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January 17, 2012 Minutes

February 17, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012, AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

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

MOVED BY PORTER SECONDED BY RIVARA that the minutes from the January 3, 2012, meeting be accepted. YES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOVED BY PORTER SECONDED BY RIVARA that the bills are approved as submitted. A.S.K. Enterprises, 982.50; Affordable Waste, 19,569.00; AFLAC, 35.90; Ameren, 6,552.67; Arrow Sales, 346.50; AT&T, 24.79; City of Oglesby, 9,645.57; Comcast, 288.74; Connecting Point, 142.50; Daley’s 123.60; Dever & Sons, 523.61; Dornik Auto Body, 62.13; David Enwistle, 300.00; Envision, 372.00; Fastenal, 62.91; Halm’s 481.55; Hygienic Institute, 355.58; IMEA, 203,701.78; Illinois Valley Cellular, 624.31; JW Ossola, 5285.50; John’s Service and Sales, 12.66; Kittilson’s 1435.11; LaSalle Office Supply, 588.71; Mertel Gravel, 238.69; MES-Illinois, 142.00; Mississippi Valley Pump, 2995.25; Nextel, 237.52; North American Salt Co., 2148.40; Oglesby Elks, 187.00; Orkin Pest, 45.48; Overhead Door, 141.00; Quad City Electric, 93.00; Smith’s Sales, 199.50’ Somonauk Water, 66.50; Staples, 131.54; Stevens Service, 65.00; Universal, 649.00; USA Bluebook, 1369.95; Water Products Co., 4629.66; TOTAL $264,858.31. YES: PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve Ordinance No. 792-011712, which establishes a $700,000 line of credit at Illini State Bank. YES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER, to place state sales tax allotment of $23,606.31 on file. YES: PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER, to place on file an ordinance which amends the previous ordinance abating the taxes on the 2008 Electric Bonds. The amount on the previous ordinance was incorrect. YES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA, to place on file an ordinance revising the temporary fee schedule for services performed by the electrical department. YES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER, to place on file an ordinance establishing regulations for utility service reconnects. YES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER, to approve sending a non-binding letter of support for the iFiber Broadband service agreement. YES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Discussion then moved to the Heritage Tractor Adventure. Mayor Finley shared a letter from the Heritage Corridor CVB, which asked the city to sponsor the event’s return to Oglesby in June, 2012. The letter asked for an $8,000 sponsor fee and $1,500 in annual dues. Commissioner Porter said he wasn’t prepared to vote on the matter without more information. Commissioner Yborra stated that he wanted to be on record as opposing the matter, saying he felt the hotel/motel tax monies could be better spent. In absence of a motion, the matter was dropped.

The council then approved several requests for 2012 tag days:

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to allow the LP Youth Football League to collect money at the 4-corners intersection (Walnut St. & Columbia Ave.) on Saturday, April 14. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINELY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to allow the LP Foundation to collect funds on Saturday, March 24. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINELY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to allow the American Legion to collect funds on Saturday, May 26. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINELY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to allow the Oglesby Firefighters Association to collect funds on Saturday, March 10 and Saturday, Nov. 3. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINELY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the first running of the Art Sarver Memorial 3 mile Run/Walk on Saturday, June 30. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINELY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to “rename” a one-block portion of Trexler Avenue to “Art Sarver Drive.” This would only be an honorary designation and would not require address changes, etc. Commissioner Porter said he was against renaming the street, saying that it was hard to judge who was worthy of renaming a street and that he also found it confusing. AYES: RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. NAYS: PORTER. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to donate $1,000 to Peru’s emergency services appreciation dinner. All of the area firefighters and emergency responders who participated in the recent Westclox fire have been invited. Porter noted that he felt it was a good way to show appreciation and that he “didn’t think $1,000 is out of line.” AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA, to approved Todd Spayer’s solicitation/peddler’s permit. Chief Jim Knoblauch noted that the background check “came back clear.” AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTIONED CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept Building Inspector Brian Spelich’s 4th quarter report which showed new construction in the amount of $29,970. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTIONED CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER at 7:26 p.m. to enter into closed session to “discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees.” AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA at 8:16 p.m. to reconvene the regular session meeting. AYES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor to public comments:

Pat Rudzinski read a prepared statement concerning an issue with the sewer backing up at her house and asked the council to address the matter.

Commissioner/Mayor reports:

Rivara – Noted that the IMUA would be offering $500 scholarships to high school seniors who reside in an area serviced by the utility. Applications can be picked up at City Hall. Rivara also said the he has a meeting scheduled with Ameren officials to discuss electric service in areas of Oglesby. He said that the IMUA would be supplying fault-finding metering equipment which could address the reason for blinking lights in some areas of town. He noted that the city’s electric use for December was $9,428.35 and the total bill for electricity as $263,701.78

Porter – Reported that the electronic recycling effort was taking some time, but that he was talking with a third vendor who was looking at the possibility of partnering with Horizon House to deconstruct some of the electronic items for recycling. Porter said that he wanted to give the idea some more time, as the benefits could be greater than “those measured in dollars and cents.”

Mayor Finley – Reported that the IDNR reclamation work had begun behind LeHigh Park and would be ongoing for the next few months. Reminded residents of the “Dueling Pianos” event at the Elks Lodge, on Feb. 18, 2011. Tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased at City Hall.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 8:25 p.m. YES: PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk