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City Council Set to Approve Kensington, Bike Plan and Southwest Flood Plan Design on Tuesday

Aldermen also will hear an update on ComEd, the 2013 budget will be distributed, and a new way to save money on commodities is proposed.

Among other business on Tuesday, Feb. 19, Elmhurst City Council members will likely send a proposal put forth by aldermen Steve Morley, Pat Wagner and Robert Dunn to the Finance Committee for further review.

The plan would "utilize a progressive procurement model in the future purchase of commodities" to reduce expenditures, according to a press release from the three aldermen.

The proposal would allow Elmhurst to use reverse on-line auctions in the procurement of goods. Pre-qualified vendors bid against each other to compete for the opportunity to get the purchase contract. Bidding begins with a pre-determined price equal to that provided for by competitively bid state purchase contracts, and from there, individual vendors can voluntarily agree to sell at lower costs.

The methodology has been used by other government and private sector entities, resulting in up to 25 percent reduction in the cost of fixed goods, according to the press release. It also protects against claims of favoritism in the bidding process, the aldermen said.

Here's a Look at the Rest of Tuesday's City Council Agenda:

Tuesday's meeting will begin with a community update on ComEd.

Following the update, the council will open up a public forum. Members of the community will be invited to speak for up to three minutes on any topic.

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

  • reappointment to the Zoning and Planning Commission of Darrell Whistler
  • referral to the Public Works and Buildings Committee the bid results for the 2013-15 turf and landscape maintenance contract and provision of custodial services
  • referral to the Public Affairs and Safety Committee requests to hold the 2013 Spring Road Pet and Bike Parade on May 18 and the 2013 Annie Ryan Fun Run on May 19
  • referral to the Finance, Council Affairs and Administrative Services Committee a request to explore a reverse online auction process in an effort to reduce city expenditures on office supplies
  • approval of the southwest Elmhurst wet weather control facility final design
  • approval of police department purchase of 14 automated external defibrillators for $18,500
  • approval of Memorial Day Parade May 27
  • authorization to reimburse the capital improvement fund from bond proceeds with regard to expenses incurred from the Addison Street deck project
  • adoption of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference 2013 Legislative Action Program
  • adoption of the Elmhurst bicycle plan
  • approval of a conditional use permit for Kensington Preschool at 411-415 S. Spring Road

Acting Mayor Scott Levin will then present any reports to the council, and City Manager Jim Grabowski will distribute the 2013 budget.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at City Hall, 209 N. York St., following an executive session at 7 p.m. on the topic of purchase or acquisition of property.

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Cara Konnel February 19, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Yes to the 14 defib's for the Police , No to Whistler
lives in 1st ward February 19, 2013 at 04:35 PM
i agree w Cara. if he is chariman of the xoning and planning commission, and if the zoning and planning commission CLEARLY screwed up in giving electronic signs the green light, why is there not an outcry; who is the city staff member that advises this commssion ? who appoints people to this commission ? why is whistler being re-appointed by Levin ? he is chairman; does he take no responsibility. sounds like we need some fresh (and competent) blood on this commission. Isn't he also chairman of the Elmhurst Memorial hospital board of governors ? isn't he also a director of Community Bank of Elmhurst ? oh, i guess i answered my own question: that's WHY he was re-appointed.
Cara Konnel February 19, 2013 at 05:33 PM
@lives in 1st ward, you did answer your question, but the real question is who told Levin to do so, He is a lame duck mayor, so why take orders, Do your own thing. DW has been on tht commisiion since before many of those alderman were born, 1968 come on and how many times has he had to recuse himself, cause stuff comes before him from boards he is on, ie elm hosp, com bank etc. Stand up council, pull it off of consent and vote it down
Jayne February 19, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Darrell Whistler is as good a man as any in Elmhurst. You do nothing hacks should be ashamed of yourselves. Much easier to sit on your lazy arses and bang away at a keyboard than actually go out and make a difference in the community. You try to use the fact that he is involved around town as a reason not to keep him in this very important role? Sad. Has anybody else stepped forward for the job? Nope. Can't imagine why. Darrell has led the ZPC well and honorably for years. Absolutely no reason not to reappoint him. He will be reappointed tonight, most probably unanimously for good reason. The only people who might not support him on the council are the same people who vote against everybody and everything, but at least one of them is smart enough to not do that with this vote. The people we elect, how understand the importance of this role, will do the right thing.
Henry February 19, 2013 at 08:27 PM
You are right on Jayne. Apparently Morley and the Frat Boys are out to get the non -club members. If you're not a male, age 35-45 who yuks it up at the local bars slapping them on the back- you're just a third rate citizen.
Jayne February 19, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Henry - thanks for the support, but I think you missed the point a little. Levin and the frat pack are supporting Whistler. The first two posters are not and are calling out Levin, at least, for his support. Regardless, as long as Darrell Whistler is kept as the chairman, and you support that, it's fine by me.
Cara Konnel February 19, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Never said Whistler wasnt a good man. That is not the point Jayne, you just don't get it. Yes others have stepped forward, and don't get called. See you tonight, and look forward to your comments. Be strong take it off consent for a full council discussion

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