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Elmhurst City Council Meeting Moved to Tuesday, Jan. 22

On the agenda Tuesday: Commission appointment, approval of city events, administrative fees for garbage pickup and more.

Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N.York St., was closed Monday, Jan. 21, for an employee in-service training day. The regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Tuesday's meeting will begin with Field and Conrad Fischer Webelos packs leading the Pledge of Allegiance. That will be followed by a check presentation by Superior Ambulance/Metro Paramedics, and the presentation of a Medal of Valor Award to Elmhurst Police Officer Rick Moulis.

Members of the public will then be invited to speak for up to three minutes on any topic.

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

  • Appointment to the Zoning and Planning Commission of Lisa R. Callaway. On Oct. 15, the City Council approved the appointment of Angela Villegas to the Zoning and Planning Commission, but she informed staff she will not be able to serve. If approved, Callaway will serve until Feb. 20, 2017.
  • Discussion of the 95th annual Memorial Day Parade will be referred to the Public Affairs and Safety Committee. The Elmhurst Chamber is requesting the city allow the parade to be held May 27. Approval will include a grant from the city to the chamber of $13,500.
  • Discussion of the Irish Spring 5-K will be referred to the Public Affairs and Safety Committee. The March 9 race was approved by the city last month, but TRS Racing is asking to postpone the 2013 race to March 15 or 16, 2014, and move the location from Elmhurst College to Elmhurst City Centre.
  • Discussion of the Patriot Bike Ride will be referred to the Public Affairs and Safety Committee. The 10-mile race will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and will include six stops, where participants complete a fitness challenge. The event ends with a celebration at Pints. Proceeds will go to local charity, One for the Kids; Patriot Boxing member and Elmhurst resident Chris Orvino sits on the board of the charity.
  • Discussion on strategic planning will be referred to the Finance, Council Affairs and Administrative Services Committee. Alderman Diane Gutenkauf has requested that the city enter into a comprehensive strategic planning process.
  • Approval of the purchase of a computerized maintenance management system from Lucity Inc. for $74,500. CMMS software maintains a database about an organization's maintenance operations, schedules preventive maintenance and tracks jobs in detail.
  • Approval of the annual Community Bank of Elmhurst 4 on the 4th run July 4. The event is hosted by the Elmhurst Running Club and benefits the Elmhurst Children's Assistance Foundation.
  • Approvel of a permit for Elmhurst Park District's Battle of the Bands to be held from 3 to 10:15 p.m. June 22 at the Addison parking lot
  • Approval of the purchase of additional Starcom Radios for the Police Department ($79,000) and for the Fire Department ($63,000).
  • Approval of audit services for fiscal years ending April 30, 2013 ($33,000) and for fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2013 ($33,700) from Sikich LLP. The city is in transition, moving from a fiscal year ending April 30, 2013, to a calendar year beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Approval the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Spring Road March 9. Festivities begin at 10 a.m.
  • Approval of the sale by auction of vehicles seized for forfeiture for driving offenses

Aldermen will then hear a report on administrative fees for refuse and recycling service, which will be followed by a vote to approve the new contract with Allied Waste. The city charges a fee on top of the hauler's rates to pay for administrative costs in running the program, including "free" leaf pickup day, street sweeping, IT services and staff time. In 2013-14, that cost is estimated at $312,670. The Public Works and Buildings Committee is proposing a $1 fee on the 65-gallon toters and a $2.25 fee on the 95-gallon toters (both would be a price reduction from 2011-12), and a cost of $3 for refuse stickers and $3.25 for yard waste stickers. "Free" leaf pickup costs $110,000, which would be the estimated revenue raised by the administrative portion of the cost of yard waste stickers.

Aldermen also will hear reports from elected officials, including Acting Mayor Scott Levin. A community update by ComEd has been continued to the Feb. 19 meeting.

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