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January 15, 2019

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; 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 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 2019-8046 - A. Minutes:  Council Minutes - January 8, 2019


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

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried by voice vote. 



Mayor Tully announced that January 21, 2019, is a national holiday celebrating Martin Luther King.  He proclaimed January 21, 2019, as Martin Luther King, Jr., Day in the Village of Downers Grove and encouraged residents to observe the day.  He said if people are looking for ways to serve, Giving DuPage has a website with numerous opportunities to volunteer throughout DuPage County.  For more information go to

4. Public Comments

This is the opportunity for public comments.

Commander Rick McLaren of American Legion Post 80 in Downers Grove said that the Legion leases its main hall to the traffic court five days a week. The Legion Post goes back to the 1960s at 4000 Saratoga Avenue, however, the Legion's presence in the Village goes back to 1919. He described their site, including the baseball and football fields. American Legion Post 80 is made up of 275 war veteran volunteers and they are tax exempt under 501(c)(19) specially enacted by Congress. Commander McLaren assured everyone that their post is not failing. Post 80 helps veterans in the community by taking ten veterans per month to breakfast. They also donate wheelchairs, walkers and two oxygen tanks. If anyone knows of a veteran in need of a wheelchair or walker they should contact the Post. He added that the Post also sponsors Boy Scout Troops locally with 27 members now, and 39 Cub Scouts. In addition they have had 125 Eagle Scouts, which is a significant achievement. He also described the numerous outings that are sponsored by the Post. They sponsor four baseball teams, and the Memorial Day services since 1920, as well as the 4th of July Parade. He described their Honor Guard that posts the colors at school assemblies, and they serve at funerals. Commander McLaren noted the American Legion Post 80 sponsors the Legion Riders and donates money to various causes, including sponsoring Wreaths across America on December 15 every year, and sponsoring the Ladies Auxiliary with donations to be used to purchase textbooks.

Commander McLaren said that the Post makes its money by collecting bees and bottling honey on their ten acres of land, and by rental of their hall. Bingo on Tuesdays is their greatest source of revenue. He reviewed that Congress formed the National American Legion on March 15, 1919 under Charter. They are tax exempt with 13,000 posts nationwide, and have a total of two million members. He noted that the Commanders volunteer their services. He commented that all Commanders provide their services without any compensation, while the leaders of Wounded Warriors earn $1.5 million. He encouraged people not to provide contributions to them.  Commander McLaren asked the Council and residents to contact them if they know of a family of a veteran in need. They are always happy to take donations. He did not come to the meeting to complain or to ask for anything.

Commander McLaren further noted that due to the present government shutdown, the American Legion is assisting families of the Coast Guard to the extent it can by awarding $1500 per family to tide them over, and has also arranged with a federal credit union to loan them their salaries interest free until government reopens.

Mayor Tully replied that the Village is deeply grateful to all of the members, and for their service to the community. He thanked him for his presentation. The Mayor said that the Village is fortunate to have them in our community.

5. Consent Agenda

BIL 2019-8049 - A. Bills Payable:  No. 6434, January 15, 2019


COR 2019-8051 - B. Claims Ordinance:  No. 6297, Payroll, January 4, 2019


RES 2019-8044 - C. Resolution:  Authorize a Second Amendment to a License Agreement with MCImetro Access Transmission Services Corp. D/B/A Verizon Access Transmission Services as Successor in Interest to Wide Open West Illinois, LLC for Use of Village Rights-of-Way

Summary:  This authorizes execution of a Second Amendment to a Right-of-Way License Agreement with MCImetro Access Transmission Services Corp. d/b/a Verizon Access to revise certain terms of the agreement. 




MOT 2019-8045 - D. Motion:  Authorize $20,000 to Kiesler Police Supply, Inc., Jeffersonville, IN, for the Purchase of Ammunition

Summary:  This approves the purchase of ammunition from Kiesler Police Supply, Inc., of Jeffersonville, Indiana in the amount of $20,000.


MOT 2019-8036 - E. Motion:  Authorize $109,628.40 to Insight Public Sector, Inc., Tempe, AZ, for 35 Dell 5420 Ruggedized Laptops

Summary:  This authorizes the purchase of 35 Dell 5420 rugged laptops along with docking stations and antennas, as part of the Village's hardware lifecycle management plan.


RES 2019-8050 - F. Resolution:  Authorize an Agreement with Leopardo Companies, Inc., for Preconstruction Services for the Village of Downers Grove Police Department and Village Hall

Summary:  This authorizes execution of a preconstruction services agreement for the Downers Grove Police Department and Village Hall Project with Leopardo Companies, Inc. in the amount of $45,000. 




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

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

Nay: None

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried.

6. Active Agenda

ORD 2019-8040 - A. Ordinance:  Annex 5614 Katrine Avenue to the Village of Downers Grove

Summary:  This annexes the property at 5614 Katrine Avenue into the Village of Downers Grove. 



Motion:  Commissioner White moved to adopt "An Ordinance Annexing 5614 Katrine Avenue to the Village of Downers Grove, Illinois," as presented.   Commissioner Earl seconded the motion. 

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

Nay: None

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried.

7. First Reading

RES 2019-8034 - A. Resolution:  Grant Historic Landmark Designation for 5 Jacqueline Drive

Village Manager David Fieldman asked Stan Popovich, Director, Community Development, to make this presentation.

Stan Popovich, Director, Community Development, said this home is just west of the downtown area. He showed the location of the property constructed in 1927 as an English Cottage Revival home. He described the many design features of the building, noting that it meets all of the Village's landmark criteria. It is a good example of the English Cottage Revival and is the 25th building under consideration for landmark designation.

Mayor Tully thanked Ms. Erickson for putting this request forward. He likes to see the diversity of the buildings that have been landmarked.

Amy Gassen, 5320 Benton, said she fully supports this petition. It meets the landmark criteria and is a unique home in the Village.

Rich Kulovany, 6825 Camden, said this is a beautiful property and he also supports having it landmarked.

Christine Martin, 701 Maple, said she is Co-chair of Friends of the Edwards House and they are delighted to have this coming forward. She thanked the Council and staff for their support as well as Ms. Erickson for putting the house forward.

Mayor Tully said this request for landmark designation will come up for a vote on February 5. He added that he would not be present.


ORD 2019-8048 - B. Ordinance:  Amend Solicitation Provisions

Mr. Fieldman introduced Village Attorney Enza Petrarca to make the presented.

Village Attorney Enza Petrarca explained this is an amendment to the current provisions and simplifies and streamlines the Village's ordinance. It eliminates commercial and non-commercial designation. Solicitation hours will be daily from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and all solicitors will be required to register with the Village and honor all outdoor signs against solicitation and honor the homeowners request to leave the premises.


Mayor Tully asked for the difference between solicitation versus canvassing.

Ms. Petrarca said this does not affect canvassing for political purposes. She said that it is spelled out in the definition.  Solicitation does not mean engaging in political activities related to specific individuals, issues, political parties or political action groups.

Commissioner Earl said there are also special carve-outs for Scouts and kids who are fundraising. She said under 15 years of age are not required to register.

8. Mayor's Report

1. Mayor Tully said in his capacity as the Secretary of DuComm (emergency dispatching for numerous communities in DuPage County), there are two items about which he wanted to update the Council and community.  The FY-2020 budget was approved and reflects a 3% increase for all members. He said that DuComm has been around for a long time. The increases reflects the rise in operating costs over time. He said that the Village is one of the more recent members. He explained that the discussion of EAV was used to determine how costs are determined, versus calls for service or hybrids of the two. He said that discussion would be taken up in earnest in April. It doesn't mean much financially for Downers Grove.

2. The Mayor announced that the Chamber 630 Ball would be held on February 2 in Woodridge. He asked that those interested RSVP by January 19. The number to call is 630-968-4050.

3. The Village's next Coffee With the Council will be held this Saturday, January 19, at the Public Library from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

9. Manager's Report

No report.

10. 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 solicitation provisions

11. Council Member Reports

Commissioner Walus announced the Downers Grove Jr. Woman's Club Casino Royale Night to be held March 9, 2019, 1030 Warren Avenue.  Proceeds from this event benefit their charity as well as District 58.

12. Adjournment

Mayor Tully asked for a motion to adjourn. 

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

Mayor Tully declared the motion carried by voice vote and the meeting adjourned at 7:42 p.m. 


Respectfully submitted,

April Holden

Village Clerk