10.17.2011 - Village of Deerfield
Board of Trustees Meeting October 17, 2011 Page 4 of 8 Robert Ruiz, Athletic Director at Deerfield High School, noted they do not have any intention to install permanent signage on the scoreboard and stated they would come back with the scoreboard proposal. Trustee Oppenheim questioned what would happen to the High School’s timetable if the scoreboard portion were removed from the proposal and the Ordinance was reintroduced when the High School is ready to install the scoreboard? Mr. Ruiz explained the school wants to have discussions with corporations regarding scoreboard sponsorship. Trustee Struthers reported she would not want the scoreboard to be visible from Waukegan Road as it may be distracting for drivers. She would want to see what is proposed for the scoreboard before approving it. Trustee Farkas made a motion to accept the Ordinance removing the scoreboard reference in three portions of the Ordinance. Mr. Coblentz noted a new public hearing would have to be held if the scoreboard reference was removed from the Ordinance. Mr. Coblentz noted the Ordinance, as written, requires the petitioner to appear before the Plan Commission for final approval of the scoreboard’s design, location and size but that the general parameters could be approved at this time. This will stand as a First Reading. Trustee Seiden suggested including language in the Ordinance related to the type of advertising allowed on the fences. He recognized the School District has an independent Board but recommended incorporating Village Board input because the signs would be viewed by the public. He noted there is a 2007 School District policy stating what can be displayed, but he would like to add minimal rules on the type of advertising allowed. Mayor Rosenthal questioned what would be in the Village’s policy that is not covered by the School District’s policy? Trustee Oppenheim noted the School District’s policy seems complete. Trustee Farkas believes the Village should be able to rely on the School District to exercise judgment on what kids see on fences. NEW BUSINESS ORDINANCE O-11-39 INCREASING An Ordinance increasing the number of Class E THE NUMBER OF CLASS E LIQUOR liquor licenses from 14 to 15 for Biaggi’s LICENSES FROM 14 TO 15 FOR Ristorante Italiano. First Reading. BIAGGI’S RESTORANTE ITALIANO Trustee Benton made a motion to waive the First Reading of the Ordinance. Trustee Oppenheim seconded the motion. The motion passed by the following vote: AYES: Benton, Farkas, Oppenheim, Seiden, Struthers (5) NAYS: None (0) Thomas Dierking, Managing Partner of Biaggi’s in Deerfield, reported Biaggi’s would open November 7, 2011. He noted Biaggi’s has a homemade, from scratch, menu including a children’s menu and a gluten-free menu.
Board of Trustees Meeting October 17, 2011 Page 5 of 8 Trustee Seiden made a motion to adopt the Ordinance. Trustee Oppenheim seconded the motion. The motion passed by the following vote: AYES: Benton, Farkas, Oppenheim, Seiden, Struthers (5) NAYS: None (0) ORDINANCE O-11-40 PROHIBITING An Ordinance prohibiting handheld devices while HANDHELD DEVICES WHILE driving. Second Reading. DRIVING – 2R Trustee Farkas stated that he supports this Ordinance. He would like the Village to reevaluate the Ordinance once it is in place, to ensure the fines are high enough. Trustee Farkas believes this is a safety issue but the fines do not support the level of seriousness of the issue. Mr. Street suggested reviewing the Ordinance in six months. Mayor Rosenthal contacted the State Representatives and noted that Representative Karen May will re-introduce this legislation proposing to make it a State law. Rob Klein, 1152 Norman Lane, is a labor lawyer in Highland Park. He drives two hours a day to see clients and sees all types of distracting behavior while driving. He is in favor of having a State-wide ordinance against handheld devices. Mr. Klein is concerned because if a municipality passes an ordinance that is not State-wide, it becomes chaotic for people to know the ordinance of each individual jurisdiction. Mayor Rosenthal noted that is why the Village is supporting a State-wide ban against the use of handheld devices while driving. Mayor Rosenthal stated the Ordinance would go into effect on November 1, 2011. The Village will work on installing signage, educating residents, publishing an article in D-Tails and sending out press releases. Trustee Oppenheim made a motion adopt the Ordinance. Trustee Benton seconded the motion. The motion passed by the following vote: AYES: Benton, Farkas, Oppenheim, Seiden, Struthers (5) NAYS: None (0) ORDINANCE APPROVING A TEXT An Ordinance approving a text amendment to the AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING Zoning Ordinance regarding commercial vehicles ORDINANCE REGARDING used for advertising. First Reading. COMMERCIAL VEHICLES USED FOR ADVERTISING – 1R AUTHORIZATION TO EXECUTE Assistant Village Engineer, Bob Phillips reported CONTRACT FOR THE INSTALLATION that the water main in the creek beneath the Central OF WATER MAIN ALONG CENTRAL Avenue needs to be replaced and that it is a priority AVENUE BENEATH THE WEST FORK to complete this work in conjunction with the OF THE NORTH BRANCH OF THE Central Avenue Bridge project. The Village CHICAGO RIVER requested quotes from two contractors. The lowest proposal was from Demuth Incorporated in the