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City of Berwyn City Council met March 26

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | May 14, 2019


City of Berwyn City Council met March 26.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:

1. Mayor Lovero called the Regular Meeting to Order at 8:00 p.m. The following Aldermen responded present: Lennon, Ramirez, Reardon, Fejt, Avila, and Garcia. Ald. Avila made the motion, seconded by Lennon, to excuse Ald. Santoy and Ald. Ruiz from the meeting. The motion carried on a voice vote.

2. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. A moment of silence was given in memory of Corinne Falco, retired City Hall Finance Clerk, in memory of retired Police Chief Charles “Chick” Herold, and for the safety of our First Responders.

3. Open Forum was announced. Ald. Lennon thanked Boy Scout Troop 32 for assisting him in delivering Tax Appeal Workshop Fliers as well as Township Assessor David Avila for the workshop.

4. Minutes for the March 12, 2019 Public Hearing on the 2019 Proposed Appropriation Ordinance were submitted. Ald. Avila made the motion, seconded by Ald. Fejt, to approve the Public Hearing Minutes as submitted. The motion carried on a unanimous voice vote.

5. Minutes for the Committee of the Whole and Regular Berwyn City Council meetings, each held on March 12,2019 were submitted. Ald. Avila made the motion, seconded by Fejt, to approve the Minutes for both meetings as submitted. The motion carried on a unanimous voice vote.

6. Ald. Avila made the motion, seconded by Ald. Lennon, to accept the notice of retirement from Fire Chief Dennis O’Halloran, and concur with Mayor Lovero in thanking Chief O’Halloran for his many of years of service to the people of the City of Berwyn and wishing him well in his future endeavors. The motion carried on a unanimous voice vote. Mayor Lovero gave his personal thanks for Chief O’Halloran’s service. This was met with a standing ovation.

7. Ald. Fejt was recognized and made remarks thanking Chief O’Halloran. Ald. Fejt made the motion, seconded by Ald. Garcia, to adopt the Proclamation honoring Fire Chief Dennis O’Halloran as submitted. The motion carried on a unanimous voice vote. Clerk Paul read the Proclamation, a copy of which was presented to Chief O’Halloran by Mayor Lovero. Fire Chief O’Halloran then gave remarks and thanked the Mayor and City Council, the members of the Berwyn Fire Department, as well as all members of the public in the gallery this evening.

8. Ald. Avila made the motion, seconded by Ald. Garcia, to concur with the appointment of Thomas A. Hayes as Berwyn Fire Chief effective April 3, 2019. The motion carried by a unanimous voice vote. Clerk Paul then administered the Oath of Office to Mr. Hayes. Fire Chief Hayes then thanked Chief O’Halloran for his service, thanked the City Council for the appointment, and thanked his family and members of the Berwyn Fire Department.

9. Ald. Avila made the motion, seconded by Ald. Lennon, to concur in the appointment of Kris Coniglio as Berwyn Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief effective April 3, 2019. The motion carried by a unanimous voice vote. Clerk Paul administered the Oath of Office to Mr. Coniglio. Asst. Chief Coniglio then thanked Chief O’Halloran, his family, and the members of the Fire Department.

10. Ald. Avila made the motion, seconded by Ald. Ramirez, to concur in the appointment of John Diebold as Berwyn Deputy Fire Chief effective April 3, 2019. The motion carried by a unanimous voice vote. Clerk Paul administered the Oath of Office to Mr. Diebold.

11. Ald. Lennon made the motion, seconded by Ald. Fejt, to concur with the re-appointment of Barbara M. Korbel as a member of the Berwyn Library Board. The motion carried by a unanimous voice vote.

12. Ald. Avila made the motion, seconded by Ald. Garcia, to adopt the Resolution memorializing the City Council approval granted to the North Berwyn Park District for their August 17, 2019 event and requesting the Illinois Department of Transportation for permission to close certain streets for the duration of the event. The motion carried by a unanimous voice vote.

13. Ald. Lennon made the motion, seconded by Ald. Reardon, to approve the renewal of the Health Insurance contract with Blue Cross / Blue Shield for 2019 with the inclusion of Eye Med Vision through Dearborn National for a total premium cost of $9,806,947.10, reduced by an employee contribution of $1,041,445.10, resulting in a total net cost of $8,765,502.00. The motion carried by a unanimous call of the roll.

14. Ald. Avila made the motion, seconded by Ald. Garcia, to approve the Clerk’s request to deny the 1800 Block of Gunderson block party permits for the 2019 season and to deny future block party requests during the 4th of July holiday period beginning in 2020 and extending to a future date. The motion carried by a unanimous voice vote.

15. Ald. Garcia made the motion, seconded by Ald. Avila, to grant permission to St. Mary of Celle Catholic Church, for use of the public way to conduct a procession on April 19, 2019, to approve partial street closure as identified in the Alderman’s communication between the hours of 1:00 and 3:30 p.m., and to provide city services as requested by Pastor Hugo Morales. The motion carried by a unanimous voice vote.

16. Ald. Lennon made the motion, seconded by Ald. Reardon, to create the Vacation Rental/Airbnb Ad Hoc Committee and appoint the members identified in his revised communication (marked “Germane to I-2”) distributed to council members. The motion carried by a unanimous voice vote.

17. Ald. Avila made the motion, seconded by Ald. Fejt, to approve the Jefferson School Wellness and Cancer Awareness Walk event request for Wednesday, May 15, 2019 and to provide city services as requested. The motion carried by a unanimous voice vote.

18. Ald. Lennon made the motion, seconded by Ald. Avila, to adopt the Ordinance (Ord. 19-14) entitled: An Ordinance Abating Taxes Levied for the 2018 Tax Year (Collected in Fiscal Year 2019). The motion carried by a unanimous call of the roll.

19. Ald. Lennon made the motion, seconded by Ald. Avila, to waive the bidding process and renew a 5- year contract with Pitney Bowes for the SendPro P3000 Postage Machine for the cost of $804.05 per month not to exceed an annual fee of $9,648.60. Ald. Ramirez raised questions about the contract and why it had not gone out to bid. Finance Director Jones was recognized and provided explanation. The motion carried by the following roll call vote: AYES: Lennon, Fejt, Avila and Garcia. NAYS: Ramirez and Reardon.

20. Ald. Avila made the motion, seconded by Ald. Lennon, to concur and grant permission to Asst. Fire Chief Hayes to contact the Berwyn Police and Fire Commission to fill openings in the Fire Department ranks due to Chief O’Halloran’s retirement and subsequent promotions conducted earlier in the evening. The motion carried on a unanimous voice vote.

21. Ald. Lennon made the motion, seconded by Ald. Ramirez, to grant permission to the Interim Library Director to advertise and replace the Library Assistant 1-Circulation (part time 20-hrs.). The motion carried by a unanimous voice vote.

22. Ald. Lennon made the motion, seconded by Ald. Ramirez, to permit the Library to host the Summer Reading Program Challenge kick-off event on Saturday, June 8, 2019, allow street closure of Maple Avenue from Riverside Drive south to 28th Street, and to permit the use of city services as requested. The motion carried by a unanimous voice vote.

23. Ald. Avila made the motion, seconded by Ald. Lennon to award the 3-year Floor Mat Cleaning/Rental contract to the lowest bidder Cintas Corporation for an amount of 507.37 every other week. The motion carried by a unanimous call of the roll.

24. Ald. Fejt made the motion, seconded by Ald. Lennon, to award the 2019 Seasonal Plant Watering and Maintenance contract for Roosevelt Rd., Depot District, Cermak Road Area, and Ogden Ave. to the low bidder McAdam Landscaping Professionals for a bid amount of not to exceed $20,700.00. The motion carried by a unanimous call of the roll.

25. Ald. Fejt made the motion, seconded by Ald. Lennon, to award the 2019 Seasonal Landscape Maintenance contract for the Depot District, Cermak Road area, and Ogden Ave. to the lowest bidder Gus & Sons Landscaping for amounts not to exceed 13,998.00, 14,025.00, and 14,398.00 respectively. The motion carried by a unanimous roll call vote. Ald. Garcia made the motion, seconded by Ald. Avila, to award the Roosevelt Rd. contract to the lowest bidder McAdam Landscaping Professionals in an amount not to exceed $6,150.00. The motion carried by a unanimous voice vote.

26. The Consent Agenda, with items K-1 through K-3, was submitted.

1. Payroll: 3/20/2019 in the amount of $1,264,671.04: Informational

2. Payables: 3/14/2019 to 3/27/2019 in the amount of $1,283,709.18: Informational

3. Chicago International Christian Church Use of Public Way: Approved

Ald. Avila made the motion, seconded by Ald. Lennon, to approve the Consent Agenda by omnibus vote designation. The motion carried by a unanimous voice vote.

27. Committee Meetings and Announcements from Aldermen: None announced

28. There being no further business to come before the Council, Ald. Reardon made the motion, seconded by Ald. Lennon, to adjourn at the hour of 8:40 pm. The motion carried by a voice vote.

https://www.berwyn-il.gov/sites/all/files/pdfs/MtgMinutes/2019/CouMtgMin-20190326.pdf

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