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					 MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL
    CITY OF PALOS HEIGHTS, COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS
                  DECEMBER 15, 2009
I.      CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Straz called to order the regular meeting of the City of Palos Heights City Council at
approximately 7:00 p.m. in the City Administrative Center, 7607 W. College Drive, Palos
Heights, IL.

II.     INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Mayor Straz led the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.

III.    ROLL CALL

Roll call indicated the following were present:

Mayor          Robert Straz                       Ward 1        Jean Gnap
                                                                Jeff Prestinario
City Clerk     Thomas Kantas
                                                  Ward 2        Jack Clifford
City Treasurer Frank Oswald                                     Bob Basso

City Attorney Tom Brown                           Ward 3        Dolores Kramarski
                                                                Alan Fulkerson

                                                  Ward 4        Art Phillips
                                                                Mike McGrogan


IV.     CONSENT AGENDA

        A.     Approval of Minutes:

               1.     City Council Meeting                        December 1, 2009
               2.     Tax Levy Pubic Hearing Minutes              December 1, 2009

        B.     Approval of Payroll and Voucher List dated         December 11, 2009.

        C.     Acceptance of the following Committee Meeting Minutes:

               1.     Finance                                     November 10, 2009
               2.     License, Permits, and Franchises            November 10, 2009
               3.     Recreation                                  November 10, 2009
               4.     Roads and Construction                      November 10, 2009

                      Alderman Kramarski moved to approve the Consent Agenda, seconded by
                      Alderman Prestinario. On roll call, the motion to approve the Consent
                      Agenda was:

                      Ayes: (8)       Basso, Clifford, Fulkerson, Gnap, Kramarski, McGrogan,
                                      Phillips, Prestinario.

                      Nays: (0)

                      With eight (8) affirmative votes, the motion to approve the consent agenda
                      carried.

V.      REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS
      A.   Mayor:

           1.       Recommended that Committee Chairpersons notify Pat Sheppard
                    regarding any changes in the dates for committee meetings.

           2.       Extended condolences to the families of recently deceased civic leaders.

      B.   Clerk:

           1.       Presented Resolution R-11-09, Setting Forth the Schedule of City Council
                    Meetings for 2010. Alderman Fulkerson moved to pass Resolution R-11-
                    09 Setting Forth the Schedule of City Council Meetings for 2010,
                    seconded by Alderman Kramarski. Motion carried by unanimous voice
                    vote.

           2.       Presented Resolution R-12-09, Setting Forth the Schedule of City
                    Committee Meetings for 2010. Alderman Fulkerson moved to pass
                    Resolution R-12-09 Setting Forth the Schedule of City Committee
                    Meetings for 2010, seconded by Alderman Kramarski. Motion carried by
                    unanimous voice vote.

      B.   Treasurer:

           1.       Delivered the Treasurer’s Report Ending November 30, 2009.

           2.       Alderman Philips moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report Ending
                    November 30, 2009 seconded by Alderman Fulkerson. Motion carried by
                    unanimous voice vote.

      D.   City Attorney: No Report.



VI.   REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES

      A.   Finance: Chairperson Alderman Fulkerson.

           1.       Alderman Fulkerson moved to authorize the Mayor to sign the Acceptance
                    of Proposal from Sikich LLP to provide Information Technology (IT)
                    Support Services to the City, which includes Administration, Finance and
                    Building Department, Police Department, Public Works Department,
                    Recreation Department and Lake Katherine NPBG for a period of 12
                    months, seconded by Alderman Kramarski.

                    On roll call, the motion to approve said proposal was:

                    Ayes: (8)      Basso, Clifford, Fulkerson, Gnap, Kramarski, McGrogan
                                   Phillips, Prestinario.

                    Nays: (0)

                    With eight (8) affirmative votes, the motion to approve the proposal
                    carried.

           2.       Alderman Fulkerson moved to authorize the City Attorney to draft an
                    ordinance amending the City’s Code, Chapter 39: Purchasing Service
                    Index, Section 39.05 Formal Purchases, by increasing the amount from
                    $10,000 to $20,000, seconded by Alderman Kramarski. Motion carried by
                    unanimous voice vote.

           3.       Alderman Fulkerson moved to authorize the City Attorney to draft an

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           ordinance amending the City’s Code, Chapter 39: Purchasing Service
           Index, Section 39.11 Semi-Formal Purchases, by increasing the amount
           from $10,000 to $20,000, seconded by Alderman Kramarski.

           On roll call, the motion to approve said authorization was:

           Ayes: (8)      Basso, Clifford, Fulkerson, Gnap, Kramarski, McGrogan
                          Phillips, Prestinario.

           Nays: (0)

           With eight (8) affirmative votes, the motion to approve the authorization
           carried.

     4.    Alderman Fulkerson moved to adopt an Ordinance Abating the Tax
           Heretofore Levied for the Year 2009 to Pay Debt Service on `General
           Obligation Refunding Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source) Series 2001, of
           the City of Palos Heights, Cook County, Illinois, seconded by Alderman
           Kramarski.

           On roll call, the motion to adopt said ordinance was:

           Ayes: (8)      Basso, Clifford, Fulkerson, Gnap, Kramarski, McGrogan
                          Phillips, Prestinario.

           Nays: (0)

           With eight (8) affirmative votes, the motion to approve the ordinance
           carried.

     5.    Alderman Fulkerson moved to pass a Resolution Authorizing the Cook
           County Clerk to Proportionately Reduce All Levies except Corporate,
           seconded by Alderman Kramarski. Motion carried by unanimous voice
           vote.

     6.    Alderman Fulkerson moved to authorize the Mayor to execute a
           Communications Tower Lease Agreement between the City of Palos
           Heights and Clear Wireless LLC to install three (3) dishes at a rate of $395
           per dish per month on property located at 12841 Golfview Lane in Palos
           Heights, seconded by Alderman Kramarski.

           On roll call, the motion to approve the execution of said agreement was:

           Ayes: (8)      Basso, Clifford, Fulkerson, Gnap, Kramarski, McGrogan,
                          Phillips, Prestinario.

           Nays: (0)

           With eight (8) affirmative votes, the motion carried.

B.   Public Safety: Chairperson Alderman Gnap.

     1.    Alderman Gnap, on behalf of the Palos Heights Police Department,
           wished residents well during the Christmas and Holiday Season and noted
           that safety patrols on Harlem Avenue will be upcoming.

C.   Municipal Grounds and Property: Chairperson Alderman Basso.

     1.    Extended Christmas and Holiday wishes to residents.

D.   Planning and Zoning: Chairperson Alderman Clifford.


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            1.    Alderman Clifford deferred a motion to adopt an ordinance to vacate 40
                  ft. of the unimproved 68th Avenue Right of Way (ROW) to adjoining
                  property owners as follows: 20 ft. vacated to the property owner located at
                  12540 Navajo Drive West and 20 ft. vacated to the property owner located
                  at 12561 S. 68th Court.

       E.   Recreation: Chairperson Alderman Prestinario.

            1.    Announced that the winter and spring Recreational Department Brochure
                  has been mailed to residents.

            2.    Alderman Prestinario moved to authorize the Director of Parks and
                  Recreation to go out for bid for the Recreation Program Guide for a 2 year
                  period (a total of six (6) guides), seconded by Alderman Gnap. Motion
                  carried by unanimous voice vote.

            3.    Extended Christmas and Holiday wishes to residents.

       F.   Roads and Construction: Chairperson Alderman Kramarski.

            1.    Extended Christmas and Holiday wishes to residents.

       G.   License, Permits & Franchises: Chairperson Alderman McGrogan.

            1.    Alderman McGrogan moved to authorize the City Attorney to draft an
                  ordinance granting a 10 ft. utility easement to AT&T to allow for the
                  installation of underground fiber optic cable from the College Drive ROW
                  to the Southwest Central Dispatch building. The fee for the utility
                  easement will be $1 per sq. ft. plus professional fees. Final review of
                  documents by the City Attorney. Motion seconded by Alderman Clifford.
                  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

                  Alderman McGrogan moved to waive the rules with respect to the above
                  ordinance, seconded by Alderman Kramarski. Motion carried by
                  unanimous voice vote.

                  Alderman McGrogan moved to adopt said ordinance seconded by
                  Alderman Phillips

                  On roll call, the motion to adopt said ordinance was:

                  Ayes: (8)      Basso, Clifford, Fulkerson, Gnap, Kramarski, McGrogan,
                                 Phillips, Prestinario.

                  Nays: (0)

                  With eight (8) affirmative votes, the motion to adopt said ordinance
                  carried.

            2.    Extended Christmas and Holiday wishes to residents.

       H.   Water and Sewer: Chairperson Alderman Phillips

            1.    Extended Christmas and Holiday wishes to residents.

VII.   REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES

       A.   Business/Economic Development: Chairperson Alderman Gnap

            1.    Alderman Gnap reported that two new pizza restaurants will open near the
                  intersection of 135th and Ridgeland. Announced that Chase Bank is now
                  open. Papa’s Fresh Foods and Personal Communications Answering

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                    Service will open shortly. Jim Furey is working on a tax incentive with
                    Ken Busse and talking with business owners about a façade improvement
                    program. Alderman Gnap urged residents to shop in Palos Heights during
                    the Christmas Season.

             2.     Alderman Prestinario announced that the next Business and Economic
                    Development meeting is January 21, 2009 at City Hall.

      B.     Ad Hoc Cable TV: Chairperson Alderman Fulkerson

             1.     Announced Christmas programming that includes the Palos Heights Tree
                    Lighting, the Christmastime in Palos Heights program at the Library and
                    the Christmas Concert at Trinity College.

             2.     Announced that Dianne Adduci from BlueCross BlueCross participated in
                    a program regarding Medicare Part D.

             3.     Announced “The Four” a new program highlighting events in Palos
                    Heights.

             4.     Extended Christmas and Holiday wishes to residents.

VIII. OLD BUSINESS

      A.     Alderman Basso announced a “Green Quiz” in the Chicago Tribune that will help
             residents understand different ways to become more environmentally conscious.
             Suggested that the City reduce paper and a convert to notebook computers in an
             effort to save paper during City Council Meetings.

      B.     Alderman McGrogan noted that the medical profession has become paperless to a
             large extent and suggested a paperless approach to Council Meetings. Alderman
             McGrogan also inquired on the possibility of commercials on Channel 4.

      C.     Alderman Phillips extended condolences to the family of Joan Heitz.

      D.     Alderman Prestinario announced that the Palos Bank Southwest Half Marathon
             offers a discount for runners who sign up online.

      E.     Alderman Gnap thanked the owners of the Irish Store for window painting.

      F.     Mayor Straz extended Christmas and Holiday wishes to residents.

IX.   ADJOURNMENT

      At 7:30 p.m. Mayor Straz requested a motion to adjourn that passed unanimously.




                                          Respectfully Submitted,
                                          PALOS HEIGHTS CITY CLERK



                                          Thomas A. Kantas                              Date




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