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 and Mayor Brian Krajewski Absent: Commissioner Mark Zabloudil 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 – April 6, 2004 Workshop Meeting – April 13, 2004 Commissioner Tully corrected the Workshop minutes of 4/13/04, pg. 15. He said the 4th paragraph should read the “Downers Grove Area Council of PTAs.”
4. Public Comments and Questions
Mayor Krajewski recognized Boy Scouts who are currently working on their communication badge. They are required to attend a Council meeting to earn their badge. This troop has adopted the highway at 71st and Dunham. They asked when the street project will be finished. The Mayor said it was expected to be completed by the fall.
Espen Fredrickson asked about the curfew violation fee after the first warning. Village Attorney Petrarca said that would depend upon the Judge who has the right to fine between $75-750. The Mayor noted that one of Espen’s suggestions is that there is a lot of litter on the roads, and the fine for littering should be increased.
Paul Krause of O’Neill School was interested in a community project, and spoke with Doug Kozlowski about a community project.
The Mayor said that the Scouts also questioned him earlier about the sidewalk funding. He said Espen had asked about Clyde Drive which the students thought could use sidewalks for the students.
A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda
Dr. Gordon Goodman, 5834 Middaugh, questioned Council Rules which are under consideration tonight. It concerns whether a vacation that is taken a distance away from the Chambers would be an appropriate reason to phone in their attendance. He said he cannot understand whether they are actually allowing for that or not.
Commissioner Tully said he would be suggesting a revision to the rule. The way it was revised was broader than simply being a certain distance from Village boundaries for purposes of a vacation. As proposed tonight it would include being absent for other personal business reasonably approved by the Village Council. He said that some Council members thought that might be too broad of a proposal and perhaps it should be more along the lines of vacationing more than 100 miles from the Village boundaries. The exact number of miles could be changed so as not to prohibit a Council member from participating. He said he expected some discussion on this tonight.
The Mayor said it is still being developed and will be discussed further tonight.
Dr. Goodman said that other than that item, he felt the rule was clear and a good work product.
B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
Dr. Gordon Goodman, 5834 Middaugh, asked for an update on the progress to follow on the teardown ordinance to give control and better guidance for development and redevelopment in the Village.
The Mayor said staff is working on information to present to the Council including things such as measuring roof heights. Manager Ginex said staff is also working on stormwater issues in relation to the teardown issue. The Mayor said the Council identified 13 issues in terms of their priorities and those were given to staff for further study.
Commissioner Schnell said there was a forum in the community in the Library recently. She gave the Village Manager some information on ideas presented at that meeting which will also hopefully be included in further discussions.
Dr. Goodman said that in the past it has been necessary to bring in consultants when they have attempted to review the Zoning Ordinance. He asked whether it would be appropriate before Workshopping specific topics like roof heights, to decide whether outside consultation would be beneficial.
Dr. Goodman then asked about appointments to the Environmental Concerns Commission as it’s been several months since it was approved by the Village. The Mayor said he has five members for that Commission, and is in the process of reviewing the other applications within the coming week. He will be distributing the information to the Council members this coming week. He hopes to have all the boards appointed by June 1.
Ken Lerner, 4933 Whiffin, commented on the teardowns as well, saying he invited the Council to the Forum. He said it was interesting and well attended with about 200 residents from the Village present. He said he wanted to follow-up as to what the Council will have in terms of providing opportunity to the public to have input on this issue. He hoped they would be putting together a working interest group to address issues. The Community is looking to the Village Council for leadership on this issue.
The Mayor said that the Council needs to form priorities and concentrate their efforts on those during the upcoming Council retreat. He said within the next two months the Council should have the goals and policies set for the next year.
Mr. Lerner said he hoped it would not take too long as this is a great opportunity to get ahead of the curve.
The Mayor said that it is very difficult to get all seven Council members together at any given time for discussions.
Commissioner Schnell said the forum opened her eyes as to the myriad of problems that exist even before construction begins, and how to solve those problems. She said they need to hear about integrating teardowns into the neighborhoods.
Commissioner Tully said this is an ongoing topic of discussion. The Council has received input from the community about a variety of issues concerning redevelopment of the community. He said that many viewpoints have been expressed and discussions have begun. He said he takes some issue with categorizing them as “teardown” issues because they are really redevelopment issues. It has to do with stormwater issues, height restrictions, floor area ratios, setbacks and aesthetics. We need to decide the reasonable boundaries within our community and how that fits into the neighborhoods. He referred to the construction and demolition ordinance recently passed. The Council has ranked what seem to be the biggest issues based on community input. He said it would be helpful to gather and learn what other communities have done and pull together potential sources of information in regard to all these issues. The Commissioner said staff’s input is necessary to make it fit best for the Village.
Jane Amborosi, 5742 Dearborn Parkway, expressed interest in the proposed Walgreens at 63rd and Main Street. She said it is not on tonight’s agenda. She said that the Village’s Building Code was probably arrived at through long discussions with the public. One of the problems with the proposed Walgreens concerns the orientation of the building, and they have asked for several variations including setback, signage, landscaping. Ms. Amborosi said she believes the request seemed arrogant and an insult to the Village. This is an important area of the Village, and she believes that the laws and requirements of the Village should be followed in this case.
William Waldack, 1409 Willard Place, said he was saddened because two weeks ago he requested that the Council keep the right of referendum in the Home Rule Policy. He said that the Council then began to discuss a way to decimate the policy. Mr. Waldack said that 10% of the votes cast in the last Mayoral election are needed to get a referendum on the ballot. If the referendum gains more than the 50%, it is advisory. He said it is the policy for the Council to follow the elected wishes of the people. However, we know from past Council history that a Council member, believing he or she has a mandate, might choose to ignore the policy. Mr. Waldack said that last week one Commissioner said that 10% was too low of a number to get on the ballot, and too insignificant. Other Commissioners apparently agreed. He reminded the Commissioners that it only took 1% to get their names on the ballot and after months of campaigning they are elected with about 30% of the vote. He said if a referendum were to win with 50% of the vote, the Commissioner who won by 30% of the vote, will judge a referendum that received 20% more votes than he did to get elected. He stated that the referendum would receive the same legal weight as he has standing before the Council, which would be none. Mr. Waldack continued by asking why the Council feels it must make it tougher for the citizenry, and tougher for the democratic rule that has not been abused, and has not been used. He believes it to be appropriate that signatures representing 10% would be necessary for Village matters. He suggested that the Council make any referendum advisory with greater than 50%, and binding if over 60%. He said changing the rule would only subjugate the voters.
The Mayor said he agreed that it should not be changed. He thought he heard Council members say that it was a timing issue with regard to gathering the signatures. He thought that some of the Council ended up thinking that maybe less in this case is better. The current policy is advisory and should be binding. He said that the residents have the opportunity every two years to elect new Commissioners. He advocates the 10% and sees no reason to change it.
Mr. Waldack said there is a lot more to the rule than just the way it reads. He would rather see the word “binding” in that, and the Mayor agreed. Mr. Waldack said that the public only has the opportunity to replace half of the Council every two years.
Commissioner Tully said he appreciated the comments made. He noted the rule was put in place in the 70’s as part of the home rule plan. It has never been used or abused. This matter came up as a result of the exercise of Home Rule authority. He said he is not convinced anyone is ready to change this policy. It has been in place for 30 years. The exercise of Home Rule policy has to be taken very responsibly.
Mike Kubes, 5538 Lyman, said he was speaking on behalf of the Village Adopt-A-Highway program. He was proud to state that this is the seventh year he and his family are continuing the cleanup at Main Street and Claremont Road. He thanked the Mayor and Commissioners Tully and Zabloudil for their assistance in the cleanup. He noted that the Downers Grove Men’s Club has agreed to adopt a highway on Main Street from 55th Street to 63rd Street. Mr. Kubes said he was pleased to see the Scouts also participating. There are 34 sites in the Village and only 18 of those have been adopted. He said that a group of college students is also interest in participating. He then thanked the Council for their time and their efforts.
Laurel Bowen, 829 Clyde Drive, said she was speaking as a board member of the Downers Grove Heritage Alliance who will be cleaning Highland Avenue from 31st Street to 39th Street. The area borders on Lyman Woods. She encouraged the Village to enforce litter laws.
Ms. Bowen then commented on electronic voting, stating she believes it should not be permitted because Council members were elected to serve the public, and if they cannot attend the meeting they should not be allowed to vote. A community member cannot vote in an election by phone or by computer to elect Council members. She also said that there is no guarantee that the off-site Commissioner can hear all of the discussion. She did not understand what could be so urgent that they could not delay a vote until the next meeting. She said the Mayor indicated that he could not appoint an Environmental Committee due to lack of Council members to meet at the same time.
The Mayor said he was referring to trying to set up a Council retreat to set goals. He said he is working on the Environmental Committee himself, and is getting ready to distribute to the Commissioners the Boards or Commissions they have to interview for.
Ms. Bowen asked why they cannot put a vote off until the next meeting if a Council member is not present. The Mayor said if he had to wait for every meeting that had all Council members present they would never have a vote, or would only vote once a month. He pointed out that the residents can vote absentee if they are out of town.
Commissioner Tully said that views have been expressed on both sides and he respects that. He has participated in attending Council meetings by phone. All Commissioners have another life aside from the Council, which he considers a full time position as well. If a Council member has to travel out of town, and they are able to participate electronically, they should do so. He noted that the ability to vote telephonically or electronically is allowable under State law. With regard to hearing all that it is said, the rules provide that the participating members must be able to hear others and be heard.
The Mayor said that is one of the reasons he advocates that they must have four votes to pass anything.
Jack McGuire, 1425 Gilbert, said he has heard that the Council wants community input, and said that if they want the input they should start the meetings at 7:30 p.m. like was done in the past, so people would have time to get home from work.
The Mayor said that would not make a difference in the two Council members being absent. The Workshop used to be at 6:30 p.m. where the input was made, and the Council meeting started at 7:30 p.m. Mr. McGuire reiterated that at 6:30 p.m. people were coming home from work.
Mike Wall, 4703 Woodward, asked about the new sidewalk construction. At the last meeting many residents from Woodward Avenue spoke about their support for new sidewalk construction. He said he wanted to reiterate that support. Mr. Wall said he exchanged e-mail with the people from Public Works, and there seems to be a disconnect between what the Public Works perceives and what the Council said at the last meeting. He thought that the gap construction was getting most of the funding, per the e-mails he received.
The Mayor said that in the last budget there was $255,000-$355,000 for sidewalks for five streets.
Mr. Wall said that his wife was informed by Public Works that there were mistakes made in the matrix, and there has been no opportunity to change that this year prior to construction of the sidewalks. He asked if there would be a review of the matrix and any opportunity for subjectivity to go into the matrix. He has a block of people who are highly in favor of the construction, while other areas don’t want them. The Mayor said he did not see much opportunity for subjectivity in regards to the matrix listing, and added that he believed the Woodward sidewalk was first on the list for next year.
Manager Riccardo Ginex stated he believed Mr. Wall received that e-mail because the Council adopted the matrix this year on the sidewalk. They were going to take some information back to Parking & Traffic for review, and there still could be an opportunity for the list to change.
Mayor Krajewski said on Monday he asked if there was a mistake in the matrix, and whether there may have been a scoring change. Mr. Wall said the answer he received was that there was a mistake in the matrix. The Mayor said that Woodward is the 4th on the list for next year.
Commissioner Tully noted that the matrix is reviewed every year by the Parking and Traffic Commission, and the residents have the opportunity for input at that time.
5. Public Hearings
6. Consent Agenda
COR00 -01581 Claim Ordinance: No. 5527, Payroll, April 2, 2004 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BIL00 -01583 List of Bills Payable: No. 5522, April 20, 2004 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BID00 -01585 Bid: Award Contract to VFW Post 503 as 2004 Heritage Festival Bingo Vendor Sponsors: Tourism and Events Commission A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Heritage Festival 2004
BID00 -01586 Bid: Award $22,085.00 to Hall Signs, Inc. for 2004/05 Traffic Control Sign Posts Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Traffic Signs
BID00 -01587 Bid: Award Contract to Harvard Collection Services for FY 2004 /05 Sponsors: Finance Summary of Item: The fee schedule is 23% for all accounts placed for collection that are collected. A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Collection Agency Services
BID00 -01589 Bid: Award $210,466.00 to Martam Construction, Inc. for Main Street Pedestrian Access Re-Bid Project, #10-04 Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Central Business District – Parking Deck, Main Street Pedestrian Access Alley
BID00 -01590 Bid: Contract Extension to WareHouse Direct for FY 2004 /05 Purchases and E Procurement Sponsors: Finance A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Office Supplies
BID00 -01591 Bid: Authorize $28,875.00 Change Order to Trine Construction for the 2003 Water Main Improvements Project, #12-03 Sponsors: Public Works Summary of Item: For additional pumping for the Lee & Ogden Storm Sewer. Funding for this project will be the Ogden Avenue TIF fund. A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Water Main Improvements 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 and Mayor Krajewski
7. Active Agenda
ORD00 -01597 Ordinance: Adopt FY 2004 /05 Budget in Lieu of Passage of an Appropriation Ordinance Sponsors: Deputy Village Manager, Finance and Manager’s Office Summary of Item: This adopts the fiscal year 2004/05 budget in lieu of an appropriation ordinance. As provided by law, proper notice has been given, the budget has been available for inspection for at least ten days, and a public hearing was held on April 6, 2004.
AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE FISCAL YEAR 2004 /05 BUDGET IN LIEU OF PASSAGE OF AN APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE
ORDINANCE NO . 4583 Commissioner Tully moved pursuant to Council Rule #26 to defer the vote on this Ordinance until one week from today. Commissioner Urban seconded.
Commissioner Tully said they are asking for the deferment because it is an important issue and it would be preferable to have all Council members physically present. In addition there are still some details to be considered. He then commented that with regard to the budget, he thinks there has been a misconception as to how the process works. He noted that the process started in January, and earlier for staff. There is much give and take based on staff suggestions, community comments and Council discussions. These are proposals and options for the Council. He said that the budget is not adopted until the vote takes place. He referred to a recommendation made on the Meals on Wheels program which resulted in changes being made to the amount budgeted for that project. He said that it is disingenuous to suggest that decisions have been made not to fund sidewalks for this budget, because the decision is made when the budget is adopted.
The Mayor said he agrees that until the actual vote, the budget does not become finalized. Regarding the March 9 meeting, recommendations were made and the budget was reviewed line by line. All Council members were asked and their support was sought. They then gave their direction. He said that he did not support the budget.
The Mayor interrupted his comments and announced a tornado warning for DuPage County until 7:45 p.m.
Mayor Krajewski then encouraged the residents to continue voicing their views on budget issues. The budget does not become final until the vote takes place.
Commissioner Tully said the question was put by staff as to whether they have a budget of $38 million. He said the answer was a reluctant yes. He said there was no decision with respect to each and every component in that budget. He also said that public input is encouraged until the budget is passed.
Mayor Krajewski said that the public can comment on this next Tuesday. He stated he will not support this as it currently stands. There have been two back-to-back large increases. The budget needs work and he encouraged residents to speak. It is not final until next Tuesday.
Commissioner Schnell said she was under the impression that they would be going ahead with the new sidewalk construction, and the gap sidewalk funds would come from the monies in the different quadrants. She said that she understood the matrix to be fluid, and doesn’t see why a particular street couldn’t be moved up.
The Mayor said that the Village Manager would follow up with staff on the issue.
Mike Baker, Assistant to the Village Manager, said that the budget ordinance in their packet this evening does reflect what the Council expressed last week. He said there is enough in the budget to support new construction for this year.
The Mayor said that Code Enforcement and property maintenance was the number one issue as tracked by the Community Response Center. He said that the Director made a great argument for another staff member in that area. A motion was made by Commissioner Tully, seconded by Commissioner Urban, to Defer this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Budget 2004/05
ORD00 -01594 Ordinance: Authorize Special Use at 5130 Cumnor Road to Permit a Public Park in an R-4 Residential Zoning District Sponsors: Planning and Community Development Summary of Item: At their meeting of February 16, 2004, the Plan Commission unanimously recommended that a Special Use be granted for the property located at 5130 Cumnor Road to permit a public park in an “R-4” Residential Zoning District.
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING SPECIAL USE AT 5130 CUMNOR ROAD TO PERMIT A PUBLIC PARK IN AN R -4 RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICT
ORDINANCE NO . 4579 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 and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Special Use – 5130 Cumnor Road
ORD00 -01595 Ordinance: Amend Ordinance #4558 and the Village of Downers Grove Budget for Fiscal Year 2003/04 Sponsors: Finance Summary of Item: This will make certain amendments to the 2003/04 budget.
AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR AN AMENDMENT TO ORDINANCE #4558 AND THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2003 /04
ORDINANCE NO . 4580 A motion was made by Commissioner Urban, 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 and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Budget Amendment – 2003/04
ORD00 -01596 Ordinance: Amend Curfew Violations Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will make certain amendments to the Village’s curfew regulations.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CURFEW VIOLATIONS
ORDINANCE NO . 4581 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 and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Curfew
ORD00 -01573 Ordinance: Amend Council Rules Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will make certain amendments to Village Council rules.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING COUNCIL RULES
ORDINANCE NO . 4582 Commissioner Sandack moved to adopt an ordinance amending Council rules, as presented. Commissioner Tully seconded.
Commissioner Tully said he moved to amend the Ordinance that he seconded in the following way: On page 1 of 7, under Rule 2a-1, item 4 should be stricken and replaced with the following language: vacationing more than 100 miles from Village boundaries;
The Motion failed for lack of a second.
Commissioner Sandack said the concept of vacationing doesn’t offend him, and the language by the Attorney does not offend him either. He had not thought about a 100 mile limitation. Since there is no criteria in #2 or #3, he doesn’t know why it only applies to #4. He would remove the mileage.
Commissioner Sandack said he moved to utilize Commissioner Tully’s language “if on vacation.” Commissioner Schnell seconded the Motion.
There was discussion as to being on vacation. Commissioner Sandack specified that the prefix says the member may be allowed to participate by electronic means if he/she is prevented from physically attending the meeting. It presumes they could not be present. Commissioner Tully said he agrees that it is an important qualifier, and he suggested that it is at least “vacationing outside boundaries of the Village.” Commissioner Sandack agreed.
For clarification, Motion would read for item 4 “if vacationing outside the Village boundaries.”
Roll was called on the amendment to the ordinance and passed unanimously. A motion was made by Commissioner Sandack, seconded by Commissioner Tully, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Council Rules
8. Mayor’s Report
Materials to be Received – Minutes
Library Board – March 24, 2004 Liquor Commission – March 4, 2004 Parking & Traffic Commission – February 11, 2004 Performing Arts Study Commission – February 28, 2004 Stormwater & Flood Plain Oversight Committee – January 22, 2004 Parking & Traffic Commission – February 11, 2004 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 and Mayor Krajewski
Materials to be Received – Monthly Reports
The Mayor asked the Village Clerk to read a resolution appointing members to Boards and Commissions.
RES00 -01584 Resolution: Appointments to Boards and Commissions Sponsors: Mayor Summary of Item: This is to confirm the following appointments to the Technology Commission:
Mark Grippando reappointed to the Commission and appointed as Chair for a three-year term expiring 4/30/07
Diane Golomb appointed for a three-year term expiring 4/30/07
Robert Blair-Smith appointed for a two-year term expiring 4/30/06
RESOLUTION APPOINTING AND REAPPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE TECHNOLOGY COMMISSION
RESOLUTION 2004 -22 The Mayor thanked Commissioner McConnell for interviewing the individuals for the Technology Board. He said a number of individuals recently resigned due to moving from the Village. He said that Robert Blair Smith had a strong background in environment and technology. He also thanked the residents for volunteering their time to sit on one of the Boards or Commissions. 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 and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Boards and Commissions The Mayor proclaimed April 18-24 as the Week of Young Children in the Village of Downers Grove.
Manager Ginex interrupted that a tornado was sighted in Naperville and Aurora, and they are urging individuals to seek shelter.
The Mayor then proclaimed April, 2004 as National Fair Housing Month.
Mayor Krajewski proclaimed April 30, 2004 as Arbor Day in the Village of Downers Grove.
9. Manager’s Report
Manager Ginex congratulated Police Chief Bob Porter who was nominated and elected to the Executive Board of the DuPage County Police Chiefs Association. He noted it is a prestigious honor, and Chief Porter will have input on major law enforcement decisions in DuPage County.
10. Attorney’s Report
Future Active Agenda
11.Committee Standing Reports
Performing Arts Study Commission
Commissioner Urban said that the Performing Arts Ad Hoc Committee received surveys back which were sent out to approximately 26 different venues, and those will be reviewed by the Committee.
12.Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Sandack said that many people attended Coffee with the Council, and there were requests that the Council take a more assertive role regarding teardowns and redevelopment in the Village and establish a committee on this issue. He then said that Community Policing, Downtown Management and Character Counts were holding a discussion earlier this evening with businessmen on crime prevention, and other information. He said statistics showed that skateboarding and bike violations were down for the previous year, while smoking went up dramatically.
Commissioner Schnell concurred with Commissioner Sandack’s comment to develop an Ad Hoc Committee for teardowns and redevelopment.
Commissioner Urban said he learned from the forum that community involvement is the most important aspect of addressing the teardown/redevelopment concerns of the residents. He said that 200 residents were in attendance at that meeting, as well as residents from Glen Ellyn and Elmhurst who were interested in the direction of the Village.
Commissioner Tully said he thinks the entire Council is in favor of looking at this issue in a meticulous way. It is a zoning issue. It is not necessary to reinvent the wheel, as these issues have come up in other places. The Village needs to look at all aspects to form a base.
Commissioner Tully moved to adjourn. Commissioner Urban seconded.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Tully, Urban, Sandack, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski
Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m