Monday, March 5 Minutes
A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.
PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY ANDREONI, CITY CLERK CLINARD.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from February 21. 2012. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the bills to be paid as presented: Accent, 85.69; AEA, Inc., 6,168.00; Ameren IP, 189.20; Adam Buler, 227.84; Call One, 1,428.03; Central Region Senior Baseball, 2,500.00; City of Oglesby, 9,874.20; Comcast, 54.95; Connecting Point, 95.00; Daley’s Super Service, 30.20; Efficient Billing Systems, 31.78; Emergency Medical Products, 766.16; Envision, 8.00; Fleet Services, 4,597.30; Halm’s 805.86; Marcia Hulet, 214.02; IL Dept. of Central Management, -65.35; IV Business Equipment, 338.33; John Deere Financial, 115.00; John’s Sales and Service, 769.90; Wayne Kirby, 500.00; LaSalle Office Supply, 55.74; Mautino Distributing, 118.70; Katie Mcrary, 58.85; Menards, 335.66; Mertel Gravel, 171.25; Dollar General, 40.00; NCPERS, 16.00; Nextel Communications, 120.01; North American Salt, 2,132.35; Orkin Pest Control, 177.83; Ragan Communications, 380.00; Dominic Rivara, 135.00; Thomas Searls, 3,000.; smith’s Sales and Service, 14.85; Springfield Electric, 30.32; Standard Equipment Co., 50.09; Staples, 195.51; Stevens, 65.00; Stryker Sales, 9,930.64; Sunrise, 29.90; USPS, 706.81; USA Bluebook, 763.48; Viking Chemical Co., 1,300.89; Jim Vohs, 547.60; Sean Walsh, 192.83; Water Products, 5,786.43; Jerome Yendro, 63,380.09 TOTAL: $118,517.94 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
Chris Paul, a representative from Lincoln College, explained the college’s Accelerated Bridge to Education program through IVCC. The program offers bachelor’s degrees in several fields: criminal justice, business administration, health services administration and general liberal arts. Participants may earn up to 27 credit hours a year through the program. Paul told the council this is an attractive alternative program for persons who wish to continue working fulltime.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file an Electronic Waste Recycling agreement with Advanced Technology Recycling to handle the city’s e-waste recycling program. Commissioner Porter told the council he felt that ATR offered “the best fit for the city” at this time. He announced that the first recycling event will be offered Saturday, April 21st, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LeHigh Park at no cost to the city. A second event will be offered sometime in the fall. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve a donation of $500 to Kevin Marzetta’s Downtown Car Show. The car show will be held Saturday, June 23, from 3 to 8 p.m. Porter said the $500 donation was similar to the donation approved at the last council meeting for the Harvest Fest Car show and noted that the proceeds from the car show go to ambulance services. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to allow Oglesby Girls Softball to hold a tag day on Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to noon. Porter pointed out that the letter also requested permission to collect funds outside of Oglesby businesses as well. The council agreed that they did not have an objection to collecting outside of businesses, if they business was agreeable. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place an ordinance establishing rates of pay for ambulance service transfers on file. AYES: PORTER, YBORRA, FINLEY. PASS: DANEKAS, RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file the bids for Phase II of McPhedran Park which includes the walking path, parking lot and playground area. John Pohar & Sons was apparent low bidder at $86,604.00. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place the bids for the playground equipment on file. GameTime is the apparent low bidder at $57,544.69. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
Commissioner Rivara then told the council that a recent change by the IMEA in the way they compute the charges the electric Power Cost Adjustment will require a change in the city’s rates. Rivara also said that he has heard that rates could be going up as much as 15 percent over the next year and that a rate increase will be necessary. “We can’t keep kicking the can down the road. … We have to generate enough income to pay our bills,” he said. Rivara said that the city’s departments need to look for ways to cut costs. Oglesby resident Todd Misener asked Rivara what the electric department had done to cut costs. Rivara replied that his department was under orders to not purchase anything unless it was necessary to provide service; three bids were required for large purchases and he was looking at ways to coordinate purchases for like materials with other IMEA members to get a better price.
· RIVARA thanked Commissioners Danekas, Yborra and Mayor Finley for having their employees meet to discuss ways to cut costs. Rivara would like to see a purchasing program put in place. He also noted that the IMEA was going to provide fault meters to help correct the ongoing problem with flickering lights.
· YBORRA announced that both appliance pickup and spring chipping would begin sometime in the first couple of weeks of May. He also mentioned that the storm sewer separation project would resume shortly and with good weather, it should be finished in 6 to 8 weeks.
· PORTER said that he was planning a movie night for March 23.
· Mayor Finley reminded residents of the United States Air Force Shades of Blue jazz concert on Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Oglesby Washington Gymnasium.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:29 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.