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July 23, 2015 Town Council Minutes

Michael Forbes, PresidentAttorney David Austgen
Larry Bustamante, Vice-PresidentSteve Kil, Town Manager
Gregory VolkClerk Treasurer, Sherry Sury
Mark Barenie 
Ken Gembala 

CALL TO ORDER:
Mr. Forbes called the July 23, 2015, regular meeting of the St. John Town Council to order at 7:32 p.m.

(The Pledge of Allegiance was said.)

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
JUNE 11 & JUNE 25, 2015, REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

Mr. Forbes noted the first item on the agenda for the Council’s attention were the meeting minutes for June 11, 2015 and June 25, 2015. He asked if there were any changes, amendments or corrections. There were no changes, amendments or corrections.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion. Mr. Volk made a motion to approve the June 11, 2015 and June 25, 2015 regular meeting minutes as submitted. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (3/0/1) for the meeting minutes of June 11, 2015. Ayes --- three. Nays --- none. Abstain --- one. Mr. Bustamante abstained from the vote on the June 11, 2015 meeting minutes. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0) for the meeting minutes of June 25, 2015. Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

NEW BUSINESS

A. CONSIDER RESOLUTION #15-07-23, A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE FISCAL PLAN FOR THE HUPPENTHAL ANNEXATION.

Mr. Forbes noted consideration of Resolution #15-07-23, a resolution approving the fiscal plan for the Huppenthal annexation was the first item on the agenda. Mr. Forbes noted this property is located at 93rd Avenue and U.S. Route 41. He stated a public hearing was held at the last regular meeting. Mr. Forbes asked if there were any questions on the fiscal plan. There were no questions from the councilmen.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adopt Resolution #15-07-23. “So moved,” by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

B. CONSIDER ORDINANCE #1611, AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY INTO THE TOWN COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE HUPPENTHAL FARM (SECOND READING).

Mr. Forbes moved on to consideration of Ordinance #1611, an ordinance annexing certain real property into the Town commonly known as the Huppenthal Farm. He noted that this was second reading on Ordinance #1611. Mr. Forbes asked if there was any discussion on this matter. There was no discussion.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adopt Ordinance #1611. “So moved,” by Mr. Barenie. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

C. CONSIDER RESOLUTION #15-07-23B, A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE FISCAL PLAN FOR THE HERMAN ANNEXATION.

Mr. Forbes addressed the next item on the agenda, consider Resolution #15-07-23B, a resolution approving the fiscal plan for the Herman annexation. He stated that the property is contiguous with the Huppenthal property. Mr. Forbes asked if there were any questions on the Herman Annexation Fiscal Plan. There were no questions.

Mr. Forbes announced that he would entertain a motion to adopt Resolution #15-07-23B. “So moved,” by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Volk seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

D. CONSIDER ORDINANCE #1612, AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY INTO TH TOWN COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE HERMAN FARM (SECOND READING).

Mr. Forbes moved on to the next item on the agenda, consider Ordinance #1612, an ordinance annexing certain real property into the Town commonly known as the Herman farm. He noted this was second reading on Ordinance #1612. Mr. Forbes noted that Ordinance #1612 was a part of previous discussions and a public hearing. He asked if there were any questions on Ordinance #1612. There were no questions and/or discussion.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adopt Ordinance #1612 “So moved,” by Mr. Volk. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

E. RESOLUTION #15-07-23, A RESOLUTION DECLARING UN-COLLECTIBLE BAD DEBT FOR AMBULANCE BILLING IN THE AMOUNT OF $78,796.52.

Mr. Forbes stated the next item on the agenda was Resolution #15-07-23, a resolution declaring un-collectible bad debt for ambulance billing in the amount of $78,796.52. He stated most of the bad debt is monies that Medicare won’t pay along with some bankruptcies. There was no discussion.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adopt Resolution #15-07-23. Mr. Volk made a motion to adopt Resolution #15-07-23. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

F. ACCEPTANCE OF A DONATION FROM THE PESO FAMILY IN THE AMOUNT OF THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($300.00) FOR THE PLANTING OF FLOWERS IN CIVIC VETERANS PARK.

Mr. Forbes moved on to the next item on the agenda, considering acceptance of a donation from the Peso family in the amount of $300 for the planting of flowers in Civic Veterans Park. Mr. Forbes asked Mr. Bodich to give the Council a little background on the Peso family.

Mr. Dan Bodich appeared on behalf of the Peso family. He stated he is a direct descendant of Anna and Petar Peso. Petar Peso immigrated to the United States in 1912 through Ellis Island and settled in the Chicago Bridgeport neighborhood. In 1918, Mr. Petar Peso brought his wife and two children to the United States.

Mr. Bodich stated in 1929, the last daughter of Petar and Anna Peso was born. The year 1929 was the first year for a Peso family reunion, The Peso family reunion started a tradition that has lasted from January 1, 1929 through the present. Mr. Bodich stated that January 1, 2016, will be the 85th year for the family reunion.

Mr. Bodich stated that his great-grandparents decided every year should start with family because through love, togetherness and unity the Peso family stayed together. He stated this Croatian tradition continues to this day.

Mr. Bodich stated one of his relatives (aunt/ cousin/ mother/sister) Judy Ann Knatchke, was a St. John resident and Park Board member for a number of years. Judy was born May 8, 1962 and passed away on January 6, 2015. He stated Judy Ann was the daughter of Zorka Angelo Peso. She married Mike Knatchke on September 21, 1996. They moved to Cardell Drive in St. John in 1996, and after they both retired, they moved to Lake Hills in St. John.

Mr. Bodich introduced his 16 cousins (from the Chicagoland area) to the Council. He stated that they were present tonight to participate in the Civic Veterans Park presentation. He stated each year his family choses a cause to donate to. He stated this year’s cause was to the stroke association.

Mr. Bodich stated due to the untimely death of his cousin, Judy Ann, the Peso family wanted to donate to a cause in her name. Mr. Bodich presented a check in the amount of $300.00 to the Town of St. John for flowers at the Civic Veterans Park. Mr. Bodich presented a check to the Council that has been signed by his great grandparents, Anna and Petar Peso.

(Applause from the audience and the Council.)

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to accept the Peso family donation of $300.00. “So moved,” by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

(Photographs were taken.)

G. CONSIDER VARIANCE OF USE REQUEST FOR “GET-CAR-FIT” LOCATED AT 10802 JOLIET STREET (FAVORABLE RECOMMENDATION FROM THE BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS).

Mr. Forbes noted the next item for the Council’s review was to consider variance of use request for “Get-Car-Fit” located at 10802 Joliet Street, and with favorable recommendation from the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Mr. Kil informed the Council that “Get-Car-Fit” is an auto detailing/car sales business. He stated that the business will be located in the industrial park and will be hardly noticeable. Mr. Forbes asked for any questions. The councilmen had no questions.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to approve the variance of use and incorporate the findings of fact for the “Get-Car-Fit business located at 10802 Joliet Street. “So moved,” by Mr. Barenie. Mr. Volk seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

H. RESOLUTION #15-07-23C, A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING REPAYMENT OF TEMPORARY TRANSFERS AND LOAN OF FUNDS.

Mr. Forbes moved on to Resolution #15-07-23C, a resolution authorizing repayment of temporary transfers and loan of funds. He asked Ms. Sury to elaborate on this matter. Ms. Sury stated when the Town went self-funded in May, 2015, the funds were borrowed. She stated that this loan can only be extended two times per year.

Ms. Sury stated that the second extension ended in June. She stated that the loan had to be paid off, and since there is no money to pay the loan off, it had to be paid off and borrowed again. She stated that Resolution #s 15-07-23C and 15-07-23D would keep the Town’s bookkeeping clear and concise.

Mr. Forbes stated, hearing no questions, he would entertain a motion to adopt Resolution #15-07-23C. ”So moved,” by Mr. Barenie. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

I. RESOLUTION #15-07-23D, A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A TEMPORARY TRANSFER AND LOAN OF FUNDS.

Mr. Forbes moved on to Resolution #15-07-23D,a resolution authorizing a temporary transfer and loan of funds. He stated that Ms. Sury previously explained the purpose of Resolution #15-07-23D. Mr. Forbes asked if there were any questions. There were no questions.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adopt Resolution #15-07-23D. “So moved,” by Mr. Bustamante. Mr. Volk seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:
TOWN COUNCIL:

Mr. Forbes moved on to Reports and Correspondence.

Mr. Barenie had no reports.

Mr. Bustamante commented that the Town is growing but the Public Works Department number of plow trucks has remained the same. He stated that another large dump truck needs to be added to fleet in order to keep up the Town services.

Mr. Bustamante recommended that a bid process be started in order to procure a dump truck for next year. Mr. Bustamante stated that the Town has had five dump trucks for the last ten years and the Town has grown considerably during that time.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Forbes asked if any of the councilmen had an objection to seeking bids for a large dump truck. There were no objections. Mr. Kil stated this matter would likely be on the Council agenda in October.

The Civic Veterans Park flowers were discussed along with a memorial stone.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Kil stated that Mr. Gembala would be able to update the Council on the progress at Civic Veterans Park.

CLERK-TREASURER:
Ms. Sury had no reports or correspondence.

ATTORNEY’S REPORT:
Attorney Austgen had no report.

TOWN MANAGER:
Mr. Kil informed the Council that the road paving project is almost complete with approximately 20 miles of road having been paved. He stated that the Plan Commission has been very busy with many new developments. Mr. Kil that work is ongoing on commercial projects in Town.

Chief Willman presented the Fire Department’s June, 2015, report to the Council.

(General discussion ensued.)

Chief Frego presented the Police Department’s June 1-30, 2015, report to the Council. Chief Frego stated that the National Night Out is scheduled for August 4, 2015, at Civic Park from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Mr. Forbes moved on to payment of the bills for the Corporation.

He noted that the docket reflected the amount of $2,995,043.81. He asked if there were any questions on the bills. There were no questions or comments.

Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion on payment of the bills in the amount of $2,995,043.81. Mr. Volk made a motion to approve payment of the bills in the amount of $2,995,043.81. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

PUBLIC COMMENT:
Mr. Forbes opened the floor to public comment. He called three times for public comment. There was no public comment. Mr. Forbes closed the floor to public comment.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adjourn. “So moved,” by Mr. Barenie. Mr. Bustamante seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (4/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none. (The meeting was adjourned at 7:51 p.m.)

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Susan E. Wright
Recording Secretary St. John Town Council