110 E. Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348 • 815-883-3389
110 E. Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348 • 815-883-3389

March 21, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m.

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING ~

MONDAY MARCH 21, 2022 @ 7:00 P.M.

 TO BE CONDUCTED AT: THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

110 E. WALNUT STREET, OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

 

  1. Opening of Meeting
  1. Roll Call
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Approve Minutes from the March 7, 2022 regular meeting.
  1. Public Comment on Agenda Items only
  1. Approve bills as presented for payment
  1. Approve ordinance 1188-030722 purchase of real estate for the City of Oglesby.
  1. Approve the purchase of water meters from Nighthawk in the amount of $73,750.00.
  1. Approve raffle license for Oglesby Elks Lodge #2360.
  1. Approve Tag Day requests.
  1. Discussion of Motor Fuel Tax usage of yearly street maintenance.
  1. Old Business
  1. Public Comments
  1. Commissioner’s reports
  1. Mayor’s report 
  1. Adjournment

Posted this 18th day of March, 2022

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: February 22, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN,  MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY PATRICK BARRY AND  CITY CLERK AMY EITUTIS.  ABSENT: CULLINAN

Mayor Rivara states that former Commissioner Carrie Lijewski submitted her resignation to the Council effective February 11, 2022.  Mayor Rivara would like to fill the position on March 7, 2022 and asks anyone interested in the vacancy to submit their letter of interest by February 28, 2022.  Mayor Rivara states that three votes are needed to approve the new nomination and he would like to see four and that all candidates will be considered.

Mayor Rivara states that masks will now be optional at City Hall.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from February 7, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN,  RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN

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, CURRAN, RIVARA. ABSENT:  CULLINAN

AIRGAS USA, LCC $ 139.73, AMEREN ILLINOIS $ 27.52, AMERICAN EXPRESS $ 317.16, ANIXTER $ 3095.00; APLINGTON, MCCLINTOCK, STEELE & BARRY $ 10,095.93, BHMG ENGINEERS $ 265.55, BSN SPORTS $950.06; CARD SERVICE CENTER $ 2,186.00, CHAMLIN & SSOCIATES $ 20,285.14, COLUMBIA PIPE & SUPPLY $ 2,039.63; CONNECTING POINT $ 1,128.75; CORE & MAIN $ 215.64, DEBO ACE HARDWARE $ 1,177.94; DOUBLE M TRUCKING $ 330.00, DRESBACH DISTRIBUTING $ 180.75, EDENS, CATHIE $ 21.45, EMERGENCY MEDICAL PRODUCTS $ 584.55, FASTENAL COMPANY $ 1044.03, FEECE OIL CO. $ 906.64, FIRST IMPRESION $ 896.25, FOSTER COACH SALES $ 422.24, GALLAGHER MATERIALS INC. $ 3134.45, GROSENBACH’S AUTO REPAIR $ 643.91, HALMS AUTO PARTS $ 125.90, HAWWKINS INC $ 639.48, IL LABOR LAW $ 99.50, IL PUBLIC RISK FUND $ 5511.00; IL VALLEY CELLULAR $ 1159.79, IL VALLEY EXCAVATING $ 673.00, JACK’S GAS $ 80.00, KING TIRE $ 20.00, KITTILSON’S GARAGE $ 246.88, LANDCOMP LANDFILL $ 1651.97, LASALLE OFFICE SUPPLY $ 442.36, LAVENS, BURTON $ 240.00, MACON COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT $ 6455.12, MARGIS, MICHAEL $ 10.00, MAUTINO DISTRIBUTING $ 27.00, MENARDS $ 293.57, MIDWEST MAILIGN & SHIPPING $ 1408.0, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY PUMP INC $ 845.00, MTCO 148.87, NCPERS GROUP LIFE INSURANCE $ 16.00, NICK’S EMERGENCY LIGHTING $ 3013.00, NORTHERN IL MAUBLANCE 1837.49, NORTHWEST LINEMAN COLLEGE $ 3795.00, OAKES, JOANN $ 164.31, OVERHEAD DOOR CO. $ 117.00, PERSONAL TOUCH COMPUTER SALES $ 67.50, REAL ESTATE CONSULTANTS, LTD $ 1250.00, REPUBLIC SERVICES $ 70.50, RO PROS $ 30.25, SHERWIN WILLIAMS $ 564.67, SLIMKO-LEININGER, RANDY $ 50.00, SPRINGFIELD ELECTRIC $ 864.18, ST. MARGARET’S HEALTH $ 820.00, SUNRISE SUPPLY $ 58.49, SUPERIOR LIGHTING $ 375.00, TEST INC $ 232.00, VALLE, BRETT $ 10.00, VERIZON $ 476.96, WASHELESKY, MIKE $ 81.81, WESTERN AGGREGATES, LLC $ 396.63, WITMER PUBLIC SAFETY GROUP $84.31                                                                              TOTALS: $  84,541.16

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to refer the Curtin subdivision plat to the Planning Commission as appropriate.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN.   .  Commissioner Curran and Attorney Barry gives explanation as to what the changes would be and what would be affected by the residents and City.  Commissioner Argubright asks about the total costs of the project, to which Commissioner Curran states he does not have a dollar amount yet.  Commissioner Argubright has questions about the project.  Attorney Barry states there are a lot of garages that are in the proposed alley that will be paved.  Attorney Barry also recommends that the fees be waived since Mr. Giordano is gifting the City Lot 1.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to table the Pole Attachment Fee, Right-of-Way Agreement, Water Tower License for Broadband Fiber and Wireless Facilities and the Understanding of Cooperation by and between the City of Oglesby and Surf Air Wireless, LLC. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran gives explanation about the four proposals and Attorney Barry discusses the agreements and changes that were made to them.  Attorney Barry states he made all of the agreements 10 years with two five-year extension options.  Commissioner Curran states Surf Air Wireless, LLC will do a presentation on all of the proposals.  Commissioner Argubright questions why it is being approved before the presentation?  Commissioner Argubright wants to hear a build out plan.  Commissioner Curran states he does not know some of the answers until they give the presentation and hopes the build out goes quicker.

Old Business:  none.

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Curran:    there has been a lot of work in regards to snow removal.  Looking for a quote for resin for the iron plant as the last time it was exchanged was 1979.  Commissioner Curran states it is unfortunate the meeting is not live and wants to make sure the message gets out in regards to the Commissioner vacancy .  Commissioner Curran feels there are good people in the community who could fill the role.

Cullinan:  absent

Mayor’s report:   The cost of business has increased.  Doing business with GTI has helped the City.  Mayor Rivara has concerns about the increasing price of the average kilowatt.  Mayor Rivara states the second feed will increase the city’s reliability.   Mayor Rivara gives figures on the residential load during summer vs. winter.  Mayor Rivara thanks Cathie Edens for scheduling CPR for the city employees.  Mayor Rivara encourages residents to purchase their 50/50 tickets for the drawing to be held during Summer Fun Fest.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to adjourn regular session. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, RIVARA  ABSENT:  CULLINAN

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

March 7, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m.

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING ~

MONDAY MARCH 7, 2022 @ 7:00 P.M. 

TO BE CONDUCTED AT: THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

110 E. WALNUT STREET, OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

 

  1. Opening of Meeting
  1. Roll Call
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Approve Minutes from the February 22, 2022 regular meeting.
  1. Public Comment on Agenda Items only
  1. Approve bills as presented for payment
  1. Presentation from Surf Air Wireless, LLC.
  1. Approve Pole Attachment Fee Agreement between Surf Air Wireless and the City of Oglesby.
  1. Approve Right-of-Way Agreement between Surf Air Wireless and The City of Oglesby.
  1. Approve Water Tower License for Broadband Fiber and Wireless Facilities between Surf Air Wireless and the City of Oglesby.
  1. Approve Understanding of Cooperation Agreement by and Between the City of Oglesby and Surf Air Wireless, LLC.
  1. Place on file ordinance 1188-030722 purchase of real estate for the City of Oglesby.
  1. Place on file ordinance 1189-030722 net metering policy,
  1. Proclaim May as Motorcycle Awareness Month.
  1. Proclaim April as Fair Housing Law Month.
  1. Proclaim April 7, 2022 as Junior Achievement Day in Oglesby.
  1. Nomination and appointment of Commissioner of Public Health and Safety.
  1. Old Business
  1. Public Comments
  1. Commissioner’s reports
  1. Mayor’s report 
  1. Adjournment

 

Posted this 4th day of March, 2022

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

February 22, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m.

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING ~

MONDAY FEBRUARY 7 , 2022 @ 7:00 P.M.

 TO BE CONDUCTED AT: THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

110 E. WALNUT STREET, OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

 

  1. Opening of Meeting
  1. Roll Call
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Approve Minutes from the January 24, 2022 regular meeting.
  1. Public Comment on Agenda Items only
  1. Approve bills as presented for payment
  1. Approve raffle license application for Support Oglesby Schools.
  1. Approve raffle license application for Illinois Valley Association of Realtors.
  1. Approve raffle license application for Starved Rock Runners, LTD.
  1. Approve raffle license application for Dickinson House Foundation.
  1. Approve engineer’s payment estimate from IDOT for Advanced Asphalt in the amount of $ 218, 020.82.
  1. Approve 020722R1 a Resolution of the City of Oglesby, LaSalle County, Illinois Authorizing the City Attorney to Institute Condemnation Proceedings for LaSalle County, IL Parcel #18-25-416-000.
  1. Place on file pole attachment fee agreement between Surfair Wireless and the City of Oglesby.
  1. Place on file Right-of-Way Agreement between Surfair Wireless and The City of Oglesby.
  1. Discussion on COVID protocols for City of Oglesby employees.
  1. Old Business
  1. Public Comments
  1. Commissioner’s reports
  1. Mayor’s report 
  1. Closed Session Closed Session – 5ILCS 120/2(c)(1) “The appointment, employment, compensation, discipline. Performance or dismissal of a specific employees of the public body or legal counsel of the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity. However, a meeting to consider an increase in compensation to a specific employee of a public body that is subject to the Local Government Wage Increase Transparency Act may not be closed and shall be open to the public and posted and held in accordance with the Act

    21.Adjournment

 

 

 

Posted this 4TH day of February, 2022

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: February 7, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS, CURRAN,  LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND  CITY CLERK EITUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from January 24, 2022   AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT , CULLINAN

Mayor Rivara states that Commissioner Cullinan is absent due to health issues.

Public comments on agenda items only: none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES:  CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT,  CULLINAN

ANIXTER $464.70; ARGUBRIGHT, JUSTINE $ 135.48; BPC INC. $ 284.20; BRUEGGEN, CHRISTINE $ 30.00; CITY OF OGLESBY $ 28.18; CONNECTING POINT $ 28.75; DALEY’S SUPER SERVICE $ 102.00; DEBO ACE HARDWARE $21.15; DRESBACH DISTRIBUTING $ 341.55; FEECE OIL CO. $ 2153.27; FULMERS TOWING & SERVICE $ 150.00; HALM’S AUTO PARTS $ 418.78; HAWKINS, INC $ 541.01; ID NETWORKS INC $ 1995.00; JOHN SENICA JR. $ 26.46; JOHN’S SERVICE & SALES $ 844.04; KENDRICK PEST CONTROL $ 260.00; KESSEL, KYLE $ 250.00; KITTILSON’S GARAGE $ 2043.63; KLEIN, THORPE & JENKINS $ 1242.00; KONCZAK, KEVIN $ 170.57; LAFFARAGE AGGREGATES $ 173.33; LANDCOMP LANDFILL $ 917.19; LASALLE OFFICE SUPPLY $ 179.14; MAUTINO DISTRIBUTING $ 22.00; MAZE LUMBER $ 136.20; MENARDS $ 1016.86; NIGHTHAWK TOTAL CONTROL $ 7728.96; ON SITE REPAIR $ 976.23; PEEPLESS NETWORK $ 3826.79; REPUBLIC SERVICES $29500.76; STANDARD LIFE INSURANCE $ 867.46; TEST INC. $ 18.00; TANG, JORDAN $ 13.72; USPS $ 772.64; USA BLUEBOOK $ 1129.69; WATER PRODUCTS COMPANY $ 259.00; WEX FLEET SERVICES $ 4210.83                 TOTALS: $ 62,779.57

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve raffle license for Support Oglesby School. AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve raffle license for Illinois Valley Association of Realtors. AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve raffle license for Starved Rock Runners, LTD. AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve raffle license for Dickinson House Foundation. AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve the engineer’s estimate for IDOT to Advanced Asphalt in the amount of $218,020.82.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran states this is for work that was performed in 2021.  Commissioner Curran that is why there is approximately $500,000.00 in the Motor Fuel Fund.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to Approve 020722R1 a Resolution of the City of Oglesby, LaSalle County, Illinois Authorizing the City Attorney  to Institute Condemnation Proceedings for LaSalle County, IL Parcel #18-25-416-000.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Attorney Barry explains that he has reached out to the property owner, with no response and would like to move forward with this matter as the City is under a deadline.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to place on file a Pole Attachment Agreement, Right of Way Agreement, Water Tower License for Broadband Fiber and Wireless Facilities and Understanding and Cooperation Agreements and   between Surfair Wireless, LLC and the City of Oglesby.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWKSI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner explains states this agreement does not put the City in an agreement it is merely to establish a means to be paid for pole attachment fees or right of ways.  Commissioner Curran said there is a pole attachment and an agreement to access the right away.  Attorney Barry states there are four agreements to be placed on file and explains what some of the specifics are.

Mayor Rivara initiates a discussion on the City’s COVID policy.  Mayor Rivara states he has put together a policy to be discussed amongst the Council.  Mayor Rivara reads the policy presented to the Council.  Mayor Rivara states that approximately half of the employees have little to no sick time and feels this policy is fair to keep the employee’s safe.  Mayor Rivara understands he upset people when City Hall had to close after Christmas when an outbreak happened.  Commissioner Lijewski states she is incensed and insulted. Commissioner Lijewski states there is a mask mandate in place.  Commissioner Lijewski feels that giving sick time away is not being fiscally sound.  Commissioner Likewski states everyone needs to be doing the same thing and following the same orders and is truly against everything in the policy.  Commissioner Lijewski doesn’t believe it is a job injury.  Commissioner Lijewski doesn’t feel it is on the City to pay for an employee contracting COVID as there is no way to contact trace it.  Commissioner Curran states he agrees with Commissioner Lijewski.  Commissioner Curran is happy to hear that City Hall is open but has an issue with masks not being worn in City Hall.  The City Clerk states that masks are being worn and Commissioner Curran states that is not true.  Commissioner Curran feels that administrative leave should not be given and it should be bargained for.  Commissioner Lijewski states she values every City worker but questions the tax payors.  Mayor Rivara states he can not mandate that the public wear a mask when out in public, not just in City Hall.  Commissioner Lijewski states if a mask is worn a person is semi-protected.  Commissioner Curran wants to make sure good policies are in place.  Commissioner Curran states he was in City Hall and masks were not being worn.  Commissioner Curran recommends not giving any employees any free time unless it is bargained for and makes people safer.  Commissioner Curran states this was already voted on and even though there was a quorum the previous policy was not passed.  Commissioner Curran states they are just discussing the issue and spinning their wheels.  Mayor Rivara agrees.  Commissioner Lijewski asks if the employees agreed to work for their wages?  Commissioner Lijewski feels that this issue is for a small portion of people.  Mayor Rivara feels we have to provide the best services we can and Commissioner Lijewski states it has nothing to do with giving them free sick days.  Commissioner Curran states if the Mayor has to make an immediate decision and it is in everyone’s best interest, he is in favor of it.  Commissioner Curran questions where the City stands since the last policy did not pass.  Commissioner Curran asks the City Attorney if the City is currently under their contract which does not allow for free sick does.  Attorney Barry states that is correct. Mayor Rivara agrees with the statement but states the contract also does not state the City cannot advance sick days to their employees to which Commissioner Lijewski states that is something that should be bargained for to get something in return.  Mayor Rivara asks what Commissioner Lijewski wants in return?  Commissioner Lijewski feels there were items during the bargaining process that didn’t sit well and this might be the time to bargain.  Commissioner Curran feels the time off that was given by the Mayor was not authorized but he would be ok with it as long as a policy is established and feels it would be fair.  Mayor Rivara asks if they want to bargain while the ship is going down?  Commissioner Curran is willing to support the past decision but needs a plan going forward and doesn’t feel the City should be giving something without giving something in return.  Mayor Rivara states he does not want to be fiscally irresponsible.  Commissioner Lijewski asks what is not being addressed?  Mayor Rivara feels that those that don’t have sick time are more apt to come to work being sick.  Mayor Rivara feels that if we protect our employees the rest will fall in to place and gives Ameren as an example of a company that gives their employees 10 sick days.  Commissioner Curran reads the proposed policy and doesn’t feel there is anything in the policy making the City or employees safer.  Commissioner Lijewski gives an example of given administrative leave that could be given.  The Mayor and Commissioners debate different scenarios.  Mayor Rivara states we need to move on then.

Old Business:  Commissioner Curran states a net metering policy will have to be updated in March and the Council will need to decide on how to charge people in the future and if certain people would be grandfathered in under the policy.  Attorney Barry states there are 2 different polices: net metering and net billing and gives explanation about the different policies.  Attorney Barry has spoken to the engineer at BHMG and they recommend using the net billing system.  Commissioner Curran states there is an issue with two things that are not authorized by law and goes on to discuss the issues (the load limit and the matter of paying residents if they generate electricity).  Attorney Barry states it is a credit that is to be issued, not actual checks to be issued to residents.  Attorney Barry states he will work with BHMG to work on a new net billing policy and present it to the council once it’s ready.

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  absent

Lijewski:  Fire Department had 17 calls this month, ambulance had 67 calls and 13 were transfers.  The Police department reminds about not parking on the streets when there are 2” of snow or more.  In January  33 citations were issued and so far in February 27 citations were issued.  Commissioner Lijewski questions Assistant Chief Margis on the figures.  Patrolman Leininger will be taking a 40-hour class on School Resource Officer training in Peoria.  Patrolman Jack Barnes was the Officer of the Month for January.  Commissioner Lijewski announces she is declining her position as Commissioner and this will be her last council meeting and wishes her successor well.  Mayor Rivara asks if she is resigning to which she answers yes.  Mayor Rivara thanks her for her service and Commissioner Curran states he does not want to give his Commissioner report after hearing that and would like to discuss Commissioner Lijewski reconsidering and acknowledges all that she brings to the position and Commissioner Lijewski thanks him for the comment.

Curran:   thanks, the Street Department for their snow removal.  Engineering estimates are happening for street maintenance for the upcoming year.

Cullinan:  absent

Mayor’s report:   The Reizner building is being demolished and the contractor will continue to clean up all debris around the building.  Thanks, the City workers for a great job on the snow removal.  The IBEW hosted a seminar on safety and thanks them.  Cites solar installations need to be looked at to make sure they were installed correctly.  Mayor Rivara asks Commissioner Lijewski about scheduling an Ambulance Board meeting and Commissioner Lijewski states she will contact Cathie Edens about handling it.

Mayor Rivara asks if Commissioner Lijewski if she would reconsider her resignation and asks the Council if they recommend not going in to closed session to which they decide not to.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY LIJEWKSI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to adjourn regular session. AYES: CURRAN,  LIJEWSKI, RIVARA  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: January 24, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS, CURRAN,  LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY BARRY AND  CITY CLERK EITUTIS.  Mayor Rivara states that Commissioners Argubright and Cullinan are absent.

Mayor Rivara state that there are technical difficulties and the Council Meeting is not being live streamed.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve the regular meeting minutes from January 10, 2022   AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT , CULLINAN

Public comments on agenda items only: none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve bills as presented for payment. AYES:  CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT,  CULLINAN

AMEREN ILLINOIS $153.16; AMERICAN EXPRESS $ 31.90; ANIXTER $ 2603.75; BHMG ENGINEERS $ 3297.04; BOKUS, TIM $ 132.19; CARD SERVICE CENTER $ 2814.08; CARD SERVICE CENTER-PD $ 454.55; CASTILLO, EDGAR $ 105.81; CENTRAL MILLWRIGHT $ 952.20; COLLECTION PROFESSIONALS $ 420.88; COMCAST BUSINESS $ 115.90; COMMUNICATIONS DIRECT $ 845.00; CONNECTING POINT $ 458.00; CONWAY SHIELD $ 213.61; DE LAGE LANDEN FINANCIAL SERVICES $ 349.89; DEBO ACE HARDWARE $ 114.56; EAGLE ENGRAVING $ 14.60; EDENS, CATHIE $ 289.58; ELECTRONIC SUPPLY INC. $ 365.00; EMERGENCY MEDICAL PRODUCTS  $ 306.81; EMMETT, CODY $ 1.07; FEECE OIL CO. $ 4173.93; FOSTER COACH SALES $ 581.64; GRAY, SHAYANNI $ 216.19; GROSENBACH’S AUTO REPAIR $ 73.11; HALM’S AUTO PARTS $ 17.99; HAWKINS, INC $ 498.87; HOLLOWAY’S PORTABLE RESTROOMS $ 650.00; IL FIBER RESOURCES GROUP $ 3300.00; IL PUBLIC RISK FUND $ 5511.00; IVRD $ 2.00; INTERNATIONAL ASSOC. OF CHIEF OF POLICE $ 190.00; ITRON INC $ 5210.00; JD’S LOCK & KEY $ 712.00; JOHN SENICA JR. $ 350.80; JULIE INC $ 1167.94; KESSEL, KYLE $ 250.00; KING TIRE $ 30.00; KITTILSON’S GARAGE $ 679.30; LASALLE OFFICE SUPPLY $ 116.66; LAUTERBACH & AMEN $ 60.00; MARINCIC, MARK $ 388.15; MARTIN EQUIP OF IL INC. $ 121.83; MAUTINO DISTRIBUTING $ 26.00; MENARDS $ 420.10; MERTEL GRAVEL CO. $ 1197.00; MOTION INDUSTRIES $ 332.80; MUNOZ, PAUL $ 900.00; NEWS-TRIB $ 1838.00; NICK’S EMERGENCY LIGHTING $ 200.00; NORTHERN IL AMBULANCE $ 1950.82; QUICK, ERIN $ 95.96; RO PROS $ 5.50; SEDLACKE, STEPHANIE $ 48.17; SENICA INTERSTATE TOWING $ 350.00; SMART SOURCE LLC $ 3901.13; ST. MARGARET’S HEALTH $ 890.00; STRYKER SALES CORPORATION $ 196.57; TREGONING, HOLLY $ 94.61; UNIVERSAL UTILITY SUPPLY $ 10841.81; VALLE, BRETT $ 600.00; VERIZON $36.00                                                                TOTALS: $ 579,482.78

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI  to approve 2021 fourth quarter building permits in the amount of $51,710.00.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve raffle license for Illinois Valley Community College.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI , SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve raffle license for Holy Family School.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve raffle license for Oglesby American Legion Post #237. AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN   to approve 1181-011022 an Ordinance Amending the Composition of the Committee for the Oglesby Building Improvement Grant Program for the City of Oglesby, Illinois, Lasalle County.  AYES:   CURRAN, LIJEWSKI,  RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner Lijewski asks that verbiage be added to Section 3, Statement 3 regarding that the Chairman would provide a written recommendation or presentation to the Council at a public council meeting, that all elements of the application have been met.  Commissioner Curran has no issue with that verbiage.  Commissioners Curran and Lijewski discuss past practices.  Attorney Barry states he wrote down the requested change and will amend the ordinance.  Commissioner Lijewski wants to be certain that all elements of the application process were met.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to appoint members to the 2022 Façade Committee.  AYES: CURRAN,  LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Mayor Rivara states the committee members are as follows:  Ken Ficek, Chairman; Bob Mente, Tom Argubright, Dan Gregorcih, Jim Clinard, Brian Spelich and Kathy Knoblauch.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 1182-012422 an ordinance granting a request for variance filed by Ameren Illinois Company.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 1183-012422 an ordinance granting a request for zoning map amendment filed by Hometown National Bank.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT,CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 1184-012422 an ordinance granting a request for zoning map amendment filed by RJD Investments, LLC.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 1185-012422 an ordinance granting a request for variance filed by Ameren Illinois Company.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 1186-012422 an ordinance granting a special use permit filed by Ameren Illinois Company.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve 1187-012422 an ordinance granting a request for variance filed by Glenn T. Johnson.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve the appointing of members of the Ambulance Board.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Mayor Rivara states the members will be: Daryk Brayton, Jim Knoblauch, Terry Eutis, Lorraine Munson, Carrie Lijewski, Cathie Edens and Ron Popurella.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve seeking bids for Clark Street underground repairs.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran states he wishes the meeting was live-streamed as it effects 235 homes.  Commissioner Curran gives a background on the underground in that there are 3 bad phases that need to be repaired.  Commissioner Curran discusses an incident that occurred last summer where the underground line was hit by a contractor installing a fence.  Commissioner Curran states that even the cost is large, the engineers advise we may not receive bids on the project.  Mayor Rivara asks if will create a problem for switch gear and the transformer located on Clark Street?  Commissioner Curran states it will affect multiple homes. Commissioner Curran says if the bids are returned and are too high, they can be rejected and the City can explore other options.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve an Intergovernmental agreement for seal coating various streets within the City of Oglesby.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran states this agreement is specifically for 309th Road and that the street has some form of ownership to the City of Oglesby.  Commissioner Curran states there are water lines under this road and that the total portion of the City’s costs is around $1200.00.

Commissioner Lijewski states she has been fielding questions between City employees and feels it is past time to establish a COVID 19 policy.  Commissioner Lijewski reads the guidelines set forth by the CDC and reads a quote from the CDC Director, Rochelle Walensky.  Commissioner Lijewski asks if there are questions?  Commissioner Curran states he does not feel we have been doing a good job wearing masks.  Commissioner Curran feels that the City has a right and a responsibility to wear masks, since City Hall has been closed because of this issue.  Commissioner Curran feels employees should be mandated to wear masks inside City Hall.  Commissioner Lijewski agrees.  Commissioner Lijewski states a home COVID test is not always accurate and states it is important to have communication with your primary care physician.  Mayor Rivara states City Hall has been closed to thru traffic in an attempt to provide a safe work environment to our employees.  Mayor Rivara thinks we are doing a good job and can continue to do better.  Mayor Rivara states most of the employees are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.  Commissioner Curran states he was under the impression that mandating masks does not have to be bargained for.  Commissioner Curran appreciates the stance the Mayor took in offering paid administrative leave to the employees.  Mayor Rivara says he looked into the matter and 1/3 of them have no sick time.  Mayor Rivara does not want people coming to work if they feel sick.  Mayor Rivara states the matter can be looked at down the road.  Commissioner Lijewski states the Mayor has good points, but feels she should have been made aware that the employees were not being required to use their sick time to COVID related illness.  Commissioner Lijewski does not fault the questioning of why but feels something needs to be done going forward.  Commissioner Curran states if free administrative leave is to be given to employees there is a disparity between those who are vaccinated versus those that are not.  Commissioner Curran respects those in their vaccination choices.  Commissioner Curran thinks that having an administrative leave policy unilaterally offered to everyone is not a affair practice.  Mayor Rivara disagrees with Commission Curran.  Mayor Rivara states he didn’t expect the rapid spread and states we were/are behind the curve.  Mayor Rivara states people stayed home when they were sick and we were able to keep business moving within the City.  Mayor Rivara states that at some point in time that may have to be addressed.  Commissioner Lijewski asks at what point in time will that be?  Mayor Rivara states that when cases start to drop.  Commissioner Lijewski gives figures as to how the cases are not dropping.  Mayor Rivara asks how is it helping anyone if the employees are off not getting paid?  Commissioner Lijewski states she is not asking employees to not get paid.  She is asking that they use their PTO.  Commissioner Lijewski assumes that some people may come up short in regards to running out of PTO.  Commissioner Lijewski states the City cannot have people not be expected to use the PTO and then have the City complain when those people leave and the City is then forced to pay them for PTO not used during their employment.  Commissioner Curran asks what the difference is between OMNICRON and the flu and having to use their time?  Commissioner Curran believes there are very few organizations that are giving their employees free time off and feels that if residents knew that they would be upset.  Mayor Rivara asks if he said this policy would go on forever?  Commissioner Curran states no he did not.  Commissioner Lijewski states “you did say when it drops” and she does not believe that will be anytime soon.  Commissioner Curran suggests putting it in as an item for bargaining.  Mayor Rivara brings up what the teachers have done.  Commissioner Curran feels the policy should be adopted right now.  Commissioner Lijewski states people are looking for guidelines to follow.  Commissioner Curran states there are items that can be bargained for, citing vaccinations as an example.  Commissioner Curran feels the City would be getting more safety from the employees.  Mayor Rivara disagrees with Commissioner Curran.  Mayor Rivara states City Hall was closed to try and stop the spread of the virus.  Mayor Rivara says he is trying to protect the employees and the citizens and says at some point a policy will be adopted and we will not look at dollars and cents.  Commissioner Lijewski states the guidelines are from the CDJ who does not look at dollars and cents and it is all about safety and takes exception to comments that are made.  Commissioner Curran thinks as a general policy there needs to be something in place and wants to adopt the current policy before the Council.  Mayor Rivara recommends tabling the policy.  Commissioner Lijewksi asks if he has a second for tabling the proposed policy?  Mayor Rivara states he cannot do that.  Commissioner Curran states he disagrees with the Mayor.  Commissioner Lijewski makes the motion to adopt the policy regarding COVID 19 as put forth by the Department of Public Health and the CDC Guidelines for general public issued January 4, 2022.  Commissioner Curran seconds that motion.  Attorney Barry asks for clarification of some of the verbiage in the policy and spelling errors.  AYES:  CURRAN, LIJEWSKI.  NAYS: RIVARA  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

Old Business:  Commissioner Curran states there is motor fuel tax money available will continue to meet with department heads to go over the streets that need to be repaired.

Mayor Rivara asks if there was an accident at the Mallick substation?  Commissioner Curran states there was and assumes someone tried to turn around in that area and damaged the fence.  Mayor Rivara also asks if cement blocks will be put up there?  To which Commissioner Curran states yes, they will be.

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  absent

Lijewski:  Ambulance Department had 70 calls outs, 22 were transfers.  The Fire Department had 16 calls and a total of 187 for the year 2021.  The Police Department had 31 case reports and an accident with one of the trucks and no one was hurt.  Sergeant Valle was chosen to be the officer of the month.  A meeting was held with Republic Services and complaints were addressed in regards to complaints and a logging system.

Curran:   thanks residents for parking off the street during snowfall.

Cullinan:  absent

Mayor’s report:   reminds that the IMEA scholarship is available  and to contact City Hall.  Contact has been made with Kevin Gaden in regards to getting a second feed to the city, Mayor Rivara state Ameren has taken the position that the City has to sign for it to get squared away.  Ameren has also stated they will come and take a look at the road by Illini Bank for necessary repaits.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to enter into closed session.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT,  CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to return to regular session.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY LIJEWKSI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to adjourn regular session. AYES: CURRAN,  LIJEWSKI, RIVARA  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

Amy Eitutis,

City Clerk

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