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NORTH AURORA VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
VILLAGE BOARD MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Village Board meeting was conducted live remotely
via telecommunications.

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 Guethle, Trustee Mark Carroll. Absent: Trustee Tao Martinez.

Staff in attendance: Village Administrator Steve Bosco, Finance Director Bill Hannah, Community & Economic Development Director Mike Toth, Village Attorney Kevin Drendel, Streets Superintendent Brian Richter, Water Superintendent Paul Young, Police Chief Dave Fisher.

PROCLAMATION - National Apprenticeship Week
AUDIENCE COMMENTS - None
TRUSTEE COMMENTS – None

CONSENT AGENDA

1. Village Board Minutes dated 10/19/2020 and Committee of the Whole Minutes dated 10/19/2020
2. Interim Bills List Dated 10/22/2020 in the Amount of $30,010.73
3. Bills List Dated 11/02/2020 in the Amount of $527,231.21
4. Pay Request #4, Final for Elm Avenue and Maple Avenue Water Main Improvements to J&S Construction Sewer and Water, Inc. in the Amount of $37,472.78
5. Resolution Acknowledging Substantial Completion of Public Improvements Triggering the One-Year Maintenance Period for the Lincoln Valley on The Fox Phase One Development
6. Approval of the Normal Contribution to IMLRMA for the 2021 Coverage Year

Motion for approval made by Trustee Gaffino and seconded by Trustee Lowery. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino –yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes. Motion approved (5-0).

NEW BUSINESS
1. Approval of a Motion to Receive, Accept and Place on File the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report as of May 31, 2020 and Other Related Reports for the Fiscal Year

Item tabled until the November 16, 2020 Village Board Meeting.

2. Approval of the 2020 Property Tax Levy Estimate for the Village of North Aurora and the Messenger Public Library

Finance Director Bill Hannah went over the Village’s tax levy estimate and said due to the 2.3% CPI factor and the new construction factor of approximately $4.9 million, the Village would see an approximately $77,000 extension. Due to the fact there is no longer a need to levy for library debt service, the levy will see an overall decrease of about $220,000 from last year’s extensions, which is a decrease of about 7.9% or $45 per household. The actual levy will be approved at the December 7, 2020 board meeting.

Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Carroll. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino –yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes. Motion approved (5-0).

3. Approval of 2020-2021 Salt Purchase in the Amount of $250,250.00 with Option to Spend Due to Severe Weather to $288,750.00

Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Curtis. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino –yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes. Motion approved (5-0).

4. Approval to Waive Bids and Hire Layne Christensen to Rehabilitate Well #4 for an Estimated $150,000

Village Administrator Steve Bosco explained the rehabilitation process for wells and noted that while the project could be broken into two components, Staff felt more comfortable using one company so if there were any issues in the project it would be clear which company was the responsible party. He also noted that Layne Christensen is the only company in the area that can provide the certified service for this brand of pump and motor.

Motion for approval made by Trustee Lowery and seconded by Trustee Carroll. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino –yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes. Motion approved (5-0).

5. Approval of Ordinance Increasing the Number of Class SE-B Liquor Licenses Authorized in the Village of North Aurora

Village Administrator Bosco explained the business Blue Agave Cantina Grill was seeking a supplemental entertainment class B liquor license (SE-B) so they would be able to host larger entertainment acts after the Village became aware the business was already doing so following several noise complaint issues. The business currently has a supplemental entertainment class A liquor license that allows for only solo or duo acts with minimal sound amplification. Administrator Bosco further noted that the Village code requires a business seeking a Class B license in their first year must receive approval from the board; in later years the Liquor Commissioner can issue the license like all other supplemental licenses without the item going to the board. Due to the noise concerns and after discussing with the owners of Blue Agave Cantina Grill, two stipulations were noted for approval of the SE-B license including one event per week on either Friday or Saturday and to end by 10 p.m.

Village Trustee Carroll had concerns on restricting the hours allowed for the entertainment and questioned why it was before the curfew time of 11 p.m. He said he felt this was hamstringing the business. Trustee Curtis pointed out that North Aurora Days is held in the parking lot of the business and the bands play until later times as well and said she did not feel the Village should be mandating what time entertainment should stop. Administrator Bosco said the business owners had actually been the one to propose the time limit.

Police Chief Fisher said the largest issue with the noise was the homes right behind the restaurant in the Silver Trails subdivision and said the majority of noise complaints came after 11 p.m. Trustee Gaffino added he did not envision a night club environment there and he was fine with 10 p.m. Trustee Guethle said the business appeared to be okay with the stipulation and to try it and see if it works. Mayor Berman also noted the business had said they were looking into sound proofing options and the stipulations could always be revisited.

Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Curtis. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino –yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes. Motion approved (5-0).

6. Approval of Third Amendment to the Pre-Annexation Agreement between Village of North Aurora, Orchard Commons, LLC and Mettel Investment Partnership for a Development to be known as Orchard Commons

Motion for approval made by Trustee Curtis and seconded by Trustee Carroll. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino –yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes. Motion approved (5-0).

7. Approval of Ordinance amending a Special Use as B-2 General Commercial Planned Unit Development for the Orchard Commons

Motion for approval made by Trustee Lowery and seconded by Trustee Carroll. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino –yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes. Motion approved (5-0).

OLD BUSINESS - None
VILLAGE PRESIDENT – It is National Veterans Small Business Week.
COMMITTEE REPORTS - None
TRUSTEES COMMENTS – Trustee Carroll asked Police Chief Fisher if the Village was enforcing the Governor’s order on mitigation efforts of no indoor dining allowed. Chief Fisher said they were forwarding all reports to the Kane County Task Force, made up of the Sheriff’s Office and Kane County Health Department, for them to handle. The Village is not issuing any citations.
ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT – Village Administrator Bosco reminded that the Village’s Veterans Day Ceremony is being held virtually this year and links to the video will be posted on the Village’s website and Facebook.
ATTORNEY’S REPORT - None

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

EXECUTIVE SESSION - None

ADJOURNMENT
Motion to adjourn made by Trustee Lowery and seconded by Trustee Carroll. All in favor. Motion approved.

Respectfully Submitted,

Natalie F. Stevens
Deputy Village Clerk

 


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