LICENSE COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.
Chamber Room

1. Call to Order & Roll Call.

Committee Members: Chairman Musillami, Ald. Von Drasek, Jasinski.

2. Approval of the Minutes: November 10, 2010.

3. Discussion on amending the doubling fee if more than 30 days delinquent. License.

4. Requests received to waive doubling penalty fee.

5. Discussion on changing requirements for Raffle Drawing.

6. Discussion on allowing non-profit organizations to solicit in State controlled intersections.

7. Other business

CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE – CITY HALL

BUSINESS LICENSE COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

WEDNESDAY, February 15, 2012 – 6:30 pm

CHAMBER ROOM

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

1. Meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. Those present: Chair Musillami, Alderman Jasinski. Absent: Ald. Von Drasek. Also Present: Ald. Pondelicek, Michalczyk, McDermott, Clerk Sweeney Deputy Clerk Bartelt, and Adm. Paul; Atty Erik Peck.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

2. The minutes of the November 10, 2010 License Committee meeting were approved as submitted.

DISCUSSION ON AMENDING THE DOUBLING FEE WHEN MORE THAN 30 DAYS DELINQUENT.

3. The Committee reviewed the delinquent list which showed a range from $100 to $1,000. Staff recommended that the penalty be capped at $500 to keep the delinquent fee within a closer range compared to other businesses. Fines will still double with a cap at $500. The question of repeaters vs. first-timers was discussed. It was noted that those appearing on the most recent delinquent list will also be receiving a ticket. The Committee felt when appearing before an adjudicator the owner needs to receive a fine commensurate with the expense of managing each file. The Committee felt a mandatory $250 fine be assessed by ordinance after 3 months has elapsed from the date of the first notice. Atty Peck will draft an ordinance accordingly.

REQUESTS RECEIVED TO WAIVE DOUBLING PENALTY FEES

4. What a Deal has requested that the doubling fee be waived due to extreme hardship. Her letter stated how she was struggling and listed what other expenses were delinquent. The Committee accepted her reasons and agreed to waive the penalty.

Via Bella Restaurant also verbally requested his doubled penalty fee be waived. It was noted that he is current with his payment plan and he has paid for his business license for the restaurant; the only bill outstanding is the penalty. The Committee agreed to waive the penalty as well. It should be emphasized that this is a one-time consideration for both and will not be considered an automatic acceptance of any late fees in the future.

PROPOSED AMENDING REQUIREMENTS FOR RAFFLE DRAWING

5. Staff was asked to review the current requirements for Raffle Drawings. It was agreed to change the requirements by removing the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws from the submissions and instead require a letter from the Attorney General’s office stating the organization is registered under both the Charitable Trust and the Solicitation for Charity Acts, and furnish a letter from the Secretary of State certifying they are a corporation in good standing. They would also have to furnish a letter attesting to the individual’s character as it relates to managing the Raffle, signed by the presiding officer and secretary. The Committee agreed to the policy change.

DISCUSSION ON ALLOWING NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO SOLICIT IN STATE R.O.W. INTERSECTIONS

6. Staff was asked to review the current requirements for non-profit organizations to solicit in State controlled intersections. The Committee was informed that currently our ordinance follows the State Traffic Code which requires the charity to hold a state-wide fundraising activity. This reduces the number of organizations allowed to solicit within the state intersections. It was pointed out that other towns allow this activity to happen however the speed limit is considerably lower than the 40 mph in our intersections. Discussion ensued concerning soliciting at privately owned locations. The City currently requires that the charity obtain authorization from the store manager and attach that to their letter asking for approval from the City. It was the consensus of the Committee to keep the ordinance intact.

OTHER BUSINESS

7. There being no other business to present, meeting came to a conclusion.

ADJOURNMENT

8. Meeting adjourned at 7:25p.m.

Dated:____________________ _______________________

Chair Musillami

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