CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 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 12, 2011.
B. STATEMENT OF BILLS through January 26, 2011: $244,132.80.
C. TREASURER’S REPORT for month ending December 31, 2010. (previously distributed)
IV. ADDITIONS TO AND/OR DELETIONS FROM THE AGENDA
V. QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE
A. Confirmation of appointments:
1. Flagg Creek Golf Course Board: Terms to Expire Jan’12: Marty Sweeney, John Von Drasek, Thomas Michalczyk.
2. Police Pension Board: Gail Paul, term to expire 5-1-12 and Steve Drazner, term to expire 5-1-11.
VII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT
VIII. TREASURER’S REPORT
X. CITY ATTORNEY/LEGAL REPORT
(recommendations from Plan Hearings of January)
A. Plan/ZBA recommendation approving Shamrock TBC, Inc. for preliminary and final approval of Plat of Consolidation of 5601 and 5611 S. La Grange Road.
B. Plan/ZBA recommendation approving three variations Shamrock TBC, Inc. at 5601-5611 S. LaGrange Road.
C. Plan/ZBA recommendation approving three special uses to Shamrock TBC, Inc. 5601-5611 S. La Grange Road.
D. Plan/ZBA recommendation approving a zoning variation permitting the operation of a furniture rental business in the La Grange Road Arterial Road Corridor Overlay District at 1 Countryside Plaza, (Value City), Suite 300.
E. Reaffirmation of Resolution 11-2-R which approved the City voluntarily withdrawing from the Intergovernmental Agreement Establishing the Northern Illinois Municipal Natural Gas Franchise Consortium.
F. Draft ordinance authorizing the Acquisition of the Reciprocal Easement and Operation Agreement with Aldi Through Condemnation or Otherwise.
XI. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
XII. STAFF REPORTS
B. City Engineer
1. Engineer’s pay estimate for the ’09 Water Main Replacement #7 and Final to Archon Construction Co, Addison, IL for $39,559.84.
C. Asst. City Administrator
XIII. OLD & NEW BUSINESS
XIV. ADJOURN to executive session. Your Honor, I move that we adjourn toExecutive session under Secs. 2Aa and 2Ac of the Open Meetings Section to discuss employees and real estate.
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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE, ILLINOIS
HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 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 Robert Pondelicek, Ald. John Von Drasek, Ald. Michael Smetana, Ald. Sean McDermott, Ald. Karen Michalczyk, Ald. Wayne Straza.
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, BPFC Welch, PC/ZBA R. Fullmer, J. Jasinski
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: January 12, 2011.
3. STATEMENT OF BILLS through January 26, 2011: $244,132.80.
4. TREASURER’S REPORT for the month ending December 31, 2010.
5. Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve the Omnibus Agenda as presented, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried unanimously.
ADDITIONS TO AND/OR DELETIONS FROM THE AGENDA
6. Two additions to the Agenda were noted by Mayor Conrad.
QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE
7. Cari Reid and Dawn Pryor presented a proposal for Countryfest carnival at no cost to the City and half price to residents. They will supply vendors, sponsors and clean-up, if the City provides volunteers. They believe it will be great for the City; they are seeking a location and security for the event. Mayor Conrad stated that RFP’s are due to the City by February 1. This proposal will be passed along to the proper channels and they will be contacted by the City.
8. Richard Radiehs, 15 W 620 – 89th St., Burr Ridge, represented the Shamrock Company of Hinsdale, IL. He seeks to table Items 10 A, B and C, the Taco Bell project on tonight’s agenda, to await input from IDOT and the City’s engineer re: additional curb cuts on LaGrange Road. This matter should return to the PC/ZBA for further discussion. Ald. Straza moved to refer this matter back to the PC/ZBA for further considerations, seconded by Ald. McDermott and carried unanimously.
9. Terri Boshun, 5340 – 6th Ave. – referred to the minutes of October 27, 2010, approved by the City Council, re: Tavern on LaGrange overflow parking. They are to use the parking lot on 55th St. only. Her family has endured overflow parking behind Little Joe’s. She wants to know why she’s getting the run around from the City. She calls the police and Ald. Smetana and gets no satisfaction. She has video evidence which was given to the Police Department – it is date and time stamped. The valet service goes through the alleys and runs stop signs consistently. She is stating these facts on the record. He doesn’t follow the ordinance, along with the smoking ordinance.. His employees smoke within 15 feet of her back door; no one in her home smokes. She wants the City to enforce its ordinance. Chief Ruth stated that the valet service was cited for parking in the handicap zone. Ms. Boshun stated that every weekend is a party that doesn’t end until 2 a.m. with car doors slamming, car engines peeling out; it is very frustrating. She is getting the run around. He should use the lot on 55th St. or get a $750 citation. Atty. Peck stated that he is not using the basement and is not bound by the ordinance. Atty. Peck will present a written opinion regarding this matter.
10. Heather Cavanaugh and Jim Hinckley, Board members of the CEP Youth Leadership, thanked the City for sponsorship of the Haunted Manor in 2009; it was a huge success again last year, with many plans for next year. The kids love it. Their leadership programs stress student awareness of the needs of others and promote performing acts of community service. Mr. Hinckley thanked the community for all its help for the last 30 years assisting community youth. Ms. Cavanaugh presented their yearly fund raiser called BEACH TOUR, to be held at Park Place on March 5, 2011. They travel to a different beach, this year Key West, so all their auction items are inspired by the beach theme. She has tickets available for the auction, plus airline tickets to Miami and posters for display in local businesses. Park Place will become their permanent home for this event. Everyone is invited to attend the auction and participate. They left information for City Council to peruse.
11. Mayor Conrad – Flagg Creek Golf Course Board – no action taken on this matter tonight – continued to the first meeting in February. The two present members will remain until reappointed – Marty Sweeney and John Von Drasek. The City alternates between 2 and 3 members on the Board. If the City needs another member, Mayor Conrad will become the third member at the February 2, 2011 meeting.
12. Mayor Conrad administered the Oath of Office to the Police Pension Board to City Administrator, Gail Paul and Finance Director, Steven Drazner. Ms. Paul’s term will expire on May 1, 2012 and Mr. Drazner’s term will expire on May 1, 2011. Both individuals signed the required certificates and accepted the official commission.
13. Mayor Conrad stated that at the Finance Committee Meeting last night they discussed funding grants for various projects. He announced that Sharon Peterson applied for and the City received a grant in the amount of $25,000 from the Cook County Department of Public Health under the Model Communities Grant Program – supported by the federal government initiative – Putting Prevention to Work, administered by the C D C. A letter of acceptance and a thank you response is necessary. Congratulations to Sharon. This money will be used to update the non-motorized transportation portion of the Comprehensive plan – bicycle path.
14. Mayor Conrad received a letter from Supv. Steve Landek, Township of Lyons, thanking the City for its cooperation in the Senior Housing project for the benefit of all taxpayers. He suggested that a committee be formed to plan for a joint municipal facility for both entities in a mutually agreeable location. The Township owns property on Route 66; the City has outgrown its present facility. They both agree that Route 66 is an excellent location for this joint venture, with a Route 66 theme, either a museum, public building or community center. Further exploration of this idea looks promising; the City has formed a solid partnership with the Township of Lyons.
15. A finance Committee meeting was held yesterday. Another meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 6 p.m. to work in finalizing the budget. All are invited to attend. Mayor Conrad stated that there will be an opportunity to balance this budget, which has not been done for many years. Good job done by the entire staff.
16. Ald. McDermott presented an ordinance authorizing the Acquisition of the Reciprocal Easement and Operation Agreement with ALDI through Condemnation or Otherwise. Ald. Straza moved to adopt the ordinance as presented, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0. Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 11-07-O.
17. Ald. McDermott commended Asst. City Admin. Sharon Peterson on receiving the grant. Hats off to her for all the hard work she did on a very competitive basis.
18. Attorney Peck stated that Items 10 A, B and C, Shamrock -Taco Bell, will be referred to the PC/ZBA for further consideration.
19. Attorney Peck presented the PC/ZBA recommendation approving a zoning variation permitting the operation of a furniture rental business in the LaGrange Road Arterial Road Corridor Overlay District at 1 Countryside Plaza (Value City), Suite 300.
On January 4, 2011, Rent-A-Center came before the PC/ZBA seeking a variance to permit the operation of a furniture rental business which is a prohibited use in the ARC. They are seeking 100 s.f. for the Rent-A-Center for buyers who are unable to purchase furniture, due to poor credit, etc. After hearing all the testimony the PC/ZBA found that the applicant did meet the requirement for the variance subject to the following conditions: that the location be no more than 100 s.f. and that the Finance Director review the PILOT agreement. Mr. Drazner does not recommend a PILOT agreement in this case. This will be an installment purchase and sales tax will be paid on the transaction. Ald. Von Drasek moved to concur with the PC/ZBA recommendation, seconded by Ald. Smetana and carried unanimously by Roll Call vote – 6/0.
Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 11-08-O.
20. Attorney Peck presented the reaffirmation of Resolution 11-2-R which approved the City voluntarily withdrawing from the Intergovernmental Agreement Establishing the Northern Illinois Municipal Natural Gas Franchise Consortium. Ald. Michalczyk moved to reaffirm the Resolution, seconded by Ald. McDermott and carried by unanimous Roll Call vote – 6/0.
21. There being no further business to discuss, Ald. Pondelicek moved to adjourn to Executive Session under Sections 2Aa and 2Ac of the Open Meetings Act to discuss employees and real estate, seconded by Ald. McDermott and carried by unanimous Roll Call vote – 6/0.
Mayor Conrad declared the meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.
SHARON SWEENEY, CITY CLERK