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VILLAGE OF NORTH AURORA
VILLAGE BOARD MEETING MINUTES
AUGUST 20, 2018

CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Berman called the meeting to order.

SILENT PRAYER - MEDITATION – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL
In attendance: Mayor Dale Berman, Trustee Mark Gaffino, Trustee Mike Lowery, Trustee Laura Curtis, Trustee Mark Carroll, Trustee Tao Martinez, Trustee Mark Guethle, Village Clerk Lori Murray.

Staff in attendance: Village Administrator Steve Bosco, Finance Director Bill Hannah, Community & Economic Development Director Mike Toth, Public Works Director John Laskowski, Police Chief Dave Fisher, Attorney Roman Seckel (Drendel & Jansons Law Group.

AUDIENCE COMMENTS
Nick Dalo, 2065 Westover Road, North Aurora, IL addressed the Board regarding speeding in his neighborhood, particularly on Westover Road. Dalo said that he has worked with the police department over the last 2 years with speed traps and collecting data for those vehicles traveling the street. Dalo said that 71% travel at a speed over 25 miles an hour. Dalo said he is concerned since there are a lot of children in the area and would like to see speed bumps or other traffic controlling solutions put in place.

Trustee Curtis asked what the requirements would be to install speed bumps at a resident’s request. Bosco said the chief and the public works director would go out to the area and determine if there is a need. Village Administrator Steve Bosco noted that in the most recent report, 89% of the drivers were doing the speed limit or 5 mph over at the most. Bosco added that the Village does not recommend speed bumps since it slows down the response time for emergency vehicles and makes it difficult for plowing during the winter.

Bosco said the most recent study of the speed trailer was done on June 12 and in place until August 1. The results showed that 89% were driving at 29 mph or below. Ninety-nine percent of drivers were driving 34 mph or slower. The speed limit on that road is 25 mph.

Mr. Dalo said that trailers were placed in different locations, either in the middle of the street or at the entrance of the subdivision which then provided different percentages of those cars driving over the speed limit.

Trustee Curtis asked if the police department should be setting up more patrols. Chief Fisher said that there have been extra details placed in the area and officers have written warnings. Fisher added that, unfortunately, once his officers are gone, people will go back to their natural habits of driving. Chief Fisher note that compared to other streets, a lot of the people in this subdivision are in compliance on this street. Fisher also said that the report shows 25 mph in the category those driving over the speed limit. He is looking to have that removed in order to get a more accurate report.

Curtis said to be cautious of speed bumps because that could have an adverse association and affect marketability on properties if the street is perceived as a through street.

Mayor Berman suggested residents utilize the Facebook page to notify others of the speeding situation. He also suggested the Home Owners Association get the word out to their neighbors and friends. The Village could place some information on the Village newsletter. Berman added that lowering the speed limit would not help, speed bumps are detrimental all around and there is a need to work with the people who live in the neighborhood.

Dalo said they have made mention on the FB page, worked with the police and contacted the HOA, but it has yet to curb behavior. Dalo suggested some kind of removable speed bumps that can be removed in the winter.

Chief Fisher said that, as time allows, officers will go out there to educate the residents regarding these concerns.

TRUSTEE COMMENTS – None

CONSENT AGENDA
1. Village Board Minutes dated 08/06/2018
2. Pay Request No. 3, Final to Geneva Construction Co. for the Smoketree Improvements in the Amount of $17,759.78
3. Pay Request No. 5, Final to Gerardi Sewer and Water Co. for the Cherrytree Lane Watermain in the Amount of $20,724.87
4. Pay Request No. 6, Final to Geneva Construction Co. for the 2017 Street Improvements in the Amount of $28,413.54
5. Ordinance Pertaining to the Prevailing Rates of Wages
6. Resolution Accepting a Plat of Easement Vacation in the Randall Road Commercial Center Subdivision in the Village of North Aurora
7. Interim Bills List dated 08/03/2018 in the Amount of $400.00
8. Interim Bills List dated 08/13/2018 in the Amount of $170,876.49
9. Bills List dated 08/20/2018 FY18 in the Amount of $11,000.28
10. Bills List dated 08/20/2018 FY19 in the Amount of $160,532.30

Motion for approval made by Trustee Gaffino and seconded by Trustee Guethle. 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).

NEW BUSINESS
1. Approval of a Resolution Acknowledging the Submittal of a Final Plat of
Subdivision for the Lincoln Valley Subdivision in Substantial Compliance with the Preliminary Plat
Community & Economic Development Director Mike Toth stated that D.R. Horton submitted their final plat of subdivision for the development of the Fox Valley Golf Course. The preliminary plat was included with the PUD on June 18, 2018. The final plat of survey in conjunction with the preliminary plat of survey was reviewed. There was one minor change which was the reconfiguring of some lots to allow for some overland drainage. Toth noted that there is a letter from the engineer in the packet stating substantial compliance with the preliminary plat. The final plat is required to go through a subdivision ordinance hearing which will be held at the Plan Commission on September 4th. 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 Lowery – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes, Trustee Gaffino – yes. Motion approved (6-0).

2. Approval of a Resolution Acknowledging the Submittal of a Phase one Final Plat for
the Lincoln Valley Subdivision
Mike Toth state that the Village engineer has reviewed the phasing plan. It will come back to the Plan Commission on September 4th for a public hearing. Village Engineer Jim Bibby said that from a staff perspective, this subdivision has made an incredible accelerated path. Through the outside agency permitting process, they have obtained their Kane DuPage permit, closed out the technical review of their IDOT permit for geometrics on Route 25 and their entrance. The IEPA notice of Intent has been filed and IEPA sanitary and water permits were turned in this evening.

The subdivision has 3 separate entrances, all of which will be fully constructed as part of Phase I. There are three points of connection and pressure for the water system and those will be constructed in Phase I. Staff made a strong point in the agreement that was approved that all utilities needed to be continuous and looped and there would be no dead ends in streets or utilities. The developer has received a lengthy staff review on the plat regarding engineering and they have fully addressed the concerns. Staff is very comfortable with the phase I plans and permits. Toth state that the PUD allows for the mass grading of the property regardless of the plat approvals. The approval of the final plat would be subject to allowing them to work on the building permits. Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Gaffino. 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 Resolution Approving Route 31 T.I.F. Façade Grant Funding for the
Property Located at 110 John Street
The owners are requesting $2,463.50 for 4 awnings on the north side of the building and one awning on the west side of the building. It is for aesthetics and to keep the sun out. The operations committee reviewed this at its last meeting and had no concerns. Motion for approval made by Trustee Gaffino and seconded by Trustee Lowery. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Gaffino – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Martinez – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes. Motion approved (6-0).

4. Approval of an Ordinance Amending Title 8, Chapter 8.04 of the North Aurora
Municipal Code Relating to Abandoned Vehicles
Mike Toth mentioned that Chapter 8 of the municipal code deems abandoned vehicles a public nuisance, but there are exceptions to that such as those vehicles that are 25 years of age. Toth said that staff is looking to clean the definition up of what an abandoned vehicle is. Staff removed the consecutive 7 days or more as a car being deserted. Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Carroll. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Martinez – yes, Trustee Carroll – Trustee Curtis – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino – yes. Motion approved (6-0).

5. Approval of a Bid from A-1 Flower, Inc., in the Amount of $24,900.00 for the
Demolition of 24 Monroe Street
Motion for approval made by Trustee Lowery and seconded by Trustee Carroll. Trustee Gaffino asked if there was any sign of asbestos. Toth said there was an analysis before doing the bid. There were five samples that had asbestos containing materials and that was shared with the contractors. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino – yes, Trustee Curtis - yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Martinez – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes. Motion approved (6-0).

6. Approval of an Ordinance Amending the North Aurora Code Title 5 Section
5.08.350 by Increasing the Number of Class M (Motel/Hotel) Liquor Licenses Authorized in the Village of North Aurora (N.A. Lodging / My Place Hotel)
Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Martinez. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Curtis – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino – yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Martinez – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes. Motion approved (6-0).

7. Approval of a Residential Special Events Application Request
Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Carroll. 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).

8. Approval of a Bid from Meade Electric, Inc. in the Amount of $128,520.97 for the
LED light Fixture and Pole Replacements
Public Works Direct John Laskowski stated that this is a continuation of last year’s program in which the Village replaced 144 LED fixtures. This year the proposal is for the replacement of 362. On the east side of town, the Village will be working in Pinecreek, along Mitchell Road, Banbury Ridge Estates and Fox Valley Country Club Estates. On the west side of town, Oak Hill, Mooselake Estates and the area around Kilbury and Comiskey. This year the Village received confirmation from ComEd that the Village is eligible for reimbursement on this project. ComEd will be reimbursing the Village up to $38,382.00.

Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Carroll.

Trustee Curtis asked if the LED lighting is a requirement for any new development coming into town. Laskowski said this is what the Village is looking at with the newest subdivision. Trustee Carroll said this should be a requirement. Bosco noted that it was a condition of the Fox Valley Golf Course development to put in LED lighting. Bosco added that it can be put in the code moving forward to require this as a condition of approval. Trustee Carroll asked if this will complete the project within the Village. Laskowski said this is phase 2 of 3 and that next year, the Village will replace 200 more lights. It would be complete at that point.

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).

9. Approval of a Bid from Americana Landscape Group, Inc., in the amount of
$31,350.00 for Parkway Tree Replacement Planting
Motion for approval made by Trustee Lowery and seconded by Trustee Curtis. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes, Trustee Gaffino – yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Martinez – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes. Motion approved (6-0). Trustee Gaffino asked about the warranty for the trees. Laskowski said that it is a one year warranty.

10. Approval of a resolution Approving a Collective Bargaining Agreement Between the
Village of North Aurora and the Fraternal Order of Police Covering North Aurora Sergeants from June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2021
Motion for approval made by Trustee Lowery and seconded by Trustee Curtis. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes, Trustee Gaffino – yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Martinez - yes, Trustee Guethle – yes. Motion approved (6-0).

OLD BUSINESS - None
VILLAGE PRESIDENT REPORT - None
COMMITTEE REPORTS - None
TRUSTEE COMMENTS - None
ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT - None
ATTORNEY’S REPORT - None

FIRE DISTRICT - Absent

VILLAGE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
1. Finance - None
2. Community Development - None
3. Police - None
4. Public Works - None

ADJOURNMENT
Motion to adjourn made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Gaffino. All in favor. Motion approved.

Respectfully Submitted,

Lori J. Murray
Village Clerk

 


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