Committee of the Whole Minutes
VILLAGE OF NORTH AURORA
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING MINUTES
NOVEMBER 21, 2016
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Berman called the meeting to order.
In attendance: Mayor Dale Berman, Trustee Mike Lowery, Trustee Mark Carroll, Trustee Mark Gaffino, Trustee Mark Guethle, Village Clerk Lori Murray. Not in attendance: Trustees Laura Curtis and Chris Faber.
Staff in attendance: Village Administrator Steve Bosco, Finance Director Bill Hannah, Community & Economic Development Director Mike Toth, Police Chief David Summer, Public Works Superintendent Mike Glock, Water Superintendent Paul Young, Village Attorney Kevin Drendel.
AUDIENCE COMMENTS – None
TRUSTEE COMMENTS - None
1. Contractor Registration Amendments
Staff is looking to get feedback on further amending the contractor registration provisions. Thoughts are to revisit the fee amounts to more of a fixed rate instead of it being prorated. One year of would be at a cost of $150.00. Staff also suggested removing the licensing and bonding portion of the ordinance. The Board was in favor of the changes to the amendment. Final ordinance to be brought to the next board meeting.
2. Stop Sign at Oak Street & White Oak Drive
This intersection has been studied by Mike Glock and Jim Bibby over the past eight years. Residents have requested a traffic study due to increased traffic and students who have to cross over Oak Street from the south side of Oak Street to get to Fearn Elementary and Jewel Middle schools. According to the traffic study by Rempe-Sharpe, the intersection warrants a stop sign. There are four peak hours: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The four-way stop signage control was suggested by Rempe-Sharpe. Staff is recommending a 4-way stop and leaving the speed at 45 mph. The stop signs will contain LED lights around the perimeter of the sign. The Board was in favor of moving forward.
3. Concept Plan for Randall Highlands Hotel
The proposal is for a 3-story, 64 room hotel by My Place Hotels of America. The hotel would be centrally located with a restaurant padsite. The Board was in favor of moving forward.
Staff noted that both hotels and restaurants are permitted uses in the B-2 district and the Randall Highlands PUD. While the Board was favorable to a 4-story hotel concept, staff notes that the building height would still exceed the 35 foot height limitation required of the zoning ordinance and PUD. With each foot of height over 25 feet, the building setback from front, side and rear lots would be required to be increased by one foot. Both items could be included as exceptions to the PUD amendment needed for the townhome land use consideration.
4. 2016-2017 Strategic Plan Update
Village Administrator Steve Bosco reviewed some of the strategic issues and visions that were discussed in 2016. Some of those items included:
1. Work with schools to promote usage of facilities for local groups.
2. Develop amenities along the riverfront and enhancements to Riverfront Park.
3. Monitor opportunities for community building space.
4. Explore options to attract restaurants, hotels, medical groups, convention centers and destination attractions.
5. Review the current status of the Village’s three T.I.F. Districts.
6. Enhance and Develop Governmental Understanding and Awareness.
Bosco said that if there were no changes, he would bring this back to the next Village Board meeting for formal adoption.
TRUSTEE COMMENTS - None
Motion made by Trustee Gaffino and seconded by Trustee Lowery to adjourn to executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel. All in favor. Motion approved.
Lori J. Murray