Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Village Board - March 3, 2014

 

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

OF THE GURNEE VILLAGE BOARD

 

GURNEE VILLAGE HALL

MARCH 3, 2014

 

Call to Order

Mayor Kovarik called the meeting to order at 7:33 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; Christine Palmieri, Director of Human Resources; Chris Velkover, Information Systems Director; Tom Rigwood, Director of Public Works; Fred Friedl, Fire Chief; John Kavanagh, Deputy Fire Chief; Kevin Woodside, Police Chief; James Caldwell, Deputy Police Chief; Saundra Campbell, Commander; Terri Kincaid Deputy Police Chief; Tracy Velkover, Planning Manager

 

Roll Call

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

ABSENT: 0- None

Pledge of Allegiance

Mayor Kovarik led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

 

A.  PUBLIC COMMENT

 

 

 

Trustee Ross

Trustee Ross wanted to acknowledge KeyLime Cove for receiving the Community Service Award in December from the Illinois Hotel Lodging Association, as well as the National version of that award from the American Lodging Association for their Community Days event. 

 

B.  APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

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

 

Roll call,

AYE:                6- Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Hood, Wilson      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 request from KeyLime Cove Resort and United Way of Lake County to conduct their Spring “Community Days” event from April 7 – June 7, 2013.

 

2.  Approval of Payroll for period ending February 22, 2014 in the amount of $737,235.78.

 

3.  Approval of Payroll Transfer Journal for period ending February 22,

      2014 in the amount of $730,990.48.

 4.        Approval of Bills for the period ending March 3, 2014 in the amount of $185,254.58.

 

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

 

Roll call,

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

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

 

D.  PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

 1.        Approval of a Proclamation designating March as Women’s History Month in the Village of Gurnee.

 

It was moved by Trustee Garner, seconded by Trustee Balmes to approve of a Proclamation designating March as Women’s History Month in the Village of Gurnee.

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:         Motion Carried

 

E.  REPORTS

 

None.

 

F. OLD BUSINESS

 

None.

 

G.  NEW BUSINESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Mark Batista
Bob Rohrman Auto Group

 

1.  Approval of Ord. 2014 -09 granting a Minor PUD Amendment, pursuant to the Gurnee Zoning Ordinance, to allow a modification to the allowed signage for Gurnee Hyundai, located at 6251 Grand Avenue.

 

      Mr. Muetz handed the floor over to Ms. Velkover.

 

      Ms. Velkover gave the overview of the request to the Board, which includes modification to the current sign package.  She stated the most significant change is a 16’ by 16’ blue box that will be attached to the north side of the building.  Based upon how the Village measures signage, the actual size of sign is 76 square feet.  She continued to say a new ground sign is also proposed.  Ms. Velkover said staff expects that appropriate signage will result in the box truck being removed from the property.  This condition has been included in the ordinance.

 

      Mr. Batista said the box truck is gone and has been sold.

 

      Trustee Park asked what actions were previously taken regarding the box truck.

 

      Ms. Velkover said code enforcement had been out to the location several times but the problem is the truck moves so it came in and out of conformance.

 

      Trustee Park asked if they were ever fined and taken to court.

 

      Ms. Velkover said no.

 

      Trustee Park said the proposed wall sign on the North side is a box and will extend above the height of the current roof.

 

      Ms. Velkover said yes, however, the blue box is considered façade and has already been permitted.

 

      Trustee Park said the sign is above height and architecturally it’s overwhelming.  He continued to state that a reasonable amount of signage may be due, but he does not believe this is appropriate.

 

      Mr. Batista said all Hyundai stores have to comply and Gurnee is the only location that does not have the blue box.

 

      Trustee Park asked if he goes to any other Hyundai store he will see a blue box extending above the building.

 

      Mr. Batista said yes.

 

      Trustee Park clarified his question.

 

      Mr. Batista restated Gurnee is one of the last ones in the country.

 

      Trustee Park said he would like to see one before he votes.  He clarified is concern is the blue box extending beyond the top of the building.

 

      Ms. Velkover explained to the Board that the blue box is a facade improvement and was processed and approved administratively by staff already.  She said tonight’s vote is for the lettering on the box.

 

      Trustee Park said he misunderstood.

 

      Trustee Garner asked if the Board is approving the 16’ by 16’ box.

 

      Mayor Kovarik said no that is already done and permitted under the Village’s existing regulations.

 

      Trustee Park asked under what basis was it approved.

 

      Ms. Velkover said under the basis it is a façade change and not a sign.  The text is the signage, not the blue box.

 

      Mayor Kovarik said the look will be consistent with the other Hyundai dealerships.

 

      Trustee Hood made a motion to approve, seconded by Trustee Balmes.  Mayor Kovarik called for discussion.

 

      Trustee Garner said he feels like this is being pushed upon the Board.  He stated the Village has had issues with Mr. Rohrman before.  Trustee Garner stated he has brick pavers in the front of his property that the Board voted 6-0 to have removed several years ago and they are still there.  He said this has been a reoccurring issue.  

 

      Ms. Velkover again clarified the façade change.

 

      Trustee Park said he will not vote for this until he sees other facilities with this façade installed so he can see first-hand what it looks like.

 

      Trustee Wilson asked if the size of the ground sign should be discussed as well.

 

      Trustee Ross asked for clarification on the prior motion.

 

      Mayor Kovarik asked if she could have a motion to continue this discussion until the March 17th Regular Meeting.

 

It was moved by Trustee Hood, seconded by Trustee Park to continue discussion of Ord. 2014 - 09  granting a Minor PUD Amendment, pursuant to the Gurnee Zoning Ordinance, to allow a modification to the allowed signage for Gurnee Hyundai, located at 6251 Grand Avenue to the March 17th Regular Meeting.

 

Roll call,

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

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

 

H. PUBLIC COMMENT

Jim Walz
4159 N. Brown Circle

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Walz said if Trustee Garner is correct about what happened with the brick pavers, then it seems like they are abusers of Village Ordinances and should remove the pavers and plant grass if they want this sign.

 

Attorney Winter said the Board should address what is in front of them and should not assume one person is responsible for certain actions.

 

Mayor Kovarik said she thought an agreement was worked out regarding the pavers, but staff will go back and see what information it can find.

 

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 8:04 p.m.

 

 

Andrew Harris,

Village Clerk