Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Village Board - November 19, 2012

 

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

OF THE GURNEE VILLAGE BOARD

 

GURNEE VILLAGE HALL

NOVEMBER 19, 2012

 

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; Erik Jensen, Management Analyst; Christine Palmieri, Director of Human Resources; Tom Rigwood, Director of Public Works; Fred Friedl, Fire Chief; Kevin Woodside, Chief Police.

 

Roll Call

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

 

ABSENT:         0-

Pledge of Allegiance

Mayor Kovarik led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

 

A.  PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Mayor Kovarik said the Village Board and staff send their deepest sympathies to the family of Carol Gillings, Trustee Ross’s mother and the fomer first lady of Gurnee, on her passing.

 

 

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, 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 the minutes from the November 5, 2012 Village Board meeting.

 

2.  Approval of Res. 2012 - 17 supporting legislation to promote mutual aid Fire and Emergency Assistance across state lines.

 

3.  Approval of Res. 2012 - 18 establishing certain property of the Village of Gurnee to be surplus (Fire Station #1 breathing air cascade and compressor system).

 

4.  Approval of Ord. 2012 - 85 authorizing acceptance of deed for vacant property located on Ellis Avenue, Gurnee, Illinois 60031.

 

5.  Approval of reduction in letter of credit for Merit Club to $8,700.00 as recommended by the Village Engineer.

 

6.  Approval of bid award for fuel purchase to the low bidder, Petroleum Traders, at a supplier mark-up price of $0.0071 cents per gallon for unleaded gasoline and a supplier discount price of -$0.0027 cents per gallon for biodiesel fuel.

 

7.  Approval of setting a bid date of December 18, 2012 for Public Works Vehicle Maintenance Division hoist control replacement project.

 

8.  Approval of Payroll for period ending November 3, 2012 in the amount of $712,112.82.

 

9.  Approval of Payroll Transfer Journal for period ending November 3,

2012, in the amount of $704,190.15.

 

10.  Approval of Bills for the period ending November 19, 2012 in the amount of $2,721,687.88.

 

It was moved by Trustee Schwarz, seconded by Trustee Garner 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 a Proclamation designating December 2012 as National

Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention 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 December 2012 as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month in the Village of Gurnee.

 

Voice Vote:     ALL AYE:        Motion Carried

 

2.   Reminders:    

        ·    19th Annual Jon Callaghan Memorial Turkey Trot – 8:00 A.M.,    Thursday, November 22nd

 

        ·    Northern Illinois Food Bank/Canadian Pacific Railroad

Holiday Train – 4:20 P.M., Saturday, December 8th

 

 

 

E.  REPORTS

 

1.  Report from Trustee Park on Economic Development Committee progress and recommendations.

 

Trustee Park gave a brief overview of the work of the Economic Development Committee and presented the following six areas of focus as determined by the Committee:

  1. Create an Economic Development Strategy.
  2. Create a Business Attraction/Retention Policy.
  3. Determine Infrastructure/Capital needs and identify where investment in business opportunities exist to improve and diversify the Village’s sources of funding.
  4. Assess redevelopment, new revenue sources and a modified land use plan to ensure the Village will create a transition from a “new-growth” to a stable, balanced community.
  5. Streamline the Zoning and Permitting process and create a unified “Customer Service Orientation.”
  6. Coordinate the efforts of the Village of Gurnee staff, Economic Development Committee, Gurnee Chamber of Commerce, Lake County Chamber of Commerce, Lake County Visitors Bureau, and Lake County Partners to eliminate any duplication.

 

Trustee Park then elaborated on each area of focus and gave the Board some background on why the Committee choose each of the areas.

 

Mayor Kovarik asked for any comments from the Trustees.

 

Trustee Schwarz said he felt this was good progress and suggested that the Police Department be involved in the Committee on some level.

 

Trustee Park stated that he would consider that and explained the educational items that the Committee completes as part of its work.

 

Trustee Garner said that he felt this was a good, proactive step and was glad to see that this work was being completed.

 

Trustee Morris stated he felt this was positive and asked for clarification on whether the Board wanted to take formal action this evening.

 

Trustee Park stated that he was mostly looking for feedback on the areas at this time and if the Board thought this was a good system to work with at this time.

 

Trustee Ross said that she felt the plan was positive and that item 6 may need to be a higher priority.

 

Trustee Park explained that the list is not necessarily in sequential priority order and further clarified the Committee’s thoughts.

 

Mayor Kovarik asked if the Committee has identified what is currently being done in the six areas.

 

Trustee Park said the Committee felt that this would be the next step in the process and would be completed by staff.

 

Mayor Kovarik stated that she was completely for the plan and thanked the Committee for the work completed to date.

 

 

 

 

 

F. OLD BUSINESS

 

 

None.

 

 

 

 G.  NEW BUSINESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Approval of granting a Class 1 Liquor License to Arthur Lake to operate Confetti’s – 5101 Washington Street, Units 32 – 36. 

 

Mr. Muetz said Risotto’s in Saratoga Square has closed.  A new restaurant, Confetti’s, has proposed to occupy the space and is requesting a Class One liquor license.  This is the same classification held by Risotto’s and with its closing, there is a Class 1 license available.   He said in order to issue a license to Confetti’s the Municipal Code does not need to be amended, but rather approval by the Village Board is sufficient.  He said the Police Department background check has come back clear.

 

Mayor Kovarik asked about the décor.

 

Mr. Lake said it will be Early 60’s Rock’n’Roll.

 

Trustee Garner asked what type of food they will serve.

 

Mr. Lake said classic American.

 

Trustee Garner asked if they will have a private banquet room.

 

Mr. Lake said yes.

 

It was moved by Trustee Morris, seconded by Trustee Park to approve of granting a Class 1 Liquor License to Arthur Lake to operate Confetti’s – 5101 Washington Street, Units 32 – 36. 

 

Roll call,

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

NAY:                0- None

ABSENT:        0- None

Motion Carried.

 

2.  Approval of Ord. 2012 -86 abating the tax heretofore levied for the year 2012 to pay Debt Service on $3,140,000.00 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2004 of the Village of Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois ($426,457.50 annual debt service).

 

Mr. Muetz said next 3 ordinances are related to our annual debt service abatements.  In order to avoid the issuance of a property tax to cover the cost of debt service, the Village abates the taxes each year and pays the amount due with General Fund revenue.  The Series 2004 bonds relate to the construction of the Public Works facility and will be paid off in December 2015.  He stated if the Village chose to levy a property tax to cover the total debt service, it would be approximately $133 on a $200,000 home.

 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Garner to approve of abating the tax heretofore levied for the year 2012 to pay Debt Service on $3,140,000.00 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2004 of the Village of Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois ($426,457.50 annual debt service).

 

Roll call,

AYE:                6- Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris, Schwarz NAY:                        0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

3.  Approval of Ord. 2012 - 87 abating the tax heretofore levied for the year 2012 to pay Debt Service on $5,320,000.00 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2009 of the Village of Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois ($838,475.00 annual debt service).

 

Mr. Muetz said the Series 2009 bonds relate to the construction of the Police facility and will be paid off in December 2017.

 

It was moved by Trustee Schwarz, seconded by Trustee Balmes to approve of abating the tax heretofore levied for the year 2012 to pay Debt Service on $5,320,000.00 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2009 of the Village of Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois ($838,475.00 annual debt service).

 

Roll call,

AYE:                6- Ross, Park, Garner, Balmes, Morris, Schwarz NAY:                        0- None

ABSENT:          0- None

Motion Carried.

 

4.  Approval of Ord. 2012 - 88 abating the tax heretofore levied for the year 2012 to pay Debt Service on $9,995,000.00 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2011 of the Village of Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois ($1,197,350.00 annual debt service).

 

Mr. Muetz said the Series 2011 bonds relate to the Gurnee Mills Redevelopment project and will be paid off in December 2022.  He said the debt payment takes the place of the sales tax sharing agreement which expires on December 31st of this year. 

 

It was moved by Trustee Garner, seconded by Trustee Schwarz to approve of abating the tax heretofore levied for the year 2012 to pay Debt Service on $9,995,000.00 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2011 of the Village of Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois ($1,197,350.00 annual debt service).

 

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) (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.

5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (11) which states:  Litigation, when an action against, affecting or on behalf of the particular public body has been filed and is pending before a court or administrative tribunal, or when the public body finds that an action is probable or imminent, in which case the basis for the finding shall be recorded and entered into the minutes of the closed meeting. 

It was moved by Trustee Balmes, seconded by Trustee Park 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 8:08p.m.

 

Mayor Kovarik recalled the meeting to order at 8:42 p.m.

 

PRESENT:       5- Ross, Park, Balmes, Morris, Schwarz          

ABSENT:         1- Morris

 

 

 

 

 

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 8:43 p.m.

 

 

Andrew Harris,

Village Clerk