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May 7, 2012 Minutes

June 1, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

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

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

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to approve the regular meeting minutes from April 16, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. PRESENT: PORTER. (Commissioner Porter was not at the April 16 meeting) MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the bills to be paid as presented:  AEA Inc., 28,400.00; Air One, 2,124.99; Mark Ambrose, 300.00; Ameren, 36.00; Brownstown Electric, 1855.00; Jan Buffo, 300.00; Call One, 1,495.79; Carus Corp., 1,013.76; Chamlin & Associates, 1,015.00; City of Oglesby 8,966.77; Comcast, 158.85; James Cullinan, 800.00; Daley’s, 206.99; Drydon Equipment, 188.31; Nathan Enright, 152.66; Feece Oil, 578.99; Fischer Excavating, 255,127.37; Fleet Services, 4,828.37; Global Emergency Products, 225.00; Victor Gonzalez, 800.00; Grainco FS, 80.53; Grosenbach’s Auto Repair, 350.06’ Hygienic Institute, 355.58; Il Dept. of Ag., 40.00; Il Dept of Central Management, 439.15; Illinois Valley Business Equipment, 338.33; IVCH, 113.00; Illini State Bank (VISA) 76.25; Illinois Valley Cellular, 643.30; John Pohar & Sons, 317,855.45; John’s Sales & Service, 117.77; Anna Johnson, 300.00; Johnstone Supply, 449.00; Terry Kamnikar, 471.06; Daniel Kasperski, 300.00; Knoblauch Advertising, 225.00; Doug Knoblauch, 800.00; Jim Knoblauch, 800.00; LaSalle County Public Record, 180.00; LaSalle Office Supply, 200.92; LaSalle State Bank, 27,762.33; Brenda Last, 206.56; James Mandujano, 800.00; Mike Margis, 800.00; Maze Lumber, 2,608.96; McClure Engineering, 1,020.30; Menards, 75.77; Lindsey Miller, 301.07; Daniel Moore, 300.00; Motorola, 112.87; Dollar General, 34.70’ Mike Naas, $144.02; NCPERS, 64.00; NewsTribune, 620.09; Nextel Communications, 22.81; Oglesby Library District, 12,634.01; Orkin, 398.40; Oscar’s, 1,015.73; Mike Padilla, 800.00; PDC Laboratories, 1,870.17; Britney Piecha, 236.31; Ron Popurella, 30.98; Quentech, 861.25; Dominic Rivara, 157.85; RSC 36.18; SCBAS, 110.70; Stevens Service Center, 34.00; Bob Stone, 800.00; Stuart Tree Service, 85.00; USPS, 716.98; USA Bluebook, 96.50; Brett Valle, 800.00; Viking Chemical, 1,208.19; Jim Vohs, 300.00; Water Products Company. 513.11; Aaron Whittington, 300.00. TOTAL:  $690,284.09 AYES:  PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to accept the agreement with iFiber.  Attorney Andreoni told the council he had reviewed the agreement, and while he might prefer different language when discussing liability, he felt the contractor was “not going to budge.”  Andreoni said that he felt the city was covered either way, and that it would be a waste of his time and city dollars to continue to argue the point. AYES:  PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to award the bid for Woodland Avenue from Florence to Walnut Streets to Gensini Excavating for $188,686.50.  Commissioner Yborra said there were 8 bidders for the project; the highest bid was for $240,352.70.  AYES:  PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to award the bid for Glen Avenue from Walnut to First Streets to Cruz Concrete for $116,395.40. Yborra said there were 11 bidders for the project, the highest bid was for $153,398.65  AYES:  PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to award the bid for First Street from School Street to Woodland Avenue to Cruz Concrete for $115,779.45. Yborra said there were 12 bidders for the project; the highest bid was for $144,229.25.  AYES:  PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY DANEKAS SECONDED BY RIVARA to enter into a land lease agreement with Jack Mills.  Mills farms city-owned land near the Emergency Services Building. AYES:  PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to accept the recommendation from the Design Review Board regarding Mike and Jackie Mente’s request to erect a fence on their  property. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to enter into an agreement with BMHG for an electric rate study at the cost of $18,400.  Commissioner Rivara noted that the city “can’t pay our bills,” and the study is needed in order to “get things under control.”  AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place an ordinance on file which would temporarily increase electric rates by 1 cent per kWh.  Rivara emphasized that the increase was temporary and a stop-gap measure to offset an increase in the city’s cost beginning in July from the IMEA. The increase would terminate Dec. 31, 2012, or if a new rate ordinance is passed sooner.  AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to enter into an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation.  The city would share the cost of upgrading the stoplights to LED at a cost not to exceed $125.  AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

Commissioner Yborra explained that a request from resident Wayne Kirby at 352 E. Florence St. to break curb did not require council action, but because it had been placed on the agenda, he would make a motion to allow Kirby to break the curb.  MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to allow a curb break at 352 E. Florence St.  AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA  to grant the Oglesby Ambulance Association permission to solicit door-to-door in Oglesby from May 7 to June 4 and to waive the customary $25 solicitor’s license fee.  The group will be selling tickets to their pork chop dinner.    AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS at 7:20 p.m. to go into executive session to discuss “the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees” of the public body.  AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

THE COUNCIL RECONVENED THE REGULAR MEETING AT 8:01 P.M.

MOTION MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to grant a one-time extension for employees to use unused vacation pay by May 30, 2012.  Attorney Andreoni explained that some city employees “did not understand the procedure” that requires only 40 hours of unused vacation pay be carried over from one fiscal year to the next.  He noted that some city employees stood to lose vacation pay because of the confusion.  Before voting “aye”, Commissioner Danekas said he agreed to the extension, but not to allowing employees to charge 12 hours of vacation per day. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

There were no comments from the public.

Commissioner/Mayor Reports:

            Rivara – reported that he hoped to have a pole agreement with Comcast resolved by the next council meeting.  He also said he was looking at AT&T’s agreement. 

            Yborra – Noted appliance pick up would be Monday, May 14. Yborra also reported that he had received notification that the federal funding for work on Walnut Street had been approved for 2015.  He also mentioned that he and Commissioner Porter had agreed on the need for no parking signs on Sunset and would have an ordinance ready for the next council meeting.

            Porter – Said he was “very pleased” with the city’s first e-waste recycling, noting that they had collected more than 23,000 pounds of e-waste on April 21.

Finley – Reminded residents of the Saturday, May 12, Mayors Parade.