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February 6, 2012 Meeting Minutes

March 1, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012, AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

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

ABSENT:  YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from January 17, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the working meeting minutes from January 30, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the bills to be paid as presented:  A&B Welding, $60.00; AH Stock Manufacturing Group, 62.66; ASK Enterprises, 526.28; ACE Tire, 308.54; Affordable Waste, 19,719.00; Airgas North Central, 41.25; Ameren IP, 34.79; Apple Press, 194.00; Asplundh Construction, 16,784.20; Brownstown Electric, 1.571.40; Call One, 1,444.25; Carus Corporation, 966.24; Central IL Municipal Clerks Assn., 30.00; City of Oglesby, 11,623.28; Civic Systems, 2554.00; Christian Clayton, 150.35; Collection Professionals, 77.25; Comcast, 178.84; Communications Direct, 1,128.14; Dever & Sons, 521.53; Dixon Ottawa Communications, 2,880.50; Drydon Equipment, 1,850.00; Cathie Edens, 213.18; Efficient Billing, 1,273.73; Emergency Medical Products, 1,073.26; Fastenal, 77.68; Feece Oil, 2.232.33; Fleet Services, 3,748.13; Franks Lock and Safe, 548.28; Global Emergency Products, 186.69; Grosenbach’s, 127.55; Lora Halm, 175.13; Halm’s 901.40; ID Networks, 1995.00; IL Dept. of Central Management Services, 439.15; IL Valley Business Equipment, 473.48; IVCH, 25.00; Illini State Bank – VISA, 429.23; IV Assn of Chiefs, 60.00; IV Cellular, 643.30; IV Excavating, 300.00; IV Food & Deli, 25.02; IMUA, 200.00; IPMA-HR, 292.50; JW Ossola, 7459.50; Jacob & Klein, 9,573.67; John’s Sales & Service, 165.93; Tanya Johnson,  79.51; JULIE, 868.60; King Tire, 679.36; Kittilson’s 3,016.87; LaSalle Office Supply, 144.71; Martin Equipment, 378.62; Mautino Distributing, 36.00; Maze Lumber, 49.14; McClure Engineering, 3,863.90; Menards, 128.33; Mertel Gravel, 189.38; Midwest Mailing and Shipping, 1,396.08; Motorola, 112.87; Dollar General, 43.00; NCPERS, 64.00; Nextel Communications, 110.98; North American Salt, 2,140.88; Novak Veterinary Clinic, 108.30; Orkin Pest Control, 108.70; Oscar’s 816.70; Quentech, 16.25; O’Herron, 294.71; Revere Electric, 4,735.83; Selma Rosenberg, 45.73; SEICO, 242.00; Scott Shaver, 22.65; Smith’s Sales & Service, 50.00; Staples, 67.24; Sunrise Supply, 421.83; Post Office, 769.79; USA Bluebook, 1.095.84; Vidacare, 113.86; Viking Chemical, 1,201.50; ZB Supply, 119.19. TOTAL:  $118,877.99 AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Mr. McFarland, a representative from Secure Recycling, talked to the council about a possible partnership with Horizon House to handle the city’s e-waste recycling needs.  McFarland said his company does as much as they can on the local and statewide level, thereby providing an economic benefit to the communities they serve.

Commissioner Porter reiterated his previous comments that there was “nothing in the law that forces a community to offer (e-waste) recycling,” but that he thought it was something the city needed to do, noting that items were already showing up in ditches and dumpsters.  Porter said he hoped to establish something, possibly a quarterly event.  He again noted that a person would be needed to accept, document and palletized the materials.   

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept Ordinance No. 793-020612 which amends tax abatement of 2008 electrical bond.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept Ordinance No. 794-020612 which revises the temporary fee schedule for electrical services.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept Ordinance No. 795-020612 which establishes regulations for utility service reconnects.  Before the vote, Commissioner Rivara said that the ordinance addresses a potential safety issue and was “good business.” AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve a tag day request from Oglesby Boys Baseball (Saturday, April 28, 8 a.m. to noon).  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve a tag day request from Illinois Valley Building & Construction Trades (Saturday, June 16, 8 a.m. to noon).  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve a tag day request from Peru Lions Club (Saturday, October 13, 8 a.m. to noon).  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve a tag day request from Oglesby Ambulance Service (Saturday, November 24, 8 a.m. to noon).  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept the resignation of George Cullinan from the Ambulance Board.  Rivara asked that a letter be sent thanking Cullinan for his service.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Mayor Finley then opened the floor for public comments:

·        Oglesby resident Sarah Cudlip said she “didn’t see anything wrong” with alcohol delivery to hotels or homes in reference to a discussion at the January 30, 2012, working meeting.  Mayor Finley told her that there was not an ordinance at this time that prohibits delivery of alcohol and that delivery was limited to those who sell package liquor (not bars).

·        Eddie Sadnick asked about electric department employee Mike Wrobleski’s personal use of the city’s backhoe “on city time.”  Commissioner Dom Rivara corrected Sadnick, saying that Wrobleski was not on paid city time and that he had given permission to Wrobleski to use the equipment with the understanding that Wrobleski would pay for the fuel.  “I stand by my decision,” Rivara said, noting that it was not unusual for employees to use their employer’s equipment and citing Buzzi as an example.  “There’s a difference between Buzzi and the city,” said Sarah Cudlip.

·        Sadnick then questioned the hiring of Danny Kasperski in the street department, claiming that the position wasn’t posted and there were no other applicants interviewed.  Sadnick said he found the hiring process “very upsetting.”  Sadnick was told to take his concerns to Commissioner Yborra, who oversees the street department.  Yborra was not at the meeting.

Commissioners’/Mayor’s reports:

·        Rivara said the city’s electric bill for the month was more than $11,000.00.  “Our cost to purchase electricity goes up,” he said, “even though the city’s rates are among the lowest.”

·        Porter said that the fire department had received a $500 donation from Technisand through a program in which employees are awarded for their community service work.  The employee wished to remain anonymous.

Porter also announced that two officers (Doug Knoblauch and Brett Valle) have been trained in the proper installation of child safety seats.  Residents who want help installing their seat properly or wish to have their installation checked should call the police department and make an appointment.

At this point, Rivara asked if the Ambulance Service could provide a report on how they are structured since “the city subsidizes (it) to a tune of $165,000 a year.”  Porter asked for clarification on what Rivara would like to see in the report.  Rivara said he was concerned about an employee who works “240-260” hours per pay period.  Porter said that “that’s the hours she (Director Cathie Edens) puts in to run that service.”  Porter said he felt that “people think she’s doing it for her own benefit,” but said that because she was covering hours that would be covered by someone, there was “no extra cost to the city.” When asked about making the position a salaried one, Porter responded “I think you will see it,” but with the rest of the city workers having taken a voluntary pay freeze, it would be “hard to negotiate a salary,” at this time.

Mayor Finley then announced:

·        Alexis Mitchell, leasing representative from Stough Group Senior Housing, will be at City Hall on Monday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. to answer questions about the application process.

·        A representative from the township office will be at City Hall On Thursdays, Feb. 16 and 23, from 9 a.m. to noon to help seniors with the homestead exemption forms.

·        Dueling Pianos, a fund-raising event for the Summer Fun Fest, will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Oglesby Elks.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:48 p.m.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.