VILLAGE OF NORTH AURORA
VILLAGE BOARD MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 16, 2020
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Berman called the meeting to order
SILENT PRAYER – MEDITATION – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
In attendance: Mayor Dale Berman, Trustee Mark Gaffino, Trustee Mike Lowery, Trustee Mark Carroll, Trustee Tao Martinez, Trustee Mark Guethle. Not in attendance: Trustee Laura Curtis.
Staff in attendance: Village Administrator Steve Bosco, Finance Director Bill Hannah, Community & Economic Development Director Mike Toth, Public Works Director John Laskowski, Police Chief David Fisher, Village Attorney Kevin Drendel.
AUDIENCE COMMENTS – None
Trustee Carroll asked, due to the closings of restaurants, if the village could set up a fund to help benefit those who may be affected that are residents of North Aurora. Trustee Guethle said that there is a federal fund of $80 million that has been released to help workers. Mayor Berman said that it may be a little premature at this time but will definitely look into it.
Trustee Gaffino said that something should be considered and that this is not only affecting restaurants but a lot of businesses in North Aurora.
1. Village Board Minutes dated 03/02/2020
2. Bills List Dated 03/02/2020 in the Amount of $584,493.14
3. Travel and Expenses for Business Purposes in the Amount of $40.00
4. Approval of Pay Request #2, Partial, for Well # 8 &9 Electrical Facilities to Frank Marshall
Electric in the Amount of $84,780.90
5. Approval of Pay Request #4, Final, for 2019 Sanitary Sewer Televising to Power
Rodding Corp. in the Amount of $8,827.88
6. Approval of Resolution Accepting the Public Improvements for the Property Located at 1801
Oak Street in North Aurora
7. Approval of the North Aurora Days Special Events Permit
8. Approval of the North Aurora Days Fireworks License Agreement with Randall Oaks LLC
9. Approval of Resolution for a Permit to Utilize State Street for the Annual North Aurora Days Pet
10. Approval of July 3 Fireworks Special Events Permit
11. Approval July 3 Fireworks Intergovernmental License Agreement with Fox Valley Park District for Use of Fireworks on Park District Property
Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Lowery. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Martinez – yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino – yes. Motion approved (5-0).
1. Approval of Resolution for July 3 Fireworks Celebration Liquor in Park
Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Martinez. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Martinez – yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Gaffino – yes. Motion approved (5-0).
2. Awarding of Contract for 2020 Crack Sealing to Patriot Pavement Maintenance, Inc. in the
Amount of $78,226.00
Motion for approval made by Trustee Gaffino and seconded by Trustee Lowery. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Gaffino – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Martinez –yes, Trustee Guethle – yes. Motion approved (5-0).
OLD BUSINESS – None
Mayor Berman stated that if the village has to take measures to shut down village hall due to the current situation, an announcement will be made, however, at this time, the village will continue business as usual.
COMMITTEE REPORTS – None
TRUSTEES’ COMMENTS – None
Village Administrator Steve Bosco reported that the village has made some changes to minimizing staff’s exposure in the public. All external travel for meetings and conferences have been cancelled internal meetings are being held via phone. In the office, employees are safely distanced from each other. The village does not have a policy for this. Most fall under emergency declarations. By code, and by the fact that the Mayor can declare an emergency, extraordinary authority can be granted to suspend some of the rules in the personnel manual to allow for flexibility such as letting people telecommute. If someone tests positive, would like to make sure that person stays home and the village would pay for that person to stay home.
Additional cleaning will be done during off hours to sanitize public areas.
ATTORNEY’S REPORT – Atty Drendel stated that the governor has declared a suspension of the Open Meetings Act rule today. This will allow for remote meetings.
VILLAGE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
1. Finance – None
2. Community Development – the Small Business Administration is making available low interest loans to business and non-profits to assist during this time. It is through the Economic Injury Disaster and Loan program.
3. Police – Chief Fisher said that the village has been under control and running smoothly. Chief Fisher said that the police department has cancelled its ride-a-long program and any tours. The Citizens Academy will be postponed. All face-to-face meetings with individuals outside of the police department have been cancelled. All officers are equipped with personal protective equipment. The department will also start online reporting where someone can go online on the village webpage and self-report instead of the officer having to go to the location. Officers are also able to take reports over the phone.
4. Public Works – None
EXECUTIVE SESSION – None
Motion to adjourn made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Carroll. All in favor. Motion approved.
Lori J. Murray