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September 4, 2012 Meeting Minutes

September 28, 2012 by bclinard  
Filed under Council Meeting Agendas

A MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 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, CITY CLERK BECKY CLINARD.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY YBORRA to approve the regular meeting minutes from August 20, 2012. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to approve the bills to be paid as submitted: ASK Enterprises, $501.88; Advantage Logistics, $172,265.33; AEA Inc., $16,000; AFLAC, $35.90; Airgas, USA, $126.00; Brownlee Data Systems, $750.00; Brownstown Electric, $275.00; Call One, $2,385.80; Carus Corp., $840.51; Central Illinois Municipal Clerks, $30.00; City of Oglesby, $11,915.82; Becky Clinard, $44.81; Comcast, $62.95; Connecting Point, $190.00; Dresbach Distributing, $126.85; Cathie Edens, $3.48; Electronic Supply, $230.00; Emergency Medical Products, $447.31; Fastnal, $44.06; Fleet Services, $5,814.53; Fletcher-Reinhardt, $592.99; Foster Coach Sales, $12.54; Grosenbach’s, $1,009.18; Halm’s Auto Parts, $489.25; Holloway’s, $150.00; Hy-Vee, $66.22; IL Valley Community Hospital, $87.25; John Deere Financial, $149.76; Kiesler’s Police Supply, $1,087.38; Robert Kuhar, $182.75; LaSalle Office Supply, $40.99; Oglesby Police Pension, $38,066.23; Mautino Distributing, $6.00; Maze Lumber, $167.96; Menards, $696.09; Municipal Clerks of Illinois, $55.00; NCPERS Group Life, $64.00; Nextel Communications, $113.86; North American Salt Co., $2,118.71; Orkin Pest Control, $258.87; Oscar’s Automotive, $637.43; Riverstone Group, $175.13; Bryan Sadnick, $187.42; St. Margaret’s 2.50; Robert Stone, $500.00; United Postal Service, $702.14; Utility Equipment Co., $260.00; Western Aggregates, $156.38. Total $260,126.26. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to accept Ordinance No. 808-090412, an ordinance authorizing an opportunity to settle pursuant to the provisions of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 574. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to withdraw the current wage and salary ordinance for the Oglesby Ambulance. AYES: PORTER, DANEKAS, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DANEKAS, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place a new wage and salary ordinance for the Oglesby Ambulance on file. Mayor Finley explained that he felt the new ordinance was a compromise. Commissioner Porter read from a prepared statement before the vote. Porter said that it “should surprise no one” that he opposed the ordinance. He said that he felt the ordinance “contains confusing language and doesn’t clearly spell out its intent.” Porter also said that he felt the council was “attempting to exercise ‘administrative control’ over (his) department. He shared a letter with the council from Attorney Stewart Diamond, who specializes in municipal law. He said that Diamond shared his belief that “some members of this council participated in meetings that were designed to exclude (him) from conversations that involved ‘adminstrative control’ of (his) departments.” He said that he had attempted to discreetly address those issues with the mayor before the meeting, but that the mayor had not been available “all weekend long,” so that he was forced to speak out. He noted that he, Attorney Andreoni and the mayor would be meeting after the council meeting. AYES: DANEKAS, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAYS: PORTER, YBORRA. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PORTER, SECONDED BY RIVARA to place an ordinance providing for the impoundment and towing of vehicles used in the commission of certain offenses within the city of Oglesby. Attorney Andreoni explained that the state had recently expanded the list of offenses for which vehicles could be impounded. This ordinance sets the procedure for impoundment and for owners to contest the action. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve a request from Holy Family School to close roads and provide traffic control and first-aid for a race on Oct. 6, 2012. Porter said before voting that his departments would incur about $800 in additional expenses resulting from the race. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY PORTER to approve a request from LP Foundation to host a tag day on April 13, 2013, from 8 a.m. to noon. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY RIVARA AND SECONDED BY PORTER to approve a request from IVCC Men’s Basketball team to host a tag day on Sept. 15, 2012, from 8 a.m. to noon with the stipulation that those collecting funds be 18 years old and older. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, MAYOR FINLEY. NAYS: YBORRA. MOTION CARRIED.

The Mayor then opened the floor for public comments:
• Resident and Oglesby Municipal band member Wanda Lent thanked the city for their continued support of the band.
• Resident Drew Merriman again pressed the council to look beyond the ambulance department when cutting costs.
• Resident Vern Siemers asked the council to address a situation in the 300 block of East Walnut. Siemers said the home “was getting to be a dump” and asked the city to “clean it up.”

Commissioners’/Mayor Reports
None of the commissioners had anything to report, while Mayor Finley reminded residents of the upcoming Harvest Fest and Dueling Pianos.

MOTION MADE BY YBORRA, SECONDED BY RIVARA to adjourn at 7:21 p.m. AYES: DANEKAS, PORTER, RIVARA, YBORRA, MAYOR FINLEY. MOTION CARRIED.

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Becky Clinard, City Clerk