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Meeting roundup


Last updated 2/19/2020 at 3:54pm | View PDF

Hinsdale Village Board

Among other business Tuesday, trustees:

• voted 6-0 to increase the price of vehicle stickers from $40 to $48 as part of a comprehensive parking plan that will go into effect after the new parking deck at Hinsdale Middle School opens.

The village is required to have the stickers ready for sale March 1, which is why the decision had to be made this month. Trustee Matt Posthuma said he would have liked to have all the components of the new parking plan in place before taking the vote.

“I think it would have been better if we could have dealt with this all at the same time,” he said.

• unanimously approved a $63.8 million appropriation ordinance. The board is required to pass the ordinance, which represents the legal spending authority for calendar year 2020, by March 31. The amount reflects the 2020 budget for the village and the Hinsdale Public Library, with a 10 percent contingency in the capital fund and a 5 percent contingency in all other funds. Before the vote, the board held the required public hearing, at which no one spoke.

• listened to three residents who live near the new Land Rover/Jaguar dealership on Ogden Avenue express their concerns about landscaping at the site. Village President Tom Cauley said he would ask staff to make one more attempt to reach a compromise with the dealership but reminded residents that the board already has approved a landscaping plan.

“All we can require Land Rover to do at this point is comply with this plan,” he said.

• postponed a vote on closing Chicago Avenue and Burlington Drive from Washington Street to Garfield Avenue on three Sundays — May 17, July 12 and Sept. 20 — for Fuelfed Coffee and Classics car events. Trustee Jerry Hughes said he wanted to give residents time to contact the village if they have any objections. Absent feedback, the item will be on the consent agenda at the March 3 meeting.

• referred to the Hinsdale Plan Commission a request to update the front facade and ground signs at Continental AutoSports — Ferrari at 420 E. Ogden Ave. The application includes a request for a ground sign 19 feet, 8 1/2 inches tall. The site currently has a 15-foot ground sign as part of changes to the plan development approved in 2013. Eight feet is allowed by code.

Trustees expressed concerns about allowing a sign of that height.

“I think they’d sell the same number of Ferraris with a 15-foot sign or a 20-foot sign,” Cauley said.


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