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August 6, 2012 Meeting Minutes

August 31, 2012 by bclinard  
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A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012, AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

 

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY JAMES ANDREONI, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK TERRY KAMNIKAR.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from July 16, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the public hearing meeting minutes from July 23, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the special meeting minutes from July 23, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the working meeting minutes from July 23, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. 

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the bills to be paid as submitted:  A & B Welding $90.00; ASK Enterprises $481.00; Ace Tire $175.99; AEA, Inc $23,100.00; AFLAC $35.90; Airgas North Central $40.43; Ameren IP $1,837.05; Bobbi Bourell $185.43; Brownstone Electric Supply $117.50; Call One $1,681.10; Carus Corporation $821.70; City of Oglesby $385,601.82 (transfer funds to Mallick Bond Fund, postage, utility bills and pay down line of credit); Comcast Cable $436.65; Comm. Revolving Fund $1,153.50; Communications Direct $360.00; Cosgrove Distributors $446.42; Cruz Concrete $70,439.55; Cyclops Welding $678.00; D & M Road Race Scoring $56.00; Dever & Sons Trucking $506.17;Dixon Ottawa Comm $95.20; Doheny’s Water Warehouse $1,075.00; Dresbach Distribution $391.38; Cathie Edens $66.82; Efficient Billing Systems $775.16; Electronic Supply $318.51; Emergency Medical Products $781.14; Envision Healthcare $272.00; Fastenal Company $263.89; First Impression $684.75; Fleet Services $3,787.83; Christopher Funfsinn $166.53; Marlene Garibay $26.36; Gensini Excavating $85,943.65 Robert Ghighi $33.02; Grosenbach’s Repair $441.38; Nathan Grote $240.41; Halm’s Auto Parts $115.82; Betty Hancock $47.30; HD Supply Utilities $65.00; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms $355.00; Hy-Vee $550.46; IVAC $30.00; IL Rural Water $92.00; IL Valley Business Equipment $701.33; IVCH $62.25; IVCC $41,748.23; IL Valley Fence & Pool $10.00; IL Valley Cellular $643.30; IL Valley Excavating $300.00; IMUA $64.00; J.W. Ossola Company $2,516.25; Joan’s Trophy & Plaque $44.96; John Deere Financial $33.16; John Pohar & Sons $200.00; John’s Service & Sales $95.00; Sudhakar Kalanidhi $88.92; King Tire $667.00; Robert Kuhar $134.87; LaSalle Office Supply $206.21; LaSalle Peru High School $94,636.57; Mautino Distribution $174.00; McClure Engineering $493.70; Menards $1,240.84; Mertel Gravel $664.75; Tara Jo Morgan $180.23; Dollar General Stores $53.03; NCPERS Group Life $64.00; Nextel Communications $111.60; North American Salt $2,077.79; North Central Illinois $1,105.08; ODB Company $455.83; Oglesby Grade School $155,275.12; Oglesby Police Pension $76,272.44Orkin Pest Control $258.46; Overhead Door $211.00; Pavers & More $7,700.00; PDC Laboratories $5,411.32; Quill Corporation $1,731.64; R & R Landscaping $325.00; Rental Pros $85.00; Revere Electric $597.58; Safecare Div. Magic Media $300.04; Sisler’s Dairy Products $494.50; Somonauk Water $104.50; Spring Valley Ford $2,443.49; St. Margaret’s Health $2.50; Sunrise Supply $108.28; Sam Tillman $108.28; United States Postal $736.08; United States Postal Service $190.00; Universal Asphalt & Excavating $5,105.00; USA Bluebook $93.95; Viking Chemical $1,300.89; Connor Williams $222.76; Zoll Medical Corporation $110.95  Total $992,744.20.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve Ordinance No. 807-080612, an ordinance of the City of Oglesby, LaSalle County, Illinois, ascertaining the prevailing wages for the laborers, workmen, and mechanics employed on public works of said city.  AYES:   PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  NAYES:  DANEKAS.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to table Ordinance No. 808-080612, an ordinance authorizing an opportunity to settle pursuant to the provisions of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 574.  City Attorney James Andreoni asked that this ordinance be tabled until he hears from the State’s Attorney’s office.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file Ordinance No. 809-080612, an ordinance amending chapter 5.08, Alcoholic Liquors, of title 5, business licenses and regulations, of the Oglesby City Code.  Mayor Finley noted that under the current ordinance, if the city should have an interested business locate to Oglesby and the business wanted to sell or distribute alcohol, the city would not have enough liquor licenses available.  AYES:  DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  NAYES:  PORTER.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

 At this time Mayor Finley addressed the audience on the proposed Ambulance Service Wage and Salary Ordinance and the changes that were made from the working meeting held on July 23, 2012 regarding this matter.  The following are the proposed changes:

·        Ambulance Director will receive an annual wage of $46,000 plus full benefit package.  The Director shall work a minimum of 40 hours per week.

·        Part-time employees will work no more than 995 hours per calendar year.  By working more than 1,000 hours per calendar year the city is obligated to pay into IMRF. The city has paid into IMRF for part-time ambulance employees for the last 4 years.   The Mayor stated that a few part-time ambulance employees had asked if they could work over the 1,000 hour cap yet waive their IMRF benefits.  After speaking with an IMRF representative, working over the 1,000 hour cap and waiving IMRF benefits would not be permitted.

·        Minimum state standards for paramedic level are one (1) EMT B and one (1) Paramedic which will be staffed 24/7.

·        The EMT callout rates have increased.  After speaking with several area ambulance services, the Mayor stated that our EMTs are some of the highest paid in the area.  He also stated that the city has “good people working and the quality care is the best and that’s why we should pay them the little bit better wage.” 

 

At this time the Mayor stated that he received a letter dated July 31, 2012 from the Oglesby Ambulance Board.  The Mayor then read the following letter:

 

Attention Mayor Finley and Commissioners:

After further investigation on issues concerning the Ambulance we the Oglesby Ambulance Board would like to make a statement.

The Board believes the Oglesby City Council is making the necessary changes to the Oglesby Ambulance ordinance in the best interest of the City.  We understand the decision is not easy one but understand it is necessary.

 

Respectively submitted by the Oglesby Ambulance Board,

 

Rich Vollmer

Bonnie Knoblauch

Wanda Lent

Mark Duttlinger

 

Mayor Finley asked to take a vote to place the ordinance on file or hear any comments regarding this matter.

 

Commissioner Porter had the following comments: 

·        Commissioner Porter questioned when the Ambulance board met to come to their decision.  Mayor Finley stated he didn’t know when the Ambulance Board met, but that he had met individually with the 4 out of 5 board members within the last 2 weeks.  Commissioner Porter stated that if any Ambulance Board members had changed their minds from the previous Ambulance Board meeting, then another Ambulance Board meeting should have taken place where the members would have made a decision as a group, not individually.  Under the Open Meetings Act, the Mayor stated that is permissible to meet one on one with board members.  Commissioner Porter strongly objected to how the board came to a decision without meeting properly as a group.

·        Commissioner Porter read from a prepared statement.  At this time he repeated several topics that were noted in the working meeting on July 23, 2012 with a few additions.

o   Since his election in 2007, Commissioner Porter has been able to make “substantial cuts” to the Police Department budget without reducing the quality service that is provided to the City of Oglesby.  After revealing several cuts that have been made, Commissioner Porter does not believe that any of his departments warrant any more cutbacks at this time.

o   When it was brought to Commissioner Porter’s attention that there were some part-time ambulance employees that were working over the 1,000 hour cap he contacted Commissioner Danekas.  At that time Commissioner Danekas told Commissioner Porter as long as he kept the part-time eligible IMRF employees at 10 or less “we would be ok”.  Commissioner Porter stated that this is the parameters he has followed.

o   Commissioner Porter stated that the Clerk’s Office has overpaid the Oglesby Ambulance IMRF for the last 4 years.  He stated that IMRF benefits were given to ambulance employees that had not earned those benefits.  Commissioner Porter was told that $33,000 was paid for ambulance IMRF benefits in 2011.  He also was told that Cathie Eden’s volunteer from at home hours were included for IMRF benefits and shouldn’t have been.  With the inaccurate information that Commissioner Porter had been provided, he stated that he was unable to support this proposed ordinance.

·        At this time Commissioner Porter stated why he opposed this ordinance:

o   With the corrections that have been made regarding IMRF contributions, 5-6 part-time ambulance employees would qualify for IMRF benefits, Commissioner Porter stated he is unwilling to cut these employee’s hours to save IMRF money.

o    He stated that the driver’s position is needed.  Commissioner Porter explained that the absence of the driver’s position would create a safety issue.  Retaining the scheduled driver would ensure that 2 EMTS would be with the patient instead of dividing the duty of driver to one of the needed EMTS.

o   The proposed annual salary of $46,000 is “completely out of line” compared with other city superintendent’s wages.

o   Commissioner Porter questioned why the council had to confirm his choice for director.  He stated that no other department appoints a superintendent or supervisor by council vote. 

o   The level of care will “suffer greatly” by limiting the number of employee’s hours and the other numerous changes that are being suggested in this proposed ordinance.

·        In closing, Commissioner Porter stated that the council has found ways to fund  $6,500,000 infrastructure improvements over the last 5 years, $30,000 for land purchased for a proposed city park, thousands of dollars donated for Summer Fun Fest and yet some council members do not want to fund the ambulance service which provides vital emergency service to this community. 

Commissioner Porter asked to break from tradition so people could comment on this subject before a vote was taken.

 

At this time comments were exchanged between Mayor Finley and Commissioner Porter regarding ambulance board meetings, number of hours worked by Ambulance Director, IMRF eligible members, transfers, part-time employees hours worked and Summer Fun Fest funds. 

 

Commissioner Danekas remarked that economics change over time.  He stated that the proposed ordinance will not effect how the ambulance department services the community.  The Ambulance department will still be staffed 24/7.

 

 At this time Commissioner Porter asked Cathie Edens to speak. Edens reported that the ambulance personnel fill in the shifts that they are available to work.  Any shifts that aren’t covered are picked up by her.  Mayor Finley and Cathie Edens exchanged comments on how other surrounding communities make their ambulance department’s work, the importance of a driver position, and the availability of responders. 

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file an ordinance pertaining to the wage and salary schedule for the Oglesby Ambulance Department.  AYES:  DANEKAS, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY.  NAYES:  PORTER, YBORRA.  MOTION  CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS that an ordinance pertaining to notifying adjacent property owners when a neighbor requests a variance be referred to the Zoning Board of Appeals for further review.  City Attorney James Andreoni stated that at this time the city requires that a requested variance be published in the local newspaper.  This proposed ordinance would bring fairness to adjacent property owners of neighbor requesting variance.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to grant permission to  LaSalle-Peru High School band members to go door-to-door for their annual candy sale on September 6, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINELY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to grant permission to Operation Claus motorcycle parade to pass through the City of Oglesby on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at approximately 2:20 p.m.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments:

 

  • The following audience members spoke regarding the proposed ordinance:

Sarah Cudlip, Ron Popurella, Kelly Shan, Cathie Edens, Richard Vicich, Drew Merriman, Kathy Knoblauch, Pauline Suarez, Greg Stein, Julie Corcoran, Illysa Sargeant, Ben Sargeant, Holly Tregoning, Tim Ploch, Bob Etzenbach, Steve Maltas, Dave Kruswicki and Brad Anderson.

  • Mrs. Rose Buckley addressed a weed issue in her neighborhood and also commended the police department’s fine performance.

 

Commissioners/Mayor Report:

            Commissioner Danekas stated that with better scheduling abilities the IMRF issue should not be a problem in the future.   Danekas would like to sit in with other ambulance departments to see how they schedule their ambulance personnel.  Danekas stated that the council needs to address the amount of hours scheduled for the Ambulance Director.

 

            Commissioner Rivara stated that the city cannot afford to continue with the amount of hours worked by the ambulance director and IMRF benefits for part-time employees, changes are needed. 

 

            Commissioner Yborra said that the storm sewer separation project has been completed for the portion that the city funded.  He apologized to the residents on Florence, Watson and First streets for the weeds on the berm.  Reseeding will occur in those areas in late September or early October.

 

            Mayor Finley stated that the Summer Fun Fest showed a $3,700 profit.  He announced that the playground equipment has been delivered and will be installed at McPhedran Park in the following weeks. 

 

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to adjourn at 8:50 p.m.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

 

 

____________________________

Terry Kamnikar, Asst Clerk

 

Agenda for Sept. 4, 2012

August 31, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS
CITY COUNCIL MEETING

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 @ 7 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 August 20, 2012

5.      Approval of Invoices submitted for payment

6.      Ordinance No. 808-, Ordinance Authorizing an Opportunity to Settle Pursuant to the Provisions of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 574.

7.      Proposed wage and salary ordinance for the Oglesby Ambulance Service

8.      Proposed ordinance providing for the impoundment and towing of vehicles used in the commission of certain offenses with the city of Oglesby.

9.      Request from Holy Family School to close roads, and provide traffic control and first-aid for race on October 6, 2012.

10.  Request from LP High School Foundation to hold a tag day on April 13, 2013.

11.  Request from Illinois Valley Community College to hold a tag day on Sept. 15, 2012.

12.  Public Comment

13.  Commissioners’ Reports

14.  Mayor’s Report

15.  Adjournment

 

Posted this 31st day of August, 2012

 

Becky Clinard, City Clerk

City of Oglesby

 

July 23, 2012 Minutes

August 17, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

 A PUBLIC MEETING WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012, AT CITY HALL TO ALLOW THE PUBLIC TO COMMENT ON ORDINANCE NO. 806-072312, FY 2012-13 APPROPRIATIONS.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:45 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

Attorney James Andreoni explained to the audience that the Appropriations ordinance needed to be approved and filed with the county by July 31st.  He also noted that the ordinance has been on file at city hall for about two weeks.

Mayor Finley opened the floor for public comments.  Only one resident, Tod Misener, had questions for the council.  Misener asked what effect the appropriations would have on borrowing and how much over (expenses vs. revenue) the 2011-12 and 2012-13 appropriations showed.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn the public hearing at 5:50 p.m. AYES:  PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY MOTION CARRIED.

 

_____________________________
Becky Clinard, City Clerk

 

 

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012, AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 6 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve Ordinance No. 806-072312, Appropriations for FY 2012-13.

There were no public comments.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn the meeting at 6:05 p.m. AYES:  PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

_____________________________
Becky Clinard, City Clerk

 

A WORKING MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012, AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 6:15 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

Mayor Finley addressed the audience, noting that six months ago the commissioners had been asked to “cut back” in their respective departments.  Finley outlined several areas in which departments had cutback:

o   The Parks Department decreased its overtime by 166 hours this year compared to the same period last year.

o   The street and parks departments have done jobs that would have been hired out in the past.  He estimated that work by the park and street department employees at McPhedren Park alone has saved the city more than $6,000.

o   The street department pulled its request for a new truck

o   Staffing at the swimming pool has been revised, with some employees asked to do more than in the past.

At that time, concerns about the ambulance director’s hours were raised.  Finley said that since nothing had been done, he had drafted an ordinance addressing the concerns.

The ordinance, Finley explained, makes the director’s position a salaried position.  The director would be paid $45,000 a year, beginning January 1, 2013.  He estimated the total wage and benefit package for the position would be $64,600.  The ordinance also creates the position of an assistant director.  The assistant director would work between 1,000 and 1,400 hours a year, which would make that person eligible for IMRF.  Finley said that he thought that person should be a paramedic, but that the ambulance director would be responsible for choosing the assistant director.  In addition, the ordinance addresses wages for the other employees and sets a limit on the number of hours part-time employees can work a year to 975.  Finley said that he also sought to simplify the wage schedule for ambulance employees, by eliminating the “four or five pay levels” for each type of employee.  Finley said the annual hours limit was necessary to eliminate payments to IMRF on behalf of part-time employees.  He noted that the city paid $33,091.62 in IMRF benefits in fiscal year 2011-12 on behalf of the ambulance service.  Of that amount, he said approximately $4,000 of that is paid on behalf of the director for hours above and beyond the 80 hours per pay period.

Finley said that he believed the ambulance service could continue to provide the same service to the community and still cut costs under this new wage ordinance.  He suggested that staff scheduling follow the state’s minimum requirement of 1 paramedic and 1 EMT B on staff 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Commissioner Tom Porter, who oversees the ambulance department in his role of Commissioner of Health & Safety, then spoke.  Porter took issue with the proposed ordinance, saying that although he supported making all department head positions salaried positions, “I don’t believe this is the time to do it.”

Porter said he also does not believe that the proposed assistant director position should be part-time.  You can’t “give a part-time assistant management responsibilities,” he said.  As far as cutbacks in his departments, Porter said he “felt like I made cutbacks when I got elected.”  Porter said he eliminated positions and equipment purchases where he could.  “There is very, very little room for more cutbacks,” he said.

 “The ambulance service couldn’t survive” operating under the proposed restrictions, he warned. The ordinance “ties our hands, offers no flexibility.”  Porter credited Ambulance Director Cathie Edens and the ambulance staff for “bringing it up to a level of efficiency and professionalism.”  He said that he was not aware of any time in the last five years when the service failed to meet the call, including at least one occasion when 3 ambulances were dispatched on separate calls simultaneously. Porter mentioned the increasing number of ambulance transfers, saying that he would “hate to see anything that would damage,” the service’s ability to answer those calls.  He said he believed that “transfers would be off the table,” with the proposed restrictions on employee hours.  “You can’t staff (the ambulance) as easy as you think you can,” he told the other commissioners.

Porter also noted that the employees of the ambulance service “are the only employees that actively fund raise in an effort to improve the service and buy equipment.”  And that they “should be supported fully.”  As far as eliminating the driver position, Porter said he felt that there needed to be a driver.  “I don’t agree with the state’s minimum requirements,” he said.  “Find me a service that doesn’t use a driver,” he said.

Porter repeatedly praised the ambulance service and its staff, saying he was very pleased with the operation and the director’s work. 

Commissioner Danekas then expressed his concerns, saying that “the big reason why we had to write an ordinance” is the excessive hours.  Danekas said that Edens performance as a paramedic or the ambulance service’s performance overall was not the issue.  “We hired her to supervise,” he said.  Danekas pointed to the last pay period, noting that Cathie Edens had worked 202.5 hours in a two-week period.  “Why can’t we hire anyone in that department?” he asked.  Danekas pushed for hiring more employees to fill the hours, thus limiting the number of hours that Edens works and cutting the city’s costs. (Edens’ pay is subject to IMRF).

Porter acknowledged that he’s “never been completely comfortable” with the hours Cathie Edens puts in,” but that he “agreed to it to keep costs down. All emergency services work long hours,” he said. “It is not uncommon in the industry.”  Porter said it wasn’t unusual for an employee to work 24 hours at another ambulance service and then come to Oglesby and work an 8-hour shift.
 
Finley noted that the difference was that that employee was working for two departments, not one, like Edens.  Finley said that when he was on the ambulance board, Edens asked to fill in when an employee went on vacation and he believes that is when the number of hours Edens works began escalating.  He read off a list of total hours each year, noting the increase from year to year: 2007, 2,743.75 hours; 2008, 3972.5 hours; 2009, 4.451.5 hours; and 2010, 4,955 hours.

Porter said that at the time Edens lost her job in Peru, he made the decision that it was best to have her working additional hours in Oglesby versus for another department.  “She is 100 percent dedicated” to the service, he said.

Porter then again questioned why the ordinance was being considered now.  “The ambulance board has done a very good job overseeing the ambulance,” he said.  Finley countered that the ambulance board was supposed to address the issue months ago.  Porter disagreed, saying that he had not agreed to do anything at this time.  Finley produced an email from Porter that said the ambulance board would discuss it at “its next meeting.”  Porter contended that he has stated several times in executive session that he is not in favor of doing something until all of the department supervisor positions are discussed.

Wanda Lent, a member of the ambulance board, later questioned Finley, saying that “the ambulance board wasn’t aware,” that they were supposed to be addressing the issue.

Commissioner Rivara asked Edens what the ambulance staff did during those shifts when the ambulance is not responding to a call.  Edens said they have chores, including inventory and cleaning the ambulances.  He also asked about the number of calls a month (average of 40 per month) and how the service is staffed.  Edens said that an EMT-B and a paramedic are on duty 24/7, a driver is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. each day and from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. a driver is on call at volunteer pay ($2.19).

After each of the commissioners was allowed to speak, the Mayor opened the floor to the audience.  Cathie Edens, the ambulance director, was the first to speak.  Edens read from a prepared statement which she distributed to the council members. (A summary follows, the complete statement will be placed on file at City Hall.)

1.       The director’s pay offered, $45,000/year starting January 1, 2012, is actually $198.00 a year less than the salary Edens would have received beginning May 1, 2013.  Edens does not believe she will be able to fill the schedule with the 975 hours/year restriction imposed in the new ordinance.  She must schedule around everyone’s fulltime jobs and other commitments and only works those hours when no one else is available.

2.      The ambulance budget did not include the proposed increases in wages which will result from the new ordinance.  (The new ordinance would go into effect January 1, vs. May 1 2013.) She also opposes a single pay rate for each position, noting that some EMT Bs will receive a $2/hour raise and make the same as someone who has worked for the city for 25 years.  She also noted that home call out pay is a one-time pay, not an hourly wage.

3.      An assistant director is not needed.

4.      Limiting employees to 975 hours a year (18 hours a week) will undermine the service’s ability to respond to multiple calls.  The ambulance brought in $38,828.51 more dollars last fiscal year than projected.  Use this money to pay for IMRF.  The ambulance is willing to work hard to increase transfers to increase revenues, but with this ordinance it will be impossible to staff transfers.

5.      Minimum state staffing standards require 2 employees, one of which must be a paramedic.  This essentially does away with drivers, but then why are driver wages covered in the proposed ordinance?  Is the ambulance department being singled out?

6.      Edens said that she felt that the community needed to know her concerns about this proposed ordinance and that she felt the service’s ability to serve the citizens of Oglesby as well as they have in the past was in jeopardy.

Edens said that the ambulance employees never “wanted or asked for” IMRF benefits and would be willing to do without IMRF, but that many of them needed the hours to make a living.  Attorney Andreoni explained that the city had no choice other than to pay anyone who worked over 1000 hours IMRF. 

“When you take away the eight employees that get IMRF,” said Edens, “you take away the most valuable” employees.  “I’m scared,” she said.  Porter said that the $20,000 — $30,000 savings from doing away with IMRF for part-time employees is “such a small amount of money” to disrupt a service that is working well for the community.  Finley, noting the need to reduce costs, said that he found it hard to lay-off full-time employees when part-time employees were getting IMRF benefits.

Kevin Ewbank, a longtime member of the ambulance service, then spoke.  Ewbank has been a licensed EMT for 25 years.  On the topic of eliminating drivers, he noted that the driver position was a way to bring possible EMTs into the service slowly.  He also said that without full-time positions, Oglesby gets people with full-time jobs elsewhere, limiting the number of hours they are available.  That poses scheduling problems for Edens. 

Both Finley and Danekas responded that the department needed to actively recruit and hire new employees to fill in those times that are now being picked up by Edens and to pick up any uncovered hours that might result from the 975-hour limit.

Ilyssa Sargent said that she did not believe “people would be willing to come to Oglesby for a few extra hours.”  She and others expressed concerns that calls would go unanswered, putting Oglesby residents at risk.

 “How do you know? We’ve never tried it.” said Finley repeatedly.

Cheryl Popurella, a member of the Oglesby Ambulance Service for 25 years and one of the employees who receives IMRF, said she needs her hours.  “There has to be a different way (to cut costs), rather than cutting people’s throats,” she said.

Brad Anderson, an employee with both the ambulance and police departments, questioned why the swimming pool could have 5 or 6 people working at one time, when an ambulance could only have two.  The Mayor responded that the pool is staffed only during its hours of operation, when people are at the pool and the lifeguards are needed.  The ambulance may go a shift or even a day without being called out.

After a lengthy discussion, the Mayor asked the Ambulance Board to go over the proposed ordinance and bring back their recommendations.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER TO ADJOURN AT 8:32 P.M.  AYES; PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Agenda for August 20, 2012

August 17, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS
CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012 @ 7 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.      Approval of Regular meeting minutes from August 6, 2012

4.      Approval of Invoices submitted for payment

5.      Ordinance No. 808-, Ordinance Authorizing an Opportunity to Settle Pursuant to the Provisions of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 574.

6.      Letter from the Oglesby Ambulance Board

7.      Wage and Salary ordinance for the Oglesby Ambulance Service

8.      Request from the Knights of Columbus to hold their annual Tootsie Roll Drive

9.      Public Comment

10.  Commissioners’ Reports

11.  Mayor’s Report

12.  Adjournment

 

Posted this 17th day of August, 2012

 

Becky Clinard, City Clerk

City of Oglesby

 

Meeting Minutes from July 2, 2012

August 2, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

 A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012,  AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER DANEKAS

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from June 18, 2012.  AYES:  PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the bills to be paid as submitted: 3-D Sound Co., $450.00; 3-Day Weekend, $650.00; A&B Welding, $150.00; ASK Enterprises, $2,639.40; AEA, Inc., $16,900.00; Altec Industries, $3,715.07; Ameren, $3,684.80; Apple Press, $456.00; Blue Moon Swamp, $1,250.00; Call One, $1,540.84; Cargil Corp., $13,001.61; Centerline, Inc., $1,500.00; Chamlin & Associates, $470.00; City of Oglesby (utilities and cash start-up for SFF), $24,142.00; Comcast, $56.95; Communications Direct, $19.00; Connecting Point, $174.00; Cosgrove Distributors, $2,243.24; Cruz Concrete, $40,540.23; D & M Road Race, $200.00; Daley’s Super Service, $684.55; Dever & Sons, $523.19; D’vine Floral & Gifts, $145.00; Don Lewis Sound, $1,800.00; Pat Doyle, $3,600.00; Dresbach Distributing, $174.75; Cathie Edens, $12.15; Emergency Medical Products, $1,409.81; Emling Canvas Products, $1,800.00; Fastenal, $190.35; Father Gary Blake, $100.00; Feece Oil Co., $487.76; Fischer Excavating, $194,071.06; Fleet Services, $5,076.97; Gensini Excavating, $115,434.98; GL Sheri, $4,036.00; Global Emergency Products, $2,847.11; Holloway’s Portables, $1,660.00; Hoover Mfg., $207.00; Hy-Vee, $401.28; IL Dept. of Central Management, $576.75; IL Public Risk Fund, $16,709.00; IL Rural Water, $442.44; IL Valley Business Equipment, $380.33; IVCH, $86.06; Itron, Inc., 785.60; K9 Frisbee Crew, $1,400; LaSalle County EDC, $660.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $124.77; Legacy Girls, $625.00; Lance Lipinsky, $2,200.00; Maze Lumber, $20.57; McClure Engineering, $1,887.03; Menards, $316.45; Mertel Gravel, $714.44; Motorola, $112.87; Jonathan Ohse, $550.00; Overhead Door, $138.00; Ken Quick, $200.00; Rathe & Woodward, $31,165.69; Tom Reitz, $2,500.00; Repsel Marketing, $750.00; Tyson Rogers, $214.72; Smith Sales & Service, $233.00; Starved Rock Runners, $225.00; William Stranhanoski, $775.00; Terando Bros., $238.24; Tonica Nurseries, $150.00; USPS, $1,175.48; Univar, $225.03; University of Illinois –GAR, $725.00; Utility Equipment Co., $44.08; Water Products Company, $2,546.91; Witmer Public Safety, $37.98; WTH Technology, $1,750.00; Lenny Zielinski, $800.00.  TOTAL:  $519,932.54  AYES:  PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept Ordinance No. 805-070212, which amends Chapter 9.6 of the city code to allow for state-sanctioned video gaming within the municipal limits of Oglesby. AYES:  PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to table discussion on the 2012-2013 Appropriations.  Attorney Jim Andreoni explained that he had spoken with Commissioner Danekas late Friday and that a special meeting would be necessary in order to place the appropriations on file and then pass the ordinance before the July 31st deadline.  There was discussion about when the meeting would be held, with a possible date of Monday, July 23, the likely date. Andreoni explained the process, noting that the meeting notice must be published in the newspaper and a hearing held before the ordinance can be accepted.  AYES:  PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then read letters of resignation from Manny Valerin (police commission) and Chippy Kasap (zoning board of appeals).  A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept with regret the resignation of Manny Valerin from the police commission.  AYES:  PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept with regret the resignation of Chippy Kasap from the zoning board of appeals.  AYES:  PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to appoint T.J. Templeton to the police commission with a term expiring April 30, 2013.  AYES:  PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to appoint Andy Senica to the E911 Board as a public member.  AYES:  PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to appoint Jim Ebner and Mike Kutz to the zoning board of appeals with terms expiring April 30, 2014 and April 30, 2016 respectively.  AYES:  PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY MOTION CARRIED.

 

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments:

            Resident Drew Merriman noted that the city had just completed a “very nice, successful celebration,” but expressed his concern after looking over the list of bills to be paid that the city didn’t “let it get out of hand.”  Mayor Finley, noting that the festival had just ended the day before, said that the financial report would be forthcoming and reminded Merriman that the city had received a $30,000 donation for Summer Fun Fest.

Merriman also complained that during the Downtown Car Show he observed a mini bike riding on the sidewalk and a scooter ‘toolin’ around’ during the fireworks show.  Merriman has voiced concerns about the use of scooters on city streets many times before and says that the city refuses to address the situation.

            Terri Martyn asked the council what could be done about a neighbor who feeds feral cats, resulting in a growing cat population in her neighborhood and the resulting stench from cat feces and urine.  The resident noted that the city’s animal control officer has been able to trap some of the cats, but it is a ongoing problem because the neighbor continues to feed the cats.  Attorney Jim Andreoni explained that there were no ordinances that prohibit persons from feeding animals.   Commissioner Porter said that he was also not aware of any municipality that controls it; but knows of many that struggle with the problem.  Commissioner Yborra also pointed out that Oglesby is one of a few communities that has an animal control officer, but that there was little the city could do beyond that.

Commissioner/Mayor Reports:

            Rivara said he is reviewing the electric service ordinances and will be revising some in the near future.  He said the rate study “was coming along, but not quite as quickly as he had hoped.”  He also said he expected to have an agreement with Comcast ready for the next meeting.

Yborra thanked those involved with Summer Fun Fest.

Porter announced that Fire Chief Ron Popurella had issued a burn ban in effect until further notice because of the extremely dry conditions.

Mayor Finley thanked those residents who ‘came down and supported’ Summer Fun Fest, especially those businesses that donated for the fireworks.  Finley called the festival “a great family event.”  Finley thanked the committee members and their families, but noted that the need for more committee members was necessary for the festival to continue.  Finley also said that next year’s event would be June 27 – June 30th.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA SECONDED BY PORTER to adjorn at 7:23 p.m. AYES:  PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

___________________________________   
Becky Clinard, City Clerk

August 6, 2012 Agenda

August 2, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

 

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS
CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012 @ 7 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.      Approval of Regular meeting minutes from July 16, 2012

4.      Approval of Public Hearing Minutes from July 23, 2012

5.      Approval of Special Meeting Minutes from July 23, 2012

6.      Approval of Working Meeting Minutes from July 23. 2012

7.      Approval of Invoices submitted for payment

8.      Ordinance No. 807-080612, Prevailing Wage Rate

9.      Ordinance No. 808-080612, Ordinance Authorizing an Opportunity to Settle Pursuant to the Provisions of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 574.

10.  Ordinance No. 809-080612, revises the number of liquor licenses available

11.  Wage and Salary ordinance for the Oglesby Ambulance Service

12.  Ordinance revising the zoning ordinance to require notification of neighboring property owners

13.  Request by LaSalle Peru High School Band to go door-to-door for their annual candy sale

14.  Request by Operation Claus for their annual toy drive

15.  Public Comment

16.  Commissioners’ Reports

17.  Mayor’s Report

·        2012 Summer Fun Fest Financial Report

18.  Adjournment

 

Posted this 3rd day of August, 2012

 

Terry Kamnikar,  Asst. City Clerk

City of Oglesby