1. Approval of Ord. 2013 - 48 authorizing execution of a lease of property located at 3801 Swanson Court, Gurnee, IL to Gurnee School District 56.
Mr. Muetz said the next two agenda items are related and he will cover both then open it up to Dr. Hutton. School Districts 56 & 121 have been working jointly over the past few years as it relates to transportation agreements for busing students. With the expansion of the High School, the Districts are now looking for a more permanent location to park buses. District 56 has been the lead agency as it relates to this project. The District identified property along Northwestern Avenue as ideal for its need. The northern parcel is owned by the Village (it’s the property the Northwestern Water Tower is located on), with the southern property owned by a private entity. The schools came in and met with staff to discuss the possibility of them using it. The Village does not currently use the additional acreage at the water tower site and has no plans to do so in the future. Since the Northwestern water tower is located on the site, the Village communicated it preferred to lease the parcel, rather than sell it. As a result, staff moved forward with lease negotiations.
He said the lease agreement was drafted by Attorney Winter and is very simple and straightforward. Highlights include 20 year term, $7,500 per year payment to the Village, there is no annual escalator, and indemnity language is included. The lease also states District 56 is responsible for all improvement/maintenance costs, insurance coverage, and commits to meet all Village codes and ordinances. Dr. Hutton has reviewed and is comfortable with the language
Mr. Muetz said the second agenda items relates to rezoning the southern property. It is currently zoned C/O-1, District 56 has requested it be rezoned to P – Public to accommodate the proposed bus lot. Bus parking is permitted by right in the P zoning district. This item was before the Planning and Zoning Board on September 11th. It received a 5-2 favorable recommendation. The two nay votes appear to relate to the PZB not being provided a copy of the site plan to review, however the associated use and site plans are administratively reviewed through the building permit process as the zoning standards do not require a site plan review.
Mr. Muetz stated staff has included the site plan and acoustical report in the Board packet as an informational item since Village property is involved. Staff communicated to the school that the project needs to be very sensitive to the residential parcels to the east and work to reduce the noise impact on these properties. The site includes a berm, fence and landscaping to assist with reducing noise. In addition, the buses will use smart alarms which adjust their volume based on surrounding noise levels. The conclusion from the acoustical consultant was all of these elements should help reduce the impacts on the surrounding residential.
Trustee Balmes asked if the deal is done for the other half of the property.
Dr. Hutton said we are waiting for tonight’s result before they move forward on that half of the property.
Trustee Hood asked if District 56 feels this is a good deal.
Dr. Hutton said it is a good deal and fair for both of parties
Trustee Balmes asked if this will help buffer the noise from Little Lady Foods or will it make things worse.
Dr. Hutton explained the District did everything possible to be a good neighbor and will do whatever is needed going forward.
Mr. Muetz said there will be more physical material between Little Lady and the residential properties. He continued to say staff believes the trucks at Little Lady Foods were not parking in the right spot between the acoustical walls that were installed. The business has marked where trucks should park and staff will continue to monitor the situation to see if this change help alleviate the noise complaints.
Trustee Balmes said the plans look very nice and will enhance the property.
It was moved by Trustee Garner, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve of Ord. 2013 – 48 authorizing execution of a lease of property located at 3801 Swanson Court, Gurnee, IL to Gurnee School District 56.
AYE: 6- Wilson, Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Hood
NAY: 0- None
ABSENT: 0- None
2. Approval of Ord. 2013 – 49 granting a Zoning Map amendment pursuant to the Gurnee Zoning Ordinance for property located on 3.9 acres at the northwest corner of Northwestern Avenue and Swanson Court.
It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve of Ord. 2013 – 49 granting a Zoning Map amendment pursuant to the Gurnee Zoning Ordinance for property located on 3.9 acres at the northwest corner of Northwestern Avenue and Swanson Court.
AYE: 5- Wilson, Ross, Garner, Balmes, Hood
NAY: 0- None
ABSENT: 1- Park