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January 10, 2013 Town Council Minutes

Michael Forbes, PresidentAttorney David Austgen
Larry Bustamante, Vice-PresidentChief Fred Frego
Mark BarenieSherry Sury, Clerk-Treasurer
Gregory VolkSteve Kil, Town Manager
Ken GembalaChip Sobek

CALL TO ORDER:
Mr. Forbes called to order the Town Council’s regular meeting of January10, 2013, at 7:15 p.m. (The Pledge of Allegiance was said.)

ROLL CALL:
Ms. Pat Kocot, Secretary Pro Tem, took roll call with the following members present: Michael Forbes, Mark Barenie, Gregory Volk, Ken Gembala, and Larry Bustamante. Attorney David Austgen was present. Staff members present: Steve Kil. Police Chief, Fred Frego and Fire Chief, Fred Willman. Chip Sobek, Parks Superintendent, was absent. Recording Secretary, Susan E. Wright was also present.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2013
Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain nominations for the position of President for year 2013. Mr. Barenie nominated Michael Forbes for President for 2013. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion.

Mr. Forbes asked for any other nominations. Mr. Gembala moved to close nominations. Mr. Forbes asked all those in favor of the nomination to signify with an aye. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

Mr. Forbes stated he would accept nominations for the position of Vice-President for 2013. Mr. Barenie nominated Larry Bustamante for the position of Vice-President for 2013. Mr. Gembala seconded the motion. Mr. Forbes asked if there were any other nominations. Mr. Gembala moved to close nominations. Mr. Forbes, “So moved.”

Mr. Forbes asked all those in favor to signify with an aye. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

Mr. Forbes stated that the Council would deal only with appointments, boards and commissions that directly affect the Council tonight and deal with the others at the end of the month.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to appoint all of the members of the Town Council to the Redevelopment Commission. “So moved,” by Mr. Gembala. The motion was seconded by Mr. Bustamante. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to appoint all of the members of the Town Council to the Utility Board. “So moved,” by Mr. Barenie. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

Mr. Forbes appointed Ken Gembala, Gregory Volk and himself to the Waterworks Board. “So moved,” by Mr. Volk. The motion was seconded by Mr. Gembala. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

Mr. Forbes made the liaison appointments for 2013 as follows: Mark Barenie, Fire Department, Economic Development Commission and St. John Chamber of Commerce; Michael Forbes, Lake County Solid Waste and NIRPCI; Larry Bustamante, Park Board Impact Fee Advisory Committee; Ken Gembala, Police Commission; and Steve Kil, Safety Village.

Mr. Forbes stated that he would entertain a motion on the aforementioned liaison appointments for 2013. “So moved,” by Mr. Gembala. The motion was seconded by Mr. Bustamante. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:

A. TOWN COUNCIL:

Mr. Gembala had nothing to report.

Mr. Volk had nothing to report.

Mr. Barenie congratulated the Council on a great year. He thanked Mr. Forbes for leading the Council through a great year with a balanced budget and many roads being repaired. Mr. Barenie stated that the Town does a great job with the Haunted House, Christmas in the Park, the Easter Bunny and fireworks.

Mr. Gembala noted that the Town of St. John was recognized as the 15th best place in the country to raise kids by Business Week magazine. He stated that the Town should be very proud of that. He asked Mr. Kil to forward this information to the schools.

Mr. Forbes stated that this was a Town honor and a great thing. He stated that it is due to the cooperative efforts of the Town, the schools, the police and fire department and the various boards and commissions. Mr. Kil explained that only one town from each State is named and St. John was chosen.

Mr. Bustamante stated that he looks forward to 2013. He stated that the Town Council members work well together and look out for the best interests of the Town.

CLERK-TREASURER OFFICE:
Ms. Kocot had nothing to report.

B. ATTORNEY’S REPORT Attorney Austgen had nothing to report.

C. STAFF: Mr. Kil had nothing additional to report.

Chief Frego had nothing to report.

Chief Willman had nothing to report.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mr. Forbes called for public comment.

Mr. Adrian Bugariu, 11747 West 90th Avenue
Mr. Bugariu stated that on August 13, 2011, two days after all charges were dropped against him, Officer Fryzel admitted that he tried to run Mr. Bugariu over on May 14, 2005. Mr. Bugariu stated that Fryzel apologized to him for trying to run him over twice with a car. He stated that there is no statute of limitations on attempted murder. Mr. Bugariu demanded Fryzell’s immediate arrest.

Mr. Forbes thanked Mr. Bugariu for his comment. He called for additional public comment.

Anthony Scartozzi – 8621 Primrose Drive
Mr. Scartozzi informed the Council that he just received a ticket for having a trailer parked on the side of his house. He stated that he is aware that there is an ordinance. He stated that the trailer has been parked in his driveway for the past six years. He stated that last year he received warnings, which is when he became aware of the ordinance.

Mr. Scartozzi stated he moved the trailer after receiving a second warning. He stated he moved the trailer to the side of his house onto a walking path where he laid pavers down. He stated he made an effort by moving the trailer to the side of the residence.

Mr. Scartozzi stated he was very upset that he received a ticket. He stated after he received the warnings last year he went around St. John and found many trailers and campers parked in driveways. He stated he still sees the same trailers and campers parked in driveways to date, and he wondered if they received warnings.

Mr. Scartozzi stated his concern is that he made an effort. He stated he understands the ordinance and agrees with it. He stated he used to be busy every weekend, and the trailer would stay hooked up to the trailer and take it out on weekends.

Mr. Scartozzi stated he does not want to have any more problems. He stated he has moved the trailer into his back yard and parked it. He asked if this was okay.

Mr. Kil told him it is not okay. He stated that residents are prohibited from parking anything in their back yards. Mr. Kil stated that one is allowed to place a solid surface pad of either concrete, asphalt or pavers...

Mr. Kil stated that there are three to four people a week in his office that have been issued tickets. He stated that the Town’s goal is not to issue tickets/fines to the residents. He stated that if a resident takes care of whatever is parked in the yard, he will void the ticket.

Mr. Scartozzi stated that the trailer will not fit in his garage.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Kil stated that the ordinance is designed to prohibit the storage of the large vehicles/RVs/boats. He asked Mr. Scartozzi if he needed time to find an alternate location to park the trailer.

Mr. Kil stated that he has a very limited ability. He stated that he would give Mr. Scartozzi time to find a place to store the trailer.

Mr. Forbes recommended that Mr. Scartozzi meet with Mr. Kil and Mr. Mainwaring to try and work something out. Mr. Forbes stated that there is really nothing that the Council can do.

Mr. Scartozzi stated that he has taken pictures of residences with trailers and boats parked in their drive ways. Mr. Kil stated that Mr. Scartozzi should not be so sure that these residents have not received a ticket.

Mr. Kil stated that a trailer being parked in the driveway for 48 hours is not an issue. He stated that when the trailer has been parked in the drive way for two weeks, it is considered to be stored.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Scartozzi asked for time to relocate his trailer.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adjourn. “So moved,” by Mr. Gembala. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

(The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.)

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Susan E. Wright, Recording Secretary
St. John Town Council