Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Village Board - September 12, 2011

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

OF THE GURNEE VILLAGE BOARD

 

GURNEE VILLAGE HALL

SEPTEMBER 12, 2011

 

Call to Order

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

 

Other Officials in Attendance

James T. Hayner, Village Administrator; Patrick Muetz, Assistant Village Administrator; Bryan Winter, Village Attorney; David Ziegler, Community Development Director;  Erik Jensen, Management Analyst; Tracy Velkover, Planning Manager

 

Roll Call

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

ABSENT:         0- None

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Mayor Kovarik led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

A.  PUBLIC COMMENT

 

 

Chief Hamilton

1917 Buckeridge Ct.

 

Chief Hamilton said after 44 years of leading the Angel Drill Team he retired this past weekend.  Chief Hamilton wanted to personally thank the Village of Gurnee for the support they have given him over the years.

 

B.  APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

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

 

Roll call,

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

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 June 27, 2011, August 1, 2011 and August 15, 2011 meetings.

 

2.  Approval of Payroll for period ending August 13, 2011 in the amount of $756,118.81.

 

3.  Approval of Payroll Transfer Journal for period ending August 13, 2011 in the amount of $749,423.28.

 

4.  Approval of Payroll for period ending August 27, 2011 in the amount of $707,226.98.

 

5.  Approval of Payroll Transfer Journal for period ending August 27, 2011 in the amount of $699,167.73.

 

6.  Approval of Bills for the period ending September 12, 2011 in the amount of $1,178,462.67.

 

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

 

Roll call,

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

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

D.  PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

1.  Approval of Proclamation designating September 15th thru October 15th as Hispanic Heritage Month in the Village of Gurnee.

 

      Mayor Kovarik read proclamation into record.

 

 

It was moved by Trustee Garner, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve of a Proclamation designating September 15th thru October 15th as Hispanic Heritage Month in the Village of Gurnee.

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:          Motion Carried.

 

2.  Approval of Interim Police Chief Woodside’s recommendation to set Trick-or-Treat hours for Halloween 2011 on Sunday, October 30th from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

 

      Trustee Morris asked if last year we extended the hours until 7pm.

      Mr. Hayner said we extended the hours until 6pm and had multiple complaints.

 

      Mayor Kovarik said residents felt 4 hours was too long.

     

      Mr. Hayner said the Village surveyed surrounding communities and most allow trick-or-treating for 3 hours.

     

      Trustee Balmes suggested trick-or-treating should be on Halloween.

     

      Trustee Morris asked what time sunset was on October 30th.

     

      Mr. Hayner said October 30th is a week before clocks are set back one hour so it will be dark around 6:00pm.

 

It was moved by Trustee Ross, seconded by Trustee Schwarz to approve of Interim Police Chief Woodside’s recommendation to set Trick-or-Treat hours for Halloween 2011 on Sunday, October 30th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 4- Ross, Park, Garner, Schwarz

NAY:                 2- Balmes, Morris

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

 

E.  REPORTS

 

Trustee Morris if there was a report released about the fire at the Holiday Inn.

 

Mr. Hayner said it is still under investigation.

 

F. OLD BUSINESS

 

None.

 

G.  NEW BUSINESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Approval of Ord. 2011 - 60 rezoning property from the R-2, Single Family Residence District to P, Public Land District on the petition of Dr. John Hutton, Superintendent with Gurnee School District 56, for the property located 550 feet east of the Northwestern Avenue and Florida Avenue intersection, and more specifically at 3706 Florida Avenue.

 

      Mr. Hayner said each Board member should have received a memo from Molly Booth detailing this Ordinance.  He said it received a unanimous favorable recommendation from the Plan Commission adding none of the neighbors in the area came to the meeting to oppose the project. 

 

      Dr. Hutton said this is a very important project and thanked the Village for their support.  He said this is a very modest 6500 square feet building that will fit in with its surroundings and look very much like a home.  He said prior to deciding to build the School District did look at several vacant buildings in the community and it would have cost more to remodel an older building and bring it up to code than to build new.  He ended by saying this property was originally purchased many years ago with the idea of building a District Office. 

 

      Trustee Ross asked if the Spaulding offices will move in to the new building.

 

      Dr. Hutton said no but the new building will have additional parking to help keep cars off the street when Spaulding holds functions.

 

      Trustee Balmes asked if it would make more sense to consider adding on to the Wadsworth location since it is currently under construction.

 

      Dr. Hutton said they wanted a more central location and they did look into that possibility but there were no cost savings.

 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Garner to approve of Ord. 2011 -60 rezoning property from the R-2, Single Family Residence District to P, Public Land District on the petition of Dr. John Hutton, Superintendent with Gurnee School District 56, for the property located 550 feet east of the Northwestern Avenue and Florida Avenue intersection, and more specifically at 3706 Florida Avenue.

 

Roll call,

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

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

2.  Approval of Ord. 2011 -61 authorizing the acceptance of an easement by the Village of Gurnee from 3650 Washington Street LLC.

 

      Mr. Hayner said each Board member should have received a memo from Scott Drabicki explaining this Ordinance.  He said this is a safety net put in place to make sure the detention is properly maintained.

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Balmes to approve of Ord. 2011 -61 authorizing the acceptance of an easement by the Village of Gurnee from 3650 Washington Street LLC.

 

Roll call,

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

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

H.  PUBLIC COMMENT

 

None.

 

I. EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Adjournment to Executive Session

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recall to Order

 

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

5 ILCS 120/2 2 (c) (1) which states:  The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body of legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body to determine its validity.

 

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

Roll call,

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

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

Mayor Kovarik adjourned the meeting into Executive Session at 7:48p.m.

 

Mayor Kovarik recalled the meeting to order at 9:00 p.m.

 

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

ABSENT:         0- None

 

 

3.  Approval of Ord. 2011- 62 authorizing execution of a retirement / separation agreement and general release of clams.

 

No Discussion.

 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve of Ord. 2011-62 authorizing execution of a retirement / separation agreement and general release of clams.

 

Roll call,

AYE:                 4- Ross, Park, Balmes, Schwarz

NAY:                 2- Garner, Morris

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

 

4.  Approval of Deputy Chief Woodside to serve as Interim Police Chief.

 

      No Discussion.

 

It was moved by Trustee Schwarz, seconded by Trustee Morris to approve of Deputy Chief Woodside to serve as Interim Police Chief.

 

Roll call,

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

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

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 9:02 p.m.

 

 

Andrew Harris,

Village Clerk