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October 06, 2015

 

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

Council Present:

Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner White, Commissioner Vattimo, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Olsen; Mayor Tully

Absent:

Commissioner Barnett

Non-Voting: 

Village Manager David Fieldman, Village Attorney Enza Petrarca, Village Clerk April Holden

The Council meeting is broadcast over the local FM radio station, WDGC. In addition, a tape recording and videotape of the meeting are being made using Village-owned equipment. The videotape of the meeting will be used for later rebroadcast of the Council meeting over the Village cable television Channel 6. 

The Council will follow the rules of conduct for this meeting as provided in Sec. 2.5 of the Downers Grove Municipal Code. These offer the public the opportunity to comment at several points in the meeting. First, immediately following approval of the minutes of past meetings, an opportunity will be given for public comments and questions of a general nature. 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 Active Agenda and the First Reading. 

The Mayor stated that at the appropriate time the presiding officers will ask if there are any comments from the public. Individuals wishing to speak, should raise their hand to be recognized and, after acknowledgment from the presiding officer, approach the microphone and state their name. Remarks should be limited to five minutes, and individuals are asked to 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

MIN 2015-6430 - A. Minutes:  Executive Session Minutes for Approval Only - August 18, 2015 and September 15, 2015

MIN 2015-6431 - B. Minutes:  Council Minutes - September 15, 2015

Motion:  Commissioner Olsen, seconded by Commissioner White moved to approve the minutes as presented.

Votes:  Yea: Commissioners Olsen, White, Waldack, Vattimo, Hosé; Mayor Tully

Nay: None

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried.

4. Proclamation

Mayor Tully proclaimed the week of October 4-15, 2015, as Fire Prevention Week in the Village of Downers Grove.

Fire Chief Jim Jackson thanked the Mayor for the Proclamation, noting that the Fire Department continues to provide fire education throughout our local schools.  He announced that tomorrow evening at Station 5 located at 67th and Main Street, the Fire Department will hold its annual Night at the Firehouse beginning at 6:30 p.m.  He further announced that on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., the annual Silent Parade will be held beginning in Hinsdale, and ending in Lisle at Trinity Lutheran Church.

5. Public Comments

This is the opportunity for public comments.

1.      Dr. Gordon Goodman, 5834 Middaugh, and representing the Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance said that they will hold their annual meeting on Thursday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m. in Lincoln Center located at 935 Maple.  Michael Lambert, Preservation Planner from Geneva, Illinois, will be their guest speaker on the success Geneva has had with historic preservation.  The meeting is open to everyone in the community.

2. Candace Hart, 5740 Walnut, said she has been a resident of the Village for 1-1/2 years.  She served 42 years in municipal government and wanted to discuss five items.  Ms. Hart asked whether Downers Grove has considered a citizens' police academy to integrate the public with the Police Department in a positive way.  She then addressed the topic of pollution, saying it is constantly in front of us, particularly with regard to lawn maintenance.  She said that there is a plume type of debris that surrounds leaf blowers, which generate pollution including noise pollution.  She said that Winnetka is looking into this issue.  She then referenced a study regarding particulate emission rates from leaf blowers. This can present problems for people who have allergic or asthmatic conditions.  Next, Ms. Hart commented on smoking, referencing a smoker in the semi-closed facility at the Belmont train station.  Finally, Ms. Hart asked for a Stop Sign at westbound College at Walnut near Bristol Apartments.

Mayor Tully thanked her for attending the meeting and he welcomed her to Downers Grove. 

 

6. Public Hearings

PUB 2015-6437 - A. Public Hearing:  DuPage County Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program

 

Mayor Tully called the public hearing to order at 7:20 p.m. to consider submittal of applications to DuPage County for community development block grant funding for the potential purchase of a home at 5631 Webster, including a vacant lot as a result of the April 2013 flooding event.  Notice of this hearing was published in the Downers Grove Suburban Life on September 23, 2015. 

 

The Mayor summarized the procedures to be followed for the public hearing. 

 

Village Manager Dave Fieldman asked Public Works Director Nan Newlon to make the presentation.

 

Nan Newlon, Director, Public Works, explained that as a result of a federal disaster declaration, DuPage County is receiving funding and a condition is that a public hearing be called.  She said that the Council previously approved the application.  Ms. Newlon referenced a map displaying the location of 5631 Webster, which is located in a floodway.  This would allow the Village to make future improvements to the Creek. 

 

Dr. Gordon Goodman commented that he strongly recommended acquisition of this property in the 1970s.  He congratulated the Village for taking this step, and referenced adjacent properties that the Village has pursued.  He encouraged the Council to continue to look for such properties, saying it is increasingly important to develop long-range plans and to further move forward over the next 40 years. 

 

There being no further commented from the public or the Council, Mayor Tully adjourned the public hearing at 7:27 p.m.

7. Consent Agenda

COR 2015-6432 - A. Claims Ordinance:  No. 6125, Payroll, September 4, 2015

 

BIL 2015-6433 - B. Bills Payable:  No. 6218, October 6, 2015

 

MOT 2015-6435 - C. Motion:  Authorize $18,388.20 to the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference for 2015-16 Dues

Summary:  This authorizes the dues payment for the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference

 

RES 2015-6438 - D. Resolution:  Authorize an Extension to the Agreement with SNI Solutions, Inc.

Summary:  This authorizes an extension of the 2014 contract to purchase Geomelt liquid deicing products from SNI Solutions Inc. of Geneseo, Illinois as a sole source supplier in an amount not to exceed $93,300. 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN EXTENSION TO THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND SNI SOLUTIONS, INC.

RESOLUTION 2015-64

 

MOT 2015-6441 - E. Motion:  Authorize the Purchase of Bulk Road Salt from Cargill Incorporated Salt Division, North Olmsted, Ohio, via the State of Illinois Contract

Summary:  This is for the purchase of bulk road salt from Cargill Incorporated Salt Division of North Olmsted, Ohio, for snow and ice control via the State of Illinois contract at a cost of $64.24 per ton and a not-to-exceed cost of $154,176.

 

MIN 2015-6434 - F. Minutes:  Note Receipt of Minutes of Boards and Commissions

Summary:  Architectural Design Review Board and Ad hoc Subcommittee on Historic Preservation - September 2, 2015; Library Board - August 26, 2015; Liquor Commission - September 3, 2015; Plan Commission - August 3, 2015 and September 3, 2015; Stormwater and Flood Plain Oversight Committee - June 11, 2015; Transportation and Parking Commission - July 8, 2015

 

Motion:  Commissioner Olsen moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.  Commissioner White seconded the motion.

Votes:  Yea: Commissioners Olsen, White, Waldack, Vattimo, Hosé; Mayor Tully

Nay: None

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried.

 

8. Active Agenda

MOT 2015-6419 - A. Motion:  Authorize a $20,000 Contribution to the DuPage Senior Citizens Council (DSCC) for the Meals on Wheels Program for FY 2015

Summary:  This authorizes a $20,000 contribution to the DuPage Senior Citizens Council (DSCC) for the Meals on Wheels Program in FY 2015.

Motion:  Commissioner Olsen moved to authorize the expenditure of $20,000 to fund the DuPage Senior Citizens Council (DSCC) for the Meals on Wheels Program from the FY 2015 budget.  Commissioner White seconded the motion. 

Dr. Gordon Goodman, 5834 Middaugh, congratulated the Council on moving this issue to a vote.  It is important to look again at programs that benefitted the community and were eliminated during the crisis of 2008-2010.  He is pleased to see the Village looking to the DuPage Senior Citizens Council and the services that they are providing in Downers Grove.

 

Commissioner Waldack thanked his colleagues who helped to bring this forward. Since he brought this forward the Council has authorized the spending of $1.8 million in one month.  At Coffee With the Council someone spoke in favor of Meals on Wheels, and reminded him of why funding stopped.  The economic crisis was not the reason this funding was stopped.  It was the core services ideology.  Core ideology is not appealing as it places things before people.  Commissioner Waldack said that the Council should not ignore segments of our community.  It is a good investment in our community and puts people first.  This serves elderly persons who live alone, and this action by the Council will send a clear message that we care about our residents.

 

Commissioner Hosé said at a time when others are abandoning their obligations, he is thrilled and proud that the Village is doing this and doing it with a balanced budget.

 

Commissioner Vattimo said this is a terrific partnership.  It helps so many people for little money.

 

Commissioner Olsen thanked Commissioner Waldack for his leadership on this issue.  This is a partnership between the public and private sector.  It is appropriate that all entities contribute to it.  He noted that the Village is not administering this program. 

 

Commissioner White said that he intends to fully support this.

 

Mayor Tully thanked the Council members for bringing this forward.  This has historically been done and it is appropriate to discuss this.  He said that this is an example of outsourcing, and the Motion is on a one-time basis.  He hopes the conversation continues. 

 

Votes:  Yea: Commissioners Olsen, White, Waldack, Vattimo, Hosé; Mayor Tully

Nay: None

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried.

 

9. First Reading

RES 2015-6439 - A. Resolution:  Authorize an Amendment to the Agreement with Allied Waste Services of North America, LLC

Deputy Village Manager Mike Baker said this is for a two-year extension of the solid waste contract, which includes maintaining existing sticker and cart prices and one Amnesty Day.  An optional downtown recycling program is also included for a fixed rate.  He said that a representative of Allied Waste is present.

 

Dr. Gordon Goodman, 5834 Middaugh, said he wanted to recognize Mr. Baker and the staff for getting this to the Council well before the expiration of the current contract.  He is pleased to see the extension to the downtown area as well.  He noted that Commissioner Vattimo has been working hard for this and he encouraged the Council to support this.

 

Commissioner Vattimo said she was very pleased that this was before the Council and she supports the recycling program.

 

Commissioner Hosé said he shares Dr. Goodman's enthusiasm for this item.  He thanked staff for including his question regarding trading the Amnesty Day for downtown recycling.

 

Mayor Tully said that the Village has flexibility going forward.

 

Commissioner Olsen said he is pleased to see this going forward as well and supports both Amnesty Day and the downtown recycling.  He is also pleased to see a two-year extension and no price increase to residents, as well as including Amnesty Day and recycling.

 

Commissioner Waldack said that several years ago there was a lot of public input and the Village got a good contract.  It is to the Village's advantage to extend the contract.  He supports recycling in the downtown area.  Regarding Amnesty Day he suggested one per contract.  Every year there is less put out on Amnesty Day.  He asked about the increase in the number of stickers for Amnesty Day and said he would like to see it go back to three stickers.

 

Commissioner  Commissioner White commented that he appreciates the expeditious way this is being handled.

 

Mayor Tully commented that he appreciated that we can do this in the existing budget.  The Village can continue a service that is satisfactory and can provide some additional services.

 

ORD 2015-6420 - B. Ordinance:  Authorize a Special Use for 1201 Ogden Avenue to Permit Construction of a Commercial Building with Drive-Through Use with a Variation

Stan Popovich, Director, Community Development, said that this is for a special use and variation for the site of the old Marathon gas station, and one other parcel.  The petitioner is proposing a one-story building containing two retail spaces for a fast casual restaurant and a bank.  Mr. Popovich explained that this includes approval of a drive-through for an ATM and a setback variation.  He described the traffic flow at the location, and explained that this site is in a commercial corridor.  The proposal meets special use standards and the variance standards.

 

Ryan Murphy, developer of the site, thanked staff, the EDC and the Council for their help in making this a reality.  It is a small but challenging site.  He is excited to be part of the community.

 

Commissioner Olsen asked whether there are two lots being combined, and Mr. Popovich said that they would be administratively consolidated. 

 

Commissioner Waldack commented on the drive-through, saying that this is an ATM drive-through which alleviates the sound/noise concerns.

 

Mayor Tully said he is glad to see this project come forward.  He supports both the special use and the variation.  He thinks that the traffic impact will be minimal.

 

ORD 2015-6421 - C. Ordinance:  Rezone the Downers Grove South High School Campus Located at 1436 Norfolk Street from R-1, Residential Detached House 1 to INP-2, Campus-Scale Institutional and Public District

 

Mr. Popovich addressed items C-G together, stating that the proposal is to rezone and adopt the Institutional Master Plan for Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South high schools. He said this would provide flexibility with the Sign Ordinance.  Downers Grove South at Dunham and 63rd Street will be rezoned to INP-2.  It is currently zoned residential.  He showed the outline of the campus, the setback and transition area.  He explained that the applicant has no plans to expand the campus in terms of enrollment or additional buildings.  They would like to install a monument sign at the location.  This is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, and rezoning standards have been met.

 

As for Downers Grove North, Mr. Popovich said it is located at Main and Grant, with a parking lot on the east side of Main Street.  This will rezone the entire campus.  They presently have a 50' monument sign and would request a 60' sign if it has to be replaced.  There are two areas of public right-of-way on two portions of Forest Avenue to be vacated, which he showed on an overhead projection.  The dedication and vacation are clean-ups.  He noted that the rezoning and INP standards have been met.

 

Tom LeCren, 545 Chicago Avenue, said he attended the Plan Commission meeting at which this was discussed.  He said that the positive recommendation applied only to the zoning and not to the Master Plan.  He thinks this is an end run around the Zoning Ordinance and asked for clarification.

 

Mayor Tully replied that it was contemplated that INP-2 zoning would allow things, which were not allowed under other zoning classifications.  The INP-2 category was to provide more flexibility for large-scale institutions.

 

Mr. Popovich added that the Master Plan was a part of the request before the Plan Commission and set up the bulk regulations.

 

Dr. Gordon Goodman, 5834 Middaugh, said he is pleased to see the institutional zoning moving forward.  In this case, both Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South are proposing no additional structures.  Any additional structures or improvements would have to go before the Plan Commission before a building permit would be issued.  He then referenced an item under New Business regarding electronic message board signs, and asked for a comment on the relationship between this and the two schools. 

 

Mayor Tully said that the school signage was discussed in the past.  If District 99 were to contemplate any new construction, it would go before the Plan Commission. 

 

Mr. Popovich said that was correct.

 

Commissioner White said he supported this application in all aspects.

 

Commissioner Waldack said that they have to remember that the lead-up to this was the sign, and it seems to him to be the impetus for this request as nothing else is contemplated at this time.  He will support the rezoning; however, he expressed concerns about the process and can understand concerns that have been expressed. 

 

Mayor Tully said that the zoning classification is broader than District 99 and may have nothing to do with the signs.  The INP category allows for flexibility within the campus. 

 

Commissioner Waldack asked whether the Village wants the property that they are planning to dedicate to the Village.  Mr. Fieldman replied that the Village does want the property.

 

Commissioner Olsen commented that he fully supports this.  The New Business Item is under Council Member New Business and was not requested by the District.  He feels it is an appropriate zoning classification and will ultimately serve the public, as well as encourage other institutional entities to move in this direction.

 

Commissioner Hosé said this is a great move for District 99 as it cuts down on the process and saves money.  He looks forward to supporting it.

 

Mayor Tully commented that this was created for all institutional entities and allows the Village to better partner with them to more mindfully plan for the future.  The flexibility may allow for a conversation about signage.  He is glad to see them applying for this rezoning. 

 

ORD 2015-6422 - D. Ordinance:  Adopt an Institutional Master Plan for the Property Located at 1436 Norfolk Street Commonly Known as the Downers Grove South High School Campus

 

ORD 2015-6423 - E. Ordinance:  Rezone the Downers Grove North High School Campus Located at 4436 Main Street from R-4, Residential Detached House 4 to INP-2, Campus-Scale Institutional and Public District

 

ORD 2015-6424 - F. Ordinance:  Adopt an Institutional Master Plan for the Property Located at 4436 Main Street Commonly Known as the Downers Grove North High School Campus

 

ORD 2015-6425 - G. Ordinance:  Vacate a Certain Portion of the Forest Avenue Right-of-Way Located Immediately South and North of and Adjacent to Downers Grove North High School Campus

 

10. Council Member New Business

MOT 2015-6443 - A. Motion:  Direct Staff to Prepare an Agenda Item Regarding a Zoning Text Amendment for Electronic Message Board Signs

 

Mayor Tully asked Commissioner White to introduce this item. 

Commissioner White said this is on the agenda to ask Council if they should reconsider the decision made in February regarding electronic signs.  In February 2015, School District 99 requested the Village Council to direct Village staff to draft a text amendment that would permit electronic message board signs for properties that are zoned INP-2, Campus-Scale Institutional and Public District.  At that time, the School District desired to place a single electronic message board sign at Downers Grove North High School and at Downers Grove South High School.  The request to authorize the preparation of the text amendment failed by a 3:4 vote by the prior Council.  District 99 and staff spent a great deal of time and effort on this matter.  In April 2015, three new Council members were elected and there have been inquiries as to whether a vote at this time would have a different result due to the change in makeup of the Council.  Commissioner White said he decided it would be best to put this question to the Council on the record in order to provide a clear answer to this issue and to provide the same answer to the entire community.  Commissioner White said that until about a month ago he liked the idea of electronic signs, similar to the one at Hinsdale Central, but only at North and South high schools.   He did not want the right extended generally to all institutional zoning categories or extended elsewhere. 

However, in June 2015, the US Supreme Court very significantly altered the landscape on this.  It issued a decision in Reed v. City of Gilbert that struck down the municipal sign ordinance in Arizona.  It raises numerous complex issues regarding the ability of municipalities to distinguish between different kinds of speech when adopting sign ordinance regulations.  After thinking about this, Commissioner White said he feels that if an exception is created for our high schools on electronic signs, we would risk giving a federal judge the opportunity to require that similar signs be required elsewhere in the Village.  He said he knows people who believe that restrictions on electronic signs in general should be loosened.  But he hopes that Council can agree that a loosening of such restrictions should not occur as the unintended consequence of allowing signs for the high schools.  He would like to see an exception for the high schools, but it appears that what he would like to do is unconstitutional.  The decision in Reed v. Gilbert impacts the entire sign ordinance, not just the narrow issue of electronic sign boards.  Therefore, part of the 2015-2017 Long Range Plan includes a high priority action item to evaluate how the Reed court decision alters or changes the authority of the Village to regulate signs.  He feels it is imprudent for the Council to deliberate on the issue of electronic message board signs prior to the completion of this high priority action item.  It would be unproductive to debate this issue at this time without a meaningful result.  He asked if anyone on the Council disagrees with what he is saying, and whether any Council member supports prompt consideration of this issue.  

Motion:  Commissioner White moved that the Council direct staff not to spend staff time on the specific issue of electronic message board signs for the high schools until after the completion of the high priority action item regarding the application of Reed v. Gilbert to our sign ordinance.  Commissioner Olsen seconded the motion. 

Mayor Tully said he concurred with Commissioner White's analysis, saying it would be imprudent to act until they figure out how things will settle.  He noted that the Council has as a goal revisiting the Sign Ordinance, and they want to be mindful and deliberate in addressing this issue.  Procedurally, however, he has a fundamental problem with a Motion for a negative action and requested that Commissioner White withdraw the Motion. He invited the Council to state their position on this for the record.

 

Commissioner Hosé state that the Reed case unexpectedly turned things upside down.  The procedural question bothers him.  It seems superfluous.  He asked about the propriety to not act on an application for a change to the zoning code.  Is it possible to say that an application for an electronic sign will not be processed?

 

The Mayor said if we were to get a request, we would have to go through a process requiring staff to do some work.

 

Commissioner Olsen said he fundamentally disagrees with the Mayor's analysis of the Motion.  He strongly supports a clear Motion.  It is the Council's responsibility to answer this question clearly, definitively and on the record.  Of course we would adhere to the Zoning Ordinance processes if a petition was brought forth.  The most appropriate way to do so is through a Motion.

 

Mayor Tully said the Motion would have to be amended to take into account a petition brought forward.

 

Commissioner White said there are procedural issues.  He asked that Council consider deleting the first four words of his motion, "I move to direct staff" to "It is the sense of Council that staff not spend time...."  This does not bind anybody.  He agrees strongly with Commissioner Olsen that the Council should vote that we agree that our current sense of Council is that it is unwise and imprudent to address this issue at this time.  We are simply expressing the sense of Council.  The motion reads, "It is the sense of Council that staff should not spend time on the specific issue of electronic message board signs until after the resolution of the high priority action item pertaining to Reed v. Gilbert."  If someone walks in with a petition, we cannot tell them in advance that we won't consider it.  Commissioner White said the reason for bringing this matter forward is to make sure there is a clear expression of where we stand so that District 99 Board and staff members understand that it is probably not worthwhile to prepare a new presentation.   

Mayor Tully said the remaining Council members their thoughts. 

 

Commissioner Vattimo said that the Village cannot have electronic signs at this time.  There is a lot of discussion about signs.  She said she supports the signs, but the Village cannot do it at this time, and she agrees with Commissioner White's analysis. 

 

Commissioner Waldack said he does not have a problem with Commissioner White's motion.  He thinks a negative motion is positive.  To give a clear message not to work on electronic signs is a good idea.  He agrees with Commissioner White's analysis. 

 

Commissioner White said he is comfortable that all six members agree that it would be imprudent to deliberate this issue without a clear understanding of the Supreme Court decision.  He is prepared to withdraw his Motion. 

 

Mayor Tully said the Motion is withdrawn.  He said he has full faith and confidence that this will be figured out in time. 

 

Commissioner Olsen said he disagrees with this application of the Council Member New Business process without a Motion.  It is a crucial part of this process that we have a Motion.  This is not a report; it is asking for some action.

 

Commissioner White said that the New Business procedure may need some more governance discussion as to how it works. 

11. Mayor's Report

Mayor Tully reported out on several items:  The DuPage County Stormwater Committee met and discussed flood plain mapping.  The Flood Insurance Rate Maps were released in June 2015 for a 30-day comment period.  That period has ended and acknowledgment letters are now being sent out.  The next step will be a 90-day appeal process.  There are four criteria that can be appealed. 

Mayor Tully thanked the Downers Grove Music Club for donating a concert grand piano to the Downers Grove Public Library.  An inaugural concert is scheduled for tonight; many other concerts are planned. 

The Mayor said that there will be a budget meeting on Saturday, October 10 from 8:00 a.m. until noon at Fire Station 2.  He encouraged residents to attend, and noted that the budget document is online. 

The Mayor congratulated Brayor Teague who is a finalist for a Grammy award in the category of Music Educator. 

Mayor Tully said that the Village has received many accolades for many things.  He commented that recently Downers Grove ranked 7th in the entire country as the best place for Trick or Treating.  

Lastly, Mayor Tully congratulated Commissioner Vattimo on her 25th wedding anniversary.

12. Manager's Report

Mr. Fieldman commented on the exceptional leadership of Police Chief Robert Porter as he retires from the Village.  He will be greatly missed.

Mayor Tully added that Chief Porter's contribution can't be put into words.  The Village will reap the benefits of his work for many years to come.  He is a leader among leaders with a stellar career.  Huntley will greatly benefit having him as their new Chief.

Commissioner Hosé echoed the comments made, saying it is sad to see him go.  He has left well-trained police officers who will continue to serve the community well.  There are many other Chiefs who served under him.

Commissioner Waldack said that Chief Porter is a low-key leader, always ready to give credit where it was due.  The Department accomplished quite a bit under his leadership.  He was always cooperative and a team member.  It is a credit to the Police Department and to Chief Porter and what he has built when people comment about how safe Downers Grove is.  We have great opportunities to continue what he has started.

Commissioner Olsen said that Chief Porter has been a great leader and he appreciates the Chief's focus and effort to improve the organization and service with an eye to costs.  He shares the sentiments expressed by the Council, and thanked the Chief for his service. 

Commissioner White concurred with what has been said already, saying Chief Porter has given the Village many years of terrific service.

Commissioner Vattimo wished the Chief and his family well.

13. Attorney's Report

Pursuant to Section 2.5 of the Downers Grove Municipal Code, the following are presented for Village Council consideration:

 

  1. An ordinance authorizing a special use for 1201 Ogden Avenue to permit construction of a commercial building with drive-through use with a variation
  2. An ordinance rezoning the Downers Grove South High School campus located at 1436 Norfolk Street from R-1, Residential Detached House 1 to INP-2, Campus-Scale Institutional and Public District
  3. An ordinance adopting an Institutional Master Plan for the property located at 1436 Norfolk Street commonly known as the Downers Grove South High School campus
  4. An ordinance rezoning the Downers Grove North High School campus located at 4436 Main Street from R-4, Residential Detached House 4 to INP-2, Campus-Scale Institutional and Public District
  5. An ordinance adopting an Institutional Master Plan for the property located at 4436 Main Street commonly known as the Downers Grove North High School campus
  6. An ordinance vacating a certain portion of the Forest Avenue right-of-way located immediately south and north of and adjacent to Downers Grove North High School campus

 

14. Council Member Reports

Commissioner Olsen said that the Library Board met on September 23 and elected Wendee Greene as President by a unanimous vote.  He wished her and the rest of the Board well as they continue to serve the community.

Given tonight's discussion on New Business, Commissioner Olsen said he will review and familiarize himself even more closely with our rules and with Robert's Rules of Order rules in an effort to conduct future business in an orderly and transparent manner.  It is very important to follow proper procedure.  He urged his colleagues to look at the rules and familiarize themselves with them so that Council can more adequately and appropriately follow them to ensure that the people's business is conducted in an orderly and transparent manner.

Commissioner Waldack said that the 30th annual Crop Walk will take place on Sunday, October 18 at 1:30 p.m.  It steps off at 2:00 p.m. at Gloria Dei Church.  He noted that 75% of the funds go overseas to feed the hungry, while 25% of the funds remain in the community to groups such as local food banks, PADS, etc.  He asked people to consider participating. 

 

15. Adjournment

Commissioner Olsen moved to adjourn.  Commissioner White seconded the motion. 

Votes:  Yea: Commissioners Olsen, White, Waldack, Vattimo, Hosé; Mayor Tully

Nay: None

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 9:11 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

April Holden

Village Clerk