Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Village Board - February 6, 2012

 

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

OF THE GURNEE VILLAGE BOARD

 

GURNEE VILLAGE HALL

February 6, 2012

 

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; Erik Jensen, Management Analyst; Diane Lembesis, Finance Director; Tom Rigwood, Director of Public Works; Fred Friedl, Fire Chief; Kevin Woodside, Police Chief

 

Roll Call

PRESENT:       6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris

ABSENT:         0- None

 

Pledge of Allegiance

Mayor Kovarik led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

 

A.  PUBLIC COMMENT

 

None.

 

 

B.  APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

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

 

Roll call,

AYE:                6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris 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 Ord. 2012 -06 appointing a Director and Alternate Director for the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO).

 

2.  Approval Ord. 2012 -07 authorizing the execution of release or disclaimer by the Village of Gurnee covering an easement in Gurnee, Riedel Subdivision.

 

3.  Approval of Payroll for period ending January 28, 2012, in the amount of $664,674.44.

 

4.  Approval of Payroll Transfer Journal for period ending January 28, 2012, in the amount of $655,824.18.

 

5.  Approval of Bills for the period ending February 6, 2012, in the amount of $1,306,655.53.

 

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

 

Roll call,

AYE:                6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris NAY:                        0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

D.  PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

 1.        Approval of a Proclamation designating February, 2012, as African American History Month in the Village of Gurnee.

 

      Mayor Kovarik read proclamation into record.

 

It was moved by Trustee Schwarz, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve of a Proclamation designating February, 2012, as African American History Month in the Village of Gurnee.

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:         Motion Carried.

 

 

2.  Approval of a Proclamation designating February 5 – 11, 2012 as Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) Week in the Village of Gurnee.

 

      Mayor Kovarik read proclamation into record.

 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve of a Proclamation designating February 5 – 11, 2012 as Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) Week in the Village of Gurnee.

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:         Motion Carried.

 

E.  REPORTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Ingrid Park

3400 Fieldstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Presentation of the 60% Recycling Task Force Report by Walter Willis, Executive Director for the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, Illinois.

 

      Mr. Willis from SWALCO said recently a Task Force was formed to increase the rate of recycling to 60%.  He said currently the recycling rate in Lake County is 39%.  He presented the Task Force’s report and plan to the Board, outlining each recommendation from the Task Force along with strategies and goals for communities to work towards.  He asked the Board to either pass a Resolution to approve the Task Force recommendations or to accept the document without endorsing every element of the plan.

 

      Mayor Kovarik asked about bringing multi-family and commercial complexes into a franchise agreement similar to the one the Village currently has with Waste Management for residential refuse and recycling collection.

 

      Mr. Willis clarified her question.

 

      Mayor Kovarik asked if the Board would like to approve or accept the plan adding that the Village has already met the 2015 goals set in the plan. 

 

      Trustee Park said he sees a lot of good ideas within the plan but would be hesitant to approve the plan until more information is available.  He further said that accepting the plan seems more appropriate at this time.

 

       Trustee Ross asked about the food scraps recycling program discussed in the plan and specifically about how grocery stores manage that type of recycling.

 

      Mr. Willis said there are definite contamination problems, and staff has to be trained for such a program.

 

      Trustee Balmes said, as a business owner, she doesn’t have a problem separating and recycling, but it is difficult because other people throw refuse in her containers as well as those of other business owners in the community. 

 

      Mr. Willis said that is a problem and explained what Grayslake has done to try and combat that situation.

 

      Mayor Kovarik said it sounds like we are leaning towards accepting.

 

      Trustee Morris said he doesn’t think actions should be mandated.

 

      Mr. Willis said we can take a new look at this in 2015 or 2016 and maybe by then things will have changed.

 

      Mayor Kovarik asked if anyone from the public would like to speak.

 

      Ms. Park said she is a huge recycler and wanted to come tonight because she works somewhere that does not recycle.   She said she has been taking items home to recycle, but she can’t take it all.  She said it is encouraging that efforts are going into recycling and we need to realize it is for all our good.

 

      Mayor Kovarik asked if she has asked the employer about recycling.

 

      Ms. Park said yes but her company has a shared service, but she is taking steps towards introducing a recycling program at her workplace.  She finished by saying it would be a great thing to encourage businesses to recycle as well. 

 

      Mayor Kovarik said the Village will move forward with accepting the plan and will look at increasing our recycling efforts.

 

F. OLD BUSINESS

 

None.

 

G.  NEW BUSINESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Approval of Ord. 2012 – 08 granting Final Planned Unit Development Plat Plan approval to Net3 Real Estate, LLC, for a commercial development at 6631 Grand Avenue.

 

      Mr. Muetz said this Net3 Real is requesting a Final Planned Unit Development plat approval for a 7000 square feet multi-tenant commercial building.  He said the property is directly east of Potbelly Sandwiches and in front of the Home Depot.  The petitioner received a unanimous favorable recommendation from the Plan Commission with two conditions: (i) the Plan Commission asked they add a sidewalk that will connect to the Grand Avenue sidewalk and (ii) the final sign package shall not include a box sign to not be used as the monument sign but a higher quality sign with individually mounted letters.  In addition, the petitioner asked for up to 5 wall signs and asked to pay a fee in lieu of replacing some of the trees. The Plan Commission felt these requests were reasonable.  He said each Board member should have a memo from Tracy Velkover that provides more detail.

 

      Mr. Matt Friedman from Net3 Real Estate briefly explained the plans using slides as visual aids.  He said the building will have three tenants with parking and a sidewalk.  He explained the types of material that will be used in construction and the reason why they requested 5 wall signs.  He also explained how they will landscape the property and why it makes sense to pay a fee in lieu of replacing some of the trees.

 

      Trustee Garner asked who the tenants will be.

 

      Mr. Friedman said a Vitamin Shop, 4 Eyes and Select Comfort.

 

      Trustee Garner asked about the purpose of the sidewalk.

 

      Mr. Ziegler said it would allow access off of Grand Avenue.

 

      Mayor Kovarik asked about the use list for the property.

 

      Mr. Ziegler said it would be the same as for the rest of the Grand Hunt Center, but there is a limit on financial institutions.

 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Park to approve of Ord. 2012 - 08 granting Final Planned Unit Development Plat Plan approval to Net3 Real Estate, LLC, for a commercial development at 6631 Grand Avenue.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris NAY:                        0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

2.  Approval of Ord. 2012 - 09 authorizing the Village President and Village Clerk to execute an Automatic Response Agreement between the Village of Gurnee and the Grayslake Fire Protection District.

 

      Mr. Muetz said in 2000 the Village of Gurnee and the Grayslake Fire Protection District approved an automatic response agreement.  As a result of an internal assessment and in preparation for the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Field Review, the Fire Department felt it necessary to update the agreement.  This Ordinance will amend the current agreement to include automatic mutual aid response between the two departments.  He finished by stating that the Grayslake Fire Protection District approved the agreement on January 18, 2012.

 

 

It was moved by Trustee Schwarz, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve of Ord. 2012 -09 authorizing the Village President and Village Clerk to execute an Automatic Response Agreement between the Village of Gurnee and the Grayslake Fire Protection District.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris NAY:                        0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

3.  Approval of authorizing Village Administrator to confirm a professional service agreement with Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc., for the 2012-2014 mosquito abatement programs at a cost of $103,077.00 per year.

 

      Mr. Muetz said that Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management provides the mosquito abatement program for the Village of Gurnee and the current pricing expired in 2011.  He said Clarke Mosquito is offering the Village with the same pricing as in 2008.  He said the contract will extend from 2012-2014 at a total annual cost of $103,077.00.

 

      Trustee Garner asked if we will have more mosquitoes this year.

 

      George Balis from Clarke Mosquito said it hard to tell but if the winter stays dry as it has so far, then we should see fewer mosquitoes.

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Schwarz to approve of authorizing Village Administrator to confirm a professional service agreement with Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc., for the 2012-2014 mosquito abatement programs at a cost of $103,077.00 per year.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                6- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris NAY:                        0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

4.  Approval of floral bills for the period ending February 6, 2012 in the amount of $178.00.

 

      Trustee Balmes read a statement stating that she has an interest in Gurnee Flowers by Balmes and therefore will be abstaining from voting on this matter.

 

      Trustee Garner read the following statement:

 

      My vote against Trustee Balmes receiving this floral order is not personal and has nothing to do with the exceptional quality and value she provides as a florist. I believe no sitting board member should receive direct benefit from the Village and we, the Board, should practice being above even the appearance of wrongdoing to the witnessing public.

 

It was moved by Trustee Ross, seconded by Trustee Park to approve of floral bills for the period ending February 6, 2012 in the amount of $178.00.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                4- Schwarz, Ross, Park, Kovarik

NAY:                2- Garner, Morris

ABSENT:          0- None

ABSTAIN:         1- Balmes

Motion Carried.

 

H.  PUBLIC COMMENT

 

None.

Closing Comments

None.

 

Adjournment

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

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:         Motion Carried.

 

Mayor Kovarik adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

Andrew Harris,

Village Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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