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City of Lockport Committee of the Whole met August 7

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Oct 15, 2019

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City of Lockport Committee of the Whole met Aug. 7.

Here is the minutes provided by the committee:

PLEDGE TO THE FLAG – Mayor, Steve Streit

INVOCATION – Steve Bednarcik, Police Chaplain

ROLL CALL

PRESENT: Mayor, Steven Streit

Alderwoman, Renee Saban

Alderman, Larry Schreiber

Alderwoman, Christina Bergbower

Alderman, Mark R. Lobes

Alderman, Darren Deskin

Alderwoman, Joanne Bartelsen

Alderwoman, Catherine Perretta

ABSENT: Alderman, JR Gillogly

ALSO PRESENT: City Administrator, Ben Benson

City Attorney, Sonni Choi Williams

City Clerk, Kathy Gentile

Finance Director, Lisa Heglund

Deputy Chief, Richard Harang

Assistant to the City Administrator, Amanda Pazdan

PRESS PRESENT: Cathy Wilker, LCTV

Sarwat Ahman, Free Lance Reporter, Joliet Herald News

Jessie Malloy – Lockport Legend

LIAISON REPORTS:

1. Bartelsen: August 21 Beautification Awards – Submit nominations now. Up to 4 pictures, of businesses or homes.

2. Deskin: Most of the major construction in the City has been completed, before school started

3. Perretta: Successful 11th annual National Night Out on 8/6. Great turnout. Attendance was the largest than any prior year. 43 vendors, many of which provided raffle prizes.

ITEMS RECOMMENDED TO BE PLACED ON THE AGENDA FOR CONSENT OR ACTION AT THE NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING

CA-1. Bicycle Master Plan Status Update, JSD Professional Services Inc.

City Administrator, Ben Benson, introduced Lori Vierow, JSD professional services, who presented a preview of the Bike Master Plan Status. The City’s current plan was created in 2003. It is a solid plan, but with the changes thru the City, JSD is evaluating updates. Formal adoption scheduled for October 16.

DIRECTION: Information Only

CA-2. Agreement with BE SURE INC. for Law Enforcement Consultant Services in Lockport Schools and Throughout the Community via Lockport PD

City Administrator, Ben Benson, introduced Rich Wystocki, police officer for 30 years, and a member of the Auxiliary. CA-2 is a proposal to contract with Rich Wystocki and his company for speaking engagements, intended to ensure public safety and fight cybercrime. A grant will cover the cost of the speaking engagements. Rich Wystocki was present, and addressed the Council with additional details about the value and benefit of the speaking engagements, and raising awareness about cybercrime. JuvenileJustice.org is another site that helps raise awareness as well as providing a resource for Juvenile justice officers to educate kids and parents, on many topics including vaping, dabbing, and other topics.

DIRECTION: Add as an Action Item at the August 19 City Council Meeting.

CA-3. Bicycle Rental Station License Agreement with Canal Corridor Association Through its Contractor Zagster

City Administrator, Ben Benson, provided the Staff report on the Bicycle Rental Station. The system is operated by Zagster, a contractor of Canal Corridor Association. The Canal Corridor Association is a 501(c )3 organization. There is a grant available, which does require a match. The Lockport Women’s Club has generously offered to donate the match of $10,000 to cover a 2 year program. The proposed location is along the canal by Public Landing. Seeking consent on the agreement with Zagster. The City can finalize the location. The volume of activity will determine the future of the program after the initial 2 year pilot. Any users of the bicycles would be required to register, and pay $2.50 per hour. 5 bikes will be provided initially. Other municipalities include Morris, Channahon, LaSalle, and Utica. Discussion among the Council ensued related to the location of the bike rack.

DIRECTION: Add to Consent Agenda of the August 19 City Council Meeting.

AT-1. Semi-Annual Review and Approval of Executive Session Meeting Minutes

City Attorney, Sonni Williams, presented the details of the semi-annual review and approval of Executive Session meeting minutes. The packet for today’s Council meeting included the list of meeting minutes recommended to be approved. Seeking approval to formally approve the minutes identified for release as a Consent Agenda item.

DIRECTION: Add to Consent Agenda of the August 19 City Council Meeting.

PD-1. Request to Declare Items as Surplus Property

City Administrator, Ben Benson, presented a summary of the Staff report to declare specific Items as surplus. Details regarding each vehicle are provided in the attached Police Department Interoffice Memo, dated June 21, 2019.

DIRECTION: Add to Consent Agenda of the August 19 City Council Meeting.

PW-1. Purchase of a 2019 Ford F-150 XL 4x4 Pick-up Truck

City Administrator, Ben Benson, presented the Staff report for the purchase of a new 2019 Ford Truck. The amount was budgeted; seeking approval for no more than $27,537. This truck is also planned to be used for snow removal.

DIRECTION: Add to Consent Agenda of the August 19 City Council Meeting.

PW-2. Release of Letter of Credit for Lockport Plaza 2

City Administrator, Ben Benson, presented the Staff report for the release of Letter of Credit.

DIRECTION: Add to Consent Agenda of the August 19 City Council Meeting.

PW-3. 2019 Parkway Tree Planting

City Administrator, Ben Benson, informed Council about the removal of 2,000 parkway trees throughout the City of Lockport. The City budgeted $50,000 to replace these trees. Bids were received by Allied Nursery, Touch of Green and The Fields. The bid from The Fields was the best price; seeking approval to proceed with the replacement of Trees.

Discussion among Council ensued, including question about the number of trees that would be included as part of this approval.

DIRECTION: Add to Consent Agenda of the August 19 City Council Meeting.

PW-4. Purchase a New ODB Xtreme VAC 30 Yard Leaf Collector

City Administrator, Ben Benson, presented the Staff report seeking approval for a new leaf collector for the City. The cost for the replacement was included in the Budget, under capital works. Seeking approval for an amount not to exceed $84,565.

DIRECTION: Add to Consent Agenda of the August 19 City Council Meeting.

PW-5. Release of Letter of Credit for Arby's Restaurant

City Administrator, Ben Benson, presented the Staff report seeking approval to release the letter of credit. The release is in the amount of $127,226.

DIRECTION: Add to Consent Agenda of the August 19 City Council Meeting.

PW-6. Purchase and Installation of a City of Lockport Gateway Sign with Associated Landscaping and Lighting Along Archer Avenue

City Administrator, Ben Benson, presented the Staff Report on a proposed gateway sign. The sign is proposed for a space off archer near the Highlands Apartments, on the hilltop; the location is on land provided by Highlands. Due to location, sign will be a little larger than other gateway signs in Lockport. The amount of the sign is quoted to be $36,900; electric is expected to cost less than $20,000. The Council had budgeted $50,000 for this sign; seeking approval for an amount not to exceed $60,000. The remaining $10,000 will come out of excess funds.

DIRECTION: Add to Consent Agenda of the August 19 City Council Meeting. AT-2. Report on the Recent Amendment to the Illinois Video Gaming Act

City Attorney, Sonni Williams, presented update on the Illinois Video Gaming Act.

The update allows additional gaming machines; the number of machines is based on the size of the facility and location of the venue. The net wages also are increased. The changes would increase revenues to the City to a total of $230,000.

Lockport currently has 17 establishments in Lockport have video gaming machines. Lockport is a home rule community. As a home rule community, Lockport can set regulations but currently does not have any restrictions on video gaming. Homer Glen, New Lenox, Romeoville and Joliet have specific restrictions and regulations around video gaming. Many municipalities require waiting period to ensure that the business is viable. The intent of the City’s Liquor License regulation was to allow gaming at existing establishments, based on certain restrictions and the requirement that they have a kitchen. The regulation was not intended to create casinos within Lockport. As Home Rule, the City can establish restrictions to limit the amount of gaming machines, introduce limitations, and create other regulations.

Discussion among the Council ensued. The gambling fund is currently used to support downtown improvements and façade grants. Many options for a resolution include limiting the number of gambling machines, requiring that all gambling machines are located in a separate room. Council majority is concerned with ensuring restrictions are defined. City Attorney, Sonni Williams, will draft a proposed ordinance for review by Council.

Public Comments:

1. Joe Gallas, Stagecoach Saloon – as a new business owner, invested a large sum to purchase and build-out formerly vacant buildings. The business models were created with the gaming included as a revenue stream.

2. David Mede, Embers Tap House – business opened 4 years ago; the video gambling provides additional revenue stream that helps to cover property tax expenses. Recommends limiting the strip-mall gambling facilities that provide no jobs for Lockport. Embers currently employs 49 employees.

DIRECTION: Information only. ADJOURNMENT

MOTION BY SCHREIBER, SECONDED BY SABAN, TO ADJOURN THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING, AT 9:03 PM. VOICE VOTE ON THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED.

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