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, Commissioner Sean P. Durkin 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 – September 5, 2006 & September 26, 2006 Council Minutes – October 3, 2006 Budget Review Workshop – October 7, 2006 Workshop Minutes – October 10, 2006 There being no additions or corrections to the minutes, Mayor Krajewski said they would be filed as submitted. Presentation to Fire Department from Muscular Dystrophy Association Shonna Holien of the Muscular Dystrophy Association made a presentation to the Village’s firefighters for efforts on behalf of those who have Muscular Dystrophy. She said it has been a tradition for the firefighters to conduct their annual boot-drive for the Association. They raised over $3,100 which will remain locally. She presented a plaque to Chief Ruscetti for their efforts on behalf of the families affected by this disease.
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
2007 Budget and Proposed Five Year Financial Plan Mayor Krajewski called the Public Hearing to order at 6:34 p.m. to consider the proposed FY 2007 Village Budget. Notice of this hearing was published in the Downers Grove Reporter and a certificate of publication is made a part of these proceedings. He then summarized the procedures to be followed for the Public Hearing.
Cara Pavlicek, Village Manager, provided an overview of the proposed budget.
Manager Pavlicek said the recommended budget for FY 2007 she is presenting has been reviewed by Council in its Workshop review on October 7, 2006. This fiscal year represents the change in calendar year, and the current fiscal year of 2006 is an eight-month year. The Manager said the Village has updated the current software system to meet the change in the calendar year as well. Staff focused on the strategic vision in preparing the budget. She said the budget includes the general fund budget, and said that the property tax levy shows a decrease without a decrease in Village services. She explained that Village services make up a very small portion of the taxes that residents pay.
Commissioner Schnell recalled that during the October 7 meeting the Council talked at length about the $.03 additional tax for the bus system. She said the Council agreed not to bring this tax forward, but she felt that a large majority of the Council members felt that without that tax the bus system would go away. She was troubled by that because a year ago the Council members made a policy decision as a governing body to give the bus system a five-year trial period of obtaining smaller buses, and increasing ridership, as well as finding different ways to use the buses. From her perspective the message sent does not correspond with what is being proposed. She would like the Council to think about what they committed themselves to a year ago, both for the citizens as well as staff who have worked on this project at the direction of the Council. She would recommended keeping with the policy decision they made a year ago.
In addition, Commissioner Schnell addressed the Tourism and Events topic also discussed on October 7. The discussion was to take Tourism and place it as part of the EDC . In reviewing this with residents, she said she would like to review it further. The EDC is a young and new corporation trying to work through what their mission is, and establish their Board of Directors. She wonders if they will be able to take on the Tourism function at this time. Commissioner Schnell said she would like to look at options such as 6-8 months of lead time, and in the meantime have the DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau do the marketing for the Village. The Commissioner said she would like to have dialogue on this issue.
Commissioner Sandack said that he watched the budget hearing on tape and thought that staff did a valiant effort of putting together a budget of this size. One of the items of concern is the bus issue. At the January 6 meeting, staff prepared a PACE grant application for energy efficient buses. Commissioner Sandack said he did not favor the old system, and he believed the new plan to be a novel start. The concept at that time was that PACE would purchase the buses. He asked what has happened since then to lead to this discussion at the budget workshop.
Secondly, Commissioner Sandack raised the issue of the SWAT team, which has been in existence within the Village since the 1970s. It is a highly trained group. He believes that saving money is a good thing, but public safety is the first priority.
Commissioner Sandack then referred to the concept of moving Tourism out of the Village Hall and making it the responsibility of the new EDC . He raised the question of whether the Village should fund a new entity additional monies before they get through their first year.
Concerning leaf collection, Commissioner Sandack said this subject has been discussed before. The refuse service in the Village is important. Leaf collection exists right now on a consumption, user-based track. Depending upon how many bags of leaves there are, they are collected and tagged. He hopes people will weigh in with their opinions on the budget.
Commissioner Urban said that he would like to see the minutes on the bus discussion, particularly as it relates to the time commitment, as he recalls the commitment, but not a specific time limit. In addition, he referred to page 6 of the green budget sheets distributed to the Council, noting that it is based on the $900,000 projected, and not on the past years’ history. He thought they would be working on the past years and asked for clarification. The Manager said for budget purposes they do project out with the amount of revenue anticipated. The actual amount will be based on actual receipts for the year ending 2006. She said the allocation is a presumption of $900,000, but until the mid-January 2007 numbers are reviewed, those figures will serve as a basis for estimated budget allocations.
Commissioner Waldack said he was surprised by the bus comments, and he also remembers a five-year commitment. The goal was to avoid a yearly review, as that discourages ridership due to the uncertainty. He said that the Village also has a commitment to the sidewalk program. He thinks it would be a bad precedent to throw out commitments made. Part of the reason for keeping the buses is the possibility for reverse commuting. He recalled that the EDC was to use this as a tool. He hasn’t seen much discussion about reverse busing and believes this still needs to be studied. They are on the verge of getting a Circulator System which would run throughout the day, which presents a lot of possibilities. He suggested that they need to see whether this impacts the citizens in a positive way.
Commissioner Waldack said he is also concerned about the funds allocated to the EDC . He expects to see a full report on October 24 including information about the Board, their achievements and not just financial information. He has concerns about turning tourism money over to them at this time, and believes they need to establish an action plan in discussing tourism and the EDC . Concerning leaf pickup, Commissioner Waldack said he has heard from a lot of the residents, and people want an easier way to handle this and don’t mind paying for it. He is looking forward to the bus discussion and a full EDC discussion next week.
Commissioner Tully clarified that having discussions now provides the Village with the opportunity to have further reviews, including citizen input at Coffee with the Council on October 21, 2006 at the Community Bank of Downers Grove.
Commissioner Tully said that on October 7, the Council had a daylong budget presentation by staff. The major issue was the budget itself which drives the tax levy and represents the Strategic Plan of the Village. He said that the issues raised here were not the only issues discussed. They discussed a reduction in the property tax rate for residents, which he thought was fantastic. One of the discussions regarding the amount of the reduction was whether tax funds should be used to subsidize the Grove Commuter Shuttle system. No one was in favor of that option. He said that the discussion was about a proposal by staff as to how to deal with the deficit of $1.4 million in the Transportation System, noting that the annual deficit needs to be stemmed and reversed, and he has heard no suggestions as to how that will be done. Commissioner Tully said he would like to see a discussion as to where the funds will come from. In January 2006 there was a motion to pursue a grant application through PACE and prepare the fiscal 2006-07 budget for the continuation of the Downers Grove bus system. There are two critical parts to the bus system, including the replacement of the aging fleet, and dealing with the operating subsidy. The capital part of the problem was addressed through the grant process and obtaining PACE buses, though some cost was involved. The operating subsidy was unanswered at that time and remains unanswered. Commissioner Tully said at that time he encouraged the TAC or the Council to figure out where to come up with the $800,000. Ridership has not increased, even with the increase in gas prices. He said that it is not possible to legislate individual lifestyles. He recalled that three years ago he said that if efforts undertaken did not make the system work, he would be in favor of eliminating the system. The system has to be operating at reasonable numbers, and it is difficult to find a place in the Strategic Plan where an $800,000 subsidy can be found to basically benefit 150 people .
Regarding the EDC , Commissioner Tully said this discussion concerned the Hotel/Motel Sales Tax, a certain portion of which is given to the Community Grants Commission to support artistic and cultural endeavors in the community. The remainder has been used for Tourism and Events, and economic development. An agreement was approved by the Council in December 2005 which outlined funding for the EDC at 50% of the Sales tax, but not more than $500,000. Whether the EDC should take over the tourism function, Commissioner Tully said it was always his understanding that this was the intention, and he would like to hear from the Director of the EDC as to whether they are ready to do that.
Commissioner Tully then addressed the issue of leaf pickup, which comes up every year on the Village survey. It’s important to understand what is meant by leaf pickup. Having leaves vacuumed up on the street is an extraordinarily expensive project, and people would still have to rake their leaves. He reminded everyone that the sticker program encourages recycling, as does leaf pickup. An individual pays for what is to be picked up. By subsidizing the pickup of garbage there would be an inequity for those who have few bags versus those who have many.
Commissioner Tully then discussed the funding for the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Village. He said that comments have been made by Council members that this should be made an exceptionally special celebration. He is looking forward to more discussions about this.
Commissioner Durkin addressed the issue of the buses, saying the Council is asking the residents to pay for 150 residents to use buses to cover an $800,000 deficit. He sees this as similar to the leaf program, wherein they would be asking people with few leaves to pay the same as those with many leaves. He commented that in Darien, a program was put together whereby residents placed their leaves in bags and garbage haulers picked them up. The cost was negotiated into the cost of the contract with the hauler. He asked about the cost to the street sweeper to pick up the leaves raked to the streets.
Mayor Krajewski noted that comments regarding leaf pickup have dropped off over the years. The property tax rate is going down, and the overall dollars are also going down. He assumed that the assessed value of Downers Grove property has increased by 8%. With regards to the bus situation, the Mayor noted that the annual management letter from the auditors refers to the deficit in the transportation fund, stating that the Village should develop a strategy to address that deficit. The deficit continues to grow. The Village deficit is $15,000 per bus rider, and the Council needs to figure out how to deal with this situation. Staff has recommended a property tax to address it. Most of the Council members were against that. There is a $4.4 million deficit in the Transportation Fund in the Five-Year Plan and there must be a discussion of where the money will come from to fund this. As of now there is no revenue source. In regard to the situation in the garage, the Mayor said that personnel are having a hard time getting the squad cars outfitted and out on the street. The same is true of fire vehicles, and this is due to the repair time needed for buses. He said that hopefully the new buses won’t need as much work, but the PACE buses have needed more work than anticipated.
The Mayor said that the Hotel Tax is being used to spur economic development in the community, and to help reduce the burden on taxpayers. He said it is clear that the Village hasn’t really been conducting a tourism program, explaining that the events sponsored by the Tourism and Events Committee are not tourism events. He indicated that some emphasis was given to increasing Doug Kozlowski’s department with marketing responsibilities. And the final discussion would be whether the Council is comfortable with the proposed levy rate. He reminded everyone that Coffee with the Council will be held on October 21and encouraged comments from the residents on the budget. The meeting will be at the Community Bank of Downers Grove at 1111 Warren Avenue. He then called for public comments, and there were none.
Commissioner Schnell asked for clarification for next week’s discussion concerning the economies of scale as a result of the new buses. She asked if the projected reductions are in the budget, and the Manager said it was her understanding that they were.
Commissioner Schnell reiterated that she feels this is a credibility issue, as Council gave direction to staff to go ahead with the funding and look for ways to use the bus system. She feels that the Council is losing credibility. The Mayor noted that even if the deficit is reduced, they still have to address where they will get the money.
Commissioner Schnell said from her perspective it goes back to the credibility issue. What is being discussed now is no different than what they discussed previously. Her understanding was that the Council gave direction to go for the grant funding and look at ways to use the bus system, and everyone knew there would be a deficit. She agrees there should be discussions again, and it seems as though they have them every year. The Commissioner stated that she thought they have to either put this to bed, or say they are going to do it. She’s concerned that last year they agreed to do this, and now they’re discussing it again. She believes the Council is losing credibility with everyone, including the 140 people who use the bus. She wants more information for next week to be sure the figures are accurate.
The Mayor said, even if they decrease the deficit, they still have to determine where the funds will come from to remove the deficit that accumulates every year. Commissioner Schnell said there is also a discussion about what will happen if they choose to dissolve the bus system, because there will be 140 people who will have to park downtown. There has to be a comprehensive transportation plan in place that allows people to get to the train, or reverse commuting. She had hoped they could use the new buses for Seniors in helping reduce the pressure on the taxi subsidy program. Commissioner Schnell said she looks forward to next week’s discussion and believes they must look to the bigger issue of what to do with the increased parking needs if the bus program is dissolved.
Mayor Krajewski said he discussed that with the Manager yesterday in terms of getting a plan in place including opening up a number of parking spots immediately in the deck to provide parking for those residents who would have taken the bus service.
Commissioner Schnell said she agrees that if the Village were to subsidize a leaf pickup system for people with trees, it will not be free, just as subsidizing the bus system will not be free. That’s a policy decision that has to be made. She has been on the Council for 18 years and doesn’t remember a leaf pickup system during those 18 years where the leaves were put into the street. She said that it is a decision that must be made by the Council as to whether or not to subsidize not only leaf pickup, but likewise, the bus system.
The Mayor said he heard Commissioners Tully, Sandack and Durkin talk about the leaf problem in their neighborhoods. One of the problems is that even if a resident has no trees on their property, they still have to deal with leaves blowing onto their property. The leaves are left on the street, and when there’s a heavy rainstorm there are flooding problems. It’s not necessarily a user based system since the weather plays a large part in the problem.
Commissioner Waldack commented on something said about the buses being in constant need of repair while fire equipment had to stand by and wait until the maintenance was completed. Deputy Village Manager Dave Fieldman responded that he had noted at another meeting that several of the buses had somewhere between 800-900 hours of maintenance a year. Commissioner Waldack said he’d like to see a report on that if it is available. The Manager said that staff will include addressing that dichotomy in their report on October 24.
Mayor Krajewski said the comment referred to a couple of years ago when staff could not get the fire trucks and police cars outfitted and had to contract out to get the work done. That presented issues of getting the equipment to the outsource companies. The Village used to do their outfitting inhouse, and now has to contract out because of lack of personnel and the maintenance required on the buses. He said there was also a problem with having personnel certified to work on fire vehicles, and the Village lost their only certified person and was considering seeking help from other communities.
Commissioner Waldack said the number $800,000 was mentioned and in looking at the revenues and expenses for last year’s report, the 2005-06 deficit was slightly under $400,000. In looking at commuter costs of $45 per month for parking, and other costs including bus costs, he believes they are not charging enough for use of the parking deck, which is prime real estate being used for parking at very little cost. The Mayor noted that the Village does not own the real estate along the Burlington-Northern, and according to the intergovernmental agreement, the Village has to obtain approval from Metra to increase any parking rates. When Metra’s been approached, they have not been sensitive to the Village’s request, although the last time Metra did pay for fixing the parking lot.
Commissioner Tully commented on the transportation fund again, referring to the management letter for the audit, dated April 30, 2006, which shows the increase in deficit for the transportation fund to be about $798,000, which is where the $800,000 figure came from. The issue about credibility needs to be addressed as well. He said that the minutes of the November 2005 report by the Transportation Committee show that he questioned at that time the long-term financial figures which include the capital issue and the operating subsidy. This is not a question of pro-bus or anti-bus. He favors the system as he was a user for years, but the question is “at what point in time does the subsidy become unreasonable.” The Village has made a bigger commitment to the community in the Strategic Plan which has as Mission #2 to “be fiscally responsible”, and #7 “make decisions with financial consequences in mind.” Many people have spent a lot of time to make this bus system work, but the fact is that there is a financial issue that must be addressed. What’s changed over the past year is there is no solution in the horizon other than a property tax increase. The only other suggestion was to increase the parking fee, and he is sure they will hear from people parking in the lots about raising the parking fee. He understands that they must subsidize the transportation system, but it must be a reasonable subsidy. Commissioner Tully said the Strategic Plan is supposed to be a decision-making plan, and the Council has to pay attention to it to guide their decisions. He would support the bus program if it could be done with financial consequences in mind. That is a challenge. He noted that many of the things that have been done already, at the recommendation of the TAC , have not changed the situation.
Commissioner Tully said that Commissioner Schnell made a good point in terms of how to deal with the consequences of this. You cannot just turn this off without a substitute strategy. There are uses for the buses at Heritage Festival, in conjunction with the seniors, and the Park District is talking about buying a bus. He is confident that they can support these services, but they have to find a much less expensive way to do this, and attempt to cut that deficit figure.
Commissioner Sandack asked the Manager about procedure, and whether they will they have a vote or mini-votes. The Manager said it was her recommendation on October 7 that staff come back to the Council at the October 24 Workshop meeting and present the information for the Council’s consideration. If the Council is comfortable with making a decision at the Workshop they can vote then, or carry it over to the November 7 Council meeting. Then staff would print a document reflecting the changes in the budget document by November 21, or December 5 at the latest. She asked that the Council understand that they must adopt the budget no later than December 5. Because there has been a diversity of opinions expressed, she recommended making the decision on November 7 to give time for public comments at Coffee with the Council, and at the Workshop. The public hearing on the levy is for December 5, and on December 19 the Council must adopt the levy by Statute. Commissioner Sandack said he thought the November 7 vote date makes more sense. He asked as to the mini-vote items. Manager Pavlicek said that staff has provided bullet-points on the data given to the Council.
The Mayor asked about the property tax and whether everyone was comfortable with it. The Manager interjected that before saying they are comfortable with it, they need to see the changes with the directions already made before making the decision as to the property tax rate. She asked that they make a decision based on the final numbers.
Commissioner Sandack asked that they include SWAT on the list for the Workshop discussion. The Mayor noted that the SWAT item would not reduce the budget in any way. Manager Pavlicek said there is no reduction in law enforcement services, although there could be a reduction in overtime in specific areas. She said that staff will provide information regarding the shift to a multi-jurisdictional team having FIAT replace SWAT . The Manager explained briefly how the FIAT change would occur, saying that full representation of the numbers would be provided to the Council.
The Mayor then said, regarding the transportation fund, that it was only a few years ago that the Village received the true costs of the transportation program, and that would be the same for other programs of the Village as well.
Commissioner Tully said that they must keep in mind the priorities of the community. He indicated that some residents have already commented on their priorities such as stormwater and sidewalk projects. He said he hoped residents would contact the Council on all of these subjects.
The Mayor added that he has also heard from several residents about the budget after having seen the tape played of the budget meeting.
There being no further questions or discussion, Mayor Krajewski closed the public hearing at 8:05 p.m.
6. Consent Agenda
COR00 -02500 Claim Ordinance: No. 5657, Payroll, September 29, 2006 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BIL00 -02501 List of Bills Payable: No. 5644, October 17, 2006 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BID00 -02504 Award $111,509.50 to Construction Management Corporation of Illinois, doing business as Briggs Paving, Bolingbrook, Illinois, to Construct Parking Lot Improvements at McCollum Park Satellite Maintenance Facility and Fire Station #5 Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Fire Station #5, McCollum Park-Satellite Maintenance Facility
RES00 -02505 Resolution: Authorize Certain Agreements with AT&T Sponsors: Finance Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF CERTAIN AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND AT&T
RESOLUTION 2006 -90 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Fire Equipment, Miscellaneous, Fire Department
RES00 -02506 Resolution: Authorize an Intergovernmental Agreement with Community High School District 99 Sponsors: Marketing & Media Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND DOWNERS GROVE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 99
RESOLUTION 2006 -91 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: School District 99
BID00 -02507 Bid: Award a Contract to Health Endeavors of Lombard, Illinois, in an Amount Not to Exceed $40,262 for Annual Fire Department Personnel Physicals Sponsors: Fire Department Indexes: Fire Department
BID00 -02509 Bid: Authorize $41,945 to Zoll Medical Corporation, Chelmsford, Massachusetts, for Purchase of 31 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) Sponsors: Fire Department Indexes: Fire Department – Cardiac Monitors
MOT00 -02510 Motion: Amend Grant Funding as Approved by the Community Grants Commission Sponsors: Finance and Community Grants Summary of Item: In lieu of allocating funds in the amount of $500 for the Friends of the Library Storybook Parade, it was recommended by the Community Grants Commission to reallocate $200 toward the DGSHS Mustang Music Bowl (an increase from $3,200 to $3,400) and reallocate $300 toward the West Town Chorus Christmas Show (an increase from $2,300 to $2,600). The Community Grants Commission was advised that the Friends of the Library would not be participating in the storybook parade for 2006. A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Community Grants
MOT00 -02516 Motion: Approve 2007 Heritage Festival Budget Sponsors: Community Events Commission A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Heritage Festival 2007
MOT00 -02503 Motion: Note Receipt of Minutes of Village Boards and Commissions Summary of Item: * Community Grants Commission – September 25, 2006 Human Services Commission – September 6, 2006 *A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. 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, Commissioner Durkin and Mayor Krajewski
7. Active Agenda
ORD00 -02512 Ordinance: 2007 Heritage Festival Sponsors: Community Events Commission Summary of Item: This will establish the procedures for the 2007 Downers Grove Heritage Festival.
AN ORDINANCE REGARDING THE 2007 HERITAGE FESITVAL
ORDINANCE NO . 4814 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, Commissioner Durkin and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Heritage Festival 2007
ORD00 -02513 Ordinance: Approve a Lot Split for the Property Commonly Known as 120-152 Ogden Avenue Sponsors: Community Development Summary of Item: At their meeting of September 11, 2006, the Plan Commission recommended approval of a lot split for the property commonly known as 120-152 Ogden Avenue.
AN ORDINANCE APPROVING A LOT SPLIT FOR THE PROPERTY COMMONLY KNOWN AS 120 -152 OGDEN AVENUE
ORDINANCE NO . 4815 A motion was made by Commissioner Urban, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, 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, Commissioner Durkin and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Lot Split, Special Use – 120-152 Ogden Avenue – Harris Bank
ORD00 -02514 Ordinance: Authorize a Special Use for 120-152 Ogden Avenue to Permit a Drive-Through Banking Facility Sponsors: Community Development Summary of Item: At their meeting of September 11, 2006, the Plan Commission recommended authorizing a special use to permit a drive-through banking facility at the northeast corner of Ogden Avenue and Cumnor Road.
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A SPECIAL USE FOR 120 -152 OGDEN AVENUE TO PERMIT A DRIVE -THROUGH BANKING FACILITY
ORDINANCE NO . 4816 A motion was made by Commissioner Durkin, 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, Commissioner Durkin and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Lot Split, Special Use – 120-152 Ogden Avenue – Harris Bank
ORD00 -02515 Ordinance: Approve a Planned Development Amendment to Planned Development #20, for an Office Facility Sponsors: Community Development Summary of Item: At their meeting of September 11, 2006, the Plan Commission recommended approving planned development amendments to Planned Development #20.
AN ORDINANCE APPROVING A PLANNED DEVELOPMENT AMENDMENT TO PLANNED DEVELOPMENT #20, FOR AN OFFICE FACILITY
ORDINANCE NO . 4817 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, Commissioner Durkin and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Planned Development #20-Woodcreek
8. Mayor’s Report
RES00 -02502 Resolution: Appointments to Boards and Commissions Sponsors: Mayor Summary of Item: This is to confirm the reppointment of William White as Chair to a three-year term expiring April 30, 2009 and the reappointment of Joseph Domijan to a two-year term expiring April 30, 2008 to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
A RESOLUTION REAPPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
RESOLUTION 2006 - 92 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, Commissioner Durkin and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Boards and Commissions Materials to be Placed on File
9. Manager’s Report
The Manager reminded the public that there is a Coffee with the Council on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at the Community Bank of Downers Grove from 8:30-10:30 a.m. She also thanked the Council members for the extensive amount of time they have spent reviewing the budget materials.
10. Attorney’s Report
Attorney Petrarca asked the Council to consider waiving the traditional one-week waiting period to consider new business.
Commissioner Tully moved to waive the traditional one-week waiting period to consider new business. Commissioner Urban seconded the motion.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Tully, Urban, Durkin, Waldack, Sandack, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski
Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried.
RES00 -02517 Resolution: Authorize a Professional Services Agreement for Environmental Site Remediation for Fire Station 2 Sponsors: Deputy Village Manager Summary of Item: This will authorize execution of an agreement between the Village of Downers Grove and Anderson Environmental Consulting, Inc. for Phase II environmental site remediation for Fire Station 2.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND ANDERSON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING , INC .
RESOLUTION 2006 -93 Commissioner Tully said this is for remediation at Fire Station 2 in an amount not to exceed $30,000.00. Indexes: Fire Station #2
11.Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Sandack called for participation by the public in the Village’s budget, encouraging people to let the Council know their feelings.
Commissioner Waldack echoed Commissioner Sandack’s comments that the public should participate in setting the priorities for the coming year.
Commissioner Waldack announced that Gloria Dei church will conduct the 21st annual Crop Walk at 1:30 on Sunday. This is a walk to fight hunger. Some of the people walking might be impacted by the County’s budget cuts.
Commissioner Schnell noted that this is the residents’ budget and the Council needs to hear from the residents. She also announced that on Saturday, October 28, there will be the Annual Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Ballydoyle in conjunction with the Halloween window painting. It will be hosted by Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence.
Commissioner Urban also invited residents to attend the Coffee with the Council. He commented on business licenses, saying that in going through the business ledger he saw that Creative Strategies Inc., of Downers Grove and its president Robert Lenke, and Michael O’Malley of O’Malley and Associates won awards for excellence in entrepreneurship.
The Mayor added that Mike O’Malley is on the Board of Directors of the EDC Corporation.
Commissioner Tully commented that earlier this evening the Mayor, Director Scalzetti and Director Kozlowski rolled out the presentation of plans for events celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Village. He said that they want to have participation from all aspects of the community, and he assured everyone that information will be provided as the date nears. He said this is an opportunity to work with the Village in celebrating not only on the Village’s anniversary, but the anniversary celebrations of other organizations within the Village.
The Mayor said that the next Heritage Festival is scheduled for June 22, 23 and 24, 2007 and June 24 is the actual 175th anniversary of the Village. He noted that the Tivoli Theater was chosen by WGN for the Home Town Voice broadcast of the Steve Cochran show on November 9.
The Mayor commented that he received a phone call from a resident effected by the demolition ordinance and placement of the $5,000 bond, as well as the permit fees which are in the $2,000 range. Some surrounding communities appear to be considerably lower. He asked that this be reviewed.
Mayor Krajewski added his encouragement to residents to comment on the budget. He also noted that many residents will be at the Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South annual cross-town football game on Friday evening. The Mayor and Commissioner Durkin are graduates of Downers Grove South, and Commissioner Tully of Downers Grove North, but as Council members they have to remain impartial and represent the whole community. The Mayor said that Louie the Tailor loaned him a jacket to wear on Friday night which is half and half with both the North and South colors and logos to assure the Mayor’s impartiality at the game. He encouraged people to attend the game, and feel free to ask the Council members questions.
Commissioner Tully moved to adjourn. Commissioner Urban seconded.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Tully, Urban, Durkin, Waldack, Sandack, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski
Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m