1. Call to Order
Mayor Ron Sandack called the regular meeting of the Village Council of the Village of Downers Grove to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Downers Grove Village Hall.
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
Mayor Sandack led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2. Roll Call
Present: Commissioner Marilyn Schnell, Commissioner Martin Tully, Commissioner William Waldack, Commissioner Sean P. Durkin, Commissioner Bruce E. Beckman, Commissioner Geoff Neustadt and Mayor Ron Sandack Absent: Village Attorney Enza Petrarca Non Voting: Village Manager Cara Pavlicek, Village Clerk April Holden and Staff Attorney Beth Clark 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 Sandack 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 – July 17, 2007 Workshop Meeting – July 24, 2007 Commissioner Waldack said he submitted a correction to the July 24 Workshop minutes. There being no other additions or corrections to the minutes, Mayor Sandack said they would be filed as corrected.
Village Song in Commemoration of the 175th Anniversary – Joyce Tumea
The Mayor introduced Joyce Tumea who wrote the song “Downers Grove, Home to Harmony” in honor of the Village’s 175th anniversary. She then introduced the arranger, Sharon West, and Jan Mochelle, the vocalist, who performed the song.
Mayor Sandack thanked them, saying the song was very appropriate and they gave a fantastic performance.
Heritage Festival Photo Contest Winners
Mary Scalzetti, Director of Community Events, announced the winners of the Heritage Festival photo contest. She said there were 70 entries from 20 photographers. The winners were:
First Place – Tom Baginskis Second Place – Carl Sandberg, III Third Place – Earl Kubis Honorable Mentions – Donald James, Elizabeth Kubis and Missy Scanlon
July 4th Parade Awards
Ms. Scalzetti then announced the Fourth of July Parade winners:
Mayor’s Award, special recognition – Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club
Youth Award, for best entry from a youth organization – Downers Grove Dolls Rebels
Council Award, for best entry celebrating the Nation’s birthday – Salute to Service Float - Moose, Masons, Rotary, Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club, American Legion, VFW , and Kiwanis). These organizations have contributed over 524 years of service to the community.
Community Spirit Award, for best entry depicting neighborliness an enthusiasm – Samahang Kapatid
C.J. Shoemaker Award, for best musical presentation – Lincoln-Way East Marching Griffins
Heritage Award, for best patriotic entry – Downers Grove Heritage Celebration Float
Mayor Sandack expressed his appreciation to all of those who participated in Heritage Festival and in the 4th of July Parade.
Bi-weekly Update – Fire Station 2 Construction
Ed Disler, Project Manager, Owner Services Group, presented a status update on the construction of Fire Station 2. He explained that the construction plan is broken into three pods, and construction has been progressing well, although they are a little behind schedule. Mr. Disler said they are not concerned about meeting the end date at this point. He showed slides depicting the progress of the construction to date. In the past week, they began the masonry and undergrounding of utilities.
Mayor Sandack asked how fast they can catch up to the originally projected time frame. Mr. Disler said that their contract includes 20 weather days plus float days. At this point they are not concerned with delays.
Commissioner Durkin asked Mr. Disler whether they have hit any streams due to the depth of the excavation. Mr. Disler said it has been totally dry as the property is on a hill.
4. Public Comments and Questions
A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda
1. John Schofield, 1125 Jefferson Avenue, commented on item 7F of the agenda regarding construction site management provisions. He said this is an admirable improvement to the ordinance. It pertains to the public welfare and safety, and he hopes that the Council will pass this ordinance later in the evening.
Mr. Schofield also commented on the ordinance with respect to parkway trees, saying that trees are a public asset and it is very hard to replace trees. He referenced instances where trees have been abused during construction or given inadequate protection. He believes this ordinance improves that situation, and hopes to see a timeline established for installation of fencing of the parkway trees. The fencing should be installed early and taken down late in the construction process to assure the preservation of the existing parkway trees.
2. Tim Meaney, 420 Franklin, thanked the Council and staff for putting together the plan for the Ad Hoc Task Force on middle-income housing. He said he hoped that this could move forward this evening.
3. Laurel Bowen, 829 Clyde, spoke about funding for Public Works projects. She said perhaps the recent bridge collapse in Minneapolis would stimulate the Village and the Council to take a look at how taxpayer monies are allocated with respect to public works projects that relate to our infrastructure. She said that it has been acknowledged by many that stormwater and roadway maintenance are of primary concern and there is currently construction on many roads. She urged the Council to spend funds where the need lies and not on boondoggles or merely projects we want. Many feel there is undue emphasis placed on sidewalk installation. She believes this emphasis is misplaced. There are no laws requiring people to use sidewalks, and laws regarding keeping sidewalks clear are ignored. She said that the sidewalk is crumbling in the CBD even though these were installed a few years ago. She also said that stormwater is a priority, but instead the Village is placing sidewalks on every street with no regard for the homeowners’ landscaping or the destruction of trees.
4. Tom Sisul, 3624 Saratoga, Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, spoke to staff’s recommendation regarding business registration provisions. He said that the Chamber has worked with the Village on this issue, and they would like more time to discuss what is necessary to meet basic needs. He then asked about the mailboxes that were next to the parking lot and whether they will go back on Curtiss. The Mayor said he didn’t know, but would have staff look into this.
B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
1. Kay Selfridge, 208 Shady Lane, said that her neighborhood has experienced widespread flooding this spring, without any types of construction except for construction changes in Whitlock Park. She said that the neighbors have gone to the Park District to no avail. She distributed a packet to each Council member explaining the work that has been done by the Whitlock Park Neighbors Association, saying they needed the Council’s help. Mayor Sandack said that the Council would read the information and staff will get back with a response.
2. Dick O’Connor, 309 Herbert, said that the problem is not one created by the Council, but the neighbors do not know where to go. The water problem is serious in their community. He indicated that meetings were held last year with the Park District regarding the configuration of Whitlock Park. Since that reconfiguration there is flooding on Shady Lane. The Park District said to the people that the flooding is not their problem. Mr. O’Connor said he has been told that the Village has the final word over stormwater problems, and on that basis the residents are coming to the Village Council for help. He said that the Park Board does not want to be accountable. The neighbors brought a long list of potential safety issues to the Park Board regarding the reconfiguration, and those were ignored. Mr. O’Connor said that the Village will be asked to review changes to Cumnor Avenue in the near future, and he asked that consideration be given to the situation at Whitlock. The neighbors recognize that the problem was not caused by the Village, and he apologized on behalf of the residents, but explained again that they have no idea where else to go with the problem.
Mayor Sandack thanked him for his comments and for the information given by Ms. Selfridge, reiterating that it would be reviewed and staff would get back to the Council with the results of their investigation.
3. John Luka, 5618 Brookbank, said he understood that the Manager would be presenting a plan for the infrastructure improvements on Brookbank and Blanchard. He asked if the public would be able to comment, and the Mayor said he could make those comments now. Mr. Luka said that the residents have worked with Public Works Director Barber, and are now working with Assistant Director Mike Millette. The resident meeting last week was very informative, and the staff gave them information as to what they intended to do. Mr. Luka said that in his view Public Works appears to be doing what they normally do in terms of street projects. Brookbank has ditches and culverts with gravel edging along the asphalt paving. Over the years erosion has occurred. He noted that the plan the Council will receive does not include much beyond the repaving, beyond the stormwater repairs. He would like Public Works to look beyond what has been done historically. Many of the residents want more than ditches, and would like the old infrastructure improved so the streets will last longer. Mr. Luka said that the Manager mentioned alternative plans, but those have not been reviewed. The Mayor thanked him for his comments, and noted that it is difficult to retrofit an old Village.
4. Dale Gustafson, 4013 Cumnor Road, spoke concerning Whitlock Park parking, saying that the plan to add diagonal parking will require considerable expense with the removal of trees and utilities. He believes this would better fit in the west end of the Park.
Commissioner Schnell asked if staff is proposing parking on Cumnor, and the Manager said that she is aware of the problems expressed and will respond to the Council in writing.
5. Chris Fregeau, 1918 Elmore, thanked the Council for addressing capital projects. She noted that there are a number of projects that are ongoing. She said that the work being done does not just affect the people living on that street and thinks it would be helpful if the Village finds a way to let people know about a project beyond those who live on a street under construction. She suggested using the Village’s website to inform the public about on-going projects. The Mayor thanked her for her suggestion.
5. Public Hearings
6. Consent Agenda
COR00 -02915 A. Claim Ordinance: No. 5701, Payroll, July 20, 2007 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BIL00 -02916 B. List of Bills Payable: No. 5684, August 7, 2007 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
MOT00 -02930 C. Motion: Direct Staff to Prepare FY 08 Budget Sponsors: Finance A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Budget – 2008
RES00 -02931 D. Resolution: Authorize First Amendment to License Agreement with American Tower Asset Sub, LLC Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This authorizes execution of a first amendment to the license agreement between the Village of Downers Grove and American Tower Asset Sub, LLC for antenna equipment located on the well house at 5235 Katrine.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A FIRST AMENDMENT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND AMERICAN TOWER ASSET SUB , LLC
RESOLUTION 2007 -80 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Antenna Equipment, Well – Katrine, 5325 Katrine
MOT00 -02933 E. Motion: Fee Waiver Request for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Facility, 4501 Main Street Sponsors: Manager’s Office Summary of Item: This will authorize a waiver of permitting, plan review and inspection fees in the amount of $14,617.20 as requested by Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for an addition and remodel of property at 4501 Main Street. A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Fee Waiver, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
MOT00 -02934 F. Motion: Authorize a Change Order for $36,660 for the 2007 New Sidewalk Program and CBD Crosswalk Upgrades Sponsors: Public Works Summary of Item: This authorizes a change order in the amount of $36,660 for 2007 Sidewalk Improvements. A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Sidewalk Construction, Crosswalks
RES00 -02929 G. Resolution: Authorize Submittal of a Grant Application to the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference for FY 2007 Surface Transportation Program Sponsors: Public Works and Finance Summary of Item: This authorizes submittal of a grant application to the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference for FY 2007 Surface Transportation Program.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUBMITTAL OF GRANT APPLICATION TO THE DUPAGE MAYORS AND MANAGERS CONFERENCE FOR FY 2007 SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM
RESOLUTION 2007 -81 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: DuPage Mayors & Managers
MOT00 -02936 H. Motion: Note Receipt of Minutes of Village Boards and Commissions Summary of Item: Transportation Advisory Commission – March 15, 2007 A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Boards and Commissions Minutes Passed The Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Commissioner Tully, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, that the consent agenda be passed. The motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack
7. Active Agenda
ORD00 -02920 A. Ordinance: Approve a Planned Development Amendment to Planned Development #31 for a Master Sign Plan with a Variation Sponsors: Community Development Summary of Item: At their meeting of June 4, 2007, the Plan Commission recommended approving planned development amendments to Planned Development #31.
AN ORDINANCE APPROVING A PLANNED DEVELOPMENT AMENDMENT TO PLANNED DEVELOPMENT #31 FOR A MASTER SIGN PLAN WITH A VARIATION
ORDINANCE NO . 4894 Commissioner Schnell said she would vote “no” on this as the variation is very excessive.
Commissioner Beckman said he shares Commissioner Schnell’s view on this. When he was presented with color photos he realized how large the sign would be. He feels that the exception weakens a consistent pattern.
Commissioner Tully disagrees with what had been said, saying that it was acknowledged that the Sign Ordinance, when adopted, was not perfect, and the northwest quadrant needed work. This sign falls squarely in the northwest quadrant of the community. He said this is different from other commercial areas. This area of town will require further adjustments, and he wants to see the Village retain and attract high quality business in this area as they help support the infrastructure. Commissioner Tully said that this is a PUD which is a specific land area. He noted that there is a variation requested here, and it must be considered in the context of whether or not it makes sense. He feels the sign makes sense given the size of the building and the distance from those who will see it. In regard to precedence setting, because this is a PUD , the danger is minimal.
Mayor Sandack said he respected both Commissioner Schnell and Beckman’s position. He said that this item has shown its uniqueness. The Sign Ordinance does have a variance component. This is a PUD and an amendment to a PUD concerns only a special area of land. It has little precedential value. He feels that the sign is reasonable, and considers this to be a reasonable request. A motion was made by Commissioner Tully, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, to Adopt this file. Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Nay: Commissioner Schnell and Commissioner Beckman Indexes: Planned Development #31 – Esplanade at Locust Point, Zoning Ordinance – Signs
MOT00 -02917 B. Motion: Direct Staff to Begin Installation of the Florence Avenue Sidewalk Plan Sponsors: Public Works Summary of Item: This authorizes the installation of sidewalks on the west side of Florence Avneue, per the Florence Avenue Sidewalk Plan. Commissioner Neustadt thanked the residents on both sides of the street for their input. He will support the staff’s recommendation on this issue.
Commissioner Waldack said that he favors the east side and will vote against this due to the topography and the setback. He referenced the regulations regarding overnight parking, and noted that a lot of work and time has been put into this project.
Commissioner Schnell thanked the residents for showing how residents can make a difference by working as a class act. She complimented both sides of the street for being civil and respectful and giving the Council something to think about. She further thanked the staff for their work. She indicated her disagreement with the recommendation, as she feels the sidewalk belongs on the east side of the street due to the topography. There is a drop on the west side that is not on the east side. She noted that this was a hard decision.
Commissioner Beckman said that he has driven up and down that street. He found the topographical layout interesting and concludes that the sidewalk should be on the east side of the street as well. He understands the importance of sustaining a policy, but doesn’t think that the policy states which side of a street a sidewalk should be on. He said he would not support this Motion.
Commissioner Tully agreed that this is a difficult decision, saying it was important that they went through the process. No matter what decision is made, someone will be unhappy. He noted that staff and the Council members met with the residents, and he feels the pros and cons are even. He said that he would defer to the staff’s recommendation.
The Mayor said that the process is the winner in this case. It was civilized and people were listened to. He applauded those who participated in the process, saying he would defer to staff’s recommendation. The Council implements the policy, and how that is done is the staff’s prerogative. A motion was made by Commissioner Durkin, seconded by Commissioner Tully, to Authorize this file. Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Nay: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Waldack and Commissioner Beckman Indexes: Sidewalk Construction
RES00 -02918 C. Resolution: Ad Hoc Committee on Housing Sponsors: Manager’s Office Summary of Item: This establishes the Downers Grove Ad Hoc Committee on Housing.
A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE DOWNERS GROVE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON HOUSING
RESOLUTION 2007 -82 Commissioner Beckman said he was pleased to make the Motion as this is something that the Council has agreed is necessary to move forward. He is comfortable with the Committee and looks forward to the outcome,
Commissioner Waldack said he looks forward to this Committee as well. He said he thinks this has been done quickly. He recommends modifying the wording in Item 2, changing the word “looming” to “impending.”
The Mayor noted that the motion sought includes the language referenced by Commissioner Waldack.
Commissioner Schnell suggested that residents volunteer to serve on Ad Hoc committee. The Council needs to have a diverse group of individuals and needs the recommendations of the community. She said that this issue is extremely important to the future of this community.
Commissioner Tully said there is no reason not to support this. There are different views on this as to the time frame and he thinks they are moving along at the right speed.
The Mayor said the intention is to keep a promise to look for solutions if problems exist in the Village with regard to affordable housing. He also encouraged residents to volunteer to serve on the Committee. A motion was made by Commissioner Beckman, seconded by Commissioner Schnell, to Adopt this file. Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Indexes: Boards and Commissions, Housing
ORD00 -02733 D. Ordinance: Establish a Business Registration Certificate Sponsors: Manager’s Office Summary of Item: This tables the ordinance establishing a business registration certificate for up to twenty-four (24) months.
AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A BUSINESS REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE Commissioner Schnell moved to table “An Ordinance Establishing a Business Registration Certificate” for up to 24 months, as presented. Commissioner Neustadt seconded the Motion.
Commissioner Tully moved to amend Commissioner Schnell’s motion to table the ordinance to a date uncertain. Commissioner Durkin seconded the Motion.
Commissioner Tully said that the original need for this idea has come and gone. If there is a different reason now for the Village to be behind a business registration certification program, that remains to be seen. Should there be a need in the future, it can be brought back for consideration. He thinks this should be tabled to a date uncertain.
Commissioner Schnell said she has seen this come and go before. By giving it 24 months, it forces the Council to reassess this and allows staff to make a recommendation.
Commissioner Beckman said he can support the amendment. If there is a need, this issue will rise again.
Commissioner Waldack said he does not see a need for an ordinance to table something. He feels it is time for a database. He was originally looking for something very simple to take stock of what exists in the Village. It is important to know what type of businesses are in communities. He said that he will vote against tabling this item.
The Mayor said that the Strategic Plan will be the driver as to whether this dies. He noted that this was on last year’s Strategic Plan as a high priority. The Mayor said that staff was responsive to the direction to prepare this ordinance. He said that he will support the amendment to the Motion as well as the Motion to table.
The Mayor asked for a roll call on the amendment to the Motion.
AYES : Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt, Mayor Sandack
NAYS : Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Schnell
The Mayor declared the Motion passed.
The Mayor asked for a roll call on the Motion as amended.
AYES : Commissioner Schnell Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Tully, Mayor Sandack
NAYS : Commissioner Waldack
The Mayor declared the Motion passed. Indexes: Licensing Provisions
MOT00 -02897 E. Motion: Refer U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to the Environmental Concerns Commission Sponsors: Communications Summary of Item: This will refer the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to the Environmental Concerns Commission for further revisions. A motion was made by Commissioner Waldack, seconded by Commissioner Neustadt, to Authorize this file. Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Indexes: Climate Protection
ORD00 -02921 F. Ordinance: Amend Construction Site Management Provisions Sponsors: Deputy Village Manager Summary of Item: This makes amendments to construction site management provisions.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CONSTRUCTION SITE MANAGEMENT PROVISIONS
ORDINANCE NO . 4895 The Village Manager said the version of the ordinance on the website has minor deficiencies and will be replaced with a corrected version.
Commissioner Schnell complimented staff for listening to the concerns of residents expressed over the last year and modifying the ordinance. She also thanked residents for participating in this matter.
Commissioner Neustadt said he agrees with Commissioner Schnell. He lives on a block with many construction projects. He looks forward to the implementation of this ordinance. A motion was made by Commissioner Neustadt, seconded by Commissioner Tully, to Adopt this file. Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Indexes: Demolition and Construction Activities
ORD00 -02922 G. Ordinance: Amend Provisions of the Human Services Commission and the Community Events Commission Sponsors: Village Attorney Summary of Item: This amends provisions concerning membership of the Human Services and Community Events Commissions.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PROVISIONS OF THE HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION AND THE COMMUNITY EVENTS COMMISSION
ORDINANCE NO . 4896 A motion was made by Commissioner Tully, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, to Adopt this file. Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Indexes: Boards and Commissions
MOT00 -02924 H. Motion: Final Authorization of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Services Sponsors: Manager’s Office Summary of Item: This directs staff to develop and present to the Village Council for final authorization a Request for Proposal (RFP) for solid waste collection and disposal services after meeting with the Environmental Concerns Commission to solicit comments on the content of the RFP . Commissioner Durkin noted that he previously requested that item #2 under the Yard Waste/Leaf Collection section, regarding raking leaves into the street, be removed.
The Manager said staff will be clear on this point with the Environmental Concerns Commission. A motion was made by Commissioner Durkin, seconded by Commissioner Beckman, to Authorize this file. Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Indexes: Refuse, Recycling, Yard Waste Services
ORD00 -02925 I. Ordinance: Amend Traffic Regulations at the Intersection of Middaugh and Franklin Sponsors: Public Works and Parking & Traffic Commission Summary of Item: This amends the Municipal Code to establish intersection controls at Middaugh and Franklin.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TRAFFIC REGULATIONS AT THE INTERSECTION OF MIDDAUGH AND FRANKLIN
ORDINANCE NO . 4897 A motion was made by Commissioner Beckman, seconded by Commissioner Schnell, to Adopt this file. Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Indexes: Traffic Regulations
ORD00 -02926 J. Ordinance: Amend Park Zone Speed Limits Sponsors: Public Works and Parking & Traffic Commission Summary of Item: This amends the Municipal Code to implement park speed zone limits (20 mph) at Prince Pond.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PARK ZONE SPEED LIMITS
ORDINANCE NO . 4898 A motion was made by Commissioner Schnell, seconded by Commissioner Waldack, to Adopt this file. Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Indexes: Parking Regulations, Park District, Parking Provisions, Parking Restrictions
ORD00 -02927 K. Ordinance: Amend Parking Restrictions on 68th Street Sponsors: Public Works and Parking & Traffic Commission Summary of Item: This restricts parking on certain portions of 68th Street.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON 68TH STREET
ORDINANCE NO . 4899 A motion was made by Commissioner Waldack, seconded by Commissioner Neustadt, to Adopt this file. Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Indexes: Parking Restrictions – 68th Street
ORD00 -02928 L. Ordinance: Establish Temporary Road Closures Sponsors: Public Works and Parking & Traffic Commission Summary of Item: This establishes provisions for temporary road closures.
AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES
ORDINANCE NO . 4900 A motion was made by Commissioner Neustadt, seconded by Commissioner Tully, to Adopt this file. Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Indexes: Road Closures
8. Mayor’s Report
REP00 -02938 State of the Village Report Sponsors: Mayor The Mayor said he is pleased to put forth the 2007 State of the Village address. It is a statutory and municipal duty of the Mayor to report annually to the public on the State of the Village, and this report serves that function. He reviewed changes to the Village since its inception 175 years ago.
In 2007, the equalized assessed value (EAV) of public assets is $2.2 billion. Mayor Sandack noted the many development projects in place today, such as Acadia on the Green, Charles Place, 4929 Forest Avenue and the corner of Main and Maple. He also reviewed Village projects such as the construction of Fire Station 2, and Ogden Avenue improvements, The Mayor said that the Council’s and staff’s charge is to be responsive to the needs of its citizens as evidenced by the changes made to construction regulations for site management.
The Mayor said that, as a community, we are ever mindful of our past as evidenced by the establishment of the Historic Preservation Ordinance earlier this year. That ordinance was designed to facilitate the preservation of the architectural fabric of Downers Grove. Equally important , we are a community that invests in the future. The Village has a dedicated Home Rule Sales Tax of 0.5% which is valued at $4.4 million per year. Those dollars are segregated for infrastructure improvements. The stormwater master plan is also critical to the residents of the Village. He commented on the professionalism of the staff working for the Village in a variety of Village departments.
The Mayor said the Village has a Strategic Plan and soon will be meeting as a group to set forth the priorities for 2007. The Village is seeking more citizen input in preparation of the Strategic Plan.
The Mayor noted that the Village must accept its responsibility as environmental stewards. The Village is trying to implement a best practices scenario with respect to clean fuel fleet program, residential recycling and possibly recycling in our downtown business district. He noted that the Village’s solid waste contract expires soon and the Council will move forward on an RFP soon. The Council also agreed to the purchase of the PACE buses to provide better commuter transportation to the Village.
The Council also has to be good financial stewards of tax dollars. In that regard, the Mayor reported that the Village is in a strong financial position. He noted the Village’s low property taxes. As to a debt burden, the Village has a 2% debt, amounting to approximately $41 million, which is appropriate for a Village of this size.
The Village is celebrating its 175th anniversary, with a website dedicated to the anniversary. The Village is a technologically advanced community, having its Village meetings podcast and videostreaming live to residents. He noted that the changes made are not without direction. He said that the Council takes its responsibility to manage change appropriately. In 1932 the residents of this Village celebrated their centennial and reaffirmed the foundation the Village first envisioned by Pierce Downer. They left to us a legacy of determination and vision that has made Downers Grove a great community today. As we celebrate the 175th anniversary of our founding, we should take time to look to the future with an eye towards what we want others to celebrate when the Village holds its bicentennial in 2032.
The Mayor said there will be a State of the Village every year so residents know what is happening in Downers Grove. Indexes: State of the Village
RES00 -02937 Resolution: Appointments to Boards and Commissions Sponsors: Mayor Summary of Item: ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COMMISSION
Appoint James Cavallo to a one-year term expiring August 31, 2008
LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Reappoint David Humphreys to a one-year term expiring August 31, 2008
Appoint Paul Adank to a two-year term expiring August 31, 2009
Appoint Thomas Cawthorne to a three-year term expiring August 31, 2010
Appoint Daniel McInerney as Chair
PARKING AND TRAFFIC COMMISSION
Reappoint William Kren, John Stapleton, Russell Thurston and John Wendt to one-year terms expiring August 31, 2008
Reappoint Daniel Cozzo, Denise Rabatah, and Michael Quirk to three year terms expiring August 31, 2010
A RESOLUTION APPOINTING AND REAPPOINTING MEMBERS TO VILLAGE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
RESOLUTION 2007 -83 The Mayor said that Commissioner Waldack interviewed the individuals for the ECC .
Commissioner Waldack said he interviewed Mr. Cavallo who is an environmental economist. He welcomed him to the Commission.
Commissioner Schnell thanked all the residents for their participation and appointments. She said that those being reappointed have done a tremendous job serving their community. She noted that there are two new appointments to the Liquor Commission and they will bring a different perspective to that Commission.
Mayor Sandack also thanked those who have served, and those who continue to serve. He noted that some boards are better suited to circulate Chairs, saying that Mr. Kubes served well as Chair of the Liquor Commission. A motion was made by Commissioner Tully, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, to Adopt this file. Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Tully, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Indexes: Boards and Commissions Materials to be Placed on File
9.Manager’s and Directors’ Reports
The Manager asked that, with regard to the Ad Hoc Committee on Housing, applications be submitted within the next two days so the appointments can be made by Friday.
Manager Pavlicek then asked Robin Weaver to provide information regarding the Brookbank Improvement Project.
Robin Weaver, Interim Public Works Director, outlined the scope of the work including watermains, street resurfacing, and sidewalks on Brookbank. She said that staff has had meetings with the neighbors, and has revised plans regarding stormwater in that area. She said that curb and gutter will not improve the stormwater situation in that area. It was suggested that a concrete ribbon be added, at an estimated cost of $37,000. Curb and gutters as an alternate could call for a redesign of the project.
Commissioner Schnell asked how the additional work would effect the timeline. Ms. Weaver said that adding curb and gutter would require a redesign of the project that would add about one month.
Commissioner Schnell said she is interested in seeing the Stormwater Master Plan next week.
The Manager said that staff could put this on the Workshop for next week to allow the Council to consider the addition of curb and gutter.
Ms. Weaver noted that the additional work would push the project off to next spring.
Commissioner Schnell indicated her desire to see this Workshopped next week.
Mayor Sandack said that the stormwater report will probably not recommend abandoning the ditches to the curb and gutters. He has no problem with waiting one week for more information.
Commissioner Tully said that the question is that there is a bid for the project that is already budgeted for. He doesn’t see why they don’t send the bid out. They will only get a response for a bid, and they can include an alternate for the concrete ribbon. He said that there is a bigger issue here that implicates the Village’s policies, and budget. Curb and gutter is not the panacea for all stormwater issues. The existing policy is that where the Village is doing capital improvements of any type, the Village comes up with the budget and capital improvements program. If residents want to have something done above and beyond the community investment program (CIP), the residents will pay for what is above and beyond what the Village is prepared to do. Individual blocks cannot drive the Community Investment Projects. The Strategic Plan and the budget drive the CIP . He doesn’t see any reason to hold up the bid on this project since all they are going to get is information, and he doesn’t think that the Council should workshop Brookbank.
Commissioner Waldack asked if he understood correctly that curb and gutter would not add much to the drainage of the area, and Ms. Weaver said that was correct. Commissioner Waldack said that he thinks the question really is that people simply want a solution to the problem.
The Mayor asked if the Council wanted to move ahead and put the ribbon on the bid. Commissioner Durkin said he supported Commissioner Tully’s suggestion. Commissioner Beckman agreed that the RFP doesn’t commit the Village to anything and he thinks they can move forward. Manager Pavlicek noted that staff is not prepared to add the curb and gutter. The Mayor said that the direction to staff is to add the concrete ribbon to the bid.
10. Attorney’s Report
Future Active Agenda
11.Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Durkin referenced the storm of a couple of weeks ago that included high winds in the McCollum Park area. He thanked the staff for the quick clean up of that area. The garbage hauler also picked up much of the debris. The Commissioner then reminded the residents that the ECC will meet on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the RFP for waste collection.
Commissioner Tully thanked the Mayor for the State of the Village address, noting that some graphics would help the comprehension of the report. He then said that the Village song and the wonderful presentation by Joyce, Sharon and Jan were thrilling. He said that the Village is truly blessed by having so many outstanding service organizations that participate in its events.
Commissioner Tully then made a Motion to congratulate Village Attorney Enza Petrarca on the birth of her twins, a boy and a girl, born on Saturday. Commissioner Durkin seconded.
The Mayor said that Joseph and Francesca were born Saturday and everyone is well.
Commissioner Neustadt also thanked the individuals for the song. He added that he was recently in California and saw some interesting things regarding recycling that he intends to discuss in the future with the Manager.
Commissioner Waldack noted the size of the blue bins in Chicago, which are twice the size of those in the Village and are picked up twice a week. He also referenced the power outage that occurred in the Village about a week ago. Mike Baker, the Police and Fire Departments and staff covered all possible emergency problems. As for the Village song, he is glad that the Village has one, and he thinks they should officially adopt it.
Commissioner Schnell said she loves the 5th Tuesdays as it is an opportunity for her to learn about other communities. This past week she went hiking and the community she was in was discussing affordable housing. The Village is not alone in this matter as it is a subject being discussed across the country.
The Mayor said that on Saturday, August 11, Chicago Fire member C.J. Brown will be signing autographs at 136 Ogden Avenue from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. He also congratulated students who competed at the USA Wrestling Junior Championship in Fargo, North Dakota. Ben Ecklund of South High took 5th in Freestyle at 215 pounds, and Joe Foreman of North High placed 4th in Greco-Roman at 140 pounds.
Commissioner Tully moved to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to Section 2©(1) of the Open Meetings Act to consider personnel and pursuant to Section 2©(5) of the Open Meetings Act to consider the purchase or lease of property. Commissioner Durkin seconded.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Tully, Durkin, Beckman, Neustadt, Waldack, Schnell, Mayor Sandack
Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried and the Council convened into Executive Session at 9:05 p.m