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July 29, 2014 by bclinard  
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July 29, 2014 by bclinard  
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A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 1, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY VINCE BROLLEY for JIM ANDREONI, CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from the June 17, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the invoices to be paid as presented: Airone, $1,812.58; Airgas, USA, $76.23; Ameren IP, $25.57; American Red Cross, $200.00; Apple Press, $68.00; Autozone, $131.40; Call One, $1,525.71; Cargill, $29,403.55; City of Oglesby (Petty Cash), $483.05; Comcast, $3.00; Cosgrove Distributors, $1,068.90; Dresbach Distributing, $29.95; Cathie Edens, $79.54; Efficient Billing, $1,507.11; Emergency Medical Products, $303.30; Emling Canvas Products, $1,800.00; Envision Healthcare, $232.00; Kevin Ewbank, $171.63; Fastenal Co., $31.45; Ficek Electric, $110.00; GL Downs, $78.60; Grainco, $193.88; Grosenbach’s, $20.00; Holloway’s Portables, $345.00; IL Valley Community Hospital, $137.52; Illini State Bank – Police Credit Card, $180.74; Illinois Dept. of Central Management, $636.15; Itron Inc., $646.50; JP Cooke Co., $88.48; Jacob & Klein, Ltd., $6,137.79; Gail Keeling, $73.54; Sonia Konczak, $20.00; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; McConnaughay & Sons, $6,250.00; Taylor McLaughlin, $7.50; Menards, $611.20; Mertel Gravel, $366.00; Motorola, $517.87; Dollar General,$15.40; Alan Mussari, $223.75; NCICG, $1,105.08; Kimberly Nolan, $105.72; North American Salt Co., $2,128.09; Patten Industries, $41.07; Jason Phillips, $125.00; Pool, Leigh & Kopko, $97.50; Quad City Electric, $1,407.26; Ken Quick, $200.00; Quill Corporation, $1,219.80; Rental Pros, $779.87; Screenvision Direct, $368.00; Smith’s Sales & Service, $293.00; USA Bluebook, $657.37; Utility Equipment Co., $336.11 TOTAL $64,488.86. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, FINLEY. PASS: RIVARA (without explanation) MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the LP Choral Department’s request to hold a tag day at the intersection of Walnut Street and Columbia Avenue on Saturday, August 3. It was noted by Commissioner Porter that the group had asked for permission to solicit at local businesses as well. Mayor Finley said that the council did not have the authority to grant such permission. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to adopt a resolution for the maintenance of streets and highways at a sum not to exceed $150,000.00. This is necessary to allot a portion of the Motor Fuel Tax monies to street projects. Commissioner Danekas noted that Commissioner Yborra is still considering which streets will be worked on. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place on file a copy of the proposed ordinance authorizing the city to enter into an amendment and extension of the collective bargaining agreement between the city and the police union. Chief Jim Knoblauch said that the only change was a provision that the city would pay 100 percent of an officer’s dues at the YMCA if the officer passes a “power test.” The police union had agreed earlier to freeze wages and longevity for a year in order to avoid layoffs. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept with regret the resignation of Doug Kramarsic from the Police and Fire Board. Commissioner Porter asked that a letter be sent to Kramarsic thanking him for his service. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments:

Resident Vern Seimers suggested that the city get to work on the ruts created by the carnival. Mayor Finley assured Seimers that the issue had already been addressed and that a roller was to be at the site on Tuesday. Seimers also asked about the road markings on Route 251 and Richard Moyle Sr. Highway, saying that they were hard to see. The Mayor explained that those markings weren’t the city’s responsibility. Seimers then asked if Love’s would address the “pond” at the northwest end of their proposed site. The Mayor told Seimers that Love’s had addressed those issues at previous plan commission meetings.

Resident Drew Merriman then asked when the public could expect a full accounting of the Summer Fun Fest. Finley said that it would take a couple of weeks for all of the invoices to come in, but that, just like last year, there would be a report made available. Merriman then weighed in with his opinions on how the carnival should have set up given the condition of the rain-soaked grounds. Upon questioning by Finley, Merriman admitted that he had only driven by the site.

Mayor/Commissioner reports:

Commissioner Rivara told council members and the audience that since the electric rate increase had gone into effect, customers had reaped the benefits of lower rates. He also said that the rate increase was doing what it was designed to do, “pulling dollars in” to fund capital improvements. He again asked for a working meeting in late July to address changes needed in the ordinance that sets the rates and charges for work done by the electric department. He asked Commissioner Danekas if the council could expect a set of financials before they approve the next budget.

Commissioner Porter reminded residents that because of the July 4th holiday, Thursday trash pickup would be delayed by a day.

Mayor Finley updated the council on the Love’s Travel Center. Work is expected to begin next week and will take approximately six months to get up and running. Finley talked about Summer Fun Fest, thanking the many volunteers and sponsors who supported the event. He also commented on the “trickle down” effect to local businesses from the increased traffic in town and mentioned that he had received many positive comments from Illinois Valley residents. He reiterated that there would be a full report on the event in the next two-three weeks. He also announced that he was able to sign an agreement with the carnival for 2014, noting the dates would be June 26 through the 30th.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:17 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

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



A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the regular meeting minutes from July 1, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the invoices to be paid as presented: A.S.K. Enterprises, $807.53; Affordable Waste, $19574.50; AFLAC, $35.90; Alan Environmental, $554.84; Apple Press, $359.00; Andi Bjer; United States Postal Syswtem, $aas, $600.00; Mary Boyer, $184.63; Brownlee Data Systems, $1,250.00; Bureau County Republican, $500.00; Carus Corp, $770.00; City of Oglesby, $53.48; Civic Systems, $2,582.00; Comcast, $191.79; Cosgrove Distrivutors, $926.88; Dever & Sons, $174.72; D’Vine Floral, $46.60; Double M Trucking, $292.50; DResbach Distributing, $401.30; Cathie Edens, $89.38; Emergency Medical Products, $572.86; Envision, $232.00; Euclid Beverage, $4,783.00; Ferguson Waterworks, $4,672.77; Fleet Services, $4,691.97; Foster Coach Sales, $111.61; GL Downs, Inc., $14.92; Robert Ghighi, $42.98; Graphic Electronics, $908.00; Halm’s, $79.93; Shawn Harlow, $64.27; Henry Schein, Inc., $652.00; Holloway’s Portables, $1,780.00; Hygienic Institute, $355.58; Hy-Vee, $55.11; Illinois Valley Business Equipment, $112.00; Illini State Bank (VISA), $2,160.54; Illinois EPA, $8,500.00; Illinois Valley Cellular, $569.76; Illinois Food and Deli, $96.81; Jacob & Klein, $19,716.88; John’s Sales and Service, $1,345.68; Karmarsic Law Offices, $150.00; LaFarge Aggregates, $360.63; LaSalle Office Supply, $350.03; Mautino Distributing, $36.00; Menards, $626.35; Mertel Gravel, $362.00; Midwest Testing, $1,800.00; Motorola, $54.26; Dollar General, $33.85; NCPERS, $64.00; News Tribune, $3,261.10; Orkin Pest Control, $236.70; Oscar’s, $615.71; Elizabeth Parcher, $91.23; Perona, Peterlin & Andreoni, $1,064.00; Quad City Electric, $937.96; Pete Ragazinky, $160.62; Dominic Rivara, $140.39; Smith’s Sales & Service, $367.75; Spring Valley Ford, $688.81; Staples, $175.68; Stevens Service Center, $389.00; Vicki Stoner, $95.00; Studstill Media, $1,700.00; Sunrise Supply, Test, Inc., $90.00; USPS, $204.00; Universal, $1,276.50; Vidacare, $124.34; Viking Chemical, $1,896.75; Jim Vohs, $98.88; Voss Signs, $170.00; Witmer Public Safety Group, ‘$124.97; WLPO/WAJK, $508.00; WZOE Radio, $122.00; Zoll Medical, $91.62; IMEA, $274,472.04. TOTAL $373,905.79. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, FINLEY. PASS: RIVARA (without explanation) MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve Ordinance No. 837-071513, which extends and amends the agreement with the police union. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to place the FY 2013-14 Appropriations Ordinance on file. Attorney Andreoni noted that there were some typographical errors that required correcting on the current copy of the ordinance, but that the corrected ordinance would be available at City Hall tomorrow morning (July 16). There will be a special meeting on Monday, July 29th, at 6 p.m., proceeded by a public hearing at 5:45 p.m. the same day. The council will vote to adopt the ordinance at that time. Commissioner Danekas reitereated that the appropriations ordinance had “no correlation on how we budget or run the city.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to seek bids for the replacement of a water line on Woodland Avenue. Commissioner Yborra said that there have been “numerous breaks” at Second and Woodland, noting that the line was “more clamps than anything else” at this point. The plan is to replace 350’ of 6” water line and replace a fire hydrant. Yborra expects the cost to come in at about $90,000 to $100,000. The bids would be opened Monday, August 5, 2013, at 10 a.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA, denying a solicitor’s license to Sigita Lukauskyte based on the inability to do a thorough background check. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments, there were none.

Mayor/Commissioner reports:

Commissioner Rivara said that he had a couple of projects that he was planning on putting out for bid (rebuild line to waste water treatment plant, redo Timberwood subdivision service line, taking 12KV line across Interstate 39 to feed the new grocery store.) Rivara said he would like to have everything done by the first of the year.

Commissioner Porter said that the police department had had several complaints recently about cars parking on the street in areas that made it difficult for others to exit or enter driveways. Porter advised residents to call the police department in those cases.

Mayor Finley reminded residents of the upcoming Central States Baseball Tournament. He also went over the preliminary expense and income figures for Summer Fun Fest. Once everything has been paid and posted, he will present a final report. He also explained the CDAP income survey recently sent to residents, noting that surveys were sent by “random pick,” and the importance of returning the survey. He finished by reminding residents that city dog tags are due and that the city was comparing records with LaSalle County to ensure that owners are complying with the city ordinance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn at 7:22 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE FY 2014 APPROPRIATIONS ORDINANCE FOR THE CITY OF OGLESBY WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:45 P.M.

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

Attorney Andreoni explained that state law requires that the city hold a public hearing before the Appropriations Ordinance is adopted by the city council. He also gave a brief synopsis of what an appropriations ordinance is and how it differs from a budget or actual spending by the city. The mayor then opened the floor to the audience for comments or questions. Resident Wanda Lent, who is also on the ambulance board, asked about the appropriations for the ambulance service and how it differed from the budget the ambulance board had proposed. Commissioner Danekas said that salaries were increased to more accurately reflect last year’s spending. Commissioner Rivara inquired whether every department was audited and Commissioner Danekas explained how an audit is performed for the city.

With no further comments or questions from the public, A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 5:57 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 6:00 P.M.

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

The mayor asked for comments or questions from the audience, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adopt Ordinance No. 838-072913, FY 2014 Appropriations Ordinance. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Mayor Finley then told the council that with the number of “things going on” in Oglesby and the recent inquiries by developers, he felt that the city website and the comprehensive plan needed to be updated. Finley cited the need for forms for various city permits, up-to-date city ordinances and other timely information on the website. Commissioner Porter agreed, saying that he updated information on the web when he could, but that he found the City’s Facebook page easier to use. Finley suggested that a live feed from the Facebook page be utilized on the website to share information. City Clerk Clinard said that it was her office’s responsibility to update the website, but that she didn’t have the time required to keep it updated. Clinard said that she didn’t feel that the city needed to invest in a new website design, but rather needed someone to go through and update the current information and some formatting. Finley also said that he felt the comprehensive plan could be updated by the plan commission. Attorney Andreoni said that it was indeed important to keep the comprehensive plan as “current as possible” because if a zoning issue arises, courts will often look to the comprehensive plan for guidance.

Commissioner Rivara then said that he was working on a revised fee schedule and some changes to the disconnect/reconnect policy for nonpays. He said he hoped to have a comprehensive plan in place in six weeks which would resolve the issues.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments, there were none.

Mayor/Commissioner reports:

Commissioner Danekas spoke briefly on an insurance coop that is in the process of forming. Seventeen communities of similar size have been approached by J.A. Gallagher (the city’s insurer) to form a co-op. Danekas said he would have Jessica from Gallagher come to a council meeting to explain the project.

Commissioner Rivara said that he is looking at trying to co-op resources for big-ticket items with other communities. He then talked about the three projects he is eyeing for this year: new service to the wastewater treatment plant; 12KV across I-39, and upgrading the service to Timberwood subdivision.

Commissioner Yborra reminded the council of the bid opening at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 2, for the Woodland Avenue watermain and the Motor Fuel Tax projects.

Mayor Finley reminded residents of the upcoming Central States Baseball Tournament.

Andy Washelesky asked the council for direction concerning the fees for stormwater management handled by the new McPhedran Park reservoir. Washelesky was approached by the site engineer for the new supermarket asking about storm water options.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 6:35 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY VINCE BROLLEY FOR ATTY. JIM ANDREONI, CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.



A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve the regular meeting minutes from July 15, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve the special meeting minutes from July 29, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the invoices to be paid as presented with the exception of two invoices called into question by Commissioner Rivara (Cathie Edens reimbursement, $100.19): A.S.K. Enterprises, $25,778.82; AEA, Inc., $10,681.67; Airgas, Inc., R87.37; Alan Environmental, 820.57; Ameren IP, $25.07; Michelle Bar, $25.07; Batteries and Things, R66.20; BHMG Engineers, $4,295.91; Bob’s Business, $338.56; BSN Sports, $325.24; Call One, $1,541.96; Cargill Corp., R300.00; Carmel Music, $750.00; Chamlin & Associates, $336.00; City of Oglesby (transfer), $1,321.45; Civic Systems, $15,000.00; Comcast, $216.80; Comm. Revolving Fund, $2,407.00; Terry Corredato, $390.73; Cosgrove Distributors, $918.06; Creative Apparel, $1,561.36; James Cullinan, $800.00; Dixon Ottawa Communications, $226.50; Double M Trucking, $180.00; Dresbach Distributing, $491.26; Efficient Billing Systems, $530.15; Emergency Medical Products, $769.94; Diane Eutis, $228.99; Fastenal, $229.11; Feece Oil, $809.50; First Impression, $638.00; Fleet Services, $4,526.67; Andrea Fonger, $251.34; Foster Coach Sales, $60.20; Global Emergency Products, $613.04; Victor Gonzalez, $800.00; Grainco, $70.00; Grosenbach’s, $602.26; Halm’s, $146.62; Christina Hodges, $72.00; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms, $150.00; HyVee, Inc, $437.96; IDES, $2815.03; Illini State Bank, $65.91; Illinois Valley Cellular, $704.27; Inman Electric, $3,615.60; JP Cooke Co., $121.67; Matt Jaegle, $30.75; Edward Jarman III, $134.05; Joan’s Trophy, $47.34; John Pohar & Son, $6,015.53; Anna Johnson, $300.00; Dog Knoblauch, $800; James Knoblauch, $800; Kramarsic Law Offices, $150.00; Robert Kuhar, $123.54; LaFarge Associates, $151.16; LaSalle Office Supply, $57.79; James Mandujano, $800.00; Mike Margies, $800.00; Mautino Distributing, $18.00; Maze Lumber, $31.74; McClure Engineering, $2,642.90; Menards, $566.09; MJ Track Works, $650.00; Motorola, $112.87; Dollar General, $219.84; Lori Munson, $147.29; NCPERS, $32.00; NewsTribune, $402.50; North American Salt, $2,165.80; Oscar’s, $514.49; Mike Padilla, $800.00; Patten Industries, $810.28; PDC Laboratories, $200.00; Joscelyn Pohar, $197.49; Rebecca Ponder, $124.96; Riverstone Group, $401.29; Bernice Schibrowsky, $222.37; Screenvision Direct, $368.00; Rachel Sienkiewicz, $300.00; Springfield Electric Supply, $145.04; St. Margaret’s Health, $65.00; Stevens Service, $60.00; Robert Stone, $800.00; T&R Electric, $675.00; Jennifer Toner, $11.83; United Rentals, $225.59; USPS, $200.00; USA Bluebook, $421.16; Brett Valle, $800.00; Jenna Veith, $44.96; Water Products Co., $2,283.57; Jason West, $149.45; Aaron Whittington, $300.00. TOTAL $115,366.84. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept and place on file the Building Inspector’s 2nd Quarter report (12 permits, $41,100.00). AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to grant the LP Band’s request to sell candy door-to-door on Sept. 15, 2013, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to allow Starved Rock Runners to hold the 2013 Turkey Trot in Oglesby on Nov. 28th. The request asked that the police department assist and streets be closed as in past years. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to donate $500 to Chuck Reynolds for a car show to benefit Cops4Cancer. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the request for a tag day for the Illinois Valley YMCA Dolphin Swim Team on Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to noon. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. NAY: YBORRA. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then talked about the need to update the comprehensive plan, noting that developers often visit the city website and check the comprehensive plan when checking out a possible location. Attorney Brolley also noted the need to update the plan regularly, noting that often in zoning issues, the judge often looks to the comprehensive plan “to capture the original intent”. Finley said he didn’t believe the city needed outside help updating the plan or to incur huge costs in doing so.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to refer the matter to the Plan Commission. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept and place on the 2013 Summer Fun Fest Financial Report and the 2014 Summer Fun Fest Budget. The 2013 festival showed a profit of $21,263.11; with a cumulative profit of $81,908.79 for 3 years. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to appoint Todd Stachowiak to the Police and Fire Board. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place the bids for the Woodland Avenue Water Line Replacement on file. John Pohar & Sons was the apparent low bidder, with a bid of $97,177.30. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to seek bids for the 2013 Motor Fuel Tax street resurfacing project. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve Ordinance No. 839-080513, which clarifies the duties and responsibilities of the Oglesby Ambulance Board. Commissioner Porter said before the vote that Attorney Andreoni had suggested the previous ordinance be updated. AYES: PORTER, YBORRA. NAYS: DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION DENIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments.

A resident asked that a stop sign be placed at Magnal and First (on First heading east), noting that children congregate on the corner for the school bus. Resident Richard Vicich, who lives at 132 Magnal, said that he believed that there was a stop sign at one time on the corner. Commissioner Yborra said he would look into it, noting that it is possible that an ordinance already exists.

Another resident also asked about the number of people living in a two-bedroom home. Attorney Andreoni said that the city couldn’t limit the number of people living in a home.

Mayor/Commissioner reports:

Commissioner Yborra gave an update on the wastewater treatment plant.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:19 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER PORTER



A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the regular meeting minutes from August 5, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the invoices submitted for payment: A.S.K. Enterprises, $2,720.00; AEA, Inc., $3,647.53; Affordable Waste, $19,299.50; AFLAC, $35.90; Airgas, $126.00; Ameren, $84.37; Brownstown Electric, $2,289.60; Comcast, $243.74; Dever & sons, 668.81; Dixon Ottaw Communications $459.26; Double M Trucking, $270.00; Emergency Medical Products, $205.14; Envision Healthcare, $232.00; Fastenal Co., $164.79; Feece Oil, $2,351.23; First Impression, $155.00; Foster Coach Sales, $10.39; Robert Ghighi, $128.37; Stephanie Hettel, $174.46; Hygienic Institute, $355.53; IVAC, $5,307.00; IMEA, $290,864.29; Il Valley Business Equipment, $363.00; IV Food & Deli, $47.92; In the Swim, $1,012.90; John Pohar & Sons, $1,129.50; Doug Knoblauch, $150.00; LaFarge Aggregates, $157.36; Landcomp Landfill, $1,554.51; LaSalle Office Supply, $124.97; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Menards, $790.58; Mertel Gravel, $127.88; Midwest Mialing, $110.39; Municipal Code, $1,103.57; NewsTribune, $1,100.00; Novak Veterinary, $93.00; Patten Industries, $878.53; Perona, Peterlin, Adreoni, et al, $1,936.00; Quill Corp., $372.90; Ray O”herron, $172.43; Dominic Rivara, $140.39; Riverstone Group, $158.63; Nadette Rolando, $158.63; Screenvision, $368.00; Smith’s Sales & Service, $2,051.00; Staples Credit Plan, $60.13; T&R electri, $18,023.00; TEST, Inc., $80.00; USA Bluebook, $441.48 TOTAL $362,566.38. AYES: DANEKAS, YBORRA, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept the low bid for the Woodland Avenue Water Line Replacement. John Pohar & Sons was the low bidder, with a bid of $97,177.30. The engineer’s estimate for this project was $119,102.00. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place the bids for the 2013 Motor Fuel Tax street resurfacing project on file. The apparent low bidder was Universal Asphalt with a bid of $97,820.13. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The council then heard from resident George Tunstall, who had asked for an exception to Ordinance No. 6.08.08. The ordinance limits the number of cats and dogs to three per household. Tunstall had provided the council with copies of letters from his neighbors and his veterinarian. Tunstall has 5 small dogs which he rescued. The dogs have health issues and he feels that he would not be able to rehome the dogs given their health issues. “I can’t imagine parting with them,” he said. Attorney Andreoni advised the council that there was not a way for the city to grant an extension — the city would have to change the ordinance to increase the number of pets allowed or create an appeal process. Police Chief Knoblauch was then asked by Commissioner Yborra if this had been an issue in the past and Knoblauch said that he had worked with a resident who had too many dogs about 14 months ago. While several members of the council acknowledged that it was a “hard situation,” they were hesitant to “open up a can of worms.”

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to grant permission to the Oglesby Firefighters Association to hold a color run on Sunday, Oct. 27th. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Council then considered a request from Cindy Cadegiani and Diane Swords to hold Zumba classes at LeHigh Park and Dickinson House. Cadegiani and her husband, Nick, attended the meeting. Cindy told the council that Zumba was a popular exercise program. She and Swords are licensed instructors. They would charge a minimal fee to cover their costs. Attorney Andreoni said that city ordinances prohibit a person from holding “for-profit” activities on city property. He also discussed at length the city’s liability and potential risk by allowing the activity to be held on city property. After some discussion, it was determined that the pair should approach City Recreation Director Bob Ghighi to “work something out.”



The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments.

Sarah Cudlip weighed in on the multi-dog issue, saying that she was not in favor of allowing exceptions to the rule. She also asked that the city have the weeds cut near the bridge on Route 71. She was told that IDOT owned the property and was responsible for mowing there.

Vern Siemers complained about an overflowing dumpster on Walnut St.

Mayor/Commissioner reports:

Commissioner Rivara then talked about his 3 projects and his 3-year plan to get the work done.

Commissioner Yborra gave an update on the wastewater treatment plant.

The Mayor announced the opening of a True Value Hardware store by Pam and John Senica Jr. in the old Personality Frock Shoppe building. He also announced two Plan Commission meetings: September 4th and 25th at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. He also asked residents to not fish in McPhedran Park lake until at least next summer. Ken Clodfelter from the IDNR requested the fishing ban until the fish have had time to grow and the population can sustain itself.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:34 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:30 P.M.

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

The Mayor opened the meeting by explaining that at the beginning of the year he had met with county officials to discuss the possibility of applying for a river access grant through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He said at the time that he told them the city was unable to spend any money on the engineering necessary for the grant application or to have someone do the grant paperwork. Andy Washelesky, of AEA, Inc., and Vic Washelesky, of the county highway department, worked together to complete the grant application at no cost to the city. They delivered the paperwork to the Mayor on Monday, which made necessary the special meeting. The grant has to in Springfield on the first working day in September to be considered.

Andy Washelsky explained to the council that the cost of the river access was about $277,000, which includes his cost to do the actual design. He cautioned that that was a “ballpark” figure. Mayor Finley reminded the council that a lot of the dirt work had already been done during the mine reclamation by IDNR. Washelesky told the council that with the groundings from a couple of street projects slated to start, they city could claim about $50,000 of its share of the project by using the material for the base. The city could also save by installing the lighting, which Washelesky suggested would be $30,000 of the project costs. He noted that if the city received the maximum grant amount of $200,000, those two items would cover the city’s costs.

City Clerk Becky Clinard asked if the city had to wait to be reimbursed or if the funds were given upfront. Washelesky said he thought the funding was upfront. The council talked a little more about the grant application, noting that Ed Hand Highway would be closed for 18 months next year for bridge repairs. They felt that this could help the city’s chance to get the grant.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to apply for the river access grant. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioner Yborra then announced that he had worked with Washelesky to come up with a process and application form for the sidewalk program. The past program proved to be too costly for the city. This program is modeled after the one in Spring Valley. Residents will fill out the form. Once a city employee approves the application, the city will reimburse the resident for the concrete only for the public area of the sidewalk repairs.

City Attorney Andreoni said the city may need to prioritize requests and reminded the council of the city’s liability concerning sidewalks.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn at 5:48 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013, 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 AND ASSISTANT CITY CLERK TERRY KAMNIKAR.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the regular meeting minutes from August 19, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. PRESENT: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the special meeting minutes from August 26, 2013. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to make corrections to approved meeting minutes from August 5, 2013. Attorney James Andreoni was unable to attend the August 5, 2013, meeting and Attorney Vince Brolley filled in his absence. However, in the minutes it mentions Attorney James Andreoni making statements. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the invoices submitted for payment: ASK Enterprises $2420.80; ACE Tire $125.00; Advantage Logistics $175786.04; AEA $2847.53; AFLAC $35.90; Air One Equipment $1398.58 (credit); Ameren IP $25.32; Apple Press $132.00; Carol Baima $46.64; Baldin’s Garage $1238.66; Nicholas Barrett $80.85; Batteries & Things $48.50; BC Tech Group $148.75; Bob’s Business $155.65; Brownstown Electric $3145.38; Call One $1538.22; Carus Corp. $3171.24; Cintas First Aid & Safety $46.84; City of Oglesby $99.28; Becky Clinard $135.83; Comcast Cable $54.95; Connecting Point $65.00; Daley’s Super Service $65.87; Paul Danekas $97.09; Dever & Sons Trucking $1024.61; Dixon Ottawa Comm $135.00; Megan Dose $65.25; Double M Trucking $945.00; Efficient Billing Systems $934.62; Emergency Medical Products $179.55; Fastenal Co. $167.23; Feece Oil $865.85; Ficek Electric $112.00; First Impression $100.00; Fleet Services $5137.77; G.L. Downs $232.03; Gallagher Materials $2625.48; Dianne Gorski $74.58; Roy Greening $44.40; Grosenbach’s Auto Repair $30.84; Charles Harloff $38.09; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms $240.00; IL Public Risk Fund $17332.00; IVCH $25.00; IVCC $32420.77; Illini State Bank-Visa $574.03; Inman Electric $1275.15; John’s Service & Sales $125.00; Terry Kamnikar $300.00; Kittilson’s Garage $3689.49; Kramarsic Law Offices $150.00; LaFarge Aggregates $148.18; Landcomp Landfill $3681.87; LP High School $79375.10; Leone’s $25.00; Holly Manahan $201.98; Mautino Distr. $24.00; Med Allowance Group $320.04; Menards $544.83; Mertel Gravel $975.38; News Tribune $105.00; North American Salt $2132.35; Oglesby Grade School #125 $138830.93; Lucas Palkert $192.85; Quad City Electric $1023.93; Rental Pros $681.00; Revere Electric $3787.12; Chuck Reynolds $500.00; Riverstone Group $117.31; Sib’s $9.50; Sisler Dairy Products $443.00; Spring Valley Ford $5720.78; Steven’s Service Center $70.00; Superior Lamp $380.73; TEST $80.00; Universal Inc. $743.40; USA Bluebook $4102.27; Utility Equipment $420.00; Vermeer Sales & Services $28.82; Water Products $4697.99. Total $508,319.86. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept the low bid of $97,820.45 from Universal Asphalt for the 2013 Motor Fuel Tax Street Resurfacing Project. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $125,982.00. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept the low bid of $31,507.20 from Advanced Asphalt for the roadway improvements once the water line replacement is completed on Woodland Avenue from Walnut Street to Second Street. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $36,186.00. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file the Pole Attachment Agreement between the City of Oglesby and Illinois Bell Company d/b/a AT&T Illinois (AT&T). AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Oglesby and Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513. This agreement refers to the 2014 IVCC Men’s Baseball Team and the use of Gandolfi Field. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Oglesby and Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513. This agreement refers to police protection from the City of Oglesby for IVCC based on 20 hours per week. Reimbursement from IVCC is based on 1.5 times the hourly rate of said officer on duty. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to table going into executive session for the purpose of reviewing executive session minutes. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to table the release of approved executive session minutes. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor opened the floor for public comments.

Tony Dennett asked if another meeting was being held later in the week. The Mayor announced that there will be a meeting for the Plan Commission regarding the Comprehensive Plan for the city on September 4th and 25th at 6:30 p.m. Attorney Andreoni stated one of the benefits of updating the comprehensive plan would be if anyone would contest or challenge the city’s decision to zone or not rezone a specific area the courts would look at the city’s comprehensive plan to determine if the city’s decision was in accordance with the current comprehensive plan. The mayor announced that Ben Wilson of North Central Illinois Council of Government is helping with getting information to continue applying for CDAP grants. However, the city is trying to do most of the work in order to save roughly $20,000.

Mayor/Commissioner’s Reports

Commissioner Danekas reported that Linda Dose, an AFLAC representative will be meeting with the city employees September 4th at 8:00 a.m. to discuss “extended” insurance options. He also noted that stop light needs to be fixed at the intersection of Walnut and Lewis Avenue.

Commissioner Rivara updated the council on the Walnut Street lighting project and the Ameren right of way agreement. He said that he would take care of the stop light as well. Rivara questioned the expiration date of the agreement between the City and IVCC regarding police protection. Commissioner Porter replied that the union contract expires April 30, 2014, which would address the monetary reimbursement topic and the agreement has language to address any issues that may arise on a yearly review.

Commissioner Yborra gave an update on the wastewater treatment plant improvements. He mentioned that the fence on the wastewater treatment plant property is in dire need of replacement and that he is getting quotes. He also said he would miss the next council meeting because of vacation.

Commissioner Porter publically thanked the Oglesby Ambulance Associate for donating a cot and two refrigerators to be used in the ambulance to keep medications chilled. The donation was valued at $6,200.

Mayor Finley announced Oglesby Harvest Fest and Scramble will be October 5, with details to be released soon. CDAP grant applications are being handed out to customers as they come in to pay their city bills. The city needs 180 plus applications returned in order to qualify to apply for future CDAP grants. Also, the Mayor stated the Plan Commission will meet on September 4th and the public is encouraged to attend.

A MOTION WAS MADE DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:28 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Terry Kamnikar, Assistant City Clerk

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

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY VINCE BROLLEY AND CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from September 3, 2013. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the invoices submitted for payment: A.S.K. Enterprises, $243.00; Affordable Waste, $18,899.50; Alan Environmental Products, $203.96; BC Tech Group, $187.50; BHMG Engineers, $5,261.29; Bio-

Tron, Inc. $445.00; Mike Brown, $39.95; Carmel Music, $1,750.00; Chamlin & Associates, $325.00; Comcast, $194.79; Community Revolving Fund, $636.15; Connecting Point, $555.00; D&M Landscaping, $950.00; DJ Sickley Construction, $111,195.90; Dresbach Distributing, $104.85; Emergency Medical Products, $448.85; Envision Healthcare, $240.00; Shari Grant, $34.73; Halm’s Auto Parts, $99.85; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms, $150.00; Huber Technology, $17,077.50; Hygienic Institute, $355.58; IV Net, $124.95; IL Municipal Electric Agency, $288,010.67; IV Cellular, $435.25; Inman Electric, $5,511.41; JP Cooke Co., $121.59; JW Ossola, Inc., $1,640.50; John’s Sales & Service, $527.99; Blair Kernohan, $118.06; Kittilson’s Garage, $1,703.65; Knoblauch Advertising, $275.00; LaFarge Aggregates, $1,001.04; LaSalle Office Supply, $81.98; Scott Leonard, $400.00; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; McClure Engineering, $338.30; Menards, $277.77; Mertel Gravel, $411.75; NCPERS, $64.00; NewsTribune, $130.00; NIMCA, $55.00; North American Salt Co., $2,138.32; Orkin Pest Control, $236.70; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $2,832.00; Revere Electric, $1,444.77; Screenvision Direct, $368.00; Smith’s Sales & Service, $121.00; Spring Valley Supermarket, $53.56; Springfield Electric, $4,089.71; Staples, $313.12; State Surplus/LESO, $300.00; Thomas Templeton, $83.19; USA Bluebook, $446.92; Venturelli’s, $13712.95; Vermeer Sales & Service, $897.16; Viking Chemical Co., $1,895.20; Water Products Co., $4,093.89; Jennifer Zaniecki, $143.00. Total $493,808.80. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve the pole agreement with AT&T. Rivara said the city hasn’t had a pole agreement with AT&T for more than 60 years. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Oglesby and Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513. This agreement refers to the 2014 IVCC Men’s Baseball Team and the use of Gandolfi Field. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Oglesby and Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513. This agreement refers to 20 hours a week police protection from the City of Oglesby for IVCC. Reimbursement from IVCC is based on 1.5 times the hourly rate of said officer on duty. Commission Rivara questioned whether this agreement was “a positive agreement” that made the city “whole.” Commissioner Porter responded that “that’s what our attorney tells me.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to table the supplemental right-of-way agreement with Ameren. Rivara said that he wasn’t ready to bring the matter before the council. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve a resolution appropriating $45,000 in Motor Fuel Tax funds to the Richard Moyle Highway project which was completed 4 years ago. This amount represents the city’s share of the improvements. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to donate $200 to the Illinois Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to donate $200 to the LaSalle Peru Township High School Foundation. When discussing how much to donate, Porter said he didn’t believe the foundation “deserved more than we gave the Red Cross.” The council then agreed to $200. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to allow Holy Family School to hold a run/walk on October 5 with police assistance. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to go into executive session for the purpose of reviewing executive session minutes and “the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of a specific employee” at 7:10 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, MAYOR FINLEY. NAY: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.

The council resumed the regular city council meeting at 7:42 p.m. with A MOTION BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to resume the regular meeting. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to release the executive session minutes from Dec. 17, 2012, to present. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to send city employee Mike Wrobleski a letter concerning his recent move to outside the 5 mile radius from city hall. Danekas then read the letter advising Wrobleski that he must reestablish residency within 30 days as is required by union contract. If Wrobleski fails to reestablish residency, he will be terminated. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, MAYOR FINLEY. NAY: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.

Mayor/Commissioner’s Reports

Commissioner Rivara asked for a working meeting to discuss the electric fee schedule and revising the reconnect/disconnect policy for city utilities. He also commented on the need to make owners of rental apartment buildings liable for their residents’ bills. He also wants to address the rates charged to out-of-city residents. Lastly, he inquired about the annual audit, which is currently in progress.

Mayor Finley talked about the upcoming Harvest Fest. He also said that updates to the website have begun. He then told the council about the repairs needed for pickup used by maintenance, which are estimated to be about $2,000 and asked the council’s opinion on whether the truck should be replaced or repaired.

Andy Washelesky, from AEA, Inc., told the council in Commissioner’s Yborra’s absence, that the paving on Porter Street and Alice Avenue should be completed next week.

A MOTION WAS MADE DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 7:52 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A WORKING MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:30 P.M.

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

Commissioner Rivara started the meeting by noting that the city currently has 3 policies on employee residency: the contract with the IBEW allows employees to live within 5 miles; the police contract allows 15 miles and the unrepresented employees (ambulance, fire, appointed positions) have no such requirement. Rivara said he felt the city needed a “one realistic” approach and cautioned that he “couldn’t keep the lights on if everybody gets hard-headed and Mike Wrobleski is terminated.” Wrobleski, an employee with the electric department, has moved out of the area. The council voted earlier to send Wrobleski a letter giving him 30 days to come into compliance with the contract.

Commissioner Porter and Mayor Finley both responded that they felt that each union negotiated the terms of their respective contracts, and that the contract should be followed. “It’s what the employees agreed on,” said Finley. “They signed off on it and they voted on (it),” he said, “if they wanted 15 miles, they should have negotiated for it.”

Attorney Andreoni said that he was not aware of the situation until after it occurred, but that the city “was absolutely within its right” to terminate Wrobleski if he did not re-establish residency. He noted that the decision on how the matter was handled was a “political decision,” and not one for him to make. Andreoni said the city could choose whether or not to enforce the contract. He said he didn’t “like the second approach as much” and said it created problems. He said he would advise that if the city “wants to let him do this” the city should “absolutely act on the proposed language by the IBEW at the next council meeting.” If not, “he wouldn’t act on that, and the letter gave him his choices.”

Commissioner Danekas said his position was that “this is not a city problem. It’s a union problem.” “You can’t cherry pick which parts of the contract you’re going to follow,” Danekas said. The employee “needs to establish residency. If he can’t do it, put an ad in the paper to find additional help,” Danekas said.

Rivara said he still didn’t think “it was a big deal.” He said it was his understanding that the city has not enforced the rule in the past and that it “could be taken care of at the next negotiations.”

“I’m not sure anyone can say what happens at negotiation time,” said Porter.

Rivara said that finding a qualified employee would be difficult, noting the city’s pay was much less than surrounding municipalities. Oglesby’s “at the bottom of the pecking order,” he said. Rivara urged his fellow commissioners to “step up to the plate and do the right thing.”

Porter took offense to Rivara’s comment, saying that he felt he “believes everyone thinks they are doing the right thing.”

Rivara also reitereated that he felt that there should be one residency policy for all classes of employees. Finley asked Rivara if he knew what the police gave up in their last negotiations to get the 15-mile clause. Porter asked if it was fair to “just give it away now” when the police had negotiated for it.

Finley asked if the union was willing to open up the contract. Rivara said that he didn’t think the employees were willing to open up the contract and “start trading things,” but that they did want “to resolve this as equitably and as fast as possible.” When pressed by Porter and Finley, Rivara conceded that the resolution did not involve Wrobleski or the union giving up anything in return.

“This has been negotiated and it’s over,” said Danekas. “He needs to come in to compliance with the contract.”

Andreoni then told the council that determining what defines “residency” was the “next potential issue.” He told the council that determining residency was a “hotly debated” topic, but “at the minimum, the employee would have to be registered to vote at that address; have a drivers license with that address; have mail delivered at the address and be sleeping here a percentage of the time.” Andreoni asked for some time to research the issue.

Rivara then closed the discussion by saying that he felt he knew where the council stood and that “we’re going to enforce the contract to the letter.”

Rivara then moved on to the next item on the agenda, telling the council there needed to be changes made to Ordinance No. 794-020612, which sets fees for material and services provided by the electrical department. “We understood it when we wrote it, (the previous ordinance), but it didn’t turn out that way,” said Rivara. Rivara went over a list of changes and gave each commissioner a list of the proposed changes. There was no discussion. Rivara said his goal was to not burden Oglesby residents with the cost of providing service to new developments.

Rivara then said he would like to change the fees imposed upon residents who have had their electricity shut off for non-payment. Rather than a flat rate of $50 for the first shut-off, Rivara would like to charge the “loaded applicable rate.” When asked what that rate was, Rivara said he was not sure. Danekas said he believed it was close to $50. Rivara also envisions the rate increasing each year, as salaries increase. Rivara also talked of making rental building owners responsible for their tenants past due bills after 10 days and shutting off both electric AND water when a customer is past due. Porter said he felt it was unfair to talk about water when Commissioner Yborra was not at the meeting.

Rivara then talked about needed a “theft of service” ordinance, citing recent incidents involving a customer who reconnected their meter twice, damaging the meter in the process. “Why we should be losing money to this is beyond me,” he said. Police Chief Jim Knoblauch said the state’s attorney refused to press charges because the city had no proof who had reconnected the meter. Rivara said he would take “a stab at defining additional charges” for those who steal

Rivara then moved on to the need for a citywide purchasing policy. Finley asked him if other cities have similar policies. Rivara said he felt the city should have a policy in place that determines “where, how we purchase like items” to create a set of checks and balances. Porter said that a check and balance system was already in place, noting that each individual commissioner is responsible for the purchases made by their department. Danekas asked Rivara if other cities might be interested in purchasing poles and other supplies together. Rivara said there was some interest by Ladd, and that he was trying to work with other cities to get better deals.

The council then skipped to item #11 on the agenda to accommodate Attorney Jim Andreoni, who needed to leave. Porter explained that the proposed ordinance would expand the number of violations that could be settled for a reduced fee at city hall. Andreoni explained that the ordinance “seems to be working well” for the city. Porter echoed his sentiments, saying that the ordinance was “working very well.” Andreoni said that of a $150 fine, the city would only receive about $25 when the case went to the county and still have to pay his fees. This way, the city avoids attorney fees and collects $75 for each offense.

Discussion on increasing the water/sewer rates was postponed, noting Commissioner Yborra’s absence.

Rivara then asked the council to establish bi-monthly working meetings. “There’s only so many dollars in the pot,” he said and we’ve “got to get on the same page.”

“How the hell else are we going to know what’s going on, without talking about it,” he asked the council. He talked about his department’s needs. “My concern is where am I getting the money?” Both Finley and Danekas told Rivara to “get a price” so that they could “see what we need.”

“We’ve got to put some money back in infrastructure,” said Rivara, who said that for years the city has just spent the money the department has brought into the city. Finley told him to prepare a list of priorities and costs and bring them before the council. Porter said he wasn’t sure that a scheduled meeting was necessary, noting that no one who has requested a working meeting has been denied that opportunity, but that he was willing to try it for a few months.

Commissioner Updates:

Danekas: Told the council that the city clerk’s office would be getting new computers and a software update. Both the software and computers are outdated and no longer supported.

Finley: Updated the council on the 1992 pickup truck which needs about $2,000 in repairs. He also asked about offering the trees knocked down by the IDNR during the mine reclaimation work to persons needing firewood. City Streets Superintendent Bob Kuhar told the council that the idea was not really feasible as the trees had been pushed together by dozers and not really accessible. The mayor then asked the council if anyone was interested in participating the the LP and St. Bede homecoming parades. No one expressed an interest.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public.

Vern Seimers said he agreed with having working meetings.

John Zulkowsky said he agreed that the Wrobleski matter was “handled wrong.” But that the city wouldn’t be able to get a journey lineman with 4 years training to replace Wrobleski if he was let go.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn the meeting at 6:45 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MEETING ADJOURNRED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk



A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 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 YBORRA to approve the regular meeting minutes from September 16, 2013. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the working meeting minutes from September 23, 2013 with one correction. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the invoices submitted for payment: A.S.K. Enterprises, $2,024.60; AEA, Inc., $10,095.04; Affordable Waste, $19,499.50; AFLAC, $117.67; Airgas USA, $81.77; Alan Environmental, $432.69; ALTEC Industries, $11,763.20; Bio-Tron, $152.56; Bjerkaas, Andi, $120.90; Brian Billard, $11,074.14; Brownstown Electric Supply, $580.00; Cleora Bruce, $43.32; Call One, $1,549.66; Carus Corporation, $1,701.24; Central Illinois Municipal Clerks, $30.00; City of Oglesby, Petty Cash, $46.35; Clinard, Becky, $282.26; Ameren IP, $120.86; American Red Cross, $200.00; Apple Press, $906.00; AWSS, Inc., $1,763.20; Comcast, $382.59; Connecting Point, $354.00; Cosgrove Distributors, $506.98; D&M Landscaping, $250.00; Dever & Sons Trucking, $1,041.20; De’Vine Floral Designs, $48.00; Double M Trucking, $90.00; Dresbach Distributing, $38.95; Efficient Billing Systems, $874.51; Katherine Elvin, $1,230.25; Emergency Medical Products, $780.33; Envision Healthcare, $240.00; Feece Oil, $3,895.55; Tierra Fisher, $171.23; Fleet Services, $3,237.46; Robert Fleming, $133.79; Friendly Farms, $1,300.00; Global Emergency Products, $320.70; Grainco FS, $590.98; Grant Grosenbach, $175.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $332.23; Kayla Hawley, $51.39; Heartland Services, $486.79; Angela Heider, 182.84; Holloway’s Portables, $150.00; Hygienic Institute, $355.55; IVAC, $15.00; IAAF, $75.00; Illinois Valley Community College, $24,605.76; Illini State Bank – Police CC, $364.36; Illinois Prosecutor Services, $50.00; Illinois Valley Cellular, $569.76; Itron, Inc., $646.50; Jack’s Gas and Service, $66.00; Jeff Perry Buick, $267.29; Joan’s Trophy & Plaque, $82.85; Anna Johnson, $6.74; King Tire, $95.00; Kittilson’s $814.36; Knoblauch Advertising, $292.75; Kramarsic Law Offices, $150.00; Ladzinski Cement, $200.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $252.81; LP High School, $60,241.90; LP Foundation, $200.00; Casey MacKay, $600.00; Jean Martin, $1,230.25; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Maze Lumber, $57.90; Menards, $597.84; Mertel Gravel, $461.63; Carol Jo Moore, $182.20; Motorola, $232.50; Dollar General, $78.00; NCICG, $1,500.00; NCPERS, $160.00; News Tribune, $171.50; North American Salt Co., $2,135.76; Oglesby Grade School, $105,873.99; Quad City Electric, $1,747.90; Eric Reishus, $1,230.25; Margaret Reishus, $615.13; Marlin Reishus, $615.13; Paul Reishus, $1,230.25; Revere Electric, $170.92; Dominic Rivara, $264.10; SBK, Inc., $29,835.01; Laurie Smudzinski, $200.06; Springfield Electric, $245.28; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $40.00; Standard Equipment, $200.01; Staples, $4.02; Stevens Service Center, $34.00; Studstill Media, $840.00; Sunrise Supply, $225.75; United Health Care, $139.92; USPS, $780.47; Universal, Inc., $944.40; USA Bluebook, $1,084.96; Water Products Co., $928.13; Aaron Whittington, $6.05; Wire Mesh Corp., $19,762.65; WLPO/WAJK Radio, $90.00; WTH Technology, $150.00. Total $346,428.58. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items. There were no comments or questions from the audience pertaining to the agenda items.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file a supplemental right of way agreement with Ameren. Attorney Andreoni asked the council if, because the agreement had to be held over for two weeks, if Ameren could begin working. No one voiced concern about Ameren beginning work before the agreement was made official. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to expand the number of ordinance violations that can be settled at City Hall for a $75.00 fee. Both Commissioner Porter and Attorney Andreoni pointed out that the current ordinance is working well and that the move is saving the city in attorney fees and court costs. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to authorize the city to enter into a “memorandum of understanding” with IBEW 150 regarding the employee residency issue. Rivara, who prefaced his motion by saying that he had promised his department he would make the motion, said later in the meeting that he did not agree with making Mike Wrobleski ‘give up’ anything in return. “This is an example of how not to conduct business and treat your employees,” said Rivara. Commissioner Porter said he had only recently decided how to vote, saying his “aye” vote was based on the principle that commissioners have sole executive power over their departments and that “he had a hard time taking a hard stance” against Wrobleski when Rivara had given him permission to move out of the 5-mile radius required by the contract. Commissioner Danekas read from a prepared statement, stating his objections to making a change “for the benefit of one employee on the backs of the other employees” and cautioned what it could mean for those employees in the next negotiations. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAY: DANEKAS. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve a request by the LP High School Foundation to hold a tag day on Saturday, April 5, 2013, from 8 a.m. to noon. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to public comment:

Tony Denett asked if it “really mattered where people live?” Commissioner Yborra said that an employee’s ability to respond quickly could be an issue. Rivara maintained that he was “not a believer in unrealistic residency.”

Vern Siemers asked if the council was going to “do something” about the perpetual garage sale at 410 Walnut Street. Attorney Andreoni said he didn’t believe there were any rules limiting garage sales, but could draft something if the council wished.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Danekas said he would like to set up a committee to look at the possibility of developing approximately 5 acres west of McPhedran Park. He called for a meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. to gauge interest. Danekas said a community center and athletic fields could possibly bring people into the community and “fill up the hotels.”

Rivara asked about the status of the Vallero property. Andreoni told him that everything is done and that “the ball is in their court.” Rivara then again addressed the Wrobleski issue, saying that he felt the city could not have sustained its position in arbitration proceedings. He said the city was essentially “shaking down” Wrobleski because he was required to give up almost “$1,250.” He accused the city of “sitting on its hands” when the IVCC truck center was built. And Rivara said that after talking with Commissioner Porter that he (Rivara) was “wrong” about the “ambulance debacle.” He said “he doubted that he (Porter) would agree with where we he wants to go,” but that “to sit here and do nothing serves no purpose.”

Yborra reminded residents that leaf vacuuming would start on October 21 and go through Nov. 22. He asked residents to read the fliers carefully. He also announced that the Motor Fuel Tax project on Porter Street and Alice Avenue was complete. Workers will now focus on Woodland Avenue and replacing the force main. Andy Washelesky, of AEA, Inc., updated the council on the progress of the waste water treatment plant upgrade. He said the $187,000 screw press has been delivered and the digester lid has been removed.

Porter announced trick-or-treat hours will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween night. He also questioned Andreoni if there was a process for authorizing a committee. Andreoni said that he didn’t believe there was, and noted that the committee would be required to report back to the council before any action was taken. Mayor Finley said that the committee was for gathering information only.

Mayor Finley announced the annual Halloween parade, which will be Saturday, Oct. 26th. Lineup is at 12:45 and the parade kicks off at 1 p.m. The parade will proceed from the corner of Spring and Walnut to the Dickinson House. He also gave a recap on the weekend’s Harvest Fest activities, saying that a little more than $500 was raised by the Scramble participants for Soldiers’ Angels.

A MOTION WAS MADE DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 7:47 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Minutes: October 7, 2013 - February 18, 2014

July 29, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 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 October 7, 2013. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the invoices submitted for payment: AEA, Inc., $13,795.05; Ameren IP, $143.02; Brownstown Electric, $3,647.50; Cintas First Aid, $64.06; Comcast Cable, $191.25; Cosgrove Distributors, $39.96; Daley’s Service Center, $150.69; Paul Danekas, $300.00; Douhble M Trucking, $180.00; Cathie Edens, $156.30; Efficient Billing Systems, $908.12; Emergency Medical Products, $358.43; Envision Healthcare, $300.00; Fastenal, $115.17; Donald Finley, $300.00; Anthony Green, $217.20; Grosenbach’s, $97.60; Holloway’s Portables, $260.00; Il Fire and Police Commission, $375.00; IMEA, $259,315.57; Illini State Bank – Police VISA, $109.18; Illini State Bank – VISA, $1981.36; Illinois Valley Food and Deli, $68.60; Jacob & Klein, Ltd., $9,240.91; JP Chevrolet, $1,644.10; Jim Knoblauch, $300.00; LaFarge Aggregates, $541.24; LaSalle Office Supply, R157.95; Lyle Matejewski, $78.36; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; MCS Advertising, $1,298.00; Menards, $419.74; Mertel Gravel, $480.38; Municipal Code Corp., $650.00; Julia Neito, $226.25; Oscar’s, $2,076.06; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $2,296.00; Tom Porter, $300.00; Rental Pros, $89.60; Dominic Rivara, $300.00; Riverstone Group, $274.49; Ruppert Concrete, $2,720.00; Safecare, $292.34; Save-A-Lot/SuperValue, $175,786.04; Screenvision $368.00; Smith’s Sales and Service, $24.62; Spring Valley Ford, $15,433.00; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $150.00; T&R Electric, $24,650.00; T.E.S.T., $90.00; Universal, $804.40; USA Bluebook, $425.88; Vermeer Sales, $640.33; Water Products Co., $1,587.98; Mike Wrobleski, $195.12; Zoll Medical, $111.57, DJ Sickley, $133,786.99 Total $660,930.19 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items.

Gary Peterlin, president of the Dickinson Foundation, asked about the proposal to create a committee to look at the possibility of developing the land around McPhedran Park. Peterlin asked how those plans would impact the Dickinson House. He also invited “those folks” who were interested in serving on the committee to a Dickinson House foundation meeting. Sarah Cudlip, joined the conversation, saying that she did not believe the city needed another meeting place. Mayor Finley said that the DH wasn’t large enough for some functions, and that he favored looking into development that would bring more people into the city. Peterlin asked about the DH’s pool area, noting that it has been suggested that the pool area be turned into a meeting room. Peterlin ended by saying he would appreciate the city’s continued support.

The conversation then turned to the FY 2013 audit, with auditor Pat Noto, reporting on his findings. Noto said the city had again spent “a lot of dollars” on infrastructure and noted an “improvement” in the city’s General Fund cash position. The general fund showed an excess of $162,300.00 in FY2013. He also noted that the city has sufficient funds to repay a general obligation bond payment of $826,000 due at the end of the year. He also said the city must find $70,000 in the general fund this year to supplement the tax levy and personal property replacement tax monies earmarked for the police pension. Noto found no problems with the city’s accounting procedures, noting that there “was a lot of efficiency.” Commissioner Danekas then interjected his thoughts, saying that he felt the biggest problem going forward was the city’s police pension contribution. Danekas said he had instructed city clerk Clinard to pay an additional $10,000 a month for the remainder of this fiscal year to the police pension and $7,000 a month in FY2015.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file the copy of the FY2013 audit. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve Ordinance No. 844-102113, Supplemental Right of Way Agreement with Ameren. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The council then discussed the agenda item dealing with the formation of a committee to explore the development of a community center. Mayor Finley said that approximately 8 people showed up earlier and expressed an interest in serving on the committee. Commissioner Porter said that while he wasn’t necessarily against the formation of such a committee, he had no knowledge of the committee’s objectives until the earlier meeting and that he had questions about the structure of the committee that he’d like answered before he felt comfortable voting. He also expressed his concerns about how the committee would interact with the council and how they would satisfy the requirements of the Open Meetings Act if they did travel to other sites to view other community centers, as was mentioned as a possible function of the committee. Andreoni said the Act could be satisfied if a notice was published of the group’s intent to travel and to where, just like meetings are posted and published. Commissioner Rivara said he was not against such a committee, as long as it “did not cost the city any money.” Yborra said that he wasn’t against looking at the idea, as long as the project didn’t take away from the “pressing issues that need to be addressed.” Mayor Finley reiterated several times that the goal was to determine if there was enough interest to “go forward.” “If you don’t put people together to look at things, nothing gets done,” said Finley. It was agreed that the matter would come before the council in two weeks with more details on the how the committee would be organized. A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to table the matter. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file Ordinance No. 845, which establishes a watershed impact fee for those areas which drain into McPhedran Lake. This ordinance would allow the city to recoup some of the $951,209.00 spent to build the lake. According to Andy Washelsky, the per acre cost would be $4,500.00 and would apply to any re-subdivision of any residential lots already platted or any undeveloped lot that is zoned business or light industrial. Washelsky said that he did not feel that the $4,500 per acre would be detrimental to future development because developers would not need their own storm water detention. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to allow Lincoln School to block a portion of Bennett Avenue in front of the school on October 31, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to allow for the annual costume parade. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to allow the Oglesby Knights of Columbus to hold their annual Tootsie Roll Drive on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the intersection of Walnut and Columbia. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to public comment:


Resident Jim Clinard asked about the difference between the proposed committee and the Dickinson Foundation or Boys Baseball Board, both of which use city resources. Clinard noted that neither group is held to the requirements of the Open Meetings Act. Attorney Andreoni said that it wasn’t the use of the city property that necessitated the OMA. This committee would be formed by the city, and therefore, subject to the OMA.

Sarah Cudlip thanked the city and engineer Andy Washelesky for completing work on East Porter.

Vern Seimers again complained about the dumpsters at 351 and 355 East Walnut Street and promised to “be here at every meeting raising hell” until the matter was resolved. He also again voiced his concerns about the perpetual garage sale going on at 410 E. Walnut St.

Resident Richard Viccich questioned the city about McPhedran Lake and the more than $900,000 cost. Viccich said he thought the lake was paid for by a grant. Finley explained that the grant covered everything at McPhedran Park but the lake. The “lake” is actually needed for storm-water retention and was not an allowable expense under the OSLAD grant. However, the lake was necessary before any additional development could occur in the area and was paid for, in part, by the developer’s contribution of land.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Yborra said that leaf vacuuming had started and reminded residents to place the piles of leaves on the berm, not the street. He also gave an update on work on the waste water treatment plant upgrade. Jack Kusek, of McClure Engineering, said that the goal was to have everything installed by mid-November. Andy Washelesky gave an update on the work on Woodland Avenue and work on the Love’s Travel Center. Yborra then reminded all businesses in town that they should be cleaning their grease traps periodically. He said he was considering an ordinance that would require regular cleanings and that documentation would have to be provided to the city or face “heavy fines.”

Finley presented a check for $492.00 to Pat Scanlon of Soldiers’ Angels. The check represented the money raised by the Scramble participants on the Angels’ behalf. He reminded residents of the Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. The Mayor also said he wished to correct a statement made by a commissioner at the Oct. 7th meeting. Finley said he consulted with the Illinois Municipal League attorneys and that a commissioner’s statement that a commissioner had “sole executive power” over their departments and therefore could grant permission to an employee to “break the union contract” was not true. Finley said he was advised that a commissioner did not have the authority to go against a contract that was voted on and authorized by the entire council.

A MOTION WAS MADE YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 7:50 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 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 October 21, 2013. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the invoices submitted for payment: A.S.K. Enterprises, ,,532.80; AEA, Inc., $13,947.53; AFLAC, $117.67; Ameren IP, $1,159.62; Jim Andreoni, $635.50; Brownstown Electric, $2,137.85; Carmel Music + Entertainment, $1,500.00; Carus Corp., $1,260.24; Comcast Cable, $64.90; Comm. Revolving Fund, $647.97; Connecting Point, $9,338.62; Delta Gloves, $94.65; D’Vine Floral, $44.00; Double M Trucking, $270.00; Envision Healthcare, $300.00; Fastenal, $21.30; Fleet Services, $4.010.47; Fletcher-Reinhardt, $629.95; Graybar Electric, $124.47; Halm’s Auto Parts, $385.14; Lorrie Hammette, $178.45; HD Supply, $132.00; Huber Technology, $136,620.00; IL Valley Business Equipment, $70.00; IVCH, $25.00; Illinois Valley Cellular, $569.76; Illinois Valley Excavating, $577.50; Illinois Valley Lock and Key, $53.70; John’s Sales and Service, $46.09; King Tire, $778.00; Kittilson’s, $1,274.61; LaSalle Office Supply, $97.64; Anthony Lipe, $207.96; McClure Engineering, $7,195.65; Menards, $680.74; Mertel Gravel, $1,045.25; Motorola, $174.65; National Seed, $416.00; NCPERS, $64.00; Jonathon Norrell, $58.77; North American Salt Co., $2,157.93; Noto & Associates, $16,500.00; John Nurnberg, $238.81; Orkin, $236.70; Patten Industries, $371.43; PDC Laboratories, $4,392.30; Tom Porter, $810.00; Rental Pros, $335.00; Revere Electric, $273.57; Springfield Electric, $66.68; St. Margaret’s, $81.00; TEST Inc., $20.00; Viking Chemical, $2,621.35; Water Products Co., $885.03; Gloria Wilkie, $135.56; Witmer Public Safety Group. $56.48; Robert Zarnicki, $158.80; Total $217,828.73 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 YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve Ordinance No. 845-110413, which establishes a watershed impact on fee for those areas which drain into McPhedran Lake. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept the resignation of Bonnie Knoblauch from the Oglesby Ambulance Board. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place on file the Building Inspector’s 3rd Quarter report which showed permits issued for $6,459,598.00 in new construction. The majority of that is for the new Love’s Travel Center. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


The Mayor then opened the floor to public comment.


Tony Dennett asked if the issue with an employee living out of the city had been settled. He was told that it had. Sarah Cudlip asked about the Building Inspector’s report.



Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Danekas asked for a working meeting to discuss the committee to look into the development of McPhedran Park. It was decided that the working meeting would be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. Danekas also said that the clerk’s office staff would be undergoing training next week and warned that some services may not be available at times during the week. Danekas said that with the new software, payroll and health care reimbursement checks would now be direct deposit.

Yborra said the new waste water treatment plant building was sealed and the fence installed. He said the resurfacing project and the water main project on Woodland were almost complete. Yborra also said that residents who rake leaves to the berm were having problems with others parking their cars in front of the leaves, making it impossible for the street department to pick up the leaves.

Mayor Finley reminded residents that the office would be closed Monday, November 11, for Veterans Day. He also urged residents to attend the Veterans Day ceremony at Memorial Park at 11 a.m.

A MOTION WAS MADE YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 7:20 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from November 4, 2013. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the invoices submitted for payment: Vince Henneberry, $43.75; City of Oglesby (petty cash), $37.45; Illinois Municipal League, $292.00; Oglesby Municipal Band, $4,705.00; Robert Stone, $1,858.20; LaSalle State Bank/Police Pension, $7,000.00; City of Oglesby (petty cash), $96.95; A.S.K. Enterprises, $2,442.25; Ace Tire, $416.06; Advanced Asphalt, $28,583.28; AEA, Inc., $6,295.05; Affordable Waste Systems, $18,849.50; Airgas USA, $57.03; Ameren IP, $99.22; AT&T, $25.79; Batteries and Things, $6.00; Comcast, $361.12; Connecting Point, $14,874.80; DJ Sickley Construction, $151,219.55; Dever & Sons, $525.69; Double M Trucking, $180.00; Dresbach Distributing, $19.95; Cathie Edens, $138.55; Emergency Medical Products, $610.48; Feece Oil, $3,140.82; Fence Specialties, $500.00; Foster Coach Sales, $35.39; Robert Ghighi, $39.10;Hygienic Institute, $355.55; Illinois Department of Ag, $15.00; IMEA, $195,601.11; IL Valley Business Equipment, $53.00; Illini State Bank/VISA, $4,160.27; John Pohar & Sons, $57,888.89; John Senica Jr. Ace Hardware, $273.83; King Tire, $191.00; Koolmaster, $63.32; Kramarsic Law Offices, $150.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $121.41; Massie Jet-Vac Service, $1,050.00; Mautino Distributing, $30.00; McClure Engineering, $8,718.40; Menards, $663.83; Midwest Mailing, $110.39; Motorola, $233.05; Dollar General, $59.50; NewsTribune, $1,748.00; Oscar’s, $327.50; Perona, Peterlin & Andreoni, $1,848.00; Pool, Leigh & Kopko, $47.80; Ron Popurella, $131.54; Revere Electric, $139.31; Riverstone Group, $298.56; Springfield Electric, $185.33; St. Margaret’s Health, $163.00; Staples, $59.99; Stevens Service Center, $103.00; Studstill Media, $840.00; T & R Electric, $1,245.00; TEST, Inc., $80.00; Universal, $3,769.70; USA Bluebook, $823.79; Vickers Consulting, $50.00; Water Products Co., $717.89; Witmer Public Safety, $394.93; WLPO/WAJK, $210.00. Total $525,398.37 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place Ordinance No. 846-112113, which authorizes borrowing from Illini State Bank to finance a truck for the Street Department. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to refer the Vallero Annexation request to the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. Attorney Andreoni said that a joint meeting had been set for December 17, 2013, at 6 p.m. This parcel of land sits at the intersection of County Highway 23 and Orlando Smith Road. The parcel is needed to enable the electric department to purchase a line from Ameren that services this property and a city lift station. Commissioner Rivara said that this deal had been in the works for more than a year. In return for the annexation, the city will waive an $1,100.00 unpaid water bill, rebate back the city portion of taxes on the tax bill, and rezone the property from residential to business. All property annexed into the city comes in as residential. Rivara called the deal “good business sense.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Mayor Finley then asked the council for permission to advertise for the position of Economic Development Coordinator. This position has been vacant since the previous EDC became city clerk in May, 2011. The Mayor said that a person was needed to prepare marketing material for the city, aggressively seek out potential developers, and write grants, among other duties. Commissioner Porter said he “liked the idea,” but needed more information about the position, such as hours and pay rate. Finley said that the wage would be dependent upon the person’s qualifications and that those decisions would come before the council before anyone was hired. Commissioner Rivara asked if the hiring meant that there would be money for raises for the other city employees. Finley reminded him that the salary of an economic development coordinator could be paid from TIF and hotel/motel tax monies. A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to advertise for the position of economic development coordinator. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to donate $2,500 to Central States Baseball Tournament. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to name Tod Misener to the Oglesby Ambulance Board. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to go into executive session for the purpose of discussing collective bargaining and salary schedules for one of more classes of employees at 7:09 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.


A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to resume the regular city council meeting at 8:10 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Danekas told the council that he had done some checking since the last meeting in response to Commissioner Porter’s question about part time employees in the clerk’s office. Danekas said that part time employees have logged more than 800 less hours less than last year. Porter said that it was his understanding that during layoff discussions earlier in the year it was said that there would not be any part time employees in the clerk’s office.

Mayor Finley told the council that Santa would be at the Dickinson House on Sunday, December 15.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 8:35 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 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 November 12, 2013. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. PASS: YBORRA. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the invoices submitted for payment: Illini State Bank, $13,110.08; United States Post Office, $575.40; Mike Wrobleski, R390.24; Affordable Waste, $18,849.50; Ameren IP, $99.22; ASCAP, $333.72; Bio-Tron, Inc., $7,750.00; Bob’s Business, Inc., $132.59; Brownstown Electric, $2,677.25; Call One, $1,551.20; Central Region Senior Baseball, $2,500.00; Cintas, $62.03; Comcast, $74.40; Connecting Point, $380.00; Cathie Edens, $39.45; Efficient Billing, $2,008.58; Emergency Medical Products, $649.38; Fastenal, $239.46; Gametime, $795.20; Gasvoda & Associates, $19,544.00; Hy-Vee, Inc. $252.99; Il Municipal League, $415.00; IVCH, $28.60; Illini State Bank- Police, $419.78; Illini State Bank, $4,160.27; Joseph Janz, $397.26; John Pohar & Sons, R1,712.50; Kramarsic Law Offices, $150.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $138.34; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; McClure Engineering, $3,260.40; Menards, $1,230.21; Dollar General, $259.00; Revere Electric, $585.53; Rootbeer Stand, $163.50; Stevens Service Center, $293.00; TEST, Inc., $80.00; Jim & Mary Theis, $226.50; USA Bluebook, $416.46; Water Products Co., $5,498.54. Total $91,944.58 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 YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 846-120213, which authorizes borrowing from Illini State Bank to finance a truck for the Street Department. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file 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 place on file 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 YBORRA to place on file 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 PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file Ordinance No. 847-121613, the FY 2013-14 Tax Levy. Commissioner Danekas said that the tax rate increased from 2.23508 to 2.45957, which would amount to about 23 cents per $100 EAV for homeowners. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments on any subject.

Wanda Lent asked about the cost of the new dump truck for the street department. Commissioner Yborra told her the state bid came to $103,767.00 and that the city would be financing it through Illini State Bank for 5 years.

Tony Dennett asked when the street department would be able to clean off the storm sewer grates. Yborra said he’d mention it to the city workers.

Vern Seimers reported that the dumpsters are still overflowing at 351 and 355 Walnut St. Commissioner Porter said that the police department is aware of the situation and that the owners have been ticketed.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Rivara noted that someone has been dropping off old electronics and televisions at the electric department shop. Rivara said that the city will prosecute the person or persons doing this if caught.

Yborra reported on the upgrade to the waste water treatment plant, noting that a new roof was needed. He also thanked the employees who helped the street department with leaf collection this fall.

Porter announced that the police department would once again be hosting “Shop with a Cop” on Saturday, Dec. 14. Donations are being accepted at the police station.

Mayor Finley told the council that Santa would be at the Dickinson House on Sunday, December 15. He also reminded residents of the lighting contest and said the skating rink would be going up this week. Finley also commended Police Chief Knoblauch and the police department for their “great respect and professionalism” in the handling of the recent murder-suicide.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn at 7:14 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

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

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY, 6, 2014, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from December 16, 2013. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the invoices submitted for payment: LaSalle State Bank (Police Pension), $20,000; United States Post Office, $736.10; LaFarge Associates, $206.55; Ace Tire, $964.80; AFLAC, $117.67; Airgas, Inc, $192.69; Ameren IP, $7,874.10; Apple Press, $145.00; Arrow Sales, $36.00; Andi Bjerkaas, $920.00; Carus Corporation, $1,014.75; City of Peru, $1,900.00; Comcast, $123.80; Connecting Point, $902.50; Dixon Ottawa Communications, $983.62; Dresbach, $132.80; Efficient Billing, $1,623.13; Emergency Medical Products, $779.34; Fastenal, $113.95; Feece Oil, $3,287.91; Fleet Services, $2,800.77; Flink Snow Plow, $965.20; Halm’s, $634.98; IL Public Risk Fund, $5,651.00; IL Valley Business Equipment, $67.50; Il Valley Community College, $12,503.28; IL State Bank/Police CC, $4.88; IV Cellular, $569.76; Itron Inc., $646.47; Jack’s Gas, $22.00; Jacob & Klein, $14,478.91; Jeff Perry Buick, $840.52; John Senica Jr., $233.26; Michelle Johnson, $71.45; King Tire, $228.55; Kittilson’s, $5,252.55; Kramarsic Law Offices, $150.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $70.96; LP High School, $30,628.41; Mautino Distributing, $18.00; McClure Engineering, $1,855.65; Menards, $790.23; Motorola, $116.25; NewsTribune, $247.20; Orkin, $236.70; Oscar’s, $451.62; Ben Sargent, $80.23; SD Meyers, Inc., $2,208.00; SOS Technologies, $144.95; Springfield Electric Supply, $534.70; St. Margaret’s Health, $486.00; Stevens Service Center, $737.00; TEST, Inc., $80.00; USA Bluebook, $372.89; Tom Walsh, $500.00; Water Products Co., $103.20; Zoll Medical, $91.57. Total $126,526.25 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to table discussion on the Vallero Annexation. Attorney Andreoni said the matter was placed on the agenda in err. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept Ordinance No. 851-010414, which authorizes the extension of THE $700,000 line of credit with Illini State Bank. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file Ordinance No. 852-012014, which updates the Oglesby Electric Department’s fee schedule and prohibits and sets penalties for the theft of service or tampering with City of Oglesby property. Commissioner Rivara said the changes put Oglesby’s fees more “in line with our costs.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to seek bids on two projects for the Electric Department: replace the service line to the waste water treatment plant and upgrade the lines across I-39 east to Lewis Ave. Rivara said that the city “didn’t have a choice,” but to get these two projects done. He estimated the projects to cost approximately $350,000 to $400,000 dollars. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to seek bids on a material handling truck for the Electric Department. Rivara said that the truck the city has now is good for putting up flags, street banners, and Christmas lights, but that the city needed a truck “that can do the work.” He said he thought the truck would cost $150,000 plus. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve Envision Healthcare as the administrator of the employee Flexible Spending Account. Commissioner Porter asked if the need for an administrator came from the HIPPA. City Clerk Clinard said the reason an administrator was necessary was to ensure employee privacy and that she did not feel comfortable administering such a plan. Envision currently administers the city’s health insurance reimbursement account and charges a monthly fee for each participant. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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 Porter announced that garbage pickup would be one day late this week because of the extreme weather conditions. He also said that he had had a chance to talk with the new provider, who assured him that there wouldn’t be any changes in service for 3 months. He noted that there might be some route changes in the future.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to adjourn at 7:37 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY, 20, 2014, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from January 6, 2014. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to pay the invoices presented: Inventory Trading Company, $393.00; ASK Enterprises, $932.97; AEA Inc., $3,347.52; Affordable Waste Systems, $19,007.00; Apple Press, $74.00; Arrow Sales & Service, $47.50; Arthur J. Gallagher, $60,239.00; AT&T, $25.79; Brownstown Electric Supply, $781.93; Civic Systems, $2,582.00; Comcast, $342.60; Comm. Revolving Funds, $636.15; DJ Sickley, $59,492.69; Double M Trucking, $360.00; Dresbach Distributing, $169.75; Efficient Billing, $755.97; Emergency Medical Products, $811.63; Envision Healthcare, $340.00; Kevin Ewbank, $85.82; Feece Oil, $2,191.29; First Impression, $806.90; Flink Snow Plow, $2,816.00; Grosenbach’s, $117.00; Halm’s, $146.20; Zachary Hanks, $18.94; Hygienic Institute, $355.55; IACP, $140.00; IMEA, $242,460.66; Illini State Bank/Police CC, $353.98; Il Fire Chiefs Association, $125.00; Illinois Valley Busniess Equipment, $70.00; Illinois Valley Food & Deli, $16.10; Inman Electric, $1,376.50; John Pohar & Sons, $92,069.47; John’s Sales & Service, $45.69; King Tire, $322.95; Kittilson’s, $190.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $1,316.93; Sanchez Lumpkin, $70.26; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Maze Lumber, $546.19; Menards, $212.36; Motorola, $116.25; NewsTribune, $550.00; PF Pettibone, $37.45; Perona, Peterlin, Adreoni, $2,064.00; Jason Phillips, $62.50; Powerphone, $129.00; Lauren Radtke, $410.42; Pete Ragazincky, $80.31; Revere Electric, $379.64; Riverstone Group, $611.53; Seico, Inc., $338.00; Springfield Electric, $166.73; St. Margaret’s Health, $438.00; Stevens Service Center, $35.00; TEST, Inc., $40.00; Thorne Electric, $783.23; Universal, $638.48; USA Bluebook, $1,061.10; Venturelli’s, $1,735.75; Viking Chemical, $1,581.05; Water Products, Co., $846.19; Richard Watts, $79.51. Total $508,389.33 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 RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve Ordinance No. 852-012014, which updates the Oglesby Electric Department’s Fee Schedule and prohibits and sets penalties for theft of service or tampering with city property. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on the file the 4th Quarter Building Inspector’s Report. The report showed $361,598.00 in new projects. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adopt a conflict of interest waiver. Brolley explained that it was “best practice” to acknowledge a potential conflict involving a client who was being represented by the firm. The client is being represented in a workman’s compensation claim and is also involved in a criminal case of which the Oglesby Police Department investigated. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file the intergovernmental agreement with Illinois Municipal Insurance Cooperative. The cooperative is a pool created to save money on liability insurance. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA TO allow the Oglesby Firefighters Association to hold tag days on Saturday, March 8 and November 1, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to allow the Oglesby American Legion Auxiliary to hold a tag day on Saturday, May 24, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to go into executive session to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, performance, or dismissal of specific employees” at 7:09 P.M. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to resume the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Rivara announced that applications for the IMEA scholarship are available at city hall.

Commissioner Yborra thanked the Electric Department for their work running the new feed to the waste water treatment plant. He also talked about the progress at the plant, noting that they would be testing this week and training employees next week. He said work on Walnut from East of Casey’s to the dry bridge would begin this summer. The city’s share of the $456,000 project is $152,000.

Mayor Finley gave a short update on the Dickenson House receipts for 2013. Rental fees were $8,150.00 and bowling receipts totaled $2,764.00.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:35 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE VALLERO PROPERTY ANNEXATION WAS HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014, AT 6:45 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY GARY PETERLIN AND CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

Attorney Gary Peterlin explained that the hearing was necessary before the council placed the annexation request and agreement on file at the city council meeting. Commissioner Rivara said the annexation “was a positive move for both of us.”

There was no public comment.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn the public hearing at 6:50 p.m. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from Janaury 27, 2014. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to pay the invoices presented: Terry Kamnikar, $50.40; City of Oglesby (petty cash), $111.32; Postal Service, $763.50; ASK Enterprises, $354.60; AEA, Inc., $4,300.00; Airgas, Inc., $52.69; Ameren, $5,429.48; Apple Press, $1,238.00; Batteries & Things, $518.00; BSN Sports, $294.39; Call One, $1,592.47; Cargill, $17,669.95; Citizens Bank, BDIV, LLC., $125,014.23; Community Revolving Fund, $612.39; Daley’s, $124.33; Dever & Sons, $502.42; Double M Trucking, $360.00; Fastenal, $178.81; Feece Oil, $1,488.32; First Impression, $260.00; Fleet Services, $4,170.59; Foster Coach Sales, $2,008.37; Ernest Gallup, $84.86; Halm’s Auto Parts, $41.96; Hy-Vee, $549.77; IL Public Risk Fund, $5,651.00; IVCH, $25.00; Jeff Perry Buick, $129.36; John’s Sales & Service, $1,059.00; JULIE, $791.84; LaFarge Aggregates, $370.62; LaSalle Office Supply, $201.84; Casey McKay, $600.00; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; McClure Engineering, $2,792.95; Menards, $1,226.65; North American Salt Co., $2,062.44; Patten Industries, $1,185.67; Quad City Electric, $420.10;’ Riverstone Group, $285.08; Rush Power Systems, $9,975.00; Spring Valley Ford, $622.99; St. Margaret’s, $200.00; Stevens Service Center, $354.25; Brett Sullivan, $81.18; Sunrise Supply, $97.07; TEST, Inc., $40.00; United Rentals, $64.00; USA Bluebook, $373.80; Utility Equipment, $832.00; Vidacare, $239.89; Water Products Co., $2,577.95. Total $200,032.73 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file the Annexation Agreement with Daniel Vallero. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept the intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Municipal Insurance Cooperative. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file the bid to replace the electric service line to the waste water treatment plant and upgrade the lines across I-39 to the first intersection. Commissioner Rivara said that bids were opened earlier in the day, noting that only one bid was submitted. He reiterated that the projects “really needed to be done” and that the $325,000 bid came in “a little cheaper than I thought it would be.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA, to place Ordinance No. 853, which corrects the previous ordinance abating the taxes for the 2013 General Obligation Refunding Bond, on file. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on the file Ordinance No. 854, which establishes inspection rules prior to the reconnection of utility services. Rivara explained that the ordinance was revised to “do what we intended to do.” The old ordinance required an inspection and adherence to current building codes if the utility had been turned off for more than six months. Rivara said the intent was to determine that the service was safe before reconnection. The ordinance also addresses water service as well as electric. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Rivara announced that applications for the IMEA scholarship are available at city hall and that the January utility billing cycle was 4 to 6 days longer, thus resulting in larger bills for most residents.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 7:10 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014, 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 AND CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from February 3, 2014. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to pay the invoices presented: A Zoo to You, $700.00; Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team, $200.00; Illini State Bank/Police Credit Card, $170.25; Advanced Asphalt, $11,317.92; AEA, Inc., $1,250.00; AFLAC, $117.67; Airgas, $63.14; Apple Press, $258.00; Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance, $571.43; Autozone, $131.40; Batteries & Things, $195.00; BHMG Engineers, $20,055.46; Comcast, $331.54; Connecting Point, $122.50; D.J. Sickley Construction, $8,737.19; Dresbach Distributing, $26.95; Efficient Billing Systems, $1,998.87; Emergency Medical Products, $1,912.39; Envision Healthcare, $244.00; Fastenal, $189.80; Feece Oil, $3,845.18; Fulmers Towing, $565.00; Robert Ghighi, $29.35; Halm’s Auto Parts, $227.58; Shawn Harlow, $6.76; HD Supply, $893.00; Hygienic Institute, $355.55; ID Networks, $1,397.00; I.M.E.A., $224,493.73; Illini State Bank, $180.60; Illinois Valley Business Equipment, $1,000.00; John Pohar & Sons, $4,045.00; John Senica, Jr., $670.22; Kittilson’s Commercial Power, $45.23; Kramarsic Law Offices, $150.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $399.68; Kim MaCharg, $64.61; Martin Equip of Il, $16.72; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Maze Lumber, $54.74; Menards, $438.26; Midwest Mailing & Shipping, $1,642.70; Dollar General, $295.50; Neopost, Inc., $15.00; News Tribune, $670.00; Oscar’s Automotive, $470.77; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, et al, $1,848.00; Quad City Electric, $297.60; Ray’s Decorating & Carpet, $8,125.00; Rental Pros, $562.00; Republic Services, $400.00; Spring Valley Ford, $1,668.02; Springfield Electric Supply, $57.00; Staples Credit Plan, $35.58; T&R Electric, $800.00; TEST, Inc., $80.00; Angela Torchia, $158.18; Universal, Inc., $861.20; USA Bluebook, $201.33; Viking Chemical Company, $1,344.15; Water Products Co., $501.43. Total $307,520.68 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 RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve Ordinance No. 857-021814, which authorizes an annexation agreement with Daniel Vallero. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve Ordinance No. 856-021814, annexing the Daniel Vallero property into the city of Oglesby. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve Ordinance No. 858-021814, which rezones the Vallero property to “D-Business” and allows a special use permit for a mobile home. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to award the bid to the lone bidder, Big D Electric, for $325,000.00, to replace the electric service to the waste water treatment plant, and cross I-39 with a line from the Mallick Substation. Before the vote, Rivara noted that he had made an error last meeting, that the bid was about 18 percent more than the engineer’s estimate. He had stated at the previous meeting that the bid was less. Discussion ensued about whether the project should be rebid, with Rivara saying that the city could not afford to “kick the can down the road.” Mayor Finley asked if it was possible to put off awarding the project until the city could seek out grants to pay for it. Porter worried about the integrity of the bid process, if the bid wasn’t accepted, with Yborra saying that the city had the right to accept or deny all bids. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA. NAYS: DANEKAS, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept Ordinance No. 854-021814, which corrects the previous ordinance abating taxes for the 2013 General Obligation Refunding Bonds. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept Ordinance No. 855-021814, which establishes inspection rules prior to the reconnection of utility services. Rivara explained that the ordinance addressed problems in a previous ordinance. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to not hire an economic developer at this time. Porter said he felt that since the city had advertised for the position, and came to a consensus in executive session, he felt strongly that a vote be taken. Attorney Andreoni agreed, saying he “didn’t see a reason not to.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Bill Guerrini of the Spring Valley Walleye Club, spoke to the council concerning the annual walleye tournament in Spring Valley. Guerrini asked the council for financial support to allow the club to continue hosting the tournament. He noted that Oglesby motels and restaurants benefit directly from the tourney. After some discussion, A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to donate $500 of hotel/motel money to the Spring Valley Walleye Club. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to grant permission to Oglesby Softball to hold a tag day on Saturday, April 19 from 8 a.m. to noon. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments on any subject. There were no comments.


Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Rivara told the council that there was only one bid on the new truck for the electric department. That bid was $168,807.00. He will place that bid on file at the next meeting.

Mayor Finley thanked residents for their support of the 50/50 raffle for Oglesby Special Events. He said the pot had already grown to about $1,500. The drawing will be held at the conclusion of Summer Fun Fest. He also said residents can earn the chance to have their March utility bills paid in full by completing a CDAP survey included in this month’s utility bills. He also told the council that he hoped to begin discussion at the next meeting on cleaning up abandoned buildings in the city. The city has received a $150,000 grant. Andreoni noted that it was likely that the city would need to get an extension on the grant, as demolition procedures could take months to complete. “June 1st would be pushing it,” he said.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to go into executive session to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, performance, or dismissal of specific employees” at 7:15 P.M. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to resume the regular meeting at 8:20 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 8:22 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Minutes: March 3 - July 7, 2014

July 29, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY GARY PETERLIN AND CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER DANEKAS

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from February 18, 2014. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to pay the invoices presented: Illini State Bank, Police, $180.60; Midwest Mailing, $90.00; Comcast, $71.85; Katharine Blomquist, $98.59; Monroe Truck Equipment, $53.63; ASK Enterprises, $2,426.15; Airgas, Inc., $50.53; Ameren, $127.25; Brownstown Electric Supply, $174.00; Call One, $1,597.45; Dever & Sons, $525.48; Cathie Edens, $50.00; Katherine Elvin, $321.89; Emergency Medical Products, $751.71; Fastenal, $144.34; Feece Oil, $1,539.80; Foster Coach Sales, $260.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $6.99; HD Supply, $360.00; IL Dept. of Agriculture, $20.00; IL Public Risk Fund, $5,651.00; IV Cellular, $569.76; IV Food & Deli, $129.47; John’s Sales & Service, $75.00; King Tire, $472.50; Kramarsic Law Offices, 150.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $81.49; Jean Martin, $321.89; Mautino Distributing, $18.00; McClure Engineering, $2,585.10; Maryann McGRath, $140.23; Menards, $582.13; North American Salt, $2,157.08; Overhead Door, $944.00; Patient Point Hospital Solutions, $981.75; Radar Man, $45.00; Eric Reishus, $321.89; Margaret Reishus, $160.94; Marlin Reishus, $160.94; Paul Reishus, $321.89; Republic Services, $18,607.00; Riverstone Group, $452.51; Ruppert Concrete, $650.00; SIBS, $15.50; Spring Valley Ford, $621.25; United Rentals, $962.70; United States Post Office, $220.00; US Bank, $500.00; USA Bluebook $579.19; James Vohs, $654.59; Water Products Co., $335.25. Total $47,777.11 AYES: 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 RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place the lone bid for the truck for the electric department on file. Commissioner Rivara said that he knows he can get a low-interest loan to pay for the truck. He also said that he has been “knocking on doors for grants.” AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Talk then turned to the state grant the city has received for tearing down dilapidated or abandoned buildings. The mayor handed out a list of buildings, asking the council for their thoughts. One property owner, Don Shields, is willing to donate his building at 211 E. Walnut St., to the city. The others are considered abandoned, but even then, Attorney Peterlin said, the city must initiate a title search, which could take months. Finley said that since Shields is willing to donate his building to the city, he felt that the city should proceed. Commissioner Porter expressed his concerns, noting that he thought “we would have a long list of people” expecting the city to tear down their dilapidated properties at the city’s cost. But Yborra and Finley countered that that building was why the city applied for the grant in the first place, and therefore, should be used to tear down the nuisance buiding. A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to move forward with the process of demolishing the building at 211 E. Walnut St. AYES: RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAYS: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments on any subject.

Resident Greg Stein spoke about the building at 211 E. Walnut, noting that he believed the owners of the building bought it in anticipation of being awarded a downtown revitalization grant to demolish the structure. When the previous council denied their request (because the grant was aimed at increasing the value of properties, not demolishing them) they were “stuck with a monster.”

Vern Seimers continued to keep the council informed on the condition of the property at 351-355 E. Walnut. Seimers said the trash is piling up again. Police Chief Knobluach told Seimers that the tenants were moving out and that he was monitoring the situation.

Resident Gary Corless then implored the city to do something about the frozen water line in front of his house. Corless said he has contacted nearby cities and has had a better response from those city officials than Oglesby’s. Corless said he “had lived his whole life here and was being treated like dirt.” Corless is in poor health and unable “to do anything” to resolve the problem himself. He has been without water since February 14. Corless shared photos of what he believed showed that actions by city employees caused his line to freeze.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Rivara told the council that the electrical projects would start in April. He said he hoped to secure outside funds for the projects. He also noted that he was talking with Ameren to buy the power line that feeds the substation and the Vallero property at the west end. The cost of the line is set by the ICC and is $6,588.27.

Commissioner Yborra then responded to the previous comments by Gary Corless. Yborra disputed that the city has been unresponsive to Corless, noting that he spent a good deal of time on the phone with Corless on Saturday, Feb. 15th. At that time, he said Corless blamed a previous road project engineer for striping two feet of dirt off the buffalo box. He also said that Corless admitted that he “probably should have let the water run” after the neighbors line froze, but didn’t. Yborra said Corless’ descriptions of the city employees who attempted to help the Blancos with their frozen line “went from nice to enept” in just a day. Yborra said he told Corless that the city was, along other communities in the area, researching possible solutions. “If I could find a way to free up the line, I’d do it,” said Yborra, who also noted that other communities are not having much success with the problem either. Yborra said that Oglesby did not have the resources to devote to unproven solutions. “If you can prove it (works), I’ll do it,” said Yborra. He called the unusually cold winter an “act of God” of which the city “has no control of it” and noted that it was probably going to get worse before it gets better. He reminded residents that prevention – letting a faucet trickle – was the best solution.

Commissioner Porter told residents that the Oglesby Fire Department has smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to give out to low-income or elderly residents. The OFD received the detectors via a grant from the Oglesby Elks. There is a limit of one per household and supply is limited. He also said that the firefighters will install the devices if necessary.

Mayor Finley said that response to the city’s offer of a free month of utilities for turning in the CDAP grant survey had had a good response. More than a 100 surveys were turned in on the first day after they were mailed in utility bills.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn at 7:32 p.m. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONERS YBORRA, PORTER

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve the regular meeting minutes from March 3, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to pay the invoices presented: Maze Lumber, $54.74; Petty Cash, $123.50; AFLAC, $235.34; Carla Ballad, $130.77; BHMG Engineers, $1,977.19; Bio-Tron, Inc., $55.00; Brownstown Electric, $258.01; Cargil, Corp., $10,941.96; Chamlin & Assoc., $2,283.00; Comcast, $279.14; Community Revolving Fund, $636.15; DJ Sickley, $19,700.09; Daley’s Super Service, $28.00; Double M Trucking, $315.00; Doug Draper, $250.00; Dresbach Distributing, $87.90; Cathie Edens, $93.72; Efficient Billing, $1,068.29; Emergency Medical Products, $278.01; Envision Healthcare, $238.00; Firehouse Software, $220.00; Fleet Services, $4,601.16; Global Emergency Products, $936.77;p Grosenbach’s, $936.46; Halm’s, $1,269.54; HD Supply, $551.00; Huber Technology, $17,077.50; Hygienic Institute, 355.55; Hy-Vee, $55.51; IL Dept. of Public Health, $75.00; I.M.E.A., $209,141.63; IVCH, $303.74; IL Valley Business Equipment, $176.00; IV Cellular, $661.09; John Pohar & Son, $2,808.00; John Senica, Jr., $311.59; John’s Sales & Services, $9,663.31; Kittilson’s, $756.50; LaSalle Office Supply, $24.99; Mautino Distributing, $6.00; McClure Engineering, $2,360.10; Med Alliance, $318.04; Menards, $190.79; Elveta Milby, $238.44; Motorola, $436.25; NCPERS, $48.00; Orkin, $236.70; Oscar’s, $323.33; Patten Industries, $303.57; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $1,613.00; Republic Services, $18,607.00; Revere Electric, $635.10; Dominic Rivara, $140.39; Romeoville Fire Academy, $325.00; Ruppert Concrete, $650.00; Smith’s Sales & Service, $44.00; Springfield Electric, $47.82; St. Margaret’s Health, $43.00; Staples Credit Plan, $276.91; Stevens Service Center, $52.00; United Rentals, $677.39; USA Bluebook, $39.24; Anthony Vercellone, $70.78; John Weidner, $208.99. TOTAL $316,225.49 AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, 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 table discussion on the bid for the electric department truck. The motion was made after Commissioner Danekas questioned whether the purchase was a “want” or a “need” and Mayor Finley questioned how the city could afford the truck at this time. Commissioner Rivara said that the truck was needed for “safe and effective’ line work and balked at the Mayor’s suggestion that the city wait to purchase the truck until a funding source could be identified. It was agreed that the matter be tabled in light of Commissioners Porter and Yborra’s absence. AYES: DANEKAS RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place the farm lease agreement with Jack Mills on file. The previous agreement expired. Mills farms the land surrounding the emergency services building and keeps the grass mowed, explained Attorney Andreoni. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to grant permission to the Oglesby Ambulance Association to hold a tag day on November 29, from 8 a.m. to noon. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments on any subject.

Resident Susan Blanco told the council her home has been without water for more than a month. She noted that she had been very patient, but asked that the council address “why” it happened. She asked that the council locate the buffalo box and ensure that it is installed at the correct depth. Blanco also said that the city needed to raise the fire hydrant in her lawn, noting that it had settled.

Greg Stein commented on the LED lights the city has installed along Walnut Street, noting that he was interested in finding out how they were repaired so he could report back to a friend. Rivara told him that the blinking was a result of an “open neutral.”

Gary Corless updated the council on his efforts to restore water to his residence, noting that when he removed all the snow and ice from the shut off, he found ice in the shaft, which he believes resulted from the city opening up a hydrant uphill from his home. He told the city he was disappointed in the way the city had handled the situation, noting that Peru and Ottawa homes have restored water service for their customers.

Vern Seimers again voiced his complaints about the properties at 351 and 355 East Walnut. Chief Jim Knoblauch told Seimers that the owners had until tomorrow to pick up the trash or they would be ticketed, and would continue to be ticketed daily until the garbage was picked up.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Rivara told the council that he was aware of three street lights that are out: 108 Oakwood, Watson and E. Walnut St., and in front of Commissioner Porter’s house. Rivara said that there was an underground fault and that the problem couldn’t be fixed until the weather improves. Rivara also said that he had contacted state representatives and senators about a grant for his projects.

Mayor Finley told the council that he had met with investors who are looking into building a convention center in the Illinois Valley. He also thanked those residents who completed the CDAP grant survey.

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

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014, 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.

Mayor Finley asked for a moment of silence for former commissioner and county board member Al Piecha.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from March 17, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. PRESENT: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to pay the invoices presented: Douglas Draper, $50.00; Ruppert Concrete, $650.00; McClure Engineering, $2,360.10; Ron Popurella, $175.00; Ben Sargent, $175.00; Derek Vicich, $175.00; Delaney & Delaney, $2,887.50; United States Postal Service, $742.90; City of Oglesby (petty cash) $92.60; AEA, Inc. $8,130.00; Airgas, $83.71; Alan Environmental Products, $1,454.11; Ameren IP,

$126.61; Apple Press, $162.00; Arrow Sales, $77.50; Autozone, $100.18; Barbeck Communications, $1,261.60; BHMG Engineers, $541.87; Bridgewell Resources, $6,641.00; BSN Sports, $116.88; Call One, $1,585.86; Carus, $1,043.46; Comcast, $296.18; Comm. Revolving Fund, $636.15; Connecting Point, $124.50; Dever & Sons, $506.17; De’Vine Floral, $39.00; Dixon Ottawa Communications, $686.18; Double M Trucking, $180.00; Dresbach Distributing, $239.35; Cathie Edens, $19.27; Emergency Medical Products, $1,142.12; Envision Healthcare, $6.00; Stephen Faletti, $85.84; Fastenal, $274.74; Feece Oil, $3,115.91; Ficek Electric, $270.00; Flags, USA, $441.00; Fleet Services, $3,871.81; GL Downs, $127.70; Gallagher Bassett Services, $2,100.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $146.95; Henry Schein, $22.22; Holland Equipment, $20.64; Hygienic Institute, $355.58; IL Public Risk Fund, $8,558.00; IVCH, $72.00; Il Valley Crime Stoppers, $370.00; Il Valley Safety Service, $420.00; Il Valley Business Equipment, $70.00; ITRON, $672.93; Jack’s Gas & Service, $44.00; Joan’s Trophy & Plaque, $1,003.55; John Pihar & Sons, $2,213.50; John Senica Jr., $85.94; Amber Jordan, $48.04; Knoblauch Advertising, $1,450.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $87.72; Marilyn Lipka, $219.97; MABAS, $10.00; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; McClure Engineering, $530.95; Menards, $491.78; Mississippi Valley Pump, $1,207.00; Motorola, $116.25; NCPERS, $48.00; North American Salt, $2,077.79; Oglesby Grade School, $100.62; Reinaldo Orozco, $154.56; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $1,200.00; Revere Electric, $581.40; Riverstone Group, R296.41; Romeoville Fire Academy, $450.00; Rush Power Systems, $2,720.00; John Slomczawski, $227.81; Smith’s Sales and Service, $80.00; SPIRAC, $1,325.00; Spring Valley Ford, $1,117.72; Springfield Electric Supply, $49.23;

St. Margaret’s, $43.00; Staples, $205.22; Sunrise Supply, $58.00; T & R Electric, $4,116.00; TEST, Inc., $170.00; Taser International, $40.75; Paula Thomas, $227.14; US Latex Products, $812.25; USA Bluebook, $429.81; Velodyne, $415.41; Viking Chemical, $2,191.33; Water Products, $4,668.95; Western Sand and Gravel, $354.00; Witmer Public Safety Group, $319.95; Zoll Medical Corporation $92.35 TOTAL $81,858.81 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 the farm lease agreement with Jack Mills. The previous two-year agreement had expired. Mills farms the land surrounding the emergency services building and keeps the grass mowed, explained Attorney Andreoni. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to again table discussion on the bid for the electric department truck. The motion was made after Commissioner Danekas asked for a special meeting to discuss city finances, noting that the upgrade to the waste water treatment plant was nearing completion and the city needed to assess what funds would be necessary to pay for the upgrade. Danekas also pointed to the fact that the city was currently negotiating contracts with both the police and city workers. He also suggested that the city need to look at an increase in sales tax. Commissioner Rivara said he didn’t have a problem delaying the vote again as long as “everybody understands why they need the dollars to get it done.” There appeared to be a consensus that Monday, April 29, at 5:30 would work for everyone. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place an agreement with Ameren on file to purchase an electric distribution line. Rivara said the purchase was a “good business decision” by the city and noted that the price was set by the Illinois Commerce Commission. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to authorize a mutual aid agreement with ILEAS. Police Chief Jim Knoblauch said that the current agreement was 10 years old and the members were being asked to re-up with “minor changes.” Knoblauch said that the agreement has come into play in towns like Utica and Streator (tornadoes) and Marseilles (flooding). AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to allow the Oglesby Ambulance Association to solicit door-to-door from May 1 through June 2 for their annual pork chop dinner and to waive the normal solicitor’s license fee. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to the public for comments on any subject.

Greg Stein questioned if the city had considered buying a used materials handling truck instead of a new truck. Rivara said that material handlers “are hard to come by. This is a good truck – it’s just expensive.” Rivara had also said earlier in the meeting that the city should consider the truck an “investment for the next 12 to 15 years,” when justifying the purchase.

Vern Seimers thanked the police department for cleaning up the properties at 351 and 355 E. Walnut.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Rivara noted that the LED lights along Walnut St. were purchased through a grant with the IMEA and said that the new lights would reduce the operating cost by 40 percent. He also told the council that he had requested a copy of IVCC’s electric bills for the last year, and was going to “make a run” at them again.

Commissioner Yborra thanked those residents who had endured frozen water lines for their patience and recognizing that “it was at no time our (the city’s) fault.” Yborra said he had received phone calls from residents thanking him for waiving water and sewer fees for those whose lines were frozen and for those who provided water. He also reminded residents of the spring schedule for chipping and appliance pick up.

Commissioner Porter informed the council that he was in the process of negotiating with a firm to provide electronic waste pickup. Previously provided at no cost to the city, Porter said he is now finding that the recyclers are charging for their services. He hopes to have a firm date in place by the next council meeting. He also announced that yard waste will be picked up on the same day as garbage.


Mayor Finley reminded residents and the council that Love’s Travel Center would open on Thursday, April 10, at 6 a.m. He also said that he had spotted some activity on the future County Market site as well.

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

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014, 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 April 7, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to pay the invoices presented: First Impression, $100.00; I.D.E.S., $432.11; Mark Ambrose, $300.00; Ameren IP, $102.13; Barbeck Communications, $2,035.98; BSN Sports, $551.26; Call One, $2,065.40; Cintas First Aid, $72.04; Comcast, $253.70; DJ Sickley, $182,928.60; D’Vine Floral, $46.00; Dixon Ottawa Communications, $1,261.00; Double M, $360.00; Dresbach Distributing, $207.26; Betty Ellis, $215.63; Emergency Medical Products, $199.84; Envision Healthcare, $199.84; Fastenal, $155.65; Grainco FS, $423.43; Grosenbach’s $1,955.68; Kortney Hamm, $30.79; HD Power Supply, $4,750.01; Hy-Vee, $97.13; I.M.E.A, $204,195.55; Il Valley Crimestoppers, $644.00; Illini State Bank – Police, $1,082.12; Illini State Bank – 402.64; Illinois Valley Cellular, $569.78; John Senica Jr., $374.66; John’s Sales & Service, $50.18; Dan Kasperski, $300.00; Janet Kotecki, $164.95; LaSalle Office Supply, $67.89; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Menards, $220.75; Mertel Gravel, $447.69; Dollar General, $28.00; Neopost, $281.40; Overhead Door, $78.00; Pool, Leigh, Kopko, $97.50; Allied Waste, $18,813.50; Riverstone Group, $615.35; Ashley Ruiz, $241.74; Catherine Scordo, $144.17; SIB’S, $7.50; T&R Electric, $4.116.00; TEST, Inc., $80.00; Mia Torres-Gumuski, $166.25; Twitco Distributing, $66.80; Venturelli Appliance, $11,475.35

TOTAL $443,528.41 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 RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept Ordinance No. 861-042114, authorizing the purchase of a distribution line from Ameren. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to grant a request from the Oglesby Boys Baseball to hold a tag day on Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to noon. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comment on any item:

Resident Wanda Lent asked what could be done about a home near hers that has had a pile of sticks and twigs on the curb for a long time. Commissioner Yborra told her that the city would be chipping limbs the week of May 5.

Commissioner Updates:

Commissioner Yborra reminded residents about the events scheduled for May: Chipping the week of May 5 and appliance pick-up the week of May 12. He also updated the council on the progress of the waste water treatment plant update, saying that the work was progressing. Yborra said that he thought that they might have to have the solids pumped out of the old facility, noting that there are a lot of “strange things that don’t agree with the pumps,” at the bottom of the beds.

Commissioner Porter reported on the search for someone to do e-waste recycling in the city. He said that the process had been “more problematic” than he had thought it would be. He hopes to make an announcement in two weeks with a date and time. He also announced that there was a change in the landscape waste pickup, that Allied would now be running a separate truck for the yard waste pickup on Wednesdays.

Mayor Finley reported that the CDAP survey was being submitted.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to enter into executive session at 7:09 a.m. for the purpose of discussing “the appointment, employment, compensation, performance, or dismissal of specific employees” and “collective bargaining matters between the public body and its employees.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to re-enter regular session at 8:22 p.m.. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A WORKING MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:30 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

The Mayor opened the floor for comments on agenda items only.

Vern Seimers asked what the purpose of the executive session was. Mayor Finley read the agenda to him and told him that it was unlikely that any action would be taken, as Seimers questioned whether he should “stick around” or not.

Discussion then turned to the Love’s Travel Stop Tax Increment Financing. The City’s TIF attorneys, Jacob & Klein had prepared a preliminary proposal, showing Love’s eligible costs and the expected tax increment. Mayor Finley noted that Love’s had also agreed to do some additional work on behalf of the city and that the city had agreed to pay them for that work. Finley said he expected that to be another $40,000 to $50,000. Danekas suggested that the city follow its past practice of TIF reimbursement, as that had worked well in the past. But noted that they may mean that Love’s would not be fully reimbursed before the TIF expires. He then asked about the TIF’s expiration in 2023 and whether TIF 1 could be extended. Attorney Andreoni said that the council needed to differeniate between extending the life of the TIF or extending the TIF area. Andreoni said his understanding was that all taxing bodies would have to agree on the extension, and if the TIF was extended, the agreement would extend as well.

Mayor Finley then updated the council on the property at 211 E. Walnut St. Before the city can tear down the property, the asbestos must be abated. The engineer’s estimate to remove the asbestos is $37,000. Finley told the council that the firm that did the inspection would seek bids for removal, noting that there were no local contractors who perform the service. Commissioner Rivara noted his concern that “we follow the law,” concerning the bid process. Finley also said that he estimated that it would cost an additional $30,000 to tear down the building.

Finley then talked about the need to revamp the Design and Review Board, noting that the city needed to remove any “barriers to entry” for new businesses looking to move into the city. Attorney Andreoni said he would need to sit down with Ken Ficek, the chairman of the D&R board to determine how to combine the board’s responsibilities with either the Plan Commission or Zoning Board of Appeals. The goal, Andreoni said, would be to eliminate the number of meetings a developer has to attend.

Commissioner Porter asked the council if there was a problem with changing the way the fire department is paid. Firefighters are currently paid once a quarter, they would be paid once a month under the new proposal. No one voiced an objection to the monthly pay.

Commissioner Rivara then turned the discussion to city finances, noting that he hears Commissioner Danekas say all the time that the city “doesn’t have any funds.” Rivara said it was important that “if we make a purchase, we have to know how we’re going to pay” for it. “We need to do a better job – myself included.”

Commissioner Danekas said that the city had to figure out a way to increase revenues. He suggested that the city look at raising the sales tax rate a half percent, noting that the city’s rate is less than neighboring committees. Danekas estimated that the increase would generate about $150,000 in new money annually. Danekas said that would be akin to levying an additional 50 to 60 cents per $100 EVA. The sales tax increase would be a step in the right direction for keeping the levy stable. Commissioner Porter said he felt the increase would take “a big sales job.” Andreoni told the council that if they want the referendum to pass they must “educate the community” and suggested forming a committee – with local merchants on it – to get the word out. Andreoni told the council that they couldn’t “just put it on the ballot and expect goodwill to pass it.”

Rivara then asked about funding for his two electric projects, which the council approved the $350,000 bids for earlier in the year. Finley said that he did get a call that the city qualified to apply for a CDAP grant, but noted that – just as he had said when the bid was approved – that he “didn’t know where we can swing the half million.”

Rivara offered to take the other council members on a drive around town to show them his concerns and the need to have the issues corrected – “before it becomes a nightmare. We must upgrade the system to meet the load,” he said. Rivara asked for a “plan,” citing the “million dollars” in the electric fund. Danekas said that the city would be able to do the $350,000 project – but that the city “wasn’t set to go out and buy a $165,000 truck” just yet.

Commissioner Porter then updated the council on his attempts to schedule an electronic recycling event. He had proposals from three firms, but unlike last year, the companies were charging for their services. Porter was most comfortable with ATR’s proposal, which is the company that had held the recycling event the last two years. ATR will charge .15/pound for TVs and computer monitors. Past collections would have translated into a cost between $2,000 and $3,000. Porter said he didn’t feel right having Oglesby residents pay for other communities’ waste, so he proposed limiting the event to Oglesby residents only. Porter said he would have a police officer checking IDs the day of the event, which is set for June 21. Porter also said he contact the county about having one of the county’s pickups in Oglesby next year.

Rivara noted that residents have been illegally dumping used computer equipment at the electric department.

The Mayor then opened the floor to comments from the public.

Vern Seimers voiced his concerns about truck traffic at the Love’s Truck Stop. Finley told him that the city was looking at changing the signal configuration to address that concern. He also encouraged residents to take a ride with Dom (Rivara), to see the electric department’s concerns.

Commissioner Reports:

Andy Washelesky, of AEA, updated the council on behalf of Commissioner Yborra, on the waste water treatment plant upgrade. He also said that the IDOT project from Casey’s to Ed Hand Highway would start this summer, with the city’s cost estimated to be $272,000. He said that $54,000 of that has already been paid. And that the remainder would come from the Motor Fuel Tax Funds.

Porter asked about the possibility of purchasing new garbage cans for Walnut Street, noting that the city could use a second can at the Dollar General Store.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to go into executive session to discuss “the appointment, employment, compensation, performance, or dismissal of specific employees” and “collective bargaining matters between the public body and its employees” at 6:36 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to resume the regular city council meeting at 8:11 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to adjourn at 8:12 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014, 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 YBORRA to approve the regular meeting minutes from April 21, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept the bills as presented: Andi Bjerkaas, $280.00; Casey’s General Store, $100.29; Cathie Edens, $300.00; Dan Moore, $300.00; City of Oglesby (petty cash), $54.26; United States Postal Service, $710.70; Jim Cullinan, $800.00; Hugo Gonzalez, $800.00; Anna Johnson, $300.00; Doug Knoblauch, $800.00; Jim Knoblauch, $800.00; James Mandujano, $800.00; Mike Margis, $800.00; Mike Padilla, $800.00; Rachel Sienkiewicz, $300.00; Bob Stone, $800.00; Brett Valle, $800.00; Aaron Whittington, $300.00; ASK Enterprises, $1,066.26; AEA, Inc., $2,547.53; AFLAC, $117.67; Ameren IP, $8,595.65; BHMG Engineers, $2,101.20; Carus Corp., $1,043.66; Comcast, $80.40; Connecting Point, $1,484.40; Daley’s Super Service, $75.00; Dever & Sons, $520.70; Dresbach Distributing, $115.80; Cathie Edens, $51.18; Efficient Billing, $2,575.77; Emergency Medical Products, $935.87; Feece Oil, $2,383.03; Fleet Services, $3,957.14; Danny Foster, $653.50; Grainco FS, $68.10; Gary Halberg, $140.33; Halm’s Auto Parts, $216.94; Clifford Hess, $219.49; Holloway’s Portables, $115.00; Hy-Vee, $2.97; Ideal Environmental Engineering, $2,070.00; Il Dept. of Agriculture, $15.00; Il Public Risk Fund, $5,651.00; IMUA, $419.00; Inman Electric, $4,068.78; Jack’s Gas & Service, $22.00; Jacob & Klein, Ltd., $20,491.61; John Deere Financial, $108.31; John Senica Jr., $23.44; John’s Sales & Service, $93.76; Kittilson’s, $1,460.40; Michael Kulis, $324.55; LaSalle Office Supply, $360.08; MABAS Division 25, $200.00; Massie Jet-Vac, $600.00; Mautino Distributing, $18.00; Menards, $422.43; Mertel Gravel, $479.00; Motorola, $116.25; NCPERS, $96.00; Neopost, Inc., $96.00; Patten Industries, $232.78; Ray O’Herron, $470.40; Rental Pros, $68.00; Allied Waste, $1,063.00; Dominic Rivara, $142.41; Romeoville Fire Academy, $650.00; Seneca Fire Department, $1,270.00; SIB’s, $10.50; Spring Valley Fire, $1,692.52; Springfield Electric, $85.86; Stevens Service Center, $70.00; Kendra Theodospoulos, $241.08; Universal, Inc., $545.15; Viking Chemical, $3,162.92; Water Products, $1,059.68; Rich Watts, $69.51; John Zulkowsky, $300.00. TOTAL $87,970.36 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items.

Resident Gary Corless asked about the conflict of interest waiver. Jim Andreoni explained that his law firm is legal counsel for Kevin Fransen, and because his firm also represents the city, a waiver is necessary.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the conflict of interest waiver concerning Kevin Fransen. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, but died for lack of a second to accept the bid for the electric department truck. Commissioner Porter questioned Commissioner Rivara about the matter, saying that his understanding was that the city was “going to hold off” on the purchase until the financial picture became more clear. Rivara said it was his understanding that he wanted to “make a decision up or down.” Mayor Finley and Commissioner Danekas both urged waiting until after the appropriations ordinance is completed. When pushed by Rivara for a timeframe, Danekas replied that the thought that by the “end of July, August – we should know whether to buy” the truck or not. The motion died for lack of a second. Andreoni explained that the item could be placed back on the agenda at any time.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to seek bids for the removal of asbestos at 211 E. Walnut St. using money received in the DCEO grant. Andreoni explained that he spoke with Mr. (Jerry) Wilson from Ideal Environmental Engineering, and that he was satisfied that their bid process met the requirements. He suggested that the city could advertise for bids in the local newspaper as well. AYES; DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. NAY: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to seek bids for the demolition of the property at 211 E. Walnut St. using money from the DCEO grant. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAY: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA TO accept the appointments to various boards: Dorothy Debosik, Ken Ficek, Rich Greening, Steve Wasileski, Karen Watson to the Plan Commission with terms to expire April 30th, 2018; Don Shields to the Police Commission with a term to expire April 30, 2017; Ken Siensa to the Police Pension Board, with a term to expire April 30, 2016; Jim Ebner to the Zoning Board of Appeals with a term to expire April 30th, 2019; Wanda Lent to the Ambulance Board with a term to expire April 30, 2017. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Attorney Andreoni then updated the Council on the Lucille Woods property. The city has a lien on the property for work done in 2010 to tear down the property because it was deemed unsafe. The property was recently purchased in a tax sale. Andreoni told the council that the city’s $16,000 lien would likely be eliminated by this action. Andreoni said that the only way to prevent losing the lien would be to pay the taxes on the property, but that “doesn’t really make sense.” Rivara summed it up by saying, “what you’re telling me, is that we’re SOL for $16,000.” Andreoni agreed, saying that he just wanted the Council to be aware that the “lien was in danger of being wiped out.”

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comment on any item:

Resident Gary Corless asked if the city had any programs (like neighboring Ottawa) to deal with ash trees. Greg Stein had questions about the asbestos in the property at 211 E. Walnut St. Finley offered to share the report with him. The mayor then fielded a question from Tony Dennett, who inquired about the grocery store. Finley told him that he believed they were still set for a late spring ground-breaking.

Commissioner Updates:

Commissioner Yborra told the Council that the city would once again offer sewer credits to those residents who fill up their pools. He said residents must call City Hall with the diameter of the pool and the depth. He then asked Andy Washelesky to update the council on the waste water treatment plant. He estimated the project to be about 80 percent completed and expected the project to be completed by July. He also said that he expected the FAU route (Walnut Street project) to be let in June or July, with work commencing in August. That schedule will work well in conjunction with the boat launch project, because the pavement will be used to form the road at the boat launch.

Mayor Finley reminded residents of the Mayor’s Baseball parade, set for Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to enter into executive session at 7:26 a.m. for the purpose of discussing “the appointment, employment, compensation, performance, or dismissal of specific employees” and “collective bargaining matters between the public body and its employees.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to re-enter regular session at 9:27 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to adjourn at 9:32 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014 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 ASSISTANT CITY CLERK TERRY KAMNIKAR.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from May 5, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept the bills as present: IL Liquor Control Commission $25.00; Ganz Greenhouse $278.70; Brad Anderson $7.27; John Yost $700; D.J. Sickley Construction $37126.80; AEA $8000.00; AFLAC $117.67; Ameren IP $100.46; Apple Press $258.00; Arrow Sales & Service $30.00; AT&T $25.79; Bob’s Business $31.93; Brownstown Electric Supply $1788.00; Comcast Cable $628.22; Comm Revolving Fund $648.03; Dresbach Distributing $93.85; Cathie Edens $16.73; Efficient Billing Systems $2694.00; Envision Healtchcare $238.00; Karen Ernat $4.00; Kevin Ewbank $80.00; Fastenal Company $180.17; Feece Oil $1101.80; First Impression $240.00; Flectcher-Reinhardt $707.42; Sherry Gordon $24.03; Grainco FS $95.25; Garrett Gruenwald $176.30; HD Supply Power Solutions $633.91; Hoover Mfg. $542.75; Hygienic Institute $355.55; IMEA $195617.30; IVCH $160.00; Illini State Bank-Police $37.96; Illini State Bank-Visa $496.88; Illinois Valley Cellular $1141.67; John Senica Jr. $584.21; John’s Service & Sales $83.38; Koolmaster $31.71; Kramarsic Law Offices $150.00; LaSalle County Public Recorder $180.00; LaSalle Office Supply $713.02; LaSalle State Bank $100.15; James Mandujano $450.00; Michael Margis $450.00; Mautino Distributing $12.00; McClure Engineering $1840.25; Menards $684.48; Mertel Gravel $1485.07; Midwest Mailing & Shipping $216.28; Mill Street Market $112.18; Dollar General $60.00; Municipal Codes $197.41; Roger Naas $106.07; NewsTribune $805.00; North American Salt $2137.47; North Central Illinois $1500.00; Oglesby Grade School #125 $2989.41; Orkin Pest Control $236.70; Oscar’s Automotive $613.14; P.F. Pettibone & Co. $308.90; Michael Padilla $450.00; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni Law $1760.00; Pool Leigh & Kopko $1072.50; Republic Services – Allied Waste $18618.50; Smith’s Sales & Service $177.00; Staples Credit Plan $923.40; Stevens Service Center $69.00; Stewart Spreading $16000.00; Stop Tech $1778.00; Sunrise Supply $152.94; T&R Electric $8284.00; TEST, Inc $26.50; United Rentals $52.35; USa Bluebook $839.00; James Vohs $300.00; William Weaver $108.04. Total $319284.14 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAYES: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items.

No one from the public had a comment. However, at this time City Attorney Jim Andreoni stated that the City of Oglesby, Oglesby Ambulance Service and the Oglesby Ambulance Association has been named in a lawsuit. Attorney Andreoni stated that the City of Oglesby’s general liability insurance carrier will retain legal services for this lawsuit. But the legal services will only pertain to the City of Oglesby and the Oglesby Ambulance Department, not the Oglesby Ambulance Association.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place on file an ordinance submitting a question to the Electors of the City of Oglesby Whether to Increase the Non Home Rule Municipal Retailer’s Occupation Tax by ½ percent. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioner Rivara questioned why he hasn’t received the city’s proposal that was submitted for the I.B.E.W. 51 negotiations. Also, Commissioner Rivara questioned if there were any updates regarding the I.B.E.W. 51 and the F.O.P. negotiations with the City. Attorney Andreoni stated that he has been directly involved with the I.B.E.W. 51 negotiations and that once the council enters executive session, more will be discussed regarding negotiations. Mayor Finley stated to Commissioner Rivara that an updated proposal for the I.B.E.W. 51 negotiations had been given to all council members.

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on any subject. There were no comments.

Mayor and Commissioners’ Reports:

Commissioner Yborra thanked the city employees for working until the early morning hours on a water main break on Sunday, May 18th.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to enter into executive session at 7:10 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the “appointment, employment, compensation, performance, or dismissal of specific employees” and “collective bargaining matters between the public body and its employees.” AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to re-enter regular session at 9:10 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn at 9:12 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINELY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Terry Kamnikar, Assistant Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014, 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 YBORRA to approve the regular meeting minutes from May 19, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept the bills as presented: USPS, $763.14; ASK Enterprises, $4,869.45; AEA, Inc., R2,547.53; AFLAC, $117.67; Airgas, $92.68; Ameren IP, $3,546.87; Apple Press, $258.00; BHMG Engineers, $96.00; Bio-Tron, Inc. $138.00; Bob’s Business Inc., $524.55; BSN Sports, $82.17; Call One, $2,004.68; Carus Corp., $2,015.82; Cintas First Aid, $90.91; Community Revolving Fund, $636.15; Communications Direct, $73.86; Daley’s, $285.94; Double M Trucking, $112.50; Dresbach Distributing, $120.80; Emergency Medical Products, $571.40; Espindola, Xochitl, $206.28; Joe Farris, $225.92; Fastenal Co., $246.39; Ficek Electric, $219.00; First Impression, $2,350.25; Fleet Services, $3,871.46; Fletcher-Reinhardt, $295.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $355.15; HD Supply, $280.00; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms, $75.00; Danica Holst, $204.37; IVAC, $15.00; IL Public Risk Fund, $5,651.00; Il Valley Business Equipment, $70.00; IMUA, $200.00; Annastachia Ingold, $230.06; Jacob & Klien, Ltd., $748.35; Aaron Jiles, $202.29; John Senica, Jr., $120.27; Key Outdoor Advertising, $1,210.00; Kinsella Roto-Rooter, $160.00; Kittilson’s, $836.82; Landcomp, $13,272.29; LaSalle Office Supply, $69.13; Leone’s, $294.76; Casey McKay, $600.00; Mautino Distributing, $12.00; Menards, $343.18; Motorola, $116.25; Roger Naas, $631.05; Orkin Pest Control, $236.70; Patten Industries, $263.26; Quad City Electric, $271.50; Allied Waste, $750.00; Dom Rivara, $250.04; Riverstone Group, $134.99; St. Margaret’s Hospital, $81.00; Stevens Service Center, $829.25; Stewart Spreading, $19,125.00; TEST, Inc., $80.00; United Rentals, $998.59; Universal, Inc., $958.06; USA Bluebook, $1,561.93; Utility Equipment, $-587.48; Katie Vaugh, $75.16; Vermeer Sales, $56.35; Water Products, $192.13; Witmer Public Safety, $94.47; Ashely Wren, $250.00. TOTAL $78,128.17 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items.

Resident Gary Corless asked about the ordinance to increase the sales tax, asking if the increase would be permanent. Attorney Andreoni explained, that yes, it would. Andreoni also explained that until 2019 it can be used for any purpose.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the ordinance authorizing the council to seek a .5% increase in local sales tax. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to donate $1,000 to a multi-modal feasibility for the area. The study, which was initiated by Streator, will cost, $329,000, and local communities have been asked to contribute to the cost. The results will be shared with the communities that donate. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

Commissioner Updates:

Commissioner Danekas said he wished to reiterate one point about the sales tax increase: that the increase in sales tax was not being pursued to lower property tax rates, rather, it was being pursued in an attempt to keep property tax rates where they are at. Danekas noted that the city’s tax rate went up 32 cents, but that most homeowners saw a decrease in their property tax bills this year because the value of their homes had declined. “That’s not good for the City of Oglesby or the taxpayers,” said Danekas.

Commissioner Rivara said that he is often “frustrated over city bills,” and asked that the council consider having a working meeting at least once a month to discuss: “how we spend money, where we’re going, and how to do projects.” He also advised residents that the electric line transfer between Ameren and the City would take place on Wednesday and that some customers may experience a short outage. He also said that work on the line to the waste water treatment plant would begin soon and that short outages were possible in the area.

Commissioner Yborra shared a letter from Ben Schweickert, a resident of Heritage Fields and the president of the homeowners association there. Schweickert said that residents are concerned about the maintenance of a private driveway and possible development that would further increase the homeowners association’s responsibility. He questioned whether when the city accepted the final plat, they became responsible for the driveway. Attorney Andreoni said he would have to look at the ordinances and see exactly what the city accepted. He explained that the city accepts a final plat, but then also accepts the streets after they are built and it is determined that they were built to the city’s specifications. Yborra noted that the “driveway” in question was not built to city specifications and was never intended to be a city street.

Yborra also asked Andy Washelesky to update the council on the waste water treatment plant. Washelesky said the plant is about 90 percent complete.

Commissioner Porter asked residents to check the info on the city’s Code Red and make sure it is up to date. Individuals that are hesitant to make the changes online are asked to call the police department.

Mayor Finley reminded residents to paint the town red, white and blue for Summer Fun Fest, which is June 26-29th.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comment on any item.

Greg Stein told the council that he’d like to see a sidewalk built through the Heritage Fields property to the lake.

Wanda Lent asked about the feasibility study, which Andreoni explained would look at how to maximize transportation to enhance the region’s marketability to developers.

Sarah Cudlip asked about the news that County Market would not be building this year. Mayor Finley told her that the company still envisions building a store in Oglesby, just not this year.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:20 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014, 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 June 2, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the working meeting minutes from April 28, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept the bills as presented: City of Oglesby Petty Cash, $122.03; USPS, $630.31; AEA, Inc., $8,000.00; Air One Equipment, $1,668.11; Andi Bjerkaas, $800.00; Civic Systems, Inc., $14,950.00; Comcast, $152.78; Connecting Point, $150.00; Cosgrove Distributors, $792.37; D&M Landscaping, $650.00; Daley’s Super Service, $78.75; Delaney & Delaney, $83.33; Dever & Sons, $517.79; Andi Dorsett, $183.49; Double M Trucking, $405.00; Dresbach Distributing, $175.75; Envision Healthcare, $238.00; Fastenal, $127.14; Flink Snow Plow, $-38.74; Fulmers, $150.00; Grainco FS, $484.04; Grosenbach’s, $20.00; HD Supply, $252.00; Heartland Bank, $142,637.50; Hygienic Institute, $355.55; Illinois Rural Water, $454.44; IVCH, $25.00; Illini State Bank VISA, $1240.20; Illinois Prosecutor Services, $100.00; IV Cellular, $160.18; Independent Service Co., $409.76; John Pohar & Son, $1,417.11; John Senica Jr., $253.72; John’s Sales & Service, $2,112.59; Larry Kirkman, $1,200.00; Knoblauch Advertising, $945.60; Tiffany Kundert, $85.39; LaSalle Office Supply, $-46.28; Edward Lewis, $198.49; Justin Lewis, $119.25; Jennifer Logan, $15.47; McClure Engineering, $1,289.50; Mertel Gravel, $2,721.94; Jessica Mora-Nieto, $164.72; Motion Industries, $31.95; NCPERS Group Life, $48.00; North American Salt Co., $2,125.53; Oglesby Hotel Group, $20,579.33; Oscar’s Automotive, $263.10; P&D Sign, $150.00; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $2,680.00; Pool, Leigh, & Kopko, $507.50; Putnam Co. Painting, $4,765.00; Quad City Electric, $940.61; Allied Waste, $20,723.50; Riverstone Group, $747.55; Ruppert Concrete, $18,975.00; Sharon Schook, $122.84; Smith’s Sales & Service, $62.75; Spring Valley Ford, $651.00; Staples, $376.06; TEST Inc., $130.00; U-Line, $61.58; United Rentals, $27.00; Universal Inc., $451.31; USA Bluebook, $51.65; Vermeer Sales, $985.31; Viking Chemical, $1,302.95; Water Products Co., $15,758.00; Xylem, $1,781.00; Tonia Zens, $177.87 TOTAL $281,572.67 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAY: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the ORDINANCE amending Chapter 2.88, Design & Review Board, of Title 2, Administration and Personnel of the Oglesby City Code. The change, Mayor Finley explained, streamlined the process for new businesses seeking to move into Oglesby. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the Prevailing Wage Ordinance. The ordinance is required by state law and is approved annually. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. NAY: DANEKAS. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file an ordinance authorizing an agreement with Greg and Sally Gillan to purchase a parcel of land owned by the city. The land is located adjacent to the former A&B Welding, which the Gillans also purchased. The Gillans plan to expand the building to accommodate a new business. Commissioner Rivara asked about the legality of selling the land without a bidding process. Attorney Andreoni explained that the land could be sold for economic development without going through the bidding process. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file an engineering agreement with AEA, Inc., for the IDNR Boat Access grant. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file an engineering agreement with AEA, Inc., for the building demolition grant. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA, to grant permission to the LaSalle Peru Township High School band to solicit door-to-door on September 4, for their annual candy sale. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.


The Mayor then opened the floor for public comment on any item.

Tony Dennett asked about Don Shields’ building on Walnut Street. Dennett referred to the building as the ‘horror’ building. He was told that the city was in the process of going out to bid to have the building torn down.

Greg Stein asked why Commissioner Rivera had voted ‘no’ on paying the bills. Rivara said he ‘would get to that in a minute.’ Stein also asked about other properties the city may be interested in tearing down and was told that the city had other buildings in mind, but nothing was definite at this point.

Commissioner Reports:

Commissioner Rivara asked for a meeting once a month to discuss “how we’re going to pay the bills.”

Commissioner Yborra talked about the installation of some 14” water line stops out near Advantage Logistics. Before the work, if there was a problem with water, the entire west end had to be shut off to fix it. Andy Washelesky updated the council on the waste water treatment plant upgrade.

Mayor Finley reminded residents that dog tags were due by July 1 and that the city was hosting a vaccination clinic on Thursday (June 19) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. He also reminded residents that Summer Fun Fest was June 26 through the 29th and he encouraged residents to support our military men and women and veterans by decorating in red, white and blue.

Finley also said that the Park Board had decided to look into the expansion of McPhedren Park and was forming a committee to seek input and to raise funds for the expansion.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA AT 7:23 pm TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION for the purpose of discussing employee negotiations. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA AT 7:55 pm TO RE- ENTER INTO REGULAR SESSION. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from June 16, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the bills as presented for payment: Illinois Valley Crime Prevention, $644.00; IDES, $447.35; Il Municipal Electric Agency, $230,514.18; First Impression, $1,036.75; United States Post Office, $118.22; United States Postal Service, $770.50; Culy Contracting, $18,400.00; Jacquelyn Guerreo, $186.25; Dana Henry, $67.63; Journal Star, $995.84; LaSalle Body and Fender, $210.00; Mike’s Pro Shop, $90.00; Kaity Twardoski, $68.75; Wild Style, $545.00; ASK Enterprises, $4,402.50; AEA Inc., $28,454.17; AFLAC, $117.67; Ambassador Enterprises, $2,000.00; Ameren IP, $3,543.36; Apple Press, $651.98; Archer Enterprises, $1,750.00;’ BHMG Engineers, $13,386.75; Bob’s Business Inc., $125.78; BSN Sports, $249.14; Sara Burgh, $136.54; Call One, $2,016.26; Carmel Music + Entertainment, $1,500.00; Chuck & Nina Caretto, $7,441.50; Carus Corp., $700.00; Michaela Cassel, $196.54; Chicago Boyz Acrobatic, $795.00; CMS Leso, $11.88; Comcast Cable, $139.39; Communications Revolving Loan Fund, $636.15; Connecting Point, $918.00; Cosgrove Distributors, $1,294.96; Creative Apparel, $523.82; D&M Road Scoring, $220.00; DJ Sickley, $33,380.09; Daley’s Super Service, $52.00; Mark Davis, $170.99; Dever & Sons, $521.74; De’Vine Floral, $41.28; Don Lewis, $4,000.00; Dresbach Distributing, $177.20; Cathie Edens, $14.17; Efficient Billing Systems, $2,475.52; Emergency Medical Products, $663.33Fastenal, $288.07; Feece Oil, $745.30; Flags USA, $183.00; Fleet Services, $4,603.00; Gallagher Materials, $2,396.28; Glory Days, $1,200.00; Grainco FS, $924.52; Graphic Electronics, $769.00; Grosenbach’s, $25.00; Lance Haack, $300.00; Halm’s Auto Parts, $355.82; Henry Schein, $433.98; Holloway’s Portables, $1,760.00; Il Dept. of Agriculture, $15.00; Il Public Risk Fund, $5,651.00; In The Swim, $1,979.98; Itron Inc., $377.72; J&M displays, $7,500.00; Joan’s Trophy & Plaque, $47.81; John Deere Financial, $108.74; John Pohar & Sons, $80.00; John Senica Jr. $733.20; John’s Sales & Service, $2,599.82; King tire, $2,296.00; Kinsella Roto-Tooter, $200.00; Klush Enterprises, $1,000.00; Karmarsic Law Offices, $150.00; LaFarge, $282.47;LaNDCOM Landfill, $283.71; LaSalle Office Supply, $942.34; Lance Lipinsky, $2500.00; Mautino Distributing, $18.00; McClure Engineering, $2,119.55; Menards, $1,330.91; Mertel Gravel Co., $2,140.58; Dollar General, $100.00; NCPERS, $48.00; North American Salt Co., $2,141.73; Rental Pros, $178.00; Rhythm Revolution, $1,400.00; Dominic Rivara, $142.41; Riverstone Group, $217.05; SEICO, Inc., $648.00; SIB’s, $18.00; Spring Valley Ford, $329.98; Staples, $192.33; Stewart Spreading, $21,822.00; Jackson Stone, $141.20; Studstill Media, $1,008.00; Sunrise Supply, $37.90; Taser International, $394.31; The Fortunate Sons, $1,200.00; The Glitter Fairies, $450.00; Traveling World of Reptiles, $500.00; United Rentals, $13.29; United States Postal, $770.50; USA Bluebook, $1,004.78; Utility Equipment Co., $783.46; Vidacare, $124.93; Viking Chemical Co., $1,850.09; Melissa Vitorrelli, 250.00; Water Products Company, $7,427.78; Zoll Medical, $92.41. TOTAL $453,255.33 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAY: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comment from the public on agenda items.

Greg Stein noted his objections to the sale of the parking lot on Walnut Street to Greg & Sally Gillan. He said he felt the property should have been bid out, and that he suggested that the city only sell only a portion of the lot, leaving room for people who normally park there. He then expressed concerns about the width of Magnal Avenue and asked that the council consider making Magnal one way. Commissioner Tom Porter later responded to Stein’s concerns, saying that he understood the sale of property was a way to attract a new business into town, and therefore was not required to be bid out. He also said that he “wasn’t sure it’s the city’s responsibility to provide parking places for tenants.”

Wanda Lent asked if the council would be discussing the letter of recommendation from the Ambulance Board. Mayor Finley told her that the council would be placing the letter on file.

Gary Corless asked about the agenda, saying that it had not been posted on the city’s website and questioned whether this is a violation of the open meetings act. City Clerk Clinard answered, saying that the meeting notice was sent to newspaper, radio and posted at City Hall on Thursday, however the agenda was not posted to the website until Monday and when it was posted, it did not show up in the home page, but was available in the agenda section. Clinard said that when the error was discovered, it was fixed immediately.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve Ordinance No. 859-070714, which authorizes the sale of real estate owned by the city to Greg and Sally Gillan for business expansion. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept an engineering agreement with AEA, Inc., for the IDNR Boat Access grant. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept an engineering agreement with AEA, Inc., for the building demolition grant. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. NAY: PORTER. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve a Resolution to expend Motor Fuel Tax Funds in an amount not to exceed $160,000. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA TO place on file the FY15 Appropriations Ordinance. Commissioner Rivara asked if the city supplemented the Ambulance Department. Commissioner Danekas explained that the ambulance department operated at a $67,000 loss in FY14, but that that was down from the previous year’s $105,000. That, he said, was directly related to the increase in transfers. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA, to place on file a letter of recommendation from the Oglesby Ambulance Board regarding the director’s pay and other recommendations. The letter was read by Mayor Finley. Afterwards, Porter asked if there were any questions. Danekas said that the city was in the middle of negotiations with the police and city workers, and asked rhetorically “where do you draw the line,” noting the proposed increase was $10,000. Discussion ensued with members of the audience participating as well. Porter noted that it was not realistic to compare the director’s salary with surrounding directors because many of those are 40-hour a week administration positions. He noted that Director Cathie Edens is often scheduled to work as a member of the ambulance staff in addition to her director responsibilities. Board President Jim Ebner noted that Edens “keeps everything running with a schedule that looks like a patchwork quilt.” Commissioner Rivara asked about the creation of another IMRF eligible position, asking if those employees would then be eligible for employee health insurance under the Obamacare initiative.


The Mayor then opened the floor for public comment on any item.

Vern Siemers said that there were 15 tires 15 feet from his backyard. Police Chief Jim Knoblauch said he would send an officer out to check on it.

Richard Vicich said that in relation to agenda items 7 & 9, which he said were sold on “the QT”, he hoped the council wasn’t going to spend 50,000 to $60,000 on tearing down the Shields property and then sell it back to him for $2,500. He asked that the council members to publicly commit to not selling it back to the previous owner at a nominal cost. Commissioner Yborra said that he agreed.

Commissioner Reports:

Danekas passed out the unaudited FY14 financials, and asked that each commissioner look them over and be prepared to discuss them at the next working meeting.


Rivara told the council that the transmission line rebuild project “couldn’t have waited any longer.” He also explained that the outages were necessary because of the line’s deteriorated condition. He then reiterated his plea to establish monthly working meetings “to update the council on projects; exchange ideas, change Oglesby’s form of accounting to be more transparent.”

Commissioner Yborra responded by saying that he had no problems with having a working meeting. “It’s real simple. I’ve heard about a working meeting for months … you want one, schedule one.” Porter said that the meeting should be called a special meeting versus a “working” meeting because the open meetings act does not recognize “working” meetings. He also questioned the need for a monthly meeting. Rivara then asked if there was a date available. Danekas suggested that the meeting be held after the second regular meeting of the month, so that the previous months’ financials would be available for scrutiny. It was agreed that there would be a working meeting on July 28th at 5:30 p.m.

Mayor Finley then thanked the community for supporting Summer Fun Fest, noting that preliminary figures show a $26,000 to $28,000 profit. He expects to have a final figure at the next council meeting.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to adjourn at 7:34 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Agenda for Monday, July 28, 2014, Special Meeting

July 25, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS
CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING

MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014 @ 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. Pledge of Allegiance

  4. Public Comment on Agenda Items Only

  5. Discuss the purchase of two new squad cars

  6. Discuss the purchase of a new ambulance

  7. Summer Fun Fest recap

  1. Commissioners’ Reports

  2. Mayor’s Report

  3. Public comment on any item

  4. Adjournment

    Posted this 25th day of July, 2014

    Becky Clinard, City Clerk

    City of Oglesby

Monday, June 16, 2014, Minutes

July 18, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014, 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 June 2, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the working meeting minutes from April 28, 2014. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to accept the bills as presented: City of Oglesby Petty Cash, $122.03; USPS, $630.31; AEA, Inc., $8,000.00; Air One Equipment, $1,668.11; Andi Bjerkaas, $800.00; Civic Systems, Inc., $14,950.00; Comcast, $152.78; Connecting Point, $150.00; Cosgrove Distributors, $792.37; D&M Landscaping, $650.00; Daley’s Super Service, $78.75; Delaney & Delaney, $83.33; Dever & Sons, $517.79; Andi Dorsett, $183.49; Double M Trucking, $405.00; Dresbach Distributing, $175.75; Envision Healthcare, $238.00; Fastenal, $127.14; Flink Snow Plow, $-38.74; Fulmers, $150.00; Grainco FS, $484.04; Grosenbach’s, $20.00; HD Supply, $252.00; Heartland Bank, $142,637.50; Hygienic Institute, $355.55; Illinois Rural Water, $454.44; IVCH, $25.00; Illini State Bank VISA, $1240.20; Illinois Prosecutor Services, $100.00; IV Cellular, $160.18; Independent Service Co., $409.76; John Pohar & Son, $1,417.11; John Senica Jr., $253.72; John’s Sales & Service, $2,112.59; Larry Kirkman, $1,200.00; Knoblauch Advertising, $945.60; Tiffany Kundert, $85.39; LaSalle Office Supply, $-46.28; Edward Lewis, $198.49; Justin Lewis, $119.25; Jennifer Logan, $15.47; McClure Engineering, $1,289.50; Mertel Gravel, $2,721.94; Jessica Mora-Nieto, $164.72; Motion Industries, $31.95; NCPERS Group Life, $48.00; North American Salt Co., $2,125.53; Oglesby Hotel Group, $20,579.33; Oscar’s Automotive, $263.10; P&D Sign, $150.00; Perona, Peterlin, Andreoni, $2,680.00; Pool, Leigh, & Kopko, $507.50; Putnam Co. Painting, $4,765.00; Quad City Electric, $940.61; Allied Waste, $20,723.50; Riverstone Group, $747.55; Ruppert Concrete, $18,975.00; Sharon Schook, $122.84; Smith’s Sales & Service, $62.75; Spring Valley Ford, $651.00; Staples, $376.06; TEST Inc., $130.00; U-Line, $61.58; United Rentals, $27.00; Universal Inc., $451.31; USA Bluebook, $51.65; Vermeer Sales, $985.31; Viking Chemical, $1,302.95; Water Products Co., $15,758.00; Xylem, $1,781.00; Tonia Zens, $177.87 TOTAL $281,572.67 AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAY: RIVARA. MOTION CARRIED.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the ORDINANCE amending Chapter 2.88, Design & Review Board, of Title 2, Administration and Personnel of the Oglesby City Code. The change, Mayor Finley explained, streamlined the process for new businesses seeking to move into Oglesby. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the Prevailing Wage Ordinance. The ordinance is required by state law and is approved annually. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. NAY: DANEKAS. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file an ordinance authorizing an agreement with Greg and Sally Gillan to purchase a parcel of land owned by the city. The land is located adjacent to the former A&B Welding, which the Gillans also purchased. The Gillans plan to expand the building to accommodate a new business. Commissioner Rivara asked about the legality of selling the land without a bidding process. Attorney Andreoni explained that the land could be sold for economic development without going through the bidding process. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to place on file an engineering agreement with AEA, Inc., for the IDNR Boat Access grant. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file an engineering agreement with AEA, Inc., for the building demolition grant. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA, to grant permission to the LaSalle Peru Township High School band to solicit door-to-door on September 4, for their annual candy sale. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION PASSED.


The Mayor then opened the floor for public comment on any item.

Tony Dennett asked about Don Shields’ building on Walnut Street. Dennett referred to the building as the ‘horror’ building. He was told that the city was in the process of going out to bid to have the building torn down.

Greg Stein asked why Commissioner Rivera had voted ‘no’ on paying the bills. Rivara said he ‘would get to that in a minute.’ Stein also asked about other properties the city may be interested in tearing down and was told that the city had other buildings in mind, but nothing was definite at this point.

Commissioner Reports:

Commissioner Rivara asked for a meeting once a month to discuss “how we’re going to pay the bills.”

Commissioner Yborra talked about the installation of some 14” water line stops out near Advantage Logistics. Before the work, if there was a problem with water, the entire west end had to be shut off to fix it. Andy Washelesky updated the council on the waste water treatment plant upgrade.

Mayor Finley reminded residents that dog tags were due by July 1 and that the city was hosting a vaccination clinic on Thursday (June 19) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. He also reminded residents that Summer Fun Fest was June 26 through the 29th and he encouraged residents to support our military men and women and veterans by decorating in red, white and blue.

Finley also said that the Park Board had decided to look into the expansion of McPhedren Park and was forming a committee to seek input and to raise funds for the expansion.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA AT 7:23 pm TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION for the purpose of discussing employee negotiations. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA AT 7:55 pm TO RE- ENTER INTO REGULAR SESSION. AYES; DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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

_____________________________

Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Agenda for Monday, July 21, 2014

July 18, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014 @ 7:00 P.M.


TO BE CONDUCTED AT: THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

110 E WALNUT STREET, OGLESBY, ILLINOIS 61348

  1. Opening of Meeting

  2. Roll Call

  3. Pledge of Allegiance

  4. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes from July 7, 2014

  5. Approval of Bills to be Paid

  6. Public Comment on Agenda Items Only

  7. Approval of FY15 Appropriations Ordinance

  8. 2014 Street Program Bids

  9. 2nd Quarter Building Inspector’s Report.

  10. Donation Request from Cruisin’ Against Cancer Car Show

  1. Public Comment on any Item

  2. Commissioners’ Reports

  3. Mayor’s Report

  4. Adjournment

    Posted this 18th day of July, 2014

    Becky Clinard, City Clerk

    City of Oglesby

Agenda for Monday, July 7, 2014

July 7, 2014 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY OF OGLESBY, ILLINOIS
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014 @ 7:00 P.M.


TO BE CONDUCTED AT: THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

110 E WALNUT STREET, OGLESBY, ILLINOIS 61348

  1. Opening of Meeting

  2. Roll Call

  3. Pledge of Allegiance

  4. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes from June 16, 2014

  5. Approval of Bills to be Paid

  6. Public Comment on Agenda Items Only

  7. Ordinance No. 859-070714, Authorizing the Sale of Real Estate owned by The City of Oglesby to Greg E. Gillan and Sally F. Gillan

  8. Engineering Agreement with AEA, Inc. for IDNR Boat Access Grant

  9. Engineering Agreement with AEA, Inc., for Building Demolition Grant

  10. Resolution for the Maintenance of Streets & Highways using up to $160,000 of Motor Fuel Tax Funds

  11. Place on file the FY15 Appropriations Ordinance

  12. Letter of Recommendation from the Oglesby Ambulance Board

  1. Public Comment on any Item

  2. Commissioners’ Reports

  3. Mayor’s Report

  4. Adjournment

    Posted this 3rd day of July, 2014

    Becky Clinard, City Clerk

    City of Oglesby