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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 October 21 and November 4. Read the entirety of these minutes or view the video of the actual Board of Trustee meetings on the Village of Riverwoods website at

February 17


Trustee Ford reported that the general fund cash total is $4.2 million and that there is $7.5 million in investment accounts. The revenues are less than expenses as of January 15, 2015, but they are in areas that are to be expected, such as the police and water funds. Trustee Ford, the Village Treasurer, the Village Attorney and the Mayor met and discussed reporting requirements, specifically the monthly report with the goal of making the information more clear with a focus on cash flows and positions. They are also requesting additional information from Chase.


Mr. Durning, Director of Community Services, received a preliminary call inquiring about opening a Mexican restaurant in the Shoppes of Riverwoods. Mayor Norris stated that if the location was other than in one with an existing restaurant, the Village would have to look at permitting an additional restaurant in the Shoppes. He expressed concern about the lack of patronage for some of the restaurants in the center. Trustee Ford suggested putting something in the Village Voice encouraging residents to support businesses in Riverwoods. Trustee Chamberlain suggested highlighting a business of the month.


Chief Dayno provided the Board with the Police Department activity since the February 3, 2015 Board of Trustees meeting. The complete Police Report is available on the Village website under Board of Trustees.

Chief Dayno reported that there was a theft at Panera in the Shoppes. A pickpocket crew stole a woman’s wallet. The department has the video of the theft. In working with other agencies, the department was able to positively identify the male suspect and warrants have been issued. They have also identified the female suspect and a warrant will also be issued for her arrest.

New Business


Village Engineer Pat Glenn explained that in December, Trustee Jamerson suggested going out to bid for JULIE locating services. He solicited pricing from G4S, the current provider, as well as USIC, who locates for ComEd and the gas companies. Mr. Glenn noted that USIC has a limitation of liability in their contract, which could potentially cost the Village a considerable amount of money if there was a locating error made by USIC. The Village has worked with G4S for 10 years and has had a good experience with them, but USIC had substantially better pricing. Mr. Glenn recommended hiring USIC subject to attorney review of the contract. Trustee Chamberlain expressed concern that a mismark could cost more than the $20,000 the Village would be saving. Mr. Glenn replied that repairs would not likely cost that much. Trustee Ford asked if the Village could go back to G4S for better pricing. Mr. Glenn stated that he had and that G4S could not compete with USIC’s rates.

The Board approveed the recommendation by Gewalt Hamilton for the JULIE locating by USIC Locating Services LLC subject to contact review and possible adjustment by the Village attorney.


Mayor Norris noted College Bound Opportunities requested a donation of $6,000. Mayor Norris had to review this request because of a conflict of interest with the other members of the committee. The Village has given donations in the past. A Riverwoods resident is a scholar currently working with the organization.

Trustee Jamerson moved to approve a donation of $5,000 for College Bound Opportunities. The Board voted in favor.


Mayor Norris spoke with members of the Family Days Committee. They are requesting a donation of $1,000.

The Board voted in favor of the $1,000 donation.


Mayor Norris reported that Deerfield Parent Network requested a donation of $2,000 this year. Last year, the Village gave them a $1,000 donation.

Trustee O’Donnell moved to approve a donation of $1,000 for Deerfield Parent Network. The Board voted in favor.


Mayor Norris noted that this proposal is for the audio visual equipment for the new Village Hall meeting room. Trustee Bauman believes this contractor is very knowledgeable and is willing to work with the Village to recommend equipment that will meet the needs of the Village. Trustee Jamerson added that his company has worked with AVI and found them to be good people to work with.

February 3


Group Home – Mr. Durning, Director of Community Services, was approached by a company that wants to put up a group home on Portwine for up to eight people with developmental disabilities. It is very preliminary, but he will look into zoning and building code regulations.

Mr. Huvard explained that in regard to a group home, he looked over some of the Zoning provisions. The Village does not have a definition that governs a number of unrelated people living together as is typical in group homes. He suggested referring this to the Plan Commission to formulate some definitions and terms for group homes.


Chief Dayno provided the Board with the Police Department activity since the January 20, 2015 Board of Trustees meeting. The complete Police Report is available on the Village website under Board of Trustees.

Chief Dayno provided an update on the Arrowwood dog attack. Lake County Department of Health held an administrative hearing on January 21, 2015. They declared both dogs dangerous. The dogs must be micro-chipped, spayed or neutered and may not leave the premises without a leash or other recognized control method. The dogs also need to be muzzled if on public property or on the owner’s premises when business is conducted on the premises.

The department conducted tobacco compliance checks. The cashier at the Mobil station sold to the underage agent and was cited. There was an attempted burglary on February 1, 2015 on Juneberry Road. Based on footprints found there, the suspects did not enter the premises.

Information items and Comments from the President


Mayor Norris reported that SWALCO has asked that the Village draft a commercial waste hauling ordinance stating that if the commercial properties do not meet the 57% recycling goal, the Village can franchise commercial waste hauling.

New Business


Trustee Chamberlain gave a brief background of the Village’s municipal electric aggregation program which was initiated three years ago. She and Trustee Jamerson had done a lot of research and decided that the best way to go was through a consultant. They chose Rock River Energy and, with their help, selected MC2 as their aggregator. The current three-year contract with MC2 is up for renewal in August. Trustee Chamberlain and Trustee Jamerson met with the Village’s consultant, Mike Mudge, and have come up with a recommendation.

Trustee Jamerson stated that the Village residents have saved, to date, more than $1 million in electricity costs. He and Trustee Chamberlain considered seven proposals. They decided, once again, to go with a three year plan. MC2, the Village’s current supplier, is not offering a three year plan. Trustee Jamerson and Trustee Chamberlain recommend selecting Dynegy Energy’s green option which is slightly more expensive than their traditional, non-green, option.

Mike Mudge explained that if the Village chooses the green option, residents could not opt for the traditional option. They could only opt out and go back to ComEd or find their own company. However, if the Village chooses the traditional energy option, residents can select the green option and stay with Dynegy Energy.

Trustee Jamerson does not believe the residents understand the difference between the two options and believes this would be a way to encourage green energy. Mayor Norris believes the residents should have a choice. Trustee Haber does not believe the Village should force the green option. Instead, the Village should better publicize the green option choice.

Trustee Jamerson moved to proceed with the 3-year 100% green proposal from Dynegy Energy subject to viewing and approval of the contract by the Village attorney. The Board voted in favor.


Mayor Norris noted that the Board requested information to consider the geo-thermal option for the new Village Hall. In order to move ahead, there needs to be test drillings to establish the thermal properties of the soil. Trustee Jamerson explained that the test would determine the soil conditions at various levels in order to determine how deep the holes have to be to ensure that the system will work and whether geo-thermal is feasible.

The Board agreed to move forward on drill testings.

Old Business


Mayor Norris explained that the Center for Enriched Living requested a $6,000 donation. The finance committee recommended a $5,000 donation. The Village has made donations to them for several years. The Village has budgeted $30,000 for donations for 2015. This would be the first donation of 2015.

The Board approved the request for a donation to the Center for Enriched Living in the amount of $5,000.


Village Attornry Huvard presented the Village’s offer to Terraco. They have made a counter offer and want to know soon what Riverwoods wants to do because they have other offers. Mayor Norris has not heard back from either prospective buyer to set up a meeting. Mayor Norris explained that Terraco has stated that they have interest from several gas station operators.

David Niedelman asked the Trustees their opinions on whether the Village should purchase the property. He believes the residents need a better understanding of the Trustee’s plan if they were to spend such a large sum of money.

Trustee Baumann believes that if the Village were to finance the property, they would be buying time to put in a plan and control the corner. He stated that the cost would be approximately $100 - $200 per household annually to finance the property. He noted that this is a big commitment and he would like the residents to buy into the idea.

Trustee Chamberlain added that the opportunity for control could be lost if they do not act on the property. She feels that a good number of residents are against having a gas station on that property.

Trustee Jamerson believes there is a value in saving the property. There are enough people in the Village that do not want a gas station on the property.

Trustee Ford does not believe this is the right time to make this decision because the Village does not have a plan. Trustee Haber added that the Village is currently sitting on other property. He questions whether this is the right thing to do at this time because the Village does not have a plan what to do with the property.

Trustee O’Donnell believes there is a price point that would make it worth purchasing the property. He believes it is a high risk venture as the Village is not a developer. If the Village purchases the property, they should be prepared to sit on it for a long time.

Mr. Huvard explained that if the Village is contacted by a gas station, who states they want to develop the property without asking for TIF assistance, the developer would still have to appear before the Plan Commission.

Trustee Jamerson noted that the Plan Commission has already recommended approval for three gas stations on the property. Two were approved by a previous Board of Trustees.

Mr. Huvard explained that Terraco told the Village that they understand the Village will not support any development with TIF funds. However, if they only came in with plans for a gas station, they would not need to develop the rest of the property as extensively.

Mayor Norris stated that the interested gas station operator, whom he has spoken with, is asking for a liquor license or a 24-hour operation. If they can meet the reasonable conditions of the Special Use, it becomes very difficult to deny the use. If the Village purchases the property, they could then rezone the property if they so choose.

The residents attending the meeting were not in favor of having a gas station on that corner.

January 20


Village Treasurer Hal Roseth reported that month to month, the Village is up $84,000 for December. Year to year, the total assets are down $400,000, but that the Village portion of the funds are up $227,000. The Village received a model portfolio from Chase, assuming the Village was to invest more money with them, but Mr. Roseth was not comfortable investing 33% in highly-rated corporate bonds. He will speak with the Chase representative and ask her to revise the model. Trustee Ford noted that the Board will adopt a new investment policy in February which will allow the Village to invest in corporate bonds.


Mr. Durning has issued two more business licenses to Panera and Jimmy John’s. Mr. Durning issued a third bee keeping license. Mr. Durning noted Discover is doing a lot of remodeling.


Chief Dayno provided the Board with the Police Department activity since the January 6, 2015 Board of Trustees meeting. The complete Police Report is available on the Village website under Board of Trustees.

Chief Dayno reported that the Village has a radio receiver on top of the Westin Hotel. The department is paying the Village of Deerfield a fee of $3,900 per year for the cost of the AT&T line. They are about to replace the AT&T line with microwave technology which will cost the Village nothing.

Information items from the President


Mayor Norris explained that he and Trustee Chamberlain are about 99% firm with the 2015 budget numbers. This will be a fairly lengthy process as they continue to find and correct account posting errors. Trustee Chamberlain explained that this is not a finished product, but rather a work in progress. In addition, she and the Mayor are discussing additional reports that will, hopefully, give a better representation of total expenditures per category, such as total Village salaries.


SWALCO has reestablished its recycling stations for electronic waste. Electronics for recycling can be put out with resident’s garbage on the first pickup of the month.

New Business


Attorney Huvard explained that the Center for Enriched Living wants to increase their parking by 40 spaces because they have increased their membership. They have also increased their staff. They are raising capital to upgrade their facility to meet the universal code of access which is more stringent than the ADA. Mr. Huvard explained that when the facility was originally approved, the Village created new zoning for a Social Service Center. He looked at the existing text and believes if the text is amended, the Board can make an amendment to allow the parking. If the Text Amendment is amended, the Special Use will also need to be amended. Trustee O’Donnell asked if the neighbors had any objections. Mr. Huvard explained that the Village did not receive any objections.

The Plan Commission heard the testimony and agreed to the Text Amendment with two conditions: to require the use of permeable pavers in the new parking area and to add landscaping.

December 16


Village Engineer Patrick Glenn had some preliminary talks with the engineering and public works staff from the Village of Buffalo Grove regarding the potential of interconnecting the two Village systems to give a more robust backup on the west side of the river.


Director of Community Services, Rob Durning had a stop work order issued for a re-roof in West Course due to a lack of permit. The Village doubled the permit fees, which have now been paid.

He also indicated that the new West Course street signs should be available tomorrow.

A new house will be built on Hiawatha.

The Village received two business license applications. One is for Royal Asian Spa and the second is a new Korean restaurant that will replace the previous Pine Garden restaurant. An inspection of each facility will take place soon. Trustee Chamberlain suggested that Mr. Durning inform the Village Clerk when the inspection takes place so that a record can be maintained. All of the remaining commercial tenants who need to apply for a business license as outlined in the new Ordinance have been informed that they need to fill out an application and pay the fee.

Mayor Norris indicated that someone was removing trees without a permit last Sunday. He noted it was also being done outside the approved work hours. Mr. Durning stated that the trees were dead. Trustee Jamerson stated that there is no permit fee for removing a dead tree, and, therefore there is no effective penalty for removing them without a permit. Mayor Norris stated that according to the Ordinance, a tree removed without a permit is presumed to have been a healthy tree and, therefore, mitigation fees would apply. Trustee Chamberlain will verify this with the Forrester.


Chief Dayno provided the Board with the Police Department activity since the December 2, 2014 Board of Trustees meeting. The complete Police Report is available on the Village website under Board of Trustees.

Chief Dayno reported that Officer Maciareillo will participate in the Cops and Kids program on December 18, 2014. The program is one where officers accompanying children to buy Christmas gifts with gift certificates donated by Walmart.

There were two burglaries to motor vehicles in November. Three suspects have been identified. Two of them are currently in Du- Page County jail. Chief Dayno expects to have arrest warrants for all three of them this week.


Village attorney Bruce Huvard indicated that the Village prosecutor is prosecuting a violation of the local animal control Ordinance due to a dog biting incident. The dogs have been impounded during the suit. The defendant’s attorney presented an argument to the court that the local Ordinance should not be enforceable because it conflicts with the State animal control act. The State act defines the difference between a dangerous dog and a vicious dog. It requires that each County have a procedure where an administrator determines whether a dog is dangerous or vicious. The Village Ordinance was worded such that it is unlawful to keep in the Village a fierce, dangerous or vicious dog. Riverwoods is a home rule community but cannot contradict what the State law says. The judge could not rule in the Village’s favor, because the Village does not distinguish between dangerous and vicious. The State law requires this distinction. There is still a charge pending for failure to have the dogs inoculated against rabies. There will also be a fact finding determination by the Lake County Health Department to determine whether the dogs are dangerous or vicious. If the Health Department finds that the dogs are dangerous, they would have to be neutered and there are other possible restrictions or penalties. They would not require the dogs to be removed from the Village or be euthanized. If the Village updates their Ordinance to follow the animal control act to the letter, they would then have the ability to have a local administrative hearing. However, Mr. Huvard explained that though the Village could be more restrictive, they still could not contradict State law.

Informational Items & Comments from the President


Trustee Chamberlain explained that ComEd has imposed some additional fees. For the continuation of the current electric aggregation contract period, the additional fees may amount to approximately $8 per month per household. The Village’s rate, even with the additional cost, is still about $0.02 below ComEd’s rates. Up to this point of the contract period, the residents have saved more than $1 million. The contract is up in August 2015 and she and Trustee Jamerson will start working on it right after the 1st of the year.

Trustee Jamerson explained that the contract with MC2 allows them to pass along extraordinary costs to residents. He stated that the Village could have MC2 increase the rate on the bill, but he would prefer that the rate stay the same and, instead, show the increase as a separate line item. A letter from MC2, approved by the Village, will be sent to the residents explaining the new line item.


Effective December 18, 2014, SWALCO will not be able to collect electronics for recycling. The value of recycled electronics has gone down. In addition, the State Statute which bans electronics from landfills has been changed. Mayor Norris will put this information in the Village Voice. He indicated that, at this point, this has not affected the Village’s curbside pickup.


The Village received notification that the Deerfield water rate would be increasing. Mr. Glenn explained that the Village is being charged $3.08 by Northbrook and that the Deerfield rate will be $5.11.

New Business


Mr. Huvard explained that the Text Amendment carefully defines what a country club is. The Plan Commission worked on a number of issues such as how to handle future construction and maximum occupancy. The issues that still need to be resolved are the hours of operation and outdoor activities. The existing language states that the club is closed from midnight to 6 a.m. with exceptions for the weekends and pre-holiday days and allows for liquor to be served whenever the club is open. He stated that the petitioner would like to erect tents in order to have outdoor events. The Village’s concern was how to make sure that the level of noise and activities outdoors is not intrusive or bothersome to the adjoining residential areas.

Chairman Niedelman noted that noise was the residents’ biggest issue. The Plan Commission’s recommendation for the hours of operation were: Outdoors – until 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and until midnight on weekends and holiday eves; Indoors – until midnight on weekdays and until 2:00 am on weekends and holiday eves.

Larry Freedman, the attorney representing ClubCorp, stated that his client would like to be able to hold outdoor events until 11:00 pm on weeknights and until midnight on weekends and pre- holiday days. He clarified that outdoor events meant ones that would have amplified music, a glow ball or large groups of guests and not a few members sitting on the deck having a glass of wine or smoking a cigar. His client would also like to keep the club open indoors until 2:00 am every night of the week. They are also asking for a broader cap on the number of people allowed on the property. They would also like to expand the current liquor license to allow beverage carts on the golf course and in the tent.

Trustee Jamerson’s concern was that departing guests would make noise outside, especially if they had had some alcoholic drinks that evening. Trustee Jamerson asked what hours the current liquor license covers. Mr. Huvard replied that the liquor license follows the operating hours. Alcohol is currently being allowed in the clubhouse and at the pool, but cannot be sold when there are more than 400 people on the property. Trustee Jamerson requested the right to have an annual building inspection of the facilities.

Trustee Ford inquired as to whether ClubCorp would ask for a gaming license. Mr. Freedman replied that that was not the model ClubCorp employed at their facilities. His client would like to expand the membership and hold many more events, such as weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. They believe some charity events could take place during the week. Mr. Freedman explained ClubCorp would not rent out the space; rather, their personnel would be present at all events.

Chairman Niedelman and Commissioner Graditor both confirmed Trustee Baumann’s assumption that the residents wanted to ensure that the property would remain a golf course and that there was a benefit, both financial and aesthetic, to living adjacent to a golf course.

Trustee O’Donnell asked what would happen to the covenant if ClubCorp sells or goes out of business. Mr. Huvard explained that the covenant would be recorded and would go with the land. It would be binding with any owner of the property for the next 30 years.

Trustee O’Donnell questioned whether the operating hours recommended by the Plan Commission would be a burden for the petitioner. Mr. Freedman replied that ClubCorp believes it would be a burden. Mr. Freedman explained that the petitioner believes the covenant is very restrictive as they cannot change their business use for 30 years. Therefore, they need some latitude to make this venture work. The petitioner feels they need the ability to be open until 2:00 am, although they may never use it. They also want to see the final action on the liquor license and the covenant. Mayor Norris questioned what would be a deal-breaking hardship. Mr. Freedman will find out from the petitioner.

Trustee Jamerson moved for First Reading of the Ordinance. Trustee Chamberlain seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously with a voice vote.


Attorney Huvard explained that the current investment policy was adopted in 2001 and was revised in 2005. Trustee Ford looked at it and found some things that were out of date or did not make sense. The Village’s investment advisors found the proposed changes acceptable. Mr. Huvard noted that the Village has limitations and can only invest in certain type of investments based on State law. The advisors found there were some investment opportunities outside the existing policy that are allowed by the State. Mr. Huvard explained that the new policy allows the Village to invest in certain corporate securities. Trustee Ford explained that the Village is tightening up on reporting and evaluation standards. She noted that the advisors will have benchmarks and will have to report quarterly and annually using a very specific reporting structure. They also added fiduciary language with respect to delegating authority. She asked that the Board members thoroughly read the new policy to understand what authority the Treasurer has versus what the Board can do. Trustee Chamberlain questioned what would happen if the obligations were not met by the Treasurer. Mr. Huvard explained most of the duties delegated to the Treasurer come from State law. It is a violation of the Illinois Municipal Code for a Treasurer not to do those things. The policy just reminds the Board of the Treasurer’s duties and tasks.

Trustee Chamberlain moved for First Reading of the Ordinance. Trustee Jamerson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously on a voice vote.


Mayor Norris noted that the Village traditionally budgets to have a transfer out of the General Fund to the Police Fund. The Village also now has a Sewer fee. He suggested transferring $200,000 from the General Fund to the Sewer Fund. The Ordinance also provides for authorizing monthly transfers which would eliminate transferring a much larger amount at the end of the year, thereby reflecting a more accurate budgeting picture from month to month.

Trustee Jamerson moved to approve the Resolution authorizing fund transfers. Trustee O’Donnell suggested holding the vote to the next meeting, because of the lateness of receiving the Board packet. Mayor Norris noted that some of the material for this Resolution was not available until today. Trustee Jamerson noted that the Board has been long been aware that the Village would need to transfer money from the General Fund to cover the police expenses. Mr. Huvard noted that the transfer to the Police Fund should be approved tonight in order to zero out the negative balance in the Police Fund before year end.

Trustee Jamerson amended his motion to approve the Resolution authorizing a transfer of funds not to exceed $750,000 from the General Fund to the Police Fund and continue consideration of the other fund transfers to the January 6, 2015 Board of Trustees meeting. The Board agreed.

December 2


Mr. Durning reported that the Village received a few permit applications from Commonwealth Edison to replace nearly 1.5 miles of underground cable. There was an inquiry about the teardown of a home on Orange Brace after the new home is built. The Village received a report on the diversion of waste at 9 Julie Lane showing 92% of the waste was diverted from landfills.


Mr. Huvard reported that the Village will be in court seeking administrative warrants on two vacant houses. Staff has not been able to enter the houses, but has reason to believe there are issues. Mr. Huvard reported that the Village had attempted to get a response from the owners to no avail. He will now ask the court to allow the Village to enter the homes to inspect them for code violations. Mr. Huvard explained that the Village will be in court this week on some motions and hearings concerning the dog case. There is a trial scheduled for December 10, 2014. The Village is looking to have the dogs removed as menaces.


Mr. Huvard indicated that the Plan Commission will meet on December 11, 2014. They will consider a proposed Text Amendment requested by ClubCor concerning the Ravinia Green Golf Club. Mayor Norris indicated that the Village has received a number of inquiries from neighboring residents who are generally in favor of the proposal as long as there is a binding promise to keep it a golf course for the next 30 years.


Trustee Ford met with Mr. Roseth and Mr. Huvard to discuss the meeting with the advisors and agreed to some modest changes to the statement of investment policy for Wells Fargo. They are also looking into moving one of their two accounts from Wells Fargo to Chase. They hope to have the modified investment policy to the Board for the next meeting.


Chief Dayno provided the Board with the Police Department activity since the November 18, 2014 Board of Trustees meeting. The complete Police Report is available on the Village website under Board of Trustees.

Chief Dayno reported Chief Tom Krueger was just appointed as the Chief of the Lincolnshire- Riverwoods Fire Protection District. He noted that the Lincolnshire Explorer Post helped out at the Caucus meeting last night.

Sgt. Jamie Watson, Lincolnshire Police Department, thanked the Village for the donation to the Explorer Post.


Battalion Chief Tom Krueger introduced himself to the Trustees. He has been with the District for 15 years. The Fire Protection District report for November is available on the Village website under Board of Trustees.

New Business


Mr. Huvard noted that this is the Tax Levy for the fiscal year 2014. He explained that the line items came from the Appropriations Ordinance passed earlier in the year. There is no levy for the General Fund, Sewer Fund, MFT Fund or Water Fund. The proposed Police Levy of $490,000 is $10,000 higher than last year. The SSA amounts were the actual amounts requested by the various SSAs.

Mr. Huvard explained that the Village has not substantially increased the Police Levy for a number of years based on the hope that when the Village went to Home Rule, they anticipated capturing non-property tax revenue that would be used to mitigate the need to increase the Police Levy. However, the Police Levy is not covering their annual costs. He noted that the Board may have to consider changing the policy decision about what the Police Levy should be.


Mayor Norris indicated that based on the projections, the Village should be $200,000 to the good. He has not received anything from the Municipal League yet, so he and Trustee Chamberlain don’t know what the revenues will be for next year. He hopes to have those numbers by the next Board meeting. He encouraged the Trustees to look at the report format and let him know if there are other things they want to see. Trustee Chamberlain noted there are some areas where they do not have a budget amount for 2015 because they are still looking into discrepancies between the budgeted and actual numbers for 2014.