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Agenda for Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, meeting

November 30, 2012 by bclinard  
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CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 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 Minutes from November 5, 2012, meeting.
5. Approval of bills to be paid
6. Public Comment on Agenda Items (only)
7. Ordinance No. 817-120312, Establishes limits on transfers from Electric Fund
8. Place on file the tax levy for 2013
9. Acceptance of Letter of Engagement with Evans, Froelich, Beth & Chumley (bond counsel)
10. Acceptance of Letter of Engagement with Ice Miller (disclosure counsel)
11. Place on file the Risk Disclosures pursuant to MSRB Rule G-17
12. Place on file a draft of the bond ordinance
13. Public Comment (any topic)
14. Commissioners’ Reports
15. Mayor’s Report
16. Adjournment

Posted this 30th day of November, 2012

Becky Clinard, City Clerk
City of Oglesby

Minutes from November 5, 2012, meeting

November 30, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 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, CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the meeting minutes from October 15, 2012. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the invoices to be paid as submitted: ASK Enterprises, $6,506.80; Advantage Logistics, $172,265.33; AEA, Inc., $4,500.00; AFLAC, $35.90; Ameren IP, $1,539.81; Apple Press, $347.00; Bio-Tron, Inc., $139.00; Brownlee Data Systems, $500.00; Brownstown Electric, $1,247.00; Call One, $1,517.68; City of Oglesby, $63.44; David Claudnic, $66.42; Comcast, $103.90; Daley’s Super Service, $46.95; Melanie Davis, $194.13; Dever & Sons, $524.02; Jill Dober, $222.31; Dresbach Distributing, $105.85; Efficient Billing Systems, $767.81; Emergency Building Products, $505.51; Fastenal Co., $55.32; Feece Oil, $3,646.16; Fleet Services, $4,760.79; Grainco, $288.12; Grosenbach’s, $574.45; Kristin Grubich, $75.00; Halm’s, $260.74; HD supply, $477.48; Holloway’s Portables, $90.00; HyVee, $301.10; IL Dept. Central Management, 576.75; IL Fire and Police Commissioners, $1,356.00; IL Municipal League, $1,730.00; Il Valley Business Equipment, $338.33; Illini State Bank, $100.39; Illinois Prosecutor Services, $50.00; Il Valley Cellular, $648.60; John Pohar & Sons, $87,924.95; JP Chevrolet, $182.94; Knoblauch Advertising, $642.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $524.85; Len Trovero Construction, $29,200.00; Leone Grain and Supply, $160.00; Martin Equipment, $37.76; Mautino Distributing, $18.00; Menards, $691.78; Tod Misener, $42.48; Municipal Code, $500.00; NCPERS, $64.00; North American Salt, $2,151.11; Noto and Associates, $16,500.00; Oglesby Municipal Band, $3,885.00; Orkin Pest Control, $117.04; Patten Industries, $21.26; Personnel Concepts, $160.75; Tom Porter, $534.26; Thomas Putnam, $108.20; Quad City Electric, $1,033.55; Revere Electric, $4,857.93; Dominic Rivara, $143.42; Patricia Rodriguez, $241.04; Screenvision Direct, $368.00; Sirchie Finger Print Labs, $84.75; Spring Valley Ford, $394.50; St. Margaret’s Health, $127.50; Standard Equipment, $5,500.81; Staples Credit Plan, $449.71; Robert Stone, $1,300.00; Sunrise Supply, $70.39; Luella Tripeke, $1,3750.00; United Postal Service, $708.08; USA Bluebook, $247.12; Viking Chemical Co., $1,697.70; Witmer Public Safety, $50.39; ZB Supply, $65.28; Zoll Medical, $115.90. TOTAL: $369,111.73 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Verbal Blakely, of BHMG, the engineering firm who conducted the most recent electrical rate study for the city, then gave a short presentation on the survey’s findings and the proposed rate increase. Blakely reiterated past comments concerning the need for the rate increase and the reasons for the increase. Blakely then answered questions from the audience and council members. Attorney Jim Andreoni explained that because of minor changes in the ordinance and because a part time office worker was unable to produce a copy of the ordinance when asked by a citizen, the ordinance would be held over an additional two weeks.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file an agreement with iFiber. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments:
Resident Todd Misener thanked the Mayor for amending the agenda to include public comments before the council considers agenda items.
Ben Sargent and Brad Anderson asked why the city’s Code Red system was not used recently when the city’s west end experienced a major water main break, pointing to other commnities’ use of the system for similar situations. Commissioner Porter addressed the issue, noting that in hindsight, he and Commissioner Yborra agreed that it would have been “a good spot to utilize Code Red.” Porter said the council would be discussing the possibility of all departments sharing the cost of Code Red and thus making it available for water main breaks, outages, etc. at a working meeting.

Commissioners’/Mayor Reports
Yborra – Announced that next week would be the last week of leaf vacuuming. Thanked Commissioner Porter, the Street Department and Mike Naas for their work on the water main break.
Finley – Announced a working meeting for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Reported that the Halloween Parade attracted more than 230 children and their parents.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTERB to adjourn at 7:39 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

____________________________
Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Minutes from October 15, 2012, meeting

November 16, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 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, CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the meeting minutes from October 1, 2012. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the working meeting minutes from October 1, 2012. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the invoices to be paid as submitted: ASK Enterprises, $4,492.54; AEA Inc., $11,000.00; Affordable Waste, $19,944.00; AFLAC, $35.90; Ameren IP, $1,039.98; American Hospitals Publishing, $932.90; American Red Cross, $200.00; AT&T, $25.69; Baldin’s Garage, $386.59; BHMG Engineers, $12,880.00; BSN Sports, $121.65; Chamlin & Associates, $2,512.00; Dee Dee Clarner, $170.93; Comcast, $178.84; Daley’s Super Service, $47.38; Diane DeJong, $300.00; Double M Trucking, $436.88; Dresbach Distributing, $108.85; Cathie Edens, $739.79; Emergency Medical Products, $294.25; Leeann Entwistle, $463.72; Envision Healthcare, $256.00; Fletcher-Reinhardt, $590.00; Grosenbach’s, $580.36; Halm’s Auto Parts, $175.65; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms, $210.00; IMEA, $222,025.71; Illini State Bank, $4,284.07; Il Association of Sheriffs, $75.00; IV Cellular, $653.60; IV Food & Deli, $115.19; Jacob & Klein, $14,517.75; John Pohar & Sons, $2,441.00; John’s Sales and Service, $186.23; Robert Kuhar, $117.25; LaSalle Office Supply, $311.46; Lawn & Garden Center, $79.75; Martin Equipment, $3.74; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Maze Lumber, $586.58; McClure Engineering, $13,760.80; Menards, $102.68; Mertel Gravel, $1,869.94; Christine Mertes, $245.14; Dollar General, $20.45; NCPERS, $64.00; NewsTribune, $234.41; Nextel Communications, $111.82; Novak Veterinary, $186.00; ODB Company, $99.77; Orkin Pest Control, $98.59; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $2,630.00; Quentech, $48.75; Somonauk Water, $66.50; Staples, $144.74; Stevens Auto Center, $236.00; Universal Inc., $2,088.63; USA Bluebook, $1,773.21; Western Aggregate, $145.00; Witmer Public Safety Group, $285.84; WLPO, $588.00; TOTAL: $328,333.20 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to table the FY2012 audit. Auditor Pat Noto was not present. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept Ordinance No. 813-101512, an intergovernmental agreement with the State of Illinois for the Local Debt Recovery Program. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept Ordinance No. 814-101512, a pole agreement with Comcast. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place Ordinance No. 815, Electrical Rate Increase, with revisions, on file. Commissioner Rivara explained that the increase was necessary not only to be able to prepare for growth and emergencies, but to be able to continue shoring up the general fund. He noted that without the increase, the department’s reserves would be depleted in two years. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments:
Resident Todd Misener noted his concern that the increase (to $ .1077/kwh) would amount more than a 30 percent increase over the rate (.0828) residents were charged in April of 2012. Misener asked why the council couldn’t spread the increase out over a length of time, to lessen the impact on Oglesby residents. Commissioner Yborra pointed out that the current increase was only 16 percent more than what residents were paying now.
Resident Drew Merriman said that he felt the increase was “not making it attractive to move to Oglesby.” Merriman pointed to the number of homes for sale in Oglesby, saying he couldn’t remember a time when so many homes were on the market. Commissioner Danekas said he didn’t feel that “the city has caused that. The state has made itself very business-unfriendly, thus creating a lack of jobs.” Resident Sarah Cudlip also noted that one reason there may be a large number of homes on the market was because “people can’t get loans.”

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to reopen discussion on the FY2012 Audit after Pat Noto arrived. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Noto noted that the audit format was identical to the format used the last three or four years. Noto said the audit trail was “good,” and that revenue exceeded expenses. He noted the city saw significant infrastructure improvements in FY2012 including work on the storm sewer separation project and McPhedran Park. “Every year is challenging,” he said.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept the FY2012 audit. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioners’/Mayor Reports
Commissioner Rivara announced a planned electric outage for homes south of Deerfield Estates on Friday (Oct. 19th) so that crews can reroute a power line. He also noted that his department would be trimming trees in the area near the water treatment plane to make way for new service. He also commented on the rate increase saying “Nobody likes to raise rates. I’m going to work hard to find ways to save money.”

Yborra – Announced that leaf vacuuming started today. He also pointed out that even with the increase, Oglesby’s electric rates would continue to be less than more than half of the other electrical providers in the state.

Porter – Said that the emergency services open house was very successful and thanked the community for their continued support. He noted that the electronic recycling event gathered more than 22,500 pounds and that he expected the city to host additional collections in the future.

Finley – Thanked Wally and Toni Marquardt for their work as the organizers of the weekly farmers market. The Marquardts have been involved with the market since its inception. He also thanked the local businesses who supported and participated in the Harvest Fest activities. He noted that The Frame Shop had moved further east on Walnut St. The Mayor reminded residents that the Halloween Parade was Saturday, Oct. 27, and that trick-or-treat was 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween.

MOTION MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn at 7:27 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

____________________________
Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Agenda for November 19 2012

November 16, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 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 Minutes from November 5, 2012, meeting.
5. Approval of bills to be paid
6. Public Comment on Agenda Items (only)
7. Ordinance No. 818-111912, Electrical Rate Increase
8. Ordinance No. 816-111912, iFiber Service Agreement
9. Mallick Substation Electric Bonds, Bernardi Securities
10. Tax Levy
11. Proposed Ordinance No. 817, Establishes limits on transfers from Electric Fund
12. Place Motor Fuel Tax Allotment ($ 7,682.69) on file
13. Place State Sales Tax Allotment ($34,238.43) on file
14. Request from Kevin Marzetta to hold annual car show Sunday, June 30, and to close Walnut Street from Dale Avenue to Spring St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
15. Public Comment (any topic)
16. Commissioners’ Reports
17. Mayor’s Report
18. Adjournment

Posted this 16th day of November, 2012

Becky Clinard, City Clerk
City of Oglesby

Nov. 14, 2012 Working Meeting

November 13, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS
CITY COUNCIL WORKING MEETING
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012 @ 5:30 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. John Vezzetti, Mallick Substation Electric Bond
4. Jack Kusek of McClure Engineering, impact fees for storm water drainage
5. Tax Levy
6. Proposed ordinance to establish limits on transfers from Electric Fund
7. Code Red usage
8. Park Rental Fees
9. Stough Group TIF Agreement
10. Citywide Purchasing Policy
11. Public Comment
12. Commissioners’ Reports
13. Mayor’s Report
14. Adjournment

Posted this 9th day of November, 2012

Becky Clinard, City Clerk
City of Oglesby

Working Meeting set for Wednesday, Nov. 14

November 9, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012 @ 5:30 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. John Vezzetti, Mallick Substation Electric Bond
4. Jack Kusek of McClure Engineering, impact fees for storm water drainage
5. Tax Levy
6. Proposed ordinance to establish limits on transfers from Electric Fund
7. Code Red usage
8. Park Rental Fees
9. Stough Group TIF Agreement
10. Public Comment
11. Commissioners’ Reports
12. Mayor’s Report
13. Adjournment

Posted this 9th day of November, 2012

Becky Clinard, City Clerk
City of Oglesby

Agenda for November 5, 2012

November 2, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 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 working meeting minutes from October 15, 2012
5. Approval of invoices submitted for payment
6. Public Comments on Agenda Items only
7. Presentation by Verbal Blakely, BHMG Engineers, on Electric Rate Increase
8. Place on file Ordinance No. 816, iFiber Service Agreement
9. Public Comment
10. Commissioners’ Reports
11. Mayor’s Report
12. Adjournment

Posted this 2th day of November, 2012

Becky Clinard, City Clerk
City of Oglesby

October 1, 2012, Meeting Minutes

November 2, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A WORKING MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:30 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

Verbal Blakely of BHMG, the consultant who conducted the electric rate study, spoke about her findings.

The key points she brought out:
1. The Rate of Return on operating expenses should be in the 12 percent to 15 percent range. Based on the most recent year, Oglesby’s is 3 percent.
2. Oglesby’s reserves total about $200,000. Municipal utilities should, ideally, have reserves equal to ½ to 1 year of revenue ($3.4 million). Oglesby Electric would be unable to address expansion, aging facilities or an emergency such as a tornado or ice storm damage in its current financial state.
3. There is a disparity between customer classes. Residential, Large Power and Buzzi provide the least amount of margin (less than 2% each), leaving commercial customers shouldering much of the burden. Rates need to reflect a similar rate of return across the different customer classes so that the city isn’t as affected as greatly during down-turns in the economy. An example of this is the closing of the Buzzi plant. For years, Buzzi subsidized residential electric rates, allowing Oglesby residents and other large power users the benefit of artificially low rates.
4. Oglesby has the 9th lowest electric rate in the state. Oglesby’s rates need to be competitive, but “you also have to be able to pay your bills.”
5. Other city departments and services have relied on the electric department’s reserves for years. The city generally transfers $150,000 from the electric fund to the general fund and the electric department “pays” for $140,000 worth of expenses that aren’t expenses related to the department. With reserves of about $200,000 and projected income (based on today’s rates), the electric department will have drained its reserves and be operating in the red in just two years.
6. Oglesby’s electric department’s non-electric purchase expenses are less than 20 percent of the department’s total expenditures. Blakely praised the “very frugal” department, noting that she didn’t see an easy way to lower expenses. Layoffs are not an option, as a 4-man crew is necessary to be able to do many of the maintenance and construction projects.
7. Blakely praised the previous councils who enacted the Power Cost Adjustment, noting that without it, the city would have been in much worse shape sooner. “It’s the only reason you are where you’re at now,” (rather than sooner) she said.
8. Blakely suggest raising rates 15 percent, or approximately 1.5 cents per kwh. Even with this increase and modest capital projects, it would still take 10 to 15 years for the city to get reserves in the $1 million mark.
9. She suggested addressing the PCA, to reflect annual increases in the cost of operations as well as recouping power losses and any transfers to the general fund.

Blakely was instructed to work with Attorney Andreoni on an ordinance that would increase the electrical rates and power cost adjustment.

____________________________
Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the bills to be paid as submitted: AEA, $2,350.00; Ameren IP, $27.51; APCO International, $25.00; Apple Press, $322.40; Bio-Torn, Inc., $422.50; Brownstown Electric, $786.33; Call One, $552.64; City Of Oglesby, $8,377.66; Comcast, $48.95; Creative Apparel, $1,760.24; $Cruz concrete, $15,676.67; Dever & Sons, $520.50; Rose Durbin. $65.32; Cathie Edens, $181.24; Emergency Medical Products, $222.44; Fastenal, $122.61; Fleet Services, $5,068.95; Gensini Excavating, $10,598.87; Timothy Gibbard, $148.53; Victor Gonzalez, $10.00; Grainco FS, $400.00; Grosenbach’s, $605.71; William Hankins, $99.67; George Hickey, $5.25; Holloway’s Portables, $150.00; HyVee, $10.53; Il Dept. of Central Management, $576.75; Illinois Valley Business Equipment, $338.33; Illinois Food and Deli, $21.15; ITron, Inc., $785.62; Jack’s Gas and Service, $66.00; Braden Kennedy, $200.54; Kiesler’s Police Supply, $707.00; Doug Knoblauch, $ 20.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $28.99; Leone Grain & Supply, $160.03; James Mandujano, $10.00; Mautini Distributing, $66.00; Menards, $154.15; Mertel Gravel, $894.13; Tracy Montoya, $250.00; Motorola, $225.74; NewsTribune, $60.00; North American Salt co., $2,136.62; Patten Industries, $58.16; PDC Laboratories, $240.00; Ragan Communications, $2,835.00; Revere Electric, $52.45; Riverstone, $82.20; SBK, Inc., $29,045.87; Screenvision Direct, $368.00; Smith Ecological, $964.55;Smith’s Sales, $204.00; Somonauk Water, $85.50; USPS, $689.85; Universal, $917.68; Utility Equipment, $393.34; Viking Chemical, $1,679.00; Water Products Co., $1.122.67; Western Aggregates, $267.69; TOTAL: 94,367.44 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to accept the recommendation of the Oglesby Zoning Board of Appeals and deny the request from Joseph and Carmen Heinz to rezone property at 623 N. Columbia from residential to business. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file an intergovernmental agreement with the State of Illinois for the Local Debt Recovery Program. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place on file a pole agreement with Comcast. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve a request by Oglesby Schools to close a portion of Bennett Avenue on Oct. 31, 2012, for the annual Halloween parade. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve a request by the American Legion Auxiliary No. 237 to sell poppies at the intersection of Walnut Street and Columbia Avenue on Saturday, May 25, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments:
• Resident Greg Stein expressed concern about the precarious condition of the overhang on a building at 240 E. Walnut Street. Stein said that he didn’t believe the overhang would survie the first snowfall. He also said he had sent the owner a letter advising him of the situation. Mayor Finley said that the building inspector had filed a report. Commissioner Porter also noted that when a window was broken on the property a couple of years ago, it was repaired the same day.
• Resident Drew Merriman asked if the city would be furnishing a detailed report on “what’s been spent” on the new park. He also voiced his opinion that anyone serving on a board should not do business with the city.
• Resident Vern Seimers expressed his opinion that more residents should have attended the earlier working meeting on the electric rate study to “see why they’re getting nailed.”

Commissioners’/Mayor Reports
Commissioner Danekas praised the work on McPhedran Park.

Commissioner Rivara said now that the agreement with Comcast had been done, he would be moving onto AT&T. He also mentioned that his department is working on supplying power to the new Water Treatment facility and he expects the cost to be approximately $50,000.

Commissioner Porter announced that the Ambulance and Firefighter Associations would be hosting an open house on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. He said Vial of Life kits and child safety seat checks would be available.

Mayor Finley announced that the Zonta Club would be hanging purple ribbons in the city to raise awareness of Domestic Violence. The Park Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.

MOTION MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to adjourn at 7:15 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

____________________________
Becky Clinard, City Clerk