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City of Rockford City Council met September 3

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Sep 16, 2019


City of Rockford City Council met Sept. 3.

Here is the agenda provided by the council:

I. CALL TO ORDER

A. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

B. Roll Call

C. Acceptance of the Journal

1. Journal of Proceedings for the City Council meeting held on August 19, 2019.

2. Journal of Proceedings for the Special City Council meeting held on August 26, 2019.

II. PROCLAMATIONS

III. PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

A. Planning and Development Committee

B. Code and Regulation Committee

1. Memorandum from Lafakeria Vaughn, Assistant City Attorney, regarding the 2nd Quarter Report from April - June 2019 on Liquor License establishments with video gaming, subject to the 50% requirement. Referred to Code and Regulation Committee.

2. Memorandum from Mike Hakanson, Land Transactions Officer, regarding the proposed sale of 68xx Rote Road PIN: 12-15-277-009. Referred to Code and Regulation Committee.

3. Memorandum from Martin Bloom, Project Manager-Permits and Special Events, regarding upcoming special events that include Dasher Dash and Stroll on State. Referred to Code and Regulation Committee.

4. Traffic Commission Agenda for the meeting to be held on September 11, 2019 and Minutes from that meeting for consideration at the Code and Regulation Committee meeting on September 23, 2019. Referred to Code and Regulation Committee.

C. Finance and Personnel Committee

IV. PUBLIC SPEAKERS

1. Prophet Yusef

2. Benjamin Burks

3. Brandy Gardner

4. John Tac Brantley

V. NEW COMMITTEE REPORTS

A. Planning and Development Committee

B. Code and Regulation Committee

1. Committee recommends sustaining the Traffic Commission's recommendation of "No Action" on the following items:

a. Establishing a 2-way stop sign at the intersection of Stanley Street and Green Street, thus repealing the existing yield control at the intersection of Stanley Street and Green Street

b. Establishing a 4-way stop sign at the intersection of Trenton Avenue and Hudson Street

c. Establishing a 2-way yield sign at the intersection of Ashwinton Way and Linden Road

d. Establishing a 2-way yield sign at the intersection of Greenbriar Way and Ashwinton Way

e. Establishing a 2-way yield sign at the intersection of River Bluff Boulevard and North Church Street; and

f. Request for additional street lighting at 1103 South 6th Street

2. Committee recommends denial of the Sale of Tobacco Products in conjunction with a retail and grocery store in a C-4, Urban Mixed-Use Zoning District at 1006 Charles Street (Walid Jarwsh dba Midtown Wireless/Applicant). The Liquor and Tobacco Advisory Board vote was a 3 to 3 tie, with no recommendation.

3. Committee recommends sustaining the Zoning Board of Appeals' approval for a Variation to increase the maximum permitted square footage for an accessory structure from 900 square feet to 1,088 square feet in an R-1, Single-Family Residential Zoning District at 2315 Glenwood Avenue (Paul Toboldt/Applicant). Subject to conditions. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance.

4. Committee recommends sustaining the Zoning Board of Appeals' denial for a Variation to increase the maximum sign height permitted from eight (8) feet to 14’2” feet in an RE, Rural Estate Zoning District at 3445 Elmwood Road (Lisa Neal/Doyle Signs Inc./Applicant).

5. Committee recommends sustaining the Zoning Board of Appeals' approval of a Text Amendment to the City of Rockford Zoning Ordinance for the following:

Table 21-1 Use Classification Table Table 22 -1 Use Classification Table

Add definition of Casino to Article 91 General Terms. Casino – A building or room used for social amusements or, specifically; one used for gambling (City of Rockford/Applicant).

The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance.

Finance and Personnel Committee

1. Committee recommends approval of vouchers in the amount of $7,381,695.49 as approved at the Finance and Personnel Committee meeting held on August 26, 2019.

2. Committee recommends approval of an ordinance authorizing and providing for the issue of not to exceed $23,100,000 General Obligation Bonds (Sales Tax Alternate Revenue Source), of the City, for the purpose of constructing and equipping a convention center, a police evidence facility and parking lot improvements, prescribing the details of said bonds, providing for the imposition of taxes to pay the same, and for the collection, segregation and application of certain sales tax receipts to pay said bonds and authorizing the sale of said bonds to the purchaser thereof. The Bond Counsel shall prepare the appropriate ordinance.

3. Committee recommends approval of the creation and funding of a Camp Hope Project Manager position for the Juvenile Crime Prevention Initiative. The funding source is Police Operating Budget for the first twelve (12) months (amount not to exceed $101,631.00) and PSN Funding for the additional two (2) years (amount not to exceed $203,262.00) for a total amount not to exceed $304,893.00. The Camp Hope Initiative is a crime prevention strategy aimed at reducing the number of juvenile offenders entering the criminal justice system in Rockford, Illinois. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance.

VI. OFFICERS REPORTS

VII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS COMMITTEE REPORTS LAID OVER

A. Planning and Development Committee

1. Committee recommends approval of the Human Services Department and Community and Economic Development Department's request for the City to establish a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Establishing a 501(c)(3) organization serves as the initial step to create a program in which the City would serve as a sponsor of a non- profit Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) for the purpose of developing affordable housing and reducing homelessness.

The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER ON AUGUST 19, 2019

B. Code and Regulation Committee

1. Committee recommends reversing the Zoning Board of Appeals' approval for a Variation to increase the maximum number of allowed walls signs above the ground floor of the structure from two (2) to three (3) in an I-1, Light Industrial Zoning District at 4949 Harrison Avenue (Bob Baker/Image Signs/Applicants). LAID OVER ON AUGUST 19, 2019

2. Committee recommends sustaining the Zoning Board of Appeals' approval for a Variation to reduce the required front yard setback from 30 feet to 27 feet along Rowntree Lane for a 12 feet wide garage addition to the west side of the attached garage in a R-1, Single-Family Residential Zoning District at 1769 Red Oak Lane (Bradley Morton/Applicant). Subject to conditions. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER ON AUGUST 19, 2019

3. Committee recommends approval of the proposed amendments to the ICC Code Sections. This request by the Construction and Development Division is to amend codes to comply with the Mechanical Review Board recommendations. The Legal Director shall prepare the appropriate ordinance. LAID OVER ON AUGUST 19, 2019

C. Finance and Personnel Committee

VIII. APPOINTMENTS LAID OVER

1. Appointment of Tara Williams to the Community Action Agency Board for a three-year term. (Pursuant to Rule 18, this appointment will be up for passage after September 4, 2019.)

2. Reappointment of Cathy Johnson to the Community Action Agency Board to serve a three-year term. (Pursuant to Rule 18, this reappointment will be up for passage after September 18, 2019.)

IX. MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

A. Planning and Development Committee

B. Code and Regulation Committee

1. Fall for Rockford

Scheduled for September 21st from 10:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m. The event will take place in downtown Rockford, specifically Main Street from State Street to Jefferson, including Mulberry from Main to Wyman and City Lots 1 and 3. This approval is for the event only. The request for police services was denied by the Committee.

C. Finance and Personnel Committee

1. Change Order: City-Wide Street Repairs Group 2 to William Charles Construction, of Rockford, Illinois for an additional $150,000.00. The original contract amount was $1,813,245.39, there was a previous change order in the amount of $293,204.79. The total amended contract amount is $2,256,450.18. The funding source is Sales Tax.

2. Award of Bid: Police Training Ammunition to TJ Conevera's, of Rockford, Illinois in the amount of $27,585.00. The funding source is Police Operating Budget.

3. Award of Bid: City-Wide Street Repairs Group 4 (Alleys) to William Charles Construction, of Rockford, Illinois in the amount of $555,960.42. The contract completion date is October 25, 2019. The funding source is Sales Tax.

4. Award of Bid: Snow Removal - Municipal Parking Lots Rabine Snow Pros, of Schaumburg, Illinois for an estimated value of $90,000 based on unit pricing. The contract duration is one (1) year with four (4) one-year extensions. The funding source is Parking Fund Operating Budget.

5. Award of Bid: City-Wide Crack Sealing to Behm Pavement Maintenance, of Crystal Lake, Illinois in the amount of $80,000 (52,100 lbs). The funding source is Sales Tax.

6. Award of Bid: Mulford/Strathmoor Intersection Improvements to Home Towne Electric Inc., of Lake Villa, Illinois in the amount of $349,248.10. The funding source is Sales Tax.

7. Award of Engineering Agreement: Mulford/Strathmoor Intersection Improvements to Chastain and Associates, of Rockford, Illinois in the amount of $30,225.00. The funding source is Sales Tax.

8.Award of Bid: Roxbury Road Lighting to Utility Dynamics Corporation, of Oswego, Illinois in the amount of $250,060.40. The funding source is Motor Fuel Tax.

9. Award of Engineering Agreement: Roxbury Road Lighting to Chastain and Associates, of Rockford, Illinois in the amount of $28,755.00. The funding source is Motor Fuel Tax.

10. Award of Engineering Agreement: Buckbee Creek Bank Stabilization to Willett, Hofmann & Associates, of Rockford, Illinois in the amount of $50,577.68. The funding source is CIP General Fund.

11. Resolution to take bids: Fire Station Emergency back-up generator, funding source: Fire Department Operating Budget.

12. Resolution to schedule a Public Hearing to approve the exchange of a city- own property located at 11XX Railroad Avenue (PIN # 11-26-430-014) for the property owned by Jerry Paris at 11XX Railroad Avenue (PIN #11- 26-436-001) to complete the Keith Creek Bank Stabilization project.

X. NEW BUSINESS (ORDINANCES)

A. Planning and Development Committee

1. An ordinance approving the Human Services Department and Community and Economic Development Department's request for the City to establish a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Establishing a 501(c)(3) organization serves as the initial step to create a program in which the City would serve as a sponsor of a non-profit Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) for the purpose of developing affordable housing and reducing homelessness.

B. Code and Regulation Committee

1. An ordinance approving the Variation to increase the maximum permitted square footage for an accessory structure from 900 square feet to 1,088 square feet in an R-1, Single-Family Residential Zoning District at 2315 Glenwood Avenue (Paul Toboldt/Applicant).

2. An ordinance approving the Text Amendments to the City of Rockford Zoning Ordinance for Table 21-1 Use Classification Table and Table 22 -1 Use Classification Table - add definition of Casino to Article 91 General Terms. Casino – A building or room used for social amusements or, specifically; one used for gambling (City of Rockford/Applicant).

3. An ordinance approving a Variation to reduce the required front yard setback from 30 feet to 27 feet along Rowntree Lane for a 12 feet wide garage addition to the west side of the attached garage in a R-1, Single- Family Residential Zoning District at 1769 Red Oak Lane (Bradley Morton/Applicant).

4. An ordinance approving the amendments to the ICC Code Sections. This request by the Construction and Development Division is to amend codes to comply with the Mechanical Review Board recommendations.

C. Finance and Personnel Committee

1. An ordinance authorizing and providing for the issue of not to exceed $23,100,000 General Obligation Bonds (Sales Tax Alternate Revenue Source), of the City, for the purpose of constructing and equipping a convention center, a police evidence facility and parking lot improvements, prescribing the details of said bonds, providing for the imposition of taxes to pay the same, and for the collection, segregation and application of certain sales tax receipts to pay said bonds and authorizing the sale of said bonds to the purchaser thereof.

2. An ordinance approving the creation and funding of a Camp Hope Project Manager position for the Juvenile Crime Prevention Initiative. The funding source is Police Operating Budget for the first twelve (12) months (amount not to exceed $101,631.00) and PSN Funding for the additional two (2) years (amount not to exceed $203,262.00) for a total amount not to exceed $304,893.00. The Camp Hope Initiative is a crime prevention strategy aimed at reducing the number of juvenile offenders entering the criminal justice system in Rockford, Illinois.

XI. ADJOURNMENT

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