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Village of Maryville, Illinois

Description Board Meeting
Date 3/7/2012 Location Council Chamber
Time Speaker Note
7:10:53 PM Gulledge Called the Board meeting of Wednesday, March 7, 2012 to order. Invited Pastor Kevin Wilson from New Rivers Assembly to open meeting in prayer and asked all to remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.
7:12:20 PM Gulledge Asked for a roll call of those officers present. Answering the roll were Trustees Vallino, Schmidt, Bell, Kostyshock, Garcia and Short. Also in attendance were Clerk Henry, Attorney Motil, Comptroller Brussatti, Building & Zoning Administrator/Fire Chief Flaugher, Public Works Director Presson, Police Chief Schardan, 52 guests and 2 reporters.
7:12:36 PM Gulledge Called for approval of the minutes of the February 15, 2012 Board meeting. Asked if there were any questions, additions or subtractions to the minutes as prepared by the Clerk. There were none. Motion to approve the minutes was made by Schmidt. Second to the motion was made by Bell. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Garcia - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:13:06 PM Gulledge Called for approval of the bills submitted for payment. Asked if there were any questions, additions or subtractions. There were none. Motion to approve the bills for payment was made by Kostyshock. Second to the motion was made by Vallino. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Garcia - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:13:37 PM Gulledge Went to Communications.
7:13:42 PM Henry Read a letter submitted by Terry and Paula Lueckerath of 108 W. Zupan St., Unit 1, Maryville dated March 7, 2012.
7:15:30 PM Gulledge Called for a motion to place the Communication on file. Motion was made by Bell, second to the motion was made by Schmidt. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Garcia - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:15:47 PM Gulledge Moved to Legal Matters.
7:15:54 PM Motil Read a Proclamation for Girl Scout Week to be March 11 through March 17, 2012.
7:16:56 PM Gulledge Called for a motion to allow the Mayor to sign the Proclamation. Motion was made by Kostyshock. Second to the motion was made by Vallino. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Garcia - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:17:24 PM Motil Read Resolution 2012-03. A resolution appropriating $250,000 of Motor Fuel Tax Funds for the purpose of maintaining streets and highways under the applicable provisions of the Illinois Highway Code from May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013.
7:18:39 PM Gulledge Called for a motion to approve Resolution 2012-03. Motion was made by Kostyshock. Second to the motion was made by Bell. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Garcia - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:19:10 PM Motil Read Resolution 2012-04. A resolution authorizing the Mayor to apply for park commission funds from Madison County.
7:20:15 PM Gulledge Called for a motion to pass and approve Resolution 2012-04. Motion was made by Bell. Second to the motion was made by Schmidt. Gulledge commented this is the $15,000 annual PEP grant. The $15,000 is used as a payment towards the $75,000 loan from the County Park Commission for the Drost Park Improvement Project. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Garcia - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:21:16 PM Motil Read Ordinance 2012-04. An Ordinance declaring certain property owned by the Village as surplus. Property is identified in the ordinance as a 1992 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck and a 1995 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck. Vehicles were used in the public works department.
7:22:33 PM Gulledge Called for a motion to pass Ordinance 2012-04. Motion was made by Kostyshock. Second to the motion was made by Short. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Garcia - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:22:58 PM Motil Read Ordinance 2012-05. An Ordinance amending the Village of Maryville Zoning Ordinance No. 70-1. Property requested to be rezoned is located at 210 W. Division and is owned by KC Companies, LLC. Rezoning requested is from B-2 to MR-2.
7:25:26 PM Gulledge Called for a motion to approve Ordinance 2012-05. Motion was made by Kostyshock to deny the request to rezone the property located at 210 W. Division Parcel A from B-2 to MR-2. Gulledge confirmed Kostyshock's motion is to not change the zoning at the stated location. Second to the motion was made by Garcia. Gulledge called for any questions and/or comments.
7:26:18 PM Kostyshock Stated he had comments. Stated at this time in the old part of town, west side of 159 there are 72 apartments and 90 more by the car wash and quick shop and now a request to add 18 more, will bring the total to 180 apartment units in less than a 3 block area. Stated his concern is safety for his family. Stated elected officials have a duty to help protect citizens. Doesn't think Board should allow more apartments to be built. Spoke with residents who stated they did not want additional apartments. Stated concern that property values decline with apartments and crime rate goes up. Stated his opinion that surrounding communities are having problems with too many apartments and multi-family housing. Brought up Senator Durbin's current campaign to address issues in E. St. Louis apartment areas. Stated his concern that if Maryville allows more apartments the town could become like E. St. Louis. Stated his concern that apartments will bring in "undesirables" to Village. Urged Board members to vote no on the rezoning request. Recalled past no votes concerning other requested apartment units in the Village. Stated he is 100% against apartments.
7:32:22 PM Gulledge Restated there is a motion to deny rezoning request. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - nay; Schmidt - no; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Garcia - yes; Short - no; Gulledge - no. Motion failed.
7:33:33 PM Gulledge Called for a motion to pass the rezoning request as stated in Ordinance 2012-05. Motion was made by Short. Second to the motion was made by Vallino. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - no; Kostyshock - no; Garcia - no; Short - yes; Gulledge - yes. Motion carried.
7:34:38 PM Kostyshock Stated his opinions again against the apartments. Commented to Trustee Vallino regarding his vote.
7:35:04 PM Vallino Commented that issue was very emotional. Gave his opinion that realistically a community cannot exclude multi-family. Stated he voted for the rezoning as he believed it to be the best alternative for this property. He voted what he thought was right for the Village.
7:36:43 PM   Trustee Garcia left the meeting due to illness of a family member.
7:37:03 PM Gulledge Moved to Old Business.
7:37:11 PM Bell Made a motion to approve the design and purchase of single sided sign for the Village Garden from Signs 'N Such at an estimated cost of $545. Second to the motion was made by Schmidt. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:38:08 PM Bell Made a motion to purchase fish for Drost Lake from Madison County SWCD in the amount of $368. Second to the motion was made by Short. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:38:48 PM Kostyshock Made comments again regarding the rezoning issue and his opinion of negative impact.
7:39:58 PM Gulledge Asked for someone to make a motion to approve an additional expense of $165 to Central Burglar Alarm Co. for the water plant alarm system. Motion was made by Bell. Second to the motion was made by Schmidt. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:40:29 PM Gulledge Asked for some to make a motion to approve the 2012 Motor Fuel Tax Maintenance Program. Motion was made by Bell. Second to the motion was made by Short. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:41:10 PM Short Made a motion to approve the purchase of a handheld radar unit at a cost of $595 plus shipping from Decatur Electronics. Second to the motion was made by Schmidt. Schmidt commented the unit is being purchased using DUI fund money the Village receives from Madison County. General Fund money is not being used. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:42:12 PM Short Made a motion to approve the purchase of an in-car radar unit from Applied Concepts at a cost of $1,399 plus shipping from the DUI Fund. Second to the motion was made by Bell. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:42:50 PM Short Made a motion to approve the purchase of a replacement computer for the Police patrol desk from Computron at a cost of $1,735.99. Stated this computer was included in this year's budget. Second to the motion was made by Vallino. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:43:36 PM Short Made a motion to approve pay application #3 for J. Wilkinson, Inc. in the amount of $37,340.49 for the firehouse renovation. Second to the motion was made by Schmidt. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:44:24 PM Short Made a motion to approve the purchase of furniture for the firehouse from Illinois Department of Corrections in the amount of $3,675.92. Furniture is for sleeping quarters being added to the building. Second to the motion was made by Bell. Short commented budget amount for this purchase was $5,000. By purchasing from Dept. of Corrections was able to save money while still purchasing high quality furniture. Schmidt asked Short to explain program by Dept. of Corrections. Short stated program teaches building trade to inmates. Benefits the inmates in developing a skill and trade and also benefits communities being able to purchase high quality products at reduced costs. Furniture is solid oak, not pressboard. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
7:46:01 PM Gulledge Moved to New Business / Trustee Comments.
7:46:12 PM Schmidt Gave update of Community Improvement Board meeting held March 5th. Gave information to public in attendance regarding the new Village Garden project.
7:47:30 PM Short Stated he appreciated everyone's position on the rezoning issue. Stated his decision was made for what he believes to be the benefit of Maryville overall. Stated he was somewhat offended by lack of faith in police department expressed by some. He believes Maryville police department is capable of containing any crime issues in the Village. He appreciates Maryville being a diverse community. Believes concerns expressed relate to owners, not dwelling types.
7:48:44 PM Kostyshock Interjected comment regarding police.
7:48:59 PM Short Stated that comments were made regarding negative crime impact from apartments. Kostyshock interjected current newspaper issues regarding Belleville and E. St. Louis. Short continued that things happen all over, these problems involve many issues such as economy, governments. States Village is a good community and offers good services. Board is good stewards of finances and do not vote for personal advantages. Board does what feels is best for community which may not be most popular decision for some.
7:50:16 PM Kostyshock Asked why take chance in destroying community by adding more apartments. Stated his belief that apartment complexes bring in crime.
7:50:39 PM Gulledge Moved to Calendar Updates. Noted Chicken & Beer dance for fire department is this Saturday. "Make A Difference" community service day is Saturday also. Art Show is March 18. Last week of March is large item pickup week by Allied Waste. Noted committee meetings remaining in March.
7:54:16 PM Gulledge Went to Staff Reports.
7:54:16 PM Schardan Thanked the Board for purchase approvals. Stated all new squad cars are in service. Gave February police activity report.
7:54:52 PM Short Asked about Officer Spaller's SIMS Instructor recertification. Asked if Maryville has SIMS equipment or is it borrowed. Schardan answered equipment is borrowed from Glen Carbon.
7:55:20 PM Flaugher Gave Building & Zoning totals for February. Gave Fire Department activity totals for February. Thanked the Board for furniture purchase approval. Stated furniture is solid oak and includes a bed, desk, chair, nightstand and wardrobe. Furniture is custom made to fire department's specifications. Gave update on building renovation. Drywall is hung, should be mudded and taped by end of week. Painting next week. Tile has been ordered.
7:58:48 PM Schmidt Suggested having new ambulance on display at the Chicken & Beer Dance.
7:59:24 PM Gulledge Went to Business From the Floor.
7:59:40 PM Darrell Garcia 11 Bonnie Ct., Maryville. Stated he appreciates police department. Asked Chief Schardan where biggest problems in Maryville are.
8:00:38 PM Schardan Stated Maryville has the lowest crime rate in Madison County with any population over 1000. Over last 9 years there have not been major issues in the Patty and Anthony Drive apartment area. The current owner has made improvements to the area. Stated problems depend on the owners of the properties and how they screen tenants and how the lease agreements are designed.
8:03:05 PM Kostyshock Stated he reads in newspapers that surrounding towns are having problems with apartments. Asked Chief's input.
8:03:08 PM Schardan Stated he attends violent crime task force meetings. Several communities have started using the programs available for tenant screenings and lease agreements and have seen significant improvements. Stated again it is up to the owner of the properties and how well they screen and the kind of lease agreements used. Comparing what has happened in recent years to E. St. Louis to what may happen in Maryville over the next 20 to 25 years is not a fair comparison. There are a lot more issues in the problem communities than what is occurring here. Thanked the Board for their support of the Police Dept.
8:04:58 PM Darrell Garcia Stated he has nothing against Mr. Geiler. Would rather see senior living development. Told Trustee Vallino he was disappointed in his vote. Vallino stated that he voted his opinion. Does not believe previous stated opinions that living in an apartment means you are subject to crime. Agrees that it is up to the landlords. Garcia continued by stating his disappointment in the passage of the rezoning request.
8:08:22 PM Lisa Colon 421 Bunker Hill, Collinsville. Stated while she does not live in Maryville, she attends functions and events here with her family and is concerned about what happens in Maryville. Commented favorably on the town homes being proposed.
8:10:03 PM Jim Mundy 101 Maryknoll, Maryville. Commented that some current apartments are in disrepair. Stated his opinion that Village needs to make sure that an apartment does not become a nuisance. Referenced apartments at Lucas & W. Zupan, Perry St., Patty and Anthony Drive. Stated the current Board passed that zoning to allow these apartments. Gulledge corrected Mr. Mundy by stating that the current board did not pass that particular zoning. Mr. Mundy continued that these apartments were not good social investments. Asked if Maryville has licensing for apartments. Gulledge answered that Maryville does not have occupancy permits for apartments. Mr. Mundy continued by discussing mine subsidence issue in the area. Commented on several water breaks and his opinion that they are caused by mine subsidence and heavy truck traffic. Suggested installing a stop sign and instituting load limits.
8:15:44 PM Chris Geiler Thanked the Board for the opportunity to speak and to bring this type of development to the community. Stated he is willing to sit with Chief to discuss any concerns.
8:16:28 PM Dave Geiler 36 Dogwood, Maryville. Stated he drove the area being rezoned. Commented that there is additional traffic from the Whispering Hills development. Stated current Board is not responsible for decisions made 20 to 30 years ago. Suggested regarding concerns about rental property, the Board could develop an ordinance to govern rental property owners if feel needed. Stated the Board will govern the developer and how the property is developed. Does not feel that the proposed town homes will cause the demise of this community. Feels what is proposed is better than what is currently on the property and what could have potentially been constructed. Feels the Board made the right choice this evening.
8:21:12 PM Gulledge Moved to Mayor's Comments. Recognized Andy Koch the reporter for Troy Times Tribune and noted that Andy is leaving the Tribune to accept a new job. Stated his appreciation for the coverage that Andy gave Maryville in the newspaper. Stated Andy was always fair and honest in his reports and always gave Maryville a chance to respond to any criticisms. Thanked Andy on behalf of the Board and the residents of Maryville.
8:22:34 PM Andy Koch Stated his appreciation of the comments.
8:23:04 PM Gulledge Stated the decision made tonight regarding the rezoning was one of the toughest because of very strong opinions. Noted that he and several of the Trustees spoke personally with several of the residents in the affected area. Cautioned against stereotyping. While he may personally not be totally for multi-family developments, the fact is that not all citizens can afford to purchase homes and wants to see quality rental property available in Maryville. Stated that the majority of the Board thought that the MR-2 zoning was the best scenario. Stated there are numerous owned and single family homes that are in a state of disrepair. Stated to Mr. Geiler that the same stringent requirements he had to comply with for the development on Zupan St. will apply to this development as well. Commented that this vote tonight was for zoning, not for a particular development. Mr. Geiler will have to submit preliminary and final development plans to the Planning Commission for their approval and then subsequently to the Board. Regarding the mine subsidence and road conditions in the area, the Board does recognize there is a problem. There is nothing that the Board can do for mine subsidence. The public works committee is working on plans for possible improvements to the roads. There is work on going that attempts to deal with homes and buildings in disrepair. Stated residents who live directly next to the property in question stated to him that they would prefer a multi-family zoning classification as opposed to what could potentially be put on the property as zoned B-2. Thanked all who came and spoke this evening. Stated public is always welcome to attend Board and Caucus meetings.
8:30:23 PM Gulledge Being no further business to come before this meeting, called for a motion to adjourn. Motion was made by Vallino, second to the motion was made by Bell. Roll call vote on the motion: Vallino - yes; Schmidt - yes; Bell - yes; Kostyshock - yes; Short - yes. Motion carried.
8:30:39 PM   Meeting adjourned.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Jolene R. Henry, Village Clerk

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