NORTH AURORA VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
VILLAGE BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday, September 19, 2022
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 Mark Guethle, Trustee Mike Lowery, Trustee Todd Niedzwiedz
Staff in attendance: Village Administrator Steve Bosco, Finance Director Jason Paprocki, Community & Economic Development Director Mike Toth, Village Engineer Brandon Tonarelli, Village Attorney Kevin Drendel, Public Works Director John Laskowski, Police Chief Joe DeLeo.
PROCLAMATION-Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Mayor Gaffino proclaimed September 2022 to be Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
RECOGNITION-Green Thumb Summer Property Recognition Program Winners
Mayor Gaffino announced the winners and presented the prizes for the Beautification Committee’s Green Thumb recognition program. There were fourteen homes nominated and four prizes awarded.
Fourth place the Lundells of 207 Andrew Lane (not present)
Third place, the Clems of 222 Briar Lane
Second place, the Bohrs of 515 Doral Lane
First Place, the Novaks of 2197 Bartram Road
AUDIENCE COMMENTS – None
1. Village Board Minutes dated 08/15/2022; Committee of the Whole Minutes dated 08/15/2022
2. Interim Bills List Dated 09/06/2022 in the Amount of $735,604.73
3. Bills List Dated 09/19/2022 in the Amount of $731,988.45
4. Approval of Easement Agreement with Forest Preserve District of Kane County for the Tanner/Remington Outfall Conveyance System
5. Approval of an Ordinance Proposing the Establishment of Special Service Area No. 45 in the Village of North Aurora (Opus I-88 Corporate Park)
Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Curtis. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Niedzwiedz – yes, Trustee Curtis –yes. Motion approved (4-0).
1. Approval of Resolution to Allow Village Administrator to Approve Lateral Transfer Police Officer Program Starting Salaries
Chief Joe DeLeo reminded the Board that at the August 15, 2022 Committee of the Whole meeting he had asked for feedback in regard to a change to the Lateral Transfer Program. DeLeo stated that currently the Village Administrator could only approve of a lateral transfer compensation up to step four in the Village’s salary structure which is not a competitive salary. DeLeo was asking for permission for the Village Administrator to have the ability to approve a lateral transfer at any point in the salary structure. DeLeo said that the proposal was met with positive feedback at the Committee of the Whole meeting.
Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Niedzwiedz. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Niedzwiedz – yes, Trustee Curtis –yes. Motion approved (4-0).
2. Approval of Resolution Assuming Responsibility for the Transport, Demilitarization, Site Preparation, Maintenance, and Safety of a United States Army Donation Display Item
Administrator Bosco explained that in the past the North Aurora Lions Club had expressed interest in acquiring a demilitarized piece of equipment for the Village’s Veteran’s Memorial. The application would be made to the Federal Government through the Village. The Village applied three years ago, the application has since expired as it does every three years. This would be a reapplication for a piece, should one become available, to purchase at a cost up to $10,000 and place at the Veteran’s Memorial.
Motion for approval made by Trustee Curtis and seconded by Trustee Niedzwiedz. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Curtis –yes, Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Niedzwiedz – yes. Motion approved (4-0).
3. Approval to Award Tree Inventory Proposal to Davey Resource Group in the Amount of $29,963.00
Director Laskowski explained that a tree inventory will be performed on all 9,000 parkway trees in the Village. The purpose would be to record the condition of the trees, the exact location, the size, the species and overhead utilities in to the Village’s Geographic Information System. The information will be used in the future to target areas for different types of maintenance and monitor the health of trees in bad condition and to give the Village a more targeted, strategic way of approaching the parkway trees.
It was staff’s recommendation to award the contract to the lowest bidder, Davy Resource Group.
Motion for approval made by Trustee Niedzwiedz and seconded by Trustee Lowery. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Niedzwiedz – yes, Trustee Curtis –yes, Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes. Motion approved (4-0).
4. Approval to Award Contract for Tree Trimming to SavATree in the Amount of $50,512.00
Director Laskowski stated that this is for the tree trimming left over from the road maintenance program. Trees were unable to be trimmed prior to the road maintenance program beginning. The trimming would be done on all of the streets that had been resurfaced in the Pine Creek subdivision.
It was staff’s recommendation to award the contract to the low bid of $50,512.00 with SavATree.
Motion for approval made by Trustee Guethle and seconded by Trustee Lowery. Roll Call Vote: Trustee Guethle – yes, Trustee Lowery – yes, Trustee Niedzwiedz – yes, Trustee Curtis – yes. Motion approved (4-0).
VILLAGE PRESIDENT – Beautification Committee Appointments
a. Coletta Hines-Newell
b. Norma Yario
Mayor Gaffino asked the Village Board for advice and consent on the appointments to the Beautification Committee. The Village Board gave unanimous approval.
TRUSTEES COMMENTS – None
ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT – None
ATTORNEY’S REPORT – None
VILLAGE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
1. Finance – None
2. Community Development – None
3. Police – None
4. Public Works – None
Motion to adjourn was made by Trustee Curtis and seconded by Trustee Lowery. All in favor. Motion approved.