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October 23, 2014 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:
Mr. Forbes called to order the regular meeting for the Town Council on October 23, 2014, at 7:06 p.m. (The Pledge of Allegiance was said.)

ROLL CALL:
Roll call was taken by Deputy Clerk, Beverley Gawrys, with the following members present: Michael Forbes, Larry Bustamante and Mark Barenie. Greg Volk and Ken Gembala were absent. Attorney David Austgen was present. Staff members present: Chief Frego and Chief Willman. Steve Kil was present. Chip Sobek was absent. Recording Secretary, Susan E. Wright, was also present.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014, REGULAR MEETING.

Mr. Forbes recommended that action on the meeting minutes for the regular meeting on September 25, 2014, be deferred. He noted Mr. Barenie was absent from this meeting. He asked for a motion to defer action on the September 25, 2014, meeting minutes. "So moved," by Mr. Barenie. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (3/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

Mr. Forbes announced that Officer Shane Adams and his partner "Match" were in attendance at tonight’s meeting. Match is the new K9 officer recently acquired by the Police Department.

(Pictures were taken.)

Mr. Forbes thanked Officer Adams for bringing Match in to be introduced.

NEW BUSINESS:
A. ORDINANCE #1589, AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH THE 2015 MUNICIPAL BUDGET.

Mr. Forbes noted Ordinance #1589, is an ordinance establishing the 2015 Municipal Budget. He noted a public hearing was recently held. Mr. Forbes stated this was the second reading for Ordinance #1589. He asked if there were any questions on Ordinance #1589. There were no questions.

Mr. Barenie made a motion to adopt Ordinance #1589. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (3/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

B. ORDINANCE #WD 77, AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE 2015 WATERWORKS DISTRICT BUDGET.

Mr. Forbes noted the next item on the agenda was Ordinance #77, an ordinance establishing the 2015 Waterworks budget for 2015. He noted that a public hearing was previously held on Ordinance #WD 77. Mr. Forbes noted this was the second reading for Ordinance #WD 77.

Mr. Forbes asked if there were any questions on Ordinance #WD 77, the 2015 Waterworks budget. There were no questions. Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adopt Ordinance #WD 77. "So moved," by Mr. Barenie. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (3/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

C. ORDINANCE #SD 110, AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE 2015 SANITARY DISTRICT BUDGET.

Mr. Forbes noted Ordinance #SD 110, an ordinance establishing the 2015 Sanitary District budget was before the Council for their consideration. He stated that a public hearing was previously held on Ordinance #SD 110. Mr. Forbes stated that this was the second reading for Ordinance #WD 77, the 2015 Sanitary District budget.

Mr. Forbes asked if there was any discussion on the Sanitary District budget for 2015. There was no discussion. Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adopt Ordinance #SD 110. "So moved," by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (3/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

D. RESOLUTION #14-10-23, A RESOLUTION TO APPOINT MEMBERS TO THE OPERATIONS BOARD FOR THE TRI-TOWN PSAP.

Mr. Forbes noted Resolution #14-10-23, a resolution to appoint members to the Operations Board for the Tri-Town PSAP was next on the agenda for the Council’s review. He stated that there is ongoing discussion on this matter with Lake County to address the differences in opinion on operations.

Mr. Forbes stated that it is important that the Tri-Town PSAP move forward with their preparation for the Tri-Town PSAP in the event that it comes to fruition. He asked if there were any questions on this matter. There were no questions or comments from the councilmen.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adopt Resolution #14-10-23. "So moved," by Mr. Barenie. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (3/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

E. ORDINANCE #1492, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE #1483, FOR THE REZONING OF REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS MILL CREEK.

Mr. Forbes noted that Ordinance #1492, an ordinance amending Ordinance #1483, for the rezoning of real property known as Mill Creek was before the Council for their consideration and action. He stated that the under Ordinance #1492, the zoning would change from residential R1 to a Planned Unit Development (PUD).

Mr. Forbes noted a public hearing was held at the Plan Commission on this rezoning matter. He stated that the Mill Creek development is located at the intersection of Parrish Avenue and Route 231, and runs east to the entrance of the Gates of St. John. Mr. Forbes stated that the development consists of multifamily and single family homes.

Mr. Forbes asked if there were any questions or comments. Mr. Barenie asked about the Plan Commission’s actions. Mr. Forbes remarked that there was a favorable recommendation from the Plan Commission following the public hearing.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adopt Ordinance #1492 including the zoning commitment and incorporating the findings of fact as forwarded from the Plan Commission. "So moved," by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (3/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:
Mr. Forbes moved on to Reports and Correspondence.

TOWN COUNCIL:
Mr. Barenie had nothing to report.

Mr. Bustamante thanked Officer Shane Adams who put in many extra hours and much work in training K9 partner, Match. He stated that Officer Adams’ efforts are evident.

CLERK-TREASURER:
Deputy Clerk Gawrys stated she would have to further investigate the Keystone program (check number sequence) in order to explain to the Council how it works.

(General discussion ensued.)

ATTORNEY’S REPORT:
Attorney Austgen requested that the Resolution #10-14-23 that was passed tonight be signed so it can be circulated among the participating Towns.

TOWN MANAGER:
Mr. Kil requested that the Council approve a check to the Clerk of the Superior Court in the amount of $7,800. He stated this $7,800 check will pay the appraisers for the recent condemnation proceeding, and is an additional payment to the Clerk of the Superior Court to the recently approved payment of $745,000.00.

Mr. Forbes asked if there were any questions from the Councilmen. There were no questions or comments.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to authorize a payment in the amount of $7,800 (for appraisals) to the Clerk of the Superior Court. "So moved," by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (3/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

STAFF:
Chief Fred Willman presented the September, 2014, Fire Department activity report to the Council.

Chief Fred Frego presented the September 1-30, 2014, Police Department activity report to the Council. He informed the Council that trick or treat hours were scheduled for Friday, October 31, 2014, between the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Barenie personally thanked Chief Frego and Chief Willman and their departments for their professional response to an incident experienced by a dear friend of his residing in Schilton Hills. He stated that the actions of the first responders made a difference.

PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Mr. Forbes moved on to payment of the bills for the corporation. He noted the total on the bill docket is $1,177,271.07. He asked if there were any questions on the bills. There were no questions or comments.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to authorize payment of the docket provided in the amount of $1,177,271.07. "So moved," by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (3/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

PUBLIC COMMENT:
Mr. Forbes opened the floor for public comment. He called for public comment.

Laurel Sablowsky, 10031 Northcote Court
Ms. Sablowsky informed the Council that a Tree City ordinance had been submitted to the Town for consideration. She asked the Council when this item would appear on the agenda for discussion and possible approval.

Mr. Kil stated that the draft of the ordinance has been received and it is currently under review. He explained that the proposed ordinance must first go through the Park Board and then on to the Town Council.

Mr. Forbes called for additional public comment. There was no further public comment. Mr. Forbes closed the floor to public comment.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting. "So moved," by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (3/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none. (The meeting was adjourned at 7:27 p.m.)

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Susan E. Wright
Recording Secretary St. John Town Council