July 11, 2012Print

Public Notice

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE APPLICABLE STATUTES OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS AND ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE, NOTICE IS GIVEN HEREBY THAT THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE WILL BE HELD ON JULY 11, 2012 AT THE HOUR OF 7:30 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER OF CITY HALL, 5550 EAST AVENUE, COUNTRYSIDE, ILLINOIS; DURING WHICH MEETING IT IS ANTICIPATED THERE WILL BE DISCUSSION AND CONSIDERATION OF AND, IF SO DETERMINED, ACTION UPON THE MATTERS CONTAINED IN THE FOLLOWING:

AGENDA
Regular Meeting of the City Council, City of Countryside
5550 East Avenue
City Hall, Council Chamber
Wednesday, July 11, 2012  7:30 P.M.

A. CALL TO ORDER – Pledge of Allegiance

B. ROLL CALL

Mayor Krzeminski

Alderman Pondelicek                                       Alderman Jasinski

Alderman Michalczyk                                        Alderman Von Drasek

Alderman McDermott                                       Alderman Musillami

Clerk Sweeney                                                  Treasurer Jasinski

         

C. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  Regular City Council Meeting, June 27, 2012

D. OMNIBUS AGENDA

1. Statement of Bills submitted for payment through July 11, 2012:  $1,290,666.32.

E. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC

F. MAYOR’S REPORT

1. Confirmation of Appointments: 

PC/ZBA Committee - 3rdWard:   Michael Anderson.

G. CITY CLERK’S REPORT

1. Approval of Executive Session minutes of:  City Council – on 3-28-12 and 4-11-12.

2.  Recommendation to adopt draft resolution approving Executive Session Minutes for release.

H. TREASURER’S REPORT

I. COMMITTEE AND COMMISSION REPORTS FOR DISCUSSION, CONSIDERATION AND, IF SO DETERMINED, ACTION UPON:

1. License Committee ―Alderman Musillami

a. Status Report on License Applications

b. Request for the William Tell Holiday Inn to waive open fees for the Monday night Car Shows for the Remainder of 2012. (no backup)

2. Economic Development Committee – Alderman McDermott

a. Approval of an Ordinance authorizing a Redevelopment Agreement between the City of Countryside and Brandon Realty Venture, Inc. in regards to the Hooters Development comprising a part of the Countryside Commercial TIF District and authorizing the Transfer of Title to certain real Property owned by the City to Brandon Realty Venture, Inc. in Relation thereto.

3. Water Committee – Alderman Von Drasek

a. Request authorization to advertise for the upgrade of the Sanitary Lift station in Ward 2.

4. Human Resources – Alderman Pondelicek

a.  Recommendation to approve the hiring of John Hays as a Maintenance Man I in the Public Works Department.

5. Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals – City Attorney Peck

a. Consideration of an ordinance to allow a building variance to Sec. 8-3-1 (E-1) regulations of permitted fences to permit a fence which provides 0% permeability instead of the required 80% permeability requirement at 5647 Peck Avenue – William Buckholtz owner.

b. Consideration of an ordinance to allow a building variance to Sec. 8-3-1 (E-10) regulations of permitted fences “Patio and Deck Privacy Fences” to permit a fence which provided 0% and 39% permeability instead of the required 50% permeability requirement at 10705 Hillsdale Road – Jeffrey Kemmer owner.

c. Consideration of an ordinance to allow a sign variance to Sec. 8-5-9 B-1 “Freestanding Signs – Number” to establish a second sign on a property which contains an existing freestanding sign at 6161 Joliet Road – Chris Klbecka, manager.

J. CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT

K. CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

L. STAFF REPORTS

1. Assistant Administrator

2. City Engineer

a. Recommendation to award the bid for Phase 2 site work at the City Center Development (bids to be opened publicly on Tuesday, 7-10-12 at 2 PM at the City Hall Council Chambers)

M. BUSINESS FROM THE CITY COUNCIL FOR DISCUSSION, CONSIDERATION AND, IF SO    DETERMINED, ACTION UPON:

N. EXECUTIVE SESSION

1. To review the executive session minutes of 4-19-12 and 4-25-12.

O. ADJOURNMENT

Sharon Sweeney, City Clerk

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I, the undersigned, posted the above and foregoing 3 page Agenda (this page included) at the following locations on or before 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 9, 2012:

  • In the office of the City Clerk, being the principal office of the City Council
  • At the front entry to the City Hall at 5550 East Avenue, Countryside, Illinois
  • In lobby of the City Hall outside of the door leading to the Council Chamber
  • On the City of Countryside website: http://www.countryside-il.org

                                                                                                Sharon Sweeney

At least 24 hours in advance of a scheduled public meeting, any individual with a disability who is in need of a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the meeting should contact the office of the City Clerk: In person at 5550 East Avenue, Countryside, IL., via telephone at (708) 354-7270 or via e-mail at clerk@countryside-il.org.

                                                     MINUTES
                                    City Council, City of Countryside
                                                Regular Meeting
                                              5550 East Avenue
                                       City Hall, Council Chambers
                                 Wednesday, July 11, 2012  7:30 p.m.

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Krzeminski called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. City Clerk Sweeney called the Roll of those physically present as follows:

ROLL CALL

Present: Mayor Krzeminski, Alderman  Pondelicek, Alderman Jasinski, Alderman Michalczyk, Alderman Von Drasek, Alderman McDermott,           Alderman Musillami, Clerk Sweeney, Treasurer Jasinski

Also Present: City Admin. Paul,  Police Chief Ruth  City Attorney Peck,City. Eng. Fitzgerald,  Asst. Admin. Peterson, Fin. Dir. Drazner,  ESDA Crd. Norman,  PC/ZBA Chrm. Fullmer, Member Benson.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Regular City Council Meeting of  June 27, 2012.  Ald. Jasinski stated that item #17 should not include the number of pizzas sold.  Also, an additional statement was approved by Council and incorporated into Item #13.  Ald. Michalczyk moved to approve the Minutes with those corrections, seconded by Ald. Musillami and carried unanimously.

OMNIBUS AGENDA

2. Statement of Bills submitted for payment through July 11, 2012: $1,290,666.32. Ald. McDermott moved to approve the Omnibus Agenda, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried unanimously.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC

3.  Len Cigalski, 5515 S. Ashland, is disturbed by the blasting from Vulcan quarry. Per the agreement signed many years ago blasting would take place once daily around 2:30 p.m.  For the past several weeks blasting was heard twice daily – at 10:30 and 1:30 p.m.  He lives across the street; the blasting is rattling the foundation.  Walls are cracked again; no other complaints were made to the City. Mayor Krzeminski stated that the Liaison Committee will bring this matter to Vulcan’s attention. Ald. McDermott stated there is a hotline number to call.  Ald. Musillami stated that the blasting is severe; stronger than the actual earthquake some years ago. Ald. Pondelicek stated that it may be Material Service quarry doing the blasting and not Vulcan.  The intensity has increased.  The City will follow-up and get information to residents.

4. Jerry  Sobe, 5605 Kensington, feels the blasting; it is very strong and rocks the house She thanked whoever came up with  the idea “I AM COUNTRYSIDE” idea showing the monthly police reports and service calls. Police Chief Ruth is the author. Mayor Krzeminski thanked him for following-up with this site and for providing the information.

MAYOR’S REPORT

5. Confirmation of Appointments:  PC/ZBA Committee – 1st Ward – Michael Anderson.  Mayor Krzeminski confirmed the appointment of Michael Anderson; a motion is in order.  Ald. Von Drasek moved to confirm the appointment, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried by Roll Call vote. The Oath of Office will be administered at a later date. Ald. McDermott commended Mr. Anderson on his outstanding background; many thanks for volunteering his services.

6. Mayor Krzeminski announced that Heartland Lifesource will be holding a blood drive here at City Hall next Wednesday, July 18.  Since he will be out of town, the Mayor donated blood today. He urged residents to donate a pint of blood if they are able.

CITY CLERK’S REPORT
 

7. City Clerk Sweeney sought approval of Executive Session minutes of the City Council meetings of 3-28-12 and 4-11-12.  Ald. Musillami moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0.

8. City Clerk Sweeney presented the recommendation to adopt the draft resolution approving Executive Session Minutes for release.  Ald. Michalczyk moved to release the approved minutes, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as RESOLUTION 12-08-R.

TREASURER’S REPORT

9. Treasurer Jasinski discussed the Countryside Connection – urging residents to “Shop Local” which will keep the City healthy.  The bottom of page 5 states that the 400+ businesses in Countryside generate  $7.1 million in sales tax.  Please support our local businesses to keep the revenue in the City.  Many business owners are present here tonight; their hard work keeps the City going.

10. Little Joe’s was mentioned on WGN -  Chicago’s Best came out to Countryside and actually voted Little Joe’s as one of the best hot dogs in Chicagoland Area.   Treas. Jasinski has been promoting Ledo’s Pizza -- established in 1961 – please patronize our businesses – shop local.

COMMITTEE AND COMMISSION REPORTS FOR DISCUSSION, CONSIDERATION AND, IF SO DETERMINED, ACTION UPON:

11. License Committee – Alderman Musillami – Status Report on License Applications – Car Transport – a trucking dispatch office at 5504 Brainard.

12. Ald. Musillami requested that the City waive open fees for William Tell for the Monday Night Car Shows for the remainder of 2012.  Ald. McDermott moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously.

13. Ald. Musillami addressed the video gaming proposal. He has begun to canvass his Ward.  In the most recent City Newsletter, there is an area for resident feedback.  Please take the time to fill out the questionnaire and return it to City Hall ASAP or call him. There will be a  License Committee meeting very soon.  There are revenue dollars to be had but Council wants to be sure that residents’ concerns are addressed.

14. Economic Development Committee – Alderman McDermott sought approval of an ordinance authorizing a Redevelopment Agreement between the City of Countryside and Brandon Realty Venture, Inc. in regards to the Hooters Development comprising a part of the Countryside Commercial TIF District and authorizing the Transfer of Title to certain real property owned by the City to Brandon Realty Venture, Inc. in relation thereto.  This is great news and means that site work should be completed by August 24; construction should begin shortly thereafter.  The City is making real progress.  Ald. Pondelicek moved to approve the agreement as presented, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0.  The Mayor acknowledged City staff, especially Gail Paul; this has been a tremendous effort on the part of everyone – including Schwartz Excavating and Eng. Fitzgerald – they have all worked very hard on this difficult project.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 12-38-O.

15. Ald. McDermott stated that the Chairman of Texas Roadhouse visited the site and gave his approval.  Shorewood Development will begin lease negotiations; great progress is being made; residents will be pleased to have that type of restaurant in the community.

16. C J. Wilson is a baseball player for the Anaheim Angels.  He is the new owner of the Mazda Dealership. He will be in town playing the White Sox on August 3 and 4; they will be holding a Grand Opening at that time.  AutoBarn construction is almost complete with a scheduled opening of July 23.  The grand opening celebration is scheduled for September. Many positive economic activities are taking place in the City.

17. Water Committee – Alderman Von Drasek requested authorization to advertise for the upgrade of the Sanitary Lift station in Ward 2.  Ald. Michalczyk moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Musillami and carried by unanimous voice vote.

18. Ald. Von Drasek became aware of a house fire due to something falling out of the grill that they were unaware of; it developed into a fire on the side of the house due to the current dry conditions. He urged everyone to use caution.

19. Human Resource Committee – Alderman Pondelicek presented the recommendation to hire John Hays as a Maintenance Worker 1 in the Public Works Department.  He was selected from a total of 80 individuals who submitted applications; the final five were interviewed and a decision made by Staff, the HR Committee and Supt. Essig.  Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve the hiring, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0.  Council welcomed John Hays to Countryside DPW.

20. Recreation Committee – Alderman Jasinski stated that the Concert Series is continuing tomorrow night with a 1970s “Our Gang” theme; Ledo’s Pizza will provide the food.  They are also providing food for the Monday night Car Shows at William Tell. Many thanks for their dedicated service.  The Active Transportation Walk and Bike Night is encouraging everyone who is able to walk or bike to the event.  The City’s DPW has installed bike racks yesterday and is trying to promote a healthier lifestyle for residents.

Many thanks to the William Tell Holiday Inn for being the vendor last week; they did a fantastic job in providing the hot dogs and  burgers; please come back next year.

21. Many things are happening in the City – he informed residents that the Countryside Honda Dealership won the Honda President’s Award – that is the highest award for dealerships across the country.  Congratulations to Honda – it is a boon to the City to have Honda here.

22. Ald. Jasinski stated that the City has been awarded an OSLAD Grant from the State of Illinois in the amount of $199,000 to assist with financing a new park in the Triangle Area at Peck Ave and 55thPlace.  This process began in February 2011; the City Staff worked very diligently on this matter plus there was community  participation.  Scheduled groundbreaking is set for the Fall; work should be completed by Spring 2013.  Mayor Krzeminski  stated that  each community was allotted ten minutes to make its presentation to Board members in Springfield; only 24 communities received funds.  Thanks to Sharon Peterson and Eng. Fitzgerald for their efforts, as well as children from the area who assisted in the planning process. They did an excellent job.

CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT2

3. City Attorney Peck presented consideration of an ordinance allowing a building variance to Section 8-3-1 (E-1) – regulations of permitted fences to permit a fence which provides 0% permeability instead of the required 80% permeability requirement at the real estate commonly known as 5647 Peck Avenue – William Buckholtz owner. At the hearing held on July 3, 2012 before the PC/ZBA, Mr. Buckholtz stated he is replacing an existing fence with the same type of fence. The PC/ZBA found that he met all the requirements for the variance and it was their recommendation to approve the variance subject to the following conditions:  that  placement and construction be in substantial compliance with Petitioner’s Exhibit A, which is a rendering of the fence location, that it is in compliance with all City ordinances and that construction be completed within six months.  Ald. McDermott moved to concur with the PC/ZBA recommendation, seconded by Ald. Musillami and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 12-39-O.

24. Atty. Peck presented consideration  of an ordinance to allow a building variance to Section 8-3-1 (E-10) regulations of permitted fences  “Patio and Deck Privacy Fences” to permit a fence which provides 0% and 39% permeability instead of the required 50% permeability requirement at the real estate commonly known as 10705 Hillsdale Road – Jeffrey Kemmer owner. At the hearing held on July 3, 2012, Mr. Kemmer stated that his already-built fence had 0% permeability at the top and 39% permeability below, instead of the required 50% permeability; the fence goes around the deck of the swimming pool. The PC/ZBA found that he met all the requirements for the variance and it was their recommendation to approve such variance to the already-built fence subject to the following conditions:  that it be in substantial compliance with petitioner’s Exhibit A, which is a rendering of that fence; that it be in compliance with all City codes and ordinances and that the use be established within six months.  Ald. Von Drasek moved to concur with the PC/ZBA recommendation, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk.  Ald. Von Drasek stated that further discussion  is needed; this was more of a railing than a fence. Definitions should be clarified. Ald. Michalczyk stated that this matter is being reviewed by Staff and will be addressed at the next Infrastructure Committee meeting.  Motion carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 12-40-O.

25. Atty. Peck presented consideration of an ordinance to allow a sign varianceto Section 8-5-9 B-1 “Freestanding Signs – Number” – to establish a second sign on a property which contains an existing freestanding sign at 6161 Joliet Road – Chris Klbecka, manager.  At the hearing held on July 3, 2012, the petitioner sought a variance to permit placement and construction of a second freestanding sign upon the real estate commonly known as 6161 Joliet Road.  After hearing the testimony and the evidence, the PC/ZBA recommended approval of the variance subject  to the following conditions: that the construction and placement be in substantial compliance with Petitioner’s Exhibits A and B, attached to the recommendation; that all construction  be in conformity with applicable city codes, and that use be established within six months.  Ald. Jasinski moved to concur with the PC/ZBA recommendation, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE  12-41-O.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT - none

STAFF REPORTS

26. City Engineer Fitzgerald  stated thatthe bid opening for the CDBG project on Prescott  will take place on July 24 at 10 a.m. in City Hall.

27. Mr. Fitzgerald stated that bids were opened yesterday for the Phase 2 site work at the City  Center Development. The recommendation is to award the contract to Schwartz Excavating in the amount of $521,888.  A letter of recommendation will  follow. Ald. Musillami moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

28. Mayor Krzeminski stated that a motion is in order to go into Executive Session for the purpose of reviewing Executive Session minutes of 4-19-12 and 4-25-12.

29. Ald. Von Drasek stated that in the past when the Mayor was  out of town for a period of time, a Mayor Pro Tem has been appointed. He suggested that the City attorney draft a document for such an occurrence. Mayor Krzeminski stated that he is following the language of the City Ordinance and has discussed this matter with Attorney Peck today. Both men concur that if the Mayor is incapacitated or cannot be contacted, then a Mayor Pro Tem appointment would be in order.  Even though he is out of town, he will be available to staff at all times.  Ald. McDermott stated that if the Mayor were incapacitated and could not communicate or if a natural disaster occurred and the City was unable to conduct business as usual, it would be prudent to have such a document in place.  Mayor Krzeminski read from the Ordinance – “Section 1-5 C-7 – Mayor Pro Tem –  if the temporary absence or disability of the Mayor incapacitates him or her from the performance of his duties but does not create a vacancy in the office, the City Council shall elect one of its members to act as Mayor Pro Tem . . .” – from the original Code in 1970.  He is following the Ordinance.

30. Ald. McDermott stated that the former Mayor  appointed someone to serve in that capacity as a matter of caution, if needed.  Attorney Peck stated that the way the Code reads right now, there is no need for it.  A temporary absence means he is coming back; but does it incapacitate him from performing his duties – perhaps not.  The definition of what constitutes a “temporary absence”  or disability may need clarification.

ADJOURNMENT
 

31. Ald. McDermott moved to adjourn to Executive Session under Section Of the Open Meetings Act for the purpose of reviewing Executive Session Minutes of 4-19-12 and 4-25-12, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0.

Mayor Krzeminski declared the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

SHARON SWEENEY,  CITY CLERK