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Palos Heights City Council met November 19

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jan 15, 2020

Meeting 11

Palos Heights City Council met Nov. 19.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

I. CALL TO ORDER

The Mayor called to order the regular meeting of the City of Palos Heights City Council at 7:00 p.m. in the City Administrative Center, 7607 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, IL

II. INVOCATION & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The Mayor led the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.

III. ROLL CALL

Roll call indicated the following were present:

Mayor Robert Straz

City Clerk Thomas Kantas

City Attorney Tom Brown

Ward 1 Donald Bylut & Jeffrey Key

Ward 2 Robert Basso & Jack Clifford

Ward 3 Dolores Kramarski & Brent Lewandowski

Ward 4 Michael McGrogan & Jerry McGovern

V. SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

None

VI. CONSENT AGENDA

A. Approval of Minutes: City Council Meeting, November 5, 2019

B. Approval of Payroll and Voucher List for the period ending November 15, 2019.

Alderman Kramarski moved to approve the consent agenda seconded by Alderman Bylut.

On roll call, the motion to approve the Consent Agenda was:

Ayes: (8) Basso, Bylut, Clifford, Key, Kramarski, Lewandowski, McGovern, McGrogan.

Nays: (0) None

With eight (8) affirmative votes the motion carried.

VII. OPENING OF SEALED BIDS

None

VII. REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS

A. Mayor: Reported on the Holidays in the Heights and Kris Kringle Market which takes place on 12/6 and 12/7. The Tree Decorating winner will be announced at the Tree Lighting on 11/29.

B. Clerk: No Report

C. Treasurer: The Mayor the Treasurer’s Report for the month ending October 2019. 

General Fund:

Beginning cash $4,600,360.30 Revenues $687,037.60 Expenses $1,412,129.81 Other $ Ending cash balance $3,852,002.11

Total of all funds:

Beginning cash $18,698,359.26 Revenues $2,910,288.94 Expenses $2,862,476.62 Other $ Ending cash balance $18,654,513.46

Alderman Kramarski moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report seconded by Alderman Clifford. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

D. City Attorney: No Report

VIII. COMMUNICATIONS

Alderman Clifford announced that the Lions Club Christmas Tree lot sales begin on 11/23 at 127th and Harlem.

Alderman Lewandowski announced that residents appreciate the Lock It or Lose It efforts conducted by the City.

IX. CITIZENS ADDRESSING THE CITY COUNCIL

None

X. REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES

A. Finance—Chairperson Alderman McGrogan:

● Alderman McGrogan moved to approve a health insurance renewal with United Healthcare for the year 2020 seconded by Alderman Clifford. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

B. Public Safety—Chairperson Alderman McGovern: Reported on a fraud scheme targeting veterans; unlocked cars are targeted by thieves; cautioned residents not to drink and drive and not to get robbed or pickpocketed while shopping alone during the holiday season.

C. Municipal Grounds and Property—Chairperson Alderman Basso: No Report

D. Planning and Zoning—Chairperson Alderman Clifford:

● Alderman Clifford moved to adopt an ordinance for a zoning Variance to allow an oversized structure (open-air pergola) measuring 16’ x 16’ to be erected in the rear lot of the residence located at 12312 S. 75th Avenue PIN: 23- 25-403-007-0000 seconded by Alderman Key. On roll call, the motion to adopt the ordinance was:

Ayes: (8) Basso, Bylut, Clifford, Key, Kramarski, Lewandowski, McGovern, McGrogan.

Nays: (0) None

With eight (8) affirmative votes the motion carried.

● Alderman Clifford moved to adopt an ordinance for a zoning Special Use to allow a dog grooming salon to operate within a B District, specifically in the commercial shop space located at 13405 S. Ridgeland Avenue PIN: 24-32-300- 039-0000 seconded by Alderman Key. On roll call, the motion to adopt the ordinance was:

Ayes: (8) Basso, Bylut, Clifford, Key, Kramarski, Lewandowski, McGovern, McGrogan.

Nays: (0) None

With eight (8) affirmative votes the motion carried.

E. Recreation—Chairperson Alderman Key:

● Alderman Key moved to approve the Quit Claim Deed between Christine Hopkins and the City of Palos Heights regarding 8140 Misty Meadows Drive seconded by Alderman Bylut. On roll call, the motion to approve the deed was:

Ayes: (8) Basso, Bylut, Clifford, Key, Kramarski, Lewandowski, McGovern, McGrogan.

Nays: (0) None

With eight (8) affirmative votes the motion carried.

● Alderman Key moved to approve payment in the amount of $20,598.00 to William and Christine Hopkins for reimbursement of costs related to Misty Meadows subdivision seconded by Alderman Bylut. On roll call, the motion to approve the payment was:

Ayes: (8) Basso, Bylut, Clifford, Key, Kramarski, Lewandowski, McGovern, McGrogan.

Nays: (0) None

With eight (8) affirmative votes the motion carried.

● Alderman Key moved to approve a Recreation Center room-rental fee waiver request from Noah Treat to conduct a health fair as part of an Eagle Scout project on February 29, 2020 seconded by Alderman Bylut. Alderman Bylut noted that the rooms requested are the meeting rooms. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

● Reported that a number of Recreation Department activities will take place during the holidays.

F. Roads and Construction—Chairperson Alderman Kramarski:

● Alderman Kramarski moved to adopt a Resolution updating the Cook County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan seconded by Alderman Lewandowsi. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

● Alderman Key moved to adopt a Resolution appropriating the 2020 MFT funds for Roadway Maintenance seconded by Alderman Lewandowski. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

G. License, Permits & Franchises—Chairperson Alderman Lewandowski:

License, Permits & Franchises: Chairperson Alderman Lewandowski

● Alderman Lewandowski moved to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement with Cook County Health for the provision of environmental health inspection services December 1, 2019 through November 30, 2020 seconded by Alderman Clifford. On roll call, the motion to approve the agreement was:

Ayes: (8) Basso, Bylut, Clifford, Key, Kramarski, Lewandowski, McGovern, McGrogan.

Nays: (0) None

With eight (8) affirmative votes the motion carried.

● Alderman Lewandowski moved to approve a request from the Palos Baseball Organization for a Temporary Sign Permit to display signs at various locations announcing PBO’s 2020 registration dates. Signs will be removed February 14, 2020 seconded by Alderman Clifford. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

● Alderman Lewandowski moved to authorize the City Attorney to draft an ordinance amending the City’s Code, Section 96.01 (C) Specific Nuisances Enumerated as recommended by the Building Commissioner seconded by Alderman McGrogan. The proposed ordinance currently includes only commercial property and would now include residential. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

● Alderman Lewandowski moved to authorize the City Attorney to draft an ordinance amending the City’s Code, Section 96.03 Mayor to Abate as recommended by the Building Commissioner seconded by Alderman McGovern. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

● Alderman Lewandowski moved to authorize the City Attorney to draft an ordinance amending the City’s Code, Section 156.01 International Property Maintenance Code Adopted as recommended by the Building Commissioner seconded by Aldeman Clifford. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

● Alderman Lewandowski moved to authorize the City Attorney to draft an ordinance amending the City’s Code, Section 93.131 Special Advertising Signs and Promotions as recommended by the Building Commissioner seconded by Alderman Clifford. The motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

H. Water and Sewer—Chairperson Alderman Bylut: No Report

XI. REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Business/Economic Development: Alderman Key reported on the Kringle Market taking place on 12/6 and 12/7 and to visit the City website for a complete listing off all activities taking place during the Holidays. The Kringle Market is supported in large part by local businesses and urged residents to patronize these local businesses.

B. Ad Hoc Cable TV: No Report

XII. OLD BUSINESS

Alderman Kramarski reported on a traffic study conducted at 124th and Nagle to address complaints of speeding in this area. The data concluded that the average recorded speed is 10.52 mph. The 50th percentile speed is 9.83 mph. The 85th percentile speed is 13.34 mph. The minimum recorded speed was 5 mph. The maximum speed recorded was 33 mph.

Alderman McGrogan inquired about the signage request at 127th and Harlem for Andy’s Ice Cream which will be opening shortly.

Alderman McGrogan stated that Real ID requirements to your Illinois Driver’s License take effect next October and urged residents to familiarize themselves with these requirements.

Alderman McGrogan commented on the proposed referendum for a graduated income tax increase.

XIII. NEW BUSINESS

None

XIV. CITIZENS ASKING QUESTIONS REGARDING THE EVENING’S BUSINESS

None

XV. CLOSED SESSION

None

XVI. ADJOURNMENT

At 7:32 p.m. the Mayor requested a motion to adjourn that passed unanimously.

https://palosheights.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_11192019-284

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