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December 19, 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

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 2017-7633 - A. Minutes:  Council Minutes - December 12, 2017

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

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried by voice vote.     

4. Public Comments

This is the opportunity for public comments.

1. Vera Miller, a 4-year resident lives near Downers South High School. She represents a new group called Fossil Free DG, and extended an invitation to the Council to an event on Local Solar Energy on January 29, 2018, to be held in Warrenville IL.  The event will take place from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the IBEW facility. She explained some of the programs of the event and distributed flyers to Council members.

Mayor Tully thanked her for the invitation and explained the Village's green energy program. He stated he would share this information with the Environmental Concerns Commission.

2. Ken Kuchar said he has been a resident of Downers Grove for 40 years. He thinks Downers Grove is an elite community, and expressed pride in the downtown development, the Park District, etc. He would like to see Downers Grove commit to 100% sustainable energy. He thanked the Village Council for its support and said he hoped to see members of the Council present at the meeting on January 29.

Mayor Tully explained that Downers Grove leads by example with its own green fleet.

5. Consent Agenda

COR 2017-7634 - A. Claims Ordinance:  No. 6241, Payroll, November 24, 2017

 

BIL 2017-7635 - B. Bills Payable:  No. 6370, December 19, 2017

 

RES 2017-7632 - C. Resolution:  Authorize an Intergovernmental Agreement with the County of DuPage re:  National Pollution Discharge Elimination System

Summary:  This authorizes an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the Village of Downers Grove and DuPage County related to the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND THE COUNTY OF DUPAGE, ILLINOIS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM PROGRAM IN THE EAST BRANCH DUPAGE RIVER AND SALT CREEK WATERSHEDS

RESOLUTION 2017-101

 

RES 2017-7627 - D. Resolution:  Authorize an Agreement with Total Parking Solutions, Inc. (Multi-Space Parking Pay Terminals)

Summary:  This authorizes an agreement for the annual maintenance of the Village's eleven (11) existing multi-space parking revenue terminals to Total Parking Solutions, Inc., of Downers Grove, Illinois in the amount of $22,440.00.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND TOTAL PARKING SOLUTIONS, INC. (Multi-Space Parking Pay Terminals)

RESOLUTION 2017-102

 

RES 2017-7642 - E. Resolution:  Authorize an Agreement with Engineering Resource Associates for Stormwater Improvements on Drendel Road

Summary:  This awards a contract for engineering services related to Community Investment Plan project SW-080, for work on Drendel Road in the West Burlington area, to Engineering Resource Associates (ERA) of Warrenville, Illinois in the amount of $64,130.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND ENGINEERING RESOURCE ASSOCIATES, INC. FOR STORMWATER IMPROVEMENTS ON DRENDEL ROAD

RESOLUTION 2017-103

 

RES 2017-7531 - F. Resolution:  Amend the Village Council Police and Fire Pension Funding Policy

Summary:  This amends the Village Council Police and Fire Pension Funding Policy.

A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE POLICE AND FIRE PENSION FUNDING POLICY

RESOLUTION 2017-104

 

MIN 2017-7637 - G. Minutes:  Note Receipt of Minutes of Boards and Commissions

Summary:  Library Board - November 15, 2017; Liquor Commission - October 5, 2017 and November 2, 2017

 

Motion:  Commissioner White moved to approve the Consent Agenda 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.

6. Active Agenda

ORD 2017-7626 - A. Ordinance:  Authorize the Extension of a Planned Unit Development Site Plan Approval to Allow Additional Signage at 3300 Finley Road to December 20, 2018

Summary:  This authorizes the extension of a planned unit development site plan approval to allow additional signage at 3300 Finley Road to December 20, 2018.

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE EXTENSION OF A PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT SITE PLAN APPROVAL TO ALLOW ADDITIONAL SIGNAGE AT 3300 FINLEY ROAD TO       DECEMBER 20, 2018

ORDINANCE NO. 5676

Motion:  Commissioner White moved to adopt "An Ordinance Authorizing the Extension of a Planned Unit Development Site Plan Approval to Allow Additional Signage at 3300 Finley Road to December 20, 2018," 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.

 

ORD 2017-7595 - B. Ordinance:  Amend the Stormwater Utility Rate

Summary:  This amends the Municipal Code regarding stormwater utility fees effective January 1, 2018.

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE STORMWATER UTILITY RATE

ORDINANCE NO. 5677

Motion:  Commissioner White moved to adopt "An Ordinance Amending the Stormwater Utility Rate," 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.

 

ORD 2017-7596 - C. Ordinance:  Repeal Water Rates Furnished by Other Municipalities

Summary:  This repeals rates for water furnished by other municipalities.

AN ORDINANCE REPEALING WATER RATES FURNISHED BY OTHER MUNICIPALITIES

ORDINANCE NO. 5678

Motion:  Commissioner White moved to adopt "An Ordinance Repealing Water Rates Furnished by Other Municipalities," 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.

7. First Reading

8. Mayor's Report

Mayor Tully expressed his gratitude and extended his best wishes to outgoing Police Chief Kurt Bluder, a long-standing resident of Downers Grove who has spent his entire career in the Downers Grove Police Department. The Mayor said the Village is very proud of him and he will be sorely missed. The Village is fortunate to have tremendous talent in-house. Acting Chief Gillette will carry the torch. He noted that Bob Berlin has asked to be included in the swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief.

Mayor Tully then noted that Downers Grove is a member of the DuPage Public Safety Communications (DU-COMM) Board. At their Board of Directors and Executive Committee meeting today, to better finance their operations, DU-COMM has taken part in an agreement with DuPage County for a loan in the amount of about $7.5 million allowing them to save approximately $1.3 million in debt service. He said this is a smart move on their part, similar to when the Village refinances bonds. It is a low risk agreement with good terms. The Mayor noted that the Corporate Bargaining Agreement between dispatchers and DU-COMM was also approved today with very fair salaries and terms.

Finally, the Mayor said that the proposed budget for DU-COMM for FY 2019 has an increase of less than 1%.  The Board is mindful of costs. The new DU-COMM facility should be finished by April 2018. It is on budget and on schedule. 

The Mayor then noted that the Warrenville Fire Department was voted back into DU-COMM today.

9. Manager's Report

INF 2017-7636 - A. Information:  Discussion of Boards and Commissions Priority Action Item

Megan Miles, Management Analyst, said this was identified as a priority action item by the Council in August. As a result, the following changes have been made: 1) a new webpage has been created; 2) there is easy access to the new application; 3) there are updates of individual Board pages; 4) more detailed messages to applicants are provided; 5) quarterly updates will be provided to applicants; 6) there will be an annual recognition reception; 7) a new orientation program has been created.

Village Manager Dave Fieldman thanked Ms. Miles, Dan Carlson and Dave Hankes for their work on this project.

10. Council Member Reports

Commissioner Barnett announced a new library program beginning in January 2018, entitled Book Club Bags. It consists of a series of selected titles provided in quantities of ten books in bags for book club use. There is a long list of titles available.  More information can be obtained at www.dglibrary.org/book-bags.  This has been made possible by funding through the Downers Grove Public Library Foundation, made up of many residents who have made donations to facilitate such programs.

Commissioner Barnett extended his wishes for a Merry Christmas to all.

Commissioner Earl extended her wishes for Happy Holidays and a Happy 2018.

Commissioner Hosé reported on the Economic Development Corporation's Directors meeting held at Fire Station #2.  There are a number of projects going on including Rexnord and Vequity groundbreaking. The new Ashley Furniture opened near Butterfield, the Outback Steakhouse will open at the corner of Butterfield and Finley Road, and Packey Webb's new dealership opened on Ogden Avenue. In addition, there are some redevelopment opportunities for the Grove Shopping Center that merit watching.

Commissioner Hosé extended his wishes for Happy Holidays, and the appreciation of the EDC to all who attended their holiday party.

Commissioner Waldack said there are five more days of shopping, and he encouraged everyone to shop in Downers Grove and the downtown stores. He wished everyone a Merry Christmas, and a Happy Hanukkah.

Mr. Fieldman said that the next Council meeting will be on January 9, 2018. 

Commissioners Walus and White extended their best wishes for Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to the Council members!

Mayor Tully noted that this is the last Council meeting of 2017. He said if you review the top news stories for 2017 on the Village's website, it is remarkable to see all of the Village's accomplishments. He is always impressed with the amount of work completed over the course of 12 months. He wished his colleagues, the Village staff and the public a Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.

11. Adjournment

Mayor Tully asked for a motion to adjourn. 

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

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried by voice vote and the meeting adjourned at 7:29 p.m. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

April Holden

Village Clerk