AGENDA
CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 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: March 9, 2005

B. STATEMENT OF BILLS – period ending March 23, 2005.

C. TREASURER’S REPORT – for period ending February 28, 2005.

D. Application for a general business license from GOOMBA’S, 1402 W. 55th Street. Type: Restaurant. Applicant: Jeffrey Fort. (new owner).

E. Application for a general business license from LA CARRETA RESTAURANT & BAR, INC., 40 Countryside Plaza. (formerly used as Haunted House) Type: Restaurant. Applicant: Arnulfo Gonzalez.

F. Application for a general business license from COUNTRYSIDE CANDLES, 6700 Lorraine Drive. Type: Office in home. Applicant: Mary Louder.

G. Application for a general business license from FOX ELECTRONICS, 7041 Willow Springs Road. Type: Electronics repair shop. Applicant: Tim McMahon.

H. Application for a general business license from DURA FLOORS, INC., 6502 Joliet Road. Type: Business Office. Applicant: Peter Kappos.

IV. ADDITIONS TO AND/OR DELETIONS FROM THE AGENDA

V. QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

VI. MAYOR’S REPORT

A. Application for a Class E Liquor License for La Carreta, 40 Countryside Plaza, in conjunction with a request for a business license listed under omnibus agenda.
VII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT
VIII. TREASURER’S REPORT
FINANCE COMMITTEE – TREASURER STOFFELS, CHAIRMAN
A. Recommendations from the Finance Committee meeting of 3-23-05:
1. LTHS Post Prom Celebration, June 9, 2005, donation request.

2. WSCC-2005 Community Champion Awards, April 28, 2005, donation request.

3. I&M Canal Rendezvous, September 10-11, 2005, donation request.

4. Community Extension Project Dance, April 15, 2005, donation request.

5. Hold My Hand Dinner Dance Fundraiser, May 11, 2005, donation request.

IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS:

LICENSE COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN MICHALCZYK, CHAIRMAN

B. Application for a special use from Greater Chicago Productions to hold an antique postcard show at Local 150, 6200 Joliet Road, on April 15-16, 2005 and November 4-5, 2005.

C. Application from Knight Productions, Rick Cavaliere, for a business license to hold a teen dance on April 22, 2005 at Park Place, 6240 Joliet Road, from 7 pm to 11 pm, approximately 300-500 attendees. (previous dance cancelled due to scheduling conflict).

STREETS & ALLEYS COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN SMETANA, CHAIRMAN

D. Recommendation to approve the 2005 Spring Clean Up program (May 16-18) and award contract to Crown Recycling & Waste Services.

HOTEL/MOTEL COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN KRZEMINSKI, CHAIRMAN

E. Recommendation to approve a new branding for the City.

X. CITY ATTORNEY/LEGAL REPORT

A. Plan/ZBA recommendation to relocate sign from the middle of the used car lot to La Grange Road at 6200 La Grange Road, Salvatore Quatrochi of Westfield Ford.

B. Plan/ZBA recommendation to rezone 9521 W. 56th St. from R-3 to R-4 to build an addition. Applicant: Albert Dostal.

C. Plan/ZBA recommendation for a variance to install a bulk nitrogen storage tank in parking lot, eliminating 2 parking spaces at 5401 Dansher. Applicant: Carroll Scientific, Inc.

D. Plan/ZBA recommendation for a special use to construct an additional self storage structure within an existing self storage facility in a special use B-1 zone at 9711 W. 55th St. Applicant: Storage Today.
XI. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
A. Draft resolution extending the period of participation in the IPBC for three additional years, July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2008.
B. Consideration of attending the WCMC Annual Dinner Meeting, April 29, 2005, $65 pp, and/or Ad book: $50-300.
XII. STAFF REPORTS
A. Police Chief
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, MARCH 23, 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, Karen Michalczyk, Edward Krzeminski,

ABSENT: Michael Smetana, Joseph Fajdich

ALSO PRESENT: City Clerk Herberts, City Treasurer Stoffels, City Attorneys Erik & Robert Peck, Police Chief Swanson, City Administrator Bailey, City Engineer Fitzgerald, CDO Muenzer, Deputy Treasurer Wenzel, Deputy Clerk Bartelt, Police/Fire Bd. Member Pondelicek

OMNIBUS AGENDA

2. Approval of Minutes of March 9, 2005.

3. Statement of Bills for period ending March 23, 2005.

4. Treasurer’s Report for period ending February 28, 2005.

5. Application for a general business license from Goomba’s, 1402 W. 55th St. Type: Restaurant. Applicant: Jeffrey Fort (new owner).

6. Application for a general business license from La Carreta Restaurant & Bar, Inc., 40 Countryside Plaza (formerly used as Haunted House). Type: Restaurant. Applicant: Arnulfo Gonzalez.

7. Application for a general business license from Countryside Candles, 6700 Lorraine Drive. Type: Office in home. Applicant: Mary Louder.

8. Application for a general business license from Fox Electronics, 7041 Willow Springs Road. Type: Electronics Repair Shop. Applicant: Tim McMahon.

9. Application for a general business license from Dura Floors, Inc., 6502 Joliet Road. Type: Business office. Applicant: Peter Kappos.

10.Mayor LeGant noted a correction to the minutes of March 9, 2005, under Mayor’s Report, Item 15, change the second sentence to read, They discussed the backfill issue with the developer, Snyder & Skrine, and the 8 water main through 9th Avenue that goes through the project. Ald. Krzeminski moved to approve the Omnibus Agenda as corrected, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously.

ADDITIONS TO AND/OR DELETIONS FROM THE AGENDA

11. Additions to the Agenda were noted by Ald. Michalczyk, Ald. Krzeminski and Ald. Conrad.

QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

12. Resident Ed Pilarski discussed the upcoming referendum changing the Treasurer’s Office to an appointed rather than an elected position. Mayor LeGant stated that it may be to the City’s advantage to retain a professional for that position after the present Treasurer’s term expires in two years.

MAYOR’S REPORT

13. Mayor LeGant presented the application for a Class E Liquor License for LaCarreta Restaurant, 40 Countryside Plaza, in conjunction with a request for a business license listed under the Omnibus Agenda. Mr. Gonzalez, the new owner, responded to questions by stating that he plans on attracting business by having a Mariachi Band playing from 6-9 p.m. every other Saturday; no outdoor entertainment is planned. Mayor LeGant stated that a new license must be created for this purpose. Ald. Krzeminski moved to create a Class E Liquor License for LaCarreta Restaurant, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried by Roll Call vote- 4/0/2. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-10-O.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

FINANCE COMMITTEE – TREASURER STOFFELS, CHAIRMAN, presented recommendations from the Finance Committee meeting held earlier tonight.

14. The committee recommended a donation of $250 to the LTHS Post Prom Celebration to be held June 9, 2005. Ald. Michalczyk moved to approve the donation, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously.

15. The Committee recommended a donation of $50 to the WSCC – 2005 Community Champion Awards Program to be held April 28, 2005. Ald. Michalczyk moved to approve the donation, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously.

16. LICENSE COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN MICHALCZYK, CHAIRMAN, presented the application for a special use from Greater Chicago Productions to hold an antique postcard show at Local #150, 6200 Joliet Road, on April 15-16, 2005 and November 4-5, 2005. Ald Michalczyk moved to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried unanimously.

17. Ald. Michalczyk presented the application from Knight Productions, Rick Cavaliere, for a business license to hold a teen dance on April 22, 2005 at Park Place, 6240 Joliet Road from 7-11 p.m. with approximately 300-500 attendees (previous dance cancelled due to scheduling conflicts, etc.). There was not enough time to get everything together to hold the teen dance; they request rescheduling to April 22, 2005. Ald. Michalczyk moved to approve the dance, seconded by Ald. Straza. The Friday-Saturday curfew is 11 p.m. Mayor LeGant again suggested that security be stationed in the parking lot. Chief Swanson’s stated that his Department is prepared for that. ESDA personnel will be present as well. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

18. Ald. Michalczyk presented the request of Dominick’s Finer Foods to erect a temporary garden center in their parking lot from April 9-June 25, 2005. Ald. Michalczyk moved to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously.

19. STREETS & ALLEYS COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN SMETANA, CHAIRMAN, (absent). Ald. Straza presented the recommendation to approve the 2005 Spring Clean-Up Program, May 16-18, and to award the contract to Crown Recycling & Waste Services. Ald. Straza moved to approve the contract, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously.

20. RECREATION COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN CONRAD, CHAIRMAN, reminded the audience that the Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place in Countryside Park at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. All are invited to attend.

21. HOTEL/MOTEL COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN KRZEMINSKI, CHAIRMAN, presented the recommendation to approve a new branding for the City. After much discussion, the committee decided on one logo for Countryside to be promoted as Countryside, Chicago’s Western Gateway – with a combination of the clock tower and Route 66 leading directly into the Chicago skyline. Ald. Krzeminski moved to approve the new logo as described, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried unanimously. The new logo will be used at Countryfest and throughout the year on various occasions. Ald. Krzeminski suggested that the City apply for a copyright on the slogan.

LEGAL REPORT

22. City Attorney Robert Peck presented the Plan/ZBA recommendation to relocate a sign from the middle of the used car lot to LaGrange Road at 6200 LaGrange Road; Applicant is Salvatore Quatrochi of Westfield Ford. At the hearing held March 1, 2005, no objections were noted to the proposal. The PC/ZBA recommended approval of the request subject to conformity with Petitioner’s Exhibits A and B presented at the hearing. Ald. Conrad moved to concur with the PC/ZBA recommendation, seconded by Ald. Krzeminski and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-11-O.

23. Attorney Peck presented the Plan/ZBA recommendation to rezone 9521 W. 56th St. from R-3 to R-4 to build an addition. Applicant is Albert Dostal. The Plan/ZBA members found that the applicant failed to establish the minimum requirements to allow rezoning at that location. There were several objections made to the proposed map amendment. The PC/ZBA recommended denial of the application. Ald. Conrad moved to concur with the PC/ZBA recommendation, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried by unanimous Roll Call vote. After review of additional documents, Mrs. Dostal will discuss the matter further with the Building Department.

24. Attorney Peck presented the Plan/ZBA recommendation for a variance to install a bulk nitrogen storage tank in the parking lot, eliminating two parking spaces at 5401 Dansher Road. Applicant is Carroll Scientific, Inc. At the hearing held March 1, 2005, the PC/ZBA members found that the applicant met all standards pertaining to the variation; there were no objections to the proposal; the PC/ZBA approved the variance in conformity with Petitioner’s Exhibits A and B, presented at the hearing. Ald. Krzeminski moved to concur with the PC/ZBA recommendation, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-12-O.

25. Attorney Peck presented the Plan/ZBA recommendation on the application of Storage Today for a special use to construct an additional self-storage structure within an existing self-storage facility in a special use B-1 zone at 9711 W. 55th St. At the hearing held March 1, 2005, the PC/ZBA found that the applicant met all the necessary criteria; there was one oral objection to the proposed special use. It was the recommendation of the PC/ZBA that the application be allowed subject to the condition that a new fence be constructed where the existing fence is located at the south lot line and that it be extended to include the 9711 W. 55th St. Property. Final approval of the special use permit will be contingent upon the petitioner preparing and the city accepting a landscape plan for the current and proposed storage facility and that the facility be in substantial conformity with Petitioner’s Exhibits A, B and C presented at the hearing. Ald. Krzeminski moved to concur with the PC/ZBA recommendation, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-13-O.

26. Attorney Peck presented a draft Resolution stating the City’s position on the Resolution Opposing the Township of Lyons Referendum to Issue Park Bonds. He read aloud from the Resolution after which time Ald. Krzeminski moved to adopt the Resolution as presented, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried by voice vote – 3/1/2. Ald. Michalczyk opposed. Mayor LeGant voted with the majority – 4/1/2. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as RESOLUTION 05-05-R.

ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

27. City Administrator Bailey presented the Draft Resolution extending the period of participation in the IPBC (Intergovernmental Personnel Benefits Cooperative) for three additional years, July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2008. He recommends approval of the Resolution. Ald. Krzeminski moved to approve the Resolution as presented, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as RESOLUTION 05-06-R.

28. Mr. Bailey sought consideration for attendance at the WCMC Annual Dinner Meeting, April 29, 2005, at $65 per person. The City opted to purchase a City table in the amount of $600 with no ad book purchase. Ald. Straza moved to approve the expenditure, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously.

OLD AND NEW BUSINESS

29. Ald. Krzeminski suggested that the City Attorney create an Ordinance regarding power braking; residents of Woodland Ridge and Golfview Road are experiencing a problem with tollway exits to the northbound and southbound Stevenson Expressway. Trucks are using their engine brakes rather than pedal brakes. Other communities have ordinances against power braking and the city may wish to consider the same ordinance for our residents. Chief Swanson stated that no state law exists but individual communities have enacted the Jake Brake Ordinance. Further research is required.

30. Ald. Krzeminski re: Heat Engineering -a truck has backed into the fence situated between residential property and commercial property and the fence is in disrepair. The fence supports have been washed away partly due to the grandfathered gravel driveway. Attorney Peck stated that the Code Enforcement Officer should notify the party that they are out of compliance with the Code.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, Ald. Straza moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried by unanimous voice vote.

Mayor LeGant declared the meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

SHIRLEY C. HERBERTS, CITY CLERK