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August 6, 2012 Meeting Minutes

August 31, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Minutes

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012, AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

 

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY, ATTORNEY JAMES ANDREONI, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK TERRY KAMNIKAR.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the regular meeting minutes from July 16, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the public hearing meeting minutes from July 23, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the special meeting minutes from July 23, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve the working meeting minutes from July 23, 2012.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. 

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the bills to be paid as submitted:  A & B Welding $90.00; ASK Enterprises $481.00; Ace Tire $175.99; AEA, Inc $23,100.00; AFLAC $35.90; Airgas North Central $40.43; Ameren IP $1,837.05; Bobbi Bourell $185.43; Brownstone Electric Supply $117.50; Call One $1,681.10; Carus Corporation $821.70; City of Oglesby $385,601.82 (transfer funds to Mallick Bond Fund, postage, utility bills and pay down line of credit); Comcast Cable $436.65; Comm. Revolving Fund $1,153.50; Communications Direct $360.00; Cosgrove Distributors $446.42; Cruz Concrete $70,439.55; Cyclops Welding $678.00; D & M Road Race Scoring $56.00; Dever & Sons Trucking $506.17;Dixon Ottawa Comm $95.20; Doheny’s Water Warehouse $1,075.00; Dresbach Distribution $391.38; Cathie Edens $66.82; Efficient Billing Systems $775.16; Electronic Supply $318.51; Emergency Medical Products $781.14; Envision Healthcare $272.00; Fastenal Company $263.89; First Impression $684.75; Fleet Services $3,787.83; Christopher Funfsinn $166.53; Marlene Garibay $26.36; Gensini Excavating $85,943.65 Robert Ghighi $33.02; Grosenbach’s Repair $441.38; Nathan Grote $240.41; Halm’s Auto Parts $115.82; Betty Hancock $47.30; HD Supply Utilities $65.00; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms $355.00; Hy-Vee $550.46; IVAC $30.00; IL Rural Water $92.00; IL Valley Business Equipment $701.33; IVCH $62.25; IVCC $41,748.23; IL Valley Fence & Pool $10.00; IL Valley Cellular $643.30; IL Valley Excavating $300.00; IMUA $64.00; J.W. Ossola Company $2,516.25; Joan’s Trophy & Plaque $44.96; John Deere Financial $33.16; John Pohar & Sons $200.00; John’s Service & Sales $95.00; Sudhakar Kalanidhi $88.92; King Tire $667.00; Robert Kuhar $134.87; LaSalle Office Supply $206.21; LaSalle Peru High School $94,636.57; Mautino Distribution $174.00; McClure Engineering $493.70; Menards $1,240.84; Mertel Gravel $664.75; Tara Jo Morgan $180.23; Dollar General Stores $53.03; NCPERS Group Life $64.00; Nextel Communications $111.60; North American Salt $2,077.79; North Central Illinois $1,105.08; ODB Company $455.83; Oglesby Grade School $155,275.12; Oglesby Police Pension $76,272.44Orkin Pest Control $258.46; Overhead Door $211.00; Pavers & More $7,700.00; PDC Laboratories $5,411.32; Quill Corporation $1,731.64; R & R Landscaping $325.00; Rental Pros $85.00; Revere Electric $597.58; Safecare Div. Magic Media $300.04; Sisler’s Dairy Products $494.50; Somonauk Water $104.50; Spring Valley Ford $2,443.49; St. Margaret’s Health $2.50; Sunrise Supply $108.28; Sam Tillman $108.28; United States Postal $736.08; United States Postal Service $190.00; Universal Asphalt & Excavating $5,105.00; USA Bluebook $93.95; Viking Chemical $1,300.89; Connor Williams $222.76; Zoll Medical Corporation $110.95  Total $992,744.20.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve Ordinance No. 807-080612, an ordinance of the City of Oglesby, LaSalle County, Illinois, ascertaining the prevailing wages for the laborers, workmen, and mechanics employed on public works of said city.  AYES:   PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  NAYES:  DANEKAS.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to table Ordinance No. 808-080612, an ordinance authorizing an opportunity to settle pursuant to the provisions of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 574.  City Attorney James Andreoni asked that this ordinance be tabled until he hears from the State’s Attorney’s office.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY YBORRA to place on file Ordinance No. 809-080612, an ordinance amending chapter 5.08, Alcoholic Liquors, of title 5, business licenses and regulations, of the Oglesby City Code.  Mayor Finley noted that under the current ordinance, if the city should have an interested business locate to Oglesby and the business wanted to sell or distribute alcohol, the city would not have enough liquor licenses available.  AYES:  DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  NAYES:  PORTER.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

 At this time Mayor Finley addressed the audience on the proposed Ambulance Service Wage and Salary Ordinance and the changes that were made from the working meeting held on July 23, 2012 regarding this matter.  The following are the proposed changes:

·        Ambulance Director will receive an annual wage of $46,000 plus full benefit package.  The Director shall work a minimum of 40 hours per week.

·        Part-time employees will work no more than 995 hours per calendar year.  By working more than 1,000 hours per calendar year the city is obligated to pay into IMRF. The city has paid into IMRF for part-time ambulance employees for the last 4 years.   The Mayor stated that a few part-time ambulance employees had asked if they could work over the 1,000 hour cap yet waive their IMRF benefits.  After speaking with an IMRF representative, working over the 1,000 hour cap and waiving IMRF benefits would not be permitted.

·        Minimum state standards for paramedic level are one (1) EMT B and one (1) Paramedic which will be staffed 24/7.

·        The EMT callout rates have increased.  After speaking with several area ambulance services, the Mayor stated that our EMTs are some of the highest paid in the area.  He also stated that the city has “good people working and the quality care is the best and that’s why we should pay them the little bit better wage.” 

 

At this time the Mayor stated that he received a letter dated July 31, 2012 from the Oglesby Ambulance Board.  The Mayor then read the following letter:

 

Attention Mayor Finley and Commissioners:

After further investigation on issues concerning the Ambulance we the Oglesby Ambulance Board would like to make a statement.

The Board believes the Oglesby City Council is making the necessary changes to the Oglesby Ambulance ordinance in the best interest of the City.  We understand the decision is not easy one but understand it is necessary.

 

Respectively submitted by the Oglesby Ambulance Board,

 

Rich Vollmer

Bonnie Knoblauch

Wanda Lent

Mark Duttlinger

 

Mayor Finley asked to take a vote to place the ordinance on file or hear any comments regarding this matter.

 

Commissioner Porter had the following comments: 

·        Commissioner Porter questioned when the Ambulance board met to come to their decision.  Mayor Finley stated he didn’t know when the Ambulance Board met, but that he had met individually with the 4 out of 5 board members within the last 2 weeks.  Commissioner Porter stated that if any Ambulance Board members had changed their minds from the previous Ambulance Board meeting, then another Ambulance Board meeting should have taken place where the members would have made a decision as a group, not individually.  Under the Open Meetings Act, the Mayor stated that is permissible to meet one on one with board members.  Commissioner Porter strongly objected to how the board came to a decision without meeting properly as a group.

·        Commissioner Porter read from a prepared statement.  At this time he repeated several topics that were noted in the working meeting on July 23, 2012 with a few additions.

o   Since his election in 2007, Commissioner Porter has been able to make “substantial cuts” to the Police Department budget without reducing the quality service that is provided to the City of Oglesby.  After revealing several cuts that have been made, Commissioner Porter does not believe that any of his departments warrant any more cutbacks at this time.

o   When it was brought to Commissioner Porter’s attention that there were some part-time ambulance employees that were working over the 1,000 hour cap he contacted Commissioner Danekas.  At that time Commissioner Danekas told Commissioner Porter as long as he kept the part-time eligible IMRF employees at 10 or less “we would be ok”.  Commissioner Porter stated that this is the parameters he has followed.

o   Commissioner Porter stated that the Clerk’s Office has overpaid the Oglesby Ambulance IMRF for the last 4 years.  He stated that IMRF benefits were given to ambulance employees that had not earned those benefits.  Commissioner Porter was told that $33,000 was paid for ambulance IMRF benefits in 2011.  He also was told that Cathie Eden’s volunteer from at home hours were included for IMRF benefits and shouldn’t have been.  With the inaccurate information that Commissioner Porter had been provided, he stated that he was unable to support this proposed ordinance.

·        At this time Commissioner Porter stated why he opposed this ordinance:

o   With the corrections that have been made regarding IMRF contributions, 5-6 part-time ambulance employees would qualify for IMRF benefits, Commissioner Porter stated he is unwilling to cut these employee’s hours to save IMRF money.

o    He stated that the driver’s position is needed.  Commissioner Porter explained that the absence of the driver’s position would create a safety issue.  Retaining the scheduled driver would ensure that 2 EMTS would be with the patient instead of dividing the duty of driver to one of the needed EMTS.

o   The proposed annual salary of $46,000 is “completely out of line” compared with other city superintendent’s wages.

o   Commissioner Porter questioned why the council had to confirm his choice for director.  He stated that no other department appoints a superintendent or supervisor by council vote. 

o   The level of care will “suffer greatly” by limiting the number of employee’s hours and the other numerous changes that are being suggested in this proposed ordinance.

·        In closing, Commissioner Porter stated that the council has found ways to fund  $6,500,000 infrastructure improvements over the last 5 years, $30,000 for land purchased for a proposed city park, thousands of dollars donated for Summer Fun Fest and yet some council members do not want to fund the ambulance service which provides vital emergency service to this community. 

Commissioner Porter asked to break from tradition so people could comment on this subject before a vote was taken.

 

At this time comments were exchanged between Mayor Finley and Commissioner Porter regarding ambulance board meetings, number of hours worked by Ambulance Director, IMRF eligible members, transfers, part-time employees hours worked and Summer Fun Fest funds. 

 

Commissioner Danekas remarked that economics change over time.  He stated that the proposed ordinance will not effect how the ambulance department services the community.  The Ambulance department will still be staffed 24/7.

 

 At this time Commissioner Porter asked Cathie Edens to speak. Edens reported that the ambulance personnel fill in the shifts that they are available to work.  Any shifts that aren’t covered are picked up by her.  Mayor Finley and Cathie Edens exchanged comments on how other surrounding communities make their ambulance department’s work, the importance of a driver position, and the availability of responders. 

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place on file an ordinance pertaining to the wage and salary schedule for the Oglesby Ambulance Department.  AYES:  DANEKAS, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY.  NAYES:  PORTER, YBORRA.  MOTION  CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS that an ordinance pertaining to notifying adjacent property owners when a neighbor requests a variance be referred to the Zoning Board of Appeals for further review.  City Attorney James Andreoni stated that at this time the city requires that a requested variance be published in the local newspaper.  This proposed ordinance would bring fairness to adjacent property owners of neighbor requesting variance.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to grant permission to  LaSalle-Peru High School band members to go door-to-door for their annual candy sale on September 6, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINELY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY PORTER to grant permission to Operation Claus motorcycle parade to pass through the City of Oglesby on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at approximately 2:20 p.m.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments:

 

  • The following audience members spoke regarding the proposed ordinance:

Sarah Cudlip, Ron Popurella, Kelly Shan, Cathie Edens, Richard Vicich, Drew Merriman, Kathy Knoblauch, Pauline Suarez, Greg Stein, Julie Corcoran, Illysa Sargeant, Ben Sargeant, Holly Tregoning, Tim Ploch, Bob Etzenbach, Steve Maltas, Dave Kruswicki and Brad Anderson.

  • Mrs. Rose Buckley addressed a weed issue in her neighborhood and also commended the police department’s fine performance.

 

Commissioners/Mayor Report:

            Commissioner Danekas stated that with better scheduling abilities the IMRF issue should not be a problem in the future.   Danekas would like to sit in with other ambulance departments to see how they schedule their ambulance personnel.  Danekas stated that the council needs to address the amount of hours scheduled for the Ambulance Director.

 

            Commissioner Rivara stated that the city cannot afford to continue with the amount of hours worked by the ambulance director and IMRF benefits for part-time employees, changes are needed. 

 

            Commissioner Yborra said that the storm sewer separation project has been completed for the portion that the city funded.  He apologized to the residents on Florence, Watson and First streets for the weeds on the berm.  Reseeding will occur in those areas in late September or early October.

 

            Mayor Finley stated that the Summer Fun Fest showed a $3,700 profit.  He announced that the playground equipment has been delivered and will be installed at McPhedran Park in the following weeks. 

 

MOTION MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY DANEKAS to adjourn at 8:50 p.m.  AYES:  DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

 

 

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Terry Kamnikar, Asst Clerk