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«CITY COUNCIL, CITY OF ROCKFORD JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS MAY 18, 2009 COUNCIL CONVENED AT 6:27 P.M. 1. The invocation was given by Alderman Frank Beach ...»

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CITY COUNCIL, CITY OF ROCKFORD

JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

MAY 18, 2009

COUNCIL CONVENED AT 6:27 P.M.

1. The invocation was given by Alderman Frank Beach and the Pledge of Allegiance was led

by City Council Clerk Karla Centeno.

2. Roll Call:

Mayor Lawrence J. Morrissey

Aldermen: Sosnowski, Curran, Mark, Wasco, Hervey, Jacobson, Thompson-Kelly, Timm, Beach, Elyea, Beck, McNeely, Robertson -13- Absent: Johnson (late) -1-

3. Alderman Mark moved to accept the Journal of Proceedings of May 11, 2009, seconded by Alderman Jacobson. MOTION PREVAILED (Ald. Johnson absent).

PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

4. Alderman Thompson-Kelly submitted a letter from Rick Severson, requesting repair to a deteriorated section of curbing on Evelyn Street. Referred to the Public Works Department.

5. Alderman Thompson-Kelly submitted an e-mail from a constituent concerning criminal activity and a new “sign” posted on Yonge Street. Referred to the Police Department.

6. Alderman Jacobson submitted a Memorandum from Dwayne A. Collins, Grants Compliance Specialist II, regarding a Healthy Neighborhood Program Funding Recommendation for Rockford Urban Ministries. Referred to Planning and Development Committee.

7. Alderman Wasco submitted the Rockford Traffic Commission minutes from the meeting held on May 13, 2009. Referred to Code and Regulation Committee.

8. Alderman Wasco submitted a Memorandum from Marcy Leach, Engineering Operations Manager, regarding a Roadway Dedication for Glenwood Court and Overdene Avenue.

Referred to Code and Regulation Committee.

9. Alderman Beach submitted eighteen (18) letters supporting the Rockford Area Arts Council. Referred to Finance and Personnel Committee and Mayor Morrissey’s Office.

10. Alderman Hervey submitted a request from Pat Wilkins, in conjunction with the Black Family Reunion Parade, requesting police assistance and permission for street closures and to erect tents. The parade route will begin at Booker Washington Center to Levings Lake on Saturday, August 15, 2009 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Alderman Hervey City Council Minutes 1 May 18, 2009 moved to grant the Prayer of the Petitioner, seconded by Alderman Jacobson. MOTION PREVAILED.

11. Alderman Robertson submitted a request from Danny Zittle, Rockford Career College, Director of Career Services, requesting permission for an extension of a temporary banner for two (2) weeks at Rockford Career College from May 11, 2009 through May 22, 2009 at 1240 South Alpine Road. Alderman Robertson moved to grant the Prayer of the Petitioner, seconded by Alderman Mark. MOTION PREVAILED.

12. Alderman Elyea submitted a request from J Bryan Latham, Director Midtown Marketplace, in conjunction with Midtown Farmer’s Market, requesting permission to use city lot for weekly farmer’s market and barricades to close the lot each week with tents and canopies to be erected by vendors and erect three (3) signs in the immediate area for advertising from May 15, 2009 through October 16, 2009 between 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, east 200 block of 7th Street behind 222 7th Street. Alderman Elyea moved to grant the Prayer of the Petitioner, seconded by Alderman Jacobson. MOTION PREVAILED.

13. Alderman Mark submitted a request from Jay Ferraro, in conjunction with the Labor Day Parade, requesting police assistance, street sweeping and barricades for street closures and detours, exclusive use of parade route, pending receipt of insurance with city listed as additional insured on September 7, 2009 beginning at 9:00 am at 7th Street to State to Wyman to Mulberry to Main Street, north of Beattie Park. Alderman Mark moved to grant the Prayer of the Petitioner, seconded by Alderman Jacobson. MOTION PREVAILED.

14. Alderman Mark submitted a request from Steven Zimmerman, in conjunction with Head of the Rock Regatta, requesting police assistance and barricades for the event on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at the Rock River from YMCA to Martin Park. Alderman Mark moved to grant the Prayer of the Petitioner, seconded by Alderman Jacobson. MOTION PREVAILED.

NEW COMMITTEE REPORTS

15. Alderman Curran read a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending an agreement between the City and the Rockford Area Arts Council be approved in the amount of $75,000 as attached. The Mayor and Legal Director are authorized to execute such Agreement. (Source of funds: Off-track Betting). LAID OVER.

16. Alderman Curran read a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending the Office Lease between the City of Rockford Human Services Department and Commercial Mortgage & Finance Company be approved. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance.

Alderman Curran moved to suspend Rule 11, seconded by Alderman Jacobson. MOTION PREVAILED. Alderman Sosnowski made a motion to lay the committee report over, seconded by Alderman Wasco. LAID OVER.

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18. Alderman Curran read a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending renewal of the Third Party Administrator for Worker’s Compensation Contract with Employer’s Claim Service, Inc. at a total annual cost of $47,000 payable in quarter installments. The funding source is Worker’s Compensation Fund. LAID OVER.





19. Alderman Curran read a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending a Change Order #2 for Curb & Gutter-2008 extending an additional $39,833 to TCI Concrete for a total not-to-exceed cost of $610,000 for additional repair work. The funding source is Sales Tax. LAID OVER.

Alderman Johnson joined the meeting at 6:36 pm.

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20. Alderman Curran read a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending an award be made for an Engineering Agreement: 2009 Water Distribution System Improvements for design engineering and construction observation to Homer L.

Chastain & Associates for a total not-to-exceed cost of $78,858. The funding source is WRIA Funds.

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:

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21. Alderman Curran read a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending the extension of the flood acquisition agreement with Rockford Local Development Corporation for an additional thirty days from June 1, 2009 to July 1, 2009.

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:

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23. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report recommending the approval of the Agreement to Use Right-of-Way with Kentucky Data Link. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER.

24. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report recommending the approval of the Proposed Groundwater Ordinance for K’s Cleaner’s, 1601 W. State Street.

The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER.

25. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report recommending the approval of the Final Plat of Humanity Subdivision. LAID OVER.

26. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report recommending the approval of the sale of 702 South 3rd Street for a minimum bid of $1,500.00, which includes advertising with preference to the adjoining property owner. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER.

27. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report recommending the approval of the sale of 1402 Andrews Street and 330 North Hinkley Avenue for a minimum bid of $1,200.00, which includes advertising with preference to the adjoining property owner. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER.

28. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report recommending the approval of the sale of 3417 Chestnut Street for a minimum bid of $425.00, which includes advertising with preference to the adjoining property owner. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER.

29. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report recommending the approval of the sale of 918 Elm Street for a minimum bid of $850.00, which includes advertising with preference to the adjoining property owner. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER.

30. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report recommending the approval of the sale of 3100 Elm Street for a minimum bid of $2,500.00, which includes advertising with preference to the adjoining property owner. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER.

31. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report SUSTAINING the Zoning Board of Appeals, thereby recommending that City Council DENY the variation to increase the maximum allowable height from eight (8) feet to eighteen (18) feet six (6) inches for a

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Denial/Approval is based on the Findings of Fact. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER.

32. Alderman Wasco read a Code and Regulation Committee Report recommending the approval to vacate the alley behind 202 & 208 Shaw Street to the adjacent owners as

follows:

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33. Mayor Morrissey recognized Linda Sandquist, CFNIL, who announced the winners of the Mayor’s Choice Award “No Idle Zone” Poster contest. She presented the winner, Brier Barbeau, Maria Montessori School and honorable mention winner, Paul Umanzor, Rolling Green School with certificates to the Park District.

34. Mayor Morrissey presented a Proclamation proclaiming the week of May 18, 2009 to be “EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK” in Rockford, Illinois in recognition of our firefighters who are emergency medical service providers and the vital contributions they make to the safety and well-being of our citizens.

35. Mayor Morrissey presented a Proclamation proclaiming the week of May 17, 2009 to be “NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK” in Rockford, Illinois and called upon all citizens to recognize the contributions which public works employees make every day to our health, safety, comfort and quality of life.

36. Mayor Morrissey announced the Holiday Garbage Collection schedule will shift one (1) day next week due to the Memorial Day holiday. For the week of May 25th, the normal Monday route will be Tuesday and continue on that schedule for the remainder of the week. The Household Hazardous Waste Site at 3333 Kishwaukee Street and Used Oil and Tire Recycling Center at Halsted will be closed on May 23rd and 24th, 2009.

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38. Mayor Morrissey announced the new City Council Committee appointments effective for the meetings beginning the week of May 25, 2009.

Code and Regulation Committee

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39. Mayor Morrissey advised that City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2009 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The next City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2009.

40. Mayor Morrissey called attention to two (2) Memorandums from Andres Sammul, Finance Director, regarding land acquisition program extensions and general financial discussion. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Mayor Morrissey’s Office or the Finance Department.

41. Mayor Morrissey mentioned a Memorandum from Jeremy Carter, Public Works Construction Program Traffic Engineer, explaining the bike lane marking in an effort to resolve any confusion. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Mayor Morrissey’s Office or the Public Works Department.

42. Mayor Morrissey announced he will be participating in a forum in Chicago that our Sister City, Changzhou, China will be hosting.

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43. Alderman Curran moved the adoption of a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending that the Agreement with Rockford Township and the Human Services Department be approved. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance.

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44. Alderman Curran moved the adoption of a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending renewal of the contract with Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful in the amount of $22,100. The funding source is Sanitation Fund. MOTION PREVAILED by a

Roll Call vote of:

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45. Alderman Curran moved for the re-appointment to the Fire Pension Board, Mr. Michael White Jr., to a three (3) year term which would expire April, 2012. MOTION PREVAILED

by a Roll Call vote of:

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46. Alderman Curran moved for the re-appointment to the Historical Preservation Commission, Ms. Maureen Flanagan, to a three (3) year term which would expire April,

2012. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote of:

–  –  –

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47. Alderman Wasco moved the adoption of a Code and Regulation Committee Report SUSTAINING the Zoning Board of Appeals, thereby recommending that City Council APPROVE the Special Use Permit for an Entertainment Nightclub in a C-2, Limited

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Approval is based on the Findings of Fact. The Legal Director shall prepare the

necessary ordinance. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote of:

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48. Alderman Wasco moved the adoption of a Code and Regulation Committee Report SUSTAINING the Liquor Advisory Board, thereby recommending that City Council APPROVE the sale of liquor by the drink in conjunction with a restaurant, bar and nightclub in the name of Reynaldo Vera d/b/a Miranda’s Pub and Grill in a C-2, Limited Commercial



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