INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE MEETING
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 – 5:30 p.m.
Chamber Room – Countryside City Hall
I. Call meeting to order.
II. Roll call.
Alderman Karen Michalczyk – Chairman
Alderman Sean McDermott
Alderman Wayne Straza
III. Approval of Minutes – August 2, 2011.
IV. Update on ITEP Streetscape Project.
V. Discussion on Limiting the Location of Refuse Cans on Private Property.
VI. Discussion on TPI.
VII. Adjourn to Executive Session to Discuss Personnel.
MINUTES OF INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE MEETING
CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE – CITY HALL
SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 – 5:30 P.M. CHAMBER ROOM
CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL
1. Meeting called to order at 5:30 P.M. Present: Chair Karen Michalczyk, Aldermen Wayne Straza, Alderman Sean McDermott. Also present: Mayor Ed Krzeminski; City Clerk Sharon Sweeney; Alderman James Jasinski; Alderman John Von Drasek (6:00 p.m.); Alderman Bob Pondelicek; City Administrator Gail Paul; Assistant Administrator Sharon Peterson; Finance Director Steven Drazner; City Engineer John Fitzgerald; City Planner Bryan Swanson; City Attorney Erik Peck; Steve Tisinai Sr.; Steve Tisinai Jr.; Joanne Tisinai; Mrs. Schwartz; John & Mary Stroud.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
2. The minutes of the August 2, 2011 were approved as submitted.
UPDATE ON ITEP STREETSCAPE PROJECT
3. Eng. Fitzgerald updated committee members on the status of the LaGrange Road ITEP Streetscape Project and the IDOT Project. ITEP funds are to be used for updates on LaGrange Road from 55th Street to Joliet Road. The IDOT Project involves the Joliet and LaGrange Road intersection including lane configuration. IDOT’s project begins in August 2012 with a summer 2013 projected completion date.
The coordination of the ITEP Project and IDOT Project cannot be done simultaneously; otherwise, LaGrange Road will be under construction from 55th Street to Joliet Road to include the Joliet/LaGrange Road intersection. In addition, ITEP funds are federal funds and the city is only approved for Phase 1, the Environmental Study. The city is not ready for Phase 2, the actual design with brick pavers or stamped concrete. However, IDOT is allowing the city to install the lights from Joliet Road to 56th Street in the spring of 2012 before their project begins.
Eng. Fitzgerald explained when a street project includes widening the street, IDOT does not pay to move the street lights. Eng. Fitzgerald requested a waiver for the fee to move the street lights on LaGrange Road stating the widening of LaGrange Road is necessary because of the excess traffic from the Joliet Road. Mayor Krzeminski requested a letter be drafted to IDOT for the Mayor or City Administrator’s signature confirming this request. Eng. Fitzgerald recommended waiting until after IDOT completed their project in 2013 to begin working on the ITEP Streetscape Project.
Although the city hoped to begin the LaGrange Road project earlier, committee members concurred with Eng. Fitzgerald’s recommendation, but the city will continue with the engineering plan.
DISCUSSION ON LIMITING THE LOCATION OF REFUSE CANS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
4. There is no definition for household rubbish in the city code, but the code does state that household rubbish, only, be deposited in the receptacle provided for household rubbish. The code reads garbage and household waste must be in cans and covered and household waste must be in cans or bags. The problem is defining household waste. A possibility is to add to the code household rubbish cannot be stored in a manner that creates a nuisance. Also, the way household rubbish is stored could pose a health concern. Atty. Peck suggested if it does present a nuisance this will give the Community Development Department a method in which to issue a ticket.
Mayor Krzeminski suggested generating a questionnaire regarding definitions to be distributed through the IML. Ald. Straza suggested contacting the WCMC.
Asst. Admin. Peterson was directed to contact the WCMC. Atty. Peck and Bldg. Official Tisnai will work together on the code and bring it back to the next meeting.Countryside resident, Mrs. Stroud, expressed concern in the way her neighbor’s garbage is stored.
DISCUSSION ON T.P.I.
5. T.P.I. was asked to present an overview of the services they provide to the city. Steve Tisnai Jr. explained T.P.I. is a family run company that has been in business for 14 years and works with 30 municipalities. Their services range from filling in on a temporary basis to full service. All customers, employees, contractors and residents receive their cell phone numbers and T.P.I. employees can be reached at any time. All employees are fully certified for both residential and commercial codes. A licensed architect and six master code professionals are on staff; two of whom are also licensed plumbing contractors. When plans are reviewed the code sections are noted on the document for reference. T.P.I.’s pricing has held constant and is very comparable.
Asst. Admin. Peterson presented a report outlining the progress the building department made in closing open building permits. T.P.I. is scheduled to be at the city three days a week during the winter months.
6. Atty. Peck presented a draft ordinance establishing policy and rules for issuance of licenses, certificates, and/or permits. If an applicant is not in compliance with the city code or is indebted for fines, etc. the city can deny issuance of the license or permit.
7. No other business. The meeting is adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel at 6:24 PM.
Dated: __________________ ________________________
Karen Michalczyk, Chair