110 E. Walnut Street - Oglesby, Illinois 61348  ·  Phone: 815-883-3389

Monday, April 2, 2012 Agenda

March 30, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012 @ 7:00 P.M.

TO BE CONDUCTED AT: THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

110 E WALNUT STREET

OGLESBY, ILLINOIS 61348

1. Opening of Meeting

2. Roll Call

3. Pledge of Allegiance

4. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes from Monday, March 19, 2012

5. Approval of Bills to be paid

6. Ordinance No. 797-040212, prohibiting weeds within the corporate limits

7. Police and Fire Commission Board appointment

8. iFiber Agreement

9. Tag Day request from Karen Fouth & Bonnie Claudnic

10. Donation request from Bob Fisher for “Cruisin’ for a Cause”

11. Seek bids for 3 street projects: Woodland from Florence to Walnut; First from School to Woodland; Glen from Walnut to First.

12. Public Comments or Questions

13. Commissioners’ Reports

14. Mayor’s Report

15. Adjournment

Posted this 30th day of March, 2012

Becky Clinard, City Clerk

City of Oglesby

Monday, March 5 Minutes

March 30, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY ANDREONI, CITY CLERK CLINARD.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from February 21. 2012. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the bills to be paid as presented: Accent, 85.69; AEA, Inc., 6,168.00; Ameren IP, 189.20; Adam Buler, 227.84; Call One, 1,428.03; Central Region Senior Baseball, 2,500.00; City of Oglesby, 9,874.20; Comcast, 54.95; Connecting Point, 95.00; Daley’s Super Service, 30.20; Efficient Billing Systems, 31.78; Emergency Medical Products, 766.16; Envision, 8.00; Fleet Services, 4,597.30; Halm’s 805.86; Marcia Hulet, 214.02; IL Dept. of Central Management, -65.35; IV Business Equipment, 338.33; John Deere Financial, 115.00; John’s Sales and Service, 769.90; Wayne Kirby, 500.00; LaSalle Office Supply, 55.74; Mautino Distributing, 118.70; Katie Mcrary, 58.85; Menards, 335.66; Mertel Gravel, 171.25; Dollar General, 40.00; NCPERS, 16.00; Nextel Communications, 120.01; North American Salt, 2,132.35; Orkin Pest Control, 177.83; Ragan Communications, 380.00; Dominic Rivara, 135.00; Thomas Searls, 3,000.; smith’s Sales and Service, 14.85; Springfield Electric, 30.32; Standard Equipment Co., 50.09; Staples, 195.51; Stevens, 65.00; Stryker Sales, 9,930.64; Sunrise, 29.90; USPS, 706.81; USA Bluebook, 763.48; Viking Chemical Co., 1,300.89; Jim Vohs, 547.60; Sean Walsh, 192.83; Water Products, 5,786.43; Jerome Yendro, 63,380.09 TOTAL: $118,517.94 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Chris Paul, a representative from Lincoln College, explained the college’s Accelerated Bridge to Education program through IVCC. The program offers bachelor’s degrees in several fields: criminal justice, business administration, health services administration and general liberal arts. Participants may earn up to 27 credit hours a year through the program. Paul told the council this is an attractive alternative program for persons who wish to continue working fulltime.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file an Electronic Waste Recycling agreement with Advanced Technology Recycling to handle the city’s e-waste recycling program. Commissioner Porter told the council he felt that ATR offered “the best fit for the city” at this time. He announced that the first recycling event will be offered Saturday, April 21st, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LeHigh Park at no cost to the city. A second event will be offered sometime in the fall. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve a donation of $500 to Kevin Marzetta’s Downtown Car Show. The car show will be held Saturday, June 23, from 3 to 8 p.m. Porter said the $500 donation was similar to the donation approved at the last council meeting for the Harvest Fest Car show and noted that the proceeds from the car show go to ambulance services. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to allow Oglesby Girls Softball to hold a tag day on Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to noon. Porter pointed out that the letter also requested permission to collect funds outside of Oglesby businesses as well. The council agreed that they did not have an objection to collecting outside of businesses, if they business was agreeable. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place an ordinance establishing rates of pay for ambulance service transfers on file. AYES: PORTER, YBORRA, FINLEY. PASS: DANEKAS, RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file the bids for Phase II of McPhedran Park which includes the walking path, parking lot and playground area. John Pohar & Sons was apparent low bidder at $86,604.00. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place the bids for the playground equipment on file. GameTime is the apparent low bidder at $57,544.69. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioner Rivara then told the council that a recent change by the IMEA in the way they compute the charges the electric Power Cost Adjustment will require a change in the city’s rates. Rivara also said that he has heard that rates could be going up as much as 15 percent over the next year and that a rate increase will be necessary. “We can’t keep kicking the can down the road. … We have to generate enough income to pay our bills,” he said. Rivara said that the city’s departments need to look for ways to cut costs. Oglesby resident Todd Misener asked Rivara what the electric department had done to cut costs. Rivara replied that his department was under orders to not purchase anything unless it was necessary to provide service; three bids were required for large purchases and he was looking at ways to coordinate purchases for like materials with other IMEA members to get a better price.

Commissioner/Mayor reports:

· RIVARA thanked Commissioners Danekas, Yborra and Mayor Finley for having their employees meet to discuss ways to cut costs. Rivara would like to see a purchasing program put in place. He also noted that the IMEA was going to provide fault meters to help correct the ongoing problem with flickering lights.

· YBORRA announced that both appliance pickup and spring chipping would begin sometime in the first couple of weeks of May. He also mentioned that the storm sewer separation project would resume shortly and with good weather, it should be finished in 6 to 8 weeks.

· PORTER said that he was planning a movie night for March 23.

· Mayor Finley reminded residents of the United States Air Force Shades of Blue jazz concert on Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Oglesby Washington Gymnasium.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:29 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

March 19, 2012 Agenda

March 16, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012 @ 7:00 P.M.

 

TO BE CONDUCTED AT:     THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

                                                110 E WALNUT STREET

                                                OGLESBY, ILLINOIS 61348

 

1.      Opening of Meeting

2.      Roll Call

3.      Pledge of Allegiance

4.      Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes from Monday, March 5, 2012

5.      Approval of Bills to be paid

6.      Agreement with Advanced Technology Recycling for e-waste recycling

7.      Ordinance No. 796-031912, establishes rates of pay for ambulance personnel performing transfers

8.      McPhedren Park Phase II bids

9.      McPhedran Park playground bids

10.  Proposed ordinance prohibiting weeds within the corporate limits

11.  Place on file the monthly Motor Fuel Tax allotment ($7,814.44)

12.  Place on file the monthly municipal sales tax allotment ($22,729.18)

13.  Police and Fire Commission Board Resignation

14.  Adjourn into executive session to review executive session minutes

15.  Public Comments or Questions

16.  Commissioners’ Reports

17.  Mayor’s Report

18.  Adjournment

 

Posted this 16th day of March, 2012

 

Becky Clinard, City Clerk

City of Oglesby

 

March 19, 2012 Agenda

March 16, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas, Uncategorized

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012 @
7:00 P.M.

 

TO
BE CONDUCTED AT:    THE CITY
ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

                                                110
E WALNUT STREET

                                                OGLESBY,
ILLINOIS 61348

 

1.     Opening of Meeting

2.     Roll Call

3.     Pledge of Allegiance

4.     Approval of Regular Meeting
Minutes from Monday, March 5, 2012

5.     Approval of Bills to be paid

6.     Agreement with Advanced
Technology Recycling for e-waste recycling

7.     Ordinance No. 796-031912,
establishes rates of pay for ambulance personnel performing transfers

8.     McPhedren Park Phase II bids

9.     McPhedran Park playground
bids

10.  Proposed ordinance
prohibiting weeds within the corporate limits

11.  Place on file the monthly
Motor Fuel Tax allotment ($7,814.44)

12.  Place on file the monthly
municipal sales tax allotment ($22,729.18)

13.  Police and Fire Commission
Board Resignation

14.  Adjourn into executive
session to review executive session minutes

15.  Public Comments or Questions

16.  Commissioners’ Reports

17.  Mayor’s Report

18.  Adjournment

 

Posted
this 16th day of March, 2012

 

Becky
Clinard, City Clerk

City
of Oglesby

 

February 22, 2012 Meeting Minutes

March 7, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes, Uncategorized

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012, AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY ANDREONI, CITY CLERK CLINARD.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from February 6, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the bills to be paid as presented:  ASK Enterprises, 956.40; ACS Firehouse software, 220.00; AEA, 16,500.00; AFLAC, 35.90; AMEREN, 83.69; AT&T, 25.69; Bobs Business, 419.40; Chamlin & Associates, 661.50; Comcast, 211.80; Cummins Crosspoint, 23.87; Dresbach, 48.45; Economic Development Group. 5,897.08; Fastenal, 35.00; Feece Oil, 659.06; Fischer Excavating, 279,148.90; GL Downs, 217.15; Global Emergency Products, 1,269.52; GP Concrete, 3,350.00; Hygienic Institute, 355.58; HyVee, 87.44; Il Dept. Central Management, 275.20; IMEA, 197,838.97; Illini State Bank VISA, 1,256.45; IDES, 2.45; Illinois Fire Store, 774.00; JW Ossola, 47,996.55; Jacob & Klein, 3,750.00; John Pohar, 12,556.19; John’s Service & Sales, 5,768.17; Kittilson’s, 3,181.12; Len Trovero Construction, 18,465.00; Maze Lumber, 13.00; McClure Engineering, 7,371.50; Menards, 337.38; MES-Illinois, 62.66; Dollar General, 32.65; Connie Nelson, 133.34; Neopost, 15.00; News Tribune, 287.20; Rub-R-Wall, 1,400.00; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, 2,148.00; Quad City Electric, 676.00; Quentech, 65.00; Quill Corp., 549.90; Ray’s Decorating & Carpet, 40.00; SD Meyers, 2,849.00; Somonauk Water, 66.50; Sunrise Supply, 16.77; Dillon Torres, 90.00; Ron Triepke, 19.90; Universal, 708.60; US Bank, 500.00; USA Bluebook, 666.86; Venture Technology, 4,021.28; Water Products Co., 5,354.95; WLPO, 75.00. TOTAL:  $629,537.48 AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Marci Duro, Executive Director of the Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, made a short presentation to the council concerning the chamber’s efforts in the past year to promote the area.  Duro thanked the city for renewing its membership in the chamber and noted that a new Website and billboard had been rolled out recently.  She spoke about the work involved in responding to Requests for Information from site selectors and answered questions from the council members.

Commissioner Porter then updated the council on his efforts to establish an electronic waste recycling program.  Porter said he believed he would have a contract for the council to consider at its next meeting.  He also said he thought the costs to the city would be minimal, noting that the city might have to build a set of steps to allow access into the trailer and it was possible that the city might have to provide an employee.  He would like to have the first recycling event on April 21st, which is also Earth Day.  When asked about coordinating events with other communities, Porter noted that he “was in constant contact with Peru,” but had had no luck with LaSalle.  Peru has planned a recycling event in March, he said.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to donate $2,500 to Central States Region Baseball Tournament.  Before the vote, Mayor Finley noted that both the opening ceremony and championship game would be played in Oglesby this year, as part of a multi-year agreement with Peru.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to donate $500 to the Harvest Fest Car Show.  Mayor Finley noted that organizer Wayne Kirby donated more than a $1,000 back to the city for youth recreation programs from the proceeds of the car show. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to appoint Mark Duttlinger to the Ambulance Service Board.  Duttlinger will replace George Cullinan, whose term expires in 2013.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place the Motor Fuel Tax Allotment of $7,667.51 for January on file.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place the January State Sales Tax Allotment of $23,108.85 on file.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA AT 7:18 P.M. to go into executive session to discuss the “appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body.” AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The council then entered executive session at 7:20 p.m.  The council resumed the regular meeting at 7:47 p.m.

Commissioners’/Mayor’s reports:

·        Rivara said a letter will go out soon to homes and businesses with night lights on private property, informing them that they will be charged for the lights.  “Over the years,” Rivara said, “(the city) just put lights up and (the property owners) just didn’t pay for them.”  Rivara estimated that it costs the city approximately $6,000 to $7,000 a year.  Rivara also asked for the other commissioners’ support of a meeting of the department heads to discuss ways to improve processes and purchasing.

·        Mayor Finley announced that the Air Force’s Shades of Blue Jazz Concert band will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at Washington School.  Finley also announced that the Dueling Piano fund-raiser for Summer Fun Fest cleared about $2,500.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PPORTER to adjourn at 7:58 p.m.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

March 5, 2012, Agenda

March 2, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012 @ 7:00 P.M.

 

TO BE CONDUCTED AT:   THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

                                                110 E WALNUT STREET

                                                OGLESBY, ILLINOIS 61348

 

1.      Opening of Meeting

2.      Roll Call

3.      Pledge of Allegiance

4.      Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes from Tuesday, February 21, 2012

5.      Approval of Bills to be paid

6.      Chris Paul, Lincoln College ABE presentation

7.      Electronic Waste Recycling

8.      Donation Request from Kevin Marzetta for the Downtown Car Show

9.      Tag Day request (Saturday, April 21) from Oglesby Girls Softball

10.  Ambulance Transfer Pay

11.  McPhedren Park bids

12.  Discussion of Electric Rate Increase from IMEA

13.  Public Comments or Questions

14.  Commissioners’ Reports

15.  Mayor’s Report

16.  Adjournment

 

Posted this 2nd day of March, 2012

 

Becky Clinard, City Clerk

City of Oglesby

 

February 6, 2012 Meeting Minutes

March 1, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012, AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY ANDREONI, CITY CLERK CLINARD.

ABSENT:  YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from January 17, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the working meeting minutes from January 30, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the bills to be paid as presented:  A&B Welding, $60.00; AH Stock Manufacturing Group, 62.66; ASK Enterprises, 526.28; ACE Tire, 308.54; Affordable Waste, 19,719.00; Airgas North Central, 41.25; Ameren IP, 34.79; Apple Press, 194.00; Asplundh Construction, 16,784.20; Brownstown Electric, 1.571.40; Call One, 1,444.25; Carus Corporation, 966.24; Central IL Municipal Clerks Assn., 30.00; City of Oglesby, 11,623.28; Civic Systems, 2554.00; Christian Clayton, 150.35; Collection Professionals, 77.25; Comcast, 178.84; Communications Direct, 1,128.14; Dever & Sons, 521.53; Dixon Ottawa Communications, 2,880.50; Drydon Equipment, 1,850.00; Cathie Edens, 213.18; Efficient Billing, 1,273.73; Emergency Medical Products, 1,073.26; Fastenal, 77.68; Feece Oil, 2.232.33; Fleet Services, 3,748.13; Franks Lock and Safe, 548.28; Global Emergency Products, 186.69; Grosenbach’s, 127.55; Lora Halm, 175.13; Halm’s 901.40; ID Networks, 1995.00; IL Dept. of Central Management Services, 439.15; IL Valley Business Equipment, 473.48; IVCH, 25.00; Illini State Bank – VISA, 429.23; IV Assn of Chiefs, 60.00; IV Cellular, 643.30; IV Excavating, 300.00; IV Food & Deli, 25.02; IMUA, 200.00; IPMA-HR, 292.50; JW Ossola, 7459.50; Jacob & Klein, 9,573.67; John’s Sales & Service, 165.93; Tanya Johnson,  79.51; JULIE, 868.60; King Tire, 679.36; Kittilson’s 3,016.87; LaSalle Office Supply, 144.71; Martin Equipment, 378.62; Mautino Distributing, 36.00; Maze Lumber, 49.14; McClure Engineering, 3,863.90; Menards, 128.33; Mertel Gravel, 189.38; Midwest Mailing and Shipping, 1,396.08; Motorola, 112.87; Dollar General, 43.00; NCPERS, 64.00; Nextel Communications, 110.98; North American Salt, 2,140.88; Novak Veterinary Clinic, 108.30; Orkin Pest Control, 108.70; Oscar’s 816.70; Quentech, 16.25; O’Herron, 294.71; Revere Electric, 4,735.83; Selma Rosenberg, 45.73; SEICO, 242.00; Scott Shaver, 22.65; Smith’s Sales & Service, 50.00; Staples, 67.24; Sunrise Supply, 421.83; Post Office, 769.79; USA Bluebook, 1.095.84; Vidacare, 113.86; Viking Chemical, 1,201.50; ZB Supply, 119.19. TOTAL:  $118,877.99 AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Mr. McFarland, a representative from Secure Recycling, talked to the council about a possible partnership with Horizon House to handle the city’s e-waste recycling needs.  McFarland said his company does as much as they can on the local and statewide level, thereby providing an economic benefit to the communities they serve.

Commissioner Porter reiterated his previous comments that there was “nothing in the law that forces a community to offer (e-waste) recycling,” but that he thought it was something the city needed to do, noting that items were already showing up in ditches and dumpsters.  Porter said he hoped to establish something, possibly a quarterly event.  He again noted that a person would be needed to accept, document and palletized the materials.   

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept Ordinance No. 793-020612 which amends tax abatement of 2008 electrical bond.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept Ordinance No. 794-020612 which revises the temporary fee schedule for electrical services.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept Ordinance No. 795-020612 which establishes regulations for utility service reconnects.  Before the vote, Commissioner Rivara said that the ordinance addresses a potential safety issue and was “good business.” AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve a tag day request from Oglesby Boys Baseball (Saturday, April 28, 8 a.m. to noon).  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve a tag day request from Illinois Valley Building & Construction Trades (Saturday, June 16, 8 a.m. to noon).  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve a tag day request from Peru Lions Club (Saturday, October 13, 8 a.m. to noon).  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve a tag day request from Oglesby Ambulance Service (Saturday, November 24, 8 a.m. to noon).  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept the resignation of George Cullinan from the Ambulance Board.  Rivara asked that a letter be sent thanking Cullinan for his service.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Mayor Finley then opened the floor for public comments:

·        Oglesby resident Sarah Cudlip said she “didn’t see anything wrong” with alcohol delivery to hotels or homes in reference to a discussion at the January 30, 2012, working meeting.  Mayor Finley told her that there was not an ordinance at this time that prohibits delivery of alcohol and that delivery was limited to those who sell package liquor (not bars).

·        Eddie Sadnick asked about electric department employee Mike Wrobleski’s personal use of the city’s backhoe “on city time.”  Commissioner Dom Rivara corrected Sadnick, saying that Wrobleski was not on paid city time and that he had given permission to Wrobleski to use the equipment with the understanding that Wrobleski would pay for the fuel.  “I stand by my decision,” Rivara said, noting that it was not unusual for employees to use their employer’s equipment and citing Buzzi as an example.  “There’s a difference between Buzzi and the city,” said Sarah Cudlip.

·        Sadnick then questioned the hiring of Danny Kasperski in the street department, claiming that the position wasn’t posted and there were no other applicants interviewed.  Sadnick said he found the hiring process “very upsetting.”  Sadnick was told to take his concerns to Commissioner Yborra, who oversees the street department.  Yborra was not at the meeting.

Commissioners’/Mayor’s reports:

·        Rivara said the city’s electric bill for the month was more than $11,000.00.  “Our cost to purchase electricity goes up,” he said, “even though the city’s rates are among the lowest.”

·        Porter said that the fire department had received a $500 donation from Technisand through a program in which employees are awarded for their community service work.  The employee wished to remain anonymous.

Porter also announced that two officers (Doug Knoblauch and Brett Valle) have been trained in the proper installation of child safety seats.  Residents who want help installing their seat properly or wish to have their installation checked should call the police department and make an appointment.

At this point, Rivara asked if the Ambulance Service could provide a report on how they are structured since “the city subsidizes (it) to a tune of $165,000 a year.”  Porter asked for clarification on what Rivara would like to see in the report.  Rivara said he was concerned about an employee who works “240-260” hours per pay period.  Porter said that “that’s the hours she (Director Cathie Edens) puts in to run that service.”  Porter said he felt that “people think she’s doing it for her own benefit,” but said that because she was covering hours that would be covered by someone, there was “no extra cost to the city.” When asked about making the position a salaried one, Porter responded “I think you will see it,” but with the rest of the city workers having taken a voluntary pay freeze, it would be “hard to negotiate a salary,” at this time.

Mayor Finley then announced:

·        Alexis Mitchell, leasing representative from Stough Group Senior Housing, will be at City Hall on Monday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. to answer questions about the application process.

·        A representative from the township office will be at City Hall On Thursdays, Feb. 16 and 23, from 9 a.m. to noon to help seniors with the homestead exemption forms.

·        Dueling Pianos, a fund-raising event for the Summer Fun Fest, will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Oglesby Elks.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:48 p.m.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

February 6, 2011 Minutes

March 1, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes