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February 14, 2013 Town Council Minutes

Michael Forbes, PresidentAttorney David Austgen
Larry Bustamante, Vice-PresidentSherry Sury, Clerk-Treasurer
Gregory VolkSteve Kil, Town Manager
Mark Barenie 
Ken Gembala 

CALL TO ORDER:
Michael Forbes called to order the regular meeting of February 14, 2013, at 7:01 p.m. (The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.)

ROLL CALL:
Ms. Sherry Sury, Clerk-Treasurer, took roll call with the following members present: Michael Forbes, Larry Bustamante, Mark Barenie and Gregory Volk. Ken Gembala was absent. Attorney David Austgen was present. Staff members present: Steve Kil. Chief Fred Willman Chief Frego were also present. Chip Sobek was also present. Recording Secretary, Susan E. Wright was also present.

NEW BUSINESS:
A. RESOLUTION NO. 13-02-14 – A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE FISCAL PLAN FOR PROPERTY AT 8100 BLOCK OF WICKER AVENUE (ROSEBUD ANTIQUE)

Mr. Forbes announced that the first item before the Council was Resolution Number 13-02-14, a resolution adopting the fiscal plan for property located at the 8100 block of Wicker Avenue, Rosebud Antique. There was no discussion on this item.

Mr. Forbes stated, with no discussion, he would entertain a motion to adopt Resolution Number 13-02-14. "So moved," by Mr. Barenie. The motion was seconded by Mr. Bustamante. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (4/0). B. ORDINANCE NO. 1567, AN ORDINANCE ANNEXATION OF REAL PROPERTY AT 8100 BLOCK OF WICKER AVENUE (ROSEBUD ANTIQUE)

Mr. Forbes announced that the next item before the Council was an ordinance annexation, Ordinance 1567, for the same property located at the 8100 block of Wicker Avenue, Rosebud Antique. There was no discussion on this item.

Mr. Forbes stated, with no discussion, he would entertain a motion to adopt Ordinance Number 1567. "So moved," by Mr. Bustamante. The motion was seconded by Mr. Volk. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (4/0).

C. APPROVAL OF DRAFT INTERLOCAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT FOR THE STUDENT RESOURCE OFFICER (SRO)

Mr. Forbes stated that the next item on the agenda was for the Council to consider approval of the Draft Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for the Student Resource Officer. Mr. Forbes stated that there are a few changes that Attorney Austgen must make to the draft. Mr. Forbes recommended that the Council consider formally approving the draft, have Attorney Austgen make the changes, and forward it to Dyer, Schererville, and Lake Central to get their feedback. He stated, after that, the resolution will move to its final, formal stage. Mr. Forbes asked for any discussion. There was no discussion.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to approve the Draft of the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for the Student Resource Officer. "So moved," by Mr. Barenie. The motion was seconded by Mr. Bustamante. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (4/0).

Attorney Austgen stated he would forward the draft Agreement with the corrections to Mr. Kil so that Mr. Kil could forward the same to Lake Central, Dyer and Schererville.

D. ORDINANCE NO. 1569, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1483 (ZONING), REGARDING CHAPTER 14, LIGHTING STANDARDS (FAVORABLE RECOMMENDATION FROM THE PLAN COMMISSION)

Mr. Forbes stated that the next item to consider was Ordinance Number 1569, an ordinance amending Ordinance Number 1483 regarding the lighting ordinance and upon the recommendation of the Plan Commission. Mr. Forbes asked Mr. Volk to elaborate.

Mr. Volk informed the Council that the Plan Commission has been working on this ordinance for a couple of years. He stated that it is an amendment to the Town's current lighting ordinance. Mr. Volk stated the Plan Commission started working on the ordinance with the goal of reducing glare and nighttime sky pollution especially from commercial developments. He stated that the Plan Commission also considered the safety aspect.

Mr. Volk stated that the Plan Commission took into consideration the International Dark Skies Ordinance and other Town's lighting ordinances while shaping this ordinance. He stated that the Town of Dyer was focused on because they have already implemented an ordinance to eliminate light pollution.

Mr. Volk stated that he believes the amended ordinance will be an improvement to the Town's nightscape especially down the U.S. Route 41 corridor. He stated there will be a noticeable effect on the lighting when the ordinance is implemented. He stated that the amended ordinance will only apply to new construction or major remodeling. He stated that the ordinance will not apply to existing businesses.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Barenie commented that it sounds like a great ordinance. He stated he had not had time to review it. He asked the Council to defer action on this matter until the next meeting. Mr. Volk stated he had no objection. Attorney Austgen noted that the amended ordinance is a one reading item so a deferral would give the Council an opportunity to review the ordinance.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to defer action on Ordinance Number 1569 until the next meeting. "So moved," by Mr. Bustamante. The motion was seconded by Mr. Barenie. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (4/0). Ordinance Number 1569 will be placed on the February 28, 2013 agenda.

E. CONSIDER AUTHORIZATION TO BEGIN THE LAND ACQUISITION PROCESS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSTRUCTION OF TWO (2) PARKS (BRAMBLEWOOD AND NORTH POINT)

Mr. Forbes stated that the next item on the agenda was for the Council to consider authorization to begin the land acquisition for the purpose of constructing two parks, one in Bramblewood and one in Northpoint. Mr. Forbes asked Mr. Bustamante and Mr. Barenie for any comments.

Mr. Bustamante stated that the location for proposed park in Bramblewood would be almost in the center of the subdivision where there is a large concentration of families who would appreciate the park.

Mr. Bustamante stated that the location for the proposed park in Northpoint would be between Northpoint and Sierra Point. He stated that both subdivisions would be able to take advantage of the proposed park's location. He stated that there is an "exorbitant amount of young families" that would love to have the park.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Kil explained that the original idea was to purchase Lot 1 in Northpoint. He stated that he confirmed with the developer that Lot 1 is no longer available as it has been sold. In the alternative, Mr. Kil stated that Lot 17 was available.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Barenie commented that a review had been done of the park locations located around Town. He stated that the initial review had found that the east side of Town was disproportionately light on parks. Mr. Barenie stated he would like to review this area further.

Mr. Kil remarked that Lot 1 is adjacent to and connected to the detention basin and would have provided a lot more play area. Mr. Kil stated that the developer had recommended Lot 17, and he wanted to submit it to the Council for their perusal.

Mr. Forbes asked Mr. Barenie if he would like to continue to research in Northpoint for another lot. Mr. Barenie stated he would like more time to find an ideal area.

Mr. Forbes asked the Council if they would like to move forward on the Bramblewood lot. Mr. Bustamante stated that the Council should move forward on the Bramblewood lot as there are not many lots left. He stated that he would not suggest a lot in the wooded area.

Mr. Kil stated if the Council authorized acquisition of land for the Bramblewood lot his next step would be to secure three appraisals for the parcel and upon completion of the appraisals, submit them to the Council for their review.

Mr. Forbes asked if there would be any cost savings in having the appraisals done at the same time. Mr. Kil stated there might be a slight cost savings since the appraisers would be in Town. Mr. Kil stated it might be advantageous to do appraisals on both parcels of property at the same time.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Barenie remarked if the Council would not mind deferring the matter as he would like to do further research. Mr. Forbes stated that parking has to be taken into account for both parks.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to defer authorization of the land acquisition process for construction of two parks until the March 14, 2013, meeting. "So moved," by Mr. Bustamante. The motion was seconded by Mr. Barenie. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (4/0).

REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:
A. ATTORNEY:
Attorney Austgen had nothing additional to report.

B. TOWN COUNCIL
Mr. Forbes stated that there is a request to purchase before the Council from the Public Works Department for three items. Mr. Forbes stated that the first item is a 2011 pickup truck with an aerial bucket on the back. He stated that the aerial bucket would be used to change out lights in Town in a safer manner than is currently being practiced.

Mr. Forbes stated that there are two appraisals because the vehicle is used. He stated that the lowest price is $79,000. Mr. Bustmante commented this price includes training the employees in the use of the truck with aerial bucket.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to approve the request to purchase the bucket truck in the amount of $79,000. "So moved," by Mr. Bustamante. The motion was seconded by Mr. Barenie. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (4/0).

Mr. Forbes stated that the Public Works is requesting purchase of a leaf vacuum; he stated an appropriation would be needed for this purchase. Ms. Sury stated that the item was advertised in today's paper. She stated that the purchase price if $40,000 and would be set on the February 28, 2013, agenda.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Volk had nothing to report. Mr. Barenie had nothing to report. Mr. Bustmante had nothing to report.

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

Chief Willman had nothing to report.

Chief Frego reported to the Council that the upcoming Saturday the Police Department has scheduled an initial orientation for "Hire-A-Vet." He stated that 61 applications have been handed out. Chief Frego stated that for the week following the orientation agility tests will be scheduled.

Mr. Sobek reported, per the recommendation of Mr. Kil, he is meeting with a group in order to establish the Town as a "tree city." He stated he is hoping to form a committee.

Mr. Sobek also reminded the Council that he needed another member for the Park Board. Mr. Forbes stated that the Council will review the list and appoint a member.

D. CLERK-TREASURER:
Ms. Sury had nothing to report.

PUBLIC COMMENT:
Mr. Forbes called for public comment. There was no public comment.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adjourn. "So moved," by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (4/0). (The meeting was adjourned at 7:22 p.m.)

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Susan E. Wright
Recording Secretary St. John Town Council