1. 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 Edward Krzeminski, Aldermen: Robert Pondelicek, John Von Drasek, James Jasinski, Sean McDermott, Karen Michalczyk.

ALSO PRESENT: City Clerk Sweeney, City Treasurer Jasinski, City Attorney Peck, Police Chief Ruth, City Admin. Paul, Asst. Admin. Peterson, Deputy Chief Novak, Fin. Dir. Drazner, City Eng. Fitzgerald, ESDA Crd. Norman, Police Bd. Member Musillami, PC/ZBA Member Benson.


2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – November 9, 2011.

3. STATEMENT OF BILLS through November 30, 2011: $674,333.68.

4. TREASURER’S REPORT -October 31, 2011. (previously distributed).

5. Application for a general business license from Tower Lighting, 1508 W. 55thSt. Type: Retail. Applicant: Stuart Smiley.

6. Special Use and Charitable Games request from the H Foundation to hold a 4-day poker tournament at Bella Banquets, 5412 LaGrange Road on Dec. 15-18, 2011.

7. Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve the Omnibus Agenda as presented, seconded by Ald. McDermott and carried unanimously.


8. Two additions were noted by Mayor Krzeminski. One deletion noted by Treasurer Jasinski – to consider adoption of abating property tax levy for 2011.


9. Barbara Weyrick, Lyons Township Assessor, thanked the City Council for allowing her office to remain at the Annex Building for 2 years and 3 months. They moved out one week ago; they still have a few remaining items. She especially thanked the Public Works Department and the Police Department for all their extra efforts. Her office had to move out of the Township Building due to closure of the main road and then insufficient parking for homeowners seeking assistance. In appreciation she invited the City Council and all City employees to a luncheon they are sponsoring on December 15. That day will also feature a final review wherein assessments may be challenged. She especially thanked Police Chief Ruth for his invaluable assistance.


10. Mayor Krzeminski proclaimed December 2011 as the National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month – the 3D Month in the City of Countryside, IL. He read the Proclamation promoting safe and sober driving aloud and signed same.

11. Mayor Krzeminski stated that at the Finance Committee Meeting held yesterday the City Council decided to have a balanced budget of $12 million with cash on hand of $10.7 million and not to rebate the property tax.


12. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE – ALD. MC DERMOTT, CHAIRMAN, sought consideration of the Ettleson Hyundai economic incentive agreement with a maximum $1,370,500. Ald. Michalczyk moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried by Roll Call vote – 5/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 11-74-O.

13. Ald. McDermott sought consideration of the Holiday Inn economic incentive agreement with a maximum $800,000. Treas. Jasinski stated that the motion should be conditioned on additional work being done. Ald. McDermott agreed. Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve with the addition, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried by Roll Call vote – 5/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 11-75-O.

14. FINANCE COMMITTEE – TREASURER JASINSKI, CHAIRMAN, presented the recommendation to adopt draft ordinance abating property tax levied totaling $378,952.50 for tax year 2011 to pay principal and interest on GO Bond Series 2006. Ald. Pondelicek moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried by Roll Call vote – 5/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 11-76-O.

15. Treasurer Jasinski thanked everyone for attending the Finance Committee meeting yesterday; he is pleased with the budget even though the City is not able to abate all the taxes back at this time. It is the City Council’s plan to do so in the future; thanks for all the hard work. Ald. McDermott stated that the City did abate $378,000 in taxes plus the $900,000 of the police pension fund that other communities add to the property tax; that is a significant tax abatement for residents.

16. Ald. Von Drasek thanked Assessor Weyrick for all her efforts to assist residents in completing their property tax and Senior Citizens special assessment reductions.

17. Ald. Jasinski stated that there will be a Recreation Committee meeting on Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. All residents are welcome to attend.

18. Ald. Jasinski stated that the Annual Children’s Christmas Party will take place on Saturday, December 3 at the William Tell Holiday Inn from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Santa Claus will be present; special thanks to Marc LeCroix and the Holiday Inn for their contribution to making this party a success.


19. City Attorney Peck presented the draft Resolution approving settlement of the Pierce Food Services Litigation which has taken many years to resolve re: outdoor storage behind his facility. The negotiated settlement calls for a fine of $10,000 to be paid by Pierce Food Services and they must provide the City with the ability to inspect the premises four times to insure that the property remains cleaned up; Pierce has no right to any outdoor storage on that facility. Ald. McDermott moved to approve the $10,000 settlement, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried by Roll Call vote – 5/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as RESOLUTION 11-14-R.


20. Police Chief Ruth addressed Council re: presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation for Detective Mark Battaglia and Detective Darrell DuRell for their assistance involving the homicide in Indian Head Park. Chief Ruth read aloud a letter from the Indian Head Park Police Department, Chief Frank Alonzo. The letter detailed the circumstances of the homicide investigation and the Chief’s personal observations regarding the two officers’ participation above and beyond the call of duty. The enclosed certificate expresses the utmost recognition and appreciation for both investigators. All the detectives of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force worked tirelessly and unceasingly to bring this terrible crime to an expeditious conclusion. The City Council and the audience congratulated both men for their heroic efforts. Deputy Chief Novak introduced the family members of Mark Battaglia — his wife, Dawn and his son, Nick. Mayor Krzeminski stated that this was a terrible tragedy that touched the entire Chicagoland area. He spoke privately with the family afterwards; they expressed their heartfelt thanks and appreciation personally to the two detectives for their excellent professionalism; they are a credit to the City of Countryside.

21. City Engineer Fitzgerald sought approval of the Public Utilities Plat of Easement for the Countryside City Center development. It requires Council’s approval and approval by the corporate authority. Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried by Roll Cal vote – 5/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 11-77-O.

22. Mr. Fitzgerald presented engineer’s pay estimate #2 for Countryside City Center to Schwartz Excavating, Inc., in the amount of $183,646.62. Ald. Michalczyk moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried unanimously.

23. Assistant City Admin. Ms. Peterson sought authority for payment to School District 105 for Ideal School Park renovation in the amount of $780,000 for the City’s share of the park project. The City can then seek reimbursement from Lyons Township for $430,000, which will bring the City’s portion down to $350,000. There will be an additional invoice for extras approved by Council in 2010. Ald. Von Drasek thanked Ms. Peterson for doing a great job. This is a joint project involving the City, the School District and Township of Lyons for Ideal School Park. Mayor Krzeminski asked about punch list items. Some details remain and will be addressed in Spring, such as seeding. Adequate funds are withheld for this purpose. Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried unanimously.

24. Finance Director Steve Drazner sought approval for reimbursing the CBA in the amount of $48,000 for outdoor billboard advertising. This amount was budgeted in the Hotel/Motel Fund; representatives are here to discuss the artwork for the billboards. There are some changes from the original packet. Mr. LeCroix stated that when the final artwork version is completed they will present it to the City for approval. Included is Harley Davidson, BMW Motorcycles and Jack Phelan Dodge. The cost for two billboards approaching Countryside on I-55 for the year 2012 is $48,000. Ald. McDermott moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried unanimously.

25. Ald. McDermott commended the CBA for their Thanksgiving Dinner for needy residents. Russ Nicoletti played a major leadership role and did a great job that reflected well on the City of Countryside. Mr. Nicoletti stated that the City had a very strong volunteer element that participated in the event as well. Thanks to the William Tell Holiday Inn for their efforts.


26. Ald. Pondelicek reminded everyone of the Ideal School fundraiser to be held at McDonalds. McDonald’s will donate 20% of their gross proceeds for all revenues received between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ms. Peterson stated that the date is Tuesday, December 6; there are flyers in the outside lobby. The event is posted on the City’s Website and an E-blast was sent out. Ald. Pondelicek urged everyone to make Tuesday a family day at McDonald’s.


27. There being no further business to discuss, Ald. Pondelicek moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried unanimously.

Mayor Krzeminski declared the meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.