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					                             MINUTES OF THE
                  REGULAR MEETING – CITY OF PALOS HEIGHTS
                         COUNTY OF COOK, ILLINOIS
                               March 4, 2008


CALL TO ORDER
The regular meeting of the City of Palos Heights was called to order by Mayor Straz at 7:02 p.m.
in the City Administrative Center, 7607 West College Drive, Palos Heights, Illinois.
INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE led by Mayor Straz.
ROLL CALL
Roll call indicated the following were present: Mayor Robert S. Straz, Alderman Bob Basso,
Alderman Jack Clifford, Alderman Alan Fulkerson, Alderman Jean Gnap, Alderman Dolores
Kramarski, , Alderman Art Phillips, and Alderman Jeff Prestinario.

Also present were: Deputy Clerk Patricia Sheppard, Treasurer Frank Oswald, and City Attorney
Tom Brown.

Absent: Alderman Mike McGrogan.

CONSENT CALENDAR
Prior to reading the Consent Calendar, Mayor Straz noted that approval of the City Council
Meeting Minutes of February 19, 2008 was being removed. He then read the Consent Agenda as
follows:
        Approval Payroll and Voucher List dated February 29, 2008.

       Acceptance of the following minutes:
         Municipal Grounds & Property          -          January 22, 2008
         Planning & Zoning Committee           -          January 22, 2008
         Planning & Zoning Committee (Special) -          February 19, 2008
         Public Safety Committee               -          January 22, 2008
         Water & Sewer Committee               -          January 22, 2008
         Library Board of Trustees             -          January 10, 2008

       Approval of Proclamation for Girl Scout Week, March 9 – 15, 2008.

       Approval of request from the YMCA Network to conduct their annual Candy Days
       fundraiser in the City of Palos Heights on April 4 and 5, 2008.

       Approval of request from Misericordia to conduct their annual Candy Days fundraiser in
       the City of Palos Heights on April 25 and 26, 2008.

Alderman Clifford moved, and Alderman Phillips seconded the motion to accept the Consent Agenda as
presented.

On roll call. The vote to approve the Consent Calendar as presented was:

       AYES: 7 – Aldermen Basso, Clifford, Fulkerson, Gnap, Kramarski,, Phillips, Prestinario
       NAYS: 0
       ABSENT: 1 – McGrogan

There being 7 affirmative votes, the motion carried.

OPENING OF SEALED BIDS
No Bids to be opened.

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS
Mayor:
The Mayor welcomed the students and staff from Trinity Christian College who were in
attendance at tonight’s meeting.

The Mayor then asked for the owners of Mister Mo’s, Richard and Corey Mozerka, to come
forward and tell the council members of their plans for opening a restaurant/lounge at 7214 W.
College Drive, formerly Whiskey Roadhouse. Richard Mozerka explained that he had been in
the business since 1972 owning several different restaurants and bars in the Chicago area, 3
existing at this time with one closing soon. He had looked at this location a few years ago, and
when he saw that it was for sale, he approached the owners. They do not plan on making many
changes to the property. It will be a causal dining restaurant/lounge with entertainment on the
weekends.

Alderman Clifford asked what their hours were going to be. Richard Mozerka said from 11:00
a.m. to 2 a.m. with music on Friday and Saturday. No music outside. Only change in signs will
be the name on the signs. Alderman Clifford also mentioned to them that “carry-out” liquor is
prohibited.

Mayor requested a motion to adopt Ordinance No. O-04-08 Amending Section 114.17 to
Increase the Number of Class “A” Liquor Licenses by One (1) for Mister Mo’s located at 7214
West College Drive, Richard Mozerka and Corey Mozerka, petitioners. So moved by Alderman
Phillips, seconded by Alderman Prestinario.

On roll call, the vote to adopt Ordinance No. O-04-08 Amending Section 114.17 to Increase the
Number of Class “A” Liquor Licenses by One (1) for Mister Mo’s located at 7214 West College
Drive, Richard Mozerka and Corey Mozerka, petitioners was:

       AYES: 7 - Aldermen Basso, Phillips, Gnap, Prestinario, Clifford, Fulkerson, Kramarski
       NAYS: 0
       ABSENT: 1 – Alderman McGrogan

There being 7 affirmative votes, the motion carried.

Clerk:
No report

Treasurer:
No report

City Attorney:
No report

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COMMUNICATIONS:
None

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL:
  Barbara Pasquinelli, 12210 Cheyenne Drive: Addressed the signs that are being approved
   and installed around the city. The City of Tress is now the City of Signs. She felt that the
   City either needs to enforce its ordinances better or amend the sign ordinance not to allow
   flashing LED signs.
  Lou Elsner, 6300 W. 124th Street: Read a prepared statement in regards to the construction
   of the new home at 12321-25 Ridgeland Avenue and the approved pool and deck grading for
   this property. Mr. Elsner had a meeting with the City on March 7 to discuss the issues. He is
   still waiting for answers to some of his questions.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES

Finance: Chairperson Alderman Fulkerson
Alderman Fulkerson moved to adopt an ordinance defining meeting and adopting procedures for
electronic attendance at meetings pursuant to Public Act 94-1058 dated January 1, 2007, which
amended the Open Meeting Act. Seconded by Alderman Kramarski.

Alderman Fulkerson noted the rules and prerequisites for electronic attendance at meetings as
outlined in the ordinance: a member can not attend because of illness or disability, employment
purposes or business with the City or Palos Heights, family or other emergency; requires 72
hours notification; the absentee person does not create a quorum. Attendance can be through a
speaker phone or other electronic device as long as the member can be heard.

On roll call, the vote to adopt an ordinance defining meeting and adopting procedures for
electronic attendance at meetings pursuant to Public Act 94-1058 dated January 1, 2007, which
amended the Open Meeting Act was:



       AYES: 7 - Aldermen Phillips, Prestinario, Fulkerson, Basso, Clifford, Gnap, Kramarski
       NAYS: 0
       ABSENT: 1 – Alderman McGrogan

There being 7 affirmative votes, the motion carried.

Public Safety: Chairperson Alderman Gnap
Alderman Gnap moved to adopt an ordinance amending the City’s Code, Chapter 76: Traffic
Schedules, Schedule V. Prohibited Turns, to include a Right Turn Only sign at approximately
123rd Street & Harlem Avenue (at the southeast corner exiting the private parking area).
Seconded by Alderman Phillips.

On a roll call, the vote to adopt an ordinance amending the City’s Code, Chapter 76: Traffic
Schedules, Schedule V. Prohibited Turns, to include a Right Turn Only sign at approximately
123rd Street & Harlem Avenue (at the southeast corner exiting the private parking area) was:

       AYES: 7 – Aldermen Prestinario, Kramarski, Basso, Fulkerson, Gnap, Phillips, Clifford
       NAYS: 0
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       ABSENT: 1 – Alderman McGrogan

There being 7 affirmative votes, the motion carried.

Alderman Gnap had several announcements: 1.) She requested that residents observe their speed
and traffic signs when traveling through town, especially in the residential areas. The weather
will be getting nicer and children will be outdoors more. 2.) She reported on a new scam in
which people are posing as Public Works employees to get into residents homes. Always ask to
see identification, look at the vehicle they are driving and never give anyone money. 3.) IRS
Rebate Scam. Never give any personal information over the phone. The IRS will contact you in
writing about your rebate. 4.) She read the 2007 Police Summary Report.

Municipal Grounds and Property: Chairperson Alderman Basso
Alderman Basso had the following announcements: 1.) Chipper Service begins on April 7 and
runs through the end of October. 2.) City will begin working on the potholes as soon as the
weather improves. Please report any potholes to Public Works Department.

Planning and Zoning: Chairperson Alderman Clifford
Alderman Clifford moved to adopt an ordinance for a variation to allow a pool in the south front
yard within the required 20 ft. setback from 125th Street for the installation of a pool and deck
subject to shortening the deck by 3 feet on the west and planting appropriate landscaping to
shield the mass of the structure according to Exhibit A on property located at 12443 S. 76th
Avenue, Christine Bloom, petitioner. (Docket #2007-15). Seconded by Alderman Gnap.

There was some discussion in regards to the type of appropriate landscaping as well as the
definition of a front yard when the property is a corner lot.

On roll call, the vote to adopt an ordinance for a variation to allow a pool in the south front yard
within the required 20 ft. setback from 125th Street for the installation of a pool and deck subject
to shortening the deck by 3 feet on the west and planting appropriate landscaping to shield the
mass of the structure according to Exhibit A on property located at 12443 S. 76th Avenue,
Christine Bloom, petitioner. (Docket #2007-15) was:

       AYES: 5 - Aldermen Kramarski, Gnap, Fulkerson, Prestinario, Phillips
       NAYS: 2 – Aldermen Clifford, Basso
       ABSENT: 1 – Alderman McGrogan

There being 5 affirmative votes, the motion carried.

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Alderman Clifford moved to authorize the City attorney to draft an ordinance granting a special
use in the B-1 District for a reupholstering business on property located at 12849 S. Harlem
Avenue, Kathy Valdez, d/b/a King’s Upholstery, petitioner. (Docket #2008-01) Please note:
Special Use is required because upholstery work will be done on the premises. Seconded by
Alderman Gnap.


On roll call, the vote to authorize the City attorney to draft an ordinance granting a special use in
the B-1 District for a reupholstering business on property located at 12849 S. Harlem Avenue,
Kathy Valdez, d/b/a King’s Upholstery, petitioner. (Docket #2008-01) was:
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       AYES: 7 - Aldermen Basso, Phillips, Gnap, Prestinario, Clifford, Fulkerson, Kramarski
       NAYS: 0
       ABSENT: 1 – Alderman McGrogan

There being 7 affirmative votes, the motion carried.

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Alderman Clifford moved to waive the rule and adopt an ordinance granting a special use in the
B-1 District for a reupholstering business on property located at 12849 S. Harlem Avenue, Kathy
Valdez, d/b/a King’s Upholstery, petitioner (Docket #2008-01). Seconded by Alderman Gnap.

On roll call, the vote to waive the rule and adopt ordinance granting a special use in the B-1
District for a reupholstering business on property located at 12849 S. Harlem Avenue, Kathy
Valdez, d/b/a King’s Upholstery, petitioner (Docket #2008-01) was:

       AYES: 7 - Aldermen Phillips, Prestinario, Fulkerson, Basso, Clifford, Gnap, Kramarski
       NAYS: 0
       ABSENT: 1 – Alderman McGrogan

There being 7 affirmative votes, the motion carried.

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Alderman Clifford moved to approve a request for an 8 ft. side yard setback variation on
property located at 221 Sawgrass, Unique Custom Built Homes/Mike Elayyan, petitioner.
(Docket #2007-16) Request has been denied by the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning
& Zoning Commission, therefore requires a super majority vote. Seconded by Alderman
Fulkerson.

On a roll call, the vote to approve request for an 8 ft. side yard setback variation on property
located at 221 Sawgrass, Unique Custom Built Homes/Mike Elayyan, petitioner. (Docket #2007-
16) Request has been denied by the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning & Zoning
Commission, therefore requires a super majority vote.

       AYES: 0
       NAYS: 7 - Aldermen Prestinario, Kramarski, Basso, Fulkerson, Gnap, Phillips, Clifford
       ABSENT: 1 – Alderman McGrogan

There being 7 negative votes, the motion failed.

Recreation: Chairperson Alderman Prestinario
Alderman Prestinario had the following to report: 1.) The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held
on March 9; 2.) He gave an update on the Palos Bank Half Marathon which is being held on May
4 at 7:30 a.m. Senator Ed Maloney will be the Grand Marshall. The charities involved with the
race are the Southwest Special Recreation Association and the Prostrate Cancer Organization.
There are presently 1,050 runners registered for the race. In conjunction with the race, the
Chamber of Commerce Expo & Health Fair will be held on May 3 at Trinity Christian College
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a pasta dinner for the runners following. This is a great opportunity
for Palos Heights this year being the host of the race.

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Roads and Construction: Chairperson Alderman Kramarski
Alderman Kramarski had the following report: 1.) A kick-off meeting was held today with IDOT
for the 76th Avenue Reconstruction Project. Signs will be installed in March designating the
work area with utility re-location beginning April 1. The contractor has 110 working days to
complete the project. It will be an inconvenience, but we have waited a long time for this project
to get started.

License, Permits & Franchises: Chairperson Alderman McGrogan
No report

Water and Sewer: Chairperson Alderman Phillips
Alderman Phillips explained that he had met with Jerry Martin prior to the Water & Sewer
Committee meeting to discuss the 3 consecutive year increases of 15%, 15% and 14% received
from the City of Chicago, which was passed along to Alsip from whom we purchase our water.
With a little work we were able to par that down to 8.2% to our residents. Our current rates are
$3.75 per 1,000 gallons over 12,000 and the new rates will be $4.06. For senior citizens will go
from $2.82 to $3.05, and so on down the line. This is the first of three increases over the next
three years.


Alderman Phillips moved to authorize the City Attorney to draft an ordinance amending the rates
charged for water/sewer, Section 50.22 of the City’s Code of Ordinances, retroactive from
January 1, 2008. See proposed rate schedule included in packet. Seconded by Alderman
Fulkerson.

On a roll call, the vote to authorize the City Attorney to draft an ordinance amending the rates
charged for water/sewer, Section 50.22 of the City’s Code of Ordinances, retroactive from
January 1, 2008 was:

       AYES: 7 – Aldermen Kramarski, Clifford, Gnap, Fulkerson, Prestinario, Basso, Phillips
       NAYS: 0
       ABSENT: 1 – Alderman McGrogan

There being 7 affirmative votes, the motion carried.

REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Business/Economic Development: Chairperson Alderman Gnap
Alderman Gnap reported on new businesses opening soon in Palos Heights: Palos Tobacco &
Wireless at 13430 Ridgeland Ave., and The Sleep Center at 13303 Ridgeland Ave. Projects still
under construction are: Trinity Christian Arts Center, Power Mart, Chicago Christian H.S. new
gymnasium and Moraine Valley Church renovation and addition.
She also extended an invitation to everyone to attend an Open House regarding the City’s
Comprehensive Plan being held on March 13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. The planner,
Houseal & Lavigne, will be on hand to review the draft plan to date and answer any questions.

Alderman Prestinario mentioned the programs and events that the Beautification Committee is
responsible for: Farmer’s Market, Adopt-A-Pot, Classic Car Event, Keep Palos Heights
Beautiful and the 4th of July Celebration. He talked about how many of these programs and
events are getting bigger and better every year and becoming a vibrant part of the community.
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Plans are underway for the Classic Car Event and will include a merchant program to involve
more businesses.

The Mayor mentioned that a kick-off meeting was held for the planning of an Art Park on the
property acquired through a lease agreement with ComEd for the property located at 123rd and
72nd Court. We have enlisted the help of Palos Fine Arts, Towne & Country League, the Palos
Heights Woman’s Club and several members of the Beautification Committee. We welcome the
help of any other groups or organizations. A site plan has been drafted by Ed Dombrowski.

Ad Hoc Cable TV: Chairperson Alderman Fulkerson
Alderman Fulkerson reported: Next meeting will be March 15 at 10 a.m. We still have not
received any response from AT&T regards the 3 public access channels, but continue to pursue
that.

Olde Palos Building Standards: Chairperson Alderman Basso
Alderman Basso reported that the committee is working diligently on re-writing materials and
preparing a power point presentation.

OLD BUSINESS
None

NEW BUSINESS
Alderman Basso announced that Sam Buca’s has live entertainment on a regular basis. It is an
excellent 3 hour dinner show. Reservations are required.

Alderman Clifford announced that the PUD Public Hearing for the NorthPointe Development
was re-scheduled to March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Recreation Center.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ASK QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS EVENING’S
BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT
Mayor requested a motion to adjourn the meeting. So moved by Alderman Fulkerson, seconded
by Alderman Kramarski. All in favor. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.



Respectfully Submitted,


_______________________________
Patricia M. Sheppard
Deputy Clerk

                                                          Approved this 18th day of
                                                               March _____, 2008.




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