1. Call to Order
Mayor Pro Tem Marilyn Schnell 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 Pro Tem Schnell led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2. Roll Call
Present: Commissioner Marilyn Schnell, Commissioner Bob Barnett, Commissioner William Waldack, Commissioner Sean P. Durkin, Commissioner Bruce E. Beckman, Commissioner Geoff Neustadt and Mayor Ron Sandack Non Voting: Village Manager David Fieldman, Village Attorney Enza Petrarca and Village Clerk April Holden V isitors: Ted Barlas and Diana Jacobs, Alliant Insurance Service, 200 S. Wacker, Chicago; Michael Werthmann, KLOA, Rosemont; Marta Cullen, Dream Interiors/YMCA; Chuck Keenley, David Agency Insurance; Barbara Taylor, Indian Boundary YMCA, 755 59th Street; Tom LeCren, 545 Chicago Avenue; Martin Tully, 4808 Cornell; Christine Fregeau, 1918 Elmore Avenue; Becky Rheintgen, 4633 Cumnor; Greg Bedalov, 4840 Seeley; Marge Earl, 4720 Florence; John Page, 606 Austin Street; Bill Wrobel, DG Watch, 7800 Queens Court
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 of a general matter. 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. Finally, an opportunity is given for public comments and questions on items appearing on the Consent Agenda, the Active Agenda and the First Reading.
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.
There are agendas located on either side of the Council Chambers, and the audience was invited to pick up an agenda and follow the progress of the Council meeting.
MOT 00-04479 Motion: Permit Electronic Attendance
Summary of Item: This allows Mayor Sandack and Commissioner Neustadt to participate in the Council meeting of
April 12, 2011 by telephone. M ayor Pro Tem Schnell asked for a Motion to allow Mayor Sandack and Commissioner Durkin to participate in the Council meeting by telephone. Commissioner Barnett moved to allow Mayor Sandack to participate in the Council meeting by telephone. Commissioner Beckman seconded the Motion.
VOTE: YEA: Commissioner Barnett, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Schnell, Mayor Sandack
Mayor Pro Tem Schnell declared the Motion carried. Indexes: Council Rules
3. Minutes of Council Meetings
Council Minutes - April 5, 2011 There being no additions or corrections to the minutes, Mayor Pro Tem Schnell said they would be filed as submitted.
Capital Projects Update
Nan Newlon, Director, Public Works, presented the updated report, which will be posted on the Village's website. She reported that the sidewalks project is on track to be under construction by June and completed by the end of August. For street maintenance, staff expects to spend about $4 million, including $1.8 million, on tonight's agenda, for road resurfacing. She thanked the Communications Department for their work on the website. She noted that the maps on the website will now be interactive, a click on the map will take you to more information on that particular project.
Ms. Newlon said the design work is underway for road reconstruction on Valley View and they are going out to bid for the improvements to the Maple Street railroad crossing. Also under design are the streambank projects at St. Joseph Creek near Prairie and Florence; Lacey Creek near 39th Street and Saratoga; as well as design studies for the retaining walls at Lacey Creek and Prentiss Creek. Public Works continues to work on the stormwater improvement project at 2nd Street and Cumnor, a recent neighborhood meeting went very well. The Village's property acquisitions in that neighborhood are now complete. Design work for the stormsewer replacement at Wisconsin and Janes has begun. Under the green streets initiative, staff is working on some sustainable stormwater and water quality improvements for the downtown area. With regard to roadway resurfacing, she said that letters to nearby residents will be sent out. She reviewed the streambank and stormwater projects, noting that neighborhood meetings have been scheduled for areas that will be affected.
With regard to traffic, Ms. Newlon said the Village-wide sign inventory is underway, as well as the purchase traffic cameras for the Main and Maple intersection. She noted a number of watermain replacements that are set for next year's schedule. She reminded residents that information will be available on the website.
Mayor Pro-Tem Schnell thanked Ms. Newlon and the Cable Department for the site visit at Belmont. She urged residents to view the video on the Belmont underpass. She asked about the Belmont closure, and Ms. Newlon said it is a short closure scheduled for April 29 and 30. Electronic signs will be out in advance.
Commissioner Neustadt noted that residents have voiced concerns on stormwater projects for Fire Station 3 as well as Lacey Creek LPDA and these are already on the action plan.
Commissioner Beckman expressed his pleasure at seeing neighborhood meetings being held. Some highly localized drainage issues are coming to the forefront.
4. Public Comments - General Comments on Matters Not Appearing on Tonight's Agenda
Bill Wrobel, 7800 Queens Court, said he spoke last week about the agenda item regarding the Village Manager. Regarding that item, he said in cleaning out some old papers he noted Resolution 2008-105 appointing David Fieldman as Village Manager on October 7, 2008. He further noted that the terms of the agreement were set to expire on April 30, 2011. Mr. Wrobel added that on September 7, 2010, a new agreement was executed with a term uncertain, and this appeared on the Consent Agenda. Mr. Wrobel wanted to share this with the public. He said he previously addressed a matter that appeared on the Consent Agenda in December. At that time he learned from the Manager that many items under a specific dollar amount would be managed by the staff and put forward to the Council on the Consent Agenda. Mr. Wrobel said that in January Tom LeCren asked if the new format of three meetings a month was working out for the Council. Mr. Wrobel asked, with the number of things appearing on the Consent Agenda, whether there could be a better way of handling things involving taxes and money. He suggested that the Mayor speak to the issues beforehand when they appear on the Consent Agenda. An explanation to the public beforehand would have been appreciated. He asked that the Council and Mayor be more user friendly to those people who are not computer giants. He would like to see this information made more visible to those who do not frequent the website, and would like the Council to find another way to inform the public.
5. Public Hearings
6. Consent Agenda
BIL 00-04478 A. List of Bills Payable: No. 5892, April 12, 2011
Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A
MOT 00-04465 B. Motion: Authorize a Contract Not to Exceed $108,107.00 to Sentinel Technologies, Inc. for Servers and Virtualization Software
Sponsors: Information Services A motion was made to Authorize this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Computers, Computer Servers
MOT 00-04480 C. Motion: Award $38,632.00 to SEECO Consultants, Inc., Tinley Park, IL, for Material Testing Services for the 2011 Roadway Maintenance Contracts and Intersection Improvements at Maple Avenue and the BNSFRR
Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Award this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Roadway Improvements
RES 00-04466 D. Resolution: Authorize an Agreement with the Suburban Division of the Regional Transportation Authority (PACE)
Sponsors: Public Works
Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND SUBURBAN DIVISION OF THE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (PACE)
RESOLUTION 2011-22 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Pace
RES 00-04487 E. Resolution: Authorize a Second Addendum Extending an Agreement with Claim Management Consultants, LLC
Sponsors: Human Resources
Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A SECOND ADDENDUM EXTENDING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND CLAIM MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS, LLC
RESOLUTION 2011-23 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Insurance - Risk Management
MOT 00-04488 F. Motion: Note Receipt of Minutes of Boards and Commissions
Summary of Item: Human Service Commission - March 2, 2011
Plan Commission - March 28, 2011 A motion was made to Note Receipt Of this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Boards and Commissions Minutes Passed The Consent Agenda
A motion was made by Commissioner Barnett, seconded by Commissioner Beckman, that the consent agenda be passed. The motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Y ea: Commissioner Schnell, Commissioner Barnett, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt and Mayor Sandack
7. Active Agenda
RES 00-04477 A. Resolution: Vacate a Portion of Public Easements and Accept a Public Easement at 5101 Thatcher Road
Sponsors: Community Development
Summary of Item: This vacates a certain portion of public easements and accepts a public easement for the property
located at 5101 Thatcher Road.
A RESOLUTION VACATING A CERTAIN PORTION OF PUBLIC EASEMENTS AND ACCEPTING A PUBLIC EASEMENT LOCATED AT 5101 THATCHER ROAD IN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE
RESOLUTION 2011-24 C ommissioner Neustadt recused himself from any discussion and vote relating to the vacation of a public easement and acceptance of a public easement for Neuco Incorporated located at 5101 Thatcher, as he is related to the owners of Neuco Incorporated. He said he does not own any shares in Neuco Incorporated and does not stand to gain financially from this item. He said he would abstain from any vote to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. Commissioner Neustadt added that he received a campaign contribution from the Paul Neustadt family.
A motion was made by Commissioner Barnett, seconded by Commissioner Beckman, to Adopt this file. Mayor Pro Tem Schnell declared the motion carried by the following vote:
VOTE: YEA: Commissioner Barnett, Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Durkin; Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Schnell, Mayor Sandack ABSTAIN: Commissioner Neustadt Indexes: Subdivision - Neuco, 5101 Thatcher Road
ORD 00-04457 B. Ordinance: Authorize a Special Use with a Parking Setback Variation for 6241 Main Street to Permit Construction of a One Story Bank Building with Four Drive Through Lanes
Sponsors: Community Development and Plan Commission
Summary of Item: This authorizes a special use with a parking setback variation for 6241 Main Street and permit
construction for a one story bank building with four drive through lanes.
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A SPECIAL USE WITH A PARKING SETBACK VARIATION FOR 6241 MAIN STREET TO PERMIT CONSTRUCTION OF A ONE STORY BANK BUILDING WITH FOUR DRIVE THROUGH LANES
ORDINANCE 5196 M ayor Pro-Tem Schnell said she inquired about striping for the pedestrian walkway, and Mr. Fieldman said that has been incorporated into the approval.
A motion was made by Commissioner Beckman, seconded by Commissioner Neustadt, to Adopt this file. Mayor Pro Tem Schnell declared the motion carried by the following vote:
VOTE: YEA: Commissioner Beckman, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Barnett, Commissioner Durkin; Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner Schnell, Mayor Sandack Indexes: Special Use - 6241 Main Street
8. First Reading
RES 00-04482 A. Resolution: Authorize an Agreement with the Indian Boundary YMCA for the 2011 Downtown Downers Grove Market
Sponsors: Community Development T om Dabareiner, Director, Community Development, said this agreement between the Village and YMCA is to approve sponsorship of the Downtown Downers Grove Market from May 7 to October 14, 7:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m. It will be located in Parking Lot B adjacent to the train station. This has been held for 20 years. Last year the YMCA expanded the event to include more vendors and a greater variety of items. Revenue increased by approximately $6,000 in 2010.
Mr. Dabareiner said the 2011 event will be the same size and scope and at the same location. He said vendor parking will be made available at Village Hall, and he then reviewed the Village's responsibility regarding tables, chairs, signage, etc. There will be no performers' tent. The YMCA will be responsible for cleanup for each event.
Mr. Dabareiner noted that due to the 2011 Grove Festival, the Market will be moved to Main Street, between Curtiss Street and Main Street, for one day only. Additional staff time for this day is reflected in the agreement. There are no changes to any of the dates of operation, and all responsibilities are detailed in the agreement. He indicated that reimbursement to the Village will not exceed $9,180 which is a conservative high estimate. Last year's actual costs were about $4,700, and this year's expenses are expected to be about $6,000.
Commissioner Neustadt said that moving to Main Street for the one day is a great idea for the Grove Fest weekend. He will support this.
Commissioner Barnett asked for quantification of the cost increase. Mr. Fieldman responded that there is a slight increase in labor costs, and $550 established for the Grove Fest move. Staff will continue to work with the YMCA to drive down the costs. Commissioner Barnett asked for a detail of the expenses involved.
Mayor Pro-Tem Schnell suggested that signage be provided for the day when the Market is on Main Street, so that people are aware of the Market's permanent location. She then asked if Curtiss would be open the entire time. Mr. Dabareiner said that Curtiss would remain open. Mayor Pro-Tem Schnell suggested they might need help with the pedestrian crossing. Mr. Fieldman said staff will address this issue with the groups. Indexes: Farmers' Market, Downtown Downers Grove Market
ORD 00-04485 B. Ordinance: Amending 4-Way Stops and Crosswalks
Sponsors: Public Works and Transportation and Parking Commission M r. Fieldman said this ordinance is based on the neighborhood traffic study staff has conducted over the past months.
Ms. Newlon commented that in Autumn 2010, approval was sought from the Council for the traffic study. She explained this began with data collection. A neighborhood meeting was held at Whittier School in January, and the Transportation and Parking Commission reviewed the proposal on March 9. Ms. Newlon said this is a neighborhood versus a street-by-street study. Boundaries are Main Street, Maple Avenue, Fairview Avenue and 55th Street. The goals of the project are to address concerns in this neighborhood including speeding, traffic volume, cut-through traffic, pedestrian safety, the Washington/55th Street crash, parking issues, etc. She stated that a thorough review was conducted by staff and based upon the information gathered, staff is proposing a number of recommendations varying from short-term to long-term. Short-term recommendations are those that can be addressed quickly and at lower cost, including signage, pavement marking, changes to existing signage, etc. The neighborhood has 36 intersections and not all of them are controlled by signage. The goal is to have some type of traffic control at each intersection. Staff also looks to increase the number of 4-way stops and 2-way stops. Staff recommends additional stop control around the Whittier School area, as well as Randall Park. A pedestrian crossing is recommended at Fairmount and Maple, as well as an increase in advance warning signs for the existing crossings. She displayed an exhibit showing the proposed signage changes in the neighborhood.
Mid-term and long-term recommendations affect arterial roads that surround this neighborhood. The purpose is to make it more inconvenient to use local streets and more convenient to use major streets, such as Main Street and 55th Street. The Village is working with the County to provide a left-lead movement going east in the morning and west in the afternoon. Staff will continue working with the County on this intersection change. Long-term recommendations include full intersection improvements at Main and 55th Street, and Fairview and 55th Street. In addition, Ms. Newlon said mid-term improvements would include changes at Main Street and Maple Avenue to maximize capacity and safety. If these proposed improvements are approved, staff will work to install the signage, and perform follow-up traffic counts informing both residents and the Council as to the monitored effects.
1. Tom LeCren, 545 Chicago Avenue, asked whether the new signage will meet the requirements of the study being done. Mr. Fieldman said the signs will meet the retro-reflectivity requirements.
2. Bill Wrobel said that the people on Blodgett wanted the speed humps, and he asked about this. He said what the Village is proposing seems to be short term, and isn't addressing what has to be done in that area. He asked whether staff has given any thoughts to the speed humps. Ms. Newlon responded that the residents on Blodgett are very involved in the process. Staff believes the 4-way stops will have positive effects with speed on Blodgett. The traffic circle is still in the Village's capital plan and has been included in a grant application made recently. Through neighborhood meetings, there have been pros and cons about speed humps. Some support it and others have mixed opinions. Staff will continue to look at that. This proposal is not a final fix for all the problems. Staff will, however, continue to work with residents and review the needs.
Commissioner Neustadt asked if there would be "New Stop Sign" signage. Ms. Newlon said there would be, as well as flags. Commissioner Neustadt said it is important to have police enforcement in the area, especially when there are changes. He is glad to see improvements coming.
Commissioner Waldack said he can support the short-term plans. Traffic is always difficult because it takes the path of least resistance. He would like to see changes at Main and 55th Street, and would like to take the final steps to bypass intermediate steps.
Commissioner Beckman questioned how this would be monitored, and how additional changes would be made if the changes were not unanimously accepted. Ms. Newlon replied that signs should be installed in May. The true test will be when school reopens in late August. They can do traffic counts and speed counts in-house, and will also do some sampling in the neighborhoods. They may also do a survey in the neighborhood as to the improvements in traffic control.
Commissioner Beckman noted that the initial study was not budgeted, and funds were taken out of reserves. If this is successful, he presumed that they would want to address other parts of the community. He asked if funds are available for that or will that be a long-term project. Mr. Fieldman responded that the plan is to see how this works, and then discuss this with the Council during the Long Range Financial Planning meetings.
Commissioner Barnett commented that he thought they should plan on doing this. It is part of what the residents expect the Village to be doing. He asked about the second phase, such as the turning circle, and what kind of timetable is being considered. Ms. Newlon said it would be worthwhile to keep pushing with the County regarding the lead-left before they proceed with Washington and Webster. She expects to see a considerable decrease in traffic from the through-traffic aspect. Both Washington and Webster involve work in the County right-of-way. She expects that some conclusions from meetings with the County would be available in the fall, together with information as to the effect of the changes already incorporated. She also said that the County submitted grant applications for funding for improvements to both intersections at 55th and Main and 55th and Fairview. This is federal money and would probably be a three-year timeframe.
Commissioner Barnett said there was some talk in previous minutes about additional signage on Lyman. Ms. Newlon replied that she felt that it was included or could be included in the recommendation. She noted that the neighborhood is not a true grid neighborhood, and the recommendations were based somewhat on resident recommendations. The Commissioner then asked about pedestrian crossings at Washington and Maple and whether striping could be provided. Ms. Newlon said staff can look at that. Commissioner Barnett recommended considering a 20 mph speed limit versus 25 mph for interior streets.
Mayor Sandack commented that staff has a good preliminary plan. Staff and Council, as well as neighborhood residents, will be able to determine further adjustments. He thinks this experiment has been worthwhile, and he is glad the Village did this.
Commissioner Durkin commented that the Village allocated a traffic-calming budget to redevelop Claremont. He asked if any of those devices would be used here. Mr. Fieldman said they that would take a look at the Claremont options.
Mayor Pro-Tem Schnell commented that staff might also want to work with the PTA at Whittier School, since parents driving to the school will also be affected. She thought the PTA would be helpful in getting the information to other parents.
Mayor Pro-Tem Schnell asked for verification that everything being done meets the standards for traffic control devices, and Ms. Newlon said it does meet those requirements. It is a different way of addressing traffic control with a neighborhood approach based on a traffic study; however, it does meet the standards. Mayor Pro-Tem Schnell then indicated this would pique a lot of interest in many neighborhoods and follow-up is very important. Regarding the turn lanes at 55th and Main Street, she referenced Fire Station 2 and the monument sign. Mr. Fieldman said that the sign would not have to be removed.
Christine Fregeau, 1918 Elmore, said this is a great example of a collaborative and proactive action, involving residents in the process. She noted that there are some schools that don't have sidewalks close to them, and the Village should keep the Keep Safe Routes to School on the radar with the consultants and planning groups. Indexes: Traffic Signals, Crosswalks, Traffic Calming
MOT 00-04486 C. Motion: Award $1,832,424.50 to K-Five Construction Corporation, Lemont, IL, for the 2011 Resurfacing (A) Project
Sponsors: Public Works M s. Newlon said this is the first of two major road maintenance contracts for this year. K-Five was the low bidder at a cost of $1,832,424.50 which will allow staff to complete all the roadwork in this contract. This was an advertised bid, with six respondents. K-Five has completed similar work in the past for the Village. Staff has been happy with their work and recommends approval of the contract.
Commissioner Waldack commented about his concern with contractor report cards. In reviewing the report cards for this bidder, the majority of the streets done by this contractor are in acceptable condition and appear to be wearing as expected.
Commissioner Neustadt noted that streets are divided between north and south. He asked if there would be any more digging in the area of Franklin Street, near Washington Park. Ms. Newwlon said there would not. Indexes: Street - Resurfacing
MOT 00-04483 D. Motion: Authorize $789,762.90 for the Purchase of Twelve (12) Vehicles and Equipment
Sponsors: Public Works Mr. Fieldman said that the Village operates an equipment replacement plan and fund to replace vehicles on a scheduled time frame based on the estimated useful life of the vehicles. Every year an evaluation is done and a recommendation is made. This year staff recommends replacement of 15 vehicles and pieces of equipment. The actual cost for all 15 vehicles is about $865,000 or under budget by $41,000. This was all done by competitive bid.
Tom LeCren noted that the low bidder gets the contract; however, only two providers are within DuPage County and none in Downers Grove. He asked whether the Village could bring this to the EDC to try and buy things in the Village. Mr. Fieldman said staff could look at local bidding preferences if directed to do so by Council.
Commissioner Neustadt commented that this is a good example of the Fleet Team. He asked if they reviewed the need for these vehicles again, and was told that reviews were done. He is happy to see bio-diesel, natural gas, etc., and the fueling station at Public Works allows the Village to get environmentally friendly vehicles.
Commissioner Beckman noted that these vehicles use some form of blended or alternative fuel, e.g. natural gas, biodiesel and E-85. The Village has an E-85 pump at Public Works. Commissioner Beckman noticed that nowhere in Downers Grove is there a commercial station that provides E-85 fueling. He asked whether there is any way to assist or encourage a station to provide this fuel in a non-financial way.
Mayor Pro-Tem Schnell inquired as to whether the Village would be able to auction existing vehicles with DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference (DMMC), since the Village is no longer a member of this organization, or if there would be other ways to sell the vehicles. Mr. Fieldman said there are other multiple ways, such as DMMC and e-Bay. They get invitations from DMMC even though they are not members. Indexes: Vehicle Purchases
MOT 00-04489 E. Motion: Renewal of Re-insurance of Property, Casualty and Excess Liability Coverage
Sponsors: Human Resources
Summary of Item: This accepts insurance renewal quotes to replace the expiring property, general liability, excess
liability and workers compensation coverages for the Village. Mr. Fieldman said this concerns the renewal of property, casualty and excess liability coverage. The Village purchases insurance policies for coverage of its own property, and this is the annual renewal process. He said the budget is $376,000 and the total fee is $321,000. Indexes: Insurance - Risk Management
RES 00-04471 F. Resolution: Authorize an Agreement with Total Parking Solutions
Sponsors: Police Department M r. Fieldman asked Allison Alonzo, Management Analyst, to present the final two items.
Ms. Alonzo said these items would allow pay-by-phone options for daily fees for the Belmont train station and the parking deck parking spaces. Users choosing this option will pay $3.50 to cover the $3.00 parking fee, as well as administrative fees and transaction fees. The ordinance allows credit card payments for parking and establishes an administrative fee for pay-by-phone transactions.
Commissioner Neustadt asked how this would be advertised. Ms. Alonzo said there would be signage. The provider will also be at the location.
Commissioner Beckman asked if callers would be accessing an 800 number. Ms. Alonzo said there are several way such as downloading the app to their phone, or going to the website, or calling. Indexes: Parking Deck - CBD, Parking Meter Rates, Parking Permit Rates
ORD 00-04470 G. Ordinance: Amend Daily Permit Fees
Sponsors: Police Department Indexes: Parking Deck - CBD, Parking Permit Rates, Parking Permits
9. Mayor's Report
Materials to be Received
Materials to be Placed on File
10. Manager's Report
11. Attorney's Report
Village Attorny Enza Petrarca said she was presenting two (2) items to the Council: 1) An ordinance amending 4-way stops and crosswalks; 2) An ordinance amending daily permit fees.
Future Active Agenda
12. C ouncil Member Reports and New Business
Commissioner Neustadt announced that on Thursday, St. Joseph's Church is sponsoring Dine & Deal in Downtown Downers Grove. It takes place in four restaurants downtown and gives people the opportunity to play a good hand of 7-card Stud. Tickets are $35 per person, and the starting point is Gatto's starting at 7:30 p.m.
Commissioner Waldack said that the voters have cast their ballots. He congratulated the winners of the Council, Park Boards, etc. He also thanked everyone for running. He reminded all those who showed an interest in participating that there are many ways to contribute to the community.
Commissioner Waldack then noted that today is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. At that time there were 1806 residents in Downers Grove township. There was no count for Downers Grove at that time. Ten years later, the population of Downers Grove was 350 and 119 soldiers were sent to fight in the Union Army. Captain Walter Blanchard was killed in the Civil War. On April 17 the Downers Grove Historical Society will host a program at the Library.
Commissioner Beckman shared Commissioner Waldack's comments regarding the election. He congratulated the winners as well.
Commissioner Beckman said that the rain barrel sale continues on to April 20. He has enjoyed using the rain barrel from last year and encouraged people to consider one.
Mayor Sandack congratulated all those who sought to serve, and those who were elected. In addition to the new people elected, there was a binding referendum question that passed. He said the Village now needs an ordinance pursuant to the referendum. The vote gives the Village the responsibility to follow through with this and he hoped they would follow through,
Commissioner Barnettl moved to adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to Section 2(c)(2) of the Open Meetings Act to consider collective bargaining matters. Commissioner Beckman seconded.
VOTE: YEA - Commissioners Barnett, Beckman, Neustadt, Durkin, Waldack, Schnell, Mayor Sandack
Mayor Pro Tem Schnell declared the motion carried and the Council convened into Executive Session at 8:15 p.m.