Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Village Board - October 3, 2011

 

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

OF THE GURNEE VILLAGE BOARD

 

GURNEE VILLAGE HALL

OCTOBER 3, 2011

 

Call to Order

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

 

Other Officials in Attendance

Patrick Muetz, Assistant Village Administrator; Bryan Winter, Village Attorney; David Ziegler, Community Development Director; Erik Jensen, Management Analyst;, Christine Palmieri, Director of Human Resources; Tracy Velkover, Planning Manager; Ryan Mentkowski, Associate Planner.

 

Roll Call

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

ABSENT:         0-  None

 

Pledge of Allegiance

Mayor Kovarik led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

 

A.  PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Anne Engle

Winthrop Harbor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Shearer

1925 Madison Ave

Gurnee, IL

 

 

Diana Knoble

34989 Cemetery Rd

Gurnee, IL

Ms. Engle stated she was before the board concerned about a very important issue.  She said soon utility companies will be replacing analog meters with wireless smart meters.  She said they will start adjusting rates for certain peak times during the day and will have the ability to turn off service anytime.  She said communities that have had smart meters installed have seen significant increases in utility bills.  She gave the Board handouts with detailed information about smart meters and encouraged them to get involved.  She said it is the responsibility of local government to protect the public.   

 

Mr. Shearer said for his Eagle Scout project he will be conducting a Veterans Day celebration on November 11th at the Gurnee Police Station.  He said the ceremony will start at 11:00AM and he invited the Village Board to attend along with the public.

 

Ms. Knoble said she is here about the potential trampoline park at 880 Lakeside that will be moving in next door to her home.  She is concerned about the noise, lighting, traffic and the fact it will be open until 11PM.

 

Mayor Kovarik said this is on tonight’s agenda and her concerns will be addressed during New Business. 

 

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- Garner, Balmes, Morris, Schwarz, Ross, Park

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

C. CONSENT AGENDA / OMNIBUS VOTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Assistant Village Administrator read the consent agenda for an omnibus vote as follows:

 

1.      Approval of minutes from the September 12, 2011 and September 19, 2011 meetings.

 

2.      Approval of Payroll for period ending September 24, 2011 in the amount of $822,512.75.

 

3.      Approval of Payroll Transfer Journal for period ending September 24, 2011 in the amount of $815,516.71.

 

4.      Approval of Bills for the period ending October 3, 2011 in the amount of $729,825.15.

 

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

 

Roll call,

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

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

D.  PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

 1.     Approval of a Proclamation designating October 9 – 15, 2011 as “Fire Prevention Week” in the Village of Gurnee.

 

         Mayor Kovarik read proclamation into record.

 

It was moved by Trustee Ross, seconded by Trustee Balmes to approve of a Proclamation designating October 9 – 15, 2011 as “Fire Prevention Week” in the Village of Gurnee.

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:          Motion Carried.

 

2.      Approval of a Proclamation designating October 2011 as “Let’s Talk Month” in the Village of Gurnee.

 

         Mayor Kovarik read proclamation into record.

It was moved by Trustee Schwarz, seconded by Trustee Balmes to approve of a Proclamation designating October 2011 as “Let’s Talk Month” in the Village of Gurnee.

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:          Motion Carried.

 

3.      Approval of a Proclamation designating October 2011 as “Crime Prevention Month” in the Village of Gurnee.

 

Mayor Kovarik read proclamation into record.

It was moved by Trustee Schwarz, seconded by Trustee Park to approve of a Proclamation designating October 2011 as “Crime Prevention Month” in the Village of Gurnee.

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:          Motion Carried.

 

4.      Approval of a Proclamation designating October 2011 as “Domestic Violence Awareness 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 October 2011 as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in the Village of Gurnee.

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:          Motion Carried.

 

5.         Approval of a Proclamation honoring La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (40 & 8).

 

      Mayor Kovarik read proclamation into record.

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Park to approve of a Proclamation honoring La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (40 & 8).

 

Voice Vote:      ALL AYE:          Motion Carried.

 

E.  REPORTS

 

1.      Review and recommendation to create an Economic Development Committee.

 

         Trustee Park said a few months ago the Board talked about the possibility of creating an Economic Development Committee.  He said the Village of Gurnee has lived off its location and the nature of business today is changing.  He said each Board member has a memo in front of them regarding the creation of this committee and asked Associate Planner Ryan Mentkowski to explain.

 

         Mr. Mentkowski said the function or goal of the committee would be to increase business opportunity and diversify our tax base.  He said the Committee would decide how to market the Village of Gurnee in the most effective way.  He said he has looked at 24 different communities that have Economic Development Committees or something similar and is recommending a committee of seven members with one member being a Village Trustee.  He said the positions will have two year terms and the Village liaison will be himself and Mr. Ziegler.

 

         Trustee Park said we are still trying to identify potential members and currently no Village funds are budgeted for the Committee.  He said the Committee will bring their ideas to the Village Board who will decide if funds will be supplied.  He said tonight he is looking for input from the Board as to whether or not this is heading in the right direction and if the Board would like to continue moving forward with this project.

 

         Mayor Kovarik said this type of committee has been talked about several times over the years and believes many good ideas will come from it.

 

         Trustee Balmes asked if the “Gurnee’s Got It” campaign will fall under this committee.

 

         Trustee Park said it is possible that the “Gurnee’s Got It” strategy could fall under this committee’s umbrella.

 

         Trustee Morris asked who will make the appointments to the committee.

 

         Mayor Kovarik said Trustee Park and herself will bring names to the Village Board to decide.

 

         Trustee Morris said he believes the committee should have nine members.

 

         Mayor Kovarik said she didn’t have any problems extending the committee to nine members.

 

         Trustee Garner said he likes the fact that money has not been requested.  He said this is a good idea and should have a lot to offer the community.  He said he welcomes the Committee and looks forward to working with them, adding the quality of the Committee will be based on the people selected.

 

         Mayor Kovarik said if nobody objects she would like a motion to move forward on creating a nine member Economic Development Committee.

 

It was moved by Trustee Schwarz, seconded by Trustee Ross to move forward on creating a nine member Economic Development Committee.

 

Roll call,

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

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

F. OLD BUSINESS

 

None.

G.  NEW BUSINESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.      Approval of Ord. 2011 – 65 granting a Special Use Permit pursuant to the Gurnee Zoning Ordinance relating to an indoor trampoline park at 880 Lakeside Drive.

 

         Mr. Muetz gave a brief overview stating this Special Use Permit is for an indoor trampoline park that will charge an hourly fee to participate.  He said the Plan Commission unanimously approved the SUP with seven conditions that the Petitioner has agreed to.

 

         Trustee Park said he had concerns about security, shields on the light fixtures, and keeping all the doors shut during operating hours and all are addressed within the seven conditions placed by the Plan Commission.

 

         Trustee Morris asked if there are openings on the south side of the building.

 

         Mr. Mentkowski said there are two emergency exit doors.

 

         Trustee Morris asked if the garage door will be open.

 

         Mayor Kovarik said one of the conditions placed by the Plan Commission is all doors be closed during operating hours.

 

         Trustee Garner said he is also concerned about noise and asked if there are any openings in the roof.

 

         Mr. Mentkowski said not that he is aware of.

 

         Trustee Garner is concerned the sound will carry when the facility closes for the night and everyone leaves the premises.

 

         Mr. Mentkowski said that was a concern that the Plan Commission addressed and one of the seven conditions states onsite security to be present to address that possible issue.

 

         Petitioner, Mike Chamberlain, said off duty Gurnee Police Officers will be present to prevent loitering.

 

         Trustee Garner asked what happens if noise becomes a problem and we have already approved this Special Use Permit.

 

         Mayor Kovarik said there is a significant buffer between the facility and the nearby homes.

 

         Mr. Chamberlain briefly explained his cliental and said he doesn’t foresee any problems.

 

         Trustee Garner asked how many trampolines will the in the facility.

 

         Mr. Chamberlain said approximately eight up to 150 feet long and briefly explained.

 

         Trustee Morris asked who owns the fence.

 

         Mr. Chamberlain said he believes the property owner.

 

         Trustee Schwarz asked if there is any chance a fence could be installed around the backside of the building to keep people out.

 

         Mayor Kovarik said the Fire Marshall might not allow that.

 

         Trustee Park said onsite security is the best solution.

 

         Mayor Kovairk asked if the PUD allows for 24 hour operation at this facility.

 

         Mr. Mentkowski said yes.

 

         Mayor Kovarik said since the PUD allows for a 24 hour operation having a business that closes at 11 PM is much better than the alternative. 

 

It was moved by Trustee Park, seconded by Trustee Balmes to approve of Ord. 2011 -65 granting a Special Use Permit pursuant to the Gurnee Zoning Ordinance relating to an indoor trampoline park at 880 Lakeside Drive.

 

Roll call,

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

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

H.  PUBLIC COMMENT

 

 

Christy Berkquist

34989 Cemetery Rd

Gurnee, IL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trustee Morris

 

 

 

 

Ms. Berkquist asked if dodge balls make noise when they smack against walls.

 

Mayor Kovarik responded yes.

 

Ms. Berkquist said her bedroom is right next to the building and is concerned about the lighting.

 

Mayor Kovarik said one of the conditions is the facility must have light shields installed.

 

Ms. Berkquist said this business will impact her quality of life and asked about Gurnee’s curfew.

 

Mayor Kovarik said the curfew is midnight.

 

Ms. Berkquist said she doesn’t believe the police will be there as much as the Village thinks.

 

Mayor Kovarik said the petitioner agreed to hire off duty Police Officers, and pointed out this type of business will be less intrusive than what could be there.

 

Trustee Morris asked if the Village could place flag notices on the Village web site to notify when flags should be half mass and why.

 

Mr. Muetz yes we can do that.

 

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) (2) which states:  Collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees.

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Park to adjourn the meeting into Executive Session.

Roll call,

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

NAY:                 0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

Mayor Kovarik adjourned the meeting into Executive Session at 8:45p.m.

 

Mayor Kovarik recalled the meeting to order at 8:49 p.m.

 

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

ABSENT:         0-  None

 

 

2.      Approval of Ord. 2011 -66 approving a collective bargaining agreement between the Illinois Council of Police and the Village of Gurnee for the term beginning May 1, 2011 through April 30, 2012.

 

         No Discussion.

 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Ross to approve of Ord. 2011 -66 approving a collective bargaining agreement between the Illinois Council of Police and the Village of Gurnee for the term beginning May 1, 2011 through April 30, 2012.

 

Roll call,

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

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 8:50 p.m.

 

 

Andrew Harris,

Village Clerk