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Kane County Board met May 8.

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 30, 2018


Kane County Board met May 8.

Here is the minutes provided by the Board:

1. Call To Order

The Adjourned Meeting of the Kane County Board was held at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Bldg. A, Geneva, IL 60134 on May 8, 2018.

Chairman Lauzen called the meeting to order at 9:45 am.

2. Roll Call

Attendee Name; Title; Status; Arrived:

Deborah Allan Board Member Present

Margaret Auger Board Member Present

Theresa Barreiro Board Member Present

Mark Davoust Board Member Present

Ron Ford Board Member Present

Drew Frasz Board Member Present

Rebecca Gillam Board Member Present

Barbara Hernandez Board Member Present

John Hoscheit Board Member Present

Don Ishmael Board Member Absent

Michael Kenyon Board Member Present

Kurt R. Kojzarek Board Member Present

Bill Lenert Board Member Present

Philip Lewis Board Member Present

John Martin Board Member Present

Myrna Molina Board Member Present

Jarett Sanchez Board Member Present

Douglas Scheflow Board Member Present

Monica Silva Board Member Present

Thomas Smith Board Member Present

Susan Starrett Board Member Present

Angela C Thomas Board Member Present

Penny Wegman Board Member Present

Barbara Wojnicki Board Member Present

Christopher J Lauzen Chairman Present

Present: Co. Bd. staff Duffy, Nagle; County Clerk Dpty. Weilandt; Finance Exec. Dir. Onzick; Bldg. Mgmt. Exec. Dir. Biggs; Recorder Wegman; Supv. of Assessmts. Armstrong; KDOT Dir. Schoedel & staff T. Rickert; Public Health Dir. Jeffers & staff Isaacson; State's Atty. McMahon & staff Niermann, Brady; ITD Exec. Dir. Fahnestock & staff Peters; members of the press & public.

3. Pledge Of Allegiance & Prayer

Asst. Director of Community Health, Michael Isaacson led with the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Nick Scanlon, with Stifel, said the prayer.

4. Approval Of Minutes: April 10, 2018

(Starrett arrives 9:48 a.m.) Minutes of April 10, 2018 County Board meeting were approved on motion by Frasz, seconded by Kojzarek. Motion carried by voice vote of 23-0.

5. New And Unfinished Business

A. Presentations/Discussion

2018 Marshall Theroux Memorial Award-

Public Service Committee Chair Scheflow presented Supervisor of Assessments Mark Armstrong with the Marshall Theroux Memorial Award. Accolades and accomplishments followed. Mr. Armstrong shared words of appreciation.

National County Engineer of the Year-

Transportation Committee Chair Frasz presented Carl Schoedel with the National County Engineer of the Year award. Chairman Lauzen shared Mr. Schoedel's professional accomplishments since joining Kane County in 1997 and some of the other organizations he is involved with personally. Mr. Schoedel expressed words of appreciation.

Donald Bryant Recognition-

Due to the director of Office of Emergency Management attending a training exercise, I.T. Dir. Fahnestock accepted a plaque recognizing Director Bryant for his professional work in Kane County. Fahnestock relayed that Dir. Bryant appreciated the board's and the chairman's support throughout the years and was looking forward to retirement.

Chairman's Short Program-

Deferred

B. Speakers (Agenda Items)

Mr. Matthew Lange, 3328 Harrison Street, Evanston, IL, representing ASFME Local 3966 and 175 employees/members who work in various county departments, communicated to the board that the union stands in opposition to Resolution 18-164 as it relates to the change in the county’s health insurance carrier from Blue Cross/Blue Shield to Aetna. Mr. Lange expressed concern about the union not knowing the details of the insurance change, the deal being discussed behind closed doors, and the fact that the union and the county were in the middle of contract negotiations. Mr. Lange stated heath insurance is a subject of bargaining by law. Should changes be made to coverage, doctors, networks, costs, etc. he stated an unfair labor practice charge would be filed against the county. He welcomed a transparent process. (Mr. Lange submitted a signed petition to the chairman.)

Mr. Jeremy Edelson from Laner Muchin, 515 N. State Street, Chicago, referenced his handout and overhead slide depicting yellow highllighted language within the labor contract as it relates to the county being able to change health insurance carriers. Mr. Edelson explained the county has fairly negotiated the right to change carriers. He emphasized the county continues to "maintain the status quo" even though the contract between the union and county has expired. Mr. Edelson cited recent case law supporting the county’s response.

C. Zoning Petitions

Petition No. 4444: Judd Nilles, et ux

Result: Adopted By Roll Call Vote [Unanimous]

Mover: Kurt R. Kojzarek, Board Member

Seconder: Bill Lenert, Board Member

Ayes: Deborah Allan, Margaret Auger, Theresa Barreiro, Mark Davoust, Ron Ford, Drew Frasz, Rebecca Gillam, Barbara Hernandez, John Hoscheit, Michael Kenyon, Kurt R. Kojzarek, Bill Lenert, Philip Lewis, John Martin, Myrna Molina, Jarett Sanchez, Douglas Scheflow, Monica Silva, Thomas Smith, Susan Starrett, Angela C Thomas, Penny Wegman, Barbara Wojnicki

D. Resolutions/Ordinances

--------------------------------------------------- Consent Agenda ----------------------------------------------

The Chairman asked if there were any items to be pulled off the Consent Agenda to be considered separately. Resolution No. 18-150 was removed by Mr. Smith. Resolution No. 18-141 was removed by Ms. Thomas. Chairman Lauzen entertained a motion to approve the Consent Agenda (#18-125 through #18-163, with the exception of Resolutions #18-141 and #18-150).

Result: Approved By Roll Call Vote [Unanimous]

Mover: Deborah Allan, Board Member

Seconder: Drew Frasz, Board Member

Ayes: Deborah Allan, Margaret Auger, Theresa Barreiro, Mark Davoust, Ron Ford, Drew Frasz, Rebecca Gillam, Barbara Hernandez, John Hoscheit, Michael Kenyon, Kurt R. Kojzarek, Bill Lenert, Philip Lewis, John Martin, Myrna Molina, Jarett Sanchez, Douglas Scheflow, Monica Silva, Thomas Smith, Susan Starrett, Angela C Thomas, Penny Wegman, Barbara Wojnicki

Res. #18 - 125 Authorizing the Sharing of Kane GIS Data Sets with Fermi Lab

Ord. #18 - 126 An Ordinance Establishing the Lindstrom Division Subdivision Special Service (or Special Service Area No. SW-51) of Kane County, Illinois and Providing for the Levy of Taxes for the Purpose of Paying the Cost of Providing Special Service in and for Such Area

Res. #18 - 127 Reappointing Supervisor of Assessments (Mark D. Armstrong, CIAO)

Res. #18 - 128 Authorizing Certain Actions Relative to the Tax Agent

Res. #18 - 129 Authorizing Approval for the Health Department Vehicle Replacement

Res. #18 - 130 Authorizing the Intergovernmental Agreement Between the City of Batavia and the County of Kane for Household Hazardous Waste Collection Services and the Rider to the Offer to Contract (RFP 20-017) with US Ecology

Res. #18 - 131 Approving County Board Travel/Meal/Lodging Reimbursement Request

Res. #18 - 132 Authorizing a Contract Extension for Mill Creek SSA Landscaping Maintenance Services

18 - 133 Approving Contract Amendments with Tyler Technologies New World

Res. #18 - 134 Authorizing Expenditure of Funds with Insight Public Sector, Inc.

Res. #18 - 135 Authorizing the Execution of an Intergovernmental Agreement Between the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the Kane County State's Attorney

18 - 136 Amending Resolution No. 16-235: Enacting a User Fee for the Third Street Courthouse Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Res. #18 - 137 Approving of Personnel Hiring and Replacement, Kane County Division of Transportation - Interns (3)

Res. #18 - 138 Approving the Hiring of a GIS Intern for GIS Technologies

Res. #18 - 139 Approving Adjustment of Court Services Budget to Reflect Budget Cuts

Res. #18 - 140 Authorizing the Creation a Veterans Court Budget within Court Services

Res. #18 - 142 Authorizing Renewal of a Support Services Contract for the Homeless Management Information System

Res. #18 - 143 Authorizing Exception to the County Financial Policies Regarding

Personnel Hiring and Replacements

Res. #18 - 144 Reclassifying Collector Publication Fees

Res. #18 - 145 Approving March 2018 Payment of Claims

Res. #18 - 146 Amending the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget for Development Fee Study

Res. #18 - 147 Authorizing Replacement of Workforce Development Fiscal Manager

Res. #18 - 148 Restating the Kane County Equal Employment Opportunity Plan for July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

Res. #18 - 149 Authorizing Contracting for Rapid Response Employment Services

Res. #18 - 151 Approving Adopt-A-Highway Program Applicants

Res. #18 - 152 Approving Purchase of One (1) 12" Capacity Brush Chipper, Kane County Division of Transportation

Res. #18 - 153 Approving Contract for Construction with AC Pavement Striping Co. of Elgin, Illinois for 2018 Kane County Pavement Preservation Project, Kane County Section No. 18-00000-02-GM

Res. #18 - 154 Approving Contract for Construction with Geneva Construction, Inc. of Aurora, Illinois for 2018 Kane County Resurfacing Project, Kane County Section No. 17-00485-00-RS

Res. #18 - 155 Approving an Agreement for Regional Planning Liaison Services Res. #18 - 156 Approving Contract for Construction with Precision Pavement Markings, Inc. of Elgin, Illinois for 2018 Urethane Pavement Marking Project, Kane County Section No. 18-00000-05-GM

Res. #18 - 157 Approving Contract for Construction with Preform Traffic Control Systems, Ltd. of Elk Grove, Illinois for 2018 Paint Pavement Marking Project, Kane County Section No. 18-00000-04-GM

Res. #18 - 158 Approving Contract for Construction with Geneva Construction, Inc. of Aurora, Illinois for Kane County Division of Transportation Building "A" Parking Lot Rehabilitation, Kane County Section No. 16-00471-00-MG

Res. #18 - 159 Approving Contract for Construction with SKC Construction, Inc. of West Dundee, Illinois for 2018 Kane County Crack Sealing Project, Kane County Section No. 18-00000-03-GM

Res. #18 - 160 Approving Contract for Construction with Builders Paving, LLC of Hillside, Illinois for St. Charles Township Road District, Section No. 18-14000-01- GM

Res. #18 - 161 Approving a Phase III Construction Engineering Services Agreement with V3 Companies of Woodridge, Illinois for 2013 Highway Safety Improvement Project, Kane County Section No. 12-00424-00-SP

Res. #18 - 162 Approving an Intergovernmental Agreement with the State of Illinois for Phase III Construction for 2013 Highway Safety Improvement Project, Kane County Section No. 12-00424-00-SP

Res. #18 - 163 Approving Amendment No. 1 to an Intergovernmental Agreement Between the County of Kane and City of St. Charles for Access and Improvements to Randall Road from Illinois Route 64 to Dean Street

---------------------------------------------End Of Consent Agenda ----------------------------------------

Res. #18 - 141 Authorizing a Contract Renewal for Kane County Judicial Center Invasive Plants Management

Thomas emphasized her comments were not to diminish staff and others for this project. However, given the labor dispute with staff outside the building, she asked if there was a way to redirect the funds and move toward obligations for the staff inside the buildings. She would not support the resolution.

Result: Adopted By Roll Call Vote [15 To 8]

Mover: Angela C Thomas, Board Member

Seconder: Thomas Smith, Board Member

Ayes: Deborah Allan, Margaret Auger, Mark Davoust, Ron Ford, Drew Frasz, Rebecca Gillam, John Hoscheit, Michael Kenyon, Kurt R. Kojzarek, Bill Lenert, Philip Lewis, John Martin, Douglas Scheflow, Thomas Smith, Barbara Wojnicki

Nays: Theresa Barreiro, Barbara Hernandez, Myrna Molina, Jarett Sanchez, Monica Silva, Susan Starrett, Angela C Thomas, Penny Wegman

Res. #18 - 150 Proclaiming May 15, 2018, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 13- 19, 2018, as National Police Week in Kane County, Illinois

Mr. Smith emphasized the importance of National Police Week. Chief Deputy Sheriff Patrick Gengler stepped forward and appreciated the board's positive recognition for all public safety personnel given the negativity publicity of late.

Result: Adopted By Voice Vote [Unanimous]

Mover: Thomas Smith, Board Member

Seconder: Susan Starrett, Board Member

Ayes: Deborah Allan, Margaret Auger, Theresa Barreiro, Mark Davoust, Ron Ford, Drew Frasz, Rebecca Gillam, Barbara Hernandez, John Hoscheit, Michael Kenyon, Kurt R. Kojzarek, Bill Lenert, Philip Lewis, John Martin, Myrna Molina, Jarett Sanchez, Douglas Scheflow, Monica Silva, Thomas Smith, Susan Starrett, Angela C Thomas, Penny Wegman, Barbara Wojnicki

Res. #18 - 164 Approving Kane County's Group Health Benefit Provider

Member Lenert moved to approve the resolution, as presented. Member Allan seconded the motion.

Lenert walked through a presentation on Aetna's proposed health insurance plan along with a timeline of the review process, RFP process, the audit process, and indicating who made up the exploratory committee. Lenert reported that on 3/9/2018 Blue Cross confirmed their rate increase would be 12.3%, which resulted in a broker resolution being passed by the County Board on 3/13/18 naming Global Associates as the new broker. Coverage similarities and differences between IPBC and Aetna followed along with those benefits to be honored by Aetna. A description of Aetna’s benefit enhancements followed.

For the record, Member Allan questioned whether employees currently covered by Blue Cross and who were receiving treatment, would be able to continue their same treatment using the same doctors, treatment facilities, MRIs/PET scans, etc., wherein Mr. Mike Baker, from Global Associates, described the paperwork process employees would have to follow, summarizing that their scheduled treatment, whether 30 days or 9 months, would be covered as in-network. Mr. Baker explained the Transition of Care policy in more detail, stating that an employee would not be impacted for out-of-pocket expenses.

A lengthy discussion was held with board members voicing their concerns about the following: 1) the short timeframe that transpired with the RFP process; 2) the Human Resources department nor the Auditor’s office could locate a copy of the Blue Cross contract or its contract date; 3) the premium rates under Aetna were “preliminary” and not guaranteed after its one-year contract expiration; 4) timing was bad and employee morale was low; 5) health department staff was already overworked; 5) a potential for malpractice lawsuits existed due to the Teledoc service; and 6) the Human Services Committee chairman had the opportunity to provide copies of the Blue Cross and Aetna contracts to the board prior but failed to provide any insurance-related information until the day of the meetings.

Member Molina made a motion that the County Board go into closed session at 11:13 am to discuss impending litigation on this matter. Second by Member Silva. Roll call followed with a unanimous vote of 23-0. (Ishmael absent.)

The County Board returned to open session at 11:40 a.m.

Motion by Lewis, second by Hoscheit to table Resolution No. 18-164. Roll call followed:

Result: Tabled [17 To 6] Next: 6/12/2018 9:45 Am

To: County Board

Mover: Philip Lewis, Board Member

Seconder: John Hoscheit, Board Member

Ayes: Deborah Allan, Margaret Auger, Theresa Barreiro, Mark Davoust, Ron Ford, Rebecca Gillam, Barbara Hernandez, John Hoscheit, Michael Kenyon, Kurt R. Kojzarek, Bill Lenert, Philip Lewis, John Martin, Myrna Molina, Jarett Sanchez, Thomas Smith, Barbara Wojnicki

Nays: Drew Frasz, Douglas Scheflow, Monica Silva, Susan Starrett, Angela C Thomas, Penny Wegman

6. Executive Session

(Lewis leaves.)

The chairman asked for a motion to go into closed session to discuss settlement of claims and pending litigation. The Board moved into executive session at 11:41 am.

Result: Approved By Roll Call Vote [22 To 0]

Mover: Bill Lenert, Board Member

Seconder: Kurt R. Kojzarek, Board Member

Ayes: Deborah Allan, Margaret Auger, Theresa Barreiro, Mark Davoust, Ron Ford, Drew Frasz, Rebecca Gillam, Barbara Hernandez, John Hoscheit, Michael Kenyon, Kurt R. Kojzarek, Bill Lenert, John Martin, Myrna Molina, Jarett Sanchez, Douglas Scheflow, Monica Silva, Thomas Smith, Susan Starrett, Angela C Thomas, Penny Wegman, Barbara Wojnicki

Away: Philip Lewis

Return to Open Session-

The board returned to open session at 12:58 pm.

Result: Approved With Voice Vote [20 To 0]

Mover: Ron Ford, Board Member

Seconder: Penny Wegman, Board Member

Ayes: Deborah Allan, Margaret Auger, Theresa Barreiro, Mark Davoust, Ron Ford, Drew Frasz, Rebecca Gillam, Barbara Hernandez, John Hoscheit, Michael Kenyon, Bill Lenert, John Martin, Myrna Molina, Douglas Scheflow, Monica Silva, Thomas Smith, Susan Starrett, Angela C Thomas, Penny Wegman, Barbara Wojnicki

Away: Kurt R. Kojzarek, Philip Lewis, Jarett Sanchez

7. Settlement of Pro-se Claim: Williams v. Kane County Sheriff

The chairman entertained a motion to approve the Settlement of Pro se claim Williams vs. Kane County Sheriff in the amount of $5,950.20.

Result: Approved With Voice Vote [17 To 0]

Mover: Deborah Allan, Board Member

Seconder: Douglas Scheflow, Board Member

Ayes: Deborah Allan, Margaret Auger, Theresa Barreiro, Mark Davoust, Drew Frasz, Rebecca Gillam, Michael Kenyon, Bill Lenert, John Martin, Myrna Molina, Douglas Scheflow, Monica Silva, Thomas Smith, Susan Starrett, Angela C Thomas, Penny Wegman, Barbara Wojnicki

Abstain: Ron Ford

Away: Barbara Hernandez, John Hoscheit, Kurt R. Kojzarek, Philip Lewis, Jarett Sanchez

8. Speakers (Non-Agenda Items)

(Lenert & Scheflow leave 12:59 pm)

Mr. Mark Schmit, 35W347 Elder Avenue, St. Charles, voiced public health concerns about the O'Hare Modernization Plan and its noise impact on Kane County residents, especially in north St. Charles, South Elgin and parts of Geneva. He urged the board to become part of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission ("ONCC") to address such concerns. He also believes his property value has decreased.

Mr. Jared Weiser, youth counselor for Kane County's JJC, 208 Lardsdotter Lane, Geneva (Frasz steps away 1:06 pm) was present with other members of the JJC. He explained the 15-year salary progression system that was attained in 2013 was now being considered for suspension. He shared the starting salaries and the misconceptions of the contract and the labor dispute, noting the workers were seeking to maintain the 3.7% increase or, approximately $200,000, over a three-year contract. Mr.Weiser explained the potential liability to the county for having inadequately trained staff at the JJC currently and emphasized the importance of getting properly trained staff back to work in order to avoid liabilities and also to meet state and federal compliance standards.

Ms. Krista Larson, 1980 Tall Oaks Drive, #2B, Aurora, started as an adult probation officer and currently works as a specialized officer in the sex offender unit. She explained she is on Step 3 of the 15-year progression system after 10 and one-half years. She emphasized that 96% of the staff were not at top pay and required, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree, to perform her job’s duties. The matter was a public safety issue, noting the amount of individuals on probation currently, those monitored through Court Services, and those individuals reporting on conditional discharge, etc. (Frasz returns 1:12 pm). Ms. Larson emphasized the importance of resolving the labor dispute because it was negatively affecting the clients being served, the community, and the workers due to their dedication.

Ms. Susie Jenkins, 3346 Sonoma Circle, Lake in the Hills, a juvenile probation officer, explained she has been with the county 17 years and is at Step 9. Ms. Jenkins reported that workers are highly qualified, have licenses and master decrees and love what they do. She discussed where various workers were within their steps and reiterated the amount of money needed to maintain the current step system was $200,000 for 118 employees. Ms. Jenkins also added that a majority of the workers live in Kane County and are community involved. She closed by stating that over 3,000 clients county-wide were not being served by staff.

This meeting was adjourned at 1:16 pm.

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