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 Cara Pavlicek, 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 18, 2006 Workshop Meeting – April 25, 2006 Commissioner Sandack said he provided a minor change to the minutes of Council meeting of April 18, 2006 to the Village Clerk. Commissioners McConnell and Tully said they provided corrections to the Workshop minutes of April 25, 2006 to the Clerk. Historical Society – Cemetery Renovation Update Greg Evans provided the annual update on the Main Street Cemetery Project, Phase IV. He said the Council has been given the original proposal, and the Historical Society has also made a proposal to the Grants Committee for the upcoming Phase. He then distributed a file on the complete project. Phase IV includes continuing restoration of the headstones, and the addition of a split rail fence at the back of the cemetery. Mr. Evans said Nantucket Trellises has been asked to add the fence. Bob Shaefer explained the planned fence. Mr. Shaefer said the materials are western red cedar with the posts being set into gravel to easily re-level the posts if necessary. They will put a clear wood finish on every two to three years. Maintenance is minimum.
Commissioner Tully asked about the split rail fence saying he understood that the plan is to restore the west entrance to its original condition. Mr. Evans said there was originally a split rail fence in the 1870s or 1880s. He noted it was not made from this type of wood, but was a split rail. He informed the Council that it will not totally box-in the back end of the cemetery. There will be walkways around the fence at each end, as well as between the Pergola and signage will be added at a later date.
Commissioner Tully said it is important to understand that this is an effort to restore the cemetery to its original condition, as much as possible. There is no funding in place for this project, but it is a request through the Community Grants Commission.
Mr. Evans said that there has been partial funding for this project since 2000. They have replaced about 15 stones since the project began. They’ve also produced an informational booklet on the cemetery through the Community Grants Commission, private funding from the Historical Society and donations.
Commissioner Tully noted that the total amount requested through Community Grants is $7,700. Mr. Evans said that was correct.
Mr. Evans said that they felt it was important that the Council be made aware of the plan to install the fence and approve it before they moved ahead.
The Mayor thanked Mr. Evans for his comments and for the work of the Historical Society.
Commissioner Tully added his thanks saying that the Historical Society does so much with practically no funding. He said that the cemetery is unique and is a historic gem to the community, an irreplaceable part of the Village’s history. He stated that the Village supplies some funding, but the Historical Society does so much more through private donations and volunteer efforts. This request for funding came before the Community Grants Commission for $7,700. Not everyone who goes before the Commission gets everything they request.
Commissioner Tully said he believes the Village needs to take responsibility for maintaining and restoring this historical site in the center of the Village’s downtown area. The Village owns this site and all it does is cut the grass. He believes this needs to change. He believes the Council should deal with the request for these funds directly, and not through the Community Grants Commission. He requested that the Council direct the Manager to fund the $7,700 out of the Village budget. He believes that during budget discussions the Village needs to discuss an ongoing stream of financing with respect to the cemetery. It’s owed to the history of the Village to take a more consistent and long-term role. This will also free up funds in the Community Grants Commission.
Mr. Evans said that it is very unusual to have a cemetery on a main street in a village in most cities in this country. They want to restore this site and have additional phases over the next four or five years. He is excited to hear Commissioner Tully’s comments.
Mayor Krajewski agreed that this should come out of capital projects funding and treated as other capital projects. He said the Council should discuss this further as part of other capital assets.
Commissioner Schnell said that the wall was considered a capital project. She asked about an estimate of the costs over the next five years, and the types of projects. Mr. Evans responded that they would be replacing limestone bases and putting markers on other graves, as well as other general projects related to the restoration of the cemetery. He estimates that it would be about $10,000 -$15,000 per year. Commissioner Schnell asked if it would make sense to allocate $10,000 per year for the next five years, and he said it would.
In response to the Mayor, Mr. Evans said they have already done four phases of the project and estimated costs of $10,000 per year going forward.
Mayor Krajewski said it was the consensus of the Council to include this at budget discussions. Manager Pavlicek said staff will bring this forward regarding the $7,700 and then include it in the budget process.
Commissioner Schnell suggested to Mr. Evans that he submit a five-year plan to the Village Manager.
The Mayor asked who paints the fence. Mr. Evans said so far that has not been determined. The Mayor said it should be coordinated with Public Works. Downers Grove Bicycle Club Presentation
The Mayor said that Downers Grove is the home of the ProCriterium Bike Race, and announced that the Downers Grove Bike Club is being formed and their representatives asked to make a presentation.
Jeff Bolem said about ten weeks ago he and a friend, Chuck Keenley, discussed forming a bike club in the Village. An informational meeting was held on March 12, 2006 at Ballydoyle as to interest, and about 35 people attended. They’ve moved forward to create the Club to promote interest in the sport of bicycling, share information on bicycle safety, serve as advocates of supporting bicyclists’ rights in the community, and to provide a social outlook for cyclists.
Loni Wiedemann, 5837 Washington, added that she is pleased to see the interest that has been shown to this Club. They are having a kick-off meeting on May 16, 2006.
Mr. Keenley, 1518 Hillcrest Road, said he is doing the marketing for the Club. There has been significant sponsorship from American Bicycle, Ballydoyle and David Insurance in Elmhurst. They are open to anyone 18 years of age and older at all skill levels. They want to work with the Police, merchants, parades, Heritage Festival, provide assistance at the ProCriterium, and participate in the 175th anniversary of the Village.
Bill Chalberg, 728 Randall Street, invited the Council to be honorary members of the Club. The Club is a USA Cycling official member.
The Mayor asked Mary Scalzetti to work on incorporating their group into the ProCriterium race, and he wished the group good luck. Downers Grove Bicycle Club Presentation Proclamation The Mayor proclaimed May 1-7, 2006 as Cover the Uninsured Week in Downers Grove. Sarah Evans of Good Samaritan Hospital said the Hospital is passionate about this issue since over 46,000,000 people in the United States are uninsured, about 2.9 million of which are in Illinois. It is about both uninsured, and underinsured individuals. The Mayor gave the Proclamation to Ms. Evans.
4. Public Comments and Questions
A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda
There were none.
B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
There were none.
5. Public Hearings
6. Consent Agenda
COR00 -02312 Claim Ordinance: No. 5633, Payroll, April 14, 2006 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BIL00 -02313 List of Bills Payable: No. 5622, May 2, 2006 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BID00 -02315 Bid: Award $2,823,103.50 to Central Blacktop, LaGrange, Illinois, for 2006 Pavement Rehabilitation Program Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda.
BID00 -02317 Bid: Award $98,185.00 to Steve Piper & Sons, Inc. for FY 2006 -07 Tree and Stump Removal Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Tree and Stump Removal
MOT00 -02318 Motion: Authorize $67,544.80 for Final Change Order (Change Order #1) for 2005 New Sidewalk Program Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Sidewalk Construction, Sidewalk Improvements 2005
RES00 -02319 Resolution: Authorize an Extension to the Contract with Environmental Safety Group, Inc. Sponsors: Fire Department Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN EXTENSION TO THE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY GROUP , INC.
RESOLUTION 2006 -45 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Fire Department – Uniforms
RES00 -02320 Resolution: Authorize Extension to the Contract with Municipal Emergency Services, Inc. Sponsors: Fire Department Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN EXTENSION TO THE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND MUNICIPAL EMERGENCY SERVICES , INC.
RESOLUTION 2006 -46 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Fire Department – Uniforms
RES00 -02321 Resolution: Authorize a First Amendment to License Agreement with New Cingular Wireless, LLC (4414 Downers Drive) Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A FIRST AMENDMENT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND NEW CINGULAR WIRELESS , LLC (4414 Downers Drive)
RESOLUTION 2006 -47 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Antenna Equipment, Water Tank-Downers Drive
BID00 -02323 Bid: Award $55,660 to Trine Construction Corporation, West Chicago, Illinois, for Phase 3 of the McCollum Park Maintenance Facility Sponsors: Public Works Indexes: McCollum Park-Satellite Maintenance Facility
MOT00 -02324 Motion: Authorize Out-of-State Service Credit in IMRF in Response to Employee Request Sponsors: Manager’s Office Summary of Item: This will grant Michael Baker the ability to transfer up to 2 years of service credit into IMRF . A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: IMRF
MOT00 -02325 Motion: Approve 2006 Sidewalk Matrix Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda.
MOT00 -02326 Motion: Authorize a Contract for $280,558.00 with A&R Cement, Bartlett, Illinois for 2006 New Sidewalk Program Sponsors: Public Works Summary of Item: Projects included for 2006 are:
Douglas Road, between 39th Street and Ogden Avenue Florence Avenue, between Goden Avenue and Otis Avenue Lincoln Avenue, between Middaugh Avenue and Linscott Avenue Curtiss Avenue, between Belmont Road and Cornell Avenue Washington Street, between 59th Street and 60th Place 61st Street, between Brookbank Road and Main Street Saylor Street, between Saratoga Avenue and Main Street A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Sidewalk Construction, Sidewalk Improvements 2006
MOT00 -02331 Motion: Note Receipt of Minutes of Village Boards and Commissions Summary of Item: Events Subcommittee – April 13, 2006 Human Services Commission – April 5, 2006 Library Board – April 12, 2006 Liquor Commission – April 6, 2006 Tourism and Events Commission – March 16, 2006 A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Boards and Commissions Minutes 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 -02327 Ordinance: Authorize a Special Use for First Presbyterian Church to Permit a Two Story Addition Sponsors: Community Development Summary of Item: At their meeting of March 6, 2006, the Plan Commission recomended that a Special Use be granted at 339 4th Street to accommodate an addition to an existing church.
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A SPECIAL USE FOR FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH TO PERMIT A TWO STORY ADDITION
ORDINANCE NO . 4769 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 Waldack and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Special Use – 339 4th Street – First Presbyterian Church
ORD00 -02328 Ordinance: Authorize a Special Use for Downers Grove Swim & Racquet Club to Permit a Swimming Pool Expansion Sponsors: Community Development Summary of Item: At their meeting of March 6, 2006, the Plan Commission recommended that a Special Use be granted for the property located at 5560 Fairview Avenue to expand an existing swimming pool.
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A SPECIAL USE FOR DOWNERS GROVE SWIM & RACQUET CLUB TO PERMIT A SWIMMING POOL EXPANSION
ORDINANCE NO . 4767 A motion was made by Commissioner Urban to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion arried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Special Use – 5560 Fairview Avenue – Swim & Racquet Club
MOT00 -02332 Motion: Authorize Staff to Prepare Recommendations for Certain Liquor Licensing Issues Summary of Item: This will direct the Village Manager and Village Attorney to prepare a recommendation to Council regarding a probationary license program and Sunday liquor sales hours prior to January 1, 2007, taking into consideration the Liquor Commission’s current recommendation, and to prepare an enforcement report for Council’s consideration. Commissioner Tully clarified that this motion is to authorize staff to prepare recommendations regarding the probationary license program and Sunday liquor sales hours and bring them back to the Council for further consideration. Attorney Petrarca said that was correct. A motion was made, seconded by Commissioner Schnell, to Approve this file. Mayor Krajewski eclared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Urban, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Liquor Ordinance Amendments
ORD00 -02330 Ordinance: Amend the Liquor Control Ordinance Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will make certain amendments to the Liquor Control Ordinance.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE LIQUOR CONTROL ORDINANCE
ORDINANCE NO . 4768 Commissioner Schnell moved to adopt an ordinance amending the Liquor Control Ordinance as presented, seconded by Commissioner Waldack.
Commissioner Tully reviewed the revisions, noting that the hours of operation and probationary licenses were removed from the version of the ordinance currently under consideration. He would like to see the following changes made to the Ordinance: 1) On page 7, Section 3.5©(5), Local Liquor Commission, he has an issue with the wording “shall be making recommendations” as this may impact the law enforcement aspect too much, which he does not think is appropriate. An alternative would be to “review and recommend revisions to this Ordinance from time to time as warranted or requested by the Local Liquor Commissioner or the Village Council.” Commissioner Tully said the word “comments” in Section 3.5©(5) should also be deleted.
Commissioner Tully then referred to Section 3.22 on page 27, Conduct of Licensees, and he read the two sentences added with respect to conduct of licensees. The first sentence reads: “Every licensee shall conduct his place of business in a decent and respectable manner and shall eject therefrom or refuse admittance thereto all persons rendering themselves objectionable or undesirable by reasons of undue noise or other acts disturbing the peace.” He recommended eliminating the second sentence which reads: “Every licensee shall immediately report to the Downers Grove Police Department any act by a person or patron rendering himself objectionable, causing undue noise or disturbance, breach of peace or unlawful conduct.” From a practical standpoint that will be almost impossible to enforce. The intent was to govern the conduct of the licensees, which is covered by the first sentence. He said he did not speak with the entire Liquor Commission, but one member agreed with the recommended change. He apologized for the last minute revisions, and said that the ordinance reflects good efforts on the part of the staff and by the volunteer members of the Liquor Commission.
Commissioner Schnell asked Chief Porter to comment on Commissioner Tully’s recommendation regarding the second sentence.
Chief Porter said that Commissioner Tully makes two excellent points. The Chief also reviewed the ordinance changes and thinks that the first recommendation allows the police more flexibility. Regarding 3.22, Conduct of Licensees, this allows the merchants some flexibility. If they have private security, they should not be mandated to call police as long as the situation has been made safe.
Commissioner Schnell asked whether there would be a liability for the Village if the Village was not called to the scene and the person was unruly and had an accident. Chief Porter said they could consult with Attorney Petrarca on that, but he does not think there is any special relationship at that point. The police should be called if there is unlawful conduct.
Commissioner Waldack suggested rephrasing the second sentence to notify the police in a case of “disturbance or unlawful conduct.”
Commissioner Tully responded that wording would put the proprietor in a position of a law enforcement officer making the determination. In regard to Commissioner Schnell’s inquiry, he said that leaving the language in, he thinks, also puts the Village in a liability situation because the licensee, once they’ve notified the police, could argue that they are not liable because they have followed the ordinance direction.
The Manager said that they could delete this sentence and have staff bring back revisions within six months. There could be potential unintended consequences with the proposed wording in this ordinance.
The Mayor said that this sentence even references noise as a reason for calling the police.
Commissioner Schnell said her concern is that a person is going to leave the restaurant and then will get into an accident, thereby leaving the Village liable.
Commissioner Waldack commented that sports bars are an example where they will get noisy. He is more concerned about situations where there might be drugs or solicitation, but has no problem with revisiting the language.
Commissioner McConnell said she is also fine with removing the second sentence from Section 3.22 on page 27 as outlined by Commissioner Tully, but would like to try to get to the intent of that sentence regarding monitoring licensees. She urged the Council to think about the unintended consequences. She asked for more information on the first recommendation regarding the role of the Liquor Commission. She asked the Village Attorney how close Commissioner Tully’s recommendations get to the intent of the role of the Liquor Commission.
Attorney Petrarca said that the first point was discussed at the Liquor Commission. The Liquor Commission feels that they should have input into controlled buys. They feel that their recommendations should be broadened. Commissioner Tully’s recommendation gives the Village Council flexibility as to what can be given to the Liquor Commission.
The Manager said that there is a legitimate concern in both the Manager’s and Police Chief’s office when there is an advisory board or commission with a narrow purview, in this case liquor licensing, making recommendations on how law enforcement activities are performed. They do not have the benefit of looking at the entire scope of services for which the Chief is responsible under state law and local code. The Manager is there to facilitate his role in that. There could be challenging issues brought forward with budget implications when they make recommendations on law enforcement issues.
Commissioner McConnell said there is a benefit in having a Liquor Commission monitoring licensing activities. She suggested they may not want to get into the specifics of a controlled buy, etc. as those issues belong to the law enforcement professionals. Part of the concern of the Liquor Commission may be with the ability to have input into types of licenses, surveillance, enforcement, and regulatory oversight. She asked if there is a way to incorporate that concept into the ordinance.
The Mayor said that the Attorney indicated that the Council can direct the Commission if they want them to review something.
Commissioner Tully said that his concern is that the language stated that the Commission “shall have” and “shall exercise” which makes it mandatory. He think this goes too far. They can always make comments to the Council through a variety of ways, but the wording here makes it mandatory. He would like to see them take out 3.5©(5) altogether. His recommendation is to reword it as “to review and recommend revisions to this ordinance from time to time, as warranted or requested by the Local Liquor Commission or Village Council.” That would place it in an advisory capacity.
The Manager said she can see staff putting forth a recommendation and receiving comments and input on it, rather than having non-law enforcement professionals making recommendations on how the Village enforces liquor regulations.
Commissioner McConnell said she was fine with Commissioner Tully’s wording.
Commissioner Urban said he is fine with the first changes as presented. But regarding page 27, it appears that the Village is issuing a license to an establishment which then has the opportunity to just throw people out and not be held accountable. That poses problems for him. He would be in favor of adding that on to the other two issues that are being brought back to the Council by staff for later consideration.
Commissioner Sandack said removal of the second sentence in 3.22 is fine with him. He said they should be very careful. They can have this same discussion on every Ordinance, but he reminded the Council that these discussions took place at Boards and Commission levels, as shown in the minutes. He doesn’t think the Council should make the change on 3.5©(5). He understands Commissioner Tully’s comments, but he believes this entire concept is about recommendations and review and is advisory by its very nature. He doesn’t think they need to worry about mandatory language like “shall” when it is advisory only. These are advisory comments. He said they can wordsmith every ordinance to death.
Commissioner Tully said he is not suggesting that this provision makes the Liquor Commission the authority, but it does require them to review and make comments and recommendations with respect to local enforcement practices. Whether they are adopted is another issue, but it adds a whole new dimension to how they conduct their reviews. He referred to the discussions about outdoor cafes, wherein the Council directed the Liquor Commission to review the issue and make recommendations. Nothing stops the Council from directing a commission to review issues as necessary. The Liquor Commission has certain expertise and a citizens’ perspective on issues, and that should continue. He does not want to require them to review law enforcement practices. It is unnecessary. The Village’s sworn police officers should be responsible for the law enforcement aspects.
The Mayor said he is concerned about the amount of staff resources that may be required if they have to require the Liquor Commission to review all local enforcement practices. He suspects that would entail a lot of time for the Police Department and Legal Department.
The Manager said she doesn’t have an answer to this question. She said in her short time here, a significant amount of time has been spent by the Commission in reviewing the ordinance. Staff feels put in the middle by not accommodating the volunteer Advisory Boards and Commissions, but Staff has competing needs to address as well.
Commissioner Tully moved, as to Section 3.22 Conduct of Licensees, that the following revisions be made: 1) the first sentence refer to “his or her” place of business; and 2) that the second sentence be deleted from the language. Commissioner Sandack seconded the Motion.
Commissioner Waldack asked about putting this off for further study.
Commissioner Tully moved to amend his Motion to direct staff to bring back recommendations regarding the deleted sentence in Section 3.22. Commissioner Sandack seconded the Motion.
The vote was unanimously in favor of the Motion and the Motion carried.
Commissioner Tully moved with respect to proposed Section 3.5©(5) that the language be modified to read as follows: “to review and recommend revisions to this ordinance from time to time as warranted or requested by the Local Liquor Commissioner or the Village Council.” The second sentence would be revised to eliminate the word “comments” and otherwise stands as it currently reads.
There was some question as to the wording of the Motion.
The Motion died for lack of a second.
Commissioner Sandack said he would move to amend Commissioner Tully’s Motion to read “to review and recommend revisions to this ordinance.” This removes the potentially confusing local law enforcement provisions. He agreed with the second sentence as amended by Commissioner Tully. That sentence would read: “Said reviews and recommendations shall be advisory only and shall not prevent the Local Liquor Commissioner from taking whatever action he/she deems appropriate or necessary.” Commissioner McConnell seconded the Motion.
The vote was unanimously in favor of the Motion and the Motion carried.
The Mayor called for further discussion on the original Motion as amended. There was no further discussion.
The vote was unanimously in favor of the Motion and the Motion carried to approve the ordinance as amended. A motion was made by Commissioner Schnell, seconded by Commissioner Waldack, 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: Liquor Ordinance Amendments
8. Mayor’s Report
9. Manager’s Report
The Manager said Acadia on the Green seems to be proceeding as scheduled. Deputy Village Manager Dave Fieldman said the final engineering plans for Mochel Drive have been submitted for final review, and they expect it to be approved in the next few weeks. Staff is also putting the final review on Building #1. Construction should begin within the next two weeks.
Commissioner Schnell asked about pedestrian access on Mochel Drive. Deputy Village Manager Fieldman said Mochel Drive will be constructed and upon completion work will move to the eastern portion of the site which is where pedestrians now cut through the site. At some point that pedestrian access will have to be moved to the Mochel Drive area. Mochel Drive should start this summer and be substantially completed by the end of the summer.
Commissioner Tully commented on the pedestrian traffic from the deck to the train station, saying the striping there is wonderful, but people seem to think that traffic will stop for them, though there is nothing indicating that vehicular traffic is supposed to stop. This could present a problem, and he thinks signage is necessary. Mr. Fieldman said staff has looked at this issue and will review it again after the mailboxes are removed.
The Mayor suggested constructing a fence along the curb so you can walk straight across versus the long diagonal line. Mr. Fieldman said staff would review this as well.
10. Attorney’s Report
Future Active Agenda
11.Committee Standing Reports
12.Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Waldack said that on Friday, Vice-Chairman of the DuPage County Board John Noel passed away at the age of 59. He chaired the Public Transit Committee and was a strong supporter of paratransit and public transportation. The Commissioner extended condolences to his family.
Commissioner Schnell extended congratulations to Dave Fieldman on the new addition to his family.
Commissioner Tully said that on Friday he attended a fundraiser raising money for charities of the Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce, principally the Diveheart Foundation. It was a casino night with proceeds going for charity. He said that many attendees, as well as the persons organizing the event and volunteering for the event were from Downers Grove, but the event was not held in Downers Grove. He noted that he brought this issue up before to the Council, and he indicated to people attending this event that he would again ask the Council about looking at this, since many other communities allow this activity.
Commissioner Sandack said he would be happy to discuss this. He said that community groups who were non-Downers Grove groups have wanted to hold casino nights in the Village and could not do so legally.
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 7:55 p.m