AGENDA
CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2005 – 7:30 P.M.

I. MEETING CALL TO ORDER – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
II. ROLL CALL – CITY CLERK
III. OMNIBUS AGENDA:
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:

Regular meeting of January 12, 2005.

B. STATEMENT OF BILLS – period ending January 26, 2005.

C. TREASURER’S REPORT – for period ending December 31, 2004.

D. Application for a special use permit from Helping Hand Rehabilitation Center to hold a craft fair February 12, 2005, from
9 to 3 pm. Request for waiving fee.

E. MEMBERSHIP: Int’l Institute of Municipal Clerks – Clerk’s Office – $166.

F. Application for a general business license application from ISABELLA’S RESTAURANT, 5403 La Grange Road. Type: Restaurant/Lounge. Applicant: James Arce. (formerly Melody Lane Chalet).

G. Application for a general business license application from ULTIMATE MIDWEST FURNISHINGS, 5430 Dansher Road. Type: Retail Merchant. Applicant: Raymond Yarem.

H. Application for a general business license from RAFFERTY’S PUB AND RESTAURANT, 10901 W. Joliet Road. Type: Restaurant/Lounge. Applicant: Martin Lynch. (formerly Tone’s Roadhouse).

I. MEMBERSHIP: Nat’l Assn. of Cities – Administration – $185

IV. ADDITIONS TO AND/OR DELETIONS FROM THE AGENDA
V. QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE
VI. MAYOR’S REPORT

A. Introduction of Patrick Pena, newest patrol officer in Countryside.

B. Request issuance of a Class E Liquor License for Isabella’s Restaurant, 5403 La Grange Road, in conjunction with the business license for the restaurant. (formerly Melody Lane Chalet).

C. Request issuance of a Class AA Liquor License for Rafferty’s Irish Pub, Inc., 10901 W. Joliet Road, in conjunction with the business license for the restaurant. (formerly Tone’s Roadhouse).

D. From Helping Hand Rehabilitation Center requesting a waiver of building permit fees of $1,769.80 regarding a $75,000 toilet room renovation.

VII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT

VIII. TREASURER’S REPORT

A. The Treasurer will answer any questions and/or comments concerning the Treasurers report under the omnibus section.
IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCE COMMITTEE – TREASURER STOFFELS, CHAIRMAN

Recommendations from the Finance Committee meeting of January 26, 2005.

A. Helping Hand Rehabilitation Center, 50th Anniversary Dinner Dance.

B. Helping Hand Rehab – Ad Book for 50th Anniversary.

C. Special Olympics Illinois.

D. Pleasantdale Park District 4th of July Celebration – last year $1200.

E. Flagg Creek Historical Society fundraiser on 2-20-05.

F. American Cancer Society Relay for Life on Jun17-18, 2005.

G. Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau Guidebook for Spring (Hotel Com.)

M. Ad for LTHS Girls Basketball Regional program book.

POLICE COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN CONRAD, CHAIRMAN

Recommendations from the Police committee meeting of January 19, 2006:

H. Recommendation to purchase a traffic-monitoring device.

I. Recommendation to purchase a video storage server.

J. Recommendation to hire a full time dispatcher to fill vacancy – Laurie Frohlich.

K. Recommendation to require City personnel as security for teen dances.

LICENSE COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN MICHALCZYK, CHAIRMAN

Recommendations from the License Committee meeting of January 24, 2005:

STREETS & ALLEYS COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN SMETANA, CHAIRMAN

Recommendations from the Streets & Alleys Committee meeting of January 26, 2005:

WATER COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN STRAZA, CHAIRMAN

L. From the Senior Water Operator requesting attendance to the Illinois AWWA Annual Conference in Springfield, Il,
March 22-24. Estimated expenses: $490.

X. CITY ATTORNEY/LEGAL REPORT

A. Plan/ZBA recommendation to consider a variance to build a residence with a side yard of 10′ in place of the 15′ requirement at 10311 W. 5th Avenue – Marco & Esperanza Guitron.

B. Plan/ZBA recommendation to consider a variance of height and surface area to construct a new sign 8’x29′ to replace current sign at 9960 Joliet Road – Cheryl Nelson/Continental Auto.

C. Plan/ZBA recommendation to consider a special use permit to operate an equipment rental facility at 6260 Joliet Road – Jones, Falcon & Kenney, Ltd.
XI. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

A. Engineer’s pay estimate #3 – I-55 Noise Walls – Lorig Construction Company, Des Plaines, IL – $317,476.27.

B. Consideration of participation in the 2005 Governor’s Conference on Tourism held in Chicago, March 29-31. Registration – $325 per person.

C. Recommendation to approve the Succession of Authority During Emergencies.

D. Request approval of attendance at the Ill City Management Assn. Winter Conference in Moline, IL from February 24-25, 2005. Estimate cost – $300.

E. Recommendation to purchase additional Municipal Software, Inc. (MSI) items.
XII. STAFF REPORTS

A. Police Chief

B. City Engineer
XIII. OLD & NEW BUSINESS
XIV. ADJOURNMENT

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE, ILLINOIS
HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2005

1. After the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Mayor LeGant called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. City Clerk Herberts called the roll, which was as follows:

PRESENT: Mayor Carl LeGant, Aldermen Robert Conrad, Wayne Straza, Joseph Fajdich, Karen Michalczyk, Edward Krzeminski, Michael Smetana

ABSENT: City Treasurer Stoffels

ALSO PRESENT: City Clerk Herberts, City Attorney Erik Peck, Police Chief Swanson, City Administrator Bailey, City Engineer Fitzgerald, Deputy Treasurer Wenzel, Deputy Clerk Bartelt, Police/Fire Bd. Member Pondelicek, Welch, ESDA Coordinator Norman

OMNIBUS AGENDA

2. Approval of Minutes of January 12, 2005.

3. Statement of Bills for period ending January 26, 2005.

4. Treasurer’s Report for period ending December 31, 2004.

5. Application for a special use permit from Helping Hand Rehabilitation Center to hold a craft fair February 12, 2005, from 9am to 3pm. Request for waiving fee.

6. Membership: Int’l. Institute of Municipal Clerks – Clerk’s Office – $166.

7. Application for a general business license from Isabella’s Restaurant, 5403 LaGrange Road. Type: Restaurant/Lounge. Applicant: James Aroe (formerly Melody Lane Chalet).

8. Application for a general business license from Ultimate Midwest Furnishings, 5430 Dansher Road. Type: Retail merchant. Applicant: Raymond Yarem.

9. Application for a general business license from Rafferty’s Pub and Restaurant, 10901 W. Joliet Road. Type: Restaurant/Lounge. Applicant: Martin Lynch (formerly Tone’s Roadhouse).

10. Membership: National Association of Cities – Administration – $185.

11. Ald. Conrad moved to approve the Omnibus Agenda as presented, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously.

Mayor LeGant asked the audience to observe the cell phone sign posted.
QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE – none

MAYOR’S REPORT

12. Mayor LeGant introduced the newest City Police Officer, Patrick Pena. Council members welcomed him to Countryside.

13. Mayor LeGant requested the issuance of a Class E Liquor License for Isabella’s Restaurant, 5403 LaGrange Road, in conjunction with the business license for the restaurant formerly known as Melody Lane Chalet. Ald. Smetana moved to terminate the liquor license of Melody Lane Chalet, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously. Ald. Smetana moved to create a new Class E Liquor License for Isabella’s Restaurant, 5403 LaGrange Road, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously.

14. Mayor LeGant requested the issuance of a Class AA Liquor License for Rafferty’s Irish Pub, Inc., 10901 W. Joliet Road, in conjunction with the business license for the restaurant, formerly known as Tone’s Roadhouse. Ald. Smetana moved to terminate the liquor license of Tone’s Roadhouse, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously. Ald. Krzeminski moved to create a new Class AA Liquor License for Rafferty’s Irish Pub, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried unanimously.

15. Mayor LeGant presented the request from Helping Hand Rehabilitation Center requesting a waiver of building permit fees of $1,769 for bathroom renovation. Ald. Conrad moved to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Smetana and carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

FINANCE COMMITTEE – TREASURER STOFFELS, CHAIRMAN, is absent. Ald. Michalczyk presented the report.

16. A request from Helping Hand for the 50th Anniversary Dinner Dance was denied in lieu of taking a full-page ad for $500 in the 50th Anniversary Ad Book. Ald. Smetana moved to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried unanimously.

17. The next item is Special Olympics Illinois, sponsoring children at a rate of $32.50 per child. Ald. Smetana moved to approve the expenditure, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried unanimously.

18. Pleasantdale Park District 4th of July Celebration – last year the City donated $1,200. Finance Committee recommended the same amount. Ald. Smetana moved to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously.

19. Ald. Michalczyk presented the request from the Flagg Creek Historical Society Annual Fundraiser on February 20, 2005, for a donation of $400. Ald. Straza moved to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously.

20. American Cancer Society Relay for Life on June 17-18, 2005 – the Finance Committee recommended a donation of $500. Ald. Smetana moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried unanimously.

21. Request from the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors’ Bureau Guidebook for Spring will be sent to the Hotel/Motel Committee for further discussion.

22. No action taken on the final item – Royal Publishing is not the LTHS advertising agency.

23. LICENSE COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN MICHALCZYK, CHAIRMAN presented the recommendation to table the rental tax item. The committee discussed having two garage sales of two days each per year. A draft ordinance was prepared by Attorney Peck and will be discussed at the next meeting.

24. STREETS & ALLEYS COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN SMETANA, CHAIRMAN, presented recommendations from the meeting earlier this evening. They discussed the request of the Melody Lane owner asking the city to vacate the alley running behind the establishment from Plainfield Road to 55th St. (Bobolink). The committee felt it would not be in the best interest of the city to vacate the alley due to many undergrounds and aerial utilities located therein; also deliveries to the remaining businesses would be adversely affected. No action taken.

25. WATER COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN STRAZA, CHAIRMAN, presented the request from Dennis Anderson to attend the Illinois AWWA Annual Conference in Springfield, IL March 22-24, 2005. Estimated expense is $490. Ald. Straza moved to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously.

26. POLICE COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN CONRAD, CHAIRMAN, presented the recommendations from that meeting. The first is to purchase a traffic-monitoring device at a cost of $3,695. Ald. Conrad moved to approve the expenditure, seconded by Ald. Fajdich and carried unanimously.

27. Ald. Conrad moved to approve the purchase of a video storage server in the amount of $4,160, including the discount. Ald. Krzeminski seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.

28. Ald. Conrad presented the recommendation to hire a full-time dispatcher to fill a vacancy; the candidate is Laurie Frohlich. Ald. Conrad moved to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Smetana and carried unanimously.

29. Ald. Conrad presented the recommendation to require city personnel to act as security for teen dances. Ald. Conrad moved to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk. Council discussed the ratio of 100 teens to one officer as being acceptable. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

30. Ald. Conrad commended the Public Works Department on renovating the ceramics room downstairs; they have done a great job. Thanks to Mark Battaglia for installing the exercise equipment.

LEGAL REPORT

31. City Attorney Erik Peck presented the recommendation of the PC/ZBA for a variance to build a residence with a side yard of ten feet in place of the fifteen feet required at the property commonly known as 10311 W. 5th Avenue. The applicants were Mario and Esperanza Guitron. The hearing held on January 4, 2005 revealed that the applicants met the necessary requirements; it is their recommendation to approve the variance. Ald. Smetana moved to concur with the recommendation of the PC/ZBA, seconded by Ald. Krzeminski and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-02-O.

32. Mr. Peck presented the recommendation of the PC/ZBA for a variance of height and surface area to construct a new sign 8×29′ to replace the current sign at 9960 Joliet Road. The applicant is Continental Auto, dba Continental Toyota; owner Cheryl Nelson. The hearing held January 4, 2005 revealed that the applicants met the necessary requirements; it is their recommendation to approve the variance. Ald. Conrad moved to concur with the recommendation of the PC/ZBA, seconded by Ald. Smetana and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-03-O.

33. Mr. Peck requested that the final item, a special use permit for Sunbelt Rentals to operate an equipment rental facility at 6260 Joliet Road be tabled for further information. Ald. Smetana moved to table the matter, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously.

ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

34. City Administrator Bailey presented engineer’s pay estimate #3 for the I-55 Noise Walls in the amount of $317,476.27 to Lorig Construction Co. Ald. Krzeminski moved to approve the expenditure, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously.

35. Mr. Bailey sought consideration for City Council participation in the 2005 Governor’s Conference on Tourism held in Chicago on March 29-31. Registration is $325 pp. Ald. Smetana moved to approve three individuals, City Council and/or Department Heads to attend, seconded by Ald. Krzeminski and carried unanimously.

36. Mr. Bailey presented a memo regarding Succession of Authority proposal in association with the City’s Emergency Operations Plan, which is being modified to comply with various Homeland Security directives. He recommends that the succession of authority be the Mayor, City Administrator, Chief of Police, ESDA Coordinator. Ald. Krzeminski moved to concur with the recommendation, seconded by Ald. Fajdich. Motion carried by 4/2 vote – Michalczyk and Conrad opposed.

37. Mr. Bailey sought authority to attend the ILCMA Winter Conference in Moline, IL February 24-25, 2005 at a cost of $300. Ald. Krzeminski moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Fajdich and carried unanimously.

38. Mr. Bailey presented the recommendation to purchase additional Municipal Software, Inc. (MSI) systems at a cost of $7,730; these are human resource upgrades. Ald. Krzeminski moved to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Smetana and carried unanimously.

STAFF REPORTS

39. Police Chief Swanson stated that the crossing guard at Ideal School, David Velos, will be taking a full-time job. His position will be open; if there are any retirees who may be interested in this position, please advise the Police Department; the times are 45 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes in the afternoon.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, Ald. Smetana moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ald. Krzeminski and carried unanimously.

Mayor LeGant declared the meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

SHIRLEY C. HERBERTS, CITY CLERK