Village Board Minutes
VILLAGE OF NORTH AURORA
VILLAGE BOARD MEETING MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Berman called the meeting to order.
SILENT PRAYER – MEDITATION – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
In attendance: Mayor Dale Berman, Trustee Mark Guethle, Trustee Tao Martinez, Trustee Mark Carroll, Trustee Mark Gaffino, Trustee Mike Lowery, Trustee Laura Curtis.
Staff in attendance: Village Administrator Steve Bosco, Public Works Director John Laskowski, Police Chief David Fisher, Finance Director Bill Hannah, Community & Economic Development Director Mike Toth, Village Attorney Kevin Drendel. IT Analyst Dave Arendt.
1. National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Mayor Berman proclaimed the month of September 2017 as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in the Village of North Aurora.
AUDIENCE COMMENTS - None
TRUSTEE COMMENTS - None
1. Village Board Minutes dated 8/21/2017
2. Interim Bills List dated 8/30/2017 in the Amount of $127,563.73
3. Interim Bills List dated 9/14/2017 in the Amount of $26,650.00
4. Bills List dated 09/18/2017 in the Amount of $209,888.31
5. Resolution Approving the Final Plat of N.A. Lodgings Randall Crossing Subdivision
6. Ordinance Amending Title 16 of the North Aurora Municipal Code regarding Approved Parkway Trees
Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Curtis. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Martinez – yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino – yes. Motion approved (6-0).
1. Approval of an Ordinance Amending Title 5 Chapter 5.36 of the North Aurora
Municipal Code regarding Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishments
Motion to approve made by Trustee Curtis and seconded by Trustee Guethle. Trustee Lowery said he thought the Village was going to review the feasibility of having periodic checks on health for these establishments. Community & Economic Development Director Mike Toth said that he did look at other communities and no one does the actual random testing or tracking. Lowery asked if there is any information on communicable diseases being transmitted. Toth said that the Body Art Code has repercussions for these cases. Romero Guillen who runs Artistic Galleries said that there has not been any disease transfer from an operator to a client. There are processes in place to ensure that every operator and client is protected. The businesses have to have an approval from the State and there are random inspections. Trustee Carroll asked if the State requires the business to have a minimum amount of insurance. Mr. Guillen said yes. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Martinez – yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino – yes. Motion approved (6-0).
2. Approval of the Purchase of a 5-Yard Freightliner 108 SD Dump Truck and Plow
Equipment in the Amount of $155,106.00 from Trans Chicago Truck Group through the State Bid Process
Public Works Director John Laskowski said that the purchase of a dump truck was budgeted for $150,000. Cost of the truck came in at $155,000. The vehicle that is being replaced is a 2004 International 5-yard truck. It has approximately 24,572 miles and 3,290 hours. In order to convert hours to miles, the manufacturer of International suggested multiplying the hours by 33. This would bring the total miles for the current vehicle at 133,142 miles. In the last two years, the Village has had to spend $10,000 towards maintenance of this vehicle. The salvage value is about $14,000. Laskowski suggested replacing this vehicle and putting it to auction. The plan is to hold onto this vehicle through this winter. Going forward, would like the Board to consider retaining the next vehicle that is replaced since it will have the same type of parts and it can be used if another vehicle breaks down.
Motion for approval made Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Carroll. Trustee Curtis thanked Laskowski for his research and for being proactive on this issue. Trustee Martinez said he looked at the truck and he could see how the parts are not interchangeable and that this purchase makes sense. Martinez added that he would like to see the trucks extended in life since they are very reliable vehicles. Trustee Gaffino agreed and said he would like to see these vehicles last longer in terms of miles. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Martinez – yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino – yes. Motion approved (6-0).
3. Approval of a Pavement Conditioning Assessment from MDS Technologies in
The Amount of $22,950.00
Motion for approval made by Trustee Gaffino and seconded by Trustee Lowery. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Gaffino – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Martinez – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes. Motion approved (6-0).
4. Approval of a Bid for Police Security Cameras from Griffon Systems in the Amount
Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Lowery. Martinez asked if the server is obsolete or just not compatible. Village IT Analyst Dave Arendt said that the server is 5 - 6 years old so the operating system is no longer supported by Microsoft and therefore is creating a security hole. The server would need to be replaced regardless. In pricing out the server, it is cheaper to replace the server and the cameras at this time. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Gaffino – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes, Trustee Martinez – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes. Motion approved (6-0).
OLD BUSINESS - None
VILLAGE PRESIDENT REPORT - None
COMMITTEE REPORTS - None
TRUSTEES’ COMMENTS - None
1. Village of North Aurora Welcome Sign – Village Administrator Steve Bosco explained
that when the new welcome signs were installed, “Village of” and “Aurora” were painted in brown. The word “North” was in blue to stand out that we are “North Aurora”. Several people have mentioned that the blue coloring for “North”, depending on the time of day, does not stand out as well as “Aurora”. Staff painted the sign on Butterfield all white. Bosco asked the Board if it preferred the 9 welcome signs as originally designed or if they preferred the 1 sign in all white lettering. Trustee Curtis said that in designing the logo the Board went with the specific color scheme and it seems the change would be self-defeating if the Village does not use it. Some of the suggestions were:
- The words “Village” and “Aurora” in blue and leave “North” in white.
- A blue line under the word “North”.
- Create another splash of blue somewhere on the sign and keeping the letters in white.
- Look for another shiny or metallic blue paint that would make the words stand out.
- Blue trim around the lettering for the words “North Aurora”.
- The word Aurora in shiny metallic paint.
- The words “North” and “Aurora” in blue since it is the Village’s branding color.
Bosco said he would figure out some different options and bring it back to the Board for further review.
2. MetroNet – Bosco said that the Village is getting lots of calls from residents regarding
MetroNet in town. The main questions are in reference to who gave them permission to be on their property and if MetroNet is going to restore their property once they are done. Bosco noted that when the Board passed the franchise agreement in April, they were already building in several Fox Valley communities. North Aurora is not doing anything different from other communities. Everyone has easements on their property. A lot of residents do not realize they have public utility easements. The utility companies, by state law, have the ability to be on the property to do work. There will be something in the next newsletter as far as the schedule. MetroNet is starting in Hartfield Estates, Country Club Estates and Chesterfield soon and then west of Route 31 (Highlands, Willow Lakes, MooseLake and Timber Oaks).
ATTORNEY’S REPORT - None
FIRE DISTRICT REPORT - None
VILLAGE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
1. Finance - None
2. Community Development - None
3. Police - None
4. Public Works - None
(after the Committee of the Whole Meeting)
Motion to adjourn made by Trustee Gaffino and seconded by Trustee Lowery. All in favor. Motion approved.
Lori J. Murray