Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Village Board - July 15, 2013

 

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

OF THE GURNEE VILLAGE BOARD

 

GURNEE VILLAGE HALL

JULY 15, 2013

 

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; Christine Palmieri, Director of Human Resources; Tom Rigwood, Director of Public Works; Fred Friedl, Fire Chief; John Kavanagh, Deputy Fire Chief; Kevin Woodside, Police Chief; Jay Patrick, Adm. Commander

 

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

 

 

Mayor Kovarik asked for anyone that would like to comment about the assault weapon ban to please wait until after Police Chief Woodside reads a statement to the Board.

 

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- 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 the minutes from the June 24, 2013 and July 8, 2013 Village Board meetings.

2.   Approval of request from Police Department to allow Police Evidence Custodian Chris Saffell to attend an Alternative Light Sources and Dye Staining course in Auburn Hills, MI, on October 29, 2013, at a cost not to exceed $640.00.

3.   Approval of Payroll for period ending June 29, 2013 in the amount of $716,168.65.

4.   Approval of Payroll Transfer Journal for period ending June 29, 2013, in the amount of $710,183.86.

5.   Approval of Bills for the period ending July 15, 2013 in the amount of $1,336,635.05.

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Park 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

 

 None.

 

E.  REPORTS

 

1.   Discussion of Public Act 098-0063, specifically Section 150 - Section 13.1(c).

 

      Chief Woodside read the following statement:

 

      Your first challenge would be to define the term ‘assault weapon.’

      This must not be confused with an ‘assault rifle’ which is a military weapon capable of fully automatic fire. These weapons are not available to the public and have been regulated since the 1930s. Any weapon banned by ordinance would be one firing a single round at a time, not an automatic weapon.

 

      The responsibility of defining and regulating firearms ownership rightfully belongs to the federal or state government, but this is a responsibility that the State has chosen to defer for 10 days, putting this board in a position to ban certain rifles in Gurnee that would remain lawful elsewhere in the state.

 

      The question that I have been asked specifically to address is: “Once defined, would an ordinance regulating these weapons improve the safety of our community?”

 

      There is no evidence that it would.

 

      Gun crimes in Gurnee are rare. In cases that do involve firearms, handguns and shotguns are involved far more frequently than rifles.

      Rifles currently represent 7% of the firearms in the police department evidence room. To-date there has not been a single criminal homicide or shooting in this community involving a rifle.

 

      There is no evidence to suggest that Gurnee would be safer by passing an ordinance that makes it illegal to possess a rifle, or any weapon designated by ordinance as an ‘assault weapon,’ particularly when that same weapon remains lawful in the community next door.

 

      My recommendation is that you do not consider such an ordinance.

 

      Trustee Park said he agrees with the Police Chief; this type of legislation is more appropriate on the State level.

      Trustee Wilson said he believes this goes even higher than the State; the right to bear arms is in the Constitution of the United States.

 

      Mayor Kovarik said no action will be taken and the discussion is over. The Village of Gurnee will not be going forward with an assault weapon ban.

 

F. OLD BUSINESS

None.

 

G.  NEW BUSINESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.   Approval of Ord. 2013 - 32 approving the terms of an Intergovernmental Agreement for Woodland School District #50 School Resource Officer.

 

      Mr. Muetz said the FY 13/14 Approved Budget included the addition of two additional school resource officers.  One of these positions is proposed to be placed at District 50 on a full-time basis during the school year.  He said under the terms of the agreement, District #50 is responsible for 50% of the cost, this includes salary and benefits, health insurance, transportation costs when necessary, pension contributions and social security.  The District 50 Board approved this three year agreement at its June 25th meeting.

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Balmes to approve of Ord. 2013 – 32 approving the terms of an Intergovernmental Agreement for Woodland School District #50 School Resource Officer.

 

Roll call,

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

NAY:               0- None

ABSENT:       0- None

Motion Carried.

 

2.   Approval of Ord. 2013 - 33 adopting by reference the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance as amended.

      Mr. Muetz said the Watershed Development Ordinance (WDO) is one part of the adopted Lake County Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan. The WDO sets forth the minimum requirements for the stormwater management aspects of development in Lake County.

 

      He said Village Engineer Scott Drabicki’s memo outlines that this most recent round of updates is a result of new Flood Insurance Rate Maps released by FEMA.  The changes are based on more accurate topographic data and do not change flood elevation levels.  As a community that participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, the Village is required to adopt these changes to remain compliant.  If the Village falls out of compliance, property owners will not be able to purchase flood insurance.

 

      Mayor Kovarik asked if there were any changes to property in Gurnee

      Mr. Drabicki said the flood elevation has remained the same.  He stated there were some properties that were borderline whether they were in the floodplain or not.  Some are now clearly in, while others are clearly out.  This is a result of more updated topographic information.

 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve of Ord. 2013 - 33 adopting by reference the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance as amended.

 

Roll call,

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

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

3.   Approval of request from Fire Department to purchase 2013 Road Rescue ambulance from Fire Service, Inc at a cost of $173,710.00 (Fire Unit #1342 replacement).

 

      Mr. Muetz said included in the FY 13/14 Approved Budget was $180,000 for replacement of one of our ambulances.  The ambulance being replaced has server corrosion and mechanical issues that, given its age and mileage, do not make sense to address. Under the purchase contract for the ambulance the Warren Waukegan Fire Protection District donated to the Village last year, the District had the option to purchase another ambulance within one year at the same price.  The Village has determined that taking advantage of this clause is in its best interest.  The cost will be lower than what the District paid last year due to the fact that the engineering on the unit is the same as the donated unit.  Based on the Village’s experience with the unit the District donated, as well as Fire Service, Inc., the Department is recommending the Village purchase a 2013 Road Rescue unit from Fire Service, Inc. at a cost of $173,710.00. 

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve of request from Fire Department to purchase 2013 Road Rescue ambulance from Fire Service, Inc at a cost of $173,710.00 (Fire Unit #1342 replacement).

 

Roll call,

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

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

H.  PUBLIC COMMENT

Bill Worth
4338 Eagle Court

 

Mr. Worth said he appreciated the Village allowing Police Chief Woodside to make a statement regarding the potential assault weapon ban.

Closing Comments

None.

 

 

Adjournment

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

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:         Motion Carried.

 

Mayor Kovarik adjourned the meeting at 7:46 p.m.

 

 

Andrew Harris,
Village Clerk