Bids, benefits and bills discussed at Highwood Committee of the Whole meeting
WiFi, wine serving, bidding and bills occupied the Highwood Committee of the Whole at its 6:00 p.m. Jan. 19 meeting at Highwood City Hall.
The committee approved minutes from the Jan. 5 regular City Council meeting along with the Jan. 5 Committee of the Whole meeting.
Mayor Charlie Pecaro reviewed appointments and a bill warrant list involving one invoice and an approximate $40,000 audit cost.
New business topics included resolutions and ordinances for a commercial storm door and an appearance code variation for signage and wall lighting at local establishments.
A motion was considered to accept a proposal to upgrade a portion of the village’s sanitary sewer system line, with the council responding that it must waive competitive bidding and pass that ordinance by a two-third majority.
An ordinance to permit wine and beer serving “beyond” tasting events resulted in a decision to amend the consideration for passage and to review liquor ordinances in general.
The council examined an ordinance requesting an amendment to city code to allow personal WiFi facilities to be constructed in a public right-of-way (ComEd utility poles). It also discussed health insurance pooling for a group of communities called the "Illinois Public Benefits Cooperative" as well as a draft procurement policy and draft business packet.
Additionally, “Celebrate Highwood” communicated its desire to become a non-profit 501C organization.
Discussion on whether to allow outdoor café dining on narrow sidewalks resulted in a decision to bring the matter to the Appearance Review Committee for its input.
Following executive session and any resulting actions, the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.