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

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

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