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«CITY COUNCIL, CITY OF ROCKFORD JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS JANUARY 29, 2014 COUNCIL CONVENED AT 6:34 P.M. 1. The invocation was given by Chaplain Kenneth ...»

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CITY COUNCIL, CITY OF ROCKFORD

JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

JANUARY 29, 2014

COUNCIL CONVENED AT 6:34 P.M.

1. The invocation was given by Chaplain Kenneth Hendley, New Life Free Will Baptist

Church and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Council Page Beatrice Medrano.

2. Roll Call:

Mayor Lawrence Morrissey

Aldermen: Durkee, Getchius, McNamara, Hervey, Hill, Oddo, Elyea, Beck, McNeely, Chiarelli -11Absent: Frost, Newburg, Beach -3Alderman Hervey moved to accept the Journal of Proceedings of January 21, 2014 seconded by Alderman McNamara.

Patrick Hayes, Legal Director, advised the agenda for tonight contains an incorrect description of a committee report under unfinished business. The language in the agenda was based on a draft committee report prior to the item being modified in committee. As the item was read in correctly last week and appears correctly in the journal and under new business, there is no need to do a motion to correct the journal.

MOTION PREVAILED (Ald. Frost, Newburg, Beach absent).

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

4. Ron Freeze believes the city’s proposed residential sidewalk snow removal ordinance is unreasonable and stated for 40 years he has shoveled his sidewalks.

5. Brian Kobischka expressed his support and encourages the passage of a Resolution calling for a public hearing to consider a Lincoln Promise Zone authority within the City of Rockford corporate limits as authorized by State legislation.

6. John Brantley again mentioned meeting with several area leaders about transforming Rockford and advised this Friday he will be meeting with Salvation Army representatives to discuss a partnership with them.

7. Prophet Yusef explained the wilderness mentality; people knowing they are miserable but doing nothing to improve the situation, they want everything and do nothing.

PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

8. Alderman Thompson-Kelly submitted an email from the Alzheimer’s Association regarding a Federal Update announcing a Record Increase for Alzheimer’s Research Signed into Law. Referred to Legislative Lobby Committee Alderman Beach joined the meeting at 6:48 pm.

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9. Alderman Thompson-Kelly submitted a concern about dangerous street crossing for students; speed limits and location of crosswalks in conjunction with the school.

Referred to Public Works and Police Departments.

10. Alderman Hervey submitted a Memorandum from Carrie Eklund, Central Services Manager regarding Sale of Surplus Property (snow plows) to Harris and Owen Townships. Referred to Finance and Personnel Committee.

11. Alderman Beck submitted a Memorandum from Kelly Nokes, Assistant Operations

Manager, regarding upcoming special events:

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Referred to Code and Regulations Committee.

12. Alderman Beck submitted the Liquor and Tobacco Advisory Board minutes from the meeting held on January 22, 2014. Referred to Code and Regulation Committee.

13. Alderman Beck submitted the Zoning Board of Appeals minutes from the meeting held on January 22, 2014. Referred to Code and Regulation Committee.

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14. Alderman Beck read a Code and Regulation Committee Report recommending the approval of the attached amendment(s) to Article 3, of the Residential Quality Support Registration and Section 17-41, et.al of the City of Rockford Code of Ordinances allowing for handwritten registration through March 31, 2014. The Legal Director shall prepare the necessary ordinance. LAID OVER.

15. Alderman Hervey moved the adoption of a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending approval of the total vouchers for the week of January 27, 2014 in the

amount of $1,144,002.79. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote of:

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16. Mayor Morrissey commented on the Memorandum from Glenn Trommels, IT Director, and Todd Cagnoni, Community/Economic Development Director, regarding an update of the Rental Registry. He also announced the Rockford Apartment Association will host a free registration event on February 26, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rockford Area Association Realtors building, 6776 East State Street.

17. Mayor Morrissey reported garbage pickup is a day behind due to the weather conditions.

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19. Mayor Morrissey stated he has been working with the Mayors of Peoria and Aurora about the idea of creating an Urban Mayor’s Caucus, representing several cities outside the City of Chicago, as a way to coordinate efforts on agendas in Springfield. Referred to Legislative and Lobbying Committee.

20. Alderman Thompson-Kelly thanked Police, Fire and Public Works staff for their quick response on Saturday to Henrietta School when a fire alarm went off during a meeting she was hosting.

Alderman Hervey announced tomorrow, January 30th at 6:00 pm will be the monthly 5th 21.

Ward meeting at the Montague Branch Library. Fire Chief Bergsten and police department personnel will be in attendance for updates and discussion.





22. Alderman Hervey sincerely thanked council member and city staff for their support after her knee surgery.

23. Alderman McNamara announced Transform Rockford will be hosting a Community Visioning Session at the Rockford Art Museum, 711 North Main Street on Thursday, January 30, 2014. He encouraged community members to attend.

24. Alderman McNamara reported the passing of Tom Littrell, a community advocate and member of many area organizations.

25. Alderman Getchius reported the success of the new geo-policing initiative in his ward.

26. Patrick Hayes, Legal Director, announced next Monday, February 3, 2014 the Finance and Personnel and Planning and Development Committees will have a joint meeting beginning at 5:30 pm in Conference Room B regarding the EDEEN budget and that the Finance and Personnel Committee and Planning and Development Committee regular meetings will begin at 5:00 pm at the usual location.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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27. Alderman Hervey moved the adoption of a Finance and Personnel Committee Report for a proposed 2% Compensation Adjustments for Non-Represented Employees, additional Wage adjustments in approximate amount of $462,380 as described in the compensation study, and the additional Wage Compression adjustments in the approximate amount of $175,000 as defined in the memorandum from Julia Valdez, Human Resource Director dated January 2, 2014. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll Call

vote of:

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28. Alderman Hervey moved the adoption of a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending approval of the 2014-2018 Capital Improvement Plan for implementation

by the Dept. of Public Works. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote of:

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29. Alderman Hervey moved the adoption of a Finance and Personnel Committee Report recommending that staff submit an Application Modification #3 for the following RERZ

projects:

Re-allocation of the $501,167 allocated for Davis Festival Park Improvements to the Ingersoll (Downtown Sports Complex) project. $451,697 will be moved into the construction category and $50,000 will be added to the project design category.

Modify the scope for the Outdoor Market to include a “Demolition” line item that covers the demolition of the Water Street Parking Deck. Re-allocation of $200,000 from the ”Construction” line item to the “Demolition” line item to cover the cost of the demolition.

Funding for these projects come from the Illinois DCEO, River Edge Re-Development Zone funds.

Alderman Hervey made a motion to lay the committee report over, seconded by Alderman Beach. The Committee Report was LAID OVER.

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30. Alderman Beck moved the adoption of a Code and Regulation Committee Report repealing the “No Parking Anytime” restriction on Madison Street from Market Street to 75 feet south of Market Street, thus establishing unrestricted parking.

Alderman Beck made a motion to amend the committee report to read as follows:

Establishing a “No Parking Anytime” restriction on the west side of Madison Street from Market Street to 75 feet south of Market Street.

motion was seconded by Alderman Hervey. MOTION PREVAILED (Ald. Frost, Newburg absent). The amended committee report was placed up for passage. MOTION

PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote of:

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32. Alderman Beck moved the adoption of a Code and Regulation Committee Report that traffic on Constance Drive be required to stop prior to entering the intersection of Wisconsin Road, thus repealing the existing Constance Drive yielding for Wisconsin

Road. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote of:

–  –  –

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33. Alderman Beck moved the adoption of a Code and Regulation Committee Report for a Residential Parking Zone on the north side of Market Street from North 1st Street to

North 2nd Street. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote of:

–  –  –

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34. Alderman Beck moved the adoption of a Code and Regulation Committee Report establishing “No Parking Anytime” on the west side of Woodmar Road from Brynwood

Drive to Boxwood Drive. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote of:

–  –  –

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35. Alderman Beck moved the adoption of a Code and Regulation Committee Report repealing the “Passenger Loading Zone” restriction on west side of Madron Road from 400 feet north of Arbutus Road to 510 feet north of Arbutus Road, thus restoring unrestricted parking.

MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote of:

–  –  –

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36. Alderman Beck moved the adoption of a Code and Regulation Committee Report that all traffic be required to stop prior to entering the intersection of Hancock Street and Camp Avenue, thus repealing Camp Avenue yielding for Hancock Street. MOTION PREVAILED

by a Roll Call vote of:

–  –  –

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37. Alderman Beck moved the adoption of a Code and Regulation Committee Report repealing the “No Parking Anytime” restriction on Congress Drive and Senate Drive, thus

restoring unrestricted parking. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote of:

–  –  –

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38. Alderman Beck moved the adoption of a Code and Regulation Committee Report that “No

Action” be taken on the following items:

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39. Alderman Beck moved the adoption of an Ordinance amending Article 64 of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Rockford for a Variation to increase the maximum number of business identification wall signs from two (2) to three (3) in a C-3, General Commercial

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40. Alderman Beck moved the adoption of an Ordinance amending Chapter 3, Section 3-56, Article III of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Rockford upon all other requirements of the Liquor and Tobacco Ordinance having been met, said amendments shall serve as City Council advice and consent for the Liquor Commissioner to approve the following

amendments for the following establishment:

Koshy Alexander d/b/a ABA Gas, Inc. for the sale of tobacco products in conjunction with a gas station and grocery store at 3121 North Rockton Avenue. Approval is subject to

the following conditions:

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42. Alderman Hervey moved the adoption of a Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement for Contract Change Order: Weatherization contracts for Architectural Labor and Material with Total Plumbing and Heating, of Machesney Park, Illinois in the amount of approximately $200,000. The funding source is Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office of Energy Assistance through Funds from the Federal Department of Energy and Health and Human Services. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll

Call vote of:

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43. Alderman Hervey moved the adoption of a Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement for a Change Order for City-Wide Street Repairs Group #3 with William Charles Construction, of Loves Park, Illinois for an additional amount of $80,000 for a total of $1,308,798.28. The funding source is Sales tax through the Neighborhood

Program Allocation funds. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote of:

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44. Alderman Hervey moved the adoption of a Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement for Decorative Street Light installation on Trenton Avenue, Hartford Avenue, Cambridge Avenue and Newport Avenue with ComEd in the amount of $32,069.66. The funding source is 13th Ward Neighborhood Allocation. Monthly facilities and lighting rental charge is funded by General Fund Street Lighting Budget. MOTION

PREVAILED by a Roll Call vote of:

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45. Alderman Hervey moved the adoption of a Resolution establishing a date for Public Hearing for the adoption of a proposed Ordinance establishing a Lincoln Promise Zone Authority within the City of Rockford corporate limits. MOTION PREVAILED by a Roll

Call vote of:

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46. Alderman Beck introduced and read an Ordinance amending Chapter 16, Schedule Section 280 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Rockford to establish the following:

“No Parking Anytime” restriction on the west side of Madison Street from Market Street to 75 feet south of Market Street.

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47. Alderman Beck introduced and read an Ordinance amending Chapter 16, Schedule Section 280 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Rockford to establish the following:

“No Parking Anytime” on the west side of Woodmar Road from Brynwood Drive to Boxwood Drive.

“No Parking Anytime except Para-Transit” on the west side of Court Street from 270 feet south of Napoleon Street to 290 feet south of Napoleon Street.

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48. Alderman Beck introduced and read an Ordinance amending Chapter 16, Schedule Section 291 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Rockford to establish the following:

“Traffic on Constance Drive be required to Stop prior to entering the intersection of Wisconsin Road, thus repealing the existing Constance Drive yielding for Wisconsin Road”

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49. Alderman Beck introduced and read an Ordinance amending Chapter 16, Schedule Section 311 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Rockford to establish the following:

“Residential Parking Zone on the north side of Market Street from North 1st Street to North 2nd Street”.

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50. Alderman Beck introduced and read an Ordinance amending Chapter 16, Schedule Section 281 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Rockford to establish the following:

“Passenger Loading Zone” restriction on the west side of Madron Road from 400 feet north of Arbutus Road to 510 feet north of Arbutus Road, thus establishing unrestricted parking, and thus restoring unrestricted parking.

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