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November 20, 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 6:30 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 Michael Gilbert, Commissioner Thomas Sisul, Commissioner Marilyn Schnell, Commissioner Martin Tully, Commissioner Mark Zabloudil and Mayor Brian Krajewski Non Voting: Village Clerk April Holden, Village Manager Riccardo Ginex and Village Manager Riccardo Ginex

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

Council Meeting – November 6, 2001 Council Workshop Meeting – November 13, 2001 Commissioner Tully commented on the 11/13 Workshop minutes, page 9, paragraph 5 saying it should read, “he asked if they were notified for the south boundary expansion area.” The next change was paragraph 2 regarding the landbank, which should read “any proposed future project.”

Commissioner McConnell commented on the 11/6 Council minutes New Business, paragraph 2, should read Partnerships for Healthier Communities, rather than Health Committee.

There being no further additions or corrections to the minutes, Mayor Krajewski said they would be filed as corrected.

Special Presentation

Mayor Krajewski said the Technology Commission would make a special presentation.

Chuck Meister, Chair of the Commission, said the Commission evaluated the technology of the Village and new technology that could be implemented. They decided to recognize businesses using technology to have a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace. They are recognizing two companies this evening.

Mr. Meister first recognized Vertical Development. The company is located in the Village and specializes in tools to supply data over the Internet. He presented an award to their representatives.

Mr. Meister then recognized FTD .COM, which is a leading Internet and telephone marketer of flowers in the US. FTD .COM is located in Downers Grove and markets nationally. He presented an award to their President, Mike Stonen.

The Mayor thanked the Technology Commission for the work they have been doing.

Mayor Krajewski then made presentations to long-time members of Village Boards and Commissions and presented them each with a plaque of appreciation.

Those recognized were:

  • Wally Brown, Chairman, Liquor Commission from 1983-2001
  • Edward Bunting, Community Events Commission from 1989-2001
  • Greg Beggs, Chairman Zoning Board of Appeals from 1968-2001
  • Grace Beggs, Community Events Commission from 1983-2001
  • Susan Dunlap, Community Events Commission from 1988-2001
  • Stan Greanias, Board of Fire and Police Commissions from 1984-2001
  • Pat Winter, Community Events Commission from 1983-2001
  • Robert Sullivan, Zoning Commission from 1986-2001

The Mayor noted that Wally Brown, Ed Bunting, Greg and Grace Beggs were in attendance at tonight’s meeting. Among these four members there was a combined total of 90 years of service to the Village. He thanked them all for their hard work.

4. Public Comments and Questions

A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda

1. Laurel Bowen, 829 Clyde Drive, said that while the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and many surrounding communities are cutting their budgets, Downers Grove has given no indication that the economy has slowed down. She said that the Village is facing tax increases, although Mayor Krajewski stated in the State of the Village that there would be a decrease in property taxes. She asked whether that statement has been forgotten now that more development is taking place. Ms. Bowen asked about consideration of public input as part of public administration, and whether decisions are being made in back rooms without public input. She said the Village’s bank accounts are not open credit lines. Ms. Bowen noted that there are already bulldozers at the corner of Main and Maple before the Village Council has even considered the vote and approved the item. She then quoted an article in the Wall Street Journal concerning competent leadership.

Mayor Krajewski responded that the Village did rebate $1 million in property taxes on the tax levy, and again this year the budget showed that the Village has the lowest tax levy in the area excluding Oak Brook. He said the next community behind the Village is 50% higher. He noted that the Council has discussed their intention to rebate $1 million again, dependent upon how the budget goes. He said that the landbank properties have generated $0 for the TIF because they were owned by the Village. When properties are taken off the tax rolls that is money that cannot be regained.

Regarding Main and Maple, the Mayor said that the Village has a Manager form of government which was put in place many years ago. The Manager is in charge of hiring and firing employees, and he has the authority for the day-to-day operations, including approval of contracts up to $15,000. As the construction of the parking deck moves ahead, surface parking is going to be displaced. The Village Council has been looking for temporary parking solutions since the discussions of the parking deck began. The Main and Maple lot will provide some of that temporary parking. With the good weather, there was a $12,910 change order implemented to do the excavation work, and the Village Manager has the authority to do that. The Council will be voting on the cost for the asphalt and general construction of that lot.

2. Marilyn Weiher, 4808 Wallbank, said that over 200 parking spaces will be lost during the construction. It is important to provide parking. She said the Council should not micromanage every step of the way, but should move ahead and get the projects done.

3. Ross Johnson, 1311 Gilbert, said he is a board member of the Downtown Management Corporation. He said this temporary lot is important and the Board supports this decision to move forward quickly.

4. Chris Fregeau, 1918 Elmore, said she echoed Ms. Weiher and Mr. Johnson’s comments. She uses the Village’s website and thinks the information provided is excellent. She is grateful to be in a Village where the public has an opportunity to participate.

B. Comments and Questions on General Matters

Jim Lindberg, 5514 Lomond Avenue, unincorporated Downers Grove, said he is submitting a petition to pre-annex into the Village signed by 71 residents. Four of these have water hookups. He reported on the number of houses that do not have access to watermains, and noted that many of the wells are contaminated.

The Mayor said that this area does not have infrastructure in place, and staff is looking at the cost of bringing water to the location. He said that are also looking at what financial arrangements can be made. The Mayor said the Council understands the importance of the situation because of the contamination of the wells. He added that the Village is also working with the County regarding the problems of contaminated wells in the general surrounding areas.

5. Public Hearings

6. Consent Agenda

COR00 -00682 Claim Ordinance: No. 5404, Payroll, November 1, 2001 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A

BIL00 -00684 List of Bills Payable: No. 5407, November 20, 2001 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A

BID00 -00686 Bid: Approve Tank Industry Proposal for an Amount Not to Exceed $66,565.00 re: 71st Street Elevated Water Storage Tank Rehabilitation Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Water Tank

BID00 -00687 Bid: Accept State Unit Price of $29.44 per ton for Bulk Rock Salt – Not to exceed $152,000.00. Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Salt

BID00 -00688 Bid: Award $112,092.00 to Kramer Tree Specialists for 2001-02 Parkway Tree Pruning Contract Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Tree Pruning Passed The Consent Agenda

A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Gilbert, that the consent agenda be passed. The motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski

7. Active Agenda

RES00 -00446 Resolution: Authorize Execution of Equipment Lease Agreement with Kyocera Mita America, Inc. re: Color Copier Sponsors: Manager’s Office Summary of Item: This will authorize execution of an equipment lease between the Village of Downers Grove and Kyocera Mita America, Inc. for a KM-1530 color copier.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN EQUIPMENT LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND KYOCERA MITA AMERICA , INC.

RESOLUTION 2001 -96 A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Gilbert, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Kyocera Mita America, Inc.

MOT00 -00689 Motion: Estimate 2001 Tax Levy Sponsors: Finance Summary of Item: This will estimate the 2001 Village aggregate levy. This will be the subject of a public hearing on December 18, 2001.

Motion to find and determine that the aggregate levy for the Village of Downers Grove, as defined in the Illinois Truth and Taxation Law, estimated to be necessary to be raised by taxation for 2001 upon the taxable property in Downers Grove is $9,095,259. This amount is based upon an estimated levy of $1,365,000 for corporate and police; $1,260,000 for fire; $604,699 for police pension; $1,066,412 for fire pension; $2,709,653 for library operating; $683,113 for library debt service; $268,705 for Fairview Avenue debt service; $403,265 for Central Business District 1999 Series debt service; $433,649 for Central Business District 2000 Series debt service; and $300,763 for Central Business District 2001 Series debt service. The estimated levy for Special Service Area #1, Brick Street Special Service Area is $7,424. The estimated levy for Special Service Area #2, CBD Special Service Area, is $209,000. The estimated levy for Special Service Area #3, Prince Pond Special Service Area, is $8,671.

The Mayor said the Village Manager and Finance Director have worked to cut the budget and asked how far they were below budget. Mr. Lyons said based upon the September report they were about 1% to 1-1/2% below budget and they hope to be close to 2%-3% at the end of the year, which would equate to $1 million below budget. The Mayor said staff is looking at cuts in various departments as they are conscious of the current events. There has been a Public Works reorganization which resulted in $186,000 in savings. They are hoping to keep the levy the same and to provide another real estate tax rebate.

This will be the subject of a public hearing on December 18, 2001 in the Village Council Chambers. A motion was made by Commissioner Gilbert, seconded by Commissioner Zabloudil, to Authorize this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Tax Levy – 2001/02

RES00 -00691 Resolution: Authorize Execution of License Agreement with AT&T Wireless to Install, Maintain and Operate Antenna Equipment on Village Property re: Downers Drive Water Tower Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will authorize an agreement between the Village of Downers Grove and AT&T Wireless for the installation, maintenance and operation of an antenna on the Downers Drive Water Tower located at 4414 Downers Drive.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A LICENSE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND AT&T WIRELESS TO INSTALL , MAINTAIN AND OPERATE ANTENNA EQUIPMENT ON VILLAGE PROPERTY

RESOLUTION 2001 -97 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 Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Antenna Equipment, Water Tank-Downers Drive

RES00 -00693 Resolution: Accept Public Improvements – Briney’s Place Subdivision Sponsors: Public Works Summary of Item: This will authorize acceptance of the public improvements in relation to the Briney’s Place Subdivision. This will also release the existing letter of credit in the amount of $75,552.29 upon receipt of a guarantee security in the amount of $13,736.78.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS – BRINEY ’S PLACE SUBDIVISION

RESOLUTION 2001 -98 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 Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Subdivision – Briney’s Place

ORD00 -00694 Ordinance: Amend Traffic Regulations at the Intersection of 5th Street and Florence Avenue Sponsors: Public Works Summary of Item: At their meeting of October 10, 2001, the Parking & Traffic Commission recommended by a vote of 3:2 for the adoption of this ordinance which places stop signs at the intersection of 5th Street and Florence Avenue to regulate traffic such that motorists on 5th Street must stop for Florence Avenue motorists.

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TRAFFIC REGULATIONS AT THE INTERSECTION OF 5TH STREET AND FLORENCE AVENUE

ORDINANCE NO . 4336 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 Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Stop Sign – 5th Street & Florence

ORD00 -00680 Ordinance: Amend Traffic Regulations at the Intersection of Franklin Street and Highland Avenue Sponsors: Parking & Traffic Commission Summary of Item: At their meeting of October 10, 2001, the Parking & Traffic Commission unanimously recommended adoption of this ordinance which places stop signs at the intersection of Franklin Street and Highland Avenue to regulate traffic such that motorists on Franklin Street must stop for Highland Avenue motorists.

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TRAFFIC REGULATIONS AT THE INTERSECTION OF FRANKLIN STREET AND HIGHLAND AVENUE

ORDINANCE NO . 4337 A motion was made by Commissioner Tully, seconded by Commissioner Sisul, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Stop Sign – Franklin & Highland

MOT00 -00695 Motion: Authorize Change Order #1 with Martam Construction, Inc. for Temporary Parking Lot at NE Corner of Main and Maple Sponsors: Manager’s Office Summary of Item: This will authorize Change Order #2 with Martam Construction, Inc. in the amount of $82,090.00 for the Main and Maple Parking Lot. Change Order #1 in the amount of $12,000 was previously approved by the Village Manager pursuant to his authority under the Downers Grove Purchasing Ordinance.

Motion to approve Change Order #2 in an amount not to exceed $82,090 to an agreement with Martam Construction, Inc. in relation to the Central Business District Redevelopment, Phase IV, Project No. 15-00. The Village Manager and staff are authorized to take such action as may be necessary to carry out the terms of this motion. Attorney Blondin said the Village Manager previously approved $12,500 for work on Main and Maple pursuant to his authority. The Change Order basically concerns the construction part of the project which would be for the balance of $82,090 to finish the parking lot. That amount requires Council approval. A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Gilbert, to Authorize this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Parking Lot – NE Corner of Main and Maple

ORD00 -00677 Ordinance: Adopt Restrictions on Movement of Vehicles on Butterfield Frontage Road Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will grant the Village authority to regulate traffic movement from the Buona Beef property located at 1341 Butterfield Road. Pursuant to a conditional use permit, an agreement is to be executed which will grant to the Village the authority to write citations for left turns out of the Buona Beef onto Butterfield Frontage Road.

AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING RESTRICTIONS ON MOVEMENT OF VEHICLES ON BUTTERFIELD FRONTAGE ROAD

ORDINANCE NO . 4338 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 Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Conditional Use – 1341 Butterfield Road, Turning Restrictions, Traffic Restrictions on Private Property

RES00 -00678 Resolution: Authorize Agreement for Enforcement of Traffic Restrictions on Private Property – Butterfield Frontage Road Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will authorize an agreement between the Village of Downers Grove and Nick Revelis for the enforcement of traffic restrictions from the property located at 1341 Butterfield Road.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT FOR ENFORCEMENT OF TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

RESOLUTION 2001 -99 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 Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Conditional Use – 1341 Butterfield Road, Turning Restrictions, Traffic Restrictions on Private Property

ORD00 -00697 Ordinance: Amend the Zoning Ordinance re: Animal Surgical Hospitals Sponsors: Zoning Commission Summary of Item: At their meeting of October 18, 2001, the Zoning Commission unanimously recommended amendments to the Zoning Ordinance which would allow Animal Surgical Hospitals as a permitted use in the B-2 General Retail Business Zoning Ordinance.

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE DOWNERS GROVE ZONING ORDINANCE WITH REGARD TO ANIMAL SURGICAL HOSPITALS

ORDINANCE NO . 4339 Commissioner Tully suggested that at some point Section 5-27 be amended. That Section defines dangerous animals. 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 Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Zoning Ordinance – Animal Surgical Hospitals

ORD00 -00698 Ordinance: Amend the Definition of the Concentrated Business District Sponsors: Zoning Commission Summary of Item: At their meeting of October 18, 2001, the Zoning Commission unanimously recommended amendments to the Zoning Ordinance which would amend the definition of the Central Business District to include properties to be a part of the multi-level parking deck project.

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE DEFINITION OF THE CONCENTRATED BUSINESS DISTRICT

ORDINANCE NO . 4340 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 Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Zoning Ordinance – Concentrated Business District

ORD00 -00699 Ordinance: Amend Zoning Ordinance re: Landbanks Sponsors: Zoning Commission Summary of Item: At their meeting of October 18, 2001, the Zoning Commission unanimously recommended amendments to the Zoning Ordinance in relation to the proposed Landbank Project Area located west of Forest Avenue, north of Curtiss Street, south of Gilbert Avenue and east of Carpenter Street.

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR ZONING TEXT AMENDMENTS REGARDING LANDBANKING

ORDINANCE NO . 4341 A motion was made by Commissioner Tully, seconded by Commissioner Sisul, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Zoning Ordinance – Landbanks

ORD00 -00700 Ordinance: Establish 2002 Heritage Festival Sponsors: Community Events Summary of Item: This will establish the procedures for the 2002 Downers Grove Heritage Festival.

AN ORDINANCE REGARDING THE 2002 HERITAGE FESTIVAL

ORDINANCE NO . 4342 A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Gilbert, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Heritage Festival 2002

RES00 -00702 Resolution: Declare Official Intent Regarding Certain Capital Expenditures to be Reimbursed from Proceeds of an Obligation – AMR Project Sponsors: Finance Summary of Item: This will permit the Village to recoup certain expenses related to the Automated Meter Reading System capital improvement project from bonds expected to be issued later this year.

A RESOLUTION DECLARING OFFICIAL INTENT REGARDING CERTAIN CAPITAL EXPENDITURES TO BE REIMBURSED FROM PROCEEDS OF AN OBLIGATION (AMR PROJECT )

RESOLUTION 2001 -100 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 Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Automated Meter Reading Project

ORD00 -00703 Ordinance: Amend the Council Public Works Standing Committee Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will change the standing Council committee name of Public Works to Public Service.

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COUNCIL PUBLIC WORKS STANDING COMMITTEE

ORDINANCE NO . 4343 Commissioner Tully said he was glad to see this brought forward. He said the purpose of the change is that the Standing Committee will encompass all public services such as Code Services. This change reflects the other departments the Committee recognizes. 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 Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Standing Committees

8. Mayor’s Report

RES00 -00717 Resolution: Appoint Michael Ryan to the Economic Development Commission Sponsors: Mayor Summary of Item: RESOLUTION APPOINTING MICHAEL RYAN TO THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

RESOLUTION 2001 -101 The Clerk read a resolution appointing Michael Ryan to the Economic Development Commission.

Commissioner Zabloudil thanked Mr. Ryan for accepting the appointment. He said that Mr. Ryan would be an asset to the Commission with his background and understanding of financial matters.

A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Gilbert, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Boards and Commissions Mr. Ryan introduced himself said he has been a resident of the Village for 18 years. He and his wife have three children. He’s been employed for almost 30 years at the Chicago Board of Trade and has been a member of the Board of Trade for 20 years. He was Chairman of their Strategy Committee and Director of Exchange as well. He has extensive committee experience. Mr. Ryan said the EDC is a highly regarded Commission and he is excited about joining.

Commissioner Sisul said the Village is fortunate to have so many citizens interested in serving on the various Boards and Commissions. He said the Village is interested in assigning applicants to an area in which they would be the most effective; therefore, openings might not be available immediately. He encouraged people to continue to apply.

Materials to be Received – Minutes

Library Board – October 24, 2001 Liquor Commission – November 1, 2001 Public Safety Committee – September 20, 2001 Zoning Commission – October 18, 2001 A motion was made by Commissioner Sisul, seconded by Commissioner Gilbert, to Note Receipt Of this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski New Business

1. Proclamation: The Mayor declared the period of November 20 to December 10 as Merlin’s Snug Hugs for Kids Days in the Village. He noted that there are two Merlin’s shops in the Village and congratulated Merlin’s for this excellent program.

2. Events: The Mayor said the Hospitality Day Parade will be held on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. down Main Street. At 4:30 p.m. there will be the community Tree Lighting ceremony. He thanked the community children and various organizations for the ornaments which were contributed to decorate the tree.

Mayor Krajewski said that Good Samaritan Hospital is celebrating its 25th anniversary and he congratulated them. He said that they had a video prepared in conjunction with the Downers Grove museum. He noted how the hospital has grown in the past 25 years.

The Mayor said that Downers Grove South High School will be playing Naperville Central for the State championship on Saturday, and he wished the South team good luck.

9. Manager’s Report

Manager Ginex noted that there have been changes made to the front lobby of Village Hall for security issues, as well as to make the lobby more aesthetically pleasing for visitors. All of the work done was done in-house by the Building Services group. He congratulated them for the excellent job.

10. Attorney’s Report

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

Commissioner Schnell said that Public Services will be meeting on December 11.

Commissioner Gilbert said that the Public Safety Committee met last week. He said he would be submitting a report on exploring grant possibilities. He said he was impressed with how well equipped the Village is to address safety issues.

12. Council Member Reports and New Business

Commissioner Sisul wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, as did Commissioner Schnell.

Commissioner McConnell said that the Character Counts meeting has been rescheduled to January 16 at 7:00 PM. With regard to the Brookbank Middaugh Task Force, they met last night. One outstanding issue concerns sidewalk placement. Public Works staff will obtain that information. The next meeting will be in early spring, and once again afterwards. She said they have already met three times and she believes they have been productive meetings.

Commissioner Tully said earlier the Council approved the northeast corner of Main and Maple as temporary parking. There have been inquiries as to the ultimate disposition of that property which was a gas station for years, and was a grassy lot recently. He said once the parking deck is operating, the Council will revisit that property and its ultimate use.

Commissioner Tully said he attended an EDC sponsored meeting this morning concerning the Ogden Avenue area and plans for the improvements and beautification of Ogden Avenue. He said that many business owners attended the meeting. He noted that Ogden Avenue is one of the longest stretches of commercial area, and he is pleased to see the work done by the Committee to date.

The Commissioner then said he had the opportunity to read to the students at El Sierra last Friday. He thanked the students and said he had a wonderful time. He encouraged everyone to attend the Hospitality Day events on Sunday.

Mayor Krajewski thanked the staff members and all those who attended El Sierra school to read books last Friday.

The Mayor said that with regards to Main and Maple, prior to being a gas station it was a church. This is temporary parking. He noted that John LaMotte of the Lakota group will be contacted to determine ways to shape that corner to fit in the downtown scheme.

He wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and encouraged everyone to come to Hospitality Day.

13. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 7:32 p.m. A motion was made to Adjourn this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Gilbert, Commissioner Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski