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December 13, 2022

1. Call to Order

Mayor Barnett called to order the Village Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. and led those in the room in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

2. Roll Call

Council Attendance (Present):  Mayor Barnett, Commissioner Hosé, Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt, Commissioner Glover

Council Attendance (Remote): Commissioner Kulovany, Commissioner Gilmartin

Council Attendance (Not Present): Commissioner Walus

Non-Voting: Village Manager Dave Fieldman, Village Attorney Enza Petrarca, and Village Clerk Rosa Berardi

MOT 2022-9680  -  A. Motion: Allowing for Electronic Participation for the December 13, 2022 Village Council    Meeting

Summary: Allowing for Commissions Kulovany and Gilmartin to participate in the December 13, 2022 Village    Council Meeting by phone.

MOTION: To allow electronic participation for the December 13, 2022 Village Council Meeting, as presented.

RESULT: Motion carried unanimously by roll call.

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

3. Minutes of Council Meetings

MIN 2022-9666  -  A. Minutes: Village Council Meeting Minutes - December 6, 2022

MOT 2022-9750  -  B. Motion: Executive Session Meeting Minutes for Approval Only - December 6, 2022

MOTION: To adopt the meeting minutes of the December 6, 2022, Village Council meeting and the meeting  minutes from the December 6, 2022, Executive Session meeting.

RESULT: Motion carried unanimously by roll call.  

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

4. Public Hearings

There were no public hearings.

5.  Consent Agenda

BIL 2022-9667  -  A. Bills Payable: No. 6704 - December 13, 2022

RES 2022-9709  -  B. Resolution: Approve an Extension to the Agreement with Hyland Software, Inc. of  Westlake, Ohio, an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Software, for the Maintenance of the OnBase Document  Management System Software

RES 2022-97  Summary: A resolution authorizing an extension to the agreement with Hyland Software, Inc. of Westlake, Ohio, an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software, in an amount of $27,011.71, for the maintenance of the OnBase    document management system.

RESOLUTION 2022-97 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN EXTENSION TO THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE    OF DOWNERS GROVE AND HYLAND SOFTWARE, INC.

RES 2022-9714  -  C. Resolution: Approve an Agreement with Fire Service, Inc. for the Purchase of a 2024 E- ONE Cyclone Rear Mount 100' Platform Quint Apparatus (E-One Truck) and Approve the Disposal of the Village's  Current 2011 Smeal 100' Rear Mount Platform Ladder Truck RES 2022-98

Summary: This resolution approves an agreement with Fire Service, Inc. for the purchase of a 2024 E-ONE  Cyclone Rear Mount 100' Platform Quint Apparatus (E-One Truck) and approve the disposal of the Village's current 2011 Smeal 100' Rear Mount Platform Ladder Truck.

RESOLUTION 2022-98 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A SALES CONTRACT BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE AND FIRE SERVICE, INC.

MOT 2022-9578  -  D. Motion: Approve and Authorize Issuance of a 2023 Class "A" Scavenger License for Allied  Waste Services of North America, LLC

Summary: This motion approves and authorizes the issuance of a 2023 Class "A" Scavenger License for Allied  Waste Services of North America, LLC.

MOT 2022-9751  -  E. Motion: Authorize a 3% Annual Salary Increase for Village Manager Effective January 1,  2023 and Authorize the Issuance of a One-Time Payment in the Amount of 3% of the Salary Amount  Summary: The motion authorizes a 3% annual salary increase for the Village Manager effective January 1, 2023  and authorize the issuance of a one-time payment in the amount of 3% of the salary amount.

MOT 2022-9749  -  F. Motion: Authorize a 3% Annual Salary Increase for Village Attorney Effective January 1,  2023 and Authorize Issuance of a One-Time Payment in the Amount of 3% of the Salary Amount

Summary: The motion authorizes a 3% annual salary increase for Village Attorney effective January 1, 2023 and  authorizes the issuance of a one-time payment in the amount of 3% of the salary amount.

MOTION: To adopt all items on the Consent Agenda, as presented.

RESULT: Motion carried unanimously by roll call.

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

6.  Active Agenda

ORD 2022-9736  -  A. Ordinance: An Ordinance Rezoning Certain Property Located at 4226 Venard Road

Summary: This ordinance rezones certain property located at 4226 Venard Road.

MOTION: To adopt AN ORDINANCE REZONING CERTAIN PROPERTY LOCATED AT 4226 VENARD ROAD, as presented. ORDINANCE 5954

RESULT: Motion carried by roll call.  

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

Mayor Barnett explained that item B-L on the Active Agenda were related to Tax Levies and he asked that any  questions or comments regarding the levies be posed to the Council at this point in the meeting.  There were no comments or questions related to the tax levies by the public or the Village Council.

There were no questions or comments related to the tax levies.

ORD 2022-9715  -  B. Ordinance: 2022 Aggregate Tax Levy Ordinance

Summary: This ordinance approves the 2022 Aggregate Tax Levy Ordinance.

MOTION: To adopt the 2022 AGGREGATE TAX LEVY ORDINANCE ORDINANCE 5955

RESULT: Motion carried by roll call.  

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

 

ORD 2022-9716  -  C. Ordinance: Levying of Taxes for the Fiscal Year Commencing on the First Day of January, 2022 and Ending on the Thirty-First Day of December 2022 for Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #4 (Green Acres Subdivision)

Summary: This ordinance levys the taxes for the fiscal year commencing on the first day of January, 2022 and ending on the thirty-first day of December 2022 for the Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #4 (Green Acres Subdivision).

MOTION: To adopt AN ORDINANCE FOR THE LEVYING OF TAXES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING ON THE FIRST DAY OF JANUARY, 2022 AND ENDING ON THE THIRTY-FIRST DAY OF DECEMEBER, 2022 FOR VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE SPECIAL SERVICE AREA #4 (GREEN ACRES SUBDIVISION) ORDINANCE 5956

RESULT: Motion carried by roll call.  

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

 

ORD 2022-9717  -  D. Ordinance: Levying of Taxes Commencing on the First Day of January, 2022 and Ending on the Thirty-First Day of December 2022 for Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #5 (Atwood Subdivision)

Summary: This ordinance levys the taxes for the fiscal year commencing on the first day of January, 2022 and ending on the thirty-first day of December 2022 for the Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #5 (Atwood Subdivision).

MOTION: To adopt AN ORDINANCE FOR THE LEVYING OF TAXES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING ON THE FIRST DAY OF JANUARY, 2022 AND ENDING ON THE THIRTY-FIRST DAY OF DECEMEBER, 2022 FOR VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE SPECIAL SERVICE AREA #5 (ATWOOD SUBDIVISION)  ORDINANCE 5957

RESULT: Motion carried by roll call.  

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

 

ORD 2022-9718  -  E. Ordinance: Levying of Taxes for the Fiscal Year Commencing on the First Day of January, 2022 and Ending on the Thirty-First Day of December 2022 for Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #6 (Fairview Fire Protection District)

Summary: This ordinance levys the taxes for the fiscal year commencing on the first day of January, 2022 and ending on the thirty-first day of December 2022 for the Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area Special Service Area #6 (Fairview Fire Protection District).

MOTION: To adopt AN ORDINANCE FOR THE LEVYING OF TAXES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING ON THE FIRST DAY OF JANUARY, 2022 AND ENDING ON THE THIRTY-FIRST DAY OF DECEMEBER, 2022 FOR VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE SPECIAL SERVICE AREA #6 (FAIRVIEW FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT) ORDINANCE 5958

RESULT: Motion carried by roll call.  

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

 

ORD 2022-9719  -  F. Ordinance: Levying of Taxes for the Fiscal Year Commencing on the First Day of January, 2022 and Ending on the Thirty-First Day of December 2022 for Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #7 (Dunham Subdivision)

Summary: This ordinance levys the taxes for the fiscal year commencing on the first day of January, 2022 and ending on the thirty-first day of December 2022 for the Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area Special Service Area #7 (Dunham Subdivision).

MOTION: To adopt AN ORDINANCE FOR THE LEVYING OF TAXES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING ON THE FIRST DAY OF JANUARY, 2022 AND ENDING ON THE THIRTY-FIRST DAY OF DECEMEBER, 2022 FOR VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE SPECIAL SERVICE AREA #7 (DUNHAM SUBDIVISION) ORDINANCE 5959

RESULT: Motion carried by roll call.  

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

 

ORD 2022-9720  -  G. Ordinance: Levying of Taxes for the Fiscal Year Commencing on the First Day of January, 2022 and Ending on the Thirty-First Day of December 2022 for Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #8 (Nelson Meadow Subdivision)

Summary: This ordinance levys the taxes for the fiscal year commencing on the first day of January, 2022 and ending on the thirty-first day of December 2022 for the Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area Special Service Area #8 (Nelson Meadows Subdivision).

MOTION: To adopt AN ORDINANCE FOR THE LEVYING OF TAXES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING ON THE FIRST DAY OF JANUARY, 2022 AND ENDING ON THE THIRTY-FIRST DAY OF DECEMEBER, 2022 FOR VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE SPECIAL SERVICE AREA #8 (NELSON MEADOW SUBDIVISION). ORDINANCE 5960

RESULT: Motion carried by roll call.  

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

 

ORD 2022-9721  -  H. Ordinance: Levying of Taxes for the Fiscal Year Commencing on the First Day of January, 2022 and Ending on the Thirty-First Day of December 2022 for Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #9 (35th & Saratoga Subdivision)

Summary: This ordinance levys the taxes for the fiscal year commencing on the first day of January, 2022 and ending on the thirty-first day of December 2022 for the Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area Special Service Area #9 (35th & Saratoga Subdivision).

MOTION: To adopt AN ORDINANCE FOR THE LEVYING OF TAXES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING ON THE FIRST DAY OF JANUARY, 2022 AND ENDING ON THE THIRTY-FIRST DAY OF DECEMEBER, 2022 FOR VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE SPECIAL SERVICE AREA #9 (35TH AND SARATOGA SUBDIVISION) ORDINANCE 5961

RESULT: Motion carried by roll call.  

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

 

ORD 2022-9722  -  I. Ordinance: Levying of Taxes for the Fiscal Year Commencing on the First Day of January, 2022 and Ending on the Thirty-First Day of December 2022 for Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #10 (Bridgepoint Downers Grove Subdivision)

Summary: This ordinance levys the taxes for the fiscal year commencing on the first day of January, 2022 and ending on the thirty-first day of December 2022 for the Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area Special Service Area #10 (Bridgepoint Downers Grove Subdivision).

MOTION: To adopt AN ORDINANCE FOR THE LEVYING OF TAXES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING ON THE FIRST DAY OF JANUARY, 2022 AND ENDING ON THE THIRTY-FIRST DAY OF DECEMEBER, 2022 FOR VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE SPECIAL SERVICE AREA #10 (BRIDGEPOINT DOWNERS GROVE  SUBDIVISION) ORDINANCE 5962

RESULT: Motion carried by roll call.  

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

 

ORD 2022-9723  -  J. Ordinance: Levying of Taxes for the Fiscal Year Commencing on the First Day of January, 2022 and Ending on the Thirty-First Day of December 2022 for Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #11 (Downtown Downers Grove)

Summary: This ordinance levys taxes for the fiscal year commencing on the first day of January, 2022 and ending on the thirty-first Day of December 2022 for the Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #11 (Downtown Downers Grove).

MOTION: To adopt AN ORDINANCE FOR THE LEVYING OF TAXES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING ON THE FIRST DAY OF JANUARY, 2022 AND ENDING ON THE THIRTY-FIRST DAY OF DECEMEBER, 2022 FOR VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE SPECIAL SERVICE AREA #11 (DOWNTOWN DOWNERS GROVE) ORDINANCE 5963

RESULT: Motion carried by roll call.  

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

 

ORD 2022-9724  -  K. Ordinance: Levying of Taxes for the Fiscal Year Commencing on the First Day of January, 2022 and Ending on the Thirty-First Day of December 2022 for Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #12 (Fairview Ridge Subdivision)

Summary: This ordinance levys taxes for the fiscal year commencing on the first day of January, 2022 and ending on the thirty-first Day of December 2022 for the Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #12 (Fairview Ridge Subdivision).

MOTION: To adopt AN ORDINANCE FOR THE LEVYING OF TAXES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING ON THE FIRST DAY OF JANUARY, 2022 AND ENDING ON THE THIRTY-FIRST DAY OF DECEMEBER, 2022 FOR VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE SPECIAL SERVICE AREA #12 (FAIRVIEW RIDGE SUBDIVISION) ORDINANCE 5964

RESULT: Motion carried by roll call.  

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

 

ORD 2022-9725  -  L. Ordinance: Levying of Taxes for the Fiscal Year Commencing on the First Day of January, 2022 and Ending on the Thirty-First Day of December 2022 for Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #13 (Kapovich Subdivision)

Summary: This ordinance levys taxes for the fiscal year commencing on the first day of January, 2022 and ending on the thirty-first day of December 2022 for the Village of Downers Grove Special Service Area #13 (Kapovich Subdivision).

MOTION: To adopt AN ORDINANCE FOR THE LEVYING OF TAXES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING ON THE FIRST DAY OF JANUARY, 2022 AND ENDING ON THE THIRTY-FIRST DAY OF DECEMEBER, 2022 FOR VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE SPECIAL SERVICE AREA #13 (KAPOVICH  SUBDIVISION) ORDINANCE 5965

RESULT: Motion carried by roll call.  

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

 

Motion to Adopt Ordinances ORD 2022-9729, ORD 2022-9731, ORD 2022-9726, ORD 2022-9727, ORD 2022-9728, ORD 2022-9730 (Active Items M-R)

ORD 2022-9729  -  M. Ordinance: Abating a Portion of the 2022 Tax Levy Related to the General Obligation Bonds, Series 2019

Summary: This ordinance abates a portion of the 2022 Tax Levy related to the General Obligation Bonds, Series 2019.

ORDINANCE 5966

ABATING A PORTION OF THE 2022 TAX LEVY RELATED TO THE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2019

 

ORD 2022-9731  -  N. Ordinance: Abating a Portion of the 2022 Tax Levy Related to the General Obligation Bonds, Series 2022 ORD 5967

Summary: This ordinance abates a portion of the 2022 Tax Levy related to the General Obligation Bonds, Series 2022.

ORDINANCE 5967

ABATING A PORTION OF THE 2022 TAX LEVY RELATED TO THE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2022

 

ORD 2022-9726  -  O. Ordinance: Abating a Portion of the 2022 Tax Levy Related to the General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2014 ORD 5968

Summary: This ordinance abates a portion of the 2022 Tax Levy related to the General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2014.

ORDINANCE 5968

ABATING A PORTION OF THE 2022 TAX LEVY RELATED TO THE GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2014

 

ORD 2022-9727  -  P. Ordinance: Abating a portion of the 2022 Tax Levy Related to the General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2015 ORD 5969

Summary: This ordinance abates a portion of the 2022 Tax Levy related to the General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2015.

ORDINANCE 5969

ABATING A PORTION OF THE 2022 TAX LEVY RELATED TO THE GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2015

 

ORD 2022-9728  -  Q. Ordinance: Abating a Portion of the 2022 Tax Levy Related to the General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2016 ORD 5970

Summary: This ordinance abates a portion of the 2022 Tax Levy related to the General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2016.

ORDINANCE 5970

ABATING A PORTION OF THE 2022 TAX LEVY RELATED TO THE GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2016

 

ORD 2022-9730  -  R. Ordinance: Abating a Portion of the 2022 Tax Levy Related to the General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2020 ORD 5971

Summary: This ordinance abates a portion of the 2022 Tax Levy related to the General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2020.

ORDINANCE 5971

ABATING A PORTION OF THE 2022 TAX LEVY RELATED TO THE GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2020

 

MOTION: To adopt A MOTION ADOPTING ITEMS M-R ON THE ACTIVE AGENDA FOR ORDINANCES ABATING A PORTION OF THE 2022 TAX LEVY RELATED TO THE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2019 AND SERIES 2022 ALONG WITH REFUNDING BONDS SERIES 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020, as presented. ORDINANCES 5966, 5967, 5968, 5969, 5970, 5971

RESULT: Motion carried by roll call.  

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé       

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

Mayor Barnett explained that the motions made and votes taken under the Active Agenda were required by Law and enacted much of the planning and conversations that took place over several months.  He said each of the ordinances passed were linked on the Village website and the most of the work was located in the Village Budget and Long Range Plan.  He said the minutes from the meetings that took place late in the summer would provide additional details.  

7. First Reading   

 ORD 2022-9711  -  A. Ordinance: Amending the Rates Charged for Water

 ORD 2022-9710  -  B. Ordinance: Amending the 2023 Stormwater Utility Rate

 MOT 2022-9713  -  C. Motion: Authorize 2023 Annual Funding to the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to Fund Operations

 MOT 2022-9712  -  D. Motion: Authorize the 2023 Annual Funding to the Downtown Management Corporation  (DMC) to Fund Operations

 RES 2022-9732  -  E. Resolution: Amending the Employee Administrative Rules and Regulations of the Village of  Downers Grove, Illinois

 RES 2022-9739  -  F. Resolution: Amending the Downers Grove Compensation Plan by Adopting a Revised Plan  Effective the First Full Pay Period in May, 2023

 ORD 2022-9702  -  G. Ordinance: Amending Certain Purchasing Policies

 RES 2022-9701  -  H. Resolution: Amending Certain Purchasing Provisions as Official Village Policy

Finance Director Robin Lahey presented Items A - H.  Ms. Lahey explained the all of the items were budget implementation actions related to the adopted 2023 Budget.  She proceeded to review and provide details for each of the items, which included an increase in water rates; payments to the Village's partner organizations - the Economic Development Corporation in the amount of $540k and the Downtown Management Corporation in the amount of $400k; changes to the Village's Personnel Manual - the first change was in response to changes in State and Federal Laws regarding current personnel practices, the second was a change to the Village's Purchasing Policy, originally adopted in 1993; the last item was an amendment to the Villages Classification and Compensation Plan for Non-Union Employees. 

 

Village Council Comments/Questions

Commissioner Kulovany stated that he was happy with the jobs the EDC and the DMC had been doing.  He encouraged the EDC to continue their proactive work in getting commercial properties for catalyst sites in a proactive way and to continue to build out the downtown business area.  He said the EDC was funding the Village with tax revenue and food and beverage revenue, allowing the Village to lessen the burden on tax payers.  The Commissioner stated that he also hoped the DMC continued their work finding tenants for buildings in the downtown area and continued to strive to fill second floor locations - leaving the first floor locations open for retail and dining, in order to generate additional revenue.  He commented on the rise in water rates and said that residents could offset the rise in cost by using less water.  He also spoke of how the Village invested $53 million in the last dozen years efforts to control stormwater.  He said the Village would continue to invest money in stormwater control efforts, so that the Village could work down the problem in the Village and handle up to 95% of the storm events.  Commissioner Kulovany concluded by stating that though it was a lot of money spent, it was necessary in order to ease the burden of flooding on home owners and property owners within the Village.

Mayor Barnett commented on the stormwater utility and stated that this was a way for the Village to take the bull by the horns and pay for things that were needed.  He said he was not thrilled with it years ago, but in hindsight even though it was so expensive at $50+million, he believed it was a really good move for the Village.  He said the diminished flooding in the community over the past four years had proven that.  The Mayor said though there may still be flooding, it was nothing like it had been in the past.  He commended the previous Councils and staff that developed the program, stating it was a success. The Mayor then explained that the process that was being wrapped up with this meeting was a long one.  It started with Long Range Planning and a determination of High Priority Action Items, which was a go forward work plan.  He said there was Budget work done over a series of multiple meetings, levies that were estimated by Law, and then levies that were executed.  The Mayor explained that the implementation of the Budget was how the Village facilitated doing work.  He said the past 3-4 months were spent talking about that for 2023.  He continued by stating that Commissioner Kulovany did a good job encapsulating thoughts on each of the agenda items and there were many more comments that had been made by the Council and residents over the past several months on elements of each of the decisions made at the meeting.  He welcomed questions and reiterated that there was a lot of work that went into the process.

There were no further comments.

RES 2022-9746  -  J. Resolution: Approve an agreement with Axon, Inc. for the Purchase of Axon Officer Officer Safety Plan 7+ Premium Bundle

Village Manager Dave Fieldman introduced Police Chief Gillette and informed the Council that Chief Gillette was    retiring from his position with the Village in January of 2023.

Police Chief Shanon Gillette presented Item J.  He explained that this was for a five-year agreement with Axon Enterprises, Inc. that included the purchase of hardware, software and a service package.  He explained that in 2021, the Village had entered into an agreement with Axon for the purchase of body worn cameras, squad cameras, an interview room system, a recording system, and dividend digital evidence storage.  He continued by stating that staff identified other products and services on the Axon technology platform to increase efficiency, enhance officer safety, and to aid in the Department's compliance with the Safe-T Act.

Chief Gillette gave additional details about the package that included 73 Taser Model 7 electronic control devices that enhanced officer safety by replacing current Tasers with a model that had the latest in technology and safety devices; redaction assistant software that made redactions and transcription of body worn camera and video evidence more efficient; unlimited storage of third party digital evidence and software; enhanced officer training through a virtual reality training system.  The total cost of the purchase was $1,055,700 over five years, with $250,000 of that cost included in the FY 23 Budget for the first year's payment.  He concluded by stating that due to the unique nature of the integrated Axon technology platform, staff had deemed Axon a sole source provider for the bundle.

Village Council Comments/Questions

Commissioner Gilmartin said he was in support of this purchase.  He added that this had been part of the Village's   Strategic Objectives for quite some time and he thought this solution provided the Village with innovation that was very important. He wished the Chief well and said that the purchase of this package would be a part of the legacy that Chief Gillette would leave behind.   

Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt said that she appreciated Chief Gillette's leadership and how he was ahead of everything involved with the Safe-T Act; from the early implementation of the body worn camera system, to thinking about this package and being able to integrate all the pieces of it.  She said everything the Chief discussed should help ensure transparency and oversight when it came to the Safe-T Act.  She spoke of meeting with Chief Gillette and Manager Fieldman to discuss the Act and how the Village would implement it.  She said initially she was worried about having struggles, but she was proud that the Village was involved in continuous talks to ensure that they had their best foot forward early on and never fell to political squabbling or negative rhetoric around the Safe-T Act.  The Commissioner said the Village was being transparent and was doing everything in the interest of the residents. She thanked the Chief for his leadership.  She said she would miss him and his eagerness to always listen and always lead with empathy and compassion.  Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt concluded by stating that she was sure the Police Department would be left in good hands, because the team was under Chief Gillette's leadership for so long.  She thanked him for his service again and wished him well.

Commisioner Kulovany said that he was in favor of this proposal.  He said it kept the Village abreast with technology and would allow the police officers to continue doing an exemplary job.  He said he personally considered it an honor to know Chief Gillette and he was proud of the job the Chief and the police force had done during difficult times.  He said the force showed empathy towards citizenship and de-escalation was their mode of operation.  He told the Chief that he appreciated the job he had done and through his leadership, dedication, and follow through, the Village was awarded so many CALEA Gold Recognition Awards.  The Commissioner commended the Chief on his leadership and said it would become the cloth of the Downers Grove Police Department - something that everyone could be proud of.  He thanked Chief Gillette for his service and wished him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Mayor Barnett said he wanted to expand on the words accountability and transparency - words that the Chief used related to the agreement.  He said they were important and the Village believed strongly in both words and took every action possible to improve and ensure both as well.  He emphasized that there was additional training and a standardization of systems that was also included with this agreement.  Those were both so important because when situations happened within the community that posed a challenge, uncertainty and inconsistency was tough to deal with. This would help the officers not only with safety, but it would also help the residents.  He spoke of chaotic situations being difficult and the public safety element of this agreement.  Further stating that it would allow Village Police Officers to be better positioned to have the outcomes that all were hoping for. The Mayor said he was thankful for that.  He then thanked the Chief for his service and leadership.  He commended the entire Police Department for their focus on people.  He spoke of situations when the public may have contacted the Village under duress and said the Police Department team, led by Chief Gillette, had done a remarkable job of recognizing those situations and building a culture of empathy that put people first.  Mayor Barnett told the Chief he was thankful for his leadership and proud of the work that he and his team did every day.  He wished Chief Gillette the best with his future endeavors.

Commissioner Hosé said that the service the Chief had given the Village over the last 29 years was exemplary and the Village was a better community because of it.  He said he wished Chief Gillette nothing but the best moving forward.

Police Chief Gillette thanked Village Manager Fieldman and the Village Council for their support and for giving him the opportunity to serve the community.  He said although he appreciated all the kind words, he attributed the success of the Police Department to the staff.  He thanked every member of the Police Department as they worked tirelessly every day to serve and protect the Village.  The Chief also gave thanks to Lieutenant Thayer, Deputy Chief McGreal, Purchasing Admin Cheryl Franklin and Finance Director Robin Lahey for their assistance with this agreement.  He concluded by stating that the future of the Police Department was in good hands with this agreement.

Village Manager Fieldman also gave thanks to Village Attorney Enza Petrarca, Assistant Village Attorney Dawn Didier and the entire team that worked on the agreement.  He said they did a fantastic job.

ORD 2022-9743  -  I. Ordinance: Repealing Chapter 8, Article 5 of the Municipal Code Concerning Raffles

Manager Fieldman presented this item. He said the repeal of Chapter 8, Article 5 of the Municipal Code would result in the Village no longer licensing raffle events, as there was a State of Illinois law that covered that.

Village Council Comments/Questions

Commissioner Kulovany said he was in support of this and the relief of the burden that licensing raffles put on the organization.

Mayor Barnett said this was a piece of the Village Code that was not used much.  He added that this was indicative of the staff's work day in and day out.  Further stating that they were always looking for opportunities to improve Village efficiency, to be lean on the work done and not be duplicative.  The Mayor said since there is a State ordinance that covers this, there was no interest that he or the team could come up with to continue to do it at a local level.  He said it was a continued effort to remove the burden on staff in areas that may not be necessary and the team was searching every day to look for opportunities to improve efficiency.

8. Manager's Report

There was no Manager's Report.

9. Attorney's Report

Pursuant to Section 2.5 of the Downers Grove Municipal Code, Village Attorney Enza Petrarca presented the following:

  1. An ordinance amending the rates charged for water.
  2. An ordinance amending the 2022 Stormwater Utility Rates.
  3. An ordinance amending certain purchasing procedures.
  4. An ordinance repealing Raffle Licensing.

10. Public Comment

There was no public comment.

11. Mayor's Report

 There was no Mayor's Report.

12. Council Member Reports

Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt thanked all for their support of the Grove Foundation.  She said the organization had their Annual Grant Ceremony on December 7th and gave 13 organizations each $1,000 grants.  This put the total dollar amount given back to the community at over $82,000 and this was due to all who participated in Passport to Dining, the golf outing, or just donated money.

13.  Adjournment

Mayor Barnett asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting.

 

MOTION: To adjourn the December 13th, 2022 Village Council meeting.  

RESULT: Motion carried unanimously by roll call.

MOTIONED TO APPROVE: Commissioner Hosé

SECONDED BY: Commissioner Sadowski-Fugitt

AYES: Commissioners Hosé, Sadowski-Fugitt, Glover, Gilmartin, Kulovany, and Mayor Barnett

NAYES: None

 

Mayor Barnett declared the motion carried by voice vote and the meeting adjourned at 7:39 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Rosa Berardi

Village Clerk