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March 14, 2017

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 Attendance (Present):  Commissioner Walus, Commissioner Earl, Commissioner Waldack, Commissioner White, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Barnett; Mayor Tully

Absent:  None

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 Consent Agenda, 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 2017-7297 - A. Minutes:  Council Minutes - March 7, 2017

 

MIN 2017-7300 - B. Minutes:  Executive Session Minutes for Approval Only - February 28, 2017

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

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried by voice vote.

4. Presentation

Economic Development Corporation Quarterly Report (EDC)

Michael Cassa, President and CEO, Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation, presented the EDC quarterly report.  He referenced the following projects of importance:  3 Corners Grill, Burlington Coat Factory, Chipotle, Flavorchem, Kirkland's, Lincoln, Nossa Brazilian Grill, PLZ Aeroscience, Packey Webb Ford, Skechers and Trio Restaurant. 

Mr. Cassa then highlighted the following retail centers:  640 Ogden Redevelopment, Butterfield Plaza, Finley Square, The Grove Shopping Center and Vequity Real Estate Redevelopment.  The Grove Shopping Center has 110,000 s.f. of space available. Vequity Real Estate Redevelopment is at the NW corner of Ogden and Main.  This petition will come before Council soon.

Regarding Home Rule Sales Tax, Mr. Cassa said in 2015 Home Rule Sales Tax revenue was $7.9 million; in 2016 it was $8.1 million, an increase of 2.66%.  The percent change in total municipal sales tax between 2015 and 2016 was -1.89% and after two state adjustments, the sales tax revenue was -3.70%.  Mr. Cassa compared the Village's revenues to those of eight different municipalities. 

Mr. Cassa discussed sales taxes by category for the first, second and third quarters of 2016.  Sales tax for General Merchandise increased 1.19% over 2015.  Food decreased 13.45 %; Restaurants increased 4.05%; Apparel increased 7.76%; Furniture and Appliances increased 21.64%; Lumber, Building and Hardware increased 4.41%; Automotive and Gas Stations decreased 6.34%; Drugs and Miscellaneous Retail increased 13.99%; Manufacturers increased 66.74%.  Mr. Cassa reviewed auto sales by selected brands for 2015 and 2016.  Sales predictions are slightly down for 2017.

EDC priorities are to request that AECOM update data to include 2016; develop a strategy for future redevelopment sites, track tenant inventory and leases through CoStar, continue to monitor retail and auto dealer trends, EDC e-alerts, continue to pursue opportunities in all sectors, and implement a partnership with DuPage Convention and Vistors Bureau.

Mr. Cassa introduced John Luka, EDC Chair.  He said Mr. Luka is a tremendous resource to the EDC and to him.

Mayor Tully expressed his appreciation to Mr. Cassa for the report.  With respect to the trade area comparison, the Mayor noted that the communities that saw an increase in sales tax have large malls.  He asked about the sales tax revenue for Lisle.  Mr. Cassa said there is very little retail in Lisle. 

The Mayor said we must keep attracting sales tax generating businesses to Downers Grove.  He said many of the EDC volunteers have a great deal of experience.  There is a need to focus on other revenue streams as well as a need to create places where retailers can be.

Mr. Cassa said there has been a lot of news about malls lately.  Approximately 300 are expected to close next year.  Open air centers are less risky.  He noted that most apparel stores are in malls.

Commissioner Waldack referenced the closing of Michaels and Ultra Foods. Michaels plans to keep a store in Downers Grove but this one was too big.  Ultra's situation is similar; it is a corporate decision. 

Mr. Cassa said the Ultra store was not making money.  He said he wishes we could influence these decisions.  He noted that the footprint of stores is getting smaller.

Commissioner Hosé said three of the eight communities in the comparison have seen a decline in sales tax revenue.  He asked as to the lessons to be learned.

Mr. Cassa said we won't know until we have the fourth quarter numbers and AECOM analyzes the data.

Commissioner White said online sales are skyrocketing, but brick and mortar continue at a lower rate.  Towns that do well will continue to do so.  It is important to be nimble and aggressive in increasing our market share.

Mr. Cassa said the question is how to make our sites more attractive.  That is true for many of our corridors including Ogden Avenue.  Increasing lot size is important for car dealerships.

Commissioner White said the Village is better off with Packey Webb instead of the Police Station at their site.  He said the EDC is doing a fabulous job selling the Village to the outside world.  It is the Village's job to have sites that retailers want.

Mr. Cassa said the EDC needs to do a better job of communicating the needs of potential tenants.  Tenants have many choices now.

The Mayor said we need development-ready sites.

Mr. Cassa thanked the Council and staff for their continued support. 

5. Public Comments

This is the opportunity for public comments.

Rich Kulovany, 6825 Camden, thanked the Village for co-sponsoring the Chicago Suburban Preservation Alliance meeting on Saturday.  He thanked Stan Popovich for his presentation.  The Village was well represented by many groups.  Mayor Tully presented the Frigo's with the landmark certificate for their home.  Mr. Kulovany also thanked Avery Coonley School for offering their site. 

Mayor Tully thanked Mr. Kulovany for all his efforts in coordinating this event.

Amy Gassen, 5320 Benton, said she and her husband will make a presentation at Emmett's Brewing Company on Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. on the history and significance of the American Foursquare.  This is sponsored by the Downers Grove Historical Society.  Ms. Gassen said there are approximately 130 American Foursquare homes in the Village.    

6. Consent Agenda

Mayor Tully asked that item B, MOT 2017-7277, a motion approving the updated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan, be removed from the consent agenda and considered separately.

 

BIL 2017-7298 - A. Bills Payable:  No. 6318, March 14, 2017

 

RES 2017-7276 - C. Resolution:  Authorize an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Village of Westmont regarding Water Service

Summary:  This authorizes an intergovernmental agreement with Westmont for water service. 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND THE VILLAGE OF WESTMONT REGARDING WATER SERVICE

RESOLUTION 2017-22

 

RES 2017-7308 - D. Resolution:  Authorize a Real Estate Contract for the Property Located at 5639 Webster Street

Summary:  This authorizes execution of real estate contracts for the property located at 5639 Webster Street for an amount of $260,000. 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A REAL ESTATE CONTRACT FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 5639 WEBSTER STREET, DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS 60516

RESOLUTION 2017-23

 

MIN 2017-7299 - E. Minutes:  Note Minutes of Boards and Commissions

Summary:  Liquor Commission - February 2, 2017

 

Motion:  Commissioner White moved to approve the Consent Agenda as amended.  Commissioner Waldack seconded the motion. 

Votes:  Yea: Commissioners White, Waldack, Walus, Earl, Hosé; Barnett; Mayor Tully

Nay: None

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried.

7. Active Agenda

MOT 2017-7277 - B. Motion:  Approve the Updated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan

Summary:  This approves the updated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan.

Motion:  Commissioner White moved to approve the Updated Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) Transition Plan, as presented.  Commissioner Waldack seconded the motion.

Commissioner Waldack said the ADA is important to many people, including himself.  He thanked this and previous Councils for their support of this item.  He also thanked the staff.  He noted that this mandated.  Staff has done a great job with the plan.  Staff has always helped him to be the best Council member he can be and he is appreciative of the help.  He thanked the general public for their courtesy.  Everyone at some time suffers some type of disability.  Traffic signals help with safety as do ramps.  He fully supports this plan.  He noted that the Village will take input from the public on this item. 

Votes:  Yea: Commissioners White, Waldack, Walus, Earl, Hosé, Barnett; Mayor Tully

Nay: None

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried.

 

ORD 2017-7262 - A. Ordinance:  Approve an Amendment to Planned Unit Development #9 to Allow Construction of a Medical Office Building at 1560 75th Street

Summary:  This amends ordinance No. 5047 designating Planned Unit Development #9 and authorizing construction of a medical office building at 1560 75th Street.  

AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT #9 TO ALLOW CONSTRUCTION OF A MEDICAL OFFICE BUILDING AT 1560 75TH STREET

ORDINANCE NO. 5604

 

Motion:  Commissioner White moved to adopt "An Ordinance Approving an Amendment to Planned Unit Development #9 to Allow Construction of a Medical Office Building at 1560 75th Street," as presented.  Commissioner Waldack seconded the motion. 

Votes:  Yea: Commissioners White, Waldack, Walus, Earl, Hosé, Barnett; Mayor Tully

Nay: None

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried.

8. First Reading

Dave Fieldman, Village Manager, introduced Stan Popovich, Director, Community Development.  He noted that Mr. Popovich is an expert in historic preservation.  He asked him to discuss the first two items.

RES 2017-7272 - A. Resolution:  Grant Historic Landmark Designation for 4836 Middaugh Avenue

Stan Popovich, Director, Community Development, said this is in the Prince Pond neighborhood.  It is a Gable Ell with Queen Anne characteristics.  The house complies with Section 12.302A of the criteria for landmark designation in that the house was constructed circa 1893, thus being over 50 years old as required by this section. 

Mayor Tully said he is thrilled to see this petition come forward.

 

RES 2017-7273 - B. Resolution:  Grant Historic Landmark Designation for 5099 Fairview Avenue.

Mr. Popovich said this is the Fairview Train Station at Fairview and Burlington Avenues.  The property has significant value as part of the historic characteristics of the community and as a source of civic pride for the community.  The construction is meant to convey a rural image of the Village.  The station has gambrel roof over the station master's quarters on the second floor.  Mr. Popovich noted that the station was built in 1916.

Mayor Tully said he likes to see us lead by example.

Mr. Kulovany thanked the Village for leading by example.  He encouraged other civic entities to come forward, especially the Historical Society.  The train station is a special place for those who grew up on the east side.

Commissioner Hosé said he enjoyed the staff report; it was a tremendous read.

 

REP 2016-6904 - C. Report:  Facilities Sustainability Plan Update

Mr. Fieldman asked Mike Baker, Deputy Village Manager, to introduce this topic.

Mike Baker, Deputy Village Manager, said this is part of a continued discussion.  He noted that extensive information is on the Village's website including a report with detailed information about the development proposals and a three-page executive summary. 

This represents the third public meeting.  This will also be the subject of the Coffee with the Council to be held on Saturday, March 18 at 9:00 a.m. in the Committee Room.  Comments can also be submitted to dgfacilities@downers.us.  This will be on the March 21 Active Agenda seeking Council direction.

Commissioner Barnett said he would like to continue to press forward.  He asked his colleagues to give serious consideration to the office building proposal.  Resident input he has heard reflects serious concerns about the residential proposals.  He said he could support either apartment building proposal. 

Commissioner Earl said we have been talking about this since 2007, but have never set money aside to do this.  Setting money aside gives us more options.  She does not see the need to move quickly at this time.  The current projects are still under construction.  She does not see why we are in a hurry especially with the VOC move in the Police Station that give them more room.  She feels we need to take time on this.  She would like to give this time to go through the natural course and review it in two years.

Commissioner Hosé said he does not understand the idea that we are rushing into this.  All four proposals have merits.  He was asked by a resident if he was a "do something" or a "do nothing" person.  The existing buildings are in significant disrepair.  Taxpayers are better off by doing something.  Costs will only rise in terms of labor, materials and interest rates.  The time to move is now.  We need to solve things in a responsible manner.

Mayor Tully said he welcomes a dialogue with different viewpoints.  His opinion is that this is long overdue.  He would hate not to act.  We asked for proposals and this is what we got.  We should not sit and wait.  The EAV is what matters, not the rents.  We have viable options.  This project is decades overdue.  Time will hurt us as costs will go up.  The cost of money will go up.  We increase the risk to a major maintenance issue.  He feels if we wait two years, one or two of the proposals will probably not be available.  He is adamant that we must go forward.  It would be irresponsible not to move forward.  The time has come to act.  The medical option will eliminate concerns about apartments, but those concerns are speculation.

Commissioner Earl said everyone liked the townhouses but, financially, it is the worst option.  Had we saved some money we could have chosen than option.  We are taking the first thing that fits.

Mayor Tully said money was set aside in terms of the Library funds, sidewalk funds and Fairview Avenue funds. 

Commissioner Earl said that is only since last year.

The Mayor said Council went out with an RFP and provided parameters of what we want.

Commissioner Walus said she feels her colleagues have valid points.  The opportunities are both wonderful and flawed.  The medical office building does not fit into our budget.  People need to decide if they are willing to pay for that option.  Feedback is that a high density building is not desirable.  She feels something needs to be done; we need to act.

Commissioner White said he does not have a position.  He supported going out for bid to determine whether they should spend $14 million on the Police Station.  He now feels spending $14 million is a bad choice.  He is grateful for the delay because without it we would have a Police Station on the Packey Webb site.  The only option that will go away by waiting is DuPage Medical. He said he is not sure townhomes are economically viable because the builder is not committing to buying all the parcels at one time.  He is very confident apartments would be viable in two years.  He said the question is whether the community is willing to pay higher taxes for less density.

Commissioner Waldack said he is deeply concerned about the future.  Things could get worse.  We cannot predict the future.  We need to look at revenues, expenses and services.  Timing is everything.  He would like a rough estimate of what the options would cost taxpayers.

Commissioner White noted that the report includes information as to tax increases.

Commissioner Hosé said the February 28, 2017, Council responses gives the financial impact of each development to an average homeowner. 

Commissioner Waldack said we need resident to give their opinions. 

Commissioner Barnett said we are prepared for chance.  We know we have four proposals and we are very prepared.  The question is how much money we want to spend.  Every plan since 2007 spent new or re-levied tax dollars.  It is time to move forward.  We know the costs.  No decision should be made due to lack of clarity or information.  This has been well thought out and well laid out.

Commissioner Earl said the character of the downtown will change just by the number of units that will come online in the next 18 months.  We do not want to add to potential problems.  Two years gives us protection and time to assimilate our new residents into the downtown area.  She wants to be sure this fits the character of the downtown.

Commissioner Barnett said he shares Commissioner Earl's concerns.  This will not get cheaper.  It will be a more expensive venture if we wait.

Mayor Tully said there is an option that does not add people.  The medical building does not add any people.  He spoke of the character of a medical building vs. the current building.  A big consideration is the cost.

Commissioner Barnett noted that with the medical center, we would be retaining parking.

Commissioner Hosé said Commissioner Earl raises good points about a changing downtown.  It is a matter of how much and which is the better change.  Regardless of the choice, we have more control because we own the property.

Steve Frost, 945 Burlington Avenue, #405, asked the Council to reject the high density proposals due to traffic concerns. 

Jon Povlivka, 6016 Washington, said he tried to grasp the size of this development.  There is nothing quite as large as this downtown.  Residence at the Grove is similar.  It is a very nice community built on 16 acres.  The density at the Civic Center is enormous as this is three acres.  Looking only at revenue is not responsible. 

Mayor Tully said lower density means high costs.

Mike Laureto, 518 Blackburn Court, said that almost everything we do is a tax increase.  We are investing in our town.  He is in favor of the medical center.

Mary Blanchard, 421 Franklin, said she wants to address spending money on taxes.  In context, it is a way to reinvest in our community.  DuPage Medical Group is one of the top medical groups in the country.  An apartment building will change the character of the Village whether it is now or two years from now.

Mayor Tully said the dialogue will continue.

 

ORD 2017-7244 - D. Ordinance:  Update the Village's Comprehensive Plan

Director Stan Popovich said he would review the Plan beginning with Section 9 to the end; Key Focus Areas, Implementation, Goals and Objectives.    

 

Section 9 contains graphics of the Belmont/Ellsworth Park areas included in pp. 100-103.  Mr. Popovich said there were no significant changes to Butterfield Road, pp. 112-115 or to Fairview Avenue.  

 

Regarding the Downtown Area, pp. 104-111, Mr. Popovich said there were Council discussions regarding this in July and October 2016.  The Comprehensive Planning Ad Hoc Committee and Plan Commission each provided introductory paragraphs.  Catalyst sites have been moved and the Downtown functional subarea has been identified.  Recommended changed by the Comprehensive Planning Ad Hoc Committee and Plan Commission can be found on page 111.

Regarding Ogden Avenue, pp. 116-119, the area is shown as one corridor with several nodes of activity.  He discussed catalyst site changes. 

 

Regarding 63rd Street, pp. 126-127 and 130, Mr. Popovich said this is a new focus area. It is one catalyst site, with three nodes of commercial properties.

 

Mr. Popovich said 75th Street, pp. 128-129 and 131, is also a new focus area.  He noted that the Shopping Center has experienced some closures.

 

Changes to Section 10, Implementation, pp. 132-143 includes program descriptions.

 

The only changes to Goals and Objectives, pp. 144-167, are minor edits and stylistic changes.

 

Commissioner White said he has comments on pp. 164-165.

 

Mr. Fieldman said he anticipates continuing this discussion next week.

 

Commissioner Waldack suggested discussing the Downtown Area next week. 

 

Mayor Tully said with respect to the key concepts for the Belmont Focus Areas, this is the opportunity to be more aspirational.

 

Commissioner Barnett asked if there are any remaining areas for involuntary annexation.

 

Mr. Fieldman said there are not.

 

Commissioner Earl asked about potential voluntary annexation.

 

Mr. Fieldman said there are not any at this time.

 

Mayor Tully noted that people in the audience came to speak about the Downtown Area and asked for public comments.

 

Linda Kunze, Executive Director of the Downtown Management Corporation, said she was in attendance on behalf of property owners at 4925, 4921, 4917 and 4913 Forest.  These properties were purchased with the understanding that they could be redeveloped.  The current owners are asking that the current zoning be continued on the east side of the street.

 

Mayor Tully said that comments were made before about continuing the downtown edge from Forest to Franklin, and he is open to considering that.  The Council members agreed.

 

Regarding the Butterfield Area, p. 112, Commissioner White said he likes the basic concept, but suggested wording regarding any and all tools. He questioned targeting big box retailers.  He would like a bullet point about the ability to compete with other areas. He would like it highlighted that we have an intersection of two highways.  He spoke about the Sign Ordinance.  He would like to consider amendments to the Sign Ordinance relative to the Tollway.

 

Commissioner White also noted that a unique characteristic of Downers Grove is its daytime population.  This is an asset that should be targeted.  He also suggested consideration of an additional access to I-88 or direct access into a development.   

Mayor Tully said perhaps they could put in language without identifying a site specifically.   He said he agrees regarding signs along the Tollway.

 

Commissioner White said, that properly leveraged, the potential of the Butterfield Corridor is staggering.

 

The mayor asked for comments on Ogden Avenue.

 

Commissioner Barnett addressed the Key Concepts, p.117.  He would like to consider language regarding additional buffering and enhancing developable areas. 

 

Mayor Tully suggested considering parcels as well as rights-of-way for consolidation and buffering.

 

Commissioner White suggested adding a sentence regarding consideration of vacation of rights-of-way.

 

Commissioner Barnett suggested that the language in the first bullet point be stronger. 

 

Mayor Tully suggested that the Ogden Avenue Master Plan be referenced.

 

The Mayor asked for comments on Fairview Avenue.

 

Commissioner Hosé referenced pp. 124-125.  He said his main concern is a realignment related to Maple Avenue.  We need to have a conversation about this with the community.  He said he is concerned about the impact of the diagram.  He also discussed the traffic impact on the neighborhood and businesses. He said his concern is the expansion of Douglas Street south.

 

Commissioner Barnett suggested that a modified version of the diagram should remain in the plan.

 

Commissioner Waldack commented on the view as one travels Maple Avenue. The idea of closing Maple Avenue is repugnant to him.  He values Maple as a minor arterial.

 

Commissioner Barnett referenced p. 122 and suggested removing the word "potential" to be more aspirational.  He noted that the Plan identifies much of the area as catalyst sites.

 

The Mayor asked for comments on 63rd Street.

 

Commissioner White said he would like to defer discussion due to the existing lawsuit. 

 

Mayor Tully noted that the Village is not a party to the lawsuit. 

 

Commissioner White said that the division should run N-S, not E-W.

 

Commissioner Barnett said that they have to demonstrate the premise that they are interested in development beyond commercial.

 

Commissioner White said the larger question is whether 63rd Street can be commercially viable outside of the neighborhood commercial.  There may not be enough consumer demand.

 

Commissioner Barnett asked if there is a critical mass question with the location of the Interstate.  He asked if they should rethink some of the future land use map configurations.

 

Commissioner White commented that the north side of 63rd Street might be appropriate for townhouses. 

 

Commissioner Barnett said he would like to be clearer about expectations.

 

Commissioner White said they have to be clear that no one comes here with commercial development.

 

Mayor Tully asked about the next steps, and Mr. Fieldman said that the Council needs to provide direction to staff.

 

Commissioner Barnett commented on pp.127-129 and asked what they can do relative to pedestrian crossing.  Mr. Fieldman said staff will provide examples.

 

The Mayor asked for comments on 75th Street.

 

Commissioner White suggested that the introductory paragraph be more comprehensive.

 

Commissioner Barnett asked whether special uses can be denied.

 

Mr. Fieldman said that the burden of proof to deny a special use is on the Village. 

 

Commissioner Barnett said he is concerned about new special uses.

 

Commissioner White replied that if the Comprehensive Plan is too vague, then any special use could be denied. 

 

Mr. Fieldman said that is why they do focus area plans.  These details become very important.  To address the issues, it is necessary to be specific in terms of permitted and in non-permitted uses. 

 

Mike Laureto, 518 Blackburn Court, asked about the possibility of dividing the Michaels and Ultra Foods sites into two to four sites to add more businesses.

 

Mayor Tully said they would discuss the Downtown Area next week starting with Main Street. He thanked everyone for their comments.

ORD 2017-7293 - E. Ordinance:  Amend Stormwater and Flood Plain Provisions

Mr. Fieldman said this updates our local regulations to match County requirements and provide clarity.  There are no substantive changes. 

Mr. Povlivka asked about landscaping.  Mr. Fieldman said 100 s.f. is the threshold.

Mr. Povlivka then asked about patio replacement.  Mr. Fieldman said maintenance activities do not require a permit.

9. Mayor's Report

Mayor Tully thanked Mr. Popovich for his presentation on Saturday.  He noted the next Coffee with the Council is Saturday, March 18 in the Committee Room for 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  The subject is the facilities discussion.

Mayor Tully also noted that March 18 is the anniversary of Officer Barth's death.  He died on March 18, 1974.

10. Manager's Report

Mr. Fieldman reported on the 2017 General Fund budget and concerns about the sales tax revenue.  He said staff is projecting a $1 million shortfall.  The action plan to address this uses one time savings to include a reduction of transfers out of the General Fund of $600,000; savings of $150,000 in snow and ice removal; savings of $150,000 in other operational funds; and a reduction in staff travel and training.  Four key results are to keep expenses less than revenues, avoid use of reserves or fund balance, maintain service levels, and to have a flexible plan that can be reversed if shortfalls do not occur.

Mayor Tully said staff has a mindful and prudent way to address this matter.  Council and the community must address the broader issues.

11. 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 amending stormwater and flood plain provisions

12. Council Member Reports

Commissioner Walus invited everyone to the Mustang Trot on April 9 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Mayor Tully wished everyone a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day.

13. Adjournment

Motion:  Commissioner White moved to adjourn.  Commissioner Waldack seconded the motion.  

Votes:  Yea: Commissioners White, Waldack, Walus, Earl, Hosé, Barnett; Mayor Tully

Nay: None

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 10:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

April Holden Village Clerk