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City Agenda Includes Lease Approval for New Metra Coffee Shop and Changes to Vehicle Sticker Fees

Aldermen also will recognize poster contest winners and appoint residents to commissions.

Elmhurst City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at , 209 N. York St. The meeting will be preceded by a closed session to discuss acquisition and disposition of real property and pending litigation.

The open meeting will begin with a recognition of and of the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation Ruth Strand Poster Contest winners.

A public forum will follow. Attendees are invited to speak for up to three minutes on any topic.

In addition to approval of minutes and approval of accounts payable, the consent agenda will include the following items:

  • A request to adjust the hours of Sunday liquor sales will be referred to the Public Affairs and Safety Committee for review and recommendation. The request is to consider changing the Sunday hours for "pouring" from noon to 11 a.m.
  • Appointment of Ella Budynski to the Elmhurst Historic Preservation Commission
  • Appointment of Gina Brigham to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners
  • Appointment of Hosi P. Mehta, Erica Brady, Darin Evans, Patricia Palmer, Susan Chansey, Scott LaMorte and Joan Olson to the Commission on Youth
  • Approval of vehicle sticker fee changes as recommended by the Finance, Council Affairs and Administrative Services Committee. Changes proposed to the senior citizen discount vehicle sticker fee program are one discounted sticker fee per senior citizen for passenger vehicles, RV's, motorcycles and trucks less than 4,800 pounds at a discount rate of 50 percent.
  • Approval of renewal of $3 million line of credit agreement with
  • Approval of amendments to Section 2.06 of the Elmhurst Municipal Code, "Council Rules of Order," and 2.09, "Committees"
  • Approval of a request to amend the Elmhurst Zoning Ordinance regarding for a Zoning Ordinance map and/or text amendment. The amendments clarify procedures outlined by Illinois state statute. The Development, Planning and Zoning Committee will discuss further how to notify people of proposed zoning ordinance text amendments.
  • Approval of an ordinance authorizing the sale of vehicles, water pumps, generators and other city property
  • Approval of use of city property for the annual
  • Approval of new stop signs at Armitage and Willow Road
  • Awarding of a bid for installation of 26,029 feet of sewer lining to Insituform Technologies in the amount of $935,494
  • Approval to enter into an agreement for banking services with Fifth Third Bank
  • Approval of a lease agreement with Pilot Pete's coffee shop for 130 square feet of retail space in the Elmhurst Metra Station

Aldermen will then hear updates from Mayor Pete DiCianni, as well as a status update on the stormwater comprehensive plan from City Manager Jim Grabowski.

A vote will then be taken on a resolution to contract with

Bill Angel October 17, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Gina Brigham is a close personal friend of Peter DiCianni. F&P, be on the lookout.
Vincent Russell October 17, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Billy Boy, back to mayor bashing, eh? What is Pete supposed to do, hire incompetent enemies? Gina Brigham is a smart, woman of good character and Elmhurst will do well by the appointment. Get back to the basement or attend the city council meeting tonight.
Bill Angel October 18, 2011 at 02:42 AM
Vinny, why is that Mayor bashing, eh? Whats wrong with Chicago style politics being brought to Elmhurst? Cronyism, nepotism, favorism, UNFAIR to other candidates way better qualified. Ms. Bingham is nothing more than a political operative for Petey and everyone on the board and the City council is aware of it. Nothing personal against Ms. Bingham, she is being played. I thought Ms. Bingham was teed up for the library board? I don't do CC meetings...I''l stay home to watch the muppets. This administration has tried to project the image of engagement and competence, but in the community we the people know that little of anything is being accomplished.
Cronan October 18, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Mr. Angel, I would like to understand your position. Why would hiring this woman be a detriment to Elmhurst?
Bill Angel October 18, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Cronan, I have never had a problem ever hiring women. I've got two really great good looking and smart women running my law practice when I'm out playing golf. The position is an appointed one by Petey and, Ms. Bingham was one of Petey's campaign managers. I have nothing against Ms. Bingham generally. She is a political operative for Friends of DiCainni campaign. It's a huge legal and ethical conflict of interest. Will she rerpresent the interests of the community or Petey? Was the position ever advertised to the community? If so, where? If not, why not? Why are there no women in top leadership positions on the City council committees? There were women in top leadeership position for the past 30 or so years. Petey steals an election and says bye bye to the ladies.
Cronan October 18, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Why is it a huge legal and ethical conflict of interest? Aren't the interests of Mayor DiCianni and the community supposed to be the same?
Bill Angel October 18, 2011 at 08:58 PM
You would think so. Petey rules with an iron fist. I'm told Very well politically connected down in Springfield. Petey's mentors are Jimmy DeLeo & Mike Madigan. We now live in the worst financial state because of those two bozo's, Billions in debt. We on the other hand prefer less taxes, less government. Watch your wallet and your purse, you're about to get another City tax increase soon from Petey. Most recently vehicle sticker increases over 13%! Enough.
James Smith October 24, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Hey Bill about waiting and see. I have heard Pete talk and he will make changes good for Elmhurst and save money. Put all of the personal anomosity aside and give the guy a chance. By you calling him Petey it shows you have something personnal against him. Knock it off. I too want less goverment and less taxes, however you live in a great town because money is spent to keep people like you complaining that you don't get personal service.
Bill Angel October 24, 2011 at 08:33 PM
JS, Nothing personal with Petey. You heard Petey talk and so has the rest of the community. Lots of motion, NO movement, NO results. Save money, yea by him taking improper property tax deductions on rental properties (Trib)? This being a great town has absolutely nothing whatsoever to due with Petey. It's the people who live here and the people who have their businesses here who make a difference long before Petey moved here from Bartlet. And, Pete's print shop is in Addison. Polls show that 85% of the community are deeply dissatisfied with the Mayor's lack of leadership. I challenge you Mr. Smith to name one thing that the Mayor has done for the good of the community. I can give you over 20 things Rahm has done is less tahn 100 days for the COC. Objectively, the guy is a real failure. The numbers and the facts don't lie, people do.

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