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Village of Northbrook Board of Trustees met July 23

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 11, 2019

Village of Northbrook Board of Trustees met July 23.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:


Attendee Name



 Sandra Frum

Village President


 Kathryn Ciesla



Bob Israel



Muriel Collison



Jason Han



Heather Ross



Johannah Hebl





A. Board of Trustees - Regular Meeting - Jun 25, 2019 7:30 PM


MOVER: Bob Israel, Trustee

SECONDER: Muriel Collison, Trustee

AYES: Frum, Ciesla, Israel, Collison, Ross, Hebl



Ben Salzberg, 962 Terrace, stated that he has been a Northbrook resident for over forty years. In the heavy rain that occurred recently, his entire house got flooded from the first floor to the basement. There is a storm sewer in the back that was never looked at properly. It feeds about six or seven homes and his backyard has about seven feet of water. He had to call the Village to have it drained. He isn't sure what is going to happen in the future and would like his complaint on the record. He is requesting that the Village investigate the storm sewers in his area and make sure they are operating properly.

The Village Manager stated staff is available to look at the homes. Our Engineering staff will investigate.

Ryan Wagner, 3293 Rutgers Lane, stated that he was one of the people on the News because his house was completely underwater. The Village came in and installed a pump to clear some of that water. When his plumber came the following day and cleaned out the actual drain from any debris, he was told that Village storm sewer waters were coming back into his pipes.


There will not be a Committee of the Whole on August 13th but there will be a regular Board Meeting starting at 7:30 p.m.

He thanked Village and Park District Staff for planning and organizing successful Fourth of July festivities.


Review and Approval of Payments to be Made

On an omnibus vote the Warrants list for June 16 and June 30, 2019; July 1 to July 15, 2019; Frontage Deposit Refunds dated June 29, 2019 Frontage Deposit Refunds for July 14, 2109 were approved.


MOVER: Kathryn Ciesla, Trustee

SECONDER: Bob Israel, Trustee

AYES: Frum, Ciesla, Israel, Collison, Han, Ross, Hebl

B. Review of Frontage Deposit List Dated June 29, 2019


MOVER: Kathryn Ciesla, Trustee

SECONDER: Bob Israel, Trustee

AYES: Frum, Ciesla, Israel, Collison, Han, Ross, Hebl

C. Review and Approval of Payments to be Made


MOVER: Kathryn Ciesla, Trustee

SECONDER: Bob Israel, Trustee

AYES: Frum, Ciesla, Israel, Collison, Han, Ross, Hebl

D. Review of Frontage Deposit List Dated July 14, 2019


MOVER: Kathryn Ciesla, Trustee

SECONDER: Bob Israel, Trustee

AYES: Frum, Ciesla, Israel, Collison, Han, Ross, Hebl


A. National Night Out 2019

Proclamation declaring August 6th as National Night Out. Friday Night Flights which is a new event that the Village is putting on will be held at Techny Praire Park and Fields, September 6th 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. it is a Craft Beer Festival, there will be music and food with an admission of $30.00 at the door. You can go online and get a reduced rate on the Village's website. Northbrook Days starts Wednesday, July 31st at the Village Green Park.



MOVER: Kathryn Ciesla, Trustee

SECONDER: Bob Israel, Trustee

AYES: Ciesla, Israel, Collison, Han, Ross, Hebl


A. RESOLUTION NO. 2019-101

A Resolution Authorizing The Purchase Of Contractual Services From Industrial/Organizational (IO) Solutions

B. RESOLUTION NO. 2019-102

A Resolution Authorizing an Agreement for Asphalt Street Crack Sealing Services with Patriot Pavement Maintenance of Des Plaines, Illinois

C. RESOLUTION NO. 2019-103

A Resolution Authorizing an Agreement for Engineering Design Services for MSMP Project #30 (Wendy Drive) with Robinson Engineering, Ltd. of South Holland, Illinois

D. RESOLUTION NO. 2019-104

A Resolution Approving an Agreement for Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Stormwater Project Construction Oversight Services with Atlas Engineering Group, Ltd. of Northbrook, Illinois

E. RESOLUTION NO. 2019-105

A Resolution Authorizing the Execution of an Intergovernmental Agreement with Cook County for the Anthony Trail Reconstruction Project

F. RESOLUTION NO. 2019-106

A Resolution Authorizing an Agreement for Construction of the Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Stormwater Projects with H. Linden & Sons Sewer and Water Inc. of Plano, Illinois

G. RESOLUTION NO. 2019-107

A Resolution Certifying Completion of Phase IV of The Lodge at 2220 Founders

H. RESOLUTION NO. 2019-108

Resolution Approving Release of Closed Session Meeting Minutes








1. Preliminary Review - GR Companies Inc. - Recreational Cannabis Business (755 Skokie Blvd.)

Tom Poupard reported on the application for 755 Skokie Blvd requesting approval of a recreational cannabis dispensary. This property is located at the intersection of Dundee and Skokie and is currently zoned a combination of C5 and O3. The Comprehensive Plan designates it as appropriate for office as well as retail use. Currently, the site has two vacant structures. The property had been owned by two separate entities; recently both properties were purchased by a single individual. The Governor signed a law that effective January 1, 2020, cannabis products will be legal to possess in the State of Illinois. They will also be legal under strict regulations to sell. The proposal before the Board tonight would involve a thorough renovation of the existing RIC building to operate a cannabis dispensary by an organization currently known as Grass Roots. Not all this 11,000- square foot building will be a dispensary. There will be areas set up for health and wellness as well as office space. Another part of the request involves demolition of the Marathon gas station building and closing existing curb cuts and more landscaping at the corner of Skokie and Dundee. The request would require a Special Permit, and we are currently planning to take a text amendment to amend the Zoning Code for cannabis uses to the Plan Commission on August 20th.

Trustee Collison feels that overall, she is in favor of this project and does feel that it is an appropriate location. If there are building improvements, it should be reviewed by the Architectural Control Commission (ACC).

Trustee Ciesla agrees that this is a great location for this use. She is impressed with the materials the applicant submitted with this application. She agrees that the ACC should review this.

Trustee Israel would like to know more about what is going to happen with the gas station site. He feels this is a great location for this use.

Trustee Han feels like this would be a good location and the company seems like they would also be good to work with. He has concerns with it being so close to the Interstate and a lot of their customers won't be coming from Northbrook. He feels customers may be using the cannabis at the facility and then jumping back into their cars to continue their travels.

Trustee Ross agrees with all of the above Trustees.

Trustee Hebl has concerns about the intersection and the egress and ingress. President Frum feels this is a great location for this but also has concerns with traffic

getting into and coming out southbound to Dundee Road. There needs to be a traffic study done for access. She also has concerns about on-site consumption and feels this is something that needs to be regulated.

Preliminary Review of a Request by G-2 Real Estate o/b/o North Shore Transit Inc. for Special Permit Approval to Allow School Bus Storage at 2045 Shermer Road

Swati Pandey stated that the subject property is located on the east side of Shermer, just south of Techny at 2045 Shermer Road. The property is zoned Industrial and the properties to the north, south, and east are all zoned Industrial. The property to the west across Shermer Road is zoned Single Family Residential. The Comprehensive Plan identifies the property for similar land use, General Industrial Warehouse and Office. The property is currently owned by AT&T and it is a warehouse and office building with a surface parking lot. The applicant, G-2 Real Estate is proposing to buy the property and is requesting a Special Permit to allow them to operate. They will be contracting with North Shore Transit Inc. to operate a school bus terminal at this property. The building is approximately 35,000 sq. feet bound by surface parking lot on all sides, with most of the parking to the rear. There is a small building at the north east corner of the property, which the applicant is proposing to remove, and that area will be used for parking as well. The applicant wants to store school buses on the property, dispatch and maintenance facility. The small and the big school buses would be stored to the rear, on the east side of the parking lot. The parking lot immediately adjacent to the building on the east side would be mostly for employee parking. The routine maintenance would be done inside the building along with other parking for smaller vehicles or employee parking. The hours of operation would be Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and some occasional weekends, i.e., special events, sports related events. The total number of employees would be 100, 90 of which would be drivers. The applicant is requesting permission to allow a fuel tank on the property, the location and other details that have not been presented as of yet. The parking appears to be adequate for this use.

Trustee Collison does not have a problem with the use and does feel it's an appropriate area to have this storage facility. She would like to know what the Fire Department thinks about an underground fuel tank for this situation. She has concerns about a huge line of buses going out at the same time and questioned if this will cause a problem that close to the intersection. She would like an assessment of the traffic impact and the turning radius requirements for the new use.

Trustee Ciesla asked if this is a new facility or are they moving from another location. Ms. Pandey replied that based on what she knows, North Shore Transit has other facilities across Chicagoland if not nationally. They will be starting a new facility here.

Trustee Ciesla also wanted to know if this facility will be fenced in. She does feel that this is a fine use with acceptable hours of operation but suggested to check with the Police Department to see if this would be considered an attractive nuisance. She also wanted to know if they are proposing any modifications to the front. Ms. Pandey replied that no information has been provided regarding building work. She has no problem with the fuel storage at this facility but does have concerns about the traffic.

Trustee Israel agrees with Trustee Ciesla with concerns about traffic and noise.

Trustee Hebl feels the Plan Commission should look at fencing and concurs with the traffic issues.

The rest of the Board had nothing to add.

Preliminary Review of a Request for Two-Lot Residential Subdivision at 2450 Landwehr Road

Swati Pandey stated that the subject property is located on the west side of Landwehr Road and is Zoned R-1 Single Family Residential. The properties to the east and south are Zoned R-4, to the west are R-2 and the north is Zoned R-1. This property and the property immediately to the north at 2420 Landwehr has been the subject of several proposals that have been presented to the Board over the years. This application is just for the south lot at 2450 Landwehr. The applicant is proposing a two lot subdivision for this property with a shared driveway. The driveway is proposed where the existing curb cut is on Landwehr. The lot dimensions for this proposed sub-division would require rezoning to R3 in order to comply with the bulk standards of the Zoning Code. Each lot if subdivided would be about 39,000 sq. feet. The detention would be located on the subject property in the rear on the west side.

Trustee Collison stated she likes this proposal better than previous applications. She really doesn't like shared driveways, but it has been approved in the past. She really doesn't have any problems with this application.

Trustee Israel asked if the driveway could be moved to the shared property line, so it would be more in the middle of the property. He would like to see this looked into but does not have any real issues with this application.

President Frum has no concerns but believes that Trustee Israel's comments are valuable.








Trustee Hebl wanted to know which Committee environmental issues, would be directed to. President Frum replied that they would be directed to Public Works.

Trustee Collison just wanted to put out a reminder that she would like to discuss local adjudication. Trustee Collison would also like to revisit the Village's Tree Ordinances as it pertains to construction and protection of our trees.

President Frum stated that she spoke with Georgina Winters today she mentioned that she and her husband Charlie are having their 70th wedding anniversary.

President Frum will be speaking Thursday night at the Village Library at 7:00 p.m. on the history and culture of Northbrook.


Trustee Israel moved, seconded by Trustee Collison to adjourn at 8:17 p.m. On voice vote, all were in favor.

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