NORTH AURORA VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
VILLAGE BOARD MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Village Board meeting was conducted live remotely
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Gaffino called the meeting to order.
SILENT PRAYER – MEDITATION – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
In attendance: Mayor Mark Gaffino, Trustee Laura Curtis, Trustee Mike Lowery, Trustee Mark Guethle, Trustee Mark Carroll, Trustee Tao Martinez, Trustee Carolyn Salazar
Staff in attendance: Village Administrator Steve Bosco, Village Attorney Kevin Drendel, Public Works Director John Laskowski, Police Chief Dave Fisher.
PUBLIC HEARING- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
Public Works Director John Laskowski introduces the Notice of Intent for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and offers the opportunity for residents to comment or pose questions. There were none at this time. Mayor Gaffino closed the Public Hearing.
AUDIENCE COMMENTS – None
TRUSTEE COMMENTS –
1. Village Board Minutes dated 02/01/2021 and Committee of the Whole Minutes dated 02/01/2021
2. Bills List Dated 02/15/2021 in the amount of 292,527.07
3. Approval of Resolution Acknowledging Substantial Completion Triggering the One Year Maintenance Period and Reduction of Cash Surety for Public Improvements for the North Aurora Smiles Dental Office Located at 601 Randall Crossing Lane
Motion for approval made by Trustee Lowery and seconded by Trustee Guethle. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Curtis –yes, Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Salazar – yes. Motion approved (5-0).
1. Approval of Resolution Authorizing a TIF Feasibility and Eligibility Study for the Village of North Aurora
Village Administrator Bosco introduced the Resolution, reminded the board that in fall of 2020 and at the Committee of the Whole meeting on February 1, 2021 the Village Staff introduced the idea of combining the TIF Districts in to one United TIF, including additional select properties. The Route 31 TIF section south of I-88 would remain unchanged, expiring in 2025. The Resolution would authorize the TIF Feasibility and Eligibility Study which is a requirement to begin the TIF district process and will assist in informing the taxing bodies of notice of intent.
Motion for approval made by Trustee Salazar and seconded by Trustee Lowery. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Curtis –yes, Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Salazar – yes. Motion approved (5-0).
2. Approval of Resolution to Name the Restored and Illuminated Silo “Berman Tower
Village Administrator Bosco spoke of the Resolution, reminded the board that upon completion of the restoration of the silo in late 2020, the idea was introduced in January and then discussed by the Village Board at the Committee of the Whole meeting on February 1, 2021 to dedicate the restored silo as “Berman Tower”. The Resolution would make that name change official.
Trustee Martinez enters the meeting
Motion for approval made by Trustee Curtis and seconded by Trustee Carroll. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Curtis – yes, Trustee Salazar –yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Martinez – yes. Motion approved (6-0).
3. Approval of Ordinance Amending Sections 16.12.010 and 16.12.100 of the North Aurora Code Regarding General Provisions, Sump Pump Drains and Storm Sewers
Public Works Director John Laskowski spoke about the Ordinance which introduce three staff suggested changes to the Municipal Code. The amendments were brought before the Services Committee in December, having made adjustments per the committee’s suggestion the three amendments include:
• Requiring an “air gap” in sump pump installation to circumvent potential sump pump back up.
• Update outdated rainfall data in the Municipal Code.
• Allow staff to make field changes in a limited capacity.
Trustee Carroll asked, in reference to the third amendment point, if there would be a review if the Board opposed a decision made by a staff member. Director Laskowski explained that if there were a questionable decision, the intention would be to bring it before the Board for direction. Attorney Drendel added that if a decision was made by a staff member beyond the scope of their authority, it would be rendered invalid.
Trustee Guethle asked for clarification with the specifics of the “air gap”, Director Laskowski stated that the “air gap” will be 1” which is currently not specifically stated in the code.
Motion for approval made by Trustee Lowery and seconded by Trustee Salazar Roll Call Vote: Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Salazar –yes, Trustee Guethle– yes, Trustee Martinez – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes, Trustee Carroll – yes. Motion approved (6-0).
4. Approval of Street Sweeping Contract One-Year Extension with Lakeshore Recycling Systems in the Approximate Amount of $20,969.if 67
Public Works Director John Laskowski recommends the option to extend the contract for a final year with Lakeshore Recycling for an additional year. Lakeshore Recycling is maintaining their pricing for special event clean up, the annual cost per sweep has gone up by $70.
Motion for approval made by Trustee Carroll and seconded by Trustee Lowery. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Carroll – yes, Trustee Curtis –yes, Trustee Martinez – yes, Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Salazar – yes. Motion approved (6-0).
OLD BUSINESS –None
COMMITTEE REPORTS – None
TRUSTEES COMMENTS – Trustee Carroll commended Public Works for the snow removal efforts.
ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT – Village Administrator Bosco states that village staff will be back in the office March 1, 2021
ATTORNEY’S REPORT – None
VILLAGE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
1. Finance – None
2. Community Development – None
3. Police – None
4. Public Works – Public Works Director Laskowski reminded the Board that the Orchard Gateway Streetlight Replacement Project will be on the agenda for March 1. He asked that the Board take time to visit the area and review that condition of the lighting.
Motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Lowery. All in favor. Motion approved.