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 Marilyn Schnell, Commissioner Martin Tully, Commissioner William Waldack, Commissioner Sean P. Durkin and Mayor Brian Krajewski Absent: Commissioner Stan Urban and Village Clerk April Holden Non Voting: Village Manager Cara Pavlicek, Village Attorney Enza Petrarca and Deputy Village Clerk Linda Brown 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 – November 14, 2006 Council Meeting – November 21, 2006 Workshop Meeting – November 28, 2006
4. Public Comments and Questions
A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda
There were none.
B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
Mark Thoman, 1109 61st Street, commented on the business licenses saying he is a small business owner working from his home. He is licensed with the State as an S corporation. He believes the business license idea is a bad one which gives the Council broad, intrusive and centrally abusive taxing power masquerading as a business fee. He believes better time can be spent licensing businesses which need licensing such as bars and massage parlors, and those are already licensed.
Mr. Thoman said that like Commissioners Waldack and Tully he attended the housing presentation on December 1 regarding the lack of affordable housing in Downers Grove. He looked at the information provided by the Village. Over 260 housing units have been built in the Village in TIF Districts, and all are luxury condos. None of these are classified as affordable housing. He thinks this needs to be addressed.
5. Public Hearings
Tax Levy 2006 Municipal Motor Fuel Tax (Gasoline Tax)
Tax Levy 2006
The Mayor called the public hearing to order at 6:38 p.m. pursuant to the Illinois Truth in Taxation Law to consider the proposed 2006 tax levy of the Village. Appropriate notice of this hearing was published in the Downers Grove Reporter and a copy of the notice and the proof of publication have been presented and are made a part of the official record of this hearing. He then reviewed the procedures to be followed for the public hearing.
Rita Trainor, Finance Director, said the tax levy has a total of four abatements of $15,104,489. The levy after abatement totals $12,702,000 of which $4,112,599 is Library levy; $250,095 is for the three SSAs. The remainder of $8,339,306 is the Village levy, of which $735,904 is debt.
There were no comments from the Village Council.
Manager Pavlicek said that a written statement provided by a resident was given to the Village Clerk and will be made part of the record.
Mark Thoman, 1109 61st Street, commented on the tax levy, saying that two weeks ago he asked the Village to consider spending $1 million on Prairie Avenue which would have been the Village’s portion of the reconstruction project. If they had used the $2.4 million in abatements they could have realized another $400,000 in savings. He considers the abatement unwise, as the Village has a need for that money for Fire Station #2. This would be an ideal opportunity to offset 25% of the cost of the Fire Station project and avoid any interest fees on that 25% of the project. He thinks the Council should consider the long-term repayment made by the residents of the Village on any borrowing that is done.
The Mayor said that they can offset the interest by having the residents pay more in property taxes.
Manager Pavlicek said that a number of the abatements come from sources that are dedicated. For example, the general water fund revenues are specifically dedicated to address a portion of the debt, but cannot to be used for construction of the Fire Station. The Mayor then explained the abatements.
Commissioner Sandack asked staff to point out the abatements that cannot be used for any purpose other than the dedicated source for which bonds were issued. Ms. Trainor said the only one that could be used for any purpose is the one that would come from the Parking Fund in the amount of about $178,000. The others are for dedicated purposes only.
The Mayor said that using the General Obligation Bonds gives the Village a lower interest rate, which was confirmed by Ms. Trainor.
Commissioner Tully pointed out that the tax levies have been talked about for some time and have been Workshopped frequently. Many of these abatements come before the Village year after year and the Village does not have the option to not abate them if there are available revenue sources. Further, not abating them would result in higher property taxes. He noted the effect the abatements would have on the property tax levy, which is a reduction in the property tax rate as well as the levy itself. He said that the Council tries to be fiscally responsible. They are trying to maximize the revenue streams and diversify them so that the taxing burden in one place is no more than it reasonably should be. He explained the term “abatement” saying that it means you have passed a levy but have abated it, or not collected it.
Commissioner Schnell clarified that the downtown TIF is actually working and doing what it should be doing; that is, paying the debt incurred for the downtown infrastructure. There was criticism in the beginning of the infrastructure work and use of the TIF ; however, this has helped to pay off the debt over time.
The Mayor said the total property taxes are $12 million, excluding the Library which is $4 million, bringing the Village portion down to $8 million.
Commissioner Tully said some time ago there was an analysis of the debt to value ratio of the Village, and he would like to see an update of that analysis.
Manager Pavlicek said that she believes it is under 3%. Commissioner Tully said it is important that they look at that every year.
The Mayor said that the Village has an AA2 bond rating, and asked when that was last reviewed. The Manager said that Standard and Poors is updating their ratings. This was last done in 2005.
Mayor Krajewski said that the tax levy is dropping because the TIF revenue is up. In the last two years the EAV has increased 8-9%.
There being no further discussion, the Public Hearing was adjourned at 6:55 p.m.
Municipal Motor Fuel Tax (Gasoline Tax)
Mayor Krajewski called the Public Hearing to order at 6:56 p.m. pursuant to Resolution 95-53 of the Village of Downers Grove to consider a home rule motor fuel tax. Notice of this hearing was published in the Downers Grove Reporter on November 24, 2006. He then reviewed the procedures to be followed to consider the Home Rule Motor Fuel Tax.
The Manager noted that a written statement received from a resident has been given to the Village Clerk to be made part of the record. Currently the Village of Downers Grove has a 1.5 cent gasoline tax per gallon charged at the 12 stations in the Village. The ordinance recommendation is to increase that tax to 2.5 cents per gallon. The current ordinance allows the Village Council to annually direct the funds to capital improvements. This ordinance would also allow the additional penny to support the transportation fund, with an estimated amount to be collected of $193,000 per year.
The Mayor asked whether the documentation for Fairview Avenue had language to require abatement. The Manager said that staff would obtain that information. The Mayor said he thinks it has been a policy and wanted staff to double check this. Attorney Petrarca said she’d review this and bring the information back.
Donald Kuster, 1501 Coral Berry Lane, said he called the Village Hall to speak with someone in Public Affairs about the bus operation. He is confused because of two different numbers about the cost of the service between $1 million and $2 million. He asked how much the loss is at the end of the year and how many people ride the bus on a continuing basis. If they go to a new configuration what will it do to the bus costs and what will be the net effect. He asked if anyone considered raising the fares for people using this service. Mr. Kuster said that the new tax proposed is a modest amount of money, but gas prices being what they are, it all adds up to the taxpayers. This would subsidize the current bus operation substantially. He would expect people to find another site for gas. It is impossible to discern what effect the tax increase will have on the Village. He thinks they should find another solution such as another parking lot. He believes you can build a lot of parking spaces over a period of time for the $1 million or $2 million. He doesn’t know whether to support this or not because he has no idea what the effects will be. He said he doesn’t mind providing the money if he thought they were accomplishing something.
The Mayor responded that the deficit is $2 million for running the buses over ten years. Over the years funds were transferred into the transportation fund. He explained that the Village has already taken $380,000 out of the general fund to reduce the deficit. There are 141 people riding the bus daily at this time.
Mr. Kuster said he is confused about providing service for 141 people saying he can take them to the station. The Village has more pressing needs. He thinks the users should be charged more. He said the $3 per day they pay is reasonable.
The Mayor said that he agreed with Mr. Kuster as he believes the infrastructure and stormwater issues need funding.
Mark Thoman, 1109 61st St. questioned the ordinance language. Regarding the gas tax for Fairview Avenue’s debt, there was no language mentioned regarding the purpose of the tax. Usually there is some informal language in the sheets explaining what the ordinance is for and why they are doing this. The Manager said that the actual ordinance is not included in the public hearing statement. The legal ordinance will be available prior to December 19.
Wes Jaros, 1113 Black Oak, said he is a car commuter. He said it is not fair to tax people who are not using the buses. If there are not enough riders they need a subsidy. The basis of the tax is wrong. Giving to the few who do use the buses is unfair. If the bus service was needed or wanted, it would be more supported. He recommends raising the fees for users. It is socialistic to tax everyone for a few who use the service.
Commissioner Tully said that he appreciates the questions raised by the public as they have put their finger on a debate that has taken place over five years. There are two issues. The Public Hearing is for the gas tax increase of one penny. That tax has been in place since 1998. As to whether the Village should continue the bus service, that topic has been debated for ten years. On occasion, there have been many bus riders speaking in support of the system. This is a tough decision. There is not a public transportation system anywhere that has ever made a profit. To put it in context, snow plows clearing the streets are not making money. They’re not there to make money. The question is whether it is a service provided by the Village and at what cost. He noted there were questions as to how to pay for replacement of the aging fleet. Through the work of staff and dedicated residents it was determined that there was a funding source for eight new, smaller, environmentally friendly vehicles that should have a life of ten years at a reasonable cost. The second question is how to pay for the operation of the system for the next ten years. That is why the one cent gas tax proposal arose. In the past it has come under the general fund subsidy. He mentioned numerous proposals considered. Increasing the gas tax has a logical connection to transportation, and that revenue source would to some degree be paid by non-residents as well as residents, and would not appear to have a detrimental competitive impact on the Downers Grove gas stations, based on staff’s survey of the surrounding communities. Whether or not the transportation system IS kept, there is still a deficit to be paid off. He views this as investing in a transportation infrastructure. The Village subsidizes the taxi service for senior citizens. There may be potential for using the buses for other community purposes. The Park District is already talking about purchasing a bus. As to the question of raising rates of the bus users, that was tried and the ridership dropped. It is difficult to reduce five years of discussion on this issue into a few minutes. There have been passionate discussions covering both sides for some time. He said it would be a shame not to be able to take advantage of the proposed buses, and this revenue source seemed to be the most logical.
Commissioner Sandack said that for anyone interested in learning more about this, there are tapes available through Channel 6. The Council has talked about the annual deficit and mounting deficit over the years. The opportunity of obtaining the eight buses to replace the dying buses would eliminate some of the operating/maintenance costs. As to neighboring gas prices, there are communities with no motor fuel tax and their prices are higher than Downers Grove. Knowing what comprises the price is difficult to determine. He is not thrilled about the one cent, but thinks it is safe to say that it will have no detrimental effect. He will continue to support this.
Commissioner Waldack thanked Commissioners Tully and Sandack for their review of the issues. He has been a proponent of the bus system for some time as he considers public transportation important for the future. This is not just a matter of 141 people. He said that he has spoken about the possibility of a circulator system which could benefit the Village as well. Small buses could circulate throughout the Village throughout the day, which could help residents get to appointments or shopping. In addition there is the potential of the reverse commute. As for parking, a permit costs $2.25 per day which is cheap. An average spot in the parking deck is $30,000 per space, without the maintenance. There is a cost to everything and hopefully with this gasoline tax they will be able to keep the buses running efficiently and positively impact the community.
Commissioner Schnell concurred with her colleagues, and said it was important that people be made aware of the history; however, this has gone on longer than ten years. When they initially wanted to replace the buses it was more palatable to the residents because the transportation system was looked at as a whole. If the grant for the mini-buses was not obtained, they would not even be talking about this issue at this time. She believes the smaller buses can provide many new opportunities to the residents of the Village. She noted that the Village subsidizes the taxi program, yet not all residents use it, as not all residents use the parking deck which is also subsidized. She indicated that all residents may not use all or any of the components, but it is something that benefits the public. She will support the one cent tax because it is part of a public transportation system for the entire community.
Commissioner Durkin said he seems to be the only one not in favor of this tax. His issue with the shuttle service is that it is a single use service, which is to take the train downtown. Ridership continues to decline. He cannot ask people to keep paying for something that has outlived its useful life. When he was in Darien they had $100,000 for a shuttle system, and there was no ridership. This type of transportation is not suited to the suburbs.
The Mayor said he is not in support of the tax increase. No other community has a bus system. He said before the Village provides cutting edge services to the residents, they must ask the fundamental question of whether they are providing the basic services to its fullest extent. He does not think the Village is adequately addressing the stormwater infrastructure needs. The Village has many young talented directors who need mentoring and training. There have been problems with maintenance for police cars that have had to be contracted out because the buses are always in service. He said it extends to the fire trucks and ambulances as well. He believes they must get the basic services done before adding luxury services. He doesn’t think the Village knows how to run a bus service. The Village has been spending general funds over the years on this service. He wants the police cars brought back into the Village garage. He will vote against this.
Commissioner Tully commented that this is an increase in an existing tax which creates a new dedicated revenue source so it doesn’t take away from needed infrastructure projects.This is a dedicated revenue source to keep a service which has been around for many years.
The Mayor asked whether the police vehicles are being brought back into the garage. The Manager said that a substantial portion of the delay is that they are ordering mid-year and won’t get the vehicles until May 2007.
Commissioner Durkin asked of the 141 riders, how many of those are Downers Grove residents.
Dave Barber, Director of Public Works, said that there are only ten or fifteen people who park at 63rd and 75th Streets. Most of the riders are residents. The Mayor said he would rather have the Attorney work on better things than get a lease put together to park bus riders’ cars.
Mr. Kuster said he was impressed with all the hopeful things that are discussed. He asked whether the proponents of this program would be willing to put a cancellation date on the tax if it doesn’t perform. He asked about the Fairview Avenue surplus and noted that no one has proposed canceling that tax. He’d be in favor of this if there was a cancellation date.
Wes Jaros, 1113 Black Oak, asked that they consider the ecology and the gas it takes to serve 141 people. He thinks the supporters of this issue are wrong. They should let the free market decide what services to retain and which to dispense with. To provide a public service for 141 people in a town this size is ludicrous. He travels a lot and sees buses with one person in the bus, which is a poor use of the services.
There being no further questions, the Mayor adjourned the public hearing at 7:50 p.m.
6. Consent Agenda
COR00 -02580 Claim Ordinance: No. 5663, Payroll, November 10, 2006 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BIL00 -02581 List of Bills Payable: No. 5650, December 5, 2006 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BID00 -02568 Bid: Award an Amount Not-to-Exceed $33,857 to Ambassador Business Solutions-Central, Inc, Schaumburg, IL for Two Canon Copiers Sponsors: Manager’s Office A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Village Hall – Office Equipment
MOT00 -02570 Motion: Approve Design Development Plans for New Fire Station 2 Sponsors: Deputy Village Manager A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Fire Station #2
MOT00 -02571 Motion: Renew Class A Scavenger License to Allied Waste, Inc. for 2007 Calendar Year Sponsors: Manager’s Office A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Scavenger-Recycling Program, Scavenger-Garbage Collection
RES00 -02572 Resolution: Authorize an Access Agreement with Met-Coil Systems, LLC Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN ACCESS AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND MET -COIL SYSTEMS , LLC
RESOLUTION 2006 -107 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Groundwater Wells
MOT00 -02582 Motion: Note Receipt of Minutes of Village Boards and Commissions Summary of Item: * Library Board – November 8, 2006 Zoning Board of Appeals – October 25, 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 Durkin, that the consent agenda be passed. The motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin and Mayor Krajewski
7. Active Agenda
RES00 -02569 Resolution: Authorize an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Commuter Rail Division of the Regional Transportation Authority (Metra) Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will authorize an intergovernmental agreement between the Village and Metra to define roles, obligations and benefits with regard to the acquisition, construction and maintenance of the Belmont Road Grade Separation Project and its related facilities.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND THE COMMUTER RAIL DIVISION OF THE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (METRA)
RESOLUTION 2006 -108 Commissioner Schnell said she met with the Village Attorney and Village Manager regarding the agreement. Her concern was that it did not appear that what was promised to the residents was shown in the site plan attached to the agreement. Having received a larger version of the plan, it does show about a 27-foot buffer on the northwest corner at the grade school. Because of that she will support the resolution because she thinks it adheres to an agreement and a pact made with the residents.
The Manager said she thought it was a 17-foot buffer. Village Attorney Enza Petrarca said it was 20 feet. It was determined that it is actually a 24-foot buffer.
Commissioner Schnell said she wants this as part of the record that the plan shows the buffer and berms to protect the residents to the west. She will hold Metra to that and wants that to be part of the public record.
The Mayor said he would like to have a meeting set up with Liz Flood. He will support this, and noted that there will be federal dollars involved in this which places certain requirements on the participants. Because there are things outside the agreement he would like a meeting again with the Metra Chairman.
Commissioner Waldack thanked the Village Clerk and the Legal Department for getting the comments correct in the minutes. He thanked the legal staff for working with Metra to make some of the changes. Some of the language is passed-on legal language from the federal requirements. His primary concern was that the only way rates for parking could be raised over the 40-year period was with the approval of Metra’s Executive Director. He is just not comfortable leaving this solely in the hands of the Metra Executive Director as to whether the Village can raise fees. Commissioner Waldack said he would not support this agreement until the language is changed and the Village is better protected.
Commissioner Tully said that this is really a bundle of agreements, the major portion of which concerns the grade separation project which is a huge public safety project. This was being discussed in 2002 and now it’s 2006 and it is still not completed. Public safety is paramount in this situation. The ancillary agreements are the ones causing the problems, such as the parking lots, Village control, etc. He said that he re-read the agreements very carefully with respect to the ancillary agreements. Exhibit B concerns the easements to parking and access is beneficial to the Village, and refers to parcel 2 owned by the Village of Downers Grove on the northwest corner of Belmont and the railroad tracks. Parcel 2 will be owned by the Village in a permanent easement granted by Metra. Important language is that the Village retains all other rights over, upon and across the land except for parking. Exhibit E concerns the construction of the parking lot by Metra, and prior to constructions all elements must be improved by both parties. He said that he would prefer the parking lot to be somewhere else, however, this is how it has been prepared. The Village will have the right to make sure that sensitivity to the neighbors is considered.
Manager Pavlicek said that the engineering for underground stormwater detention drove the decision on land acquisition. 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 Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Durkin and Mayor Krajewski Nay: Commissioner Waldack Indexes: Metra, Belmont Road Grade Separation Project, Belmont Road Underpass
ORD00 -02574 Ordinance: Amending the Auxiliary Police Ordinance Sponsors: Police Department Summary of Item: This will make certain amendments to the Municipal Code concerning Auxiliary Police.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE AUXILIARY POLICY ORDINANCE
ORDINANCE NO . 4824 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 Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Police
ORD00 -02575 Ordinance: Amend Method of Disposition of Surplus Personal Property Owned by the Village Sponsors: Police Department Summary of Item: This will amend certain procedures concerning the disposition of surplus personal property owned by the Village.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE METHOD OF DISPOSITION OF SURPLUS PERSONAL PROPERTY OWNED BY THE VILLAGE
ORDINANCE NO . 4825 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 Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Police
8. Mayor’s Report
Materials to be Received
Materials to be Placed on File
Liquor Applications: Tavistock Restaurants II, LLC d/b/a Sal & Carvao Monkey Dish 1, 2, 3, LLC d/b/a Comida/Bedida Trucchi The Mayor announced application for a liquor license for Monkey Dish 1, 2, 3 located at 5139 Main Street. There will be a two week waiting period.
Mayor Krajewski said he is also placing the application of Tavistock Restaurants II on file.
9. Manager’s Report
10. Attorney’s Report
ORD00 -02577 Ordinance: Authorize the Acquisition of Property Known as the Belmont/Burlington Grade Separation and Transportation Safety Project/Graf/Keytone Parcel Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will authorize the acquisition of the Graf-Keytone parcel located at 4935 Belmont Road in relation to the Belmont/Burlington Grade Separation and Transportation Safety Project.
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY KNOWN AS THE BELMONT /BURLINGTON GRADE SEPARATION AND TRANSPORATION SAFETY PROJECT /GRAF/KEYTONE PARCEL
ORDINANCE NO . 4826 A motion was made by Commissioner Tully, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Village Property – Acquisition, Belmont Road Grade Separation Project
ORD00 -02578 Ordinance: Provide for Settlement and Closing of the Property Known as the Belmont/Burlington Grade Separation and Transportation Safety Project/Graf/Keytone Parcel Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This will authorize the execution of a settlement agreement regarding the Graf-Keytone parcel located at 4935 Belmont Road in relation to the Belmont/Burlington Grade Separation and Transportation Safety Project.
AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE SETTLEMENT AND CLOSING OF THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS THE BELMONT /BURLINGTON GRADE SEPARATION AND TRANSPORTATION SAFETY PROJECT /GRAF/KEYTONE PARCEL
ORDINANCE NO . 4827 A motion was made by Commissioner Tully, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, to Adopt this file. Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Sandack, Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin and Mayor Krajewski Indexes: Village Property – Acquisition, Belmont Road Grade Separation Project
11.Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Sandack asked about the liquor applications and whether they go through the Liquor Commission. The Manager said that with a change in corporate ownership they don’t have to go through the Liquor Commission, unless there was some problem.
Commissioner Waldack thanked DuPage United and other organizations who held a meeting at St. Joseph’s on preserving middle-income housing with 200 residents in attendance. It was an interesting, educational and well-run meeting. Commissioner Waldack said that there will be a presentation in the National League of Cities conference. He has had an interest in this since he attended the Governor’s Conference on affordable housing.
Commissioner Durkin thanked the Downers Grove Kiwanis Club for asking him to speak at their breakfast meeting. There were many questions, and they asked him to extend an invitation to speak to all Council members. Secondly, Commissioner Durkin asked about e-mails from residents received by the Council and whether they have to be printed out and placed on file if a resident cannot attend a meeting to express their concerns.
Attorney Petrarca said the two letters that were placed on file tonight were specific to a public hearing. Commissioner Tully said that is considered written testimony. The Manager asked that those types of e-mails be forwarded on to staff as well.
Commissioner Tully commented on the meeting sponsored by DuPage United on the housing issue. He said it was an interesting meeting including discussion on affordable housing, as well as tear downs, setbacks, etc. He appreciates that this issue has been brought forward. He provided some details of discussion at the meeting, saying there were many good topics covered which provided food for thought.
Commissioner Tully said that a number of the Council members will be attending the National League of Cities conference to meet with representatives of other municipalities across the country. The conference provides a different perspective on municipal issues other areas encounter. He hopes they will return from the conference with some solutions to the challenges the Village faces.
The Mayor said the Lions’ Club wine auction was a successful event. They will tie their 80th birthday celebration next year into the Village’s 175th anniversary celebration. As to the discussions on affordable housing, the difficult part of the discussions is to determine exactly what is being talked about, and what issues need to be addressed.
Commissioner Tully moved to adjourn. Commissioner Durkin seconded.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Tully, Durkin, Waldack, Sandack, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski
Mayor Krajewski declared the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:26 p.m