ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 – 5:30 p.m.
Chamber Room – Countryside City Hall
I. Call to order.
2. Roll Call:
Ald. Sean McDermott, Chairman
Ald. James Jasinski
Ald. Bob Pondelicek
Treasurer Steven Jasinski
Adm. Gail Paul
3. Approval of Minutes – July 13, 2011.
4. Request for a tax rebate from the Holiday Inn.
5. Update by City Engineer on site improvements.
6. Other business
7. Adjournment to executive session for the purpose of discussing real estate.
COUNTRYSIDE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2011 – 5:30 P. M.
COUNCIL CHAMBERS – CITY HALL
Ald. Sean McDermott, Chairman, called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. He called the Roll of those physically present:
PRESENT: Ald. Sean McDermott, Chairman, City Admin. Gail Paul,Ald. Robert Pondelicek, Ald. James Jasinski,
ABSENT: Treas. Steve Jasinski.
ALSO PRESENT: Mayor Krzeminski, Clerk Sweeney, City Atty. Peck, Ald.Michalczyk, Ald. Von Drasek, Asst. Admin. Peterson, City Eng. Fitzgerald.
Approval of Minutes
The first order of business was approval of the Minutes of July 13, 2011. Ald. Michalczyk moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Ald. McDermott and carried by unanimous voice vote.
Request for a Tax Rebate from the Holiday Inn
Ms. Paul met with Mr. Joseph Lenoch who presented the City with a list of all the improvements undertaken by the William Tell Holiday Inn, along with the formal rebate request. The City asked Attorney Peck to prepare an opinion on the City’s ability to rebate taxes on a project already completed. The opinion is included in the committee packet. Ms. Paul has reviewed the list of capital improvements completed totaling approximately $1.6 million
Mr. Lenoch seeks a rebate of the Hotel/Motel taxes to help pay the debt on the improvements itemized on the Greater Metropolitan Title, LLC listing. He will be happy to answer any questions. He is seeking a 50% rebate of the capital improvements made. Chairman McDermott stated that the committee will consider the matter. Mayor Krzeminski stated that the Holiday Inn definitely has been a mainstay in Countryside and are worthy of the utmost consideration. That is the opinion of the entire City Council as well; the matter will be taken under consideration. Chairman McDermott thanked Mr. Lenoch for his appearance.
Update by City Engineer on Site Improvements
City Engineer Fitzgerald stated that environmental work and demolition will begin some time next week. He will be meeting on site with the demolition contractor and will have a more formal report for the Council meeting next week.
Ald. Pondelicek asked about the Hydraulic lift removal — that work has been completed at the Continental Toyota and City Dodge sites. Mr. Fitzgerald stated that engineering work for the entire site is proceeding – survey work and the traffic study are under way.
Mr. Fitzgerald was directed by Ms. Paul to prepare an engineering agreement for development work; that document should be completed and available for the next City Council meeting.
Mr. Fitzgerald and Ms. Paul met with planner yesterday; it was a very productive planning session and they hope to have renderings available for the next City Council meeting.
There being no further business to discuss, Ald. Michalczyk moved to adjourn to Executive Session under Section 2Ac of the Open Meetings Act for the purpose of discussing real estate, seconded by Ald. McDermott and carried unanimously.
Chairman McDermott declared the meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.
ALD. SEAN MC DERMOTT, CHAIRMAN