City of Sandwich Regular Council met January 14
City of Sandwich Regular Council met January 14.
Here is the minutes as provided by the council:
Mayor Olson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
Roll call was taken:
Present: Mayor Olson, City Clerk Ii, Aldermen Chmielewski, Dell, Kelleher, Killey, McMahon, Redden, Robinson & Surratt
Also present: Attorney Harrill, Department of Public Works / City Engineer Horak. Chief Bianchi, Building Official Steffens & EMA Director Ciciora
Absent: City Treasurer Webber
Approval of Minutes:
Motion made by Alderman McMahon, and seconded by Alderwoman Chmiewlewski, to approve the minutes from the Special Meeting of December 17, 2018; and the Committee-ofthe-Whole Council Meeting of January 7, 2019. Aye: Aldermen Chmielewski, Dell, Kelleher, Killey, McMahon, Redden, Robinson & Surratt Nay:0 Motion carried 8:0
Approval of January Semi-Monthly Bills:
Motion was made by Alderwoman Killey, and seconded by Alderman Kelleher approving payment of the January semi-monthly bills in the total amount of $117,966.89. Aye: Aldermen Chmielewski, Dell, Kelleher, Killey, McMahon, Redden, Robinson & Surratt Nay: 0 Motion carried 8:0
Ordinance 2018-23 entitled “An Ordinance Granting a Special Use in the R-1, One-Family Residence District Permitting a Family Child Care Home for the Property Located at 300 E. Sunset Avenue” presented for passage.
Alderman Dell shared his thoughts that the number of children in a daycare located in a residential area does matter, and the noise complaints concern him. The Council needs to come to a resolution how to handle daycare facilities in residential areas. He added that he dislikes not following the recommendation of the Plan Commission emphasizing that his vote should not be mistaken as a vote of no confidence. He concluded saying he is in favor of the ordinance.
Alderman Redden voiced his disapproval of the ordinance noting that the daycare, with 16-22 children and 4 employees, is more of a commercial operation and should not be located in a R-1 zoning district. A daycare is allowed in a residential area with a special use permit but was never applied for until complaints were received. Alderman Redden added that he would not want a daycare the size of Lil’ Monkeys next door to his house, and asked how he can expect a resident to have this burden put on them and their property.
Alderman Robinson moved to pass Ordinance 2018-23 as presented. Motion was seconded by Alderman Surratt. Aye: Aldermen Chmielewski, Dell, Kelleher, Killey, Robinson & Surratt Nay: Aldermen McMahon & Redden Motion passed 6:2
Ordinance 2019-01 entitled “Supplemental Ordinance Correcting a Scrivener’s Error in Ordinance 2018-21 Entitled ‘Ordinance Abating the Tax Heretofore Levied for 2018 to Pay the Debt Service on a Portion of $5,600,000 General Obligation Waterworks Refunding Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source) of the City of Sandwich, DeKalb County and Kendall Counties, Illinois” presented for passage.
So moved by Alderman McMahon, and seconded by Alderman Kelleher. Aye: Aldermen Chmielewski, Dell, Kelleher, Kelly, McMahon, Redden, Robinson & Surratt Nay:0 Motion carried 8:0
Ordinance 2019-02 entitled “An Ordinance Concerning the Rezoning of the Property at 1006 E. Church Street from ‘B-3’ Service, Automotive and Wholesale Business District to ‘R-5’ General Residence District in the City of Sandwich Illinois” presented for first reading and discussion. Mayor Olson reported that MVAH Partners, LLC has withdrawn their request for rezoning.
Lauderbach & Amen Budget Update FY 2019-2020: Mayor Olson and Alderman Redden met with Wes Levy regarding the 2019-2020 budget. Over the next couple of weeks, Wes will be working with department heads to start the budget process. Alderman Redden noted he would like the Council to be furnished with monthly budgetary reports.
Announcement: The Tourism Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 16th at 7 PM in the City Hall Council Chambers. Mayor Olson reported that one of the goals this year is to create a community calendar
Foster, Buick, Conklin & Lundgren, LLC: No report
City Clerk Ii: No report
City Treasurer Webber: Absent
Director of Public Works / City Engineer Horak: No report
Chief Bianchi: No report
EMA Ciciora: No report
Alderwoman Chiemlewski: No report
Alderman Dell: No report
Alderman Kelleher: No report
Alderwoman Killey advised that the next finance committee meeting will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019.
Alderman McMahon: No report
Alderman Redden: No report
Alderman Robinson: No report
Alderman Surratt reported that several of his constituents have complained that they receive their quarterly water bills within days of receiving a late notice. City Clerk explained that it is an on-going problem since the Sandwich Post Office is now outsourcing mail processing to Bedford Park. Water bills are mailed the first day of each month, and City Hall has received similar complaints from residents. Although City Hall has complained to the Sandwich Post Office, residents have also been encouraged to voice their concerns to the Post Office. This matter will be discussed in depth at a COW meeting.
New Business: None
Audience Comments: None
There being no further business to come before the Council, motion made by Alderman Robinson and seconded by Alderman Redden to adjourn the Regular Council meeting at 7:20 PM. Motion carried unanimously by viva voce vote.