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.
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 Non Voting: Village Manager Cara Pavlicek, Village Attorney Enza Petrarca and Village Clerk April Holden Commissioner Sandack arrived at 6:43 p.m.
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
Council Meeting – December 19, 2006 There being no additions or corrections to the minutes, Mayor Krajewski said they would be filed as submitted. Celebration of 175th Anniversary of the Founding of the Village of Downers Grove Mayor Krajewski proclaimed 2007 as the Year of the 175th Anniversary of the Founding of the Village of Downers Grove.
4. Public Comments and Questions
A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda
There were none.
B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
1. Steve Swanson, US Navy, said he is home for the holidays. He attended Downers Grove schools and noted that servicemen would like to return to their hometowns.
2. Sheila Swanson agreed with Mr. Swanson. She urged the Council to help military families be able to come home.
3. Deborah Rissing, 5431 Brookbank, said she attended the affordable housing meeting. She was impressed with the amount of research and said the meeting has generated a great deal of excitement. She was pleased to learn of the Council’s interest. Ms. Rissing suggested that the Council may be interested in a 1/2 hour public presentation by Susannah Levine, an expert on housing in the Chicago metropolitan area. She said that decisions were not expected; this is simply to alert the Council to a resource. She offered possible dates for the presentation.
Mayor Krajewski said he looks forward to the presentation as he is very interested in this issue. He suggested a night other than Tuesdays. He would like staff to research this matter in addition to the consultant’s presentation.
4. Mark Thoman, 1109 61st Street, referenced the Downtown TIF District and the damage it is doing to the schools. He described how the TIF works. He said the two school districts in Downers Grove suffer the most from a TIF . He provided three alternatives to adjust for the loss of funds and suggested the Council and school districts meet.
Mayor Krajewski suggested Mr. Thoman meet with Village staff. The schools did not lose anything when the TIF was put in place. The only loss was in terms of new growth in that area that might not have been realized without the TIF .
Regarding the Ogden Avenue TIF , the Village has a TIF revenue sharing agreement with District 58 whereby the District is getting more money than they would otherwise have received as a result of the Ogden Avenue development.
The Mayor noted that both the Downtown and Ogden Avenue TIFs are a very small part of the District 99 area.
The Mayor said that some of Mr. Thoman’s ideas make good sense.
Commissioner Schnell said the school districts were consulted when the Downtown TIF District was established. They were willing to forego their portion of taxes in order for the downtown to grow. With respect to Ogden Avenue, a sharing agreement was established.
The Mayor said the Village has a number of expenses with District 99 students in Downers Grove including traffic, policing, patrolling, etc.
Mr. Thoman suggested readjusting the baseline with respect to the Downtown TIF as there is a surplus.
The Mayor said the Downtown TIF is running at a deficit because money for infrastructure improvements was paid up front. The Ogden Avenue TIF is running at a surplus, but the money has to go to improve the area.
5. Ron Damiani, 1243 Lincoln, said he has lived in his home 23 years. When he moved in, the homes were quaint with expanses of greenery. Now homes are built out of scale to the lot dimensions. His house and land have appreciated in value, but much of the proceeds would have to go into another home if they were to sell and stay in the Village as there are few smaller homes. Being on a fixed income, it would be difficult to cope with increased real estate taxes. He suggested a possible solution would be to offer a 1/3 reduction in real estate taxes to people age 70 and over who have lived in Downers Grove for at least 25 years.
6. John Hazard, 1029 Blanchard, said he is pleased the Mayor is interested in the affordable housing presentation, but he would expect the entire Council to be in attendance. He noted there is a great deal of research available on this topic. Ms. Levine’s presentation is an in-depth analysis of different housing prices in Downers Grove and DuPage County. She is not recommending solutions.
7. Stephanie Kennedy, 1060 Blackhawk Drive, said she is here to show support and to keep the housing issue in front of the Council. She moved here ten years ago and is here to stay. She wants to make sure the voices are heard regarding retaining affordable housing in Downers Grove.
5. Public Hearings
6. Consent Agenda
COR00 -02623 A. Claim Ordinance: No. 5669, Payroll, December 22, 2006 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BIL00 -02624 B. List of Bills Payable: No. 5654, January 2, 2007 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
MOT00 -02628 C. Motion: Note Receipt of Minutes of Village Boards and Commissions Summary of Item: * Parking & Traffic Commission – November 8, 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
8. Mayor’s Report
Materials to be Received
Materials to be Placed on File
9.Manager’s & Directors’ Reports
April Holden, Village Clerk, reported out on the 2007 Primary and Consolidated Election dates and early voting. The Consolidated Primary Election will be held on February 27, 2007. Voter registration will close on January 30, 2007. Early voting will be February 5 to February 22, 2007 at the DuPage Election Commission Office, the Village of Downers Grove and the City of Naperville. The Consolidate Election will be April 17, 2007 with early voting to run from March 26 to April 12, 2007.
10. Attorney’s Report
Village Attorney Enza Petrarca asked the Council to consider waiving the one-week waiting period to consider new business due to the time-sensitive nature of the matters.
Commissioner Tully moved to waive the one-week waiting period to consider new business. Commissioner Durkin seconded the Motion.
VOTE : YEA : Commissioners Tully, Durkin, Waldack, Sandack, Schnell, Mayor Krajewski NAY : None Mayor Krajewski declared the Motion carried.
ORD00 -02626 A. Ordinance: First Amendment to Main & Maple Redevelopment Agreement Sponsors: Deputy Village Manager Summary of Item: This will authorize an amendment to the redevelopment agreement between the Village of Downers Grove and InterCapital Main & Maple, LLC for the redevelopment of the Main & Maple parcel.
AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING A FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE REDEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND INTERCAPITAL MAIN AND MAPLE , LLC
ORDINANCE NO . 4845 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: Redevelopment Agreement – Main & Maple
MOT00 -02627 B. Motion: Approve Agreement re: Recruitment of Finance Director Sponsors: Manager’s Office Summary of Item: This will authorize a contract with The Mercer Group, Inc., Santa Fe, New Mexico, for Executive Search Services for the recruitment of a finance director in an amount not to exceed $13,500 plus not-to-exceed reimbursable expenses of $8,000. A motion was made by Commissioner Durkin, seconded by Commissioner Schnell, to Authorize 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: Finance Department
11.Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Waldack thanked the residents for their comments on affordable housing. He suggested that a Tuesday night might work for the presentation. He would be very receptive to allowing a 1/2 hour presentation with questions at a Workshop meeting. He noted that Community Development staff was in attendance at the community meeting.
Commissioner Waldack noted the loss of former President Gerald Ford.
Commissioner Schnell said she would welcome the presentation on housing and suggested the fifth Tuesday in January or starting a Workshop meeting 1/2 hour earlier than usual. She said this is a very complex issue that will merit a great deal of discussion to define the issue and take steps to address the matter.
Commissioner Schnell extended wishes to all for a Happy New Year.
The Mayor noted that the Council needs to adjust the strategic plan to address the housing issue.
Commissioner Durkin said he would welcome a meeting on housing and would make himself available whenever it is scheduled.
Commissioner Tully thanked residents for coming to two meetings on this matter. He said this has the Council’s attention. He would like to hear solutions that are right for Downers Grove. He feels 1/2 hour will not do this justice and said the fifth Tuesday meeting night is a great idea.
Commissioner Tully wished all residents a Happy New Year. He noted that this is the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Village. The Village has a rich history and even more to look forward to.
Commissioner Tully said he was struck by the comments made earlier with respect to protecting our schools. Due to the tax cap on schools, appreciation of properties is very important to schools in terms of their funding. This needs to be considered in discussions on affordable housing.
The Mayor said the proposed housing meeting may take more than 1/2 hour. He said there is a big demand for housing in Downers Grove due in part to the schools.
He wished everyone a Happy New Year and invited people to stay for a celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Village. He noted entertainment to be provided by the Downers Grove North Jazz Combo and the Downers Grove Choral Society.
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 7:25 p.m