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

Regular Meeting Minutes: April 4, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve the regular meeting minutes from March 21, 2022.   AYES: CURRAN,  EUTIS, RIVARA.    ABSENT: CULLINAN, ARGUBRIGHT

Public comments on agenda items only:   Lisa Carrico addresses the Council with her concerns regarding the proposed ordinances 1189-040422 and 1190-040422.  Ms. Carrico provides information in regards to the gaming terminals, fees and revenues. Ms. Carrico asks the Council to take into consideration the small business owners.

Ms. Carrico expresses her opinion about the proposed change in Ordinance 1190-040422 and asks the council to think about her concerns before they vote.

Rich Baldridge addresses the Council with his concerns regarding the proposed gaming terminal increase. Mr. Baldridge questions why the increase is necessary and what it will go towards and states he is opposed to it?

Mayor Rivara states what the total net terminal income was for the city.

There are comments from the audience. A resident comment about the water rate increase.  Mayor Rivara responds by explaining why the water rate increases were necessary.

Commissioner Curran discusses the recent purchase of property that  will be the future site of the new Waste Water Treatment Plant.  Commissioner Curran hope is to get a grant for all or most of the new Waste Water Treatment Plant and by doing so the City may be able to redo the water rates.  Commissioner Curran states the small business electric rate was cut by 15% recently.

Rich Baldridge questions the increase in the sewer rates.  Commissioner Curran responds that there are metering options for businesses and also pool credits available to the residents.

Rich Baldridge questions why the rates are being considered to be raised?  Attorney Barry states the change for the increase went into effect last year.

Kathy Fredrick questions the Council in regards to what it costs the city for businesses to have gaming machines?  Ms. Fredrick states her opinions on the potential gaming fee increase.

Dave Weiden comments in regards to raising the gaming fees and offering lower electric rates; specifically offering the rates the “west end” receives.  Commissioner Curran explains the differences in the rates between the businesses and why there are differences.  Commissioner Curran explains the incentive program is offered through the IMEA not the City.  Mayor Rivara states that GTI is paying up front for future expansion and infrastructure.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to table 1189-040422 an Ordinance Amending Section 5.102.010 of the Municipal Code of the City of Oglesby Relating to Video Gaming Terminal Fees. AYES: CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner Eutis asks if the City can differentiate amongst the businesses to which the city attorney states you cannot because of the way the state statue was written.  Commissioner Curran questions if the gaming fees can be waived/reduced?  Attorney Barry states the City can do as they choose and explained that the statute changed allowing for rate increases.

Comments are made from residents.

Commissioner Eutis questions the figures of the gaming revenue.  Comments are made from the residents.  Commissioner Curran suggests discussing the matter when the full board is in attendance.

A question is asked about the letters that went out to the business owners.  Comments are made from residents. Mayor Rivara states that he agrees that gaming machines are keeping some businesses open.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to table 1190-040422 an Ordinance Amending Section 5.92.030 of the Municipal Code of the City of Oglesby Relating to Adult Uses. AYES: CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran states that changes need to be made to the ordinance before it can be approved.  Commissioner Curran gives his opinion on small events that are being held by small business owners within the City.  Mayor Rivara states that the ordinance needs to be reworked and makes his positions clear that he is “opposed to this type of entertainment on Walnut Street in Oglesby.”  Commissioner Curran asks if other cities have similar ordinances to which Attorney Barry states there are.  Mayor Rivara feels there needs to be clear rules.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to place on file the bid from J. F. Electric for Clark Street 15KV underground distribution upgrades.  AYES: CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran states that two bids were submitted in the amount of $516,504.00 and $289,398.00.  Commissioner Curran also gives a brief explanation about the project.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to proclaim April 10-16th, 2022 as National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week. AYES: CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.   ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN to appoint Rick Rigazio to the Ambulance Board.  AYES: CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN.

Old Business:  none.

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  absent

Eutis:  Fire Department had 13 responses, 3 motor vehicle crashes, 2 brush fires, 1 mutual aid call, 1 state park rescue, 3 assists to other agencies, 2 gas leaks and 1 power line down

Cullinan:   absent

Curran:   In the next week there will be discussion of the recent land purchased for the future waste water treatment plant.  Branch chipping will be May 2-6, 2022.  Hydrant flushing will occur a date has not been set yet.

Mayor’s report   advises there is a scam from Smart Energy happening and it has been reported to the IMEA.  Thanks Dave Torres with his help for the grant from Lasalle County that the City of Oglesby has applied for in the amount of $318,000.00.  The City has asked for a seat at the table with the IDNR for the future land development.  Mayor Rivara asks the council to begin to take action for abandoned properties.  The council decided to not enter into closed session since there are two Commissioners absent.

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

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

April 18, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m.

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING ~

MONDAY APRIL 18, 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 April 4, 2022 regular meeting.
  1. Public Comment on Agenda Items only
  1. Approve bills as presented for payment
  1. Approve recommendations from the Plan Commission in regards to the request from Gary Curtin.
  1. Approve 2022 first quarter building permits in the amount of $ 19,500.00.
  1. Approve underground bid for Clark Street 15KV underground distribution upgrades submitted by JF Electric in the amount of $289,398.00.
  1. Approve request from Oglesby Ambulance Department to sell Pork Chop Diner tickets door to door during the period of May 1, 2022 – June 6, 2022.
  1. Approve purchase of new small bucket truck for the Oglesby Electric Department
  1. Approve 1191-041822 an Ordinance Authorizing the Approval of a Facility Lease Agreement Between the City of Oglesby and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Els, Oglesby, Illinois #2360.
  1. Approve 1192-041822 an Ordinance Modifying the Terms of Employment for the Oglesby Assistant Chief of Police.
  1. Place on file Engineering Agreement for new Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
  1. Place on file 04182022R Resolution for Maintenance Under the Illinois Highway Code using Motor Fuel Funds.
  1. Approval to disclose to the public the verbatim recording of its 12/2/19 closed session except for that portion of the closed session minutes for that meeting that were between the time stamp marker of 20:10 and 30:40.
  1. Presentation of police service awards.
  1. Refer to Plan and/or Zoning Commission change to table in B1 to include axe throwing and also matters relating to fences and sidewalks.
  1. Old Business
  1. Public Comments
  1. Commissioner’s reports
  1. Mayor’s report  
  1. 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. 
  1. Adjournment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted this 15th  day of April, 2022

Amy Eitutis, City

Regular Meeting Minutes: March 21, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

Mayor Rivara states that Commissioner Cullinan is not in attendance due to an illness.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve ordinance 1188-032122 purchase of real estate for the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT,   CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the purchase of water meters from Nighthawk in the amount of $73,750.00.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN.  Commissioner Curran explains that there were some issues with the meetings and now believes that the four issues have been rectified and would like to move forward with the purchase of the meters.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve the raffle license for the Oglesby Elks Lodge #2360  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve Tag Day requests for Oglesby Ambulance, Oglesby Fire Department and the American Legion. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  ABSENT: CULLINAN

Commissioner Curran holds a discussion in regards to the Motor Fuel Tax usage of yearly street maintenance.  Commissioner Curran discusses gives examples of streets in need of repairs and costs of those streets. Commissioner Curran states there is approximately $341,000.00 in funds in the motor fuel tax fund.  Commissioner Argubright asks what was spent last year to which Commissioner Curran replied approximately $225,000.00.  Commissioner Eutis states he would like to think about it.  Commissioner Curran states he doesn’t wait to wait too long.  Mayor Rivara states he thinks the Council can come up with a plan.

Old Business:  none.

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Eutis: discusses a dart firearm simulator that was purchased for the Oglesby Police Department.  Commissioner Eutis discusses the advantages of the purchase and states it was paid for with drug fund money.  Commissioner Eutis discusses blighted properties that he is looking in to.

Cullinan:   absent

Curran:  branch chipping will begin May2nd – May 6th, 2022.  A new electric pole was installed at the Cedar Creek corner.  Commissioner Curran states it is the city’s goal to install wide-area lights at the corners within the City.

Mayor’s report  Blood Drive is 03/24/2022 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at the Dickinson House.  The Dickinson House fundraiser for Cinqo de Mayo will be held on 05/01/2022 at Mr. Salsa’s from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The City of Oglesby is not the only municipality that Ameren has not forwarded city taxes to.  Mayor Rivara states Ameren has not forwarded the city’s share since 1993.

Bids for the city’s solar project are due April 1, 2022.  The project will be built to the East of the Fire and Ambulance building.

Mayor Rivara gives information in regards to the benefits of having IVCC obtain their electric service from the City of Oglesby.

Reminds residents of the upcoming Summer Fun Fest and the 50/50 raffle occurring June 16th– June 19th, 2022.

Mayor Rivara asks the Council to commit to a date for a working meeting.  The council and city attorney decide on March 28, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Chief Hayse speaks up in regards to the funds that were used to purchase the dart simulator in that they were not used form the drug fund but from the money laundering fund.

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

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: March 7, 2022

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

City Clerk Eitutis reads a request submitted by Commissioner Argubright to attend the March 7, 2022 City council meeting remotely.  There are no objections from the Council.

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

Mayor Rivara states he is moving #17 to the top of the agenda.  Mayor Rivara asks for a nomination for the Commissioner of Public Health and Safety.  Commissioner Curran makes a statement about those applicants who expressed interest in the vacancy and tanks all that applied.  Commissioner Curran reads the list of qualifications/experience for candidate Terry Eutis. Commissioner Curran makes a motion to appoint Terry Eutis to the vacancy as Commissioner of Public Health & Safety.  Commissioner Argubright seconds the motion.  AYES:  ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  Terry Eutis is sworn in as Commissioner of Public Health & Safety by City Attorney Patrick Barry.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from February 22, 2022.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN,  RIVARA.    ABSTAIN: EUTIS

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.    ABSTAIN: EUTIS

A presentation was given by Cesare Brafta from Surf Air Wireless in regards to the City of Oglesby possibly installing iFiber throughout the City. Cesare Brafta answers questions from both residents and the Council.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the Pole Attachment Fee Agreement between Surf Air Wireless, LLC and the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: EUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the Right-of-Way Agreement between Surf Air Wireless, LLC and the City of Oglesby. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: EUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the Water Tower License for Broadband Fiber and Wireless Facilities between Surf Air Wireless, LLC and the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: EUTIS

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the Understanding of Cooperation Agreement by and between Surf Air Wireless, LLC and the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: EUTIS

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to place on file ordinance 1188-030722 purchase of real estate for the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: EUTIS   Commissioner Curran explains the City currently owns one of two of the lots and is looking to purchase the second lot.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve 1189-030722 a Net Metering policy for the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: EUTIS  Attorney Barry states the Council can to action on the ordinance, that it does not need to be placed on file.  Commissioner Curran and Attorney Barry gives an explanation of the ordinance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to proclaim May as Motorcycle Awareness Month, April as Fair Housing Law Month and April 7, 2022 as Junior Achievement Day in Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Old Business:  none.

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Cullinan:   advises the tree installment program is now taking applicants and the locations will be Lehigh Park and the canoe landing and asks residents to call the Parks Director.  The canoe landing will open soon.  Baseball will also be starting soon.  Congratulates the Oglesby BB Gun Club on their win over the Peru BB Gun Club.

Curran:  gives thanks to Cesare Brafta from Surf Air Wirelss, LLC for his presentation.  Discusses a tree that went down on East Walnut and thanks all of those who helped with clean up and restoration.

Eutis: none

Mayor’s report:  Congratulates BB Gun Club on their win and thanks all involved.  Thanks the City of Peru and Oglesby  for their efforts with the  storm cleanup.  The City is offering its electric services to IVCC.  Mayor Rivara gives explanation of how IVCC currently receives its electricity from Ameren.  Mayor states in 1993 when IVCC annexed in to the City they agreed to have the City provide their service for five years, to which that did not happen.  Mayor Rivara also states that Ameren has not collected the city utility tax from IVCC for the past 29 years.

The City and IVCC have been working together to provide a full-time resource Officer to the college.

The City has been working with Ameren to provide a second feed to the City of Oglesby.  The city paid Ameren for the electric study and Ameren has now notified the City of Oglesby that they forget to notify the city there would be a charge between $225,00-$400,000 for the second feed per year.  It is the understanding of the Mayor no other city is being charged a fee for an additional feed.  The Mayor states that when questioned and asked to see a copy of the charges Ameren’s response was that “there was none, they are being developed.”  The Mayor thinks because  City is trying to get IVCC to switch electric providers he finds it coincidental that Ameren has failed to forward the taxes for 29 years that now Oglesby is being singled out and is being required to pay a fee.  The Mayor would like to leave it up to the residents to decide what to do with the information provided.

Friday March 11, 2022 is the last day to submit for the IMEA scholarships to which there are four available.

A community blood drive will be held March 24, 2021 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at the Dickinson House.

Buzzi Unicem has donated $1,500 toward the Oglesby Food Pantry and gives them thanks.

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

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

April 4, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m.

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING ~

MONDAY APRIL 4, 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 21, 2022 regular meeting.
  1. Public Comment on Agenda Items only
  1. Approve bills as presented for payment
  1. Approve 1189-040422 an Ordinance Amending Section 5.102.010 of the Municipal Code of the City of Oglesby Relating to Video Gaming Terminal Fees.
  1. Approve 1190-040422 an Ordinance Amending Section 5.92.030 of the Municipal Code of the City of Oglesby Relating to Adult Uses.
  1. Place on file bids for Clark Street 15KV underground distribution upgrades.
  1. Proclaim April 10-16th, 2022 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week.
  1. Appoint Rick Rigazio to the Ambulance Board.
  1. Old Business
  1. Public Comments
  1. Commissioner’s reports
  1. Mayor’s report 
  1. 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. 
  1. Adjournment

Posted this 1st day of April, 2022

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

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