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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING 
HELD ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2011

The Board of Commissioners of the Village of Palos Park, Cook County, Illinois held its regular meeting on Monday, September 26, 2011. 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; Steve Manning, Community Development Director; Joe Miller, Palos Park Police Chief; Jacob Karaca, Assistant Village Attorney; Michael Sibrava, Public Works Director; Barbara Maziarek, Finance Director; Julie Fitzgibbons, Administrative Assistant and Cathy Gabel, Deputy Village Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2011: Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held on September 12, 2011 as presented.

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

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

RECOGNITIONS/PROCLAMATIONS/APPOINTMENTS/PRESENTATIONS: None

HEARINGS:
PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE VILLAGE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN REGARD TO A BIKE PLAN:
Steve Manning presented a proposed amendment to the Village Comprehensive Plan in regard to a Bike Plan for Council consideration. There are many opportunities to establish a bikeway network in Palos Park. The Village has few sidewalks and fewer bikeways. A bikeway network would provide facilities for transportation, recreation and exercise. Trails, paths, lanes, and routes are the four types of bikeways best suited for Palos Park. Seven objectives and bikeway locations totally 33 miles have been proposed by Staff, reviewed by the Active Transportation Alliance (ATA), and recommended by Plan Commission. Maria Rogers was concerned about a bike path along McCarthy Road due to safety concerns. Mayor Mahoney commented the Bike Plan is a guideline for creating the bike paths around the Village and allows the Village to pursue grants to create those paths. Hearing no further comments from Council and the public, Mayor Mahoney entertained a motion to close the public hearing portion of the Council meeting.

Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to close the public hearing portion of the Council meeting at 7:42 p.m.

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

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

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 Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed to:

A. To approve the Intergovernmental Agreement for the Provision of Environmental Health Inspectional Services

B. To approve the Raffle License Application for Palos Fine Arts for drawing to be held on Friday, October 28, 2011.

C. To approve payment of invoices on the Warrant List for September 26, 2011 in the amount of $82,469.81

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-

OLD BUSINESS: None

BOARD, COMMISSION, AND COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS:
AMENDMENT TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN RELATION TO BIKEWAY PLAN: Mayor Mahoney entertained a motion to adopt an ordinance approving the Bikeway Plan for the Village as presented during the public hearing.

Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to adopt an ordinance approving an Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan for the Village of Palos Park, Cook County, Illinois, and amending Part Twelve, Title two, Chapter 1222 of the Palos Park Village Code in relation thereto (Bikeway Plan).

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

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

INFORMATION & UPDATES:
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND STREETS/RECREATION, NICOLE MILOVICH-WALTERS:

RIGHT OF ENTRY AGREEMENT: Commissioner Milovich-Walters requested Council consider approving the Right of Entry Agreement Southwest Service District. The Village desires to enter the portion of Metra’s owned or controlled property located near 127th Street at the 86th Avenue railroad crossing for the purpose of performing the installation of flexible roadway delineators on 86th Avenue at both sides of the railroad crossing and in conjunction with the implementation of a Quiet Zone.

Commissioner Milovich-Walters moved, seconded by Commissioner Reed, to approve the right of Entry Agreement Southwest Service District for the purpose of performing the installation of flexible roadway delineators on 86th Avenue at both sides of the railroad crossing and in conjunction with the implementation of a Quiet Zone.

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-

COMMISSIONER OF BUILDING & PUBLIC PROPERTY, G. DARRYL REED:
BUILDING DEPARTMENT REPORT: Commissioner Reed reported the Building Department issued 17 building permits totaling $4,986.15 in fees from September 9, 2011 through September 21, 2011. The Building Department conducted 15 inspections. One Certificate of Occupancy was issued. No exaction fees were collected. To date, Tree Bank Fund remains at $6,775.00.

CHOWANIEC PLAT OF CONSOLIDATION: Mike Chowaniec has petitioned the Village requesting
four (4) adjacent lots with one house located at the corner of Timber Lane and Southwest Highway are consolidated into one lot. His plans include a consolidation, demolishing the existing house and building a new house next spring. Total lot size is 2.1 acres and the property is zoned R-1-A single family residential.

Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to adopt an ordinance approving a Plat of Consolidation for 12002 and 12021 Southwest Highway.

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-

TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE FOR AN OFF-STREET PARKING FACILITY AT PALOS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL:
Commissioner Reed reported Special Use Ordinance 2007-42 approved a site plan with conditions for approximately 2.7 acres of Palos Community Hospital property located within the corporate limits of Palos Park. The property would be used for a landscape buffer, topsoil storage, and temporary parking for six construction trailers and contractors. Ordinance 2009-22 extended the special use to October 7, 2011 with another extension to October 7, 2013 upon Council approval without an additional hearing or review by Plan Commission. The hospital cannot use the site for storage of construction materials and the number of trailers has been reduced to three. The Building Department reported Palos Community Hospital has been in compliance with the special use site plans and conditions. Palos Community Hospital is requesting an extension of the special use through October 7, 2013 as they expect to be completed with the hospital expansion and remodeling project by then.

Commissioner Reed moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to direct staff to prepare an ordinance to be brought back at the October 10, 2011 Council meeting extending the Special Use for an off-street parking facility at Palos Community Hospital (three vacant lots located on the north side of 123rd Place, East of McCarthy Road).

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-

COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, DANIEL POLK:
POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT: Commissioner Polk reported the Police Department received 347 calls for service from September 12, 2011 through September 23, 2011. Palos Park Police also issued 16 parking tickets, 12 traffic tickets, 0 ordinance violations, completed 9 case reports, arrested 1 adult, 0 impounds, 14 Senior Checks, 17 citizen assists and 20 community contact hours.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF PALOS PARK AND PALOS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: Memorandum of Understanding was removed from the agenda.

COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICER PROGRAM: Commissioner Polk reported the Palos Park Police Department has explored the options of utilizing Community Service Officers (CSO). CSO’s would handle non-emergency calls for service while sworn officers could concentrate on emergency situations, crime prevention, criminal investigations and criminal apprehension. The role of the Community Service Officer would require classroom and field training similar to that of sworn officers. Community Service Officers would be college students enrolled in a law enforcement/criminal justice program at a university or technical college. A CSO could work up to twenty hours per week and would be supervised by the Patrol Sergeant/Officer in Charge. Monies to hire, train and equip Community Service Officers have been budgeted for Fiscal Year 2012.

Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to direct the Chief of Police to use budgeted monies for the hiring, training, and equipping of Community Service Officers.

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

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

PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY: Commissioner Polk announced a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. including the Palos Park Police Department. The service is free and anonymous.

CITIZENS ON PATROL (COPS) FUNDRAISING: The Palos Park Police Cadet Scholarship Fund was once again the beneficiary of the Citizens on Patrol (COPS), who sold pulled pork sandwiches at the Parade and Chili Cook-Off. The COPS raised $350 from the event in addition to several hundred dollars raised at “Taste of Palos” selling sweet corn. The scholarship fund is for current Palos Park Police Department Cadets who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Individuals 16-21 years of age can apply to or inquire about the cadet program by picking up an application at the Palos Park Police Department or by calling 708-671-3770.

COMMISSIONER OF ACCOUNTS AND FINANCES, KENT OLIVEN:
RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE ANNUAL 1,000 HOUR STANDARD FOR IMRF PARTICIPATION: Commissioner Oliven reported the Village currently uses a 600 hour standard for employment positions to be included in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). Public Act 97-0328 signed into law on August 12, 2011 allows for non-school district employers who joined IMRF after January 1, 1982 to choose the 1,000 hour standard for newly hired employees. A part time position in the Village requiring two (2) working days per week would qualify for the current 600 hour standard. However, if the 1,000 hour standard is adopted, an employee would have to work three (3) days per week. This does not affect current employees. IMRF employees contribute 4.5% of their wages to the retirement fund and the Village currently is assessed 13.1% of an IMRF participant wage based on the IMRF actuarial study. By eliminating certain positions from IMRF participation, the Village will save money in the future.

Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to pass a resolution to adopt the Annual 1,000 Hour Standard for IMRF Participation.

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

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

MAYOR’S REPORT:
PARADE AND CHILI COOK-OFF HIGHLIGHTS: Mayor Mahoney thanked everyone for making the Parade and Chili Cook-Off a huge success. The weather was perfect and there were plenty of activities for all to participate in and enjoy.

CLERK’S REPORT:
Clerk Arrigoni reported the Farmers Market, sponsored by the Palos Park Woman’s Club, will end on Friday, October 7th.

VILLAGE MANAGER’S REPORT:
PAINTING CONTRACT FOR KAPTUR ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER: Manager Boehm reported the Kaptur Administrative Center is in need of repainting. Quotes were received from three vendors with prices ranging from $5,600 to $7,000. It was agreed by all three contractors that the building was never properly sealed and that a solid stain should have been used as opposed to a latex paint. Each contractor explained the approach they would take. Staff has recommended B&S Painting and Decorating at a cost of $5,600 which was also the lowest quote. B&S comes highly recommended and will stand behind the job. They also provided the longest warranty of five years. Manager Boehm entertained a motion to hire B&S Painting and Decorating to provide exterior painting services for the Kaptur Administrative Center at a cost of $5,600.00.

Commissioner Polk moved, seconded by Commissioner Oliven, to hire B&S Painting and Decorating to provide exterior painting services for the Kaptur Administrative Center at a cost of $5,600.00.

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-

CITIZENS AND VISITORS COMMENT PERIOD:
Mike Gaichas – 8502 W. 121st Street, Palos Park, IL – Mr. Gaichas reported that while Council was in session news media reported White Sox Manager, Ozzie Guillen, was leaving the White Sox Organization.

Mary Ann Hansen – 12512 S. 90th Avenue – Ms. Hansen asked if Community Service Officers would be armed and if Palos Community Hospital supported the Palos Fire Protection District.

Maria Rogers – 12021 S. 93rd Avenue, Palos Park, IL – Mrs. Rogers thanked Chief Miller for speaking at the Palos Historical Society educational program on Friday, September 23rd.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING: There being no further business, Commissioner Oliven moved, seconded by Commissioner Milovich-Walters, to adjourn the meeting at
8:38 p.m.

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

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

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Cathy A. Gabel
Deputy Village Clerk
 

 

 

 


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