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«CITY COUNCIL, CITY OF ROCKFORD JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS JANUARY 5, 2009 COUNCIL CONVENED AT 6:16 P.M. 1. The invocation was given by Pastor Tom Lewis, ...»

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CITY COUNCIL, CITY OF ROCKFORD

JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

JANUARY 5, 2009

COUNCIL CONVENED AT 6:16 P.M.

1. The invocation was given by Pastor Tom Lewis, St. Salvation Army/Police Chaplain and

the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Council Page Mercedes Martinez.

2. Roll Call:

Mayor Lawrence J. Morrissey

Aldermen: Sosnowski, Curran, Mark, Wasco, Bell, Jacobson, Thompson-Kelly, Johnson, Timm, Beach, Holt, Beck, McNeely, Conness -14- Absent: -0-

3. Alderman Mark moved to accept the Journal of Proceedings of December 29, 2008, seconded by Alderman Jacobson. MOTION PREVAILED.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

4. E.J. Dilonardo thanked Mayor Morrissey and Council members for their continued efforts to ensure public safety by approving budgets for staffing and equipment for the Fire Department.

5. Rev. Derrick Shelby spoke about black children.

PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

6. Alderman Curran submitted a Memorandum from Bill Keith, Street and Transportation Superintendent, regarding an Emergency Purchase Order for the removal of additional building foundations below the foundations that require removal so that Liebovich Brothers can construct their building. The additional cost is $121,850 to cover the additional cost of the foundation removal. Placed on file.

7. Alderman Conness submitted pictures from a constituent concerning an ordinance violation on property in her neighborhood. Referred to the Police Department and Community Development/Code Enforcement.

8. Alderman Conness submitted a letter from David Sydow concerning repairs to a leaking roof. Referred to Mayor Morrissey’s Office and Community Development/Code Enforcement.

9. Alderman Sosnowski submitted a request from Stan Georgakopoulos, requesting permission for a banner for nineteen (19) days, January 7th through January 26th, 2009 at 6363 East State Street (old TJ Max). Alderman Sosnowski moved to grant the Prayer of the Petitioner, seconded by Alderman Mark. MOTION PREVAILED.

City Council Minutes 1 January 5, 2009

NEW COMMITTEE REPORTS

10. Alderman Curran read a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending the award for Two (2) Cargo Vans for the Police Department be made to Anderson Rock River Ford, of Rockford, Illinois for their total bid of $41,306.00. The funding source is Federal Property Forfeiture Funds. LAID OVER.

11. Alderman Curran read a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending authority be sought for the issuance of $350,000 in General Obligation Bonds (Sales Tax Alternate Revenue Source) for the Valencia River North TIF Project. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER.

12. Alderman Curran read a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending authority be sought for the issuance of $950,000 in General Obligation Bonds (Sales Tax Alternate Revenue Source) for the Tandem Global Tradepark #1 TIF Project. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER.

13. Alderman Curran read a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending authority be sought for the issuance of $3,500,000 in General Obligation Bonds (Sales Tax Alternate Revenue Source) for the Assisted Living TIF Project. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER.

14. Alderman Curran read a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending authority be sought for the issuance of $1,300,000 in General Obligation Bonds (Sales Tax Alternate Revenue Source) for the Main Whitman TIF Project. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER.

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15. Alderman Curran read a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending the contract for Stop Loss Coverage for the Health Insurance Plan be made to ING for one year beginning January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009 at a premium rate of $11.54 per single employee coverage and $34.30 per family employee coverage. The estimated annual premium and administrative costs are $428,966.88. The funding source is Health Insurance Fund.

Alderman Curran moved to suspend Rule 11, seconded by Alderman Jacobson. MOTION PREVAILED. The Committee Report was placed on passage. MOTION PREVAILED by a

Roll Call vote of:

–  –  –

City Council Minutes 2 January 5, 2009 2009-002CR

16. Alderman Curran read a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending the Engineering Agreement Amendment: Demolition of Buildings 2,3,4, & 5 per the agreement between the City of Rockford and Liebovich Bros., be made to Fehr-Graham & Associates for an additional $31,306.00 to collect test and submit additional soil samples. The funding source is Preston & Central Tax Increment District.

Alderman Curran moved to suspend Rule 11, seconded by Alderman Jacobson. MOTION PREVAILED. The Committee Report was placed on passage. MOTION PREVAILED by a

Roll Call vote of:

–  –  –

17. Alderman Curran read a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending approval of the total vouchers for the week of January 5, 2009 in the amount of $1,329,529.12. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote of:





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18. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report recommending the approval of the Final Plat of Varland #2 Subdivision. LAID OVER.

19. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report SUSTAINING the Zoning Board of Appeals, thereby recommending that City Council APPROVE the Variation to increase the maximum allowable height from eighteen (18) feet to twenty-nine (29) feet for a tree house in an R-1, Single-family Residential District at 1589 Shiloh Road. Approval

is subject to the following conditions:

1. Meeting all applicable Building Codes and obtaining the appropriate permits.

2. That the accessory structure (tree house) shall not be intended for habitation or business use.

3. There shall be no storage of materials beneath the tree house itself.

4. The structure shall contain operating smoke and carbon dioxide detectors and a minimum of a five (5) pound rated fire extinguisher.

Approval is based on the Findings of Fact. The Legal Director is hereby instructed to prepare the necessary Ordinance. LAID OVER.

20. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report SUSTAINING the Zoning Board of Appeals, thereby recommending that City Council APPROVE the Special Use Permit for an auto detailing shop in an R-2, Two-family Residential Zoning District at 1515

Broadway. Approval is subject to the following conditions:

–  –  –

Approval is based on the Findings of Fact. The Legal Director is hereby instructed to prepare the necessary Ordinance. LAID OVER.

21. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report SUSTAINING the Zoning Board of Appeals, thereby recommending that City Council APPROVE the Variation to reduce the side yard setback from the required six (6) feet to three (3) feet for a two-car garage addition in an R-1, Single-family Residential District at 1234 National Avenue.

Approval is subject to the following condition:

–  –  –

Approval is based on the Findings of Fact. The Legal Director is hereby instructed to prepare the necessary Ordinance. LAID OVER.

22. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report SUSTAINING the Liquor Advisory Board, thereby recommending that City Council APPROVE the sale of alcohol by the package in conjunction with a grocery store in the name of Abdulhakim A.M.

Alshaman d/b/a South Main Foods in an R-1, Single-family Residential Zoning District at 1321 South Main Street.

–  –  –

The Legal Director is hereby instructed to prepare the necessary Ordinance. LAID OVER.

23. Alderman Conness read a Planning and Development Committee Report recommending approval of the attached proposed Intergovernmental Boundary Agreement between the City of Rockford and the Village of Rockton. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER.

City Council Minutes 4 January 5, 2009

OFFICERS REPORTS

24. Mayor Morrissey asked Tim Hanson, Director of Public Works, to provide a summary concerning snow and ice operations. Director Hanson indicated a booklet has been distributed recapping expenditures for snow and ice operations for the month of December and a plan for the spring pothole patching. Any questions may be directed to him.

25. Mayor Morrissey announced the 2009 Budget Sessions have been scheduled for Saturday, January 10, 2009 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday, January 24, 2009 from 8:00 am – Noon in Council Chambers, City Hall 2nd floor.

26. Mayor Morrissey reminded everyone the monthly water billing process will be in full force by February and announced on-line water bill payments will be available by the end of March.

27. Alderman Thompson-Kelly again requested projected numbers from the Finance Department before Saturday’s Budget Session. Referred to Finance Department.

28. Alderman Thompson-Kelly requested Staff provide her with suggestions to remedy the projected short-fall prior to Saturday’s Budget Session. Referred to Mayor Morrissey’s Office.

29. Alderman Jacobson announced the Town Hall meeting cancelled last week has been rescheduled for this Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm at KenRock Community Center.

30. Alderman Bell thanked Public Works staff for updating him on the street problem at the intersection of West Street and Montague and mentioned he will be presenting a Resolution requiring utility companies/contractors to be accountable for fixing a “cut out” to its original condition after the completion of the project.

31. Alderman Bell requested the Legal Department contact Dena Rasmussen regarding her suggestion to offer cable service options to the residents of Rockford. Referred to the Legal Department.

32. Alderman Beach thanked Andres Sammul, Director of Finance, for providing information regarding the new monthly water billing system.

33. Alderman McNeely wished everyone a Happy New Year.

34. Alderman McNeely thanked City staff for attending meetings with the residence of Emerson Estates to address their questions and concerns.

–  –  –

36. Alderman Mark submitted a Request for Service at 417 Ford Street. Referred to Community Development/Code Enforcement and the Police Department.

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37. Alderman Wasco moved the adoption of a Code and Regulation Committee Report recommending that the City Council APPROVE the amendments to Chapter 3, Section 3Curb service or outdoor sales prohibited” of the Liquor Ordinance of the City of Rockford. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance.

Alderman Jacobson made a motion to lay the committee report over, seconded by Alderman Beach. LAID OVER.

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38. Alderman Wasco moved the adoption of a Code and Regulation Committee Report recommending that the City Council APPROVE the vacation of Lewis Street and a portion of

South 3rd Street to Joseph Behr & Sons. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote of:

–  –  –

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39. Alderman Wasco moved the adoption of an Ordinance amending Chapter 3, Section 3-55 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Rockford upon all other requirements of the Liquor Ordinance having been met, said amendment shall serve as City Council advice and

consent for the Liquor Commissioner to issue a Liquor License to the following person:

Sunil Puri/First Rockford Restaurant, LLC d/b/a 205 in a C-4, Urban Mixed District

at 205 West State Street. Approval is subject to the following conditions:

–  –  –

40. Alderman Thompson-Kelly announced the Legislative Lobbying Committee will have a meeting on Thursday, January 8th at 5:30 p.m. in Conf. Rm. A., City Hall 2nd floor.

–  –  –

41. Alderman Curran moved the adoption of an appointment to the Rockford Area Arts Council, Alderman Frank Beach to a term ending June 2009. MOTION PREVAILED.

–  –  –

42. Alderman Conness moved the adoption of an Ordinance approving the Contract for Purchase and Sale to purchase 9 vacant parcels from Seventh Street Area Development Council, Inc. for $30,000 for the Keith Creek Greenway trail project, park use, and storm water control. The purchase price will be paid with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. LAID OVER.

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

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43. Alderman Wasco, on behalf of the Code and Regulation Committee, moved the adoption of a Resolution authorizing the Mayor and Legal Director to execute the intergovernmental agreement for combined pipe utility easements by and among NICOR, the Rock River Water Reclamation District and the City of Rockford, a municipal corporation. MOTION PREVAILED.

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44. Alderman Conness, on behalf of the Planning and Development Committee, moved the adoption of a Resolution calling a Public Hearing and convening a Joint Review Board in conjunction with approval of a Redevelopment Plan and Project for and the designation of the Broadway Redevelopment Project Area. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote

of:

–  –  –

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45. Alderman Conness, on behalf of the Planning and Development Committee, moved the adoption of a Resolution for Redevelopment Agreements for Valencia Apartments approved by Resolution No. 2008-206R and the Assisted Living Project approved by Resolution No. 2008-174R be ratified and adopted as if said Resolutions were approved



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