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 Ron Sandack, Commissioner Stan Urban, Commissioner Martin Tully, Commissioner Mark Zabloudil and Mayor Brian Krajewski Absent: Commissioner Marilyn Schnell and Village Manager Riccardo Ginex Non Voting: Village Attorney Enza Petrarca, Village Clerk April Holden and Deputy Village Manager David Van Vooren
Mayor Krajewski said he would like to remind everyone present that the Council meeting is broadcast over the local FM radio station, WDGC . In addition, a tape recording and videotape of the meeting are being made using Village owned equipment. The videotape of the meeting will be used for later rebroadcast of the Council meeting over the Village cable television Channel 6.
The Council will follow the rules of conduct for this meeting as provided in Sec. 2.5 of the Downers Grove Municipal Code. These offer the public the opportunity to comment at several points in the meeting. First, immediately following approval of the minutes of the past meetings, an opportunity will be given for public comments and questions on the active agenda items for this evening’s meeting. Following this, an opportunity is given for public comments and questions on any subject. Finally, if a public hearing is scheduled for this meeting, an opportunity is given for public comments and questions related to the subject of the hearing.
The Mayor stated that at the appropriate time the presiding officers will ask if there are any comments from the public. If anyone wishes to speak, the individual should raise their hand to be recognized and, after acknowledgment from the presiding officer, approach the microphone and state their name and address. He stated that remarks be limited to five minutes, and asked that individuals refrain from making repetitive statements.
The Mayor said there are agendas located on either side of the Council Chambers, and he invited the audience to pick up an agenda and follow the progress of the Council meeting.
3. Minutes of Workshop and Council Meetings
Executive Session Minutes for Approval Only – July 22, 2003 Council Meeting – August 5, 2003 Workshop Meeting – August 12, 2003 Commissioner Tully forwarded his corrections to the Village Clerk. Mayor Krajewski said the minutes would be filed with the noted corrections.
4. Public Comments and Questions
A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda
There were none.
B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
Mary Koeppner, 4903 Puffer Road, asked to have the parking lot on the northwest quadrant of Belmont and the train tracks workshopped. She wanted it on record that she was against it because her property backs up to it, and for safety reasons. The Mayor said that first they have to be sure that it is going to go forward. He said that the Task Force is moving forward on it, and it will probably be months before this comes up for a Workshop.
Commissioner Tully said that those items would be placed on a Workshop Agenda as they are brought before the Council.
Diane Thompson, 6441 Wells, in the Springside Subdivision said that her electricity goes off all the time. It was off several hours on August 4. She called 911. She said that the electricity is going off constantly. Last year it went off 5-6 times in one week. She asked if anything could be down by the Village.
The Mayor said that he has the same issue because he lives near her. He said that the Village has a liaison from Com Ed to the Village; however, it doesn’t seem to help much. He said he would pass this on to the Manager and to the liaison. The Mayor said that some other communities experience the same thing constantly He said he would follow this up with the Village Manager to ask that he contacts ComEd and will let her know. The Mayor said staff would let her know when they contact Com Ed. Ms. Thompson said that the workers have told her it is due to old equipment. She said that DuPage County has only one grid in Elmhurst. Mayor Krajewski said that the Village met with ComEd and the Mayors two years ago. The infrastructure is not what it should be. He assured her that staff would look into it further.
5. Public Hearings
6. Consent Agenda
BIL00 -01356 List of Bills Payable: No. 5490, August 19, 2003 Sponsors: Accounting Commissioner Tully asked for more information regarding item WI 415 . A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
COR00 -01357 Claim Ordinance: No. 5492, Payroll, August 8, 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 Tully, seconded by Commissioner Urban, that the consent agenda be passed. The motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski
7. Active Agenda
RES00 -01353 Resolution: Authorize Submittal of Grant Application to the Bureau of Justice Assistance for FY 2003 Local Law Enforcement Block Grants Sponsors: Finance and Police Department Summary of Item: This will authorize submittal of a grant application to the Bureau of Justice Assistance for FY 2003 for the purpose of reducing crime and improving public safety.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUBMITTAL OF GRANT APPLICATION TO THE BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE FOR FY 2003 LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT BLOCK GRANTS
RESOLUTION 2003 -69 A motion was made by Commissioner Tully, seconded by Commissioner Urban, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Local Law Enforcement Block Grant
ORD00 -01354 Ordinance: Amend the Downers Grove Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance re: Powers and Duties Sponsors: Planning and Community Development Summary of Item: At their meeting of July 1, 2003, the Plan Commission unanimously recommended adoption of this ordinance which will make certain amendments to the Zoning Ordinance in relation to the dissolution of the Zoning Commission and amending the powers and duties of the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE DOWNERS GROVE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE
ORDINANCE NO . 4527 A motion was made by Commissioner Urban to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Zoning Ordinance
ORD00 -01355 Ordinance: Amend Provisions for Variations Sponsors: Planning and Community Development Summary of Item: This will amend provisions related to authorized variations.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PROVISIONS FOR VARIATIONS
ORDINANCE NO . 4534 A motion was made, seconded by Commissioner Sandack, to Table to a Date Certain this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Zoning Ordinance – Variations
8. Mayor’s Report
Materials to be Received – Minutes
Economic Development Commission – July 9, 2003 Stormwater Utility Exploratory Committee – June 26, 2003 & August 1, 2003 A motion was made by Commissioner Tully, seconded by Commissioner Urban, to Note Receipt Of this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski
The Mayor asked the Village Clerk to read the resolution appointing and reappointing members to Boards and Commissions.
RES00 -01358 Resolution: Appointments to Boards and Commissions Sponsors: Mayor Summary of Item: Parking & Traffic Commission
Reappoint William Kren, John Stapleton and Russell Thurston for terms expiring April 30, 2006.
Stormwater and Flood Plain Oversight Committee
Appoint Edward Shadrick for a term expiring April 30, 2004 Appoint Bruce Beckman for a term expiring April 30, 2006
APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
RESOLUTION 2003 -70 Mayor Krajewski thanked Commissioner Schnell for taking the time to interview for these Boards. Seasoned veterans have been reappointed to the Parking and Traffic Commission. He thanked Bruce Beckman who was in the audience for serving on the Stormwater and Flood Plain Oversight Committee. A motion was made by Commissioner Tully, seconded by Commissioner Urban, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Boards and Commissions
9. Manager’s Report
The Manager had no report.
10. Attorney’s Report
The Attorney had no report.
Future Active Agenda
11.Committee Standing Reports
Commissioner Zabloudil said that the Finance Committee met this evening and discussed an update on the audit, and the tracking and input of information for the upcoming budget process.
Commissioner McConnell said that her Committee’s next meeting is on September 2 and the topic is the Fire Department.
Commissioner Tully said that the Local Transportation Subcommittee met last evening to discuss the viability and future of the Commuter Shuttle service. Among the topics were how to increase ridership, increase revenues, decrease expenses, and option of PACE taking over the routes. He said that there should be a proposal from PACE ready for the next meeting. He noted that they focused on ridership increases by increasing awareness through the cable television network. He thanked George Porter and Mark Ashby of PACE for their attendance at the Subcommittee meetings. The next meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. on September 10 in Village Hall.
Commissioner Tully said that the next meeting of the Stormwater Utility Exploratory Committee is September 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Public Works Facility.
*h2. 12.Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Sandack said he attended the Pro Criterion and said it was an outstanding event. The staff and organizers did a wonderful job.
Commissioner McConnell echoed those comments regarding the Pro Criterion and said that there were many positive comments made.
Commissioner Urban said it was a pleasure to see the winner win for the second time in two years. The Americans swept 1st through 5th place. He thanked Mary Scalzetti and Chicago Special Events for keeping the race in Downers Grove.
Commissioner Tully said he received a note from Dave Humphries who was in Canada and stopped at a bicycle shop. The shop owner asked him where he was from and Mr. Humphries responded Downers Grove, Illinois. The owners knew that the Pro Criterium race was in Downers Grove.
Mayor Krajewski said that Fox Sports plays the Criterium throughout the country which shows the Downers Grove water tower in the background. The announcer also did a lot to promote Downers Grove.
The Mayor then welcomed all of the new teachers who are getting ready to begin the school year. He commented that the Lions Club sponsors a new teachers’ luncheon each year prior to the school year.
Commissioner Tully moved to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to Section 2©(3) of the Open Meetings Act to consider the selection of a person to fill a public office, and pursuant to Section 2©(11) of the Open Meetings Act to consider litigation. Commissioner Urban seconded.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Tully, Urban, Sandack, Zabloudil, McConnell, Mayor Krajewski
Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried and the Council convened into Executive Session at 6:52 p.m