Dupage County Municipal/County Intergovernmental Committee met January 31.
Here is the minutes as provided by the committee:
Welcome, Introductions, and Pledge of Allegiance
Co-Chairman Mayor Rodney Craig called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Introductions were made.
Those in attendance included:
Mayor Rodney Craig Hanover Park
Mayor Rich Veenstra Addison
Mayor Len Austin Clarendon Hills
Mayor Nunzio Pulice Wood Dale
CB Member Don Puchalski District #1
CB Member Greg Hart District #3
CB Member Tim Elliott District #4
CB Member Jim Healy District #5
Suzette Quintell DMMC
Connor McCarthy DuPage State’s Attorney’s Office
Sheryl Markay DuPage County Board Office
There was no public comment.
Minutes of Previous Meeting
Mayor Craig made a motion to approve the minutes from the September 27, 2017 meeting, seconded by Mayor Pulice. All Ayes, motion carried.
A discussion was held regarding the county’s and the conference’s state legislative agendas for the spring session. Sheryl Markay highlighted the county’s top priorities including the protection of local revenues, the consolidation of the Election Commission with the County Clerk’s Office, support of legislation to prohibit tobacco sales until age 21, support of legislation to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits unless they are obtained from shelters or rescue organizations, and support of an infrastructure program.
Mayor Veenstra shared DMMC’s legislative priorities including the protection of state collected local revenue streams, the consolidation of 663-municipal public safety pension funds, the preservation of local authority, removing the distinction between home rule and non-home rule communities, and reform of the Workers’ Compensation Act. Mayor Veenstra also highlighted a video recently produced by the conference on the subject of property taxes that he asked the county to view and support.
Member Puchalski provided a County Transportation Update. The County’s 2018 Transportation Capital Program is $35.7 million, that incudes engineering, land acquisition and construction. The county was recently notified that the state is reinstating its previous reduction of $850,000 in motor fuel tax monies due to favorable bidding. In February, the county’s transportation department will host four public hearings as the county develops its first long-range transportation plan. Local elected officials and the public are encouraged to attend.
Member Hart highlighted the county’s efforts to combat the heroin/opioid epidemic and stated the county was hosting a roundtable discussion with Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi this Friday at the Health Department. Mayor Craig provided a brief update on Metra and stated he would like to organize a meeting between DMMC and the County Board to meet the new Director (of Metra). Staff will organize a meet and greet at the conference soon.
There was no old business to come before the committee.
Staff asked committee members to forward any topics they may have for future meetings.
Next Meeting Date
Members agreed to meet next in late May or early June.
With no further business remaining before the committee, Mayor Craig moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:45 p.m., seconded by Mayor Veenstra. All Ayes motion carried.