Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Economic Development Committee - December 19, 2013

Village of Gurnee

Economic Development Committee Minutes

December 19, 2013


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, Karen Thorstenson, Dick Welton, Tom Henderson, Randy Ebertowski, Roneida Martin

Members Absent:                Michael Deney, Tim Garrity

Other Officials Present:       Patrick Muetz, Village Administrator; David Ziegler, Community Development Director, Aaron Gruen, Consultant, Debra Jeans, Consultant

1. Approval of the September 19, 2013 Meeting Minutes

Ms. Thorstenson made a motion, seconded by Tom Henderson, to approve the November 21, 2013 meeting minutes, as presented.

All voted ‘aye’. Motion carried.

2. Education Item: Any members requesting educational items for presentation to the committee are directed to submit topics to Mr. Muetz

3. Unfinished Business: 

     a. Review and Finalization of the Proposed Business Survey – Members Elbrecht and Thorstenson provided edits for the proposed survey. Mr. Gruen agreed to accommodate the requests. 

4. New Business: 

Review of the Draft “Evaluation of Potential Tax Increase Options” as prepared by Gruen Gruen + Associates. A brief overview of the proposed document was presented by Mr. Gruen, outlining the Draft document. Mr. Ebertowski stated a general concern with a proposed sales tax increase, although The Mills Corporation has not taken an official stance on the subject. Mr. Ebertowski indicated that his perception of Gurnee Mills has changed from a “tourist mall” to a regional mall serving residents and non-residents.

Mr Welton stated his continued belief that a portion of the village’s funding should be supported by property taxes.

Mr. Park requested 3 additional points be incorporated into the document:

1. The ability of performing cost cutting measures vs. tax increases,

2. Evaluate increase of taxes based upon economic growth, and

3. The impacts of schools on Economic Development.

5. Chairman Comments:

Chairman Park confirmed that he would be stepping down from the committee after this meeting and the Mayor would appoint a replacement to take his place in addition to the 2 new members, Deney and Garrity. He would continue to be involved in the committee’s work as an ex-officio member.

6. Adjournment

Trustee Park asked for motion to adjourn.

Mr. Elbrecht made a motion, seconded by Ms. Thorstenson to adjourn.

All voted ‘aye’. Motion carried.

The Meeting was adjourned at 7:35 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted:

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