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City of Highwood Committee of the Whole met December 4

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Dec 31, 2018

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City of Highwood Committee of the Whole met Dec. 4.

Here is the minutes provided by the committee:

CALL TO ORDER by Mayor Pecaro at 6:00 P.M.

1. Roll Call

Present: Mayor Pecaro, Aldermen: Falberg, Fiore, Peterson, Slavin

Absent: Alderman Hospodarsky

Also Present: City Manager Coren, City Attorney Ferolo, Assistant City Manager Martin, Administrative Assistant Litjens, City Clerk Baruffi

2. Public Hearing - None

3. Review of Minutes to be Approved

3.1. City Council: November 06, 2018

3.2. Committee of the Whole: November 06, 2018

Both sets of minutes will be approved at the Regular City Council Meeting.

4. Appointments (Mayor Pecaro)

5. Review of Bill Warrant List

5.1. 11/20/2018 AP Warrant List

Clarification of the check to Greg Bertucci for the Jiu-Jitsu area.

5.2. 12/04/2018 AP Warrant List

Both warrant lists are approved for payment at the Regular City Council Meeting.

6. Unfinished Business - None

7. New Business

7.1 Consideration of a Resolution Approving an ARC Application for a New Awning Sign for a New Business to be Known as “Papa’s Cigars” (332 Green Bay Road).

There are 2 neon signs, one Open the other Cigar. They need to remove the second sign.

7.2 Consideration of Resolution Approving an ARC Application for Exterior Façade Renovations for a New Business to be Known as “28 Mile Vodka Company” (454 Sheridan Road).

Note: 6:38 P.M. Alderman Falberg recused himself from the meeting because he is owner of 28 Mile Vodka Company.

Discussion ensued.

7.3 Consideration of an Ordinance Approving an ARC Application for Façade Changes and Front and Rear Wall Signs with Variations to the Sign Code Associated with a New Business to be Known as “28 Mile Vodka Company”(454 Sheridan Road).

Matt Greif reviewed the rationale for the proposed signage and the reason to have signage on both the front of building which faces Sheridan Road as well as the west side of the building as the entrance is on the west side.

Paul Mocogni, represented the Appearance Review Committee, whom were for the west façade signage, but recommended Council deny the proposed east façade wall sign, as it is a 38” perpendicular extent, which does not conform with the code.

The sign is to be backlit.

Note: Eric returned at 7:00 P.M.

7.4 The facade changes are scheduled to begin in Spring 2019. The owners of Classic Tile have shown an interest in joining Butera with the façade changes.

7.5 Consideration of a Resolution Approving an ARC Application for a New Wall Sign at the Existing Jay Lovell Restaurant Located at 764-766 Sheridan Road.

The Council agrees with the Appearance Review Committee.

7.6 Consideration of a Resolution Approving an ARC Application for a Ground Sign Packet (Monument and Directional Signs) for the Starbucks Coffee (950 Sheridan Road).

The Council agrees with the Appearance Review Committee.

7.7 Consideration of a Resolution Approving an ARC Application for a Wall Sign for a Retirement Living Residential Building Known as “Hotel Moraine Lifestyle Residences” (700 Sheridan Road).

The wording of “Lifestyle Residences” is not approved by Council with the blue lettering. The owners of the property of 700 Sheridan Road will work on matching the color of the other signage on the building.

7.8 Consideration of an Ordinance Adding Section 7-5-5-K “Loading Zones” to the City of Highwood and Create a Loading Zone in Front of 405 Sheridan Road.

Discussion ensued. The wording of the sign of loading zone or 15 minute parking only. This will be brought back to Council at a future date.

7.9 A Discussion on Renting Out Underutilized Space at the Public Works Garage.

This would be in the southern portion of the garage that could be utilized for this incubator space. The winery would need to build out at their expense. Suggested a 4 year window for rental of the space. The space would need to be clearly defined and it is a Public Works facility. This conversation will continue at future meetings.

7.10 A Discussion on Mobile Food Trucks or Vendors in the City of Highwood.

This is for food past 10:00 P.M. as not to interfere with the restaurant establishments in the City. The hours and sales need to be clearly defined.

7.11 Consideration of a Motion Waiving Competitive Bidding and Directing the City Manager to Enter into an Agreement with Pipevision Inc. in the Amount of $33,500 to Line the Sanitary Sewer on North Central Avenue, upon City Attorney Approval.

This motion will be approved at the Regular City Council Meeting.

7.12 A Motion Authorizing the City Manager to Repair Two Sanitary Manholes on High Street. This work is an emergency basis to be completed as soon as possible.

7.13 Consideration of a Contract with CivicPlus for Updates and Upgrades to the City’s Website.

Assistant Manager Martin reviewed the contract at a cost not to exceed $8123.00. This would provide the City a modernized new website. It was also suggested to eliminate the google banner.

7.14 Consideration of an Ordinance for the Levy, Collection and Assessment of Taxes for the City of Highwood for the 2018 Tax Levy.

The City portion is flat with last year, with a 0% increase.

7.15 Consideration of an Ordinance Abating the Tax Heretofore Levied for the Year 2018 to Pay the Principal and Interest on a General Obligation Bond not to Exceed $4,000,000 (TIF Alternate Revenue Sources) Series 2002, of the City of Highwood, Lake County, Illinois.

This ordinance will be passed at the Regular City Council Meeting.

7.16 Consideration of an Ordinance Abating the Tax Heretofore Levied for the Year 2018 to pay the Principal and Interest on a General Obligation Bond not to Exceed $4,000,000 Series 2010, of the City of Highwood, Lake County, Illinois.

This ordinance will be passed at the Regular City Council Meeting.

7.17 Consideration of an Ordinance Abating the Tax Heretofore Levied for the Year 2018 to Pay the Principal and Interest on $2,250,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds Series 2013, of the City of Highwood, Lake County, Illinois.

This ordinance will be passed at the Regular City Council Meeting.

8. Executive Session (If Necessary)

9. Any Action Necessary Coming Out of Executive Session

10. Adjournment Moved by Alderman Fiore, seconded by Alderman Slavin to adjourn the meeting. All present voting aye, by voice vote, motion carried. Mayor Pecaro adjourned the meeting at 7:30 P.M.

http://www.cityofhighwood.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_12042018-652

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