Board of Trustees
The Village of Riverwoods is governed by a Mayor and a six member Board of Trustees. All are elected for four year staggered terms and the trustees serve without pay while the Mayor is salaried. The Board is the legislative body of the Village government. The administrative work is performed under the direction of the Mayor, who is elected to serve a four year term. Village Board meetings are held at 7:30pm on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. All meetings are open to the public and your are cordially invited to attend and participate.
Village Board of Trustees Meeting Notes
Summary of ordinances, resolutions, and non-routine matters considered by the Board of Trustees from the meeting minutes of June 18, July 2, 16 and August 6 . Read the entirety of these minutes or view the video of the actual Board of Trustee meetings on the Village of Riverwoods website at www.riverwoods-il.net/Government/Videos/.
Director of Community Services
1075 Wigham – Mr. Durning stated that the home on 1075 Wigham has been demolished. The vacant parcel has been filled in. The bank owns the land.
ComEd – Mr. Durning spoke with ComEd, who indicated that no cable has been buried since the new 2007 agreement was signed. Trustee Haber asked if they were required to bury 500 feet each year. Mr. Durning stated that they were. Trustee Haber stated that the Village should pursue forcing ComEd to install the underground cable as required for all of the years that it failed to comply with the contract.
Mayor Norris stated that he didn't know if they could get ComEd to retroactively make good. Trustee Haber stated that ComEd breached their contract and they should be required to do what they were supposed to do under the contract. Attorney Huvard will pursue the matter.
SSA 24 Water Main – Village Engineer Glenn stated that the SSA 24 water main is proceeding on schedule with about one half of the pipe in the ground. There has been some discontent in the neighborhood due to an occasional loss of cable and/or telephone service being cut because the lines weren't marked by the locators.
Culvert Cleaning Pilot Program – Mr. Glenn and Trustee Baumann put together a pilot program to assist residents in getting their driveway culverts cleaned. The Village has received pricing for the cleaning but is still waiting for quotes for some culverts which are in need of repair. Mr. Glenn's next step would be to put together a letter and send it to residents.
Village Attorney report
SSA 26 – Mr. Huvard indicated that enough petitions have been signed to pass SSA 26. Notices will be mailed in anticipation of public hearings for both SSA 26 and 27. Mr. Huvard was also contacted by owners from South Robinwood who believe they have a majority of residents who are in favor of a road SSA for their area.
37-Acre Parcel – Mayor Norris, Mr. Glenn and Mr. Huvard met with Mr. Kanzler who represents the company that is doing the excavation work on the 37-acre parcel on Milwaukee and Deerfield Roads. Mr. Glenn indicated that the company's current plan encompasses the entire property, including the portion that is located in Riverwoods.
Mr. Glenn confirmed with Lake county that the plan presented by the company is for permits and further stated that a permit could not be issued without some coordination with the Village. Mr. Glenn stated that the plan calls for extensive grading. Mr. Kanzler explained that the grading is an effort to remediate the cap and that the property would then be marketable. Mr. Huvard stated that Mr. Kanzler personally felt that annexation was the right thing to do and that he would talk to the owners about it. Mayor Norris stated that the Village has a meeting coming up with the Lake County board representative and the county engineers to discuss this property.
Trustee Haber questioned whether the Village could negotiate with the County, who has property on the other (non-Riverwoods) side of the 37 acres, to force an involuntary annexation. Mr. Huvard explained that the County would rather avoid this scenario because they don't want to take any action that would give one municipality an advantage over another.
Kenilwood Property – Trustee Chamberlain asked about the status of the property on Kenilwood that was in receivership. Mayor Norris stated that the receiver's intention was to demolish the property. Trustee Chamberlain stated that she had received a number of calls and suggested that the residents decide on a point person who could be periodically updated. Trustee Chamberlain explained to the resident that the court meetings are open to the public, but the Village would provide residents with the same information. Mr. Huvard explained that in order to prevail and secure an order of court allowing for the demolition, the Village needs to prove the property is not salvageable.
Chief Dayno provided the Board with the Police Department activity since the July 16, 2013 Board of Trustees meeting. There were two 911 hang ups, 15 accidents, 16 alarms, seven complaints about animals, 14 fire department assists, two other agency assists, one domestic dispute, five driving complaints, one DUI, three fraudulent activities, one fingerprinting, one found property, one harassment, one intoxicated subject, four lockouts, 14 motorist assists, three noise complaints, four parking complaints, 10 suspicious circumstances, one theft, six crime prevention notices and six case reports. There were 139 traffic stops with 102 citations issued to 86 people.
There are currently eight houses on the House Watch list that are checked regularly.
Chief Dayno noted a community alert was issued about burglaries in neighboring communities. There have been ruse-type burglaries as well as car and garage burglaries.
Chief Dayno met with FEMA about the April flood reimbursement. The final submission was more than $10,000. If approved, the Village will be reimbursed $7,662.
Fire Department Report
Duane Christenson from the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Department presented the call volume for the LRFPD including mutual aid to the DBFD for the month of July.
There were 28 calls including 13 EMS calls, five fire calls, one MVI and nine other calls. There were 239 calls year to date. July was a slow month.
Comments from the President
Air Quality Testing Result for Village Hall – Mayor Norris explained that the only air quality issue is mold in the board room. In addition, there was a three and a half foot western ribbon snake found in the board room wall.
Village Treasurer Hal Roseth provided the treasurer's report. The total fund balances are $14,789,000. Recently, Mr. Roseth met with North Side Community Bank, who is offering their CDARS program again. Mr. Roseth recapped where the outside monies are invested. He sent a note to the Ameriprise representative explaining that the Village would probably be redeeming all of the Village's funds held there. The investments at Ameriprise, other than one item, are up in value from the original cost basis and the Village is receiving a yield of about 3.5%.
At Wells Fargo, the Village is yielding 3% on the police fund investments, but the investments have gone down in value resulting in a net yield of 2.5%. The JP Morgan account is yielding 2%, with very little gain or loss on the net investment.
Village Engineer Glenn noted that the Village Hall parking lot storm sewers have been cleaned out.
The Village has around 600 feet of pipe in the ground for the Thornmeadow water main project. He also stated that the culvert replacements on Hoffman and Jasmine should be done in early August.
Chief Dayno provided the Board with the Police Department activity since the July 2, 2013 Board of Trustees meeting. There were seven accidents, 20 alarms, five complaints about animals, 10 fire department assists, one other agency assist, three burglaries to motor vehicles, three domestic disputes, one DUI, one fingerprinting, one found property, one harassment, one intoxicated subject, two lockouts, four motorist assists, four noise complaints, two parking complaints, one solicitor complaint, eight suspicious circumstances, one theft from auto, seven crime prevention notices and seven case reports. There were 87 traffic stops with 71 citations issued to 52 people.
There are currently three houses on the House Watch list that are checked regularly.
Chief Dayno has been in contact with the Village of Deerfield regarding the dispatch center. The Deerfield Police Chief is currently reviewing the contract drawn up by their attorney.
Comments from the President
Update on Water Damage to Board Room – Mayor Norris noted the board room has more water damage than originally thought. The Village will get a proposal from an architect regarding raising the floor in the board room above the water level so the water damage does not happen again. He also asked the architect review safety code issues at both the Village Hall and the former police building, and to list what is needed to meet the code.
Trustee Chamberlain questioned how the architect was selected. Mayor Norris explained that this architect has worked with the Village before and has had experience with this type of building. He also stated that he felt that the Board room needs to be addressed fairly quickly. Mr. Huvard explained that he has had experience with the architect that is providing the proposal. He gave the Board some background on the architect. This is the architect who drew up plans for the proposed community center and the nature shelter.
Director of Community Services Report
Mr. Durning explained there is a gas line being replaced by North Shore Gas along Saunders Road. They've completed part of the Duffy Road replacement and the restoration of the road will begin on Duffy later this week. He also reported that the old, aboveground gas valves will be replaced with underground valve vaults.
Chief Dayno provided the Board with the Police Department activity since the June 18, 2013 Board of Trustees meeting. There was one 911 hang up, three accidents, 18 alarms, 12 complaints about animals, 14 fire department assists, four other agency assists, two domestic disputes, two driving complaints, one fingerprinting, one harassment, six identity thefts, three lock outs, one motorist assists, one noise complaint, one open burning, one solicitor complaint, 17 suspicious circumstances, one crime prevention notice and 13 case reports. There were 112 traffic stops with 79 citations issued to 62 people.
There are currently eight houses on the House Watch list that are checked regularly.
Chief Dayno noted there was a suspicious circumstance involving evidence of a skimming device having been attached to an ATM machine at Northside Bank. The department is investigating it.
Fire Department Report
Duane Christenson from the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Department presented the call volume for the LRFPD including mutual aid to the DBFD for the month of June.
There were 35 calls including 22 EMS calls, seven fire calls and six other calls. There were 204 calls year to date.
Special Service Area Number 26 – There was discussion regarding Ordinance 13-07-12 proposing the establishment of Village of Riverwoods Special Service Area number 26 for road improvements benefiting certain properties on Edgewood Lane, Edgewood Court, Kenilwood Lane, Kenilwood Court, Woodland Lane, Knollwood Way, Woodland Court East and Woodland Court West and providing for a Public Hearing and other procedures.
Mr. Huvard explained that the Kenilwood Association maintains a majority of the streets while the Woodland Association maintains a smaller portion of the streets. There is a portion of the road that is jointly maintained. There are 67 homes in the Kenilwood Association and 58 homes in the Woodland Association. The shared segment has been maintained based on the ratio that each Association bears to the total of 125 homes.
Mr. Huvard distributed a map for proposed SSA 26. At the intersection of Woodland and Crestwood, there are two properties that form a bridge between the front part and the back part of the area. Those two properties are members of the Woodland Association, so they do not want to be part of the SSA. Mr. Huvard indicated there would not be contiguity without these two properties. He asked the homeowners at the two properties to be part of the SSA for the sake of contiguity and he would then find a mechanism so that they did not have to pay for improvements because they are already paying their own Association.
Mr. Huvard explained that after further discussion with all the parties, he believes it would be appropriate to assign the properties a benefit factor of zero, as the homeowners are already paying their own Woodland Association. Trustee Haber questioned whether either property would disassociate from their Association. Mr. Huvard explained neither homeowner wanted to make a change.
Mr. Huvard also noted that a couple driveway culverts may be replaced as part of the scope of the SSA, as they are causing flooding issues.
Trustee Baumann questioned why the SSA cost is so much higher than Vernon Woods. Mr. Glenn explained that there is $50,000 in drainage costs, 12% in soft costs of design and construction engineering, additional pavement being laid and possibly higher costs of labor due to the fact that the Village has to pay the prevailing wage.
Mr. Huvard indicated that there cannot be a hearing until the first meeting in September and the SSA cannot be established until the second meeting in September. Mr. Huvard suggested getting the design engineering completed prior to that meeting so the construction could begin right after the SSA is established.
The Trustees questioned how the Village could recoup these costs if the SSA is not established. Doug Banks believes there are at least 45 property owners that are tentatively in favor of the SSA. He noted some homeowners may change their minds, but believes the SSA will be passed. Mr. Huvard explained that the Association had funds and would be responsible for paying for the expenses if the SSA did not get established. Mr. Banks also noted that the Kenilwood Association would have to give him permission to spend the funds. Mr. Glenn noted that the design costs would probably run approximately $30,000.00. Mr. Huvard suggested the Board request a partial deposit for the Gewalt Hamilton expense to protect the Village. Trustee Chamberlain wanted to ensure the Village is tracking both legal and engineering costs attributable to this SSA so they can see exactly how much this is costing the Village and what additional fees for SSAs generally, if any, should be assessed going forward.
Special Service Area 27 – There was discussion regarding Ordinance 13-07-13 proposing the establishment of Special Service Area number 27 for road improvements benefiting certain properties on Windlake Terrace and providing for a Public Hearing and other procedures.
Mr. Huvard noted there are only seven lots in the contiguous area. It is a flat-rate SSA. They do not want a maintenance levy in the SSA.
Unlawful Weapons – Mayor Norris explained that, because of the illinois concealed carry law, the Village needed to look at their own Ordinance and by doing so it was discovered that there were a number of inconsistencies. Village Attorney Huvard tried to tie it together, keeping the same idea as before, which was primarily for nondischarge of weapons within the Village other than certain limitations for minor things such as BB guns that could be maintained on a homeowner's property.
Mayor Norris indicated there were also safety provisions added. Mr. Huvard used the State's definitions in the Ordinance. The Village has, in the past, tried to enact local ordinances even where a state statute existed if there was an advantage to the Village, instead of having to file a State charge. He tried to do that in rewriting this ordinance. Chief Dayno indicated they removed some of the firearm language that was included in the previous ordinance, as any firearm offences would be charged under the state statute.
Chief Dayno explained that the Village just tried to mirror what the State did. Chief Dayno also stated that they did not bother addressing firearms because the Village was not going to go local on firearms.
Ron Baransky questioned what would determine whether an offender is charged with a State or local violation. Chief Dayno stated that the officer has discretion in determining that.
Standing Committee Reports
Sewer/Solid Waste/Roads/Bike Path – Trustee O'Donnell congratulated Mayor Norris on being elected to the executive committee of the SWALCO Board.
Police/Building/Zoning – Trustee Jamerson submitted the building report. In June, there were 26 permits with a construction value of $622,020, generating fees of $8,257. Year to date, there were 79 permits with a construction value of $2,787,678, generating fees of $48,509. In June 2012, there were 16 permits with a construction value of $216,130, generating fees of $2,350. For 2012 year to date there were 69 permits with a construction value of $2,785,665, generating fees of $25,984.
Information Services/Parks/NSSRA – Trustee Ford asked Mayor Norris to report on the NSSRA meeting regarding the use of Village facilities. He explained that NSSRA requested the use of the woodlands around Village Hall and the new restoration area.
Woodlands/Finance – Trustee Chamberlain is working with Village Forester Chuck Stewart on an alternative sign for the restoration project. She requested that a progress report be submitted by Mr. Stewart as she anticipates getting more calls and questions from the residents as the work progresses. For this reason she would also like the sign to be installed soon so that residents would understand what that area is. She will send the Board suggestions for a project name for the sign, because some residents didn't like the word 'learning' in the name.
Drainage/Stormwater/Environment – Trustee Baumann noted that Mr. Durning received a map that assesses the condition of the culverts in the Village. The map will help to identify areas of clusters with poorly maintained culverts. Trustee Baumann would like to develop a pilot program to help residents clean up and maintain their culverts. Trustee Jamerson stated that the map is a little outdated, and that some of the problem culverts have been replaced.
Director of Community Services Report
Mr. Durning stated occupancy permits have been issued for the properties at 620 Sherry Lane and 9 Cherrywood. A demolition permit was issued for the property at 2059 Cherrywood. The property located at 3060 Orange Brace is being remodeled. Mr. Durning received a call asking whether goats are allowed in the Village. He told the caller they were not allowed.
A new Sushi restaurant will be opening in the Shoppes of Riverwoods. Mayor Norris noted the restaurant owners will be asking for outdoor seating and a liquor license.
Chief Dayno provided the Board with the Police Department activity since the April 16, 2013 Board of Trustees meeting. There was one 911 hang up, nine accidents, nine alarms, five complaints about animals, 14 fire department assists, three other agency assists, two domestic disputes, one dispute, one driving complaint, two DUIs, six lock outs, 11 motorist assists, three noise complaints, four solicitor complaints, nine suspicious circumstances, two crime prevention notices and eight case reports. There were 101 traffic stops with 85 citations issued to 67 people. There are currently 2 houses on the House Watch list that are checked regularly.
Village Voice Update
Mayor Norris met with the Village Voice editor Jackie Borchew and they are looking to punch up the Village Voice. In addition, they are trying to get more community involvement. Ms. Borchew is also looking at various publishing and electronic distribution methods to save on the mailing and printing expense.
Presentation by Terraco
Scott Handle, President, and Dan Wander, senior Vice President of Terraco, Inc., and Kevin Lewis, project engineer and Matt Darron, Principal with Frontline Real Estate Partners made a presentation to the Board regarding the southwest corner of Milwaukee and Deerfield Roads.
Mr. Wander explained that Terraco asked to address the new Board to reintroduce the project. He recounted that they had met with the Village three years ago when they purchased the property and at that time the Village had stated that they would like a grocery store at that site. Unfortunately, all of the grocery stores that he has approached have stated that the property is not large enough and the area does not have the necessary population density to support a large store. Mr. Wander noted they also looked at full-service sit-down restaurants but were unsuccessful. They had people who were ready and willing to make a deal at the site for a daycare center, preschool or medical center, but that did not meet with the Village's expectations, so they dropped that idea.
The current profile is for four users in three distinct buildings. There will be a Shell gas station on the corner and McDonalds will relocate from across the street. Buona Beef will be located on the east side of the property. Mr. Wander met with the Mayor and several Trustees a few weeks ago at which time he outlined that the development be put into the TIF which the Village approved last year. They will need to ask for a subsidy to make the project work and will ask to negotiate a redevelopment with the Village.
Before Terraco begins doing more formal planning and engineering, they would like to hear the Village's thoughts about Terraco's plan and the request for a subsidy. He explained that the need for the subsidy was due to extensive off-site improvements and a new intersection to align their property with the adjoining properties. They will have to add a dedicated right hand turn. Another challenge is that one third of the site is in a flood plain. Mr. Wander indicated they need multiple users for the site to make the economics work. Their costs will be approximately $1 – 1.5 million. Mr. Wander is looking for a subsidy of $100,000 annually. He stated that the economic benefit to the Village in new sales tax would be $250,000.
Without the TIF, their return would be 7% which would make it a no-go. With the TIF, their return would be 10% which would work for them. The community would benefit and the neighboring site would become more valuable. The development would be sustainable over the long-term.
Trustee Haber asked why Terraco purchased the site based on all the problems and the need for Village assistance. Mr. Handle believed that the Village would want to see the property developed and that the Village would cooperate by either doing some of the work or with a TIF. Mr. Handle thought people would be beating down their door to occupy the property, but expectations in terms of tenancy were inflated beyond reality.
Mr. Handle noted they are spending a lot of money that will benefit the parcel to the south. He asked if there was a recapture agreement whereby Terraco could designate that the Village would recapture some of the monies spent by Terraco. Mr. Huvard noted that the portion of the property to the south, which is in the boundary of the Village, is also in the TIF district. Mr. Huvard said if that parcel is ever developed, the Village could negotiate a lot of terms and could retain as much increment as they could negotiate.
Trustee Baumann noted the representatives from Terraco mentioned that this is a sustainable project, but identified population density issues which the Village cannot improve. He questioned what makes the proposed businesses different. Mr. Wander explained that, for a gas station, the benefit of the site is that the property is in Lake County, not in Cook County, and between 60,000 and 70,000 vehicles pass the intersection daily which is 50% more than a very busy intersection. McDonalds believes they would do better in an end cap drive thru and being on a hard corner. All three businesses would take advantage of the traffic density and not need the patronage of Village residents.
Trustee O'Donnell asked if the estimates presented in the financial analysis were reliable. Mr. Wander explained that, based on the confidential sales numbers he has seen, the estimates were realistic. Trustee O'Donnell asked if the gas station would want a limited liquor license. Mr. Wander explained they are looking only at beer and wine with no individual serving sales. Trustee O'Donnell asked what would happen if the Village was unwilling to issue a liquor license. Mr. Wander explained the project would be killed.
Trustee Ford asked if Terraco was talking to more than one gas station. Mr. Wander said that they were talking to Circle K and True North, based in Cleveland who is also a Shell operator.
Trustee Ford then explained that a BP station was interested but that there were some issues with the entrance and exit and that the trucks could not come down Deerfield Road. She asked if this would be a problem for the two current gas stations. Terraco said that both gas stations had an internal review of the site plan and this was being addressed.
Mr. Huvard stated that the Village did not want the trucks coming down Deerfield Road. Mr. Huvard asked Terraco to clarify the discussions he had with them concerning the width of the buffer area back from Deerfield Road. Mr. Huvard had explained to Terraco that the Village wanted to ensure that there would be abundant natural landscaping on the property that would reflect Riverwoods identity. He noted that, in previous negotiations with a potential tenant, the Village had a landscape easement that would give the Village the right to come onto those buffer areas and maintain them if they weren't being maintained. Mr. Handle explained they would add prairie grasses and wildflowers to the property. They will come back with a comprehensive landscape plan that they believe will exceed the Village's standards.
Trustee Haber expressed concern because he believes that the then Board of Trustees dropped the ball on the Shoppes of Riverwoods project. Mr. Haber said they have a shopping center in the Village that they are not proud of and that the Board's track record is not very good which causes him to be very gun shy. So Terraco needs to really impress him that this project will change the character of that entry way to the Village. Mr. Handle replied that if the project goes forward, the Board will have ironclad agreements with Terraco that will make sure that the agreement is executed exactly as stated.
Trustee Baumann asked if a traffic-impact study has been commissioned. Mr. Wander spoke with IDOT and LCDOT and has a traffic engineer onboard. The proposed uses would not generate new traffic. Mr. Wander noted they would do extensive traffic studies as the project progresses. Mr. Lewis indicated the proposed plan includes roadway improvements.
Trustee Ford believes the Trustees should consider the hours of operation along with the lighting and architecture issues. She questioned what restrictions, if any, would be placed on the retail spaces. Mr. Handle explained that they love architecture and landscaping and that the proposed project will exceed the norm. In terms of lighting, they are using razor thin lighting that they are using at other sites. It is effective without being obtrusive. Trustee Ford suggested moving the ‘Welcome to Riverwoods' sign Terraco has on their drawing. Trustee Jamerson noted that the proposed tenants do not reflect the Village. He believes this is going to be a hard sell especially because it is the gateway to the Village. Mr. Handle explained that they tried to get other tenants that would be desirable to the Village.
Trustee Chamberlain spoke with quite a few residents who dislike the proposal and would rather have the property stay vacant. They feel there would be three businesses in Riverwoods that Riverwoods would prefer not to have. Trustee Chamberlain expressed environmental concerns given that two drive-throughs and a gas station would increase carbon emissions. Mr. Handle explained the amount of emissions generated by the three tenants is minimal compared with the emissions from the existing traffic. He also stated that the landscaping they plan to put in would balance out the carbon emissions.
Mr. Handle explained that owning the property in perpetuity is not an attractive option to Terraco. Trustee Chamberlain understands Terraco has tried to find other, prospective tenants that would be more pleasing to the Village. She just emphasized that these particular businesses are going to be tough to sell.
Sherry Graditor, resident of Hoffman Lane, noted the three proposed uses are not her favorite uses for the property. She would not want to have wine and beer sold along with gasoline. As the development progresses, it would have to be done to Village specifications. Ms. Graditor is concerned about the amount of light emitted by a gas station as well as truck noise. She believes Terraco needs to prove this is the best use of the land.
Mike Corn, resident of Blackthorn Road, asked what the benefits will be to the residents. Mr. Handle explained the residents would benefit from the taxes generated by the businesses.
Trustee Haber stated that Terraco should not walk away totally discouraged. He understands that that corner will be developed at some point and wants to work with a developer that is sensitive to the concerns of the Board. If Terraco turns out to be that sensitive developer, Trustee Haber said he would work with Terraco to try to create a plan that would work for both the Village and Terraco. Trustee Ford would rather the Board have some control over the development and work with a hospitable partner.
Police vehicle formerly used by Mayor
Mayor Norris researched the vehicle formerly driven by Mayor Kaplan and believes the current value is about $10,000. The usage cost is approximately 37 cents per mile. He asked what the Trustees want to do with the vehicle. Trustee Jamerson suggested using the vehicle for Village activities. He believes it would show professionalism if used by the Director of Community Services when he does his inspections versus using his own personal vehicle. It would also be a practical vehicle for winter weather as well as navigating flooded streets.
Charitable donation policy
Trustee Chamberlain presented a draft of a form for requesting charitable donations from the Village. The Trustees reviewed the form and made various changes and suggestions.
At the bottom of the form, the Village is requesting a current financial statement. Since people do not always have financial statements, Trustee Jamerson explained they could either attach something or not. Trustee Ford believes requesting a financial statement adds legitimacy.
Mayor Norris indicated the Board could ask for an annual report. Trustee O'Donnell suggested asking for audited documents. He also suggested asking if the organization has either a political or religious affiliation. If so, it should be explained. Mayor Norris suggested a signature verifying that the information provided is accurate. Trustee Baumann suggested asking if there is a conflict of interest. In other words, if a member of the Board or an employee of the Village is also a member of the organization.
Trustee Chamberlain will rework the form and request for information. She asked whether the Board wanted to set a total donation amount per year or per organization. She also asked if the Board wanted to set a time frame for donations. Trustee O'Donnell believes the Board should consider donations on a case-by-case basis. Trustee Haber is not against setting a total cap amount. Mayor Norris believes the Board should set a total cap amount then consider amounts on a per case basis. Trustee Baumann noted the Board would need to keep a running total.
Trustee Ford believes going to the finance committee first serves as a protection for the Board. She believes the Board needs to be flexible on timing, but needs to set time limits. The prescreening, formal application process and putting a process in place is good.