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All Three of the City's Designated Areas Qualify for TIF, Process Slated to Move to Phase II

Trash collection rate increase, bid approvals and bike racks also on city's agenda.

Elmhurst City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, at City Hall, 209 N. York St. The public meeting will be preceded by a closed session to discuss collective bargaining and acquisition of real property.

The open meeting will begin with a public hearing on the tentative 2012-13 budget. This will be followed by a public forum; members of the public 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:

  • Bid results for flat roof replacement will be referred to the Public Works and Buildings Committee. Four bids were received, from Feze Roofing, $358,000; CSR Roofing, $246,442; DCG Roofing, $325,900; and Nations Roof North, $242,490.
  • A request for the 2012 Annie Ryan Fun Run to be held May 20 along South, Poplar, Crescent and Cedar streets will be referred to the Public Affairs and Safety Committee
  • Approval to submit an order for 2,700 tons of salt for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The city will be required to purchase at least 2,160 tons (80 percent) and can purchase up to 3,240 tons. $143,000 would be required to purchase the minimum ($66.38 per ton). The city used only 2,300 tons of salt this year and has about 2,600 tons on hand due to the mild winter.
  • Approval to accept planning and design services from Baxter Woodman for the Wastewater Treatment Plant at a cost not to exceed $27,000. Baxter Woodman designed the building, which is now inadequate due to state legislation passed last year. A fixed roof and enclosure, expected to cost between $500,000 and $625,000, must now be constructed over the sludge storage pad.
  • Approval of a rate increase of 4.5 percent for Allied Waste. The rate residents will pay for a 33 gallon can will go from $14.65 to $15.16 a month, the 96-gallon tote will go from $21.21 to $21.95 per month, and refuse and yard waste stickers will remain at $2.25.
  • Acceptance of a bid from Arrow Road Construction to complete a paving project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant for $282,000
  • Approval of a liquor license for (the former Good Earth Market) at York and Vallette streets
  • Draft approval of the fund balance reporting and definitions policy as required by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB)
  • Approval to sell a 1999 Ford Ranger pickup and a 2007 Ford E-250 cargo van by auction
  • Approval to allow the Elmhurst Park District to use the municipal parking lot east of York and Vallette for its annual Bicycle Rodeo on May 19
  • Approval to allow the Elmhurst Running Club to hold its annual 4 on the 4th 4-mile run along York, Schiller, Robert Palmer, Harbour Terrace, Elmwood Terrace, Cottage Hill, Park and Prospect on July 4. The race will start and finish on Prospect near Wilder Park.
  • Approval of a contract with Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management Inc. for mosquito abatement services at a cost of $181,000
  • Approval to reclassify daycare centers and preschools from permitted uses to conditional uses in the commercial district
  • Approval to require bicycle racks in the commercial district. The number of bike spaces provided will be 5 percent of the number of car spaces required, or a minimum of two.
  • Approval to award the 2012 fire hydrant and water main valve repair project to Cerniglia Co., which turned in the lowest bid of $126,000
  • Approval to hire consultant REM Management Services at a cost not to exceed $14,500 to recruit, screen and select a new police chief

Aldermen will then will vote on allowing Kane McKenna and Associates to complete Phase II services with regard to the . All three districts qualify for TIF designation. Phase II services, expected to take about six months and cost between $60,000 and $75,000, will encompass the redevelopment plan as required by law for implementation of a TIF and conclude with final recommendations to the City Council.

Aldermen will also hear two reports on the new public sidewalk policy.

A Committee of the Whole will convene following the regular City Council meeting to discuss budget items designated for further review.

Jim Court March 21, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I have a suggestion for the City Council. When members of the public speak up, their comments should be noted, and whenever possible implemented and reported back on during the next city meeting. Otherwise we are just going through the motions and nothing changes. Several restaurants complained about being told not to serve food outside because of some arbitrary April 1st time frame. Unseasonably warm weather had many communities serving outside. LaGrange was operating full tilt and the crowds were large. The downtown did a brisk business. For some reason, the ever rigid Elmhurst could not see fit to be flexible. Businesses complained of lost revenue and lost tax dollars for the city. Apparently it fell on deaf ears. Whoever has the power to change this should do it immediately. it would show leadership. What is the purpose of people speaking up if what they say falls on deaf ears and is not acted on whenever possible. Any Alderman willing to comment on this or perhaps a city official. The community would appreciate it. Oh well, off to LaGrange although I want to spend my tax dollars here.
Darlene Heslop March 21, 2012 at 03:21 AM
the city clerk notes all public comment in the minutes of every meeting. if any elected official, including the mayor wanted to follow-up, all that person would have to do is look at the minutes in front of them. they choose not to. it's your government...when someone wants to be elected to change the way things are done, guess what...they don't get elected....people complain all the time about how bad it is...yet...they can't seem to bring themselves to really elect people who want to change things. the 2 people for district 2 on the county board who stated that they would still take the salary, bennies, and pension...are leading the pack tonight in the election returns...3 who promised to take smaller salaries, no bennies, and no pension (wilson, loftus, ravendiera) - well...they lost.
Jim Court March 21, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Darlene, What this indicate ? What do you think of the idea that public commentary should not just be a formal process that seems to placate people but creates no real action on legitimate issues that could and should be addressed?
Darlene Heslop March 23, 2012 at 02:55 AM
i think that the public comment part does just that - placates rather than does anything...sorry, jim, but i have seen time and time again people bring legitimate concerns to the table that never get addressed again by the very people that should be addressing them...the elected officials, but then again, it's the public that keeps electing the same ones time and time again, so you get what you elect, and i still maintain that people spend more of an effort trying to decide which potato chip to buy instead of who will lead them. if i was an elected official, i would have made a point that if a resident brought something to the attention of either myself directly or the council as a whole, that issue would either be addressed at an appropriate time during that meeting or at the next meeting...but that's me, jim. i've been called a lot of things, a lot of very nasty things, but one thing is for sure, i would never have ignored something that was brought to my attention by a resident - heck...i do that now and i'm not even an elected official.

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