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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING 
HELD ON APRIL 9, 2012

The Board of Commissioners of the Village of Palos Park, Cook County, Illinois held its regular meeting on Monday, April 9, 2012. Mayor Mahoney called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Answering to roll call were Commissioners Milovich-Walters, Reed, Polk, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney.

Also in attendance were Marie Arrigoni, Village Clerk; Rick Boehm, Village Manager; Tom Bayer, Village Attorney; Jacob Karaca, Assistant Village Attorney; Mike Sibrava, Public Works Director; Steve Manning, Community Development Director; Nicole Marxman, Recreation Director; Barbara Maziarek, Finance Director; Kathi May, Deputy Clerk; and Cathy Gabel, Deputy Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MARCH 26, 2012: Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held on March 26, 2012 as presented.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:

AYES: -4- Commissioners Milovich-Walters, Oliven, Polk, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSTAIN: -1- Commissioner Reed
ABSENT: -0-

RECOGNITIONS/PROCLAMATIONS/APPOINTMENTS/PRESENTATIONS:
FISCAL YEAR 2013 BUDGET: Barbara Maziarek, Finance Director for the Village, presented the Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2013. General Fund revenues from all departments is projected to be $4,605,826.00 and General Fund expenditures is projected to be $4,530,272.00 leaving the Village with an estimated year end balance of $75,554.00. The primary goals of the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget include enhanced revenue sources, implementing operating efficiencies, balancing the budget with no changes to service levels and no reduction in staffing levels. Total budgeted revenues for FY 2013 are estimated to be 1.62% more than previous budgeted fiscal year revenues and total budgeted expenditures are projected to be 3.59% more than FY 2012 expenses. Approval of the budget will take place later in the meeting.

BIKE GRANT PRESENTATION: In 2011, The Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, in collaboration with the Cook County Department of Public Health awarded the Village a grant of $50,000 to develop a bike route plan, purchase and install signage for safety and wayfaring, and to sponsor a biking event. The grant period was from February 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012. Steve Manning reported to Council several accomplishments during this time fame. The Comprehensive Plan of Palos Park was amended by adding objectives for bicycle planning, and a map of 33 miles of potential future bikeways throughout the Village. A bike rodeo was held in June 2011, a bike parade in conjunction with the Chili Cook-Off in September and a bike rally in conjunction with the Turkey Trot in November. Bike racks were purchased and will soon be installed at the Recreation Center, Kaptur Administrative Center, Palos Park Metra Station, and Library. Bike route signs are currently being installed on Village streets and a brochure is being printed showing our new Village bike routes and connections to Forest Preserve trails and other paths. Mr. Manning also reported residents were engaged in the planning process and a core group provided assistance throughout the grant period.

HEARINGS: None

CONSENT AGENDA:
All items on the consent agenda are routine or have been brought forward at the direction of the Board of Commissioners and will be enacted with one motion. If discussion is desired, that item will be removed from the consent agenda and considered separately.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed to:

A. adopt an Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2006-27, adopted June 12, 2006, as amended by Ordinance No. 2007-20, adopted May 14, 2007, and the R-5 Special Development District Planned Unit Development, with a Special Use for Assisted Living Residences and a Nursing Home, Approved thereby (Holy Family Villa – Northwest corner of Will-Cook Road and McCarthy Road – Catholic Charities portion of the property)

B. adopt an Ordinance declaring certain personal property owned by the Village as surplus and authorizing the donation of same to Assisted Technology Exchange Network

C. approve contract with Wilson Rental for Autumn in the Park in the amount of $11,841.13

D. approve payment of invoices on the Warrant List for April 9, 2012 in the amount of $77,672.62

E. approve the Supplemental Warrant List for April 9, 2012 for manual checks, payroll, and recurring wire transfers in the amount of $335,492.98

AYES: -5- Commissioners Oliven, Reed, Milovich-Walters, Polk, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

OLD BUSINESS: None

BOARD, COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS:
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS RECOMMENDATION REGARDING GIANAKAS FENCE VARIANCES: Commissioner Reed reported Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) held a public hearing on March 14, 2012 to hear the request from Steven and Matina Gianakas for three fence variances to include fence material (wrought iron vs. wood), fence style (picket style vs. split rail) and fence height (four feet nine inches vs. three feet). Fence height was withdrawn. ZBA voted 5-0 to recommend denial of the two remaining variance requests based on a finding that there were no hardships demonstrated that would fulfill the criteria as specified in the Village Zoning Code in terms of site conditions, development design, or community impact. Discussion was had among Council members regarding the requests of Steven and Matina Gianakas.

Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to concur with the Zoning Board of Appeals finding of no hardship and to deny the two variance request for a wrought iron, picket style fence in the front yard for 9320 W. 122nd Street.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:

AYES: -5- Commissioners Reed, Milovich-Walters, Polk, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

INFORMATION & UPDATES:
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND STREETS/RECREATION, NICOLE MILOVICH-WALTERS:
LAKE KATHERINE NATURE CENTER AND BOTANIC GARDENS: Commissioner Milovich-Walters reported Lake Katherine has developed a Master Site Plan depicting the nature area and gardens in the coming years. The Master Site Plan is the first large-scale plan created for Lake Katherine since its formal inception in 1988. The Site Plan incorporates thoughtful planning and community input, moving Lake Katherine forward while preserving the beauty of the Nature Center and Botanic Gardens. Donations can be made to continue to educate and encourage a life-long love of nature. For more information you are asked to call 708-361-1873.

ENERGY IMPACT ILLINOIS: Energy Impact Illinois is an alliance between government groups, major utilities and consumer advocates with the mission of helping residents and businesses reduce energy use and costs. Commissioner Milovich-Walters encouraged residents to use their website, www.energyimpactillinois.org to understand more about energy efficiency and how residents can start saving immediately.

COMMISSIONER OF BUILDING & PUBLIC PROPERTY, G. DARRYL REED:
BUILDING DEPARTMENT REPORT: In Commissioner Reed’s absence, Mayor Mahoney reported the Building Department issued 1 building permit totaling $195.00 in fees from March 22, 2012 through April 4, 2012. The Building Department conducted 13 inspections. One Temporary/Conditional Certificate of Occupancy was issued. No exaction fees were collected.

COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, DANIEL POLK:
POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT: Commissioner Polk reported the Police Department received 433 calls for service from March 26, 2012 through April 8, 2012. Palos Park Police also issued 0 parking tickets, 49 adjudication tickets, 36 traffic tickets, 0 ordinance violations, completed 20 case reports, arrested 6 adults and 0 juveniles, 1 impound, 10 Senior Checks, 29 citizen assists and 20 community contact hours.

119TH STREET BRIDGE: Work to remove and replace the 119th Street bridge over Mill Creek started on April 2, 2012. Traffic will be detoured to IL Route 83. Residents will be able to access the side streets east and west of Mill Creek but not allowed to cross the creek. Work is expected to continue through July 2012. Motorists should use caution while traveling through this area.

HALF MARATHON: The First Midwest Bank Southwest Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2012 along Route 83 in Palos Heights, and Palos Park. To ensure a safe environment for the runners, Route 83 will be closed to all traffic from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. between Harlem Avenue and Archer Avenue. Residents are encouraged to avoid the area and seek alternative routes during this time.

DISTRACTED DRIVER: April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the leading distraction on Illinois roadways is cell phones. Illinois is one of six states in which municipalities are allowed to ban cell phone use for all drivers. Chicago is the only major city in Illinois in which driving while using a cell phone is illegal under any circumstance. Distracted driving can be a significant safety hazard, especially when you’re traveling in heavy traffic or under poor weather conditions.

PRESCRIPTION TAKE BACK: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and public health and law enforcement partners have announced a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The DEA will be collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for the service and no questions are asked. The Palos Park Police Department is a drop-off site for the prescription drugs.

HELMETS: An anonymous member of the community will once again sponsor free helmets to Palos Park children this spring and summer. Bicycling injuries account for 500,000 emergency room visits each year in the U.S. It has been suggested that helmet use is an effective means of preventing injury.

GENERAL PROVISION FOR VILLAGE CODE VIOLATIONS: Commissioner Polk brought forth an ordinance for consideration that sets a minimum fine amount and expands on the disposition and penalty options allowed by Illinois Supreme Court Rule 579.

Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to adopt an Ordinance Amending Part Two, Title Two, Chapter 202, Section 202.99(a) of the Palos Park Village Code in Regard to the General Penalty Provision for Village Code Violations.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:

AYES: -5- Commissioners Polk, Oliven, Milovich-Walters, Reed, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

COMMISSIONER OF ACCOUNTS AND FINANCES, KENT OLIVEN:
FISCAL YEAR 2013 BUDGET: Commissioner Oliven presented the Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Budget for Council approval. Goals for the FY 2013 Budget include balancing the General Fund with revenues equal to expenses, providing a surplus exceeding the 1% budget policy recommendation, no significant cuts, reductions or eliminations to existing programs or service levels, and investing in infrastructure improvements. Commissioner Oliven thanked Barb Maziarek, Department Heads and staff for contributing many long hours of work to ultimately produce a balanced budget.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to approve the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:

AYES: -5- Commissioners Oliven, Reed, Milovich-Walters, Polk, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Mahoney had no formal report this evening however, he read several announcements.

CLERK’S REPORT:
PALOS PARK SENIOR CLUB: Clerk Arrigoni reported the Senior Club welcomed the K-B Adorables and Men in Black at their meeting today in the Recreation Center. The K-B Adorables are an energetic dance and fitness troupe who share an interest in physical activity, friendship and fun from the King-Bruwaert Retirement Community in Burr Ridge. For more information about the May meeting or to make a lunch reservation, please contact Marie Arrigoni at 708-480-4103.

VILLAGE MANAGER’S REPORT:
C.A. HAYES PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT: C.A. Hayes Mechanical Inc. is the preferred contractor for the maintenance and repair of the heating, cooling, and air conditioning systems in the Kaptur Administrative Center, Recreation Center and Metra Station. The contract proposal for FY 2013 includes an annual schedule of inspections, start-up reviews and maintenance on the Village buildings, designed to help reduce the cost of operating and maintaining our HVAC systems. Manager Boehm reported an operational improvement for FY 2013 would be an earlier start-up review for heating and cooling to reduce the chances for service calls which would be an additional expense. The agreement would be in effect for a period of one (1) year beginning on May 1, 2012 and ending on April 30, 2013. The total price for the proposal is $12,360.00.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Polk, to approve the C.A. Hayes Mechanical 2012-2013 Preventative Maintenance Agreement for the time period May 1, 2012-April 30, 2013 in the amount of $12,360.00.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:

AYES: -5- Commissioners Oliven, Polk, Milovich-Walters, Reed, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

CITIZENS AND VISITORS COMMENT PERIOD:
Donald Finan – 8616 W. 121st Street, Palos Park, IL – Mr. Finan thanked Commissioner Reed for concurring with the Zoning Board of Appeals recommendation regarding the fence variances for 9320 W. 122nd Street. He also mentioned the Palos Peddlers Bike Group would be tentatively meeting April 18th. They are hoping for more interest, volunteers, and participation regarding bike safety and biking in the community.

Robert Walsh – 11903 S. 89th Ct., Palos Park, IL – Mr. Walsh spoke of concerns with the Palos Fire Protection District Referendum that passed on March 20, 2012 by voters of the Fire Protection District.

Maria Rogers – 12021 S. 93rd Avenue, Palos Park, IL – Mr. Robert Busch presented Maria Rogers a book about old pioneer families in the Palos area. As the official record keeper for the Palos Historical Society, Mrs. Rogers stated government records are equally important in providing information about a community.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: In open session at 9:02 p.m. Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to recess to executive session to discuss the performance of a specific employee of the Village and to approve, and then review for possible release, executive session minutes.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:

AYES: -5- Commissioners Milovich-Walters, Reed, Polk, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION: At 9:39 p.m., Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to adjourn the executive session and return to open session.

Upon voice vote, the motion carried with 5 yes votes.

AYES: -5- Commissioners Reed, Milovich-Walters, Polk, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

ROLL CALL: At 9:39 p.m. roll call was taken. Answering to roll call were Commissioners Milovich-Walters, Oliven, Polk, Reed and Mayor Mahoney.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING: There being no further business, Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to adjourn the meeting at 9:40 p.m.

On the call of the roll, the vote was as follows:

AYES: -5- Commissioners Milovich-Walters, Reed, Polk, Oliven, and Mayor Mahoney
NAYS: -0-
ABSENT: -0-

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Cathy A. Gabel
Deputy Village Clerk

 

 

 

 


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