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 Absent: 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 – December 21, 2004 & January 4, 2005 Council Meeting – January 4, 2005 Workshop Meeting – January 11, 2005 There being no additions or corrections to the minutes, Mayor Krajewski said they would be filed as submitted. POLICE SWEARING -IN CEREMONY
HOLIDAY DECORATION RECOGNITION PROGRAM SCOUTS
Mayor Krajewski introduced St. Mary’s Cub Scouts Pack 89 whom he had met with earlier in the evening. He said that they are all working to be Eagle Scouts, and then asked the boys to introduce themselves. He responded to a question as to how you keep the country safe, and said that Downers Grove has 81 police officers and other concerned citizens who all work together to keep the Village safe. He responded to other questions including that the least favorite part of his job is not being able to please everyone. The Scouts were given a Village flag and pins.
POLICE SWEARING -IN CEREMONY
Chief of Police Bob Porter announced that Lt. Mitch Vandenbos and Officer Kurt Heinrich recently retired. He introduced new officers Scott Beck and Brian Shields who were then sworn in by the Village Clerk as Downers Grove Police Officers.
HOLIDAY DECORATION RECOGNITION PROGRAM
The Mayor thanked the Downers Grove Junior Women’s Club for performing the task of judging for the Holiday Decoration Recognition Program. Laura Kestelik then announced the winners:
Mayor’s Choice – Bellavia family of 410 Indianapolis Honorable Mention – Kern family of 4021 Douglas Honorable Mention – Van Hootegem family of 1335 Andrus 3rd Place – Taylor family of 321 Gierz 2nd Place – Cottrill family of 5501 Washington 1st Place – Kumiega family of 233 Maple
Ms. Kestelik also extended thanks to the Downers Grove Jr. Women’s Club for their assistance in the judging.
4. Public Comments and Questions
A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda
There were none.
B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
Jim Cottrill, 5501 Washington Street, said that there is a serious problem with accidents occurring at 55th and Washington Street. One accident ended up in his driveway, where children are often playing. He said they have spoken with people at the County. They’ve attempted to speak with the head of Public Works with no response. The Mayor said they will ask the Parking and Traffic Commission to look at this. He said that the roadways are under the jurisdiction of the County for 55th Street, and the Village for Downers Grove for Washington Street. Mr. Cottrill said it’s worse since the parking deck has opened. There have been pedestrians hit as well. The Mayor said the P&T Commission and the Police Department will review the location, and the accident history.
5. Public Hearings
6. Consent Agenda
COR00 -01823 Claim Ordinance: No. 5565, Payroll, January 7, 2005 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BIL00 -01824 List of Bills Payable: No. 5558, January 18, 2005 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BID00 -01825 Bid: Award Purchase of Five In-Car Digital Video Recording Systems and One Server from AMR Digital Corporation for Police Squad Cars Sponsors: Police Department A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Police Equipment 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
RES00 -01827 Resolution: Authorize Submittal of Grant Application to the Chicago Area Transportation Study for the FY 2006 Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) Sponsors: Public Works and Finance Summary of Item: This shall authorize submittal of the 2006 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) grant application to the Chicago Area Transportation Study for financial assistance in the total amount of $168,000.00 for the purchase of three natural gas shuttle buses. Note, the Village must also contribute funding in the amount of $42,000.00 as a condition of receiving the grant.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUBMITTAL OF GRANT APPLICATION TO THE CHICAGO AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY FOR THE FY 2006 CONGESTION MITIGATION AND AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (CMAQ)
RESOLUTION 2005 -01 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: Buses
ORD00 -01828 Ordinance: Amend Massage Therapist Permitting Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This removes all reference to massage therapist licensing due to the adoption of Public Act 93-0524 which vests such authority with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING MASSAGE THERAPIST PERMITTING
ORDINANCE NO . 4638 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: Licensing Provisions, Massage Licensing
ORD00 -01829 Ordinance: Establish a Name for the Driveway Leading from Curtiss Street to the Parking Deck Sponsors: Public Works Summary of Item: This shall designate the CBD Parking Deck driveway leading from Curtiss Street to the deck as Mochel Drive.
AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A NAME FOR THE DRIVEWAY LEADING FROM CURTISS STREET TO THE PARKING DECK
ORDINANCE NO . 4639 Commissioner Tully said when this was Workshopped he pointed out that Mochel was appropriate since it is synonymous with downtown commerce. Charles Mochel was also the Master of the Masonic Temple, as well as President of the Village for two terms. Commissioner Tully said he was pleased to see members of the Mochel family present this evening.
Commissioner McConnell said she was also pleased to see this name chosen.
Commissioner Urban said that he is unable to vote on this issue, however if he could he would be in favor of it as well.
Commissioner Schnell said it was a shame when Mochel Hardware left the downtown area and she is happy to see the name back.
Commissioner Sandack said he also thought it was entirely appropriate to have the name connected to the Village.
The Mayor said there will be a formal dedication at the street opening when the sign will be installed. 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 Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Zabloudil and Mayor Krajewski Abstain: Commissioner Urban Indexes: Streets – Renaming
ORD00 -01831 Ordinance: Increase the Number of Recreational Facility Liquor Licenses Sponsors: Liquor Commission Summary of Item: At their meeting of December 9, 2004, the Downers Grove Liquor Commission recommended increasing the number of Class G-2 recreational facility liquor licenses by one.
AN ORDINANCE INCREASING THE NUMBER OF RECREATIONAL FACILITY LIQUOR LICENSES
ORDINANCE NO . 4640 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: Liquor Ordinance Amendments
8. Mayor’s Report
Mayor Krajewski said that the Coffee with the Council at the American Legion Hall went well, and said it was suggested that the VFW would be pleased to host a future meeting. Materials to be Received – Minutes
Materials to be Received – Monthly Reports
Materials to be Placed on File
9. Manager’s Report
Deputy Village Manager Van Vooren said they are expecting about 3” of snow this evening and the snow crew is prepared to meet any problems caused by the storm.
10. Attorney’s Report
Future Active Agenda
11.Committee Standing Reports
Public Safety Committee
Commissioner McConnell said the Public Safety Committee would meet on January 27 at 7:30 a.m.
Commissioner Tully said that Public Services did meet and continued their discussion of capital budgets for future years. Revenues and expenses were also reviewed and that information will come to the Council soon.
Commissioner Tully said that one of the issues raised was an agreement of a few years ago between the Village and the Park District regarding constructing a water tower on Park District property in exchange for the Village providing a maintenance garage for the Park District. That has still not been completed for reasons unknown; however it should be concluded but the Village needs details on changes in the size, scope and cost of the project.
The Mayor asked that background on the Park District/Village agreement be provided to all of the Council members.
12.Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Zabloudil asked that a notice be given to the Cottrill family when the Parking and Traffic Commission hears the Washington Street issue.
The Mayor said he would also be interested in the traffic history for that location.
Commissioner Schnell said that the DuPage Mayors and Managers Springfield Drive Down will be held April 13 and 14, 2005.
Commissioner Tully announced that the 8th Annual Ice Festival and Ice Carving Competition will be held January 28, 29 and 30. There will be many other events taking place during the Festival and he invited everyone to attend.
Mayor Krajewski said that See’s Candies opened on Thursday near Trader Joe’s. It’s a California-based store and this is its first entrance into the Midwest. He wished them well.
The Mayor also announced that on Saturday Kingsley PTA is hosting Trivia night, a PTA fundraiser.
Commissioner Tully moved to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to Section 2©(1) 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 7:05 p.m