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Working Meeting Minutes, Oct. 11, 2011

November 21, 2011 by bclinard  
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A WORKING MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011, AT 5:30 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

 

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

MAYOR FINLEY updated the Council on the OSLAD grant extension request for McPhedren Park.  Finley told the council he believed the request for an extension would be granted, but was awaiting formal notification from the IDNR.  Finley said he expected the new deadline to be either September or October 2012.  The Mayor asked the council if the city should reconsider the placement of the playground and parking lot, noting that the contractor, John Pohar & Sons, had purchased the property adjacent to the park and was willing to donate some of the land to the city.  The additional land would allow for the southwest bank of the lake to be sloped, negating the need for the retaining wall.  Engineer Jack Kusek, of McClure Engineering, explained that he had spoken with Pohar and he believed a deal could be worked out with to allow for an access road from the west.  He also said that the park would still be accessible off of Oakwood.  After discussion, Commissioner Yborra said he wished to go on record as it “should be built as planned” with parking on Oakwood and Commissioner Porter echoed his sentiments, saying that he believed the compromise the city struck with the adjacent homeowners was a “good compromise.”  Finley also told the council that he had contacted the local Carpenters union and that they would be donating the labor to build the fishing pier.

 

In a related matter, Commissioner Yborra asked if the $5,000 the Heritage Gardens Association was paying the city would cover the city’s costs to drain the small pond that now collects storm runoff.  Kusek assured him that the $5,000 would “take care of it.”

 

Finley also updated the council on the progress of the state permit for the changes to the drain at the municipal pool.  The state has approved the changes proposed by McClure Engineering and Kusek said it was possible that the contractor could install the new drain next week at a cost of about $5,000.

 

Finley also told the council of his talks with Brian and Sandy Billard, who are building a new office building on Walnut St.  The Billards approached the city about a TIF agreement after local unions protested the use of a non-union contractor for a portion of the work.  The additional cost to Alliance Dental was $80,000 for union labor.  The proposed agreement would pay the Billards 50 percent of the tax increment generated from the new building (up to $10,000) a year for 8 years.  Finley noted that the Billards could have asked for quite a bit more of qualified expenses and that he felt this agreement was fair to both parties.

 

ATTORNEY ANDREONI went over the building and landscape design criteria proposed by the Design Review Board.  Andreoni explained that the criteria was needed to give the DRB guidelines in order to consider plans submitted to them.   DRB chairman Ken Ficek also explained that the ordinance would allow the building inspector to make decisions on plans submitted for homes that lie within the DRB jurisdiction.  Andreoni will draft an ordinance for the next meeting.

 

Andreoni updated the council on the Melody Jessen property.  He told the council that the investment company which had purchased the taxes had decided after examining the property that they weren’t interested in it.  Andreoni told the council they could file a petition to have it demolished.  Commissioner Porter told the council that the city needed to look at it as a safety issue. He suggested that Andreoni find out what the back taxes are on the property.

 

COMMISSIONER RIVARA said that he would be presenting a proposed schedule of fees at the next council meeting.  He said that the fee schedule was based on other electric providers’ charges and while they may seem a “bit high,” they were actually lower than surrounding communities.  Rivara explained that his goal was to put a fee schedule in place that permits the city to not lose money.  Rivara said the next step would be to adjust the cost of security lights.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk