Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Village Board - August 5, 2013

 

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

OF THE GURNEE VILLAGE BOARD

 

GURNEE VILLAGE HALL

AUGUST 5, 2013

 

Call to Order

Mayor Kovarik called the meeting to order at 7:31 p.m.

 

Other Officials in Attendance

Patrick Muetz, Village Administrator; David Ziegler, Assistant Village Administrator/Community Development Director; Bryan Winter, Village Attorney; 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; Kevin Woodside, Police Chief; Tracy Velkover, Planning Manager

 

Roll Call

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

ABSENT:         0- None

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Mayor Kovarik led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

A.  PUBLIC COMMENT

 

 

Susan Schneider

960 Fuller Road

Gurnee, IL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dale & Diane Landowski
6431 Lockwood Ln
Gurnee, IL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 


Tammy Oberstar
6432 Lockwood Ln
Gurnee, IL

 



Lynette Smith
702 Owl Creek Ln
Gurnee, IL

 

 



Steve Carlson
Lake County Board

 


Trustee Park
Gurnee Village Board

Ms. Schneider said living near Six Flags this past season has really been a challenge.  She said she received notification from the Village prior to the start of the season that stated the new show would only run from 9:30PM to 10:30PM and the Village was not anticipating any problems.  She said that the show starts later, it is louder and goes longer than stated.

 

Mayor Kovarik asked if this complaint was due to the loud music or the fireworks.

 

Ms. Schneider said the music.

 

Mayor Kovarik said the Village is aware of the problem and we will reevaluate that show for next year.

 

Mr. Landowski stated he wanted to bring a safety issue to the Village Board.  He stated there is no sidewalk on the east side of Hunt Club from Washington Street to the north.  This has led to pedestrians to have to walk in the road or on the shoulder.  He stated he is very concerned about the lack of pedestrian walkways and would like to see a plan in place to address it in the future.

 

Mrs. Landowski stated she understands there are multiple jurisdictions involved.  She requested support from the Village as the residents of Lockwood Lane approach the County to discuss addressing the issue.

 

Mayor Kovarik clarified the land is not in the Village.  If it were annexed the Village would require sidewalk.  She also stated the County has a plan to fill in gaps; however, this section is not at the top of their list.  She continued to say why the County would be glad for the Village to pay for the installation; the Village is not going to pay for installation of walkways in unincorporated areas.  Mayor Kovarik stated a special service district may be an option for generating funds to pay for the installation if the residents of Lockwood Lane were interested in this option.

 

Ms. Oberstar echoed Mr. Landowski’s concerns. 

 

 

 

Ms. Smith stated the residents of Chelsey Crossing have a similar issue with no sidewalk along Hunt Club from their development north to Gages Lake Road.  She stated when the development was initially planned, she thought there were supposed to be some trails extended out to Hunt Club.  She continued to say this did not happen and perhaps if this funding was still available, it could be used for sidewalks.

 

 

Mr. Carlson stated there is a schedule to fill in the gaps, but this is a county-wide issue.  He stated he will work to communicate the need to County staff.  He continued to say any cooperation or support from the Village would be appreciated.

 

Trustee Park asked for clarification on who a special service area would apply to.  Attorney Winter stated the Village only has power to deal with incorporated parcels.  He continued to state Hunt Club Road is not a Village roadway and therefore, it is the responsibility of Lake County.

 

B.  APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

It was moved by Trustee Garner, 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 the minutes from the July 15, 2013 and July 22, 2013 Village Board meetings.

 

2.      Approval of Ord. 2013 - 34 authorizing acceptance of deed for vacant property located on Ellis Avenue, Gurnee, Illinois 60031.

 

3.      Approval of a fireworks permit for the 2013 Gurnee Days event.

 

4.      Approval of request to waive bidding requirements and award five year Telecommunications Service Agreement to TDS Metrocom at a total cost of $26,400.00.

 

5.      Approval of request for Communications Shift Leader Wendy Mann, Police Detective Mike Mann, Records Supervisor John Petersen and Records Assistant Becky Stutts to attend the PSSI User Group Conference in Las Vegas, NV from November 11-14, 2013 at estimated cost of $3,300.00.

 

6.      Approval of Public Works Director Tom Rigwood’s request to participate in the Village’s tuition assistance program in pursuit of a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.

 

7.      Approval of request to set bid date of August 27, 2013 for Police Department Community Service Officer Unit #171 replacement.

 

8.      Approval of Payroll for period ending July 13, 2013 in the amount of $748,080.91.

 

9.      Approval of Payroll Transfer Journal for period ending July 13, 2013, in the amount of $744,192.22.

 

10.     Approval of Payroll for period ending July 27, 2013 in the amount of $736,644.87.

 

11.     Approval of Payroll Transfer Journal for period ending July 27, 2013, in the amount of $$732,094.46.

 

12.     Approval of Bills for the period ending August 5, 2013 in the amount of $1,347,983.15.

 

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

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

D.  PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

 1.     Approval of Proclamation designating August 4 – 10, 2013 as “National Stop on Red” Week.

 

         Mayor Kovarik read proclamation into record.

 

It was moved by Trustee Garner, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve of a Proclamation designating August 4 – 10, 2013 as “National Stop on Red” Week.

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:         Motion Carried

 

2.      Approval of Proclamation honoring Lisa Sheppard for being selected the 2013 Gurnee Days Honoree.

 

Mayor Kovarik read proclamation into record.

 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve of a Proclamation honoring Lisa Sheppard for being selected the 2013 Gurnee Days Honoree.

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:         Motion Carried

 

3.      Acceptance of George Iler’s resignation from the Civil Service Commission and presentation of Plaque of Appreciation.

 

         Mayor Kovarik presented Mr. Iler with Plaque of Appreciation for his service on the Civil Service Commission.

 

4.      Approval of Mayor Kovarik’s recommendation to appoint Gretchen Neddenriep to fill the vacant Civil Service Commissioner position.

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve of Mayor Kovarik’s recommendation to appoint Gretchen Neddenriep to fill the vacant Civil Service Commissioner position.

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Roll call,

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

NAY:                        0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

5.  Approval of Mayor Kovarik’s recommendation to appoint Lori Hubbartt as Chairwoman of the Civil Service Commission.

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Garner to approve of Mayor Kovarik’s recommendation to appoint Lori Hubbartt as Chairwoman of the Civil Service Commission.

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Roll call,

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

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

E.  REPORTS

 

 

None.

F. OLD BUSINESS

 

None.

 

G.  NEW BUSINESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.      Approval of Ord. 2013 – 35 granting a Minor Amendment to Special Use Permit Ordinance No. 88-117, as amended, pursuant to the Gurnee Zoning Ordinance for property located at 6570 – 6590 Grand Avenue.

 

         Mr. Muetz said the next three Ordinances are all related to the construction of a gas station and a Chick-fil-A in the Sam’s/Wal-Mart parking lot.  He said the Sam’s/Walmart property is subject to the Gurnee Mills Special Use Permit (SUP).  Sam’s Club is proposing a 24 dispenser fuel station on 1.25 acres located at the southern edge of their parking lot.  In order to accomplish this, they have requested a Minor Amendment to reduce parking requirements and redistribute wall sign square footage.  While a fuel station is a permitted use under the SUP, parking reductions and signage redistribution have been classified as minor changes. 

 

         Mr. Muetz said with the development of the fuel station and CFA, per the Zoning Ordinance the site will be 239 parking spaces short.  Traffic consultant Bill Grieve reviewed this reduction and has concluded that ample parking remains on-site following these developments.  With regards to signage, the petitioner is requesting to redistribute square footage from two signs to four signs.  The signs will be placed on each side of the canopy.  The project is allowed a total of 80 square feet, the four signs will total 76 square feet.  The minor amendment appeared before the Planning and Zoning Board on May 1st and received a unanimous favorable recommendation. 

 

         Trustee Park said he recalls discussions about improving the roadway entering the property.

 

         Mr. Ziegler said that is a requirement of the Lake County Department of Transportation.

 

         Trustee Park asked if our Ordinance picks up that requirement as well.

 

         Mr. Ziegler said yes.

 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Wilson to approve of Ord. 2013 – 35 granting a Minor Amendment to Special Use Permit Ordinance No. 88-117, as amended, pursuant to the Gurnee Zoning Ordinance for property located at 6570 – 6590 Grand Avenue.

 

Roll call,

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

NAY:                0- None

ABSENT:         0- None

Motion Carried.

 

2.      Approval of Ord. 2013 – 36 granting a Special Use Permit pursuant to the Gurnee Zoning Ordinance for property located at 6570 – 6590 Grand Avenue.

 

         No Discussion.

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Balmes to approve of Ord. 2013 – 36 granting a Special Use Permit pursuant to the Gurnee Zoning Ordinance for property located at 6570 – 6590 Grand Avenue.

 

Roll call,

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

NAY:                0- None

ABSENT:         0- None

Motion Carried.

 

3.  Approval of Ord. 2013 – 37 granting a Minor Amendment to Special Use Permit Ordinance No. 88-117, as amended, pursuant to the Gurnee Zoning Ordinance for property located on 1.22 acres at the northwest corner of Grand Avenue and Hunt Club Road.

 

      No Discussion.

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Garner to approve of Ord. 2013 – 37 granting a Minor Amendment to Special Use Permit Ordinance No. 88-117, as amended, pursuant to the Gurnee Zoning Ordinance for property located on 1.22 acres at the northwest corner of Grand Avenue and Hunt Club Road.

 

Roll call,

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

NAY:                0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

4.  Approval of Ord. 2013 – 38 authorizing transfer of $550,000.00 from the Impact Fund to the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

      Mr. Muetz said included in the FY 13/14 Approved Budget was a transfer of $550,000 from the Impact Fund to the Capital Improvement Fund.  This transfer will fund a new ambulance, detention improvements and sidewalk repairs. 

 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Park to approve of Ord. 2013 – 38 authorizing transfer of $550,000.00 from the Impact Fund to the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

Roll call,

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

ABSENT:          0- None

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 8:26 p.m.

 

 

Andrew Harris,

Village Clerk