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 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 presiding officer will ask, at the appropriate time, 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. Remarks should be limited to five minutes, and asked that individuals refrain from making repetitive statements.
Mayor Krajewski 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 – August 1, 2006; August 2, 2006 Council Minutes – September 5, 2006 Workshop Minutes – September 12, 2006 There being no additions or corrections to the minutes, Mayor Krajewski said they would be filed as submitted.
4. Public Comments and Questions
Police Swearing-In Ceremony The Mayor asked Police Chief Porter to the podium for the swearing in ceremony for new officers Brian Mitera and Samantha Roti, and promotions of Michael J. Willison to Lieutenant and David F. Bormann to Sergeant. The Chief welcomed the officers and their families and friends to the ceremony.
Fire Chief Phil Ruscetti announced that Firefighter/Paramedic Greg Cummings was the recipient of an award. Firefighter Cummings said he entered a contest in part sponsored by the IAFF for an outdoor trip of a lifetime. He was chosen as a winner and leaves to go to Alberta, Canada and will have a cameraman following him on the trip. The film is scheduled to air in February. The Mayor suggested he be outfitted with Downers Grove paraphernalia to wear. Firefighter Cummings described the process he went through to win the award. The Mayor congratulated him, wished him good luck and said he would like to see the trip publicized.
Proclamation: The Mayor declared September 17-23, 2006 as Constitution Week in the Village of Downers Grove, and presented the proclamation to Adrienne Miller and Martha Novich. Ms. Novich thanked the Mayor and said that the Constitution is the oldest document still in use that has served in the governance of the people. It is a workable and durable document. She said that this year marks the 219th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.
A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda
Dr. Gordon Goodman, 5834 Middaugh, said he is a member of the Environmental Concerns Commission, and he spoke last week on the importance of disposing of electronic devices properly. He said his intent was to encourage more regular pickups of these devices which included computer related items. He has been informed that on September 23 there will be a recycling event accepting up to five such electronic devices per car. This will be advertised in the Village Corner, and the event will occur between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the United Recycling Industries facility in West Chicago. Computer related electronic devices will be accepted in this recycling event.
John Schofield, 1125 Jefferson Avenue, commented on item #2, Motion 0002479 with respect to the new Fire Station. He said he has read all of the information available online, but has not received the full-size drawings he requested. He asked the Council to note the Site Plan and pay attention to the setback dimensions he has marked. Mr. Schofield said that last week the Council was interested in the appearance of the building, but he heard no questions or discussion on the Site Plan. He noted the irregular shape of the property, and said the Site Plan and set-back dimensions should be discussed as a matter of principle. He is concerned that it will appear that the Village Council already pre-approved certain zoning variations, mostly set-backs, in advance of the Plan Commission process, thereby preempting meaningful public input. Mr. Schofield said he is confused with what tonight’s intent is with regard to the Motion. He believes approving the setback at this time would trivialize that part of the Plan Commission hearings, and in his opinion it would deny the neighbors of the site the full measure of public notice that they deserve. He asked that the Council clarify officially in the public record that tonight’s vote does not mean approval of these specific dimensions to the exclusion of a public notice and comment before the Plan Commission.
B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
There were none.
5. Public Hearings
6. Consent Agenda
COR00 -02474 Claim Ordinance: No. 5653, Payroll, September 1, 2006 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BIL00 -02475 List of Bills Payable: No. 5640, September 19, 2006 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BID00 -02476 Bid: Award $39,500.00 to V3 Construction Group, Woodridge, IL for Pond Dredging - Valley View Estates Pond Remediation Project (CIP Project SW-021) Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Dredging
BID00 -02477 Bid: Award $20,335 to Vanguard Utility Service, Inc., Owensboro, Kentucky for Large Water Meter Testing and Repair Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Water Hydrants & Meters, Water Service
MOT00 -02486 Motion: Note Receipt of Minutes of Village Boards and Commissions Summary of Item: Human Services Commission – June 6, 2006 Parking & Traffic Commission – August 9, 2006 Plan Commission – August 7, 2006 A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A 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 -02478 Ordinance: Authorize the Sale by Public Auction of Personal Property Owned by the Village of Downers Grove Sponsors: Public Works Summary of Item: This will authorize the sale of various vehicles owned by the Village of Downers Grove at a public auction conducted on October 14, 2006 by the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference.
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY OWNED BY THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE
ORDINANCE NO . 4809 Commissioner Tully clarified that this does not involve any rights-of-way. 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: Auction
MOT00 -02479 Motion: Approve Schematic Design Plans for New Fire Station 2 Sponsors: Deputy Village Manager Summary of Item: This is to approve the schematic design plans for a new 30,522 square foot Fire Station #2, including elevations, basic concept/layout of floor and site plans and interior materials. Design plans to include an add-alternate full basement design, a working clock tower, a stone medallion with “2” for the Station designation, and a single monument sign. The Mayor asked what the process was when the plans were drawn and whether they followed the Municipal Code in the process.
Deputy Manager Fieldman said that at the beginning of the project staff intended to subject themselves to the zoning approval process through the Planned Development process. He scheduled a pre-submittal meeting with the Planning Department to review the issues. He said the design was done with the zoning requirements in mind. There may be two issues that will require discussion including setbacks and open spaces. At this time the percentage of open space may not meet the requirements. He said staff is filing a petition for a Planned Unit Development and expects the hearing to take place on November 1.
Manager Pavlicek said that the schematic design process is independent of the PUD process. Approval of the schematic design does not mean you have to approve the exceptions,
The Mayor asked whether residential subdivisions can be Planned Unit Developments. Mr. Fieldman said that they could, although the petitioner may feel it is more difficult to navigate.
Mayor Krajewski thanked staff for the information provided to the Council. He referenced the discussion concerning walls being floor-to-ceiling for privacy, and he said he thought a wall has already been added as part of that discussion. Mr. Fieldman said that was correct. This can be adjusted even after the schematic design is approved, as it is a design development detail.
The Mayor asked whether there were sufficient showers, and if both locker rooms could be cubicle style. Mr. Fieldman said they reviewed Schaumburg’s facility and their space, which has a similar shower design. The Mayor asked whether the bathroom shower space is an issue now.
Battalion Chief Bill Friedrich of Fire Station 3 said that they have six personnel on-duty and six personnel going off-duty, and there is no problem with the use of the showers.
Firefighter/Paramedic Brent Mowery said that at Fire Station 2 they have five personnel and two showers. The only issue is some of the personnel want a private area, and he is not sure there would be enough room for those coming on duty and those leaving.
The Mayor asked when the plan for transition will come forth. Mr. Fieldman said it should be within the next 30-60 days.
Commissioner Sandack said he spoke with Mr. Schofield this weekend. The Commissioner said he didn’t think it was appropriate to discuss zoning detail at this time. This is essentially blessing the concept. He thanked everyone involved in this process and said he looks forward to the next steps.
Commissioner Schnell said that the book given to the Council was very helpful. She agreed that they are not at the point to talk about setbacks. This will have to go through the Plan Commission hearing as to why variations are needed. They will be as hard on the Village staff as they are with other petitioners. There have to be acceptable reasons for variations. She has been part of this process before and it works well.
Commissioner Waldack said he has some concerns about the variations and asked how close they are on the open space issue. Mr. Fieldman said they will know more within the next 30 days. Commissioner Waldack said he would like the Village to be treated the same as any other petitioner with the same or higher scrutiny. He wants the Village to do the best it can to follow its own regulations.
Commissioner Urban thanked the staff for their work. He did not come prepared to discuss open spaces, etc., but they are being asked tonight to look at the schematic design. He hopes this proceeds in an orderly fashion.
Commissioner Tully said he appreciated Mr. Schofield’s participation, but takes some exception to his comments because he doesn’t view this to be approval of the full-blown plans. In most cases, the Council doesn’t see the plan until it gets to the Plan Commission. He said that the Village is already holding itself to significantly higher standards than it does for other petitioners. He expects that this will be treated in the same way as any other requests. Materials Council received include the conceptual design and a schedule for the various types of discussions that will occur prior to the final acceptance of the project. There are many more steps to come. Commissioner Tully said if there is any concern among the Council members about clarifying what this motion does, it can be amended to specify exactly what is being approved and that it is subject to the usual review. He noted that exceptions and variances are granted when they make sense. The staff, Plan Commission and Council will find out what makes sense. There will be a fire station, as this is a very important improvement to public safety in the Village, and is a long time in coming.
The Mayor thanked the firefighters for their comments on this process. He noted the concern about the number of exits to rigs and bay floors. Manager Pavlicek said that this is in a residential area and this should remain a single story, so they have to determine how all of the proper needs are met. The Mayor said he doesn’t want to overcompensate for the setbacks such that they eliminate a hallway, or something else.
Manager Pavlicek then discussed how the comments from the firefighters were addressed, and the various needs they reviewed with firefighters, staff and the architect’s representatives. Mr. Fieldman said that the access to the apparatus bay from the administration side and living quarters side was a primary issue early on. This is the third or fourth version on how to get to the access bay quickly. Adjustments were made to the width of the aisle and the location. It was addressed by modifying the access. A motion was made by Commissioner Urban, seconded by Commissioner Schnell, to Authorize 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: Fire Station #2
ORD00 -02480 Ordinance: Annex 1524 and 1556 61st Street to the Village of Downers Grove, Illinois Sponsors: Community Development Summary of Item: This will annex the property located at 1524 & 1556 61st Street to the Village of Downers Grove.
AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING 1524 AND 1556 61ST STREET TO THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE , ILLINOIS
ORDINANCE NO . 4810 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: Subdivision – McInerney Woods, Annexation-1524 & 1556 61st Street
ORD00 -02481 Ordinance: Rezone 1524 & 1556 61st Street from R-1, Single Family Residence District, to R-3, Single Family Residence District Sponsors: Community Development Summary of Item: This will rezone the property commonly known as 1524 & 1556 61st Street from Village R-1, Single Family Residential, to Village R-3, Single Family Residential.
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 1524 & 1556 61ST STREET
ORDINANCE NO . 4811 A motion was made by Commissioner Waldack, 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 Waldack and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Rezone 1524 & 1556 61st Street – R-1 to R-3, Subdivision – McInerney Woods
RES00 -02482 Resolution: Approve Final Plat of Subdivision for the McInerney Woods Subdivision with Exceptions Sponsors: Community Development Summary of Item: At their meeting of August 7, 2006, the Plan Commission recommended approval of the Final Plat of Subdivision for the McInerney Woods Subdivision with exceptions.
A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE FINAL PLAT OF SUBDIVISION FOR THE McINERNEY SUBDIVISION WITH EXCEPTIONS
RESOLUTION 2006 -83 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, Commissioner Waldack and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Subdivision – McInerney Woods
RES00 -02483 Resolution: Authorize a Subdivision Improvement Agreement with David Bradley and Bradley Land Group Sponsors: Community Development Summary of Item: This will authorize a subdivision improvement agreement between the Village of Downers Grove and David Bradley and Bradley Land Group for the McInerney Woods Subdivision.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A SUBDIVISION IMPROVEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND DAVID BRADLEY AND BRADLEY LAND GROUP
RESOLUTION 2006 -84 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: Subdivision – McInerney Woods
MOT00 -02484 Motion: Direct Staff to Begin Negotiations with Allied Waste, Inc. Sponsors: Manager’s Office Summary of Item: This will authorize the Village Manager to negotiate an extension to the existing solid waste contract with Allied Waste, Inc. commencing April 1, 2007. The Mayor said that staff has asked for time to get more information. He called for a Motion to Table this to a date uncertain.
Commissioner Sandack said he is happy to table this proposition, but he is not going to change his mind on it. A motion was made by Commissioner Urban, seconded by Commissioner Schnell, to Table Indefinitely 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: Scavenger-Garbage Collection
ORD00 -02485 Ordinance: Amend Signage Sponsors: Community Development Summary of Item: This will make certain amendments to the Municipal Code permitting and regulating the posting of open house and garage sale signs.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SIGNAGE
ORDINANCE NO . 4812 Commissioner Tully said that this contains certain amendments to open house and garage sale signs. 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: Zoning Ordinance – Signs
8. Mayor’s Report
RES00 -02472 Resolution: Appointment of Commissioner to Village Council Sponsors: Mayor Summary of Item: This is to appoint Sean Durkin as a Village Commissioner to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of former Commissioner Sue McConnell, for the unexpired term of her office, expiring April 30, 2007.
A RESOLUTION APPOINTING SEAN DURKIN AS A VILLAGE COMMISSIONER
RESOLUTION 2006 -85 The Village Clerk read the Resolution appointing Sean Durkin to fill the vacated position of Commissioner McConnell.
The Mayor provided background information on Sean Durkin, saying he is a Downers Grove South graduate, served on the Darien City Council, then moved to the Village of Downers Grove and has been here about five years. He has been a Board member of the Indian Boundary YMCA , a member of the Sharing Connections, a member of the Rotary Club, a member of the Legislative Committee for the Chamber of Commerce, and served as a Liquor Commissioner for the Village. The Mayor thanked all of those who expressed an interest in serving the Village.
Commissioner Schnell said she takes the position of Village Council Commissioner very seriously. She will not support this and will vote “no” for several reasons. There were many candidates more uniquely qualified and in tune with the issues as well as other matters of the community.
Commissioner Waldack moved that the Council go into Executive Session pursuant to Section 2©(3) of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. The Motion failed for lack of a second.
Commissioner Waldack then thanked all 17 people who applied to fill this vacancy. He said that state statute sets minimum requirements to insure that the candidates were resident citizens in good standing and were not in arrears or felons. It is the role of the Village Council to provide advice and consent. Some may feel that only the Mayor can nominate a person, however, he and others do not feel that is the case since some municipalities have procedures which may include nominating committees. He noted that the US Constitution clearly spells out that only the president may nominate, only the senate can give advice and consent, and then the president may appoint—three separate actions. Illinois Statute only speaks to the appointment by the Mayor and advice and consent of Council. It intentionally is mute on the nomination process.
Commissioner Waldack said the state statute only requires that the candidate be qualified. It is incumbent on each Council member to decide what to do with their “vote of consent.” Since this vacancy will not presently be filled by a Village-wide election, Commissioner Waldack said he felt it was his duty to evaluate all candidates carefully and pick individuals he thought were the best candidates. He was acting on behalf of and with the proxy of the approximately 32,000 voters of Downers Grove. He said he narrowed his choices to three candidates he thought were best qualified, after having been locked out of the process while the field was narrowed. He picked individuals he thought were best qualified not because of their political affiliations, but because they all had good, responsible resumes. Their interviews, which he only heard on tape, were substantive, and they were knowledgeable about Downers Grove and Downers Grove government. They live, move, and interact with a variety of social circles in the Village and, in his opinion, would be best able to represent the varying opinions of the people in Downers Grove. The Commissioner said he would vote Nay which does not mean he will not work with the new Council member. He welcomed the candidate and said he looked forward to working with him for the future of Downers Grove. He said he hopes the Commissioner’s decisions and actions will always be in the best interest of all the residents of Downers Grove, and that he can make and will continue to make good, independent decisions.
Commissioner Tully thanked everyone who participated in the process with 17 people expressing interest. He said the Village is blessed with a number of people who would be able to fill this position. He said he could not disagree more with some of his colleagues. This is a Mayoral appointment made with the advice and consent of the Village Council and in his opinion there has been plenty of advice made by the Council. Consent comes in the manner of voting “yes” or “no”. He said he believes everyone on the Council votes their conscience and in the best interest of the community. He said this is a mayoral appointment and the question is if the Mayor has put forth a qualified candidate for the position. He said that the residents will decide in April 2007 who will hold the Council seats. He cannot imagine that someone would say that Mr. Durkin is not qualified. He believes this process has taken longer than it needed to take, and feels there has been some misunderstanding, misperceptions or misguidance as to what the process actually is.
Commissioner Urban agreed that this is a Mayoral appointment. He said the Mayor took time to set up a committee. He did not have to do that. He thanked the Mayor for that. Qualification is in the eye of the beholder. He believes that Mr. Durkin has shown an involvement in the community, and feels he is the most qualified candidate to date.
Commissioner Sandack said that in regard to the process there are a number of opinions as to how they arrived at this point. He would have done the process differently; however, it is a Mayoral appointment. People can disagree over whom is the best suited to fill Commissioner McConnell’s seat. The question is whether Sean Durkin is qualified. Commissioner Sandack feels he is, and he hopes that he will do the best he can and look at the issues individually. 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 Tully and Mayor Krajewski Nay: Commissioner Schnell and Commissioner Waldack Indexes: Boards and Commissions, Village Council The Mayor congratulated Sean Durkin and others for their interest and participation. Some of those who submitted their materials already work on Boards and Commissions, and others have asked to be considered in the future for Boards and Commissions.
The Mayor then reported on Avery Coonley’s Centennial Celebration on Saturday. Downers Grove Historical Society designated Avery Coonley school as an historical site. He read the plaque of historical designation.
Mayor Krajewski then noted that today the Education Foundation of District 58 hosted a circus and he congratulated them. Materials to be Placed on File
9. Manager’s Report
Manager Pavlicek said that residents will be noticing site management signs on new construction in the Village. She also mentioned that the Village has been going through the process of converting the water billing system. Over the past weeks the first round of bills were distributed on the late end of the cycle. There was a glitch in the mail and the bills were not delivered in a timely manner. She announced that the Village has extended the deadline for the water bills to October 6. She apologized to the public and said that residents will not be penalized for late payments.
The Manager announced that the Council will receive hard copy of the proposed municipal budget for FY 2007 next week. It will also be available on line, and in the Library. The first workshop to discuss the budget will be on October 7, 2006 at 8:30 a.m. in the Public Works Facility, 5101 Walnut.
10. Attorney’s Report
Future Active Agenda
11.Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Sandack asked for public involvement in the budget process. It is the most important thing that the Council does. He asked that everyone look at the budget, attend the meetings, and/or send e-mails to the Council to express their concerns or ask questions.
Commissioner Waldack reminded people that Amnesty Days are here, and to be mindful of what they are putting out for pickup. He also asked that the public get involved in the budget process, saying this discussion will set the priorities for next year. He said in regard to the last vote that he voted his conscience and welcomes Sean Durkin to the Council. He looks forward to working with him.
Commissioner Schnell noted that in her neighborhood items put out are being recycled as quickly as they are set out on the curb. She said that public input for the budget document is scheduled for October 21, 2006 at the Downers Grove Community Bank. She expressed hope that the central location would allow people to participate in the process. The Commissioner then added that she also voted her conscience on the vote to fill the Commissioner seat. She hopes to talk with Mr. Durkin about some of the issues she has in an effort to put that behind them.
The Mayor said Mr. Durkin’s appointment will be at the next Council meting.
Commissioner Urban suggested that they send a tape of this meeting to retired Commissioner Sue McConnell, since her name was mentioned so many times tonight. He is positive that Mr. Durkin will fill her shoes. Commissioner Urban then asked whether it was true that the Mayor rode an elephant tonight, and the Mayor said that was true. He rode 4-year old Luka the elephant for the District 58 circus fund raiser. Commissioner Urban then added that he hoped the Council members would concentrate on the issues of the Village, now that the appointment has been approved.
Commissioner Tully said he noticed the new fencing on the northwest part of the town, and it is very sturdy. He then agreed with Commissioner Sandack and hoped that the public would participate in the budget hearing process. This is a very important process. He thanked all residents who took the time and had the courage to apply for the Commissioner’s seat, and then welcomed Commissioner Sean Durkin. He is confident that the Council will move beyond the strident comments and looks forward to working with him.
The Mayor encouraged people to talk with Council members when in the community. It appears that the Council will look at another property tax rate decrease even though it may not result in a dramatic drop in taxes. He then welcomed Sean Durkin to the Council. Mayor Krajewski noted that Mr. Durkin, while in Darien, served for five years and sat on all three municipal committees. He has been through budget processes before and also sat on the Environmental Concerns Commission.
Commissioner Tully moved to adjourn. Commissioner Urban seconded.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Tully, Urban, Waldack, Sandack, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski
Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:04 p.m