The Villiage of Hillcrest, IL
The Villiage of Hillcrest, IL

06/12/13: Minutes - June 12, 2014 - Regular Board Minutes




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06/12/13: Minutes - June 12, 2014 - Regular Board Minutes

Village of Hillcrest
June 12, 2013 Regular Board Meeting
7:00pm

The regular Board meeting of the Village of Hillcrest was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Present and answering roll call were Trustees Rick Rhoads, Rich Elliott, David Long, and Jeanie Sparacino. Also present were President Kim Whalen, Attorney Paul Keller, Treasurer Penny Payton, and Village Clerk Patty Moreno. Trustee Jim McMullin and Randy Salsbury were not present.

A motion was made by Trustee Rhoads, seconded by Trustee Long to approve the Minutes from May 8, 2013 as presented. Roll call vote: Rhoads; yes, Elliott; yes, Long; yes, Sparacino; yes. Motion carried.

Treasurer Penny Payton reported that the cash deposits for May 31, 2013 are as follows: General Fund $139,405.19, Motor Fuel Tax $183,474.05, Water Fund $295,515.96.

A motion was made by Trustee Sparacino, seconded by Trustee Elliott to approve the treasurer’s report as presented. Roll call vote: Rhoads; yes, Elliott; yes, Long; yes, Sparacino; yes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Trustee Sparacino, seconded by Trustee Long to approve payment of bills as presented. Roll call vote: Rhoads; yes, Elliott; yes, Long; yes, Sparacino. Motion carried.

 

                                                                                DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Administration-President Whalen started her report by reminding the trustees of the Special Meeting being held on June 20, 2013. President Whalen also stated that the Zoning Board Meeting had been rescheduled to June 19, 2013.                 President Whalen reported that the solar system had been started to be installed.

Ordinances- There was no report for the department of Ordinances due to Trustee McMullin’s absence.

Finance- Trustee Sparacino reported that the Board is still working on the budget for the fiscal year 2014 and they would have another meeting on June 24, 2013 at 6:00pm.

Water- Trustee Elliott reported that the hydrant flushing will be starting soon and would like to remind residents to allow water to run for a while to allow water to clear all rust.

Health & Welfare- President Whalen had no report for the Health & Welfare department.

Streets & Grounds- Trustee Rhoads reported that maintenance employee is getting bids on the seal coating for the two truck beds and also the snow plow. Trustee Rhoads also reported that he is finalizing the Asphalt and some sealing for the streets with Jim Sparber from Baxter Woodman. Rhoads also stated that some mail boxes in Hillcrest are set back too far and will need to be moved up as it is causing damages to streets when post office vehicles are delivering mail. A letter will be sent out hopefully in the next bill to notify the residents of the federal guidelines.

Economic & Community Development- Trustee Long stated that he is waiting to get information on the status of the grant for the Sewer Project in July.

Building & Zoning- There was no report for the Building and Zoning department due to Trustee Salsbury’s absence.

Attorney- Attorney Keller stated that he would save his comments for the items on the agenda.

                                                                                PUBLIC COMMENT

Mike Pullin, 101 Ramona, stated the need for sidewalks on Hillcrest Ave and Errett Rd. as it is hard to see pedestrians walking on streets at night.

President Whalen stated that she is trying to encourage the park district to put in bike paths in Hillcrest.

                                                                                NEW BUSINESS

 

Water Testing Stations

President Whalen stated that she is looking for a motion to approve the installation of the water testing stations that where purchased last year, installation cost would be in the amount of $2,400.

A motion was made by Trustee Elliott, seconded by Trustee Sparacino to approve the installation of the water testing station in the amount of $2,400. Roll call vote: Rhoads; yes, Elliott; yes, Long; yes, Sparacino; yes. Motion carried.

Rochelle/Hillcrest Waste Water Agreement Amendment

President Whalen explained the Rochelle/Hillcrest Waste Water Agreement Amendment and how RMU had offered $100,000 for sewer project to get sewer in to Hillcrest.

A motion was made by Trustee Elliott, seconded by Trustee Rhoads to approve the Rochelle/Hillcrest Agreement Amendment. Roll call vote: Rhoads; yes, Elliott; yes, Long; yes, Sparacino; yes. Motion carried.

Prevailing Wage Ordinance

Attorney Keller explained the Prevailing Wage Ordinance and the need to adopt ordinance every June.

A motion was made by Trustee Sparacino, seconded by Trustee Long to approve the adoption of the Prevailing Wage Ordinance for Fiscal year 2013. Roll call vote: Rhoads; yes, Elliott; yes, Long; yes, Sparacino; yes. Motion carried.

Village Code Penalties Ordinance

President Whalen stated that the Amendment of The Village Code Penalties Ordinances is to clarify that any penalty reaching the amount of $1,000 will now be up to $750.00 to be in compliance with state law.

A motion was made by Trustee Sparacino, seconded by Trustee Elliott to approve the Amend Village Code Penalties Ordinance. Roll call vote: Rhoads; yes, Elliott; yes, Long; yes Sparacino; yes. Motion carried.

Acceptance of Resignation

President Whalen read a letter from Jim McMullin resigning to his position of Village Trustee dated June 5, 2013.

Attorney Keller added that this was being presented to the Board to make motion to accept the resignation of Jim McMullin.

A motion was made by Trustee Rhoads, seconded by Trustee Long to accept the letter of resignation of Jim McMullin. Roll call vote: Rhoads; yes, Elliott; yes, Long; yes, Sparacino; yes. Motion carried.

Assault Weapon Ban Ordinance

President Whalen stated that this Ordinance is no different from any other Ordinance that the Attorney has drafted and prepared for review and discussion. Whalen stated that this is for Board to review and get informed and to discuss.

Attorney Keller stated that the process of adopting ordinances is that the Board is allowed to see and review the ordinance before the Board is asked to vote on the Ordinance. Attorney Keller stated that the reason of how this Assault Weapon Ban Ordinance came about is the State Fire Arm Concealed Carry Act which has passed both houses of General Assembly and has been sent to the Governor for a signature. Attorney Keller stated that one section of the bill permits municipalities to adopt an Ordinance regulating assault weapons. Keller states that the Bill states such Ordinance must be adopted by municipalities within ten days of the approval of the Bill by the Governor, but it can also be approved prior to the signing of the bill by the Governor. Attorney Keller states that the Village has the authority to adopt a Ban on assault weapons now independently from the concealed Carry Bill that is now pending from the Governor. Keller stated that this Assault Weapon Ban Ordinance could have waited to be reviewed by the Board until the Governor signs the bill and the Village could have held a special meeting to review this Ordinance and decide it the board wanted to adopt the ordinance, but in reviewing this ordinance now it allows the Board and the Village more time to review, discuss and decide whether they want to adopt such ordinance. Attorney Keller stated that the complicated part is that the General Assembly did not define what an assault weapon is therefore, the bill leaves it strictly to the each municipality to define what constitutes an assault weapon. Keller states that what is proposed in the Assault Weapon Ban Ordinance is the definition of assault weapon which is taken from the Chicago Municipal Code, however; another option is for the Village to define their own definition of assault weapons. Keller states that it is not necessary to ban assault weapons in Hillcrest, however; if you wish to ban them you will have to adopt the ordinance. Keller explained how this Ordinance was brought to the board to have the option to review and make decision at a later date.

Trustee Sparacino asked if ban was defined as not being able to carry the weapons or not being able to possess weapon anywhere in the Village.

Attorney Keller stated it would be illegal to possess it anywhere in the Village. Keller stated that residents could own weapon, but will not be able to store it within the Village.

President Whalen asked Attorney Keller if he knew of any other Municipalities besides Chicago who have adopted such Ordinance.

Attorney Keller stated that he did not have that information however the concealed weapon bill has triggered some municipalities to be considering a ban on assault weapons. Keller also stated that his office is preparing this type of Ordinance for other municipalities.

Trustee Rhoads asked Attorney Keller if someone on the board had asked to have Ordinance prepared or if he had brought this to the board.

Attorney Keller stated that he had brought this to the board because of the deadline if concealed weapon bill is passed and I considered it my responsibility to inform the board of new legal developments that can affect the Village and this would be one of those new legal developments.

Trustee Rhoads stated that he thinks that this Ordinance is taking away the rights of law abiding citizens and is urging the board not to pass this Ordinance.

Trustee Elliot asked Trustee Rhoads if he thinks that the concealed weapon law has any effect in the crime rate in Texas as they have a concealed weapon law.

Trustee Rhoads stated that he does think that Texas has a lower crime rate because more people are armed.

There was discussion between the board as to what the definition of assault weapon is or what the board would like to define assault weapons as.

                                                               

                                                                                PUBLIC COMMENT

Ginger Willis, 334 Erickson, stated that she was really upset that this Ordinance was being considered. Willis stated that she is concerned that she is a female and her husband is not home most of the time due to his work schedule and the board is trying to take away the right to have a weapon to protect her family. Willis stated that they are law abiding citizens that keep their weapons locked up responsibly and take classes on how to use them. Willis stated that she feels that this should not even be discussed especially if not well informed or educated on fire arms.

Trustee Elliott asked Mrs. Willis if she had any of the weapons being discussed.

Mrs. Willis stated that if she did or did not have these weapons should be her right to have.

Trustee Elliott stated that he agrees with the concealed weapons but does not agree that assault weapons should be allowed.

Mike Weisman, 125 Virginia Dupage, the 2nd Vice-President of the Illinois State Rifle Association stated that he was there to defend the rights of citizens and explained what some of the weapons being discussed are used for. Mr. Weisman stated that the 10 day deadline was given by antigun politician and the Chicago politician urging to pass this weapon ban ordinance are trying to show control by urging to pass this Ordinance. Mr. Weisman also stated that if ordinance is passed the board would be looking at a $100,000 law suit for taking away citizens second amendment.

Attorney Keller stated that the State Law authorizes municipalities to take this approach.

Joey Willis, 334 Erickson, stated that he is a hunter and also husband of Ginger Willis who is home at night by herself with children and is concerned that this ordinance is taking away their rights to protect their families and allowed them to hunt.

Mike Pullin, 101 Ramona, asked if Attorney Keller was recommending the board to pass this ordinance.

Attorney Keller stated that he is not recommending anything his job is simply to inform board and allow them to make a decision.

Mr. Pullin stated that he would recommend passing ordinance with the grenade launcher only and possibly amending in the future if needed.

Trustee Sparacino stated if it would be possible to not ban weapons, so resident could keep in their homes, but not be allowed to conceal them.

Mr. Willis said that he would be happy with whatever is legal in the state.

A motion was made by Trustee Elliott, seconded by Trustee Rhoads to table the Assault Weapon Ban Ordinance. Roll call vote: Rhoads; yes, Elliott; yes, Long; yes, Sparacino; yes. Motion carried.

A motion to move to Executive Session was made at 8:34pm by Trustee Long, seconded by Trustee Sparacino. Roll call vote: Rhoads; yes, Elliott; yes, Long; yes, Sparacino; yes. Motion carried.

A motion to return to Regular Session was made at 8:44pm by Trustee Rhoads, seconded by Trustee Sparacino. Roll call vote: Rhoads; yes, Elliott; yes, Long; yes, Sparacino; yes. Motion carried.

A motion to adjourn was made at 8:45pm by Trustee Rhoads, seconded by Trustee Sparacino. All I. Motion carried.

Minutes taken and prepared by Village Clerk Patty Moreno.



Posted: 6/14/2014 | Updated: 6/14/2014