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MINUTES
City Council, City of Countryside
Regular Meeting
5550 East Avenue
City Hall, Council Chambers
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 7:30 p.m.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

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 (absent), Police Chief Ruth, City Attorney Peck, Asst. Admin. Peterson, Fin. Dir. Drazner, City Eng. Fitzgerald, ESDA Coord. Norman.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Regular City Council Meeting, September 26, 2012. Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried unanimously.

OMNIBUS AGENDA

2. Statement of Bills submitted for payment through September 26, 2012: $734,440.24. Ald. McDermott moved to approve the Omnibus Agenda as presented, seconded by Ald. Musillami and carried unanimously.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC

3. Denise Whiting, 6539 Peck, thanked everyone involved in naming the Triangle Area Park the Andrew Whiting Park.

MAYOR’S REPORT

4. Swearing in Ceremony of New Police Officers – Paul Lanzi, Jr. and Ryan Jakubowski. Mayor Krzeminski administered the Oath of Office to both gentlemen as Probationary Officers of the City of Countryside. Council members and the public congratulated the new officers and welcomed them to Countryside.

5. Life Saving Award to Police Officer James Stern. Mayor Krzeminski read the plaque aloud – On August 24, officers responded to an incident in Rafferty’s Irish Pub where a 77-year-old male was being given CPR by patrons. Officers instituted AED treatment to the victim, who responded and was stabilized until paramedics arrived. The victim was hospitalized and survived the incident thanks to the quick lifesaving action of Officer Stern. Council members and the public congratulated Officer Stern.

6. Chief’s Award to three Ledo’s Pizza employees for detaining an armed robber. Police Chief Ruth presented a plaque to the individuals – Dominic Nicosia, Victoria Morales and Fernando Santana – which read, for extraordinary personal action and heroism during an armed robbery on May 20, 2012, for acting commendably, without hesitation or regard for personal safety. The robbery was averted and the offender taken into custody; he received a substantial sentence. They have the heartfelt thanks of the City for their actions; photos were taken.

7. Reconsideration Upon Veto: Motion by Ald. Von Drasek, seconded by Ald. Musillami to adopt the Ordinance of the City Council, City of Countryside, concerning amending Mayor Pro Tem, which has been declared to be ORDINANCE 12-54-O.

Ald. Michalczyk moved to adopt ORDINANCE 12-54-O, notwithstanding the Mayor’s objection, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0. Mayor Krzeminski again voiced his opposition.

8. Mayor Krzeminski announced that the City has received a letter of Resignation from Police Chief Ruth effective November 14, 2012. The City will begin the process of interviewing candidates.

CITY CLERK’S REPORT – no report.

TREASURER’S REPORT

9. Treasurer Jasinski expressed his sadness at the news that Chief Ruth is resigning; he wishes him the best of luck in the future.

COMMITTEE AND COMMISSION REPORTS FOR DISCUSSION, CONSIDERATION AND, IF SO DETERMINED, ACTION UPON:

10. License Committee – Alderman Musillami presented the request from the LaGrange Motel, 5846 LaGrange Road, Jim Toth, to waive license fees for a commercial garage sale for up to ten days. Ald. Pondelicek moved to approve, seconded by Ald. McDermott and carried by unanimous voice vote.

11. Ald. Musillami gave the Status Report on License Applications: Dahme Mechanical Industries, Inc., 441 E. Plainfield Road; Weight Watchers, 114 Countryside Plaza.

12. Recreation Committee – Alderman Jasinski sought consideration of a draft resolution to name the Triangle Area Park Andrew Whiting Memorial Park. Ald. McDermott moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Musillami and carried by unanimous voice vote. Ald. McDermott thanked the Whiting family for attending this evening.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as RESOLUTION 12-12-R.

13. Ald. Jasinski sought consideration of amending the Ordinance to allow walking dogs in Countryside Park from December 1 to March 1 every year. Ald. McDermott moved to adopt the ordinance as presented, seconded by Ald. Musillami and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 12-59-O.

14. Ald. Jasinski presented the recommendation to authorize approximately $6,926 for the Children’s Christmas Party scheduled for December 1 from 10:30 am to noon at the William Tell Holiday Inn – $2,000 less than budgeted. Ald. Pondelicek moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried by unanimous voice vote.

15. Economic Development Committee – Alderman McDermott moved to table the Redevelopment Agreement on the advice of counsel; additional revisions are needed. There will be an EDC meeting next Wednesday to discuss these issues along with a Special City Council meeting immediately afterwards. Mayor Krzeminski authorized a Special City Council meeting on October 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

16. Ald. McDermott sought consideration of an Agreement for Authorization, Acknowledgment and Indemnification for Ground Penetration Work and Temporary Access Agreement at 9960 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL. Ald. Jasinski moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

17. Ald. McDermott stated that the Grand Opening for AutoBarn VW, 6161 Joliet Road, is scheduled for Thursday, October 25, 2012, 6-9 pm. Everyone is welcome. Also, AutoBarn Subaru is hosting the unveiling of their new vehicle, XV Cross Track on Thursday, October 18, from 6-9 pm. All are welcome.

18. Infrastructure Committee – Alderman Michalczyk requested authorization to purchase a replacement 4-wheel drive tractor for $19,010.38 from the low quote of Circle Tractor, replacing a 1987 John Deere Tractor. Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Musillami and carried by unanimous voice vote.

19. Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals – City Attorney Peck presented the draft ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance to make Tobacco Stores a permitted use in the B-1 Zoning District. Ald. Jasinski moved to adopt the ordinance as presented, seconded by Ald. McDermott and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 12-60-O.

20. Attorney Peck presented the draft ordinance approving the preliminary and final plat of subdivision at 6201Joliet Road, Best Western and 6251 Joliet Road, William Tell. At the hearing held on September 10, 2012, the request for resubdivision was approved subject to final approval by the City Engineer. Ald. Von Drasek moved to concur with the PC/ZBA recommendation, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 12-61-O.

21. Water Committee – Alderman Von Drasek is sad to see Chief Ruth leave.

22. Police Committee – Alderman Pondelicek is also saddened to see Chief Ruth leave; it will be a tough job to fill his shoes.

CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT

23. Attorney Peck presented the draft ordinance amending the number of Liquor Licenses in each affected class. Ald. McDermott moved to adopt the ordinance as presented, seconded by Ald. Musillami and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 12-62-O.

24. Attorney Peck presented the request from Matrix Contractors, 5503 LaGrange Road, to extend the conditional Certificate of Occupancy for an additional 180 days. They were required to update the fire suppression system; they have applied to IDOT for permission to bore under LaGrange Road, which they have not received to date. Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT – no report.

STAFF REPORTS

25. City Engineer Fitzgerald presented the recommendation to award a contract for the construction of Triangle Area Park in the amount of $359,954.89. The bid came in under the engineer’s estimate Ald. McDermott moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Musillami and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

26. Mr. Fitzgerald presented the ordinance amending Ordinance # 12-52-O, adopted September 12, 2012, in regard to amending Ordinance # 12-42-O, adopted July 25, 2012, and approving a Final Plat of Subdivision, relative to Countryside City Center subdivision, comprising a part of the Countryside Commercial TIF District, to correct certain Scrivener’s Errors. Ald. Michalczyk moved to adopt the ordinance as presented, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 12-63-O.

27. Mr. Fitzgerald presented the ordinance amending Ordinance # 12-53-O, adopted September 12, 2012, in regard to authorizing a Reciprocal Easement and Operating Agreement between the City of Countryside and Countryside Harley Properties, LLC, for the Countryside City Center, comprising a part of the Countryside Commercial TIF District, and authorizing the transfer of title to certain real property owned by the City to the Countryside City Center Owners’ Association in relation thereto, to correct certain Scrivener’s Errors. Ald. McDermott moved to adopt the ordinance as presented, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

Clerk Sweeney declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 12-64-O.

28. Mr. Fitzgerald presented the request to waive the formal bid process for the Phase 3 Site Improvements for Countryside City Center and award a negotiated contract to Schwartz Excavating, Inc. on October 17, 2012. All agreed that Schwartz is doing a fine job. Work on the project can begin two weeks earlier by waiving the formal bid process. Ald. McDermott moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Jasinski and carried by unanimous voice vote.

ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION

29. Mayor Krzeminski sought a motion to adjourn to Executive Session. Ald. Michalczyk moved to adjourn to Executive Session under Section 21c of the Open Meetings Act to review Executive Session minutes of 9-12-12; under Section 2Ah to discuss litigation and under Section 2Aa to discuss personnel matters, seconded by Ald. McDermott and carried by Roll Call vote – 6/0/0.

Mayor Krzeminski declared the meeting adjourned at 8:03 p.m.

SHARON SWEENEY, CITY CLERK