impact as well.

Commissioner Tully said that investment performance of the Police and Fire Pensions funds show expenses being substantially higher than last year. Mr. Lyons responded that there was significant turnover on the Board, and training of the Board members increased the budget. He added that there were also litigation expenses to consider.

The Mayor asked if the new officers coming in can now choose regarding the pension fund. Mr. Lyons said not to his knowledge. That is still under consideration. If it is enacted it will not affect costs much.

Mayor Krajewski then asked whether Mr. Lyons had data regarding permitting and new growth. Mr. Lyons said they are anticipating similar new growth at about 2%. He said last year there was $39 million in new growth, and they are a little below that for this year.

Mr. Lyons said he would contact the Townships to obtain data on new growth and would distribute this information to the Manager, Council and schools.

Annual Snow Policy Review. Mr. Jack Bajor introduced Supervisors Rick Ebal, Kevin Dunne, Kerstin von der Heide and Bob Schiller who work on the snow policy. Mr. Bajor said there are 166 center line miles of streets in the Village, 310 cul de sacs, the Central Business District, three commuter lots and seventeen municipal lots. He congratulated the staff and Council for their efforts last year in providing equipment to maintain the Village roadways. He said he prepared a packet for the Council which outlines the snow and ice control policy statement, as well as a map showing the primary and secondary streets, etc.

Mr. Bajor then highlighted certain aspects of the program, including a new route, three new replacement 10-ton vehicles, two of which have belly plows, one extended plow for the northwest corner along Lacey Road, and eight trucks with pre-wet systems. Large pavers for the CBD area will be treated with a sealant to improve traction. The Mayor said staff did a fantastic job last year and there were many compliments from the residents. He asked about cars parking in the streets.

Bob Schiller , Traffic Manager, said that cars parked in the street are the major problems in snow removal. Staff will be meeting with the police to discuss plans on how to help with the program and expedite the removal of parked cars. He said there will be the continued use of a professional weather forecasting service which gave staff advance warning of approaching storms. Regarding staffing, safety and rest for staff is important. They have two 12-hour shifts starting at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Mayor asked how staffing will work if snow arrives at 3:00 a.m. Mr. Schiller said supervisors come in at 1:30 a.m. and the night crew arrives at 3:00 a.m. and works until 7:00 a.m. when the day shift takes over.

Mr. Schiller said that one addition is an application of anti-icing agents for the CBD . It prevents the ice from bonding to the sidewalk and makes removal much easier. They will also expand sidewalk snow removal for the entire SSA area. There are several small townhome areas that have contracted plow services to do streets and driveways at the same time. This has been done for three years with great success. There are four areas involved with the potential for a fifth area.

Commissioner Schnell asked about handicapped parking areas. Mr. Schiller said a newly added portion to the snow policy is not to push or store snow in the handicapped parking areas.

The Mayor asked about private lots plowing snow into streets or driveways. Mr. Schiller said they will address this by contacting the company and owners of the property to make sure they understand the Village’s policy. The Mayor suggested a letter be sent to those who violated the ordinance last year.

Commissioner Zabloudil suggested the policy be modified to clarify that the parking lots addressed in the policy are Village owned or maintained parking lots.

James Russ , Chairman of the Downtown Management Board, added his compliments to staff for the fantastic job done with snow removal last year. He said Mr. Bajor has already met with the Board for this year’s program. He said the Board will communicate with the business owners to get them to help the staff with snow removal in the downtown and SSA areas.

AT&T License Agreement. The Manager said AT&T has asked to operate an antenna at the Downers Drive water tower with a 5-year contract and extensions. It would be at a cost of $2,350 per month, with a 4% increase for the extension contract.

Regarding the Mayor’s questions concerning the IMF tax, Mr. Lyons referenced a packet of information provided to the Council from DuPage Mayors and Managers. Their feeling is that because it was a fee rather than a tax it would be difficult for retroactivity to take place. Telecom providers would probably not push for it because it would end up costing them more money. The DuPage Mayors and Managers position is that municipalities do not have to escrow the funds.

Marilyn Kleist , AT&T Wireless of Palatine, asked that the lease be changed from December 1 to January 1. Attorney Blondin said he would make the change.

COPS MORE Grant: Laptop computers. The Manager said the Police Department was awarded $235,142 in federal funds which is restricted to purchase of technology and equipment. The Village is required to make a 20% match, which will be done through the purchase of computers and software. He said he would report on this during the Attorney’s report.

Acceptance of Public Improvements: Briney’s Place Subdivision. The Manager said the Subdivision Ordinance requires developers to provide certain public improvements. Staff recommends release of the letter of credit in the amount of $75,552.24 contingent upon receipt of a guaranteed letter of credit in the amount of $13,736.78.

An Ordinance Amending Traffic Regulations at the Intersection of 5th Street and Florence Avenue. The Manager said the Parking and Traffic Commission recommends that east and westbound traffic be controlled by a Stop sign at the intersection of 5th Street and Florence.

An Ordinance Amending Traffic Regulations at the Intersection of Franklin Street and Highland Avenue. The Manager said the P&T Commission recommended Stop signs at Franklin Street at Highland for east and westbound traffic.

George Nicholaou , 4845 Highland, said traffic has increased tremendously over the past few years. He encouraged the Council to follow the Parking and Traffic Commission recommendation.

The Mayor asked whether traffic has lessened with the completion of Main Street. Mr. Nicholaou said it has not. It is a dangerous area.

Vincent Barrett , 4921 Highland, also recommended that this be passed. He said he attended the Parking & Traffic Commission meeting. He noted that St. Joseph’s school has 60 children and school buses in and out of that area twice a day. He thanked the Council in advance for approving this recommendation.

The Mayor said he thought there was a comment from some residents about the possibility of closing the street altogether. Mr. Barrett said it wasn’t brought up at Parking and Traffic’s meeting. He said he didn’t know where the buses would go if that was done. It would cause a massive traffic jam.

Mr. Nicholaou said that the conversation at the meeting concerned a problem eastbound on Franklin from Main to Highland, where there is an area that accommodates approximately 4-5 cars for parking. It is a no parking area because no one can make the swing around the corner if cars are there. It was turned into an eastbound one-way street to accommodate the buses. There are also after school activities that go on almost every evening.

Temporary Lot: Main & Maple. The Manager said construction of the CBD parking deck will cause some parking disruptions in the area. Staff is looking at ways to construct a temporary parking lot at the Main and Maple site. The best concept would provide 29 spaces, one of which would be handicapped. They would be designated as shopper parking, and would be utilized for approximately 4-6 years for shopping and special events. There will be a right-in off of westbound Maple Avenue and right-out onto Main Street. It will be funded by the TIF funds. Manager Ginex said staff is requesting approval to do this as soon as possible. The cost estimate is $95,000. He said the engineering firm of C.M. Lavoie and Martam Construction are under contract with the Village and would be doing some of the work. Other work would be done in-house.

Commissioner Schnell asked why they will go to the expense of paving this if it is a temporary lot. She added that 4-6 years is longer than temporary. She asked why 4-6 years is being considered, and why they are recommending asphalt. Manager Ginex said that the time period allows amble time for a developer to take over that corner.

Jane Gerdes , Assistant Director of Public Works said that the reason they are considering asphalt is that that have to plow the lot, and it is difficult to plow gravel. She said this would be 3” of asphalt. Commissioner Schnell asked what the cost would be to turn it back to a park. Ms. Gerdes said the retaining wall will be left for the potential of returning it to a park at some later time. The costs would be to remove the gravel and add plants.

Commissioner Tully asked whether they anticipated the impact on traffic on Main and Maple. Manager Ginex said that is why they want it right-in and right-out. Commissioner Tully said he meant the construction project itself, and Ms. Gerdes said they would probably have to do some closings for about a week to ten days. Staging would be done by blocking the parking spaces. She said they anticipate no barricades, detours or overnight blockage.

Commissioner Tully said they should focus on barriers for the pedestrian areas. He said he does not have a problem with it being a temporary lot as long as the Council reviews this in terms of the long-range plans for this property.

Jim Russ of the Downtown Management Board thanked the Council for its foresight and initiative to move forward with this temporary parking plan. He said the biggest issue that comes up with potential new business is parking. Some businesses choose not to come to the Village due to the lack of parking. He said it is important that it be a paved lot as it is an entry to the downtown.

Vincent Barrett , 4921 Highland, said it is imperative that the Council have a documented plan as to specifics regarding returning that lot to a park. He said the costs should also be figured in.

Buona Beef Left Turning Movements. Attorney Blondin said when the special use was approved for Buona Beef there were traffic restrictions placed for turning movements onto Downers Drive. Since this requires the installation of a traffic sign on private property, an agreement and ordinance is necessary. He said that Buona Beef has had its grand opening and it is now appropriate to approve the agreement as previously drafted, as well as the proposed ordinance.

Community Arts Access Regranting Program to the Hinsdale Center for the Arts. The Manager said staff recommends submission of this grant. The Hinsdale Center for the Arts is committed to facilitating appreciation of the arts. The funds would assist in supporting three performances of The Fantastic Toy Shop by Midwest Ballet Theatre. The contracted cost for these three performances is $1,500.00 and the grant requires at least a 50% match. Staff recommends approving the resolution.

Text Amendments: Animal/Surgical Offices. The Manager said this would allow animal surgical offices to be allowed in B-2 zoning districts with four conditions of use. The use must be entirely within an enclosed building, waste disposal must be conducted within the OSHA regulations, treatment be limited to primarily domestic animals, and if treatment of dangerous animals occurs, it is subject to the requirements of Chapter 5 of the Municipal Code regarding such animals.

Commissioner Tully said that B-3 allows animal hospitals but does not define what that is. The B-2 district does not allow animal hospitals. His concern is the lack of consistency regarding definitions of veterinary hospitals, and/or other terms in the Code. He has no problem with this recommendation, but suggested that if it is passed, Section 5-27 be amended to include animal/surgical offices. He said Section 5-27 does include dangerous animals.

Attorney Blondin said that Section 5-27 is not a zoning ordinance and would not require a public hearing.

Commissioner Zabloudil asked whether they can make this restrictive to a specific area. Attorney Blondin said they could restrict it to B-2 districts in certain locations.

Commissioner Zabloudil asked about making it address specific and the Attorney said he would recommend against it. It is easier to make it geographically specific.

Commissioner Zabloudil asked if there is a specific location for this at this time, and Attorney Blondin said there was not.

Jim Russ , Attorney, said he represents the petitioner. The location under consideration is on Forest Avenue. He noted that part of the request is to put in criteria that must be met in order to allow an office to open. He said there is a very limited use of the property being proposed in this amendment.

CBD Changes. The Manager said this amendment concerns expansion of the CBD boundaries on the east and south of the existing boundaries. The east extension is intended to include the proposed municipal parking deck, and the southern extension includes the grade-level municipal parking lot.

Commissioner Tully said that the property owners to the east of the expansion were notified. He asked whether they were notified for the south boundary expansion area.

Amanda Browne , Planner, said that all surrounding residents were notified. There were no objections.

Landbank. The Manager said this amendment applies only to the landbank and defines setbacks, height, lot area, and open space.

Commissioner Tully asked for clarification that the text amendment provides flexibility for the landbank project and is limited to that project. Ms. Browne said that was correct.

Commissioner Tully asked if any proposed future project would have to go through channels and be approved by the Council. Ms. Browne said they would as this is a locational requirement, with land area requirements, and pursued by way of a Planned Development. Any modifications would have to be brought back to the Village Council.

Attorney Blondin further explained that if the development were demolished, and redeveloped as single family, the property would default to the regular zoning restrictions.

Ordinance to Establish 2002 Heritage Festival. The Manager said next year’s Heritage Festival will be June 28, 29, 30 of 2002. He said the only changes are with regard to the dates, authority for the Village Manager to approve expenditures of $15,000 rather than the present $10,000, and assignment of booth spaces from 20% to 25%.

AMR Project. The Manager said this Resolution concerns the automated meter reading project.

Mr. Lyons said this recommendation is by bond counsel. Since the debt has not yet been issued but the project has started, staff is recommending the adoption of a reimbursement resolution allowing the Village to be reimbursed from bond proceeds for expenses incurred prior to the issuance of the bonds. He said that this resolution allows the Village to cover all costs associated with the AMR Project 60 days prior to adoption of the resolution and into the future.


There were none.


Manager Ginex congratulated Production Assistant Cherie Zajdzinski for receiving the 2001 CAMMY Award for the Castles and Crowns program.


Attorney Blondin noted the items he was presenting: Village of Downers Grove 2001 aggregate tax levy ordinance; a resolution authorizing execution of a license agreement with AT&T Wireless to install, maintain and operate antenna equipment on village property; a resolution authorizing acceptance of public improvement – Briney’s Place Subdivision; an ordinance amending traffic regulations at the intersection of 5th Street and Florence Avenue; an ordinance amending traffic regulations at the intersection of Franklin Street and Highland Avenue; an ordinance adopting restrictions on movement of vehicles on Butterfield Frontage Road; a resolution authorizing an agreement for enforcement of traffic restrictions on private property; an ordinance amending certain provisions of the Zoning Ordinance with regard to animal surgical hospitals; an ordinance amending the definition of the Concentrated Business District; an ordinance providing for zoning text amendments regarding landbanking; an ordinance regarding the 2002 Heritage Festival; a resolution declaring official intent regarding certain capital expenditures to be reimbursed from proceeds of an obligation (AMR project); a resolution authorizing execution of an equipment lease agreement with Kyocera Mita America, Inc.; and an ordinance amending the Council Public Works Standing Committee.

He said he is requesting three of items be acted upon tonight: A resolution authorizing submittal of grant award agreement to the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services for COPS MORE 2001 Program; a resolution authorizing submittal of grant application to the Hinsdale Center for the Arts for FY 2002 Community Arts Access Regranting Program; and a resolution amending the Downers Grove Compensation Plan to adopt a revised plan dated November 20, 2001.

Commissioner Sisul moved to waive the customary one-week waiting period to consider new business as outlined by the Village Attorney. Commissioner Gilbert seconded the Motion.

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

The Motion passed unanimously.



Commissioner Sisul moved to approve a Resolution authorizing submittal of a grant award agreement for the COPS MORE 2001 program. Commissioner Gilbert seconded the Motion.

VOTE :YES:Commissioners Sisul, Gilbert, Zabloudil, Tully, McConnell, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski

The Motion passed unanimously.



Commissioner Sisul moved to approve a Resolution authorizing submittal of a grant award application to the Hinsdale Center for the Arts. Commissioner Gilbert seconded the Motion.

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

The Motion passed unanimously.



Commissioner Sisul moved to approve a Resolution amending the Downers Grove Compensation Plan effective November 20, 2001. Commissioner Gilbert seconded the Motion.

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

The Motion passed unanimously.


George Nicholaou , 4845 Highland, said that with the discussions on the downtown business area over the last few years, he thinks there are two areas of Downers Grove that are being missed. With the recreation center on Belmont, Washington School land will be available. He would like to see an attempt to reclaim that property from the Park District when the school is torn down and turn it back to the private sector for single-family homes. He said that Longfellow is also not being used properly as it is a campus for an office administration. He said it could be moved to a less valuable area and turn the property back to the private sector for single-family development. He sees these sites as tremendous opportunities for growth. Mr. Nicholaou said the Park District should be ashamed for what they did to the rec center property by not saving one tree. He sees that as criminal action from a group of people that had the Village spend millions of tax dollars to buy Lyman Woods rather than allow single-family housing on that site. They purged the rec center property and he believes they should not be allowed to do something like that again.

The Mayor said that his comments will be passed onto the Park District. Regarding Longfellow School there have been many costs involved, and at some time it may become cost prohibitive. He has heard similar suggestions from other people in the community. He noted, however, that the Council can facilitate and recommend, but they do not control either piece of property.


Commissioner Sisul moved to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to Sections 2©(1) of the Illinois Open Meetings Act to discuss an appointment, and 2©(5) of the Illinois Open Meetings Act to discuss the purchase of property. Commissioner Gilbert seconded the Motion.

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

The Motion passed unanimously.

There being no further discussion, the Workshop meeting was adjourned at 8:49 p.m.

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