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

Regular Meeting Minutes: April 18, 2022

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2022 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

Mayor Rivara addresses the issue of the gambling ordinance that was tabled at the last council meeting and states that gaming fees will not increase for 2022.  Mayor Rivara states that increases will occur over the next three years in the amount of $250.00.  Mayor Rivara states the council was not aware that the owners of the gaming machines paid for 5o% of the cost of the gaming fees.  Mayor Rivara states a working meeting will be held to determine where and how to use the revenue from gaming machines, possibly towards a scholarship Mayor Rivara states, new equipment at the Parks and possibly tree replacement.

Mayor Rivara addresses the matter of the adult entertainment that was discussed at the previous council meeting.  Mayor Rivara states that bar owners will be cited should “adult entertainment” be allowed in their establishment and reads an excerpt from a previous ordinance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY  CURRAN, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from April 4, 2022.   AYES: CULLINAN, CURRAN,  EUTIS, RIVARA.    ABSTAIN: ARGUBRIGHT

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, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY EUTIS to approve recommendations from the Plan Commission in regards to the request from Gary Curtin. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran explains that Lot 1 will be given to the City and Attorney Barry states he will include that when he prepares the ordinance and both Attorney Barry and Commissioner Curran give further details.  Commissioner Argubright questions the paving of the alleyway.  Attorney Barry states

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve 2022 first quarter building permits in the amount of $19,500.00  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the underground bid for Clark Street 15KV distribution upgrades submitted by JF Electric in the amount of $289,398.00.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULILNAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the request from the Oglesby Ambulance Department to sell Pork Chop Dinner tickets door to door during the period of May 1, 2022-June 6, 2022.  AYES:  ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file the purchase of a new small bucket truck for the Oglesby Electric Department in the amount of $149,709.00.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran discusses the different price options for a new small bucket truck and details of the condition of the current bucket truck.  Commissioner Curran questions if it has to be placed on file first and would also like to spend the money this year?  Attorney Barry states that it does.  Commissioners Curran and Argubright discuss the condition of the small bucket truck.  Commissioner Argubright asks which truck they are looking to buy and how it will be serviced? Commissioner Curran states he will find out by the next council meeting.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY EUTIS to 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.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Argubright questions what has changed with the ordinance to which Attorney Barry gives explanation and states that the ordinance does not have to be renewed every year.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file 1192-041822 an ordinance Modifying the Terms of Employment for the Oglesby Assistant Chief of Police.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran asks if has to be placed on file first to which Attorney Barry states it does.  Commissioner Eutis states he would like to go into closed session to discuss the ordinance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BU CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file an engineering agreement for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran states Don Bixby from Chamlin and Associates will be giving a presentation on the matter in the near future.  Commissioner Argubright questions rebuilding the existing waste water treatment plant?  And also, if the project can be bid out?  Commissioner Curran gives a history of the steps taken to get to the current state of an agreement. Commissioner Curran goes on to discuss grant application processes and funding.  Commissioner Curran states his goal with the future WWTP is to be “shovel ready” should a grant application be available at the time of the build.  Commissioner Argubright again asks if the project will be bid out? Commissioner Curran reminds that a lot of work has already been done and costs have been incurred already.

A MOTION WAS MADE TO BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file 04182022R a Resolution for Maintenance Under the Illinois Highway Code using motor fuel funds.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran explains that the City has applied for other grants and that the proposed Resolution would cover the  cost repairs of various streets within the City in the amount of $233,498.08.   Commissioner Argubright questions some of the streets to be repaired.  Commissioner Curran gives explanation of the condition of the streets.  Commissioner Eutis questions the ARPA funds vs. funds available from LaSalle County and what would happen if Oglesby were not awarded ARPA funds from LaSalle County.  Commissioner Curran explains if the city does not receive the funds Motor Fuel Tax money would have to be used.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CULLINAN to disclose to the public the verbatim recording of its 12/02/2019 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.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, RIVARA.  ABSTAIN: CURRAN, EUTIS

A presentation of awards is given by Police Chief Doug Hayse and Commissioner Eutis to Assistant Chief Margis, Sergeant Valle, Officer Duttlinger, Officer Barnes, Officer Leininger and Officer Rivara.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to refer to the Zoning Commission a change to table in B1 to include axe throwing and also matters relating to fences and sidewalks.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran questions what is included in the B1 table code.  Ken Ficek addresses the Council and explains that the Land Development Code that show the zoning arrangements and states that “participants” is not included in the B1 zone.  In order to approve the recommendation a change needs to be made to the B1 code or the ordinance.  Commissioner Curran questions Ken Ficek about what is included in the code.

Old Business:  Commissioner Curran reads an excerpt in regards to the IMEA

Public Comments: none

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Eutis:   gives update on the mold remediation happening within the Oglesby Police Department.  A bid was accepted in the amount of $ 3,750.00 from 360 Hazardous and will begin soon.  The Fire Department received a donation from Green Thumb Industries in the amount of $1,000.00 to go towards the purchase of a thermal imaging camera.

Cullinan: public restrooms are open at the parks, there was a slight delay due to an issue with a restroom at Lehigh Park.  Summer camp sign up will be going live at the beginning of May.  The Mayor’s Day parade will be May 7th, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. and will be held at Sunny Jim Bottomley Field.   A sand volleyball court will be installed at Courtyard park and possibly Lehigh Park this summer.  A pickleball court will have lines painted on the tennis courts at courtyard park. The Parks Department is waiting for quotes to update park equipment.

Curran:    Street Department reminder that chipping services will be May2-6th, 2022.  Reminds residents that street sweeping is occurring and to make sure streets are kept clear.  Hydrant flushing will occur after Memorial Da.

Mayor’s report    looking to schedule a working meeting.

A MOTION TO ENTER INTO CLOSED SESSION WAS MADE BY EUTIS, SECONDED BY CURRAN. AYES:  ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION TO RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR SESSION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, EUTIS, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

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