Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Economic Development Committee - January 16, 2014

Village of Gurnee
Economic Development Committee Minutes
January 16, 2014

The meeting was held in Conference Room A, Gurnee Village Hall, 325 N. O’Plaine Road and called to order at 5:34 P.M.

Members Present: Chairman Rob Elbrecht, Karen Thorstenson, Roneida Martin, Michael Deney, Tim Garrity, James Sula

Members Absent: Randy Ebertowski, Dick Welton, Tom Henderson

Other Officials Present: Patrick Muetz, Village Administrator; David Ziegler, Community Development Trustee Stephen Park, Ex-Officio

1. Approval of the September 19, 2013 Meeting Minutes
Ms. Martin made a motion, seconded by Ms. Thorstenson, to approve the December 19, 2013 meeting minutes, as presented.
All voted ‘aye’. Motion carried.

2. Education Item: New members to the committee, Michael Deney, Tim Garrity, and James Sula gave a brief introduction and background.

3. Old Business:

a. Review of the Proposed Business List for Business Retention Survey  – Staff was requested to limit the survey to 15 retail, 15 industrial and 15 office users. Within each category, utilize 5 small, 5 medium and 5 large users. Also, eliminate churches and not-for-profits from the survey list.

4. New Business: 

a. Review of Draft Position Description – Economic Development Coordinator – The following changes were suggested by the committee:

i. Job Title changed from Coordinator to Director
ii. The new position will report to the Village Administrator,
iii. Remove references to subordinate management,
iv. Remove urban planning as an acceptable education background,
v. Increase experience requirement from 6 to 10 years,
vi. Remove knowledge of GIS from requested knowledge base and replace with Project and Committee Management and Business Development

b. Review of Draft Incentives Policy – In depth review will be continued at the next meeting

5. Chairman Comments: None

6. Adjournment
Mr. Sula made a motion, seconded by Ms. Thorstenson to adjourn.
All voted ‘aye’. Motion carried.
The Meeting was adjourned at 7:05 P.M.
Respectfully Submitted:


David L. Ziegler
Director of Community Development/Assistant Village Administrator