AGENDA
CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 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: – August 24, 2005.

B. STATEMENT OF BILLS – period ending September 14, 2005.

C. Application for a general business license from FULLER’S MARKET & LUBE CENTER, INC., 5620 Brainard Avenue. Type: Mini-mart and oil change. Applicant: Walter Fuller.

D. Application for a general business license from KLEINMEYER PHYSICAL THERAPY & REHAB SPECIALISTS, 1416 55th St. Type: Medical Center. Applicant: David Kleinmeyer.

E. MEMBERSHIP: American Assn. Of Code Enforcement – Code Enforcement: $60.00

F. From the American Legion, Coulter Post #1941 requesting permission to solicit for Gifts to the Yanks on Nov. 5-12, 2005 at various locations.

G. From Misericordia requesting permission to solicit on April 28-29, 2006 at various locations.

H. Application for a general business license from SK Financial, Inc., 6406 Joliet Road. Type: Mortgage broker. Applicant: Stephen Kovalcik.

IV. ADDITIONS TO AND/OR DELETIONS FROM THE AGENDA

V. QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

VI. MAYOR’S REPORT

A. From Walter Fuller requesting a Class T Liquor License in conjunction with the business license application for 5620 Brainard.

B. Invitation to attend the session, Breakfast with your Legislators Tuesday, September 20, 7:30 am, at the William Tell, $30 pp.
VII. CITY CLERK’S REPORT

A. Request approval to attend the annual training session of the Municipal Clerk’s Association for the Clerk and Deputy being held in Springfield, IL Oct. 10-15, 2005. Estimated expenses $755 pp, plus usual travel/meals expense.

VIII. TREASURER’S REPORT

IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS

FINANCE COMMITTEE – TREASURER STOFFELS, CHAIRMAN

A. Recommendations from the Finance Committee meeting of September 14, 2005:

1. Donation to the Kiwanis Club of La Grange, Peanut Day.

2. Donation to the American Legion, Coulter Post #1941.

3. Donation to Gulf States Relief

POLICE COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN CONRAD, CHAIRMAN

B. Consider approval of expenditures, on a temporary basis, from Police Dept. Asset Forfeiture Account, for equipment for the Illinois Regional Air Support Service – $50-60,000.

RECREATION COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN CONRAD, CHAIRMAN

C. Consider approval to hire two new employees for the Countryside Playschool and Recreation Department.

LICENSE COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN MICHALCZYK, CHAIRMAN

D. Recommendations from the License Committee meeting of August 30, 2005.

1. Consideration of increasing the Real Estate Transfer fee from $50 to $250.

2. Recommend creating ordinance regarding water service lines, street repairs and specifications.

E. Application for a special use from the United Moravian Societies requesting permission to hold a show on September 25, 2005 at Local 150, 6200 Joliet Road.

WATER COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN STRAZA, CHAIRMAN

F. Consider award of bid for replacement of emergency backup generator for water system pump houses – $247,948 to Cummins NPower, LLC.

X. CITY ATTORNEY/LEGAL REPORT

A. Plan/ZBA recommendation re amending the Sign Ordinance as allowed by Sec.8-5-3. (tabled from 8-24-05)

B. Draft ordinance providing resident parking only on the 5600 and 5700 block of Madison Avenue, and both sides of 57th St between Madison and Ashland Avenues. (tabled from 8-10-05 meeting).

C. Consideration of a draft ordinance which creates a separate section for general permit requirements for all construction.

D. Draft ordinance increasing the real estate property transfer tax to $250.

E. Consideration of Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals recommendation approving a consent decree settling litigation and rezoning from an R-1 zoning to an O-Office zoning classification for the real estate property commonly known as 6408 W. Joliet Road.

F. Consideration of a draft ordinance creating a separate code section for requirements pertaining to the installation of water service lines, fire service lines and sanitary sewer lateral installation under local roadways.

G. Consideration of a draft ordinance creating a separate code section for the requirements pertaining to utility installation restoration in streets, alleys and parkways.

H. Consideration of a draft ordinance increasing the construction bond requirement from $5,000 to $7,500.

XI. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

A. Recommend approval for the Finance Director to attend the annual Illinois Government Finance Officer’s Conference on Sept.14-16, 2005 in Springfield, IL. Estimated expenses: $809.

XII. STAFF REPORTS

A. Police Chief

B. City Engineer:

XIII. OLD & NEW BUSINESS

XIV. ADJOURNMENT

Your Honor, I move that we convene into closed session under Section 2Aa and 2Ac Open Meetings Act for the purpose of discussing labor negotiations and acquisition of property.

RECONVENE

To consider action on terms of a successor collective bargaining agreement with the IUOE, Local 150.7

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE, ILLINOIS
HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 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, John Von Drasek, Michael Smetana, Robert Pondelicek

ALSO PRESENT: City Clerk Herberts, City Treasurer Stoffels, City Attorney Erik Peck, City Administrator Bailey, Police Chief Swanson, CDD Muenzer

OMNIBUS AGENDA

2. Approval of Minutes of August 24, 2005.

3. Statement of Bills for the period ending September 14, 2005.

4. Application for a general business license from Fuller’s Market & Lube Center, Inc., 5620 Brainard Ave. Type: Mini-mart and oil change. Applicant: Walter Fuller.

5. Application for a general business license from Kleinmeyer Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists, 1416 55th St. Type: Medical Center. Applicant: David Kleinmeyer.

6. Membership: American Assn. of Code Enforcement – Code Enforcement: $60.

7. From the American Legion, Coulter Post #1941 requesting permission to solicit for Gifts to the Yanks on November 5-12, 2005 at various locations.

8. From Misericordia requesting permission to solicit on April 28-29, 2006 at various locations.

9. Application for a general business license from SK Financial, Inc., 6406 Joliet Road. Type: Mortgage broker. Applicant: Stephen Kovalcik.

10. Ald. Smetana moved to approve the Omnibus Agenda as presented, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried unanimously.

ADDITIONS TO AND/OR DELETIONS FROM THE AGENDA

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

QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

12. Amanda Russell, 10776 – 71st St. requested City consideration for the 50/50 tree removal program. A box elder tree was infested with beetles and had to be removed on Monday under emergency conditions. She did get two bids, the tree was removed by Sinnott Tree Removal for $450 including stump removal. Ald. Von Drasek viewed the area and agreed it was an emergency situation; her house and the neighbor’s house were covered with millions of bugs. Mayor LeGant asked for a motion to approve the cost sharing for this particular situation. Ald. Von Drasek moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously.

13. Toni Brancato and Gloria Albanse, residents of Country Club Mobile Park are concerned about the unlocked gate; safety is a main concern; they do not feel safe. This is the gate leading to Ideal School; there is no lock on the gate; the gate should be locked from 7 pm to 7 am. Mayor LeGant asked Administrator Bailey to send a letter to Mr. Camboni including the particulars.

14. A second concern is the culvert behind that gate that has a foul odor; supposedly due to the lack of storm water. The foundation dirt is receding and washing away. Ald. Smetana and Ald. Pondelicek will review the entire situation and report back to Council.

15. The women recently became aware that a resident of the park is a pedophile; they want to know who he is and where he lives. Chief Swanson stated that photos and addresses of all registered sex offenders are posted for public viewing in the Police Department. If someone is not registered, please advise the Police Department.

MAYOR’S REPORT

16. Mayor LeGant discussed the request of Walter Fuller for a Class T Liquor License in conjunction with the business license application for 5620 Brainard for the carry-out only sale of beer and wine. Liquor licenses are created by the Council and issued by the Mayor. Ald. Conrad believes that the Fuller Operation is first-rate but he is against the practice of selling beer and wine in gas stations in Countryside. Ald. Straza moved to approve the creation of a Class T Liquor License for Fuller’s Market & Lube Center, Inc., seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried by Roll Call vote – 5/1.

17. Mayor LeGant presented the invitation to attend the Breakfast with your Legislators session on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 – 7:30 a.m. at the William Tell; the cost is $30 per person. Ald. Conrad moved to allow elected officials, Mr. Bailey, Mr. Muenzer and Chief Swanson to attend the breakfast, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried unanimously.

CLERK’S REPORT

18. City Clerk Herberts requested approval for herself and the Deputy Clerk to attend the annual training session of the Illinois Municipal Clerk’s Conference held in Springfield, IL October 10-15, 2005; estimated expenses are $755 per person, plus travel and meal expense. Ald. Michalczyk moved to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried unanimously.

19. Clerk Herberts stated that the new Countryside Women’s Club had their first meeting and decided to give scholarships to students from Lyons Township that are going on to college or trade school. They are seeking permission to have a donation table set up at the City’s Christmas Party soliciting funds for this purpose. Ald. Pondelicek moved to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

FINANCE COMMITTEE – TREASURER STOFFELS, CHAIRMAN, presented recommendations from the committee meeting held earlier this evening.

20. The Committee recommended a $200 donation to the Kiwanis Club of LaGrange, Peanut Day. Ald. Smetana moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously.

21. The Committee recommended a $200 donation to the American Legion, Coulter Post #1941. Ald. Smetana moved to approve, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried unanimously.

22. The Committee recommended a donation to the Gulf States Relief Fund. Treas. Stoffels and Mr. Bailey will author a letter for City employees and elected officials advising them that the Corporate Fund will provide matching funds. Ald. Straza moved to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried unanimously.

23. POLICE COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN CONRAD, CHAIRMAN, presented the approval of expenditures on a temporary basis, from Police Department Asset Forfeiture Account for equipment for the Illinois Regional Air Support Service not to exceed $60,000. The Chief was just advised prior to tonight’s meeting that the Office of Domestic Preparedness approved the waiver for purchasing specialty equipment for the Mutual Aid Air Support Program. The Grant request is for $170,000. Chief Swanson still requests the temporary use of these funds in the interim. Ald. Straza clarified that the funds are being borrowed and will not be retained, Ald. Conrad moved to approve the temporary use of the funds, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried unanimously.

24. RECREATION COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN CONRAD, CHAIRMAN, presented the recommendation of Director Wilson to approve two new employees for the Playschool and Recreation Department. Ald. Conrad moved to approve the request pending background checks, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried unanimously.

25. Ald. Conrad congratulated Chief Swanson on superb handling of the 9-1-1 activities at St. Cletus Church this past weekend. The Chief led the entire affair; the Silent Parade was excellent; the march around the church was great. The City was well represented with the attendance of Master Sgt. Duffy, Lt. Paul Mallon and many ESDA members and their families. Many Aldermen and Police Commissioners were present.

26. LICENSE COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN MICHALCZYK, CHAIRMAN, stated that the real estate transfer fee and ordinance re: water service lines will be addressed by Attorney Peck later in this meeting.

27. Ald. Michalczyk presented the request of the United Moravian Societies for a special use permit to hold a show on September 25, 2005 at Local #150, 6200 Joliet Road. Ald. Michalczyk move to approve the request, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried unanimously.

28. Ald. Michalczyk stated that at the last Hotel/Motel meeting the Committee approved funds to pay for Countryfest in the amount of $69,093.11. Ald. Michalczyk moved to approve the payment, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously.

29. Ald. Michalczyk moved to approve a one-half page ad in the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce Visitors Guide at a cost of $825, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried unanimously.

30. Ald. Michalczyk moved to approve the Thank You Ad placed in Suburban Life re: Countryfest success in the amount of $368, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously.

31. WATER COMMITTEE – ALDERMAN STRAZA, CHAIRMAN, presented recommendations from the last committee meeting regarding awarding the bid for replacement of emergency backup generator for water system pump house in the amount of $247,948 to Cummins NPower, LLC, which was $72,000 less than the estimate. Ald. Straza moved to approve the bid of Cummins NPower in the amount of $247,948, seconded by Ald. Pondelicek and carried unanimously.

LEGAL REPORT

32. City Attorney Peck presented the recommendation of the PC/ZBA to approve the consent decree settling litigation and rezoning the property commonly known as 6408 W. Joliet Road from an R-1 zoning to an O-Office zoning classification. Ald. Smetana moved to concur with the recommendation, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-30-O.

33. Attorney Peck addressed the consideration of increasing the Real Estate Transfer Tax fee from $50 to $250. Ald. Pondelicek moved to approve the increase, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-31-O.

34. Attorney Peck presented the recommendation of the PC/ZBA amending the Sign Ordinance as allowed by Sec. 8-5-3. After a detailed review including modifications and improvements suggested by the Plan Commission, the recommendation was to approve the Sign Ordinance as amended. Treas. Stoffels asked for a postponement, rejected by Council. Ald. Smetana moved to adopt the Ordinance as amended, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-32-O.

35. Attorney Peck presented the draft ordinance providing resident parking only on the 5600 and 5700 block of Madison Avenue, and both sides of 57th St. between Madison and Ashland Avenues. This matter was tabled from the last meeting. The letter advising residents of the change was sent and one positive response was received. Ald. Smetana moved to adopt the Ordinance as presented, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-33-O.

36. Attorney Peck presented the draft ordinance which creates a separate section for general permit requirements for all construction. At present the City Code adopts all international BOCA Codes. This Ordinance is in addition to all previous requirements. Ald. Smetana moved to adopt the Ordinance as presented, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-34-O.

37. Attorney Peck addressed the recommendation creating an ordinance regarding installation of water service lines, fire service lines and sanitary sewer service — lateral installation under local roadways. This ordinance is in addition to all previous requirements of the Building Code, including authority for the Director of DPW, or his designate, to issue citations for violations of the Code. Ald. Smetana moved to adopt the Ordinance as presented, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-35-O.

38. Attorney Peck presented the draft ordinance which would amend the Building Code creating a separate code section for the requirements pertaining to utility installation restoration in streets, alleys and parkways. The Ordinance is quite lengthy and addresses many individual provisions which are all in addition and supplemental to the current Building Code. Ald. Smetana moved to adopt the Ordinance as presented, seconded by Ald. Conrad and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-36-O.

39. Attorney Peck presented the draft ordinance increasing the construction bond requirement from $5,000 to $7,500. It was suggested that builders be required to provide a cash deposit or an irrevocable letter of credit, rather than a surety bond. Mayor LeGant read the bond requirements aloud. Ald. Conrad moved to adopt the Ordinance as presented, seconded by Ald. Straza and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as ORDINANCE 05-37-O.

ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

40. City Administrator Bailey presented the request of the new Finance Director to attend the Annual Illinois Government Finance Officer’s Conference in Springfield, IL September 14-16, 2005; estimated expenses are $809. Ald. Conrad moved to approve the expenditure, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried unanimously.

STAFF REPORTS

41. Police Chief Swanson presented the Certificate of Recognition from the CLEAS Organization, available for viewing by interested parties. Countryside will have an officer respond to Task Force Illinois heading to Louisiana on Friday morning to assist in disaster relief; 150 other officers will respond relieving the 170 officers that are presently there. He expects to have one more wave of respondents in two weeks. The officer’s pay will be reimbursable through FEMA.

ADJOURNMENT

42. There being no further business to discuss, Ald. Conrad moved to convene into closed session under Section 2Aa and 2Ac of the Open Meetings Act for the purpose of discussing labor negotiations and possible acquisition of property, seconded by Ald. Von Drasek and carried by unanimous Roll Call vote. The Regular Meeting will reconvene to consider action on terms of a successor collective bargaining agreement with IUOE, Local #150.

Mayor LeGant declared the meeting recessed at 8:24 p.m.

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The Regular City Council meeting returned to Open Session with the same members present at 8:52 p.m.

Mayor LeGant stated that the City Council has approved the terms of a successor collective bargaining agreement with IUOE, Local #150. Administrator Bailey stated that the City Clerk has a Resolution, provided by the labor attorney, to be adopted by Council. Ald. Conrad moved to adopt the Resolution as presented, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously. Clerk Herberts declared that this will be known as RESOLUTION 05-14-R.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, Ald. Smetana moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ald. Michalczyk and carried unanimously.

Mayor LeGant declared the meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.