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Minutes from the March 6, 2017, Meeting

March 30, 2017 by bclinard  
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A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY ANDREONI AND ASSISTANT CLERK KAMNIKAR.

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the minutes from the February 21, 2017, meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. ABSENT: YBORRA. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the bills as presented. Patty Eichelkraut, $420.00; J&M Displays, $7,500.00; USPS, $711.66; AEA, $6,000.00; Apple Press, $419.85; ASK Enterprises, $1,238.10; Benefit Planning Consultants, $230.20; Call One, $2,837.03; Central Region Senior Baseball, $2,500.00; Chamlin & Associates, $4,729.50; Charles B. Holms & Associates, $150.00; Cintas, $41.82; Comcast Business, $497.77; Comcast Cable, $104.90; Rachel Dawson, $234.33; Debo Ace Hardware, $64.94; Double M Trucking, $420.00; Feece Oil, $380.08; Ficek Electric, $30,474.49; Flags USA, $249.00; Grosenbach’s Auto Repair, $173.69; Taylor Hartman, $208.57; Hawkins, $1,033.39; Health Alliance, $31,215.00; Humana, $48.01; IL Department of Innovation and Technology, $689.40; Illini State Bank-Police, $469.82; IVCH, $50.00; Jack’s Gas & Service, $30.00; John Senica Jr., $76.27; Knoblauch Advertising, $451.00; Mautino Distributing, $12.50; Meade Law Office, $2,437.50; Menards, $460.78; Mertel Gravel, $302.38; Motorola, $129.69; PDC Laboratories, $260.00; Pomp’s Tire, $62.00; Radar Man, $175.00; Republic Services, $18,641.50; Dominic Rivara, $144.45; RiverStone Group, $564.19; Root Beer Stand, $137.50; Schimmer, $2,536.57; Standard Insurance, $662.04; T.E.S.T., $96.00; Universal, $972.29; USA Bluebook, $163.90; James Vohs, $404.90; Water Products, Co., $3,412.91; Wex Fleet Services, $2,744.32 TOTAL $128,000.83 AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on agenda items, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to accept Ordinance No. 948-030617, an ordinance authorizing the execution of an agreement for service between the City of Oglesby and Payment Service Network, Inc (online payment service). AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to accept Ordinance No. 949-030617, an ordinance regulating tag day solicitations at the intersection of Walnut Street and Columbia Avenue. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to table Ordinance No. 950-030617, an ordinance authorizing the execution of an intergovernmental agreement between Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513 and the City of Oglesby (use of men’s baseball diamond). Attorney Andreoni stated that once he has more information from Park Director Bob Ghighi, an ordinance can be drafted. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to accept the recommendation from the Zoning Board of Appeals regarding the side yard variance request for the property located at 109 Claret Knoll Avenue (Kohr’s). The Zoning Board of Appeals granted the request for the side yard variance. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to accept Ordinance No. 951-030617, an ordinance granting a variance from the side yard setback requirements for property located at 109 Claret Knoll Avenue, Oglesby, Illinois. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor asked for comments from the public. Sarah Cudlip objected that the Code Red that was issued during the severe weather on February 28, 2017 was confusing. Cudlip stated that the gentlemen stressed that he was from the Peru Police Department and this might cause confusion for the Oglesby residents. Commissioner Porter stated that this issue would be addressed at the next IVRD meeting. Both Commissioner Porter and Cudlip praised the quick action taken to announce the Code Red to area residents.

Commissioner & Mayor reports:

Commissioner Porter stressed that Oglesby residents should sign up for Code Red notifications. The notifications are being initiated out of the IVRD Center which is located in Peru. For the system to be effective, data (phone numbers) needs to be current and updated. Commissioner Porter stated that a resident may sign up through the Oglesby’s city webpage or the Oglesby Police Department webpage. If a resident needs assistance, please contact the Oglesby Police Department at the non-emergency number 815-883-8465 from 8-4 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Mayor Finley announced that the banner program sold out early Monday, March 6th. He thanked everyone who participated in making the banner program successful.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to enter into executive session to discuss the sale of city owned property and “the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of the public body” and collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees.” AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED. Time: 7:12 p.m.

A MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY at 7:30 to resume the regular meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to table the authorization of the sale of city owned property. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to adjourn. (7:27 p.m.) AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED. MEETING ADJOURNED.

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Terry Kamnikar, Assistant Clerk

Agenda

March 30, 2017 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017 @ 7:00 P.M.

TO BE CONDUCTED AT: THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

110 E WALNUT STREET, OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

  1. Opening of Meeting

  2. Roll Call

  3. Pledge of Allegiance

  4. Approve Minutes from the March 20, 2017, Regular Meeting

  5. Approve Bills as Presented for Payment

  6. Public Comment on Agenda Items only

  7. Ordinance No. 952-040317, Sale of City Property to Cookie Kingdom

  8. Motor Fuel Tax Resoltuion for $120,000

  9. Seek Bids to Replace Water Mains on Mormon Street near Lincoln School and on School Avenue from Clark to Durant Street

  10. Public Comment

  11. Commissioners’ Reports

  12. Mayor’s Report

  13. Adjournment

    Posted this 30th day of March, 2017

Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Minutes from the February 21, 2017, City Council Meeting

March 17, 2017 by bclinard  
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A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the minutes from the February 6, 2017, meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the minutes from the February 15, 2017, special meeting. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. PRESENT: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY Jenifer Carey, $100.00; The Duttlinger Family, $6,725.00; Il Valley Association of Chiefs, $30.00; Wilbur Anderson, $50.00; Noelle Sauter, $350.00; Don Shields, $350.00; Airgas USA, $3.72; Ameren, $202.61; BHMG Engineers, $371.50; Bob’s Business, $127.78; Cintas First Aid & Safety, $30.09; Comcast Cable, $534.87; Connecting Point, $459.25; Efficient Billing Systems, $2,150.94; Emergency Medical Products, $912.46; Ficek Electric, $210.50; First Impressions, $730.00; G.L. Downs Inc., $298.40; Grainger, $62.52; Halm’s Auto Parts, $41.88; IMEA, $216,553.08; IL Public Risk Fund, $20,701.00; IL Valley Regional Dispatch, $6,334.00; Illini State Bank-Visa, $301.88; IL Valley Cellular, $1,224.59; IL Valley Excavating, $2,655.00; Jack’s Gas & Service, $60.00; John Senica Jr., $224.30; John’s Service & Sales, $1,177.78; Kittilson’s Garage, $3,399.34; Knoblauch Advertising, $1,240.50; Kustom Signals Inc., $97.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $381.33; Leone’s, $2,520.27; Marco Inc., $1,322.50; Mautino Distributing, $18.75, Menards, $1,548.04; JoAnne Morgan, $22.49; Motorola, $129.69; MTCO, $140.87; News Tribune, $103.95; Oglesby Elks Lodge, $50.00; Patten Industries, $378.28; Debbie Perdew, $140.50; Peron, Peterlin, Andreoni & Brolley, $1,720.00; Ray O’Herron Inc., $32.84; Anthony Rendell, $135.75; Smith’s Sales and Service, $44.00; St. Margaret’s Health, $82.00; Staples Credit Plan, $249.80; T.E.S.T. Inc., $96.00; US Bank, $500.00; USA Bluebook, $348.87, James Vohs, $270.00; Patrick J. Watson, $210.00; Zoll Medical Corporation, $96.35 TOTAL $278,252.27 AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on agenda items, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve an agreement with ATR for two electronic recycling dates. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve Ordinance No. 946-022117, Sale of Personal Property Owned by the City. Commissioner Porter told the council that the items were a couple of impounded vehicles, which would be scrapped. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to place Ordinance No. 948-030617, Agreement with Payment Service Network, on file. The agreement addresses credit card processing services. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Mayor Finley then announced his decision to place Commissioner Tom Porter on the Police Pension Board. Finley explained that he had checked with an attorney who specializes in police pension matters and that he was advised that the appointment was not a conflict of interest. Porter said he was looking forward to the 35 hours of online training required.

The Mayor then asked for comments from the public. Jason Curran asked about the minutes from the special meeting and if they would be posted on the website like other minutes. He was told that that would happen. He then asked about the previous discussion on the appeals by Beck Oil and GTI. He asked if the city had fought Beck Oil’s, noting that he was concerned that if the city didn’t attempt to fight the request, that that could start a trend with other similar businesses in the city. Attorney Andreoni explained that “there was not a whole heck of a lot we could do,” given the time between receiving the request and the meeting. Andreoni said that Beck Oil had provided a copy of the appraisal upon which their request was based.

Wanda Lent asked if the council had given any thought to replacing the old ambulance, noting that there were grants available. Mayor Finley told her that the city was currently having Joel Hopkins, the city’s auditor, look at the ambulance service to determine whether a new ambulance was financially feasible. Commissioner Porter echoed his remarks, saying that they had discussed a new ambulance.

Commissioner & Mayor reports:

Commissioner Rivara asked about the GTI EAV request and whether any other taxing bodies had filed protests. Andeoni told him that the county was not required to provide that info. Rivara also told residents that the IMEA has a program for recycling refrigerators in which residents are paid $50 for working refrigerators. IMEA will arrange pickup of the unit at no cost as well.

Commissioner Yborra said the stop sign approved at the last meeting had been installed.

Commissioner Carey asked about Wire Mesh. Andreoni told him that there was a conference call set up with the city’s electric engineer, Troy Fodor, IMEA: Mayor Finley, Andreoni and City Clerk Clinard for Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 3 p.m. The call will address the city’s options in dealing with the ongoing issues at Wire Mesh.

The Mayor told residents that the DNR would be spraying for gypsy moths. He noted that the newspaper had had a story on the spraying recently.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER AT 7:30 PM, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:30 PM. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Agenda for the Monday, March 20, City Council Meeting

March 17, 2017 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017 @ 7:00 P.M.

TO BE CONDUCTED AT: THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

110 E WALNUT STREET, OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

  1. Opening of Meeting

  2. Roll Call

  3. Pledge of Allegiance

  4. Approve Minutes from the March 6, 2017, Regular Meeting

  5. Approve Bills as Presented for Payment

  6. Public Comment on Agenda Items only

  7. Resolution No. IMRF-032017, Elected Officials 1000 Hours Certification

  8. Ordinance No. 953-032017, Accepts an Easement for Fiber Optic

  9. Approve 2017 Tag Day Requests

  10. Donation Request from Illinois Valley Animal Rescue (IVAR)

  11. Public Comment

  12. Commissioners’ Reports

  13. Mayor’s Report

  14. Executive Session to Discuss “the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of the public body”

  15. Adjournment

    Posted this 17th day of March, 2017

    Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Agenda for Monday, March 6, 2017

March 3, 2017 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017 @ 7:00 P.M.

TO BE CONDUCTED AT: THE CITY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING

110 E WALNUT STREET, OGLESBY, ILLINOIS

  1. Opening of Meeting

  2. Roll Call

  3. Pledge of Allegiance

  4. Approve Minutes from the February 21, 2017, Regular Meeting

  5. Approve Bills as Presented for Payment

  6. Public Comment on Agenda Items only

  7. Ordinance No. 948-030617, Authorizes an Agreement with Payment Service Network for Credit Card Services

  8. Ordinance No. 949-030617, Sets Regulations for Tag Days

  9. Ordinance No. 950-032017, Intergovernmental Agreement with IVCC

  10. Recommendations from Zoning Board of Appeals: Kohr Variance

  11. Ordinance No. 951-030617, Granting Setback Variance for Kohr Garage

  12. Public Comment

  13. Commissioners’ Reports

  14. Mayor’s Report

  15. Executive Session to Discuss the Sale of City Owned Property and “ the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of the public body” and “collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees.”

  16. Authorize the Sale of City Property

  17. Adjournment

    Posted this 3rd day of March, 2017

    Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Minutes from the FEb. 6, 2017, Regular Meeting

March 1, 2017 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK CLINARD.

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the minutes from the January 16, 2017, meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve the bills as presented: AEA, $6,900.00; AFLAC, $35.90; Batteries & Things, $9.99; BDIV LLC, $117,629.36; Benefit Planning Consultants; $374.30; Bob’s Business, $672.81; BSN Sports, $591.18; Call One, $2,863.45; Chamlin & Associates, $4,511.50; City of Peru, $1,859.00; Civic Systems, $2,697.00; Comcast Business, $1,044.43; Communications Direct, $95.40; Connecting Point, $418.50; Daley’s Super Service, $30.00; De’Vine Floral Designs, $50.80; Dollar General Charged Sales, $110.52; Emergency Medical Products, $881.07; Fastenal Company, $151.96; Feece Oil, $1,006.27; Ficek Electric, $559.96; Firehouse, $240.00; Grosenbach’s Auto Repair, $32.69; Halm’s Auto Parts, $13.98; Hawkins, $3,720.46; Health Alliance, $33,217.00; Health Alliance Recovery, $88.30; HyVee, $548.29; ID Networks, $1,995.00; IL Department of Innovation and Technology, $636.15; IL Valley Regional Dispatch, $33,825.96; ILMO Products, $188.00; Inman Electric, $4,582.00; IVCH, $135.00; John Pohar and Sons,$2,194.02; John Senica Jr., $324.42; Julie Inc., $820.14; Terry Kamnikar, $16.97; Kendrick Pest Control, $185.00; Kittilson’s Garage, $372.20; Koolmaster, $90.00; Kramarsic Law Office, $300.00; LaSalle Office Supply, $291.66; Burton Lavens, $154.80; Marco, $820.56; Mautino Distributing, $12.50; Menards, $252.92; MES Global, $179.10; Roger Naas, $42.40; National Comp, $708.15; NCPERS Group Life Insurance, $48.00; Patient Point Hospital Solution; $1,112.40; Rathje and Woodward, $17,536.14; Republic Services, $18,641.50; SD Meyers, $4,982.00; Smart Source, $2,368.02; Katie Sondergroth, $210.59; Springfield Electric Supply, $102.50; Standard Insurance, $759.12; Starved Rock Communications, $6,180.00; Sunrise Supply, $19.67; Uline, $1,080.33; USA Bluebook, $607.27; Venturelli’s Appliance, $3,240.73; Water Products Co., $1,200.00; Patrick Watson, $1,139.00; Wex Fleet Services, $2,658.32 Total $291,232.14 AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on agenda items, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file an agreement with ATR for two electronic recycling dates. Commissioner Porter said that he was able to secure two dates again this year. The event will be only for City of Oglesby residents and the 10-item limit per household will be enforced. The dates for the event will be March 25th and September 23rd. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to place Ordinance No. 946-022117, Sale of Personal Property Owned by the City, on file. Commissioner Porter told the council that the items were a couple of impounded vehicles, which would be scrapped. Chief Knoblauch injected that it was possible that the towing costs would be more than the $200 the city would receive for scrapping the vehicles. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY CAREY to create a committee to update the city’s current zoning ordinance. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to name Dan Fitzgerald, Ken Ficek, Jim Clinard, Brian Spelich, Mayor Don Finley, Dom Rivara and City Clerk Becky Clinard to the zoning committee. The first meeting of the new committee will be 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY CAREY to refer a variance request by Michelle Kohr to construct a garage at her residence with the required setbacks to the Zoning Board of Appeals. The ZBA meeting is schedule for Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 6 p.m. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER, to accept the bid from Putnam County Painting for the repairs to the municipal swimming pool. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The council then discussed the notices from LaSalle County notifying the city that GTI and Beck Oil had both sought a reduction in their EAV that was more than $100,000. Attorney Andreoni explained that the county had adopted new procedures for the process and that the city needed to send an “entry of appearance” if they wished to object to the reassessments. After some discussion, it was decided that Attorney Andreoni would contact either Mike Crowley or Jim Blaydes to go over the the information presented by GTI to determine if there was reason to object to the request. Commissioner Rivara asked if the city could reach out to Beck Oil and “make a deal” – but Andreoni told Rivara that he knew of no such case in which a city could “negotiate” an assessed value. Rivara asked if Beck had appealed its other properties. Andreoni was going to check that out.

The Mayor then asked for comments from the public. Jim Clinard asked the city to consider the possible consequences if the city chose not to object to the Beck’s request for a lowered EAV. Clinard said that it seemed possible that if Beck’s is granted a lower EAV that the other stations in the area would also seek a lower assessment, which could have a negative effect on the city’s tax base.

Commissioner & Mayor reports:

Commissioner Porter talked about his experience of attending the last council meeting electronically, saying that he felt more like an “audience member” than a participant. Porter said he found it difficult and much more cumbersome than he had anticipated. He said he felt that it was a “viable option” for someone who wanted to participate in an important vote, but that the lack of “visual clues” made it difficult for him to participate fully. He also reminded everyone of the benefit February 12th for police officer Evan Duttlinger. He also thanked the community for its support of Duttlinger with the blue lights, noting that the effort was the result of one household urging one neighborhood to “go blue” and that the effort had gained momentum that was possible to predict at the time. Porter noted that not only is Oglesby lit with blue bulbs, residents in surrounding communities are also purchasing the blue bulbs. “It’s a nice show of support,” Porter said.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER AT 7:30 PM, SECONDED BY CAREY to go into executive session to discuss “the possible acquisition of land.” AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER AT 8:05 PM, SECONDED BY RIVARA to resume to the regular city council meeting. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CAREY, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 8:06 PM. AYES: CAREY, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk

Minutes from the Feb. 15, 2017, Special Meeting

March 1, 2017 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017, AT CITY HALL. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:15 P.M.

PRESENT: COMMISSIONERS CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK CLINARD.

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER PORTER

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for comments on agenda items, there were none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to purchase a truck for the Street Department via the State Procurement Process for $30,710. The bid includes plowing equipment. Before voting, Commissioner Carey that he had spoke with Finance Commissioner before the meeting and Commissioner Rivara has assured him that the City had the money to purchase the truck. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY CAREY to approve Ordinance No. 947-021517, which places stop signs at the intersection of Roebuck and Lewis Avenues. Commissioner Yborra said that he hoped the additional stop sign would alleviate some of the problems at that intersection. He instructed the City Clerk to send a letter to Badge-A-Minit to give them a heads up that the signs were going to be installed. The problem, Yborra said, is that the cars coming from Badge-A-Minit are often traveling faster than they should as they round the corner onto Roebuck. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioner Rivara then reiterated the need for a purchasing policy and a set of checks and balances for the city’s finances. Rivara said the city needed “to do things differently” and needed to “look at how, and what we spend money on.” In essence, he said the city is using next year’s tax revenue to pay this year’s bills and his hope is that the city could lessen its dependency on the $700,000 line of credit little by little, so that eventually the city didn’t need a line of credit.

Mayor Finley commented that the city had not yet tapped into the line of credit, a sign he said, that the city is doing better this year financially than in the recent past. He said the line of credit is there if the city needs it, but wanted to make sure that Rivara and the audience understood that the city has not needed it yet. Rivara countered that it was likely the city would need it “within the next 30 days.” Rivara said the city needed to address the “basic culture,” that if “we want to buy or do something, we just do it,” without knowing if the city can afford it or not.

Commissioner Yborra said that he felt that cutting costs meant either laying off employees or cutting services, and he said that he did not feel that anyone on the council was comfortable doing either.

Talk then turned to the need to address the number of Tag Days the city allows each year. Finley told the commissioners that he had asked City Clerk Clinard to look at how other communities deal with tag days, and that he had distributed her findings to them. Commissioner Carey said he didn’t want to make groups “jump through hoops,” but wanted to be able to pick who could hold a tag day in Oglesby. Both he and Yborra expressed the opinion that only Oglesby groups (boys baseball, softball, etc.), should be able to hold tag days. After much discussion it was decided that Andreoni would draft an ordinance allowing Tag Days only during the months of April through September (excluding city-sponsored organizations such as the ambulance and firefighter associations), limiting the total number of tag days to less than 15, having all requests in by March 15th, and giving Oglesby-based groups first priority. In the event that two groups ask for the same date, a lottery will be held for that date. Tag days would also not be allowed on the weekends of Summer Fun Fest and Harvest Fest.

Carey also said that he was also concerned with signage and safety equipment, and that the ordinance should address those issues. After some discussion, it was agreed that if a group fails to follow the rules regarding signage and safety equipment –which will be detailed in a letter when their tag day is approved – they will be prohibited from future tag days.

Commisisoner Carey then discussed the ongoing electric issues with Wire Mesh. Carey said the city has spent almost a million dollars on the issue, and that Wire Mesh refuses to make the improvements that they need to make to address the problem. Carey said it is unfair that taxpayers are footing the bill. Carey said “he’d just as soon terminate them.” But Andreoni warned that it wasn’t as easy as that. Andreoni pushed for a meeting, this time with engineer Verbal Blakely, and Troy Fodoor, from the IMEA, to discuss the options the city has. He also discussed the need for the city to adopt ordinances that address customers with large demands that impose tariffs that pay the cost of providing those higher voltages. Andreoni said that Blakely believed that even if the city allowed Wire Mesh to get its power from Ameren, Wire Mesh would likely have to make the changes and pay for the line to their building before Ameren would agree to service them. Andreoni is to set up a meeting, Carey said he preferred to meet in person rather than a conference call.

The Mayor then asked the council how they felt about using some of the TIF monies to address the downtown area. Commissioner Carey said that he felt there were 3 or 4 buildings in the downtown area that “should come down.” Yborra said he was against it, saying that he thought TIF monies should be used for streets, water mains and sewers. Rivara said he was willing to look at something and Carey said that the downtown area needed a “good anchor” to get things going.

The council then talked briefly about home rule form of government. Andreoni told the council that the advantages to home rule “greatly outweigh” the disadvantages. He said the major advantage is that home rule allows the city “greater power to regulate and control properties in your municipality.” Commissioner Yborra was particularly interested in whether the city could impose a gas tax to help pay for streets and road improvements. Andreoni said that some people oppose home rule because they fear that governments will impose more taxes on them. He noted that changing to the home rule form of government would require a referendum, and the earliest that could happen would be in April of 2018.

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

Commissioner & Mayor Reports:

Commissioner Yborra asked if the gaming revenue the city receives from the gaming at Love’s could be put aside to help pay for maintenance of the spur. He noted that painting the traffic lanes cost the city approximately $15,000, a task that will need to be done soon.

Commissioner Yborra then told the council that a local business in town was testing its fire suppression equipment on a monthly basis, which has, at times, caused citywide problems. Yborra said that he has tried to work with this company to no avail. He says that they test the equipment – that is made to suppress a fire in 15 to 20 minutes– for hours at a time, emptying the city’s water tower and causing problems for other businesses like Love’s and the restaurants and homeowners on the west side. Yborra said that if there was a fire, he had no problem with diverting all the city’s water to the site. Yborra said that it is common for sites like this to have their own tank for fire suppression, but this business does not. The line from the main is not metered, so until recently the company was not paying for the water. However, after an incident in December when the pump (which pumps between 2,000 and 3.000 gallons a minute) ran for 4.5 hours, Yborra has instructed the clerk’s office to bill them. It was decided that there needed to be a meeting with the plant manager to address this. “It’s time to put it (the problem) to bed,” said Yborra.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CAREY AT 6:39 PM, SECONDED BY YBORRA

to adjourn. AYES: CAREY, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk