AGENDA
CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 at 7:30 P.M.

I. CALL TO ORDER – (PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE) & ROLL CALL.

II. CITY CLERK will entertain a motion to appoint a Mayor Pro Tem or Chairman of the Meeting. Consideration of the Mayor’s recommendation to appoint Ald. Pondelicek as Mayor Pro Tem.

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: October 26, 2011.

B. STATEMENT OF BILLS through November 9, 2011: $603,684.88.

C. Application for a business license to sell Christmas trees from November 25 through December 27, 2011 at Fullers Car Wash, 5550 S. Brainard Avenue in parking lot.

D. Application for a general business license from Strike Factory Pro Shop, 6301 Joliet Road. Type: Bowling Pro Shop. Applicant: Timothy Kelly. (formerly Ron’s Pro Shop)

E. Special use request from Suburban Collectors Club, at Local #150, on November 25 & 26, to show Stamps, Postcards and Paper collectibles.

F. Request from Robert Coulter Post #1941 to solicit at various locations on November 5 and 12 for Gifts to the Yanks a fundraising campaign.

G. From What A Deal, 9960 W. 55th St. requesting four weekly auctions on Nov. 17, Nov. 21, Nov. 26 and Dec. 5.

IV. ADDITIONS TO AND/OR DELETIONS FROM THE AGENDA

V. QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

VI. MAYOR’S REPORT

A. Mayor Krzeminski requested that these comments regarding the O’Laughlin tragedy be read in his absence. Copy attached.

VII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT

A. Consideration of the Official Meetings for Council and Board/Commissions for the 2012 Calendar Year.

VIII. TREASURER’S REPORT

IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS

INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE – ALD. MICHALCZYK, CHAIRMAN

(recommendation from the Nov. 1 Committee mtg)

A. Recommendation approving limiting the location of Refuse Cans on Private Property.

B. Recommendation to deny granting a sign variance to allow a substandard size sign reading Car Wash

POLICE COMMITTEE – FORMERLYALD. STRAZA, CHAIRMAN

(recommendation from the Oct. 26 Committee mtg)

C. Recommendation approving the purchase/replacement of 8 In-Car Mobile Data Computers (MDCs), Docking Stations and Wireless routers. Total cost is $25,796.07.

D. Recommendation to approve the purchase of a 9-1-1 Server and Workstation. Low quote is $19,475.

BUSINESS LICENSE COMMITTEE – ALD. PONDELICEK, CHAIRMAN

E. Consideration of approving a fundraiser event on November 18-19 at Via Bella Banquet hall for a local soldier, Marine Lance Corporal Josh Misiewicz of La Grange. Application pending. Consideration of waiving amusement fees.

X. CITY ATTORNEY/LEGAL REPORT

A. Plan/ZBA recommendation denying a variance to permit construction of an accessory shed on a lot already containing an existing 1,500 s.f. detached accessory building; and denying a variance of an already built accessory structure without a frost proof footing at 10221 W. 5th Avenue. Applicant: Victoria Ganz.

B. Plan/ZBA recommendation approving a text amendment to Sec. 8-5-13D – Special Event Permit to permit temporary outdoor sales.

C. Plan/ZBA recommendation approving a text amendment to Sec. 10-7A-3: Special Use: to consider making clothing/donation boxes a Special Use in the M-1 Retail Zoning District.

D. Draft ordinance for the Placement of Garbage Receptacles.

XI. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

XII. STAFF REPORTS

A. Police Chief

1. FYI : Attendance at a Nov. 7th forum honoring Cook County high school students who have volunteered 100+ hours of community service.

B. City Engineer

1. Engineer’s pay estimate #1 for the Countryside City Center – Phase 1, Site Improvements to Schwartz Excavating, Inc. 7023 Willow Springs Road, #103, Countryside, for $263,173.59.

2. Engineer’s pay estimate #2 and Semi-Final for the 2011 MFT Street Rehabilitation to Brothers Asphalt Paving, Inc., 315 S. Stewart Avenue, Addison, for $46,366.12.

3. Engineer’s pay estimate #3 and Semi-Final for the Building Demolitions to N.F. Demolition, Inc. 16W050 Jeans Road, Lemont, for $49,701.81.

C. Asst. City Administrator

1. Recommendation to secure the Rt. 66 Experience Hub through the Heritage Corridor and the Illinois Rt. 66 Scenic Byway Association.

D. Finance Director

E. ESDA Coordinator

XIII. OLD & NEW BUSINESS

XIV. ADJOURN

Any individual with a disability requesting a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in a public meeting should contact the City Clerk at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting. The City Clerk can be reached in person at 5550 East Avenue, Countryside, IL., via telephone at (708) 354-7270 or via e-mail at clerk@countryside-il.org Every effort will be made to allow for meeting participation.

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE, ILLINOIS
HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011

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

PRESENT: Aldermen: Robert Pondelicek, John Von Drasek, James Jasinski, Sean McDermott, Karen Michalczyk.

ABSENT: Mayor Ed Krzeminski.

ALSO PRESENT: City Clerk Sweeney, City Treasurer Jasinski, City Attorney Peck, City Admin. Paul, Police Chief Ruth, Asst. Admin. Peterson, Fin. Dir. Drazner, City Eng. Fitzgerald, ESDA Crd. Norman.

1A. City Clerk Sweeney sought a motion to appoint a Mayor Pro Tem in the absence of Mayor Krzeminski. Ald. McDermott moved to appoint Ald. Karen Michalczyk as Mayor Pro Tem until November 10, 2011, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried by unanimous Roll Call vote – 5/0.

OMNIBUS AGENDA

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – October 26, 2011.

3. STATEMENT OF BILLS through November 9, 2011: $ 603,684.88.

4. Application for a business license to sell Christmas trees from November 25 through December 27, 2011 at Fuller’s Car Wash, 5550 S. Brainard Avenue in the parking lot.

5. Application for a general business license from Strike Factory Pro Shop, 6301 Joliet Road. Type: Bowling Pro Shop. Applicant: Timothy Kelly. (formerly Ron’s Pro Shop).

6. Special use request from Suburban Collectors Club at Local #150, November 25-26 to show stamps, postcards and paper collectibles.

7. Request from Robert Coulter Post #1941 to solicit at various locations on November 5 and 12 for Gifts to the Yanks, a fundraising campaign.

8. From What A Deal, 9960 W. 55thSt. requesting four weekly auctions on November 17, 21, 26 and December 5.

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

ADDITIONS TO AND/OR DELETIONS FROM THE AGENDA

10. Additions to the Agenda were noted by Ald. Jasinski, Ald. Von Drasek, Ald. McDermott and Ald. Michalczyk.

QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

11. Victoria Ganz, 10221 W. 5thAve. Cutoff discussed the Home Depot shed they installed, which got out of hand. What they did was wrong and she apologized. Their lot is 116′ by 533′ deep, or 1 1/3 acres. They need large equipment to maintain the grounds, plus utility vehicles to assist. She asked the City to review the building to lot ratio with regard to accessory buildings for properties this size. She believes their home is an asset to the community and they plan to remain in it for a very long time. She provided Council members with photos of the grounds and accessory buildings.

12. Mary Alice Stroud stated that she and her husband are available to answer any questions that Council members may wish to ask. She thanked the Council for any consideration they may afford them.

MAYOR’S REPORT

13. Mayor Krzeminski requested that these comments regarding the O’Laughlin tragedy be read in his absence. Mayor Pro Tem Michalczyk believes that the statement regarding the O’Laughlin tragedy need not be read, but should be heartfelt in each person. The thoughts and prayers of all residents are with the O’Laughlin family. The Countryside Police Department worked tirelessly around the clock to bring the perpetrator to justice. Mayor Pro Tem Michalczyk asked for a Moment of Silence to reflect on the tragedy of the O’Laughlin Family. It has affected everyone deeply.

14. Mayor Pro Tem Michalczyk stated that this is a historic moment for the City of Countryside. As the Senior Member of the City Council, this is the first time that the City Council is being chaired by a woman. The audience acknowledged that accomplishment and congratulated Mayor Pro Tem Michalczyk.

CITY CLERK’S REPORT

15. City Clerk Sweeney requested consideration of the Official Meetings for Council and Board/Commissions for the 2012 Calendar Year. Ald. McDermott moved to approve the calendar year, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried unanimously.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 11-70-O.

TREASURER’S REPORT

16. Treasurer Jasinski stated that regarding the sign variance for a car wash sign, for the record, the sign doesn’t hurt anyone.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

17. INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE – ALD. McDermott, for Ald. Michalczyk, CHAIRMAN, presented the recommendation approving limiting the location of Refuse Cans on Private Property. That matter will be handled under the Legal Report.

18. Ald. McDermott moved to deny granting a sign variance to allow a substandard size sign reading Car Wash. The City Council has reviewed this matter on several occasions; this is the appropriate move. Ald. Von Drasek seconded the motion. Motion carried by unanimous Roll Call vote – 5/0.

19. POLICE COMMITTEE – ALD. JASINSKI, CHAIRMAN, presented the recommendation approving the purchase/replacement of 8 In-Car Mobile Data computers (MCDs), Docking Stations and Wireless routers for a total cost of $25,796.07. Ald. Pondelicek moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried by unanimous voice vote.

20. Ald. Jasinski presented the recommendation to approve the purchase of a 9-1-1 Server and Workstation – low bidder is $19,475. Ald. McDermott moved to approve the low bidder, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried by unanimous voice vote.

21. BUSINESS LICENSE COMMITTEE – ALD PONDELICEK, CHAIRMAN, sought consideration of approving a fundraiser event on November 18-19 at Bella Banquet Hall for a local soldier, Marine Lance Corporal Josh Misiewicz of LaGrange. The event is for a veteran who lost both his legs in Afghanistan. The City has an obligation to waive all the fees associated with this fundraiser. Ald. McDermott moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried unanimously.

22. RECREATION COMMITTEE – ALD. JASINSKI, CHAIRMAN, stated that the Children’s Christmas Party will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the William Tell Holiday Inn, Atrium Room, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. The party is for Countryside children up to age 11; tickets are required but they are free. Tickets may be obtained at the City Clerk’s Office beginning the week of November 21, 2011. The City Council wishes to thank the Countryside Business Association and all their efforts in conjunction with the Holiday Party, along with Infinity Signs and Graphics who are providing the banner advertising the event, at no cost to the City. Special thanks to Marc LeCroix and the Holiday Inn for hosting the event at very little cost to the City.

23. Ald. Von Drasek sought to personally thank the Countryside Police and the Task Force for bringing this criminal to justice – on behalf of the O’Laughlin Family. He has high school children and two younger children. He feels the loss very deeply; it was a very rough time for everyone involved. He expressed his heartfelt appreciation.

24. Ald. Von Drasek announced that next Tuesday evening, November 15, the LT Orchestra will entertain at a free concert at St. Cletus Church at 7:30 p.m. Many talented youngsters are participating; the acoustics are exceptional as well. Please plan on attending to enjoy their music.

25. Ald. Von Drasek thanked Chief Ruth and Deputy Chief Novak for attending the inception of the Community Watch Program at Woodland Ridge Subdivision; they had a really good turnout. It was very positive; the message went out for everyone to be vigilant and report all suspicious activity.

26. Ald. McDermott asked Staff to research the Ethics Ordinances of surrounding communities to see where Countryside stands – to compare our City Ordinance to other municipalities, especially Woodridge.

27. Ald. McDermott stated that the fundraiser for Cpl. Josh Misiewicz will assist his parents, who fly back every week to Bethesda, Maryland to stay with him. The costs are significant. They had a fundraiser for him in Bridgeport two weeks ago and raised $35,000 from fire department, labor and various veterans’ organizations; it was heartwarming to see the support for this young man. The fundraiser here is mainly for friends and family; the tickets are $25. Cpl. Misiewicz was in Afghanistan for four months when he stepped on a land mine and lost both legs. He was a star hockey player at LT. It is a great way for the community to show its support for him.

28. Ald. McDermott thanked Chief Ruth and City Detectives Battaglia and DuRell on doing excellent police work on the O’Laughlin case. The citizens appreciate all their fine work on that case.

LEGAL REPORT

29. City Attorney Peck presented the Plan/ZBA recommendation denying a variance to permit construction of an accessory shed on a lot already containing an existing 1,500 s.f. detached accessory building; and denying a variance of an already built accessory structure without a frost-proof footing at 10221 W. 5thAvenue. Applicant: Victoria Ganz. At the hearing held on November 1, 2011, the PC/ZBA heard all the testimony and evidence presented and found that the petitioner failed to establish the requirements necessary for granting the variance. Ald. Von Drasek stated that this matter should be returned to the PC/ZBA for reconsideration regarding the percentage of buildings to lot ratio and to review the current accessory structure requirements in the R-7 zoning district. The permit matter will be addressed by a fine. Ald. McDermott moved to not concur with the PC/ZBA recommendation and grant both the building variance and the zoning variance, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried by Roll Call vote – 4/1. Ald. Pondelicek opposed.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 11-71-O.

30. Mr. Peck presented the PC/ZBA recommendation approving a text amendment to Sec. 8-5-13D – Special Event Permit – to permit temporary outdoor sales. Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried unanimously.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 11-72-O.

31. Mr. Peck presented the PC/ZBA recommendation approving a text amendment to Sec. 10-7A-3: Special Use: to consider making clothing/donation/recycling boxes a Special Use in the M-1 Limited Manufacturing District. Ald. Jasinski moved to concur. Ald. McDermott understands the need for these boxes; clothing drives help people who are hurting in these tough economic times. He doesn’t feel comfortable voting for this. He believes that other regulations may be applicable. Ald. McDermott moved to send this matter back to the PC/ZBA for reconsideration, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried unanimously.

32. atty. Peck presented the draft ordinance for the Placement of Garbage Receptacles. The Infrastructure Committee and the Building Department recommended an amendment to the Building Code, Section 6-6-2 – Garbage Receptacle Requirements. Storage Location of Receptacles: All garbage, bags and receptacles must be stored on the owner’s property in a manner that does not create a nuisance to any neighboring property. Ald. Von Drasek stated that a similar situation exists re: a water runoff situation; this amendment will work equally well in this case. Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve the amendment, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried by Roll Call vote – 5/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 11-73-O.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

33. City Administrator Ms. Paul stated that a Finance Committee Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. They will be discussing the General Fund budget and the tax levy. All residents are invited to attend. A Special City Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m.

STAFF REPORTS

34. Police Chief Ruth invited the City Council and residents to the graduation of the first group of students of the Citizen’s Police Academy tomorrow, November 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Twenty-two residents have completed the 12-week program. They had a very good community response; the police officers enjoyed the experience. Ald. Jasinski stated that it has been great attending this course; the students look forward to graduation.

35. Police Chief Ruth reported on the attendance at a November 7 forum honoring Cook County High School students who have volunteered 100+ hours of community service. Several students were Countryside residents who received the Sheriff’s Youth Service Medal of Honor for their efforts.

36. City Engineer Fitzgerald presented engineer’s pay estimate #1 for the Countryside City Center – Phase 1, Site Improvements to Schwartz Excavating, Inc., 7023 Willow Springs Road, #103, Countryside, IL for $263,173.59. Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried unanimously.

37. Engineer’s pay estimate #2 and Semi-final for the 2011 MFT Street Rehabilitation to Brothers Asphalt Paving, Inc., 315 S. Stewart Ave., Addison, IL for $46,366.12. Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried unanimously.

38. Engineer’s pay estimate #3 and Semi-Final for the Building Demolitions to N.F. Demolition, Inc., 16W050 Jeans Road, Lemont, IL for $49,701.81. Ald. McDermott moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried unanimously.

39. Asst. City Administrator Ms. Peterson presented the recommendation to secure the Route 66 Experience Hub through the Heritage Corridor and the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Association. Ald. Jasinski moved to table this matter for further discussion; it appears the hub is an interactive unit that will require internet access. He requests further review by Staff. Ald. McDermott seconded the motion. This matter will be tabled to the Special City Council meeting on November 30.

40. ESDA Coordinator Mr. Norman reported that the new roof on the ESDA building has been completed on time and under budget.

ADJOURNMENT

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

Mayor Pro Tem Michalczyk declared the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

SHARON SWEENEY, CITY CLERK