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 asked the Boy Scouts of Troop 57 to help lead those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2. Roll Call
Present: Commissioner Marilyn Schnell, Commissioner William Waldack, Commissioner Sean P. Durkin, Commissioner Bruce E. Beckman, Commissioner Geoff Neustadt and Mayor Ron Sandack Absent: Commissioner Martin Tully Non Voting: Village Manager Cara Pavlicek, Village Attorney Enza Petrarca and Village Clerk April Holden
The Council meeting is broadcast over the local FM radio station, WDGC . In addition, a tape recording and videotape of the meeting are being made using Village owned equipment. The videotape of the meeting will be used for later rebroadcast of the Council meeting over the Village cable television Channel 6.
The Council will follow the rules of conduct for this meeting as provided in Sec. 2.5 of the Downers Grove Municipal Code. These offer the public the opportunity to comment at several points in the meeting. First, immediately following approval of the minutes of the past meetings, an opportunity will be given for public comments and questions on the active agenda items for this evening’s meeting. Following this, an opportunity is given for public comments and questions on any subject. Finally, if a public hearing is scheduled for this meeting, an opportunity is given for public comments and questions related to the subject of the hearing.
The presiding officer will ask, at the appropriate time, if there are any comments from the public. If anyone wishes to speak, the individual should raise their hand to be recognized and, after acknowledgment from the presiding officer, approach the microphone and state their name and address. Remarks should be limited to five minutes, and asked that individuals refrain from making repetitive statements.
Mayor 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 – October 2, 2007 Workshop Meeting – October 9, 2007 There being no additions or corrections to the minutes, Mayor Sandack said they would be filed as submitted.
Presentation of Appreciation Plaque to Charles Lukas, Zoning Board of Appeals
Mayor Sandack introduced Charles Lukas, a long-time member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and presented him with a Plaque of Appreciation for his service to the Village.
Mr. Lukas thanked the Mayor, saying he served in excess of 20 years on the ZBA . It was exciting and interesting to participate in the development of the Village. As a whole, it was a great experience and he expressed appreciation for the opportunity to serve the Village. Proclamations
The Mayor read a Centennial Proclamation proclaiming October 21, 2007 as St. Joseph Parish Day in the Village of Downers Grove. He presented the proclamation to Rev. Jerome Kish, who offered a prayer of celebration.
The Mayor proclaimed October 27, 2007 as Make a Difference Day in the Village of Downers Grove honoring those who dedicate themselves to helping others.
Bi-weekly Update – Fire Station 2 Construction
Ed Disler, Owner’s Representative, reported on the progress of Fire Station 2. The north section is the living quarters, the center section is the apparatus bay, and the south section is the administrative wing. He said 80 foot beams will be delivered on Friday. He showed photos depicting the progression of the work. He hopes to be under cover with the exception of the apparatus bay by the end of the month.
4. Public Comments and Questions
A. Comments and Questions on Active Agenda
Bill Wrobel, 7800 Queens Court, referred to the change order for the 2007 New Sidewalk Program for $10,400 that is on the Consent Agenda. He has been counting change orders and believes this is the second one. He noted that previous Councils had many change orders and he cautioned this Council to be mindful of this. Many governmental bodies are suffering shortfalls and it is prudent to minimize and eliminate change orders.
B. Comments and Questions on General Matters
Gordon Goodman, 5834 Middaugh, called attention to the concert on October 21, 2007 at the Tivoli Theater featuring a performance by Kim and Reggie Harris to benefit the 1864 Blodgett House. The goal is to raise money to move the house to the campus of the Downers Grove Museum. Dr. Goodman said the house is a very important historic building. The buyer of the house intends to donate it to the Park District. He planned to give Council members VIP tickets to the concert but, due to the gift ban, is willing to sell them at $75.00 each. A reception will follow at Gallery’s Choice. He described the evening’s events. General admission tickets are $10.00. He thanked the Village for displaying information about this concert.
5. Public Hearings
6. Consent Agenda
COR00 -03015 A. Claim Ordinance: No. 5711, Payroll, September 28, 2007 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
BIL00 -03016 B. List of Bills Payable: No. 5694, October 16, 2007 Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
MOT00 -03017 C. Motion: Approve Amendment No. 1 to the Agreement with Robert E. Hamilton Consulting Engineers, PC, for Resident Engineering Services for the Brick Street Improvement Project Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Brick Streets
MOT00 -03018 D. Motion: Authorize a Change Order for $128,115.66 for the Brick Street Improvement Project (CIP Project ST-002) Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Brick Streets
BID00 -03019 E. Bid: Award Purchase of 4,800 Tons of Bulk Road Salt at $38.62 per Ton for 2007-08 Sponsors: Public Works Summary of Item: This is for snow and ice control via the State Contract. A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Salt
BID00 -03020 F. Bid: Award $161,452.30 to Neri Brothers Construction, Inc. of Itasca, IL, for the Warren Avenue Storm Sewer Project Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Storm Sewers
MOT00 -03021 G. Motion: Authorize a Change Order for $10,400 for the 2007 New Sidewalk Program and CBD Crosswalk Upgrade Project Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Sidewalk Replacement, Sidewalk Construction, Sidewalk Improvements 2007
MOT00 -03028 H. Motion: Note Receipt of Minutes of Village Boards and Commissions Summary of Item: Parking & Traffic Commission – September 12, 2007 Plan Commission – September 10, 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 Durkin, seconded by Commissioner Beckman, that the consent agenda be passed. The motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack
7. Active Agenda
ORD00 -03022 A. Ordinance: Authorize a Special Use for 950 Ogden Avenue to Permit a Restaurant Facility with a Drive-Up Window Sponsors: Community Development Summary of Item: At their meeting of September 10, 2007, the Plan Commission recommended that a Special Use be granted for the property located at 950 Ogden Avenue for a restaurant facility with a drive-up window.
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A SPECIAL USE FOR 950 OGDEN AVENUE TO PERMIT A RESTAURANT FACILITY WITH A DRIVE -UP WINDOW
ORDINANCE NO . 4917 A motion was made by Commissioner Durkin, seconded by Commissioner Beckman, to Adopt this file. Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Indexes: Special Use – 950 Ogden Avenue
ORD00 -03023 B. Ordinance: Authorize a Special Use for the American Legion to Permit Two Detached Garages, a Pavilion and a Gazebo with a Trail at 4000 Saratoga Avenue Sponsors: Community Development Summary of Item: At their meeting of September 10, 2007, the Plan Commission recommended that a Special Use be granted for the property located at 4000 Saratoga Avenue to permit two detached garages, a pavilion and a gazebo with a trail.
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A SPECIAL USE FOR THE AMERICAN LEGION TO PERMIT TWO DETACHED GARAGES , A PAVILION AND A GAZEBO WITH A TRAIL AT 4000 SARATOGA AVENUE
ORDINANCE NO . 4918 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 Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Indexes: Special Use – 4000 Saratoga – American Legion
ORD00 -03026 C. Ordinance: Establish 2008 Heritage Festival Sponsors: Community Events Summary of Item: This establishes the procedures for the 2008 Downers Grove Heritage Festival.
AN ORDINANCE REGARDING THE 2008 HERITAGE FESTIVAL
ORDINANCE NO . 4919 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 Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack Indexes: Heritage Festival 2008
8. Mayor’s Report
RES00 -03029 Resolution: Appointments to Boards and Commissions Sponsors: Mayor Summary of Item: HUMAN SERVICE COMMISSION
Appoint Kathryn Engel-Accettura to a three-year term expiring August 31, 2010 as an ex-officio member
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Appoint Patrick J. Stanton to a one-year term expiring August 31, 2008
A RESOLUTION APPOINTING MEMBERS TO VILLAGE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
RESOLUTION 2007 -106 Commissioner Neustadt commented on the qualifications of Ms. Engel-Accettura.
The Mayor extended his appreciation to all citizens serving on boards and commissions. Indexes: Boards and Commissions Materials to be Placed on File
9.Manager’s and Directors’ Reports
The Manager said the Council will hold a budget workshop on Saturday, October 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Public Works Facility at 5101 Walnut to discuss the 2008 municipal budget.
Robin Weaver, Interim Director, Public Works, said the Pace Board met on October 10 and approved the buses for Downers Grove. She anticipates delivery ten months after the contract is signed.
The Mayor said the scouts from Troop 57 were very interested in the commuter system.
Commissioner Schnell asked if there could be problems due to the State budget issues.
The Mayor said Pace awarded the contract. Reports are that Pace is not looking to cut suburban services.
10. Attorney’s Report
Future Active Agenda
11.Council Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Beckman referenced the folk concert at the Tivoli Theater. He noted there may be an audience from a large geographic area as it has been mentioned on the Midnight Special radio station. He encouraged people to purchase their tickets quickly.
Commissioner Durkin asked what the Manager knew about a power outage. She said she would look into the matter.
Commissioner Schnell announced the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturday, October 27 at Ballydoyle’s. She said it is sponsored by Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence.
Commissioner Schnell noted that the Legislative Committee of the DuPage Mayors and Managers will meet on October 23 to discuss proposed implementation of the streamlining sales tax proposal. She said that for the Village to actively participate in this discussion, she needs to receive feedback form Council members. She asked that they contact her with their comments. The Mayor asked if staff has a position with respect to this matter. The Manager said she will provide literature to the full Council.
Commissioner Waldack spoke about SB 572 , the CTA , RTA and Metra bill in front of the State legislature. It was defeated last September. It needs a three-fifths majority to pass. He provided the voting record of our representatives. Metra is a mode of transportation that is primarily by choice, meaning most people have alternative forms of transportation. Many Pace riders do not have alternate transportation options. When a fixed route closes it means that for three-quarters of a mile on either side of the fixed route Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) services also lose their transportation. He urged residents to call their representatives with respect to this matter if they are inclined to do so.
With respect to the Florence Avenue detention system bid last week, he said he was reminded of the construction company that was awarded the bid. He wished he had a vendor construction report card to review. He would like to see a system whereby he would not only know the contributions, but also factual information on projects done in the Village. This could be shared with other municipalities as well.
Commissioner Neustadt said he attended the Night at the Firehouse. He thanked staff for the displays and for a great evening.
Mayor Sandack said the event sponsored by Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence is a great and fun event. He congratulated St. Joseph’s on their centennial. He urged people to attend the Blodgett House benefit concert. Finally, he thanked Troop 57 for attending tonight’s meeting and for their relevant and impressive questions.
Commissioner Durkin moved to adjourn. Commissioner Beckman seconded.
VOTE : YEA – Commissioners Durkin, Beckman, Neustadt, Waldack, Schnell, Mayor Sandack
Mayor Sandack declared the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m