A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2020 AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.
PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, CITY ATTORNEY ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY ARGUBRGIHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from September 21, 2020. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
Public comments on agenda items only: none
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA. LIJEWSKI ABSTAINS
TOTALS $ 141,572.27
A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT Approve 1130-100520 an ordinance amending Chapter 10.24, stopping, standing and parking of Title 10, vehicles and traffic of the Oglesby city code. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Attorney Andreoni reminds that signs will need to be properly posted.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve an agreement between the city of Oglesby by GTI, LLC. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Attorney Andreoni explains the details of the agreement between GTI LLC and the City of Oglesby. Commissioner Curran explains that GTI will be reimbursing the city for costs incurred.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to Approve the purchase of two transformers for the GTI expansion of Phase 3. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran explains the work and details that went into drafting the ordinance and agreement with GTI Oglesby, LLC. It is also contingent upon receiving a check in the amount of $237,274.00.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file 1132-101920 an ordinance authorizing the execution of a settlement agreement and mutual release between the city of Oglesby and Officer Hugo Gonzalez. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Commissioner Lijewski explains that there was a pay discrepancy and an outside accountant was used to determine that to be correct. The amount of wages dues to officer Gonzalez are $6,471.24.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to place on file 1133-101920 an ordinance approving the termination of the Oglesby Tax increment Financing (TIF) District V Redevelopment project area, plan and projects. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Attorney Andreoni states the TIF V (Super Value) is expiring and it is contiguous and monies should be transferred to the other TIF’s once TIF V is expired.
Mayor Rivara holds a discussion in regards to ordinance 6.08.080 – number of cats and dogs allowed within city limits. The ordinance was adopted in 1992 and states that only 3 animals are allowed per residence. The Mayor has a request asking the ordinance be waived and her residence be allowed to be a shelter for her cats. The Mayor reads a letter from said resident. Commissioner Curran asks how many cats? The mayor responds 16-18 cats. Commissioner Lijewski states that the resident is living in the residence with that many animals and that her opinion is that it is not good for her health. Attorney Andreoni believes her residence could be considered a kennel and that her home is not zoned for that. The council members discuss the matter. Chief Hayse states that neighbors have complained about the odor and when the Officers went to her residence they couldn’t breathe because of the smell. Attorney Andreoni states that if the city is notified of a violation of the ordinance and fails to act on it the city can then become liable. Commissioner Argubright feels that IVAR should be contacted. Jim Clinard states that he reviewed the information and the resident is in violation of the ordinance based on the zoning. Commissioner Curran said that the neighbors’ complaints must be taken into consideration. Mayor Rivara said the city is willing to work with the resident. Commissioner Lijewski feels that a specific time should be given to the resident (30 days) to see what progress has been made. Attorney Andreoni said a notice should be sent in writing.
Old Business: none
Public Comments: none
Lijewski: Ambulance department had 71 calls in September, 33 were transfers. The Fire department had 10 calls. The Police department had 5 citations, 47 non-citations. The Police Departments Facebook page has been updated. Shelby Pellino attended a class in social media. Complaints can also be filed on the police department’s Facebook page. Shelby Pellino will be leaving for the police training institute on October 11, 2020. Eight of the 12 officers have now been sworn in. All officers qualified with their duty and off-duty weapons. Sergeant Valle was the Officer of the month.
Curran: leaf vac will begin 10/19/2020-11/20/2020. Please do not burn them. The pressure washing has begun on the water tower and water pressure may be affected.
Mayor’s report: Trick or treat will be held on 10/31/2020 from 5-7 p.m. There will be a city hosted drive thru event from 2-4 p.m. Residents should have their lights on. Trick or treaters should wear a mask and have groups of 6 or less.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to enter into closed session. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.
A MOTION TO RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION AT 8:00 P.M. WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Attorney Andreoni advises that if the city gets the approval from GTI to move forward a special meeting will have to be scheduled. Mayor Rivara said a meeting can be scheduled later in the week. The council decides on 10/08/2020 at 5:30 p.m. for the special meeting. Commissioner Cullinan states he will not be available on that date. All other members are available.
A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.