CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2011 at 7:30 P.M.
I.CALL TO ORDER – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
II. ROLL CALL
All items on the Omnibus Agenda are considered to be routine in nature by the City Council and will be enacted in one motion. There will not be separate discussion of these items unless a Council member so requests, in which event the item will be removed from the Omnibus Agenda and considered separately.
A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: January 26, 2011.
B. STATEMENT OF BILLS through February 9, 2011: $257,650.58.
C. Application for a Special Use to hold a Vendor Shopping Night including raffles as fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at Park Place, 6240 Joliet Road on March 10, 2011. (Requesting all fees be waived)
D. Application for a general business license from DUDE TESTING & LOCATING, LLC, 6475 Joliet Road, #A900. Type: Electrical Testing. Applicant: Claudia/Scott Dude.
E. Application for a general business license from SELECT TIRE & AUTO, INC., 6514 Joliet Road. Type: automotive repair. Applicant: James Waner, Sr.
F. Application for a general business license from COMMUNITY CAR CARE, 9675 W. 55TH St. Type: Auto repair. Applicant: Amin Wahdan. (New Owners)
G. Application for a Special Use and Raffle license to conduct a fundraiser for the ALMOST HOME KIDS charity on February 12, 2011 at the Park Place, 6240 Joliet Road. (Requesting all fees be waived)
H. Application from Kevin Wasmer for a one-day Suburban Coin Show at Park Place, 6200 Joliet Road from 9 am to 3 p.m. on the following days in 2011: Jan.9; Feb. 13; Mar. 13th; Apr. 10th, May 8th; Jun. 12th, Jul. 10th, Aug. 14th; Sept. 11th; Oct. 9th; Nov.13th and Dec. 10-11.
IV. ADDITIONS TO AND/OR DELETIONS FROM THE AGENDA
V. QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE
A. Approval of Resolution requesting Community Development Block Grant Funds for 2011 for $115,000, for the Street Improvements on Prescott Road.
B. Approval of Agreement with the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago to accept a grant for $25,000.
VII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT
VIII. TREASURER’S REPORT
LICENSE COMMITTEE – ALD. PONDELICEK, CHAIRMAN
A. Application for a general business license from H & R Block, 36 Countryside Plaza. Type: Service merchant. Applicant: HRB Tax Group.
FINANCE COMMITTEE – TREASURER JASINSKI, CHAIRMAN
B. Recommendation to approve auditing services contract with Sikich LLP for a 5 year term beginning with FY 2011.
C. Recommendation to approve the bus shelters contract with Illinois Convenience & Safety Corp (IC&SC) for a 10 year term beginning 2-9-11.
X. CITY ATTORNEY/LEGAL REPORT
A. Plan/ZBA recommendation approving a special use to Sec. 8-c-3(b) to allow a rental furniture business in which less than 50% of its income is derived from sales which generate a retailers’ occupation tax or a service occupation tax at 1 Countryside Plaza, #300.
B. Plan/ZBA recommendation to reconsider the Planned Unit Development (PUD) request of the Shamrock Taco Bell Corporation which consists of a special use and variance requests to construct a new Taco Bell Facility at 5601-5611 La Grange Road.
XI. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
XII. STAFF REPORTS
A. Police Chief
B. City Engineer
1. Engineer’s pay estimate #3 & Final for the 2010 MFT Street Rehabilitation Project to Central Blacktop Company, La Grange, IL for $13,893.97.
2. Engineer’s pay estimate #7 and Final for the Pump House No. 1 & 2 Rehabilitationto Genco Industries, Inc. Crestwood, IL for $49,967.61.
C. Asst. City Administrator
XIII. OLD & NEW BUSINESS
XIV. ADJOURN to executive session.
Your Honor, I move that we adjourn to Executive session under Secs. 2Aa and 2Ac of the Open Meetings Act to discuss labor negotiations and real estate.
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PUBLIC HEARING CONCERNING AVAILABILITY OF
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS
CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE, COUNCIL CHAMBERS
5550 EAST AVENUE, COUNTRYSIDE, IL
WEDNESDAY, February 9, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.
Call to Order:
Mayor Conrad called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.. City Clerk Sweeney called the Roll of those physically present as follows:
PRESENT: Mayor Robert Conrad, Ald. John Von Drasek, Ald. Michael Smetana, Ald. Sean McDermott, Ald. Karen Michalczyk, Ald. Wayne Straza.
ABSENT: Ald. Robert Pondelicek
ALSO PRESENT: City Clerk Sweeney, City Atty. E. Peck, City. Admin. Paul, Asst. Admin. Peterson, Fin. Dir. Drazner, CDP Swanson, City. Eng. Fitzgerald, ESDA Coord. Norman
Mayor Conrad stated that this is a Public Hearing concerning the availability of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, to gather citizen’s views, address proposals for funding and respond to inquiries including assessment of needs, proposed uses and performance reviews. The proposal will be addressed by the City Planner, Mr. Bryan Swanson.
CDP Mr. Swanson stated that the objective of the Public Hearing is to present the CDBG application to local residents along with gathering comments and opinions. In the 2011 CDBG program year, the City of Countryside proposes to resurface 1, 200 linear feet of Prescott Road in the 5th Avenue Cutoff area in Ward 2. The City is requesting approximately $115,000 in CDBG funds with a local match of $115,000.
In 2007 the City of Countrysideearing is toHearing received $35,000 for sidewalk replacement; in 2008 the City received $40,000 from Cook County to improve 74th St. in Ward 2. In 2009 the City received $50,000 to improve Sunset Avenue in Ward 2. In 2010 the City applied for a grant of $110,000 to improve Prescott Road, which was not awarded. The CDBG is a federally funded grant to assist in improving communities with a resident population of 49.2% having low/moderate income. The two census tracts meeting that requirement are the 5th Avenue Cutoff in Ward 2 and the area around Ideal School in Ward 1. That concludes the presentation.
OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT
Mayor Conrad opened the Public Comment portion of the Hearing. No audience members responded.
CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENT
Hearing no response, Mayor Conrad closed the Public Comment portion of the Hearing Ald. Von Drasek stated that the funds are badly needed since Prescott Road has never been resurfaced. Ald Straza suggested that the City contact the new Cook County CommissionerJeffrey Tobolski. Mayor Conrad stated that Comm.Tobolski will receive a copy of all documents.
There being no further business to discuss, Ald. Von Drasek moved to close the Public Hearing, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried by unanimous voice vote.
Mayor Conrad declared the meeting adjourned at 7:08 p.m.
SHARON SWEENEY, CITY CLERK
MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE, ILLINOIS
HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2011
1. Mayor Conrad called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. City Clerk Sweeney called the Roll of those physically present as follows:
PRESENT: Mayor Robert Conrad, Aldermen John Von Drasek, Michael Smetana, Sean McDermott, Karen Michalczyk, Wayne Straza.
ABSENT: Ald. Robert Pondelicek
ALSO PRESENT: City Clerk Sweeney, City Treasurer Jasinski, City Attorney Erik Peck. City Admin. Paul, Police Chief Ruth, Asst. Admin. Peterson, Fin. Dir. Drazner, City Eng. Fitzgerald, ESDA Coord. Norman, PC/ZBA R. Fullmer, J. Jasinski, T. Grotzke
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: January 26, 2011.
3. STATEMENT OF BILLS through February 9, 2011: $257,650.58.
4. Application for a Special Use to hold a Vendor Shopping Night including raffles as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at Park Place, 6240 Joliet Road on March 10, 2011.
5. Application for a general business license from DUDE TESTING & LOCATING, LLC, 6475 Joliet Road, #A900. Type: Electrical testing. Applicant: Claudia/Scott Dude.
6. Application for a general business license from SELECT TIRE & AUTO, INC., 6514 Joliet Road. Type: Automotive repair. Applicant: James Waner, Sr.
7. Application for a general business license from COMMUNITY CAR CARE, 9675 W. 55th St. Type: Auto repair. Applicant: Amin Wahdan. (new owners)
8. Application for a Special Use and Raffle license to conduct a fundraiser for the ALMOST HOME KIDS charity on February 12, 2011 at Park Place, 6240 Joliet Road. (request all fees be waived)
9. Application from Kevin Wasmer for a one-day Suburban Coin Show at Park Place, 6200 Joliet Road from 9 am to 3 pm on the following days in 2011: Jan 9; Feb. 13; Mar. 13; Apr. 10; May 8; June 12; July 10; Aug. 14; Sep. 11; Oct. 9, Nov. 13 & Dec.10-11.
10. Ald. McDermott moved to approve the Omnibus Agenda as presented, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried unanimously.
ADDITIONS TO AND/OR DELETIONS FROM THE AGENDA
11. Two additions to the Agenda were noted by Mayor Conrad.
QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE
12. Jeff Fuller stated that he and many neighbors present tonight are against any entrance or exit drives proposed by Taco Bell on 56th St. Richard Rediehs with the Shamrock TBC, operator of the LaGrange Road Taco Bell, requested that this matter on tonight’s agenda be referred back to the PC/ZBA for further discussion. Taco Bell has revised their site plan and would like to present it at the next meeting on March 1, 2011 at 7:30- p.m. All residents present tonight are welcome to attend the PC/ZBA meeting and make their views known at that time. Ald. Von Drasek moved to refer this matter back to the PC/ZBA, seconded by Ald. Smetana and carried unanimously.
13. Mayor Conrad presented approval of a resolution requesting Community Development Block Grant Funds for 2011 in the amount of $115,000 for street improvements to Prescott Road. Ald. Smetana moved to adopt the Resolution as presented, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried by Roll Call vote – 5/0/1. Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as RESOLUTION 11-3-R.
14. Mayor Conrad sought approval of an agreement with the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago to accept a grant of $25,000. Ald. Straza moved to accept the grant, seconded by Ald. Smetana and carried unanimously. – 5/0/1.
15. Mayor Conrad complimented City Admin. Gail Paul, Police Chief Ruth and Public Works Director Essig and their departments on the heroic jobs they all did in keeping the City up and running during the recent snow emergency; thank you very much to all the employees for their tireless efforts during the blizzard. Residents appreciate all the hard work done by the DPW in the City. Thanks to the Police Department, City Staffers, Steve Norman and the ESDA group, plus officers who made well-being checks on seniors. City Hall is always open to the public as a warming center; he urged mobile park residents and all residents to use City Hall as a safe haven during severe storms. In that vein, the City will extend leeway for Red Light offenders on February 1 and 2. He asked Chief Ruth to have his officers review those videos with a lenient eye. Several area businesses volunteered equipment to help the City during the blizzard. Mayor Conrad thanked them all, especially Westfield Ford for donating two four-wheel drive vehicles for City use. Also, Highlands Yamaha offered two snowmobiles for City use if needed.
16. Congratulations to State Senator Lou Viverito of the 11th District, on his retirement after many years of public service; he was always a friend of the City. Lyons Township Supv. Steve Landek, recently appointed to that position, is now the new Senator for the 11th District in the State of Illinois. Congratulations to him as well.
17. The West Central Municipal Conference Legislative Breakfast will be held at the Rosewood Restaurant & Banquets on Higgins Road in Rosemont, IL on Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 9-11 a.m. Many City officials have previously attended the breakfast; the cost is $40 per person. In the past the City has purchased a table of ten and invited Township and state level elected officials and City staff to attend. Ald. Straza moved to approve purchase of a table, seconded by Ald. McDermott and carried unanimously.
CITY CLERK’S REPORT
18. City Clerk Sweeney stated that due to Ald. Pondelicek’s absence tonight, Atty. Peck will present the License Committee report.
19. FINANCE COMMITTEE – TREASURER JASINSKI, CHAIRMAN, presented the recommendation of the Finance Committee to approve the auditing services contract with Sikich LLP for a five-year term beginning with FY 2011. Ald. Straza moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Smetana and carried unanimously.
20. Treasurer Jasinski presented the recommendation to approve the bus shelters contract with Illinois Convenience & Safety Corp. (IC&SC) for a ten-year term beginning 2-9-11. Ald. Smetana moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried unanimously.
21. Treasurer Jasinski thanked Steve Norman for his efforts re: the funding coming in from the Cook County grant to cover the costs of overtime, etc. He will make a report later tonight.
22. LICENSE COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN PONDELICEK, CHAIRMAN (absent) -Atty. Peck stated that the application for a general business license from H & R Block, 36 Countryside Plaza, a tax preparer, has leased the space for several years. This year they fall into the category of a non-tax producing business in the commercial corridor. This could be classified as a pre-existing non-conforming use; the City may grant a business license until their lease expires. Ald. Smetana moved to concur with the recommendation, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried unanimously.
23. City Atty. Peck presented the PC/ZBA recommendation after the January 4, 2011 hearing, to approve a special use to Section 8-c-3(b) to allow a rental furniture business in which less than 50% of the income is derived from sales which generate a retailers’ occupation tax or a service occupation tax at 1 Countryside Plaza, #300. The special use was granted to Rent-A-Center subject to the following condition, that the size and location be no larger than 100 s.f and there is sales tax generated. Ald. Smetana moved to concur with the PC/ZBA recommendation, seconded by Ald. McDermott and carried unanimously.
Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 11-9-O.
24. Ald. Von Drasek thanked Public Works and the Fire Protection District for all their efforts during the blizzard. Other Aldermen echoed their sentiments.
25. Ald. Michalczyk stated that an Infrastructure Committee meeting is scheduled for February 28 at 6:00 p.m.
26. City Admin. Gail Paul recapped the DPW’s work effort and the expense incurred by the City over the two-day blizzard period. The DPW began plowing at 3 p.m. on February 1 and didn’t stop until 3 p.m. on February 2 – 36 hours. During that time 22.5 inches of snow fell on Countryside. Ten pieces of equipment were on the street; two minor breakdowns occurred and were repaired by a mechanic on staff in a timely manner. They laid 15 tons of rock salt, used 500 gallons of diesel fuel and made eight plow cycles – all local streets in Countryside were plowed eight times during that 36-hour period, equivalent to 875 miles of plowing. When the streets were cleared, they began to clear 250 driveway aprons for seniors and others with special needs. Employees returned to work Thursday morning, continued snowplowing sidewalks and shoveling out fire hydrants with assistance from the Water Department staff. They also removed snow drifts of two feet from all flat roofs. City staff did a phenomenal job.
27. Police Chief Ruth stated that the police department responded to 64 calls for service during the blizzard; 35 were directly weather-related, helping to rescue stranded motorists stuck in the snow, pushing out cars, transporting them from one location to another for public safety, with the assistance of DPW in keeping the roads open; their work was very much appreciated.
28. City Engineer Fitzgerald presented pay estimate #3 and final for the 2010 MFT Street Rehabilitation Project to Central Blacktop Company in the amount of $13,893.97. Ald. Smetana moved to approve payment, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried unanimously.
29. Mr. Fitzgerald presented pay estimate #7 and final for Pump House No. 1 and 2 Rehabilitation to Genco Industries, Inc., in the amount of $49,967.61. Ald. Straza moved to approve payment, seconded by Ald. McDermott and carried unanimously.
30. ESDA Coordinator Norman stated that as a result of the blizzard President Preckwinkle declared a state of emergency for all of Cook County. Norman began data collection for reimbursement from FEMA. There is a $17.6 million threshold that must be met for all municipalities and eligible jurisdictions — over 570 taxing bodies. Some of the eligible items for reimbursement are salt stockpile replacement, overtime wages, hotel costs for Public Safety employees and DPW wages for overtime costs. Data is being collected and finalized for submittal to Cook County by the close of business on Friday.
31. There being no further business to discuss, Ald. McDermott moved to adjourn to Executive Session under Sections 2Aa and 2Ac of the Open Meetings Act for the purpose of discussing labor negotiations and real estate, seconded by Ald. Smetana and carried by unanimous Roll Call vote – 5/0/1.
Mayor Conrad declared the meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.
SHARON SWEENEY, CITY CLERK