Highwood Committee of Whole holds hearing on Appropriations Ordinance
At a recent meeting, the Highwood Committee of the Whole held a public hearing on the Annual Appropriations Ordinance.
Below is the agenda for this meeting, as provided by the committee.
CITY OF HIGHWOOD
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 6:00 P.M.
Moved by Alderman Slavin, seconded by Alderman Feddermann to appoint Alderman Falberg Mayor Pro
Tem. All present voting aye, by voice vote, motion carried.
Call to Order Mayor Pro Tem Falberg called the meeting to order at 6:09 P.M.
1. Roll Call
Present: Aldermen: Falberg, Grice, Slavin, Feddermann
Absent: Mayor Pecaro, Aldermen: Fiore, Peterson
Also Present: City Manager Coren, Assistant to City Manager Marquez, City Attorney Jablecki, Finance
Director Gonzalez, Deputy City Clerk Baruffi
2. PUBLIC HEARING: Moved by Alderman Slavin, seconded by Alderman Grice to open the Public Hearing
to discuss the Annual Appropriations Ordinance for the City of Highwood, Illinois, for the Fiscal Year
Beginning May 1, 201 6 and Ending April 30, 2017. All present voting aye, by voice vote, motion carried.
Attorney Jablecki stated the Annual Appropriations Ordinance has been available for review through the IMC.
City Manager Coren explained the Annual Appropriations Ordinance needs to be approved and filed within 90
days of fiscal/year end.
Moved by Alderman Slavin, seconded by Alderman Grice to close the Public Hearing. All present voting aye,
by voice vote, motion carried. Mayor Pro Tem Falberg closed the meeting.
3. Review of Minutes to be Approved
3.1. City Council: June 21, 2016
3.2. Committee of the Whole: June 21, 2016
3.3. City Council: July 5, 2016
The minutes of the July 5, 2016, City Council Meeting will be approved at the regular City Council Meeting, with
the correction of removing the Executive Session title language.
3.4. Committee of the Whole: July 5, 2016
All the above minutes will be approved at the Regular City Council Meeting.
4. Appointments (Mayor Pecaro)
5. Review of Bill Warrant List
5.1. 07/19/2016 AP Warrant List
Discussion ensued. The 2007 Impala water plant vehicle required additional repairs.
The window board up costs were also discussed.
All bills on the warrant list will be paid as presented.
6. Unfinished Business
7. New Business
7.1. Consideration of the Annual Appropriations Ordinance of the City of Highwood, Illinois, for the
Fiscal Year Beginning May 1, 2016 and Ending April 30, 2017.
The Annual Appropriations Ordinance, discussed in the Public Hearing, will be passed at the Regular
City Council Meeting.
7.2. A Discussion on the Placement or Auction of the Artistic Benches Completed by 3 Barrels and
Funded by the City of Highwood.
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Kevin Loesch, of 3 Barrels was in attendance for the discussion of the benches. Mayor Pro Tem
Falberg suggested the artistic benches be placed around the area at Highwood Days, and would be
returned to the train station at the close of Highwood Days. Alderman Feddermann was concerned from
a safety standpoint, as the benches would not be secured. Kevin Loesch stated if the benches were
placed back to back they would be secure. Alderman Feddermann still voiced a safety concern.
Kevin Loesch asked the Council to consider the number of benches the City wanted to place around
town, and the remainder will be sold or auctioned.
7.3. Consideration of an Ordinance Amending the Highwood City Code with Regard to Paving
Requirements for Residential Driveways.
Prior to discussion of the unpaved driveways, City Manager Coren introduced Ed Tomari, the
Residential Zoning Official, whom outlined his job in a power point. It was decided he will present a
report to the Council once a month.
There are only approximately 5 to 10 residential driveways that are not paved within the City limits.
Attorney Jablecki stated it would be appropriate, as suggested by Council, to send notices now to
ensure those people convert their driveways to pavers, asphalt or concrete. Converting the driveways
would alleviate the dust and gravel issues.
7.4. Consideration of an Ordinance Amending Section 7-5-5 (G): ‘Parking on East Side of Street’ to
Allow Parking in the Cul-De-Sac of Euclid Court.
Alderman Slavin felt a decision should not be made tonight until the rest of the Council is present for
their input. Alderman Grice stated the intent of no parking in the Cul-De Sac was from an emergency
vehicle standpoint. Alderman Feddermann was in agreement with Alderman Grice.
Paul Giannetti: stated there are 5 duplexes on the Cul-De-Sac, 3 of which are owner occupied. He
constructed his a garage and parking in the back of his duplex to alleviate the parking issues in the
City Manager Coren to contact the other resident from the Euclid area prior to a final determination of
the parking issues.
7.5. A Discussion on Formalizing a Process for Residents to Request Parking Restrictions on Public
If a speed hump or parking restriction is requested on a public street, it was suggested by staff to have
a formal process through the use of a petition signed by 75% of the residents affected by the change.
7.6. Consideration of an Ordinance Amending the Existing Curbside Café Ordinance in the City of
Highwood to Allow Curbside Cafes to Operate through October 31st of Each Year.
There being no issues, the date will be changed for the operation of the Curbside Café Ordinance.
City Manager Coren has been approached regarding other establishments being interested in the
Curbside Café, but the cost has been a factor. There are also safety concerns regarding the Cursive
7.7. Consideration of a Motion Authorizing the City Manager to Sign an Agreement for the Operation
and Maintenance of the Fort Sheridan Commuter Parking Facility in the City of Highwood.
This is common practice with Metra and research shows there is no current agreement between Metra
and the City for the maintenance and collection of parking fees. City Manager Coren explained currently
the City collects parking revenue and plows the parking lot, while Metra is responsible for the platform
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It was agreed to have the City Manager to sign the agreement between Metra and the City.
7.8. A Discussion on Requests to Waive Fees for Certain Special Events.
City Manager Coren explained the City frequently receives requests of fee waivers for special event
fees. The normal charge is $500.00 per event. The Chamber of Commerce is currently sponsoring the
Gourmet Market at Everts’ Park on Wednesday evenings. The new bricks around the Gazebo have
been hit and damaged. The City has also needed to clean up the park area on Thursday mornings
following the Gourmet Market.
It was suggested the lowering of rates for non-profit organizations, or a special rate for markets.
7.9. Consideration of an Ordinance Authorizing the Sale or Donation of Miscellaneous Surplus
Property and Equipment from the Fire Station.
There being no concerns, this Ordinance will be passed at the Regular City Council Meeting.
7.10. A Discussion on the Treasurer’s Report for April 2016.
8. Executive Session (If Necessary)
9. Adjournment Moved by Alderman Grice, seconded by Alderman Feddermann to adjourn the meeting. All
present voting aye by voice vote, motion carried. Mayor Pro Tem Pecaro adjourned the meeting at 7:29
Karin J. Baruffi
Deputy City Clerk
Reviewed and Approved by Council on: August 2, 2016