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January 21, 2003

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 Manager Riccardo Ginex, Village Attorney Enza Petrarca and Village Clerk April Holden

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 – December 17, 2002 Budget Workshop – January 7, 2003 Workshop Meeting – January 14, 2003 Mayor Krajewski said the minutes would be filed with corrections submitted by Commissioner McConnell and Commissioner Tully. Police Presentation to Barth Family Holiday Decoration Recognition Program Stamped Art Heroes Presentation – US Post Office Technology Excellency Award Police Presentation to Barth Family

Police Chief Robert Porter made a presentation in m emory of Officer Richard Barth, killed in the line of duty 28 years ago. He said that staff has been wearing a pin on their uniforms in remembrance of Officer Barth. He welcomed Officers Barth’s mother, sisters, niece, nephew, and brother-in-law. One of Officer Barth’s sisters thanked the Council and Village for remembering Officer Barth and his family.

Mayor Krajewski said that on February 8, 2003 the Prison Review Board will be reviewing the case of Paul Fontaine, the person convicted for the death of Officer Barth. The Mayor read a letter from the Village Council in opposition to his release, and the Police Department has been obtaining signatures of police officers and residents requesting that parole be denied to Mr. Fontaine. The Mayor also explained that each year that this case had been before the Prison Review Board, the family of Officer Barth has had to travel to the prison and walk through the areas where prisoners are held to meet with the Board and express their opposition to the parole of this individual. Mayor Krajewski said he thought the manner in which the hearings are held should also be reviewed as it makes it even more difficult for the families of the victims.

Holiday Decoration Recognition Program

Laura Kestelik of Tourism and Events announced the winners of the annual Village Holiday Decoration program, and asked the Mayor to assist in distributing the awards to the winners. Ms. Kestelik thanked the Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club for their assistance in judging this contest.

The Council recognized the following families:

First Place: The Pocewicz Family, 5521 Middaugh St. Second Place: The VanHootegem Family, 1335 Andrus Ave. Third Place: The Chrysanthopoulos Family, 4700 Pershing Ave. Honorable Mention: The Mazurowski Family, 436 Davis St. Mayor’s Choice: The Brinkman Family, 1460 Bolson Dr.

The names and addresses of the families will be engraved on a plaque for display in the lobby at Village Hall.

Commissioner Tully also thanked the Junior Woman’s Club for their participation in this contest every year.

The Mayor said that again this year Village buses took seniors living at the various senior centers on a Holiday Tour to view the Village Christmas Decorations.

Stamped Art Heroes Presentation – US Post Office

Manager Ginex introduced Art Zender, Officer in Charge of the Downers Grove Post Office. Mr. Zender made a presentation to the Police and Fire Departments of the Hero Stamp which depicts New York City fireman raising the American Flag amid the wreckage of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 terrorist attack. He then asked Chief Porter and Chief Ruscetti to come forward, thanked them for their service to the community, and then presented them with framed Heroes of 2001 stamps.

The Mayor said he purchased some of the stamps which are larger than normal stamps. Proceeds from the sale of the Heroes of 2001 stamps go to specified organizations.

Technology Excellency Award

The Mayor said that the Village’s Technology Commission has chosen TransTech LLC , an informational technology company serving more than 100 clients in the Midwest, as the recipient of the 2002 Technology Star Award. Mark Lopata of the Technology Commission said this award will be presented annually to the company that most improves its business through technology.

4. Public Comments and Questions

A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda

There were none.

B. Comments and Questions on General Matters

1. Terry Madden, 920 60th Place, said that emergency medical services make up about 70% of the Fire Department calls. He said that the first statement in the 2002/03 budget focuses on increased commitment to public safety activities. He said he understood that to mean that the focus would be to upgrade the emergency services to bring them up to the standards that the residents expect to receive. Mr. Madden said that on January 12 an ambulance was taken out of service at Fire Station 2 for approximately 12 hours, which was done with no prior notice to the residents in the area. This does not sound like an increase in commitment to public safety. He said that the Letter of Commitment of the Fire Department guarantees a minimum level of emergency service, which means that the ambulance at Fire Station 2 must be in service at all times. He asked how this happened to begin with, and what will be done to assure that the ambulance remains in service. He does not want the quality of service to be compromised.

Mayor Krajewski responded that the Village is committed to public safety. There has been more than a 10% increase in the budget in the Police and Fire Departments each year over the past five years. Four years ago eight new officers were brought into the departments through the COPS program. In addition the rescue truck has been upgraded. The Mayor said that there are some issues with cost within both Departments. He noted that the Village has excellent staff in the Fire Department. There are some members who get sick and that results in excess overtime expenses to cover the shifts. He reviewed sick times of a few of the officers, and when someone calls in sick they have to hire an individual back at overtime costs.

Mr. Madden said that when a Fire Department member calls in sick it is a 24-hour loss due to the work schedule. He said if people are abusing this it should be addressed, and there should be funds available to cover costs of staff who are on sick days. The Mayor responded that he has a problem with staff people who abuse the sick leave, and the issue will be discussed with the union. The Police and Fire Chiefs are addressing this issue. Mr. Madden said that he wants a reassurance that the ambulances will not be taken out of service again and that manpower will not drop below what is needed. He said that last year Westmont received assistance from Downers Grove 83 times, and there comes a point where it is being overused. The Mayor responded that according to statistics, Downers Grove was Westmont’s primary firefighter last year, and Chief Ruscetti will be discussing that situation with the Westmont Fire Chief.

Mr. Madden noted that on January 12 the ambulance at Station 2 was taken out of service which decreased response time from four to six minutes. He added that as far as the Community Response Center is concerned, the Village might as well get rid of it because he put his name on the list with his complaints and never received a response. The Mayor said he would have staff look into this.

Mayor Krajewski asked if anyone in his department works side jobs while on duty. Mr. Madden said it hasn’t happened at his station, but he can’t speak for the others. He works with the Lisle/Woodridge Department.

2. Eileen Kenny, 5812 Plymouth Court, said her husband is a firefighter and is related to Mr. Madden. Her question is whether this will happen again. She would like assurance that the ambulance will not be taken out of service, as well as assurance that there will be no cutbacks on either the Fire or Police Departments. As far as the budget, the Mayor told Ms. Kenny that there is a deficit due to changes at the State level. Regarding cutbacks, the Mayor said there was a closing of Station 4 in 1994. Ms. Kenny said that this Village should be taken care of first, before any other Villages are assisted. She wanted a response to her question as to whether the Village would be having the coverage that the citizens think they are receiving.

Mayor Krajewski said the question is what is the appropriate coverage. He said that the Council will make sure that the Village will have adequate coverage, and noted that the average response time is 4.04 minutes. Ms. Kenny asked if this would remain a priority. The Mayor said the biggest problem with response time is a south side call getting caught at the tracks. He asked if she thought that an ambulance would not respond to a call from her house. Ms. Kenny said people are concerned that they may not be getting the adequate emergency services.

The Mayor responded that the Village ambulances should be able to respond to a call within 4-5 minutes, and the Council will not deviate from that. They are committed to the Police and Fire services.

Commissioner Tully said that there are those who say that the only thing government should be involved with is Police and Fire emergency services. They are departments to be reviewed at budget times as any other department. He said those discussions with respect to the levels of funding and sources of funding will be part of the public budget hearings. Those hearings are open to the public, although they are not well attended, and he encouraged residents to attend those hearings.

5. Public Hearings

6. Consent Agenda

COR00 -01133 Claim Ordinance: No. 5461, Payroll, December 27, 2002 A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A

COR00 -01134 Claim Ordinance: No. 5463, Payroll, January 10, 2003 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A

BIL00 -01135 List of Bills Payable: No. 5462, January 17, 2003 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A 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

ORD00 -01136 Ordinance: Provide for the Issuance of $4,500,000 Taxable General Obligation Variable Rate Refunding Bonds, Series 2003 Sponsors: Deputy Village Manager Summary of Item: This will authorize the sale of $4,500,000.00 in taxable general obligation variable rate refunding bonds.

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF $4,500,000.00 TAXABLE GENERAL OBLIGATION VARIABLE RATE REFUNDING BONDS , SERIES 2003, OF THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE , DUPAGE COUNTY , ILLINOIS, AND PROVIDING FOR THE SECURITY FOR AND PAYMENT OF SAID BONDS

ORDINANCE NO . 4470 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: General Obligation Bond Issue – Series 2001, General Obligation Bond Issue – Series 2003

RES00 -01137 Resolution: Authorize an Agreement with the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Sponsors: Police Department Summary of Item: This will authorize execution of an agreement which will allow the Village to give and receive law enforcement aid from participating communities.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND ILLIINOIS LAW ENFORCEMENT ALARM SYSTEM (ILEAS)

RESOLUTION 2003 -01 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: Mutual Aid

ORD00 -01138 Ordinance: Annex 4950 Rose Avenue to the Village of Downers Grove Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will annex the property commonly known as 4950 Rose Avenue. Following annexation, this property will remain zoned R-1 Single Family Residential.

AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING 4950 ROSE AVENUE TO THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE , ILLINOIS

ORDINANCE NO . 4471 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: Annexation

ORD00 -01139 Ordinance: Extend Preliminary Site Plan for Venture Planned Development #18 Sponsors: Planning Services Summary of Item: Pursuant to the Downers Grove Zoning Ordinance, Section 28-1609, the owners for the Venture Planned Development have requested a one year extension for their site plan. This project is located at the intersection of 75th Street and Lemont Road. This ordinance will extend the site plan approval for a one year period to January 16, 2004.

AN ORDINANCE EXTENDING THE PRELIMINARY SITE PLAN FOR VENTURE PLANNED DEVELOPMENT #18

ORDINANCE NO . 4472 Mayor Krajewski asked if this would be the last time. Commissioner McConnell said that with this Ordinance will be a letter explaining that this is the last time the preliminary site plan will be extended. 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: Planned Development #18-Venture

ORD00 -01140 Ordinance: Rezone 1350 35th Street from R-1 to R-3 Sponsors: Zoning Board of Appeals Summary of Item: At their meeting of December 4, 2002, the Zoning Board of Appeals recommended unanimously that the property commonly known as 1350 35th Street be rezoned from R-1 Single Family Residential to R-3 Single Family Residential.

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE , ILLINOIS, PASSED AND APPROVED APRIL 19 , 1965, AS AMENDED , TO REZONE 1350 35TH STREET (R-1 TO R -3)

ORDINANCE NO . 4473 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 Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Rezone 1350 35th Street – R-1 to R-3

ORD00 -01141 Ordinance: Special Use at Automotive Services, 205 and 217 Ogden Avenue, to Permit an Addition to the Existing Structure Sponsors: Zoning Board of Appeals Summary of Item: At their meeting of December 18, 2002, the Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously recommended that a Special Use be granted for the property located at 205 and 217 Ogden Avenue, for an automobile repair and service shop, excluding rebuilding and painting of automobiles.

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING SPECIAL USE AT AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES , 205 AND 217 OGDEN AVENUE , TO PERMIT AN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING STRUCTURE

ORDINANCE NO . 4474 Commissioner Sisul at the meeting on December 18, the Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously recommended that the special use be granted.

Commissioner Tully said this is coming before the Council as a special use request which means it must meet the four factors that must be applied under the Zoning Ordinance. He has no problem with the retail sale portion of the business; however, he would have preferred to have seen the impact on the traffic. That information was not provided, and when the proposal is forthcoming with the ultimate design, traffic and parking issues will have to be a paramount concern.

The Mayor said he believes there will be an opportunity to work with the petitioner in terms of the redesign and traffic issues.

Commissioner Tully said that it looks like there will also be a reduction in the curb cuts which would be consistent with the Ogden Avenue Master Plan.

Commissioner Schnell said that she hopes the petitioners will address the screening issues now rather than waiting until they come in with the final plan.

The Mayor said staff will be directed to encourage proper screening. 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: Special Use – 205 & 217 Ogden Avenue

RES00 -01142 Resolution: Authorize Submittal of Grant Application to the Chicago Area Transportation Study for the FY 2004 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program – Bikeway Improvements Sponsors: Finance Summary of Item: This will authorize submittal of the 2004 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) grant application to the Chicago Area Transportation Study for grant funds in the amount of $399,000.00 which will be applied toward the east-west segment expansions of the Central Corridor Route bikeway. Note, the Village must also contribute funding in the amount of $100,000.00 as a condition of receiving the grant.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUBMITTAL OF GRANT APPLICATION TO THE CHICAGO AREA TRANSPORATION STUDY FOR THE FY 2004 CONGESTION MITIGATION AND AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

RESOLUTION 2003 -02 Commissioner Zabloudil summarized the Resolution. He said these are grant applications and place no obligation on the Village to spend funds at this time. 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: Bikeway Plan

RES00 -01143 Resolution: Authorize Grant Application to the Chicago Area Transportation Study for the FY 2004 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program – CBD Parking Deck Sponsors: Finance and Director of Redevelopment Summary of Item: This will authorize submittal of the 2004 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) grant application to the Chicago Area Transportation Study for grant funds in the amount of $3,958,000.00 which will be applied toward the construction of the CBD commuter parking deck. Note, the Village must also contribute funding in the amount of $990,000.00 as a condition of receiving the grant.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUBMITTAL OF GRANT APPLICATION TO THE CHICAGO AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY FOR THE FY 1004 CONGESTION MITIGATION AND AIR QUALITY IMPORVEMENT PROGRAM (CBD Parking Deck)

RESOLUTION 2003 -03 Commissioner Schnell explained that this is not new monies to be expended, but is hopefully a way of helping taxpayers.

The Mayor asked whether staff has investigated the T-3 funding. Manager Ginex said they are looking into it. 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: Central Business District – Parking Deck

RES00 -01144 Resolution: Authorize Submittal of Grant Application to the Chicago Area Transportation Study for the FY 2004 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program – Ogden Avenue Traffic Flow Improvements Sponsors: Finance and Economic Development Director Summary of Item: This will authorize submittal of the 2004 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) grant application to the Chicago Area Transportation Study for grant funds in the amount of $333,000.00 which will be applied toward Ogden Avenue traffic flow improvements. Note, the Village must also contribute funding in the amount of $83,000.00 as a condition of receiving the grant.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUBMITTAL OF GRANT APPLICATION TO THE CHICAGO AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY FOR THE FY 2004 CONGESTION MITIGATION AND AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (Ogden Avenue Traffic Flow Improvements)

RESOLUTION 2003 -04 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: Ogden Avenue Redevelopment

RES00 -01146 Resolution: Authorize Submittal of Grant Application to the Chicago Area Transportation Study for the FY 2004 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program – Gilbert Avenue Pedestrian Way Sponsors: Finance and Public Works Summary of Item: This will suthorize submittal of the 2004 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) grant application to the Chicago Area Transportation Study for grant funds in the amount of $533,000.00 which will be applied toward the construction of a pedestrian way on Gilbert Avenue. Note, the Village must also contribute funding in the amount of $133,000.00 as a condition of receiving the grant.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUBMITTAL OF GRANT APPLICATION TO THE CHICAGO AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY FOR THE FY 2004 CONGESTION MITIGATION AND AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (Gilbert Avenue Pedestrian Way)

RESOLUTION 2003 -05 Commissioner Tully said that a resident had asked how much sidewalk would be contained within the total project cost. For clarification he said that the sidewalk would go from the corner of Hitchcock and Cornell to the east to Gilbert Avenue and Jacqueline Drive. 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 Sisul, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Gilbert Avenue Pedestrian Way

8. Mayor’s Report

Materials to be Received – Minutes

Finance Committee – November 5, 2002, December 3, 2002 & December 17, 2002 Library Board – November 27, 2002 & December 18, 2002 Parking & Traffic Commission – December 11, 2002 Plan Commission – December 3, 2002 Zoning Board of Appeals – September 25, 2002, December 4, 2002 & December 18, 2002 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

New Business

The Mayor said he received a letter from Hank Zmola, CEO of Chicago Special Events Management regarding next week’s bicycle race. He said they are asking the Village to contribute more money to the race, and there are other Villages interested in the race. He said this will be Workshopped soon.

Mayor Krajewski said he was at Herrick School with the Principal Advisory Group of 7th and 8th graders. He said their knowledge was unbelievable with discussion centering on the downtown area. They discussed skateboard parks, coordinating with the high schools, Fishel Park band concerts for students, and more bike racks in the downtown area.

The Mayor said he would be speaking at O’Neill School tomorrow.

9. Manager’s Report

10. Attorney’s Report

Future Active Agenda

11.Standing Committee Reports

Public Services

Commissioner Tully said the Public Services Standing Committee will meet on January 31 at 5:00 p.m. in the Public Works Facility at 5101 Walnut. They will discuss Stormwater utility and how it applies to the Village.

Public Safety

Commissioner Sisul said the Public Safety Committee did not meet.

He also mentioned that Commissioner Gilbert has been hospitalized as the result of a back injury.

Finance Committee

Commissioner Zabloudil said the Finance Committee met and discussed the BFI contract. Staff obtained additional information and this will be discussed at the next Workshop.

In addition, Commissioner Zabloudil said the Committee discussed the budget discussion on fund balance and cash flow policy. It was an excellent presentation.

12. Council Member Reports and New Business

Commissioner Tully said that the Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club is having their annual fund raiser on February 28. The Taste of the Town will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Seven Bridges. There will be many local restaurants providing samples. There may also be some interesting live auction items. He said interested parties can e-mail him at the Village e-mail address on the website.

Commissioner McConnell said the Partnership for Healthier Communities met this morning, and one of the items discussed was their injury prevention program which includes donating car seats to those who cannot afford to purchase them. It has been a successful program. Midwestern University just donated $900 for more car seats, and cash donations are also welcomed.

In addition, Commissioner McConnell said they reinstituted the DuPage Health Department Tobacco prevention program.

Finally, Commissioner McConnell said that volunteers are being sought for a Bio Terrorism Prevention Program which would become a County-wide process to administer vaccines should they become necessary.

Commissioner Schnell said that the Character Counts Coalition will meet on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in Village Hall.

Commissioner Sisul said he is concerned about the pressure that is being placed on the Village regarding the bicycle race. He said that Bensenville apparently wants to have the race. He noted that Stan Urban is involved with Bensenville and asked whether this is a conflict.

The Mayor said he received dozens of e-mails of thanks this year from the racers around the country thanking Downers Grove.

Commissioner Schnell said that if it wasn’t for Downers Grove, the cycling Championship would not be doing what it is doing. Downers Grove was there when they needed the Village. She believes they need to be reminded of that. The former Hotel Tax Board put a lot of time in putting this event together at the beginning.

The Mayor said that last year they cut out the Fox Broadcasting coverage, without telling the Village. He said the staff needs to be in contact with the U.S. Cycling Federation as well.

Commissioner Zabloudil commented on the Ice Sculpture Festival this coming weekend and encouraged everyone to attend. In addition there are a number of fund raisers coming up such as the February 15 Chamber of Commerce event.

Mayor Krajewski said that there was a District 58 breakfast held last Friday, and the area Representatives and Senators were present. They discussed State funding as it related to schools. The deficit was discussed as well as the number of tobacco settlements that were received. He summarized other budget issues discussed at the meeting, saying the staff needs to keep an eye on what is happening in Springfield as it may effect the Village’s budget.

The Mayor said that the District 58 Education foundation will be bringing Second City to the Tivoli in Downers Grove on March 8.

13. Adjournment

Commissioner Sisul moved to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to Section 2©(11) of the Open Meetings Act to consider litigation pending and pursuant to Section 2©(1) to consider personnel. Commissioner Zabloudil seconded.

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

Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried and the Council convened into Executive Session at 7:48 p.m