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June 11, 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 Sean P. Durkin, Commissioner Becky Rheintgen, Commissioner Geoff Neustadt, Commissioner Greg Hosé, Commissioner David S. Olsen and Mayor Martin Tully  Absent: Commissioner Bob Barnett  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 - June 4, 2013 M ayor Tully asked for a Motion to approve the minutes as submitted.

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

The Mayor declared the Motion carried by voice vote.

Green Business Proclamation - Competitive Lawn Service, Incorporated

Mayor Tully read a proclamation recognizing Competitive Lawn Service, Incorporated, in Downers Grove as a Downers Grove Green Business as acknowledged by the Environmental Concerns Commission.  He presented the proclamation to Eric Hansen, founder.  The Mayor noted that this is the second certificate awarded.

Mr. Hansen extended his appreciation for this award.  He said he started his business in 1982 in Downers Grove.  In 2010 he installed alternative fuel stations at his business.  He thanked the Village for its support.

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

Kathleen DiCola, 5413 Maplewood Place, said she is the president of the Downers Grove Library Board.  She invited everyone to attend the next Board meeting on June 26, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. for a presentation by the architect of the design of the library building renovation.  Further, she thanked the Council, staff and Public Works for the work done on the Library alley.

Becky Vander Leest, 1233 Gilbert, said nine truckloads of sediment were deposited in her yard as well as two neighbors' yards during the storm in April.  She said they received a letter from the Village indicating that the Village will clean up the yards in exchange for a 40-foot easement.  They do not want to sign this agreement.  The estimate to clean up the damage is $10,000.  She said she and her neighbors cannot wait.  This should be taken care of as soon as possible as the trees in the yards have been damaged and may fall down soon.

Mayor Tully said over 1200 people replied to the survey regarding the storm or applied for FEMA funds.  If the area in question is private property, the Village is limited in what can be done.  If there is a recorded easement on the property, the Village would have more options.

Ms. Vander Leest said the flood plain floods every year, but there has never been sediment like this.

Village Manager Dave Fieldman said the Village does not have an easement for these properties. The Village would remove the sediment in exchange for easements.

Ms. Vander Leest said she and her neighbors would like to know the plan for the 40 feet of their property.

The Mayor clarified that an easement is not giving up one's property.  It is the key to maintaining it.  He said stormbank stabilization is planned in advance.

Melissa Ross, 5104 Walnut, said she is with Unlimited Fire Restoration, Board Up & Emergency Services.  She said her company is offering a discount on all services for Village-owned property.  They would also like to be listed as a resource for board-up services.

Gordon Goodman, 5834 Middaugh, said easements along drainage ways and streambank stabilization is important.  Right now, this is done on a piecemeal basis.  This is an opportunity to put into place a major program.  His experience with this has not been favorable.  We have failed to implement a drainage way easement program and this is a key missing element in the stormwater program.

Pastor Scott Oberle, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1047 Curtiss Street, thanked Commissioner Neustadt for meeting with the church representatives.  He spoke about the stormwater utility and said that charging this fee hurts those that need services the most.  He would like to continue this dialogue.  He submitted petitions signed by members of eight congregations expressing their displeasure with the fee.

The Mayor said Council and staff has heard from many people in support of this because the burden was disproportionately borne by one segment of the community when the cost was part of the property tax bill.  They have also hear from those who previously did not contribute to the cost of the system.  He noted that stormwater management is very expensive and knows no boundaries.  The entire community contributes to stormwater.   The Council understands the impact a stormwater utility fee has on not-for-profit and faith-based organizations.  We have tried to reach out to discuss ways to reduce the fee and we will continue to look at this matter.  Council looks for opportunities to enhance the mission of our shared constituents.

Rev. Oberle said many of those that signed the petition are already Downers Grove residents or business owners and are already paying a stormwater fee.

Frank Falesch, 820 Prairie, asked as to the status of the lawsuit filed by Bradley.

Village Attorney Enza Petrarca, said it is pending.  An amended complaint has been filed and the Village has to respond.

Mr. Falesch asked about the pavement on Brookbank.  Mr. Fieldman said it is part of the lawsuit.

5. Public Hearings

6. Consent Agenda

BIL 00-05257 A.  List of Bills Payable:  No. 6052, June 11, 2013

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

RES 00-05259 B.  Resolution: Authorize a Maintenance Agreement and Addendum with Sungard Public Sector, Inc.

Sponsors: Police Department

Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT AND ADDENDUM BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND SUNGARD PUBLIC SECTOR, INC.

RESOLUTION 2013-33 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Police Department

MOT 00-05248 C.  Motion:  Accept the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) dated December 31, 2012

Sponsors: Finance G ordon Goodman, 5834 Middaugh, congratulated the Village on the CAFR.  It is an excellent document to find out what is going on in the Village.

Commissioner Olsen echoed Dr. Goodman's comments.  He commended staff for the CAFR.  This represents lean government spending taxpayers' money wisely.   A motion was made to Accept this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Financial Report

MOT 00-05263 D.  Motion:  Authorize $17,500 to International Association of Fire Fighters for a Peer Fitness Trainer Class

Sponsors: Fire Department Commissioner Olsen commended staff for bringing this item forward. A motion was made to Authorize this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Fire Department

MOT 00-05261 E.  Motion:  Note Receipt of Minutes of Boards and Commissions

Summary of Item: Plan Commission - May 6, 2013 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 Neustadt, seconded by Commissioner Durkin, that the consent agenda be passed. The motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Y ea: Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully

7. Active Agenda

ORD 00-05251 A.  Ordinance:  Restrict Parking on 61st Street

Sponsors: Public Works and Transportation and Parking Commission

Summary of Item: This restricts parking on 61st Street.

AN ORDINANCE RESTRICTING PARKING ON 61ST STREET

ORDINANCE NO. 5316 Commissioner Olsen said he talked to people in the area about this ordinance and they are generally supportive of it.  He asked that there be continuing maintenance on the south side of the street in terms of the gravel.  He will support this. 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 Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully  Indexes: No Park - 61st Street - North Side

ORD 00-05252 B.  Ordinance:  An Ordinance Adding a Loading Zone to the Alley East of 1050 Curtiss Street

Sponsors: Public Works and Transportation and Parking Commission

Summary of Item: This adds a loading zone to the alley east of 1050 Curtiss Street.

AN ORDINANCE ADDING A LOADING ZONE TO THE ALLEY EAST OF 1050 CURTISS STREET

ORDINANCE NO. 5317 A motion was made by Commissioner Durkin, seconded by Commissioner Rheintgen, to Adopt this file. Mayor declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Y ea: Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully  Indexes: Parking Restrictions - Curtiss

ORD 00-05250 C.  Ordinance:  Authorize a Special Use to Permit a Sports/Physical Training and Physical Therapy Business at 1422 Brook Drive

Sponsors: Community Development and Plan Commission

Summary of Item: This authorizes a special use to permit a sports/physical training and physical therapy facility at 1422 Brook Drive.

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A SPECIAL USE TO PERMIT A SPORTS/PHYSICAL TRAINING AND PHYSICAL THERAPY FACILITY AT 1422 BROOK DRIVE

ORDINANCE NO. 5318  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 Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully  Indexes: Special Use - 1422 Brook Drive

ORD 00-05247 D.  Ordinance:  Rezone Property at 960 75th Street from R-1, Single Family Residence to B-2, General Retail Business

Sponsors: Community Development and Plan Commission

Summary of Item: This rezones the property located at 960 75th Street from R-1, "Single-Family Residence" district to B-2, "General Retail Business" district. 

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 960 75TH STREET

ORDINANCE NO. 5319 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 Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully  Indexes: Rezone 960 75th Street - R-1 to B-2

ORD 00-05249 E.  Ordinance:  Rezone 4249 Highland Avenue from R-4, Single Family Residence to B-3, General Services and Highway Business

Sponsors: Community Development and Plan Commission

Summary of Item: This rezones the property located at 4249 Highland Avenue from R-4, "Single-Family Residence" district to B-3, "General Services and Highway Business" district.

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 4249 HIGHLAND AVENUE

ORDINANCE NO. 5320 A motion was made by Commissioner Rheintgen, seconded by Commissioner Hosé, to Adopt this file.  Mayor declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Y ea: Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully  Indexes: Rezone 4249 Highland - R-4 to B-3

ORD 00-05253 F.  Ordinance:  Rezone 2551 Warrenville Road from M-1, Light Manufacturing to B-3, General Services and Highway Business

Sponsors: Community Development and Plan Commission

Summary of Item: This rezones the property located at 2551 Warrenville Road from M-1, "Light Manufacturing" district to B-3, "General Services and Highway Business" district.

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 2551 WARRENVILLE ROAD

ORDINANCE NO. 5321 Mayor Tully extended his appreciation to staff for working with the petitioner to seek out a different path than what was orginally envisioned. A motion was made by Commissioner Hosé, seconded by Commissioner Rheintgen, to Adopt this file.  Mayor declared the motion carried by the following vote: Votes: Y ea: Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully  Indexes: Rezone 2551 Warrenville - M-1 to B-3

8. First Reading

ORD 00-05254 A.  Ordinance:  Amend Provisions for the Administration of Electrical Testing

Sponsors: Community Development

Summary of Item: This amends provisions for the administration of electricial testing.

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PROVISIONS FOR ELECTRICAL TESTING

 

ORDINANCE NO. 5322 M anager Fieldman asked Tom Dabareiner, Director, Community Development, to address this item.

Tom Dabareiner, Director, Community Development, said an ordinance has been prepared amending Chapter 8, Sections 8.38 and 8.39 of the Municipal Code related to electrical contractor testing and licensing.

The current code requires Community Development to prepare and administer the exam.  He explained the concerns with the current situation.  There is a lack of in-house expertise to effectively write exams.  Test proctoring, scoring and registration is time-consuming.  There is a concern with providing a secure test environment.  Further, electrical codes have changed and are now more complex and our test is not up-to-date.

Staff proposes working with the International Code Council (ICC) trades examination service and Pearson VUE, a private testing company.  The ICC is a not-for-profit organization that does test development, maintenance and administration.  Pearson VUE is the largest commercial testing company and education publisher in the world.  Benefits to the Village include a higher quality examination, a more secure testing environment, a shift in the risk to a qualified testing agency, and an increase in Village staff availability for traditional planning and building activities.  There are also benefits to the applicants including greater test scheduling flexibility, multiple locations, an accessible test location, a nationally recognized test and immediate test results.

Anthony Cheng, 5507 Aubrey Terrace, said he supports this initiative.  He feels this is a good avenue for the Village to take based on his personal experience.

Commissioner Rheintgen said she tested the system.  There are locations nearby and the cost increase is not significant.  She is glad that this will save staff time.  She asked that this be reviewed in one year.  She will support this.

Commissioner Durkin asked about savings in terms of liability and risk ratings.  He commended staff for moving this forward.

Commissioner Olsen said he agrees with Commissioners Rheintgen and Durkin.  Although it is not a significant cost increase, he asked that applicants be made aware of the cost for testing and why there is an increase.  He thanked staff for bringing this forward.  It is a great way to save money and be more efficient.  Indexes: Licensing Provisions

MOT 00-05264 B.  Motion:  Authorize $36,776.40 for Membership Dues for DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference (DMMC) for FY13-14

Sponsors: Manager's Office

Summary of Item: This authorizes renewal of the FY13-14 DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference membership and

submit dues in the amount of $36,776.40. T he Manager said this to consider renewing membership in the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference (DMMC).  Mayor Tully serves as Vice-President of DMMC.  Membership dues are a budgeted item and staff recommends approval of the membership renewal.  Dues are approximately $36,800.

Mayor Tully recognized two guests in attendance at tonight's meeting from DMMC:  Mark Baloga, Executive Director and Mayor George Pradel, Mayor of the City of Naperville.

Mayor Tully said he recently took the position of Vice-President of DMMC.  His goal is the betterment of all municipal issues at a regional level.  DMMC is a trade association of 33 municipalities.  It is a council of governance that represents one million residents in DuPage County.  Like many trade associations, DMMC speaks as a unit with respect to issues that affect municipalities generally.  DMMC takes positions with respect to Springfield, the County and other governmental units on issues that affect municipalities.  In addition, DMMC addresses the need for cooperation, collaboration and communication amongst municipalities.  He feels the collaborative aspect of the DMMC is its biggest benefit.

Mayor Tully then addressed the issue of benefits of membership as well as opportunities and the time commitment of staff.  The Mayor said the Village left membership in DMMC a few years ago and has since rejoined.  The Mayor then introduced Mayor Pradel.

Mayor Pradel thanked the Council for the opportunity to speak.  He said Naperville is a home rule community, as is Downers Grove.  Naperville has been involved with DMMC since its inception and Council members sit on as many committees as they can.  Mayor Pradel said each community shares many of the same problems and we learn from each other.  There is power in numbers.  The DMMC broadens our reach and everybody benefits from best practices.  He urged the Council to stay with DMMC and make things happen.

Mark Baloga, Executive Director, DMMC, spoke regarding a community's return on their investment.  He said included in this year's membership invoice is a value statement about the Conference.  It is difficult to put a dollar amount to many of the Conference's activities, but in analyzing regular annual activities and services, it would cost a community $97,000 per community to do those things on a cost and staff replacement basis.

Mayor Tully noted that membership is considered annually.

Commissioner Neustadt said this is a value proposition.  He has been against this since 2010.  He said part of his concern with the Conference with respect to benefit has to do with little things like charges for filing STP grants.  There are extra charges for the annual dinners.  In addition, there is a cost to the Village in terms of staff time, estimated to be approximately $13,000.  He agreed with Mayor Pradel that there is not always a tangible benefit.  Commissioner Neustadt then discussed electrical aggregation and combined 911 dispatch services.  The Village had a great outcome with respect to implementation of both of these programs in cooperation with Westmont.  He said he would like to see more communication from DMMC.  He is glad that Mayor Tully and Mr. Fieldman would take over some leadership roles.  He has full faith in them and he's hopeful that if this is approved, the Mayor and Manager will have the ability to change and manage expectations of more communication, better outcomes, and more representation.  If the investment can come down, it would make the return on the investment better.  He will not support this.

Commissioner Hosé thanked Mayor Pradel and Mr. Baloga for coming to the meeting.  He said the issue for him is value.  We are seeing $96,000 worth of value in return for our dues of $37,000.  Even with our staff time the value is almost double our investment.   If we lose the membership, we would lose access to the lobbyist, additional analytics and research.  He said that hiring a lobbyist on our own is most effective when there are discrete projects to be accomplished.  Issues such as cutting local government distributive funds or pension issues are common to all municipalities, and we don't need our own lobbyist to voice our position on those matters.  He said he will be in favor of this.

Commissioner Rheintgen said she voted to rejoin DMMC primarily due to the benefits of networking.  She participated in some meetings and felt there should have been better communication with elected officials.  Elected officials and the Conference would benefit from better and more communication.  The cost of membership is significant.  The question to consider is whether we are receiving enough value to justify the cost.  She said she is still grappling with this, but is leaning toward not supporting this.

Commissioner Durkin said he has been an active member in and a big supporter of DMMC.  He feels the staff missed out when the Village was not a member.  He said he has concerns but he feels they can be addressed with our Mayor's and Manager's involvement. He will support this.  He feels this is the time to be supportive of our involvement.  DMMC has a great deal of potential. There are 12 new leadership members with the election of 12 new mayors in DuPage County.  He said he has seen change since he's been involved in DMMC.  They review their costs and many of their goals reflect our concerns.  This is an unique opportunity for Downers Grove.

Commissioner Olsen asked about the fee structure.

Mr. Baloga said there are minimums and maximums. Communities where more than 25% of the population is in DuPage County, the rate is $.888 per capita up to the maximum of $36,776.40. Any community of approximately 41,400 or more would pay the maximum membership fee.

Mayor Tully said that Council has talked about the dues because this is not just a one-year membership.  This is charting a path for at least two years.  The Mayor said that when he was elected Mayor, DMMC reached out to him.  He started to realize that being with other DuPage Mayors provided opportunities to learn from each other and to speak with a voice of one million people.  This is important.  He started to hear that others attended meetings he was not part of, but he could benefit from their attendance at these meetings.  Staff brings the value of participation back to the Village.  The Mayor said that working on a regional basis can be very powerful.  He got involved to be able to make changes.  The Village can harness energy and get out of DMMC what it wants.

Mayor Tully said that in terms of the value of membership, he agrees it is both tangible and intangible.  He spoke of what can be done collectively that could not be done individually.  The Mayor then addressed the changes that led the Village to rejoin DMMC after leaving it.  There is an unique leadership opportunity and many new members.  This is a prime opportunity to lead, which is something the Council discusses.  In terms of the staff time committed to this, there are a number of staff involved in DMMC.  He feels it is a worthwhile investment.  He spoke of leadership roles taken by staff in other organizations.  We applaud them for their involvement.  We should embrace this as well rather than be critical of it.

Commissioner Olsen said he appreciated the Mayor's comments, and he thanked Mayor Pradel for attending tonight's meeting.  He said he is always concerned with fiscal responsibility.  He wants DMMC to communicate with him and he would like to be involved.  He is leaning toward supporting this.

The Mayor responded that Council should always look at the cost.

Commissioner Durkin noted that there are a number of committees.  He urged Council members to get involved.

The Mayor said he will challenge Council members to participate.

Commissioner Olsen responded that he would enjoy being involved and, due to his work schedule, he will work with others to see if that could be arranged.

Mayor Tully thanked Mayor Pradel and Mr. Baloga for attending the meeting and for their comments.

Dr. Goodman said he is glad to see the Village participating in this conference.  He hopes the Village will continue their involvement.  He feels that intergovernmental cooperation at the regional level is very important.

Tom LeCren, 545 Chicago Avenue, referenced recent legislation giving two counties in the State, one of which is DuPage, the ability to create a stormwater fee. DuPage did not get the right to allow a referendum.  He asked where DMMC stood on this issue.

The Mayor said the legislation was primarily championed by Chairman Cronin on behalf of DuPage County.  DMMC  was and continues to be involved in the Chairman's office to make sure the municipalities in the County have a voice in whatever comes of this legislation.  The legislation gave the authorization to remove any legal barriers for DuPage County to potentially put in a stormwater utility.  The legislation did not put a stormwater utility in place.  DMMC took a position and communicated with the Chairman's office because all the municipalities are very concerned about the impact of this and want to have a voice.  Downers Grove is concerned because we already have a stormwater utility and we do not want to have two.  The other County addressed is Peoria and they did not have any kind of a stormwater management program, which is why there is a need for a referendum to give them the ability to raise funds to support a stormwater program.  DuPage County, although not funding stormwater projects with a fee, has a stormwater management program in place.  There is no need for a referendum as they have already been authorized to have such a program.  The discussion in DuPage County is whether the program will be paid for through property taxes or through a fee.  DMMC has been involved in speaking on this issue on behalf of municipalities from the very beginning and will continue to do so.  If done right, this will be a positive thing.  The concern is how it is going to be done.  The bill allows this debate to take place.

Mr. Baloga added that the Conference's position on this was an attempt to have an amendment to the bill that would give the referendum authority in Peoria County also to residents in DuPage County.  That amendment did not pass; however, it is still the foundation of the Conference's position to make sure municipal residents and officials would continue to have a voice in this matter.  He said the conversations with Chairman Cronin's office have been positive so far.

Greg Bedalov, Choose DuPage, said that from an economic development standpoint regionalism is becoming more and more important.  He supports this item.

Mr. Falesch spoke regarding the cost of the lobbyist hired by the Village.  He said he thinks membership in DMMC is a good thing to do.

Mr. Fieldman said the Village hired a lobbyist for two years.  The Village invested $72,000 and received $10 million in return.        Indexes: DuPage Mayors & Managers

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

Sponsors: Public Works

Summary of Item: This accepts the updates to the Downers Grove Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan dated March 2013,

prepared by Sam Schwartz Engineering. M anager Fieldman said staff has no further update on the plan.  He noted that Commissioner Barnett is absent and suggested that this could be discussed at a later date.

Dr. Goodman said he is glad to see the revisions to the plan.  It is timely and he supports moving ahead with this.  He is happy to see it is phased.  He said he is concerned with the pedestrian portion of the plan.  He thinks there is a missing element of the pedestrian goals of the community.  He spoke of cul de sacs, describing them as inefficient, unfriendly, and awkward for pedestrians.  He would like to see a planning component for Community Development as it relates to subdivisions.  He asked if it would be possible to have paths leading from cul de sacs or subsidiary paths.  The Village has some rights-of-way that are undeveloped and could be used for paths.  This plan was developed mainly by Public Works.  Community Development should also be involved.

The Manager said that the team working on this included Public Works and Community Development.  Some issues could be seen in the updated Subdivision Ordinance.

Commissioner Rheintgen noted that accepting this does not create action.

Commissioner Olsen asked if this will be on another agenda for discussion.  He has some comments he will offer at that time.

Mr. Fieldman said he will reach out to Commissioner Barnett.  Indexes: Bikeway Plan

9. Mayor's Report

Materials to be Placed on File

10. Manager's Report

11. Attorney's Report

Village Attorney Enza Petrarca said she was presenting one item to Council:  An ordinance amending provisions for the administration of electrical testing.

Future Active Agenda

12. Council Member Reports and New Business

Mayor Tully asked if the Council would be agreeable to moving Council Reports earlier on the agenda.  Council members agreed to this.

Commissioner Rheintgen announced two deadlines:  The deadline for filing with FEMA for disaster assistance is July 9.  The deadline for the July 4 parade is June 13.

Commissioner Durkin said Coffee With The Council will be held on June 15 at McCollum Park at 9:00 a.m. in the concession area.

Commissioner Olsen said Wednesday, June 12 is the annual Bike to Metra event.  He noted that his cousin, Mark, attended tonight's meeting.

Commissioner Neustadt announced Music on Main on Sundays during June and July from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. He invited people to come enjoy the music on Main Street.

Mayor Tully congratulated Police Chief Bob Porter on his upcoming initiation as President of the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association.  The Mayor said there are eight days until the Rotary GroveFest.  He wished the Blackhawks good luck.

13. Adjournment

Commissioner Durkin moved to adjourn.  Commissioner Neustadt seconded the Motion.

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried by voice vote, and the meeting adjourned at 8:53 p.m.