Village of Bartlett President and Board of Trustees met July 2.
Here is the minutes provided by the board:
1. CALL TO ORDER
President Wallace called the regular meeting of July 2, 2019 of the President and Board of Trustees of the Village of Bartlett to order on the above date at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
2. ROLL CALL
PRESENT: Trustees Camerer, Carbonaro, Deyne, Gabrenya, Hopkins, Reinke and President Wallace
ABSENT : None
ALSO PRESENT: Village Administrator Paula Schumacher, Assistant Village Administrator Scott Skrycki, Management Analyst Joey Dienberg, Finance Director Todd Dowden, Planning & Development Services Director Roberta Grill, Director of Public Works Dan Dinges, Public Works Engineer Bob Allen, Management Analyst Tyler Isham, Building Director Brian Goralski, Food & Beverage Manager Paul Petersen, Police Chief Patrick Ullrich, Deputy Chief Geoff Pretkelis, Deputy Chief Jim Durbin, Village Attorney Bryan Mraz and Village Clerk Lorna Giless.
3. INVOCATION – Campus Pastor at Christ Community Church Cory Shumate gave the invocation.
4. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
5. CONSENT AGENDA
President Wallace stated that all items marked with an asterisk on the Agenda are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion. He further stated that there will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Board member so requests, in which event, that item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered at the appropriate point on the Agenda. He asked if there were any items a Board member wished to remove from the Consent Agenda, or any items a Board member wished to add to the Consent Agenda.
Trustee Gabrenya stated that she would like to add item 1 under Community & Economic Development, Ordinance 2019-56, an Ordinance Granting a Special Use Permit to Allow Live Entertainment (Indoor Only) at 113 W. Railroad Avenue (Bartlett Tap) to the Consent Agenda.
President Wallace then recited each item that was on the Consent Agenda, including the nature of the matters being considered and other information to inform the public of matters being voted upon. He then stated that he would entertain a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, and the items designated to be approved by consent therein.
Trustee Camerer moved to amend the Consent Agenda to add Ordinance 2019-56, an Ordinance Granting a Special Use Permit to Allow Live Entertainment (Indoor Only) at 113 W. Railroad Avenue (Bartlett Tap) and that motion was seconded by Trustee Deyne.
ROLL CALL VOTE TO AMEND THE CONSENT AGENDA AND CONSENT ITEMS THEREIN
AYES: Trustees Camerer, Carbonaro, Deyne, Gabrenya, Hopkins, Reinke
Trustee Deyne moved to approve the Amended Consent Agenda and that motion was seconded by Trustee Camerer.
ROLL CALL VOTE TO APPROVE THE AMENDED CONSENT AGENDA AND
CONSENT ITEMS THEREIN
AYES: Trustees Camerer, Carbonaro, Deyne, Gabrenya, Hopkins, Reinke
Trustee Deyne moved to approve the Board Minutes from June 18, 2019 and that motion was seconded by Trustee Carbonaro.
ROLL CALL VOTE TO APPROVE THE BOARD MINUTES FROM JUNE 18, 2019.
AYES: Trustees Carbonaro, Deyne, Hopkins, Reinke
ABSTAIN: Trustees Camerer, Gabrenya
7. BILL LIST – Covered and approved under the Consent Agenda.
8. TREASURER’S REPORT - None
9. PRESIDENT’S REPORT - None
10. QUESTION/ANSWER: PRESIDENT & TRUSTEES
Trustee Deyne spoke about issues with the legalization of cannabis. He felt that the Board needs to address this and he was concerned about the ramifications. He thought it could be extremely detrimental in the Village.
He also spoke about the storm chasers solicitating roof work. He asked if there were any protocols to be licensed.
Village Administrator Paula Schumacher stated that solicitors are not required to register. If they were going to do work on a home they would need to be licensed. The police department runs a number of informational messages and how to be aware of scammers. She suggested that he put a “No Solicitor” sticker on his door and that can be acquired from the main office for free.
Attorney Mraz stated that because of First Amendment issues, we can’t prohibit solicitations but residents have the option to use the “no solicitor” sticker. They are supposed to honor that and if they don’t, residents have the right to call the police.
Trustee Deyne recognized the staff birthdays and anniversaries as well as Trustee Hopkins’ birth of his son.
11. TOWN HALL
Wendy Koziol, 654 Hazelnut Court
Ms. Koziol requested that they vote “no” to Ordinance 2019-57, an ordinance amending certain definitions and sections of Title 5, Chapter 2, of the Bartlett Municipal Code regulating animal control and dogs. She specifically had issues with the addition of raccoons and squirrels as wild animals. She asked about the term “harboring” and asked if this came about because of just one individual where the neighbors complained. Why should all the other animals have to suffer because one person refuses to comply? She stated that they seem to have a common term in Bartlett “Not in my back yard”. This is also applied to the wild animals and they can’t go where they need to go to find food. She hoped the board would readdress this issue for the animals and the citizens that don’t seem to have a voice in Bartlett.
Allie Duensing, 1168 Foxboro Lane
Ms. Duensing wanted to talk about Bannerman’s beer garden plans. She spoke about her home being a sanctuary and felt that this beer garden will disrupt this peace no matter how many different constraints are put upon it. The neighbors are the ones that have to deal with the noise on a daily basis. Bannerman’s has been known to push their boundaries and will try to alter the rules for the sole benefit of themselves and not the neighbors. She spoke about the noise level when live bands play and the never- ending cycle of complaints and short-term fixes. The neighborhood and its occupants should not have to continuously fight for peace in their own home. She stated that her family has heard profanity directed towards them from this establishment that could be heard in their home. She felt that this beer garden was going to be loud and uncontrollable.
Tiffiny Duensing, 1168 Foxboro Lane
Ms. Duensing stated that Bartlett has a reputation of being a village that supports small businesses and welcomes industries. This is good for the community and brings in tax dollars. An unintended effect from this is that Bartlett is getting a reputation that it does not care about its residents, specifically those around those small businesses and industries. She has neighbors that are going to move because they feel that Bartlett does not care about its residents. There needs to be more of a balance between the businesses and residents. Right now, most of the decisions favor the businesses. She stated that it seems like every few years she has to come to these meetings and fight another bad idea. She spoke about the overflow parking that comes to her neighborhood when Bannerman’s does their anniversary weekend. They are tired of waking up to beer cans in their yards because of this event. She didn’t feel that she should have to fight so hard to have peace in her own home. Last week she heard an employee from Bannerman’s yell a profanity at her from the exact location of the proposed beer garden. Not only does she have to deal with the noise but now she is being harassed by an employee. The board has the power to stop this escalation with a “no” vote tonight. She asked them to consider the residents who live around the small businesses.
Terry Pearson, 1178 Foxboro Lane
Mr. Pearson stated that he is seriously considering leaving Bartlett if this Bannerman’s thing is not put to sleep in a fashionable way that protects the residents. He asked who is responsible for Route 59 and Stearns and why construction has been going on for three years. He wanted to know when it will be completed. He also questioned why his street does not have a “dead end” sign. He spoke about a semi that recently had to back up from the dead end. He thanked the police department for the speed trailer in his neighborhood and wondered why there is no way to issue tickets from it.
Greg Wortman, 1164 Foxboro Lane
Mr. Wortman stated that he lives at the intersection of Sayer and Foxboro and stated that Bannerman’s is practically in his backyard. He spoke about the noise from Bannerman’s and felt that if they allowed this beer garden, they would end up with intoxicated people making a lot of noise which has a big impact on people trying to conduct their lives and get a good night’s sleep to go to work in the morning.
Ken Murawski, 1186 Lynnfield Lane
Mr. Murawski stated that he was a 44-year resident. He stated that Bannerman’s was not a good thing to happen. He is concerned about the smoking regulation, bands, televisions, allowable patrons on the patio and the hours.
Planning & Development Director Roberta Grill stated that she will be giving a presentation during the Committee meeting.
Mr. Murawski asked to see the plans for this beer garden. He spoke about the smoking outside of the front door of Bannerman’s. He stated that Stearns and 59 is an issue. He also felt that there should be a stoplight on Sayer at Lynnfield so residents can get out of their subdivision. This is creating a dangerous situation. He asked about the parkway grass that is ten inches high. He spoke about an older lady who is unable to cut her lawn and asked if there was any help for the senior citizens.
Trustee Camerer stated that there are church organizations that will assist with grass mowing and he will provide that information.
Adam Bansky, 7N208 Sayer Road
Mr. Bansky stated that he lives in the house directly behind Bannerman’s. He voiced his concerns about the noise in their residential neighborhood. They can hear the music coming from Bannerman’s even when the windows are closed.
Theresa Materna, 329 W. North Avenue
Ms. Materna stated that they recently had their fence replaced and the initial inspection failed. She asked if there was a process to let the residents know if the final inspection passed or failed.
Building Director Brian Goralski stated that he conducted the reinspection. He knocked on the door and there was no answer. The inspection passed.
Ms. Materna spoke about the traffic on North Avenue and Western. She has been there several times over the last year to discuss the traffic situation. She appreciated the board listening to her and the involvement from the police department. The traffic initially got better with the flashing stop sign and increased police presence. However, overall, it has not improved. The traffic study that was done in November had 44,000 cars in one week, in one direction on the street. She knew the issue was multifactorial, it has construction, it is a cut through, train traffic, school traffic, etc. She spoke with many of her neighbors and they are all in agreement that something besides traffic enforcement needs to be done for the safety of all who live on the street. Traffic enforcement and flashing stop signs are a start to fixing the problem. She felt that it was time that the board get involved with coming up with a solution instead of just relying on the police to do enforcement. It is unrealistic to expect police enforcement 24/7 at this intersection and she knows that people are complaining throughout the village about this same kinds of issues. She is willing to participate in a committee or group to talk about this. She appreciated any help that could be offered.
John Dobberstein, 1190 Lynfield Lane
Mr. Dobberstein stated that he wondered why it was taking so long for the completion of Route 59 and Stearns Road.
Public Works Director Dan Dinges stated that this is an IDOT project and intersection. They have communicated with IDOT and the issue involves about 25 utility conflicts that have delayed the project. One utility has to move before the next one can get in there. They were told that everything should be completed by the fall but if they don’t get started soon he has a hard time believing they will meet that deadline. They will continue to communicate concerns with IDOT.
Mr. Dobberstein asked if they could at least mark the lanes.
President Wallace stated that they need to be repainted as soon as possible. Mr. Dobberstein also commented that Bannerman’s should be a “no” vote.
Rochelle Prybylski, 875 Brewster Lane
Ms. Prybylski stated that she is a 40+ year resident. Their homes are their safe haven and sometimes we just want to relax and enjoy some quiet time. Their neighborhood was there many years before any businesses were built. She spoke about their opposition to several events that Bannerman’s proposed over the years. Two Plan Commission members were opposed to the beer garden. She spoke about older residents and the need for quiet time. Noise travels and when people drink, they become loud and have no control of their language.
Mike Reiskis, 852 Kingston Lane
Mr. Reiskis stated that he is a 27-year resident and also owns a house at 310 North Avenue. He wanted to reiterate the traffic issues there and stated that it is over the top. The eastbound traffic in the evening comes at 40 MPH and the flashing stop sign only slows them down a little. He offered the police his driveway to do enforcement and felt that it seemed to work.
12. STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
A. BUILDING & ZONING COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN HOPKINS
Trustee Hopkins stated that Resolution 2019-58-R, a Resolution Approving and Directing the Execution of the Public Improvement Completion Agreement for the MJB’s Gerber Road Resubdivision was covered and approved under the Consent Agenda.
B. COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN GABRENYA
Trustee Gabrenya stated that Ordinance 2019-56, an Ordinance Granting a Special Use Permit to Allow Live Entertainment (Indoor Only) at 113 W. Railroad Avenue (Bartlett Tap) was covered and approved under the Consent Agenda.
C. FINANCE & GOLF COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN DEYNE Trustee Deyne stated that there was no report.
D. LICENSE & ORDINANCE COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN REINKE
Trustee Reinke stated that and Ordinance 2019-57, an Ordinance Amending Certain Definitions and Sections of Title 5, Chapter 2, of the Bartlett Municipal Code Regulating Animal Control and Dogs was covered and approved under the Consent Agenda.
E. POLICE & HEALTH COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN CARBONARO
Trustee Carbonaro stated that there was no report.
F. PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN CAMERER
Trustee Camerer stated that Resolution 2019-59-R, a Resolution Approving of the Agreement Between the Village of Bartlett and CAM, LLC for the 2019 Pavement Preservation Treatment Project was covered and approved under the Consent Agenda.
13. NEW BUSINESS
Trustee Camerer spoke about traffic control. He stated that there are several streets in Bartlett that have issues. He spoke about speed islands and stated that lots of cities have incorporated this. He felt that there are several roads we need to be thinking about trying something like this. Braintree would be one of those streets as well as North and Western. He thought they should at least try this on a trial basis. A speed island would at least slow cars down.
President Wallace asked Chief Ullrich if he could come up with suggestions to improve the cut-through on Western.
Chief Ullrich stated that signage needs to meet certain traffic warrants and since those locations don’t have a lot of crashes, they are limited. They have been doing a lot of enforcement in between August 9, 2018 and June 1, 2019, they were out there 297 times, wrote 101 citations, 258 warnings. They are trying to be visible and enforce but he did not know how to regulate the traffic because roads are designed to help traffic flow without putting up some type of signage that restricts it. He will take a look at the law and see if they can do something about it.
The police department is conducting another traffic count with the new traffic counters around that area to see if the amount of traffic has been reduced since the construction on Route 59 and Lake Street. He did not think that the cut through traffic is what it used to be when those construction projects were active at the same time.
President Wallace stated that the board and residents would like to hear any additional thoughts the Chief would have.
Chief Ullrich stated that they have had complaints that they are spending too much time out there and should redirect to other areas. These comments are from the neighbors in that area. You really have to hear both sides of this and take that into account when we come up with a plan because it affects everyone that lives in that neighborhood as well.
Trustee Reinke agreed with Trustee Camerer that they should at least find out from a public works perspective, how to apply the speed island, how much is the cost, how long does it last, what are some of the practical problems. They have talked about temporary speed bumps and if we are going to experiment with something let’s find out how much it costs and where to put it. Braintree is a “no” vote for him. In the situation downtown, it might make some sense. He stated that the downtown streets need to be re-striped.
Administrator Schumacher stated that they will look at some of the different products that are out there and put together a plan with costs.
President Wallace stated that he would like to see some information from IDOT regarding striping Stearns Road at Route 59.
Trustee Reinke stated that they had a conversation last fall about IDOT. If they are not going to be doing work then they must remove the barricades to help traffic flow a little bit freer. If they are not willing to do that than he thinks we should do it. If there is a safety issue then they can leave the barriers up, otherwise, it slows down traffic and clogs things up.
President Wallace stated that he would like to see something on the website and communication to the residents that had concerns.
14. QUESTION/ANSWER PRESIDENT & TRUSTEES - None
15. ADJOURN TO COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING
President Wallace stated that the Board will be going into the Committee of the Whole meeting immediately following the close of this meeting.
There being no further business to discuss, Trustee Camerer moved to adjourn the regular Board meeting and that motion was seconded by Trustee Hopkins.
ROLL CALL VOTE TO ADJOURN
AYES: Trustees Camerer, Carbonaro, Deyne, Gabrenya, Hopkins, Reinke
The meeting was adjourned at 7:53 p.m