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Public Hearing & Regular Meeting Agenda, Feb. 3, 2014

January 31, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY of OGLESBY, ILLINOIS
PUBLIC HEARING

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014 @ 6:45 P.M.

TO BE CONDUCTED AT: THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

110 E WALNUT STREET, OGLESBY, ILLINOIS 61348

  1. Opening of meeting

  2. Public Comment on Vallero Annexation

  3. Adjournment

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014 @ 7 P.M.

  1. Opening of Meeting

  2. Roll Call

  3. Pledge of Allegiance

  4. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes from January 20, 2014

  5. Approval of Bills to be Paid

  6. Public Comment on Agenda Items

  7. Annexation of Vallero property

  8. Accept the Intergovernmental Agreement with IMIC (insurance cooperative)

  9. Place on File bids to replace the electric service line to the waste water treatment plant and upgrade electric lines across I-39 east to first intersection on Walnut St.

  10. Ordinance No. 854-020314, corrects previous ordinance abating taxes for the 2013 General Obligation Refunding Bonds.

  11. Ordinance No. 855-0203141, establishes inspection rules prior to the reconnection of utility services.

  12. Public Comment on Any Item

  13. Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports

  14. Adjournment

Posted this 31st day of January, 2014

Becky Clinard, City Clerk

City of Oglesby

Mr. Salsa’s: Salsa at Center Stage

January 29, 2014 by City Clerk  
Filed under From the Mayor's Desk, Uncategorized

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Mr. Salsa’s has been a fixture of Oglesby’s downtown for nearly 15 years and features many salsa-laden dishes alongside other traditional mexican fare.

To Magdaleno Hermosillo, it’s all about the salsa.

Whether it’s salsa roja “mole” on enchiladas or salsa fresca with chips, the salsa takes center stage.

And so, after working all his life in mexican restaurants and deciding to open and name his own, Hermosillo gave salsa the attention it deserves.

Mr. Salsa’s, as Hermosillo called it, has been a fixture of Oglesby’s downtown for nearly 15 years and features many salsa-laden dishes alongside other traditional mexican fare. (For those less inclined to the tastes of our neighbors to the south, Mr. Salsa’s also offers a handful of tradition American offerings.)

Hermosillo says his style of cooking is somewhat unique for the area, as it is largely influenced by recipes he learned in California, where he started his career. Two of the locals’ favorites are fajitas and carne asada a la tampiquena, a dish particularly known for its quality cut of meat, a skirt steak.

“People come for that one,” Hermosillo says, noting other restaurants replace the outside skirt with a cheaper cut. “I can’t switch the meat; people will notice right away. They want the same meat, the same quality.”

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Mr. Salsa’s has been serving up quality dishes since 1999. Its cozy interior hosts a full bar along with a separate regular dining room. Another large seating area is available for large parties or planned events up to 60 people.

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Meals are available for dine-in or carry-out. Weekly specials include $1.25 dine-in tacos on Tuesday, fried chicken on Wednesday, $3 margaritas on Thursday and a 10 ounce cod dinner with potato and salad for $10.95 on Fridays.

Delaney’s: Family Atmosphere

January 29, 2014 by City Clerk  
Filed under From the Mayor's Desk, Uncategorized

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The atmosphere at Delaney’s gives a nod to the past in more ways than one. Oldies singers croon from the speakers. A long counter with swivel stools welcomes tired folks for a coffee or a beer. Friendly waitresses tend to tables with fast service. And most of all, customers enjoy hearty, flavorful food.

Delaney’s Family Restaurant has been open since 1992.

But it began in the mind of a small boy well before that.

“I always had the ambition of having my own business, even as a youngster,” Tim Delaney, who owns the restaurant with his wife and operates it alongside his younger brother Marc, explains.

“When I was only 6- and 7-years-old, my grandmother worked as a waitress at a tavern in Dalzell. My grandfather would take me there.”

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Tim Delaney (left) owns Delaney's Family Restaurant with his wife and operates it with his younger brother, Marc (right). Tim says he's wanted to own a restaurant since he was just a young boy.

It was in that old tavern that Tim decided he wanted to have his own restaurant someday.

“It was just a fun atmosphere,” Tim says. “And that’s what I first began to enjoy about it, the atmosphere. People came in and were having fun and there was a lot of excitement.

“I knew I wanted to have a restaurant.

“And all that came to be.”

What came to be was a cool, quick place for summer state park goers to refuel after a long day of hiking.

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A cozy, warm place for winter travelers fresh off the interstate.

And a meeting place for local friends and family year round.

In short, Tim’s emphasis on atmosphere continues.

“I think it says it all in the name–we’re a family restaurant,” he says. “This is kid-friendly, casual dining.”

“I’ve always viewed it as entertaining people. When you go out to eat, it’s a form of entertainment. This is a place for people to come in, relax, unwind and forget about their day. We want to make them feel comfortable.”

The atmosphere at Delaney’s gives a nod to the past in more ways than one.

Oldies singers croon from the speakers. A long counter with swivel stools welcomes tired folks for a coffee or a beer. Friendly waitresses tend to tables with fast service.

And most of all, customers enjoy hearty, flavorful food.

Delaney’s boasts the area’s only buffet. It steams with hot food seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Special summer nights bring a seafood buffet, complete with crab legs. Be sure to save room for homemade pies and other desserts!

Delaney’s boasts the area’s only buffet. It steams with hot food seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Special summer nights bring a seafood buffet, complete with crab legs. Be sure to save room for homemade pies and other desserts!

Delaney’s boasts the area’s only buffet. It steams with hot food seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Special summer nights bring a seafood buffet, complete with crab legs. Be sure to save room for homemade pies and other desserts!

On weekends and holidays, a breakfast buffet is stocked with all the basic breakfast fixins–eggs, bacon, sausage, cinnamon French toast, hash brown, sausage gravy and biscuits, fresh fruits, bakery items, you name it!–as well as made-to-order pancakes and fruit-filled waffles topped with real whipped cream.

The large menu offers breakfast all day and a wide selection of other delicious dishes, from roast beef and burgers to shrimp platters and spinach salads. Among its most popular dishes is Delaney’s fried chicken–made from an old recipe from the tavern at which Tim’s grandmother worked, where it all began.

In fact, in many ways, Delaney’s is a mosaic of Tim’s past.

“Everything that I’ve done in my life is probably incorporated somehow into the restaurant.”

(Photos by James Krancic, Vermillion River Photography.)

Sam’s Pizza: Pies with Personality

January 29, 2014 by City Clerk  
Filed under From the Mayor's Desk, Uncategorized

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Sam's Pizza owner Sam Leone has been tossing pies for years and has won the heart of many an Oglesby resident--through his pizza and his personality.

Sam Leone’s personality and prices can give the first-timer quite a start.

“When we first moved here five years ago, I called to order a pizza,” Mary Tillman shared. “He said come in 20 minutes and bring $17,000. I told my husband, ‘I think we’re buying a pizza place.’ “

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He’s a bit quirky, you see.

“Sam’s Pizza! What’d ya want?!” he’ll holler though his thick accent and into his old handset, taking your order. He never writes anything down, quotes you prices in the thousands and always has something clever to say when you walk though his door.

On busy nights, you might as well forget calling. All the locals know a busy signal means ol’ Sammy has put the handset of its cradle and you’ve got to do your ordering face-to-face.

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On busy nights, you might as well forget calling. All the locals know a busy signal means ol’ Sammy has put the handset of its cradle and you’ve got to do your ordering face-to-face.

His pizza joint isn’t much to look at–just a little building in the middle of a big slab of parking lot, looking a bit lonely on Columbia Ave. Inside, you’ll find a handful of tables, faded wallpaper, a listing of prices and toppings on an old-fashioned sign… and Sam.

Clad in the same uniform he’s been wearing for decades–white t-shirt on his chest, white apron around his waist, small gold chain around his neck and flour-topped shoes on his feet–Sam is beloved by local folks. Many a Oglesby resident will tell you tales of sitting on Sam’s counter or peeking around it as a youngster, watching Sam toss dough circles and accepting bits of mozzarella cheese from his mother, who worked alongside him for years.

In fact, it seems memories of Sam’s Pizza are much like the pizzas themselves–good and warm, ready for the sharing.

Kathy Casstevens says she fondly remembers the buzz of the lights in Sam’s pizza parlor and the taste of hot pizza late on a summer night.

What junior high basketball player, cheerleader and fan hasn’t packed into the tables, enjoying a post-game dinner?

“He has fed four generations of my family,” Nick Ebner said.

“My husband and I went to Sam’s on our first date!” writes Sally Sobin. “We have been married for 25 years.”

“When I was a kid, I don’t know what made me happier, that we were getting pizza for dinner or my grandma holding out the phone so I could hear Sam yell, ‘Sams a peets!’ into the phone before she ordered,” says Amy Raygoza.

If he doesn’t win you with his antics, Sam will undoubtedly win you with his pies. Hand tossed and made fresh, loaded with toppings and remarkably affordable, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better pizza in the area.

Sam’s Pizza is open Tuesday through Sunday evenings and is just a couple turns away from Oglesby hotels, on Columbia Avenue.

(Photos courtesy of James Krancic, Vermillion River Photography.)

Agenda for January 27, 2014, Working Meeting

January 24, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

CITY COUNCIL WORKING MEETING

MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 @ 5 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. Public Comment on Agenda Items

  4. Public Comment on Any Item

  5. Executive Session to discuss:

    1. the appointment, employment, compensation, performance, or dismissal of specific employees”

    2. “collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees” and

    3. “The purchase or lease of real property, including the purpose of discussing whether a particular parcel should be acquired.”

  6. Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports

  7. Adjournment

Posted this 24th day of January, 2014

Becky Clinard, City Clerk

City of Oglesby

Minutes from the December 16, 2013, meeting

January 17, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from December 2, 2013, with one correction: the motion to place Ordinance No. 847-121613, was made by Danekas and seconded by Rivara. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the invoices submitted for payment: City of Oglesby, $250.00; Call One, $1,553.87; Beth Chambers, $80.00; Comcast, $119.85; Merte Gravel, $479.13; Stuart Tree Service, $2,385.00; United Rentals, $145.00; Mike Wrobleski, $42.50; ASK Enterprises, $2,421.50; AEA, Inc., $11,345.05; Affordable Waste, $18,999.50; AFLAC., $117.67; Ameren IP, $2,620.86; Arrow Sales, $78.00; Best Western, $204.57; Civic Systems, $413.41; Comcast, $88.84; Comm. Revolving Fund, $287.02; Connecting Point, $796.25; Cruz Concrete, $382.00; DJ Sickley, $136,640.82; Daley’s. $254.43; Gary Davis, $83.43; Delaney & Delaney, $634.35; Dever & Sons, $529.43; Double M Trucking, $90.00; DResbach Distributing, $183.70; Envision Healthcare, $240.00; Fastenal Co., $4.40; Flags USA, $203.00; Fleet Services, $4,222.74; Flink Snowplows, $143.98; Grainco, $66.96; Grosenbach’s, $440.47; Halm’s, $207.87; Heartland Bank, $602,312.50; Hygienic Institute, $355.58; IL Association of Chiefs, $145.00; Il Dept. of Public Health, $200.00; IL Municipal Electric Agency, $212,844.32; Il Public Risk Fund, $5,670.00; IL Valley Business Equipment, $70.00; IVCH, $14.10; IL Valley Fence and Pool, $9,200.00; Illini State Bank, $183.26; IL Valley Cellular, $569.76; IL Valley Excavating, $660.00; Jack’s Gas and Service, $64.64; Jim’s Repair, $106.37; John Pohar & Sons, $5,526.00; John Senica Jr. Hardware, $452.73; John’s Sales and Service, $7.45; Tonya Johnson, $176.78; Kittilson’s, $497.05; Kittilson’s Garage, $2,768.10; LaFarge, $646.74; LaSalle Office Supply, $153.69; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; McClure Engineering, $634.50; Menards, $1,082.52; Motorola, $1,845.00; Barry Niles, $132,988.49; North American Salt Co., $2,173.28; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, et al, $2,791.50; Quad City Electric, $811.10; Quill Corp., $849.50; Radar Man, $300.00; RAthe & Woodward, $14,896.14; Riverstone Group, $132.50; Root Beer Stand, $67.00; Seico, $540.00; Kristi Skinner, $46.86; Smith’s Sales & Service, $100.00; Sparkle Cleaners, $30.00; Spring Valley Ford, $86.46; Springfield Electric, $615.51; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $124.00; Stevens Service, $34.00; TEST, $80.00; Universal, Inc. $736.00; US Bank, $86,657.50; USA Bluebook, $1,727.75; Viking Chemical, $1,740.70; Water Products Co., $570.00; Richard Watts, $85.99. Total $1,282,068.72 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 847-121613, the FY 2014 Levy. Commissioner Danekas went over the levy briefly, noting that the increase was less than 5 percent over last year’s levy. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 848-121613, which abates taxes for the 2013 Bonds. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 849-121613, which abates taxes for the 2010B Bonds. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 850-121613, which abates taxes for the 2010A Bonds. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file Ordinance No. 851-121613, which renews the $700,000.00 line of credit with Illini State Bank. Before offering the second, Commissioner Porter questioned Commissioner Danekas about whether there were any intentions to “use it.” Danekas stated that at this time there were not plans to use the line of credit. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to enter into the Illinois Municipal Insurance Cooperative with A.J. Gallagher. Attorney Andreoni explained how the pool works, noting that it was very similar to the Illinois Municipal League Insurance, which the city has participated in in the past. Andreoni noted that the pool was much smaller and that the city should be able to “save a few dollars” on insurance. He explained that the pool was only for liability insurance at this point. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Andreoni then reminded the council that it was important to get cost appraisals for the main buildings, because the insurance would only pay the value listed on the appraisal.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments on any subject. There was no comment from the audience.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Danekas said he wanted to talk to the persons who prepared the suggested levy for the police pension to “find someone who can explain why we need this kind of money.” Danekas questioned why the city needed to levy more than $300,000, citing nearby Spring Valley, which must levy only $151,000 for FY 2014. Discussion then ensued, with Police Chief Knoblauch saying that it was “nearly impossible” to compare city to city and noting that there could be a number of reasons the fund is underfunded at this time including when the pension fund was started and the lack of contributions made in prior years by previous councils. He also noted that the fund is limited in the types of funds that it can invest in, which cuts into any potential earnings. Danekas said he saw three possible solutions to the problem: 1.) Levy the full amount and let the burden fall on the taxpayer– which he did not want to do; 2.) borrow cheap money now and get it funded; 3.) lay off active fulltime members and go to a part time police force.

Commissioner Rivara wished everyone a Merry Christmas. He said his department is looking at bids for a new truck and rebuilding the line to the waste water treatment plant as well as bringing the 12KV line back over 39. He also said that Attorney Andreoni is working on a revised fee schedule which will address tampering with the meters and theft of service.

Commissioner Yborra said he agreed with Danekas about not raising taxes, but that he didn’t know what the solution was to funding the police pension. He said work on the waste water treatment plant continues and that he hoped the plant would be up and running in January.

Commisisoner Porter told about the recent “Shop with a Cop,” program which helped six families, including 14 children. The families were taken to Wal-mart and given the opportunity to shop for presents and food for Christmas dinner. Then, lunch was provided by the 4-Star restaurant. Porter called the program, “the best” he’s been associated with. Porter also said that he had just learned that Affordable Waste was sold to Republic Waste Service. He didn’t expect there to be any immediate changes, but would know more after meeting with representatives from the new company.

Mayor Finley announced that there were 16 applicants in the Oglesby Light Up the Night contest and thanked those responsible for the ice skating party on Sunday, Dec. 15 and the Santa Open House at the Dickinson House. He wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

THE COUNCIL adjourned at 7:37 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

_____________________________

Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Monday, January 20, 2014, Agenda

January 17, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014 @ 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 January 6, 2014

  5. Approval of Bills to be Paid

  6. Public Comment on Agenda Items

  7. Ordinance No. 852-012014, Updates the Oglesby Electric Department’s Fee Schedule and prohibits and sets penalties for theft of service or tampering with city property.

  8. 2013 4th Quarter Building Inspector’s Report

  9. Resolution to adopt a Conflict of Interest Waiver

  10. Place on file the Intergovernmental Agreement with IMIC (insurance cooperative)

  11. Two Tag Day Requests from the Oglesby Firefighters Association: March 8 and November 1, 2014

  12. Tag Day Request from the American Legion Auxiliary, May 24, 2014.

  13. Public Comment on Any Item

  14. Executive Session to discuss the “the appointment, employment, compensation, performance, or dismissal of specific employees”

  15. Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports

  16. Adjournment

Posted this 17th day of January, 2014

Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Minutes from the December 16, 2013, meeting

January 7, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from December 2, 2013, with one correction: the motion to place Ordinance No. 847-121613, was made by Danekas and seconded by Rivara. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the invoices submitted for payment: City of Oglesby, $250.00; Call One, $1,553.87; Beth Chambers, $80.00; Comcast, $119.85; Merte Gravel, $479.13; Stuart Tree Service, $2,385.00; United Rentals, $145.00; Mike Wrobleski, $42.50; ASK Enterprises, $2,421.50; AEA, Inc., $11,345.05; Affordable Waste, $18,999.50; AFLAC., $117.67; Ameren IP, $2,620.86; Arrow Sales, $78.00; Best Western, $204.57; Civic Systems, $413.41; Comcast, $88.84; Comm. Revolving Fund, $287.02; Connecting Point, $796.25; Cruz Concrete, $382.00; DJ Sickley, $136,640.82; Daley’s. $254.43; Gary Davis, $83.43; Delaney & Delaney, $634.35; Dever & Sons, $529.43; Double M Trucking, $90.00; DResbach Distributing, $183.70; Envision Healthcare, $240.00; Fastenal Co., $4.40; Flags USA, $203.00; Fleet Services, $4,222.74; Flink Snowplows, $143.98; Grainco, $66.96; Grosenbach’s, $440.47; Halm’s, $207.87; Heartland Bank, $602,312.50; Hygienic Institute, $355.58; IL Association of Chiefs, $145.00; Il Dept. of Public Health, $200.00; IL Municipal Electric Agency, $212,844.32; Il Public Risk Fund, $5,670.00; IL Valley Business Equipment, $70.00; IVCH, $14.10; IL Valley Fence and Pool, $9,200.00; Illini State Bank, $183.26; IL Valley Cellular, $569.76; IL Valley Excavating, $660.00; Jack’s Gas and Service, $64.64; Jim’s Repair, $106.37; John Pohar & Sons, $5,526.00; John Senica Jr. Hardware, $452.73; John’s Sales and Service, $7.45; Tonya Johnson, $176.78; Kittilson’s, $497.05; Kittilson’s Garage, $2,768.10; LaFarge, $646.74; LaSalle Office Supply, $153.69; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; McClure Engineering, $634.50; Menards, $1,082.52; Motorola, $1,845.00; Barry Niles, $132,988.49; North American Salt Co., $2,173.28; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, et al, $2,791.50; Quad City Electric, $811.10; Quill Corp., $849.50; Radar Man, $300.00; RAthe & Woodward, $14,896.14; Riverstone Group, $132.50; Root Beer Stand, $67.00; Seico, $540.00; Kristi Skinner, $46.86; Smith’s Sales & Service, $100.00; Sparkle Cleaners, $30.00; Spring Valley Ford, $86.46; Springfield Electric, $615.51; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $124.00; Stevens Service, $34.00; TEST, $80.00; Universal, Inc. $736.00; US Bank, $86,657.50; USA Bluebook, $1,727.75; Viking Chemical, $1,740.70; Water Products Co., $570.00; Richard Watts, $85.99. Total $1,282,068.72 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 847-121613, the FY 2014 Levy. Commissioner Danekas went over the levy briefly, noting that the increase was less than 5 percent over last year’s levy. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 848-121613, which abates taxes for the 2013 Bonds. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 849-121613, which abates taxes for the 2010B Bonds. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 850-121613, which abates taxes for the 2010A Bonds. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file Ordinance No. 851-121613, which renews the $700,000.00 line of credit with Illini State Bank. Before offering the second, Commissioner Porter questioned Commissioner Danekas about whether there were any intentions to “use it.” Danekas stated that at this time there were not plans to use the line of credit. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to enter into the Illinois Municipal Insurance Cooperative with A.J. Gallagher. Attorney Andreoni explained how the pool works, noting that it was very similar to the Illinois Municipal League Insurance, which the city has participated in in the past. Andreoni noted that the pool was much smaller and that the city should be able to “save a few dollars” on insurance. He explained that the pool was only for liability insurance at this point. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Andreoni then reminded the council that it was important to get cost appraisals for the main buildings, because the insurance would only pay the value listed on the appraisal.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments on any subject. There was no comment from the audience.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Danekas said he wanted to talk to the persons who prepared the suggested levy for the police pension to “find someone who can explain why we need this kind of money.” Danekas questioned why the city needed to levy more than $300,000, citing nearby Spring Valley, which must levy only $151,000 for FY 2014. Discussion then ensued, with Police Chief Knoblauch saying that it was “nearly impossible” to compare city to city and noting that there could be a number of reasons the fund is underfunded at this time including when the pension fund was started and the lack of contributions made in prior years by previous councils. He also noted that the fund is limited in the types of funds that it can invest in, which cuts into any potential earnings. Danekas said he saw three possible solutions to the problem: 1.) Levy the full amount and let the burden fall on the taxpayer– which he did not want to do; 2.) borrow cheap money now and get it funded; 3.) lay off active fulltime members and go to a part time police force.

Commissioner Rivara wished everyone a Merry Christmas. He said his department is looking at bids for a new truck and rebuilding the line to the waste water treatment plant as well as bringing the 12KV line back over 39. He also said that Attorney Andreoni is working on a revised fee schedule which will address tampering with the meters and theft of service.

Commissioner Yborra said he agreed with Danekas about not raising taxes, but that he didn’t know what the solution was to funding the police pension. He said work on the waste water treatment plant continues and that he hoped the plant would be up and running in January.

Commisisoner Porter told about the recent “Shop with a Cop,” program which helped six families, including 14 children. The families were taken to Wal-mart and given the opportunity to shop for presents and food for Christmas dinner. Then, lunch was provided by the 4-Star restaurant. Porter called the program, “the best” he’s been associated with. Porter also said that he had just learned that Affordable Waste was sold to Republic Waste Service. He didn’t expect there to be any immediate changes, but would know more after meeting with representatives from the new company.

Mayor Finley announced that there were 16 applicants in the Oglesby Light Up the Night contest and thanked those responsible for the ice skating party on Sunday, Dec. 15 and the Santa Open House at the Dickinson House. He wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

THE COUNCIL adjourned at 7:37 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

January 6, 2014 Agenda

January 3, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2013 @ 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 December 16, 2013
5. Approval of Bills to be Paid
6. Public Comment on Agenda Items
7. Annexation of Vallero property
8. Ordinance No. 851-010614, Renews the line of credit with Illini State Bank ($700,000)
9. Ordinance No. 852-012014, Updates the Oglesby Electric Department’s Fee Schedule and prohibits and sets penalties for theft of service or tampering with city property.
10. Seek bids to replace the electric service line to the waste water treatment plant and upgrade electric lines across I-39 east to first intersection on Walnut St.
11. Seek bids for a materials handling truck for the Electrical Department
12. Name Envision Healthcare as administrator of a Flexible Savings Account for employees.
13. Public Comment on Any Item
14. Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports
15. Adjournment

Posted this 3rd day of January, 2014

Becky Clinard, City Clerk
City of Oglesby