March 19, 2012 Minutes
A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.
PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY ANDREONI, CITY CLERK CLINARD.
ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA
A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from March 5, 2012. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve the bills to be paid as presented: ASK Enterprises, $723.00; Affordable Waste, $19,569.00; AFLAC, 35.90; Air One Equipment, 159.00; Airgas North Central, 2.00; Brad Anderson, 125.00; Apple Press, 58.00; Arthur J. Gallagher, 595.00; AT&T, 25.69; Baldin’s Garage, 649.76; Bob’s Business, 24.91; Brownstown Electric, 58.02; Comcast, 178.84; Debo, 36.96; Dever & Sons, 519.46; DISH Network, 65.18; Dixon Ottawa, 171.40; Eagle Engraving, 124.05; Cathie Edens, 14.96; Efficient Billing Systems, 541.71; Emergency Medical Products, 133.75; Envision, 376.00; Fastenal, 35.98; Halm’s Auto Parts, 14.99; Shawn Harlow, 237.49; Hygienic Institute, 355.58; HyVee, 116.92; Il Dept. of Central Management, 576.75; IMEA. 181,575.30; Illini State Bank VISA, 779.06; IV Cellular, 643.30; Jack’s Gas, 55.50; Kittilson’s, 190.00; Knoblauch Advertising, 799.00; LaSalle Office Supply, 72.40; Maze Lumber, 46.25; Menard, 3.99; Motorola, 112.87; News Tribune, 441.04; Oglesby Grade School, 1,914.51; Oscar’s Automotive, 585.77; PDC Laboratories, 200.00; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni & Brolley, 1,656.00; Ben Sargent, 125.00; SEICO, Inc., 422.00; Somonauk Water, 66.50; State of Illinois Treasurer, 100.00; Robert Stone, 150.00; Stryker Sales Corp., 204.06; Sunrise Supply, 100.19; Universal Inc., 347.16; USA Bluebook, 316.52; Venturelli’s 408.50; Vermeer Sales 65.70; Jessica Vice, 74.60; Jim Vohs, 90.00; Richard Watts, 65.00; WLPO, 300.00; Jerry Ziadat, 86.62 TOTAL: $217,516.14 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to enter into an agreement with ATR for electronic waste recycling. The collections will be held at no cost to the city, Commissioner Porter explained. The first collection is set for Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LeHigh Park. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 796-031912, which establishes rates of pay for ambulance personnel involved in patient transfers. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. NAYS: DANEKAS. MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept the low bidder John Pohar & Sons, $105,999, for Phase II of McPhedran Park which includes the walking path, parking lot and playground area. This portion of the cost is grant eligible. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept the bids for the playground equipment from GameTime for $57,544.69. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file a proposed weed ordinance. Attorney Andreoni said he felt the fine needed to be increased to at least cover the city’s expense to prosecute offenders. He also said the change was needed to lessen the city’s responsibility to define “weed.” The new ordinance addresses the height of the grass/weeds and makes it easy for an “officer with a yardstick to take a picture” to prove it. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place the monthly Fuel Tax Allotment of $7,814.44 on file. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place the monthly Sales Tax Allotment of $22,729.18 on file. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept with regret the resignation of Cam Valle from the Oglesby Police and Fire Commission. Valle’s letter of resignation said he would continue until a replacement could be found. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to go into Executive Session to review executive session minutes. (7:14 p.m.) AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED
MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to reconvene the regular session of the Oglesby City Council. (7:30 p.m.) AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to release executive session minutes from Feb. 26, 2011, May 2, 2011, May 16, 2011 and Oct. 17, 2011. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Finley then opened the floor for public comments:
Resident and part-time ambulance employee Rich Vicchi asked Commissioner Danekas what his thinking was behind his “no” vote for the ambulance transfer pay. Danekas responded that he had asked for documentation three weeks ago and hadn’t received the information he needed to make a decision.
Resident Tony Dennett asked the parks department to consider turning on the water to the fountain near the police station.
Resident and part-time firefighter Todd Misener questioned Commissioner Danekas further about his “no” vote, asking who he had requested the information from. Danekas replied that he had asked both Ambulance Director Cathie Edens and Ambulance Board president Rich Vollmer and had not received the information from either. Misener also asked if the city council “planned on having a quorum at other city meeting?” Mayor Finley replied that the individual commissioners had the right to attend other public meetings to gather information and that Misener was welcome to attend the meetings as well.
Misener then quizzed Commissioner Dominic Rivara on his comments last meeting about the expected rising cost of electricity from IMEA in the next year. Rivara reiterated that he has been told that increasing demand for power and a decreasing capacity to generate power (due to EPA regulations that are forcing the closure of some of the older fossil plants) could mean increases as much as 10 percent over the next year.
Rivara – Said that they have located the source for the flickering lights south and west of town, they just now need to identify the exact cause. Announced that the city will start metering Comcast power usage. In the past, Comcast was charged a flat fee. That fee is believed to be well below the actual cost. Said he met with State Rep. Frank Mautino to discuss grants that might be available for lighting areas along Richard Moyle Highway. Announced that the city had received word from the IMEA that they would be making a change to the way they compute the Power Cost Adjustment. They will be reducing the PCA by a tenth of a cent each month for 10 months and increasing the base cost of electric by the same amount. While the city’s final bill will remain the same, it will necessitate a change in how the PCA charged city customers is computed each month. A new ordinance will be necessary. Requested a working meeting to look at ways to cut costs, noting that the general fund is $3.5 million in debt.
Porter – Announced that the third annual movie night sponsored by the Police Dept. will be Friday, March 23, at Lincoln School. The event includes entertainment by The Little People, food and drink, and the showing of CARS II. The event is free to children who attend Oglesby Schools.
Finley – Asked for a moment of silence for former city employee Dave Knoblauch, who died unexpectedly earlier this month. Dave had worked as a part time meter reader for a number of years. Thanked Washington School, the American Legion and Marine Corps. League for their help with the Shades of Blue concert. Announced that Summer Fun Fest planning is well underway and told the council that fundraising for the Sunday night fireworks was nearing goal, with just a little more than $1,000 needed. Fund-raising for the 2013 Summer Fun Fest will kick off on New Year’s Eve with another appearance by the Dueling Pianos, Finley said. He thanked the electric department for its prompt response to an electrical outage a week ago and also thanked Bob Ghighi of the Parks Department for heading up the effort to combine departmental purchases of like goods to save costs.
Rivara then reminded residents — in Commissioner Yborra’s absence — of the electronic waste recycling event, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LeHigh Park; hydrant flushing on April 19 from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.; chipping on Monday, May 5 with items to be placed on the berms by 6 a.m. and appliance pickup on May 14th, items should be on the berm by 6 a.m.
MOTION MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA TO adjourn at 7:44 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.