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Monday, January 18, 2016, Agenda

January 15, 2016 by bclinard  
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CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2016 @ 7:00 P.M.

TO BE CONDUCTED AT: THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

110 E WALNUT STREET, OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

  1. Opening of Meeting

  2. Roll Call

  3. Pledge of Allegiance

  4. Approval of Minutes from the January 4, 2016, regular meeting

  5. Approval of invoices submitted for payment

  6. Public Comment on Agenda Items Only

  7. Ordinance No. 914-011816, Continues Line of Credit with Illini State Bank in the amount of $700,000.

  8. Ordinance No. 916-020116, Mutual Aid Agreement with Peru

  9. Building Inspector’s 4th Quarter (2015) Report

  10. Tag Day Requests from American Legion (May 28), Oglesby Firefighters Association (March 12 & Nov. 5), LP Foundation (April 16).

  11. Public Comment on any topic

  12. Commissioners’ Reports

  13. Mayor’s Report

  14. Adjournment

    Posted this 15th day of January, 2016.

    Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Minutes from the May 18, 2015 meeting

June 14, 2015 by bclinard  
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A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY JIM ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from May 4, 2015 meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the bills as presented: Baker Carving Company, $1,200.00; Rush Truck Centers, $2.987.14; Dan Moore, $182.91; Oglesby District 125, $3,291.71; City of Oglesby, Petty Cash $42.40; AEA, Inc., $7,150.00; Air One Equipment, $2,004.61; Airgas, Inc., $78.05; Ameren IP, $27.00; Apple Press, $577.99; Arrow Sales & Service, $5.00; Brownstown Electric, $6,995.00; BSN Sports, $89.99; C&H Excavating, $4,150.00; Carol’s Upholstery, $352.80; Comcast, $379.55; Comm. Revolving Loan Fund, $636.15; Compete Integration, $300.00; Connecting Point, $2,074.90; Daley’s, $306.50; Teresa Daly, $99.11; Dever & Sons, $506.17; Double M Trucking, $250.00; Dresbach Distributing, $133.80; EJ Cattani, $867.50; Eagle Engraving, $51.80; Cathie Edens, $68.00; Emergency Medical Products, $678.52; Grosenbach’s, $32.78; H&S Contracting, $2,775.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $595.32; Hawkins, Inc., $886.50; HD Supply, $14,519.00; Charles Holm, $150.00; Hygienic Institute, $355.55; IMEA, $209,915.83; Il Valley Crime Stoppers, $644.00; Illini State Bank, Police Credit Card, $139.97; IV Cellular, $761.23; Independent’s Service Co., $376.82; Holly Isbell, $2.51; IVCH, $182.00; Jack’s Gas & Service, $22.00; John Senica Jr., $604.33; John’s Sales & Service, $119.99; Key Outdoor, $1,240.00; Kittilson’s Garage, $510.55; Knoblauch Advertising, $1,272.50; LaFarge Aggregates, $168.59; LaSalle County Recorder, $180.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $123.97; Marco, Inc. $81.66; Louis Martuzzo, $7.85; Mautino Distributing, $6.00; Menards, $870.16; Motorola, $119.73; MTCO, $287.84; Municipal Well and Pump, $39,915.00; Glen Myer, $430.60; NewsTribune, $729.00; Novak Veterinary, $596.75; Oglesby Elks, $100.00; Perona, Peterlin & Brolley, $1,519.40; Allied Waste, $18,618.50; Rescue Direct, $214.68; Revere Electric, $4,470.81; Dom Rivara, $395.98; Riverstone Group, $251.20; Sherwin Williams, $243.88; Jennifer Simpkins, $214.40; Specialty Landscape, $225.00; Spring Valley Ford, $122.28; Stevens Service Center, $34.00; Stuart Tree Service, $1,680.00; TEST, Inc. $110.00; United Rentals, $187.00; Universal Asphalt, $26,413.00; USA Bluebook, $106.70; Water Products Company, $1,920.60; Witmer Public Safety Group, $328.56. TOTAL: $369,702.74. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for questions concerning agenda items.

Several persons spoke on the rezoning issue before the council. Tod Misener, one of the owners of the property, said that denying the request would be an “undue hardship.”

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 896-051815, which establishes wages for non-unionized city employees. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to accept the letter of recommendation from the Oglesby Board of Zoning Appeals regarding the TC Enterprises building. The ZBA recommended that the zoning request be denied. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to deny the rezoning request from TC Enterprises. Mayor Finley explained that denying the request would leave the property zoned as business. Commissioner Porter said that he did not feel that he could “go against” the ZBA’s recommendation. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to table awarding the bid for the River Access Project after Finley asked that the council hold a meeting to discuss the different options available. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve Ordinance No. 897-060115, which dissolves the Oglesby Ambulance Board. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, YBORRA, FINLEY. NAYS: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file Ordinance No. 898-060115, which authorizes the sale of city property. Porter explained that Attorney Andreoni drafted the ordinance so that the city could dispose of the Town & Country Minivan that the police department has. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept the letter of recommendation from the Design & Review Board concerning the Gillan property. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to authorize a building permit to Greg and Sally Gillan. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER, to approve emergency repairs to Well No. 3. Yborra explained that the well pump went out, prompting an emergency situation in which the pump had to be replaced with no time to go out to bid. Yborra estimated the costs to be between $85,000 and $89,000. This is not to be confused with Well No. 4, for which the city is seeking grant monies to repair. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to allow Mary Lee McLaughlin to solicit for Dose Insurance door-to-door in Oglesby. Before the vote, Porter said he could not remember a permit issued for an entire year, and asked if anyone else felt that was too long. Commissioner Carey responded that because it was just one person, he didn’t see anything wrong with the extended period. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

At this time, Commissioner Porter introduced Officer Mike Padilla, who was promoted to position of sergeant. Porter briefly talked about Sgt. Jim Cullinan, who recently retired from the department. Porter thanked Cullinan and wished him “the very best in his retirement.”

The Mayor then opened the floor for comments:

Vern Siemers asked how long the city would have to wait to see the Entwistle property cleaned up. The property on Walnut Street recently was destroyed in a fire.

Austin Cullinan voiced his objection to the city council going into executive session to discuss commissioner appointments. Attorney Andreoni did not agree with Cullinan’s assertion that the council had gone into executive session under the wrong exemption as the Illinois Municipal Code “offers no guidance” for the selection of commissioners. Andreoni said that even if Cullinan was correct, the law requires only that the minutes be corrected.

Commissioner & Mayor Reports:

Finance Commissioner Rivara thanked the clerk and Jim Clinard, of Chamlin & Associates, for “sifting through the ordinances and finding the correct zoning” of the TC Enterprises property. He also said that he has “has serious financial questions.” But that the “bottom line is – we have to know where the money is coming from.”

Commissioner Carey said that the city would renew its branch chipping program, possibly as early as July. He expected the city crews to chip 3 to 4 times a year, and after storms. He said that there were no plans to reopen the brush pile.

Commissioner Yborra told the council that larveacide had been placed in catch basins and encouraged residents to avoid having standing water in their yards.

Commissioner Porter reminded residents of the Oglesby Ambulance Association’s pork chop dinner on June 1.

Mayor Finley told residents about the rabies clinic scheduled for Thursday, May 21. He also called for a working meeting on Thursday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the river landing project.

A MOTION WAS MADE at 7:31 PM BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to enter into executive session to discuss “the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of the public body.” AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE AT 7:50 PM BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to resume the regular council meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn the regular meeting at 7:51 PM. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MEETING ADJOURNED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Agenda for June 15, 2015 Meeting

June 14, 2015 by bclinard  
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CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015 @ 7 P.M.

TO BE CONDUCTED AT: THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

110 E WALNUT STREET, OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

  1. Opening of Meeting

  2. Roll Call

  3. Pledge of Allegiance

  4. Minutes from May 18, 2015, regular meeting

  5. Approve Invoices Presented for Payment

  6. Public Comment on Agenda Items Only

  7. Ordinance No. 900-061515, Ambulance Director’s Salary

  8. Ordinance No. 901-061515, Prevailing Wage Act

  9. Appointment of Oglesby Fire Department’s Chief and Assistant Chief

  10. Introduction of Oglesby’s newest Police Officer and Oath of Office

  11. Public Comment on any topic

  12. Commissioners’ Reports

  13. Mayor’s Report

  14. Adjournment

    Posted this 12th day of June, 2015

    Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Meeting Minutes from Monday, August 25, 2014

September 12, 2014 by bclinard  
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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:30 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY VINCE BROLLEY AND CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items. No one from the public choose to speak.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to accept the recommendation from the Plan Commission to grant GTI’s request for a special use permit for a cannabis cultivation facility for a tract of land south of the Loves’ Travel Stop. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY to Place Ordinance No. 869 on file. The ordinance grants the special use permit to GTI. It has been brought to the council’s attention that one of the requirements for the special use permit has not been met. The Eleanor Rapp property is zoned residential (all property annexed into the city comes in as residential. The Rapp family never requested a change when the land was annexed.) Attorney Andreoni suggested that the ordinance be placed on file and passed after the zoning has been changed. Mark Janko, the seller of the real estate to GTI, says that the Rapp Family Trust is agreeable to changing the zoning and a request is forthcoming. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to place Ordinance No. 870-082514 on file. The ordinance changes the percentage of gross revenue that can be transferred from the Electric Fund to the General Fund. Before the vote, Commissioner Rivara voiced his objections to the change, noting that the recent increase in electric rates was established to create a surplus to tend to the pressing maintenance needs. Rivara said that the ordinance would put the fund “in the same position as we were before.” Danekas countered by saying that the electric fund was created to help the “entire city of Oglesby.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, FINLEY. NAYS: RAVARA. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place on file Ordinance No. 871, which authorizes the acquisition of real estate at 211 Walnut St. The property is currently owned by Don Shields and he has agreed to give the city the property so that it can be demolished. Mayor Finley said that he had sought a grant for the project, and this acquisition paved the way for the work to begin. Finley said that Shields had agreed to pay the pro-rated taxes. When Danekas asked about plans for the lot, Finley responded that there weren’t any, other than the elimination of an eyesore from the downtown area. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. NAYS: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER TO award the Motor Fuel Tax 2014 street program bid to low bidder Len Trovero Construction. Trovero’s bid was $12,800 less than the engineer’s estimate. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file the bid for two police vehicles. Porter told the council that the vehicles would be paid for using impound fees. The cost of the two vehicles is $54,650.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place on file bids for the removal of asbestos at 211 Walnut St. The apparent low bidder was Schemel-Tarrillion, Inc., at $18,250. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. NAYS: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.


The Mayor then opened the floor for public comment on any item.

Vern Siemers voiced his support of Commissioner Rivara, saying that the city shouldn’t “rob Peter to pay Paul,” and warned that it would “come back and bite you” in the end.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to adjourn at 5:57 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Mr. Salsa’s: Salsa at Center Stage

January 29, 2014 by City Clerk  
Filed under From the Mayor's Desk, Uncategorized

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Mr. Salsa’s has been a fixture of Oglesby’s downtown for nearly 15 years and features many salsa-laden dishes alongside other traditional mexican fare.

To Magdaleno Hermosillo, it’s all about the salsa.

Whether it’s salsa roja “mole” on enchiladas or salsa fresca with chips, the salsa takes center stage.

And so, after working all his life in mexican restaurants and deciding to open and name his own, Hermosillo gave salsa the attention it deserves.

Mr. Salsa’s, as Hermosillo called it, has been a fixture of Oglesby’s downtown for nearly 15 years and features many salsa-laden dishes alongside other traditional mexican fare. (For those less inclined to the tastes of our neighbors to the south, Mr. Salsa’s also offers a handful of tradition American offerings.)

Hermosillo says his style of cooking is somewhat unique for the area, as it is largely influenced by recipes he learned in California, where he started his career. Two of the locals’ favorites are fajitas and carne asada a la tampiquena, a dish particularly known for its quality cut of meat, a skirt steak.

“People come for that one,” Hermosillo says, noting other restaurants replace the outside skirt with a cheaper cut. “I can’t switch the meat; people will notice right away. They want the same meat, the same quality.”

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Mr. Salsa’s has been serving up quality dishes since 1999. Its cozy interior hosts a full bar along with a separate regular dining room. Another large seating area is available for large parties or planned events up to 60 people.

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Meals are available for dine-in or carry-out. Weekly specials include $1.25 dine-in tacos on Tuesday, fried chicken on Wednesday, $3 margaritas on Thursday and a 10 ounce cod dinner with potato and salad for $10.95 on Fridays.

Delaney’s: Family Atmosphere

January 29, 2014 by City Clerk  
Filed under From the Mayor's Desk, Uncategorized

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The atmosphere at Delaney’s gives a nod to the past in more ways than one. Oldies singers croon from the speakers. A long counter with swivel stools welcomes tired folks for a coffee or a beer. Friendly waitresses tend to tables with fast service. And most of all, customers enjoy hearty, flavorful food.

Delaney’s Family Restaurant has been open since 1992.

But it began in the mind of a small boy well before that.

“I always had the ambition of having my own business, even as a youngster,” Tim Delaney, who owns the restaurant with his wife and operates it alongside his younger brother Marc, explains.

“When I was only 6- and 7-years-old, my grandmother worked as a waitress at a tavern in Dalzell. My grandfather would take me there.”

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Tim Delaney (left) owns Delaney's Family Restaurant with his wife and operates it with his younger brother, Marc (right). Tim says he's wanted to own a restaurant since he was just a young boy.

It was in that old tavern that Tim decided he wanted to have his own restaurant someday.

“It was just a fun atmosphere,” Tim says. “And that’s what I first began to enjoy about it, the atmosphere. People came in and were having fun and there was a lot of excitement.

“I knew I wanted to have a restaurant.

“And all that came to be.”

What came to be was a cool, quick place for summer state park goers to refuel after a long day of hiking.

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A cozy, warm place for winter travelers fresh off the interstate.

And a meeting place for local friends and family year round.

In short, Tim’s emphasis on atmosphere continues.

“I think it says it all in the name–we’re a family restaurant,” he says. “This is kid-friendly, casual dining.”

“I’ve always viewed it as entertaining people. When you go out to eat, it’s a form of entertainment. This is a place for people to come in, relax, unwind and forget about their day. We want to make them feel comfortable.”

The atmosphere at Delaney’s gives a nod to the past in more ways than one.

Oldies singers croon from the speakers. A long counter with swivel stools welcomes tired folks for a coffee or a beer. Friendly waitresses tend to tables with fast service.

And most of all, customers enjoy hearty, flavorful food.

Delaney’s boasts the area’s only buffet. It steams with hot food seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Special summer nights bring a seafood buffet, complete with crab legs. Be sure to save room for homemade pies and other desserts!

Delaney’s boasts the area’s only buffet. It steams with hot food seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Special summer nights bring a seafood buffet, complete with crab legs. Be sure to save room for homemade pies and other desserts!

Delaney’s boasts the area’s only buffet. It steams with hot food seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Special summer nights bring a seafood buffet, complete with crab legs. Be sure to save room for homemade pies and other desserts!

On weekends and holidays, a breakfast buffet is stocked with all the basic breakfast fixins–eggs, bacon, sausage, cinnamon French toast, hash brown, sausage gravy and biscuits, fresh fruits, bakery items, you name it!–as well as made-to-order pancakes and fruit-filled waffles topped with real whipped cream.

The large menu offers breakfast all day and a wide selection of other delicious dishes, from roast beef and burgers to shrimp platters and spinach salads. Among its most popular dishes is Delaney’s fried chicken–made from an old recipe from the tavern at which Tim’s grandmother worked, where it all began.

In fact, in many ways, Delaney’s is a mosaic of Tim’s past.

“Everything that I’ve done in my life is probably incorporated somehow into the restaurant.”

(Photos by James Krancic, Vermillion River Photography.)

Sam’s Pizza: Pies with Personality

January 29, 2014 by City Clerk  
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Sam's Pizza owner Sam Leone has been tossing pies for years and has won the heart of many an Oglesby resident--through his pizza and his personality.

Sam Leone’s personality and prices can give the first-timer quite a start.

“When we first moved here five years ago, I called to order a pizza,” Mary Tillman shared. “He said come in 20 minutes and bring $17,000. I told my husband, ‘I think we’re buying a pizza place.’ “

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He’s a bit quirky, you see.

“Sam’s Pizza! What’d ya want?!” he’ll holler though his thick accent and into his old handset, taking your order. He never writes anything down, quotes you prices in the thousands and always has something clever to say when you walk though his door.

On busy nights, you might as well forget calling. All the locals know a busy signal means ol’ Sammy has put the handset of its cradle and you’ve got to do your ordering face-to-face.

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On busy nights, you might as well forget calling. All the locals know a busy signal means ol’ Sammy has put the handset of its cradle and you’ve got to do your ordering face-to-face.

His pizza joint isn’t much to look at–just a little building in the middle of a big slab of parking lot, looking a bit lonely on Columbia Ave. Inside, you’ll find a handful of tables, faded wallpaper, a listing of prices and toppings on an old-fashioned sign… and Sam.

Clad in the same uniform he’s been wearing for decades–white t-shirt on his chest, white apron around his waist, small gold chain around his neck and flour-topped shoes on his feet–Sam is beloved by local folks. Many a Oglesby resident will tell you tales of sitting on Sam’s counter or peeking around it as a youngster, watching Sam toss dough circles and accepting bits of mozzarella cheese from his mother, who worked alongside him for years.

In fact, it seems memories of Sam’s Pizza are much like the pizzas themselves–good and warm, ready for the sharing.

Kathy Casstevens says she fondly remembers the buzz of the lights in Sam’s pizza parlor and the taste of hot pizza late on a summer night.

What junior high basketball player, cheerleader and fan hasn’t packed into the tables, enjoying a post-game dinner?

“He has fed four generations of my family,” Nick Ebner said.

“My husband and I went to Sam’s on our first date!” writes Sally Sobin. “We have been married for 25 years.”

“When I was a kid, I don’t know what made me happier, that we were getting pizza for dinner or my grandma holding out the phone so I could hear Sam yell, ‘Sams a peets!’ into the phone before she ordered,” says Amy Raygoza.

If he doesn’t win you with his antics, Sam will undoubtedly win you with his pies. Hand tossed and made fresh, loaded with toppings and remarkably affordable, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better pizza in the area.

Sam’s Pizza is open Tuesday through Sunday evenings and is just a couple turns away from Oglesby hotels, on Columbia Avenue.

(Photos courtesy of James Krancic, Vermillion River Photography.)

Oriental Kitchen

December 3, 2013 by City Clerk  
Filed under From the Mayor's Desk, Uncategorized

Yawei Liang and his father man the kitchen at Oriental Kitchen in Oglesby. Liang, equipped with years of experience in Chinese restaurant kitchens, went out on his own in 2003 when he and his wife Tracy opened their downtown storefront.

Yawei Liang and his father man the kitchen at Oriental Kitchen in Oglesby. Liang, equipped with years of experience in Chinese restaurant kitchens, went out on his own in 2003 when he and his wife Tracy opened their downtown storefront. (Photo by James Krancic, Vermillion River Photography)

Yawei and Tracy Liang are no strangers to the Chinese restaurant business.

Both worked in family restaurants before meeting at a restaurant in Ottawa at which they were both employed. They were eventually married and, in January of 2003, decided to start a restaurant of their own, Oriental Kitchen in downtown Oglesby.

Yawei and Tracy Liang started Oriental Kitchen in January of 2003.

Yawei and Tracy Liang started Oriental Kitchen in January of 2003. (Photo by James Krancic, Vermillion River Photography)

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“My husband decided to go off on his own,” Tracy says of the venture.

The Liangs were attracted to Oglesby, she said, for a few reasons. The Walnut Street location appealed to her husband because he wanted a downtown storefront. And the small-town location appealed to Tracy because she, a native of nearby Serena, didn’t want to be too far from home.

The move has served them well, as they recently celebrated 10 years in business and now call Oglesby home.

While most of its business is take-out, Oriental Kitchen has a modest dining room for dine-in customers. Among its most popular dishes are mongolian beef, orange chicken, General Tao’s chicken. They accept both Visa and MasterCard.

(Photos courtesy of James Krancic, Vermillion River Photography.)

October 7, 2013, Meeting

October 18, 2013 by bclinard  
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A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY JIM ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the regular meeting minutes from September 16, 2013. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the working meeting minutes from September 23, 2013 with one correction. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the invoices submitted for payment: A.S.K. Enterprises, $2,024.60; AEA, Inc., $10,095.04; Affordable Waste, $19,499.50; AFLAC, $117.67; Airgas USA, $81.77; Alan Environmental, $432.69; ALTEC Industries, $11,763.20; Bio-Tron, $152.56; Bjerkaas, Andi, $120.90; Brian Billard, $11,074.14; Brownstown Electric Supply, $580.00; Cleora Bruce, $43.32; Call One, $1,549.66; Carus Corporation, $1,701.24; Central Illinois Municipal Clerks, $30.00; City of Oglesby, Petty Cash, $46.35; Clinard, Becky, $282.26; Ameren IP, $120.86; American Red Cross, $200.00; Apple Press, $906.00; AWSS, Inc., $1,763.20; Comcast, $382.59; Connecting Point, $354.00; Cosgrove Distributors, $506.98; D&M Landscaping, $250.00; Dever & Sons Trucking, $1,041.20; De’Vine Floral Designs, $48.00; Double M Trucking, $90.00; Dresbach Distributing, $38.95; Efficient Billing Systems, $874.51; Katherine Elvin, $1,230.25; Emergency Medical Products, $780.33; Envision Healthcare, $240.00; Feece Oil, $3,895.55; Tierra Fisher, $171.23; Fleet Services, $3,237.46; Robert Fleming, $133.79; Friendly Farms, $1,300.00; Global Emergency Products, $320.70; Grainco FS, $590.98; Grant Grosenbach, $175.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $332.23; Kayla Hawley, $51.39; Heartland Services, $486.79; Angela Heider, 182.84; Holloway’s Portables, $150.00; Hygienic Institute, $355.55; IVAC, $15.00; IAAF, $75.00; Illinois Valley Community College, $24,605.76; Illini State Bank – Police CC, $364.36; Illinois Prosecutor Services, $50.00; Illinois Valley Cellular, $569.76; Itron, Inc., $646.50; Jack’s Gas and Service, $66.00; Jeff Perry Buick, $267.29; Joan’s Trophy & Plaque, $82.85; Anna Johnson, $6.74; King Tire, $95.00; Kittilson’s $814.36; Knoblauch Advertising, $292.75; Kramarsic Law Offices, $150.00; Ladzinski Cement, $200.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $252.81; LP High School, $60,241.90; LP Foundation, $200.00; Casey MacKay, $600.00; Jean Martin, $1,230.25; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Maze Lumber, $57.90; Menards, $597.84; Mertel Gravel, $461.63; Carol Jo Moore, $182.20; Motorola, $232.50; Dollar General, $78.00; NCICG, $1,500.00; NCPERS, $160.00; News Tribune, $171.50; North American Salt Co., $2,135.76; Oglesby Grade School, $105,873.99; Quad City Electric, $1,747.90; Eric Reishus, $1,230.25; Margaret Reishus, $615.13; Marlin Reishus, $615.13; Paul Reishus, $1,230.25; Revere Electric, $170.92; Dominic Rivara, $264.10; SBK, Inc., $29,835.01; Laurie Smudzinski, $200.06; Springfield Electric, $245.28; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $40.00; Standard Equipment, $200.01; Staples, $4.02; Stevens Service Center, $34.00; Studstill Media, $840.00; Sunrise Supply, $225.75; United Health Care, $139.92; USPS, $780.47; Universal, Inc., $944.40; USA Bluebook, $1,084.96; Water Products Co., $928.13; Aaron Whittington, $6.05; Wire Mesh Corp., $19,762.65; WLPO/WAJK Radio, $90.00; WTH Technology, $150.00. Total $346,428.58. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file a supplemental right of way agreement with Ameren. Attorney Andreoni asked the council if, because the agreement had to be held over for two weeks, if Ameren could begin working. No one voiced concern about Ameren beginning work before the agreement was made official. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to expand the number of ordinance violations that can be settled at City Hall for a $75.00 fee. Both Commissioner Porter and Attorney Andreoni pointed out that the current ordinance is working well and that the move is saving the city in attorney fees and court costs. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to authorize the city to enter into a “memorandum of understanding” with IBEW 150 regarding the employee residency issue. Rivara, who prefaced his motion by saying that he had promised his department he would make the motion, said later in the meeting that he did not agree with making Mike Wrobleski ‘give up’ anything in return. “This is an example of how not to conduct business and treat your employees,” said Rivara. Commissioner Porter said he had only recently decided how to vote, saying his “aye” vote was based on the principle that commissioners have sole executive power over their departments and that “he had a hard time taking a hard stance” against Wrobleski when Rivara had given him permission to move out of the 5-mile radius required by the contract. Commissioner Danekas read from a prepared statement, stating his objections to making a change “for the benefit of one employee on the backs of the other employees” and cautioned what it could mean for those employees in the next negotiations. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAY: DANEKAS. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve a request by the LP High School Foundation to hold a tag day on Saturday, April 5, 2013, from 8 a.m. to noon. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to public comment:

Tony Denett asked if it “really mattered where people live?” Commissioner Yborra said that an employee’s ability to respond quickly could be an issue. Rivara maintained that he was “not a believer in unrealistic residency.”

Vern Siemers asked if the council was going to “do something” about the perpetual garage sale at 410 Walnut Street. Attorney Andreoni said he didn’t believe there were any rules limiting garage sales, but could draft something if the council wished.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Danekas said he would like to set up a committee to look at the possibility of developing approximately 5 acres west of McPhedran Park. He called for a meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. to gauge interest. Danekas said a community center and athletic fields could possibly bring people into the community and “fill up the hotels.”

Rivara asked about the status of the Vallero property. Andreoni told him that everything is done and that “the ball is in their court.” Rivara then again addressed the Wrobleski issue, saying that he felt the city could not have sustained its position in arbitration proceedings. He said the city was essentially “shaking down” Wrobleski because he was required to give up almost “$1,250.” He accused the city of “sitting on its hands” when the IVCC truck center was built. And Rivara said that after talking with Commissioner Porter that he (Rivara) was “wrong” about the “ambulance debacle.” He said “he doubted that he (Porter) would agree with where we he wants to go,” but that “to sit here and do nothing serves no purpose.”

Yborra reminded residents that leaf vacuuming would start on October 21 and go through Nov. 22. He asked residents to read the fliers carefully. He also announced that the Motor Fuel Tax project on Porter Street and Alice Avenue was complete. Workers will now focus on Woodland Avenue and replacing the force main. Andy Washelesky, of AEA, Inc., updated the council on the progress of the waste water treatment plant upgrade. He said the $187,000 screw press has been delivered and the digester lid has been removed.

Porter announced trick-or-treat hours will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween night. He also questioned Andreoni if there was a process for authorizing a committee. Andreoni said that he didn’t believe there was, and noted that the committee would be required to report back to the council before any action was taken. Mayor Finley said that the committee was for gathering information only.

Mayor Finley announced the annual Halloween parade, which will be Saturday, Oct. 26th. Lineup is at 12:45 and the parade kicks off at 1 p.m. The parade will proceed from the corner of Spring and Walnut to the Dickinson House. He also gave a recap on the weekend’s Harvest Fest activities, saying that a little more than $500 was raised by the Scramble participants for Soldiers’ Angels.

A MOTION WAS MADE DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 7:47 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Monday, February 4, 2013, Meeting Minutes

March 1, 2013 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes, Uncategorized

 

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2013, AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

 

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY JAMES ANDREONI, CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the meeting minutes from January 18, 2013.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the invoices to be paid as submitted with one exception, the invoice from McClure Engineering for $27,971.62 is to be held over until Yborra is able to talk with Mayor Finley and Jack Kusek. Invoices to be paid are: ASK Enterprises, $1903.50; Ace Tire, $1,011.16; ACS Firehouse Software, $220.00; AEA Inc, $10,250.00; Ameren IP, $120.40; Arrow Sales, $35.50; ASCAP, $320.00; BHMG Engineers, $985.35; Call One, $1,484.42; Civic Systems, $2,585.00; Comcast, $114.90; Dever & Sons, $521.53; Dixon Ottawa Communications, $46.50; Andy Dooley, $300.00; Dresbach Distributing, $32.95; Cathie Edens, $120.79; Efficient Billing Systems, $1,466.33; Emergency Medical Products, $722.23; Envision Healthcare, $236.00; Feece Oil, $617.20; Fleet Services, $3,910.78; Grosenbach’s, $299.88; Halm’s, $8.38; Kristopher Hamilton, $215.32; Henry Schein, $235.00; Paige Hill, $218.30; IVAC, $49.00; IL Dept. of Central Services, $137.90; IL Dept. of Public Health, $20.00; IL Valley Business, $443.93; IVCH, $25.00; IVCC, $29,679.10; Illini State Bank, $64.54; Julie, Inc., $1,040.30; Karmarsic Law Office, $150.00; Kiesler’s Police Supply, $483.10; Ryan Knoblauch, $153.29; LaSalle Office Supply, $66.47; LP High School, $67,228.24; Mautino Distributing, $36.00; McClure Engineering, $3,885.60; Medicare Part B, $559.65; Menards, $34.87; Motorola, $112.87; NCPERS, $64.00; North American Salt Co., $2,140.88; Oglesby Grade School, $110,204.11; Revere Electric, $3,431.88; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $243.00; St. Margaret’s Health, $202.00; Standard Equipment, $14,772.28; Steven’s Service Center, $69.00; USA Bluebook, $43.50; Viking Chemical Company, $1,300.89; Watchguard, $114.00; Water Products Company, $345.40; Western Aggregates, $372.02; Zamin Insurance Company, $150.00; Zoll Medical Company, $111.62; TOTAL:  $290,715.96. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

There was no public comment on agenda items.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to seek bids for upgrading the waste water treatment plant, pending approval of the EPA. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to grant permission to the the Oglesby Firefighters Association to hold tag days on March 9 and November 2, 2013.  These days coincide with the daylight savings time weekends and the promotion to change batteries in smoke detectors. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

Mayor Finley then read a letter from the Peru engineering firm, Chamlin and Associates, Inc., on behalf of Love’s Travel Center.  The letter asked the council to refer their request for a special use permit and plan review to the Plan Commission.  A date for that meeting (February 28, 2013, at 6 p.m.) had already been agreed upon. Finley told the council that the company planned to build a truck stop near the I-39 interchange, which would employ around 60 persons. MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to refer the request to the Plan Commission. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

Noting that the council was straying from the agenda order, Mayor Finley asked for a motion to accept Building Inspector Brian Spelich’s Fourth Quarter 2012 Report.  MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept the 4th Quarter Building Inspector’s Report. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to enter into executive session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of the public body” and “collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees” at 7:08 p.m. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

The council resumed the regular meeting at 7:42 p.m.

 

Commissioners’/Mayor Reports

            Danekas thanked the Mayor and City Clerk for their work helping bring Lowe’s Travel Center to the city. 

            Rivara suggested that the city look into ways to cut their utility costs.  He suggested that the city get a consultant to make suggestions and that the city consider using some of the IMEA’s energy efficiency grants to replace lighting with energy efficient fixtures in one city building each year.  Rivara said that he also felt that “with layoffs, everybody must feel the pain.”

            Porter commended the police department, other city departments and outside agencies for their assistance in the “unique well-being check” held earlier in the day.

            Finley thanked the citizens who held the ice-skating party for Oglesby children on Saturday (February 2).  Finley called the event a success and noted that about 60 participants enjoyed the hot chocolate and hot dogs.  He said he thought the event would be held again next year.  He also asked that anyone with old, usable skates donate them so that more Oglesby children could use the skating rink. 

Finley also said that he would be meeting with the union to discuss potential layoffs.



MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:53 p.m.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

 

 

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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