Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Village Board - January 6, 2014

 

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

OF THE GURNEE VILLAGE BOARD

 

GURNEE VILLAGE HALL

January 6, 2014

 

Call to Order

Mayor Kovarik called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

 

Other Officials in Attendance

Patrick Muetz, Village Administrator; David Ziegler, Assistant Village Administrator/Community Development Director; Bryan Winter, Village Attorney; Scott Drabicki, Village Engineer; Christine Palmieri, Director of Human Resources; Tom Rigwood, Director of Public Works; Fred Friedl, Fire Chief; Kevin Woodside, Police Chief; Tracy Velkover, Planning Manager

 

Roll Call

PRESENT:        6-Garner, Balmes, Hood, Wilson, Ross, Park

ABSENT:          None

 

Pledge of Allegiance

Mayor Kovarik led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

A.  PUBLIC COMMENT

 

 

The Mayor commended Police and Fire on a job well done during New Year’s Eve.  She further commented that Public Works did a phenomenal job in maintaining the streets during the snow and stated she received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from the residents.

 

B.  APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

It was moved by Trustee Wilson, seconded by Trustee Balmes to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                6- Garner, Balmes, Hood, Wilson, Ross, Park              NAY:                0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

C.   CONSENT AGENDA / OMNIBUS VOTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Village Administrator read the consent agenda for an omnibus vote as follows:

 

  1. Approval of minutes from the December 16, 2013 meeting.

 

  1. Approval Ord. 2014-01 amending Chapter 32, Section 32-36 entitled “Planning and Zoning Fees”, of the Gurnee Municipal Code.

 

  1. Approval of request to dispose certain Police Department records:  Miscellaneous Police Administrative Files 1998–2012.

 

  1. Approval of Payroll for period ending December 14, 2013 in the amount of $746,310.01.

 

  1. Approval of Payroll Transfer Journal for period ending December 14, 2013 in the amount of $739,853.22.

 

  1. Approval of Payroll for period ending December 28, 2013 in the amount of $771,317.27.

 

  1. Approval of Payroll Transfer Journal for period ending December 28, 2013 in the amount of $766,513.72.

 

  1. Approval of Bills for the period ending January 6, 2014 in the amount of $409,449.51.

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve the Consent Agenda for an omnibus vote as read.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                6- Garner, Balmes, Hood, Wilson, Ross Park              NAY:                0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

 

D.  PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Approval of Proclamation designating January 20, 2014 as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the Village of Gurnee.

 

Mayor Kovarik read the proclamation into record.

 

It was moved by Trustee Wilson, seconded by Trustee Garner to approve of Proclamation designating January 20, 2014 as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the Village of Gurnee.

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:         Motion Carried

 

2. Approval of Mayor Kovarik’s recommended appointment of Jim Sula to the Economic Development Committee.

 

Mayor Kovarik stated she is recommending Jim Sula to fill a vacancy on the Economic Development Committee, which would result in the committee being full force with nine members.  The Mayor further stated, and Trustee Wilson concurred, that Mr. Sula has a strong background in the Village’s zoning and planning and would be a good addition to the Economic Development Committee.  A new Chairperson will be named at a later date.

 

It was moved by Trustee Wilson, seconded by Trustee Park to approve the appointment of Jim Sula to the Economic Development Committee.

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:         Motion Carried

 

E.  REPORTS

 

None.

 

F. OLD BUSINESS

 

None.

 

G.  NEW BUSINESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Approval Res. 2014-01 relating to termination of participation by elected officials in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund – Village President.

 

Mr. Muetz stated that based on the recent Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) audit, Staff was asked to determine if the Village President and Village Clerk positions met the annual 600 work hour minimum eligibility requirement.   Mr. Muetz further stated that since 1960, only one Village President has participated in IMRF and no Village Clerk has ever participated.  As a result of staff findings, it was determined that these two positions do not typically work enough formal hours to meet the eligibility requirements; therefore, staff recommends a Resolution to terminate the participation of Village President and Village Clerk in IMRF.

 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Garner to approve Resolution 2014-01 relating to termination of participation by elected officials in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund – Village President.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                6- Garner, Balmes, Hood, Wilson, Ross, Park

NAY:                0- None

ABSENT:         0- None

Motion Carried.

 

2.   Approval Res. 2014-02 relating to termination of participation by elected officials in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund – Village Clerk.

      

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Wilson to approve Resolution 2014-02 relating to termination of participation by elected officials in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund – Village Clerk.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 6- Garner, Balmes, Hood, Wilson, Ross, Park

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

3. Approval Ord. 2014-02 granting an amendment to the Grand Tri-State Business Park Special Use Permit, pursuant to the Gurnee Zoning Ordinance, relating to properties at 1025-1225 Tri-State Parkway.

 

Mr. Muetz stated that CenterPoint Property Trust has requested to resubdivide a parcel within the business park to allow each of the five buildings on the site to be located on separate lots.  Currently all five buildings, including the associated parking, are located on a single lot.  By resubidiving the property, individual buildings/parcels can be sold.  In order to allow the resubdivision,  an amendment to the Grand Tri-State Special Use Permit is required to allow the following: 

  • The creation of lots without frontage on a publicly dedicated street, as long as the lots have access to the street via a dedicated cross access easement;
  • The reduction of parking setbacks internally between the newly created lots within the property;
  • An exception to the lighting standard between the newly created lots within the property;
  • Off-site signage, subject to messages being limited to businesses with the buildings that are on the lots; and
  • Such other relief as may be necessary to accomplish the applicants plans.

He stated the item was before the Planning and Zoning Board (PZB) on December 18th and received a unanimous favorable recommendation.

 

Trustee Park asked how many monument signs on Tri-State Parkway are being anticipated based on Village sign code, how many tenant panels will be allowed, and questioned the covenants and cross easement plans across the properties.

 

Tracy Velkover, Planning Manager, stated when the property is subdivided the properties to the back and east will not have frontage; therefore, the signs along Tri-state Parkway would be considered off premise advertising signs and require a special use permit   She further stated that the minor sign exception is to increase the number of tenant panels from four per face to five. The landlord will determine who will get representation on the sign.  The petitioner’s request is to increase the total number of signs along Tri-State Parkway from two to three. The location for the signs will be at separate drive entrances and spaced evenly throughout frontage of the property.

 

Mr. Kevin Breslin, Attorney for CenterPoint Properties, stated their request of the Planning and Zoning Board and Village would fill an acceptable amount of additional coverage. They will have a total of 15 identification sign possibilities and will do their best regarding allocation. They have also prepared a set of covenants and cross easement plans that have been presented to Village Engineering for review and approval.

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Garner, subject to Staff finalization approval, to grant an amendment to the Grand Tri-State Business Park Special Use Permit, pursuant to the Gurnee Zoning Ordinance, relating to properties at 1025-1225 Tri-State Parkway.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 6- Garner, Balmes, Hood, Wilson, Ross, Park

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

4. Approval Ord. 2014-03 accepting the final plat of Subdivision of First Resubdivision of Grand Tri-State Business Park – Unit 1.

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve the final plat of Subdivision of First Resubdivision of Grand Tri-State Business Park – Unit 1.

Roll call,

AYE:                 6- Garner, Balmes, Hood, Wilson, Ross, Park

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

H.  PUBLIC COMMENT

 

None.

I.  EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Village Attorney stated that tonight’s Executive Session will reference:

 

5ILCS 120/2 2(c) (5) which states:   The purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body, including meetings held for the purpose of discussing whether a particular parcel should be acquired.

 

Adjournment to

Executive Session

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Garner to adjourn the meeting into Executive Session.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 6- Garner, Balmes, Hood, Wilson, Ross, Park

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

Mayor Kovarik adjourned the meeting into Executive Session at

7:50 p.m.

 

Recall to Order

Mayor Kovarik recalled the meeting to order at 8:26 p.m.

 

PRESENT:       6- Garner, Balmes, Hood, Wilson, Ross, Park

ABSENT:          None

 

Closing Comments

 

None.

Adjournment

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Wilson to adjourn the meeting.

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:         Motion Carried.

 

Mayor Kovarik adjourned the meeting at  8:29 p.m.

 

 

Donna R. Dallas

Deputy Village Clerk