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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