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October 08, 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.

Mayor Tully asked that Item #5 on the Agenda be moved to the end of the Agenda, as he may have to leave early.

3. Minutes of Council Meetings

Council Meeting - October 1, 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.

Police Department Presentation

Mayor Tully asked Police Chief Robert Porter to present the Awards.

Police Chief Bob Porter announced that several weeks ago citizens were recognized for their assistance to the Police. Tonight several Police Department officers will be recognized.  Chief Porter then announced a special award to Village Attorney Enza Petrarca, which, he said, was long overdue as she is a phenomenal resource to the Police Department.  She has always been there for him, and he presented her with the Chief's Award.  She also negotiated three union contracts successfully.

Police Lt. Shanon Gillette announced the awards to several individuals including: Officer Drew Barczak, Officer Tom Powers, Sgt. Mike Devries; Dispatcher Mike Chuffo.  He described the situation that occurred on June 27, 2012 when Dispatcher Chuffo received a 911 call for a non-breathing 62-year-old man.  He guided the caller in CPR.  Officers Barczak, Powers and Devries continued CPR upon their arrival, and the victim was then transported to Good Samaritan Hospital.  He survived due to the teamwork displayed by the participants.

Lt. Gillette then introduced Sgt. Rick Johnson who, on May 14, 2012, was the first officer to arrive on the scene to an unresponsive driver.  He applied AED and the victim was transported to the hospital by paramedics with a pulse and heartbeat.

Lt. Gillette introduced Officer Jeff Giermann, who on November 28, 2012, responded to a suicide call.  A distraught, elderly woman was found seated on a fourth floor ledge.  Officer Giermann was able to talk with the victim, and carry her to safety.

Officer Jeff Mirtz responded to a suicidal subject on January 14, 2013, where he  found an individual threatening to jump off a bridge.  Officer Mirtz engaged the subject through conversation, and eventually subdued the subject.  Officer Mirtz was presented with the Award of Valor.

Chief Porter then thanked those officers for their work in saving the lives of these individuals, saying that it was humbling for him to be their Chief.

Mayor Tully thanked the  Chief for the presentations, saying he is proud to have Downers Grove's finest protecting the Village. Proclamation

Mayor Tully proclaimed the week of October 6-12, 2013 as Fire Prevention Week in the Village of Downers Grove.  Chief Jackson accepted the Proclamation from the Mayor on behalf of the Fire Department.

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

Dr. Gordon Goodman, 5834 Middaugh, spoke regarding the fall pre-planting in the Village.  He said that many of the trees seem to be replacements and asked about the tree replacement program.  He also asked about the planting of new trees.  Dr. Goodman spoke of the parkway areas that do not have trees where residents would like to have trees, and asked if the program is continuing in the Village.

Village Manager Dave Fieldman said he would meet with Dr. Goodman and will prepare a follow-up report to the Council.

Brian Deady, 6508 Hathaway, asked about recycling containers in the downtown area.  He said he spoke earlier about this, and was following up on the matter.  Deputy Village Manager Mike Baker said that staff is in the process of preparing a response to his request.

Jim Crawford, 201 66th Street, thanked the Council for the police presentation service.  He also thanked the Council for the budget process on Saturday.  The noted that the Council is reaching out to religious organizations; however, the churches are not yet swaying the Council regarding stormwater utility.  The churches still believe that it is a fairness issue.  They also want to speak about the economic impact that churches have on society today.  He said they have asked Amy Schachman from Partners for Sacred Places to address the issues.

Amy Schachman, Partners for Sacred Places, said the mission of Partners for Sacred Places is to help churches and other organizations as to their economic impact on communities.  Their "Halo effect" is a study conducted in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy.  How do houses of worship serve communities? They identified 50 factors ranging from social services, tourism, green space, etc.  They find that adding up the 50 factors they have identified shows that the average house of worship in a year contributes $4.3 million to the community in which it exists.  She indicated that new fees have a significant impact and cut into individual church services.  She encouraged the Council to look at the net impact.

Mayor Tully replied the Council understands that the Village's faith-based not-for-profit organizations make contributions to our community.  That is undisputable.  He said that they understand that there is a new economic impact on churches by way of the stormwater utility.  He stated that he would like to focus on a tailored, focused solution.  The Village will continue to discuss this.  He appreciates the impact studies conducted and understands how they are done.  However, he already knows that there is a positive impact on the community by the faith-based not-for-profits.

5. Council Member Reports

This item was moved to the end of the meeting.

6. Public Hearings

7. Consent Agenda

BIL 00-05357 A.  List of Bills Payable:  No. 6076, October 8, 2013

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

RES 00-05371 B.  Resolution:  Authorize an Agreement with B&W Control Systems Integration, LLC

Sponsors: Public Works

Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND B&W CONTROL SYSTEMS INTEGRATION, LLC

 

RESOLUTION 2013-59 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: SCADA

MOT 00-05360 C.  Motion:  Authorize the Purchase of Desktop Computers from CDS Offices Technologies in an Amount Not to Exceed $71,268.00

Sponsors: Information Services A motion was made to Authorize this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Computers

MOT 00-05373 D.  Motion: Authorize the Purchase of Laptop Computers from Hewlett Packard in an Amount Not to Exceed $13,760.04

Sponsors: Information Services A motion was made to Authorize this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Computers

RES 00-05364 E.  Resolution:  Authorize an Agreement with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois

Sponsors: Human Resources

Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD OF ILLINOIS

 

RESOLUTION 2013-60 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Insurance - Health, Employee, Employee Benefits

RES 00-05365 F.  Resolution:  Authorize an Agreement with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois for Stop Loss Coverage

Sponsors: Human Resources

Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD OF ILLINOIS FOR STOP LOSS COVERAGE

 

RESOLUTION 2013-61 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Insurance - Health, Employee, Employee Benefits

RES 00-05366 G.  Resolution:  Authorize Renewal of a Group Dental and Vision Contract with Delta Dental of Illinois

Sponsors: Human Resources

Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING RENEWAL OF A GROUP DENTAL AND VISION CONTRACT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND DELTA DENTAL OF ILLINOIS

 

RESOLUTION 2013-62 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Insurance - Health, Employee, Employee Benefits

RES 00-05370 H.  Resolution:  Authorize an Agreement with Humana

Sponsors: Human Resources

Summary of Item: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND HUMANA

 

RESOLUTION 2013-63 A motion was made to Pass this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Insurance - Health, Employee, Employee Benefits

MOT 00-05367 I.  Motion:  Authorize a Building Permit Fee Waiver of $6,487.00 to Little Friends, 2302 Wisconsin Avenue

Sponsors: Community Development Commissioner Rheintgen commented on the building permit waiver for Little Friends, which is a great non-profit organization that does good work.  She noted that the improvements they are making are partially funded by CDBG funds.  A motion was made to Authorize this file on the Consent Agenda. Indexes: Fee Waiver

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

8. Active Agenda

MOT 00-05351 A.  Motion:  Approve a Labor Agreement with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council Sergeants Lodge 73-2

Sponsors: Village Attorney

Summary of Item: This adopts the collective bargaining agreement negotiated with the Illinois Fraternal order of

Police Labor Council Sergeants Lodge 73-2, effective March 7, 2013 - April 30, 2016. B ill Waldack, 1409 Willard, asked about Article 24 on wages.  He asked for an explanation of the timetable, saying that it appears as though the back pay goes to May 2013.

Mr. Fieldman replied that Mr. Waldack is referring to the wage deferral clause.  The CAFR comes out in April every year and effects wages scheduled to be implemented in the following month, May.

Mr. Waldack then said that the 2013 wages would go into effect tonight, and the next CAFR would come out in March/April of 2014.  He said that the contract is highly front-loaded.  He wondered what the comparables were.  He said he was unsure that other communities had that type of comparable. It is highly unlikely that a disaster will ever take place in 2013.  He categorized the 2013 raise as a certainty.  When the 2014 CAFR comes out that will probably be implemented as well.  If the Illinois General Assembly reduces the income tax it won't be in time for the 2013 CAFR.  From the Long Range Financial Plan and budget, the Village has already set aside funds if a disaster occurs.  He said they are moving $60,000 from the general funds to risk management for various disasters and contingencies, but they have front loaded this contract, which he calculates to be a savings of about $22,000.  That seems like a lot of early expense and betting on what is unlikely to happen with this contract.  He thanked the Police Department and Sergeants for the great work and their bargaining unit for a job well done.  To the Village Council that negotiated this deal and opened a way for losing in arbitration, he said "shame on you."

Commissioner Neustadt commented that the Village's organization is made up of exceptionally high-performing employees.  They put themselves on the line, and this contract was negotiated in good faith.  The ability to have management and employee rights that are equally important is necessary.  This contract comes with a unique clause that handles sustainability of future wages as well as looks at a creative way to handle some future things.  He said it is important to know that these employees, on both sides, did not want to be negotiators, and they are excellent at their work.  He said this contract is appropriate and can be used as a stepping off point to achieve other needs of the organization.

Commissioner Rheintgen said she was pleased to support this contract.  It shows there is cooperation and compromise on both sides of the table.  It is a fair agreement that pays appropriately and provides safeguards.  She thanked Commissioner Barnett for bringing this concept forward.  There has been a lot of foreshadowing by the State that they may whittle away on the shared-State revenue.  This contract gives the Village the gift of time.

Commissioner Hosé commented that there are a lot of good things to say about this contract, including that it brings the Village closer to comparable municipalities and allows us to be competitive in attracting talent.  He will vote in favor of it but with reservations.  All of our Police officers serve Downers Grove with distinction.  His criticism is with the Council.  The Council is a model of government efficiency.  However, he feels that by including the wage deferral component the Council here is turning the police sergeants into an insurance company.  This is irresponsible, and the issue comes down to what we pay to take risks.  He represents unions in his day-job and knows that no union concession comes without a price.  The last contracts were 5% over 3 years.  This is 8.75% over three years, or 2.92% a year.  This translates to $30,000 of our taxpayers' money spent to insure against an event that will not happen in more than 9 out of every 10 years.  The Village should investigate alternatives such as purchasing insurance or holding that amount in reservies.  This action is fiscally irresponsible.

Commissioner Barnett said that the contract tells our staff that we value our employees and he is proud to vote in favor of it tonight.  The best thing is to have employees start here and want to stay here.  He is pleased to support this contract and is proud of both management and contract representatives.  In the event of large unforeseen circumstances, this allows the Village to defer wages.   It represents an effort to try to attract and retain people.  Commissioner Barnett noted that change is not easy.  It builds on our efforts to be sustainable and provide excellent municipal services.  It is a recognition that we are in this together.  He said that this contract defines value clearly and uniquely.  We are beginning to recognize that we succeed or fail as a team.  He thanked the Sergeants and Village management staff for their work.

Mayor Tully responded that this wage proposal is within the range of acceptable outcomes and appropriate to the organization, and he will vote in favor of it.  He is displeased with the process. There was unnecessary delay, risk, cost and undue emphasis on ideology.  He will vote in favor of it.  He believes the end was achieved in spite of the obstacles they had to face.    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: Y ea: Commissioner Barnett, Commissioner Durkin, Commissioner Rheintgen, Commissioner Neustadt, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen and Mayor Tully  Indexes: Police Contract

RES 00-05359 B.  Resolution:  Amend the Downers Grove Compensation Plan by Adopting a Revised Plan Effective October 8, 2013

Sponsors: Human Resources

Summary of Item: This approves the Compensation Plan effective October 8, 2013.

A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE DOWNERS GROVE COMPENSATION PLAN BY ADOPTING A REVISED PLAN EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 8, 2013

 

RESOLUTION 2013-64 C ommissioner Barnett commented that he is encouraged that the Village is recognizing the team effort.  The team has performed very well.

Commissioner Hose said he will support this.  It is necessary and appropriate that people know that they are valued.

Commissioner Neustadt said that the Village is developing an employment compensation strategy as part of the Long Range Plan.  This and the earlier item are part of the first steps to retain and attract excellent and high quality staff members.    A motion was made by Commissioner Durkin, seconded by Commissioner Neustadt, 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: Compensation Plan

RES 00-05350 C.  Resolution:  Provide for the Issuance of Revenue Bonds, Midwestern University, by the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Glendale, Arizona

Sponsors: Manager's Office

Summary of Item: This approves the issuance of Series 2013 bonds for Midwestern University in the aggregate principal amount not to exceed $95,000,000 by the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Glendale, Arizona.

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE ISSUANCE BY THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE, ARIZONA OF ITS REVENUE BONDS, MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY, IN ONE OR MORE SERIES AND IN AN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $95,000,000 WITH RESPECT TO FACILITIES OF MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY LOCATED IN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE, DUPAGE COUNTY, ILLINOIS; AND APPROVING CERTAIN RELATED MATTERS

RESOLUTION 2013-65 M ayor Tully said he will abstain from voting on this matter. This is a re-issuance of bonds that will be refunding existing bonds.  The newly issued bonds will be sold in private placement and the bank purchasing the bonds is one that his firm, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, does works for.  Although there is no conflict or benefit to him, or to his firm, he will not participate in any discussion on this item and will abstain from the vote.

Commissioner Barnett said that this is a procedural legal requirement.   A motion was made by Commissioner Olsen, seconded by Commissioner Neustadt, 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 and Commissioner Olsen  Abstain: Mayor Tully  Indexes: Bond Issue, Midwestern University

ORD 00-05352 D.  Ordinance:  Rezone a Portion of Property Located at 225 Ogden 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 225 Ogden 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 A PORTION OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 225 OGDEN AVENUE

ORDIANNCE NO. 5337 A motion was made by Commissioner Olsen, seconded by Commissioner Neustadt, 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: Rezone 225 Ogden - R-4 to B-3

ORD 00-05353 E.  Ordinance:  Vacate a Certain Portion of a Public Alley Right-of-Way Located at 225 Ogden Avenue

Sponsors: Community Development and Plan Commission

Summary of Item: This vacates a certain portion of an unimproved alley right-of-way located at 225 Ogden Avenue.

AN ORDINANCE VACATING A CERTAIN PORTION OF A PUBLIC ALLEY RIGHT-OF-WAY IN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE (A PORTION OF A PUBLIC ALLEY LOCATED AT 225 OGDEN)

ORDINANCE NO. 5338 A motion was made by Commissioner Durkin, seconded by Commissioner Neustadt, 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: Vacation - Alley

ORD 00-05354 F.  Ordinance:  Authorize a Special Use for 225 Ogden Avenue to Permit a Side-by-Side Drive-Through

Sponsors: Community Development and Plan Commission

Summary of Item: This authorizes a special use for 225 Ogden Avenue to permit a side by side drive-through.

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A SPECIAL USE FOR 225 OGDEN AVENUE TO PERMIT A SIDE-BY-SIDE DRIVE-THROUGH

ORDINANCE NO. 5339 A motion was made by Commissioner Durkin, seconded by Commissioner Neustadt, 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 - 225 Ogden Avenue

RES 00-05355 G.  Resolution:  Authorize a Final Plat of Subdivision for 225 Ogden Avenue

Sponsors: Community Development and Plan Commission

Summary of Item: This approves the final plat of subdivision for the property located at 225 Ogden Avenue.

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE FINAL PLAT OF SUBDIVISION FOR 225 OGDEN AVENUE

RESOLUTION 2013-66 A motion was made by Commissioner Durkin, seconded by Commissioner Neustadt, 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: Subdivision - 225 Ogden

9. First Reading

ORD 00-05372 A.  Ordinance:  Increase the Number of Off-Premise Consumption Liquor Licenses

Sponsors: Village Attorney Village Attorney Enza Petrarca said that this ordinance amends the Liquor Ordinance and increases the number of P-1 packaged liquor licenses from 17 to 20.  All 17 licenses have been issued.  Staff has received additional requests, and Walgreens and CVS have increased their stock from beer and wine to full liquor.  She indicated this is for the retail sale of alcohol for off-premise consumption. Indexes: Liquor Ordinance Amendments

RES 00-05356 B.  Resolution:  Authorize a Memorandum of Understanding with the Downers Grove Park District

Sponsors: Public Works N an Newlon, Director, Public Works, said this resolution concerns the dredging of Barth Pond.  Ms. Newlon explained that it is a six-acre pond located at Patriots Park on 55th Street.  She said that the pond is jointly maintained by the Park District and the Village through a 1987 intergovernmental agreement.  Sediment has displaced water and degraded the quality of the water. A request for qualifications was issued.  Proposals were requested and Merrell Brothers' proposal was determined to be most satisfactory both for cost and the quality of their work.  The Park District will contract with Merrell Brothers, and the work is projected to take about three months.  The Village will make a payment of $1,587,206.

Mr. Fieldman stated that this is a guaranteed amount contract with no change orders.

Commissioner Rheintgen asked how long this would last before it would have to be done again.  Ms. Newlon said it has lasted 35 years.  They foresee that this will last longer than the pond is old now.

Commissioner Barnett asked if this construction would be done like any other construction, meaning during normal hours and normal construction site rules.

Mr. Fieldman said this has to conform to the Village's construction rules and regulations.

Commissioner Barnett asked about impact on stormwater storage and Ms. Newlon said it should not impact stormwater storage.  Commissioner Barnett then commented that this is a pre-existing condition established 25 years ago.  The Mayor responded that it is a pre-existing obligation.

Commissioner Durkin questioned whether the waste is a special waste.

Ms. Newlon said the price is based on the assumption that it is special waste, but if, after testing, it is determined not to be, then the Park District would refund money to the Village.  Commissioner Durkin then asked about liability to which Ms. Newlon replied that the liability would stay with the owner, the Park District.

Commissioner Olsen asked whether the capacity of the pond to hold stormwater is impacted by the current conditions of the sediment in the pond.  Ms. Newlon said it is not.  Commissioner Olsen said the pond is currently working as it should be.  Ms. Newlon agreed.  This project improves the water quality.  Commissioner Olsen said he just wanted that point to be very clear.  The pond is not currently performing in a subpar manner in its capacity to hold stormwater.      Indexes: Park District

ORD 00-05368 C.  Ordinance:  Adopt the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget in Lieu of Passage of an Appropriation Ordinance

Sponsors: Manager's Office M r. Fieldman said the budget review process began last Saturday.  Tonight staff will present information on the Ogden and Downtown TIF Funds.  He introduced Deputy Village Manager Mike Baker to discuss this matter.

Deputy Village Manager Mike Baker referred to page 4-34 of the budget book, which is available online.  He said the downtown TIF fund for FY14 has revenues of $7.2 million and expenses of $3.1 million.  They do not anticipate any significant issues in 2014; however, he anticipates discussions in 2014 in long range planning sessions regarding the Downtown TIF.

Commissioner Barnett asked what opportunities the Village has to refinance.  Mr. Baker said he would provide that information to the Council.

The Mayor said it is something that could potentially be considered.

Mr. Baker then addressed the Ogden Avenue TIF on pages 4-36 and 4-37.  He said the Ogden Avenue TIF for FY14 has revenues of $557,000, and expenses of $1.6 million.  This fund operates differently than the downtown TIF, with a planned use of reserves.  It has accumulated a sizable reserve.

Mr. Fieldman then displayed the budget calendar, pointing out that participation and comments from the public are encouraged.  Indexes: Budget - 2014

10. Mayor's Report

New Business

RES 00-05369 Resolution:  Appoint Members to Boards and Commissions

Sponsors: Mayor

Summary of Item: This confirms the appointment of Anastasia Urban as Chair of the Plan Commission for a term expiring August 31, 2015.

 

A RESOLUTION APPOINTING ANASTASIA URBAN CHAIR OF THE PLAN COMMISSION

 

RESOLUTION 2013-67 C ommissioner Hosé congratulated Ms. Urban, saying she will serve the Village well as Chairman.

The Mayor said she has a unique background.  He is pleased she agreed to serve and thanked Mr. Webster for serving as interim Chair.    Indexes: Boards and Commissions

11. Manager's Report

12. Attorney's Report

Village Attorney Enza Petrarca said she was presenting two (2) items to the Council:  1)  An ordinance increasing the number of off-premise consumption liquor liceness; and 2)  An ordinance adopting the fiscal year 2014 budget in lieu of passage of an appropriation ordinance.

Council Member Reports

Commissioner Hosé announced the opening of the Institute of Training and Technology of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) on Saturday, October 5, 2013.  It is a wonderful facility located at 3300 Woodcreek.  He attended the opening with Mayor Tully, Commissioner Olsen and former Mayor and State Representative Ron Sandack.  It will be used by medical professionals and health technology manufacturers.  It has a bio-skills lab.  It is a 2,800 s.f. facility.  He welcomed ASGE to Downers Grove.

Commissioner Rheintgen thanked Mayor Tully and Commissioner Olsen for running in the Lester School Fun Run Sunday.  The Mayor said it was a great event attended by 135 people in the 5K.

Commissioner Olsen said that the Lester Fun Run was a great event.  He said he also attended the Midwestern University Health Screening Fair after the budget meeting. It is a great service.  He encouraged everyone to keep that on their October calendars.

Commissioner Durkin said he and the Mayor attended the Mayors for Manufacturing coalition, whose purpose is to maintain and attract good paying jobs.  He encouraged others to attend future events.

Commissioner Neustadt commented on the ASGE opening as well.  There may also be some opportunity for rental of that facility.   He then referred to Fire Prevention Week.  Night at the Firehouse takes place tomorrow evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  On Friday, October 11, the Silent Parade will take place, and arrives in Downers Grove about 7:00-7:15 p.m.  It is a striking parade.

13. Council Member New Business

Commissioner Barnett asked that some time be scheduled to discuss Boards and Commissions, regular meetings and perhaps opportunities to make some changes, and the use of eminent domain and condemnation.

Mayor Tully said that the Village has been considering holding a governance meeting for a long time.  He also discussed a super retreat with all taxing bodies getting together.

The Mayor thanked Commissioner Barnett for bringing this up.  He whole-heartedly supports this.

14. Adjournment

Mayor Tully asked for a Motion to adjourn.  Commissioner Neustadt moved to adjourn.  Commissioner Durkin seconded the Motion.

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried by voice vote, and the meeting adjourned at 8:29 p.m.