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Downers Grove

Council gets work done during 28-minute meeting

DOWNERS GROVE – Mayor Martin Tully used his gavel to adjourn the Nov. 20 Village Council meeting – not a newsworthy event except that it was the first time he’s ever used the wooden mallet during his tenure as mayor.

“I’m going to do this just for the AP government students,” Tully said before bringing the brief meeting to a close.

“In seven and one half years of being mayor, I’ve never used this. I’m going to do this just for you,” he said to the high school students attending the meeting as part of their coursework.

The council got a fair amount accomplished at the 28-minute meeting, which was held two days before Thanksgiving.

“I have to say, this council gets more work done by 7:18 p.m. than some councils get done all day,” Tully said after commissioners approved – without discussion – the 11 items on the active agenda.

The agenda included:

• Approval of the village’s 2019 budget.

• Approval of several ordinances, including alley vacations, a rezoning request and a special-use permit needed for an expansion at St. Mary of Gostyn parish. Specifically, the parish wants to build a 5,900-square-foot addition to the existing activity center. It would include a new gymnasium, new entrance and additional storage space. The addition also would include a multipurpose dining area. As a result, students would no longer have to cross Prairie Avenue to participate in activities or eat lunch in the church basement, parish manager Valerie Bava said.

• A special-use permit to allow for the expansion of the Zeigler Auto Group, 2501 Ogden Ave.

• An amended planned unit development to allow construction of a two-story restaurant at 1801 Butterfield Road. Plans call for the construction of a Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant at the site of the former Carlucci restaurant. Carlucci would be demolished to make way for the new 12,077-square-foot eatery. Carlucci closed Feb. 18 after a 15-year run in the village.

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