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September 19, 2017

1. Call to Order

Mayor Pro Tem William White 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.  He explained that Mayor Tully was out of town on business.

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

Mayor Pro Tem White 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

Absent:  Mayor Tully

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 Pro Tem 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 White 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. Swearing-In Ceremony - Fire Chief Jeffrey Pindelski

Village Manager David Fieldman introduced new Fire Chief, Jeffrey Pindelski, and provided Chief Pindelski's biography and work history. 

Village Clerk April Holden led the swearing-in of Jeffrey Pindelski as Fire Chief of the Village of Downers Grove.

Chief Pindelski said it was an honor to address the Council as Fire Chief of the Village.  He thanked the Council, his family, friends and colleagues for the honor to serve.  It is a distinct privilege to come to work everyday and join the people who make up the Downers Grove Fire Department team.  The Fire Department patch symbolizes courage, pride, dedication, commitment and integrity in the highest regard, and guides every action that they take.  He plans to uphold values and explore ways to serve our community even better.  He promised nothing less than his best.

Mayor White commented on the importance of the Fire Department to the community.  The Fire Department belongs to the ISO, and their ISO1 badge is objective evidence that Downers Grove's Fire Department is the best of the best.  It is in the 99th percentile of performance.  ISO stands for Insurance Services Offices, which is an independent private ratings agency that helps evaluate the strength of fire protection districts across the country on a wide variety of factors, and that helps insurance companies evaluate risk.  It scores on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being superior.  Of the approximately 2000 fire protection districts in Illinois, only 14 have an ISO1 rating, which is exceptional.  Core services are the heart of why communities form governments.  Chief Pindelski has accepted the responsibility of Fire Chief for the Village, and the community trusts that he and the Department will work to continue providing the Village with the best of the best.

4. Minutes of Council Meetings

MIN 2017-7520 - A. Minutes:  Council Minutes - September 12, 2017

Motion:  Commissioner Earl moved to approve the minutes as presented.  Commissioner Waldack seconded the motion.

Mayor White declared the motion carried by voice vote.     

5. Public Comments

This is the opportunity for public comments.

6. Consent Agenda

COR 2017-7518 - A. Claims Ordinance:  No. 6229, Payroll, September 1, 2017

 

BIL 2017-7519 - B. Bills Payable:  No. 6352, September 19, 2017

 

MOT 2017-7507 - C. Motion:  Award $86,429.85 to J.A. Johnson Paving Co., Arlington Heights, IL, for 71st Street Water Tower and Park Avenue Rate Control Station

Summary:  This awards a contract for 2017 Water Facilities Pavement Improvements to J.A. Johnson Paving Co., of Arlington Heights, IL in the amount of $86,429.85.

 

MOT 2017-7506 - D. Motion:  Award $131,450.30 to Trine Construction Corporation, West Chicago, IL, for the Highland Court Drainage Improvements

 

Summary:  This awards a contract for the Highland Court Drainage Improvements to Trine Construction Corporation of West Chicago, Illinois in the amount of $131,450.30.

 

MOT 2017-7508 - E. Motion:  Award a Professional Services Contract for $25,216.00 to Terra Engineering, Chicago, IL, for Neighborhood Traffic Study Area 6

Summary:  This awards a Professional Services contract for preparation of the Neighborhood Traffic Study Area 6 to Terra Engineering of Chicago, Illinois in the amount of $25,216.

 

MOT 2017-7509 - F. Motion:  Award $64,862.50 to M&J Asphalt Paving Company, Inc., Cicero, IL, for 2017 Fall Roadway Patching

Summary:  This awards a contract for 2017 Fall Roadway Patching (CIP Project ST-004D) to M & J Asphalt Paving Company, Inc. of Cicero, Illinois in the amount of $64,862.50.

 

RES 2017-7510 - G. Resolution:  Authorize a Second Extension to the Agreement with Meade, Inc.

Summary:  This authorizes a contract extension with Meade Electric Company of McCook, Illinois for traffic signal maintenance services until December 31, 2018. 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A SECOND EXTENSION TO THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND MEADE, INC.

RESOLUTION 2017-71

 

MOT 2017-7515 - H. Motion:  Award $149,090.30 to Trine Construction Corporation for the Lyman Alley Drainage Improvements

Summary:  This awards a contract for the Trine Construction Corporation in the amount of $149,090.30.

 

MOT 2017-7513 - I. Motion:  Award $77,595.00 to A Lamp Concrete Contractors, Inc., Schaumburg, IL, for the Meadow Lane Culvert Replacement Project

Summary:  This awards a contract for the Meadow Ln Culvert Replacement project to A Lamp Concrete Contractors, Inc. of Schaumburg, Illinois in the amount of $77,595.00.

 

RES 2017-7517 - J. Resolution:  Authorize a First Amendment to License Agreement with China Cat Productions, LLC, to Install, Maintain and Operate Antenna Equipment on Village Property Located at 3801 Highland Avenue

Summary:  This authorizes execution of a first amendment to license agreement for the operation of an antenna on Village owned equipment. 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A FIRST AMENDMENT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND CHINA CAT PRODUCTIONS, LLC TO INSTALL, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE ANTENNA EQUIPMENT ON VILLAGE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 3801 HIGHLAND AVENUE

RESOLUTION - 2017-72

 

MOT 2017-7522 - K. Motion:  Accept the 2017-2019 Long Range Plan

Summary:  Accept the 2017-2019 Long Range Plan

 

MIN 2017-7521 - L. Minutes:  Note Receipt of Minutes of Boards and Commissions

Summary:  Architectural Design Review Board - May 17, 2017

 

Motion:  Commissioner Earl moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.  Commissioner Waldack seconded the motion. 

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

Nay: None

Mayor White declared the motion carried.

7. Active Agenda

ORD 2017-7483 - A. Ordinance:  Authorize a Special Use for 42-76 Ogden Avenue to Permit a Drive-Through for a Multi-Tenant Commercial Building with a Variation

Summary:  This authorizes a special use for 42-76 Ogden Avenue to permit a drive-through for a multi-tenant commercial building with a variation. 

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A SPECIAL USE FOR 42-76 OGDEN AVENUE TO PERMIT A DRIVE-THROUGH FOR A MULTI-TENANT COMMERCIAL BUILDING WITH A VARIATION

ORDINANCE NO. 5647

Motion:  Commissioner Earl moved to adopt "An Ordinance Authorizing a Special Use for 42-76 Ogden Avenue to Permit a Drive-Through for a Multi-Tenant Commercial Building with a Variation," as presented.  Commissioner Waldack seconded the motion. 

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

Nay: None

Mayor White declared the motion carried.

 

RES 2017-7482 - B. Resolution:  Approve a Final Plat of Subdivision for 42-76 Ogden Avenue

Summary:  This approves the final plat of subdivision for the property located at 42-76 Ogden Avenue. 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A FINAL PLAT OF SUBDIVISION FOR 42-76 OGDEN AVENUE

RESOLUTION 2017-73

 

Motion:  Commissioner Earl moved to adopt "A Resolution Authorizing a Final Plat of Subdivision for 42-76 Ogden Avenue," as presented.  Commissioner Waldack seconded the motion. 

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

Nay: None

Mayor White declared the motion carried.

8. First Reading

ORD 2017-7492 - A. Ordinance:  Amend Provisions for Landmark Designation Filing

Community Development Director Stan Popovich explained that this Ordinance makes it easier for homeowners to add information to their already landmarked homes.  Staff has consulted with the State and they have a supplemental listing record. This amendment will amend the definition section, and the petitioners will submit a supplemental listing record.  It is merely a means of process simplification.

Commissioner Waldack said that this makes complete sense, and he is happy it is being brought forward.

1. Charlene Holtzen, 5226 Carpenter said they are the reason staff has brought this forward, and she said they appreciate the support of the Council.

2. Rich Kulovany, 6825 Camden Road, said he supports this as additional research often results in a need to alter the original landmarking application to include additional historical information for posterity.

 

RES 2017-7491 - B. Resolution:  Grant Historic Landmark Designation for 4714 Oakwood Avenue

Mr. Popovich described the subject property as the Earl H. Prince home in the E.H. Prince subdivision.  The home is a Queen Anne style.  He showed photographs of the home going back to 1915, as well as its current status today, with a bay window and cross gables.  The home meets the criteria of age, is connected with Earl Henry Prince, and meets the standards of a Queen Anne style home.  He then played a brief video of the home prepared by the petitioner providing a history of Earl Henry Prince and the E.H. Prince subdivision.

1. Cindy Zaeske, 1130 Franklin, spoke on behalf of Ruth and John Wander who were out of town.  She expressed their wish to have the property landmarked so that the community will have a reminder of its forefathers.  "We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us." Winston Churchill

2. Rich Kulovany, 6825 Camden Road, said he supports this.  It is one of the 62 homes deemed to be significant in the 2013 survey.  If any type of property should be protected, it's this type of property.  The history and memories are destroyed if the home is destroyed.

3. Amy Gassen, 5320 Benton, commented that the most difficult part of landmarking a home is the decision to do it.  This is a wonderful example of a Queen Anne style home.  She said it was recently recognized by the Downers Grove Historical Society and Downers Grove Museum's Historic Home program.

9. Mayor's Report

10. Manager's Report

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 provisions for landmark designation filing

12. Council Member Reports Mayor White congratulated the Friends of the Edwards House for the award, the Landmarks Illinois 2017 Richard Driehaus Preservation Project of the Year Award, they received this past Saturday.  He also noted their upcoming historic house tour on Saturday, and the presentation on how to landmark homes on September 26. The Mayor then commented that registration opens for FROG soon.  Highlights include classes in fiction writing.  Additional information can be found on dgfrog.org.  There will also be a cupcake decorating class.  Mayor White will be teaching the children a class about drones, and battle drones.  Mayor White then said that thinking about the Fire Department, Police Department and Village infrastructure, those are all core services.  Commissioner Waldack had noted once that core services are there to protect the whole apple.   Thomas Jefferson once said that people create governments to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  The core services of government are to protect life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness-the whole apple. 

13. Adjournment

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

Mayor White declared the motion carried by voice vote and the meeting adjourned at 7:28 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

April Holden

Village Clerk