Village of Wauconda Development Committee met November 14.
Village of Wauconda Development Committee met November 14.
Here is the minutes provided by the Committee:
Call To Order: Chair Linda Starkey called the Development Committee Meeting to order at 5:30 pm., Trustee Adam Schlick, and Trustee Tim Howe, were present along Committee Member Doug Buster, Pattie Taylor, Maria Weisbruch, E.D. Coordinator Deb Ogorzaly and Director Chris Miller.
Others present: Jane and Tom Fidler, Mike DaValle, Deputy Fire Marshall, Kevin Timony, Village Administrator, Jim Kaiser and Mark Ahumada.
Approval Of 10-10-17 And 10-30-17 Meeting Minutes: Chair Starkey asked if there were any corrections or changes needed to the minutes of 10/10/17 and 10/30/17, and there were none. The minutes were approved as written.
Chapter 93 Fire Code Variance Request 924 Grand Boulevard: Chair Starkey asked Director Miller to provide background on the agenda item. Director Miller stated that the Owners of property at 924 Grand Boulevard are requesting a variance from Chapter 93 which requires fire sprinklers in buildings over 2500 square feet used for commercial purposes and indicated that Jane and Tom Fidler, the Owners were present and asked them to speak to their request. The Fidlers reviewed their letter received by the Village. They stated there exists sprinklers in the second story residence portion of the building which have failed multiple times and damaged caused by the failures has been extensive and repairs are costly. They wish to disconnect the system and abandon the second floor sprinklers. The Fidlers stated that the sprinkler system on the first will remain in place. They stated the first floor serves as a Day Care serving approximately 50 children. They stated each daycare room has two exists. Chair Starkey asked Mike DaValle, Deputy Fire Marshall for comments. Deputy F.M. DaValle stated that the Fire District would prefer that the sprinkler system be repaired and remain in place. Deputy F.M. DaValle provided the Committee with a brief history of sprinkler systems within the Village stating that originally buildings less than 10,000 square feet were exempt. The Code was later changed to 2,500 square feet for existing buildings used for commercial uses. Committee discussion occurred. Committee Members raised concern for the safety of children not having the second story sprinkler functioning along with potential precedence and zoning changes which have occurred related to a business within a residential zoning district. After discussions concluded the consensus of the Committee was against supporting the requested code variance.
Zoning C.U.P. 950 N. Rand Road, Unit 204: Chair Starkey asked Director Miller to provide background on the agenda item. Director Miller stated that the Village Plan Commission/ZBA held a public hearing on a zoning Conditional Use Permit and he reviewed their Written Recommendation and Findings of Fact. Thereafter, Mr. Miller asked Mark Ahumada, Owner to address the Committee. Mr. Ahumada stated he proposes to store up to 10 vintage cars for sale in the unit. He stated there will be no outdoor display or parking of vehicles for sale. He indicated there will be no signage. Discussion occurred. The consensus of the Committee was to advance the recommendation and application to the next Village Board Meeting.
Stormwater Master Plan Proposal For Services: Chair Starkey asked Director Miller to provide background on the agenda item. Director Miller stated the Village is in receipt of a Stormwater Master Plan Proposal for Services from the Village Engineer, RHMG. The proposal addresses the Triangle TIF Area bounded by Route 12, Route 176 and Barrington Road. He indicated that the proposal is detailed in the scope of services and will address both stormwater detention needs and the extent of wetlands and how properties are impacted. Director Miller indicated that stormwater detention may effect up to 20% of the useable portion of an individual site. The goal of the study would be to identify potential regional stormwater detention basin location(s).The work product will serve to benefit all property owners within the study area along with advancing the objectives of the Redevelopment Plan for the TIF District. Discussion occurred with the consensus of the Members recommending approval of the proposal. Chair Starkey requested the item be added to the next Village Board Agenda.
Home Sale Inspections (Aka Point Of Sale Inspections) & Rental Inspections: Chair Starkey asked Member Pattie Taylor to provide background on this item. Member Taylor indicated that she asked that this item be added to the agenda to start a discussion on the need for Point of Sale Inspections, which are currently required by Village ordinance. Member Taylor stated that nearly all the surrounding communities’ do not have such a program and those that do are charging fees in the range of $50 per inspection. She indicated that most home purchasers hire an independent home inspection service to perform and the inspection service provides a detailed report on code issues associated with the home. She indicated that many of the items could be addressed through code enforcement rather than at the time of the sale of homes. She indicated that many times homes being inspected are homes built prior to 2003 when there were different codes and to ask a home owner to upgrade a home often is a hardship to the Owner who is trying to sell their home. She indicate the ordinance is often used as a wedge between the Seller and Buyer because Village Inspectors often identify items the Home Inspection Service do not and visa versus. Discussion occurred as to the purpose of the Home Inspection program. It was noted that the primary purpose is to enforce life safety elements of the building and municipal codes including the 2003 Maintenance Code adopted by the Village. Examples of life safety items were reviewed including smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, GFIC electrical outlets, habitable basements with egress windows. Discussion included amendments to checklist used during inspections which have been modified over the years to reduce the items of inspection from more length lists of the past. It was stated that inspectors measure the size of each bedroom to determine a maximum occupancy permit by ordinance and this increase the amount of time to complete inspections and increases the potential for a family to grow into a home. The discussion is to be continued to a future meeting.
Other Business: Chair Starkey provided the Committee with an update on the Tractor Supply Company approval and with the approval of a CUP for a small Automobile Dealership to be located in the 950 N. Rand Road building complex. She also welcomed Maria Weisbruch as a new member of the Committee.
Public Comment: no public comment was received.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 p.m. by Chair Starkey.