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 Marilyn Schnell, Commissioner Martin Tully, Commissioner Mark Zabloudil and Mayor Brian Krajewski 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 – September 16, 2003 Workshop Meeting – September 23, 2003 Executive Session Minutes for Release: 11/27/01, 12/11/01, 7/23/02, 1/21/03, 5/13/03 There being no additions or corrections to the minutes, Mayor Krajewski said they would be filed as submitted. Police Swearing-In Ceremony Mayor Krajewski introduced Bob Porter, Chief of Police, for the swearing-in ceremony for six officers. Russell J. Piszczek, twenty year veteran, was promoted to Sergeant. Brian Husum, Derek Haak, Andrew Barczak, Steven Meder and Scott Von Almer were sworn in as Downers Grove Police Officers. Economic Development Marketing Award – “Come Home” Campaign Mayor Krajewski introduced Gary Vlk, Chairman of the Economic Development Marketing Committee, who organized the “Come Home” marketing program. Mr. Vlk thanked the Council for their support of the team that worked on the marketing project. The resulting campaign merited national recognition from the International Economic Development Council in Washington, D.C. Each year the IEDC honors the most outstanding marketing programs, and this year they received 525 entries. The Village won three awards: 1) Honorable Mention in the “Come Home” CD; 2) Honorable Mention in the Mayor’s Cable TV program introducing “Come Home”; and, 3) the Best in Class award which is the highest honor for a community of our size. Mr. Vlk then introduced the staff who worked on the “Come Home” Campaign: Sarah Bobikiewicz, Mary Scalzetti, David Hankes, Dann Fitzpatrick, Doug Kozlowski, Steve Rockwell, Ginny Mindo, Cathy Schuster. Mr. Vlk then presented the Council with the three award plaques from IEDC .
Commissioner Zabloudil reiterated the comments regarding the hard work of the staff on this project. He thanked Mr. Vlk for his time and energy in the program, and for being an integral part in driving the campaign.
Commissioner Tully also thanked those who worked on this project. The true measure of any message is whether it is heard and understood, and this one obviously is.
4. Public Comments and Questions
A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda
Barbara Murphy, 309 41st Street, commented on Luxury Motors and their variance request. She distributed a map to the Council to show the location of her home in proximity to Luxury Motors, which is about one block away. She found the discussion regarding the “Come Home to Downers Grove” project interesting, because that to her means living and working in a community with pride, and being a nice place to own a home with a sense of well-being. Ms. Murphy said Luxury Motors’ lack of regard for the residents of the community is an on-going issue. She reviewed the problems about the loudspeakers blasting from the dealership and said the residents were promised that the noise would be reduced. She also had problems with lights aimed directly into her home, which took some time to be resolved. Ms. Murphy said another problem is car alarms going off day or night for up to 40 minutes at a time. Residents have to drive around cars from Luxury Motors to access the local gas station. She said they always park on the right-of-way behind the Shell and other buildings. Their cars are parked all over the neighborhood, and they speed down the dead end street. Ms. Murphy said that Luxury acquired property on Florence last year and used that house to wash and service cars. They never approached the Village for a variance, never made arrangements to dispose of toxic auto fluids or soap runoff. The dealership responded to the residents that they were too busy to apply for a zoning variance. Ms. Murphy said that the dealership thumbs its nose at the laws and ordinances which were created to protect the residents and the quality of life. Ms. Murphy said the neighborhood is one in transition with some tear-downs and larger homes being built. Streets are clogged up with automobile transport trucks that park for hours at a time and close up the roadways. She asked that the Council represent the little people who pay taxes as well as the businesses that bring tax revenues into the Village. She has lived in the Village for 30 years, and over the course of the years has paid over half a million dollars to this community through taxes, and living expenses. She asked the Council not to let Luxury Motors continue to be a poor neighbor. People who flagrantly violate the Village laws and ordinances, without any regard to the neighbors, should not be supported. Ms. Murphy said she wants to continue to live and shop in Downers Grove. She wants the Council to act on her behalf and the behalf of the residents. She would like to see her rights protected as well.
Terri Brzesinski, 2219 Haddow, said she has attended many Coffee With the Council sessions and remembers as far back as two years ago discussions regarding the poor attitude of Luxury Motors toward the community and the neighbors. She said she appreciates the need to rezone the Florence Avenue property; however, she understands the concerns of the residents. The Council was elected by the people of the Village, not the businessmen. She said they should be representing the residents and granting the Ordinance would be like rewarding Luxury Motors.
The Mayor said that the Village’s Future Land Use Plan designates areas as business. Not rezoning the sites to commercial would result in court actions, and in the past the courts have upheld the Future Land Use Plan recommended zoning. Ms. Brzesinski said that she doubts that the property was zoned commercial when Luxury Motors took it over and she is asking that the officials act on behalf of the public.
B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
Mai Tran, 185 Saddlebrook in Oak Brook, said she is a Senior at Downers Grove North High School, and is an officer of the Athletes Committed to Excellence club. Two years ago their group sponsored the 911K Walkathon with a goal of $5,000. They raised more than $12,000 which was given to the New York Fire Department. This year’s theme is Remembering Heroes, with donations going to the Cadet Program, with a goal of $5,000. She hopes everyone will participate and made registrations forms available. The Walkathon is on Sunday, October 19 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
The Mayor wished her good luck, and asked that the form be made available on the website for downloading. He said some of the Commissioners have participated in the past.
Commissioner McConnell said this started three years ago, and Commissioner Tully has been involved in this in a number of ways. It is a tribute to our youth.
Terri Brzesinski, 2219 Haddow, asked whether there is some understanding, deal or agreement made with Metra specific to the proposed parking lot at Haddow Avenue.
The Mayor said no, there is none, other than the overall plan that was approved. Ms. Brzesinski said that the Council approved a plan last October that did not include Skuddlebutts. The Mayor said that the Council looked north of the tracks. He said Metra tried to work with Skuddlebutts on an alternative plan, however, to his knowledge Skuddlebutts has not been purchased. He said he did not know what Metra’s acquisitions are. Ms. Brzesinski said since changes can be made to the plan, and since the Village Council refuses to address the issue of the parking lot, is there a separate agreement between the Village and Metra prohibiting the Village from acting on the parking lot issue. Mayor Krajewski said there was no such agreement with Metra.
Ms. Brzesinski said that she has heard from other Commissioners that the project is on hold, and is a non-funded project. She attended an ICC meeting today in Chicago and Metra asked the ICC to consider $18.5 million for the project. Mayor Krajewski said the ICC had a policy of funding 60% of local crossings. They then changed their guidelines to include a cap of $12 million. Metra and IDOT agreed to work toward the additional funding, or to fund the difference if additional funding does not come about. He said the funding has been spelled out in the Intergovernmental Agreement.
Manager Ginex said that at the meeting the staff asked for direction as to how much funding was appropriate. No recommendation was made, but a cap of $12 million was set. He said that some precedent has been set for additional funding, however. The Manager said once they make a decision as to where the project will be placed in the 5-Year Plan, then hearings will be held.
Ms. Brzesinski said that they have not committed the $12 million, and one Commissioner recommended giving only $6 million. The Mayor said finding $36 million is an on-going process. Ms. Brzesinski asked if it is prudent and responsible to continue to let Metra move forward as if the funding is there, since the funding has not been committed.
Commissioner Tully said it needs to be made clear that nothing is on hold. It is a large project with a lot of money that has to be put together. Often the direction for the funding changes, but the project is not on hold. Various aspects may not be proceeding as quickly as originally envisioned, but the project to his knowledge has not been put on hold.
Regarding her other question, Commissioner Tully said that he takes umbrage at the suggestion being made that there was some back door deal made with Metra. He is unaware of any refusal by the Council or the Village to address the proposed northwest parking lot. There has been no refusal to address that lot. There has been an unwillingness to address it in the time and fashion that some people want it to be addressed. However, at some point it will be addressed. He said he hopes it has been made clear that this project is in the best interest of this community, the safety of commuters, pedestrians, children, etc., and the Council will act in a responsible fashion to make sure it goes forward. The lot will be addressed.
Ms. Brzesinski said the refusal has come to her from the Mayor and Manager who have told her they will not discuss this with her. The Mayor said this will not be discussed at Workshop.
Manager Ginex said that Mike Stead said that his recommendation was to fund the project at the $12 million level. They also discussed the number of people going through that intersection on a daily basis, which is estimated at 1.3 million.
Ms. Brzesinski said she agrees that the project is a good thing for the community. They are only disputing the lot.
Barbara Murphy, 309 41st Street, said she had a neighbor’s letter that she neglected to give to the Council. She also said that she called Amanda Browne on Friday, and she still has not had a response from her. The Mayor told her to call 434-CALL in the future.
Tom Schmate, 4923 Belmont, said that he believes the Belmont project is good for the Village. He doesn’t care what happened behind closed doors. What is frustrating is that the renters have not been told what is happening. He asked the Council to talk with Urban Relocators to put something in writing so the renters and the owners know what is happening.
The Mayor said Metra is dealing with the owner of the building and he is not communicating with the renters. Mr. Schmate said all they want is something in writing. The Mayor said the owner probably doesn’t want them out of there until the building is sold. The Mayor asked the Village Attorney to follow up with the citizens. He said that Metra told the Village that once they purchase the building they will work with the tenants as they don’t need the building right away. Attorney Petrarca said that she understands that the relocation company is in contact with the tenants. The Mayor asked the Attorney to get the information the eight tenants need regarding relocation.
5. Public Hearings
Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Funds Mayor Krajewski called the public hearing to order at 7:28 p.m. to consider submittal of a grant award agreement to the Bureau of Justice Assitance for block grant funding for reducing crime and improving public safety programs. Notice of this hearing was published in the Downers Grove Reporter. The Mayor then summarized the procedure for the hearing.
Deputy Police Chief Pam Church said she was present to hold a public hearing as stipulated on the proposed use of block grant funds for the purchase of 2 Heckler and Koch submachine guns; a pair of night-vision goggles; 5 tasers; an additional workstation and license for the evidence Barcoding system; a Barcode printer; a signature pad for Barcoding system and additional ribbons; a Power Point projector and lap top computer. Deputy Chief Church said that the grant award is $12,885, and the Village has to provide a match of $1,432 which will come from the existing budget.
A second stipulation of the grant funds is the establishment of an Advisory Board, which was established with Paul Zander, Kristen McPeek, Linda Zetterberg, Enza Petrarca, and Deputy Chief Church as Advisory Board members. The Board met to discuss the grant and proposed purchases, and all members were in favor of the purchases as listed.
The Mayor asked how many SWAT calls the Department has had. Sgt. Jim Black said he believed there were seven calls since January.
There being no further questions, Mayor Krajewski adjourned the public hearing at 7:35 p.m.
6. Consent Agenda
BIL00 -01383 List of Bills Payable: No. 5496, October 7, 2003 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
COR00 -01384 Claim Ordinance: 5499, Payroll, September 19, 2003 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BID00 -01391 Bid: Award $97,923 to Patten Industries, Inc. for One Caterpillar 938G Series II Wheel Loader Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Vehicle Purchases, Public Works – Equipment
BID00 -01392 Bid: Award $35,228.00 to Willowbrook Ford for Two Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Vehicle Purchases, Public Works – Equipment
BID00 -01393 Bid: Award $66,960 to Compaq for FY 2003 /04 Computer Replacement Program Sponsors: Information Services A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Computers 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 Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski
7. Active Agenda
ORD00 -01394 Ordinance: Annex 4929 Drendel Road Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will annex the property commonly known as 4929 Drendel Road. Following annexation, this property will be zoned R-1 Single Family Residential.
AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING 4929 DRENDEL ROAD TO THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE , ILLINOIS
ORDINANCE NO . 4536 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 Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Annexation
ORD00 -01395 Ordinance: Rezone 4236 Florence Avenue to B-3 Sponsors: Planning and Community Development Summary of Item: At their meeting of August 5, 2003, the Plan Commission recommended unanimously that the property located at 4236 Florence Avenue be rezoned from R-1 Single Family Residential to B-3 General Services & Highway Business.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COMPEHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE , ILLINOIS, CODIFIED AS CHAPTER 28 OF THE DOWNERS GROVE MUNICIPAL CODE , AS AMENDED , TO REZONE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 4236 FLORENCE AVENUE
ORDINANCE NO . 4537 Commissioner McConnell said that past problems have been of concern to the Council, and she expects them to be good citizens and good neighbors. She said that the Village has been increasing its expectations and holding the petitioners more accountable. She said that the Village will continue to do that.
Commissioner Tully clarified that there are two ordinance regarding Luxury Motors, the first to rezone the property at 4236 Florence Avenue to commercial zoning. He noted that the Village has a Future Land Use Plan which designates this property as a commercial designation. Ogden Avenue was developed long ago as Old Plank Road. The lots are not very deep, as are more modern commercial developments. The Master Plan for Ogden Avenue has contemplated that parcels which come up for rezoning would be zoned for commercial use. He explained that the second ordinance requests that there be a special use allowed for the property, which has a different set of criteria. He sees no reason not to grant the rezoning petition. There are some good neighbor issues which have come up over time with respect to the current occupant of the parcel. That is an enforcement issue. Compliance with laws is important, but it is separate from the rezoning or the special use. These are two separate requests before the Council, and are not a reward for the misconduct. The conduct has to be handled separately.
Commissioner Schnell said the rezonings bring up the point of looking at the old neighborhood plans. She said staff found the old plans. The public needs to be aware of what the plans say. She would like to see the Village start a dialogue again with the neighbors about Ogden Avenue and straightening out the lots. Commissioner Schnell noted that she voted against 4244 Florence last year. She has concerns about the next petition.
The Mayor said that some people do not realize that the designations on the Future Land Use Plan were done many years ago. Neighborhood meetings let the residents know the designations. Commissioner Schnell noted that she was involved in those community meetings, which were held in conjunction with the Plan Commission. She hoped the Plan commission and staff could review the old plans which were found. 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 Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Rezone 4236 Florence – R-1 to B-3
ORD00 -01396 Ordinance: Amendment to Special Use at 310-330 Ogden Avenue Sponsors: Planning and Community Development Summary of Item: At their meeting of August 5, 2003, the Plan Commission unanimously recommended that an amendment to an existing Special Use be granted for the property located at 310-330 Ogden Avenue for accessory parking to the existing automobile repair and service shop.
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AN AMENDMENT TO SPECIAL USE AT 310 -330 OGDEN AVENUE
ORDINANCE NO . 4538 Commissioner Tully said this is the petition for a special use, which pertains to how the property will be used. Different criteria apply here, under Section 28-1902 of the Zoning Ordinance. The Council must review four criteria to determine whether the special use is to be allowed. He then reviewed the criteria. He said consideration has to be given to the site, and what used to be on the site some years ago. This is an improvement. He said that the petitioner submitted a photometric plan, as well as a landscaping plan for buffering and screening. There are also restrictions regarding parking, and stormwater ordinance requirements. This comes down to the issue of good neighbors and enforcement of existing law. It is not a reason to deny someone a special use. He then said he would like to add something to the Motion regarding the loud speaker system. He would like to have a condition added that no loudspeakers be added or installed on this particular parcel.
Commissioner Tully moved to amend the Ordinance to add a sixth condition to the special use which would require that no loud speakers be built, constructed, installed, added or used on this parcel as a condition of granting a special use. Commissioner Zabloudil seconded the amended Motion.
Commissioner Zabloudil said there is a speaker installed there already.
Commissioner Schnell said she would be in favor of requesting strongly that they go to a Nextel system. She asked if there was any way to require that the already existing speakers be turned.
Commissioner Sandack said that Luxury Motors said at the Workshop that they have no intention of putting any additional speakers or a P.A. system in the new area.
Commissioner Schnell asked what is to preclude Luxury Motors from turning the speakers toward the added parcel. Attorney Petrarca said she believed they have a Court Order to turn the speakers facing Ogden Avenue. She noted that this Ordinance only deals with the new parcel, and has nothing to do with the existing speakers. That will be dealt with through the Code Enforcement process.
Commissioner Schnell asked if there is any recourse that the Village would have if the petitioner does not obey the law. Attorney Petrarca said the Village probably could not get an injunction, since there are dealerships up and down Ogden Avenue. She said it is a tough standard to prove. Steeper fines can be imposed for multiple violations.
AYES : Commissioners Tully, Zabloudil, Urban, Sandack, McConnell, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski NAYS : None Mayor Krajewski declared the amended motion carried.
Commissioner Schnell asked when the Village has the right to rescind a special use. Attorney Petrarca said it could be rescinded. It is a matter of enforcement and of discretion. The petitioner would have to comply with the special use.
Commissioner Schnell asked about the consequences of noncompliance. She asked how the Village controls the use of the 25 parking spaces, and Attorney Petrarca said it needs to be patrolled and enforced.
Commissioner Schnell said there have been an inordinate number of problems here. She asked how the Village can turn this around and protect residents. Ms. Petrarca said the conditions and plans are to hold them accountable. Commissioner Schnell suggested that someone from the Council meet with the petitioner and their attorney.
The Mayor asked the Village Manager to schedule a meeting with Mr. Abbas. A motion was made, seconded by Commissioner Schnell, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Special Use – 310-330 Ogden Avenue
RES00 -01397 Resolution: Establish the Downers Grove Performing Arts Study Commission Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will establish the Downers Grove Performing Arts Study Commission which will evaluate the need for a performing arts center in Downers Grove.
A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE DOWNERS GROVE PERFORMING ARTS STUDY COMMISSION
RESOLUTION 2003 -78 The Mayor asked that Districts 99 and 58, the Downtown Management Board, the Park District, and the Chamber of Commerce be contacted to obtain the names of their representatives, and that the remaining Commission members be appointed from the list of applicants. A motion was made by Commissioner Schnell, seconded by Commissioner Sandack, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Performing Arts Study Commission
ORD00 -01398 Ordinance: Amend Lien Procedures Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will amend procedures in the processing of liens and extend the time frame in which to file.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING LIEN PROCEDURES
ORDINANCE NO . 4539 A motion was made by Commissioner Sandack, seconded by Commissioner Zabloudil, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Tree Pruning, Tree and Stump Removal, Lien Procedures
RES00 -01385 Resolution: Authorize Submittal of Grant Award Agreement to the Bureau of Justice Assistance for FY 2003 Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program Sponsors: Finance and Police Department Summary of Item: This will authorize submittal of a grant award agreement to the Bureau of Justice Assistance for FY 2003 in the amount of $12,885.00 for the purpose of reducing crime and improving public safety. Note, the Village must also contribue funding in the amount of $1,432.00 as a condition of receiving the grant.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUBMITTAL OF GRANT AWARD AGREEMENT TO THE BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANE FOR FY 2003 LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM
RESOLUTION 2003 -79 A motion was made by Commissioner Zabloudil, seconded by Commissioner Tully, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Y ea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Local Law Enforcement Block Grant
8. Mayor’s Report
Materials to be Received – Minutes
Business Opportunities/Incentive Subcommittee – September 4, 2003 Joint Meeting of EDC Strategic Planning Committee & Plan Commission – September 9, 2003 Library Board – August 27, 2003 & September 10, 2003 Liquor Commission – September 4, 2003 Public Safety Committee – June 3, 2003 & July 15, 2003 Public Services Committee – Local Transportation Subcommittee – September 10, 2003 Zoning Board of Appeals – July 23, 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 Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski
The Mayor said he met with representatives of the National 4-H Club celebrating 4-H Week, and they presented him with a 4-H bear.
The Mayor proclaimed October 5-11 as Career & Technical Organizations Week.
The Mayor proclaimed October 16 as Communities in Motion Day.
The Mayor proclaimed October 10 as International Hispanic/Latino Mental Health Day.
The Mayor proclaimed October 6-12 as Fire Prevention Week.
He urged citizens to recognize the above special events in the Village.
9. Manager’s Report
Manager Ginex said that the garbage strike is still in effect, and BFI is meeting with federal mediators today. He said the Village has no plan to pick up the refuse as it does not have the crews or equipment to provide for that collection. He also said he is unaware of any sites that are accepting trash. He told residents not to haul their trash to their curbs. Manager Ginex said that some communities to the west and northwest are still receiving garbage collection through Local 673 which is not involved in the strike. He asked that residents bring the refuse and trash back into their homes while the strike is still in effect. He urged residents to call 434-6800 for further strike information. Additional information is on the cable channel. He said the Village will begin issuing warnings to violators.
The Mayor said they worked on a plan for containers to be brought in from Michigan; however, they opted not to come in because of potential problems and threats received if they do not honor the strike.
10. Attorney’s Report
Appointments to Boards and Commissions
The Mayor asked the Village Clerk to read a resolution appointing members to various Boards and Commissions.
RES00 -01399 Resolution: Appoint and Reappoint Members to Village Boards and Commissions Sponsors: Mayor Summary of Item: This will confirm the following appointments:
COMMUNITY GRANTS COMMISSION
Appoint Peggy Barrett and Renata Allelujka for terms expiring April 30, 2005
TOURISM AND EVENTS COMMISSION
Reappoint Dave Humphreys as Chair for a term expiring August 31, 2006
Reappoint Frank Fulco for a term expiring August 31, 2006
A RESOLUTION APPOINTING AND REAPPOINTING MEMBERS TO VILLAGE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
RESOLUTION 2003 -80 Commissioner Tully commented that Mr. Humphreys and Mr. Fulco have worked on behalf of the Village for some time, and he thanked them for agreeing to serve again. He noted that the two new appointments are the result of expanding a board from 5 to 7 members. He thanked Ms. Barrett and Ms. Allelujka for agreeing to serve.
The Mayor noted that the Council just formed a Performing Arts Task Force which Ms. Allelujka might also be interested in. 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 Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Boards and Commissions
11.Committee Standing Reports
Commissioner Zabloudil said that the Finance Committee discussed the Council priorities presented for review prior to the budget season, and they discussed the budget timeline.
Public Safety Committee
Commissioner McConnell said that Public Safety met earlier this evening, and the 4-H members were also in attendance. She further noted that 81 of the 82 police positions have been filled. The Public Safety Committee discussed the computer system. She said there are licensing issues which need to be addressed. She said that staff continues to work on the annual report, and the accreditation which is an on-going process. In addition, the 25 mph speed limit will be presented for Workshop next week. There have also been some difficulties with the ProScan system. She said that some community guidelines have been put together for a volunteer plan in regard to disaster preparedness.
Public Services Committee
Commissioner Tully said that the Local Transportation Subcommittee and the Stormwater Utility Exploratory Committe (SWUEC) have both met. The Local Transportation Committee has two more issues to review at its next meeting on October 8 at 6:00 p.m. They will review fleet replacement issues, and a general discussion on would it would entail for PACE to take over the shuttle service. He indicated that the goal is to have a report done and approved by the end of the year so it can be presented to the Council for consideration in January. That will be then included in the upcoming budget discussions.
Regarding the SWUEC , Commissioner Tully said they hope to have a report completed by the end of the year as well including recommendations regarding a potential Stormwater utility and stormwater funding. The Committee passed two Motions to make recommendations to the Council: 1) That a stormwater utility not be pursued for the moment and instead, that the Village designate funds in the annual budget to provide the maintenance required for the stormwater system and to begin to whittle down the substantial backlog of capital improvements projects affecting stormwater; and 2) That funds be designated to update the stormwater master plan. The reason for foregoing a stormwater utility now is that a master plan would provide a better sense of what present and future needs would be and the potential for funding. He said there is a caveat to the recommendation which is that there are funds to designate as an alternative to a utility in order to make progress towards reducing the capital projects backlog and financing a stormwater master plan. The Council will be seeing a series of alternatives.
Commissioner Tully said that the subcommittee also unanimously passed a motion to recommend conducting a survey on stormwater problems and the willingness of the residents to resolve the problems through fees or tax dollars. He noted that the next meeting is scheduled for October 27 at 6:00 p.m.
12.Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner McConnell made a follow-up comment on Luxury Motors, saying it is hard to legislate good behavior, and said that there are a number of pillars that are not being adhered to. On another matter, she said that the Partnership for Healthier Communities has attempted to work with the Downtown Management Board and the youth of the community to find a way for the groups to work together and resolve recent conflicts.
Commissioner McConnell said that the Passport to Safety Day is Saturday, October 4 at the Park District. It is a community effort to coordinate activities previously done by numerous agencies. She indicated that Marsha Giesler did a great job.
Commissioner Urban said that this weekend is North High’s Homecoming Weekend.
Commissioner Tully added that it is also the 75th anniversary of Downers Grove North on Main Street. In addition, South High School will host a marching band competition this Saturday. He ended his comments with “Go Cubbies.”
The Mayor said that South High is also celebrating the 20th reunion for the class of 1983.
Mayor Krajewski said the Silent Parade by the Fire Department will being in Hinsdale and proceed west to Lisle on October 10. There will be a brief ceremony at St. Joseph’s Church at 8:00 p.m. at 4801 Main Street.
Commissioner Tully moved to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to Section 2©(3) of the Open Meetings Act to consider personnel. Commissioner Urban seconded.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Tully, Urban, Sandack, Zabloudil, McConnell, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski
Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried and the Council convened into Executive Session at 8:39 p.m