The City of West Chicago has confirmed the following information pertaining to the City Council decision timeline and process in the matter of the application for local siting approval for Lakeshore Recycling Systems, LLC, for the West DuPage Recycling and Transfer Station at 1655 Powis Road.
Saturday, February 18
Final Day to Submit Written Public Comment
Saturday, February 18 is the final day to submit written public comment. No further written comments or input from the parties or the public will be allowed after 30 days of the close of the Public Hearing, which concluded on Thursday, January 19, 2023.
Any person may file written comment with the City concerning the appropriateness of the proposed site for its intended purpose by this date. The City Council will consider any comment received or postmarked by this date, and these written public comments will become part of the record of proceedings.
Tuesday, February 21
Findings, Conclusions, and Conditions from Participating Parties in Public Hearing Due to Hearing Officer
The Parties that participated in the Public Hearing shall submit to the Hearing Officer proposed findings of fact; conclusions of law and conditions if any.
Friday, February 24
Hearing Officer’s Report Submitted to City Council
The Hearing Officer will submit his report to the City Council for its decision as to the ultimate approval or disapproval of the proposed site location.
Monday, February 27
City Council Special Meeting (Closed Session)
At the advice and legal direction of the City’s Special Legal Counsel, pursuant to Section 2 (c) (4) of the Illinois Open Meetings Act, the City Council will meet in closed session on Monday, February 27 to consult with its attorney regarding legal issues and to consider the record including the evidence and testimony presented in the public hearings. This process is necessary to protect the attorney-client privilege and is commonplace for local siting authorities.
This Special City Council meeting will occur at 6:00 p.m. at the West Chicago City Hall at 475 Main Street.
Please note, the City Council will not hear public comments during this meeting and no final decision will be made or will any other action be taken.
After consultation with legal counsel, the City Council will then come out of closed session and will continue the Special Meeting as an Open Session on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. During this meeting, the City Council will publicly vote and make available for public inspection a written decision setting forth its determinative reasoning.
Tuesday, February 28
Approval or Disapproval of Request for Local Siting
The City Council will approve or disapprove the request for local siting through a written decision on the record from the public hearing during the continued Special City Council Meeting from Monday, February 27, 2023. The City Council will specify the reasons for its decision during this meeting, which will be held as an Open Session meeting.
This Special City Council meeting will occur on Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. at West Chicago Community High School at 326 Joliet Street. Please use 'Entrance H' if attending.
After the City Council deliberates, and after a written decision of the City Council has been made, public comment as required under the Open Meetings Act will proceed. Under the law, the City Council cannot consider any public comments that were made outside of the record of proceedings.
In order for public comments to become part of the record of proceedings, members of the public must have already done so as part of the public hearing, or must have submitted a written comment received by the City, or postmarked on or before, Saturday, February 18, 2023.
Any comments made at the Special City Council meeting would be outside of the siting record and thus not lawfully considered by the City Council in making its decision.
Upon approval or disapproval, a copy of the City Council’s written decision will be posted on the City’s website and will also be available for public inspection at the West Chicago City Hall. A copy of this document will be available upon payment of the cost of reproduction.