Crystal Lake City Council Met April 4
The City of Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake City Council met Tuesday, April 4.
The Crystal Lake City Council is comprised of the mayor and six council members who provide leadership for Crystal Lake by envisioning and setting the city’s direction and goals, establishing policies and passing laws involving matters that include finance and budgeting, community development, and appearance and legal issues. Council meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in Council Chambers of City Hall at 100 W. Woodstock St.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
Call to Order
Mayor Shepley called the meeting to order at 7:30p.m.
On roll call, Mayor Aaron Shepley and City Councilmembers Ellen Brady, Ralph Dawson, Haig Haleblian, Brett Hopkins and Cameron Hubbard were present. Councilwoman Cathy Ferguson was absent. City Clerk Nick Kachiroubas was also present.
City Manager Gary Mayerhofer, Deputy City Manager Eric Helm, City Attorney John Cowlin, Director of Finance George Koczwara, Director of Community Development Michelle Rentzsch, Director of Public Works Mike Magnuson, City Engineer Abby Wilgreen and Chief of Police James Black were also present.
Pledge of Allegiance
Mayor Shepley led the Council and the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approval of Minutes
Councilman Hopkins moved to approve the minutes of the March 21, 2017 regular City Council meeting. Councilman Hubbard seconded the motion. On voice vote, all present voted yes. Motion passed.
Councilman Hopkins moved to approve the Accounts Payable in the amount of $2,500,814.02. Councilman Hubbard seconded the motion. On roll call, all present voted yes, except in order to avoid any possible conflict of interest, Mayor Shepley abstained on the invoices from Centegra McHemy EMS and Centegra Occupational Health. Motion passed.
Mayor Shepley asked if anyone in the audience wished to speak on matters of public interest or concern not included in the regular agenda, noting that they would be given an opportunity to speak when the agenda item was considered. No one wished to speak.
Because it was Election Day, Mayor Shepley wished all of the incumbents, Councihnembers Dawson, Haleblian, Hubbard and City Clerk Nick Kachiroubas, good luck, stating that it was an honor to serve with them and he was hopeful it would continue. (Note: When the vote count was tallied later that evening, all incumbents were reelected to four year terms.)
Mayor Shepley introduced Brad Cole, former Mayor of Carbondale and current Executive Director ofthe Illinois Municipal League. Mayor Shepley noted that he serves on the IML Board of Directors along with 44 other Illinois municipal mayors and that he had invited Mr. Cole to speak because he is very impressed with his performance as IML Executive Director.
Mr. Cole stated that Illinois has 1,290 municipalities and the IML represents each one of them. He spoke about the IML's challenges in working with the State Legislature in Springfield and the IML's No. 1 goal of making sure municipal funds appropriated by the General Assembly, noting that municipalities had maintained their full allocations last year. He stated that they were closely watching all dollars passing through the State and making sure those dollars were coming back to the municipalities at the correct rate.
Councihnan Dawson stated that the IML had not been viable for several years prior to Mr. Cole becoming Executive Director and he was impressed with the great progress being made. Mayor Shepley stated that the IML is especially important in interacting with the Governor's office on behalf of municipalities and that until Mr. Cole became Executive Director, its credibility had been absent and virtually invisible in Springfield. He stated that Mr. Cole was working to ensure that funds are not taken away from municipalities and funneled to the State, because that would mean that municipalities would have to either cut services or increase taxes. He thanked Mr. Cole and his team for their successful efforts over the past year.
City Council Reports
Councilwoman Brady moved to approve Consent Agenda Items 9a and b, with the addition of Items 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. Councihnan Hubbard seconded the motion. Mayor Shepley asked if anyone in the audience wished to comment on any of the listed items, noting that without any objection, they would most likely be approved. No one wished to speak. On roll call, all present voted yes. Motion passed.
9a. Continued the Copley Annexation Agreement reconsideration request to the May 2, 2017 regular City Council meeting
9b. Adopted a Resolution placing the proposed Annual Budget on public display and setting the Public Hearing date for the proposed Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2017/2018for the April18, 2017 regular City Council meeting
10. Crystal Lake Beer Company, 150 N Main St, 2017 Maibock Festival -Approved a temporary variance to the Crystal Lake Beer Class "26" liquor license to allow beer to be sold in a tent; and approved a Special Event Permit for May 5 and 6, 2017 pursuant to the conditions recommended in the agenda supplement.
11. Crystal Lake Beer Company, 150 N Main St, 2017 Oktobe1jest -Approved temporary variance to the Crystal Lake Beer Class "26" liquor license to allow beer to be sold in a tent and approved a Special Event Permit for October 8 and 9, 2017, pursuant to the conditions listed on the agenda supplement.
(Note: Following approval of the Consent Agenda, it was noted that the correct dates for Oktobe1jest are actually September 8 and 9, 2017. Councilwoman Brady then moved to reconsider the approval. Councilman Hubbard seconded the motion to reconsider. All present voted yes. Motion passed. Councilwoman Brady moved to approve the Special Event Permit for September 8 and 9, 2017 for Oktoberfest pursuant to the conditions recommended in the agenda supplement. Councilman Haleblian seconded the motion. On roll call, all present voted yes. Motion passed.)
12. Crystal Lake Rowing Club - 2017 Greater Chicago Juniors Rowing Championship - Approved a Special Event Permit for May 6, 2017 and a waiver of boat sticker requirements for rowing shells and regatta motorboats for the event and other scrimmages or races on dates approved by the Crystal Lake Park District.
13. St. Thomas the Apostle Church - Approved a Special Event Permit for the Corpus Christi Parade on June 17, 2017, pursuant to the conditions recommended in the agenda supplement.
14. Clark & McArdle, 59 Virginia Street- Adopted an Ordinance approving a Sign Variation with the recommended conditions.
15. Fairfield Inn, 900 Cog Circle -Adopted an Ordinance granting a one-year extension to the Final PUD and Final Plat of Subdivision approval.
16. Adopted a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute the License Agreement between the City and the Crystal Lake Country Club to construct portions of the new fence within the City's existing right-of way, as illustrated by the blue line in the exhibits.
17. Unleaded Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Bid Award Councilwoman Brady moved to award the bid for the provision of unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Petroleum Traders Corp. and to adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a one year purchase agreement with Petroleum Traders Corp. in the amount bid with the option to extend the agreement for one additional year. Councilman Hopkins seconded the motion.
Mayor Shepley asked if anyone in the audience wished to speak on the matter. No one wished to speak.
On roll call, all present voted yes. Motion passed.
Council Inquiries and Requests.
As a result of a brief Council discussion regarding viewership of City Council meetings on Cable TV, Councilwoman Brady asked staff to determine how many people watch the City Council meeting broadcasts.
There being no further business, Councilwoman Brady moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:56 p.m. Councilman Hubbard seconded the motion. On voice vote, all present voted yes. Motion passed.
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100 W Woodstock St
Crystal Lake, IL 60014