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Council Will Vote on Tax Levy, Vehicle Purchases, Bike Parking, Street Work and More Monday

Aldermen also will receive grant from Metra.

Elmhurst City Council will hold its regular business meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Monday, Dec. 18, at , 209 N. York St. The public meeting will be preceded by an executive session at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of discussing and the appointment, employment or compensation of a city officer or employee.

The first order of business in the public meeting will be the swearing in of police Cmdr. Michael Burroughs and Sgt. Michael Wiehe.

This will be followed by the presentation of a from Metra to the city. The grant, first authorized in 2009, will help pay for the city's at First and Larch streets. As a condition of the grant, Elmhurst must lease to Metra 125 parking spaces for commuter use from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays for the next 40 years.

The City Council will then recognize three Star Award teachers: Patricia Fox, Jefferson School; Michelle Quinn, Emerson School; and Gretchen Boerwinkle, Field School. The board also will recognize the Turkey Trot Committee and present an Excellence Award to the Operation Lifesaver Enforcement Committee, which works to promote railroad safety in town.

The public will then be invited to speak for up to three minutes.

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

  • bids for police interceptor vehicles will be referred to the Public Affairs and Safety Committee
  • discussion about precious metal dealers will be referred to the PAS Committee. Police Chief Steve Neubauer has requested an ordinance regulating precious metal dealers. He believes individuals in town are stealing jewelry, coins, etc., and turning it into cash at these businesses. He is asking for an ordinance to require identification of individuals selling precious metals, certification of the businesses' scales, photographing of any jewelry purchased, that precious metals remain on the site for 14 days before being melted down, and that dealers share records and customer lists with the police department on demand.
  • approval of a bid from TranSystems Corp in an amount not to exceed $102,500 for streetscape improvements at various locations in the downtown area
  • acceptance of a $85,230 bid from Roesch Ford in Bensenville for four 2013 Ford Explorers
  • approval the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee's request to hold the parade on Saturday, March 10
  • acceptance of the financial auditor's management letter. There were no comments in the letter indicating any deficiencies or material weaknesses in the city's financial operating efficiency
  • approval of staggered terms for commissioners on the Youth Commission
  • approval of a zoning ordinance text amendment at new properties in the C2 and C3 business districts
  • approval of a series of ordinances
  • authorization to sell two city vehicles
  • approval of an amendment to the city code to allow for an for all users. Residents will see their rate increase from $5.34 per thousand gallons to $6.41.
  • approval of an ordinance to allow a 192-square-foot wall sign at
  • an ordinance to allow an increase in the number of total units at from 362 to 390 and to allow the creation of assisted living units in the independent living building
  • approval of an intergovernmental agreement between the city and Flagg Creek Water Reclamation District for the discontinuance of water service for residents in the unincorporated area who have not paid their water bill
  • approval of an agreement between the city and Transystems Corp. for professional consulting services for York Street improvements
  • approval of an agreement between the city and Assurance Agency Ltd. for employee health insurance consulting services for $42,000 per year. The firm will analyze the city's insurance needs, negotiate with insurance providers and act as liaison between the city and the insurance carrier, among other things.

Mayor Pete DiCianni will give any updates, and the City Council will vote on the proposed tax levy ordinance.

The Lost one December 20, 2011 at 08:56 PM
What is the new seating arrangement for the Council, seems someone must have been left in the outfield?
Jim Court December 20, 2011 at 10:06 PM
You might be right. This person was described as very independent, only looked out for the good of the community and felt is was their job to help serve and protect Elmhurst at all levels. This person did not seek alliances, play favorites, play politics, and in fact did not even give speeches. They did not favor builders, nor did they let builders buy property way under value from uninformed Seniors. They offered many ideas to improve the town, had no power agenda or any other hidden agenda. They said what had to be said and did not concern themselves with the political consequences. They made friends but sure could make enemies, without even trying. They sincerely embraced "Character Counts" and did not use as a political tool. Does anybody know who this person is? I like the way they think.
Jim Court December 21, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Can anybody tell me from which law firm the supposedly "impartial" adjudicator was hired from ? This is the person who listens to parking and code tickets. Adjudication was supposed to be a positive step according to city officials but from what I see it is nothing more than a very biased process that weighs strongly on the cities behalf. Going through the motions while arbitrarily siding with the City hardly seems like an objective hearing. The Attorney that represents the City seems more concerned with a string of wins rather than independently weighing the merits of a potential case and proceeding objectively. You are essentially guilty until never being found innocent but the charade theoretically gives legitimacy and pays for the costs of the adjudicator and the attorney that represents the city. I am not referring to Mr. Storino.
Gort December 21, 2011 at 07:02 AM
Police interceptors (plural). The police fleet looks pretty new to me. Four new Explorers! For what? More “consulting” contracts! Do we have no in-house mental abilities? $102,000 for streetscape improvements! More “Shop Elmhurst” banners and faux storefronts painted in the alleys? Elmhurst City Council, we are broke. Can’t you get that through your collective elective heads?
Jim Court December 22, 2011 at 10:58 PM
A local ordinance will not deter individuals from going outside of town. I continue to believe that junkman need to register with the City.

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