City of Crest Hill City Council met July 22.
Here is the minutes provided by the council:
The City Council work session was called to order by City Clerk Vicki L. Hackney at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 1610 Plainfield Road Crest Hill, Will County, Illinois.
The following Council members were present: City Clerk Vicki Hackney, City Treasurer Glen Conklin, Alderman Scott Dyke, Alderman John Vershay, Alderwoman Barbara Sklare, Alderwoman Claudia Gazal, Alderwoman Tina Oberlin, Alderman Marco Coladipietro and Alderman Joe Kubal.
Also present were: City Administrator Heather McGuire, Police Chief Ed Clark and Deputy Chief Tony Rossetti.
Absent were: Mayor Raymond R. Soliman, Alderman Nate Albert, Public Works Director Tom Migatz, Director of City Services Greg Koch, Finance Supervisor Ashli Motyka, Assistant City Administrator/HR Director Megan Fulara, Director of Water/Wastewater Mark Siefert and Community Development Director Scott McMaster.
City Clerk Vicki L. Hackney asked Council for a motion to appoint a Mayor Pro-Tem for tonight's Work Session due to the absence of Mayor Raymond Soliman.
(#1) Motion by Alderwoman Gazal, seconded by Alderman Coladipietro to appoint Alderman John Vershay as Mayor Pro-Tem for the July 22, 2019 Work Session.
On roll call, the vote was:
AYES: Ald. Dyke, Sklare, Gazal, Oberlin, Coladipietro and Kubal
ABSENT: Ald. Albert ABSTAIN: Ald. Vershay
There being six (6) affirmative votes, the MOTION CARRIED.
City Clerk Hackney announced that Alderman Albert would not be in attendance for tonight's work session.
Mayor Pro-Tem Vershay asked everyone to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance which was recited in unison.
TOPIC: Janitorial Services Contract Renewal
Mayor Pro-Tem Vershay presented the Janitorial Services Contract Extension with UniMax Corp. per the memo dated July 18, 2019. City Administrator Heather McGuire informed the Council that there is a request for an extension of the existing one-year contract with UniMax at the cost of $34,800.00. This includes services for the City Hall Administration Offices, Police Station, Building and Community Development Department, Public Works and the East Sewage Treatment Plant. Staff recommends extending the existing contract with UniMax Corp. Clerk Hackney informed the Council that she has no complaints in regard to the cleaning of her office.
Mayor Pro-Tem Vershay asked for an informal vote on the Janitorial Services Contract Extension with UniMax Corp. All members present were in agreement.
TOPIC: Less-Than-Lethal Device-Tasers
Mayor Pro-Tem Vershay presented the Taser Purchase and Implementation request per the memo dated July 17, 2019. Police Chief Ed Clark informed the Council that he is looking into the purchase and implementation of a Less-Than Lethal Device called Taser. The cost for 32 devices with accessories would be $122,400.00 and would be spread out over five years. The cost would be roughly $24,480.00 per year for the five years. Chief Clark went over the benefits of the Taser. A questionnaire was sent out to other Police Departments to get their input. The Chief went over what was included in the questionnaire. Deputy Chief Rossetti recently graduated from Northwestern University and part of his curriculum was to do a staff study. The study he chose was on the use of the Taser. Deputy Chief Rossetti shared the statistics from his study with the Council. He went over the pros and cons of the Taser. Deputy Chief Rossetti used the Laquan McDonald case as an example of the benefits of a Taser. At the time of the incident, only Sergeants in the City of Chicago had Tasers. When the altercation started a Taser was called for. Before they could arrive with it, a Chicago Detective shot and killed Mr. McDonald. The outcome might have been different if the Detective had a Taser with him at the time. Discussion followed on the Taser. Each one of our Officers would be outfitted with a Taser. The Chief went over the training that the Officers would receive. Discussion followed on the payment for the Tasers being made in one lump sum or spreading the payments out over the five years. Discussion followed on the five-year replacement plan for the Tasers. Some would need to be replaced, but others would still be usable depending on wear and tear.
Mayor Pro-Tem Vershay asked for an informal vote on the Less-Than-Lethal Device-Taser five-year program. All members present were in agreement
TOPIC: Parking Fine Revisions
Mayor Pro-Tem Vershay presented the Parking Ordinance per the memo dated July 17, 2019. Chief Clark informed the Council that the revision to the ordinance was previously discussed. He is proposing to raise the fine for general parking from $10.00 to $30.00. After 48 hours if the fine is not paid it would go up to $50.00. If the fine is not paid seven days after that (48 hours after the due date on the ticket), the fine could be between $75.00 and $750.00 as determined at the administrative hearing. The handicapped fine would be raised from $100.00 to $250.00 with a maximum of $350.00 if not paid within 48 hours. Alderwoman Oberlin asked if the snow parking and fire lane parking fines would change. They would. The CSO Officer would be issuing the administrative tickets. Administrator McGuire explained that if the fine is not paid after nine days the violation would go to an administrative hearing. At that time the Hearing Officer would determine the amount of the fine. Discussion followed on fines for repeat offenders. Alderwoman Oberlin would like to know the outcome of the administrative hearings. Administrator McGuire went over the hearing procedure. She would see if there is some type of report that could be provided for the Council. Alderman Coladipietro would like to see a higher fine for certain parking violations. Chief Clark said that we can raise the fee to $75.00 if that is what the Council wants. This would be for snow parking, parking by a fire hydrant and fire lanes. General parking fines would be $30.00. Alderwoman Gazal asked how far from a hydrant you have to be. It is 15'. Handicapped fines are $250.00 and are governed by the State.
Mayor Pro-Tem Vershay asked for an informal vote on the Parking Fine Revisions. All members present were in agreement.
TOPIC: Fireworks Ordinance
Mayor Pro-Tem Vershay presented the Fireworks Ordinance per the memo dated July 17, 2019. Chief Clark informed the Council that they would like to increase the fine for fireworks. The fee for the first offense is $50.00. The Chief recommends raising the fine to $150.00. If the offense goes before the Hearing Officer, the fine can go up to $750.00.
Mayor Pro-Tem Vershay asked for an informal vote on the Fireworks Ordinance. All members present were in agreement.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: There were no public comments.
MAYORS UPDATES: There were no comments.
COMMITTEE/LIAISON UPDATES: There were no committee/liaison comments.
CITY ADMINISTRATOR UPDATES: Administrator McGuire passed out a packet from Serafin. This is the survey that will be going to the residents and the businesses. Administrator McGuire announced that we will not have a work session on Monday July 29, 2019.
Clerk Hackney informed the Council that delinquent notices have been sent out for the business and other license that were due on June 30, 2019.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.