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Minutes from the February 21, 2017, City Council Meeting

March 17, 2017 by bclinard  
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A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the minutes from the February 6, 2017, meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the minutes from the February 15, 2017, special meeting. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. PRESENT: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY Jenifer Carey, $100.00; The Duttlinger Family, $6,725.00; Il Valley Association of Chiefs, $30.00; Wilbur Anderson, $50.00; Noelle Sauter, $350.00; Don Shields, $350.00; Airgas USA, $3.72; Ameren, $202.61; BHMG Engineers, $371.50; Bob’s Business, $127.78; Cintas First Aid & Safety, $30.09; Comcast Cable, $534.87; Connecting Point, $459.25; Efficient Billing Systems, $2,150.94; Emergency Medical Products, $912.46; Ficek Electric, $210.50; First Impressions, $730.00; G.L. Downs Inc., $298.40; Grainger, $62.52; Halm’s Auto Parts, $41.88; IMEA, $216,553.08; IL Public Risk Fund, $20,701.00; IL Valley Regional Dispatch, $6,334.00; Illini State Bank-Visa, $301.88; IL Valley Cellular, $1,224.59; IL Valley Excavating, $2,655.00; Jack’s Gas & Service, $60.00; John Senica Jr., $224.30; John’s Service & Sales, $1,177.78; Kittilson’s Garage, $3,399.34; Knoblauch Advertising, $1,240.50; Kustom Signals Inc., $97.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $381.33; Leone’s, $2,520.27; Marco Inc., $1,322.50; Mautino Distributing, $18.75, Menards, $1,548.04; JoAnne Morgan, $22.49; Motorola, $129.69; MTCO, $140.87; News Tribune, $103.95; Oglesby Elks Lodge, $50.00; Patten Industries, $378.28; Debbie Perdew, $140.50; Peron, Peterlin, Andreoni & Brolley, $1,720.00; Ray O’Herron Inc., $32.84; Anthony Rendell, $135.75; Smith’s Sales and Service, $44.00; St. Margaret’s Health, $82.00; Staples Credit Plan, $249.80; T.E.S.T. Inc., $96.00; US Bank, $500.00; USA Bluebook, $348.87, James Vohs, $270.00; Patrick J. Watson, $210.00; Zoll Medical Corporation, $96.35 TOTAL $278,252.27 AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on agenda items, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve an agreement with ATR for two electronic recycling dates. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve Ordinance No. 946-022117, Sale of Personal Property Owned by the City. Commissioner Porter told the council that the items were a couple of impounded vehicles, which would be scrapped. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to place Ordinance No. 948-030617, Agreement with Payment Service Network, on file. The agreement addresses credit card processing services. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Mayor Finley then announced his decision to place Commissioner Tom Porter on the Police Pension Board. Finley explained that he had checked with an attorney who specializes in police pension matters and that he was advised that the appointment was not a conflict of interest. Porter said he was looking forward to the 35 hours of online training required.

The Mayor then asked for comments from the public. Jason Curran asked about the minutes from the special meeting and if they would be posted on the website like other minutes. He was told that that would happen. He then asked about the previous discussion on the appeals by Beck Oil and GTI. He asked if the city had fought Beck Oil’s, noting that he was concerned that if the city didn’t attempt to fight the request, that that could start a trend with other similar businesses in the city. Attorney Andreoni explained that “there was not a whole heck of a lot we could do,” given the time between receiving the request and the meeting. Andreoni said that Beck Oil had provided a copy of the appraisal upon which their request was based.

Wanda Lent asked if the council had given any thought to replacing the old ambulance, noting that there were grants available. Mayor Finley told her that the city was currently having Joel Hopkins, the city’s auditor, look at the ambulance service to determine whether a new ambulance was financially feasible. Commissioner Porter echoed his remarks, saying that they had discussed a new ambulance.

Commissioner & Mayor reports:

Commissioner Rivara asked about the GTI EAV request and whether any other taxing bodies had filed protests. Andeoni told him that the county was not required to provide that info. Rivara also told residents that the IMEA has a program for recycling refrigerators in which residents are paid $50 for working refrigerators. IMEA will arrange pickup of the unit at no cost as well.

Commissioner Yborra said the stop sign approved at the last meeting had been installed.

Commissioner Carey asked about Wire Mesh. Andreoni told him that there was a conference call set up with the city’s electric engineer, Troy Fodor, IMEA: Mayor Finley, Andreoni and City Clerk Clinard for Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 3 p.m. The call will address the city’s options in dealing with the ongoing issues at Wire Mesh.

The Mayor told residents that the DNR would be spraying for gypsy moths. He noted that the newspaper had had a story on the spraying recently.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER AT 7:30 PM, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:30 PM. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Minutes from the FEb. 6, 2017, Regular Meeting

March 1, 2017 by bclinard  
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A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the minutes from the January 16, 2017, meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the bills as presented: AEA, $6,900.00; AFLAC, $35.90; Batteries & Things, $9.99; BDIV LLC, $117,629.36; Benefit Planning Consultants; $374.30; Bob’s Business, $672.81; BSN Sports, $591.18; Call One, $2,863.45; Chamlin & Associates, $4,511.50; City of Peru, $1,859.00; Civic Systems, $2,697.00; Comcast Business, $1,044.43; Communications Direct, $95.40; Connecting Point, $418.50; Daley’s Super Service, $30.00; De’Vine Floral Designs, $50.80; Dollar General Charged Sales, $110.52; Emergency Medical Products, $881.07; Fastenal Company, $151.96; Feece Oil, $1,006.27; Ficek Electric, $559.96; Firehouse, $240.00; Grosenbach’s Auto Repair, $32.69; Halm’s Auto Parts, $13.98; Hawkins, $3,720.46; Health Alliance, $33,217.00; Health Alliance Recovery, $88.30; HyVee, $548.29; ID Networks, $1,995.00; IL Department of Innovation and Technology, $636.15; IL Valley Regional Dispatch, $33,825.96; ILMO Products, $188.00; Inman Electric, $4,582.00; IVCH, $135.00; John Pohar and Sons,$2,194.02; John Senica Jr., $324.42; Julie Inc., $820.14; Terry Kamnikar, $16.97; Kendrick Pest Control, $185.00; Kittilson’s Garage, $372.20; Koolmaster, $90.00; Kramarsic Law Office, $300.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $291.66; Burton Lavens, $154.80; Marco, $820.56; Mautino Distributing, $12.50; Menards, $252.92; MES Global, $179.10; Roger Naas, $42.40; National Comp, $708.15; NCPERS Group Life Insurance, $48.00; Patient Point Hospital Solution; $1,112.40; Rathje and Woodward, $17,536.14; Republic Services, $18,641.50; SD Meyers, $4,982.00; Smart Source, $2,368.02; Katie Sondergroth, $210.59; Springfield Electric Supply, $102.50; Standard Insurance, $759.12; Starved Rock Communications, $6,180.00; Sunrise Supply, $19.67; Uline, $1,080.33; USA Bluebook, $607.27; Venturelli’s Appliance, $3,240.73; Water Products Co., $1,200.00; Patrick Watson, $1,139.00; Wex Fleet Services, $2,658.32 Total $291,232.14 AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on agenda items, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file an agreement with ATR for two electronic recycling dates. Commissioner Porter said that he was able to secure two dates again this year. The event will be only for City of Oglesby residents and the 10-item limit per household will be enforced. The dates for the event will be March 25th and September 23rd. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to place Ordinance No. 946-022117, Sale of Personal Property Owned by the City, on file. Commissioner Porter told the council that the items were a couple of impounded vehicles, which would be scrapped. Chief Knoblauch injected that it was possible that the towing costs would be more than the $200 the city would receive for scrapping the vehicles. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to create a committee to update the city’s current zoning ordinance. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to name Dan Fitzgerald, Ken Ficek, Jim Clinard, Brian Spelich, Mayor Don Finley, Dom Rivara and City Clerk Becky Clinard to the zoning committee. The first meeting of the new committee will be 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to refer a variance request by Michelle Kohr to construct a garage at her residence with the required setbacks to the Zoning Board of Appeals. The ZBA meeting is schedule for Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 6 p.m. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER, to accept the bid from Putnam County Painting for the repairs to the municipal swimming pool. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The council then discussed the notices from LaSalle County notifying the city that GTI and Beck Oil had both sought a reduction in their EAV that was more than $100,000. Attorney Andreoni explained that the county had adopted new procedures for the process and that the city needed to send an “entry of appearance” if they wished to object to the reassessments. After some discussion, it was decided that Attorney Andreoni would contact either Mike Crowley or Jim Blaydes to go over the the information presented by GTI to determine if there was reason to object to the request. Commissioner Rivara asked if the city could reach out to Beck Oil and “make a deal” – but Andreoni told Rivara that he knew of no such case in which a city could “negotiate” an assessed value. Rivara asked if Beck had appealed its other properties. Andreoni was going to check that out.

The Mayor then asked for comments from the public. Jim Clinard asked the city to consider the possible consequences if the city chose not to object to the Beck’s request for a lowered EAV. Clinard said that it seemed possible that if Beck’s is granted a lower EAV that the other stations in the area would also seek a lower assessment, which could have a negative effect on the city’s tax base.

Commissioner & Mayor reports:

Commissioner Porter talked about his experience of attending the last council meeting electronically, saying that he felt more like an “audience member” than a participant. Porter said he found it difficult and much more cumbersome than he had anticipated. He said he felt that it was a “viable option” for someone who wanted to participate in an important vote, but that the lack of “visual clues” made it difficult for him to participate fully. He also reminded everyone of the benefit February 12th for police officer Evan Duttlinger. He also thanked the community for its support of Duttlinger with the blue lights, noting that the effort was the result of one household urging one neighborhood to “go blue” and that the effort had gained momentum that was possible to predict at the time. Porter noted that not only is Oglesby lit with blue bulbs, residents in surrounding communities are also purchasing the blue bulbs. “It’s a nice show of support,” Porter said.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER AT 7:30 PM, SECONDED BY CAREY to go into executive session to discuss “the possible acquisition of land.” AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER AT 8:05 PM, SECONDED BY RIVARA to resume to the regular city council meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CAREY, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 8:06 PM. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Minutes from the Feb. 15, 2017, Special Meeting

March 1, 2017 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:15 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER PORTER

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on agenda items, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to purchase a truck for the Street Department via the State Procurement Process for $30,710. The bid includes plowing equipment. Before voting, Commissioner Carey that he had spoke with Finance Commissioner before the meeting and Commissioner Rivara has assured him that the City had the money to purchase the truck. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve Ordinance No. 947-021517, which places stop signs at the intersection of Roebuck and Lewis Avenues. Commissioner Yborra said that he hoped the additional stop sign would alleviate some of the problems at that intersection. He instructed the City Clerk to send a letter to Badge-A-Minit to give them a heads up that the signs were going to be installed. The problem, Yborra said, is that the cars coming from Badge-A-Minit are often traveling faster than they should as they round the corner onto Roebuck. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioner Rivara then reiterated the need for a purchasing policy and a set of checks and balances for the city’s finances. Rivara said the city needed “to do things differently” and needed to “look at how, and what we spend money on.” In essence, he said the city is using next year’s tax revenue to pay this year’s bills and his hope is that the city could lessen its dependency on the $700,000 line of credit little by little, so that eventually the city didn’t need a line of credit.

Mayor Finley commented that the city had not yet tapped into the line of credit, a sign he said, that the city is doing better this year financially than in the recent past. He said the line of credit is there if the city needs it, but wanted to make sure that Rivara and the audience understood that the city has not needed it yet. Rivara countered that it was likely the city would need it “within the next 30 days.” Rivara said the city needed to address the “basic culture,” that if “we want to buy or do something, we just do it,” without knowing if the city can afford it or not.

Commissioner Yborra said that he felt that cutting costs meant either laying off employees or cutting services, and he said that he did not feel that anyone on the council was comfortable doing either.

Talk then turned to the need to address the number of Tag Days the city allows each year. Finley told the commissioners that he had asked City Clerk Clinard to look at how other communities deal with tag days, and that he had distributed her findings to them. Commissioner Carey said he didn’t want to make groups “jump through hoops,” but wanted to be able to pick who could hold a tag day in Oglesby. Both he and Yborra expressed the opinion that only Oglesby groups (boys baseball, softball, etc.), should be able to hold tag days. After much discussion it was decided that Andreoni would draft an ordinance allowing Tag Days only during the months of April through September (excluding city-sponsored organizations such as the ambulance and firefighter associations), limiting the total number of tag days to less than 15, having all requests in by March 15th, and giving Oglesby-based groups first priority. In the event that two groups ask for the same date, a lottery will be held for that date. Tag days would also not be allowed on the weekends of Summer Fun Fest and Harvest Fest.

Carey also said that he was also concerned with signage and safety equipment, and that the ordinance should address those issues. After some discussion, it was agreed that if a group fails to follow the rules regarding signage and safety equipment –which will be detailed in a letter when their tag day is approved – they will be prohibited from future tag days.

Commisisoner Carey then discussed the ongoing electric issues with Wire Mesh. Carey said the city has spent almost a million dollars on the issue, and that Wire Mesh refuses to make the improvements that they need to make to address the problem. Carey said it is unfair that taxpayers are footing the bill. Carey said “he’d just as soon terminate them.” But Andreoni warned that it wasn’t as easy as that. Andreoni pushed for a meeting, this time with engineer Verbal Blakely, and Troy Fodoor, from the IMEA, to discuss the options the city has. He also discussed the need for the city to adopt ordinances that address customers with large demands that impose tariffs that pay the cost of providing those higher voltages. Andreoni said that Blakely believed that even if the city allowed Wire Mesh to get its power from Ameren, Wire Mesh would likely have to make the changes and pay for the line to their building before Ameren would agree to service them. Andreoni is to set up a meeting, Carey said he preferred to meet in person rather than a conference call.

The Mayor then asked the council how they felt about using some of the TIF monies to address the downtown area. Commissioner Carey said that he felt there were 3 or 4 buildings in the downtown area that “should come down.” Yborra said he was against it, saying that he thought TIF monies should be used for streets, water mains and sewers. Rivara said he was willing to look at something and Carey said that the downtown area needed a “good anchor” to get things going.

The council then talked briefly about home rule form of government. Andreoni told the council that the advantages to home rule “greatly outweigh” the disadvantages. He said the major advantage is that home rule allows the city “greater power to regulate and control properties in your municipality.” Commissioner Yborra was particularly interested in whether the city could impose a gas tax to help pay for streets and road improvements. Andreoni said that some people oppose home rule because they fear that governments will impose more taxes on them. He noted that changing to the home rule form of government would require a referendum, and the earliest that could happen would be in April of 2018.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments, there were none.

Commissioner & Mayor Reports:

Commissioner Yborra asked if the gaming revenue the city receives from the gaming at Love’s could be put aside to help pay for maintenance of the spur. He noted that painting the traffic lanes cost the city approximately $15,000, a task that will need to be done soon.

Commissioner Yborra then told the council that a local business in town was testing its fire suppression equipment on a monthly basis, which has, at times, caused citywide problems. Yborra said that he has tried to work with this company to no avail. He says that they test the equipment – that is made to suppress a fire in 15 to 20 minutes– for hours at a time, emptying the city’s water tower and causing problems for other businesses like Love’s and the restaurants and homeowners on the west side. Yborra said that if there was a fire, he had no problem with diverting all the city’s water to the site. Yborra said that it is common for sites like this to have their own tank for fire suppression, but this business does not. The line from the main is not metered, so until recently the company was not paying for the water. However, after an incident in December when the pump (which pumps between 2,000 and 3.000 gallons a minute) ran for 4.5 hours, Yborra has instructed the clerk’s office to bill them. It was decided that there needed to be a meeting with the plant manager to address this. “It’s time to put it (the problem) to bed,” said Yborra.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CAREY AT 6:39 PM, SECONDED BY YBORRA

to adjourn. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Minutes from the January 16, 2017, Council Meeting

February 16, 2017 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

MAYOR FINLEY ANNOUNCED THAT COMMISSIONER PORTER HAD REQUESTED THAT HE BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND ELECTRONICALLY, BECAUSE OF ILLNESS. NONE OF THE OTHER COMMISSIONERS OBJECTED TO HIS ELECTRONIC ATTENDANCE. CITY CLERK CLINARD PROCEEDED TO CALL ROLL:


PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS CAREY, PORTER (via electronic means), RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK CLINARD.

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the minutes from the January 3, 2017, meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CAREY, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the bills as presented: AFLAC, $35.90; Airgas USA, $127.13; Ameren, $3,425.60; Arrow International, $125.05; Arrow Sales and Service, $312.50; ASK Enterprises, $1,414.90; Beal Law Office, $2,362.50; BHMG Engineers, $480.00; Adam Boles, $211.23; BSN Sports, $139.98; Cargill Incorporated, $20,516.78; Cintas First Aid and Safety, $35.37; Comcast, $104.90; Connecting Point, $1,149.80; Eagle Chemical and Supply, $1,632.80; Economic Development Group, $7,500.00; Efficient Billing Systems, $2,919.36; Emergency Medical Products, $739.20; Fastenal Company, $167.57; Flags USA, $638.00; Flink Snow Plows and Spreaders, $816.40; G.A. Rich and Sons, $10,000.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $1,697.13; Hygienic Institute, $355.55; Illinois Fiber Resources Group, $1,500.00; IMEA, $245,510.50; Illini State Bank-Visa, $334.13; IV Cellular, $1,960.79; IV Food and Deli, $60.12; IMUA, $75.00; Jacob and Klein, $19,005.07; Jim’s Repair, $32.00; John Deere Financial, $143.88; John’s Service and Sales, $529.69; Kendrick Pest Control, $105.00; Kittilson’s Garage, $2,716.39; LaSalle Office Supply, 282.18; Lawson Products, $608.70; Lexipol LLC, $3,693.00; Menards, $1,154.75; MTCO, $52.89; Kassie Myer, $190.12; Oglesby Elks Lodge, $50.00; Oscar’s Automotive, $1,643.28; Perona Peterlin Andreoni and Brolley, $1,618.75; Pollard Water, $1,105.33; Pomp’s Tire, $275.81; Tom Porter, $66.62; Ragan Communications, $435.00; Ray O’Herron Co., $6,739.99; David Reed, $50.46; Republic Services, $18,618.50; Schrock Repair, $614.79; Seico Inc., $588.00; Carl Siemers, $69.98; St. Margaret’s Health, $335.00; Standard Insurance, $36.68; Staples Credit Plan, $70.17; Star Ford Lincoln, $38.21; United Rentals, $238.02; Universal Inc., $759.90; USA Bluebook, $314.29 TOTAL $368,530.64 AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on agenda items, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to accept file Ordinance No. 944-011617, an ordinance authorizing the borrowing of up to $700,000 from Illini State Bank. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to accept and place on file the recommendation from the Zoning Board of Appeals regarding a variance sought by Luke Ferarri. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve Ordinance No. 945-011617, which grants a variance to Luke Ferarri to rebuild a fence on his property in the same location as the existing fence. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CAREY, SECONDED BY RIVARA, to place Building Inspector Brian Spelich’s 4th Quarter Building Permit Report on file. New construction totaled $402,759.00 for the quarter. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CAREY, SECONDED BY RIVARA, to place two bids for repairs to the Oglesby Municipal Swimming Pool on file. The bids, for $81,370 and $70,440, are for work that is necessary for the pool to get “up and running,” Mayor Finley confirmed.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to allow Brownie Troop #1619 to solicit door to door for the annual cookie sale from February 10 to March 19th. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then asked for comments from the public.

Vern Seimers asked about the property at 351 E. Walnut Street. He was assured that the city was aware of the situation and that they were keeping an eye on the property.

Commissioner & Mayor reports:


Mayor Finley asked that residents keep Police Officer Evan Duttlinger in their thoughts and prayers as he recovers from a serious illness.

Attorney Andreoni then told the council that during research for the new zoning map, there were several parcels that appeared on the previous map zoned a particular way, that had no documentation to suggest that the council or ZBA had ever approved the zoning change. Andreoni said he thought the best way to rectify the situation was to adopt a new zoning ordinance and map (noting that the present ordinance is from the early 1950s). He said the city might want to look at the ordinance adopted by Spring Valley several years ago as an example. He suggested that the Mayor form a committee to go over the existing ordinance, and make recommendations to be incorporated in a new map.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CAREY AT 7:16 PM, SECONDED BY RIVARA to go into executive session to discuss “collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees” and “probable or pending litigation.” AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA AT 8:25 PM, SECONDED BY CAREY to resume to the regular city council meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CAREY, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 8:26 PM. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

January 3, 2017, Meeting Minutes

February 1, 2017 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2017, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY GARY PETERLIN AND ASSISTANT CITY CLERK KAMNIKAR.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the amended minutes from the December 19, 2016, regular meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CAREY, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the bills as presented: AEA, $900.00; Airgas USA, $3.60; Ameren, $190.96; Apple Press, $317.00; Aquatic Control, $76.65; ASCAP, $341.00; ASK Enterprises, $2,031.34; BrownsTown Electric Supply, $1,725.66; Call One, $2,886.42; Carus Corporation, $1,014.75; Connecting Point, $310.00; Daley’s Super Service, $270.26; Efficient Billing Systems, $1,002.35; Emergency Services Marketing, $860.00; Feece Oil, $1,272.41; Fletcher-Reinhardt, $1,950.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $145.34; Hawkins, $845.50; Health Alliance Medical Plans, $30,691.00; Hopkins & Associates, $800.00; HyVee, $55.28; Illinois Dept of Innovation and Technology, $636.15; Illinois Valley Community College, $2,097.88; Itron, $732.39; IVCH, $8.45; Jacob & Klein, $7,500.00; Kendrick Pest Control, $185.00; King Tire, $722.00; Kittilson’s Garage, $2,180.31; Knoblauch Advertising, $1,435.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $13.90; LaSalle-Peru High School, $5,685.57; Mautino Distributing, $6.25; Menards, $347.89; Mertel Gravel, $427.31; Mississippi Valley Pump; $3,964.00; Monroe Truck Equipment, $27.25; Motorola, $129.69; MTCO, $233.85; NCPERS Group Life Insurance, $48.00; News Tribune, $107.10; Rebecca Noel, $174.83; Oglesby Grade School, $7,397.26; PDC Laboratories, $290.00; Dominic Rivara, $159.85; St. Margaret’s Health, $606.00; Stryker Sales and Corporation, $453.72; Sunrise Supply, $263.55; T.E.S.T., $96.00; USA Bluebook, $185.39; USPS, $701.50; WEX Fleet Services, $2,218.06 TOTAL $86,022.17 AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on agenda items, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to place on file Ordinance No. 944-011617, an ordinance authorizing the borrowing of up to $700,000 from Illini State Bank pursuant to section 8-1-3.1 of the Illinois Municipal Code. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to authorize the application and Administrative Search Warrant for 354 E. Florence Street (Gary Balzarini property) in order to confirm whether the structure should be demolished. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then asked for comments from the public, there were none.

Commissioner & Mayor reports:

Commissioner Rivara stated that money will be needed for pool repairs and other projects coming up in 2017. Also, Rivara stated that it was brought to his attention that a former business on Walnut Street is converting the building into apartments and he doesn’t want to see any more store fronts used as apartments.

Commissioner Carey stated that the city has many programs in place that there should be no reasons or excuses for the appearance of some yards in this city. He would like to see something done in the future to address this issue.

Commissioner Yborra stated that several people from other communities commented on how beautiful the ice rink area looked for the holiday season and wanted to give credit to the people who made it happen. Mayor Finley interjected that Commissioner Carey, Bob Ghighi and others helped with making the area look festive.

Mayor Finley stated that he has received 2 bids for pool repairs in the amount of $70,000 and roughly $81,000. Also, he stated that $53,000 has been raised through donations and fundraising. Mayor Finley stated that he will have more information about bids and costs at the next regular meeting.

A MOTION WAS MADE AT 7:11 P.M. BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED. MEETING ADJOURNED.

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Terry Kamnikar, Assistant City Clerk

Minutes from the Monday, December 19, 2016, Meeting

January 11, 2017 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY EATTONI AND CITY CLERK CLINARD.

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER PORTER


A MOTION WAS MADE BY CAREY, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the minutes from the December 5, 2016, regular meeting. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the bills as presented: Aflac, $35.90; Air One Equipment, $379.00; Benefit Planning Consultants, $230.20; Ryan Buck, $13.40; Comcast, $189.80; Daley’s Super Service, $245.64; Dollar General Credit, $88.75; Double M Trucking, $262.50; Dresbach Distributing, $15.45; Eagle Engraving, $30.45; Cathie Edens, $203.58; Fastenal Company, $209.46; Feece Oil, $444.83; Fender Menders, $1,051.25; Flink Snow Plows and Spreaders, $750.00; Gallagher Bassett Services, $4,041.00; Gallagher Materials, $2,293.68; GL Scheri Electric, $180.00; Graphic Electronics, $71.50; Grosenbach’s Auto Repair, $438.67; Health Alliance, $30,214.00; Hygienic Institute, $711.10; IMEA, $210,505.82; Il Valley Regional Dispatch, $6,334.00; Illini State Bank-Visa, $895.00; Illini State Bank-dump truck, $22,336.40; Il Municipal Insurance Cooperative, $72,292.00; Illinois Valley Cellular, $774.95; John Senica Jr., $811.73; LaSalle Office Supply, $657.71; Menards, $272.51; Oglesby Elks Lodge, $50.00; Oscar’s Automotive, $165.95; Overhead Door Co., $164.00; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni & Brolley, $1,813.00; Tom Porter, $166.25; Riverstone Group, $157.25; Samantha Schillaci, $260.69; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $286.00; Staples Credit, $203.85; Dulton Steele, $98.28; T.E.S.T., $96.00; Universal Inc., $770.37; USA Bluebook, $218.20; Western Aggregates, $158.26; WTH Technology Inc., $450.00 TOTAL $362,038.38 AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on agenda items, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve Ordinance No. 938-121916, Travel Expenses. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve Ordinance No. 939-121916, FY18 Tax Levy. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve Ordinance No. 940-121916, which abates the Taxes for the Series 2013 Bonds. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve Ordinance No. 941-121916, which abates the Taxes for the Series 2010A Bonds. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve Ordinance No. 942-121916, which abates the Taxes for the Series 2010B Bonds. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve Ordinance No. 943-121916, Certain City Personnel Policies. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY CAREY to refer a request from Luke Ferrarri for a zoning variance (fence) to the Zoning Board of Appeals. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then asked for comments from the public. There were none.

Commissioner & Mayor reports:

Commissioner Rivara offered kudos to Mayor Finley and Commissioner Carey on the decorating of downtown. He also told the council that the recent passage of the Exelon bill was “good for us and good for Illinois jobs.”

Commissioner Yborra joked that he was surprised that no one wanted to have a tag day this month (it is extremely cold this week) and also thanked the city employees for a “good job” on the roads after the recent snowfall.

Police Chief Knoblauch told the council that the annual Shop with a Cop was once again a success and thanked his officers and the volunteers for making it so. Finley had asked Knoblauch if he had anything to share in Commissioner Porter’s absence.

All the commissioners wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

A MOTION WAS MADE AT 7:09 P.M. BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY, to adjourn. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MEETING ADJOURNED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Minutes from the December 5, 2016, Meeting

December 29, 2016 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

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


A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the minutes from the November 21, 2016, regular meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the bills as presented: Heartland Bank & Trust Co., $595,931.25; Air One Equipment Inc., $125.00; Airgas USA, LLC, $3.41; Ameren IP, $1,486.79; Apple Press, $360.00; Arrow International INC, $125.03; Ask Enterprises, $1,054.80, Beal Law Office LTD, $3,000.00; Benefit Planning Consultants, $230.20; BHMG Engineers, $96.00; Brain R. Billard, $13,420.75; Brownstown Electric Supply, $3,666.37; Cintas First Aid & Safety, $38.53; Comastcable, $69.90; Connecting Point, $1,498.00; Dresbach Distributing, $295.40; Emergency Medical Products, $1,359.10; Environmental Safety Inc., $762.00; Fastenal Company, $34.39; Feece Oil Co., $1,027.08; Halm’s Auto Parts, $615.96; Hawkins Inc., $811.30; Hennepin Marine, $4.64; Hy-Vee, $128.53; IL Dept. of Innovation and Tech., $636.15; IL Municipal League, $450.00; IVCC, $322.63; Illini State Bank- Police CC., $6.49; Illinois Valley Excavating, $525.00; Inman Electric, $342.04; IVCH, $4.68; John’s Service & Sales, $499.46; Kittilson’s Garage, $5,346.53; LaSalle Office Supply, $411.58; L-P Township High School, $874.37; Mautino Distributing, $25.00; Menards, $519.91; Mississippi Valley Pump, $4,395.30; Nathaniel Mooberry, $95.04; Motorola, $129.69; NCPERS Group Insurance, $48.00; NewsTribune, $144.00; Oglesby Grade School, $1,137.62; Oscar’s Automotive, $359.87; Republic Services- Allied Waste, $18,618.50; SBK Inc., $32,376.99; Senica Interstate Towing, $375.00; Smart Source, $2,342.40; Rodney Thomson, $250.00; USA Bluebook, $116.61; Wex Fleet Services, $2,886.95; Zamin Insurance Agency, $150.00; Zoll Medical Corporation, $123.71; Total: $699,657.95 AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, PORTER, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on agenda items, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place Ordinance No. 938-121916, Travel Expenses, on file. Attorney Andreoni explained that this ordinance was in response to state mandate about how public boards report travel expenses. Andreoni explained that the ordinance sets the maximum rates for reimbursement for employee and official travel. He also said that anytime an expense is greater than the maximum rate set in the ordinance, the city must approve the expense by a roll call vote. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to place Ordinance No. 939-121916, FY17 Tax Levy on file. Andreoni explained that the city kept the levy increase below the 5 percent mark to avoid the need for a public hearing. He also discussed auditor Joel Hopkin’s recommendations for where the increase should be applied in the levy. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file Ordinance No. 940-121916, which abates the Taxes for the Series 2013 Bond. Andreoni explained that if the city didn’t abate the taxes, taxpayers would see an increase in their tax bills. The bonds are paid for with alternate revenue source (TIF funds). AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file Ordinance No. 941-121916, which abates the Taxes for the Series 2010A Bonds,.AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file Ordinance No. 942-121916, which abates the Taxes for the Series 2010B Bonds. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place the city personnel policy on file. The ordinance was discussed in May, but never passed. Commissioner Rivara asked about medical marijuana and drug tests. Mayor Finley told him that marijuana was still a federal offense and that anyone with a CDL who tested positive for marijuana would lose their CDL. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to accept with regret, the resignation of Ken Sienza from the Police Pension Board. Sienza has served on the board since its inception. Porter asked that a thank you be sent to Sienza for his service. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then asked for comments from the public. There were none.

Commissioner & Mayor reports:

Commissioner Yborra reminded residents that there is no parking on city streets after 2 inches of snowfall until the roads has been cleared by city crews.

Commissioner Porter read a letter from out-going state’s attorney Brian Towne praising the Oglesby Police Department’s handling of the Bradley French murder investigation. Towne called the department’s efforts “good police work.”

Mayor Finley reminded residents of Santa’s visit to downtown on Friday, Dec. 9th, from 5 to 7 p.m.

A MOTION WAS MADE AT 7:31 P.M. BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA, to adjourn. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MEETING ADJOURNED.

Minutes from the November 7, 2016, City Council Meeting

December 2, 2016 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2016, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the minutes from the October 11, 2016, special meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the minutes from the October 17, 2016, special meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the invoices presented for payment: Advanced Asphalt, $52,793.69; AEA, $2,500.00; AFLAC, $35.90; Airgas USA, $3.30; Altec Industries, $169.34; Ameren IP, $183.42; Anixter, $93.06; Apple Press, $130.00; Arrow International, $125.03; Arrow Sales & Service, $60.00; ASK Enterprises, $2,872.00; Batteries & Things, $35.99; Benefit Planning Consultants, $247.90; BHMG Engineers, $99.90; Bound Tree Medical, $98.74; Call One, $2,823.53; Cintas First Aid & Safety, $31.67; CMS LESO, $300.00; Comcast Cable, $79.40; Complete Integration & Service, $1,820.62; Connecting Point; $332.38; De’Vine Floral Designs, $97.60; Cathie Edens, $41.88; Efficient Billing Systems, $899.59; Katherine Elvin, $1,061.58; Emergency Medical Products, $1,003.13; Fastenal, $163.09; Feece Oil, $1,626.64; Ficek Electric, $585.86; Foster Coach Sales, $358.53; Melissa Girton, $189.88; Grainger, $1,122.04; Kelly Graybill, $232.92; Halm’s Auto Parts, $715.54; Hawkins, $1,054.50; Health Alliance Medical Plans, $28,407.00; Holloway’s Portable Restroom, $75.00; Hopkins & Associates, $1,500.00; Il Department of Revenue, $113.57; Il Fire & Police Commissioners, $375.00; Il Public Risk Fund, $6,188.00; Il Valley Regional Dispatch, $18,946.68; Illini State Bank Visa-Police, $588.45; Illinois Valley Cellular, $775.27; Illinois Valley Food & Deli, $17.80; Inman Electric Co, $3,256.01; IVCH, $7.24; John Senica Jr., $276.83; Kendrick Pest Control, $105.00; King Tire, $80.00; Kittilson’s Garage, $488.90; Knoblauch Advertising, $978.64; LaSalle Office Supply, $121.25; Love’s Travel Center, $54,393.25; Martin Equipment of Il, $199.46; Jean Martin, $1,061.58; Mautino Distributing, $18.75; Menards, $517.92; Mertel Gravel, $675.94; MJ Track Works, $14,590.00; Motorola, $129.69; MTCO, $150.87; Municipal Code Corp., $900.00; Napa Auto Parts, $7.42; NCPERS Group Life Ins, $48.00; News Tribune, $2,565.50; Holly Ode, $249.37; Oglesby Municipal Band, $1,860.00; Oscar’s Automotive, $134.99; Patten Industries, $459.59; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni & Brolley, $2,331.00; Pomp’s Tire, $325.89; Eric Reishus, $1,061.58; Margaret Reishus, $530.79; Marline Reishus, $530.79; Paul Reishus, $1,061.58; Republic Services, $18,618.50; Rescue Direct, $200.80; Rush Power Systems, $3,608.41; Jamie Schmitz, $300.00; Smith’s Sales & Service, $125.00; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $40.00; Staples Credit Plan, $140.30; Stevens Service Center, $235.25; Stryker Sales Corporation, $453.80; Studstill Media, $600.00; TEST, $96.00; Tonica Nurseries, $400.00; Universal Inc., $1,499.28; USA Bluebook, $3,758.06; Wex Fleet Services, $3,045.18; John White, $233.54; Wire Mesh Corporation, $21,754.67; Michael Wrobleski, $30.00; Frank Zeller, $55.27; Andi Bjerkaas, $74.44; Tom Porter, $184.99; Standard Insurance, $3,712.60 TOTAL $279,320.14 AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on agenda items, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY Carey to place FY16 Audit on file. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioner Rivara then asked Attorney Andreoni to explain the auditor’s recommendation that the city transfer funds from the proprietary funds to the general fund. Andreoni told the council that the city has been “borrowing” money from the other funds for years to cover the deficit in the General Fund. He explained that this is not unusual, but that the auditor suggested that the transfers be made permanent to clean up the financial statements and more accurately reflect the city’s financial condition. Commissioner Yborra said he felt it should be noted that the old auditor had never mentioned the need to make the transfers permanent.


A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to transfer $1.2 million from the Electric Fund: $650,000 from the Sewer Fund; and $$65,000 from the Sanitation Fund for a total of $1,915,000, on the recommendation of the auditor, Joel Hopkins. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to place on file Ordinance No. 936-110716, Prohibits the Possession of Cannabis and Drug Paraphernalia. Attorney Andreoni explained that the ordinance was necessary after the state decriminalized possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. The ordinance will allow the city to charge persons with the offense. It will also enable those charged to take advantage of the city’s compromise $75 fine settlement. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CAREY, SECONDED BY PORTER to place Ordinance No. 937-110716, Approves Execution of a Meter Wireless Distribution Facilities License Agreement. Andreoni explained that Ameren had requested the agreement in order to place transmitters on the city’s electric poles. This agreement has been approved by Verbal Blakely, the city’s electrical engineer and John Zulkowsky, the Electric Department superintendent. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then presented information on the renewal of the city’s health and ancillary insurances. A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to renew insurance coverage with Health Alliance and Standard Insurance companies. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA, to renew the city’s general liability, cyber and workman’s comp insurances with the Illinois Municipal Insurance Cooperative. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments on any subject.

Tony Dennett asked if the leaf vacuuming would be extended another week or two since the leaves were just now beginning to fall. Commissioner Yborra said that he expected a lot of the leaves would fall in the next two weeks. Yborra did not anticipate the need to extend the service and noted that he was hesitant to extend the leaf vacuuming because it could overlap with snowplowing.

Tom Collins told the council he found the practice of collecting funds at the four quarters “a nuisance” and that “someone’s going to get hurt.” Collins said he was driving through town Saturday and almost hit two persons because they weren’t paying attention to oncoming traffic.

Commissioner and Mayor Reports:

Commissioner Rivara talked about closing fossil plants, the rule that requires 25 % renewable energy and a 6% reduction in Ameren charges. The good news, he said, is that IMEA will “keep rates low and be competitive.”

Commissioner Yborra said he agreed with Tom’s (Collins) observation about the tag days.

Commissioner Yborra warned residents that hydrant flushing would begin next week and that residents may experience low water pressure or discolored water afterwards.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to enter into executive session to discuss “the purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body” at 7:20 p.m. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA TO resume the regular meeting at 7:57 a.m. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MEETING RESUMED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA TO ADJOURN AT 7:58 P.M. AYES; CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MEETING ADJOURNED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

MInutes from the October 17, 2016, Meeting

November 17, 2016 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the minutes from the October 3, 2016, meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the invoices presented for payment: IVCC, $28,136.15; Advanced Asphalt, $89,075.52; Advantage Logistics Inc., $193,789.23; AEA, $3,800.00; Aflac, $35.90; Airgas, $88.68; Altec Industries Inc., $1,284.91; ASK Enterprises, $826.40; Beal Law Office Ltd., $750.00; Bob’s Business Inc., $38.58; Carus Corporation, $1,063.26; Cintas First Aid and Safety, $50.11; Comcast, $253.20; Communications Direct Inc., $86.00; Connecting Point, $310.00; Cosgrove Distributors, $30.98; D & M Landscaping and Excavation, $650.00; Double M Trucking, $446.25; Dresbach Distributing, $122.85; Tim Edwards, $86.95; Emergency Medical Products, $321.30; Fastenal Company, $14.94; Ficek Electric, $117.50; Robert Ghighi, $158.86; Grainco FS, $542.87; Halm’s Auto Parts, $26.98; Shawn Harlow, $33.89; Hawkins Inc., $1,092.50; Holloway’s Portable Restroom, $510.00; Il Dept of Innovation and Technology, $636.15; Il Fiber Resources Group, $1,500.00; IMEA, $267,358.05; IVCC-Cultural Center, $100.00; Illini State Bank-Visa, $1,090.45; Illinois Valley Cellular, $779.72; Illinois Valley Excavating, $1,050.00; Jacob & Klein Ltd., $14,657.00; John Senica Jr., $73.57; John’s Service and Sales, $73.78; Laura Jordan, $7.73; Kendrick Pest Control, $175.00; Knoblauch Advertising, $196.00; Keith Kundert, $100.00; L-P High school, $76,252.81; Mautino Distributing Co., $12.50; Maze Lumber, $47.99; Menards, $310.89; Mertel Gravel Co., $1,002.19; Motion Industries Inc., $515.04; MTCO, $140.87; NCPERS Group Life Insurance, $48.00; News Tribune, $100.00; Oglesby Elks Lodge, $50.00; Oglesby Grade School, $99,209.58; Oscar’s Automotive, $157.05; Perona Peterlin Andreoni & Brolley, $1,720.50; Pomp’s Tire, $148.38; Republic Services, $450.00; RiverStone Group, $542.07; Stevens Service Center, $35.00; TEST Inc., $96.00; USA Bluebook, $1,097.13; Water Products Co., $1,148.33; TOTAL $794,625.59 AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on agenda items, there were none.

Commissioner Porter then read a prepared statement about Ordinance No. 935-111716, Authorizes the Electronic Attendance at Council Meetings. In part, his statement noted that the council was passing the ordinance “primarily for (his) benefit.” Porter said he has some health issues that may make it necessary for him to attend electronically at times and thanked the council members for “giving him this option” to continue to participate.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve Ordinance No. 935-111716, Authorizes the Electronic Attendance at Council Meetings. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place Building Inspector Brian Spelich’s 3rd Quarter Building Permit report on file. New construction totaled $208,423 in the third quarter. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to grant permission to the Illinois Valley Women’s Tennis team for a tag day on Saturday, Oct. 29th, from 8 a.m. to noon. Proper signage and safety equipment is required. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments on any subject, there were none.

Commissioner and Mayor Reports:

Commissioner Rivara thanked those involved with Harvest Fest. Rivara said the event was a great thing for the community. He also mentioned the STOP committee’s efforts to raise funds to save the pool, saying they were “working their butts off.”

Commissioner Carey “seconded” Rivara’s praise and also mentioned that branch chipping would be the week of October 31st.

Commissioner Yborra warned residents that hydrant flushing would begin next week and that residents may experience low water pressure or discolored water afterwards.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY TO ADJOURN AT 7:08 P.M. AYES; CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MEETING ADJOURNED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Minutes from the Sept. 19, 2016, Meeting

October 13, 2016 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the meeting minutes from the September 6, 2016, meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY TO APPROVE THE INVOICES AS PRESENTED: Advantage Logistics, $193,789.23; AEA, $5,200.00; Airgas USA, $31.12; Altec Industries, $846.00; Anixter Inc, $147.71; ASK Enterprises, $1,196.00; Bio-Tron, $485.00; Brownstown Electric Supply, $1,772.75; Chamlin & Associates, $272.00; Cintas First Aid & Safety, $29.29; Comcast Cable, $139.85; Connecting Point, $680.00; D&M Landscaping & Excavation, $650.00; Daley’s Super Service, $60.00; Double M Trucking, $472.50; Econo Signs, $453.62; Emergency Medical Products, $694.99; Fastenal Company, $4.50; Ficek Electric, $914.27; Fletcher-Reinhardt, $904.55; Hawkins Inc, $1,227.93; Hygienic Institute, $355.55; IMEA, $291,513.01; IVCC, $46,847.11; Il Valley Regional Dispatch, $6,334.00; Illini State Bank-Police Visa, $4,936.07; Illini State Bank-Visa, $209.00; Illinois Valley Excavating, $787.50; IV Net, $129.95; IVCH, $72.33; John Pohar & Sons, $3,072.00; John Senica Jr, $436.75; Knoblauch Advertising, $1,229.08; LaSalle Office Supply, $301.78; L-P High School, $126,962.06; Mautino Distributing Co, $6.25; Menards, $769.71; Barbara Nanni, $209.36; News Tribune, $233.50; Oglesby Elks Lodge, $50.00; Oglesby Grade School, $165,185.41; Oscar’s Automotive, $308.90; Perona Peterlin Andreoni & Brolley, $1,718.30; PTM Document Systems, $134.34; Republic Services, $450.00; Riverstone Group, $808.54; Ronald Robinson Jr, $62.13; Dawn Slutz, $75.27; Smith’s Sales & Service, $224.50; Stevens Service Center, $520.00; TEST Inc, $108.00; United Rentals, $126.07; USA Bluebook; $1,115.27; Utility Equipment Co, $375.00; Vermeer Sales & Service, $3,616.63; Voluntary Actin Center, $200.00; Vortex Technologies, $325.00; United States Postal Service, $623.50; Donald Finley, $300.00; James Knoblauch, $300.00; Dominic Rivara, $300.00; Becky Clinard, $300.00 TOTAL: $873,219.06 AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

There was no comment from the public on agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY,to approve Ordinancen No. 933-091916, Authorizes Issuance of GO Bonds, Series 2016. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY, to approve Ordinance No. 934-091916, Adopts Prisoner Services Reimbursement Rates. Commissioner Porter said that this ordinance was designed to limit the city’s exposure to prisoner health care expenses. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept with regret the resignation of Charles Swanson from the Plan Commission. The Clerk was instructed to send Swanson a letter thanking him for his service. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA, to name Jason Curran to the Plan Commission. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to provide police assistance with the Holy Family Shuffle/Run on Oct. 1. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments, there were none.

Commissioner and Mayor reports:

Commissioner Rivara announced that the line of credit was paid off and that the audit would be on the next agenda.

Mayor Finley talked about the upcoming STOP fundraisers, Erin Shields concert on Sept. 28th and the Celebrate in the Park on Oct. 1.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY, to adjourn at 7:12 p.m.

AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

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