Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Economic Development Committee - January 19, 2012

Village of Gurnee

Economic Development Committee Minutes

January 19, 2012


The meeting was held in Conference Room A, Gurnee Village Hall, 325 N. O’Plaine Road and called to order at 6:00 P.M.


Members Present:            Trustee Stephen Park, Rob Elbrecht, Bill Finn, Tom Henderson, Brad Jenks, Roneida Martin, Karen Thorstenson, Dick Welton


Members Absent:             Randy Ebertowski


Other Officials Present:    David Ziegler, Community Development Director; Ryan Mentkowski, Associate Planner; Eric Venden, GIS Coordinator


  1. Introduction of the remaining Committee Members

Trustee Park welcomed the two new committee members absent from the meeting in December and requested that all members and staff present provide a brief introduction of themselves to the new committee members.


  1. Approval of the December 1, 2011 Meeting Minutes

Mr. Welton made a motion, seconded by Mr. Finn, to approve the December 1, 2011 meeting minutes. 


All voted ‘aye’.  Motion carried.


  1. Presentation and discussion regarding the Village of Gurnee’s current in-house digital mapping capabilities.

Eric Venden, GIS Coordinator, made a presentation to the Committee regarding the current digital mapping capabilities currently available.  This included discussion regarding data that the Village has which staff felt could be a useful resource in the future for the Committee.  Some of the data available included aerial photos, streets, property information, natural resources (wetlands, floodplains), buildings, and vacant land.


No action taken.


  1. Discussion of the Initial List of the Village of Gurnee’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

The Committee discussed additional items that could be added to the list of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the Village of Gurnee.  Items of discussion included the development review process; having a business liaison to guide a new business through a development process from start to finish; the State of Illinois’ financial situation; the Village’s reliance on a narrow field of revenue sources; attraction of all types of “commercial” development, not just retail; the future of the “Gurnee brand”.  The Committee members would continue to think of ideas and forward these ideas on to Village Staff for inclusion into the list as they defined them.


No action taken.


  1. Approval of the 2012 Meeting Schedule

Mr. Welton made a motion, seconded by Mr. Finn, to approve the 2012 meeting schedule. 


All voted ‘aye’.  Motion carried.



  1. Adoption of the Rules and Procedures

Mr. Welton made a motion, seconded by Mr. Finn, to adopt the Rules and Procedures for the Committee. 


All voted ‘aye’.  Motion carried.


  1. Discussion of Agenda Items for Next Meeting Date: February 16, 2012

Mr. Mentkowski provided the Committee with a homework item for the meeting in February.  The homework item provided to each member for completion was a 15 question “Economic Development Readiness Evaluation” survey from the American Planning Association PAS Report 541.  The survey asked questions related to the following factors: Land and Buildings, Labor, Natural Resources, Location relative to supplies and markets; Infrastructure and utilities; Amenity and other quality of life factors; Government policies, regulations and leadership; and Organization for economic development.   He requested that each member provide the completed survey back to staff in order to provide a non-scientific result of what the Village could improve on in regards to the factors listed above.  He stated that the results would be available at the meeting in February.


The Committee also requested that at the February meeting Village staff provides the following items: a copy of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) GO TO 2040 Comprehensive Plan (short version); Status update of the Route 53 Corridor Planning process in Lake County; and information related to the purposes/goals of Lake County Transportation Alliance.


  1. Adjournment

Trustee Park asked for motion to adjourn the meeting.


Mr. Welton made a motion, seconded by Mr. Finn to adjourn the meeting. 


All voted ‘aye’.  Motion carried.


The Meeting was adjourned at 7:34 P.M.


Respectfully Submitted:


Ryan Mentkowski
Economic Development Committee Secretary

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