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August 28, 2007

Mayor Sandack called the Workshop meeting of the Village Council of the Village of Downers Grove to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Village Hall.

Present:Mayor Ron Sandack; Commissioners Marilyn Schnell, Martin Tully, William Waldack, Sean P. Durkin, Geoff Neustadt, Bruce Beckman; Village Manager Cara Pavlicek; Assistant Village Attorney Ann Marie Perez; Village Clerk April Holden

Absent:Village Attorney Enza Petrarca

Visitors: Residents: Vlad Marinkovich, Hamilton Partners, 1901 Butterfield Road; Alice Strelau, 5611 Brookbank Road; Henrietta McKenzie, 4615 Florence; Peter Crawford, PSAD , 40 Shuman, Naperville; Dean Roberts, PSAD , 40 Shuman, Naperville; Dominic DeLuca, 310 Otis Avenue; Peggy Smith, 320 Otis Avenue; Andy Clark, 1226-62nd Street; Rod Mourad, Luxury Motors, 330 Ogden Avenue; Ron Kotecki, 419 Plaza; Bill Wrobel, DG Watch, 7800 Queens Court; Frank Falesch, DG Watch, 820 Prairie; Richard Vander Molen, Allied Waste Services, 5050 W. Lake Street, Mount Prospect; Jane Amorosi, 5742 Dearborn Parkway; Mike Matalis, 4333 Florence Avenue Staff: Liangfu Wu, Director, Information Services; Bob Porter, Police Chief; Kurt Bluder, Deputy Police Chief; Jeff O’Brien, Sr. Planner, Community Development; Dave Fieldman, Deputy Village Manager; Mike Baker, Assistant Village Manager; Phil Ruscetti, Fire Chief; Megan Bourke, Management Analyst; Robin Weaver, Interim Director, Public Works; Judy Buttny, Director, Finance; Andy Matejcak, Director, Counseling & Social Services; Mike Millette, Assistant Director, Public Works; Doug Kozlowski, Director, Communications; Brandon Dieter, Management Analyst

Mayor Sandack explained that Council Workshop meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are video taped live and for later cable cast over cable channel 6.

The Workshop meeting is intended to provide Council and the public with an appropriate forum for informal discussion of any items intended for future Council consideration or just for general information. No formal action is taken at Workshop meetings.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to comment or ask questions in an informal manner on any of the items being discussed or on any other subject. The agenda is created to provide a guideline for discussion.


Active Agenda and Informational Items

Bid: Brookbank Storm Sewer & Water Main Improvements. The Manager said that bids were opened last week and were over the amount budgeted. They included an alternate regarding the concrete ribbon. She said that staff recommends that Council reject the bid.

The Mayor said that this is a project that has been watched for some time. He said that staff’s report indicated that there were scope changes. He would like to see a summary of the old project parameters and the present project to identify the added costs. There is some balancing to be done here. Money was budgeted in 2007 for a stormwater and watermain improvement job, which has increased in size in part due to citizens’ comments and requests. He indicated that the Council must make a decision as to what action should be taken.

Commissioner Schnell said if they bid this for next year the prices would probably not be cheaper, and she wondered why they should then postpone the work. Her feeling is to move forward and get the job completed. She said that staff has identified the need. From her perspective this must be done based on review of the project. She suggested that the Village could use its portion of funds from projects postponed. This has been identified by staff as a high priority issue.

Commissioner Beckman said he is torn on this item. He asked if anything would be gained through restructuring or rebidding on this. The Manager responded that the only change that could occur if this is delayed would be further discussion with the residents regarding curb and gutter, which are not part of this project. If they re-bid this package in January or February, staff does not believe it will result in lower costs.

Commissioner Waldack said that the Manager noted that curb and gutter inclusion would not relieve the stormwater that much. He said if they put this off the neighbors could offer to get into an SSA and put in curb and gutters if so desired. If the situation is not going to change between this year and next year, they should move forward on it. If the issue is an SSA for curb and gutter, then they should hold.

Commissioner Tully provided background on this project for installation of storm sewer pipe, replacement of the watermain, pavement resurfacing and sidewalk replacement. He said he is glad they got the bids out because it gives cost information they didn’t have before. He said this covers two issues—policy, and the bid itself. As for the policy issue, he said if you have a project and the community decides there should be additions to it, there needs to be a mechanism to pay for the work above and beyond what the project entails. This project was ranked high for some time as part of the Community Investment Program (CIP). Now they have to weigh the residents wanting to do something above and beyond against the needs of the high priority project. He believes they need to move forward unless 90% of the neighborhood doesn’t want it at all. He does not think it is a good idea to wait. This will not get any cheaper.

As for the bid, Commissioner Tully said that it is substantially over the budgeted amount. The question is whether the current number is a solid number. The engineer’s estimate is close to the bid amount. He noted that the project has expanded, and they need to find the funds to get this going in this construction season. Commissioner Tully noted different funds that could be used to fund this project and bring some relief to the neighborhood, such as the water rebate.

The Mayor said this is a project where relief is required. Staff has suggested awarding the lowest bid as adjusted. The bid number has been corrected. There are two alternatives to move forward—the stone shoulder or the concrete ribbon.

Commissioner Tully said that staff has the ability to get the best price for the project, and he has confidence they will get that done. He would support including the concrete ribbon which would extend the life of the road surface.

The Mayor agreed saying he will support Option 3, rejecting the other bids and allowing staff to negotiate the contract with the low bidder with the ribbon included.

The Manager clarified that the reason staff recommended rejecting all bids was due to an error in the low bid, and if they request that they hold to the low bid amount, they will simply forfeit their bid bond in the amount of $25,000. The Village will then be forced to go to the second lowest bidder which is about $200,000 higher. So if all bids are rejected and the competitive bidding requirement is waived, staff can negotiate with the low bidder and hopefully hold them to the price of approximately $1,019,000.

Commissioner Beckman asked whether the job can be done in this year.

Mike Millette , Assistant Director, Public Works, said this would be their last opportunity to get it done this year. It is narrow in scope, and with good weather they could finish it, although all of the sod might not be down. Commissioner Beckman asked for clarification that they would not be faced with a quagmire if the project was not completed due to weather. Mr. Millette said that was correct.

Commissioner Neustadt agreed that they make sure this project gets done. He agrees with Option 3 including the concrete ribbon.

Commissioners Waldack, Schnell, Beckman, Durkin and Tully all agreed that this should move forward this year with the ribbon included.

Alice Strelau , 5611 Brookbank, said she was present to ask the Council to reject putting this off until 2008. She noted that this was a #1 rated project. There is a stormwater pipe already underground, and this project will put the stormwater through this pipe, instead of in residents’ yards and the street. Regarding curb and gutter and an SSA , Ms. Strelau said she thinks curb and gutter must be done. She believes the Village should determine an infrastructure policy, and encouraged the Council to review this as part of its basic services. Waiting another season only brings more angst to the community. She thanked the Council for agreeing to move ahead with the project.

Solid Waste Collection & Disposal Services Request for Proposals (RFP).

Mike Baker , Assistant Village Manager, provided an overview of this item, saying the Council has been presented with a draft RFP document to initiate the process for seeking competitive proposals for the solid waste collection services. The existing contract expires March 31, 2008 with Allied Waste, Inc. This is a sticker volume based program with stickers priced at $2.27 each. There is also a $100,000 contribution to the Village’s general fund incorporated as part of the contract extension approved last year. The services provide for an optional cart program to be purchased or rented by residents. The program also includes an annual amnesty program.

Mr. Baker then reviewed the process, saying staff has met with the Environmental Concerns Commission (ECC) regarding release of the RFP document, and has requested input from all of the licensed scavengers within the Village. Mr. Baker said that the RFP is structured requiring a base proposal to determine the cost to maintain the existing service. It allows submission of alternatives offering a variation in the structure and term. He said the RFP will allow proposals to indicate the cost for 6-week leaf collection service without stickers, and with respect to the base proposal they ask that the Amnesty Day program be maintained. He reviewed the schedule with September 28 as the deadline for submitting RFPs, and eventual approval tentatively scheduled for December 4. The new contract date would be effective April 1, 2008.

John Schofield , 1125 Jefferson, said that the United States would be undergoing a massive change in television technology in February 2009. It is reasonable to expect over the term of the contract that television equipment will fill the landfills. It is not easy to recycle TV sets, and he suggested that the Village give potential proposers an opportunity to address this issue. He noted that Naperville had a community-wide recycling effort which was well organized to take cell phones, televisions, etc.

Commissioner Beckman asked what process staff followed to determine who would get an RFP . Mr. Baker responded that they follow a standard protocol for RFPs. This is not a prequalification process, but a registration process.

Commissioner Waldack suggested that perhaps large electronic dealers in the Village could partner with the Village in terms of recycling. The Mayor agreed that is a good idea that makes sense. Commissioner Waldack then said he understands wanting to get a bid based on the current system, but if the vendor has a better idea, he asked why not let them bid on their plan. In terms of Amnesty Day, he suggested there might be an alternative to this as well. He thinks they should get as many new and exciting cost effective ideas as possible.

Commissioner Schnell said she would be happy to see a smorgasbord of options presented. She thought the cart program seemed expensive, and is concerned that this would lead to dumping. She would like to keep a strong, free recycling program. Commissioner Schnell appreciated receiving the timeline on this issue, noting that if the Village changes vendors there will be time to make the new system work.

Commissioner Neustadt asked whether any information regarding recycling or recycling containers in the downtown area is available. Mr. Baker responded that he understands there is a desire. Staff is looking into this, but it is not feasible for this contract.

Commissioner Durkin said he attended the ECC meeting regarding this issue, and has followed this in other communities as well. He said one of the ideas raised was the cart program for garbage and a cart for recycling, wherein the resident could decide what size cart they would need. He asked about “green programs” from some of the haulers, and how the Village would decide what program to choose.

The Mayor said that there is an alternative plan for that type of approach. The Village’s program encourages recycling. The second alternative seeks to elicit novel new green alternatives.

Commissioner Durkin said also that the ergonomics law is forcing haulers to look for ways to lift the carts into the trucks. He asked if there is any reason why the Village is not looking at 5-year programs. Mr. Baker said that the alternative proposal could include up to a 5-year program.

The Manager said the purchasing policy is for a one-year contract with two extensions for a maximum of three years. If the Council wants a 5-year program, then they would have to direct staff to amend the purchasing policy.

Commissioner Durkin asked whether there is pricing for various sized carts including the 32-gallon. Mr. Baker said that is not available yet. Residents have only the choice of the two larger carts under the current contract. Commissioner Durkin said he would like to support the two-cart program, but he would like to see pricing and require having three sizes offered.

Mayor Sandack said that the Village service is of importance to the residents, and he hopes to have a competitive environment to elicit the best service.

Rezoning of Two Properties from R-6 to B-3, a Special Use for an Automobile Dealership and a Plat of Subdivision.

Dave Fieldman , Deputy Village Manager, said this petition is for the expansion of Luxury Motors south side operation along Florence Avenue. The Village has a long-standing relationship with Luxury Motors. He said that there has been some lack of compliance issues and the Village entered into a new redevelopment agreement with Luxury Motors which was renegotiated to address violations with the option of withholding sales tax rebates. Mr. Fieldman said in June of this year the Village entered into its first amendment to the 2005 agreement which contemplated this specific expansion. The amendment would allow Luxury to pursue the expansion and construct a regional detention basin underground in the Florence Avenue right-of-way. The expansion offers several benefits including compliance with the Ogden Avenue Master Plan, better buffering for the neighborhood, etc.

Jeff O’Brien , Senior Planner, Community Development, explained the proposal for rezoning, special use, and the consolidation of ten lots on the south side of Florence. He used overhead slides to show the property in question. He noted that the redevelopment agreement covers three different properties and showed the site on the overhead. Mr. O’Brien stated that the property is currently zoned R-6, and was formerly occupied by apartment buildings which were demolished in May 2007. It is currently fenced-in and unimproved. He reviewed the petitioner’s plan including consolidation of the ten lots, curb cuts, landscaping fencing and regional detention basin plans. He explained that all loading and unloading of vehicles must take place directly on the site. As for parking, he said that both customer and employee parking must also occur on the site. He further explained that test drivers are restricted from going out on Florence Avenue, and Florence Avenue is signed restricting southbound movements from the property to Florence Avenue. He noted that the Plan Commission hearing was held on August 20, and the Plan Commission made a unanimous recommendation for approval of the request.

Mike Matalis , 4333 Florence Avenue, stated he lives across from the apartment lots. He is concerned about the Ogden Avenue Master Plan saying this is the first time lots are being rezoned from residential to commercial. He asked how far back the Village would allow commercial lots to go. As for enforcement, he never sees any enforcement. Mr. Matalis said that either Luxury Motors is absolutely flagrant in its constant poor behavior, or the Village just isn’t doing anything about it. He asked what procedures people have to follow to be sure the regulations are enforced. He noted that at the Plan Commission meeting, Luxury Motors expressed concerns regarding the Florence Avenue cuts and asked why they are being singled out. He noted that some streets are blocked off and restrictive signage is placed elsewhere on Ogden Avenue. This system extends down Ogden Avenue past Downers Grove and Luxury Motors is not being singled out.

Marge Earl , 4724 Florence Avenue, said that considering the history of violations by Luxury Motors, she doesn’t understand why the Village doesn’t put a pork chop in at that location.

Commissioner Neustadt said that the residents’ voices have been heard and many restrictions have been placed on the petitioner. He said he believes many of the issues will affect the neighborhood positively, and he feels this is an appropriate development which will provide great improvement to the stormwater management as well.

Commissioner Schnell said that there has been encroachment into residential areas on Ogden Avenue, referencing the Walgreens structure. She agrees with Commissioner Neustadt in that the Plan Commission heard the residents and tried to put into place measures that would help the residents. She has seen the history of noncompliance, and she does not think that Luxury Motors is always a good corporate neighbor. She sees this as an enhancement to Ogden Avenue’s Master Plan, but her concern is that her vision is much more in tune with Ogden and Saratoga where there is more green space, beautiful buildings, etc. In this case, the Village gets a parking lot, an old building with sprinkler systems and 11% of greenspace. There is some improvement, but she weighs that against what is happening in the residential neighborhood. This was not her vision of what the Village wanted and she worries about people who live around this development and will have to deal with it on a daily basis. She understands that Luxury Motors brings in a lot of sales tax, but she still does not see this as a win/win situation for the Village, and thinks it is not in the best interest of Village residents. She will not support it and would like to see an increase in the greenspace.

Commissioner Waldack said that a lot of the things Commissioner Schnell said ring true. He hasn’t heard any comments recently about violations. He noted that there is a challenge along Ogden Avenue in that the lots are shallow, yet the Village needs to be careful where they are encroaching into residential areas. He sees some good things in the plan, but doubts that they will get zero foot-candles. He said perhaps they should consider putting in the pork chop. He would like to see some wording that this is the maximum encroachment in the residential neighborhood. He noted that the cost of sidewalks are coming in higher and he hoped that when the Village asked for payment in lieu of the sidewalks that it is asking for the actual costs. He does intend to support the plan. He thinks the petitioner is attempting to be friendlier to the neighbors and to make this a good project.

Commissioner Beckman said that he intends to support this and sees it as an improvement. He likes the reduction of curb cuts, and the restrictions on loading and unloading, as well as the greenspace that’s being provided. He is concerned about the no right turn, but is hopeful that this will be an example of a good corporate neighbor.

Commissioner Tully said that there are some objective standards which can be applied to this request. He referenced the various Zoning Ordinance sections which apply specifically to the petition. As for rezoning, criteria outlined in Section 28-1702 have been satisfied. This fits into the Ogden Avenue Master Plan, which encourages expansion of commercial properties, reduction of curb cuts, and consolidation of smaller parcels into larger parcels. He said that he doesn’t know how far commercial properties will encroach into the residential areas. Commissioner Tully noted that there is a Land Use Plan for the Village, and the Ogden Avenue Master Plan provides objectives against which a petition can be evaluated. As for the special use, under Section 28-1902 of the Zoning Ordinance, this is an appropriate special use for this specific area. He complimented the Planning staff and the Plan Commission for working with the petitioner and putting requirements on the petitioner. He said that this addresses many of the chronic issues and gives the Village additional tools for enforcement. In terms of the consolidation of ten lots, this is exactly what the Village wanted to encourage in this area.

Commissioner Durkin said that the plan sounds good, but he asked what they are doing to prevent their staff from dodging back and forth along Ogden Avenue. He asked whether this has been discussed at a staff level. The Manager said that it is contained in the Plan Commission minutes that the petitioner will direct staff to use the crosswalk on Fairview. Deputy Village Manager Fieldman said the concept is to provide the sidewalk to get to the signalized intersection at Fairview. Commissioner Durkin asked whether it’s a law that you have to cross the street at a provided crosswalk. The Manager said that they are trying to provide solutions. It is the individual’s responsibility to follow the law. The public structure will facilitate the process. No one is condoning jaywalking. Commissioner Durkin asked how many tickets have been issued, and the Manager said staff could provide that information.

Commissioner Durkin said that it bothers him that the Village is not mandating public safety. This is not a good corporate safe citizen and he would like to mandate the pork chop. He said that they are violating laws now, and asked what makes the Village think that they will follow the rules regarding Florence Avenue.

Mayor Sandack said he would support this as it complies with Ogden Avenue’s Master Plan and makes sense. They are large taxpayers who help keep residential taxes lower, and they are expanding into our Village. This corporate taxpayer has suitable alternatives and is sought elsewhere. They are not perfect but they have improved. The Village will ask the petitioner to advise its employees not to take risks, but he agrees that individuals need to take responsibility for themselves. The Mayor said the Village will enforce compliance. The Village has talked about making improvements to a busy corridor, and the people who live by the Ogden Avenue area know that. The Village’s job is to make Ogden Avenue a better, busier corridor, and when Luxury Motors does well, so does the Village. He noted that the agreement which is up for adoption next week has conditions, and the Village can take away their special use permit or withhold sales tax incentives. Enforcement is everyone’s responsibility. Government relies on the residents to report when something is wrong. He hopes to see better examples of joint cooperation.

Amendments to Debt Management Policy.

Mr. Fieldman said that these are amendments regarding issuance of private activity bonds or to cede the Village’s ability to issue the bonds to other entities. In July, the Council directed staff to issue private activity bonds, and staff found that policy doesn’t contemplate the Village’s authority to cede its volume cap, doesn’t contemplate competing applications, and doesn’t address “administrative fees.” These amendments address those issues.

Commissioner Waldack said he had no opportunity to look at the details, and questioned Section 5b. Mr. Fieldman said that Section 5b states that if there is a request to cede the Village’s bonding authority, staff proposes requiring a three-step application process and a timeline. Commissioner Waldack had commented earlier about problems with the process, but added that this is much improved over the previous policy.

Abrogation of a Utility Easement and Granting of a Utility Easement – 3131 Woodcreek.

The Manager said that this was a public utility easement, and the property owner has requested abrogation of the old easement and dedication of a new public utility easement.

Consent Agenda Items

Facility Needs Assessment Study Final Report.

Mike Baker , Assistant Village Manager, said staff is seeking acceptance of the Facility Needs Study. The purpose of the report is to analyze the current and future space needs and evaluate alternatives to the Village Civic Center. He then described the four facilities including Village Hall, the Police Station, the Fleet Maintenance Facility, and the Counseling and Social Services facility. The site is 8.3 acres in size, handles 219 full-time staff positions, and contains 381 parking spaces.

Mr. Baker said that the Council approved a contract with PSA -Dewberry to conduct the study in July last year, through a competitive selection process. They reviewed the key components of the site, stating that some sites identified are not owned by the Village and were mentioned only as suggestions. He said that the process involved work with an interdepartmental staff team and was coordinated by PSA -Dewberry whose representatives, Dean Roberts and Peter Crawford were present at the meeting to respond to any questions.

Dean Roberts , PSA -Dewberry, highlighted the key points of the study, stating that they sought to perform an unbiased and thorough assessment, understand the Village’s operational needs and provide the Council with facts to make informed decisions. He then used a slide presentation showing other facilities they reviewed to determine how others address their needs. The space needs portion of the study was done on a room-by-room basis with staff to compare the facility with other communities. Mr. Roberts reviewed location consideration, parking needs, etc., and presented a variety of options to the Village.

As for location, he presented several options shown in the slide presentation. Option A would be a combined Village Hall and Police Department facility on the existing site. It would keep the current location and represents a significant investment in the Village’s downtown. Option B would include only Village Hall on the site. Option C would have the Police Department alone with Ellsworth Park as a potential site along Wisconsin and Katrine. Stormwater improvements would be needed at this site, and the Village does not own the land. Option D would include Fleet Services being relocated to land that the Village does not currently own.

The Mayor noted that this discussion is to accept the report, and then move on to the next steps.

Mr. Baker said that the need now is to begin the process of engagement with other stakeholders in the community. The desire is to look for partnerships and try to promote and publicize the plans through open house meetings. He said this would take greater shape in the budget process in 2008.

The Mayor thanked staff and PSA -Dewberry for their efforts on this project. He called on anyone wishing to comment on this issue.

Frank Falesch , 820 Prairie, said it looks as though the Village is on the right track. He thinks it is appropriate for the municipal offices to be in the downtown area. The Police Department is an attractive building and should be utilized if it can be. He asked whether information will be distributed.

The Mayor said it would, and there would be open houses, discussions and workshops on the project. Mr. Baker added that they anticipate informative discussions, and noted that there is information on the website and in the Library.

Commissioner Waldack thanked the group for their work on this. It is a very good study. Right now they have the Fire Station being constructed and an infrastructure project as well. The Village needs to make sure that information about this gets out to the residents. He looked at the plan skeptically. He noted that this is an old facility that has a lot of problems.

Commissioner Tully said that the Council is looking at this because it has to. The Village has not addressed obsolete municipal facilities for much too long, and they can’t ignore the situation in Village Hall and the Police Department much longer. It can be unnerving with many large projects going on. This is a challenge and an opportunity, and the longer they wait the more expensive upkeep will become. He said that the final challenge is public support for this whole project. He is glad to see opportunities being addressed, such as Washington Street and pedestrian traffic, and ways to reconfigure public safety. This is an opportunity for partnerships. It is a good report and he is glad to see them addressing the issues.

Commissioner Beckman said he appreciated the professionalism with which this was presented. He noted that the Village is a technologically driven community, and looking at the Council Chambers, the Village is not reflecting that. They need to make major changes to get where they want to go as a community.

The Mayor said that some of these plans have been put into motion and then put aside. He indicated that the Village Hall is getting less functional, and he applauded staff for pushing the Council, and applauded the Council for addressing this. Nothing is being done at this time other than accepting the report. The community deserves a Police Department and Village Hall which are functional and serve the interests of the people. He emphasized that this is entirely a preliminary study.

Disposition of Surplus Vehicles and Equipment.

The Manager said this involves 24 vehicles and six pieces of equipment that staff is seeking to declare as surplus to be sold at competitive auction and decommissioned.


Manager Pavlicek reported that the first watershed improvement meeting was held tonight with 19 residents in attendance. She indicated that the next meetings are Friday, September 7 from 7-8 a.m. and from Noon to 1 p.m.

The Manager noted that the property owner at 4940 Wallbank has submitted a variation petition to the Stormwater and Floodplain Oversight Committee which will be heard on August 30. This will be on the Council agenda next week as it is in a residential area and the homeowner is hoping to get a building permit in this construction season.

Manager Pavlicek asked Robin Weaver to give an update on the crosswalks.

Robin Weaver , Public Works Interim Director, said that there are seven crosswalks on Main Street and on Curtiss Avenue. They have been a safety hazard and are not in compliance with the appearance of the downtown area. The timing to repair the crosswalks was based on a discussion with the Downtown Management Board, which indicated that August was the slowest retail month. The decision was to do all of the work, other than Curtiss, at once rather than crosswalk by crosswalk. She indicated that nine days are needed and they scheduled the work immediately after the bike race. She indicated that work on Curtiss has been postponed, and will be done in concert with Mochel Drive. Ms. Weaver said that each replacement costs $9,000. She said that official notice to property owners by Public Works was very late and steps have been taken to address this issue. She said that this work will be completed tomorrow and the street will be open for traffic.

The Mayor said that he heard of the frustrations from the merchants. He asked whether weather played a role in the project and Ms. Weaver said the weather did not affect the project.

Doug Kozlowski , Communications Director, announced that there would be a Village-wide spraying event as a result of the existing ideal conditions for mosquito breeding. On Saturday September 1, weather permitting, the spraying will begin at 9:00 p.m. and be completed by dawn. They are using an EPA approved spray. He recommended that residents keep windows and doors closed while spraying is being done. Clarke Mosquito Control can be reached at 1-800-942-2555 for any questions.

Manager Pavlicek then said that as a result of severe weather on August 23, the Governor declared DuPage County an emergency disaster area. Staff is working with the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security Emergency Management and our neighboring communities in response to this.


Assistant Village Attorney Ann Marie Perez said she was presenting seven items to the Council: 1) A resolution amending the policy of the Village Council with respect to debt management; 2) An ordinance authorizing the sale by public auction of personal property owned by the Village of Downers Grove; 3) A resolution authorizing execution of an agreement between the Village of Downers Grove and Hamilton Partners; 4) An ordinance amending the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of the Village of Downers Grove, Illinois, codified as Chapter 28 of the Downers Grove Municipal Code, as amended, to rezone property located at 4314-18 Florence Avenue; 5) An ordinance authorizing a special use for 317, 319, 321 and 327 Ogden Avenue to permit an automobile dealership; 6) A resolution approving the final plat of subdivision for the Luxury Motors South Subdivision; and 7) an ordinance relating to Stormwater variance for 4940 Wallbank.


Commissioner Waldack asked for feedback from the Council regarding doubling fines for moving violations while using cell phones.


There being no further discussion, the Workshop meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

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