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May 21, 2013

1. Call to Order

Mayor Martin Tully 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 Tully led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

2. Roll Call

Present: Commissioner Bob Barnett, Commissioner Sean P. Durkin, Commissioner Becky Rheintgen, Commissioner Geoff Neustadt, Commissioner Greg Hosé, Commissioner David S. Olsen and Mayor Martin Tully  Non Voting: Village Manager David Fieldman, Village Attorney Enza Petrarca and Village Clerk April Holden  T he 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.

Mayor Tully 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 Council Meetings

Council Meeting - May 14, 2013 M ayor Tully asked for a Motion to approve the minutes as submitted.

Commissioner Neustadt moved to approve the minutes as presented.  Commissioner Olsen seconded the motion.

The Mayor declared the Motion carried by voice vote.

4. Public Comments - General Comments on Matters Not Appearing on Tonight's Agenda

Frank Falesch spoke about the cost of the stormwater utility.  He paid $55 less in property taxes to the Village in 2012 vs. 2011.  He said the stormwater utility charge on his water bill is $16.80 or $100.80 per year.  His taxes were not reduced by the same amount of the stormwater utility.

The Mayor said most properties experienced a drop in taxes due to the implementation of the stormwater utility.

Village Manager Dave Fieldman said he would be happy to review this matter with Mr. Falesch.

Mr. Falesch then spoke of the flooding that resulted from the storm of April 18.  He spoke of the amount of time it took to drain water and of debris put out in front of houses that did not appear to have flood damage.  

5. Public Hearings

6. Consent Agenda

Mayor Tully said Item C, MOT 00-05228, a motion awarding a contract for $639,340 to Patnick Construction, Inc., Franklin Park, IL, for the water main loop, annexed area, and Item D, BID 00-05226, a bid awarding $569,680.05 to A Lamp Concrete Contractors, Inc., Schaumburg, IL, for the 2013 new sidewalk installation program and right-of-way accessibility improvements, have been removed from the Consent Agenda for separate consideration.

COR 00-05231 A.  Claim Ordinance:  No. 6001, Payroll, April 19, 2013

Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A

BIL 00-05232 B.  List of Bills Payable:  No. 6048, May 21, 2013

Sponsors: Accounting A motion was made to Approve this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: N/A

RES 00-05233 E.  Resolution:  Authorize an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation for the 2012 Safe Routes to School Project - Various Locations

Sponsors: Public Works

Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL

 AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE 2012 SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROJECT - VARIOUS LOCATIONS

 

RESOLUTION 2013-28 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Illinois Department of Transportation

MOT 00-05234 F.  Motion:  Award a Contract for $26,860 to Total Parking Solutions, Inc., Downers Grove, IL, for Two Pay Terminals

Sponsors: Public Works A motion was made to Authorize this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Parking Meter Rates, Parking Permit Rates

RES 00-05238 G.  Resolution:  Authorize Roadway License Agreement with Commonwealth Edison Company (Lift Station Roadway Access)

Sponsors: Manager's Office

Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF ROADWAY LICENSE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND COMMONWEALTH EDISON COMPANY (LIFT STATION ROADWAY ACCESS)

 

RESOLUTION 2013-29 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Com Ed

RES 00-05239 H.  Resolution:  Authorize an Agreement with the Illinois Public Works Mutual Aid Network

Sponsors: Public Works

Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND THE ILLINOIS PUBLIC WORKS MUTUAL AID NETWORK

 

RESOLUTION 2013-30 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Mutual Aid Passed The Consent Agenda

A motion was made by Commissioner Neustadt, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, that the consent agenda be passed. The motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Y ea: Commissioner Barnett, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully

7. Active Agenda

 

MOT 00-05228 C.  Motion:  Award a Contract for $639,340 to Patnick Construction, Inc., Franklin Park, IL, for the Water Main Loop, Annexed Area

Sponsors: Public Works C ommissioner Olsen said he asked that this and the next item be removed from the Consent Agenda.  They are large, significant projects with large amounts of public funds being expended.  Council should highlight them and the way taxpayer money is being expended, both efficiently and to provide Village services that are of great value to the residents.

He said he is in support of this and looks forward to construction of the watermain.   A motion was made by Commissioner Neustadt, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, to Authorize this file.  Mayor declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Y ea: Commissioner Barnett, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully  Indexes: Water Main Improvements

BID 00-05226 D.  Bid:  Award $569,680.05 to A Lamp Concrete Contractors, Inc., Schaumburg, IL, for the 2013 New Sidewalk Installation Program and Right-of-Way Accessibility Improvements

Sponsors: Public Works Commissioner Olsen said he wanted to bring attention to this item as well as the last one as it represents another significant expenditure of public funds.  He said it is good to improve the sidewalks.  He is glad staff has worked with residents in some of the affected areas to alleviate concerns.  He supports this item.    A motion was made by Commissioner Neustadt, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, to Approve this file.  Mayor declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Yea: Commissioner Barnett, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully  Indexes: Sidewalk Construction

ORD 00-05227 A.  Ordinance:  Amend the Liquor Ordinance re:  Entertainment/Restaurant Facility License  

Sponsors: Liquor Commission

Summary of Item: This amends the entertainment/restaurant facility liquor license classifications.

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ENTERTAINMENT/RESTAURANT FACILITY LICENSE

 

ORDINANCE NO. 5312 The Mayor said that the addition of language following the recommendation of the Liquor Commission that the license shall be subject to any additional conditions or restrictions as imposed by the Local Liquor Commissioner either at the time of initial issuance or renewal of the license weighs heavily in the reasons why he supports the proposed amendment. A motion was made by Commissioner Neustadt, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, to Adopt this file.  Mayor declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Y ea: Commissioner Barnett, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully  Indexes: Liquor Ordinance Amendments

ORD 00-05230 B.  Ordinance:  Amend the Liquor Ordinance re:  Floor Plan Changes and Certified Training Requirements

Sponsors: Liquor Commission

Summary of Item: This amends floor plan change provisions and certified training requirements.

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING FLOOR PLAN CHANGES AND CERTIFIED TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

 

ORDINANCE NO. 5313 A motion was made by Commissioner Olsen, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, to Adopt this file.  Mayor declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Y ea: Commissioner Barnett, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully  Indexes: Liquor Ordinance Amendments

ORD 00-05216 C.  Ordinance:  Authorize a Special Use to Permit an Automobile Laundry and Repair Shop at 946 Ogden Avenue

Sponsors: Community Development and Plan Commission

Summary of Item: This authorizes a special use to permit an automobile laundry and repair shop at 946 Ogden Avenue.

 

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A SPECIAL USE TO PERMIT AN AUTOMOBILE LAUNDRY AND REPAIR SHOP AT 946 OGDEN AVENUE

 

ORDINANCE NO. 5314 A motion was made by Commissioner Barnett, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, to Adopt this file.  Mayor declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Y ea: Commissioner Barnett, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully  Indexes: Special Use - 946 Ogden Avenue

8. First Reading

 

MOT 00-05235 A.  Motion:  Accept Update to Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan

Sponsors: Public Works M r. Fieldman asked Nan Newlon, Director, Public Works, to address this item.

Nan Newlon, Director, Public Works, said the Village was awarded a Community Planning Program grant by the Chicagoland Metropolitan Agency for Planning to update existing bicycle and pedestrian plans created in 2000 and 2001.  The purpose of the plan update is to ensure that the Village is using best practices to plan and manage its transportation system, specifically for non-motorized trips, as there is a strong desire in the community for a greater level of non-motorized transportation.  The major elements of the plan update include working with a project steering committee, creating goals, having a high level of public engagement, identifying key findings and developing achievable recommendations.

Ms. Newlon said the goals are to improve mobility and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, improve the pedestrian experience, attract residents and visitors, encourage a reduction in car trips, improve connections to regional bike routes, complete the sidewalk network, and recognize Downers Grove as a "Bicycle Friendly Community."

Key findings of the plan identify the Village's walkable downtown, popular destinations, sidewalk network and low volume streets as strengths.  Issues to be addressed include lack of continuity in the bike routes, barriers caused by major street crossings and the railroad, rate of injuries from bicycle crashes, and the need for on-street bicycle facilities.

Ms. Newlon said that short-term, medium-term and longer-term recommendations are included in the plan.  Short-term recommendations include creating a bicycle and pedestrian task forcce, completing signage, increasing bicycle parking, instituting a bicycle rack request system, identifying improvements for crossings, and including countdown indicators and other ADA amenities with new traffic signals.  Medium-term recommendations include identifying funding and locations for bicycle parking at commuter stations, sponsoring a bike rack design competition, reviewing the policy for removing abandoned bikes, completing the sidewalk matrix, improving street crossings, installing countdown indicators, and implementing safety enhancements.  The longer-term recommendations are to coordinate future connections to regional trails and to evaluate the feasibility of separated pedestrian crossings at Lee Street, in the downtown, and at the BNSF railroad.

Commissioner Barnett said he is not completely through the document yet and does not think he will be ready to vote on this on June 4.  He asked Ms. Newlon to describe the implementation process.  Particularly with the bicycle issues, he commented that there are things he does not agree with and other things that do not go far enough in terms of vision and planning documents.  He asked how much can happen without further Council review.

Ms. Newlon said staff could implement more of the items on the short-term list such as ADA improvements, mid-block and school crossings, and other safety items.  Anything that involves regulation would come before Council to be discussed further.

The Manager said there are very few items staff can implement on our own.  Anything regulatory in nature comes before Council for amendments to the Municipal Code.  Also the purchasing policy limits staff spending authority to $15,000.  Any amount greater than $15,000 comes to Council.  There are only a few items staff could implement such as requests for bike racks, without Council authorization.

Commissioner Barnett said he is excited about the report.  This, in conjunction with general traffic, is a very important issue.  There is a great deal in the plan that is a starting point for Council discussions about policy.  He thinks the plan has some contradictions in terms of priorities.  He thinks there is a lot to talk about before staff starts implementation.

Ms. Newlon said staff anticipates a lot of discussion with the Council and community.

Commissioner Barnett said this is a plan the Village should have.

Commissioner Olsen agreed with Commissioner Barnett.  He said Council needs to be mindful and measured in implementation of the document.  It is very exciting and offers many opportunities.  He encouraged staff to be creative in looking at the plan and to bring forward suggestions.  He noted the importance of physical fitness and implementation of the plan will encourage jogging, biking, etc.  He commended past Council and staff members for the improvements already made.

Commissioner Neustadt asked as to the status of neighboring communities and their efforts to update their bicycle plans and expand their paths.  He noted that some of the breaks identified on the maps are the boundaries of the Village.  Connectivitty is important for bicyclists so they can go from one community to the next.

Ms. Newlon responded that the Villages of Lisle and Woodridge both have bicycle plans which were taken into consideration in the creation of our plan. Staff will continue to work with them as well as other communities to make connections as we move forward.

Commissioner Hosé said he is also excited about this report.  The Village wants to continue to be a green community and this is an important step.  He thanked Mr. Fieldman and Ms. Newlon for addressing the road diet and some of the larger, "sticky" issues as they are policy issues.   He said there are short-term issues that can come forward quickly.

Commissioner Rheintgen asked if the County has a committee to make sure communities are connected.

Ms. Newlon said the County compiles a County-wide bike plan by collecting each community's plan.

Commissioner Durkin said this is an opportunity for a bike shop in our downtown.   He then asked about the longer term recommendations as they relate to Fairview Avenue and the railroad crossing, specifically narrowing traffic lanes to increase the bicycle lane.  He asked if this would change the types of vehicles permitted on Fairview Avenue such that semis and wide loads would not be allowed.

Ms. Newlon said that would have to be looked at.

Commissioner Durkin spoke of a State law requiring vehicles to stop when a pedestrian enters the crosswalk.  He has an immediate concern with the crosswalk south of 63rd Street, north of Fairmount on Main Street as there are many school children crossing at this location.

Ms. Newlon said staff would take a look at this and work with the County as both 63rd and Main Streets are County roads.  Staff has been working with the County on other areas and would like to keep working with them to take care of these problem locations.

Commissioner Durkin asked if there are federal or state grants available to implement any of the recommendations of the plan.

Ms. Newlon said there are grants available and staff is looking at them.

Mayor Tully said it is great to see this plan.  He agreed that it does have economic development aspects to it.  It is also good municipal planning.  This is a comprehensive plan for pedestrian and cycling avenues.  It is a set of recommendations and aspirations that can be used as a resource.  There are three parts to this:  There are things that are easy to do such as having a mechanism for requesting installation of a bike rack.  There are things that can be part of other projects; and there are things we strive to do independently.  He said he thought the task force is a good idea, but asked if it is proposed to be ad hoc and how it would be staffed.

Ms. Newlon said there are no preset ideas.  She would like to continue the conversation with the steering committee.

Commissioner Barnett called attention to page 15 of the report.  He agreed with Commissioner Hosé that there are "sticky" elements in the report.  Commissioner Barnett said he is focused on bikes. The Village has had a plan for 13 years and has managed about nine blocks.  In several places in the report the marginal effectiveness of signs is addressed.  The safest situation, however, is radical in terms of the Council's long-term planning and even in terms of short-term budgeting.  We need to be serious about this plan and it will require significant action on the part of the Council.  He reiterated that he is an advocate of this idea.

Mr. Fieldman said staff will put this on an agenda for another First Reading.

Commissioner Neustadt said Council will have an opportunity to discuss both prioritization and action in long range planning sessions.

Mr. Fieldman said, with respect to the task force, the appointments will be folded into our existing process in terms of applying for and naming people to Boards and Commissions.

Mr. Fieldman further stated that long range planning has started.  The preliminary report is on our website.  Meetings will start in June and will be held in June, July and August at regular Council meetings on Tuesdays in the Committee Room.

Indexes: Bikeway Plan

ORD 00-05177 B. Ordinance: Provide for Issuance of General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2013A in Aggregate Principal Amount Not to Exceed $16,350,000 and Provide for Levy and Collection of Direct Annual Tax for Payment of  Principal of and Interest on Said Bonds

Sponsors: Manager's Office T he Manager asked Judy Buttny, Finance Director, to address this item.

Judy Buttny, Finance Director, said staff is requesting approval of a parameters ordinance to take advantage of a refunding opportunity that has been identified for the 2007 Fire Station 2 bonds.  This could save the Village $170,000 or about 3% (net present value savings).

This ordinance would allow the Village to proceed with the refunding using a negotiated sale.  This is the same process that was used with the TIF bond refunding approved in 2010.  Upon approval of this ordinance, staff would work with Northern Trust to receive a bond rating from Standard and Poor's.  She then provided information regarding the anticipated closing date.  The ordinance has been structured to allow the Village to take advantage of any other refunding opportunities in addition to the 2007 Fire Station 2 bonds that could become available before December 31, 2013.  This allows staff to more efficiently respond to future opportunities.

The Mayor said sometimes the opportunity to save significant dollars does not necessarily occur on a timetable consistent with the Council schedule, and one needs to act quickly to take advantage of these opportunities.  The parameters ordinance allows for this such that staff can act on opportunities when they arise.

Commissioner Durkin said this is a great tool.  Parameters ordinances are only valid for a specific time period.  Furthermore, the parameters ordinance must be approved by the same Village Council that is seated at the time of the refunding.  This is strictly for refinancing, not issuing new debt.  Northern Trust has done an excellent job of notifiying staff of opportunities.  Ice Miller is our legal counsel.  We have a table of their fees.  He encouraged staff to continue to look for these opportunities.

Commissioner Olsen asked how long the parameters ordinance would be in effect.

Village Attorney Enza Petrarca said it would be in effect until December 31, 2013. Indexes: General Obligation Bond - Refund, Parameters Ordinance

BID 00-05224 C.  Bid:  Award a Contract for $156,075 to Schroeder & Schroeder, Inc., Skokie, IL, for the 2013 Replacement Sidewalk Program

Sponsors: Public Works M s. Newlon said this and the next item are bids for annual sidewalk maintenance.  Staff is requesting authorization of two contracts:  The 2013 replacement sidewalk program contract to Schroeder & Schroeder, Inc. in the amount of $156,075; and the 2013 sidewalk rehabilitation project contract to Safe Step LLC in the amount of $101,050.

Ms. Newlon said the replacement sidewalk program will include the replacement of deteriorated sidewalks, curb replacement, and upgrading existing sidewalk ramps to comply with ADA standards.  Staff also included an alternate bid to install brick sidewalks along the frontage of Wandschneider Park on Maple Avenue.

The sidewalk rehabilitation project will consist of the removal of trip hazards less than 1-1/8" by saw-cutting the concrete, as was done in 2011 and 2012.  This method of trip hazard removal is ADA compliant, is cost effective, clean, and efficient.

Commissioner Barnett noted that saw-cutting the trip hazards saves money.  He asked if staff is finding areas where we have to go back and do more work.  Ms. Newlon said she is not aware of any such areas.

Commissioner Durkin asked if the sidewalk replacement would be completed by the start of the school year.  Ms. Newlon said that is staff's intention.

Commissioner Durkin asked if staff has received any comments about the saw cutting.

Ms. Newlon said they have received positive comments in terms of the process being fast and clean. There have been a few comments about the appearance difference between the existing sidewalk and the cut sidewalk, but this gradually fades.  It is very cost effective.

Commissioner Durkin asked if this work could be done by our staff.  Ms. Newlon said we could consider this.

Commissioner Neustadt said District 58 has worked with the Village to grind trip hazards as well. This allows District 58 to save money and the process works well.

Commissioner Olsen asked about the brick sidewalk in front of the Historical Museum (Wandschneider Park).  He asked staff to provide information as to the difference in cost of brick vs. concrete sidewalks.

Commissioner Rheintgen asked if staff has been able to fix more trip hazards as a result of saw cutting.  Ms. Newlon answered affirmatively and added that staff is fixing the trip hazards when they are smaller, which reduces the Village's liability.

Commissioner Hosé asked if the Village is working with any other municipalities to capture economies of scale.

Mr. Fieldman said staff brought this idea up at DuPage Mayors and Managers and it is starting to take off.

The Mayor said this is a great program.  It has saved the Village money and makes for a smooth surface.  With respect to the brick sidewalk, the Mayor noted that this work needs to be done.  It is an appropriate place to have bricks.

Commissioner Olsen asked if staff anticipates the life of the brick sidewalks to be the same as concrete.

Ms. Newlon said it will have the same durability as it is installed on concrete and will remain more level.     Indexes: Sidewalk Replacement

BID 00-05225 D.  Bid:  Authorize a Contract for $101,050 to Safe Step, LLC, Hortonville, Wisconsin, for the 2013 Sidewalk Rehabilitation Project

Sponsors: Public Works Indexes: Sidewalk Improvements 2013

9. Mayor's Report

 

MOT 00-05241 Motion:  Authorize the Village Manager Discretion to Waive Building Permit Fees Attributable to Flood Damage Pursuant to the State of Emergency of April 18, 2013

Sponsors: Village Attorney

Summary of Item: This allows the Village Manager to have the discretion to waive building permit fees attributable

to flod damage pursuant to the State of Emergency declared by the Mayor on April 18, 2013. T he Mayor said that, in response to a resident suggestion/request brought forth last week, Commissioner Rheintgen raised as an item of new business the possibility of giving the Village Manager authority to waive the Village's building permit fees with respect to the recent flood.  Specifically, fees for permits issued for work that needs to be done exclusively because of flood damage caused by the April 18, 2013, unprecedented flooding in the Village could be waived.  There was unanimous support by the rest of the Council for this.

The Mayor noted that a special garbage pick up for flood damaged articles was also conducted to try to ameliorate the impact of the storm on the community.

Commissioner Olsen said this is a great plan, and he thanked Commissioner Rheintgen and the residents for bringing this forward.  He asked how staff will determine if the permit is related to the flood.

Mr. Fieldman said staff will examine the type of permit activity.  Most of the activitiy related to flooding has to do with replacement of electrical or drywall systems in basements.

Commissioner Olsen asked if residents can state on the application that it is specifically related to flood damage.

The Manager said they can and staff will be sure to convey this information to other governmental entities.

Commissioner Rheintgen asked if the application would be changed to identify permits specifically related to flood damage.

Mr. Fieldman said the application will not change; a note will be made in the file.  He further stated that staff will retroactively waive the fee for the previous five permits issued.

Commissioner Durkin said this action reflects the Council and staff working with residents.  Council and staff know the pain and suffering many residents have gone through.   A motion was made by Commissioner Neustadt, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, to Authorize this file.  Mayor declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Y ea: Commissioner Barnett, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully  Indexes: Fee Waiver

10. Manager's Report

Mr. Fieldman asked Doug Kozlowski, Communications Director, to give the monthly stormwater utility report.

Doug Kozlowski, Director, Communications, said the stormwater utility was launched on time.  The utility was implemented in January 2013.  The program meets the long range financial plan and the strategic plan goals.

Benefits of the utility are that all properties share operational and maintenance costs.  Mr. Kozlowski said that 85% of the amount billed has been paid on time.  In terms of incentives, 105 incentives have been granted in the amount of $7,061.00.  There have been five credits:  District 58, Park District, Sanitary District, St. Mary of Gostyn School and Oak Trace.  There have been three appeals.

In summary, the program was launched on schedule, the financial numbers are in line with the budget and expectations, and staff will continue to provide reports.

11. Attorney's Report

Village Attorney Enza Petrarca said she was presenting one item to Council:  An ordinance providing for the issuance of general obligation refunding bonds of the Village of Downers Grove, DuPage County, Illinois, in one or more series of bonds in the aggregate principal amount not to exceed $16,350,000 and providing for the levy and collection of a direct annual tax for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds.

12. Council Member Reports and New Business

Commissioner Hosé said he lives in the Hummer Park area.  He said Eagle Restaurant is in this area and was recently inducted into the Vienna Beef "Hot Dog Hall of Fame."  They have been in business since 1981 and he congratulated them on their success and for receiving this honor.     Mayor Tully said he was in high school when they opened, and he thinks he was instrumental in their success because two hot dogs and fries were a staple of his daily diet.

Commissioner Neustadt said the Village will be using PropertyRoom.com to sell items of unclaimed property.  He referred people to the Village's website at www.downers.us for more information.

Commissioner Olsen congratulated Noah's Hope for a great event.  The YMCA is sponsoring a Commit to be Fit 5k and 10k on June 2 at 8:00 a.m. at the Downers Grove YMCA at 711 59th Street. He said he will participate in the 10k.

Mayor Tully wished all residents, staff and his colleagues a restful Memorial Day.  The American Legion will host the Memorial Day ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at Fishel Park, preceded by the parade on Main Street.

The Mayor said there are 30 days until Grove Fest, which will be held from June 20-23, 2013.

13. Adjournment

Commissioner Neustadt moved to adjourn into Executive Session pursuant to Section 2(c) (5) of the Open Meetings Act to consider the purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body.  Commissioner Durkin seconded the Motion.

VOTE:  YEA - Commissioners Neustadt, Durkin, Hosé, Olsen, Rheintgen, Barnett, Mayor Tully.

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried and the Council convened into Executive Session at 8:13 p.m.