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City Council, City of Countryside
Regular Meeting
5550 East Avenue
City Hall, Council Chambers
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:30 p.m.


Mayor Krzeminski called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. City Clerk Sweeney called the Roll of those physically present as follows:


Present: Mayor Krzeminski, Alderman Pondelicek, Alderman Jasinski, Alderman Michalczyk, Alderman Von Drasek, Alderman McDermott, Alderman Musillami, Clerk Sweeney, Treasurer Jasinski.

Also Present: City Admin. Paul, Acting Police Chief Novak, City Attorney Peck, Asst. Admin. Peterson, City Atty. Stein, Fin. Dir. Drazner, City Eng. Fitzgerald, ESDA Crd. Norman, Police Bd. Member Burdett, PC/ZBA Chrm. Fullmer, member Benson.


1. Regular City Council Meeting, October 24, 2012. Ald. Von Drasek added the phrase to #14 -The penalty for plagiarism at the high school and college level is expulsion. Ald. McDermott moved to approve the minutes with that correction, seconded by Ald. Musillami and carried unanimously.

2. Special City Council Meeting, October 17, 2012. Ald. Michalczyk moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried unanimously.

3. Joint Review Board Meeting on TIF District – October 24, 2012. Information only — approval of these minutes will be done at the next meeting.


4. Statement of Bills submitted for payment through November 14, 2012: $1,336,666.51. Ald. McDermott moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried by unanimous Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.


5. George Kontur, 5808 Rose Avenue, disputed placement of the parking signs on Rose Avenue. He also objects to residents calling police to get a pass to park on numerous occasions; tickets are given repeatedly but fines are not paid. Mayor Krzeminski acknowledged his complaint and stated that this matter will be addressed by amending the ordinance later in this meeting.


6. Mayor Krzeminski presented the Life Saving Award to Police Officer Brian Cozen. He provided background re: an incident at Rafferty’s Irish Pub on 8-24-12 where an unresponsive victim was stabilized when officers performed CPR and used the AEDuntil paramedics arrived and transported him to the hospital where he made an eventual recovery, due to the officers’ lifesaving actions. The Mayor presented the award for Outstanding Police performance and extraordinary personal action. The audience applauded Officer Brian Cozen’s heroic actions.

7. Mayor Krzeminski presented the appointment of Deputy Chief Scott Novak as Interim Police Chief of the City of Countryside plus payment of a stipend of $6,000 per year. Ald. McDermott moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried by unanimous Roll Call vote – 6/0/0. The City Council and audience congratulated Acting Police Chief Novak on his promotion.

8. Mayor Krzeminski presented the draft ordinance to extend the serving hours of Kenney’s Tavern and other Class E Liquor License holders in the City from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. the day before Thanksgiving 2012. Ald. Musillami moved to adopt the ordinance as presented, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried by unanimous Roll Call vote – 6/0/0

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 12-69-O.

9. Mayor Krzeminski stated that regarding the veto of Ordinance 12-68-O, approving the IGA with Southwest Central Dispatch, he supports the City Staff in their efforts to outsource the dispatch. They did a good job; he trusts their judgment. Chief Ruth and Administrator Paul provided due diligence but they were only given one option – that was comparing the City’s operation to SWCD – there was nothing else available. This is a major contract that is only an estimate; he believes it is wrong to use an estimate to reduce the budget for the upcoming year. There is no history of how it will save the City money. He will not veto the ordinance; he believes the people affected by this change should know as soon as possible how it will affect their lives. He doesn’t believe there is a chance of it being overturned so a veto is not practical at this time. Council’s direction was to outsource from the very beginning so his veto would not make a difference. Ald. McDermott stated that if the Mayor had attended any one of the three meetings, as the Aldermen did, that provided two other options including hours of testimony and conversation on those options – to now say that Southwest was the only option is really misleading and completely inaccurate.


10. Approval of Executive Session minutes of City Council on 10-10-12. Ald. Musillami moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

11. Clerk Sweeney sought Council approval for the 2013 Schedule of Meetings for the City. Ald. McDermott moved to approve the schedule as presented, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried unanimously.


12. License Committee – Alderman Musillami announced new business licenses for Betty’s Bistro, 6574 Joliet Road, restaurant/lounge; and Dynamic Transport, 915 W. 55thSt., #203, business office/dispatch. Autobarn had their grand opening on October 22,2012; City Council members were present. It is a wonderful addition to the City.

13. There will be a License Committee meeting on Monday, November 19 at 6 pm – to discuss the extra hour of operation for other City establishments during 2013.

14. Infrastructure Committee – Ald. Michalczyk presented the recommendation to amend Ordinance #12-68-O prohibiting parking on the north side of Lorraine Drive from Rose Avenue to Francis Avenue, and on the west side of Rose Avenue from 58thSt. to Lorraine Drive. A resident was unhappy with that situation and so advised the City Administrator. The draft ordinance is hereby amended to reflect NO PARKING in areas on Rose Avenue west side, 44 feet from the stop sign at Lorraine Drive, and Lorraine Drive north side, 65 feet from the stop sign at Rose Avenue. Ald. Pondelicek moved to adopt the ordinance as presented, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 12-70-O.

15. Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals – City Attorney Peck presented the recommendation to deny the special use request of TITLEMAX of Illinois, 5321 S. LaGrange Road, to permit the operation of a financial institution and to operate a business in which less than 50% of income is derived from sales which generate a retailers’ occupation tax or service occupation tax. At the hearing held on October 2, the PC/ZBA heard all testimony and evidence and it was their recommendation to deny such special use application. There were several objections from PC/ZBA members and concerns regarding how the business fits into the City especially since that location is a gateway to the City. Ald. Jasinski moved to concur with the PC/ZBA recommendation, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

16. Atty. Peck presented the PC/ZBA recommendation to approve a sign variance to permit a wall sign greater than 102 s.f. allowed at the real estate commonly known as 5555 South Brainard Avenue, Famous Footwear. On November 6, 2012, the applicant appeared before the PC/ZBA seeking a sign variance to permit a wall sign of 144.76 s.f., which is greater than the permitted 102 s.f. After hearing all the testimony and evidence and it was their recommendation to approve such sign variance, in conformity with Petitioner’s Exhibit A, attached to the application showing the square footage and placement of the sign at the location. Ald. Musillami moved to concur with the PC/ZBA recommendation, seconded by Ald. McDermott and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 12-71-O.

17. Economic Development Committee – Alderman McDermott stated that the site work on Phase 3 has commenced. The drainage project at Hallowell & James is under construction. The drainage project on Terry is about to begin. Groundbreaking for the Andrew Whiting Park is beginning. Progress is being made on many projects.

18. Ald. Von Drasek commended Ald. McDermott for bringing the Whiting Family out for the groundbreaking ceremony; his sister was also present. Andrew Whiting took his own life; the family is very grateful that the park is dedicated to their son, Andrew.

19. Recreation Committee – Alderman Jasinski reminded the audience that the Annual Children’s Christmas Party will take place on December 1, 2012 from 10:30 to noon at the William Tell Holiday Inn. Refreshments will be served. The party is for Countryside children up to age 12; tickets may be picked up at City Hall from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm beginning November 16. Residents should have received the flyer.

20. Ald. Jasinski stated that the Countryside Recreation Department has joined a cooperative with the Village of LaGrange Park District. Classes for winter registration are open; an email blast has been sent out and flyers are available in the City Hall lobby. Interested residents are invited to check it out and join the Recreation activities.

21. The Concerts in the Park raised money for the Kelli O’Laughlin Fund. The City has received official recognition for the donation of $1,220 made by the City to the Kelli Joy O’Laughlin Memorial Fund. Many thanks to the residents that participated; the funds are going to a wonderful cause.

22. Water Committee – Alderman Von Drasek thanked Ald. Jasinski for assisting in the Senior Leaf Raking Program along with a bus load of kids this past Saturday. They were caught in a very severe thunderstorm and ended up coming back to City Hall for a pizza party; thanks to Officer April Vesconte for giving them a tour of the police department. The kids were outstanding; they all had a good time; the parents should receive a letter commending the children for their efforts.

23. Ald. Von Drasek attended the Kelli O’Laughlin fund raiser at LTHS last Sunday but was unable to run due to his bronchitis; his daughter did run and they helped raise funds for the scholarship program; hats off to the parents for getting the community involved. Also, thanks to Jim Essig for getting the sidewalk installed at the Suffocal property on Joliet Road; a portion was missing. He reminded residents to drop off donations for the CBA Thanksgiving Dinner at Local 150 from 11 am to 1:30 for needy Countryside residents.

24. Human Resources Committee – Alderman Pondelicek stated that 19 resumes have been received for the Police Chief position. The cutoff date is November 21 at 4:00 p.m. After that date the HR Committee will begin reviewing the applications and interviewing candidates.

25. Finance Committee – Treasurer Jasinski stated that on Monday, November 19 at 6:15 there will be a Finance Committee meeting wherein the budget will continue to be discussed; interested residents are invited to attend.


26. City Admin. Ms. Paul presented the request from Westfield Ford to temporarily use the City’s north parking lot to park 40-60 vehicles during their construction period.

After review by Jim Essig, DPW, the City has room for 60 vehicles in the area near the annex building that will not interfere at all with the bus traffic from Helping Hands. This is a temporary situation; the certificate of insurance will be included. The City must approve a temporary license as well. Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve the use, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried by unanimous voice vote.


27. City Engineer Fitzgerald stated that the City is very close to getting the permit from MWRD for the lift station. The bids received will be discarded and the project will be re-bid since the scope of the project has changed.


28. Mayor Krzeminski sought a motion to adjourn to Executive Session for the purpose of reviewing Executive Session minutes of 10-24-12.


29. There being no further business to discuss, Ald. McDermott moved to adjourn to Executive Session under Section 2c21 for the purpose of reviewing Executive Session minutes of 10-24-12, seconded by Ald. Musillami and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

Mayor Krzeminski declared the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.