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June 18, 2012 Meeting Minutes

July 3, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012, AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COMMISSIONER YBORRA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from June 4, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, FINLEY MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the bills to be paid as submitted: ASK Enterprises, $96.00; AEA, $18,600.00; Affordable Waste Systems, $19,344.00; AFLAC, $35.90; AT&T, $25.69; City of Oglesby (Utilities) $8,817.85; Comcast Cable, $312.74; Creative Apparel, $798.62; Dixon Ottawa Communication, $102.50; Double M, $180.00; Dresbach Distributing, $81.90; Envision Healthcare, $272.00; First Impression, $374.30; Foster Coach Sales, $65.44; Bob Ghighi, $112.47; Grainco FS, $89.64; Graphic Electronics, $417.50; Greek to Me, $250.00; Grosenbach’s, $53.00; Hygienic Institute, $355.58; IVAC, $5,307.00; IMEA, $237,255.47; IV Business Equipment, $70.00; Illini State Bank – VISA, $481.83; Illinois Valley Cellular, $643.30; IMUA, $185.00; John Pohar & Sons, $100,320.00; John’s Sales and Service, $1,420.27; LaSalle Office Supply, $80.44; Lostant Hatchery, $9.00; Maze Lumber, $476.35; Menards, $104.29; Mertel Gravel, $898.63; Midwest Mailing & Shipping, $14.51; News Tribune, $561.96; North American Salt Co., $2,147.70; Orkin Pest Control, $4.55; Paddock Pool Supplies, $112.00; Perona, Peterlin, & Andreoni, $3,436.00; Putnam County Painting, $1,970.00; Ragan Communications, $990.00; Revere Electric, $112.30; Riverstone Group, $170.31; Somonauk Water, $95.00; Springfield Electric, $384.43; Staples, $19.70; Stevens Auto, $34.00; Eva Sylvester, $61.93; Universal, $237.48; USA Bluebook, $1,208.63; Ben Vasquez, $225.88; Viking Chemical, $1,859.50; Jim Vohs, $100.00; Western Aggregates, $160.23; WLPO/WAJK, $48.00. AYES:  PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to place the Motor Fuel Tax Allotment of $8,198.29 on file. AYES:  PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY MOTION CARRIED.

The Council then discussed the issue of whether to allow video gaming in the city limits.  Commissioner Porter said he had received a couple of inquiries concerning the matter and had asked Attorney Andreoni to advise the council on what needed to be done.  He also said that while he was not opposed to video gaming, he “didn’t want to push forward without council discussion.”  Attorney Andreoni explained that the while state video gaming law did not require the city to “opt in” to allow gaming, the city needed to address Section 9.6 of its municipal code, which specifically prohibits gambling within the city limits.  If the city did not amend its ordinance, local tavern owners would not be able to apply for a video gaming license with the state.  After some discussion, Commissioner Porter instructed Andreoni to “go for it,” and have an ordinance drafted for consideration at the next council meeting.  The city would receive 5% of the proceeds from the machines.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments:

            Resident Greg Stein asked how many video machines an establishment could have and noted his concern that allowing gambling “would take money out of households.”  He then asked if the old Golf ‘n’ Pub Property could be converted to a land-based casino, which he felt would bring visitors and dollars into the local community.  He also asked about an alternative entrance to the new McPhedren Park walking path, suggesting that the city put a sidewalk in off of Heritage Avenue.  He was told that the city did not own the land.  He then said he would “pressure” the Heritage homeowners association to allow a sidewalk.

Commissioner/Mayor Reports:

            Commissioner Rivara and a representative from the IMUA presented a $500 check to Ashley Heider, daughter of Jim and Sue Heider.  She was awarded the $500 scholarship for an essay she submitted earlier this year. 

            Commissioner Porter announced that the Oglesby Ambulance Service served 726 dinners at the recent Fay’s Pork Chop Dinner.  Porter thanked the community for the “strong showing of support.”

            Mayor Finley reminded residents that Summer Fun Fest starts June 28th.  He also said he hoped residents would attend the Saturday afternoon patriotic salute and that he was glad to see that many residents were participating in “paint the town red, white and blue.”

           
MOTION MADE BY RIVARA SECONDED BY PORTER to adjorn at 7:19 p.m. AYES:  PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk