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April 2, 2012 Minutes

April 17, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 2, 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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from March 19, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the bills to be paid as presented:  ASK Enterprises, $798.70; AEA, $1,000; Altec Industries, $2,075.32; Ameren IP, $378.91; Apple Press, $194.00; Brownstown Electric, 125.40; Call One, $1,428.15; City of Oglesby (utilities), $8,538.40; Becky Clinard, $300.00;  Coe Equipment, $1,650.85; Comcast, $48.85; Communications Direct, $2,028.02; Connecting Point, $1,134.65; Dornik Auto Body, $4,127.66; Katherine Elvin, $290.37; Envision, $376.00; Feece Oil, $1,850.84; Flags USA, $508.70; Fleet Services, $4,687.99; Halm’s Auto Parts, $1,067.84; HD Supply, $1,431.31; Il Dept. of Central Management, $576.75; Il Valley Business Equipment, $408.33; IVCH, $54.00; Itron, $785.60; JP Cooke, $161.23; John’s Sales & Service, %5,158.02; JP Chevrolet, $99.95; Robert Kuhar, $59.88; LaSalle Office Supply, $41.79; Jean Martin, $290.37; McClure Engineering, $7,648.50; Menards, $96.21; Motorola, $112.87; Quad City Electric, $93.00; Eric Reishus, $290.37; Margaret Reishus, $145.19; Marlin Reishus, $145.19; Paul Reishus, $290.37; Revere Electric, $4,054.06 Riders Choice, $2,301.48; RSC $39.25; Springfield Electric, $420.21; Standard Equipment, $275.06; State of Illinois, $500.00; USA Bluebook, $337.70; Vermeer Sales, $784.09; Sean Walsh, $174.32. TOTAL:  $59,405.99 AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept Ordinance No. 797-040212, which addresses the definition of “weeds” and prohibits weeds within the city’s corporate limits.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to name Doug Karmarsic to the Fire and Police Commission.  Karmarsic will replace Cam Valle, who tendered his resignation at the March 19, 2012, council meeting. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to table an agreement with iFiber pending revisions and clarifications needed per Attorney Andreoni.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to allow Bonnie Claudnic and Karen Fouth to hold a tag day in May to benefit the Susan G. Komen Walk for Breast Cancer.   AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. NAY:  YBORRA. MOTION CARRIED.  Commissioner Yborra explained that he felt the Susan G. Komen walk was “a great cause,” but felt that he needed to keep his word that he would not support more than 10 tag days a year.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve Bob Fischer’s request for a $500 donation to the “Cruisin’ for a Cause,” car show, which will be held August 14th. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to seek bids for three street projects. Yborra explained that this is a continuation of the storm sewer separation project.  The Engineer’s estimate is $518,473.00 and will be paid for out of the bond funds. The projects include Woodland Avenue from Florence to Walnut Streets; First Street from School Street to Woodland Avenue; Glen Avenue from Walnut to First Streets. The bids will be opened Monday, April 16, at 10 a.m. at City Hall.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED

Mayor Finley then opened the floor for public comments:

            Resident Drew Merriman again questioned the council about enforcement of the ordinances addressing burning and offered to drive Commissioner Porter and Chief Jim Knoblauch around town pointing out offenders. He also questioned the cost of the ambulance service and asked why the city hadn’t considered contracting for services like LaSalle had done.  Commissioner Porter declined to comment.

            Resident Tom Milby asked about the status of the Melody Jessen property and asked if the city could approach “the new owners and talk to them about maintaining it.”  Attorney Andreoni said he believed that the persons who had purchased the taxes had decided not to purchase the property.

 Commissioner/Mayor Reports:

            Yborra – Said that Fischer Excavating would be back in town finishing the work that began this fall on the storm sewer separation project.  Yborra said he expected that the firm had another two months of work left.  Yborra also thanked the “electric department and  other departments for their work on the new water line.  He said that First, Watson and Maple Streets would be addressed as soon as the asphalt plant opened.  He also mentioned that he hoped the new water line feeding First Street would be completed by the end of the week.  Yborra also answered a question from the audience, noting that new regulations require some separation from sewer and water lines and that was why some property owners now have the buffalo box on the other side of the sidewalk.

Porter – Thanked Mr. Pillion and Oglesby School for allowing the Police Department to host their annual “Movie Night.”

            Rivara – Asked Attorney Andreoni about property west of town that Rivara would like to see annexed into Oglesby.  Andreoni said he was in the process of contacting the property owners.

Finley – Thanked the businesses who responded to the call for donations to support the Summer Fun Fest fireworks display.  Finley noted that the fireworks would return to Summer Fun Fest Sunday evening at no cost to taxpayers.

            MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA TO adjourn at 7:18 p.m.  AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Working Meeting Set

April 17, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

The Oglesby City Council will hold a working meeting on Thursday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.  The agenda includes an update from each commissioner on their respective departments.

March 19, 2012 Minutes

April 13, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Uncategorized

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 19, 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:  COMMISSIONER YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from March 5, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve the bills to be paid as presented:  ASK Enterprises, $723.00; Affordable Waste, $19,569.00; AFLAC, 35.90; Air One Equipment, 159.00; Airgas North Central, 2.00; Brad Anderson, 125.00; Apple Press, 58.00; Arthur J. Gallagher, 595.00; AT&T, 25.69; Baldin’s Garage, 649.76; Bob’s Business, 24.91; Brownstown Electric, 58.02; Comcast, 178.84; Debo, 36.96; Dever & Sons, 519.46; DISH Network, 65.18; Dixon Ottawa, 171.40; Eagle Engraving, 124.05; Cathie Edens, 14.96; Efficient Billing Systems, 541.71; Emergency Medical Products, 133.75; Envision, 376.00; Fastenal, 35.98; Halm’s Auto Parts, 14.99; Shawn Harlow, 237.49; Hygienic Institute, 355.58; HyVee, 116.92; Il Dept. of Central Management, 576.75; IMEA. 181,575.30; Illini State Bank VISA, 779.06; IV Cellular, 643.30; Jack’s Gas, 55.50; Kittilson’s, 190.00; Knoblauch Advertising, 799.00; LaSalle Office Supply, 72.40; Maze Lumber, 46.25; Menard, 3.99; Motorola, 112.87; News Tribune, 441.04; Oglesby Grade School, 1,914.51; Oscar’s Automotive, 585.77; PDC Laboratories, 200.00; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni & Brolley, 1,656.00; Ben Sargent, 125.00; SEICO, Inc., 422.00; Somonauk Water, 66.50; State of Illinois Treasurer, 100.00; Robert Stone, 150.00; Stryker Sales Corp., 204.06; Sunrise Supply, 100.19; Universal Inc., 347.16; USA Bluebook, 316.52; Venturelli’s 408.50; Vermeer Sales 65.70; Jessica Vice, 74.60; Jim Vohs, 90.00; Richard Watts, 65.00; WLPO, 300.00; Jerry Ziadat, 86.62 TOTAL:  $217,516.14 AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to enter into an agreement with ATR for electronic waste recycling.  The collections will be held at no cost to the city, Commissioner Porter explained.  The first collection is set for Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LeHigh Park. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 796-031912, which establishes rates of pay for ambulance personnel involved in patient transfers.  AYES:  PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY.  NAYS:  DANEKAS. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept the low bidder John Pohar & Sons, $105,999, for Phase II of McPhedran Park which includes the walking path, parking lot and playground area.  This portion of the cost is grant eligible. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept the bids for the playground equipment from GameTime for $57,544.69.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file a proposed weed ordinance.  Attorney Andreoni said he felt the fine needed to be increased to at least cover the city’s expense to prosecute offenders.  He also said the change was needed to lessen the city’s responsibility to define “weed.”  The new ordinance addresses the height of the grass/weeds and makes it easy for an “officer with a yardstick to take a picture” to prove it.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place the monthly Fuel Tax Allotment of $7,814.44 on file. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place the monthly Sales Tax Allotment of $22,729.18 on file. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept with regret the resignation of Cam Valle from the Oglesby Police and Fire Commission.  Valle’s letter of resignation said he would continue until a replacement could be found. AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to go into Executive Session to review executive session minutes.  (7:14 p.m.) AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to reconvene the regular session of the Oglesby City Council.  (7:30 p.m.) AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to release executive session minutes from Feb. 26, 2011, May 2, 2011, May 16, 2011 and Oct. 17, 2011.  AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Mayor Finley then opened the floor for public comments:

            Resident and part-time ambulance employee Rich Vicchi asked Commissioner Danekas what his thinking was behind his “no” vote for the ambulance transfer pay.  Danekas responded that he had asked for documentation three weeks ago and hadn’t received the information he needed to make a decision.

            Resident Tony Dennett asked the parks department to consider turning on the water to the fountain near the police station.

            Resident and part-time firefighter Todd Misener questioned Commissioner Danekas further about his “no” vote, asking who he had requested the information from.  Danekas replied that he had asked both Ambulance Director Cathie Edens and Ambulance Board president Rich Vollmer and had not received the information from either.   Misener also asked if the city council “planned on having a quorum at other city meeting?” Mayor Finley replied that the individual commissioners had the right to attend other public meetings to gather information and that Misener was welcome to attend the meetings as well.

Misener then quizzed Commissioner Dominic Rivara on his comments last meeting about the expected rising cost of electricity from IMEA in the next year.   Rivara reiterated that he has been told that increasing demand for power and a decreasing capacity to generate power (due to EPA regulations that are forcing the closure of some of the older fossil plants) could mean increases as much as 10 percent over the next year. 

Commissioner/Mayor Reports:

            Rivara – Said that they have located the source for the flickering lights south and west of town, they just now need to identify the exact cause.  Announced that the city will start metering Comcast power usage. In the past, Comcast was charged a flat fee.  That fee is believed to be well below the actual cost.  Said he met with State Rep. Frank Mautino to discuss grants that might be available for lighting areas along Richard Moyle Highway.  Announced that the city had received word from the IMEA that they would be making a change to the way they compute the Power Cost Adjustment.  They will be reducing the PCA by a tenth of a cent each month for 10 months and increasing the base cost of electric by the same amount.  While the city’s final bill will remain the same, it will necessitate a change in how the PCA charged city customers is computed each month.  A new ordinance will be necessary.  Requested a working meeting to look at ways to cut costs, noting that the general fund is $3.5 million in debt.

Porter – Announced that the third annual movie night sponsored by the Police Dept. will be Friday, March 23, at Lincoln School.  The event includes entertainment by The Little People, food and drink, and the showing of CARS II.  The event is free to children who attend Oglesby Schools.

            Finley – Asked for a moment of silence for former city employee Dave Knoblauch, who died unexpectedly earlier this month.  Dave had worked as a part time meter reader for a number of years.  Thanked Washington School, the American Legion and Marine Corps. League for their help with the Shades of Blue concert.  Announced that Summer Fun Fest planning is well underway and told the council that fundraising for the Sunday night fireworks was nearing goal, with just a little more than $1,000 needed.  Fund-raising for the 2013 Summer Fun Fest will kick off on New Year’s Eve with another appearance by the Dueling Pianos, Finley said.  He thanked the electric department for its prompt response to an electrical outage a week ago and also thanked Bob Ghighi of the Parks Department for heading up the effort to combine departmental purchases of like goods to save costs.

            Rivara then reminded residents — in Commissioner Yborra’s absence — of the electronic waste recycling event, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LeHigh Park; hydrant flushing on April 19 from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.; chipping on Monday, May 5 with items to be placed on the berms by 6 a.m. and appliance pickup on May 14th, items should be on the berm by 6 a.m.

MOTION MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA TO adjourn at 7:44 p.m.  AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

 

Agenda for April 16, 2012

April 13, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 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, April 2, 2012

5.      Approval of Bills to be paid

6.      iFiber Agreement

7.      Place bids for storm sewer separation project on file

8.      Annexation request by Dave Ernat

9.      Building Inspector’s 1st Quarter 2012 report

10.  Jack Mills farm land lease agreement

11.  Design Review Board recommendation re: Don Biagini/storage building

12.  Design Review Board recommendation re: Mike Biagini/storage building

13.  Public Comments or Questions

14.  Commissioners’ Reports

15.  Mayor’s Report

16.  Adjournment

 

Posted this 13th day of April, 2012

 

Becky Clinard, City Clerk

City of Oglesby