AGENDA
CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 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: – June 22, 2005.

B. STATEMENT OF BILLS – period ending July 13, 2005.

C. Application for a block party in the 10,000 block of Crestview on August 13, 2005 from 2-11 pm, rain date: August 14. Applicant: Beth Schwartz.

D. Application for a general business license from SALT CREEK HOME INSPECTIONS INC., 9555 W. 56th St. Type: Home inspection service. Applicant: Terry Freeburg. (Home Office).

E. MEMBERSHIP: enterpriz – CDD Muenzer – $150

F. MEMBERSHIP: Municipal Clerks of Illinois – Clerk’s Office – $60.

IV. ADDITIONS TO AND/OR DELETIONS FROM THE AGENDA

V. QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

VI. MAYOR’S REPORT

A. Presentation from the National Weather service as a Stormready community.

B. Approval of renewing the 2005-06 Membership dues and Council of Mayors dues for the West Central Municipal Conference (WCMC)- $4,910.74.
VII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT
VIII. TREASURER’S REPORT
IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS

FINANCE COMMITTEE – TREASURER STOFFELS, CHAIRMAN

A. Recommendations from the Finance Committee Meeting of 7-13-05

1. LTHS Sports Program Booklet – 3 seasons – $795.

HOTEL/MOTEL COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN MICHALCZYK, CHAIRMAN

B. Hotel Committee meeting scheduled Friday, July 15, 2005 at 10 a.m. at City Hall.

C. ESDA LIAISON – ALDERMAN SMETANA

1. Recommendation to hire 3 ESDA officers

X. CITY ATTORNEY/LEGAL REPORT

A. Draft ordinance prohibiting the driving on the ditch enclosure property.

B. Draft ordinance re: the placement of temporary no parking signs or notice of the suspension of existing parking regulations at the Police Chief’s discretion.
XI. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
A. Request to attend the Int’l City Managers Association annual conference in Minneapolis, MN from Sept. 25-28, 2005. Estimated cost: $1,500.
XII. STAFF REPORTS
A. Police Chief
B. City Engineer
XIII. OLD & NEW BUSINESS

XIV. ADJOURNMENT

Your Honor, I move that we convene into closed session under Section of the Open Meetings Act for the purpose of discussing

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE, ILLINOIS
HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON WEDNESDAY JULY 13, 2005

1. After the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Mayor LeGant called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Ald. Michalczyk moved to appoint Clerk Bartelt as Acting City Clerk seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried by unanimous voice vote. Acting Clerk Bartelt called the Roll which was as follows:

PRESENT: Mayor Carl LeGant, Aldermen Robert Conrad, Wayne Straza, Karen Michalczyk, John Von Drasek, Michael Smetana, Robert Pondelicek

ABSENT: City Clerk Herberts

ALSO PRESENT: Acting City Clerk Bartelt, City Treasurer Stoffels, City Attorney Robert Peck, Police Chief Swanson, City Administrator Bailey, City Engineer Fitzgerald, Deputy Treasurer Wenzel, ESDA Director Norman

OMNIBUS AGENDA

2. Approval of Minutes of June 22, 2005.

3. Statement of Bills for the period ending July 13, 2005.

4. Application for a block party in the 10000 block of Crestview on August 13, 2005 from 2-11 pm, rain date: August 14. Applicant: Beth Schwartz.

5. Application for a general business license from Salt Creek Home Inspections Inc., 9555 W. 56 St. Type: Home inspection service. Applicant: Terry Freeburg (home office).

6. Membership: ENTERPRIZ – CDD Muenzer – $150.

7. Membership: Municipal Clerks of Illinois – Clerk’s Office – $60.

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

ADDITIONS TO AND/OR DELETIONS FROM THE AGENDA

9. One addition was noted by Ald. Conrad.

QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE – none

MAYOR’S REPORT

10. Mayor LeGant introduced Jim Allsopp of the National Weather Service who made a presentation to Police Chief Swanson and ESDA Coordinator Norman upon their successful completion of the Storm Ready Program for the City of Countryside. Several people in the Police Department, Public Works and Emergency Management volunteers provide vital information which assists in getting weather warnings out to the public. Countryside is well prepared for the onset of severe weather. Mr. Allsopp congratulated the Chief and Mr. Norman and presented road signs recognizing Countryside as a Storm Ready Community. Mr. Allsopp introduced other members of his team from the State of Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Ron Carlson, Tom Janetske; Kevin Phillips and Bob King from the Cook County office. Chief Swanson thanked the Mayor, City Council and Ald. Conrad for their cooperation.

11. Mayor LeGant sought approval for renewing the 2005-06 membership dues and Council of Mayors dues for the West Central Municipal Conference in the amount of $4,910.74. Ald. Straza moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

12. FINANCE COMMITTEE – TREASURER STOFFELS, CHAIRMAN, presented recommendations from the committee – regarding the Lyons Township High School Sports Program Booklet – three seasons for $795 – same as last year. Ald. Smetana moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried unanimously.

13. Treasurer Stoffels recommended sponsorship of a hole at the golf outing for the Center for Independence in the amount of $250. Ald. Conrad moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried unanimously.

14. HOTEL/MOTEL COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN MICHALCZYK, CHAIRMAN, stated that a meeting is scheduled for Friday July 15, 2005 at 10 a.m. in City Hall.

15. RECREATION COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN CONRAD, CHAIRMAN, stated that the Concert in the Park series ended last Thursday; the City hosted four great concerts with equally great turnouts of residents from Countryside and other communities. Congratulations to Sue Wilson, her staff, ESDA units and all other participants. The committee is considering six concerts next year. The Movies in the Park series begins this Friday, with one week off for Countryfest, and continuing for three more Fridays.

16. ESDA LIAISON – ALDERMAN SMETANA. Presented the recommendation to hire three new ESDA Officers; they are down to 11 people. Interviews were conducted. The potential candidates names submitted for hire are Denise L. Cottrell of Hodgkins, Kevin Brunke of Lockport, and Erik Lundgren of Countryside. Hiring is contingent upon successful completion of background checks and medical/drug screening tests required by the City. Ald. Smetana moved to approve hiring the three individuals subject to testing, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously.

LEGAL REPORT

17. City Attorney Peck presented the draft ordinance prohibiting the driving of any vehicles on the ditch enclosure property – between 57-58 Street from LaGrange Road to East Avenue. Ald. Smetana moved to adopt the ordinance as presented and waive the second reading, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously.

Acting Clerk Bartelt declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-23-O.

18. Attorney Peck presented the draft ordinance regarding placement of temporary no parking signs or notice of the suspension of existing parking regulations at the Police Chief’s discretion. Ald. Smetana moved to adopt the ordinance as presented and waive the second reading, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried unanimously.

Acting Clerk Bartelt declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-24-O.

19. Attorney Peck requested a brief executive session for the purpose of discussing pending litigation.

20. Ald. Smetana stated that today the Chief issued a citation to a truck hauling materials down that ditch to a resident’s home. Chief Swanson stated that temporary No Trespassing signs were erected. Ald. Smetana requested a sign centered on a metal post with strong language. Attorney Peck suggested including language for damage liability up to $500.

ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

21. City Administrator Bailey stated that Countryfest preparations are in full swing to make this an exciting event. He thanked all the Departments involved; although there is an event planner, their support has been crucial.

22. Mr. Bailey requested attendance at the International City Managers Association Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN from September 25-28, 2005; cost is $1,500. Ald. Conrad moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Smetana and carried unanimously.

STAFF REPORTS

23. City Engineer Fitzgerald informed Council that the water mains in the alley south of Plainfield have been installed and pressure tested. Bids have gone out for the concrete alley, which will replace the asphalt; contract should be awarded at the next meeting. The final tie-in will be at 6th and Plainfield. Everything is going well.

24. Ald. Pondelicek received a call from Rick Camboni at the Mobile Home Park who complimented the Police and ESDA on their patrol of the area. Several residents commented on the visibility of the police and ESDA; he thanked them very much for the patrols.

ADJOURNMENT

25. There being no further business to discuss, Ald. Conrad moved to convene into closed session under Section 2Ah of the Open Meetings Act for the purpose of discussing pending litigation, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried by unanimous Roll Call vote.

Mayor LeGant declared the Regular Meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.

SHIRLEY C. HERBERTS, CITY CLERK