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 William Waldack 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
Executive Session for Approval Only – July 12, 2005, July 26, 2005, & August 2, 2005 Council Meeting – August 2, 2005 Workshop Meeting – August 9, 2005 There being no additions or corrections to the minutes, Mayor Krajewski said they would be filed as submitted. Heritage Festival and July 4th Award Winners
Mary Scalzetti of the Commission of Tourism and Events announced the Heritage Festival Photo Contest Winners. Winners included First Place – Robert Abrant; Second Place – Ken Schulze; Third Place – Elizabeth Kubis; and Honorable Mention – Bill Novak, Donald James, Lou Buttny.
Winners of the July 4th Parade were: Council Award – Downers Grove Roadrunners; Community Spirit – Downers Grove Gang 4H Club; Youth Award – Cub Scout Pack 99; Mayor’s Award – Samahang Kapatid; CJ Shoemaker Award – Chicago Highlanders Pipe Band
4. Public Comments and Questions
A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda
There were none.
B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
1. Jim Septa, 6813 Valleyview Drive, spoke in support of bike paths proposed for the Village on 59th Street. He provided a history of bike paths in the Village. He referred to articles published in the local newspapers concerning bike paths for Downers Grove and the negative statements made by many. He noted that in some cases, areas which are supposed to be bike paths are not striped and signs do not exist. Mr. Septa spoke with Dave Barber, Director of Public Works, who expressed pride in striping Dunham Road for a bike path along Dunham Road; however, Mr. Septa said that the path goes nowhere, and there is no plan to connect it to other paths. Mr. Septa spoke of the potential safety problems for children. He expressed his opinion that a bike path along 59th Street is not a problem, and presents an opportunity to engineer or re-engineer streets. He urged the Council to promote bike paths and work with the County. He referred to other communities that have mapped bike trails and are far ahead of Downers Grove.
Mayor Krajewski said newspapers are not always the best source. He said there were residents on Jefferson Street, but there were no concerns expressed regarding 59th Street. He said that the County is looking at its plan, that the County would have to be involved in the unincorporated areas. He noted that the County met with Village staff last week.
Mr. Septa said that instead of saying the County will work on this, a Committee should be formed to work on this issue. He said the Village should be doing more to work with others.
2. Laurel Bowen, 829 Clyde, said that Tourism and Events has taken charge of the Heritage Festival. The Committee is made up of Mary Scalzetti and eight appointed members, chaired by Martin Tully. She said that Ms. Scalzetti is often quoted as saying that Heritage Festival helps non-profit groups, and Ms. Bowen questioned this statement. She said that the Village charges non-profit groups for booths rented. She requested a refund of $70.00 for the booth rented by Downers Grove Watch. Ms. Bowen said that Pepsi was a corporate sponsor this year for the first time, and because of that many non-profit organizations lost. She said that Pepsi dictated the manner in which water was sold at the Festival.
Ms. Bowen then commented on the parking deck, saying that citizens are responsible for the $22 million cost for that project. She indicated that the Village staff decided on a school group to operate and receive the proceeds from the parking deck, and staff did not know the rates at the parking deck. Ms. Bowen learned that $9,462.20 was raised at the parking deck, and she noted that this was not a Council decision. Decisions were made by the Tourism and Events Commission. She questioned who received the scholarship money and their affiliation to the Tourism and Events Commission.
Ms. Bowen said that the Council does not seem to be concerned about the fiscal impact of decisions being made in the Village, and staff is not directed to perform in the financial interests of the public. She said that $1100 was spent on July 8 for a picnic for the Heritage Festival staff. She said that working the Heritage Festival was staff’s job, yet funds were spent for a picnic. She attended a meeting of the review of Heritage Festival, noting that the Commission is chaired by Commissioner Tully. She indicated that the public is not part of the picture. Ms. Bowen said that staff should be following the direction of the Council. This Council did not approve the Pepsi sponsorship or allow parking deck income for the school group. She said that there should be a review of the purchasing policy now, and elected officials should be responsible. She said that this Council seems incapable of monitoring tax cash flow.
The Mayor asked where she gets her information saying that much of what she said was wrong. He said items over $15,000 are voted on by the Council. As to the parking deck, he explained the Council’s thinking on this matter and said that the Village decided not charge for the parking deck, but chose to allow fund raising for the school group.
Commissioner Tully responded, saying that week after week Ms. Bowen makes accusations based on little or no facts, which is unfair and disrespectful. He thinks she is after her own agenda and that of a small community group. He indicated that the mentality she expressed is to misrepresent things, and made accusations against people that she knows to be false. Commissioner Tully said she continues to do this at her own peril. He noted that there are newspapers represented in the audience, and the meeting is being televised. He responded to her comments. With regard to the Pepsi America contract, a two hour meeting was held and Ms. Bowen was in attendance. He explained the history of the contract, and stated that Ms. Bowen’s comment regarding Ms. Marino was uncalled for. He said that the Pepsi America was discussed with the knowledge of the Council, and was the idea of the Tourism and Events Commission. It was raised in response to the desire to find sponsorship to keep costs down and to keep the Heritage Festival admission free. Heritage Festival celebrates the birth of Downers Grove and to support non-profit organizations. The Tourism and Events Commission worked hard to bring the costs down. He noted some of the work is done by volunteers, and they are thanked with a picnic.
Commissioner Tully continued saying that it was incorrect of Ms. Bowen to say that this was the first sponsorship for the Heritage Festival, as there have been sponsorships for a number of years. He noted that the Pepsi American contract was a pilot program and an experiment. It is difficult to determine the attendance at Heritage Festival since the Village does not charge a gate cost. Commissioner Tully said that this sponsorship was discussed at public meetings and at the Tourism and Events Commission. He said that a recommendation was made to the Council to go ahead with the pilot program. Data is still being collected, and it was not the intention of the sponsorship to have a negative effect on the non-profits. If it has been more negative than positive, it will not be continued.
Commissioner Tully then addressed Ms. Bowen’s comments made regarding the parking deck, saying this was the first time the Village had a deck during Heritage Festival. He said that Ms. Bowen has made it clear over the past several years that she did not think the deck should have been built. The Commissioner discussed how the deck could be used. Initially it was suggested to charge something for the use of the deck, but the Council did not want to do this. The compromise was to have a non-profit group operate the deck and keep the proceeds of the charge for parking.
(Ms. Bowen left the meeting during Commissioner Tully’s comments.)
Commissioner Tully continued that the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation has a website and is a registered charity providing scholarship opportunities to students at North and South High Schools. The charge for using the deck was $3.00. He stressed that recipients of scholarships were not related to Ms. Marino.
Commissioner Tully noted that the bus service continued this year at a cost of $1.00 per trip. As for the picnic, it has been held for many years as a thank you to volunteers and staff workers who go out of their way to provide a successful Festival. He further indicated that there is no tie between the Tourism and Events Commission recommendation for the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation running the parking deck to benefit an individual person. He stated it is intolerable to have such accusations made week-in and week-out for ulterior motives that are based on no fact, and that are often just flat out false.
Commissioner Waldack said that this has come up in the papers over the past several weeks. He asked staff to provide minutes for the Tourism and Events meeting for his review. Regarding the appreciation picnic, Commissioner Waldack said that staff does a tremendous job, and works long hours. The picnic was well earned and he would support it in the future.
The Mayor said it would be good to get the information out to people, as there are many rumors being spread about.
Commissioner Schnell said that the Council needs to step back and take emotions out of this. She indicated that the Council needs to be careful in its responses to people so they will not be afraid to come forward. Regarding the Pepsi contract, Commissioner Tully told her that it was the decision of the Community Events Commission. She indicated that there were concerns about the process and that not-for-profits were not involved in the decision. She suggested that a better informational process be made for not-for-profit groups whereby they could come to a meeting to discuss this. Commissioner Schnell said she understood that the decision would be evaluated, and suggested that the meeting date be announced at a Council meeting. The bottom line for not-for-profits is how much money they can earn. She heard that many groups lost money, and recommended better communication between the Village and not-for-profits.
The Mayor asked for the number of complaints from non-profits. Commissioner Schnell said she was told by a Scout Leader that because they could not control the price of the product, and everyone had exactly the same product, people didn’t pick and choose. She said she would ask for sales figures this year and last year so they would have those figures available. There was no ability for the groups to get their products at discounted prices or donated.
The Mayor said that those who charged $.50 or $.75 last year were now charging $1.00. Someone was making money.
Commissioner Schnell said that the not-for-profits felt they were not part of the process.
Commissioner Tully responded there has been one meeting of the Tourism and Events Commission after Heritage Festival. He said that some not-for-profits expressed their concerns, and people are welcome to express their concerns. It is important to know what the issues are. He said that tonight’s comments were a pointed attack, and the Council should answer those accusations to make sure that the information to the public is correct. He noted that the Council was advised of the parking deck and the Pepsi sponsorship.
Commissioner Urban said that Commissioner Tully did a phenomenal job in responding to the questions raised by Ms. Bowen. He asked whether the Village is charging non-profit groups.
Mary Scalzetti, Director of Tourism and Events, said that there is no charge for a 10×10’ space. If groups share a booth, they share in the cost of the tent. There is a processing fee, as well as electrical fee and the cost to rent a tent. She said that Ms. Bowen’s group was in a combined tent.
Commissioner Urban asked if the cost of the combined tent was less than renting a tent individually. Ms. Scalzetti said it was that the tent is set up for them with tables and chairs.
5. Public Hearings
6. Consent Agenda
COR00 -02052 Claim Ordinance: No. 5597, Payroll, August 5, 2005 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BIL00 -02053 List of Bills Payable: No. 5586, August 16, 2005 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
AGR00 -02056 Contract: Authorize $18,970 to Strand & Associates for Water Distribution System Analysis/Computer Modeling Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Placed on Consent Agenda this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Water Service
BID00 -02057 Bid: Award $517,300 to Maxcor Incorporated for Highland Avenue Elevated Water Storage Tank Repainting & Rehabilitation Project (WP-004) Sponsors: Public Works Summary of Item: Staff recommends that Condensate Ceiling replacement be included for an additional $7,000.00. Indexes: Water Tower – Highland Road
RES00 -02058 Resolution: Authorize an Amendment to a Software Maintenance Agreement with Crowe Chizek and Company, LLC Sponsors: * Information Services *Summary of Item: * A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AMENDMENT TO A SOFTWARE MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND CROWE CHIZEK AND COMPANY , LLC
RESOLUTION 2005 -54 *A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Document Imaging
RES00 -02054 Resolution: Authorize a License Agreement with United States Cellular to Install, Maintain and Operate an Antenna on Village Property Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A LICENSE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND UNITED STATES CELLULAR OPERATING COMPANY , LLC TO INSTALL , MAINTAIN AND OPERATE AN ANTENNA ON VILLAGE PROPERTY
RESOLUTION 2005 -55 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Antenna Equipment, Water Tower – 2304 Maple 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 Waldack and Mayor Krajewski
7. Active Agenda
ORD00 -02037 Ordinance: Amend the Fiscal Year to Calendar Year Sponsors: Finance Summary of Item: This will amend the fiscal year which shall commence on the first day of January and terminate on the thirty-first day of December each year. This ordinance shall become effective January 1, 2007.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE FISCAL YEAR TO CALENDAR YEAR
ORDINANCE NO . 4700 The Mayor said he would be voting “No” on this issue. He sees no overwhelming need for a change, and the issues provided to him did not reflect the fiscal year as much as other problems. He is concerned about comparing information from year to year, He noted that the Finance Commission met today and he thinks there are more important issues. He would like to obtain quarterly reports and would like the values of the annuities. 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 Commissioner Waldack Nay: Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Fiscal Year
RES00 -02059 Resolution: Establish the Policy of the Village Council with Respect to Debt Management Sponsors: Finance Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE POLICY OF THE VILLAGE COUNCIL WITH RESPECT TO DEBT MANAGEMENT
RESOLUTION 2005 -56 Commissioner Tully asked whether the cross reference has been fixed, and Mr. Fieldman said that it has been fixed. 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 Waldack and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Debt Policy
ORD00 -02060 Ordinance: Revise Provisions for Zoning Classification Amendments Sponsors: Planning and Community Development Summary of Item: This will establish super majority voting requirements when the Concil considers amendments to Zoning classifications.
AN ORDINANCE REVISING PROVISIONS FOR ZONING CLASSIFICATION AMENDMENTS
ORDINANCE NO . 4701 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 Waldack and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Zoning Ordinance – Supermajority Vote Mayor Krajewski said the petitioner has asked that the following items related to Belmont Road be tabled to a date uncertain: RES 00 -02061 – Resolution authorizing an annexation agreement for properties located at 5505, 5507 and 5509 Belmont Road, Downers Grove, Illinois; ORD 00-02062 – Ordinance annexing 5505, 5507 & 5509 Belmont Road to the Village of Downers Grove, Illinois; ORD 00 -02063 – Ordinance rezoning 5505, 5507 & 5509 Belmont Road from R-1, Single Family Residence, to R-6, Multiple Family; and ORD 00 -02064 – Ordinance authorizing a special use for an office building with variations.
Commissioner McConnell asked whether the issue regarding the light shining in the neighbor’s lot would be addressed, and Attorney Petrarca said it would.
Commissioner Schnell moved to table to a date uncertain the above listed agenda items. Commissioner Waldack seconed the motion.
VOTE : AYE : Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner McConnell, Mayor Krajewski
The Mayor declared the motion carried.
RES00 -02061 Resolution: Authorize an Annexation Agreement for the Properties Located at 5505, 5507 and 5509 Belmont Road, Downers Grove, Illinois Sponsors: Plan Commission Summary of Item: This will authorize an annexation agreement for the properties located at 5505, 5507 and 5509 Belmont Road.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN ANNEXATION AGREEMENT FOR THE PROPERTIES LOCAED AT 5505 , 5507 AND 5509 BELMONT ROAD , DOWNERS GROVE , ILLINOIS A motion was made to Table Indefinitely this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried. Indexes: Annexation Agreement – 5505, 5507, 5509 Belmont
ORD00 -02062 Ordinance: Annex 5505, 5507 & 5509 Belmont Road to the Village of Downers Grove, Illinois Sponsors: Plan Commission Summary of Item: This will annex 5505, 5507 & 5509 Belmont Road to the Village.
AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING 5505 , 5507 & 5509 BELMONT ROAD TO THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE , ILLINOIS A motion was made to Table Indefinitely this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried. Indexes: Annexation-5505, 5507, 5509 Belmont Road
ORD00 -02063 Ordinance: Rezone 5505, 5507 & 5509 Belmont Road from R-1, Single Family Residence, to R-6, Multiple Family Sponsors: Plan Commission Summary of Item: At their meeting of June 6, 2005, the Plan Commission recommended that the property located at 5505, 5507 & 5509 Belmont Road be rezoned from Village R-1, Single Family Residential District, to Village R-6, Multiple Family Residential District.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COMPREHENSIVE 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 5505 , 5507 AND 5509 BELMONT ROAD A motion was made to Table Indefinitely this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried. Indexes: Rezone 5505, 5507 & 5509 Belmont – R-1 to R-6
ORD00 -02064 Ordinance: Authorize a Special Use for an Office Building with Variations A motion was made to Table Indefinitely this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried. Indexes: Special Use – 5505, 5507 & 5509 Belmont
8. Mayor’s Report
Materials to be Received – Minutes
Liquor Commission – July 7, 2005 Plan Commission – July 11, 2005 Public Safety Committee – July 26, 2005 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 Waldack and Mayor Krajewski Materials to be Received – Monthly Reports
Materials to be Placed on File
9. Manager’s Report
Manager Ginex said staff has completed their overview of the Heritage Festival and a 30-minute program will be aired on Village cable beginning this week. In addition, the RFP for a financial software vendor was released yesterday.
10. Attorney’s Report
Future Active Agenda
11.Committee Standing Reports
Public Services Committee
Commissioner Schnell said the Public Services Committee met this evening and discussed the Gilbert Avenue sidewalk The engineering plans are finished, but staff needs approval from the Forest Preserve to proceed with the project. The Forest Preserve has the right-of-way from their property to the railroad tracks. She said that the staff has done a tremendous job in saving as many trees as possible. The sidewalk will run through the park and connect with the asphalt path. She asked that the Mayor contact the Chair of the Forest Preserve to discuss issues involved and move this project forward. The earliest that this can be placed on an agenda at the Forest Preserve is September.
Commissioner Schnell said that the Committee also discussed bidding this item after the Mayor’s meeting with the understanding that it would be contingent on the approval of the Forest Preserve. The Mayor said he would try to meet with them this week.
Commissioner Schnell noted that the Council agreed with moving ahead with the bid as outlined, and the bid would be sent out after the meeting with the Forest Preserve’s Chair and Staff.
Commissioner Schnell said the Committee talked about a water line on Cross Street, and staff is proposing to add a loop or extension of the water line on Cross Street. She said 4618 Cross Street needs water now, but there is no water main there. They could do an extra long connection this year, and next year they would extend the water line to Indianapolis. She indicated that in the future there are 11 homes to connect which would recoup some of the expenses involved. She noted that the water line does not exist.
The Mayor asked what would occur if someone annexed to the Village without water lines. He asked if the Village would be responsible for paying the cost to run the line.
Mike Millette, Assistant Director, Public Works, said that this is a function of the utility to connect customers. If staff sees an area to loop the main it would be studied.
Commissioner Schnell said they discussed the changes in bus routes and will discuss it further on Thursday.
Commissioner Schnell said they also began discussions about the different segments in the Public Works Department and the potential of staff looking at allocating costs to the services. She noted that the costs are at about $1 million to remove snow and ice. It also takes about 1500 hours per year to deliver packets to the Council and other groups.
Commissioner Waldack added that October will be Forestry month.
Commissioner Tully asked about the status of the communication at the staff level with respect to the Forest Preserve, and whether issues been identified. Mr. Millette said this is their second meeting with the Forest Preserve Director of Planning. They found a way to save more large trees, and have a plan that is palatable to the Forest Preserve. However, the bigger policy issue exists over permission to give away the right-of-way. Ideally that should be the Village’s right-of-way. He said staff is hoping to get permission to build across their land, as staff does not have the authority to do that. The Forest Preserve must extend that permission. He noted that they will not be going on the Burlington property.
Commissioner Tully asked about the 1500 hours mentioned by Commissioner Schnell to deliver packets, and Commissioner Schnell said that is for all Boards and Commissions.
Public Safety Committee
Commissioner McConnell said that the Public Safety Committee met this morning at Station 3. There is now a new kitchen and roof at Station 3. The Committee discussed ambulance fees and collection of those fees. She noted that subject will be Workshopped on September 13. In addition, they will discuss overtime at the meeting on September 6 at 5:30 p.m.
Finance & Administrative Committee
The Finance Committee met, and Commissioner Tully said there were two large issues. First was the compensation plan and the concept of implementing a pay for performance aspect to it. There would be three components including 1) a base rate for the position; 2) incentive pay aspects on a one-time basis for a year; 3) implementation. He indicated before a recommendation is made, they will review the incentive part of the compensation plan.
Commissioner Tully said they also looked at the capital expenditure funding levels for over the next 5-10 years. The fate of the Home Rule Sales Tax will be reviewed, and they discussed the possibility of using it for capital expenses only. He said that the Committee will present alternatives and options to the Council for its review. He indicated that the Home Rule Sales Tax would not create enough revenue over the long term to cover all the capital projects on the wish list. As part of this, he noted work done by staff in preparing a “roadmap” for budgeting by identifying projects.
Commissioner Tully then said that on August 23 there would be a state of the Local Economy presentation. Further discussion will take place at the September 17 retreat. Commissioner Sandack added that staff did a tremendous job of laying the foundation for the budget. h2. 12.Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Sandack said that the earlier comments in tonight’s meeting included a resident who spoke on the bike path in a challenging yet respectful manner, while another resident made accusations in a mean-spirited manner. He thanked Commissioner Tully for the comments he made in response to those comments.
Commissioner Waldack said he was unhappy with both sides of the exchange this evening and feels it was unfortunately. Regarding the recent electrical outage, he thanked staff for their help. Some of the downtown establishments provided food to the ComEd team and other workers.
Commissioner Waldack then mentioned the Crop Walk on October 16. He noted an article recently in the Chicago Tribune covering the situation in Niger, Africa. He said the Village has a drought but we can still water and can still get fresh produce because of our proximity to the Great Lakes. He noted that in a couple of years there will be an onslaught of cicadas again. Last week there was a presentation on West Nile virus, and said that people will be able to get information on this if they need it. He indicated that the country of Niger also has a drought that has killed most of their crops, or the crops have been destroyed by locusts. In Niger, 262 out of every 1000 children die before the age of 5 years old. He noted that many organizations are working hard to provided services for the Crop Walk, and encouraged support from the Village.
Commissioner Schnell asked the Manager to look at the new Jewel construction site, especially the fencing. She said there is a lot of air pollution to the north caused by the dust. She said they need to manage this better. Dirt and materials along Saratoga are not being cleaned up, and she asked that Code Services look at this.
Commissioner McConnell said a Character Counts meeting was held last week. Regarding the earlier exchange this evening, she said character gets down to our individual responsibilities. She recommended reflecting on what could have been done to make this a more fruitful exchange. She said there may have been some nuggets of good information. Regarding the Character Counts meeting, Commissioner McConnell said the results of the athlete’s survey and focus group are being tabulated. The next Pancake Breakfast will be held on October 29. Passport to Safety Day will be held on September 24 at the Downers Grove Park District Recreation Center. In addition, Character Counts is looking at sponsoring a Youth Essay Contest.
Commissioner Tully reminded everyone of Coffee with the Council to be held August 20, 9:00 a.m. at the Farmer’s Market. Following that, there will be a joint meeting with the Community Grants Commission as part of the Council’s desire to meet with the Boards and Commissions.
Mayor Krajewski said that on Saturday he met with residents of Jefferson, Brookbank and Carpenter Street. He thanked the residents for their attendance. They asked about a silt fence for the area.
Deputy Village Manager Dave Fieldman said it was determined that it was in violation of Village Code. A compliance letter was sent out.
Mayor Krajewski asked whether the Village has a letter regarding ComEd. Assistant Manager Mike Baker said that any resident who wants to file a claim can find the form on the website. He said there is more information at Exelon.com. He said staff made every effort to get information out regarding the garbage collection.
Mayor Krajewski thanked the staff for working on this so quickly. He said that ComEd will pay the garbage collection costs.
Commissioner Urban asked whether there will be reimbursement for the businesses, and Mr. Baker said he would check on this, but believes it is the same form.
The Mayor asked staff whether the 2004 Audit report is available. Mr. Fieldman said they are not available yet, but should be within the next week or so. He will look into how they will handle the Police Pension funds.
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, Waldack, Sandack, McConnell, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski
Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried and the Council convened into Executive Session at 8:21p.m